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Sem Holloway
Easley, South Carolina
Working his way through Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic one day at a time.
Interests: Chiropractic, Star Trek, Motorcycles, Medieval Studies, Martial Arts, Magic and Juggling, Baseball, Backpacking, NASCAR, Philosophy,
Recent Activity
I must have asked that question (see above) to 50 DCs before graduation and I got a myriad of answers. "My first patient had no legs and I had been taught to check leg length inequality with everyone" related one Sherman graduate. "So I called my dad who is a DC (and legendary toggle instructor) and he said to check his arms, just be consistent however I did it." "It was boring. I just kinda sat there cleaning my office over and over until someone walked in the door. It was scary too, because I was broke and had all... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2011 at Dr. Jonathan "Sem" Holloway's Blog
I expected at least one parking lot in close proximity to the Bi-lo Center to have spaces available. I have been to plenty of concerts and sporting events and there was always at least a $10 parking space available. I guess Bill Cosby is a bigger draw in Greenville on a Wednesday morning than Aerosmith on a Saturday. Who knew? Now why was I at a concert venue on a Wednesday morning instead of working diligently on opening my practice? August 10th was the day that "Get Motivated" seminars came to Greenville, SC. There were so many attendees that I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2011 at Dr. Jonathan "Sem" Holloway's Blog
I don't think any school or program can anticipate all challenges you may face in opening a practice, but I feel very prepared for those challenges thanks to my education at Sherman. I was telling folks today at a meeting of business professionals, "Even though I am going into business for myself, I don't feel like I am doing it alone." Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2011 at Dr. Jonathan "Sem" Holloway's Blog
There are many things to do before opening a new business. To open the practice of my dreams I needed to form an LLC, get a federal tax ID, and spend a ton of money in fees for applications and sending transcripts. The South Carolina Board of Chiropractic Examiners requires transcripts from all pre-professional school so I spent a day driving around South Carolina and calling various Alma Maters. I have been making business contacts, building a website, and moving furniture. I must admit that the variety of work and the self-motivated nature help to keep me interested. However, I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2011 at Dr. Jonathan "Sem" Holloway's Blog
National Board Scores are some of the most important numbers for DCs. It isn't that the number matters, it matters if the score is higher than a certain number. The minimum pass score for all 4 parts is 375 with North Carolina and West Virginia requiring a 475 on Part 4 to practice. After that it doesn't matter in the slightest whether you got a 475 or an 800 (the highest score). You have the same degree, license, and privileges. Waiting on the scores has been tortuous at times, though not as excruciating as studying for the tests. To add... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2011 at Dr. Jonathan "Sem" Holloway's Blog
Wow, this year's Lyceum was one for the record books. Lyceum is a Greek word meaning festival of knowledge. Sherman's Lyceum functions as our largest continuing education event and our homecoming. It is always a good time. Some particular milestones and memories: -Giving my last tour to prospective students, and running the tour long in keeping with tradition. -Learning that I will share the stage at graduation with Dr. Susan Newlin as she receives an honorary Doctorate of Chiropractic Humanities for her unparalleled service to Sherman College and to the entire Chiropractic profession. -Rocking out to the Vitalistics, a band... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2011 at Dr. Jonathan "Sem" Holloway's Blog
Ah the wonder of the interwebs. Through the magic of technology I am able to schedule a log to post at a given time. So while I am likely sitting (barely) in a chair is Spartanburg at graduation at the time of this post. As of this post it is official. Dr. Jonathan Holloway. I will have to wait still for my board scores and license, but that is just part of the game. After graduation I will being heading northern Greenville county to volunteer at a summer camp for children in the Department of Social Services system. If I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2011 at Dr. Jonathan "Sem" Holloway's Blog
The Intern of the month program was created to recognize interns that perform skillfully and at a high level in the clinic. Typically, the intern of the month is a member of the XRI (X-ray intern) or ACE (Academy of Chiropractic Excellence) program. Notable exceptions are Brandon Tester and Micah Dunn. That intern's photo is posted in the classroom building and in the health center lobby for 1 month. There is also a gallery of all the past IOM for the past 12 months. It is something I have striven for but continued to miss. On a normal Friday afternoon... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2011 at Dr. Jonathan "Sem" Holloway's Blog
