Prospective Speakers

Are you interested in becoming a speaker for a Homecoming event? Please complete and submit the Speaker Application form to be considered for a program. Acrobat Reader is required. Completed forms may be typed or hand-written and submitted via mail, fax or e-mail. Please contact heather.starr@palmer.edu with any questions.

2014 Speakers


Anna Allen 

 Anna Allen, R.N., M.S.N., C.L.N.C. is a professional relations representative for NCMIC Chiropractic Group. She received a bachelor's degree in nursing from Grandview College and a master's degree in nursing education and administration from Drake University. She has conceived, planned and presented workshops nationally on health care fraud and care of chronically ill patients, plus given hundreds of other presentations throughout the United States. Ms. Allen is an adjunct professor for post-graduate education at National University of Health Sciences and is an adjunct assistant professor to the postgraduate and continuing education faculty of New York Chiropractic College.   


Cody Allen, CRSP, is a graduate of Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa. He has more than 10 years of experience in the financial industry and has attended Cannon Financial Trust School for administration and retirement planning. He also holds the designation of CRSP (Certified Retirement Services Professional). Mr. Allen is an active member of the Quad Cities Young Professionals Network. His responsibilities include business development, new customer relationships and retirement plan administration. 


Michelle Barber   
Michelle Barber, D.C., earned a Master of Social Work degree from Ohio State University in 1993, and worked in the child and family welfare field for six years. She graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2000 and has practiced in Colorado, Ohio, and currently in Rock Island, Ill. She started her career at Palmer College as a resident in the Rehabilitation and Sports Injury Department, then joined the Palmer clinic faculty in 2008. In June 2011 she joined Palmer’s Division of Life Sciences faculty and is currently an assistant professor. Dr. Barber has received the Faculty of the Year Award from the Student Council every year since 2008, as well as the ICAA Female Chiropractic Achievement Award in 2010. She was named Palmer’s Outstanding Faculty of the Year in 2011. Dr. Barber has presented seminars on various topics related to sports injuries in the female athlete, evidence-based clinical practice, and active learning in education and has also been published in peer-reviewed journals. 


David Beck
David Beck is a director with RSM McGladrey, Inc., and McGladrey & Pullen LLP’s Central Plains Practice. He has been with the firm for more than 14 years. Mr. Beck specializes in serving manufacturing, distribution and professional service organizations and physician practices. He provides tax planning and compliance services as well as business advice to closely-held, entrepreneurial businesses and their owners. Some specific areas of expertise include entity selection, S corporation taxation, stock options and corporate ownership of aircraft as well as IRS audit representation.


Charles L. Blum, D.C., is in private practice in Santa Monica, Calif., director of research for Sacro Occipital Technique Organization - USA, adjunct research faculty member at Cleveland Chiropractic College, and teaches the Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT) elective at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s San Jose campus and the Southern California University of Health Sciences. 

 


Ron Boesch
Ron Boesch, D.C., is a 1991 graduate of Palmer’s Davenport Campus and is the Dean of Clinics on the Davenport Campus. He started in private practice in 1991, moved to the clinical teaching arena in 1999 and has had subsequent administrative appointments. Dr. Boesch has spent long hours in the study of neurology, pain management and quality assurance. He has a strong interest in sports injuries and working with athletes of all ages.


Alana Callender, Ed.D., is the Senior Director for the Palmer Foundation for Chiropractic History. She has been gathering, recording and sharing chiropractic history through publications, presentations, and exhibitions for 30 years.


Mark Charrette
Mark Charrette, D.C. is a 1980 summa cum laude graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. He has authored a book on extremity adjusting, produced an instructional video series, is a frequent guest speaker at various chiropractic colleges, and has taught over fourteen hundred seminars worldwide. His lively seminars on extremity adjusting, biomechanics, and spinal adjusting techniques emphasize a practical, hands-on approach.


Cheryl Child, D.O., was in the first class of women admitted to the University of Virginia in 1970, and graduated cum laude with a B.A. in 1974. She graduated with a Doctor of Osteopathy degree from Des Moines University (formerly “University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences”) in 1983, and received the “Ram’s Head” award for outstanding achievement and aptitude with osteopathic manipulative medicine. Dr. Child completed her internship at Humana Hospital of the Palm Beaches, and practiced osteopathic medicine in private practice for 22 years. In 2008 she finished a two-year fellowship with the American Academy of Anti-aging, Functional and Regenerative Medicine, passing boards to become a Diplomate in the A4M at that time. In 2012 Dr. Child retired from practice to become a fully integrated certified health coach and business coach with Take Shape for Life, focused on empowering, guiding and supporting individuals to create their own optimal health. 


Gerard W. Clum, D.C., a 1973 Palmer College of Chiropractic graduate has been a faculty member at Palmer College of Chiropractic, a founding faculty member at Life Chiropractic College (now Life University) and first president of Life Chiropractic College West holding office from January 1981 through January 2011. Dr. Clum served on the board of directors or as an officer of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC), the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the International Chiropractors Association (ICA), the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), the Chiropractic Summit and the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC). He presently serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the F4CP, as Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC) and as a member of the Council of the WFC. Since retiring from the presidency of Life West as President Emeritus he accepted an appointment as Presidential Liaison for External Affairs at Life University. He has also been appointed the director of The Octagon, a think-tank sponsored by Life University. In addition, he serves as a consultant and expert witness in matters related to chiropractic practice/care. He has been recognized as “Chiropractor of the Year” by ICA, “Man of the Year” by Dynamic Chiropractic and as one of the top five leaders of the chiropractic profession in a Dynamic Chiropractic readers’ poll. He has lectured throughout the world and has been recognized and honored for his efforts over the years by international, national, state and local groups.


