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2016 Speakers

Lance Armstrong, D.C., is from Florida and at the University of Central Florida was the USAF ROTC Cadet Commander. He received a U.S. Air Force Commission two hours after graduation with a B.S. degree in physics. He served as a Flight Instructor-Bombardier, stationed in California and Michigan, with global sorties to Guam, Egypt and Korea. Dr. Armstrong received numerous Higher Headquarters missions, awards and recognitions, including the USAF Expert Marksman ribbon. As a six-year officer with the rank of Captain, he experienced the Reduction in Force in 1992. The need to change his career led him to Palmer College of Chiropractic, because he’d been helped by a doctor of chiropractic following a B-52G crash/hard landing. He graduated four years later, receiving the Clinic Excellence Award for his class, and opened a clinic the day he received his Florida license. For 19 years, Armstrong Chiropractic has been dedicated to patient care and community service. Dr. Armstrong has served as the BCSO SWAT and CRT “Team D.C.” for 18 years. Named the Florida Chiropractic Association's Chiropractor of the Year in 2000 and its president in 2005, he’s also an Honor Flight Guardian, Brevard County Chiropractic Coordinator for Stand Down (homeless Veteran care), adjunct professor at Palmer’s Florida campus, ARC Volunteer D.C. at Patrick AFB Hospital, 2015 CB Chamber Military Affairs Chairman, and a member of Kiwanis, VFW and the American Legion. At the 2015 FCA National Convention he was honored as the Humanitarian of the Year, as selected by Performance Health.

Michelle Barber, D.C., M.S.W., earned a Master of Social Work degree from Ohio State University in 1993, and worked in the child and family welfare field for seven years. She graduated from Palmer College’s Davenport campus in 2000 and has practiced for 16 years in Colorado, Ohio, Illinois and Iowa. She started her career at Palmer’s Davenport campus in 2006 and has had faculty appointments in both the clinics and the Life Sciences department teaching Microbiology, Biomechanics, Public Health and Toxicology. In 2016 Dr. Barber was named Associate Dean for Life Sciences and Foundations and she continues to teach Microbiology. She has received the Faculty of the Year Award from the Student Council every year since 2008, and was named Palmer College'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 and 2015. Dr. Barber regularly presents continuing education seminars and has been published in peer-reviewed journals.  

Virginia Barber, D.C., earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in classics from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 1985, graduated summa cum laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1990 and has practiced in New York and Iowa. She joined the clinic faculty on Palmer’s main campus in November 1994 and is currently an associate professor. Dr. Barber was honored with the PCIAA Lifetime Teaching Award in 2001, and has won several Student Council Faculty of the Year awards during her years at Palmer. She has been published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Barber was named Palmer College's Outstanding Faculty of the Year in 2013. She is the faculty advisor to the Campus Guides organization, and works closely with the Admissions department on many aspects of student recruitment and enrollment. Dr. Barber recently completed an intensive evidence-based medicine program at McMaster University in Ontario. She’s currently enrolled in the Master of Science in health care ethics program at Creighton University.

Jody Bell, R.T., graduated from Scott Community College with a degree in Radiologic Technology. Prior to joining Palmer as an instructional radiographer, she worked for a traveling X-ray company out of Chicago. 

Judy Bhatti, D.C., M.S., earned her doctor of chiropractic degree from Palmer College in 1994 and followed that with a master’s degree in 2000. She’s currently enrolled in a doctoral program in health education from the Andrew Still University in Kirksville, Mo., with expected completion in the fall of 2016. She’s a member of the faculty of Palmer College, where she has taught for 15 years. During the past few years, Dr. Bhatti has made a number of presentations at national and international programs related to innovative methods of instruction in chiropractic education.

