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Palmer Main Campus Homecoming Sept. 19-21, 2024

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Portrait of Brian Anderson, D.C., Ph.D., M.S., M.P.H.Brian Anderson, D.C., M.P.H, M.S., Ph.D., is a 2004 graduate of National University of Health Sciences. His 15 years of clinical experience includes private practice, hospital-based integrative medicine, and academic clinical teaching. He has been an educator at the graduate and post-graduate level since 2005. He is currently an assistant professor at the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research where his research focuses on evaluating associations between treatment patterns, health treatment patterns, health care utilization, and cost for spine-related disorders using administrative claims data. Dr. Anderson is also involved with educational research and mentorship of student researchers.

Amy Ashmore portraitAmy Ashmore, Ph.D., received her doctorate in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of “Timing Resistance Training” (Human Kinetics, 2020) and more than 40 professional education courses for physical therapists, athletic trainers, and Doctors of Chiropractic. Amy is a former Florida State University faculty member. She currently owns and operates physicaltherapy.education, a continuing education agency located in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

Megan Beveridge portraitMegan Beveridge, M.S., earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Grand View University in 2020. She went on to earn her Master of Science in Anatomy from Des Moines University in 2022. She is currently the lead instructor for the Spinal Anatomy course and the dissection coordinator at Palmer’s Main Campus.

 

Erica Boland, D.C. headshotErica Boland, D.C. (Main, ’13) is practicing, owns her business, Coulee Health, and is trained in DONA (Doulas of North America). She combines more than a decade of experience as a chiropractor, student midwife, doula and mother to make understanding and treating the core and pelvic floor simple for providers and patients alike. Through her experience, she brings professionals together in collaboration to set a higher standard for prenatal and postpartum manual care and movement, locally and globally.

 

Dr. Heather Bowyer portraitHeather Bowyer, D.C., CCSP®, (West, ’06) received her certification as a Chiropractic Physician from the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians© in 2010. Dr. Bowyer worked as a faculty clinician at Palmer’s Florida Campus for several years before advancing to her current position as dean of clinics.

 

Casey Buns, D.C., CCSP®, CSCS, is a sports enthusiast providing chiropractic care and advanced treatment techniques for athletes of all ages and abilities. His competitive background in sports from childhood through college athletics has focused his training on many aspects of care for the modern athlete. An Iowa native, Dr. Buns established a private practice in southern Minnesota shortly after earning his degree in 2011. He has obtained advanced specialty certifications in sports, rehabilitation, emergency procedures, and fitness fields including: CCSP from the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians®, and a Certified Medical Level 3 golf fitness instructor from the Titleist Performance Institute. His passion for educating the future of chiropractic led Dr. Buns to join Palmer as a faculty clinician in 2021.

Krista Burns portraitKrista Burns, D.C., CCSP®, DHA, FNOR, CPEP, is the founder of the American Posture Institute, author of the textbook “The Posture Principles”, and TEDX Speaker. Dr. Burns has two doctorate degrees and is leading the charge against postural decline as a Doctor of Chiropractic and a Doctor of Health Administration. She has been featured on media including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News Radio, and Global Woman Magazine, and prestigious stages including the World Congress of Neurology and Neurological Disorders and the World Congress of Falls and Postural Stability. Dr. Burns was recognized as a Top 100 Doctor by the Global Summits Institute and is the host of the International Posture Symposium.

Alessandra Colón, D.C.Alessandra Colón, D.C., (Florida, ‘12) is the first in her profession to pioneer a national television series. Bringing chiropractic to the forefront on TLC’s latest show “Crack Addicts,” she intends to break the perceptions surrounding the chiropractic profession and to showcase that it is not just about the “cracks” when it comes to our healing. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree, Dr. Colón’s devotion led her to earn her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer Florida. Alessandra is a stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor and went on to become the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year in 2015 and took home the title of Palm Beach Illustrated’s Top Chiropractor 2018, along with Best of Palm Beach 2020 and 2021. After 10 years in practice, she is now a CEO in multiple industries ranging from chiropractic to real estate and even social media and has become America’s favorite chiropractor.

