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125th Founder’s Day Celebration/Homecoming

2020 Speakers (In alphabetical order)

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Palmer Florida Homecoming

2020 Speakers

Steven Conway, D.C., J.D., DABCOH, is a 1983 graduate of Logan Chiropractic College.  Dr. Conway (along with his father Dr. Richard and his wife Dr. Cindy) successfully provided chiropractic services to Southern Wisconsin. Dr. Conway entered the legal profession in 1996 after graduating from Stetson University, College of Law. He has since combined both legal and chiropractic backgrounds to successfully defend chiropractors with Medicare audits and state board complaints. His work with Medicare has transformed the chiropractic profession.  Together with Dr. Michael Jacklitch, Dr. Conway personally met and worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and all Chief Medical Directors of the national Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to update the review process for chiropractic documentation.  His experience with chiropractic Medicare audit defense led to a universal interpretation and subsequent harmonization of review criteria for chiropractic documentation.  Drs. Conway and Jacklitch trained the MAC reviewers on the process creating a level playing field for chiropractic.   They are now training chiropractors across the United States on the new Medicare documentation interpretation.  Doctors of chiropractic are now universally accepting this training and implementing the process learned, providing them the tools to successfully navigate audits.

Dennis Fiorini, D.C., BCAO, was born March 20, 1964 in Mt. Clemens, Michigan.  He attended Paul K. Cousino High School in Warren, Michigan in 1982.  He attended Eastern Michigan University until 1984 at which time he started Life Chiropractic College in Marietta, Georgia.  Dr. Fiorini graduated from Life College in June 1989.  He studied extensively with Dr. Roy and Dr. Matthew Sweat at the Sweat Institute for Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic.  In 1992 he and his wife opened Fiorini Chiropractic Center in Tallahassee, Florida where he has practiced ever since.  He is the President of the R.W. Sweat Foundation for Chiropractic Research.  He is an instructor for the Atlas Orthogonal Procedure.  He also is an instructor for Fernandez Consulting. Dr. Fiorini lives in Tallahassee, Florida with his wife Dr. Kim Fiorini.  They have 3 children, Katelyn, Chase and Emily.

Mary Frost, D.C., M.B.A., graduated from Palmer’s Davenport campus in 1996. Dr. Frost was in private practice with her husband Dr. Jason Frost for 11 years before joining the Davenport campus faculty in 2008 and has served in the Palmer Clinics as well as in the classroom. In 2010, she was a member of the business curriculum task force to update the business curriculum in the Doctor of Chiropractic Program (DCP). In 2015, she earned an M.B.A. while teaching full time in the DCP. More recently, she served as Senior Director of Accreditation and Licensure Compliance. In this role, Dr. Frost regularly studied and reported on federal and state laws affecting chiropractors, as well as serving as the College's Accreditation Liaison Officer to the Higher Learning Commission. In 2018 she accepted the position of Senior Director for Continuing Education and presently oversees live and online post graduate license renewal programs for all three campuses. She is also an advisor to the Palmer Center for Business Development and currently teaches Financial Management to 8th tri students on the Davenport Campus.

