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Homecoming Speaker Biographies

Alumni and friends of Palmer College are welcomed for Homecoming events at each of the Palmer campuses. 

Palmer Main Homecoming

2021 Speakers (in Alphabetical Order)

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Erica Boland, D.C.

Erica Boland, D.C., (Main, ’13) is the BIRTHFIT Professional Director, BIRTHFIT Wisconsin Regional Director, a doctor of chiropractic, doula, DNS D practitioner, and a core and pelvic floor enthusiast. She is co-owner of Coulee Health alongside her husband Kyle, in West Salem, Wisconsin where she recently opened her BIRTHFIT WI studio. Her mission is to set a standard for postpartum care.

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Angelo Colavita, D.C.

Angelo Colavita, D.C., (Main, ’98) graduated magna cum laude and has been an adjunct professor at Palmer College of Chiropractic for the past 15 years. He serves as treasurer of the Trauma Imaging Foundation and charmain of the Ethics Committee of the RW Sweat Research Foundation. Dr. Colavita is certified in Forensic Risk Analysis and Brain Injury Traumatology. He is a board-certified instructor of the Atlas Orthogonal procedure and contributing author of the "Atlas Orthogonal Text 3rd Edition." He has been a contributing researcher in multiple publications, and most recently co-authored an article in the esteemed journal Cranio. He is currently doing research with Dr. Scott Rosa using Upright MRI and spinal fluid flow studies.

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Steven Conway, D.C., DABCOH, Esq.

Steven Conway, D.C., DABCOH, Esq., 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. 

Steven Conway, D.C., DABCOH, Esq., 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.  

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Michelle Drover, D.C., M.S.W.

Michelle Drover, D.C., M.S.W., (Main, ’00) earned a Master of Social Work degree from the Ohio State University in 1993 and worked in the child and family welfare field for seven years. She graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2000 and practiced for 16 years in Colorado, Ohio, Illinois, and Iowa. She started her career at Palmer College on the Main campus in 2006. In 2016, Dr. Drover was named Associate Dean for Life Sciences and Foundation. She has received the Faculty of the Year Award 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. 

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Nancy Elwartowski-Cooper, D.C., DICCP

Nancy Elwartowski-Cooper, D.C., DICCP (Main, ’87) earned her diplomate in pediatrics from the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) in 2006. Dr. Nancy owns a thriving practice in Carmel, Indiana specializing in prenatal and pediatric chiropractic.

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Mary Frost, D.C., M.B.A.

Mary Frost, D.C., M.B.A., (Main, ’96) was in private practice with her husband for 11 years. Since 2008, Dr. Frost has held various positions at Palmer College. She was as a part-time clinician and taught in the Doctor of Chiropractic program before accepting the role of Senior Director of Accreditation and Licensure Compliance in 2016. Her education, practice and compliance experience inform her classroom and online teaching. Dr. Frost has served as the Senior Director for Continuing Education since 2018. She is also an advisor to the Palmer Center for Business Development.

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Laurel Griffin, D.C., BCAO

Laurel Griffin, D.C., BCAO, (Main, ’06) is a board-certified Atlas Orthogonal chiropractor from West Des Moines, Iowa. She continues extensive post graduate training in biomechanics and advanced imaging of the craniocervical junction and seeks to educate students and doctors in all things craniocervical. 

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Nichelle Gurule, D.C.

Nichelle Gurule, D.C., is a chiropractor, personal trainer, birth doula, and a mom.  She specializes in women’s health with a focus on prenatal and postpartum chiropractic care, rehab therapy, and fitness. She is the owner of Gaia Health: Women and Family Centered Care and creator of Goddess Theory Rehab + Fitness. Dr. Nichelle began focusing on women’s health because she saw huge deficits in the care provided to women, especially during their postpartum phase of life. This has prompted her to research the field of study and the highly specialized experts working with postpartum moms in rehabbing their diastasis recti, pelvic floor dysfunctions, and returning moms to fitness. From this she has developed a protocol for treating the prenatal and postpartum mom. Her mission is to educate women and empower them to take care of their body, both physically and mentally. Dr. Nichelle earned her bachelors at the University of Colorado in integrative physiology and psychology and received her doctorate as summa cum laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic.  