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Steven Conway, D.C., J.D., DABCOH, Esq., graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1983 and then entered the legal profession in 1996 after graduating from Stetson University. He has since combined both legal and chiropractic backgrounds to successfully defend chiropractors with Medicare audits and state board complaints. 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 in the process of creating a level playing field for chiropractic. They’re 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.

Dr. Casey Crisp portraitCasey Crisp, D.C., M.S., CCST, ACP, CHCQM, CICE, (Main, ’97) owned a private practice in Arkansas for five years before serving as an assistant professor at Palmer College for nine years. During his tenure, he has also participated in multiple publications and received a Master of Science with an emphasis in Anatomy. Dr. Crisp provides continuing education on clinical conditions and rehab along with an emphasis on anatomy, the implications to examination, rehabilitation, and patient education. He lectures on the importance of ethics, documentation, risk management, and coding procedures. Dr. Crisp obtained a diplomate through the American Board of Quality Assurance & Utilization Review Physicians and is a Certified Independent Chiropractic Examiner through the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners. He currently serves as director of Clinical Quality Assurance for Airrosti Rehab Centers where he has a teaching clinic.

Dr. Steven Cuono portraitSteven Cuono, D.C., CCEP, FIAMA, (Main, ‘00) has been an associate professor at Palmer Florida for the past 17 years, where he teaches in the Clinical Sciences Department. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marine biology from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and has been an adjunct instructor in the Alternative Medicine program at Everglades University since 2011. Dr. Cuono is certified in medical acupuncture and chiropractic extremity practices and holds an active Florida Chiropractic Physician’s license.

Portrait of John Crouse, B.A., D.C.John Crouse, D.C., (Main, ’13) practiced in Florida and Iowa. He currently serves as an assistant professor at Palmer College in the Life Sciences department.

 

Joseph Evans portraitJoseph Evans, Ph.D., spent three years evaluating and developing a heart-assist device for his thesis project at Carnegie Mellon University before graduating with the first dual-Ph.D. in Engineering and Bio-Technology. When he was given the chance to review the design of a chiropractic adjustment tool in the early 80s, he enthusiastically jumped on the opportunity. From that time on, Dr. Evans has been dedicated to research and product development for the chiropractic industry, and his PulStar products are now used by thousands of chiropractors worldwide. 

Dr. Amberly FergusonAmberly Ferguson, D.C., (Main, ‘07) is an instructor at Palmer’s Main Campus. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2003 and from Palmer in 2007. Dr. Ferguson has practiced as an associate in the Twin Cities area and taught for Rasmussen College’s Department of Health Science. In January 2020, Amberly joined the Life Sciences Department as an instructor teaching Endocrinology, Systems Pathology II, and Physiology III.

Dr. Fiorini portraitDennis Fiorini, D.C., BCAO, 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 for the last 31 years. He is the President of the R.W. Sweat Foundation for chiropractic research, and he is one of the lead instructors for the Atlas Orthogonal Procedure. Dr. Fiorini has also received extensive training in practice management with Dr. Peter Fernandez and has been an instructor for his programs. He has been a speaker for many chiropractic colleges as well as provides continuing legal education for the Florida Bar. 

Dr. Emma ForlowEmma Forlow, D.C., CCSP®, ART, (Main, ‘19) is currently a third-year radiology resident at Palmer College of Chiropractic. She graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan in 2016 with her Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training. Dr. Forlow graduated from Palmer in 2019. In 2021, she completed her Certified Chiropractic Sports Physicians® certification through the American College of Chiropractic Sports Physicians. She worked as an associate chiropractor at Wills Chiropractic prior to starting her radiology residency.

Dr. Mary Frost.Mary Frost, D.C., M.B.A., (Main, ’96) was in private practice with her husband Dr. Jason Frost for 11 years before joining the Main Campus faculty in 2008 and has served in the Palmer Clinics and 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 trimester students on Palmer’s Main Campus.

