Speakers - 2015 Chiropractic Homecoming

Listed in alphabetical order.


Troy Amdahl, DC

Bio forthcoming.


Dave Braun, DC

Bio forthcoming.


Lona Cook, DC

Dr. Lona Cook is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Northwestern Health Sciences University, where she earned her doctor of chiropractic degree. She opened her first practice, in Chippewa Falls, Wisonsin, in 2010 and a satellite office in Hudson in 2013. Dr. Lona wrote her first book, Just Tell Me Where to Start, geared for chiropractic students and new graduates to help them overcome the challenges of opening their own practice and creating their dream.

Dr. Cook serves on the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association Board and the Chiropractic Society of Wisconsin. She speaks nationally many weekends of the year, spreading the message of better living through chiropractic care. Most recently, she has started consulting with female doctors of chiropractic to enable them to grow subluxation-focused offices.


Craig Couillard, DC, CMT, CCSP, ICCSP, CSCS, CES, PES

Dr. Craig Couillard is the owner of Lake Marion Chiropractic Center which was established in 2001. He is a licensed doctor of chiropractic who graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 2000. He earned a certification in sports medicine from the American Board of Sports Physicians (ACBSP). This certification titles him as a certified chiropractic sports practitioner. He completed the requirements for ICCSP which makes him eligible to travel with select teams internationally. In addition, Dr. Couillard is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, corrective exercise specialist, performance enhancement specialist and FMS (functional movement screen) certified.

Dr. Couillard has spent his career treating patients of all ages with a wide variety of medical issues. He believes that the key to successful outcomes is the combination of chiropractic, physical rehabilitation, advanced soft tissue techniques and clinical nutrition. After being chosen "Young Chiropractor of the Year" by the Minnesota Chiropractic Association in 2001, he pursued opportunities to work with athletes ranging from the high school level to Olympic level athletes.

Dr. Couillard has treated athletes at the United States Olympic Training Centers in Chula Vista, California and Colorado Springs, Colorado. This opportunity to treat Olympic athletes from many different sports is only granted to a select few chiropractors in the country. Dr. Couillard is a member of the athlete referral programs with USA Swimming and Gymnastics. He is a chiropractor and sports medicine consultant for the Hamline University’s Athletic Department and he is the official team chiropractor for the St. Paul Saints Minor League Baseball club. Besides his full time clinical and instructional duties, Dr. Couillard serves in the legislative chair position for the Minnesota Chiropractic Association and is a member of the Minnesota State High School Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.


Todd Crabtree, DC, JD, MBA

Dr. Todd Crabtree is a 1982 graduate of Northwestern College of Chiropractic, a 1988 graduate of Hamline University School of Law and a 2004 graduate of Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He is one of a select few chiropractors and attorneys with an MBA. In addition to spending eight years managing a chiropractic clinic, he has spent two decades managing a national chiropractic healthcare law firm that includes numerous franchises and consultant groups as clients.

Dr. Crabtree started his software programming career in 1991 with the successful launch of Chameleon an innovative CRM software catering to the needs of law firms and their clients. He founded Crabtree Health Law P.A. and Clinic Doctor. Todd is a respected writer, speaker and educator to healthcare professionals regarding compliance, software systems, network audits, marketing, practice management, bill coding, personal injury law, professional boundaries, medical malpractice, employment law and legal protection for health care providers.


William Esteb

After working as the creative director for various advertising agencies in Denver, Seattle and San Francisco, William Esteb was introduced to chiropractic in 1981 when he was asked to write what became known as the Peter Graves chiropractic video for Renaissance International. Later, he collaborated with two doctors of chiropractic and formed Back Talk Systems. For 10 years, he was the creative force behind this patient education resource company.