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Chad Hagen, D.C.

Chad Hagen, D.C., (Main, ’05) operates a private practice in Bettendorf, Iowa and is an instructor in the technique department at Palmer College of Chiropractic. 

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Nate Hinkeldey, D.C., DACRB

Nate Hinkeldey, D.C., DACRB, (Main, ’11) 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 was chosen for a DoD/VA internship at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. 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. He also teaches at Des Moines Area Community College and is the chiropractor for Grand View University Sports Medicine Team, and he speaks nationally as an instructor for Graston Technique. 

Dr. Hinkeldey serves on Palmer College's Board of Trustees.

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Jesse Hodges, D.C., M.S.

Jesse Hodges, D.C., M.S. (Florida, ’13) grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. Having a passion for health and wellness, he owned and operated a personal training business while pursuing his bachelor’s degree in biomechanics. He continued his education by earning a master’s degree in biomechanics and human performance. After graduating from Palmer College, Dr. Hodges opened his own practice in Lafayette, LA in 2013. He returned to Palmer Florida in 2017 to begin teaching biomechanics and active care classes. Dr. Hodges has many certifications in kinesiology, biomechanics, and human movement. To bring clinical application to his classes, Dr. Hodges still maintains a part time practice in Ormond Beach, Florida. 

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Dave Hogsed, D.O.M., A.P

David Hogsed, D.O.M., A.P., is in full-time practice at the Natural Healthcare Professionals clinic in Fort Myers, Florida. His practice specializes in providing effective nutritional support for endocrine, digestion, musculoskeletal, nervous system, and immune system health. David has been a clinical consultant and speaker for Standard Process since 2003. His seminars are best known for simplifying clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, laboratory tests, and patient education. David has taught post-graduate programs through Texas Chiropractic College, Logan Chiropractic College, the University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine, Palmer Chiropractic College, Life University, and Northwestern Chiropractic College. He is a regular speaker for the Florida Chiropractic Association, Palmer Chiropractic College homecoming, and the Standard Process Fundamentals program.

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Karmen Hopkins, D.C.

Karmen Hopkins, D.C., (Main, ’10) is a chiropractor, teacher, wife, mother and triathlete. She began practicing shortly after graduation and continues to practice part-time. Dr. Hopkins began teaching in the technique department at Palmer in 2016, currently leading the Extremity Adjusting Technique class. 

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Roger Hynes, D.C., DPhCS

Roger Hynes, D.C., LCP, DPhCS, (Main, ’98) 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. 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. 

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Ward Jones, Ph.D.

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, Colorado 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, Wisconsin. 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.

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P. Michael Leahy, D.C., CCSP®

P. Michael Leahy, D.C., CCSP®, is the founder of Champion Health Associates and the respected inventor of Active Release Techniques®. He is an honor graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and served as a fighter and test-pilot. Dr. Leahy graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian of Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1984 and became a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) in 1986. He has been a competitor in over 25 Ironman triathlons and enjoys a multitude of interests. For the past 30-plus years, Dr. Leahy proudly served Colorado Springs area patients and their families. In 1985, Dr. Leahy began developing Active Release Techniques® (ART) in order to meet the needs of his patients more effectively. ART is so successful that he now teaches the technique to physicians of many disciplines, throughout the world. He has assisted aspiring, professional, and world-class athletes in a wide range of modes, including professional golfers, hockey, football, and Olympic sports. In addition to serving athletes, Dr. Leahy discovered and published the Law of Repetitive Motion and the Cumulative Injury Cycle, which has helped redefine prevention and treatment of work-related injuries. He created Champion Health to serve people in need by working with their supporting medical team to achieve normal function and improved health. Now, he spends his time running Active Release Techniques®, working on the Denver Broncos, and only serves as a consulting doctor at Champion Health. 

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Siri Leech, D.C., DACBR

Siri Leech, D.C., DACBR, (Main, ’11) is a native of both Montana and South Dakota. She earned her diplomate from the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology in 2016. That same year she was appointed to the Palmer faculty as an assistant professor, teaching in the Life Sciences Department.  

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Anthony Lisi, D.C.

