A Fond Farewell

Join us to celebrate and honor our campus on October 12, 2019.

A Fond Farewell Celebration 2019

As we prepare for a historic campus relocation, we invite you to a special reception to honor and celebrate our campus at 2900 NE 132nd Avenue in Portland, Oregon. For more than forty years, UWS alumni, friends, students, faculty, staff and trustees have grown and thrived on this campus. We hope you can join us as we reunite to remember our time on this campus and to bid it a fond farewell. The event will feature a reception with special events to celebrate the campus, as well as continuing education opportunities brought to you by our own UWS faculty members.

RSVP required for the reception.
Ticket purchase required for the CE event.



Join us from 4:30-6 p.m. on Saturday, October 12 to celebrate and remember our time on our NE 132nd Ave campus. The reception will feature a history video, self-guided tours, the presentation of the UWS Alumni Recognition Award and other special events to honor the campus. Light hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served. RSVP to save your drink ticket.

RSVP for the reception

RSVPs for the Fond Farewell reception have closed as of Oct. 9, 2019. For event inquiries, please contact [email protected].

University of Western States is pleased to open nominations for the annual UWS Alumni Recognition Award. Alumni from all UWS academic programs are eligible for nomination. Our goal is to highlight the exceptional work of our graduates that are Taking the Lead in the field as they advance the science and art of integrated health care. Nominations will be considered based on professional, scholarly and community contributions that represent the core values of University of Western States: wellness, community and excellence.

This award will be presented at the fond farewell reception on Saturday, October 12.



Clinical Practice Pearls For the Good of the Patient

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In conjunction with the farewell celebration, UWS is honoring our roots and providing continuing education by our esteemed faculty that have made our campus great.

Join us for four hours of continuing education focused on clinical practice pearls “for the good of the patient,” showcasing UWS graduates and faculty members spanning the era of our NE Portland, Russell neighborhood campus.

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Through September 16, 2019
Full program: $50
Faculty and staff: Free
A Fond Farewell reception: FREE (separate RSVP required here)

After September 16, 2019
Full program: $65
Faculty and staff: Free
A Fond Farewell reception: FREE (separate RSVP required here)


12 – 12:30 p.m.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Practice Changes and the Western States Experience, or Who Killed George’s Test and Should I Eat those Eggs?– Ron LeFebvre, DC

Presentation description: This talk will focus on some of the trends and changes in clinical practice over the last several decades.

Learning outcomes: Participants will become acquainted with the following examples:

  • Some of the current thinking on stroke and cervical spine manual therapy
  • The role of PIR in treating an upper cross syndrome
  • Changing hypertension standards
  • Update on the effectiveness of OTCs for low back pain
  • The hug up test to identify supraspinatus tendon tears

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Functional Nutrition: Clinical Applications in Pain Management – Christopher Browne, DC, MS

Presentation description: Chronic pain continues to represent a tremendous societal burden in terms of human suffering, healthcare costs and lost productivity. While some progress has been made toward less opioid-dependent pain management approaches, there remains a need to develop and implement lower-risk strategies for controlling chronic pain. Recent evidence indicates that nutritional interventions should be included as part of a comprehensive pain management care plan. This presentation will address factors that contribute to chronic pain development and their relationship to diet and nutritional supplementation within the context of a whole-person, functional medicine approach, helping clinicians to broaden their view of this challenging aspect of patient care.

Learning outcomes: Participants will be able to:

  • Describe key aspects of how chronic pain is generated and perpetuated
  • Differentiate the effects of various clinical imbalances on chronic pain
  • Recognize modifiable factors that contribute to chronic pain
  • Identify nutritional interventions that can mitigate chronic pain

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Interdisciplinary Pain Management: Lessons from an Integrative Hospital Setting – Jordan Graeme, DC, MS

Presentation description: Learn a unique perspective on what a chiropractic physician’s role in integrative pain management entails and how manual therapy best integrates and functions with other therapies. This presentation will also give a glimpse into various case studies on chronic pain management and the collaborative efforts between providers. Dr. Graeme will present how to integrate cognitive and pharmacological interventions with CAM services when managing chronic pain.

Learning outcomes: Participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the value of integrative health care for pain management
  • Describean approach to interprofessional communication and case management
  • Understand the impact of the opioid crisis on pain management

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
A Legacy of Lessons Learned: The Art of the Radiographic Evaluation – Beverly Harger, DC, DACBR

Presentation description: Musculoskeletal imaging has made incredible advances over the last few decades. Plain film radiography and musculoskeletal ultrasound are important first-line imaging modalities in patient care. Utilizing case studies, this one-hour presentation will address a few of the important lessons for employing imaging studies in the care of our patients.

Learning outcomes: Participants will learn to apply:

  • Strategy for improving diagnostic accuracy and preventing complications
  • Effective teamwork in the diagnostic process
  • Knowledge of common sources of imaging errors
  • Ordering imaging studies consistent with clinical suspicion,
  • A targeted search pattern to improve diagnostic accuracy

4:30 – 6 p.m.
A Fond Farewell Reception and Celebration


Total credits available: 4 hours

*Every attempt is made to offer programs as announced. UWS reserves the right to adjust program, faculty, location, dates, times and/or tuition to accommodate unanticipated occurrences, to limit seating, or to cancel due to insufficient enrollment. UWS is not responsible for any expenses incurred by registrants due to program adjustments or cancellation. Only those who are pre-registered will be notified in the event of changes/cancellation.

Cancellation Notice: $35 non-refundable fee included in the registration.
Cancellations made after October 5 at 5 p.m. are non-refundable and cannot be credited toward future programs. Cancellations must be made by email to [email protected].

Questions? Please call 800-215-3716 or email [email protected].

Hotel and Location Information

Traveling from out-of-town? UWS alumni and friends are invited to use our partner, HotelStorm. Book using the access code and instantly save 10-55% on hotels around Portland. Just go to the booking center and use the password “Alumni” for access.

Coming to campus for the continuing education and want to grab lunch before? Here are some of our favorite nearby restaurants.

  • Bistro 23
  • El Indio
  • Von Ebert Brewing
  • Honey Jar Café
  • MOD Pizza
  • Sa Bai Thai