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TCC Board of Regence name Dr. Richard Brassard President Emeritus

Pasadena, Texas - Texas Chiropractic College (TCC) is pleased to announce Dr. Richard G. Brassard, DC, FICC, as President Emeritus. The Board of Regents met on July 19, 2014 during the TCC Annual Convention in Galveston Texas where they voted unanimously to grant President Emeritus status to Dr. Brassard.  

Dr. Brassard began his relationship with TCC in July of 1985 when he was first appointed to the TCC Board of Regents.  He held this initial appointment until 1991 and then was reappointed in July 1995.  In 1997, Dr. Brassard was elected to the position of Vice Chairman and then elected as Chairman in 1999.  On January 1, 2002, the board appointed him as president-elect of TCC and he took the mantel of president on January 1, 2004, a position he held for 10 years before retiring.

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TCC Names Dr. Brad McKechnie as New Interim President

PASADENA, Texas - Texas Chiropractic College (TCC) announced Dr. Brad McKechnie, D.C., DACAN as the College’s Interim President effective Monday, April 14, 2014.

Dr. McKechnie’s appointment comes on the heels of an announcement by Dr. R. Fred Zuker, Ph.D. that he would step down as the College’s interim president for health reasons, a position he held for seven months.

As Interim President, Dr. McKechnie will oversee the day-to-day operations of the College. After graduating from TCC in 1985, he served as a faculty member from 1986 to 1996 including various administrative roles as the Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Dean of External Affairs.

“I am excited to be a part of TCC’s future,” said Dr. McKechnie. “Texas Chiropractic College has some of the best students, staff and faculty in chiropractic education and I look forward to working with them every day.”

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Texas Chiropractic College renews academic partnership with Lee College

PASADENA, Texas - Texas Chiropractic College (TCC) renewed an articulation agreement with Lee College Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 to ensure students can continue to easily enroll in the TCC Doctor of Chiropractic program. Presidents from both institutions met at the Lee College campus to re-sign the agreement, which was initially endorsed in fall 2010.  The arrangement allows Lee students who earn 90 undergraduate credit hours, maintain a minimum grade point average in specific science prerequisites and meet TCC requirements to automatically qualify for admission.

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Physical Medicine

The need for high-quality physical medicine is as significant now as it has ever been. At Texas Chiropractic College, we recognize this growing need and take great pride in the services offered in this area at Moody Health Center.

Student interns at Moody Health Center gain thorough instruction on the most recent therapy treatments available from experienced health care experts. Some types of therapy offered include:

  • Electrical muscle stimulation
  • Interferential therapy for pain reduction and control
  • Ultrasound
  • Traction
  • Laser
  • Deep muscle therapy
  • Diathermy

Additionally, Moody Health Center offers spinal decompression therapy, which has been shown to be an effective treatment for lower back problems, disc herniations, and other spinal pain.

Radiology Services

The use of X-ray is part of the medical diagnosis process. Moody Health Center at Texas Chiropractic College offers extensive radiology services to members of the greater Houston community.

The clinic features two X-ray examination rooms and automatic processing equipment, and all services are overseen by a licensed X-ray technician, attending clinicians, and board-certified chiropractic radiologists.

Each student intern at Moody Health Center takes part in a radiology rotation, in which they learn patient positioning, how to take X-rays, and how to develop X-rays. Attending clinicians and radiologists also provide instruction on the interpretation of X-rays. All X-rays are reviewed by an attending clinician and interpreted by one of TCC’s board-certified radiologists.