Lisa Goodman portraitLisa Goodman, D.C., CCSP®, ICCSP, CACCP, TPI, CF-L1, CF-Kids, is the author of “The Manual for the Chiropractic Entrepreneur”. Dr. Goodman founded a multidisciplinary clinic, Washington Park Chiropractic, in 2006 in Denver, CO. She is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) and Certified Prenatal and Pediatric Chiropractor (CACCP). In addition to being an avid golfer, Dr. Goodman is TPI golf certified and works as part of the performance team of the USGA. She is a CrossFit L1 and CrossFit Kids Certified Trainer. Passionate about growing the chiropractic profession, Dr. Goodman enjoys teaching and mentoring the next generation of chiropractors. She is an international speaker on business development and pediatric sports chiropractic. Dr. Goodman is an active member and former committee member on the boards of the ACA Pediatrics Council and the ACA Sports Council.

Dr. Chad HagenChad Hagen, D.C., CSP, (Main, ’05) is a second-generation chiropractor. Classically trained in Atlas Orthogonal and a Certified SOT® Instructor, Dr. Chad’s private practice specializes in these techniques located in Bettendorf, Iowa. He teaches in the Technique and Philosophy departments as an assistant professor at Palmer’s Main Campus. His instructional focus is Subluxation Analysis, Toggle Recoil, Chiropractic Theory, and both the Sacro-Occipital Technique electives. He is also the Advisor for the SOT® and Palmer Upper Cervical clubs.

Aaron Hildreth portraitAaron Hildreth, D.C., (Main, ’15) opened a thriving family practice in Iowa City, IA called Restore Family Chiropractic. Dr. Hildreth is a faculty at Palmer and teaches obstetrics and pediatrics to the next generation of chiropractors.

Dr. Jesse Hodges portraitJesse Hodges, Jr., D.C., M.S., (Florida, ‘13) is an associate professor at Palmer Florida where he teaches Movement Science and Active Care classes. He graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2008 with a degree in kinesiology and began his career as a personal trainer. He then continued his education and received a master’s degree in kinesiology with a concentration in biomechanics and human performance. He is currently pursuing another master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Central Florida. Dr. Hodges also maintains a private practice in Florida, focusing on musculoskeletal injuries and overall human performance.

Karmen Hopkins portraitKarmen Hopkins, D.C., (Main, ‘10) is an assistant professor in the Technique department on Palmer’s Main Campus. She currently teaches Extremity Adjusting Technique, Assisted Adjusting Technique, and Clinical Skills III. Dr. Hopkins specializes in extremities and enjoys taking care of athletes.

Portrait of Rachelle Herrity-Hynes, B.S., D.C., L.C.P.Rachelle Hynes, D.C., LCP, (Main, ‘97) grew up in Clinton, Iowa. She is an associate professor at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport and has been teaching in the Technique Department for 20 years. She is involved with the Association for the History of Chiropractic and in 2021, received the William Holmberg Award for best presentation at the organization’s annual conference. In addition to teaching future chiropractors, Dr. Hynes enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

Roger Hynes, D.C., DPhCS, FICA, (Main, ’98) is a professor of Clinical Sciences who teaches technique, philosophy, and history at Palmer College and has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards. He leads the Palmer Foundation for Chiropractic History and functions as the college historian. Dr. Hynes is the executive director and a past president of the Association for the History of Chiropractic. He is a frequent contributor and peer reviewer for the AHC journal and numerous other chiropractic publications. He is also the current ACC-RAC peer review chair.

Erik Kirk portraitEric Kirk, D.C., DACO serves as Medical Director Midwest Region – Chiropractic Services for Advocate Health, which is currently the fourth largest private sector health care system in the U.S. Dr. Kirk developed and currently serves the role of Program Director for Aurora Health Care’s Integrated Clinical Practice Chiropractic Residency Program. The program is the first private-sector chiropractic program in a community-based, Graduate Medical Education program within a large, integrated delivery health care system. Dr. Kirk serves other leadership roles within the organization to include appointed membership on the Orthopedic Leadership Council and elected membership on the Washington County Medical Group Management Committee – Specialty Services. Dr. Kirk received Chiropractor of the Year recognition in 2023 by the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association and its members.

Jeff Lavell headshotJeff Lavell, D.C., completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota at Duluth, where he majored in biology and received a minor in chemistry. He went on to pursue a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and a bachelor’s degree in human biology from Northwestern Health Sciences University. Dr. Lavell established Specific Family Chiropractic in 1998. In the spring of 2001, he opened his satellite office to help those with herniated discs, bulging discs, degenerative discs and sciatica in a non-surgical format that could not be helped by other conservative methods. His focus has been in human biomechanics and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, with an emphasis on the non-surgical treatment and rehabilitation of lumbar disc herniations, carpal tunnel syndrome and whiplash injuries. He has developed a unique approach to dealing with injuries combining chiropractic, massage, physical therapy, nutrition and exercise to get people well as fast as possible.