 Christopher Colloca, D.C., is a world renowned chiropractic researcher, educator, and inventor. The CEO and Founder of Neuromechanical Innovations, a research-based medical device manufacturer and postgraduate education company with its headquarters in Chandler, Ariz., Dr. Colloca has given hundreds of lectures to thousands of chiropractors and medical physicians on six of the seven continents. Among his patented works include his invention of the Impulse Adjusting Instrument®, a chiropractic treatment device used in thousands of chiropractic offices around the world, and Impulse IQ®, a computerized instrument for dynamic spinal analysis and treatment. Dr. Colloca’s inventions have revolutionized chiropractic practice changing the game from traditional manual methods to technologically advanced techniques that are easier on doctors and patients alike. He graduated cum laude from Life College of Chiropractic in Marietta, Ga., in 1995. His award-winning original research has been presented at numerous international scientific conferences resulting in more than fifty scientific journal publications. A distinguished scientist, Dr. Colloca has multi-disciplinary research collaborations around the world and he is a reviewer for the Journal of Biomechanics, Spine, and European Spine Journal, among others. Entrepreneurially, Dr. Colloca has created a multi-million dollar business from ground zero from his core values in innovation, leadership and vision.

 


James Cox, D.C., graduated from National College of Chiropractic in 1963. Dr. Cox is a Diplomat of the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology, the author of several textbooks, including "Low Back Pain: Mechanism, Diagnosis, Treatment," now it in its 6th edition, and "Neck, Shoulder and Arm Pain: Mechanism, Diagnosis, Treatment," now in its 3rd edition. Dr. Cox also is a private practitioner in Fort Wayne, Ind., at Cox Chiropractic Clinic, a division of Chiropractic Associates.



Lou Freedman, D.C.


Mary Frost, D.C.
Mary Frost, D.C. graduated from Palmer in 1996. After graduation, she moved to Arizona and was in private practice with her husband for 11 years. Dr. Frost is an assistant professor in the Philosophy and Practice Management Department. She currently teaches Healthcare Marketing, Financial Management, Practice Management, Regulatory Issues and Planning for Success. Previously, she was a part-time faculty clinician in the Palmer Community Clinics. Dr. Frost enjoys her role as instructor and business coach for Palmer’s students. She has twice been awarded Faculty of the Year by the students of Palmer College. Since accepting her position at Palmer, she has been an invited speaker at Palmer Homecomings on all three campuses and at community events. She has been both a presenter and workshop panelist at Association of Chiropractic Colleges Research Agenda Conferences. In 2013, her scientific article: Using computer assisted learning to engage diverse learning styles in understanding business management principles, was published in the Journal of Chiropractic Education.


Christine Goertz 
Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D., is the vice chancellor for research and health policy at Palmer College of Chiropractic. She received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University and her Ph.D. in Health Services Research, Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining Palmer College, she spent four years as an independent scientist and in research administration positions of increasing responsibility at the Samueli Institute. Before that Dr. Goertz was a Program Officer at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), National Institutes of Health (NIH), managing a $50 million portfolio focused on musculoskeletal disease, pain, and health services research. Her research interests are primarily focused on CAM treatments for cardiovascular disease and pain syndromes. She currently serves as a member of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors and is Chair of the PCORI Program Development Committee. She is also Chair of the American Chiropractic Association Performance Measurement Workgroup, and a member of the American Medical Association, Measures Implementation and Evaluation Advisory Committee, Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement. 


Deed Harrison, D.C., graduated from Life Chiropractic College West in 1996. He has authored 50 spinal research articles. Dr. Harrison is a reviewer for the orthopedic journal Spine, a certified instructor for CBP Seminars, and is the vice-president of CBP Nonprofit, Inc. Additionally, he maintains a clinical practice in Elko, Nev. 

 


 Nate Hinkeldey
Nate Hinkeldey, D.C., is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic. Prior to enrolling at Palmer, he earned a degree in Biology from Iowa State University. During his time at Palmer, he was a part of the Vogt Leadership Society, served as the President of Motion Palpation, was an intern in the Chiropractic Rehabilitation and Sports Injury Department and Active Care Lab, and was nominated for the John Connolly Award for most outstanding graduate. Dr. Hinkeldey also was fortunate enough to be chosen for a DoD/VA internship at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, M.D. This was an integrative experience consisting of two parts. First, he delivered chiropractic care to our nation’s heroes, and second, he participated in morning report and rotated with medical residents and interns through many different departments at the hospital. This experience stressed the importance of service and evidenced based multi-modal care models. Following graduation, he opened Team Chiropractic and Rehabilitation in Johnston, Iowa, and he also teaches at Des Moines Area Community College. In addition, he is the chiropractor for Grand View University Sports Medicine Team, and he speaks nationally as an instructor for Graston Technique.


Bharon Hoag, is the Ohio State Chiropractic Association’s (OSCA) executive director and has been a leader in the business aspect of health care in America for almost two decades. He has worked in the chiropractic profession for seventeen years and taught for fifteen, developing his unique “non-doctor” approach through ownership and management of numerous clinics. As a former consultant, Mr. Hoag has counseled hundreds of health care facilities and employers, evolving a profound understanding of the professional environment. His onsite method of consulting has given him the ability to diagnose and develop systems that most consultants miss. His management and consulting experience coupled with a strong background in psychology and communications has made him a compelling speaker, addressing many major events and earning accolades as “the most entertaining but educational speaker in health care.” Not only has he become known for his speaking style but also his regularly published articles in the various trade magazines. His current position as executive director of the OSCA has enabled him to facilitate a new model of state association management. In his first year as executive director, the OSCA saw a 26 percent increase in membership. He is now developing a hands-on approach to member benefits, working with the members in their offices and helping them develop long-term change and success. He has also been a fundamental part of Ohio’s Workplace Wellness efforts, working with Dr. Ted Wymyslo of the Ohio Department of Health as well as the Ohio Department of Workers Compensation & the Ohio Department of Medicaid. Ohio is seeing a significant shift in the use of conservative care. His revolutionary view of reformed health care is refreshing and exciting.
 


Todd Hubbard, D.C.


