Contemporary Practice

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  • 10.00 hours formal (CAA)
  • or
  • 10.00 hours formal (COCA)

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COCA is extremely fortunate to have secured two of the leading lights in chiropractic research and clinical practice in Dr John Triano and Dr Marion McGregor. As you can see from the accompanying profiles Drs Triano and McGregor have been at the leading edge of spine care and manipulative therapy research over a number of years. They have both published extensively in peer-reviewed publications and Dr Triano has received numerous awards.

Many of you will be familiar with the work of our first two guests, but may not be aware of Dr Randy Ferrance. Dr Ferrance is perhaps uniquely qualified in holding both chiropractic and medical qualifications in internal medicine and paediatrics. He is able to provide a unique perspective to some of the most common issues that chiropractors and osteopaths experience in day to day practice. This is particularly true with respect to paediatric diagnosis and management its place in manual therapy, as well as issues concerning childhood illness, vaccination and behavioural problems. This module reflects his unique perspective on this important topic.

John J. Triano DC, PhD.

Dr Triano is a graduate of Logan College (D.C.), Webster College (M.A.), and the University of Michigan (Ph.D.). He is a Fellow of the College of Chiropractic Scientists (Canada) and serves as an editorial advisor to the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (since 1986), to Spine (since 1994), The Spine Journal (since 2000) and The BackLetter. Dr. Triano teaches at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre Arlington, Biomedical Engineering Program. To date he has written 43 scientific and clinical articles and 12 book chapters. He is currently the Co-Director of Conservative Medicine and Director for the Chiropractic Division at the Texas Back Institute, a multidisciplinary spine facility.

Dr Triano is the recipient of a number of awards and honours including the ICA Researcher of the Year (1987), FCER Researcher of the Year (1989), AHCPR Service Award (1993), ACA Council on Rehabilitation Doctor of the Year Award (1998) and the DC Person of the Year for 2002.

Marion McGregor DC, FCCS(C), MSc.

Dr Marion McGregor graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1980. Thereafter, she completed a two-year post-graduate fellowship program and maintained private practice, research and teaching commitments in Toronto, Canada until 1990. Also during that time she received a Masters of Science degree in Medical Epidemiology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. After moving to the United States in 1990, Dr. McGregor began full-time work in research. She has authored and co-authored numerous papers related to spine care, published in journals such as Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Spine, and Teaching and Learning in Medicine. These include several studies related to complications attributed to spinal manipulation.

Currently, Dr McGregor holds positions as Associate Professor at the Texas Chiropractic College, Research Associate at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and is a private consultant in research design and biostatistics for various clinical research projects. She has also been appointed as a Study Section Member for NIH. She is working toward a PhD in Political Economy. Additional current interests include jurisdictional control and inter-relationships among the health care professions.

Randy J. Ferrance DC, MD.

Dr Ferrance graduated from Life Chiropractic College in 1987 following which he attended Medical College of Virginia gaining his MD qualification in 1998. He subsequently undertook a combined Internal Medicine and Paediatrics residency and has recently become Board Eligible in these specialties.

Dr Ferrance is currently a Hospitalist in Internal Medicine and Paediatrics at Riverside-Tappahannock Hospital in Tappahannock, Virginia and Medical Director of The Orchard, an Assisted Living, Dementia and Nursing Home Facility in Warsaw, Virginia. He also maintains a private practice of chiropractic in Mechanicsville, Virginia.

Dr Ferrance was awarded the Virginia Primary Care Scholarship in 1994. He is currently a member of the American College of Physicians, American Society of Internist Physicians, National Association of Inpatient Physicians, Medical Society of Virginia, American Academy of Paediatrics, American Medical Association, and Virginia Chiropractic Association.