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Health Conference Has Students Clamoring for More Education

Published on September 30, 2013 by Scott Rudeen

Going beyond the classroom for professional development gives students a unique perspective in their chosen career field. Recently, students at Broadview University’s Layton, West Jordan and Orem campuses had the opportunity to hear leading experts in the fields of massage, medical assisting and veterinary technology speak on current topics at the Allied Health Conference.

This conference was geared toward augmenting both students’ education and the community’s understanding of human and animal health. Students loved the speakers and complained that there was not enough time. They wanted to learn more.

Broadview University, allied healthKeynote speaker Dr. Janeel Henderson spoke on nutrition. Her quiet presence and extensive knowledge awed the audience. She captivated her listeners with the research done on rats to understand the link between nutrition and addiction.

David Martini, instructor at Broadview-Layton, entertained the students with hands-on experience by snatching bystanders outside the classroom to participate in the demonstration of kinesiology techniques. His emphasis was on lower extremity orthopedic testing.

Rob Gibson, massage therapist and program chair for Broadview-West Jordan, taught that the body does not lie. He taught techniques in Applied Kinesiology focusing on holistic care.

Derek Kawai, program chair at Broadview-Layton, discussed sex crimes in the United States and how that affects massage therapists.Students were shocked to learn of the human trafficking that is prevalent and were attentive to the precautions and warnings that were taught.

Dr. Audrey Stevenson with the Salt Lake County Health Department mentioned that pertussis has increased 142 percent from 2011 to 2013. Her focus was on the spread of germs through coughing, talking, and singing. Surprisingly more germs are spread while singing.

Janalyn Thorley-Kilgo has been coding in the medical field since 1988. She discussed the changes happening in the coding and billing fields. Due to this change there will most likely be an increase in demand for coders. These changes began in Europe with great success in better diagnosing and more precise billing.

Esther Peck, Bristol Hospice volunteer coordinator, discussed compassionate care for the actively dying. It is an easy job to be there for the person but the emotional strain leaves a burnout rate of three to five years. To bridge the field from human to animal, she mentioned that the same grieving process occurs for pet owners. Also, Mandy Poulsen, CVT, introduced that pet therapy is increasing in this field due to animals’ therapeutic nature.

This fun-filled day of speakers ranged from entertaining to shocking. The amount of information provided was astounding. All who attended were grateful to the speakers and their message.

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