 Roger Hynes
Roger Hynes, D.C., D.Ph.C.S., is from St. John’s, Newfoundland. He is presently an associate professor at Palmer College of Chiropractic. Dr. Hynes teaches in the Technique Department where he is the instructor for Principles and Practice, the technique capstone class. In addition, he serves the Palmer Foundation for Chiropractic History and Undergraduate Studies programs. He is a 1998 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic. After graduation, Dr. Hynes practiced in Glasgow, Scotland, before returning to Iowa to teach at Palmer. He presently lives in Iowa with his wife Rachelle, another Palmer faculty member, and their two children.


Dave Juehring
Dave Juehring, D.C., DACRB, CCSP®, C.S.C.S., is the director of the Chiropractic Rehabilitation and Sports Injury Department and Rehabilitation Residency program at the Palmer Chiropractic Clinics on the Davenport Campus. He is board certified in rehabilitation following his three-year rehabilitation residency. Currently he is a board member of the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board, which is responsible for testing board-eligible candidates, along with chairing committees on topic and program design for accredited rehabilitation programs. He is a post-graduate speaker on various rehabilitative and health-related subjects and has been published on similar topics. He was involved with the U.S. Olympic Bobsled program for 12 years, helping the women’s team win a gold medal and the men’s team win silver and bronze medals at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games. 


Brian Justice 
Brian Justice, D.C. Is a graduate from National College of Chiropractic (now national University of Health Sciences. Prior to enrolling at National, he earned a degree in psychology from the State University College at Brockport. In 1992 he earned his diplomate in orthopedics from the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists. He is a co-founder of the Rochester Chiropractic Group. Dr. Justice has had a n actice service career. He has been on the Steering Committee of Unity Hospital, affiliated with the Women’s Health Center at Unity, and practiced CAM at the Universityof Rochester Highland Hospital.he has been involved with NCQA as an early adopter fo rhteir Low Back Pain recognition Project. Dr. Justice is a published author and has made many significant professional presentations.


Tracey Littrell 
Tracey Littrell, D.C., CCSP®,  DACBR, is an assistant professor in the Diagnosis and Radiology Department of Palmer College’s Davenport Campus, teaching Physical Diagnosis and Clinical Psychology. She has more than ten years of clinical practice experience and teaching experience in continuing education courses, board review courses, radiology, physical diagnosis and clinical psychology. She also is the author of the normal anatomy chapter of “Clinical Imaging, 2nd edition, with Skeletal, Chest, and Abdomen Pattern Differences.”


Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D.
Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D., is the fourth chancellor of Palmer College of Chiropractic. A native of western Pennsylvania, Dr. Marchiori completed his prerequisite work at Penn State University before earning his Bachelor of Science degree from Regents College in Albany, N.Y. He graduated with his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport Campus in 1990 and went on to earn his Master of Science degree in Anatomy from Palmer in 1992. In 1995, he completed a three-year residency in radiology at Palmer College leading to Diplomate status with the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology. Dr. Marchiori received his doctorate in Policy, Planning and Leadership from the University of Iowa in 2005. He has had faculty appointments in the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research as well as the Diagnosis and Radiology Department. His administrative tenure includes the roles of department chair, dean, vice president of Academic Affairs for the Davenport Campus, and vice chancellor for Academics for the College system. In addition to his teaching and administrative service, he has published numerous scientific articles and two editions of a comprehensive textbook in radiology, titled “Clinical Imaging.” 


 
Randy McCall, D.C., LCP, is a 1977 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport Campus and has been in private practice since March 1977 in Reynoldsville, Pa. Dr. McCall participated in preparing the question bank for Part IV of NBCE, and served as representative for the NBCE, and the FLCB from 1995 to 1998. He continues to serve as an examiner for the Part IV practical NBCE Examination and as consultant for the state board. Dr. McCall was elected as a Fellow in the International Chiropractors Association 1987 and as a Fellow in the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic in 2009. He has authored and presented numerous articles and research papers concerning chiropractic philosophy.


Ian McLean
Ian McLean, D.C.,DACBR, a 1979 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, is a professor and the director of the chiropractic clinical residencies and related support services for the Palmer Chiropractic Clinics. He also is director of Clinical Radiology and coordinator of the Radiology Residency Program.


 Frank Mitvalsky
Franklin Mitvalsky, J.D., is a practicing attorney and shareholder with Califf & Harper, P.C., located in Moline, Ill. His practice areas include simple and advanced estate planning techniques, trust and estate administration, corporate law, business planning, contract law and business succession planning. He has made numerous presentations at estate planning and business law seminars on topics ranging from the role of simple will, the benefit of will trusts, asset protection techniques, non-competition agreements and advanced estate tax planning. He also is involved with several local and statewide planning and tax associations. Mr. Mitvalsky’s firm, Califf & Harper, P.C., has been representing businesses and families in the Quad-City area since 1908.


 Lia Nightingale
Lia Nightingale, Ph.D., earned her Ph.D. in food science and human nutrition from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign in 2006. Dr. Nightingale is an assistant professor in the Division of Life Sciences at Palmer’s Davenport Campus, where she teaches Biochemistry, Nutrition, and Clinical Nutrition. She was awarded Outstanding Faculty of the Year in 2011 and has been awarded the Thelma Fordyce-Mack Award four times for innovation in teaching. Dr. Nightingale has worked in research and development for the Pepsi-Cola Company, Tate & Lyle North America, and Whitey’s Ice Cream, has volunteered as an educator for several nanotechnology camps, and was co-investigator for a $265,000 grant funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to use Dr. Nightingale’s doctorate research to entice junior high students into choosing a science-based career. She has published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Journal of Food Science, Journal of Chiropractic Education, Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics, and Journal of Texture Studies. Dr. Nightingale has presented at many professional conferences, including ACC-RAC, ICA/ACA Joint Pediatric Conference, and the Institute of Food Technologists; but she greatly enjoys the numerous community lectures she provides for local groups and area hospitals.


