Renowned Life University (Life U) Assistant Professor and Division of Chiropractic Sciences and Research Chair for the College of Chiropractic Dr. Christie Kwon was one of the keynote speakers at the March 15-16, 2024, International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) Gathering. Dr. Kwon joined chiropractors from around the world in Reston, Virginia for this transformational conference. This biannual event, envisioned to become a cornerstone of pediatric chiropractic care, marked a pivotal moment in the profession’s evolution. With the passing of Dr. Jeanne Ohm, a pioneer in pediatric chiropractic, the leadership baton passed to her eldest son, Dr. Justin Ohm, heralding a new era of innovation and intimacy within the program.

“The ICPA Gathering serves as a beacon for like-minded chiropractors, particularly those holding a Certification by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics (CACCP) and Diplomate in the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics (DACCP).

As a member of the Academy of Chiropractic Family Practice overseeing testing and certification for ICPA programs, I’ve been privileged to witness the organization’s growth and influence firsthand,” said Dr. Kwon.

This year, Dr. Kwon was honored to address the Gathering, as she offered insights into the “symbiotic relationship between research, patient care and public perception within Chiropractic. Despite misconceptions surrounding evidence-based practices in perinatal care, it’s imperative to debunk the myth of a dichotomy between evidence and intuition in Chiropractic. Both Dr. Jeanne and Dr. Justin Ohm exemplify this synergy, embodying a blend of intuition and evidence-based practice to ensure the profession’s integrity and efficacy,” said Dr. Kwon.

Kwon emphasized the global responsibility of U.S.-based chiropractors to spearhead research initiatives that benefit practitioners worldwide. In an interconnected profession, collaboration and knowledge-sharing are paramount, particularly in confronting regulatory challenges, as seen in countries like Australia.

“By proactively generating evidence to support pediatric chiropractic care, we fortify the profession against future hurdles and elevate standards of practice universally,” said Dr. Kwon.

In her presentation, Dr. Kwon advocated for a “paradigm shift in research methodology, moving beyond traditional gold standards toward participatory and community-based approaches.

Dr. Kwon shared that Dr. Lawrence Green’s work underscores the disconnect between research and patient care, highlighting the need for studies aligned with patient priorities and experiences.

“By embracing primordial prevention and integrating chiropractic care into routine wellness practices, we empower individuals to proactively safeguard their health from infancy through adulthood,” Dr. Kwon explained.

During her talk, Dr. Kwon showcased Mrs. Samantha Long’s groundbreaking research at Life U. Currently a chiropractic student in the Research Track, Long conducted an extensive survey on chiropractic care, drawing from a pool of over 1,100 subjects. Her findings shed light on the significant benefits of early chiropractic intervention for childhood health outcomes. Long’s commitment and hard work exemplify the capacity of young scholars to instigate impactful change within the field.

“I shared insights from my recent publication on the epidemiology and prevalence of pediatric chiropractic care, underscoring the widespread demand and efficacy of chiropractic interventions across diverse populations,” noted Dr. Kwon. “By leveraging research to validate the efficacy of chiropractic care, we cultivate a culture of evidence-based practice rooted in patient-centered outcomes.”

Life U was well represented by Dr. Kwon at this year’s ICPA Gathering, as she played an important role by sharing invaluable research and continuing to live through Lasting Purpose by embracing the spirit of collaboration, innovation and inquiry for the profession. Together, Dr. Kwon and Life U have the power to shape the future of pediatric chiropractic care, ensuring optimal health and wellness for generations to come.

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