Member Spotlight: Dr. Charmaine Herman

By Sondra Thomas

November 15, 2021

Dr. Charmaine Herman is being saluted in our Member Spotlight.

Highly accomplished, passionate about chiropractic and advancing the availability of chiropractic education to people across all walks of life; and passionate about promoting chiropractic care, Dr. Charmaine Herman is someone willing to say yes to serving on committees that advance the profession. ICA member, ICA Council on Upper Cervical Care and ICA Diversity and Inclusion Ad hoc Advisory Council.

Dr. Charmaine Herman is a first-generation Doctor of Chiropractic.  The daughter of Jamaican immigrants, she grew up in Brooklyn, New York.  Dr. Herman received her undergraduate degrees in history and biology from the University of South Carolina (USC) in Columbia, in 1991 and 1992 respectively.  After working in environmental health, she returned to USC to complete a master’s degree in US history in 2002 and certification women’s studies in 2003.

After graduating from Sherman College of Chiropractic in 2009, she moved to Atlanta with her husband and began working at Life University as an adjunct instructor in the undergraduate college teaching history and biology. Today she is an Associate Professor in the College of Chiropractic’s Division of Clinical Science.

At Life University Dr. Herman teaches the lecture and lab for the Head and Neck clinical case integration course (CLET 3826) required for 8th quarter chiropractic students. Additionally, she teaches visceral diagnosis labs, clinical skills labs, advanced clinicals skills lab and the Blair condylar misalignment and analysis elective.

Dr. Herman has been an advisor for various student clubs such as the Blair UC Technique Club, Toggle Club, Upper Cervical Club, NUCCA Club, The Remarkable Practice and the Student American Black Chiropractic Association. Also, Dr. Herman was a faculty adviser for 117 students in the College of Chiropractic.

Dr. Herman is a member of the Blair UC Society research and college liaison committees, the American Black Chiropractic Association (ABCA), and the Christian Chiropractic Association.

At Life University, Dr. Herman is the secretary for the Diversity Committee, a member of the Black Faculty and Staff Association, Black Affairs Council, Rank and Promotion Procedural Committee, Title IX Review Board, College of Chiropractic Assessment Council, Research Track Committee, Diversity Council Liaison and Conduct Review Board. She is also the cultural competency trainer for the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

In 2016, she was the recipient of the Chiropractor of the Year award by the Blair UC Society. In 2018, she was recognized as one of the Top Chiropractors in Atlanta by Atlanta Magazine. Additionally, in 2018 she received the Life University Club Advisor of the Year award. In 2019, she was awarded Upper Cervical Researcher of the Year by the ICA Council on Upper Cervical Care. She has also been awarded the Faculty Excellence award from four College of Chiropractic graduating classes. In 2020, she received the Vulcan Materials Teaching Excellence Award that recognizes an outstanding faculty member who demonstrates strong academic skills in the classroom and provides leadership and support in other areas of campus life.

Dr. Herman, with her husband, Pastor Stephen Herman, own and operate Agape Upper Cervical Health Center Inc. in Alpharetta, GA.  The referral-based cash practice, opened in May 2013, has provided specific and effective Blair chiropractic care to their community and beyond.

Lastly, Dr. Herman has published upper cervical chiropractic and cultural competence in chiropractic education research articles. She has presented research at the International Research and Philosophy Symposium (IRAPS), the Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Society National Convention, and the Association of Chiropractic Colleges Research Agenda Conference (ACC-RAC) and at Life University Fall Continued Education events. Between 2014 and 2020 she has received six Life University faculty research awards for her research accomplishments.

The International Chiropractors Association is honored to feature Dr. Herman in our Member Spotlight.

BIO – Dr. Charmaine Herman (submitted by Dr. Herman)

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