Currently Teaching (2014-2015)
I am originally a Midwestern boy having grown-up in Bismarck, North Dakota. I always had interests in aviation and health and fitness. After discovering my dislike for daily vertigo as I studied aviation spins and stalls, I felt health and fitness was the next profession to consider. I investigated medicine and chiropractic as a career and felt that the chiropractic profession better fit my health management interests. I graduated from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 1996.
I immediately found the connection with the chiropractic curriculum and my interests in health, fitness and wellness. I became president of the Student Sports Council at Northwestern and found a new passion - sports chiropractic and rehabilitation! I proposed a Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation residency which was approved by President Allenburg. It was the first residency of its kind in the U.S.
After graduation, I taught sports chiropractic while practicing full time in North Dakota. In 2004, I moved my family to the other side of the planet for a full time position as an instructor and academic administrator at Murdoch University in Western Australia. I contributed to the design and implementation of their new chiropractic program and graduate studies programs.
Prior to moving back to the Midwest, I was chair of Clinical Sciences for the National University of Health Sciences in St. Petersburg, Florida from 2011-2013 and chair of the Education Commission for the International Sports Chiropractic Federation from 2008-2013. I value the bonds I've established nationally and internationally in academics and sports chiropractic.
I have come full circle and am honored and delighted to be back at Northwestern! As the dean of the College of Chiropractic, I am enthusiastic to continue the successes that Northwestern has had and explore and implement innovative means of improving the curriculum, nurturing the fellowship between students and faculty, and applying valuable insight from our prestigious alumni.
As a veteran of the Air National Guard, I am also very interested in providing academic support to our active duty military members and veterans. I take great pride in my years in the military and find that much of my leadership success in the chiropractic profession is a result of my experience and training with the U.S. Air Force.
- Master of Philosophy (Human Performance and Rehabilitation) - Murdoch University, 2012
- Doctor of Chiropractic - Northwestern College of Chiropractic, 1996
- Bachelor of Science - North Dakota State University, 1990
Stark T, Fejer R, Walker B. Hand-held dynamometry, a valid and practical diagnostic instrument when compared to isokinetic testing; a systematic review. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2011 May 18.
Stark TW, Tvoric, B, Walker, B, Noonan D, Sibla Altenburg J. Ice-hockey players using a weighted implement when training on the ice: a randomized control trial. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. 2009 March;80(1):54-61.
Stark TW, Seebauer J, Cooley J, McGurk, N, Cooley, J. Severe aberrant glenohumeral motor patterns in a young female rower: A case report. Chiropractic & Osteopathy. 2007 November;15(17).
Stark TW. Introduction of a pyramid guiding process for general musculoskeletal physical rehabilitation. Chiropractic & Osteopathy. 2006;14(9).
Stark T, Hinck G. Aerobic conditioning and its relationship with athletic injury prevention and rehabilitation. Topics in Clinical Chiropractic. 1997;4(2):40-45.