Mike Olson, D.C. graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport campus. In 2011, Dr. Olson graduated as class Salutatorian, Summa Cum Laude, and was a Presidential Scholar. During his time at Palmer, Dr. Olson enhanced his education by becoming involved in many extra-curricular educational programs to enhance his treatment capabilities. These training programs included Graston Technique, Active Release Technique, Flexion-Distraction Technique, Functional Anatomy Club, Sports Injury Club, Upper and Lower Extremity Symposium classes and Motion Palpation seminars. He also has areas of special interest in sports injury rehabilitation and the use of chiropractic in preventative health. Following graduation he was hired by the Bigfork Valley Hospital (BVH) to implement its first Chiropractic department into the hospital. He is currently employed by BVH and runs a full time practice there. He also acts as the Bigfork High School football team physician, providing sideline care at all their home and away games. He administers pre and post-concussion screenings on all of the high school athletes as well. In 2014, Dr. Olson joined Graston Technique as a clinical instructor.


 Michael Petrie, DC, Ph.D(c), graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.S.E in Biomedical Engineering in 2008, and received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport Campus in 2011. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Iowa. Dr. Petrie is an associate faculty member and graduate research assistant in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa. Currently, Dr. Petrie is investigating the effect physical activity has on gene and protein regulation in human paralyzed muscle. His work is supported by grants awarded to his advisor Richard K. Shields, PT, Ph.D. from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation. In 2013, Dr. Petrie was awarded a 2-year post-doctoral educational fellowship from the NCMIC Foundation to support the completion of his research degree. Following the completion of his Ph.D., Dr. Petrie plans to pursue his research interests involving the role physiologic and environmental stressors have on human health and disease progression, particularly the immediate and long-term effects of these stressors on the neural, muscular, and skeletal systems.


Steve Powell, D.C. 
Steven Powell is the chief operating officer of Powell Financial Group. He is very active in the Quad-City community and serves on several boards and committees. Mr. Powell is a member of the Palmer College Planned Giving Council.


Jay Robbins
Jay Robbins, D.C., DABCN, graduated with honors from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1988. He has a successful chiropractic/nutrition practice in Covina, Calif., and lectures on nutrition nationally at such venues as the ACA Council of Nutrition annual seminar and several state organizations. Dr. Robbins is a Diplomate of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition and a Certified Clinical Nutritionist.


Christopher B. Roecker, D.C., M.S., FACO, earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2010, his Master of Science in clinical research degree from Palmer in 2012, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists. Dr. Roecker is an Instructor within the Life Sciences Department at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, where he serves as the lead instructor of the Pathology I & II courses and is an assistant in the Gross Anatomy cadaver lab. He has published articles in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, Journal of the American Chiropractic Association, and Journal of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists. He also has presented at many professional conferences, including ACC-RAC and the Chiropractic Sports Science Symposium. Dr. Roecker also enjoys volunteering as a member of the Ski Patrol in Andalusia, Ill., and the Putnam Museum of Natural History in Davenport, Iowa.


Steve Savoie
Steve Savoie, D.C., F.A.C.O., is a 1978 graduate of Palmer College’s Davenport Campus, earning his Diplomate in Chiropractic Orthopedics in 1985. He was a member of the Palmer faculty from 1979 to 1987 in the departments of diagnosis and clinics, and has been a member of Palmer’s continuing education faculty since 1979. Dr. Savoie returned to Palmer in 1995 as director of programs for the Palmer Institute for Professional Advancement. He currently practices in Clermont, Fla.


 M. Deborah Sesker, D.C., has been in practice since 1999 in Des Moines, Iowa, after graduating as class valedictorian from Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport Campus. She has served patients from over 30 states and seven foreign countries as one of the 24 Board Certified NUCCA doctors in the world currently recognized by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association. She is the lead instructor for the NUCCA technique elective for Palmer College and lectures nationally as a fully integrated Certified Health and Business Coach on creating optimal health. Dr. Wayne Andersen, one of the nation’s foremost physicians in nutritional intervention, in his 2013 New York Times best-selling book, “Discover Your Optimal Health,” acknowledges and thanks her for “…working alongside us to move medicine into the third era, where we focus on health, not reacting to disease.” 

 




Jeff Sklar, D.C.


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Frank Sovinsky, D.C., graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1981. He is a mentor, consultant, speaker and co‐author of “The E‐Myth Chiropractor: Why Most Chiropractic Practices Don’t Work and What to do About It.” As the CEO of DC Mentors he is committed to transforming the way chiropractors grow their practices. His passion for chiropractic, genius for understanding human behavior and his business acumen are the foundation for DC Mentors' patient-centered practice model.


Lora Tanis
Lora Tanis, D.C., DICCP, graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1989. In 1997 she received her Diplomate of the International Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics, and she has served on the ICA Council on Pediatrics since 2001. Dr. Tanis currently operates a private practice in West Milford, N.J., where she focuses on family and pediatric care.


 Mike Tunning
Michael Tunning, D.C., ATC, graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2006. Shortly after graduating he was hired by the Palmer Chiropractic Clinics to work in the Chiropractic Rehabilitation and Sports Injury Department. In this department he continued to focus on incorporating active rehabilitation into chiropractic care. In 2009 he was hired as a full-time academic faculty member and teaches active and passive rehabilitation. Dr. Tunning continues to teach at Palmer while also seeing patients at his clinic in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


Jack VanDervort, D.C., LCP, graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1975. Dr. VanDervort was elected to the Fellows of the International Chiropractors Association. He has served as an auxiliary Examiner for the Pennsylvania State Board and as an examiner for the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners in Minneapolis, Minn. He is editor of the “Philosopher’s Quill,” the ICA’s Philosophy Council Journal. Dr. VanDervort is a prolific author and has submitted and presented many articles and research papers on chiropractic.


 Marlin Volz
Marlin “Hap” Volz, received his B.A. in economics in 1965 and his J.D. with distinction in 1968 from Duke University. Upon graduation he joined the trust department of the former Davenport Bank and Trust Company. He presently serves as the senior vice president and trust officer of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and specializes in the areas of estate planning and trust administration. 


