Table of Contents (links)
2: News from IAFNR Executive Director
3: News from IBFN
5: News from FNRE Journal
8: Doctor of the Year: Michael Trayford
9: New course on addiction recovery
10: Teacher of the year: David Rosenthal
13: Functional Neurology books
17: Member News
18: Student News — Life West
21: Student News — Parker
Welcome to the inaugural IAFNR newsletter! Inside you will find updates on IAFNR happenings, news about your fellow members and students, and a marketplace for courses and products.
The newsletter is designed to be mobile friendly but we are open to your feedback to continually improve it. We would also like to hear from you! Please send your case studies, practice tips, news, feedback, ads, and more via email. Thanks!
—Elaine Marshall, IAFNR Newsletter Editor
Inaugural newsletter! | April 2018
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News from IAFNR
Janet Groschel, Executive Director
Desert Ridge Marriott Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona
The 9th annual IAFNR conference is coming quickly! We are thrilled to announce the event is scheduled for October 25–28, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona.
New IAFNR board members Dr. David Rosenthal and Dr. Ryan Cedermark have taken the great responsibility of recruiting new speakers and reviewing the requests from members who want to speak at the conference.
Each year, IAFNR truly strives to make the conference a step-up from previous years and make the speakers a more diverse group of professionals from all over the world.
IAFNR is working extra hard to make this the preferred conference for professionals and students. We have a fantastic location with plenty of sunshine, social networking events, vendors, and lectures and workshops for C.E. hours.
IAFNR offers registration and hotel room cost on a monthly payment plan. To sign up call (480) 926-1115.
The location for this year’s conference is the Desert Ridge Marriott Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona.
With an award-winning golf course, fantastic pool, and lazy river, the hotel offers comfort and luxury for all visitors.
Many of IAFNR’s lunches and events will be outside because the weather is usually wonderful in October. We always encourage attendees to bring their families.
This year truly offers a multi-specialty conference. IAFNR's goal is to integrate professionals from different specialties in the field of functional neurology.
To sign up for a payment plan or to learn more about the conference, please call
The full schedule will be released soon; check for updates on the IAFNR website.
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"The goal is to integrate different specialties in the field of functional neurology."
News from IAFNR continued
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Lucinda Harman, PhD, RN, Executive Director
News from International Board of Functional Neurology (IBFN)
The first delivery of the Childhood Neurodevelopmental Disorders examination is complete. We are awaiting psychometric analysis and will convene the cut score panel in the next few weeks, then deliver the reports to the candidates for the Fellow in Childhood Neurodevelopmental Disorders of IBFN.
We have very positive feedback from the CND exam. Most stated it was very challenging but fair. We will be offering it again, so go to the ibfn.org website and get the Test Prep Guide and the study sheets.
We are diligently working on the Functional Neurology examination and are in the Job Task Analysis phase.
We estimate delivering this exam in late August or early September of 2018. If you are interested, please continue to check the IBFN.org website for study guide materials.
We will be posting the job analysis results by mid May. If you are interested in contributing to the test development process, please contact Dr. Lucinda Harman at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone or text at (254) 913-0806.
The exams developed by the IBFN are very clinical in nature. They are case driven and you will need to be able to apply the course information as though you were in your clinic. You will not have many items that require you to “regurgitate” information but you will need that information to be able to synthesize it and apply it to cases.
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Gerry Leisman, Editor in chief
News from Functional Neurology, Rehabilitation, and Ergonomics
IAFNR terminated its contract with Nova publishers and is continuing our journal Functional Neurology, Rehabilitation and Ergonomics (FNRE) with InnoVision Medical Media as the new publisher.
We have completed Volume 7 and it should be in your hands shortly. Volume 8 is in the works.
We are proud that FNRE is now in its eighth year of publication considering the journal started from scratch; it is quite an achievement.
Our journal is represented in the indexing services of EBSCO, Cinhal, and Google Scholar among others. Going forward, the papers will be indexed and available on PubMed Central.
The disciplines that have contributed to build the literature base of our journal include:
Physics and Mathematics
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Clinical Neuro- and Electrophysiology
Science of Dance
Sports and Exercise Sciences
We have created a forum for the dissemination of novel ideas and perspectives that support the intellectual development of functional neurology.
