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Dr. Brent Furnish’s CV & Education in Functional Chiropractic Neurology in Louisville, KY


Brent Furnish, DC

e. drbrentfurnish@gmail.com
p. 502-296-3581

Practice Concentration in Clinical Neurorehabilitation, Neurovestibular Rehabilitation & Movement Disorders, Vertigo, Dizziness, Disequilibrium, Balance & Walking Conditions , Neurobehavioral Analysis and Treatment

Education:

  • Indiana University 1973-1976
    B.S. Degree Human Biology Logan (minor in psychology)
  • College of Chiropractic – 1976
  • Doctor of Chiropractic Degree- Logan
  • College of Chiropractic 1979
  • X-Ray Spinal Technique, Logan College 1979
  • 2 year Clinical Practice, Logan College 1979
  • Post Doctorate Education in Clinical Neurorehabilitation-Carrick Institute 1997-2001
  • Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologists
  • Neurobehavioral analysis and treatment-Amen Clinics

Practice Experience:

Solo Practice of General Chiropractic from 1980-1997

Solo Practice of Clinical Functional Chiropractic Neurology (Neurorehabilitation) also in New Albany, Indiana from 1997- 2006

Functional Neurorehabilitative Consultant 1997- Present

Solo Practice Functional Chiropractic Neurology within Center for Alternative Medicine
concentration in Neurorehabilitation, Neurovestibular Testing (vertigo, dizziness and balance problems) and Rehabilitation, Neurobehavioral testing and Rehabilitation.

Concentration in Practice:

Clinical Functional Chiropractic Neurology since 1997 encompassing all aspects of Functional Neurological Rehabilitation in the human body. Specifically Vertigo, Dizziness, Balance and Walking Problems, Neurorehabilitation for most neurological conditions. Over 700 hours of post doctorate education in Functional Chiropractic Neurology, 100 hours directed toward Neurovestibular Diagnosis and Treatment. Neurobehavioral analysis and treatment of psychological disorders from an organic or functional neurological perspective.

Professional Organizations:

  • American Chiropractic Association (inactive member)
  • American Chiropractic Association Council of Neurology
  • Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist
  • (VEDA) Vestibular Disorders Association
  • Practice Affiliate with Amen Clinics, Dr. Daniel Amen M.D.

Licensed to Practice:

  • Kentucky by Kentucky State Board of Chiropractic Examiners ( Lic # 3677)
  • Indiana by the State Board of Medical Examiners and Registration.( Lic #08000655A)

Post Doctorate Neurological Courses Studied:

Neuron Theory & Receptor Activation:
Advanced components of neuronal structure and activity will be reviewed with emphasis on the relationship between environmental potentials and their effects on the central nervous system. Clinical applications of the breadth and depth of information will be emphasized.

Neuromuscular Applications:
Emphasis will be placed on the structure and function of the motor system in relationship to receptor activation. The relationship between brain/muscle spindle sensitivity/gain and muscle tone will be explored. Methodology concerning brain based activation of the neuromuscular system will be presented.

Peripheral Nervous System:
Structure and function of the peripheral nervous system will be reviewed with emphasis on the clinical syndromes most commonly associated with lesions in the system. The central consequences of such lesions will be discussed in relationship to neuronal function thus developing new methodologies of diagnosis and treatment.

Spinal Cord:
Detailed review of the structure and function of the spinal cord with emphasis on clinical syndromes. Also to be presented is structured methodology to differentiate between various clinical syndromes directly and or indirectly involving the spinal cord. Applications in the treatment of the spinal cord injured patient will be explored.

Reflexogenic Systems:
Review the structure and function of spinal cord reflexes from monosynaptic to cross cord reflexes. Clinical applications will be emphasized in relationship to the use of modalities in the treatment of central and peripheral based disorders of muscle tone.

Autonomic Nervous System:
Emphasis will be placed on the structure and function of the ANS in relationship to respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and genitourinary function and pathology. Autonomy concomitants associated with central and peripheral lesions will be reviewed. Clinical methodology involving diagnosis and treatment of neurological dysfunctions of the ANS will be reviewed.

Cerebellar Cortices:
Review of the major afferent and efferent projections of the cerebellum as well as the central/peripheral consequences of cerebellar pathology. The relationship of labyrinthine & central vestibular integration to ocular movement will be discussed in detail with emphasis on its clinical application.

The Brain & Its Environment:
Review of the internal and supportive structure of the brain with emphasis placed on the major afferent and efferent projections associated the brain activity. Lesions of the supportive structures of brain and the clinical methodology used in determining brain vascular integrity will be discussed. Applications specific to brain based treatments will be explored in detail.

