Online Continuing Education Instructors

Meet your Online Education Instructors

Dr. Robert Clyde Affolter

Dr. Robert Clyde Affolter Dr. Robert Clyde Affolter completed his Bachelor of Arts degree with a chemistry major in 1977, at the University of Kansas. He stayed there and went on to complete a Master of Business Administration degree in 1978. After graduating, he worked for IBM for three years. He resigned his position as associate systems engineer in 1981 to attend Palmer College. While attending Palmer, Dr. Affolter took extra-curricular courses in Grostic, Pierce-Stillwagon, and Logan Basic techniques. He was an intern for Dr. E. L. Crowder. He also began his teaching career as a lecturer for the PCC chiropractic technician program. He graduated with honors from PCC in 1984.

After graduation, he became a lecturer at Western Washington University and taught business classes in the College of Business and Economics. He opened his chiropractic practice in Bellingham, WA in 1985. In 1998, he co-founded Innate Foundation; which is dedicated to improving the human condition and advancing the recognition of Innate Intelligence. Today, Innate Foundation Publishing publishes books and other materials to elevate mankind. In 2002, he published Improving the Odds - From the Crapshoot of Manipulative Therapy to the Innate Chiropractic Adjustment. The book provides his insights into the philosophy, science and art of chiropractic along with an overview of seven chiropractic techniques. He was also admitted to the postgraduate faculty of Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic that year. He taught a "Technique Medley" course, using his book as a text.

He was part of the technique panel which updated the clinical practice guidelines, "2003 Clinical Practice Guideline: Vertebral Subluxation in Chiropractic Practice." His articles have appeared in The Chiropractic Journal, The Bellingham Business Journal, and The New Times. His paper, "The Reality of the Mental Realm and Its Clinical Significance" was presented at the ICA's Conference on Philosophical Chiropractic Standards in 2004. Dupe 'em and Dope 'em was published by Innate Foundation Publishing in 2010. It combines two e-books Dr. Affolter wrote the previous year: Exposed The "Science" of Medicine and the Dollars It Generates and Exposed How Politics Increased the Cost of Health Care in America. In addition to his private practice, writing and speaking, Dr. Affolter is currently on faculty of ChiroCredit, LLC ( He has authored 2 courses on business, 16 courses on chiropractic philosophy and one course on x-ray analysis for continuing education credit. He also writes a weekly email column, Affolter's Chiropractic Comments, which is read by chiropractors around the world.

Dr. Shawn Allen

Dr. Shawn Allen Dr. Shawn Allen is a 1995 graduate of the National Chiropractic College, now National University of Health Sciences (NUHS). He completed his post-graduate residency in orthopedics at NUHS in 1999 and prior to that graduated with his first bachelor of science degree from the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) in kinesiology.. Dr Allen works with a broad base of patients including Olympic, professional, para-professional, collegiate and All-American sprinters, distance runners, swimmers, marathoners, gymnasts, dancers (ballet, modern and ballroom), football, baseball and Olympic distance, Sprint and IRONMAN tri-athletes. His private practice is in Westmont, Illinois a suburb of Chicago. He is an adjunct faculty member for post graduate education with the Lincoln School of post professional education in Chicago. He has lectured nationally on foot-ankle, gait biomechanics and orthopedics. He is a regular lecturer/speaker for many fitness, coaching and healthcare companies. He is a former chiropractor for the Chicago Joffrey Ballet professional dance company, former physician for Newman/Haas Indy Car Race team (the late actor Paul Newman) and Team Physician and consultant for many private athletic teams. He works seasonally with over a dozen high schools and colleges treating their girls and boys cross country, track and field, football, basketball and baseball teams and has been an integral component in helping teams and individuals to reach State and National Championships. He, along with Dr Ivo Waerlop authored the textbook: Pedographs and Gait Analysis: Clinical Applications and Pearls, along with numerous articles on lower extremity and gait mechanics. They also founded "The Gait Guys", a national and internet presence gait information resource and consortium where they blog and podcast weekly. Dr Allen is likes to experiment with different types of exercise regimens including dance, gymnastics, pilates, rowing, running and various other activities to broaden his understanding of complex body motions and biomechanics.

Dr. Bryan A. Born, B.S., D.C.

