Careers in Chiropractic Blog

This is a blog for the Doctor of Chiropractic program at New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) that I worked on for Elliance.

Selected posts:

August 3, 2017 – Research resources for chiropractic students

July 27, 2017 – Building Relationships: A Foundation of Chiropractic

July 20, 2017 – Healing a nation in pain with evidence-informed chiropractic

June 22, 2017 – VA Relationships and NYCC Chiropractic Students

May 4, 2017 – What is diagnostic imaging?

April 20, 2017 – How real world experience benefits patients

March 16, 2017 – Chiropractic and Nutrition

March 9, 2017 – Chiropractic Sports Specialization, with Dr. Emily Canfield

March 3, 2017 – NYCC Faculty Profile: Dr. Brian Cunningham

December 22, 2016  –  Alumnus Tim Simansky, DC, DACBSP, CSCS, and Chiropractic for Athletes

November 23, 2016  –  Careers in Chiropractic Specialization Spotlight: Pediatrics

October 27, 2016  –  How do you become a chiropractor?

Back in the saddle

If you would have told me two years ago that I’d be the exclusive writer for a biweekly equestrian blog while working at Elliance, I’d have told you to tighten the reigns on your crazy thoughts.

The pig-tailed fifth grade me at horse camp would have been pumped.

The beast that follows me around all day with all kinds of curiosities would have been overjoyed.

But I suppose that’s why I got a journalism degree in the first place — to learn and write about a million different subject areas. To go to the experts, and primary sources. People with real stories and real passion for their areas of expertise.

I’ll never stop learning.

So, 18 months later, here we are. I now know that there’s no place in the world like William Woods University’s distinguished equestrian programs. They’re a group of amazingly talented and truly intelligent people who are also completely down to earth, and great to talk to. They’re excited to share with me the outstanding things that are always going on: students who are pursuing equestrian to one day help veterans; National Championship-winning horses and students; a dedicated center for veterinary medicine; 100 percent career placement for their students.

Here are a few clips from the blog:

Selected posts:

February 1, 2017  –  Equestrian Career Spotlight: Horse Rescue

January 4, 2017  –  Q&A with Equestrian alum Leslie Potter

September 16, 2016  –  Equestrian Course Spotlight: Introduction to the Horse Industry

July 6, 2016  –  Communications Management in Equine Health

June 23, 2016  –  The Morgan: Strong will, beauty and a little serendipity

March 25, 2016  –  5 ‘Who-knew?’ Facts about: Western

March 25, 2016  –  5 ‘Who-knew?’ Facts about: Western

March 4, 2016  –  5 ‘Who-knew?’ Facts about: Dressage

January 22, 2016  –  Understanding horse communication

December 22, 2015  –  William Woods Equestrian Team brings home National Championship

November 3, 2015  –  ‘Catalysts for self-discovery’; Combining a love of horses with social work to do good

October 17, 2014  –  Off-saddle workouts to build in-saddle strength

I also work with William Woods University to write an American Sign Language blog. With Jordan Chepke, I write an Education blog and Undergraduate blog.

banner image by Ed Macko

Alvernia University – Criminal Justice Blog

criminal-justice-evidence-300x300We create these blogs for multiple reasons. They’re a place for the school to be generating fresh and relevant news. They’re a place we can utilize specific keywords that we want to reach the top of Google search. They’re a place for members of communities — for example Criminal Justice, Alvernia University, or both — to share interesting news on social channels.

Tales of Justice blog for Alvernia University’s Undergraduate Program in Criminal Justice Administration, include topics relating to news, professional development, career opportunities, course spotlights and more.

Selected posts:

June 30, 2015  –  Advances in criminal justice technology increase accuracy, accountability and efficiency

June 2, 2015  –  Reducing recidivism through education opportunities

May 19, 2015  –  Multicultural issues in Criminal Justice

May 5, 2015  –  Women and the Criminal Justice System

April 7, 2015  –  Legal Career Spotlight: Law Clerk

March 31, 2015  –  What about law school?

