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TCC Names Dr. Michael Wiles as New Dean of Clinics

Feb. 3, 2015 – PASADENA, Texas – Texas Chiropractic College is proud to welcome Michael Wiles, DC, MEd, MS, as the new Dean of Clinics. Under Dr. Wiles’ careful leadership, clinical training at the Moody Health Center will continue to offer TCC students a challenging and supportive environment vital for graduating as practice-ready doctors of chiropractic.

As the Dean of Clinics, Dr. Wiles’ responsibilities include supervising every aspect of the clinical experience at TCC. Dr. Wiles manages TCC’s clinical services, placing a sharp emphasis of hands-on training in evidence-informed, patient-centered health care. He also assists in the instruction of student interns on appropriate standards of care and sound business practices grounded in a firm application of chiropractic principles.


Dr. Michael Sheppard Brings Utilization Review Expertise to Moody Health Center

Jan. 30, 2015 – Texas Chiropractic College (TCC) welcomes Michael Sheppard, DC to the Moody Health Center (MHC) faculty. Dr. Sheppard’s addition highlights TCC’s commitment to educating its students on the business management skills needed to graduate as practice-ready doctors of chiropractic.

“Dr. Sheppard’s unique understanding of the internal system dynamics of today’s insurance industry make him a great addition to the TCC clinical faculty as we move forward with implementing a practice-ready business curriculum,” noted TCC’s president Brad McKechnie, DC, DACAN.


TCC Names Dr. Brad McKechnie President

PASADENA, Texas – The Texas Chiropractic College (TCC) Board of Regents has named Brad McKechnie, DC, DACAN as the institution’s 14th president, after serving as the interim president since April 2014.

An honor graduate of TCC in 1985, Dr. McKechnie returned to his alma mater as an assistant professor in the department of clinical sciences. He also twice served as a dean during his tenure, managing postgraduate education and later overseeing external affairs for the college. In 2009, Dr. McKechnie was named to the TCC Board of Regents and he served on the Board’s Academic Affairs Committee, Postgraduate Committee, and the Finance Committee.


Texas Chiropractic College Launches Annual Fundraising;
Distinguished Japanese Guests to be Honored

Pasadena, TX -- Texas Chiropractic College (TCC) will host a diverse contingent of dignitaries from the Japan Chiropractic Association at its annual fundraising gala on April 25, 2015. Now in its 24th year, the gala is the signature fundraising event of TCC and premier social and networking occasion.  Gala returns to the TCC campus in Pasadena, Texas, where guests will be able to enjoy the newly renovated Student Center, formerly known as the Russell Building.


TCC Expands Principles Curriculum to First Seven Trimesters

PASADENA, Texas – This past September, Texas Chiropractic College (TCC) embarked on a groundbreaking curriculum expansion in its mission to promote excellence in the education of practice-ready doctors of chiropractic. The revised Chiropractic Principles curriculum establishes a solid foundation for the chiropractic profession by helping TCC students grow into expert practitioners of chiropractic science.

President Brad McKechnie, DC, DACAN challenged the faculty to develop a unique chiropractic principles course for each of the first seven trimesters of a student’s academic career at TCC.


TCC Names Dr. Stephen A. Foster As Provost

PASADENA, Texas – Brad McKechnie, DC, DACAN, president of Texas Chiropractic College (TCC), is pleased to announce the promotion of Stephen A. Foster, DC, FICC to the position of provost, effective December 8, 2014.

According to Dr. McKechnie, “Dr. Foster’s responsibilities as provost include coordinating TCC’s academic programming, infrastructure and budgetary matters with the president’s office. Dr. Foster will work methodically to administer the resources, training and services that students, faculty and staff need to promote excellence in the education of doctors of chiropractic.”


New Officers, Members Named to TCC Board of Regents

PASADENA, Texas – Monte Blue, Ed.D., past president of San Jacinto College Central Campus, was elected the new chairman of the Texas Chiropractic College Board of Regents during the biennial officer elections on July 20, 2013. The summer meeting of the Regents was held in conjunction with TCC’s annual homecoming and convention activities in Galveston, Texas.

