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2017 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. 

Katie Clark, D.C. 

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. 

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 business courses in the Doctor of Chiropractic Program. In 2016, her role again changed when she accepted the position of senior director of accreditation and licensure compliance. Dr. Frost is also an advisor to the Palmer Center for Business Development. 

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’s also an instructor for HawkGrips and KT Tape. 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. He also is very active in the politics of sports chiropractic, currently serving as an advisor to the ACA Sports Council, and a board member of the Joint Commission on Sports Medicine & Research. Dr. Forcum has served the Beaverton and Portland area with distinction for more 25 years. 

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. 

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. 

Nate Hinkeldey, D.C., is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic and earned a degree in Biology from Iowa State University. During his time at Palmer, he was a member 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, Md. 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’s 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 of Chiropractic’s Florida campus in 2009. Dr. Ingrando is a practicing chiropractor and the Founder of North Orlando Spine Center, a practice dedicated to clinical excellence in patient care. Dr. Ingrando dove into the profession as a second career. Prior to this, she spent many years in the professional business arena as a consultant and senior sales executive for corporations large and small, including Marriott International. By partnering her business knowledge with clinical expertise, she launched North Orlando Spine Center in July 2009 directly out of school. Dr. Ingrando and her husband started the practice on a grassroots budget and with enthusiasm and a lot of sweat equity. In three short years, her practice grew to a team of four chiropractic physicians, five licensed therapists/registered chiropractic assistants and a full time office and billing staff, seeing patients out of two practice locations. The second office of North Orlando Spine Center is in the Spine and Brain Neurosurgery Center on the Dr. P. Phillips Hospital Campus in Orlando. It is here that her clinical team works side by side with neurosurgeons and neurologists specializing in motion disorders and dedicated to chiropractic trials of conservative care. 

Lisa Killinger, D.C. 

Siri Leech, D.C.  

Tom Lotus, D.C. 

Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D., became chancellor of Palmer College of Chiropractic in December 2009 and was named chancellor and CEO in 2017. He graduated with his doctor of chiropractic degree from Palmer College in 1990, and went on to earn his M.S. degree in anatomy at Palmer in 1992. In 1995, he completed a three-year residency in radiology at Palmer College leading to diplomate status with the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology. Dr. Marchiori received his doctorate in policy, planning and leadership from the University of Iowa in 2005. He has had faculty appointments at Palmer College in the Research, and Diagnosis and Radiology departments. His administrative tenure at Palmer includes the roles of department chair, dean, vice president of academic affairs for the Davenport campus, and vice chancellor for academics for the College system. In addition to his teaching and administrative service, he has published numerous scientific articles and three editions of a comprehensive textbook in radiology, titled “Clinical Imaging with Skeletal, Chest and Abdomen Differentials.” He also serves as chair of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges. 

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. 

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. 

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

Gina Sirchio, D.C. 

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

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.  

JC Smith, D.C. 

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. 

Michael Van Natta, D.C. 

Dan Weinert, D.C., Ph.D., DACRB, is the provost for Palmer College of Chiropractic. Prior to that appointment he served as Davenport campus provost, interim vice president for Academic Affairs, dean of Academic Affairs and 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’s 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 second 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’s 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.

2017 Speakers

James Bedle, D.C., DACBR, is a chiropractic radiologist in San Jose, CA, and the owner of Bedle Consulting Inc. Dr. Bedle specializes in diagnostic radiology for chiropractors, with an emphasis in musculoskeletal radiology. He has many years of experience interpreting x-rays, magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography for chiropractors, osteopathic doctors, professional sports teams, and medical doctors. Dr. Bedle has been teaching for over 10 years and is currently an associate professor and coordinator of radiology at Palmer College of Chiropractic West, while serving as secretary of the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (ACBR).

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.  

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

Casey Crisp, D.C., M.S., ACP, a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport campus, served as an 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 a co-lecturer for athletic trainer continuing-education programs. He currently provides support to more than 150 chiropractors in the areas of ICD-10 implementation, clinical documentation, utilization management and evidence-based guidelines. 