In 1999, Esteb sold his interest in Back Talk Systems to start Patient Media, Inc., focusing on patient education and communications tools that feature high impact graphics. In 2004, he co-founded Perfect Patients, an interactive website service which manages the online reputations of over 2,000 chiropractors in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.  He co-founded The Paperwork Project in 2011, a collaboration with Kathy Mills Chang, which supplies state-of-the-art chiropractic paperwork and documentation resources. He is the author of ten books that explore the doctor/patient relationship from a patient’s point of view.


Renée DeVries, DC, DACBR

Dr. Renée DeVries is an associate professor at Northwestern Health Sciences University and practicing radiologist in Northwestern’s Radiological Consultation Services (RCS). In 1989, she received her doctor of chiropractic from Northwestern and practiced in Black River Falls, Wisconsin. She returned to Northwestern in 1993 to complete a three-year full time residency in radiology training and was board certified in chiropractic radiology from the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology.

Dr. DeVries served as the dean of the College of Chiropractic from 2010-2013 and is currently pursuing a PhD in Organizational Leadership and Policy Development at the University of Minnesota. She has also served on the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology and the American Chiropractic College of Radiology and held the position of president with both organizations.


David Jackson, DC

Through self-discovery and learning the key elements of success, Dr. David Jackson create a successful chiropractic practice, serving a large number of families in a 100% cash-based environment with 60% pediatric patients. He has presented his simple approach to success to more than 15,000 doctors of chiropractic on 5 continents and is 100% committed to helping chiropractors achieve unparalleled levels of success.

Over the past decade, he has transformed the lives of thousands of chiropractors by sharing his journey to the top - speaking on platforms around the world - and through his cutting-edge online practice-building programs, Epic Practice, Epic Pediatrics and Epic Accelerator.


Thuy Katzenberger, DC, MAc, LAc

Dr. Thuy Katzenberger received a master’s degree in acupuncture in 2006 from the Minnesota College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. In 2000, she graduated from Northwestern College of Chiropractic as a doctor of chiropractic. Her objective has been to share knowledge with her colleagues in hopes to integrate chiropractors and acupuncturists in the common goal of good health. Dr. Katzenberger has owned and operated her own integrative western and eastern practice since 2004 and treats athletes of all training levels. She offers workshops to community and student groups about various approaches to health and exercise.

Dr. Katzenberger invented and patented a manual therapy tool, The Scout, which she uses for gua sha, cross friction, fiber separation and trigger point work. In 2013, she was a guest lecturer in Tian Jin, China, which has the largest acupuncture school in China. Dr. Katzenberger was fortunate enough to observe some amazing practitioners treat difficult cases such as stroke, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy - an experience which has evolved her practice.


Kevin Kerchansky, DC, DACRB

Dr. Kevin Kerchansky received his doctor of chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Science University in 2001 and he is a diplomate of the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board. Dr. Kerchansky works with a multidisciplinary team that he brought together to provide physical rehabilitation and wellness health care at Grandview Avenue Physical Therapy in Columbus, Ohio. He currently serves as the clinic director of this facility. Additionally, he is the director of physical rehabilitation at Triad Pain Management in Tempe, Arizona.


Christopher Major, DC, DACBR

Dr. Chris Major is a chiropractor with a special passion for radiology and teaching. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Diagnostic Imaging at Northwestern Health Sciences University and teaches courses on spinal anatomy, congenital anomalies, trauma and arthritis. He also practices radiology with Radiological Consultation Services at Northwestern.

Prior to attending chiropractic college, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a degree in athletic training, where he had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of athletes, including an internship with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs.


Anita Manne, DC, DACBR

As a full professor, Dr. Manne teaches radiology full time at Northwesten Health Sciences University. She is a 1981 graduate of Logan College of Chiropractic and completed a three-year residency in radiology under Dr. Joseph Howe at Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (currently Southern California University of Health Sciences). In 1985, she was board certified in chiropractic radiology from the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology and subsequently, joined the faculty at Northwestern.

Responding to local chiropractors' request for quick, professional radiology consultation, Dr. Manne founded the Radiological Consultation Service (RCS) at Northwestern in 1986. The RCS has served doctors throughout the U.S.


