Our 2008 Symposium was held in conjunction with the ACA’s annual House of delegates meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Speakers bios and topics:
Thomas O’Bryan, DC, CC, DACBN
Dr. Thomas O’Bryan is the vice president of the International and American Association of Clinical Nutritionists, adjunct faculty for the Institute for Functional Medicine and the National University of Life Sciences, as well as senior physician at the Clarus Center. He has numerous publications in the European Journal of Inflammation and Nutritional Neurosciences.
In his lecture “Unlocking the Mysteries of Gluten Intolerance: the Effects on our Children’s Body and Brains,” he discussed the physiology of gluten intolerance and celiac disease, the importance of early testing, as well as effective treatment for cognitive and mood disorders associated with gluten intolerance and celiac disease in children.
Robert J. Melillo, MS, DC, DABCN, PhD candidate
Dr. Robert Melillo is an internationally known chiropractic neurologist who has been in private practice since 1985. He was a postgraduate professor of neurology and rehabilitation for several chiropractic colleges. He is the former chairman of the American Board of Chiropractic Neurology.
His lecture “Postural and Gait Abnormalities and its Relationship to ADHD, Autism, and Dyslexia” described in detail the Brain Balance Centers. The lecture will begin with a history of these disorders and their epidemic effects, followed by a discussion of common treatments for these disorders. The lecture will conclude with a look at these disorders as a functional disconnection syndrome and what can be done for this condition.
Pamela S. Gindl, BSc, DC, DICCP
Dr. Pamela Gindl is an associate professor at the Palmer College of Chiropract(PCC) in the Technique Department. Dr. Gindl has been working at PCC since 1990 and in addition, she has maintained a private practice in the Quad Cities since 1991. She has reviewed many manuscripts and books on chiropractic techniques and chiropractic pediatrics.
In her lecture “Pediatric Adjusting: What every chiropractor should know about pediatric adjusting,” Dr. Gindl explained the difference in adjusting the pediatric spine versus the adult spine. She will continue with how to locate the vertebral subluxation in a pediatric spine, and then discuss adjusting techniques that are and are not appropriate for a child. Her conclusion will include frequency of spinal evaluations and risk factors associated with adjusting the pediatric spine.
Donald F. Feeney, DC, DACBN, CCN
Dr. Donald Feeney is the current president of the American Chiropractic Association Council on Nutrition. Within the Delaware Association of Chiropractic Physicians, he has served as the treasurer, vice president, and president. Dr. Feeney has many published papers and has delivered many invited addresses.
His lecture “Nutrition from the Womb to the Empty Nest” will include the importance of the mother’s diet, goals that should be set to manage a child’s and teenager’s growth, as well as a review of proven supplementations for prominent childhood afflictions.
Karen Erickson, BS, DC
Dr. Karen Erickson has pioneered the integration of chiropractic into mainstream health care while maintaining its distinct scope of practice and philosophy of health. She was one of the first chiropractors to be credentialed by a major teaching hospital in the United States. In 2000, Dr. Erickson was invited to join Beth Israel’s Continuum Center for Health and Healing in New York, making her the first chiropractor to be credentialed by a teaching hospital in the United States (delete). She maintains that chiropractic care is vastly underutilized in the pediatric population, and has dedicated herself to educating pediatricians and parents alike about its safety and benefits.
In her lecture “Pediatric Chiropractic: Educating a New Generation of Pediatricians,” Dr. Erickson will discuss common conditions and how chiropractors can educate pediatricians about the clinical rationale of chiropractic care. She will also talk about how chiropractors can create opportunities to network with pediatricians and other providers who treat children.
Ms. Sandra Phillips has filmed three seasons with HGTV dealing with successful parenting and grandparenting, which included live cooking segments. Sandra is currently a correspondent and Home and Family specialist on KSL Television’s “Studio 5” program in Salt Lake City. Also an inventor, her first patent was on the Klean-GuRoo® household-sized mobile cleaning cart, and was among the finalists on ABC’s American Inventor show televised in 2006. She also designed and produced the Little Joey™ cleaning caddy, and most recently—a flexible, safer infant toothbrush—the Baby Banana Brush®, which is scheduled to launch in May 2008 at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry convention in Washington, D.C. Sandra contributes regularly to Real Simple magazine, and has authored several books, including A Clean Break.
In her lecture “Tempting our Young Patients to Eat Healthy,” she will discuss why children’s diets in the U.S. are less than adequate, as determined by the DISC (Dietary Intervention Study in Children 2005). Sandra will describe foods that can be classified into “Whoa” foods (should be rarely eaten) and “Go” foods (can be eaten almost any time).