Homecoming Speaker Biographies

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Davenport campus

2018 Speakers (In alphabetical order)

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West campus

2018 Speakers 

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.

Rachel Carlton Abrams, M.D., M.H.S., ABFP, ABIHM graduated PHI BETA KAPPA from Stanford University, received her M.D. from the University of California San Francisco and a master's degree in holistic health from the University of California Berkeley. She is board certified in family medicine and integrative medicine. In 2008 she opened the award-winning Santa Cruz Integrative Medicine Clinic. Dr. Abrams treats many of the world’s most influential people, from CEOs to billionaire entrepreneurs to Nobel Peace Prize laureates. She has been voted “Best Doctor” in Santa Cruz County every year from 2009–2017.

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, 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. Dr. Cremata has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT). 

Ted Forcum III, D.C., DACBSP® received his bachelor’s degree from Willamette University and his doctor of chiropractic degree from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Ore. Dr. Forcum has taught postdoctoral programs and lectures internationally on sports injuries, soft-tissue treatment, rehabilitation and biomechanics. He has been a member of the medical staff for various sports teams, including the Portland Winterhawks and Portland Timbers, as well as for countless national and international events including the USA Track & Field Championships, Olympic Trials, and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Dr. Forcum is very active in the politics of sports chiropractic.  He is past president of the ACA Sports Council, and a board member of the Joint Commission on Sports Medicine and Science. Dr. Forcum is Vice President of Clinical Development for KT Health, and has been in private practice for 29 years.  

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.  

Shilo Harris came from a family with deep roots in military service. He enlisted in the U.S. Army shortly after 9/11. On his second deployment with the 10th Mountain Division, he was assigned and worked near southern Baghdad. On February 19, 2007, Harris’ armored vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED). The explosion injured the driver and ended the lives of three of his fellow soldiers. Shilo survived but with severe third degree burns on 35% of his body. The severity of the burns meant the loss of Shilo’s ears, the tip of his nose and three fingers. The crushing explosion fractured his left collarbone and C-7 vertebrae. Harris’ spent 48 days in a medically induced coma followed by a recovery that involved more than 75 surgeries.  Supported by his family and an unwavering faith, Harris not only survived but triumphed over his catastrophic injuries and severe PTSD. He describes his experience in Steel Will: My Journey Through Hell to Become the Man I was Meant to Be (Sept. 1, 2014; Baker Books). Harris retired from the U.S. Army in 2010, but continues to fight for his country as a soldier-turned-messenger.  Harris uses his story to raise awareness for PTSD and to encourage his fellow soldiers and wounded warriors. 

Thomas Lotus, DC, FACO, Cert. MDT, DACRB (c), is a 2003 graduate of National University of Health Sciences (NUHS), as well as part-time faculty for the Lincoln School of Post-Professional Education. He currently teaches courses internationally covering rehabilitation, biomechanics and chronic pain. Dr. Lotus holds fellowship status as a board certified chiropractic orthopedist (DACO) and is also a candidate for diplomate status within the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board. In addition, he carries a certificate in the diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular dysfunction, acupuncture, and dry needling technique for musculoskeletal conditions. He has an extensive athletic base with his specialized approach to the biomechanics and kinesiology of sport, and cares for endurance athletes of all calibers from professional athletes to weekend warriors. He also consults for some of the leading athletic shoe manufactures and running stores throughout the region. 

Sherry McAllister, D.C., M.S. (Ed)., CCSP®, serves as executive vice president for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), the national public relations organization creating billions of positive impressions of chiropractic each year. Along with her work at the F4CP she also has worked to continue success for the profession by consulting with such entities as the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards and the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. A graduate of Palmer’s San Jose campus, Dr. McAllister also serves her alma mater in a number of capacities, including as a guest speaker for student clubs, alumni ambassador, preceptor doctor, commencement speaker and community liaison. She also has been a faculty member for Palmer Continuing Education. A Qualified Medical Examiner and Expert Chiropractic Witness for the State of California, she has been in private practice in San Jose since 1996.  

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.