Timothy Mick, DC, DACBR

Bio forthcoming.


Kenneth S. J. Murkowsky, DC, CCT, FICA, FMCC, DAACA, FAACA, MPC-DC/CA Coach, PAL

Dr. Kenneth Murkowski, an international motivational speaker and educator, is a graduate of Palmer College. He was twice voted "Doctor of the Year" in Michigan, "Doctor of the Year in the USA" by Parker Seminars and "Doctor of the Year Internationally by Parker International Seminars. He was awarded the coveted Parker Associate Lecturer (P.A.L.) award by Dr. Jim Parker and Parker seminars.

Dr. Murkowski has been awarded three fellowships and earned a diplomate in chiropractic/acupuncture. He has represented chiropractic to the United Nations and the World Health Organization as the ACA-ICA chairman of ICD 10 committee. Currently, he is teaching the new ICD 10 codes and documentation seminars sponsored by Chiro Secure Ins., Foot Levelers and state associations. He has authored more than 400 articles and 20 books - and he has a new X-ray book scheduled to be released in 2015.

He is president of Master Practice Counselors, an individual coaching-concierge consulting firm for chiropractors and chiropractic assistants. He has invented 10 ICD CPT charts along with 140 office/legal forms designed for chiropractic offices. Dr. Murkowski teaches compliance, diagnosis, documentation, HIPAA, Medicare, malpractice prevention and whiplash associated disorders - spine (W.A.D.S.).


Dan Murphy, DC

Dr. Dan Murphy graduated magna cum laude from Western States Chiropractic College in 1978 and has more than 34 years of practice experience. He received his diplomate in chiropractic orthopedics in 1986. He is a professor at Life Chiropractic College West where he is currently teaching classes in the management of spinal disorders.

He is on the postgraduate faculty of several chiropractic colleges. His continuing education class topics include nutrition, whiplash and spinal trauma, neuroimmunology, pediatrics, phospholipid neurobiology, and the neurophysiology of therapeutic lasers. He is also coordinator of a year-long certification program  in chiropractic spinal trauma through the International Chiropractic Association (ICA).

Dr. Murphy is a contributing author to the books, Pediatric Chiropractic, Motor Vehicle Collision Injuries and Motor Vehicle Collision Injuries, 2nd edition. Since 1991, he has written a quarterly column in the American Journal of Clinical Chiropractic. He has received numerous awards, including “Post-Graduate Educator of the Year” by the International Chiropractic Association, “Chiropractor of the Year” by the ICA, “Pediatric Chiropractor of the Year” by Chiropractic Pediatric University, and “Chiropractor of the Year” by Chiropractic Biophysics. From 2003-2009, he served as vice president of the ICA.


Jeffrey Rich, DC, DACBR

Dr. Jeffrey Rich received his doctor of chiropractic degree from Northwestern College of Chiropractic and then completed a three-year full-time imaging residency. After passing the board certification examinations, he accepted a position as an assistant professor in the Department of Diagnostic and Clinical Sciences at Northwestern. While at Northwestern, he lectured extensively for the Department of Diagnostic Imaging and the Office of Continuing Education, and provided imaging consultation for Radiological Consultation Services (RCS), the campus-based film interpretation service.

In 2003, Dr. Rich accepted a position at the National University of Health Sciences as the director of the Department of Diagnostic Imaging. He was also faculty director for the Imaging Residency Program and director of the National MRI Center. He re-joined the faculty of Northwestern in September 2005.


Jay R. Robbins, DC, DACBN, CCN

Dr. Jay Robbins has been in practice in Southern California for 25 years. He is a member of the American Chiropractic Association’s Council on Nutrition and received his diplomate through the American Clinical Board of Nutrition. He is a senior faculty member for the International Foundation for Nutrition and Health, located in San Diego, California.