Siri Leech portraitSiri Leech, D.C., DACBR, (Main, ’11) is the associate dean of Clinical Sciences at Palmer’s Main Campus. Dr. Leech earned her Radiology Diplomate in 2016. She pursues radiology interests through mentoring students, presenting at continuing education events, and consulting at Leech Radiology.

Dr. Tracey Littrell portraitTracey Littrell, D.C., DACBR, DACO, CCSP® (Main, ’97) is an assistant professor in Palmer’s Diagnosis and Radiology Department 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.”

Dan Lyons portraitDan Lyons, D.C., LCP (Hon), (Main, ’96) participated in the Troxell intern program and served as head intern for three semesters during his time at Palmer. He graduated from the Palmer Legion of Chiropractic Philosophers, LCP (Hon), inaugural program in August 2000, and the ICA’s inaugural Diplomate in Philosophical Chiropractic Standards (DPhCS) program in November 2005. In October of 2023, he was honored by being made a Distinguished Fellow of the Philosophy of Chiropractic. You may know him from his work with the Gonstead Methodology Institute, Gonstead Clinical Studies Society, the Center for Chiropractic Progress, or from one of his speaking engagements. In addition to being in private practice since 1996, he has been intimately involved with the Gonstead Methodology Institute, as a lead instructor, as well as serving as executive director, vice president, president, and treasurer. He became a Gonstead Clinical Studies Society Diplomate in 2008 and a board member in 2012. For more than 27 years, Dr. Lyons has been a noteworthy speaker and leader in the chiropractic profession. He is best known for entertaining his audiences by combining our philosophy, science, and art in the way they were intended to be taught.

Dr. Marchiori portraitChancellor and CEO 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. He graduated with his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College in 1990 and went on to earn his M.S. degree in anatomy at Palmer in 1992. In 1995, he completed a three-year residency in radiology at Palmer College leading to diplomate status with the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology. Dr. Marchiori received his doctorate in policy, planning and leadership from the University of Iowa in 2005. He has had faculty appointments at Palmer College in the Research, and Diagnosis and Radiology departments. His administrative tenure at Palmer includes the roles of department chair, dean, vice president of academic affairs for the Main Campus, and vice chancellor for academics for the College system.

Sherry McAllister headshot.Sherry McAllister, D.C., M.S. (Ed), CCSP®, (West, ’96) serves as the president for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, the national not-for- profit organization showcasing the benefits of chiropractic care across multiple platforms. Dr. McAllister earned her Master of Science degree from the University of California East Bay, a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic West, where she served as an associate professor. She has recently completed certifications in Executive Leadership Development and the Science of Wellbeing. She is a frequent convention and seminar speaker and has served as a Qualified Medical Examiner, Expert Chiropractic Witness for the State of California, and has been in private practice in San Jose since 1996.

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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.

Dr. Mike McQueen headshot.Mike McQueen, D.C., works for Aurora Health Care as a chiropractor based out of a level 2 hospital located in southeastern Wisconsin. In addition to treating patients in a multidisciplinary setting, he has participated in committees and residencies that have helped shape the future of chiropractic in this setting.

Dr. Heather Meeks headshot.Heather Meeks, D.C., M.S. (Main, ‘18) is an adjunct clinical instructor at Palmer College and also serves as a staff chiropractor at VA Central Iowa Healthcare System in Des Moines, Iowa. In addition to patient care, her role includes significant concentration on training the next generation of interdisciplinary chiropractors. She is an attending faculty member and chair of the clinical co-curricular committee for the VA Central Iowa Integrated Clinical Practice Residency Program. She also serves as an adjunct clinical instructor at Palmer College of Chiropractic. Dr. Meeks joined the VA Central Iowa staff in 2019 and provided chiropractic care to rural veterans which led to an expansion of chiropractic care in community-based outpatient clinics. Addressing disparities in access to rural health care earned her project a semi-finalist award in the VHA Innovation Shark Tank Competition 2020. 

