Renee M. DeVries

Renee DeVries
Associate Professor
College of Chiropractic
Research Associate
Wolfe Harris Center for Clinical Studies

Personal Information


Currently Teaching (2014-2015)


I feel a very strong connection to Northwestern Health Sciences University, as I grew up across the street and attended the junior high school that Northwestern's building used to house. I was drawn to chiropractic for its focus on natural therapies and its attention to prevention and wellness. I returned to this building to attend Northwestern College of Chiropractic and after graduating, I practiced in Black River Falls, Wisconsin.

During chiropractic college, I developed a love of radiology which did not subside during my years of practice. In 1993, I returned to Northwestern to begin a three-year full time residency in radiology. It was during my residency that I realized I had a passion for teaching. I spent the next 17 years teaching radiology and practicing in Northwestern’s Radiologic Consultation Services. In 2005, I returned to school at the University of Minnesota to pursue a PhD in Organizational Leadership and Policy Development with a focus on higher education. My dissertation will focus on partnerships in higher education, specifically collaborations between public and private universities. 

I transitioned to dean of the College of Chiropractic in 2010 and loved the challenges that came with my new role. My position allowed me to act as a bridge between students, faculty, administration and alumni - expanding collaborative opportunities for Northwestern, our students and our graduates. In 2013, I returned to my love of teaching as an associate professor. I have also had the honor of serving as past president of the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (ACBR) and the American Chiropractic College of Radiology (ACCR).


  • American Chiropractic Board of Radiologists, 1996
  • Bachelor of Science - Northwestern College of Chiropractic, 1989
  • Doctor of Chiropractic - Northwestern College of Chiropractic, 1989


Book chapters:

Young M, Wessely M, DeVries RM. Magnetic resonance: principles and application to diagnostic imaging. In: Wessely M, Young M, eds. Essential Musculoskeletal MRI. Oxford: Elsevier; 2011:1.

DeVries RM, Manne AL, Wessely M. The cervical spine. In: Wessely M, Young M eds. Essential Musculoskeletal MRI. Oxford: Elsevier; 2011:2.

Wessely M, DeVries RM. The thoracic spine. In: Wessely M, Young M, eds. Essential Musculoskeletal MRI. Oxford: Elsevier; 2011:3.


Major C, Borggren C, DeVries R. Traumatic hand fracture in a patient with osteoporosis imperfecta. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. 2008;7:155-160.

DeVries R, Wessely M. Magnetic resonance imaging of the thoracic spine part 2: common disorders. Clinical Chiropractic. 2005;8(1):33-40.

DeVries RM, Manne AL, Wessely M. Cervical MRI. Part 1: a basic overview. Clinical Chiropractic. 2003;6(3-4):137-143.

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