Some papers accepted have already had a high impact. One in particular is the first case presentation of a nominal brain death case that turned out not to be.
Also, one of the first presentations of state-of-the-art tractography has appeared in FNRE’s pages.
FNRE has somewhat changed its format. Besides the editorial, scientific papers, relevant scientific news and notes, and letters to the editor to which we are accustomed, we now also have an ongoing section on case studies.
Case studies can be submitted by email and must use the “Case Study Template” provided in each issue of the journal, or you can request a copy via email.
Letters to the editor are always welcome and should include clinical science comments to be opened for discussion.
FNRE issues are available in hard copy and also in online format for members.
FNRE Editor in chief
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"We are proud that FNRE is now in its eighth year of publication considering the journal started from scratch; it is quite an achievement."
FNRE update continued...
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"We now have an ongoing section on case studies. Case studies can be submitted by email using the “Case Study Template” provided in each issue of the journal, or you can request a copy via email."
Doctor of the Year
Dr. Michael Trayford
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Making functional neurology more accessible
Dr. Michael S. Trayford was named IAFNR's 2017 Functional Neurologist of the Year at the conference last fall. Trayford is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist since 2002 and founder and director of APEX Brain Centers in Asheville, NC.
He focuses his clinical practice, associated research, and teaching on learning and behavioral disorders of adulthood (with a focus on addictive and compulsive disorders), brain injury with co-occurring substance use, and cognitive decline.
He is a published journal contributor, international lecturer, and sits on the advisory board for the Dementia Society of America.
Dr. Trayford’s passion for the past decade has been bringing together those in the mental health and neuroscience communities to more effectively address addiction. He teaches, mentors, and collaborates with providers and treatment programs across the country seeking brain-based approaches to addiction recovery. For more information, see the next page.
New course: The Role of Applied Neuroscience in Addiction Recovery with Dr. Michael Trayford
This eight-course, cross-disciplinary webinar provides a thorough introduction to the role of applied neuroscience, or functional neurology, in addiction recovery.
Providers will gain a better understanding of the brain’s role in addiction and what can be improved to facilitate recovery through the following course goals:
To provide a thorough introduction to the role of neuroscience in addiction recovery.
To educate on the neurological underpinnings and co-occurring learning and behavioral disorders in addiction and substance use disorders.
To explore assessment methods related to the neurophysiological, cognitive, and metabolic challenges of those seeking recovery.
To empower the learner with practical applications for use in their clinical environment to assist in the addiction recovery process.
Click HERE to register.
Functional Neurology for Addiction
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Dr. David Rosenthal was named IAFNR’s 2017 Teacher of the Year at last year’s conference. Rosenthal, who is based in the Dallas and Ft. Worth area of Texas, is known for his ability to break complex neurological topics down into information that is easy to understand and apply clinically.
“I like to teach to the left and right brain,” says Rosenthal. “I spent 250 hours preparing for six hours of lecture. If you cannot explain complex information simply it means you don’t know it well enough.”
Rosenthal has taught functional neurology around the country for more than 10 years and is the creator of the Rosenthal Method, a series of board-approved online and live clinical CE courses consisting of the following modules:
Visual Applications: Understanding the brain in relation to the visual system.
Movement Applications: Understanding the brain in relation to muscular systems.
Cognitive Applications: Understanding the brain in relation to internal and external environments.
Limbic Applications: Understanding sensory input and motor output of the limbic system.
Gait Applications: Understanding sensory and motor systems as they relate to ambulation.
Auditory Applications: Understanding sensory and motor systems as they relate to auditory processing.
Balance Applications: Understanding sensory and motor systems as they relate to the balance system.
Tone Applications: Understanding sensory and motor systems as they relate to tone.
Posture Applications: Understanding sensory and motor systems as they relate to human posture.
Vestibular Applications: Understanding sensory and motor systems as they relate to the vestibular systems.
Nutritional Applications: Understanding nutrition as it relates to the gut and immune system.
Primitive Reflexes: Understanding primitive reflexes as they relate to the developmental system.
“I’m getting back to the basics of functional neurology,” says Rosenthal. “I’ve created a program in which the information is accessible. It’s about making complicated physiology easy to apply.”