Joseph Biernat, D.C., graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University. In 1998, Dr. Biernat co-founded Specific Family Chiropractic in Maplewood, Minn., and in 2001, to meet growing demands of his patient base, he opened a satellite office in Spring Lake Park. In 2004, he co-founded Spinal Decompression of Minnesota to provide FDA-cleared non-surgical treatment of herniated and bulged discs. He has completed more than 800 hours on the topic of human nutrition and speaks to doctors nationally for Standard Process Inc.  

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., started at Palmer College in 1982. For the first three years she was first the archivist and then a reference librarian in the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library. Ms. Callender then became the acting director of research until a director was hired; she continued in the research department in a support position for six years. Organizing the first two Congresses of Chiropractic Educators was the most fun during that era. The next six years were spent as the director of Admissions, supervising a great team. In 1997, Ms. Callender became the founding director of the Palmer Foundation for Chiropractic History (PFCH) and in 2008 earned an Ed.D. from Fielding Graduate University. Her roles with the PFCH and with the Association for the History of Chiropractic led to her receiving a 2015 Legacy Award from the League of Chiropractic Women. Dr. Callender has contributed extensively to the recording and preservation of chiropractic history through lectures and publications. 

Casey Crisp, D.C., M.S., ACP, a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport campus, served as assistant professor at Palmer College from 2003-2012. He has been a clinical mentor to more than 200 chiropractors. Dr. Crisp provides continuing education with an emphasis in ethics, documentation, risk management and coding procedures. He has served as co-lecturer for athletic trainer continuing education hours. He currently provides support to more than 150 chiropractors in the areas of ICD-10 implementation, clinical documentation, utilization management and evidence-based guidelines. 

Greg Doerr, D.C., is a 1997 graduate of New York Chiropractic College, in Seneca Falls, N.Y. He completed a certification in Chiropractic Sports Medicine in 1998 and is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP). This unique program included training in sports injuries, sideline evaluation and treatment, emergency procedures and sports injury rehabilitation. He also is certified in Graston Technique, Active Release Technique and Kinesio Taping. Dr. Doerr lectures internationally for Graston Technique, FAKTR, and Functional Taping for Musculoskeletal Injuries, and The Council on Chiropractic and Extremity Procedures (CCEP). In December of 2007, he lectured to the Medical Staff at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Dr. Doerr has had the pleasure of working with athletes at all levels, including athletes of the AVP Pro Volleyball Tour in August of 2007, The Gold Cup at Giants Stadium in June of 2007, and the Central American Games in July of 2006, and with the Washington Redskins in March of 2004. He is currently the doctor for the NY Bandits semi-pro football team, club soccer and volleyball teams. Dr. Doerr has a growing reputation with marathon runners treating athletes from running clubs in New Jersey and Manhattan. He has served on the medical staff of two 19K-foot climbs including Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa and El Misti in Peru. Dr. Doerr is a co-author in Hyde and Gengenbach's “Conservative Management of Sports Injuries, 2nd Edition,” for the elbow, wrist and hand chapter. He contributed to the Graston Technique chapter in Warren Hammer’s “Functional Soft-Tissue Examination and Treatment by Manual Methods, 3rd Edition.” Dr. Doerr is past president of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors Sports Council, and was named the New Jersey Sports Chiropractor of the Year in 2009. 

Cynthia English, M.P.P., is a client service consultant with Gallup. Ms. English advises on research design for many of Gallup’s key domestic and international studies, developing content for hundreds of quantitative and qualitative research studies annually. She also served as research director for the United Kingdom and Germany Gallup Daily tracking polls from 2010–2012. Her primary research areas include press freedom, international relations, education, poverty, well-being and youth development. Ms. English has published more than 80 articles on Gallup.com and authored numerous research reports for Gallup. She has co-authored several conference papers that have been presented in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the United States. Ms. English is also a frequent presenter at conferences and events and was a guest on Radio Free Asia. Her expertise includes: survey research, qualitative research design, quantitative research design, communications, cross-cultural, cross-national research, public and nonprofit sectors and international and cultural policy. 