 Dan Weinert 

Dan Weinert, D.C., DACRB, is the campus provost for Palmer’s Davenport Campus. Prior to that appointment he served as the interim vice president for Academic Affairs, as the dean of Academic Affairs and as the department chair for the Diagnosis and Radiology Department. Dr. Weinert is a 1996 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport Campus. As a faculty member, he has taught Physiotherapy, Biomechanics, Anatomy and Physiology and Biochemistry. He is currently a professor in the Division of Life Sciences. Dr. Weinert received six Thelma Fordyce Mack Faculty Incentive Awards for Teaching Excellence from 1999 through 2005. He has been the recipient of the student body’s Faculty of the Year Award for 2nd trimester for each year from 2002 through 2010. His master’s degree is in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Palmer’s Rehabilitation and Sports Injury Residency Program where he earned Diplomate status from the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board and passed the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist examination. Dr. Weinert is currently completing a Ph.D. in Higher Education, Leadership and Policy at the University of Iowa. 




Brett Winchester, D.C.

 

 

2014 Speakers

 Molica Anderson 

Molica Anderson, D.C., is a 2013 graduate of Palmer’s San Jose Campus who maintains her primary practice at Marin Chiropractic and Sports Care. Dr. Anderson also serves as the team doctor for the San Francisco Dogfish of the Major League Ultimate (MLU) professional ultimate frisbee league, the San Francisco “open league” team, Revolver, and also works with the men’s ultimate frisbee team at Stanford University. Additionally, Dr. Anderson is the director of Clinical Implementation for WebExercises.com. Prior to initiating her chiropractic studies, Dr. Anderson earned her B.S. (biology/biological sciences) at UC-San Diego, where she was a member of the ultimate frisbee team. While attending Palmer’s San Jose Campus, Dr. Anderson participated in the Clinic Abroad Program (CAP), and provided care for retired members of the military at the VA health center in Martinez as a participant in Palmer’s VA/DoD Internship program. Dr. Anderson served as an executive officer of the Associated Student Government (ASG) and the Sports Council, and was a member of the Campus Guides. She also coached the women’s swimming and water polo teams at Piedmont Hills High School in San Jose, and is a certified surf instructor and ocean lifeguard.


Ron Boesch

Ron Boesch, D.C., is a 1991 graduate of Palmer’s Davenport Campus and is the Dean of Clinics on the Davenport Campus. He started in private practice in 1991, moved to the clinical teaching arena in 1999 and has had subsequent administrative appointments. Dr. Boesch has spent long hours in the study of neurology, pain management and quality assurance. He has a strong interest in sports injuries and working with athletes of all ages.


 Steve Capobianco 

Steve Capobianco, D.C., CSCS, DACRB, CCSP® medical director for Rocktape, is a board-certified sports chiropractic physician and exercise rehabilitation specialist. Prior to establishing Symmetry Sports Therapy and Performance Care, Dr. Capobianco spent four years as the director of spinal care and rehab at TEAM Clinic Sports Therapy in Santa Clara, Calif. In addition to being appointed the official team chiropractor for San Jose State University in 2003, he has treated many professional and amateur triathletes, soccer players (San Jose Earthquakes), rugby players (San Jose Sea Hawks), and more. Dr. Capobianco is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and performance enhancement specialist (NASM). He has been training athletes for more than 15 years, implementing a movement-based conditioning program that tailors the exercise programming around an individual athlete’s needs. Dr. Capobianco has earned a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board (DACRB) and is board certified as a Sport Chiropractic Physician from the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (ACBSP), as well as an Active Release and Graston Technique practitioner.
 


Robert Cooperstein 

Robert Cooperstein, D.C., graduated from Life Chiropractic College West in 1985 and has a master’s degree from the University of California Berkeley. He is a professor at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West Campus and is the director of Technique and Research. He has written many articles for peer-reviewed publications and co-authored a book titled “Technique Systems in Chiropractic.”


Ed Cremata 

Ed Cremata, D.C., has been in private practice in Fremont, Calif., for 28 years. He is a continuing education instructor for both the Division of Workers Compensation and Life Chiropractic College West. He is a fellow of both the Royal College of Physicians and the Academy of Forensic and Industrial Chiropractic Consultants. He has been a Qualified Medical Examiner since the inception of the program. He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT).


Ed Feinberg 

Ed Feinberg, D.C., DACBSP® graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic’s, West Campus in 1983. He has been a professor at the West Campus since 1984, as well as operating his own practice, Saint Claire Chiropractic. He has his Diplomate from the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians and teaches many classes at the post-graduate level on topics related to sports and physical therapy. Dr. Feinberg is also a published author.


 Mary Frost, D.C. 

Mary Frost, D.C. graduated from Palmer in 1996. After graduation, she moved to Arizona and was in private practice with her husband for 11 years. Dr. Frost is an assistant professor in the Philosophy and Practice Management Department. She currently teaches Healthcare Marketing, Financial Management, Practice Management, Regulatory Issues and Planning for Success. Previously, she was a part-time faculty clinician in the Palmer Community Clinics. Dr. Frost enjoys her role as instructor and business coach for Palmer’s students. She has twice been awarded Faculty of the Year by the students of Palmer College. Since accepting her position at Palmer, she has been an invited speaker at Palmer Homecomings on all three campuses and at community events. She has been both a presenter and workshop panelist at Association of Chiropractic Colleges Research Agenda Conferences. In 2013, her scientific article: Using computer assisted learning to engage diverse learning styles in understanding business management principles, was published in the Journal of Chiropractic Education.


Christine Goertz 

Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D., is the vice chancellor for research and health policy at Palmer College of Chiropractic. She received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University and her Ph.D. in Health Services Research, Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining Palmer College, she spent four years as an independent scientist and in research administration positions of increasing responsibility at the Samueli Institute. Before that Dr. Goertz was a Program Officer at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), National Institutes of Health (NIH), managing a $50 million portfolio focused on musculoskeletal disease, pain, and health services research. Her research interests are primarily focused on CAM treatments for cardiovascular disease and pain syndromes. She currently serves as a member of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors and is Chair of the PCORI Program Development Committee. She is also Chair of the American Chiropractic Association Performance Measurement Workgroup, and a member of the American Medical Association, Measures Implementation and Evaluation Advisory Committee, Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement.