Rosenthal said fundamental to his program is teaching physicians how to properly observe a function not working the way it’s supposed to, testing a treatment application, and then effecting a change in patient function. He provides a system of tests a clinician can employ right away, breaking the information down into a sequence of applications that work within a bigger vision, thus integrating left- and right-brained approaches.
“That’s the meat,” he says. “The ability to observe and effect change. When you can do things to change people’s lives it’s fantastic.”
He teaches not only chiropractors interested in practicing chiropractic neurology and neurochemistry, but also optometrists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, and practitioners in other related fields.
For example, optometrists frequently work with stroke patients, and a functional neurologist can expect to work on cases with practitioners in other fields in an interdisciplinary care model. The Rosenthal Method teaches participants in various disciplines how to work together effectively to best manage a case.
“A patient diagnosis depends on which floor of the hospital they get off on,” says Rosenthal. “I’m building a network between different disciplines, teaching educational programs that cross pollinate between them all.”
IAFNR members qualify for a discount on the Rosenthal Method. For more information, visit the Rosenthal Method website.
Dr. David Rosenthal
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Teacher of the Year
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Teacher of the Year continued...
"If you cannot explain complex information simply it means you don’t know it well enough.”
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Functional neurology and nutrition
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Func Neuro Books
For the doctor who wants to understand more about the application of manual muscle testing as functional neurology.
By author Dr. Michael Allen
Brain function can dramatically improve and when the brain improves so does the patient. What used to be considered impossible is now a clinical expectation.
Neuroplasticity implies new organization with new connections; a rewiring. Health and sickness are the extremes of neuroplasticity. A plastic brain can either develop its optimal performance, which engenders health or it can take a degenerative course that leads to functional breakdown.
These two books teach the doctor innovative and functional neurological principles to apply every day to improve your patient’s health and enhance their human performance. They help the reader learn a new perspective to evaluate functional build up versus structural break down, which will change the doctor’s practice for the better.
Allen’s first book entitled, What Your Brain Might Say if It Could Speak discusses four simple ideas — “I Can’t Breathe!,” “I Can’t Take it Anymore!,” “I Lost the Words!,” and “Stop the Static!” — help both the general public and the doctor untangle any misconstrued notions they may have about brain function and leads them to discover engaging concepts their brain might voice if it could speak.
While the latest and greatest brain vitamins and minerals permeate today’s marketplace, Allen teaches the reader that improving their brain's performance increases its efficiency and can actually reduce its need for extraneous nutrients.
Since our brain controls virtually every organ and function of our body, greater brain performance means improved overall body health, vitality, longevity and achievement.
If you want a healthier brain, let What Your Brain Might Say if It Could Speak connect with you.
This is not your usual blend of nutrition and brain function.
What Your Brain Might Say if It Could Speak gives you all of the tools you need to increase your brain's endurance, vitality, speed, and clarity.
This includes new ideas on how to exercise for a healthier brain, the benefits of a cleaner brain, keys to improve your awareness, and how certain movements affect your brain's performance.
The second book, Receptor Based Solutions; Functional Neurology Every Doctor Should Know is aimed at the practicing doctor who wants to understand more about the clinical application of manual muscle testing as functional neurology.
It starts with a general discussion of fundamental neurological principles and progresses through a unique explanation of some well-known yet often misapplied primitive reflexes; there are even some new reflexes that have never before been discussed — such as the Modified Galant and the Upper Galant reflexes.
The text progresses to cerebellar surround inhibition, talks about what happened to a group of rats that spent time in space, and ends with a discussion of the pyramidal distribution of weakness complete with rehabilitation exercises to reduce its postural display.
When people purchase both books together, Allen gives them the desktop manual ($20 value) at no added charge. This manual has all the important illustrations and reference tables as well as notations where the information can be found in Receptor Based Solutions. Where the book will not stay open on the doctor’s desk, the desktop manual is designed to be available wherever it is needed.
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Func Neuro Books continued...
Dr. Michael Allen, author
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Welcome Rowen Cedermark!
Born December 7, 2017
Dr. Ryan and Elizabeth Cedermark
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Life West Neurology Club executive board
—by Elizabeth Wells, President
The Life West Functional Neurology Club has seen a lot of growth in the last few years. I'm excited to share what we've been up to with the IAFNR community! One thing I have experienced by leading the club is how dedicated func neuro students tend to be about bringing their best to everything they do. Seeing students grow in skills, knowledge, and confidence is my favorite part of running the club.
