Dr. Paul Dougherty
1990 Logan GraduateDr. Paul Dougherty’s introduction to chiropractic came in junior high when he witnessed a chiropractic physician treating his father’s back. Ever since then, Dr. Dougherty had his sights set on becoming a chiropractor.
“I’m one of those people who knew this was the only career I wanted to do,” he said.
After earning his undergraduate degree in biology from Northwestern College in Iowa, Dr. Dougherty decided to enroll at Logan. There, he would meet professors, such as Drs. Norman Kettner and Glenn Bub, who would have a profound influence on his career, especially in the area of research.
Dr. Patricia Estrada
1999 Logan GraduateThe call to chiropractic came with a little pain for Patricia Estrada, DC.
Dr. Estrada was a student at William Woods in Fulton, Mo., struggling with a torn ACL when a friend’s mother urged her to seek out chiropractic help as part of her rehabilitation. That experience, coupled with her research into the profession, encouraged her to learn more. “I felt like it made so much sense,” she says.
For Dr. Estrada, visiting Logan made the difference. “I was impressed from the beginning. The campus draws you in and the strong focus on fundamental science was very appealing.” She says she looked at other schools, but Logan’s combination of philosophy coupled with the art and science of chiropractic won her over.
Dr. Rachel Bartlett
2001 Logan Graduate
Rachel Bartlett, DC, ART, LAc, CCSP has a love for sports and physical activities, which drove her to earn an undergraduate degree in physical education at the University of New Brunswick in Canada. But it was when she was thinking about getting a graduate degree in physical therapy that the possibility of becoming a doctor of chiropractic began to make sense.
“At the time, I saw chiropractic as a profession that was becoming more and more necessary and the ability to heal the human body in a more natural way was appealing to me,” says Dr. Bartlett.
Her father, a physician, worked closely with a Logan alumni who pointed out Logan’s reputation for providing excellent clinical instruction. Based these recommendations and family friends’ support, she made the move from Sarnia, Ontario to St. Louis and began her education at Logan. After completing her doctor of chiropractic degree in 2001, Dr. Bartlett decided private practice was the best path for her career.
Dr. Michelle Smith
2000 Logan GraduateIf there is a chapter in How to Win Friends and Influence People dedicated to health care, Dr. Michelle Smith might have written it.
She works in a rapidly emerging area of health care, where diverse providers deliver a holistic range of solutions designed to meet the needs of each specific patient.
Dr. Smith joined the Mercy in 2002 to lead the Integrative Medicine and Therapy Services department, and while the Sisters of Mercy were strong supporters of integrative medicine, Smith said there was a healthy dose of skepticism about it among the physicians in charge of medical care. That quickly faded as physicians saw better outcomes among referred patients.
Dr. Mark Eavenson
1988 Logan Graduate
“What patients see when they walk through our doors is collaboration in practice,” said Dr. Mark Eavenson. “Our patients benefit from a team approach to health care.”
Dr. Eavenson’s health care team includes medical doctors, a physical therapist, nurses and, most recently, surgeons and their support staff who operate out of his new 16,000-square-foot office. Employing his former training as a paramedic and registered nurse, Dr. Eavenson has created a patient-centered practice where access to a multitude of health care providers is achieved by simply walking through his office door.
Perhaps, the most unique attribute of his practice model is that every health provider—from the medical physicians to the surgeons—reports to Dr. Eavenson. In addition to providing his patients chiropractic care, he also acts as a health care navigator, ensuring patients efficiently access the most appropriate level of care.
Dr. Linda Smith
1982 Logan Graduate
Building Bridges to Chiropractic Care
The need for chiropractic-based care has never been greater. This belief, held by Dr. Linda Smith, inspires her to build professional bridges that connect patients and health providers to chiropractic’s benefits.
Over the years, she’s taken her clinical experiences from private practice back to the classroom—first, teaching Logan students and, now, educating future medical doctors and physical therapists.
As a guest lecturer and research collaborator for Washington University’s Program in Physical Therapy, since 1989, and the “Alternative Skills” course instructor for Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Dr. Smith links future health care providers to accurate information about chiropractic. Through her efforts to educate and collaborate, she hopes future chiropractors can spend less time knocking down barriers and more of their energies treating patients in the integrated health system.