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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.”


TCC Students Present Research at National Conferences

PASADENA, Texas -- Texas Chiropractic College students Joseph Urrea, Gabrielle Williams and Kelley Humphries represented the College, their research teams and the chiropractic profession on Nov. 8, presenting research posters at two national research conferences.

joseph urreaUrrea and Williams both had posters accepted for the National Center for Human Performance Annual Meeting’s student research competition, with Urrea taking third in the competition. Humphries presented at the annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in San Jose, Calif. In August, Humphries also presented the findings of a spring 2012 research study, “Thoracolumbar spinal manipulation impact on exercise performance,” at the ACA Sports Council Symposium in Arizona. She won first place and $3,000 for the college. This is the first year for TCC to compete in these research poster competitions.

Additionally, TCC was awarded a $10,350 grant from NCMIC in August to help increase student research efforts on campus. Faculty and research leaders Dr. John Ward and Dr. Jesse Coats will be using part of the award to fund six $1,100 student research development grants.

gabby williams"As a faculty member and researcher, it's very exciting to have our students actively engaged in the research process here at TCC,” said Dr. Ward. “I'm proud of the work Joseph, Gabby, Kelley and many of their classmates continue to further the chiropractic profession."

Urrea presented on “Relationship between orthopedic hip screening tests and peak force production in unilateral isometric and dynamic movements” (Joseph Urrea, Robert Burdsall, Robert Byrne, Tim Lee, Brett Ramey, Jamil Vohra, Amber Watson, Barry Wiese, William Amonette). In this project, asymptomatic participants engaged in four different orthopedic tests (Thomas test, Ober’s test, Trendelenburg test, and Gillet’s test) which measured hip function.  After this, the participants engaged in isometric squats and other exercises to see how well the orthopedic test findings correlated with actual physical performance.

Williams presented on “Short-term impact of chiropractic spinal manipulation on cardiovascular physiology” (John Ward, Jesse Coats, Ken Tyer, Gabbrielle Williams, Shauna Weigand, Danielle Cockburn). This study measured how spinal manipulation impacted blood pressure, EKGs, pulse oximetry, and other cardiovascular attributes. The first part of this two-part study received final approval for publication by the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Theraputics in September and should be published soon. The second part just received final approval for publication by Clinical Chiropractic.

kelley humphriesIn San Jose, Calif., Humphries presented on “Systematic review of the use of complementary and alternative medicine by Non-Hispanic Blacks” (John Ward, Kelley Humphries, Michael Ramcharan, Caroline Webb). This project is currently under review for publication consideration.