  Tom Hyde  

Thomas Hyde, D.C., DACBSP® graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic in 1977. He began private practice in Miami, Fla., and became the Chiropractic Consultant to the Miami Dolphins, working with them for seven years until an injury prevented him from performing adjustments. He was introduced to Graston Technique in 2001 and later became an instructor for the technique. Dr. Hyde worked with athletes of all ages and abilities during his active years of practice. The second edition of his text, “Conservative Management of Sports Injuries,” was released in 2006.


 Ms. Katelyn Johnson, MBA serves on Cisco’s Global Benefits team, responsible for Cisco’s onsite health centers and clinics. With more than 20 years in the health and fitness industry, Ms. Johnson was recruited by Cisco to launch the award winning LifeConnections Health Center, a high-tech, comprehensive primary care, patient-centered medical and fitness center exclusively for Cisco employees and their families. Her current role is to oversee Cisco’s Global onsite health centers and fitness centers, and she is accountable for developing and executing the LifeConnections vision and strategy, achieving performance metrics, and crafting integrated health programs that align with Cisco’s high tech culture to drive employee and family engagement. Ms. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and an Executive MBA from Saint Mary’s College, graduating with honors. She is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine and National Academy of Sports Medicine. As an exercise physiologist training hundreds of clients over the past twenty years and an elite distance runner, she firmly believes that exercise is medicine.

 


Brian Justice 

Brian Justice, D.C. Is a graduate from National College of Chiropractic (now national University of Health Sciences. Prior to enrolling at National, he earned a degree in psychology from the State University College at Brockport. In 1992 he earned his diplomate in orthopedics from the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists. He is a co-founder of the Rochester Chiropractic Group. Dr. Justice has had a n active service career. He has been on the Steering Committee of Unity Hospital, affiliated with the Women’s Health Center at Unity, and practiced CAM at the Universityof Rochester Highland Hospital.he has been involved with NCQA as an early adopter fo rhteir Low Back Pain recognition Project. Dr. Justice is a published author and has made many significant professional presentations.


 Kyle Knox 

Kyle Knox, D.C., CCSP® is a 2010 graduate of Palmer’s San Jose Campus who maintains a practice at Synergy Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation in Westlake Village, Calif. Prior to opening his own practice, Dr. Knox worked with fellow San Jose Campus alumnus Dr. Terry Schroeder at Schroeder Center for Healthy Living. Dr. Knox served as team chiropractor for USA Water Polo from 2010 to 2012. In 2011, he traveled with the U.S. team to the World Championships in Shanghai, China, and the World League Championships in Florence, Italy. Dr. Knox also heads student- and new-doctor relations for the Circle of Docs web site (www.circleofdocs.com). While attending Palmer’s San Jose Campus, Dr. Knox was an executive officer of the Sports Council, and an officer for the San Jose Campus’ founding chapter of the Palmer Student Alumni Foundation.


 Craig Liebenson 

Craig Liebenson, D.C. is the director of L.A. Sports & Spine, a pain management, rehabilitation and performance enhancement center providing one-on-one musculoskeletal care. He is an adjunct professor in the School of Chiropractic, Division of Health Sciences, at Murdoch University, Perth Australia, and consultant for the Anglo-European Chiropractic College M.Sc. programs in Chiropractic Rehabilitation. The first-ever chiropractic member of the McKenzie Institute (U.S.) Board of Directors, he serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals, including: the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation; the PM&R Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation; the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapy; and Journal of Manual Therapy. Dr. Liebenson is the first health care provider in California to receive a Certification of Recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) on Achievement of Recognition for Delivery of Quality Back Pain Care. He is actively engaged in ongoing research on the spinal stabilization system as a visiting scholar at Pr. Stuart McGill’s Spine Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Liebenson publishes extensively and is the editor of the book/DVD “Rehabilitation of the Spine: A Practitioner’s Manual (2nd ed.),” 2007. He worked as team chiropractor for the NBA Los Angeles Clippers from 2005-2009 and is currently a consultant for the MLB Arizona Diamondbacks, Athletes Performance International, and Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group. His upcoming DVD series, “Yoga & Ergonomics: Core Stability Training and Functional-Performance Training” will be released later this year and accompany his next book, “The Functional Training Handbook.”


 

Ed LeCara 

Ed Le Cara, D.C., Ph.D, ATC, CSCS, NASM-CES graduated Palmer College’s San Jose Campus in 1999. While at Palmer he was the head wrestling coach at his alma mater, San Ramon Valley High School, in Danville, Calif., where he was inducted into their Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. He helped develop many national, state, and regional place winners and had four undefeated league championship years. He completed the required 1,500 supervised hours of sports medicine coverage and attained his athletic training certification in 2004. You can catch him providing medical coverage from youth to professional levels on any given field, mat, or court or working as a cut man for UFC and MMA fighters. After graduation from Palmer’s San Jose Campus, he opened SportsPlus: Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation in Pleasanton, Calif., where he currently practices. He earned a Ph.D. in athletic training from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah, in 2012. Since 2010, he has been a science and medical consultant for 24 Hour Fitness corporate offices in San Ramon, Calif. Dr. Le Cara is board certified in both sports medicine and rehabilitation and treats patients at the Veterans Administration Northern California Health Care System in Martinez, Calif. Now a sought-after lecturer, he instructs other sports medicine providers on human movement assessment and corrective exercise. He is a master instructor of TRX sports medicine suspension training and an instructor for Rock Tape.


 

Daniel Lord 

Daniel Lord D.C., CCSP®, received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic’s San Jose Campus in 2008 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has completed postgraduate work as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner, and is certified in the Functional Movement Screen and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment. In 2007 Dr. Lord attended the First International Fascia Research Congress at Harvard Medical School on spinal and soft tissue biomechanics. Dr. Lord currently practices at the on-site, multidisciplinary, Facebook Health Center in Menlo Park, Calif. He also is the team sports chiropractor for Oracle Team USA in San Francisco, winners of the 2013 America's Cup.