Dr. Bryan Born Dr. Bryan Born graduated with honors from Parker College of Chiropractic in 1991, and has been in practice as a co-owner of Chiropractic Natural Health Associates together with his wife and father since then. In 1993 he was asked to develop and teach the pathology and pharmacology curriculum for a massage therapy institute in Michigan, which at the time was on the vanguard of education in the US for that profession. He went on to develop curriculum for schools from coast to coast, and authored three books, including a textbook for business methodologies for the massage therapist. His latest book was published in 2005. The Essential Massage Companion: Everything You Need to Know to Navigate Safely Through Today's Drugs and Diseases is a 552 page reference guide that remains the only comprehensive text for both pathology and pharmaceutical contraindications specific to the practice of therapeutic massage. It contains a 16,000 word index, covering more than 500 diseases and 3,000 medications. An internationally recognized speaker on the subject, Dr. Born has lectured multiple times for the AMTA National Convention, the AMTA Teacher's Conference, the AMTA Leadership Conference, the Canadian National Massage Convention, and 14 other state annual conventions. At present, Dr Born continues his full-time chiropractic practice in the same location with his wife and father. He enjoys authoring courses for and is considering the best medium to author the second edition of The Essential Massage Companion. He is also an advocate for homeschooling , having co-taught his two teenage daughters with his wife through their entire school career to this point.

Dr. David M. Brady, ND, DC, CCN, DACBN

Dr. Brady Dr. Brady is a licensed Naturopathic Physician, Doctor of Chiropractic, and Clinical Nutritionist, He is the Vice Provost of the Division of Health Sciences and the Director of the Human Nutrition Institute at the University of Bridgeport. He is also the Chief Medical Officer for Designs for Health, Inc., a clinical consultant for Genova-Metametrix Clinical Laboratories, and maintains a private practice, Whole Body Medicine, in Trumbull, CT. Dr. Brady has been a featured presenter at many of the most prestigious conferences in integrative medicine, including IFM, ACAM, A4M, IHS, IAACN, AANP, and more. He is a contributing author for Integrative Gastroenterology, the first integrative medical textbook on gastroenterology by Johns Hopkins physician Gerard Mullin, MD, and is a contributing author for Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine by Lord and Bralley and the upcoming second edition of Food and Nutrients in Disease Management by Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD.

Dr. Steven Cordas, DO, MPH

Dr. Steven CordasDr. Cordas graduated from Elizabethtown College with a BS in Science. He then attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated as the salutatorian in 1964. After his internship, he completed a 3- year internal medicine residency in Dayton Ohio. He then moved to Texas as a general internist and served as chairman of the department of internal medicine at several area hospitals for over 20 years in the Fort Worth- Dallas area. He also was and remains a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of North Texas Health Science Center - Texas College of Osteopathic medicine. He was certified, after preceptorship, in Allergy and Immunology and in 1993 attended the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he received his Masters of Public Health in Occupational Medicine. He subsequently became certified in occupational medicine. He currently is in private practice specializing in allergy, occupational medicine, toxicology and internal medicine and serves as a consultant to a number of occupational medical clinics, the Texas Department of Insurance, the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, the Federal governement and the legal profession.

Leanne N. Cupon, DC, DACRB, DABFP

Dr. Leanne Cupon Leanne N. Cupon, DC, DACRB, DABFP graduated from the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport , IA during 1996. Prior to moving to Georgia, her professional time in specialty practice, concentrating in rehabilitation and forensics, was divided between serving as Director of Quality Assurance and Compliance at the multidisciplinary Spine Center in Bethlehem, PA and doctoring in her own facility, Penn Jersey Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Clinic, PC in Phillipsburg, NJ. She is one of the first women chiropractors to have completed the Forensic Science and Manipulation Under Anesthesia Certification programs. Recently she attained board certification from the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board. Dr. Cupon is a chiropractor with focused interests on rehabilitation and prevention, and the treatment of personal and work?related injuries as it applies to chiropractic. Her practice is family oriented as she enjoys working with children and adolescents, as well as adults. Dr. Cupon's forensic work includes second opinion examinations. Social Security disability determinations, and impairment ratings.

Determination and selective educational pursuits are a requisite for patient care in an evidenced/outcome based era of managed care. Her extensive background in rehabilitation and forensics provides a rare perspective on documenting and instituting present and future care for the patients under her care.