Anthony Lisi, D.C., (West, ’96) received a B.A. degree from Fordham University in New York, New York. 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. 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 and co-authored more than 25 peer-reviewed publications and presented over 25 abstracts at scientific conferences throughout the U.S. and Canada. 

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Tracey Littrell, D.C., DACBR

Tracey Littrell, D.C., DACBR, DACO, is an assistant professor in the Diagnosis and Radiology Department of Palmer College of Chiropractic, 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.”  

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Chris LoRang, D.C.

Chris LoRang, D.C., (Main, ’13) graduated summa cum laude. He received massage therapy training from East West School of Holistic Healing in 2008 and was an honor student at the University of Iowa. During and after his time at Palmer, Dr. LoRang worked in the Rehabilitation Department at Palmer College and at Mt. Lookout Chiropractic Center in Cincinnati. In 2013, he launched the Capital Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center in Des Moines’ East Village. Dr. LoRang is a certified provider of Active Release Technique and Graston Technique and has a special interest in acute and chronic back pain, and athletic injuries and performance. He has also attended post-graduate courses through the Motion Palpation Institute and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, dealing in the diagnosis of spine and extremity conditions. Dr. LoRang has pursued additional education with training in the McKenzie Method. 

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Marc Lucente, D.C., M.A., DIANM

Marc Lucente, D.C., M.A., DIANM is an associate professor at Palmer College of Chiropractic's Florida campus. He earned a bachelor’s in business from Wake Forest University, a master’s in educational leadership from the University of Central Florida, and his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic. He currently teaches classes in differential diagnosis, passive care and ergonomics, and the detection and treatment of myofascial trigger points. Dr. Lucente is a diplomate in the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and is an associate editor of the journal Nutritional Foundations. He has published numerous articles in scientific journals, authored a textbook on X-ray positioning, and is a licensed chiropractic physician in the state of Florida.  

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Dan Lyons, D.C., DPhCS

Dan Lyons, D.C., DPhCS, (Main, ’96) is a lifelong Wisconsin native. He has dedicated his professional career to the practice, promotion, and teaching philosophy, science, and art of chiropractic. He holds a diplomate in philosophical chiropractic standards and is a member of the GCSS college of fellows. Frequently he can be seen presenting either chiropractic philosophy or the Gonstead work. He and his wife, Dr. Brook Lyons (Main, ’01) were the last couple to be married on the Palmer campus by Dr. Maxine McMullen. They live in Green Bay, Wisconsin and have two children, the oldest of which has already decided to attend Palmer soon. When he is not focused on chiropractic, Dr. Lyons enjoys spending time in the woods hunting, on the water fishing, or traveling the world with his family. 

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Michele Maiers, D.C., M.P.H., Ph.D.

Michele Maiers, D.C., M.P.H., Ph.D., earned her doctor of chiropractic degree from Northwestern College of Chiropractic, and a master’s 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 policymakers. 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.  

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Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D.

Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D., (Main, ’90) became chancellor of Palmer College of Chiropractic in December 2009 and was named chancellor and CEO in 2017. After receiving his doctor of chiropractic degree, Dr. Marchiori went on to earn his Master of Science 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 Main 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, “Clinical Imaging with Skeletal, Chest and Abdomen Differentials.” He also serves as chair of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges. 

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Sherry McAllister, D.C.

Sherry McAllister, D.C., M.S.Ed., CCSP®, (West, ’96) 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 consulted with such entities as the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards and the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. 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 has also served as a faculty member for Palmer’s Continuing Education department. A qualified medical examiner and expert chiropractic witness for the State of California, she has been in private practice in San Jose since 1996.

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Ian McLean, D.C., DACBR

Ian McLean, D.C., DACBR, (Main, ’79) is a professor and director of the chiropractic clinical residencies and related support services for the Palmer Chiropractic Clinics. He also is director of Clinical Radiology and coordinator of the Radiology Residency Program. 

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K.S.J. Murkowski, D.C.