Heidi Haavik, D.C., Ph.D., is a chiropractor who has also gained a Ph.D. in human neurophysiology. She has recently released the book ‘The Reality Check: A quest to Understand Chiropractic from the inside out’. This book describes in easy to understand language what happens in the brain when a chiropractor adjusts dysfunctional segments in the spine. The book is based on cutting edge neuroscience research performed over the past two decades (the book is available at www.heidihaavik.com). Dr. Haavik also runs a company that enlightens the world about the science of chiropractic (www.therealitycheck.com). Dr. Haavik has used her neurophysiology expertise to study the effects of adjusting subluxations on the function of the central nervous system. Specifically, she has utilized techniques such as somatosensory evoked electroencephalography and transcranial magnetic brain stimulation to investigate the effects of chiropractic adjustments of vertebral subluxations on somatosensory processing, sensorimotor integration and motor cortical output. Dr. Haavik graduated from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic in 1999 and has practiced chiropractic for over 17 years. She was awarded her Ph.D. degree by the University of Auckland in 2008. She is the Director of Research at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic where she established and runs the Centre for Chiropractic Research. Dr. Haavik was a member of the World Federation of Chiropractic’s Research Council for ten years. Dr. Haavik has received numerous research awards and has published a number of papers in chiropractic and neurophysiology journals. She has presented her work to both chiropractic and neuroscience communities around Australasia, Africa, North America and Europe. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Journal of Chiropractic Education, Chiropractic Journal of Australia and is a Review Editor in Movement Science and Sport Psychology for Frontiers in Psychology and Sports Science. She was named Chiropractor of the year in 2007 by both the New Zealand Chiropractic Association and the New Zealand College of Chiropractic Alumni Association. Her online Membership is for those in the profession who want to understand the science of chiropractic and want to be able to appropriately and ethically communicate this science with the public, their patients and other health care providers (www.therealitycheck.com).

Rachelle Hynes, D.C., LCP, grew up in Clinton, Iowa. She graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport campus in 1997. She practiced in Glasgow, Scotland with her husband, Dr. Roger Hynes, before joining the faculty at Palmer College of Chiropractic. Dr. Hynes is an associate professor in the Technique Department where she is an instructor for the Palpation and Thoraco-lumbar Technique courses.

Roger Hynes, D.C., DPhCS, is from St. John’s, Newfoundland. He is an associate professor at Palmer College of Chiropractic and teaches in the Technique Department where he is the instructor for Principles and Practice, the technique capstone class. In addition, he serves the Palmer Foundation for Chiropractic History and Undergraduate Studies programs. Dr. Hynes is a 1998 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic. After graduation, Dr. Hynes practiced in Glasgow, Scotland, before returning to Iowa to teach at Palmer. He lives in Iowa with his wife, Rachelle, another Palmer faculty member, and their two children.

Daniel T. Johnston, M.D., M.P.H., is board certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and retired in June 2018 from Army active service. He served in the US Army for almost 20 years in a variety of clinical, research, operational and educational assignments. He was the first to conduct a study in Iraq leading to a peer reviewed publication demonstrating the massive epidemic of fatty acid deficiencies in the US, particularly young people, and the link between cellular Omega-3 EPA/DHA Index status and AA levels to cognitive health.  Working with Dr. Bill Harris, Dr. Johnston built upon an advanced, validated red cell, finger stick dried blood spot collection method into a full clinical decision support tool that combines functional analysis of the brain, so blood data is seen through the lens of functional implications. Upon this focus for helping practitioners bring this science into the clinical space, he founded BrainSpan.

Ward Jones, Ph.D., was born in Minnesota and spent his early childhood on the east coast followed by his teenage years in the Midwest. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biology and his Master of Arts in Biology at Ball State University.  After completing his master’s degree, he accepted a position at Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colo. working with the pre-natal research group studying pregnancy outcomes related to infection and low birth weight. In 1997 he completed his Ph.D. in Immunology at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.  His thesis research focused on cell surface markers on gamma delta T cells. After completing his Ph.D., he accepted a position as a member of the Biology Department at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis. Ward is a new member of the Life Sciences Department at Palmer College of Chiropractic, teaching courses in cell biology, biochemistry and immunology.  Ward is married with two children and three grandchildren.

Siri Leech, D.C., DACBR, is a native of both Montana and South Dakota. She earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport campus in 2011 and her diplomate from the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology in 2016. She was appointed to the Palmer faculty in 2016 as an assistant professor, teaching in the Life Sciences Department. 