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

Mary Frost, D.C., 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 business courses in the Doctor of Chiropractic Program. In 2016, her role again changed when she accepted the position of senior director of accreditation and licensure compliance. Dr. Frost is also an advisor to the Palmer Center for Business Development.  

Mitch Haas, D.C., M.A.,graduated from Western States Chiropractic College. His main research focus has been practice-based, randomized controlled trials on the efficacy of chiropractic care for headaches and low back pain. He has been the principal investigator for a number of federally-funded grants from the National Center for Complementary and Integrated Health at the National Institutes of Health (NCCIH/NIH) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). He sits on the board of directors of the Oregon Public Health Association and is a past president of the organization. He is also the only chiropractor to serve on the executive board of the American Public Health Association. He sits on the editorial board of six journals and has published many papers in peer-reviewed journals. He also has a B.S. in physics from S.U.N.Y. at Albany, a M.A. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley. 

Nate Hinkeldey, D.C., is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic and earned a degree in Biology from Iowa State University. During his time at Palmer, he was a member 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, Md. 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’s the chiropractor for Grand View University Sports Medicine Team, and he speaks nationally as an instructor for Graston Technique.  

Stephanie R. Johnson, D.C., received her doctor of chiropractic degree from Palmer College Chiropractic West, graduating salutatorian and magna cum laude. A California native, Dr. Johnson attended the University of California Berkeley where she received both her bachelor of science in Nutritional Science/Toxicology and bachelor of arts in dance and performance Studies. She is an active ACA member, former SACA national chair (2010-2011), former WCCS head delegate (2009-2012), and former intern of Dr. Bill Morgan at WRNMMC. She currently practices at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Bethesda, MD, and in private practice at Positively Chiropractic in Annandale, VA.

Daniel Lord D.C., received his doctor of chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West campus in 2008 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has completed post-graduate 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.Michelle Maiers, M.S., D.C., Ph.D.  

Mitch Mally, D.C., an international author, lecturer and inventor, is a leader in research with an emphasis on carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), cumulative trauma disorders (CTD), 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., became chancellor of Palmer College of Chiropractic in December 2009 and was named chancellor and CEO in 2017. He graduated with his doctor of chiropractic degree from Palmer College in 1990, and went on to earn his M.S. degree in anatomy at Palmer in 1992. In 1995, he completed a three-year residency in radiology at Palmer College leading to diplomate status with the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology. Dr. Marchiori received his doctorate in policy, planning and leadership from the University of Iowa in 2005. He has had faculty appointments at Palmer College in the Research, and Diagnosis and Radiology departments. His administrative tenure at Palmer includes the roles of department chair, dean, vice president of academic affairs for the Davenport campus, and vice chancellor for academics for the College system. In addition to his teaching and administrative service, he has published numerous scientific articles and three editions of a comprehensive textbook in radiology, titled “Clinical Imaging with Skeletal, Chest and Abdomen Differentials.” He also serves as chair of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges.  

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.  

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

Michele Maiers, D.C., Ph.D., M.P.H., earned her doctor of chiropractic degree from Northwestern College of Chiropractic, and a master of public health from the University of Minnesota. She is a principal member in the health policy and advocacy division of Northwestern Health Sciences University. This position involves working closely with a wide range of leaders in health care, including educators, clinicians, administrators, and policy-makers. Her work focuses on re-imagining the delivery of care, incorporating the best research evidence available, and better positioning complementary and integrative care providers within the health care system to benefit the patients we collectively serve. 

