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.

2015 Speakers-Coming Soon!


2015 Speakers-Coming Soon!

2015 Speakers-Coming Soon!


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 received the Faculty of the Year Award from the Student Council in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. She was named Palmer’s Outstanding Faculty of the Year in 2011. She received the ICAA Female Chiropractic Achievement Award in 2010 and 2013, and the Sigma Phi Chi Chiropractic Service Award in 2014.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 also has been published in peer-reviewed journals.


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.


Dr. Chris Colloca 

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 11 

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.


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.


Mario Fucinari 

 Mario Fucinari, D.C., graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1986. Dr. Fucinari has helped train doctors and staff over the last 20 years. He completed studies in chiropractic orthopedics and attained his certification as a chiropractic sports physician. Dr. Fucinari currently practices full-time in Decatur, Ill., and is on the faculty and post-graduate faculty at Logan Chiropractic College. He is a certified medical compliance specialist and received the 2003 President’s Award from the Illinois Chiropractic Society for his work with education and training.
 


Deed Harrison 

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 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.


Dave Hogsed 

David Hogsed, Dipl. Ac., Dipl. O.M., is in full-time practice with his father, James Hogsed, D.C., at the Natural Healthcare Professionals clinic in Fort Myers, Fla. His practice specializes in providing effective nutritional support for endocrine, digestion, musculoskeletal and immune system health. Dr. Hogsed is a regular guest speaker at the University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine, and has been a post- graduate faculty member of Texas Chiropractic College. He has also served as a clinical consultant and speaker for Standard Process of Florida since 2003, providing inspiring clinical nutrition seminars for healthcare practitioners.


Peter Martin 14  

Peter Martin, D.C.graduated with highest honors from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1968. Throughout his career he has served in a private practice setting but his primary roles have been in academic leadership. Dr. Martin served as president of both Palmer's San Jose and Port Orange campuses for a brief time and since 2005 has served solely as the President of Palmer's Port Orange campus. 


Bryan Muth 14 

Bryan Muth, D.C. is all about being proactive in the name of prevention. As a chiropractor and personal trainer, not only does he provide on-site chiropractic services and nutritional counseling for Standard Process employees, he is instrumental in developing chiropractic, nutrition and fitness protocols for Cultivate — training our chiropractors in everything our on-site wellness program offers.


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.


Michael 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.


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.”


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.


Michael Shreeve 06 

Michael Shreeve, D.C., is a 1974 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport campus. After 30 years of chiropractic practice in Tampa, Florida, he joined the faculty at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Florida campus in Port Orange, Florida. As a professor in Academic Affairs, he teaches upper cervical specific techniques, clinical methods, chiropractic philosophy, recordkeeping, Florida laws and rules, ethics, jurisprudence, risk management, spinal biomechanics, patient communications, and chiropractic history. He continues to maintain a part-time chiropractic practice in Port Orange, Florida. He has authored several articles published in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, the Journal of Chiropractic Education. Dr. Shreeve is a past Board Member on the Florida Board of Chiropractic Medicine. He is a past-president of the Florida Chiropractic Society and is currently Vice President of the Grostic Procedure Society. Dr. Shreeve is frequently an invited lecturer at state, national and international chiropractic conventions. Dr. Shreeve has been honored by the Florida Chiropractic Society with the Lifetime Achievement Award and by the Florida Board of Chiropractic with the Distinguished Service to the Chiropractic Profession Award.


Jeff Sklar 14 

Jeffrey Sklar, D.C., Director of Chiropractic Services at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia and Palmer 1997 graduate, has served as the alternate Pennsylvania Delegate for the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), serves on the ACA committee for Health Promotion and Wellness; currently Philadelphia District Director for the Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association; Dr. Sklar has been featured in numerous magazine articles and television interviews about chiropractic treatment and integrative care for cancer patients; He is also a member of the Cancer Fighters Thrive magazine editorial board. Dr. Sklar was awarded the Cancer Treatment Center "Starfish Award" in 2013 for clinical innovation.


Brett Winchester, D.C. lectures throughout the world, teaching his functional approach to patient care, combining manual therapy, including joint manipulation and neuromuscular stabilization, with therapeutic exercise. Dr. Winchester effectively treats functional pathologies and acts as a catalyst for patients working to enhance their performance. He is the founder of Winchester Spine and Sport located outside St. Louis, Missouri. His currently serves as an advanced biomechanics course instructor at Logan College of Chiropractic, instructor and board member for the Motion Palpation Institute, Chiropractic rehabilitation instructor through Dr. Craig Liebenson’s rehab diplomate program, teaching three modules and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization instructor trained by Pavel Kolar. Dr. Winchester’s published research includes topics such as offering a multidisciplinary approach for treatment of the pregnant population. Various chiropractic journals have also featured Dr. Winchester for his patient-driven treatment model. Dr. Winchester enjoys treating professional and collegiate athletes and has gained a reputation for his sports medicine background. Still, his passion remains with diagnosing and treating the ailments of a diverse patient population with conservative-based protocols. 


 John Ventura, D.C., is a chiropractor with 30 years of full-time clinical experience and is owner of Rochester Chiropractic Group, LLP. In addition he currently serves as adjunct clinical assistant professor at D’Youville college and served for more than 15 years as clinical instructor in family medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and assistant clinical professor at New York Chiropractic College. He volunteered for more than 20 years at the Mercy Outreach Center, a free multidisciplinary community health center. He serves as a board member on the United States Bone and Joint Initiative; he is on the musculoskeletal committee of National Quality Forum; and is on the technical expert panel for the Physician Quality Reporting System of CMS. He is a partner in Spine Care Partners, a consulting company that establishes spine centers in hospitals and health care organizations.

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