Mr. William Esteb worked as the creative director for various advertising agencies in Denver, Seattle, and San Francisco, and was introduced to chiropractic in 1981 when he was asked to write what became known as the Peter Graves video for Renaissance International. Later, he got together with two chiropractors and formed Back Talk Systems. For 10 years he was the creative force behind this patient education resource company. In 1999 Mr. Esteb sold his interest in Back Talk Systems to start Patient Media, Inc., focusing on patient education and communications tools that feature high impact graphics. In 2004 he co-founded Perfect Patients, an interactive website service which manages the online reputations of over 2,000 chiropractors in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In 2011 he co-founded The Paperwork Project, collaboration with Kathy Mills Chang, which supplies state-of-the-art chiropractic paperwork and documentation resources at www.ChiropracticPaperwork.com. He is the author of 11 books that explore the doctor/patient relationship from a patient’s point of view. His weekly blog posts at www.PatientMedia.com and Monday Morning Motivation emails are ways he shares his three decades of experience as a chiropractic patient and advocate. When he isn’t writing about chiropractic or speaking about chiropractic, he can be found thinking about chiropractic—from a patient’s point of view. 

Mary Frost, D.C., M.B.A. graduated from Palmer’s Davenport campus 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 at Palmer’s Davenport campus. She currently teaches Financial Management, Practice Management, Regulatory Issues and Planning for Success in the Doctor of Chiropractic Program. Previously she was a part-time faculty clinician in the Palmer Community Clinics. She has been awarded Faculty of the Year by the students of Palmer College in 2011, 2013, and 2015. She has been both a presenter and workshop panelist at Association of Chiropractic Colleges Research Agenda Conferences. A life-long learner, Dr. Frost earned her M.B.A. from St. Ambrose University in 2015. She also is an active volunteer in the community.  

Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®, 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.  

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, National Institutes of Health, 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 also is 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.  

Mimi Guarneri, M.D., FACC, ABIHM, is board-certified in cardiovascular disease, internal medicine, nuclear medicine and holistic medicine. She is president of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, and is senior advisor to the Atlantic Health System Chambers Center for Well Being and Integrative Medicine. Dr. Guarneri is founder and director of Guarneri Integrative Health, Inc. Her medical degree is from SUNY Medical Center in New York, where she graduated number one in her class. Dr. Guarneri served her internship and residency at Cornell Medical Center, where she later became chief medical resident, and then cardiology fellowships at both New York University Medical Center and Scripps Clinic. 

Dr. Guarneri has been recognized for her national leadership in Integrative Medicine by the Bravewell Collaborative and has served as chair of the Bravewell Clinical Network for Integrative Medicine. In 2009, Dr. Guarneri was honored as the ARCS scientist of the year. In 2011, she was the winner of the Bravewell Leadership Award which honors a physician leader who has made significant contributions to the transformation of the U.S. health care system. Most recently, she received the 2012 Linus Pauling Functional Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute for Functional Medicine and the Grace A. Goldsmith award from the American College of Nutrition. Dr. Guarneri’s work has been featured on television with NBC Today and PBS. 

Anthony Hamm, D.C., is a 1979 graduate of National University of Health Sciences and has earned diplomate status in chiropractic orthopedics and forensic sciences. For more than 35 years he has directed a referral-based practice in Goldsboro, N.C., with special interests in assessment and management of adult musculoskeletal disorders and pain management. Other experience includes health-care quality measure development, risk management, CPT/ICD coding and Medicare. He has served as a carrier adviser to Cigna Government Services and Palmetto GBA Medicare Administrative Contractors. Dr. Hamm currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists and is the American Chiropractic Association’s immediate past president. Dr. Hamm currently enrolled in a Master of Science in Health Sciences program with a concentration in health care quality at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences with anticipated completion in 2017. He has served two consecutive terms as co-chair of the AMA specialty society Resource-based Relative Value Health Care Provider Advisory Committee (RBRVS HCPAC).

