Mary M. Tuchscherer, D.C., Ph.D.

Mary M. Tuchscherer, D.C., Ph.D. joined the faculty at Northwestern Health Sciences University in 1985. She has taught courses in Histology, Pathology, Neuroscience, Neurodiagnosis and Chiropractic Philosophy. She has been the Chair of the Basic Sciences Department since 2002. She earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1987.

Her dissertation was on various aspects of peripheral pain transmission; and her current areas of interest are studying the neurological basis of manual therapies, the effects of subluxation on inflammation, and the science of applied kinesiology. Dr. Tuchscherer earned her D.C. from Northwestern Health Sciences University, then named Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 1991, graduating summa cum laude. She is currently the President of the Faculty Senate, a post she has held four times since 1991, and has been named Professor of the Year four times at NWHSU.

In addition to her work at NWHSU, Dr. Tuchscherer has a private practice in Chiropractic and Acupuncture in Northeast Minneapolis.

Session(s)

Role of the Massage Therapist in Brain Injury Recovery
Learn the pathophysiology of both ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke in acute and chronic stages. We will discuss the warning signs from stroke, as well as signs of recovery, and how the massage therapist can positively influence the recovery process. We will also discuss the current understanding regarding the role of neuroplasticity in the natural history of brain injuries.

CBD Relative to the Practice of Massage Therapy (Panel Discussion: Moderated by Michele Maiers.  Includes Jason Erickson, Mary Tuchscherer, and Rachel Niewind.)
A panel of therapeutic massage experts will discuss the pros and cons of using CBD products. We will explore the ethical considerations and scientific proof (or lack of) for the efficacy of these products. Attendees will gain a more nuanced understanding of CBD and whether it has a place in the practice of massage therapy.