John Marchese, D.C., graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1996. He has completed coursework for Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician™, Diplomate American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians™, and Carrick Institute of Functional Neurology. Dr. Marchese’s patient base includes athletes from the professional ranks (NBA, NHL, MLB, NFL), as well as USA and international Olympic athletes, youth level athletes, and college/recreational levels. His patient base also includes multiple chronic pain and neurological disorders, with which he takes a unique approach of education, and treatment as to the causes of the disorders and how to best manage them from a non-surgical, non-pharmacological approach. From a strength and conditioning standpoint, Dr. Marchese has also worked, and interned at such facilities as Athletes Performance in Phoenix, AZ, Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning in Woburn, MA, and, most recently, TruStrength Fitness in Stoneham, MA. Furthermore, Dr. Marchese completed his coursework and was certified as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and a Russian Kettlebell Certification (RKC) holder. He continues to train clients/patients on an individual basis upon referral, and lectures on strength and conditioning practices and rehabilitation practices throughout the U.S.

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 and had a private practice in Lancaster, California, from 1982 to 2000. Dr. Martin was president of Palmer College’s West 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 Palmer West 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 Florida campus, and since the appointment in November 2006 of Dr. William Meeker as president of Palmer West, has been serving as president of the Florida 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.

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. She also consulted with the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards and the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. A graduate of Palmer’s West campus, Dr. McAllister frequently serves as guest speaker, alumni ambassador, preceptor doctor, commencement speaker and community liaison. She is also a California qualified medical examiner and expert chiropractic witness. She has been in private practice in San Jose since 1996.

Scott Meisel, M.S., D.C., is a 1984 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport Campus. He received a Master of Science in Anatomy and Physiology from New York Chiropractic College in 2014. Dr. Meisel has 31 combined years of private practice experience in Davenport IA, and Winona MN. Since retirement in 2016 he has been employed with Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida Campus as Assistant Professor teaching Extremity Anatomy and Chiropractic History & Philosophy. He is also a faculty advisor for the Gonstead Club and voluntarily teaches a weekly evening Gonstead “PIT” class. Dr. Meisel has attended hundreds of Gonstead technique seminar hours with GMI (Gonstead Methodology Inc.), and Dr. Herb Wood’s, Gonstead Bootcamp seminars over his career. 
 
Mark Murdock, D.C., R.N., has served as a professor at Palmer College of Chiropractic for 10 years. He is a registered nurse and chiropractor who teaches on 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 multifaceted way and provide practical information that you can use in your daily practice.

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 associate professor in the Division of Life Sciences at Palmer College of Chiropractic, 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.

Matthew Richardson, D.C., DACBR, serves as director of Clinical Radiology at on Palmer’s Florida campus and provides diagnostic imaging interpretation services through Palmer Imaging Consultation Services. He completed his doctor of chiropractic degree at Palmer’s main campus in 2006. Dr. Richardson became board certified chiropractic radiologist (Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology) in 2010. He is published in peer reviewed literature and contributed to Skeletal Imaging: Atlas of the Spine and Extremities, Second Edition, and Clinical Imaging with Skeletal, Chest, and Abdomen Pattern Differentials, Third Edition.

Greg Rose, D.C., is a board-certified Doctor of Chiropractic and holds an engineering degree from the University of Maryland. Dr. Rose specializes in sports biomechanics, strength and conditioning, manual therapy, rehabilitation, nutritional supplementation and therapeutic exercises as they each relate to sports. Combining an engineering background with an expertise on the human body, Greg helped pioneer the field of analyzing 3-dimensional motion capture models of athletes. That research has helped teaching professionals all over the world gain a better understanding of how the body works during athletic movements. Greg is the Co-Founder of the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI), located in Oceanside, California. TPI is the world-renown research and testing facility built by Titleist, to help analyze, train and develop the best golfers in the world. TPI’s “Body-Swing Connection” seminar series has made Greg one of the most requested speakers in golf health and fitness. Greg was the co-host of The Golf Fitness Academy seen on the Golf Channel for 10 years and was shown in over 30 countries. Greg is also one of the co-developers of the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and co-owners of FMS (Functional Movement Systems). FMS has revolutionized the field of movement assessment and changed the way many sporting organizations and healthcare practitioner diagnose musculo-skeletal injuries. Recently, Greg founded and launched RacquetFit and OnBase University. RacquetFit is the first tennis-specific certification program offered by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) for health and fitness professionals. While, OnBase University (OnBaseU) is the first baseball-softball specific certification program of its kind, offered for health and fitness professionals.