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 and served as the president of Motion Palpation Club. Dr. Hinkeldey also was chosen for a DoD/VA internship at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, M.D. This experience stressed the importance of service and evidenced-based multi-modal care models. After graduating, 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.

LaKeisha Holloway, M.B.A., is a native of the Quad-Cities. Ms. Holloway graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in personal finance. She then earned an M.B.A. from St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa, in 2004. She began her career in banking and transitioned to education. Her passion for education is what pushed her to pursue a career in higher education. In 2009, Ms. Holloway began teaching at Brown Mackie College and in 2012 at Palmer College of Chiropractic. Since 2010, she’s been certified in insurance and billing.

Mr. Zach Jipp will graduate from Palmer College’s Davenport campus in October of 2016. He’s a graduate of Luther College, and is currently participating in a VA student clerkship in Des Moines, Iowa, under the supervision of Dr. Nate Hinkeldey. He also was a rehabilitation resident at Palmer College. He has been a teaching assistant in active care labs as well as in anatomy class, and is involved with several Palmer student clubs.

Anthony Lisi, D.C., received a B.A. from Fordham University in New York, N.Y., and his D.C. degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West Campus in San Jose, Calif. In 2007, Dr. Lisi was named director of Chiropractic Services for the Veterans Health Administration. In this role he oversees all national programmatic issues related to the integration of chiropractic services into the largest healthcare system in the United States. Previously, in 2004, he became the first chiropractor appointed to the medical staff of the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, where he developed processes for integrating hospital-based clinical services and interprofessional clinical education for CAM and traditional medical trainees. He is currently the chief of Chiropractic Service at the VA Connecticut facility, and associate professor of Clinical Sciences at the University of Bridgeport. Dr. Lisi has authored or co-authored more than 25 peer-reviewed publications and presented over 25 abstracts at scientific conferences throughout the U.S. and Canada.  

Tracey Littrell, D.C., DACBR, DACO, CCSP®, 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 10 years of clinical practice 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 Differentials.”  

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.  

Mitch Mally, D.C., an international author, lecturer and inventor, is a leader in research with an emphasis on carpal tunnel syndrome, cumulative trauma disorders, TMJD and congenital leg length morphology. He has lectured for many state associations and national conventions and audiences, including chiropractic, dental, medical and osteopathic, and specialists in orthopedics, neurology and radiology. Dr. Mally established the non-surgical protocol for the treatment and prevention of CTS and CTD that is considered by many as the "benchmark" in the chiropractic profession.  

Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D., is the fourth chancellor of Palmer College of Chiropractic. He graduated from Palmer College’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’s 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 three editions of a comprehensive textbook in radiology, titled “Clinical Imaging, with Skeletal, Chest, and Abdomen Pattern Differentials.”

Stacie Martel, D.C., M.S., graduated from Palmer College’s Davenport campus in 1998. She’s an assistant professor in Palmer’s Department of Undergraduate Studies, where she teaches several classes including Anatomy and Physiology II and Rehabilitation Procedures. Dr. Martel has contributed to work presented at Association of Chiropractic Colleges Research Agenda Conference, American Association of Physical Anthropologists and the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists.  She has also published articles in the Journal of Chiropractic Education and the Journal of Forensic Science.

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. 

Shawn Neff, D.C., M.A.S., FACO, earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2003, his Master of Applied Science in musculoskeletal management degree from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2011, and earned a diplomate from the Academy of Chiropractic. Dr. Neff is the staff chiropractic physician at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.V. He holds adjunct faculty appointments at Palmer College of Chiropractic, Life University College of Chiropractic and Parker College of Chiropractic. Dr. Neff has published articles in the Journal of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists. He also has presented at many professional conferences, including ACC-RAC and the New Horizons in Rehabilitation Care. Dr. Neff has lectured and facilitated extensively on clinical topics, provider communication and patient-centered care. 