Dr. Joseph Ferezy, DC, DACAN, FIACN

Dr. Joseph Ferezy Dr. Ferezy is a native of New York City, New York. He is a 1982 graduate of Northwestern College of Chiropractic (NWCC). He completed a two year residency in clinical science at NWCC, where he later served as an Instructor, and ultimately as an Assistant Professor. He remained at NWCC until 1988. Dr. Ferezy is a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Academy of Neurology and a Fellow of the International Academy of Chiropractic Neurology. He is author of a chiropractic textbook, "The Chiropractic Neurological Examination" by Aspen Publishers. He contributed a chapter to the textbook, "Advances in Chiropractic" by Mosby Publishers. Dr. Ferezy has published several professional articles, and was awarded a 2nd place "Best Scientific Paper Award" by the American Chiropractic Association Journal of Chiropractic. Dr. Ferezy is the program coordinator and lead lecturer for the Neurology Diplomate Programs for Northwestern Health Science University, New York Chiropractic College and Palmer Chiropractic University. Dr. Ferezy has been the key speaker at hundreds of professional lecture engagements including several in Stockholm Sweden and in the United Kingdom. He has served as a test developer and proctor for the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Dr. Ferezy regularly serves as an expert witness in matters such as malpractice and has served as a chiropractic expert o n behalf of the State of Iowa.

Dr. Ferezy is president of the International Academy of Chiropractic Neurology, and maintains a private practice of chiropractic in Des Moines, Iowa.

Karen Gardner, DC

Dr. Karen Gardner Dr. Gardner has guest lectured at The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia on the importance of Chiropractic care during pregnancy, labor and the postpartum period. Most recently she was invited to speak at the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) on Optimal Fetal Positioning at Penn State and will be speaking again for the AABC in the fall of 2011. She also spoke for the Florida Chiropractic Society on Pre-Natal Chiropractic care during their "Pediatric Extravaganza".

For more than eighteen years Dr. Karen Gardner has diligently worked and studied the mechanisms of breech and transverse presentations, pregnancy and delivery. Dr. Karen Gardner graduated from Life College in 1993.

She has two practices; one is within the walls of a local birth center and cares for dozens of moms to be each and every week. Dr. Karen has also been invited to speak at the Philadelphia Conference for Midwifery Today Magazine, the Florida Chiropractic Society, and the American Association of Birth Centers to present her expertise to the midwifery and chiropractic professions. She is also continually featured in chiropractic, pregnancy and midwifery publications.

Alan Hickey, N.C.T.M.B. Florida L.M.T.

Alan Hickey received his certification in Massage Therapy from Emerald Coast Massage School, Fort Walton Beach Florida, in June of 2004, his national certification from the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (N.C.B.T.M.B.) and his state of Florida license to practice massage in Jan 2005. Since Jan 2005 he has continued his education in massage by becoming certified in infant massage, hot stone massage, pre and post pregnancy massage, sports massage, and several other massage modalities and techniques. He is currently enrolled in Oklahoma City University as a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Professional Studies with an emphasis in Business.

He just completed a sixteen month massage instructorship in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where, in addition to teaching massage, he became involved in curriculum development, course scheduling, marketing and promotion, spa area/services development and design, and massage business applications for the nationally certified school. He is currently involved in the Oklahoma coalition for massage licensure for the state of Oklahoma. Prior to teaching massage, he directed the creation/operation of a day spa in the Destin Florida area that included contributing to the design, building, equipping, and day to day operation of the spa. As Corporate Vice President and Spa Director, his duties included equipment purchase and installation, hiring and management of all personnel, marketing and promotion to include print advertising, televised publicity, and numerous special events. He designed and published the spa menu and all printed material for the spa. He performed massage therapist duties at the spa. His own personal versions of the Hot Stone Massage and Couple's Synchronous Massage, with two massage therapists performing identical massage movements and techniques in perfect unison, set the standard along the Emerald Coast of Florida.

He practices as a massage therapist in the Oklahoma City metro area and in several of the surrounding cities throughout the state.

Some of his Modalities/Techniques include; Swedish, Deep Tissue, Pre and Post Pregnancy, Infant, Thai, Sports, Hot Stone, Neuro-Muscular Therapy, Trigger Point, Reflexology, Lymphatic drainage, Spa Clay/ Mud/ Algae/ Seaweed body services, Aromatherapy treatments, and Hawaiian Lomi Lomi.

His plans include publishing a book in early 2008 that will take massage therapists step by step through the arduous journey of opening their own spa business. He also will complete a Master's degree in Business in early 2009.

Dr. Gary Italia

Dr. Gary ItaliaDr. Gary Italia has Bachelor degrees in human biology and exercise science and a Masters degree in Human Nutrition. He is a licensed nutritionist by the state of Connecticut and has taught nutritional therapeutics (nutrition and disease) and sports nutrition in the Masters program at the University of Bridgeport for 10 years. Dr. Italia also has a Ph.D. in nutrition and holds certifications in nutrition and exercise (CSCS) and is a certified clinical nutritionist (CCN). His Ph.D. concentration was in anti-aging and using nutrition and lifestyle to slow the aging process. He is currently working on an interactive antiaging web based program which will be available shortly.