Brian Nook D.C., is an associate dean of academic affairs at Palmer College of Chiropractic West and the past dean/head of college at the Australian College of Physical Education at Sydney Olympic Park. Dr. Nook was the school dean for chiropractic and sports sciences at Murdoch University for six years and associate professor at Murdoch University for 10 years. He graduated from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 1983 and practiced in Schaller and Holstein, Iowa, for 13 years. He was a senior lecturer at Technikon Natal Department of Chiropractic in Durban, South Africa, for three years. Dr. Nook has been team physician at many local, national, and international sporting events. He served as a team chiropractor at four Olympic Games (Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney and Salt Lake City, three All African Games and 4 World Games. Dr. Nook serves on the Board for the Federation International de Chiropractic du Sports (FICS) and has been involved with FICS for more than 30 years.

H. Michael Olson, D.C., CCSP®, 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. 

David Paris, D.C., DACRB, is a 2001 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic West. He has worked for the Veterans Administration for 13 years. He currently serves on the National Chiropractic Field Advisory Committee (FAC) and was recently trained as a Whole Health 101 Facilitator by the VA’s Office of Patient-Centered Care and Cultural Transformation (OPC&CT). He’s enrolled in and enjoying the Primary Spine Practitioner (PSP) program at the University of Pittsburgh. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time outdoors in his hometown of Redding, Calif., with his wife and three kids and rooting on his LA Kings.

Gina Sirchio-Lotus, D.C., CCN, is a 2005 Magna Cum Laude graduate of the National University of Health Sciences. She is the owner of the LG Institute of Health, an alternative health medical center located in Chicago’s Fulton River District. She has extensive experience addressing chronic disease, inflammatory and debilitating disorders. Her background as a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and current candidate for her Diplomate for the American Board of Chiropractic Internists allows her to use extensive laboratory testing and evaluation. Dr. Sirchio published The Noursh Series: Prenatal Nutrition in 2003. She lectures for The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Bradley Childbirth classes, Gluten Intolerance Group, numerous fitness centers and gyms throughout the Chicagoland area, women's health organizations and is also a frequent Lunch and Learn educator for Corporate Wellness programs.  She believes better nutrition is the answer to much of what we all strive for; feeling better, performing at our best and enjoying our health.

Marina Rose, D.C., graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in 1993 and became certified as a Clinical Nutritionist. She has completed courses in Functional Medicine, enzyme nutrition, women’s health, homeopathy, herbal medicine and the nutritional management of health disorders. Dr. Rose studied with Jeffrey Bland, the father of Functional Medicine, before the term was in wide use. She became a principal practitioner under Dr. Howard Loomis, the leader in the clinical use of plant enzymes. Her clinical results were so outstanding that Dr. Loomis invited her to become the director of the Loomis Institute, where she teaches clinical skills and practice management to other practitioners. In 2013, Dr. Rose reopened her private practice in Los Altos, Calif. She became at faculty clinician at Palmer’s West campus in 2018.

Matthew Skalski, D.C., DACBR, is a consulting musculoskeletal radiologist and assistant professor of radiology at Palmer College of Chiropractic West. He has presented at a variety of large international scientific meetings, and won over 15 awards for these exhibitions. Dr. Skalski has also authored numerous research articles throughout the radiology literature and made significant contributions to Radiopaedia.org, the world’s largest free online radiology resource, where he is a senior editor. In addition, he is fellowship-trained in musculoskeletal MRI, a professional medical illustrator, and an award-winning professional landscape photographer. 

Jonathan Soltys, D.C., Cert.MDT, has spent his professional career both in the academic and clinical settings. In 2014, he was appointed as the Executive Director of the Chiropractic Branch of the McKenzie Institute International. From 2003-2013, he served as the Dean of Postgraduate Education at the National University of Heath Sciences where he developed numerous continuing education programs that were attended by thousands of DC’s each year. He’s taught clinical orthopedics and adjusting courses as well as medical-legal specialty lectures at NUHS since 1994 where he holds the rank of Associate Professor. In his 20 years of teaching experience, he’s received ten awards for teaching excellence. Concurrently, for 18 years, he practiced as a chiropractor in Illinois in multi-disciplinary clinics.  In that time, he gained invaluable experience collaborating with various specialists in working with patients suffering from chronic pain conditions.  