 

Robert Mootz, D.C., is the associate medical director for chiropractic at the Department of Labor & Industries. His position involves policy development and quality oversight regarding care of occupationally injured workers. His current research seeks to identify and implement improvements in the use of occupational health best practices by providers in order to improve disability prevention at a community-wide level. He has served as editor and on the editorial board of numerous chiropractic research and practice journals and is a co-editor and author of several texts, including “Chiropractic Care of Special Populations” and “Best Practices in Clinical Chiropractic.” He co-edited the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Health Care Policy and Research Monograph: Chiropractic in the United States -- Training, Practice and Research, as well as the Washington State Report on Issues in Coverage for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Services. Dr. Mootz has served in faculty and leadership roles in many organizations, including the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, American Public Heath Association, and American Back Society. He also is involved in postgraduate chiropractic education lecturing on the subjects of orthopedics, quality improvement, outcomes management, and evidence-based practice. In addition to 13 years in private practice, Dr. Mootz also served as a professor at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West Campus.  

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.  

Tabatha Parker, ND, was named 2015 Physician of the Year by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and 2011 Visionary of the Year by UTNE Reader. Dr. Parker currently works at the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM), the leading provider of inter-professional education to health professionals in Integrative Health & Medicine. Dr. Parker was founding co-chair and is a faculty member for the Master's in Global Health degree program at National University of Health Sciences. She was interim co-secretary general of the World Naturopathic Federation and worked with the World Health Organization on the WHO Benchmarks for Training in Naturopathy. She's co-chair of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians Global Health Committee, and co-founder and current president of Natural Doctors International (NDI), the first and oldest naturopathic global health organization. 

 

Cynthia Price, Ph.D., M.A., LMP, is currently in private practice as a body-oriented therapist for 20 years focused on mind-body health and with particular expertise in working with trauma and chronic pain. Dr. Price sought out research training at the UW SON in 1999. Her research has since been focused on the study of Mindful Awareness in Body-oriented Therapy (MABT), an intervention designed to teach interoceptive awareness to increase self-care and facilitate emotion regulation. She also studies conceptual and scale development related to the study of body/interoceptive awareness. Currently funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), she is examining the efficacy of MABT for women in treatment for chemical dependency. 

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.  

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. 

 

Lenny Stein, D.C., specializes in treating complex sports injuries and helping elite athletes achieve the highest levels of performance. He was the Golden State Warriors Chiropractor from 1991-1997 and 2002 through 2012. He has treated numerous players throughout the NBA. He has been the Chiropractic Physician for the San Francisco Ballet for since 1988 and has toured with the company to many venues including Barcelona, London, Beijing and Paris. He has worked with many dance companies including Lines Contemporary Ballet, Smuin Ballet, ODC and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and is considered a leading expert in the field of dance medicine and working with performing artists. He is sought out by elite athletes in numerous sports, ranging from track and field to tennis. He has worked at the US National Track and Field Championships, the US Olympic Trials in 2004, 2008 and 2012 and at the Beijing and London Olympics. He lectures extensively in the field of sports medicine. 

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.  

Morgan Young, D.C. is a chiropractor at Cisco LifeConnections Health Center (LCHC) and an Associate Professor at Palmer West in San Jose. He has been in corporate, on-site care for over six years. His first work in interdisciplinary care was as one of the first on-site contractors for Kaiser Permanente in their Occupational Medicine department. He teaches Evidence Based Practice, Differential Diagnosis for Head, Neck and TMJ and a course on Interdisciplinary Care. In addition, he has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and is part of the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research. He currently works with Stanford doctors and brings chiropractic to Stanford School of Medicine as a guest speaker in their Primary Care residency program and Physical Therapy Department.

     

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.

Donald Dishman, D.C., M.Sc., DIBCN, graduated from Life University in 1986. He has taught electrodiagnostics for more than 10 years to doctors throughout the U.S. Dr. Dishman is currently a professor of anatomy and director of research at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Florida Campus. He has been published extensively in many prestigious international journals such as Spine, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, and Electromyography and Clinical Neurophysiology. He was awarded the prestigious “Scott Haldeman Award” for best original research paper at the Sixth Biennial Congress of the World Federation of Chiropractic in Paris, France. He is a past and current research grant recipient from the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research, as well as the Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes of Health. In addition, he maintains a research laboratory at Palmer’s Florida Campus in which investigations evaluating the neurophysiological effects of spinal manipulation are performed. 

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, 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.  

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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