K.S.J. Murkowski, D.C., (Main, ’72) is a past PCC-Alumni President, past Michigan State Association President, past Chairman of the Board, and Michigan Governor appointed to Malpractice Board of Directors. Dr. Murkowski has been voted twice for Doctor of the Year in Michigan, as well as Doctor of the Year USA and Doctor of the Year International. He has been the ACA-ICA Chairman ICD-10 Codes to WHO/United Nations for 10 years. Dr. Murkowski is considered by many attorneys as chiropractic’s top malpractice and forensic expert witness. In addition, he is an international educator and motivational speaker, as well as a proud father of two Palmer alumni.

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Lia Nightingale, Ph.D.

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 a 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.  

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Kevin Percuoco, D.C., Cert. MDT

Kevin Percuoco, D.C., Cert. MDT (Main, ’16) is an evidenced-based chiropractor with more than three years of clinical experience, seeking to improve patient outcomes through patient education, interdisciplinary collaboration, and personal clinical growth. He is currently an instructor in the Palmer Chiropractic Clinics. 

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Katherine Pohlman, D.C., M.S., Ph.d.

Katherine Pohlman, D.C., M.S., Ph.d., (Main, ’06) is Director of Research at Parker University and an inaugural fellow of the Chiropractic Academy of Research and Leadership (CARL) program. She is the current Vice President of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) Council on Women’s Health and has served as Vice President of the ACA’s Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics. Dr. Pohlman received her doctor of chiropractic degree and master’s of science degree in Clinical Research from Palmer College of Chiropractic, and her Ph.D. in Pediatrics from the University of Alberta in 2019. Her research interests have focused not only on study methodology, but also on the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care in special populations including individuals suffering from chronic pain, children, and pregnant/post-partum women.

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Brad Poock, D.C., LCP

Brad Poock, D.C., LCP, DPhCS., (Main, ’89) is known internationally for his ability to tackle the most difficult philosophic topics in chiropractic and deliver them in a way that keeps audiences engaged and offers them tremendous philosophic insight. Dr. Poock has been involved in chiropractic philosophy for decades, having served on the original ICA Council on Chiropractic Philosophy Bd with Dr. Fred Barge, later becoming the council chair, and has recently rejoined their Bd to aid in advising the next generation of leaders. He has been in constant full-time practice for more than 30 years with his wife, Jennifer. They see patients across the gamut of health condition and age. Dr. Poock is well-known for his thorough spinal analysis and care he provides, focused upon the vertebral subluxation, exactly as taught by the finest faculty in the world, here at Palmer College of Chiropractic, where he graduated with honors. 

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Matthew Richardson, D.C., DACBR

Matthew Richardson, D.C., DACBR, (Main, ’06) serves as director of clinical radiology on Palmer’s Florida campus and provides diagnostic imaging interpretation services through richards (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,” “Clinical Imaging with Skeletal, Chest,” and “Abdomen Pattern Differentials, Third Edition.” 

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Greg Rose, D.C.

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.

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.

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Cynthia Shaft-Toll, D.C.

Cynthia Shaft-Toll, D.C., (Main, ’81) is one of 22 chiropractors in her family. Dr. Shaft is a member of the Michigan Association of Chiropractors, ICA, and the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Dr. Shaft devotes her spare time to coaching and mentoring other chiropractors in effective adjusting and patient-management skills. She has been a guest speaker at the Michigan Association of Chiropractors convention and speaks at local events on wellness options for the entire family. Dr. Shaft has taken extensive postgraduate training in pregnancy and pediatric care and is certified in the Webster Technique. Dr. Shaft is the founder and CEO of Women Chiropractors. She is passionate about helping women achieve success according to their own definition.  

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Trevor Shaw, D.C., DACRB, CSCS

Trevor Shaw, D.C., DACRB, CSCS, (Florida, ’10) is the new head of clinical rehabilitation and sports performance at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Florida campus. He 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.  

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Rob Sinnott, D.C., DPhCS, FPhC

Rob Sinnott, D.C., DPhCS, FPhC, FICA (hon), (Main, ’89) is a noted speaker in the areas of chiropractic philosophy, neurology, and clinical practice and has authored numerous works in those areas.  He served as the Chairman of the Council on Chiropractic Philosophy of the International Chiropractors Association.  He published the Green Books on CD-ROM in 1997 and since that time, this significant effort has become an acclaimed resource for the Chiropractic profession around the world. His “Sinnott’s—Textbook of Chiropractic Philosophy” was published in 2009 and is being used in chiropractic schools around the world. The recently published “Textbook of Human Adaptability” has also begun to be recognized by not only the chiropractic profession, but from leading researchers across five continents as well. He graduated with research honors and in the following 29 years has received many honors and awards for his efforts on behalf of the profession. 