So I was sitting in Atlanta listing to Jewel's "Hands." It has been a tradition/voodoo ritual for me since part I. I always listen to that song right before boards. It keeps me focused. I completed testing for the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners Part IV this past weekend in Atlanta. The test format information is available here. However these are my thoughts for folks taking part IV in the future. Take Irene Gold's Review- No excuses, no whining about cost, no BS. Just take the doggone review and thank me later. Find someone who is taking the review with... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2011 at Dr. Jonathan "Sem" Holloway's Blog
52 days until graduation. My name is Sem and I am a bibliophile. It is nothing to be ashamed of, I mean we all have our demons. For me, the love of books and reading began at an early age. This desire was sponsored by my loving mother and my patient older brother who read to me before I was able to read for myself. I have always felt a type of magic within books. My collection, not including comic books is somewhere around 1000 , though I have gifted a hundred or so in the past year because I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2011 at Dr. Jonathan "Sem" Holloway's Blog
I had two patients cancel today. It happens. Ok, it happens often. Some are more likely to cancel than others, and there are as many good reasons as bad. As a result, I left for home earlier than usual and had a few minutes this evening to do some reading. Lately my only reading has been for board reviews and patient files. I have managed some audio lectures by Dr. Reggie Gold DC PhC on the ride to school. I am used to reading several books per month, anything from fiction to research, but my literary growth has been suppress... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2011 at Dr. Jonathan "Sem" Holloway's Blog
It is 2 in the morning April 25th, 2011. I have had two busy days off after 21 days on. I started the day with a long drive, nothing new there. I finished the day with a long drive, again, nothing new. While I usually start the day bleary eyed and end it dogged out, I started today generously and ended the day gratefully. A fellow student needed a car repair, and I volunteered to help. Growing up in the Holloway family meant you learned to work on cars, or you wore out your shoes walking. I have always been... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2011 at Dr. Jonathan "Sem" Holloway's Blog
65 days left. So I am taking NBCE Part 4 in May. The test consists of practical stations with case history and physical exam interactions with patients (actors), demonstrating adjustment setups, and x-ray interpretation. There are many ways to study for the exam ranging from individualized reviewing of notes, to commercial reviews. I chose to take a commercial review to supplement small group and individual study. So far, I am glad that I did. They do a great job of explaining the format of the test. It was simple enough to understand the format of parts 1-3. For those, you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2011 at Dr. Jonathan "Sem" Holloway's Blog
99 days left. To become and intern, students must past entrance exam. To become a graduate, students must past exit exam. The exit exam is a nine section test, both written and practical to evaluate you case management skills. I was less stressed for exit exam because I felt like I knew what the testers were looking for. The most difficult portion is the X-ray pathology exam. Most students I spoke with who took "exits" and NBCE Part IV said that the Sherman exam, though shorter, was more challenging. The other stations include palpation, case history, orthopedic exams, physical exam,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2011 at Dr. Jonathan "Sem" Holloway's Blog
Sherman's campus is beautiful. We have a small campus in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the southern Appalachian range. The campus is set on a former tobacco farm, but only subtle clues would indicate a past in agriculture. As such, we have the reputation of being out in the country. While this is close to the truth, we aren't exactly isolated from civilization. We are only 2 miles from Interstate 85, maybe 10 miles from downtown Spartanburg and 30 from downtown Greenville. We get world class music, art, and theatre tours. The Upstate boasts some of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2011 at Dr. Jonathan "Sem" Holloway's Blog
Thursday the 24th of February was Shadow an Intern Day at Sherman College of Chiropractic. The purpose of the event is to give prospective students an opportunity to see what it is like to be a chiropractic intern in our health center and to get an idea of what it is like in practice. I had a great pair of guys shadowing that day and I hope they weren't disappointed. We started out with a short tour of the health center and followed that up with observing a visit and two adjustments. They had the opportunity to see how leg... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2011 at Dr. Jonathan "Sem" Holloway's Blog