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 named Palmer’s 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 her 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. 

Casey Okamoto, D.C., is a recent graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport campus, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Valedictorian. During his time at Palmer, he clerked at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.V., prior to accepting a position as a chiropractic resident at the VA Western New York Healthcare System in Buffalo, N.Y. He is the author of two papers in the peer-reviewed literature. 

Kyle Prusso, D.C., CCSP®, is the director of clinics at the Palmer Chiropractic Clinics based on Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West campus. A 2003 graduate of Life Chiropractic College West, Dr. Prusso maintained a private practice in Oakland prior to joining the San Jose campus faculty in 2012. He was appointed to his current position in March 2015. Dr. Prusso is the chiropractic consultant for the Oakland Raiders, a role he has held since 2005. During his association with the Raiders, Dr. Prusso has served two terms as president of the Professional Football Chiropractic Society (PFCS), an organization that includes the team chiropractors for every franchise in the National Football League (NFL). Dr. Prusso has experience in the growing trend of corporate-based health care (serving two years as chiropractor at the AMP Wellness Center in Santa Clara), and he was one of the D.C.s selected to the multidisciplinary team that provided care for athletes at the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. 

Christopher Roecker, D.C., M.S., DACO, DACBSP, earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2010 and his Master of Science in Clinical Research degree from Palmer in 2012. He also has achieved diplomate status from the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists and from the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians. Dr. Roecker is an instructor at Palmer College’s Davenport campus, where he serves as the lead instructor of the pathology curriculum and is an assistant in the Gross Anatomy cadaver lab. He has published articles in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, and Journal of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists. He also has presented at many professional conferences, including the Chiropractic Sports Science Symposium and ACC-RAC.

Stacie Salsbury, Ph.D., R.N., is a doctorally-prepared registered nurse with a program of research in strategies to manage chronic pain and chronic illness, with a primary interest on improving health care for older adults. Since joining the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR) in 2009, Dr. Salsbury has evaluated the comparative effectiveness and safety of spinal manipulation in clinical trials for low-back pain, neck pain and hypertension. Internationally, she is a leading scientist in the study of public perceptions of chiropractic care. Dr. Salsbury has interviewed more than 200 patients and dozens of chiropractors and allopathic providers about their thoughts on the evolving role of the chiropractic profession within integrative health-care systems. Dr. Salsbury will present viewpoints from interviews conducted with chiropractic stakeholders in VA health centers, rehabilitative specialty hospitals, community hospitals and clinics, and the PCCR.

Mr. Alec Schielke will be graduating from Palmer College’s Davenport campus in February of 2017. He’s  a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and is currently participating in a VA student clerkship in Martsinburg, W.V. He was also a lab study leader at Palmer College and served as a tutor in various courses. He’s involved with several Palmer student clubs. 

Dan Sullivan, D.C., has a passion for bringing certainty to the chiropractic profession by educating on the simple science that proves the importance of chiropractic philosophy and the influence of an adjustment. Dr. Sullivan travels worldwide speaking to students, doctors, and the public about the power of chiropractic, the overwhelming evidence that supports it, and the necessary role it should play in today’s health care. After graduating from Northwestern Chiropractic College in 2004, he built one of the largest practices in the profession. He served in the world championships in 2010, 2011, and the Olympic Games in 2012 as an official Chiropractor for U.S.A. wrestling. Dr. Sullivan continues to study the science and research behind the spine's influence on human health and the role of chiropractic. He is a graduate of The Academy of Chiropractic Philosophy Diplomate Program and his strategies and resources help hundreds of chiropractors each month increase their certainty and results in practice. 

John Stites, D.C., DACBR, DACO, is the director of Community Clinics at Palmer College’s Davenport Campus. He is a 1979 graduate of Palmer’s Davenport Campus and received his DACBR in 1992. Dr. Stites has worked as a clinician, radiologist, administrator, journal editor and teacher. He is active in the American Public Health Association (APHA) and currently represents the Chiropractic Health Care section on the APHA governing council. He has a strong interest in evidence-based clinical practice (EBCP) and has participated and taught in a number of EBCP workshops hosted by McMaster University and by Palmer College of Chiropractic. 