Trevor Shaw, D.C., DACRB, CSCS, is the new head of clinical rehabilitation and sports performance at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Florida Campus. He is a graduate of PCCF class 101, is board certified in chiropractic rehab (DACRB), and a professional strength and conditioning coach (CSCS). He believes in bridging the gap from injury to athleticism and looks forward to sharing knowledge and clinical development with the Palmer community. 

Michael Shreeve, D.C., DPhCS, FICA, 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. He also maintains a part-time chiropractic practice in Port Orange, Florida. He wrote several articles published in peer-reviewed literature and is a past board member on the Florida Board of Chiropractic Medicine. He is a past president of the Florida Chiropractic Society and currently vice president of the Gnostic Procedure Society. Dr. Shreeve lectures internationally and was 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.
Alan Smith, D.C., runs a family based, subluxation centered cash practice to which he owes much of his success through the education vs. selling philosophy. His journey in practice is vast which includes a multidisciplinary approach, as well as an Atlas only approach to embrace the necessity and value of custom arch support. His energy and passion are apparent while living as congruent as he can in life and practice. Due to this, his patients become like family who know and trust the education and all that is recommended for their health journey.

Thomas Souza, D.C., is author of two textbooks: Sports Injuries of the Shoulder and Differential Diagnosis and Management for the Chiropractor, now in its fifth edition. Dr. Souza speaks both nationally and internationally. He served as Academic Dean at Palmer's West campus for 20 years. He also served as an associate editor for the journal Topics in Clinical Chiropractic. Currently he serves as a consultant to numerous groups and was the team lead for the Upper Extremity section of the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines & Practice Parameters. He has created a website focused on important literature publications using video reviews at the Evidence-Informed Chiropractor.

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 provost for Palmer College of Chiropractic. Prior to that appointment he served as Main 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. 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 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.

Susan Welsh, D.C., DACBSP®, F.P.A.C., is a 1980 graduate of Palmer’s Davenport Campus.  Dr. Welsh practices in Florida and has extensive experience caring for Tampa Bay teams such as the NHL’s Lightning, the NFL’s Buccaneers, the AFL’s Storm, and the MLS’s Mutiny. In 2015, Dr. Welsh joined the clinical faculty at the University of South Florida (USF) in the Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair. Although she continues to practice full-time in the USF Morsani Health Center, she also mentors 4th-year medical students, teaching them about chiropractic in an integrative setting.

Palmer West Homecoming

2020 Speakers

Geoffrey Bove, D.C., Ph.D., is a biomedical researcher and chiropractor, internationally recognized for his expertise in pain physiology and its treatment using manual therapies.  His contributions to the literature include the first descriptions of nociceptors innervating the paraspinal structures, the dura, and the fascia of nerves.  Perhaps his most seminal discovery is that in response to inflammation, nociceptor axons develop sensitivities to painful stimuli – this is the neurobiological basis for the radiating pain that so many people suffer in their legs, arms, and possibly viscera.  Dr. Bove’s original data papers and reviews have been published in major journals including Pain, Journal of Neurophysiology, Physiology, JAMA, The Lancet, and many more.  Dr. Bove’s current project is revealing the effects of manual therapy on repetitive motion disorders.  His academic skills blend with his other interests, which include fixing and restoring boats, homes, and whatever else presents a challenge.