Dr. Blue joined the Board of Regents in 2008 and is joined on the executive committee by Larry C. Johnson, vice chairman; Ken Cauthorn, treasurer; L. Bert Williams, D.C., secretary; and Armando Baños-Alvarez D.C., M.D., at-large. Johnson previously served the executive committee as treasurer.

Dr. Monte Blue, New TCC Board ChairPrior to his appointment to the TCC Board of Regents, Dr. Blue served as president at SJC Central for 25 years, overseeing tremendous growth and expansion in the college. He earned his doctorate from the University of Houston in 1979 after receiving both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Texas. Blue has been an active member in the community, serving as past president of the LaPorte–Bayshore Chamber of Commerce, the Southmore Medical Center, and the LaPorte Rotary, and has served on the boards of the San Jacinto YMCA and Economic Alliance Houston Port Region.

Johnson, who joined the TCC Board of Regents in 2006, is the president and CEO of Loomis International, Inc. He is a 1983 graduate of the University of Houston-Clear Lake with a degree in accounting and finance and went to work at Loomis in 1983 as a staff accountant. Johnson then worked his way up the ladder before purchasing the company in 1996. In June 2008, Loomis International was honored by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce as the 2008 Small Business of the Year.

Cauthorn was appointed to the TCC Board of Regents in 2009 and served on the finance, insurance review, audit and institutional advancement committees before his election as treasurer. He is a managing partner of Hampton Tax Group, which works with small businesses and independent healthcare practitioners to develop sounds business strategies along with personal financial planning.

Dr. Williams also joined the board in 2009 and is a 1975 graduate of TCC. He is the founder of Champions Chiropractic in Houston and is an active member in the profession and in his community. A 30+ year member of both the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and the Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA), Dr. Williams has held multiple positions of leadership with the TCA. He was also presented with the 2009-10 Community Leader of the Year Award by the Economic Forum at Lone Star College.

A member of the board since 2007, Dr. Baños practices in Pachuca, Hildago, Mexico. He earned his medical degree from the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hildago in 1991, then soon after enrolled at TCC. Dr. Baños earned his doctor of chiropractic degree in 1994 and has been a staunch advocate for chiropractic in Mexico ever since.

Dr. Blue takes over for Donald Krippendorf, D.C., who served as chairman for the past four years. He was first appointed to the board in 2005 and was elected to a two-year term as the vice chairman in 2007. Other officers who are rotating off the board are Jack Christie, D.C. (2006-13), John Felker, D.C. (2004-13), and Bang Nguyen, D.C. (2001-13). Also leaving the board this year are Alfred L. Cartman, Jr., D.C.; Ana Hernandez Luna, J.D.; and John Gentile, D.C.

New to the TCC Board of Regents in 2013 are Lambert E. Collins, D.C.; Peter J. Yeh, M.D.; and Oliver R. Smith, Jr., D.C. Dr. Collins and Dr. Yeh were appointed at the spring meeting of the board while Dr. Smith joined at the summer meeting.

Dr. Collins is a 2007 graduate of TCC and is the owner of Katy Lifestyle Chiropractic where he additionally provides acupuncture and nutrition services. In 2008, he was named the American Black Chiropractic Association’s Young Chiropractor of the Year.  He earned his bachelor of business administration degree from the University of North Texas in 1980.

A 1994 graduate of Northwestern University Medical School, Dr. Yeh completed a one-year internship in general surgery followed by a five-year residency in neurosurgery, both with the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He is currently an attending neurosurgeon at four Houston-area hospitals and is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

Dr. Smith is a 1975 TCC graduate and quickly got involved with TCA and ACA as he entered into practice with his father. He held many TCA positions including a stint as president (1984-86) and was honored in 1997 with the Keeler Plaque Award as the outstanding doctor of chiropractic in Texas. He has also been active with the state and national licensing boards, serving as the president of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (2007-09) and receiving its highest honor, the Arvidson Award in 2009.