Dr. Italia is a chiropractic physician who attained his Diplomate in neurology and nutrition. With his partner, he maintains two multi-disciplinary chiropractic centers. Dr. Italia has been practicing chiropractic for 23 years and nutrition and exercise for even longer. He practices nutrition with both patients and fitness club members where he is a staff nutritionist. He has given many lectures on a variety of topics and is a former competitive bodybuilder who has worked with elite bodybuilders, boxers, wrestlers, and martial artists. He has practiced kickboxing and martial arts for over 20 years. He has been a team physician for various organizations including karate and bodybuilding teams.

Warren T. Jahn, DC, MPS, FACO

Dr. Warren T. Jahn Warren T. Jahn, DC, MPS, FACO graduated from the National College of Chiropractic (NCC) in December 1976. He was one of the first orthopedic residents in chiropractic and was the first acting chairman of the department of orthopedics at NCC's Patient and Research Center. Dr. Jahn received his Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree concentrating in Biomechanical Trauma from Lynn University in conjunction with the University of Miami Medical School. He has attained board certifications in biomechanical trauma (DAABT), chiropractic orthopedics (DABCO) and sports (DACBSP), forensics (DACFE, FACFE), independent medical examinations (CICE), quality assurance and utilization review (DABQAURP), and chiropractic consulting (DABCC). In the past 25 years he has trained thousands of chiropractors in orthopedics, impairment rating, forensics, sports, IMEs, and federal and state disability programs for nine chiropractic colleges. He has published numerous articles in professional journals and contributed to several chiropractic textbooks. In his specialty practice in Roswell, Georgia he has performed thousands of IMEs and impairment ratings, provided second opinions for his fellow colleagues' patients and recently added functional capacity evaluations for disability, work capacity determinations, and DOT and non DOT examinations.

This unique blend of specialty certification, clinical expertise and extensive postdoctoral teaching provides a wealth of clinical and medicolegal knowledge that is the trademark of this internationally and nationally recognized clinician, lecturer and author.

Dr. Brett L. Kinsler

Dr. Brett KinslerDr. Brett L. Kinsler earned his B.A. from the University of Rochester where he also completed post-graduate work in microbiology and immunology. He received his D.C. degree from the University of Bridgeport after graduating summa cum laude, salutatorian and was awarded the Joseph Janse Research Award for working to develop the student research program at the College of Chiropractic. Dr. Kinsler is a member of the American Chiropractic Association and former district vice-president and state delegate of the New York State Chiropractic Association. He is a certified instructor for the American Red Cross and a published author in the journal Pain. Dr. Kinsler's past experiences range from research at a university pain treatment center, international clinical research in non-ionizing early detection of breast cancer, running pharmaceutical clinical trials, and work in surgical recovery of human organs and tissues for transplant. He is an emergency medical technician, former Director of Operations for an ambulance corps and instructor of emergency medicine for the University of Rochester Department of Pre-hospital Care. Kinsler is a past officer and board member of the West Hartford Group, an international chiropractic think tank, Kinsler runs a busy practice with his wife, also a chiropractor, in Rochester, New York.

Dr. Jan Martensen, DC, PhD, DACBR

Dr. Martensen is a cum laude 1984 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Ia. He did his internship in departments of chiropractic technique and radiology and residency in diagnostic radiology at Palmer College in Iowa. Following residency Dr. Martensen entered private practice of radiology in 1988 in Toledo, Ohio where he still remains. Dr. Martensen is a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (D.A.C.B.R.) and has specialty certification in CT and MRI interpretation. Dr. Martensen graduated from the Medical University of Ohio at Toledo in 2004 with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Medical Sciences, concentration in radiology.

Dr. Martensen's professional involvement is extensive. He is past president of the American Chiropractic College of Radiology (ACCR). Dr. Martensen also heads up the ACCR Commission on Radiological Physics and Safety as Commission chair and is a senior physicist for the Commission. He represents the ACCR and American Chiropractic Association (ACA) as a liaison to the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD). He is also a physicist liaison on the prestigious US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Device and Radiological Health (CDRH) Nationwide Evaluation of X-ray Trends Committee (NEXT) and is contributor to multiple books published jointly by FDA and CRCPD regarding the committee's work.

In his home state of Ohio, Dr. Martensen is a member of the board of directors of the Ohio State Chiropractic Association (OSCA) and chairs the OSCA Council on Diagnostic Imaging.

