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GET TO KNOW DR. ELDER

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Robert E. Elder, DC

Robert E. Elder, DC

Robert E. Elder, DC

Clinic Founder / Director 

Office Chiropractor and Functional Medicine Doctor

Address:

2108 Schuetz Road

Maryland Heights, MO  63146

Phone:

314-567-7300

Email:

About Dr. Elder

I am a native of St. Louis, MO, and I graduated from University of Missouri-Columbia in 1986 with a Bachelors’ degree in Biology with an emphasis in Chemistry.  While attending the university, I was a pre-med student and became heavily involved in clinical research in the Department of Nephrology. I was involved in the day-to-day operations of data collection, surgical procedures and research paper development.

After graduating, I pursued a career in genetic research, working at Clinical Sciences Research Department/Washington University at Barnes Hospital.  I was in charge of sequencing a 2200 base pair nicotinic acetylcholine brain receptor, comparing it to data of other known catalogued genetic sequences.

During that time, I was also heavily involved in competitive bodybuilding, winning several awards such as Mr. St. Louis, Middleweight Class.  I suffered a severe injury that affected my right shoulder. I tried different treatment regimens but had no success. I was encouraged to seek out chiropractic treatment, even though I was already scheduled for orthoscopic shoulder surgery. Not only did chiropractic heal the true cause of my shoulder pain, which was in the neck, not the shoulder, but it sparked an interest in this unique field of natural healthcare that I was unfamiliar with. Being a bodybuilder and fitness enthusiast, it resonated with my core beliefs about health, wellness and fitness perfectly.

I then made the decision to apply to Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield, Missouri, which was ranked as one of the top colleges in the country for chiropractic doctorate programs. I graduated in December 1990 and immediately began private practice in January 1991.  I continue to pursue a deeper understanding of spinal biomechanics and have received a Distinguished Fellow certification in Chiropractic BioPhysics.  For the last 8+ years, I've studied independently with Raymond Wiegand, D.C., chiropractic physician, mechanical engineer and physicist as well as the developer of the Spinal Analysis System.

I have always considered it my ‘joyful obligation’ to continue to pursue knowledge that can be utilized to help my patients with whatever they suffer with or even to optimize health and/or athletic performance, whether it be with the most advanced chiropractic care, functional medicine and nutritional therapy or utilizing some of the many unique therapies I have available such as Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy (PEMF), K Laser or Spinal Disc Decompression therapy.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Robert E. Elder DC

2108 Schuetz Road

Maryland Heights, Missouri 63146

Phone: 314-567-7300

Fax: 314-997-4326

drrobelder@att.net

http://www.metrochiro.com

 

SELECTED OCCUPATIONAL HISTORY

 

  • Clinical Director, Chiropractor, Metro Chiropractic Centre, Maryland Heights, Missouri, 1995-Present

  • Chiropractor, Ballwin Chiropractic Centre, Ballwin, Missouri, 1991-1995

 

EDUCATION AND LICENSURE

 

  • Doctor of Chiropractic, Licensed in the State of Missouri, License #5913, 1990-Present

  • Doctorate of Chiropractic, Logan College of Chiropractic, Chesterfield, Missouri, 1990

  • Internship, Montgomery Clinic, Chesterfield, Missouri, 1989 - 1990

  • National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Part I, 1989

  • National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Part II, 1990

  • National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Part III, 1990

  • National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Physiotherapy, 1990

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Missouri, 1986

 

SELECTED POST-GRADUATE EDUCATION, CERTIFICATIONS AND DIPLOMATES

 

  • MRI Spine Interpretation and Spinal Biomechanics, Bulging, herniated, protruded and extruded disc contemporary nomenclature, analysis and differential diagnosis. Connective tissue physiology and pathology with aberrant biomechanical permanent sequalae, Texas Chiropractic College, Academy of Chiropractic, Melville NY, 2017