Susan St. Claire, D.C., graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West campus in 1984. She has her Diplomate from the American Board of Nutrition and is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist. Dr. St. Claire has been a member of several professional organizations and currently owns her own practice in addition to teaching at the West campus.

Michael VanNatta, D.C., graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1985. He is an associate professor at Palmer’s Davenport campus.  He teaches Neuromusculoskeletal Diagnosis I, Neuromusculoskeletal Diagnosis II and Differential Diagnosis.  He has been in active chiropractic practice since 1985 and enjoys bringing clinical cases into the classroom to enhance student application and learning.  He presents at professional conferences such as ACC-RAC and sessions for Illinois Prairie State chiropractic Association, Iowa Communication Network (ICN), Palmer College of Chiropractic-Florida and Palmer College of Chiropractic-Davenport. , as well as health and wellness presentations to local grade schools and high schools.  He also works with local athletes with an emphasis on training for increased acceleration and performance.

Robert Walsh, D.C., CCSP®, completed his undergraduate education at Simon Fraser University in Canada in 1991 with a B.S. degree in kinesiology. He went on to earn his doctor of chiropractic degree from Palmer’s San Jose campus in 1995. Dr. Walsh was a part-time instructor at Palmer from 1995 to 1998. He also has been in practice in Pleasanton, Calif. since 1997. He became a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP®) and developed a sports practice which resulted in various opportunities, including working with the National Football League Players Association as the designated chiropractor for the Oakland Raiders from 1999-2001. He also has created interdisciplinary health committees for the Ballistic United Soccer Club and Rage Girls Soccer Club for youth. He is a continuing education presenter for diagnosis and treatment of upper- and lower-extremity conditions. Dr. Walsh served on the California Chiropractic Association (CCA) executive committee from 2010-2013. In December 2015 he became a staff chiropractor at the Veteran's Administration in Palo Alto, Calif.

Jimmy Yuan, D.C., is a practicing chiropractor in Phoenix, Ariz., for Warrior Restoration. He also serves as a consultant for the Arizona Diamondbacks training staff along with other sports teams. In addition to FMS/SFMA, Dr. Yuan also is an Active Release Techniques (ART) presenting instructor, StrongFirst Team Leader Kettlebell – Barbell – and Bodyweight instructor, Rocktape instructor and Titleist Performance Institute Medical 3 – Fitness 3 – and Juniors 2 instructor.

 

 

Florida campus

2018 Speakers

Lisa Barker, D.C., is a chiropractor in private practice in Danbury, CT since 2000. A large focus of her practice is care of women's health, prenatal care, and pediatric cases in collaboration with primary care, OB/ GYN and pediatric physicians, as well as acupuncturists, massage therapists and naturopaths. Dr Barker is a Fellow of the ICPA and is faculty at the Western Connecticut State University Department of Health Promotion and Exercise Sciences.

Mark Charrette, D.C., is a 1980 summa cum laude graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic inDavenport, Iowa. He authored a book on extremity adjusting, produced aninstructional video series, is a frequent guest speaker at various chiropracticcolleges, and has taught more than 1,400 seminars worldwide. His livelyseminars on extremity adjusting, biomechanics and spinal adjusting techniquesemphasize a practical, hands-on approach.

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 eleven years. Dr. Frost has served in various positions at Palmer College of Chiropractic since 2008. In 2010, she was a part of the business curriculum task force and for six years she taught in the Doctor of Chiropractic Program on the Davenport campus.  Since 2011, she has been a speaker for continuing education at Palmer.  Continuing education topics taught include Iowa Laws and Rules, Ethics and Professional Boundaries, Leadership Models, Digital Marketing, Clinical Case Studies, and Coding and Billing.  In 2016, her role again changed when she accepted the position of Senior Director of Accreditation and Licensure Compliance. In this role, she regularly studies and reports on state laws affecting chiropractors, as well as serving as accreditation liaison to accrediting agencies. Dr. Frost is also an advisor to the Palmer Center for Business Development.

Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®, graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1986. Dr. Fucinari has helped train doctors and staff for 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.

Shilo Harris came from a family with deep roots in military service. He enlisted in the U.S. Army shortly after 9/11. On his second deployment with the 10th Mountain Division, he was assigned and worked near southern Baghdad. On February 19, 2007, Harris’ armored vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED). The explosion injured the driver and ended the lives of three of his fellow soldiers. Shilo survived but with severe third degree burns on 35% of his body. The severity of the burns meant the loss of Shilo’s ears, the tip of his nose and three fingers. The crushing explosion fractured his left collarbone and C-7 vertebrae. Harris’ spent 48 days in a medically induced coma followed by a recovery that involved more than 75 surgeries.  Supported by his family and an unwavering faith, Harris not only survived but triumphed over his catastrophic injuries and severe PTSD. He describes his experience in Steel Will: My Journey Through Hell to Become the Man I was Meant to Be (Sept. 1, 2014; Baker Books). Harris retired from the U.S. Army in 2010, but continues to fight for his country as a soldier-turned-messenger.  Harris uses his story to raise awareness for PTSD and to encourage his fellow soldiers and wounded warriors.

Nate Hinkeldey, D.C., DACRB 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.

Nicole Ingrando, D.C., graduated from Palmer College ofChiropractic’s Florida campus in 2009. Dr. Ingrando is a practicingchiropractor and the Founder of North Orlando Spine Center, a practicededicated to clinical excellence in patient care. Dr. Ingrando dove into theprofession as a second career. Prior to this, she spent many years in theprofessional business arena as a consultant and senior sales executive forcorporations large and small, including Marriott International. By partneringher business knowledge with clinical expertise, she launched North OrlandoSpine Center in July 2009 directly out of school. Dr. Ingrando and her husbandstarted the practice on a grassroots budget and with enthusiasm and a lot ofsweat equity. In three short years, her practice grew to a team of fourchiropractic physicians, five licensed therapists/registered chiropracticassistants and a full time office and billing staff, seeing patients out of twopractice locations. The second office of North Orlando Spine Center is in theSpine and Brain Neurosurgery Center on the Dr. P. Phillips Hospital Campus inOrlando. It is here that her clinical team works side by side withneurosurgeons and neurologists specializing in motion disorders and dedicatedto chiropractic trials of conservative care.

Dave Juehring, D.C., DACRB

Nkaku Kisaalita, Ph.D., is a staff psychologist at the Orlando Veterans Affairs Medical Center working in outpatient chronic pain management. He is a national consultant and trainer for the VA’s Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (CBT-CP) treatment protocol. Dr. Kisaalita obtained his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Florida Clinical & Health Psychology Department and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Kisaalita’s clinical and research interests include placebo analgesia, biopsychosocial factors in pain management, pain coping skills, and pain rehabilitation/functional restoration. Dr. Kisaalita has published peer-reviewed empirical articles in leading pain journals including The Journal of Pain© and PAIN©, and has presented his research at national and international scientific meetings.

Siri Leech, D.C., DACBR, is a native of both Montana and South Dakota. She earned her doctor of chiropractic degree from Palmer Collegeof Chiropractic’s Davenport campus in 2011 and her diplomate from the AmericanChiropractic Board of Radiology in 2016. She was appointed to the Palmerfaculty in 2016 as an assistant professor.

Anthony J. Lisi, D.C., received a B.A. degree 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 health-care 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’s 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.

Thomas Lotus, DC, FACO, Cert. MDT, DACRB (c), is a 2003 graduate of National University of Health Sciences (NUHS), as well as part-time faculty for the Lincoln School of Post-Professional Education. He currently teaches courses internationally covering rehabilitation, biomechanics and chronic pain. Dr. Lotus holds fellowship status as a board certified chiropractic orthopedist (DACO) and is also a candidate for diplomate status within the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board. In addition, he carries a certificate in the diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular dysfunction,acupuncture, and dry needling technique for musculoskeletal conditions. He hasan extensive athletic base with his specialized approach to the biomechanicsand kinesiology of sport, and cares for endurance athletes of all calibers fromprofessional athletes to weekend warriors. He also consults for some of theleading athletic shoe manufactures and running stores throughout the region.