Dr. Sinnott has earned the Legion of Chiropractic Philosophers degree in 2000, his Diplomate in Chiropractic Philosophical Standards (DPhCS) in 2005 and became one of two Fellow of Chiropractic Philosophy recipients in 2010.  He has been involved in designing, teaching and hosting the Chiropractic Philosophy Diplomate (DPhCS) program since its inception.  He began the Adaptability Research Symposium to bring cutting-edge researchers from around the world to address the profession. With his wife Gail (who does all the work and gets none of the credit), he maintains a private practice in Frankfort, Illinois. 

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Victor Strang, D.C., LCP

Victor Strang, D.C., LCP, (Main, ’77) taught at Palmer's Main campus from 1994 through 2021. Dr. Strang taught a variety of classes including philosophy, chiropractic history and principles, and clinical applications of chiropractic principles. Dr. Strang also owned a private practice from 1978 through 2018 with an emphasis in family practice, geriatrics, and pediatric chiropractic.

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Lora Tanis, D.C.,

Lora Tanis, D.C., DICCP, (Main, ’89) received her diplomate from the International Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics, and has served on the ICA Council on Pediatrics since 2001. Dr. Tanis lectures internationally on topics relating to pediatric chiropractic. She currently operates a private practice in West Milford, New Jersey, where she focuses on family and pediatric care.

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

Michael Tunning, D.C., M.S., ATC, (Main, ’06) was hired by the Palmer Chiropractic Clinics shortly after graduating to work in the Chiropractic Rehabilitation and Sports Injury Department, where 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.  

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Robert Vining, D.C., D.H.Sc.

Robert Vining, D.C., D.H.Sc., is a professor and Associate Dean of Clinical Research at the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research. His experience includes private practice, serving as a teaching clinician at two chiropractic colleges, and as director of Palmer’s Research Clinic. He has served as co-investigator on federally funded clinical studies including those conducted within U.S. Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Defense health systems. He was co-principal investigator on a series of studies focused on integrating chiropractic care into a rehabilitation specialty hospital. Dr. Vining is lead or co-author on more than 45 peer reviewed scientific journal articles, two book chapters, and numerous other publications related to chiropractic care and education. Dr. Vining also holds a doctor of health science degree and is an active research mentor. In 2018, he received the Palmer College Outstanding Faculty of the Year award. He is also recipient of the 2019, American Chiropractic Association, Academician of the Year award. 

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Dan Weinert, D.C., Ph.D., DACRB

Dan Weinert, D.C., Ph.D., DACRB, (Main, ’96) 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. As a faculty member, Dr. Weinert 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 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 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. 

Susan Welsh, D.C., portrait

Susan Welsh, D.C.

Susan Welsh, D.C., DACBSP®, FPAC, (Main, ’80) 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 fourth year medical students, teaching them about chiropractic in an integrative setting. 

Kevin Wong, D.C., portrait

Kevin Wong, D.C.

Kevin Wong, D.C., (West, ’96) graduated summa cum laude. He has been a Chiropractic continuing education instructor and in private practice for almost 20 years. Although extremely proficient in the spine, Dr. Kevin has developed specialties in the foot, ankle, and shoulders. He is a former instructor and currently adjunct faculty of Palmer West. Since 1994, Dr. Kevin has been a core lecturer with Foot Levelers. In 2013, Dr. Wong was awarded Foot Levelers’ Teacher of the Year Award. Dr. Kevin is also a certified instructor for RockTape for Functional Movement Techniques (FMT) Levels I and II. He is a frequently requested speaker on the topic of extremity and spinal adjusting and teaches more than 100 hours per year. He is also an authority on foot biomechanics and orthotics. He travels the United States and internationally bringing his passion and energy to his students. Dr. Kevin practices in the East San Francisco Bay area where he lives with his wife and two children.  

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