I only had one patient today. That counts as a slow day as far as numbers and statistics. However, when you take into account that one patient, today was huge. This particular patient was subluxated at C1 and T9.Since I took Dr. Ron's pediatric adjusting elective and his pediatric seminar, I felt very capable to make the correct adjustment. Adjustments for children are different than for adults. For patients that young, I usually use a slight vibration of my finger or light pulsing on the contact point rather than a thrust. Today, after the light vibration on C1 for 4... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2011 at Dr. Jonathan "Sem" Holloway's Blog
In an early quarter we take "History of Chiropractic." I chose to research Blair technique and present my finding to the class. What I learned in some brief research sparked an interest that has turning in to joy. The big parts of Blair are the analysis, x-ray views, and the torque adjustment. The classes are taught in the previously mentioned order, however, in the process of care the x-rays precede the analysis. So what makes Blair different? First Blair describes the misalignment of C1 (the top bone in the spine) as a track and sliding misalignment. -From These misalignments... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2011 at Dr. Jonathan "Sem" Holloway's Blog
You may remember my post a few months ago about the Academy of Chiropractic Excellence. We tutor students in the hands-on side of the clinic experience and can be identified by the black jackets we wear. A new part of the program is being introduced to groups of 1st quarter students and working with them on some basic static palpation skills. I met with my group for the first time today and I think this is going to be a good addition to the program. I love to help people; that is a huge part of why I chose chiropractic.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2011 at Dr. Jonathan "Sem" Holloway's Blog
With the new year approaching, I thought I would (or for us southerners, "figured I'd") try a little divination about the upcoming hear and see what's ahead of me and make a few predictions. Top 5 thing in my future for 2011 in chronoligical order. 1. Pass Exit Exam 2. Pass NBCE Part IV 3. Graduate Sherman College of Chiropractic 4. Volunteer at a summer camp after graduation, while waiting for my board scores and license. 5. Apply my knowledge and skills in my own practice, unsupervised, on a patient that is paying me to help change their life. 5... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2010 at Dr. Jonathan "Sem" Holloway's Blog
I try not to share random, useless, personal things on this blog. Generally I find some chiropractic relevance to a topic post. This one is a little closer to the useless personal side. In 4th quarter, I heard an instructor relate a story of motivation. She expained that her family purchased a name bar with "Dr." and "Chiropractor" along with her full name. The purpose was to give her a little something that she would use in practice and to have a physical reminder or what she was working toward. It was my hope that someone close to me would... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2010 at Dr. Jonathan "Sem" Holloway's Blog
I would like to thank everyone who has commented on my post and sent messages of encouragement and advice. I have been uplifted on down days and have been given food for thought from field docs and I appreciate all or it. Keep it coming. Here is a synopsis for those that haven't been reading my email. -"Rah, Rah, Rah" -"Come visit my office" -"Never stop learning" -"No really, come visit my office" -"Don't worry about student loans. Change peoples lives and the loans won't be an issue." -"Starting practice can be scary, but you will be fine." -"Schedule your... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2010 at Dr. Jonathan "Sem" Holloway's Blog
178 days left. (Continued from Part I) "But Sem," you might say, "We don't give two shakes of a corn stalk about what you do in the bed of your truck with lawn chairs and cameras. What as the point of telling us that story?" Or as Dr. Ron would say "How does that remind you of chiropractic?" When we do everything we can think of to be prepared, then do more, and then realize we have done our best, sometimes it just so happens that our plans don't work out. The problem is that no matter how good our... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2010 at Dr. Jonathan "Sem" Holloway's Blog
179 days left. I have to tell you, I love observing celestial phenomenon. I really get excited thinking about the cosmic coolness involved when things happen in the heavens and we get to see it in our front yards. As I sit blurry-eyed expressing my joy at looking up for long periods of time, you may be wondering what the heck I am talking about. Well.... Early this morning starting around 1:30 Eastern Time, their was a total lunar eclipse. I have seen lunar eclipses in the past, but no one has seen one occur on the winter solstice since... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2010 at Dr. Jonathan "Sem" Holloway's Blog
200 days left. Other than the education and training I am working for at Sherman, the most important thing I will take away will be a long list of good friends and a feeling of family that I hope is not lost with time and distance between us. There are so many good people that I will stay in touch with after graduation that I couldn't list them all in 10 parts of this 4 part series but I will note a few of the highlights, focusing on classmates within my quarter that I hang out with outside of school.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2010 at Dr. Jonathan "Sem" Holloway's Blog