Andre Chevalier, D.C., DACBSP®,  is Founder & CEO of the T.E.A.M. CLINIC Group in Santa Clara, CA. Currently Head Chiropractic Team Doctor for the MLS San Jose Earthquakes, the NCAA D1 San Jose State University Spartans and the Santa Clara University Broncos Club Sports, Dr. Chevalier also serves as Chiropractic Performance & Recovery Specialist with the NFL San Francisco Forty Niners. With 30 years of clinical and field experience, he has acted as an Affiliate Clinical Instructor for the SJSU Department of Kinesiology & the Clinical Externship programs at PCCW as well as Examiner for the part IV Practical Examination of the NBCE & the Practical Examination of the ACBSP. International Speaker and author, Dr. Chevalier’s top contributions include a presentation to the Medical Olympic Committee of the Great Republic of China on Sports Event Medical Planning and the Integration of Alternative Medicines during field events abroad.

Robert Cooperstein, D.C., M.A., 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.

Edward Cremata, D.C., FNP, QME, 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).

Mary Frost, D.C., M.B.A., graduated from Palmer’s Davenport campus in 1996. She was in private practice with her husband for 11 years before joining the Davenport campus faculty in 2008. In 2010, she was a part of the business curriculum task force. More recently, she served as Senior Director of Accreditation and Licensure until she accepted the position of Senior Director of Continuing Education in 2018. Dr. Frost has regularly studied and reported on state laws affecting chiropractors, as well as serving as the College's Accreditation Liaison Officer to the Higher Learning Commission. She is also an advisor to the Palmer Center for Business Development.

Evan Gwilliam, D.C., M.B.A., has a passion for documentation and coding. He has taken every course and certification he can find to ensure he has the information you need to succeed in your practice. He has a knack for making seemingly tedious material easy to digest and apply. Consequently, you are able to document, code and bill more confidently. Dr. Gwilliam, clinical director for PayDC Chiropractic Software, graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic as valedictorian and is a Certified Professional Coding and ICD-10 Instructor, Medical Compliance Specialist, and Certified Professional Medical Auditor. Because he is also a clinician with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration, he is a sought-after seminar speaker. He provides expert witness testimony, medical record audits, consulting, and online courses for healthcare providers and has authored and contributed to reference books and articles for multiple publications. He was previously vice president of the ChiroCode Institute and was chiefly responsible for the production of the ChiroCode DeskBook for many years.

Ashley Hook, D.C., DACBR, has been a Professor of Radiology at Palmer College of Chiropractic West since February 2018. She earned a Bachelor of Science magna cum laude from Carleton University majoring in Biochemistry and Neuroscience. She earned a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree magna cum laude from New York Chiropractic College where she was inducted into the Phi Chi Omega Chiropractic Honor Society and received the Distinguished Accomplishment in Diagnostic Imaging and Clinical Diagnoses Courses Awards, as well as the Lorraine Welch Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence. She subsequently completed a diagnostic radiology residency at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College where she won awards for her Clinical Grand Rounds presentations and teaching accomplishments. She earned a Master of Science in Human Anatomy and Physiology from New York Chiropractic College. She has a special interest in neuroimaging. Dr. Hook considers herself a lifelong learner and is excited to merge her passions for learning, teaching, and radiology through interactive lecture sessions.

Kevin Kaldy, D.C., CCSP®, was born and raised in Milpitas, California and currently resides in Las Vegas, NV.  He attended UC Davis where he earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences with emphasis in neurobiology, physiology and behavior and then moved on to Palmer College of Chiropractic and Palmer College of Chiropractic - West where he graduated with a clinical excellence award and honors in 2001.    He holds a CCSP from the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians and is currently working on a Diplomate in Rehabilitation.  Dr. Kaldy is currently the only chiropractor appointed to the UNLV School of Medicine where he is adjunct staff as a Clinical Assistant Professor and he is the current Secretary for the Nevada Chiropractic Council. Dr. Kaldy's goal is to help eliminate the opioid crisis with better treatment alternatives and to bring chiropractic to the forefront alongside our current medical providers while helping to fine tune the perception of chiropractic in the general population and with insurance companies through valuable research.  With a thriving practice in Las Vegas, NV he works alongside many medical physicians to provide his patients all the necessary care options available.   This includes chiropractic techniques utilized in the operating room as Manipulation Under Anesthesia.    He is one of a very select few chiropractors nationwide that is actively practicing Manipulation Under Anesthesia with Fibrosis Release Procedures in addition to his in office standard chiropractic care practice. In his off time, Dr. Kaldy enjoys traveling, scuba diving and spending as much time as possible with his family; his wife Monique and his three children, Kassidy, Nathan and Kailey.

