Homecoming Speaker Biographies

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2018 Speakers (In alphabetical order)

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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 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 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 OrlandoHealth, 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 ClinicalRadiology at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Port Orange, Fla., campus. Dr.Richardson is a board-certified chiropractic radiologist through the AmericanChiropractic 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 inpeer-reviewed literature and assisted with editing the second edition of the radiology text “Skeletal Imaging: Atlas of the Spine and Extremities.” He alsowrote components of the textbook “Clinical Imaging with Skeletal, Chest, andAbdomen 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 patientsrefer to him, is the past two term president of the Maryland ChiropracticAssociation. He was selected as Maryland’s Chiropractor of the Year 2001-02 andthe American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physician’s Sports Chiropractor ofthe Year 2006. He holds a post-graduate degree as a Diplomat of the AmericanChiropractic Board of Sports Physicians and is an alumnus of Palmer’sDavenport, 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 atthe United States Olympic Training Center in 1997 and was selected to themedical 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 inWinnipeg, 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. Herecently 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 ofPalmer 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, heteaches upper cervical specific techniques, clinical methods, chiropracticphilosophy, recordkeeping, Florida laws and rules, ethics, jurisprudence, riskmanagement, spinal biomechanics, patient communications, and chiropractichistory. He continues to maintain apart-time chiropractic practice in Port Orange, Florida. He has authoredseveral articles published in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal ofChiropractic 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 FloridaChiropractic Society and is currently Vice President of the Grostic ProcedureSociety. Dr. Shreeve is frequently an invited lecturer at state, national andinternational chiropractic conventions. Dr. Shreeve has been honored by the Florida Chiropractic Society withthe Lifetime Achievement Award and by the Florida Board of Chiropractic withthe 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 ofChiropractic in 2006. Shortly after graduating, he was hired by the PalmerChiropractic Clinics to work in the Chiropractic Rehabilitation and SportsInjury Department. In this department he continued to focus on incorporatingactive rehabilitation into chiropractic care. In 2009 he was hired as afull-time academic faculty member, and in 2016 he was named Associate Dean ofClinical 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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