  • Contemporary Literature in Spinal Biomechanics, Normal vs. pathological biomechanical spinal motion both in a single motor unit and coupling actions. Interdisciplinary approach to mechanical spine issues and evidenced based care paths, Texas Chiropractic College, Academy of Chiropractic, Melville NY, 2017

  • Documentation of Spinal Trauma, Interdisciplinary approaches in documentation of spinal related injuries inclusive of connective tissue disorders and biomechanical failure. Clinically correlating history, imaging, advanced imaging and clinical findings to conclude an accurate diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan, Texas Chiropractic College, Academy of Chiropractic, Melville NY, 2017

  • Contemporary Literature of the Chiropractic Spinal Adjustment, The bio-neuro-mechanical scientific foundation of spinal lesion and the neurological pathways, both in the lower and upper motor neuron pathways. The autonomic sequella of the vertebral subluxation and the effects of the correction and maintenance of those lesions, Texas Chiropractic College, Academy of Chiropractic, Melville NY, 2017

  • Patient Intake, History and Physical Examination, Determining the etiology of the patient's complaints in a traumatic or non-traumatic scenario. Analyzing the patient's past history and review of systems along with the performance of a complete orthopedic, neurological and clinical examination to correlate both past, current and causality issues to formulate an accurate diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan. There is an emphasis on triaging both the trauma and non-trauma patients. Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards, Academy of Chiropractic Post Doctoral Division, Long Island, New York, 2013

  • Neurodiagnostics, Imaging Protocols and Pathology of the Trauma Patient, An in-depth understanding of the protocols in triaging and reporting the clinical findings of the trauma patient. Maintaining ethical relationships with the medical-legal community. New Jersey State Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Academy of Chiropractic Post Doctoral Division, Long Island, New York, 2013

  • Diagnostics, Risk Factors, Clinical Presentation and Triaging the Trauma Patient, An extensive understanding of the injured with clinically coordinating the history, physical findings and when to integrate neurodiagnostics. An understanding on how to utilize emergency room records in creating an accurate diagnosis and the significance of “risk factors” in spinal injury. New Jersey State Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Academy of Chiropractic Post Doctoral Division, Long Island, New York, 2013

  • Crash Dynamics and Its Relationship to Causality, An extensive understanding of the physics involved in the transference of energy from the bullet car to the target car. This includes G's of force, newtons, gravity, energy, skid marks, crumple zones, spring factors, event data recorder and the graphing of the movement of the vehicle before, during and after the crash. Determining the clinical correlation of forces and bodily injury. New Jersey State Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Academy of Chiropractic Post Doctoral Division, Long Island, New York, 2013

  • MRI, Bone Scan and X-Ray Protocols, Physiology and Indications for the Trauma Patient, MRI interpretation, physiology, history and clinical indications, bone scan interpretation, physiology and clinical indications, x-ray clinical indications for the trauma patient. New Jersey State Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Academy of Chiropractic Post Doctoral Division, Long Island, New York, 2013

  • Neurodiagnostic Testing Protocols, Physiology and Indications for the Trauma Patient, Electromyography (EMG), Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV), Somato Sensory Evoked Potential (SSEP), Visual Evoked Potential (VEP), Brain Stem Auditory Evoked Potential (BAER) and Visual-Electronystagmosgraphy (V-ENG) interpretation, protocols and clinical indications for the trauma patient. New Jersey State Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Academy of Chiropractic Post Doctoral Division, Long Island, New York, 2013

  • Documentation and Reporting for the Trauma Victim, Understanding the necessity for accurate documentation and diagnosis utilizing the ICD-9 and the CPT to accurately describe the injury through diagnosis. Understanding and utilizing state regulations on reimbursement issues pertaining to healthcare. New Jersey State Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Academy of Chiropractic Post Doctoral Division, Long Island, New York, 2013

  • Documenting Clinically Correlated Bodily Injury to Causality, Understanding the necessity for accurate documentation, diagnosis and clinical correlation to the injury when reporting injuries in the medical-legal community. Documenting the kinesiopathology, myopathology, neuropathology, and pathophysiology in both a functional and structural paradigm. New Jersey State Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Academy of Chiropractic Post Doctoral Division, Long Island, New York, 2013