Dr. Martensen lectures frequently on topics ranging from advanced imaging, MRI, CT, nuclear medicine, radiology, radiological physics, radiation safety and health to anatomy, pathophysiology, rehabilitation and active care. He is on postgraduate faculty of multiple chiropractic colleges and a frequent contributor of online CE education courses. Dr. Martensen also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine and Topics in Diagnostic Imaging and Advanced Imaging.

Dr. Robin Mayfield, DC, ACN, Lac

Dr. Robin Mayfield has been helping families heal using holistic healthcare since 1992. As a Chiropractor, Applied Kinesiologist, and Certified Nutritionist in Austin, TX, Dr. Mayfield focuses on helping women heal naturally. Her specialty is chronic conditions, especially those with no definitive onset. She believes that proper diagnosis is the key to the best treatment and outcome, and utilizes both the sciences and the healthcare arts to reach the best diagnosis possible. Her talent in taking a complex subject and presenting it in an easy to understand manner has given her high ratings from Doctors taking her continuing education courses.

Dr. Mayfield graduated from Parker College of Chiropractic in 1991 concurrently receiving a Certification in Meridian Therapy (Acupuncture), followed later by Applied Clinical Nutritionist certification. Graduating cum laude, Dean's List, and receiving Who's Who in Colleges and Universities in the Southwest mirrored her dedication to learning. Michael and Mary Morton feature her expertise in compassionate natural healing in the book Five Steps to Selecting the Best Alternative Medicine, and she has been a guest Doctor on KVUE24 Sunday morning news in Austin and surrounding areas. She is devoted to providing the clients in her busy practice with the most up-to-date practices in alternative and biological health techniques and testing.

Dr. Melanie Osterhouse, DC, DACBR

Dr. Melanie OsterhouserDr. Melanie Osterhouse was the valedictorian of the National University of Health Sciences (formerly known as National College of Chiropractic) and was the recipient of the Joseph Janse Outstanding Graduate Award that year. She continued her education as a Logan College of Chiropractic resident and obtained board certification in chiropractic radiology (D.A.C.B.R.) in 2002. She became a full-time faculty member at Logan College of Chiropractic, teaching geriatrics, rheumatology, x-ray physics, and physical diagnosis. She had a radiology consulting practice for four years, reading plain film and MRI.

Dr. Osterhouse moved to Maryland and is currently a tenured full professor at the College of Southern Maryland where she teaches anatomy and physiology, nutrition, mathematics, and microbiology.

Dr. Richard Powers

Dr. Richard Powers Dr. Richard Powers studied a premedical curriculum at Tulane University, carrying a double major in Biochemistry and Physics. In 1980 he received his doctorate in chiropractic medicine, graduating summa cum laude. Over the past thirty years, Dr. Powers has received extensive post-graduate training both in the U.S. and abroad, and is well versed in the fields of biological and functional medicine, clinical nutrition, detoxification, cancer and disease prevention, exercise physiology, homeopathic medicine, and lifestyle counseling. Dr. Powers is on the Editorial Peer Review Board for the Alternative Medicine Review publication, and is a Founding Member of the Medical Advisory Board for one of the largest nutraceutical companies in the United States. Dr. Powers is a former Biological Medicine Research Associate of the Occidental Institute Research Foundation, and is a current member of the American Holistic Health Association.

In 1983, Dr. Powers established and was Medical Director of the Holistic Healing Center in Atlanta, GA, and in 2001 relocated to Stuart, Florida, where he co-founded the Holistic Medical Center. Dr. Powers has appeared on numerous cable network broadcasts and radio talk shows, has published numerous health-related articles, and has been teaching courses in healthy living and thinking to both lay and professional audiences for over three decades.

Dr. R. Stephanie Powers, DN, ARNP, MSN, FNP-BC, CPAN

Dr. Powers received her Doctorate of Naturopathy degree from Clayton College of Natural Health in 2009. She is a second degree Reiki Healer and her practice includes Therapeutic Touch Energy Balancing and other modalities based on natural health and eastern principles. She is a student of Qigong (a Chinese system of combining postures, stretching, breathing and meditation with the intent of strengthening chi). In the western conventional field of medicine, Dr. Powers received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Florida Atlantic University in 1997 and is Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner with the American Nurses Credentialing Center and state licensed as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner. Her earlier experiences included working as a Critical Care Nurse in the area of Post Anesthesia while achieving and maintaining National Certifications from American Society of Perianesthesia Nurses (ASPAN). She is a National member of The American College of Nurse Practitioners and a member of the Florida and National chapters of Post Anesthesia Nurses and Vascular Nurse Practitioners and completed all Provider course requirements for the ENA Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC). Dr. Powers is a Captain in the United States Naval Reserves.