Dr. Robbins is a popular speaker and lectures frequently throughout the United States to chiropractors and other natural healthcare practitioners on "The Foundations of Nutritional Therapy.”


Tory Robson, DC

Dr. Tory Robson graduated from Montana State University while simultaneously serving a 6-year term in the U.S. Air Force. He graduated from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 1995. Robson has personally designed and owned five chiropractic practices - plus designed and revamped countless others for doctors of chiropractic across the country. 

Due to demand from the profession, Robson created WINNERSEDGE Chiropractic Consulting to teach his innovative and time-tested systems. His Chiropractic Success video series reaches thousands of chiropractors around the world every month. He is the author of the book, The Image Doctor, which explains how your self image is the key to your success - and the CD Workbook set, The 7 Pillars of Personal and Professional Success.  He created the TRUE Chiro Success Seminar and Training Series consisting of 14 chiropractic success events each year including the one-of-a-kind WINNERSEDGE DC Bootcamp.

Robson consults and still practices out of his office in Eden Prairie Minnesota. He is committed to helping doctors of chiropractic build the smartest, most efficient, credible, and most successful practices in the world while simultaneously enjoying greatness in all areas of life.  


Timothy Stark, MPhil, DC, DACBSP, ICCSP, CSCS

Dr. Timothy Stark completed a bachelor's degree in exercise physiology in 1990 at North Dakota State University and graduated from Northwestern College of Chiropractic with his doctor pf chiropractic degree. Subsequently, he pioneered an American residency in the specialty of Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation. He practiced in West Fargo, North Dakota for almost ten years before moving his family to Australia to assist with the development of a new chiropractic program at Murdoch University. At this new School of Chiropractic and Sports Science, he taught physical rehabilitation, clinical orthopedics, clinical neurology, physiotherapeutics and applied clinical nutrition courses. 

In the last four years, Dr. Stark has transitioned from being a fulltime lecturer and chair of the Clinical Sciences Department at National University of Health Sciences to the dean of the College of Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences University and now more recently, the Director of the Human Performance Center at Northwestern. He also coordinates the post-graduate educational programs for Northwestern for the specialties of sports chiropractic and physical rehabilitation. He is the past chair of the Education Commission for the Federation of International Sports Chiropractic (FICS).

His publications are on the topics of physical rehabilitation and strength and conditioning. His current research efforts are directed towards human performance and rehabilitation - and establishing a standard progressive process for implementing and teaching physical rehabilitation. Dr. Stark is a clinical instructor for Graston Technique, FAKTR, Theraband and Rocktape. 


Kim Swineheart, DC

Dr. Kim Swineheart combines 18 years’ practical experience as a doctor of chiropractic with 20 years of teaching anatomy to bring the musculoskeletal system to life.  She believes that hands-on and eyes-on exploration and observation of the movement and connections beneath the skin lead to a deeper understanding of both healthy and challenged bodies. 

Dr. Swineheart has taught doctors of chiropractic for more than 18 years and brings a broad range of intuitive and practical knowledge, offering specific problem-solving insights for particular patients as well as general anatomical principles in treatment. She received a bachelor of science degree from Central Michigan University in 1980 and her doctor of chiropractic from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 1996.


Timothy S. Wakefield, DC, DACBSP, CSCS, CCST

Dr. Timothy S. Wakefield graduated from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 1989. He is a diplomate in the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and is certified in chiropractic spinal trauma. He is in full-time practice with his wife, Dr. Lorelei N. Wakefield, in Park Falls, Wisconsin. He has been actively involved with athletes, on the field and in the office, for more than 20 years at all levels of play.

He was recently one of the team members that helped Allied Health Chiropractic Centers develop there EHR system for more than 70 doctors of chiropractic. His focus is on clinical content for EHR system and is currently assisting Northwestern Health Sciences University with the development of their new EHR system, GE Centricity. Dr. Wakefield has written two books on chiropractic documentation, published multiple articles and books, and speaks frequently on many health-related topics.

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