March 10, 2015  –  Top Criminal Justice Non-profits

February 10, 2015  –  White House proposed budget highlights Criminal Justice fields

Legislation Drafted to Euthanize Dogs Via Lethal Injection

By  on 01/09/2012

The Athens County Commissioners are drafting a policy that makes lethal injection the preferred method of euthanizing aggressive and unwanted dogs at the Athens County Dog Shelter.The shelter currently uses carbon monoxide gas chambers to euthanize dogs, a practice that has come under public scrutiny over the last several months.

“There has been a fair amount of opposition to the current practice,” said Athens County Commissioner Larry Payne. “Nothing overwhelming in numbers but enough valid issues were raised that I felt I needed to consider a new approach, and not just continue the current policy because that’s the way it has been done.”

The draft proposal sets three points for the shelter to follow regarding their euthanasia policy. The first is that lethal injection be the “first and preferred option to euthanize a dog.”

The second mandates that the current carbon monoxide gas chamber be used only as a last resort “if in the opinion of the Athens County Dog Warden it would be a safety hazard to a veterinarian or dog shelter county staff employee to euthanize an aggressive dog by lethal injection.”

Last, the proposed policy requires the dog warden to provide the county commissioners with a monthly list for all dogs at the shelter in the preceding month. The draft states that the list “shall include the number of dogs adopted, the number rescued and the number of any dogs euthanized.”

Those concerned with the switch to lethal injection worry about the cost and its effect on the shelter. The commissioners are currently waiting for a cost comparison of the carbon monoxide gas chamber versus lethal injection from the shelter’s dog warden, according to Payne.

Karen Kuhlman, president of the Athens County Animal Advocates, said that she sees the proposed policy change as progress. However, Kuhlman said that the group “will continue to work on this campaign until the gas chamber is dismantled, because that is the only way we can guarantee that it is no longer used.”

The Athens County Animal Advocates is a group organized to petition the Athens County Commissioners from gassing at the shelter. Their petition calls for a county-wide ban on euthanasia by carbon monoxide gas chambers, the adoption of lethal injection as the only allowable method of euthanasia, the dismantling of the gas chamber at the Athens County Dog Shelter and the formation of a citizens’ oversight committee to provide ongoing accountability and transparency of the shelter’s operations, according to the group’s Facebook page.

The commissioners will continue working on the drafted proposal over the next several weeks but are not expected to make a final decision on the changes until the shelter completes the cost comparison.

This story originally appeared on and can also be read here.

A previous piece to this story appeared here. 

Group Urges Dog Shelter to Stop Euthanasia Using Gas Chamber

By  on 11/07/2011

The use of carbon monoxide gas (CO) to euthanize dogs at the Athens County Dog Shelter in Chauncey has stirred much controversy this fall. The Athens County Animal Advocates, a group comprised of Ohio University students and community members, began petitioning against the CO method of euthanasia.Senior Karen Kuhlman is the president of the OU Animal Advocates, which recently became Athens County Animal Advocates in order to bring together members of the community for this specific cause.

“Our goal is to get the dog shelter to switch to EBI (euthanasia by injection) that is administered by a veterinarian, to dismantle the gas chamber and to have a citizens oversight committee to oversee this and create some transparency and accountability for shelter operations,” Kuhlman said.

The group is having trouble getting much information on the processes of the shelter, and have received “different stories from different people” said Kuhlman.

“The shelter only uses the gas chamber for aggressive dogs,” Kuhlman explained. “The problem with this argument is that the shelter workers still need to find a way to get an aggressive animal into the chamber which still puts the shelter worker at risk.”

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), “Euthanasia techniques should result in rapid loss of consciousness followed by cardiac or respiratory arrest and the ultimate loss of brain function. In addition the technique should minimize distress and anxiety experienced by the animal prior to loss of consciousness.”

“Gas chambers can cause anxiety and distress to animals because of the noise of the gas coming into the chamber,” Kuhlman said.

Gassing is considered inhumane by the AVMA when the animal is under a certain age, sick, elderly or pregnant, said Kuhlman. Shelter workers are also not always capable of accurately evaluating the health of the animal, which can result in inhumane euthanasia.

The Athens County Dog Shelter is one of few shelters left in the state that practices euthanasia by CO gassing.

The AVMA prefers euthanasia by injection over all other methods of ending animal lives.

The Athens County Dog Shelter declined to comment on the subject.


This story originally appeared on and can also be read here.

A follow up piece to this story appeared here.