Dr. Angelica Redleaf

Dr. Angelica Redleaf is a graduate of New York Chiropractic College and has been a chiropractor in private practice in Providence, Rhode Island since 1978. She graduated with a double degree in Anthropology and Education from Hunter College in NYC and taught in the NYC school system as well as in California. She has studied and researched ethics and the doctor/patient relationship ever since opening her practice. She has had numerous articles published on those topics and speaks on the subject of Ethics and Professional Boundaries. In 1998 her first book,  BEHIND CLOSED DOORS: Gender, Sexuality & Touch in the Doctor/Patient Relationship" was published by Auburn Books. That book has been updated and is now entitled BOUNDARIES IN HEALTHCARE . Since the publication of her book, she has traveled the world speaking, writing and consulting on Ethics and Professional Boundaries. She is also now teaching courses in Cultural Competency, which involve understanding and learning how to care for people from other parts of the world. She believes this topic is a very important one, since the population of the U.S. is undergoing a major transformation in the composition of its citizens. It is believed that by 2050, the population of the U.S. will no longer be predominantly white. We all need preparation for this change.

Dr. Virginia Norris Schafer, D.C., M.D., MBA

Dr. Schafer graduated from Life Chiropractic College in 1980 and has had several successful practices in Georgia and South Carolina. She specialized in treating fibromyalgia patients and wrote several papers and research abstracts dealing with this subject. She was also one of the first chiropractors to acquire, use and teach cold laser therapy all over the U.S.

Virginia graduated from medical school in 2002, where she was an assistant researcher for the Rheumatology department at Maricopa Hospital in Phoenix, AZ. She practiced integrated medicine with her M.D. husband until she retired to teach and write. She is currently an adjunct professor for several schools and specializes in continuing education for health care professionals.

Dr. Schafer is a member of the American Medical Writers Association, the Mississippi Writers Guild, the Delta Writers Association and the South Carolina Writers Workshop. She has also recently graduated from the Mississippi Development Authority's Entrepreneur Pilot Program and has updated her Non Profit Leadership status. As a business person and writer, Dr. Schafer has written grants for many nonprofits and has been a successful fundraiser for many causes. Her various didactics and experiences have given her a broad base of educational material to share.

Dr. Virginia's writings have been published in many books, newspapers, educational pamphlets and online resources. She has recently received an award for her research abstract; Regional Synchronization Method: Predicting Vertebral Misalignment Patterns to Provide a More Effective Treatment. Schafer is also completing the AMWA certificate program in Risk Management for Health Care Professionals and will soon publish a book that outlines a risk management strategy for Chiropractors.

Dr. Schafer is the CEO of a non-profit - Medical Organization for Relief and Education and President of a for- profit organization - Smart Doc Resource Network.

Dr. Robert Schwer

Dr. Robert Schwer Dr. Robert Schwer, a graduate of National College of Chiropractic, was valedictorian of his class in 1987. His under-graduate training at the State University of New York at Buffalo emphasized cell and molecular biology. Since graduation from National, he has been in the continuous private practice of Chiropractic. His subjects of special interest include neurology, physical rehabilitation and diagnosis. Board eligible in Chiropractic Neurology he has obtained over 300 post-graduate hours from Logan College of Chiropractic in this area. Dr. Schwer's modules for bring practical clinical applications to situations encountered daily in the practice of Chiropractic.

Dr. Paul R. Sherman

Dr. Paul Sherman Dr. Paul R. Sherman received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition from Park College in Parkville, Missouri and his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Cleveland Chiropractic College Kansas City, Missouri. He also completed a one year clinical internship at the Cleveland Chiropractic Clinic and a one year clerkship with Michael Sherman, D.C. Presently he is the Coordinator of Academic Affairs and an Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences at the University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic in Bridgeport, Connecticut. In addition, he is a postgraduate faculty member for the University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic. Dr. Sherman has been published and is an author, writer and instructor for a continuing education website for chiropractic. He is licensed to practice chiropractic by the Connecticut State Board of Chiropractic Examiners and the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners and was in private practice in New Jersey for 16 years.

Dr. Sherman earned the distinction of receiving the National Deans Certificate of Merit. In addition, he has earned postgraduate certificates in Scoliosis Determination Procedures, Interesting and Challenging Chiropractic Case Studies, Musculoskeletal Applications of MRI and Hospital Protocol. Dr. Sherman holds an active membership with the American Chiropractic Association.