Cranial Nerves:
Complete review of the structure and function of the cranial nerves with emphasis on their clinical syndromes. Applications and procedures specific to this area of the nervous system will be covered in detail both didactically and practically.

Lobes of the Brain:
Review the basic functions and structures associated with the frontal, parietal, temporal and occipital lobes. Methodology involving the use of optokinetic stimulations and other brain based diagnostics and therapeutics will be review.

Neurological Diagnosis:
Presentation of a structured format in approaching the neurological examination. Emphasis will be placed on reviewing the most common syndromes one may encounter during the practical portions of the exam as well as methodology to understand and apply non Cartesian logic.

Sensory Systems:
The major sensory pathways will be discussed specific to their structure and function. Central processing of sensory information will be reviewed in relationship to thalamic and cortical integration. Disorders of the sensorium will be reviewed and methodology introduced to aid in differentiating these disorders from central and peripheral origins. Applications specific to the treatment of the sensorium will be explored.

Pain:
Pain generating mechanisms will be reviewed from the receptor to central processing. Central mechanisms for pain inhibition and facilitation will be reviewed with emphasis placed on the clinical syndromes associated with pain integration.
Methodology specific to chiropractic modalities will be reviewed as well.

Head & Face Pain:
The most common syndromes involving head pain from migraines to trigeminal neuralgia will be reviewed. Afferent pain pathways from the face will be reviewed in regards to their structure and function. Applications specific to the facial pain sufferer will be presented.

Motor Systems:
Discussions of the structure and function of the major volitional and non volitional motor pathways. Function of the basal ganglia, cerebral cortex, cerebellum, brainstem and spinal cord will be discussed in relationship to the human motor system. Applications specific to the diagnosis and treatment of both central and peripheral pathology will be covered.

Electrodiagnostics:
Review of the general principles of electro diagnostic testing involving EMG, NCV, BAERS and VEP’s. The most common findings associated with these tests will be reviewed in light of various clinical syndromes. The utilization of these modalities in the clinical practice will be explored.

Neurological Imaging:
Presentation of a comprehensive inventory of diagnostic imaging specific to the neurological system. Methodology of interpretation of testing and practical applications complimentary to the neurological examination.

Clinical Applications I:
First module in six part series: Presentation of applications specific to the disorders of the human nervous system. The candidate will learn how to apply advanced applications specific to areas of the nervous system studied in the Graduate School Program of Clinical Neurology. The advanced modules will be based upon practicums and patient based paradigms.

Clinical Applications II:
Second module in six part series: Presentation applications specific to the disorders of the human nervous system. The candidate will learn how to apply advanced applications specific to areas of the nervous system studied the Graduate School Program of Clinical Chiropractic Neurology

Clinical Applications III:
Third module in six part series. Presentation of applications specific to the disorders of the human nervous system. The candidate will learn how to apply advanced applications specific to areas of the nervous system studied in the Graduate School Program of Clinical Chiropractic Neurology. The advanced modules will be based upon practicums and patient based paradigms.

Neuro- Vestibular Rehabilitation (100+ Hours)
Integrated throughout the course, where candidates are trained to understand, diagnose, treat and manage the spectrum of disorders associated with the integrated sensorimotor system. These disorders include dizziness, ototoxicity, balance impairment, gait impairment, tremors positional vertigo, migraine , labyrinthine contusions, vestibulopathology, Menieres disease, cerebellar degeneration, anxiety, Motion sickness, syncope, ocular tilt reaction, saccadic fixations, and nystagmus.

Introduction to Clinical Neurochemistry and Nutrition
This program will introduce physicians to fundamental concepts of neurochemistry, physiology, laboratory analysis, pharmacology and nutrition. Neurochemical application to neuron theory, substrate signaling, stroke and neurodegenerative diseases will be discussed.

Functional Neuology
Fix Your Neurological Problems

Neurobehavioral Analysis and Treatment-Amen Clinics
This program is for Neurologist, psychiatrist, or psychologists that wish to address Neurobehavioral compromised conditions and disorders from an organic perspective. The physician is trained in analysis via history, examination and SPECT scans of various Neurobehavioral disorders, addictions, and mild traumatic brain injuries. The clinician is trained to incorporate the treatment of actual organic functional neurological rehabilitation, along with nutritional protocols, to complement the patient’s interpersonal relationship counseling provided by mental health care counselors, psychologist or psychiatrist.

Diagnosis and treatment of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion
Epidemiology, classification, grading systems, signs and symptoms, clinical examination procedures, cognitive and emotional consequences of MTBI, the mechanism of brain injury due to trauma, the pathophysiology of MTBI, diagnostic procedures, prevention of concussion and societal consequences, treatment parameters for brain and vestibular rehabilitation, post-concussion syndrome.