James Mountain portraitJames Mountain, M.S., CISSP, CISM, HCISPP, is an experienced leader with more than 20 years in IT. He is the Director of Information Security for Palmer College of Chiropractic, providing strategic leadership and direction for campus academic technology applications and initiatives. His past work experiences include private, public, and government industries. He has been a CISSP since 2011 while he worked for the Department of Defense. His focus areas are security, risk management, and infrastructure stability.

Morgan Mullican portraitMorgan Mullican, D.C., DACBN, CCN, DCBCN, (Main, ’88) taught in Palmer’s Radiology department before starting his own practice in Texas. He received his Diplomate in clinical nutrition in 1993, having one of the largest nutrition practices in Dallas for over 20 years and ran three multi-disciplinary clinics. In 2022, he opened Laser Aesthetics & Weight Loss clinics in Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Georgia. For the past 22 years, Dr. Mullican has been a practice consultant for chiropractic and medical providers around the country and training successful clinical and business practices. He is one of the most sought-after speakers at chiropractic colleges and chiropractic state association meetings.

Dr. Scott Munsterman headshotScott Munsterman, D.C., FICC, CPCO, is founder and CEO of Best Practices Academy, a clinical improvement organization providing focused leadership, to bring practices into compliance with regulatory standards, equip them to improve clinical outcomes, and integrate into the transformed care delivery system. Dr. Munsterman believes chiropractic has a significant role to serve, but challenges to face, to achieve the chiropractic profession’s rightful role in care delivery. Dr. Munsterman is a graduate of Northwestern Health Sciences University, where he has served as vice-chair of the Board of Trustees and in the President’s Cabinet as chief of care delivery. He was awarded Chiropractor of the Year in South Dakota and Fellow of the International College of Chiropractors (FICC). Dr. Munsterman served two terms as mayor of the city of Brookings and three consecutive terms in the South Dakota House of Representatives, where he chaired the House Health and Human Services Committee and chaired the Legislative Planning Committee. He is the author of “A Vision for South Dakota”, “Care Delivery and Chiropractic: An Opportunity Waiting” and “Unfinished Business.”

Lia Nightingale, Ph.D., earned her Ph.D. in food science and human nutrition from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign in 2006. She is a professor in Life Sciences and Foundations at Palmer’s Main Campus teaching Chemistry, Biochemistry, Foundations of Nutrition, and Clinical Nutrition. She has been awarded Outstanding Faculty of the Year twice, the Thelma Fordyce-Mack Award nine times for innovation in teaching and research, and the NBCE Educational Research Award. She spends her time conducting research, mentoring, and volunteering at many community organizations.

Kevin Percuoco, D.C., Cert. MDT (Main, ’16) is an assistant professor and faculty clinician for the Palmer Chiropractic Clinics on Main Campus. Dr. Percuoco has nine years of clinical experience and has taken numerous post-doctoral training courses in managing musculoskeletal disorders through active care interventions. Dr. Percuoco places a special emphasis on managing patients and mentoring the next generation of chiropractors by understanding biopsychosocial management principles and approaches. He has published several reports on patient management options and lectures on evidence-based clinical practice, managing persistent pain, and patient-centered care. 

Jenifer PerezJenifer Perez, D.C., is the co-founder and vice president of Gait Happens and co-owner of Kinetic Chiropractic in Lafayette, CO. As both an educator and a clinician, her mission is to empower as many people as possible to take charge of their lower body health so they can get back to doing what they love. Dr. Perez holds a BS in Kinesiology-Sports Medicine and a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree. She’s taught courses to healthcare practitioners both nationally and internationally and she works with clients virtually across the globe.

Brad Poock portraitBrad Poock, D.C., LCP, DPhCS, FPHC (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 served on the original ICA Council on Chiropractic Philosophy with Dr. Fred Barge, later becoming the council chair, and has recently rejoined their board to aid in advising the next generation of leaders. He has been in constant full-time practice for more than 30 years, and with his wife, Jennifer, has seen 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 vertebral subluxation.