Robert Vining, D.C., is an associate professor and senior research clinician at the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research. His professional experience includes private practice, classroom and clinical faculty instruction, serving as director of the Logan College Southroads Health Center in St. Louis, Mo., as a clinician within the Veteran’s Affairs health system, and clinical researcher. Dr. Vining is a lead or co-author of more than 20 scientific journal articles and co-principal investigator for the Kiernan Chiropractic Care in Rehabilitation Program at Crotched Mountain Specialty Hospital in Greenfield, N.H. His research interests are focused on translating research evidence to help practitioners with clinical decision-making, and developing integrative models of care including chiropractic.

Dan Weinert, D.C., Ph.D., 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 was 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 and he received his Ph.D. in higher education, leadership and policy from the University of Iowa. He is a graduate of Palmer’s Rehabilitation and Sports Injury Residency Program where he earned a Diplomate from the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board and passed the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist examination.  

Jason Yusavage, D.C., DICCP, graduated with honors from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1999. He earned his Diplomate in Chiropractic Pediatrics from the ICA Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics shortly after graduation, and currently owns and operates a private practice in Pennsylvania.

2017 Speakers Coming Soon!

2017 Speakers

Lance Armstrong, D.C., is from Florida and at the University of Central Florida was the USAF ROTC Cadet Commander. He received a U.S. Air Force Commission two hours after graduation with a B.S. degree in physics. He served as a Flight Instructor-Bombardier, stationed in California and Michigan, with global sorties to Guam, Egypt and Korea. Dr. Armstrong received numerous Higher Headquarters missions, awards and recognitions, including the USAF Expert Marksman ribbon. As a six-year officer with the rank of Captain, he experienced the Reduction in Force in 1992. The need to change his career led him to Palmer College of Chiropractic, because he’d been helped by a doctor of chiropractic following a B-52G crash/hard landing. He graduated four years later, receiving the Clinic Excellence Award for his class, and opened a clinic the day he received his Florida license. For 19 years, Armstrong Chiropractic has been dedicated to patient care and community service. Dr. Armstrong has served as the BCSO SWAT and CRT “Team D.C.” for 18 years. Named the Florida Chiropractic Association's Chiropractor of the Year in 2000 and its president in 2005, he’s also an Honor Flight Guardian, Brevard County Chiropractic Coordinator for Stand Down (homeless Veteran care), adjunct professor at Palmer’s Florida campus, ARC Volunteer D.C. at Patrick AFB Hospital, 2015 CB Chamber Military Affairs Chairman, and a member of Kiwanis, VFW and the American Legion. At the 2015 FCA National Convention he was honored as the Humanitarian of the Year, as selected by Performance Health.

Michelle Barber, D.C., M.S.W., earned a Master of Social Work degree from Ohio State University in 1993, and worked in the child and family welfare field for seven years. She graduated from Palmer College’s Davenport campus in 2000 and has practiced for 16 years in Colorado, Ohio, Illinois and Iowa. She started her career at Palmer’s Davenport campus in 2006 and has had faculty appointments in both the clinics and the Life Sciences department teaching Microbiology, Biomechanics, Public Health and Toxicology. In 2016 Dr. Barber was named Associate Dean for Life Sciences and Foundations and she continues to teach Microbiology. She has received the Faculty of the Year Award from the Student Council every year since 2008, and was named Palmer College'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 and 2015. Dr. Barber regularly presents continuing education seminars and has been published in peer-reviewed journals.  

