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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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Brassard Announces Retirement as Texas Chiropractic College President

Richard G. Brassard, DC, FICC, FACC, a long-time leader in chiropractic is retiring as president of Texas Chiropractic CollegePASADENA, Texas – After 10 years as president, Dr. Richard G. Brassard is announcing his retirement from Texas Chiropractic College, effective Sept. 1, 2013. A Fellow of the International College of Chiropractic, and a Fellow of the American College of Chiropractors, Dr. Brassard recently completed a two-year term as the president of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges.

“It has been a great 10 years at TCC, and I’ve enjoyed working with so many wonderful people here,” shared Dr. Brassard. “I’m very proud of the academic changes we’ve made and of the high quality of the faculty, staff and administrators who chose to be a part of the TCC community. It’s been an honor for me to work with so many talented and dedicated people. I’m confident that their continued drive guarantees the future success of the College.”

For Dr. Brassard, one of the greatest benefits of being president has been the opportunity to meet and mentor the students of TCC. “It’s been very gratifying to meet young people who are considering a career in chiropractic, then watch them choose TCC, and grow through our rigorous program. To preside over commencement, knowing how well prepared these new doctors are, and welcome them into the profession as my colleagues is a tremendous honor for me as president, and one that I will miss.”

Dr. Brassard began his long alliance with TCC in July 1985, when he was first appointed to the college’s Board of Regents. He held his initial board appointment until 1991, then was reappointed in July 1995. He was elected to the position of Vice Chairman in 1997, then elected as Chairman in 1999. On Jan. 1, 2002, the board appointed him as president-elect of TCC, and he took on the mantel of president on Jan. 1, 2004. Also in 2002, the Board of Regents honored Dr. Brassard with the W.D. Harper Science of Existence Award, TCC’s highest accolade.

Dr. Monte Blue, new chairman of the TCC Board of Regents and past president of San Jacinto College Central Campus, noted, “During his long and illustrious career, Richard has been a tireless leader and advocate for the chiropractic profession throughout Texas and across the country. On behalf of the board, I want to thank him for his leadership at TCC, as a board member, as board chair, and as our president. He has continuously moved the College forward, and we will be forever grateful for his hard work.”

A native son of Beaumont, Texas, where he practiced until 2003, he followed in his father’s footsteps. The late Dr. Gerald M. “Jerry” Brassard was a successful chiropractor as well as a much respected and admired leader in the profession, and since graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1965, Dr. Richard Brassard has been a dynamic leader in the profession at the local, state and national levels. Notable among these is his long-standing affiliation with the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), where he was elected a Texas alternate delegate to the ACA House of Delegates in 1984; became a Texas delegate in 1989; was elected vice president of the Council of Delegates in 1999; became president of that council in August 2001; elected vice president of the ACA in 2003; and elected president of the ACA in September 2005 and re-elected September 2006.

Prior to that, Dr. Brassard had been active at the state level where he was secretary of the Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA) from 1979-80, president-elect of the TCA from 1980-81, and president from 1981-82. From 1982-83, Dr. Brassard was president of the Texas Insurance and Chiropractic Joint Advisory Committee. In August 1977, the governor of Texas appointed him to a six-year term on the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE), serving as president from 1983-84.

Dr. Brassard has led by example, and has been recognized throughout his chiropractic career for his level of excellence within the profession. In 1969, he received the Presidential Award from the ACA. He was then named Texas Young Chiropractor of the Year for 1975-76 and received the TCA’s Presidential Award in 1977. The TCBE presented him its Presidential Award in 1983, and the ACA again recognized Dr. Brassard with its Meritorious Service Award in 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1988, and presented him its Distinguished Service Award in 1989 and 1990. The TCA honored Dr. Brassard with its highest award, the Keeler Plaque, in June 1991, naming him the Texas Chiropractor of the Year.

When asked of his retirement plans, Dr. Brassard said he was “looking forward to spending more time with my fiancée, Dr. Yvette Nadeau, and of course with my daughters Michelle, DeNae and Tracy, and my granddaughters. With our new boat and the new house we are building, I have plenty to keep me busy. Plus I am continuing my work as the secretary for the International College of Chiropractors. But I will always be available to TCC.”