Terry Elder, DC, graduated sum cum laude from Cleveland Chiropractic College in 1987, and maintained a private practice in Kansas prior to coming to National University where he has been an instructor in chiropractic medicine for over 17 years.
"Even when I was in school, National's program was considered the best in the country," he says. "What has always impressed me is that most people in positions of national and international leadership in the chiropractic profession are National grads."
Dr. Elder himself presents over 20 different seminars at chiropractic colleges and conferences around the country each year to share his expertise in chiropractic technique. He serves on the postgraduate education faculty of both NUHS and Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Dr. Elder has also been an instructor with the Motion Palpation Institute (MPI) for 23 years. He teaches MPI courses in Low Back & Pelvis and Cervical and Thoracic Spine all over the world, including Canada, Denmark and Belgium.
Dr. Elder is excited by National University's integrative clinical science curriculum. "Really, it's for the health of humanity to have this mix of health professions. It is the best thing to do because patients often benefit from different types of care. For a long time, health professionals have tried to hold onto their patients and not let them venture out of their little fish bowls."
Some critics of National have alleged that because it teaches broad-scope care, there is somehow less emphasis on chiropractic technique. "Nothing could be further from the truth," says Dr. Elder. "I teach seminars at virtually all of the other chiropractic schools, and I get to see their students' skills. National students have just as high or higher technique skills."
"Many of National's faculty teach postgraduate programs all over the country in technique, like Dr. Vincent DeBono and Dr. Edward Bifulco, so you're learning technique from recognized national experts. Many other chiropractic schools hire National grads for their faculties specifically because they are so good at technique.
"Most other schools spend the majority of their classroom technique education in posing the students' hands in a given technique. The students rarely experience the follow-through of the actual adjustment. Our students don't just pose. Instead, they have hours of hands-on practice with complete follow-through and actual application of the technique on a real subject," says Dr. Elder.
"Not only are National grads good at technique, they are more well-versed in the overall care of patients. This not only includes technique, but also includes rehab, nutrition, integrative medicine, etc. Our students are more well-rounded doctors," says Dr. Elder.
Chiropractic students at National not only benefit from Dr. Elder's experience and knowledge, but also from his tireless enthusiasm. "I love teaching!" says Dr. Elder. "I get to talk to smart, interesting and excited people all day long. The challenges of teaching are fun and very satisfying."