Dr. Linda Simon

Dr. Linda SimonDr. Linda Simon, a practicing Chiropractic physician in Scottsdale, Arizona has co-owned Simon Chiropractic, P.C. an Interdisciplinary Health Clinic with her husband, Dr. Ira Simon for twenty five years. Born, Linda Bloomberg in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Simon is a magna cum laude graduate from Pace University in New York City with her 1981 degree in Biological Research. With a 1985 diploma from New York Chiropractic College, she and her husband opened Simon Chiropractic as a family practice specializing in complicated cases. Dr. Simon began her writing career immediately after arriving in Arizona as the Health Editor of Today's Arizona Woman and contributing author to Arizona Living Magazine. Hired as an expert case writer, she has also developed extensive Independent Medical Reviews on behalf of the patient and their attorneys and appeared as expert witness in arbitrations.

Dr. Simon has contributed much to the Chiropractic community as Executive Secretary for the Chiropractic Association of Arizona and the Arizona Association of Chiropractic for a period of over five years. During this time, she was instrumental in the development of protocol and educating doctors for the advent of the Evaluation and Management Coding. Also, she was an invited member of the small committee that developed the most recent but now obsolete Arizona State Chiropractic oral licensing examination and was instrumental in its administration. Dr. Simon has attended the annual Congress of State Chiropractic Associations (COSCA). For many years, Dr. Simon has been very involved with the Fibromyalgia community as lecturer for The Fibromyalgia Network and local Fibromyalgia support groups. At present, Dr. Simon is kept busy practicing Chiropractic, authoring courses for, and as mother to two sons.

Dr. Dean L. Smith, D.C., Ph.D.

Dr. Dean SmithDr. Smith is a clinical faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology and Health at Miami University. His research interests lie broadly in the area of human movement and coordination. He is interested in how individuals move their spine and extremities in a coordinated fashion to accomplish goal-directed actions. Specifically, Dr. Smith studies the stability and adaptability of these motor control patterns and the factors that impact on these patterns such as exercise, rehabilitation, and chiropractic adjustments.

In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Smith also has a private practice of chiropractic in Eaton, Ohio. His articles have been published in such journals as Human Movement Science, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Chiropractic Research Journal, Chiropractic and Osteopathy and The Open Neurology Journal. His training includes a Master's degree in exercise science, a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and a PhD in brain and cognitive science with a focus on motor control and coordination. The International Federation of Sports Chiropractic has awarded him with the International Chiropractic Sport Science Diploma (ICSSD).

Dr. Ronald Steriti, ND, PhD

Dr. Ronald SteritiDr. Steriti is a graduate of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. His main interests are clinical nutrition and botanical medicine combined with classical homeopathy. His experience includes being a medical advisor for a dietary supplement company and senior course analyst (editor) for an online continuing education provider. He also writes articles summarizing research on natural therapies for chronic diseases. Dr. Steriti is currently the researcher for Dr. Jonathan Wright.

Dr. Jeffrey Swift, DC, DABCN

Dr. Jeffrey Swift earned his chiropractic degree at the National University of Health Sciences. He completed an internship and Diplomate degree in Neurology from Logan College of Chiropractic. He currently holds post-graduate faculty position at the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and continues work in post-graduate education for doctors of chiropractic. Dr. Swift is a consultant for the Massachusetts Board of Chiropractic Registration, as well as NCMIC the largest malpractice insurance carrier for chiropractors. Dr. Swift serves as Impartial examiner for the Massachusetts Dept. of Industrial Accidents. Dr. Swift specializes in treating musculoskeletal pain related to the spine, as well as radiating pain in to the arms and legs. He utilizes his post graduate training to integrate chiropractic manipulation with current medical treatment of spinal disorders.

Shawn Thistle, DC

Dr. Shawn ThistleDr. Shawn Thistle is a practicing clinician, speaker, entrepreneur, medicolegal consultant, knowledge transfer and opinion leader who graduated (magna cum laude) from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto and holds an Honours Degree (summa cum laude) in Kinesiology from McMaster University. He also holds a certificate in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University, and is a Certified Active Release Techniques ® Soft Tissue Treatment provider as well as a Certified Instructor in Functional Anatomical Palpation® and Functional Range Release®, courses addressing specificity of palpation and manual treatment and rehabilitation of myofascial structures. As a complement to his manual medicine and acupuncture training, Dr. Thistle is also certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S.) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA, USA).

Dr. Thistle has been interviewed by television news programs related to health and fitness issues and also writes for a number of print and online publications including Canadian Chiropractor Magazine. Shawn is the Founder & CEO of RRS Education. He is also a Clinic Director at SHAPE Health and Wellness Centre in Toronto and a lecturer in the Department of Orthopedics at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Toronto. He also acts as a medicolegal expert consultant for chiropractic malpractice cases.

