Speakers - Chiropractic Homecoming 2014

Listed in alphabetical order.


Bruce Bond, DC, DACBN

Dr. Bruce Bond obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1981, graduating cum laude. In 1985, he graduated from National University of Health Sciences (formerly National College of Chiropractic) and in 2007, he was board certified in nutrition from the American Clinical Board of Nutrition.

He practiced for 22 years just outside Cleveland, Ohio, and has been educating and empowering physicians nationally for the past 12 years. His unique style of incorporating nutritional therapy to support physiology and function versus attempting to place a nutrient in a biochemical reaction makes his approach simple yet clinically sound.

Dr. Bond is the author of the book, Practicing with Excellence and Integrity: How to Take Your Practice from Good to Great! which offers practical advice that ranges from setting up a practice to improving leadership skills.


Michael Cumming, MD, MBA

Dr. Michael Cumming is a board certified interventional radiologist at the Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI) and director of CDI vascular care. His clinical interests are diverse and include peripheral arterial disease, venous access, dialysis maintenance, uterine artery embolization, pelvic venous congestion and lower extremity disease. Prior to joining CDI, he served as an assistant professor of radiology at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Cumming completed his medical degree and residency at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada and his cardiovascular and interventional radiology fellowship at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He went on to complete a master's degree in health care business administration at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. His professional affiliations include the Society of Interventional Radiology, Minnesota Medical Association and American Medical Association.


Renée DeVries, DC, DACBR

Dr. Renée DeVries is an associate professor at Northwestern Health Sciences University and practicing radiologist in Northwestern’s Radiological Consultationn 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. 


Joe Dispenza, DC

Dr. Joe Dispenza received a bachelor of science degree with an emphasis in neuroscience from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and a doctor of chiropractic degree at Life University in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating magna cum laude. His postgraduate training has included neurology, neuroscience, brain function and chemistry, cellular biology, memory formation, aging and longevity.

He has lectured in more than 17 different countries on 6 continents teaching thousands of people how to re-program their thinking, enabling many individuals to reach their specific goals by eliminating self-destructive habits. His simple method, creates a bridge between true human potential and the latest scientific theories of neuroplasticity – and explains how thinking in new ways, as well as changing beliefs, can literally rewire one’s brain. His book, Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind, explores the principle that when we truly change our mind, there is a physical evidence of change in the brain.

Dr. Dispenza is one of the scientists, researchers and teachers featured in the award winning film, What the BLEEP Do We Know!? When not traveling and writing, he is busy seeing patients at his chiropractic clinic near Olympia, Washington.


Roni Evans, DC, MS, PhD

Dr. Roni Evans is professor, senior research scientist, and director of Research Education at Northwestern Health Sciences University. She is currently leading several initiatives aimed at making research more accessible to doctors of chiropractic and other integrative health professions. This includes unique projects in collaboration with the University of Minnesota and University of Pittsburgh funded by the National Institutes of Health.

She also has extensive experience conducting and publishing high quality clinical research at the Wolfe-Harris Center for Clinical Studies - investigating a range of physical treatments (including manual therapies and exercise) for low back, neck and headache disorders. Her current research interests include the effect that patient beliefs, expectations and preferences have on their ability to self-manage for better health, and the role health care providers play in facilitating positive patient health behaviors.

Dr. Evans received a bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of Winnipeg in 1989 and a doctor of chiropractic degree from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 1993. She completed a master of science degree in clinical research at the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health in 2000 and a PhD in clinical biomechanics at the University of Denmark in 2013. She was the recipient of the Foundation of Chiropractic and Education, Peter Bommarito Research Residency Award (1995-1998) and was named the American Chiropractic Association, George B. McClelland, DC, Researcher of the Year in 2011.


Arlan Fuhr, DC

Dr. Arlan Fuhr is co-founder and chief executive officer of Activator Methods International and the co-inventor of the Activator Adjusting Instrument and the Activator Method Chiropractic Technique. He is also founder and president of the National Institute of Chiropractic Research (NICR).

In April 2012, Dr. Fuhr was selected as WHO delegate to represent the World Federation of Chiropractic. In 2009, the World Federation of Chiropractic bestowed on Dr. Fuhr its highest distinction, the Honour Award. He is credited with 25 peer-reviewed publications, 13 domestic patents, 47 worldwide trademarks and more than 100 copyrighted works. He travels worldwide to educate doctors of chiropractic on the benefits of low-force chiropractic adjustments.


Kathleen Gergen-Mandel, JD

Kathleen Gergen-Mandel is a graduate of William Mitchell College of Law and holds a business degree from the University of Minnesota. As a partner in the law firm of Schroeder and Mandel, PA, she focuses her practice in the areas of business and contract law.

She is a co-founder of Practice Brokers, Inc. which specializes in assisting doctors of chiropractic with all aspects of purchasing and selling chiropractic clinics and related real estate. She speaks on topics ranging from employment contract, purchasing/selling chiropractic clinics, office share agreements and obtaining financing.


