Posted On: January 10, 2017
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Mar 05, 2014

DALLAS, TX (October 23, 2013) – Essential Formulas® (EFI), distributor of Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics® and Chia Omega® products, announced today the establishment of the Dr. Thomas E. Speer Scholarship for students of chiropractic attending the prestigious Logan College of Chiropractic located in Chesterfield, Missouri. The scholarship will primarily benefit adult students at Logan College wishing to launch a second career as chiropractic physicians. EFI will contribute a minimum of $5,000.00 annually to fund the scholarships.

Tom Speer, a decorated World War II veteran who participated in the Normandy invasion in 1945, received his Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree at the age of 51 and began his second career as a chiropractic physician. Tom had been employed as a lobbyist in Santa Fe, New Mexico prior to his entrance to Logan College. As a first year student, together with fellow students James Lehman, D.C., Fred Gehl, D.C., Ted Coffman, D.C. and Holly Schaub Lehman, D.C., he was instrumental in Logan College of Chiropractic becoming the first chiropractic college in America to be recognized as an “Institution of Higher Education”, as determined by the then-United States Office of Education at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, allowing chiropractic students at Logan College of Chiropractic the opportunity to acquire student loans.

He proceeded to assist Logan College of Chiropractic to acquire, in 1972, the bridge funding necessary to enhance the acquisition of Maryknoll Seminary located in Chesterfield, Missouri, which became the permanent home of Logan College of Chiropractic. After graduation and several years in private practice in New Mexico, Dr. Speer joined the American Chiropractic Association’s Washington, DC office and assisted the chiropractic field with various legislative efforts until his passing in 1986. His untiring efforts for his “chiropractic family” have benefited, and will continue to benefit, chiropractic physicians worldwide.

Individuals and businesses are encouraged to add their support of the Dr. Thomas E. Speer Scholarship by contributing to Logan College of Chiropractic in the name of the Dr. Thomas E. Speer Scholarship. Gifts to the scholarship are tax-exempt under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3). Contributions should be directed to: Ms. Patricia C. Jones, Vice President, Institutional Advancement, Logan College, 1851 Schoettler Road, Chesterfield, Missouri. 63017.


Dallas-based Essential Formulas Incorporated was established in 2000 as the sole North American distributor of world-renowned microbiologist Dr. Iichiroh Ohhira’s award-winning probiotic products, other dietary supplements and skin care products. In 2013, EFI added the award-winning line of Chia Omega® products, which are vegan/vegetarian alternatives to fish oils. A family-owned and operated business, EFI was founded on the philosophy of providing high-quality preventative, supportive and comprehensive pro-health dietary supplement and skin care products for the entire family.

Kelly Charles