Ryan Lazarus, D.C., M.S., CNS, is the creator and Clinical Director for Wellness Warrior Rx and Lazarus Wellness located in the Napa Valley and Diablo Valley. He is a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Board Certified Nutrition Specialist. He also has a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine and a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology. He served as faculty at University of Western States specializing in Functional Medicine for Metabolic Syndrome and consults with various nutrition companies around the nation. He is an expert in diabetes, digestive disorders and the ketogenic diet.

Daniel Lord, D.C.

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 and had a private practice in Lancaster, California, from 1982 to 2000. Dr. Martin was president of Palmer College’s West 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 Palmer West 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 Florida campus, and since the appointment in November 2006 of Dr. William Meeker as president of Palmer West, has been serving as president of the Florida 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.

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. She also consulted with the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards and the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. A graduate of Palmer’s West campus, Dr. McAllister frequently serves as guest speaker, alumni ambassador, preceptor doctor, commencement speaker, and community liaison. She is also a California qualified medical examiner and expert chiropractic witness. 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). 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.

Thomas Milus, D.C., Ph.D., DABCO, graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1973 with a degree in psychology. He graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic – Davenport Campus in March 1982. After practicing in Illinois for three years, he accepted a full-time position on the Palmer West faculty in June 1985. While working at Palmer West, and with a scholarship from the Foundation for Chiropractic Research, Dr. Milus completed the coursework for a master’s degree in behavioral medicine from at the University of the Pacific in 1989. He received his diplomate in chiropractic orthopedics in 1991 and was awarded his Ph.D. in organizational systems in 2001 from Saybrook University. Dr. Milus has authored and co-authored a number of chiropractic journal articles as well as book chapters on organizational development. He is a certified coach in the Immunity to Change process since 2016 and received his certification in the Subject-Object Interview process in 2018. He served as a peer review editor for the Journal of Chiropractic Education for 15 years. Over the course of his career at Palmer West, Dr. Milus served in a number of roles among which were: full time teaching faculty, Assistant Clinic Director, Director of Intern Education, Dean of Faculty, and for the last 13 years up to his retirement, Clinical Professor. As Professor Emeritus, Dr. Milus plans to assist in Palmer West’s continued development. He has also increased his work in organization development and coaching in addition to volunteering with the Pleasanton Library Literacy Program.

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 College of Chiropractic, 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.

Kelli Pearson-Weary, D.C., DABCO, FICC

Kyle Prusso, D.C., is a 2003 Graduate of Life Chiropractic College West. He began private practice in Chico, CA in 2004 and has operated clinics in Oakland, CA and Livermore, CA. In 2005, he began his career with the Oakland Raiders as their official Chiropractic Consultant, a title he still holds today, even as the team prepares to move to Las Vegas, NV. Working with the medical staff at the Raiders ignited a passion for integrating chiropractic with other healthcare services. In 2008, he helped integrate chiropractic service into a multidisciplinary health center in Davis, CA. In 2012, Dr. Prusso joined Palmer’s West campus as a part-time clinic faculty member while pursuing his passion of integrated care. In 2013 Dr. Prusso was the second doctor of chiropractic hired by Crossover Health; now an industry leader in on-site corporate healthcare. In 2015, Dr. Prusso joined Palmer full-time as Director of Clinics and was appointed Dean of Clinics in September 2019. Dr. Prusso is married to Dr. Tomilyn Thornberry, a Palmer West graduate, together they have four children: Dylan, Jack, Everly and Samara.

