To be able to practice NUCCA, we needed extensive training in radiograph positioning, radiograph analysis, patient positioning…all before we even attempted to deliver an adjustment. In other words, we are the geeks of the geeks of chiropractic. Bring out the pocket protectors…
Twice a year, the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) hosts a conference. During these events, we train from top to bottom all things NUCCA. We don’t settle and get complacent. We train, train, train and always circle back to the basics of the protocols.
In addition, we take other non-NUCCA trainings to satisfy our regular continuing education requirements for annual licensing. This work is a labor of love. We are always striving to improve our clinical skills to be able to help our patients even more.
Dr. Young took it to another level when he enrolled in a 3-year upper cervical diplomate program through the International Chiropractic Association. He attended once a month, in-person trainings, in Chicago with a small group of dedicated colleagues from around the country. The program consisted of 300-hours of classroom hours, plus exams upon exams. This was a challenging but worthwhile endeavor. He now even diagnoses MRI upper cervical findings that are missed by radiologists.
Simulatenously, Dr. Tapia enrolled in a 1-year program, the Academy of Chiropractor Philosophers, through Sherman College of Chiropractic. Through this program, she gained a deeper understanding of the basis of the profession. She successfully presented her thesis, and has since served as mentor for other students of this program.