Michael Lord 

Michael Lord, D.C., CCSP®, earned his D.C. degree, cum laude, from Palmer College of Chiropractic’s San Jose, Calif., Campus, where he specialized in the treatment and rehabilitation of spine and sports-related injuries. Today, Dr. Lord utilizes a functional approach in patient assessment and treatment and then customizes care to the individual by integrating chiropractic, exercise rehabilitation, myofascial release, Graston Technique and Kinesiology Taping. This approach involves not only educating his patients but also including them as partners in their care. Currently, he serves as the medical director for the Sea Otter Classic cycling event in Monterey, Calif.; is a team chiropractor for Oracle Racing Team USA; and is currently the secretary for the American Chiropractic Association’s Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness. In 2009, Dr. Lord was awarded for his dedication to the advancement of sports chiropractic by the American Chiropractic Association Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness. Additional accomplishments include completion of post-graduate education from the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner and certifications in the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA).


Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D.  

Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D., is the fourth chancellor of Palmer College of Chiropractic. A native of western Pennsylvania, Dr. Marchiori completed his prerequisite work at Penn State University before earning his Bachelor of Science degree from Regents College in Albany, N.Y. He graduated with his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport Campus in 1990 and went on to earn his Master of Science degree in Anatomy from Palmer in 1992. In 1995, he completed a three-year residency in radiology at Palmer College leading to Diplomate status with the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology. Dr. Marchiori received his doctorate in Policy, Planning and Leadership from the University of Iowa in 2005. He has had faculty appointments in the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research as well as the Diagnosis and Radiology Department. His administrative tenure includes the roles of department chair, dean, vice president of Academic Affairs for the Davenport Campus, and vice chancellor for Academics for the College system. In addition to his teaching and administrative service, he has published numerous scientific articles and two editions of a comprehensive textbook in radiology, titled “Clinical Imaging.”


 Austin McMillin  

Austin McMillin, D.C. provides contemporary perspectives to rehabilitation and active care for the spine and musculoskeletal system, and emphasizes effective, research-based approaches for busy health care providers. His coursework draws on thousands of hours of functional training and research review, along with nearly 25 years of clinical practice and rehabilitation experience in patient care. After completing a post-doctoral chiropractic rehabilitation program, his focus has continued to investigate and apply emerging research to improve active care and functional rehabilitation expertise. In addition to maintaining a full-time chiropractic rehabilitation practice, Dr. McMillin is a popular lecturer/instructor for integrated care and active rehabilitation strategies. His workshops maintain a focus on practical and easy integration of leading-edge, low-tech approaches to clinical practice driven by the evolving clinical knowledge base. He has a special interest in streamlined and reimbursable protocols, and has pioneered upright triplanar stability and dynamic load control approaches. His lectures and workshops have received outstanding cross-professional reviews. He has been regularly requested as an expert in spine injury cases, and has been chosen to provide expert representation in issues relating to spinal manipulation training, integrated care, chiropractic care within the health care arena, and chiropractic coding and service valuation.


Bill Meeker 

William Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., is president of Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West Campus in San Jose, Calif. Prior to that he was vice president for research for Palmer College of Chiropractic and the director of the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR). During his tenure, the PCCR was awarded significant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct chiropractic-related research and advance the scientific education of chiropractors. Dr. Meeker is a former member of the National Advisory Council of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the NIH, and a former member of the Governing Council of the American Public Health Association. He serves on the editorial boards of The Spine Journal, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, and other publications. He received the prestigious “George B. McClelland Researcher of the Year” award from the American Chiropractic Association. Dr. Meeker is a graduate of Wabash College, Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West Campus and San Jose State University.


Bill Moreau 

William Moreau, D.C., DACBSP®, is a 1981 graduate of Palmer College’s Davenport Campus. Currently, Dr. Moreau is the managing director of sports medicine for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) where he leads the integrated multidisciplinary care for the USOC, directs games sports medicine, and leads the development of the USOC National Medical Network. He also is the founder and educational coordinator for DConline and coordinates the Palmer Continuing Education and Events Department’s sports programming. Dr. Moreau holds specialty certifications with the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He was the American Chiropractic Association’s Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness Sports Chiropractor of the Year for 2000.


Scott Munsterman 

Scott Munsterman, D.C. is the former mayor of Brookings, S.D., and is in his second term as a South Dakota State House Representative as a Majority Whip Leader, Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, State Affairs Committee and Chair of South Dakota's Legislative Planning Committee. Dr. Munsterman graduated from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 1984, and has been in private practice with an integrated care clinic. He founded and operates Chiropractic Associates and the Best Practices Academy, and also is chief of care delivery at Northwestern Health Sciences University.


Brian Porteous 

Brian Porteous, D.C., practices chiropractic in Newport Beach, Calif. He is a Fellow in the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic and serves as president of the International Chiropractors Association California. A member of the California Chiropractic Association, Dr. Porteous is the co-founder of the Academy of Chiropractic Continuing Education, a CSBCE-approved CEU provider.


Jerry Rice 

Jerry Rice is a graduate of Mississippi Valley State College and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 1985, where he won three Super Bowl Championships during his 16-year career there. He enjoyed three seasons with the Oakland Raiders, including a Super Bowl appearance and one season with the Seattle Seahawks before retiring in 2005. He was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2010. At his retirement, Rice held career records for receptions (1,547), receiving yards (22,895), touchdowns (208) and receiving touchdowns (197) during the regular season; and post-season records for receiving yards (1,848) and receiving touchdowns (22). Rice was rookie of the year for the 1985 season, most valuable player for 1987, Super Bowl most valuable player in 1989, and NFL Player of the Year for 1990 and 1997. He helped the 49ers win three Super Bowls (1989-90,1995).