Peter Martin, D.C., graduated from theBritish College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy in 1964, then earned his Doctorof Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1968. He servedin faculty and administrative positions at Palmer College and Los AngelesCollege of Chiropractic from 1968 to 1978; owned a chiropractic equipment andsupplies business for the next four years; and had a private practice inLancaster, Calif., from 1982 to 2000. Dr. Martin was president of PalmerCollege’s San Jose, Calif., campus from 1992 to 2000, when he accepted aposition as dean of the College of Naturopathic Medicine at the University ofBridgeport. He returned to the San Jose campus in 2004 as interim president andwas named president in February 2005. In July 2005, he assumed the additionalduties of president of Palmer’s Port Orange, Fla., campus, and since theappointment in November 2006 of Dr. William Meeker as president of the San Josecampus, has been serving as president of the Port Orange campus exclusively.Dr. Martin is a past president of the Council on Chiropractic Education and theCalifornia Chiropractic Association and is a former board member of the Associationof Chiropractic Colleges.

Mitch Miglis, D.C., 

Mark Murdock, D.C., has served as a professor at Palmer College of Chiropractic for 10 years. He is a registered nurse and chiropractor who has taught first aid, CPR, venipuncture and blood-borne pathogens. His experience in the emergency room combined with more than seven years of clinical practice will help you understand HIV in multi-faceted way with practical information that you can use.

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. 

David Portee, M.D., is the Chief of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Orlando Veterans Administration Medical Center. He is the former Medical Director for the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine for both the Henry Ford Healthcare System, Detroit, MI, and Orlando Health, Orlando, FL. Dr. Portee has been the recipient of “Top Doctors” Orlando awarded for several years, and was the first physician to be awarded the Florida State Counsels Golden State Safety Award. He is Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine.

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.”

Dr. Gina Sirchio-Lotus, 2005 Magna Cum Laude graduate of NUHS as a DC, then CCN 2007.  Initially had a rehab based practice until 2007, then began working more from the clinical nutrition and what is now known as functional medicine. Patient base is primarily folks with auto-immune disease, sports recovery and performance, chronic conditions such as fatigue, IBS, fibromyalgia etc.  Dr. Sirchio-Lotus is also an avid educator and has lectured extensively throughout the nation. Dr. Sirchio-Lotus is the developer of the accredited post-graduate program, The Women's Health Series, an interdisciplinary approach to all aspects of women's health care.  Dr. Gina Sirchio-Lotus has been in private practice for over 12 years and enjoys helping patient to regain their health and reach new goals.  Patients are educated thoroughly about their lab results, steps they may need to aid in healing and are offered resources to help them get there.

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 Ravensof the NFL, who recently won their second Super Bowl, since 1999. Dr. Sok hasbeen 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 wasappointed 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 AATeam in Bowie, Md. Dr. Sok is a“wellness / injury prevention consultant” for many companies andmunicipalities. He also has written and helped produce a series ofaward-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. 

Michael Shreeve, D.C., is a 1974 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport campus. After 30 years of chiropractic practice inTampa, Florida, he joined the faculty at Palmer College of Chiropractic’sFlorida campus in Port Orange, Florida. As a professor in Academic Affairs, he teaches upper cervical specific techniques, clinical methods, chiropractic philosophy, record keeping, Florida laws and rules, ethics, jurisprudence, risk management, spinal biomechanics, patient communications, and chiropractic history. He continues to maintain apart-time chiropractic practice in Port Orange, Florida. He has authoredseveral articles published in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, theJournal of Chiropractic Education. Dr. Shreeve is a past Board Member on theFlorida 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 andinternational 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.

Lora Tanis, D.C., DICCP, graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1989. In 1997 she received her Diplomate from 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.

Michael Tunning, D.C., M.S., 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 in 2016 he was named Associate Dean of Clinical Sciences.

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.

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