Linda Hanson, DC

Dr. Linda Hanson is a research fellow with the Wolfe-Harris Center for Clinical Studies at Northwestern. Her goal is to understand how patients process pain and the interventions, expectations, and other factors that influence patient outcomes for common musculoskeletal conditions. She is a 2009 graduate of the College of Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences University and holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.

Dr. Hanson enjoys educating healthcare professionals about the concepts of evidence informed practice and is working to provide the necessary resources to translate the use of research in chiropractic and alternative medicine practices.


Andrew Klein, MS, DC, DACBSP, CSCS

Dr. Andrew Klein received a BA in physical education from Lehman College in 1981 and an MSEd in exercise physiology from Queens College in 1983. He received his doctor of chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College in 1987. He is certified as a strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is board certified in chiropractic sports medicine by the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians.

Dr. Klein's professional appointments include being the chiropractor for the U.S. at the Goodwill Games in 1998 and the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia in 2000. He served as the team chiropractor for the Minnesota Vikings from 2004-2008. He developed the PT3 course, which emphasizes active care, at Northwestern College of Chiropractic and has taught at Northwestern Health Sciences University since 1995. He teaches postgraduate education for multiple chiropractic colleges. He has been practicing full-time in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at Park Nicollet Clinic since 1999.


Brent Leininger, DC

Dr. Brent Leininger is a 2006 graduate from Palmer College of Chiropractic. He has worked as a research fellow at the Wolfe-Harris Center for Clinical Studies since 2009 and is currently completing a master’s degree in clinical research from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Leininger was awarded a three-year post-doctoral national research service award from the National Institutes of Health for cost-effectiveness methodology training and analysis.


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. ever since.


Scott Munsterman, DC, FICC

Dr. Scott Munsterman, a 1984 graduate of Northwestern College of Chiropractic, currently serves as interim chief of care delivery for Northwestern. He started professional practice nearly 29 years ago, establishing the Brookings Chiropractic Center, a group practice in Brookings, South Dakota; the Brookings Therapeutic and Surgery Center, an integrated health care facility; and Chiropractic Associates of South Dakota, a chiropractic IPA network.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Munsterman has served the chiropractic profession through various leadership roles including president of the South Dakota Chiropractors Association and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Northwestern Health Sciences University. He was named South Dakota Chiropractor of the Year in 2003 and was awarded Fellow of the International College of Chiropractors in 2006. He is the founder of the Best Practices Academy, a seminar series for doctors of chiropractic.

He served on the Governor’s Health Care Commission for South Dakota, two terms as mayor of the City of Brookings and was runner-up in a five-candidate Republican Primary in 2010 for governor of the State of South Dakota. He currently serves in the House of Representatives in the South Dakota Legislature.


David Seaman, DC, MS, DACBN, DABCN, FACC

Dr. David Seaman is board certified in chiropractic neurology and clinical nutrition and a fellow of the American College of Chiropractors. He is a popular and prolific author of articles on nutrition, chiropractic and neurology and the textbook, Clinical Nutrition for Pain, Inflammation, and Tissue Healing. He is currently a faculty member at Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida.

He received a bachelor of science degree in biology from Rutgers University in 1982 and a doctor of chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College in 1986. He earned a master's degree in nutrition from the University of Bridgeport in 1991 and completed postdoctoral studies in neurology at Logan College of Chiropractic the next year.


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

Dr. Timothy Stark currently serves as the dean of the College of Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences University. He is also the coordinator for Northwestern’s sports injuries DVD series and post-graduate physical rehabilitation programs. As a board certified chiropractic sports physician and International Chiropractic Sports Science Practitioner, he has many years of experience addressing issues of human performance and rehabilitation.

In 2000, Dr. Stark was selected by the International Sports Chiropractic Federation to participate as a sports chiropractic physician for the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Sydney and Salt Lake City. He also participated as a sports chiropractor at the 2005 World Games in Duisburg, Germany.

Dr. Stark graduated from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 1996 and received a master of philosophy in human performance and rehabilitation from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia in 2012. After practicing in West Fargo, North Dakota, he moved to Australia in 2004 to assist Murdoch University with the development of a new School of Chiropractic and Sports Science. Prior to moving back to the upper Midwest, he was the chair of clinical sciences for National University of Health Sciences in St. Petersburg, Florida.


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.


Victor Youcha, DC, CCSP, DiplAc, LAc

Dr. Victor Youcha has been in private practice in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico near the city of Guadalajara since 2006. He is a 1979 graduate of Northwestern College of Chiropractic and previously practiced in Wabasha, Aitkin, and St. Louis Park Minnesota. In 1985, he became one of the first doctors of chiropractic to earn a diplomate in acupuncture from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). He taught at the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and at the Minnesota Institute of Acupuncture and Herbal Studies with Edith Davis.

Dr. Youcha has given seminars on motion palpation and manipulation at the Mexican Chiropractic Sports Federation (Federación Méxicana de La Quiropráctica Deportiva) conferences. He is active with the Colégio de Profesionistas Cientificos Quiroprácticos de México in helping advance chiropractic in Mexico.

He served for 10 years as president of the Minnesota Chiropractic Meridian Therapy Research Association (MCMTRA) and as past president of the Acupuncture Association of Minnesota and past secretary of the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM).

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