Greg Rose, D.C., is a board-certified Doctor of Chiropractic and holds an engineering degree from the University of Maryland. Dr. Rose specializes in sports biomechanics, strength and conditioning, manual therapy, rehabilitation, nutritional supplementation and therapeutic exercises as they each relate to sports. Combining an engineering background with an expertise on the human body, Greg helped pioneer the field of analyzing 3-dimensional motion capture models of athletes. That research has helped teaching professionals all over the world gain a better understanding of how the body works during athletic movements.

Greg is the Co-Founder of the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI), located in Oceanside, California. TPI is the world-renown research and testing facility built by Titleist, to help analyze, train and develop the best golfers in the world. TPI’s “Body-Swing Connection” seminar series has made Greg one of the most requested speakers in golf health and fitness. Greg was the co-host of The Golf Fitness Academy seen on the Golf Channel for 10 years and was shown in over 30 countries. Greg is also one of the co-developers of the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and co-owners of FMS (Functional Movement Systems). FMS has revolutionized the field of movement assessment and changed the way many sporting organizations and healthcare practitioner diagnose musculo-skeletal injuries.

Recently, Greg founded and launched RacquetFit and OnBase University. RacquetFit is the first tennis-specific certification program offered by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) for health and fitness professionals. While, OnBase University (OnBaseU) is the first baseball-softball specific certification program of its kind, offered for health and fitness professionals.

Trevor Shaw, D.C., DACRB, CSCS, is the new head of clinical rehabilitation and sports performance at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Florida Campus. He is a graduate of PCCF class 101, is board certified in chiropractic rehab (DACRB), and a professional strength and conditioning coach (CSCS). He believes in bridging the gap from injury to athleticism and looks forward to sharing knowledge and clinical development with the Palmer community. 

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 more than 15 awards for these exhibitions. Dr. Skalski also has authored numerous research articles throughout 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. 

Marilyn Smith, D.C.

Thomas Souza, D.C., is author of two textbooks. Sports Injuries of the Shoulder and Differential Diagnosis and Management for the Chiropractor, now in its fifth edition. He speaks nationally and internationally. He was a dean at Palmer's West campus for 20 years. He also served as an associate editor for Topics in Clinical Chiropractic. He serves as a consultant to numerous groups and was the team lead for the Upper Extremity section of CCGPP. He has created a website focused on important literature publications using video reviews at the Evidence-Informed Chiropractor.

Lisa Thomson, D.C., has over a decade of clinical experience and is an accomplished chiropractor, leader, speaker, and businesswoman. She has a successful practice in Santa Fe Springs, California. She is on the Board of Directors for the California Chiropractic Association. As an athlete and avid sports fan, Dr. Thomson is passionate about treating athletes and sports performance.

Jessie Young, D.C., is a chiropractor specializing in infants with breastfeeding issues. She has completed advanced training in these fields allowing her to help the tiniest of patients have a successful start. She enjoys working closely with other healthcare professionals to provide the most comprehensive and highest quality care possible. As a 2009 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic West, Dr. Young has focused her continuing education over the years on lactation and pediatrics. She is trained in a wide variety of techniques to help children of all ages by addressing many different health concerns and is nearing completion of becoming an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Dr. Young is a member of the Washington State Chiropractic Association, American Chiropractic Association, and American Chiropractic Associations Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics where she currently volunteers as the Research Committee Chair helping to promote contributions to research and advancements in Pediatric Chiropractic. In her free time Dr. Young enjoys spending time with her two boys and husband. They like to hike, visit beaches and cook vegan and gluten-free cuisines from around the world.

Morgan Young, D.C., is the Associate Medical Director for Chiropractic at the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. The position involves policy development and quality oversight regarding conservative care of occupationally injured workers. Current projects involve him on enhancing psychosocial care for injured workers and non-pharmacologic care for chronic pain. His practice experience includes Occupational Medicine at Kaiser Permanente and multi-disciplinary onsite healthcare at Cisco Systems for the Stanford School of Medicine. He spent 10 years at Palmer College of Chiropractic West as a researcher and associate professor teaching diagnosis, evidence-based practices, and integrated care delivery.


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