Bruce Bond, D.C., DACBN, is one of the most sought-after speakers on nutrition and complementary care. Dr. Bond intrigues clinicians throughout the country weekly and guest lectures at many chiropractic colleges. His extensive knowledge of nutrition and physiology, along with his unbridled passion and motivating style, makes his live appearances both empowering and informative. During this dynamic seminar, he will share his twenty-two years of clinical and practice management experience, discussing the nutritional needs of those suffering from osteoporosis, degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis.

John Davila, D.C., received his degree in 1994 from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Upon graduation he established three successful practices in the Myrtle Beach, S.C., area which he operated for 13 years. Since 2000, Dr. Davila has been training doctors and staff on the topics of federal and state level insurance compliance. He has consulted for Axis Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, American Specialty Health Network, Colonial Life, Companion Property and Casualty, Chiropractic Network of the Carolinas, and Palmetto GBA (South Carolina Medicare). In 2001, he re-wrote the Medicare policy for chiropractic reimbursement for Palmetto GBA and served on their Physician Carrier Advisory Committee. Dr. Davila currently operates his own consulting company, Custom ChiroSolutions, offering chiropractors sound consulting advice on practice management, billing procedures, Medicare compliance, treatment programs, marketing, and other strategic and tactical custom solutions to
help them run a successful practice.

Mr. William Esteb worked as the creative director for various advertising agencies in Denver, Seattle, and San Francisco, and was introduced to chiropractic in 1981 when he was asked to write what became known as the Peter Graves video for Renaissance International. Later, he got together with two chiropractors and formed Back Talk Systems. For 10 years he was the creative force behind this patient education resource company. In 1999 Mr. Esteb sold his interest in Back Talk Systems to start Patient Media, Inc., focusing on patient education and communications tools that feature high impact graphics. In 2004 he co-founded Perfect Patients, an interactive website service which manages the online reputations of over 2,000 chiropractors in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In 2011 he co-founded The Paperwork Project, collaboration with Kathy Mills Chang, which supplies state-of-the-art chiropractic paperwork and documentation resources at www.ChiropracticPaperwork.com. He is the author of 11 books that explore the doctor/patient relationship from a patient’s point of view. His weekly blog posts at www.PatientMedia.com and Monday Morning Motivation emails are ways he shares his three decades of experience as a chiropractic patient and advocate. When he isn’t writing about chiropractic or speaking about chiropractic, he can be found thinking about chiropractic—from a patient’s point of view. 

Mary Frost, D.C., M.B.A. graduated from Palmer’s Davenport campus 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 at Palmer’s Davenport campus. She currently teaches Financial Management, Practice Management, Regulatory Issues and Planning for Success in the Doctor of Chiropractic Program. Previously she was a part-time faculty clinician in the Palmer Community Clinics. She has been awarded Faculty of the Year by the students of Palmer College in 2011, 2013, and 2015. She has been both a presenter and workshop panelist at Association of Chiropractic Colleges Research Agenda Conferences. A life-long learner, Dr. Frost earned her M.B.A. from St. Ambrose University in 2015. She also is an active volunteer in the community.  

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 and served as the president of Motion Palpation Club. Dr. Hinkeldey also was chosen for a DoD/VA internship at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, M.D. This experience stressed the importance of service and evidenced-based multi-modal care models. After graduating, 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.

Tracey Littrell, D.C., DACBR, DACO, CCSP®, 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 10 years of clinical practice 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 Differentials.”  

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.  

Mitch Mally, D.C., an international author, lecturer and inventor, is a leader in research with an emphasis on carpal tunnel syndrome, cumulative trauma disorders, TMJD and congenital leg length morphology. He has lectured for many state associations and national conventions and audiences, including chiropractic, dental, medical and osteopathic, and specialists in orthopedics, neurology and radiology. Dr. Mally established the non-surgical protocol for the treatment and prevention of CTS and CTD that is considered by many as the "benchmark" in the chiropractic profession.  