Matthew Richardson 

Matthew Richardson, D.C., DACBR, currently serves as Director of Clinical Radiology at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Port Orange, Fla., Campus. Dr. Richardson is a board certified chiropractic radiologist through the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology, and is proud to have trained in radiology under the guidance of Dr. Ian McLean and Dr. John Taylor. He is published in peer-reviewed literature, and assisted with editing the second edition of the radiology text “Skeletal Imaging: Atlas of the Spine and Extremities.” He also wrote components of the textbook “Clinical Imaging with Skeletal, Chest, and Abdomen Pattern Differentials, 3rd Edition.”


 Jay Robbins  

Jay Robbins, D.C., DABCN, graduated with honors from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1988. He has a successful chiropractic/nutrition practice in Covina, Calif., and lectures on nutrition nationally at such venues as the ACA Council of Nutrition annual seminar and several state organizations. Dr. Robbins is a Diplomate of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition and a Certified Clinical Nutritionist.


Philip Santiago 

Philip T. Santiago, D.C., has lectured extensively throughout the United States, Latin America, South America and Europe to numerous medical groups on the topics of sports medicine and fitness. An associate professor, he is director of the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician program for New York Chiropractic College. Named Chiropractor of the Year in New Jersey, he has been honored as Sports Chiropractor of the Year by the American Chiropractic Association. Dr. Santiago has been inducted into two Sports Medicine Halls of Fame, one in New Jersey and the other through the American Chiropractic Association. In sports medicine, he was selected to the medical team as the first chiropractic physician for our U.S. Olympic Team at the Games of the XXV Olympiad in Barcelona. For 17 years, he served on the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Sports Medicine Committee, which oversaw all medical care for the U.S. Olympic Team in preparation for the London Games of 2012. He has recently been selected to serve as Secretary-General of the Federation Internationale De Chiropratique Du Sport (FICS) based at the IOC in Lusanne, Switzerland, overseeing chiropractic sports medicine worldwide. One of his passions is piloting Angel Flight missions for children who require specialized health care that is not available in their area.


  Alan Sokoloff 14  

Alan Sokoloff, D.C., DACBSP® or “Dr. Sok,” as his patients refer to him, is the past two term president of the Maryland Chiropractic Association. He was selected as Maryland’s Chiropractor of the Year 2001-02 and the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physician’s Sports Chiropractor of the Year 2006. He holds a post-graduate degree as a Diplomat of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians and is an alumnus of Palmer’s Davenport, Iowa, Campus. He has been a team chiropractor for the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL, who recently won their second Super Bowl, since 1999. Dr. Sok has been a member of the University of Maryland Sports Medicine Team since 1991, working with the UMBC Retrievers and Maryland Terps. He served a residency at the United States Olympic Training Center in 1997 and was selected to the medical team for the United States at the 1998 Goodwill Games. Dr. Sok was appointed to the USA Olympic Medical Team for the 1999 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg, Canada. He also is the team chiropractor for the Baltimore Orioles AA Team in Bowie, Md. Dr. Sok is a “wellness / injury prevention consultant” for many companies and municipalities. He also has written and helped produce a series of award-winning injury prevention videos for the Library Video Network. He recently completed his first in a series of concussion prevention DVDs, “Tackling Concussion Head On,” starring NFL, college and high school guests.


 Mike Tunning    

Michael Tunning, D.C., ATC, graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2006. Shortly after graduating he was hired by the Palmer Chiropractic Clinics to work in the Chiropractic Rehabilitation and Sports Injury Department. In this department he continued to focus on incorporating active rehabilitation into chiropractic care. In 2009 he was hired as a full-time academic faculty member and teaches active and passive rehabilitation. Dr. Tunning continues to teach at Palmer while also seeing patients at his clinic in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


William Updyke 

William Updyke, D.C., has worked as a treating chiropractor at the Cisco LifeConnections Health Center since November 2008. During that time he also served as the Director of Administrative Services for North First Street Medical Group at the Cisco LifeConnections Health Center (Feb. 2010 to May 2011), and has served as Leader, Physical & Complementary Medicine at the Cisco LifeConnections Health Center since June 2011. Prior to his appointment at Cisco, Dr. Updyke was a member of the West Campus clinic faculty for 13 years, and he now holds “adjunct faculty” status. A 1985 Cleveland Chiropractic College-Los Angeles graduate, he maintained a private practice in southern California for 10 years before relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Updyke, who has published more than 30 articles in various professional and research journals, is a past president of the California Chiropractic Association (2007-08), and was honored as CCA “Doctor of the Year” in 1995.


  Wayne Whalen 

 Wayne Whalen, D.C., graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. in Nursing in 1978, and received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic’s San Jose Campus in 1986. He was board certified as a chiropractic neurologist in 1993 by the American Chiropractic Academy of Neurology. Dr. Whalen has served as president of the California Chiropractic Association and as chairman of the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters. He has received numerous honors, including Student of the Year, New Doctor of the Year and CCA Doctor of the Year, in addition to awards for community service and legislative action. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Chiropractic Neurology, and a Fellow of the International College of Chiropractors. He is co-founder of Empowering Chiropractic, an evidence-based practice development consulting firm that seeks to help doctors develop prosperous sustainable practices based on sound business systems and evidence-based care. He writes and lectures throughout the state on Workers’ Compensation issues, insurance coding and billing, and is a Qualified Medical Evaluator and course instructor for the state of California. Dr. Whalen has been in private practice in Santee, Calif., since 1988, where he lives with his wife and three children.

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Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D.  

Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D., became chancellor of Palmer College of Chiropractic in December 2009. He graduated with his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College’s Davenport Campus in 1990, and went on to earn his Master of Science degree in Anatomy at Palmer in 1992. In 1995, he completed a three-year residency in radiology at Palmer College leading to Diplomate status with the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology. Dr. Marchiori received his doctorate in Policy, Planning and Leadership from the University of Iowa in 2005. He has had faculty appointments at Palmer College in the Research, and Diagnosis and Radiology departments. His administrative tenure at Palmer includes the roles of department chair, dean, vice president of Academic Affairs for the Davenport Campus, and vice chancellor for Academics for the College system. In addition to his teaching and administrative service, he has published numerous scientific articles and two editions of a comprehensive textbook in radiology, titled “Clinical Imaging.”



 

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