Jack Bourla, DC: Dean of Clinics
As the Dean of Clinics, Dr. Bourla is responsible to oversee the clinical portion of each student’s experience on campus.
· BA in Cell and Molecular Biology
· Masters work in Physiology and Behavioral Biology – SF State University
· Doctor of Chiropractic – Palmer College of Chiropractic West
· Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers Program – Sherman Chiropractic College
· Private Practice in Redwood City, California 1997 to present
What brought you to chiropractic? After having had many careers, including lecturer in Biology at SF State University, Family Planning Counselor at Planned Parenthood, Administrator at Stanford University Blood Center, Director of Scientific Operations and VP at two biotech companies, owner and operator of three restaurants, I decided to settle down and find a real career.
My first wife had an amazing story with chiropractic where she regained use of her legs after having awakened paralyzed for no apparent reason. That experience began our years of chiropractic care, not for symptom relief, but because we understood that a body free of vertebral subluxation was a body better able to self-heal, self-regulate, and adapt. My son’s incredible story at birth during which a chiropractic adjustment enabled him to live is what keeps me in chiropractic.
What brought you to Life West? At some point in one’s life, we begin to ask ourselves “why am I here on earth? What is my legacy?”
I still practice and I am active in a number of chiropractic organizations. I believe that when we are called to serve at our highest ability, we never can do enough. I have been a big fan of Life West for years, despite not being an alumnus. The vibe here is one of encouragement, progression, diversity and acceptance. Those qualities fit in with my personal life preferences. I heard about the open position at Life West, I met the incredible team, and I wanted to contribute.
What do you LOVE about Life West? I love working with POSSIBILITIES. We often see people settling for what is probable. Life West offers the ability to expand to what is possible. We are exposing our students to that which makes our profession separate and unique — our philosophy. This will distinguish us from all other chiropractic colleges and ultimately from all other healing arts.
What do you plan to accomplish in 2018? In the Life West Health Center, our plans for the student interns include projects around improving our Health Center visibility in the surrounding community. We look forward to opening a satellite clinic at the Hayward Veterans Administration building where we will provide chiropractic to our veterans. We will also increase our presence at Mission Trip America. We will forge even stronger relationships with local community services (Hayward Adult School, FACES, Hayward Fire and Police Departments, City of Oakland, the Eisenhower Institute, and more).
We desire to have our graduates described as the best trained DCs to leave a chiropractic college. They will leave with the certainty of why, what and how they do what they do.
We are bringing as many objective indicators (HRV, Thermography, DynoROM, X ray and more) to the campus so that our graduates can locate, analyze and correct vertebral subluxations with confidence and competence.
We will utilize technology to streamline our processes and enhance our learning experience. We are building a business institute in which our students and recent graduates may participate to improve their communication and business skills, leading to excellence in building value for their patients and improving patient retention in practice. We are planning the expansion of our sanctioned service trips to include (along with our existing India Mission trip) China, Fiji, Latin America and more.
Dr. Oberstein has initiated a curricular change whereby students will be exposed to the Health Center culture very early on in their curriculum. He has termed this the “Bridge Plan.” We are looking at where in the curriculum we can introduce Health Center procedures so that the transition from Student to Intern will be smooth and natural. The Health Center is excited to participate in this groundbreaking change.
2018 will focus on fine-tuning our processes so that our graduates possess those skills and have those resources that are needed for them to serve their communities with the utmost confidence that their patients deserve. The team that has been assembled by Dr. Oberstein and his Administration is poised to make Life West the most impressive and effective school in the profession.