Dr. Matthew Richardson portraitMatthew Richardson, D.C., DACBR, (Main, ‘06) is currently Director of Clinical Radiology at Palmer Florida. After graduating in 2006, he furthered his education to earn his DACBR diploma.

Dr. Robert Rowell portraitRobert Rowell, D.C., M.S. earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Bloomington, Minnesota in 1992. Dr. Rowell began his involvement with Palmer College in 1996, when he began his radiology residency and is currently a professor of Diagnosis and Radiology at Palmer’s Main Campus. Dr. Rowell has published numerous research papers, presented at national research conferences, and been co-investigator on federally funded research grants. He is a peer reviewer for many chiropractic and non-chiropractic journals and conferences. He lectures on evidence-based clinical practice, diagnosis, passive care, and chiropractic technique.

Eric Russell, D.C., M.B.A., DPhCS, FPHC (Main, ’96) currently serves as the philosophy stream coordinator for the Australian College of Chiropractic and as a consultant for chiropractic education and the chiropractic profession. Dr. Russell was the first Diplomate of Philosophical Chiropractic Standards (DPhCS) to be named president of a chiropractic college in the profession’s history when he served at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic. He was named a Fellow in Chiropractic Philosophy in 2023. Dr. Russell strives to inspire chiropractors to be the best they can be at the philosophy, science, and art of chiropractic.

Dr. Rob Sinnott portraitRobert Sinnott, D.C., LCP, 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 and authored “Sinnott’s—Textbook of Chiropractic Philosophy” and “Textbook of Human Adaptability.” With his wife Gail, he maintains a private practice in Frankfort, Illinois.

Dr. Emily Speer headshotEmily Speer, D.C., (Main, ’18) currently serves as a faculty instructor at Palmer College in the life Sciences department. She graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2006 and from Palmer in 2018. Dr. Speer owned and practiced in her chiropractic clinic in southwestern Iowa before coming back to teach at Palmer.

Dr. Lora Tanis portraitLora Tanis, D.C., DICCP, (Main, ’89) is a member of the post-graduate faculty at Palmer’s Main Campus and practices in a private chiropractic practice in West Milford/Hewitt, New Jersey. 

Dr. Michael Tunning headshotMichael Tunning, D.C., M.S., ATC, (Main ’06) is Dean of Programs on Palmer’s Main Campus. Dr. Tunning previously held positions as Rehabilitation Resident, Faculty, and Associate Dean of Clinical Sciences and Dean of Academic Affairs. As a faculty member, Dr. Tunning taught Active Care and Neuromuscular Skeletal Diagnosis, while also assisting in Gross Anatomy labs, the Advanced Soft Tissue elective, and Technique coursework. Dr. Tunning served for three years as the Faculty Senate President and received the Faculty of the Year Award in 2014. Dr. Tunning completed a Master of Medical Education Leadership degree in 2015 with his master’s project focused on building an academy of educators, a structural approach to building excellence in teaching.

Dr. Robert Vining portraitRobert Vining, D.C., D.HSc., is a professor and Associate Dean of Clinical Research at the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research in Davenport, Iowa. 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 over 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 the recipient of the 2019, American Chiropractic Association, Academician of the Year award.

Dr. Dan Weinert portraitDan Weinert, D.C., Ph.D., (Main, ‘96) is the provost for Palmer College of Chiropractic. Previously, he was interim vice president for Academic Affairs, dean of Academic Affairs and department chair for the Diagnosis and Radiology Department. As a faculty member, he is currently in the Division of Life Sciences, and has previously taught Physiotherapy, Biomechanics, Anatomy and Physiology as well as Biochemistry. 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 the 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.

Dr. Kevin Wong.Kevin Wong, D.C., (West, ‘96) has been a continuing education instructor and in private practice for almost 20 years. In addition to being extremely proficient in the spine, Dr. Wong has developed specialties in the foot, ankle and shoulders. Since 1994, Dr. Wong has been a Core Lecturer with Foot Levelers. In 2013, he was awarded Foot Levelers Teacher of the Year Award. Dr. Wong is also a certified instructor for RockTape for Functional Movement Techniques (FMT) Level I and II. He is a frequently requested speaker on the topic of extremity and spinal adjusting and teaches over 100 hours per year. He is also an authority on foot biomechanics and orthotics.