Peter Martin, D.C., graduated from the British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy in 1964, then earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1968. He served in faculty and administrative positions at Palmer College and Los Angeles College of Chiropractic from 1968 to 1978; owned a chiropractic equipment and supplies business for the next four years; and had a private practice in Lancaster, Calif., from 1982 to 2000. Dr. Martin was president of Palmer College’s San Jose, Calif., campus from 1992 to 2000, when he accepted a position as dean of the College of Naturopathic Medicine at the University of Bridgeport. He returned to the San Jose campus in 2004 as interim president and was named president in February 2005. In July 2005, he assumed the additional duties of president of Palmer’s Port Orange, Fla., campus, and since the appointment in November 2006 of Dr. William Meeker as president of the San Jose campus, has been serving as president of the Port Orange campus exclusively. Dr. Martin is a past president of the Council on Chiropractic Education and the California Chiropractic Association and is a former board member of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges.

Shawn Neff, D.C., M.A.S., FACO, earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2003, his Master of Applied Science in musculoskeletal management degree from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2011, and earned a diplomate from the Academy of Chiropractic. Dr. Neff is the staff chiropractic physician at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.V. He holds adjunct faculty appointments at Palmer College of Chiropractic, Life University College of Chiropractic and Parker College of Chiropractic. Dr. Neff has published articles in the Journal of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists. He also has presented at many professional conferences, including ACC-RAC and the New Horizons in Rehabilitation Care. Dr. Neff has lectured and facilitated extensively on clinical topics, provider communication and patient-centered care. 

Casey Okamoto, D.C., is a recent graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport campus, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Valedictorian. During his time at Palmer, he clerked at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.V., prior to accepting a position as a chiropractic resident at the VA Western New York Healthcare System in Buffalo, N.Y. He is the author of two papers in the peer-reviewed literature. 

LeRoy Perry, Jr., D.C., graduated from LACC in 1972.  As a chiropractor and innovator in sports science, Dr. Perry has designed many healing therapies as well as special exercise equipment. His inventions are an integral part of patient care at the West Los Angeles- based International Sportscience Institute (ISI), of which he is the president and founder. Dr. Perry was the first chiropractor to serve as an official Olympic Team Doctor, and did so five times. He treated athletes from more than 45 countries, and during the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, NBC featured a report on his work. He has won many civic awards, including the Los Angeles Press Club’s Headlines Award in 1983. In 1995, Los Angeles Magazine named him “Best Chiropractor in Los Angeles.” Presently, he donates his time as chairman of the Sports Science and Medical Advisory Board for America’s Schools Program, a national recycling initiative that raises money for education K-12 grade. Of this project, Dr. Perry says, “President John F. Kennedy was right in saying that our children are our future. We must help our children now.” With co-founder Wilt Chamberlain, Dr. Perry also created the Foundation for Athletic Research and Education, an organization that teaches athletes how to enhance performance through proper diet, exercise, and biomechanics. 

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.”

Christopher Roecker, D.C., M.S., DACO, DACBSP, earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2010 and his Master of Science in Clinical Research degree from Palmer in 2012. He also has achieved diplomate status from the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists and from the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians. Dr. Roecker is an instructor at Palmer College’s Davenport campus, where he serves as the lead instructor of the pathology curriculum and is an assistant in the Gross Anatomy cadaver lab. He has published articles in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, and Journal of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists. He also has presented at many professional conferences, including the Chiropractic Sports Science Symposium and ACC-RAC.

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.

Michael Tunning, D.C., M.S., ATC

Dan Weinert, D.C., Ph.D., 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 was 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 and he received his Ph.D. in higher education, leadership and policy from the University of Iowa. He is a graduate of Palmer’s Rehabilitation and Sports Injury Residency Program where he earned a Diplomate from the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board and passed the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist examination.  

Jason Yusavage, D.C., DICCP, graduated with honors from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1999. He earned his Diplomate in Chiropractic Pediatrics from the ICA Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics shortly after graduation, and currently owns and operates a private practice in Pennsylvania.

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