Total Credits: 2 including 2 DC
These 5 case studies were screemed. compiled and reviewed for the OCA convention by the OCA Chiropractic Practice & Innovation Council (CPIC):
1) A Chiropractic Approach to Stuttering -- by Dr. Laura Swingen
2) 2019 Case Studies -- by Dr. Simon Agger
3) Reduction of TBI Induced Depressive Symptoms -- by Dr. Jacob Plasker
4) Cauda Equina Syndrome -- by Dr. Jennifer Pitcairn
5) Trigeminal Nerve Evaluation of A Concussed Patient -- by Dr. Todd Turnbul
Dr. Laura A. Swingen began her profession as a chiropractor after graduating from the University of Oregon in 1986 and Western States Chiropractic College in 1990. She worked as an associate doctor in order to learn NUCCA technique and then came to Sunset Chiropractic Clinic in 1991. In her over 30 year career, she has literally served thousands of patients at her clinic and has been proud to help them meet their health care goals.
She has been involved in three chiropractic mission trips to Central America where chiropractic care was so enthusiastically received that hundreds of people would be lined up and waiting at the beginning of her treatment day. In 2010, she embarked on course work to earn a degree in Chiropractic Neurology and, after taking 475 classroom hours and passing a rigorous board examination, received her certification in 2012, becoming one of only a handful of Chiropractic Neurologists in the state of Oregon.
Dr. Swingen blends a warm compassion, persistence, a variety of chiropractic techniques, and a quarter-century of clinical skill and experience to attain optimum results for her patients. She is proud to be a doctor her community of patients can depend upon for excellent, same-day care. Her degree in chiropractic neurology has allowed her to assist her patients with even more precision and many of her colleagues throughout the state refer their more difficult cases to her for her expertise.
She is a member of the Oregon Chiropractic Association and is the president of its Functional Chiropractic Council. She is also a member of the International Chiropractic Association, the American Chiropractic Neurology Board, and the International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation. She has completed 400 hours of training in the treatment of concussion and mild traumatic brain injury.
Dr. Swingen has published research in the peer-reviewed literature as a result of her work in the field of neurological rehabilitation (Integrative Medicine: A Clinician's Journal, April/May 2017).
Simon J. Agger, DC graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in 1997. He was licensed in Oregon and began in practice in 1998. Dr. Agger was born and raised in England and first came across the Atlantic in 1990 where he met his future wife in the Grand Canyon. He studied massage and reflexology while in the USA and practiced both prior to studying Chiropractic medicine. He has lived in the US since 1992, married JoEllen, completed pre-med and then his studies at WSCC (now UWS). Dr. Agger utilizes many tools and techniques in his practice including Diversified, drop-table and Activator. He is a Mentor/preceptor for both Chiropractic Interns/New Doctors, and also for the Functional Medicine and Human Nutrition Masters of Science Degree Program students/ interns at UWS. Dr. Agger is a Board Certified Supervisor for Certified Nutrition Specialist graduates for their 1000 hour clinical training. He also educates and lectures to other healthcare practitioners throughout the Pacific NW on the common health conditions seen in the clinic. In addition to his advanced Nutrition and Chiropractic training, Dr Agger holds advanced training in the evaluation, detection and treatment of both whiplash and concussion injuries from sports and accident injuries. Dr. Agger now travels the country as a speaker as well. He is a member of the Oregon Chiropractic Association.
Dr. Jacob Plasker is a board certified chiropractic neurologist and second-generation chiropractor. He graduated from Life University in 2016. During his time at Life University, Dr. Plasker served as the vice president for the Life Functional Neurology club where he gave weekly lectures on the complex structure and function of the human nervous system to students and doctors alike. He also attended the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies where he received his training in functional neurology amassing over 400 hours in advanced neurological diagnosis and treatment and is practicing in Bend, Oregon, as a board-certified chiropractic neurologist.
Jennifer Pitcairn was the daughter of a physician and received her first adjustment at the age of nine years old.
Dr. Jennifer Pitcairn graduated Summa Cum Laude from Palmer Davenport, IA in 1996 and began private practice in Oregon City in 1997.
Dr. Pitcairn is a current OCA member and served on the Unification Board in 2008-2011. While on the OCA Board she also served as Treasurer.
She works with the returning Veterans Project. She is a member of the International Chiropractic Association (ICA) and the Royal Knights of the Chiropractic Round Table (a group of women in Chiropractic dedicated to supporting each other).
Dr. Pitcairn continues to be in private practice in Oregon City at Complete Health Chiropractic. She is married and has two children.
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