  • Drop Table and Leg Length Inequality, The science and art of spine, posture, and lower extremity disorders. The total permutations of abnormal posture using formulas from probability theory delineated and a literature review on postural displacements as they correlate to patient conditions provided. The details of objective postural assessment and measurement reviewed. Chiropractic BioPhysics, St. Louis, Missouri, 2008

  • Xray and Posture Protocols and Analysis, Frequency and duration topics for establishing a logical treatment plan for chiropractic patients. Two types of structural based models for chiropractic assessment, interventions and outcomes. The first is a set of average and ideal alignment values for the upright spinal column and the second is an optimum static equilibrium upright postural model. Chiropractic BioPhysics, Dallas, Texas, 2006

  • Neurology, Posture and Systemic Health, A current education in posture related to systemic health and types of mechanoreceptors and proprioceptors. Relationship between abnormal posture and visceral dysfunction (Type O disorders). Nerve interference theory based upon deformation of proprioceptors and mechanical receptors from abnormal tissue loading in abnormal posture. Chiropractic BioPhysics, Kansas City, Missouri, 2004

  • Biomechanics of Spine and Posture, Review of types of loading of spinal biomechanics and stress and strain evaluations of spinal tissues during each type of spinal loading. Mechanisms of injury to the spine. Chiropractic BioPhysics, Hayward, California, 2004

  • Instrument Adjusting and Upper Cervical Analysis, The science and art of upper cervical spinal disorders with application to instrument adjusting for full spine postural subluxations and joint fixations. How posture displacement influences the upper cervical spine as well as normal joint kinematics and instability analysis of the upper cervical spine. Chiropractic BioPhysics, Greenville, South Carolina, 2003

  • Cervical Rehabilitation, The science and art of cervical spine disorders. Detailed literature reviews covering the crisis of cervical disorders in patient populations, the role of spinal manipulative therapy and structural correction of sagittal cervical lordosis. Chiropractic BioPhysics, Costa Mesa, California, 2001

  • Lumbar Rehabilitation, The science and art of lumbo-pelvic disorders. Detailed literature reviews covering the crisis of lumbar disorders in patient populations, the role of spinal manipulative therapy and structural correction of sagittal lumbar lordosis. Chiropractic BioPhysics, Chicago, Illinois, 2001

 

SELECTED TEACHING/INSTRUCTING/LECTURING/CONSULTING

 

  • Guest Lecturer, Practical Applications in Clinical Practice, Logan College of Chiropractic, Chesterfield, Missouri, 2005-Present

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

 

  • Elder, R. (2013, April). Verifying Persistent Inflammation in Chronic Whiplash Associated Disorder Patients-A Review. American Academy of Legal Professionals

 

SELECTED MEMBERSHIPS

 

  • AAMUAP - American Association of Manipulation Under Anesthesia,           Member, 2023 - Present

  • Academy of Chiropractic, Member, 2012-Present

  • Missouri State Chiropractic Association, Member, 1991-Present

  • International Chiropractic Association, Member, 1991-Present

 

SELECTED HONORS AND AWARDS

 

  • Clinical Master, Ulan Nutritional Systems, 2008

  • Distinguished Fellow, Chiropractic BioPhysics, 2006

 

SELECTED COMMUNITY SERVICE

 

  • Impact Ministries International - Treating Chiropractic Physician, Honduras, 2024

  • Boy Scouts Troop 301, Quartermaster, Webster Groves, Missouri, 2012-2018

  • Hope Church, Security Team, Hazelwood, Missouri, 2008-Present

  • Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce, Member, 1995-2001

  • West County Chamber of Commerce, Board Member, 1991-1995

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Dr. Elder is a highly experienced and knowledgeable professional in his field. With years of experience and a passion for helping others, he has become a trusted resource for many. Through his work, he has helped countless individuals achieve their goals and improve their lives. Get to know Dr. Elder better and discover how he can help you too. 

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