Letting students teach is one of the most important aspects of our club. We offer any member the chance to teach any neuro-related topic they feel passionate about. This has been such a great experience. As a result, we get to learn about a wider variety of topics and everyone gets to contribute to the club!
Since the best way to learn something is to teach it, we strongly encourage everyone to teach no matter where they are in the program. Every week I'm excited to see what the student speakers will bring to the table.
Each week we invite neuro diplomates to speak at our lunch meetings. Speakers are either live-streaming or in person and talk about whatever topic they choose. It is nice to learn from doctors who have clinical experience and can teach us about specialized topics and how to apply them. They also share their own experience and how they use what they are teaching in practice.
Other speakers talk about what it’s like running a functional neurology practice, or how to manage chiropractic school and the functional neurology program. We try to get a good mixture of topics, docs at different points in their careers, and different practice styles so students can be exposed to the large variety of possibilities within function neurology.
It’s a great opportunity for students to ask questions and learn from someone with more experience and knowledge than students can provide on their own.
We just started our "executive board" this quarter with a few students who are stepping into leadership positions to help the club reach the next step of growth. We are currently focusing on creating a beginner club curriculum, getting a functional neurology elective approved for the school, and looking for ways to raise money to get neurology equipment to use in the health center at school.
Since student leadership changes so frequently due to graduation, we are trying to create a foundation that remains so that each time there is a transition in leadership the new people don’t have to start from scratch.
We passionately believe that most students at school are looking for something like functional neurology, they just don’t realize all it can offer. We are working on reaching out to these students by addressing topics they care about such as brain injuries, sport performance, and childhood development. We show them how func neuro offers self-empowering solutions they can easily apply with their patients.
Our goal is to give functional neurology a bigger presence at the school and to provide interesting and helpful material to students no matter where they are in the program. We want students to be able to always keep learning so they can be the best doctors possible!
STUDENT NEWS — Life West
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Eighth quarter student Tyler teaching spinal tracts
Dr. Minh Tran, guest speaker
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STUDENT NEWS — Parker
— by Paige Russell, President
We are the Parker University Chiropractic Neurology Club, otherwise known as PUNC! For the last six months the service team and other PUNC members have met up at Cerebrum Health Centers here in Dallas and group-taught from the 5e Leigh & Zee, coordinated by Parker University Alum and former club President Dr. Jason McCloskey, DC.
The goal of neurology club is to meet every Tuesday and break down the complex topics of the nervous system to make them more palatable for any student curious about the intricacies of the nervous system.
We provide an impassioned support and study group for those seeking their neurology diplomate or fellowship.
The topics in neurology club are curriculumized to make sure that any student can walk into a meeting and immediately catch on to that week’s particular topic.
Topics are broken down into the vestibular system, the cerebellum, the neurology of eye movements, pain and the limbic system, central and peripheral nervous system exams, and many other topics that any chiropractor or chiropractic neurologist would need to comprehend to be proficient in their craft.
These subjects aren’t always student taught though; the neurology club has had a diverse collection of guest speakers to learn from, some all the way from Australia (Dr. Danielle Gregory and Dr. Wayne Todd) and many here in the US (Dr. Ryan Cedermark, Dr. Kyle Daigle, Dr. Brandon Brock, Dr. Ted Carrick, Dr. Matt Antonucci, Dr. Cedrick Noel, and more!).
PUNC prides itself on on-campus, multi-club meetings to ensure that any member of the club (or club-attending Parker student) gets a holistic understanding of the human frame, including primitive reflexes with the ICPA/Pediatric Club, Tytron thermography with the Upper Cervical Club, and gut-brain axis talks with our sister organization, the Nutrition Club.
We are extremely fortunate to be connected to a dense, service-minded network of doctors that host writing contests for club members.
This gives students the opportunity to attend a seminar or event they might not have been able to otherwise afford.
If you want to check us out or purchase our neuroanatomy manual , visit our website or find us on Facebook. You can also check us out on Instagram with the hashtags #PUNC #Neurd or #5HTSprinkles.
We hope to hear from you soon!
IAFNR Round Tables group
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At the IAFNR 2017 Conference
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Paige Russell and Elizabeth Scott
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IAFNR writing contest
IAFNR Lecture Manual
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