Moody Health Center: Our People

Dr. Victor Benavides
Administrative Director of Clinics
B.S., Southern California University of Health Sciences (L.A.C.C.), 1991
D.C., Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, 1992
B.S.N., Hardin-Simmons University, 2010
M.B.A., Marylhurst University, 2012

Dr. Amy Wright
Director of Clinical Education
B.S., Texas Chiropractic College, 1994
D.C., Texas Chiropractic College, 1994

Dr. Stefanie Coforio
Attending Clinician, CHC
B.A., Hartwick College, 2006
D.C., New York Chiropractic College, 2010
M.S.A.C.N., New York Chiropractic College, 2010

Dr. Dwain Daniel
Attending Clinician, CHC
B.A., Southwest Texas State University, 1971
D.C., Cleveland Chiropractic College, 1981

Dr. Stephen Dyess
Attending Clinician
D.C., Texas Chiropractic College, 1987

Dr. Christy Hicks
Clinical Resident in Sports Medicine and Human Performance
B.S., University of Houston, 2000
D.C., Texas Chiropractic College, 2004

Dr. David Schimp
Attending Clinician
B.S., University of the State of New York
D.C., Northwestern University of Health Sciences, 1991
D.A.C.N.B., 1995
D.A.A.P.M., 1996

Dr. David Taylor
Attending Clinician
B.S., University of Massachusetts, 1978
D.C., National College of Chiropractic, 1983
D.A.B.C.N., 1992
F.I.A.C.N., 2011

Privacy Notice

Moody Health Center

NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES

THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW HEALTH INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION.

PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.

Our practice is dedicated, and we are required by applicable federal and state laws, to maintain the privacy of your health information. These laws also require us to provide you with this Notice of our privacy practices, and to inform you of your rights, and our obligations, concerning your health information. We are required to follow the privacy practices described below while this Notice is in effect. This Notice is effective as of 4/13/2003, and will remain in effect until we replace it.

CHANGES TO NOTICE:
We reserve the right to change this Notice and the privacy practices described below at any time in accordance with applicable law. Prior to making significant changes to our privacy practices, we will alter this Notice to reflect the changes, and make the revised Notice available to you on request. Any changes we make to our privacy practices and/or this Notice may be applicable to health information created or received by us prior to the date of the changes.

You may request a copy of our Notice at any time. For more information about our privacy practices, or for additional copies of this Notice, please contact us using the information listed at the end of this Notice.

PERMITTED USES AND DISCLOSURES OF HEALTH INFORMATION:
A. CONSENT: You should be aware that during the course of our relationship with you we will likely use and disclose health information about you for treatment, payment, and healthcare operations. Examples of these activities are as follows:

Treatment: We may use or disclose your health information to a physician or other healthcare provider providing treatment to you.

Payment: We may use and disclose your health information to obtain payment for services we provide to you.
Healthcare Operations: We may use and disclose your health information in connection with our healthcare operations. Healthcare operations include quality assessment and improvement activities, reviewing the competence or qualifications of healthcare professionals, evaluating practitioner and provider performance, and other business operations.

Our chiropractic practice will seek to obtain Consent from you permitting us to use or disclose your health information for these activities. You should be aware that our chiropractic practice does not require obtaining, or confirming the existence of a Consent, prior to:
a) Emergency treatment;
b) Treatment, when such treatment is required by law; or
c) Treatment of patients when communication barriers prevent obtaining Consent.

You should also be aware that you have the right to revoke that Consent at any time by providing the practice with written notice.

B. AUTHORIZATIONS: You may specifically authorize us to use your health information for any purpose or to disclose your health information to anyone, by submitting such an authorization in writing. Upon receiving an authorization from you in writing we may use or disclose your health information in accordance with that authorization. You may revoke an authorization at any time by notifying us in writing. Your revocation will not affect any use or disclosures permitted by your authorization while it was in effect. Unless you give us a written authorization, we cannot use or disclose your health information for any reason except those permitted by this Notice.

C. DISCLOSURES TO FAMILY AND PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES: We must disclose your health information to you, as described in the Patient Rights section of this Notice. Such disclosures will be made to any of your personal representatives appropriately authorized to have access and control of your health information. We may disclose your health information to a family member, friend or other person to the extent necessary to help with your healthcare or with payment for your healthcare only if authorized to do so. In the event of your incapacity or in emergency circumstances, we will disclose health information based on a determination using our professional judgment disclosing only health information that is directly relevant to the person's involvement in your healthcare.

