By Nicole Park
Daily Titan Staff Writer
The SHCC is a fully-functional medical facility with a pharmacy, blood and testing lab and radiology and optometry services.
Doctor appointments, X-rays, EKGs, pregnancy tests and chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis tests are all free of charge.
Most services are included in the $45 health center fee which every student pays within their semester fees.
Still, there are some services that do cost a bit extra. These include full physicals, immunizations and several blood tests.
There are some services within the SHCC that are not as well known, such as chiropractor and acupuncture.
These are two of the most popular forms of alternative medicine, and both have been provided by the Southern California University of Health Sciences since October of 2007.
Harbor Eastern Medical Group, a local acupuncture practice on Harbor Boulevard near Brea Boulevard, charges $129 for an initial consultation with treatment. The schoolâ€™s contracted acupuncturist will cost a patient just $5 per visit.
Perhaps this is the reason why Dr. Sivarama Prasad and his interns have been booked through the fall semester since the second week of school. Prasad also notes that the slots fill up fast because his team is only on campus Fridays.
Due to budget cuts and furloughs, two Fridays a month have been cut for the 2009-10 school year, leaving Prasad with only two working days at CSUF a month.
To battle the effects of the furloughs, Prasad has been approved to take even more interns with him, by January at the latest.
For less than the cost of a meal on campus, students can see the doctor and one of his interns for relief in a wide range of conditions.
Prasad said the $5 fee is â€œnot used to pay anyone,â€ but rather pays for supplies like the needles used to puncture skin on key points of the body.
He is paid by his home school of SCU, so he considers his two Fridays per month at CSUF to be just another part of his job.
No one loses any money and both the interns and the CSUF students benefit, which Prasad called â€œa win-win for both schools.â€
Prasad takes â€œonly seniors at the highest levelâ€ for his CSUF internship program. These students are exceptional and about to graduate.
The SCUHS Web site states, â€œ(Acupuncture) can enhance recuperative power and immunity, support physical and emotional health, and improve overall function and well-being.â€
The CSUF SHCC Web site states: â€œAcupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. A form of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture aims to balance the bodyâ€™s positive energy by restoring and maintaining health through the stimulation of specific points on the body.â€
This is achieved by the careful and deliberate placement of needles along certain points of the bodyâ€™s meridians to unblock energy flow.
Also, for $5 a visit, students can be seen and adjusted by the chiropractic team directed by Dr. Brad M. T. Smith on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Smith is the supervising clinician over the internship programâ€™s training center at CSUF. Smithâ€™s interns, all of whom are in their final year of study before completing the program, hail from SCUHS.
Because it is what Smith called â€œmutually beneficial,â€ the interns are able to put in their 30 to 40 weekly hours necessary to complete the final step before graduation, while at the same time, CSUF students are offered phenomenal pricing for chiropractic care.
Local chiropractors, like Brea-Fullerton Chiropractic on Associated Road, charge $45 per adjustment appointment.
WorldChiropracticAlliance.org states, â€œThe goal of the chiropractic adjustment is to correct the spinal subluxations detected during the examination. To do that, the doctor applies pressure to the bone and â€˜unlocksâ€™ it from its improper position. The bone will then be free to align itself correctly.â€
A subluxation is the misalignment of one vertebra to the next.
Because this is an educational forum for the interns, no detail goes unnoticed and Smith insists on giving patients the highest in quality care.
Shereen Manesh, 26, is a tenth-term intern and will be receiving a Doctor of Chiropractic degree in December. Students of the chiropractic field must complete five years of school before graduation.
Manesh said that because this is part of their schooling, Smith and all the interns are very thorough with every student patient.
Smith reinforced the fact that this is not your typical chiropractic visit because it is not a business; it is a school lab, essentially, and because of this difference, Manesh said students are not only paying less, but receiving much higher quality care.
â€œWeâ€™re not here to push numbers. A visit could take up to an hour and a half or could be as quick as 45 minutes,â€ Smith said, depending upon the personâ€™s condition.
The most common complaint interns hear from student patients is neck and back pain, which can be attributed to heavy backpacks and prolonged sitting while studying or in class.
Chiropractic care can aid in easing tension, stress, headaches and even nausea.
Smith said because of unique pain mechanisms in the body, chiropractic care can relieve ailments that may seem unrelated, like nausea.