Dr. Thistle is an informative and entertaining seminar and conference speaker, leveraging his unique blend of clinical and teaching experience to provide passionate, high-energy presentations to Chiropractic and multi-disciplinary audiences.

Peter VanTyle BA, MA, JD, LLM

Peter VanTyle, Esq., is an attorney with experience in both civil and criminal litigation and licensed to practice law in both New York and Texas. Former In-House counsel for New York Chiropractic College, he also instructed Ethics, Practice Management & the Law as well as several postgraduate courses.

Dr. Jim Ventresca, D.O.M. (NM), Lic. Ac. (MA), Dipl. Ac. NCCAOM)

Dr. Jim Ventresca Dr. Jim Ventresca has trained thousands of Chiropractors, Doctors, Acupuncturists, Medical Students, Nurses, and Other Health Care Professionals in virtually all aspects of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. A 1984 graduate and past faculty member of the New England School of Acupuncture, he was among the first group of acupuncturists in the United States to achieve National Board Certification as a Diplomate of Acupuncture, and licensure in the State of Massachusetts. Dr. Ventresca also holds licensure as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, in New Mexico.

In addition to practicing in busy clinical settings and teaching acupuncture since 1984, Dr. Jim is a co-founder of a publicly funded HIV/AIDS Substance Abuse Treatment Center. Dr. Jim has served on the Faculty of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture, and as the Medical Director for Integrative Medicine at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He served as Academic Dean for Southwest Acupuncture College from 1995 through 2001, where he also held the positions of Campus Director and was a Full Professor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine through 2008. Dr. Jim is currently the Director and Principle Instructor for AcuPractice® Seminars, providing classroom, distance, and online training programs in acupuncture and Oriental medicine to chiropractors, and other doctors.

Dr. Ivo Waerlop, DC

Dr. Ivo Waerlop or "Dr Ivo" as most people call him, is a 1986 summa cum laude graduate of the New York Chiropractic College. He received his post-graduate neurology diplomate from Logan Chiropractic College; he became board certified in 1990. Dr Ivo works with a broad base of patients including Olympic level, professional and paraprofessional running, skiing and cycling athletes at his private practice in Dillon, Colorado. He is an adjunct faculty member for post graduate education with the National University of Health Sciences in Chicago, a life science faculty member of the Colorado Mountain College in Dillon, Colorado, and is on the post graduate faculty of, an online post graduate education center. He lectures nationally on foot-ankle and gait biomechanics, rehabilitation, acupuncture and beginning this fall, dry needling. He, along with Dr Shawn Allen authored the textbook: Pedographs and Gait Analysis: Clinical Applications and Pearls, along with numerous articles on lower extremity and gait mechanics. They also founded "The Gait Guys", a national and internet presence gait information resource and consortium. Dr Ivo is an avid telemark skier, runner and cyclist (he has also been known to play bass in several bands on more than one occasion). He enjoys spending his downtime in the great outdoors of Colorado with his wife and 2 sons.

Dr. Steven L. Weiner, MD, DC, DACBR

Dr. Steven L. Weiner Dr. Weiner is a 1990 graduate of Northwestern Health Sciences University (Northwestern College of Chiropractic) where he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He completed a three-year residency in chiropractic radiology at Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS) where he qualified to sit for the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology certification exam, earning his specialization diplomate (DACBR) in 1995. Dr. Weiner served as Assistant Professor of Radiology at SCUHS and maintained a private radiological consultation practice. Several years later, he returned to school at Ross University School of Medicine where he earned his Doctor of Medicine degree in 2010, graduating valedictorian of his medical class. He completed his internship in internal medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in 2011, and went on to complete two years of nuclear medicine residency in the department of radiology, nuclear medicine section, at MCW and its affiliated hospitals including Froedtert Hospital, a large regional tertiary-care level-one trauma center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as well as the Veterans Administration Hospital and the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, both in Milwaukee. He attained board certification in nuclear medicine by the American Board of Nuclear Medicine in 2015. Dr. Weiner is currently Chief Radiology Resident at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport CT, the official teaching hospital for the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. He is scheduled to begin his neuroradiology fellowship at George Washington University in Washington, DC in July 2016. He has authored articles in both chiropractic and medical journals and has given many post-graduate continuing education lectures on the topics of musculoskeletal imaging and radiological differential diagnosis. Dr. Weiner is a tennis and hockey enthusiast and makes his home with his wife Melissa in Hamden, Connecticut.