D. MARKETING: We will not use your health information for marketing communications without your written authorization.

E. USES OR DISCLOSURES REQUIRED BY LAW: We may use or disclose your health information when we are required to do so by law, including for public health reasons (e.g., disease reporting). In some instances, and in accordance with applicable law, we may be required to disclose your health information to appropriate authorities if we reasonably believe that you are a possible victim of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence or the possible victim of other crimes.

F. PATIENT AND THIRD PARTY PROTECTION: Only as permitted by law, we may disclose your health information to the extent necessary to avert a serious threat to your health or safety or the health or safety of others.

G. LAW ENFORCEMENT/NATIONAL SECURITY: Under certain circumstances we may disclose health information relating to members of the Armed Forces to military authorities. Under certain circumstances we may also disclose health information relating to inmates or patients to correctional institutions or law enforcement personnel having lawful custody of those individuals. We may disclose health information in response to judicial proceedings and law enforcement inquiries as permitted by law and to authorized federal officials health information required for lawful intelligence, counterintelligence, and other national security activities.

H. APPOINTMENT REMINDERS: We may use or disclose your health information to provide you with appointment reminders (such as voicemail messages, postcards, or letters).

PATIENT RIGHTS:
A. ACCESS TO RECORDS: Upon submission of a written request to us, you have the right to review or receive copies of your health information, with limited exceptions. You may obtain a form to request access by using the contact information listed at the end of this Notice. You may request that we provide copies in a format other than photocopies and we will use the format you request if it is readily available. We will charge you a reasonable cost-based fee relating to the production of such copies. If you request copies, we will charge you a reasonable fee for the labor of copying your records (not including record handling and record retrieval), a $1.00 per page for pages 11-60, $.50 per page for pages 61-400, and $.25 per page for pages over 400, and postage if you want the copies mailed to you. A reasonable fee for copies of films may also be charged, but not to exceed $45 for retrieval and processing, including copies for the first 10 pages, and $1.00 for each additional page. If you request an alternative format, we will charge a reasonable cost-based fee for providing your health information in that format. If you prefer, we will prepare a summary or an explanation of your health information for a fee. Contact us using the information listed at the end of this Notice if you are interested in receiving a summary of your information instead of copies.

B. ACCOUNTING OF CERTAIN DISCLOSURES. Upon written request, you have the right to receive a list of instances in which we or our business associates disclosed your health information for purposes, other than treatment, payment, healthcare operations and other activities authorized by you, for the last 6 years, but not before April 14, 2003. If you request this accounting more than once in a 12-month period, we may charge you a reasonable, cost-based fee for responding to these additional requests.

C. RESTRICTIONS AND ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATIONS: You have the right to request that we place additional restrictions on our use or disclosure of your health information for treatment, payment and
healthcare operations purposes. Depending on the circumstances of your request we may, or may not agree to those restrictions. If we do agree to your requested restrictions we must abide by those restrictions, except in emergency treatment scenarios. You have the right to request that we communicate with you about your health information by alternative means or to alternative locations (e.g., at your place of business rather than at your home). Such requests must be made in writing, must specify the alternative means or location, and must provide satisfactory explanation how payments will be handled under the alternative means or location you request.

D. AMENDMENTS TO RECORDS: You have the right to request that we amend your health information. Such requests must be made in writing, and must explain why the information should be amended. We may deny your request under certain circumstances.

E. ELECTRONIC NOTICES. If you receive this Notice on our Web site or by electronic mail (e-mail), you are entitled to receive this Notice in written form.

QUESTIONS AND COMPLAINTS
If you want more information about our privacy practices or have questions or concerns, please contact us.
If you are concerned that we may have violated your privacy rights, or you disagree with a decision we made or any decisions we may make regarding the use, disclosure, or access to your health information you may complain to us using the contact information listed below. You also may submit a written complaint to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. We will provide you with the address to file such a complaint upon request.

We support your right to the privacy of your health information. We will not retaliate in any way if you choose to file a complaint with us or with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Please direct any of your questions or complaints to the Moody Health Center Business Manager.

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