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Richard Branson

Richard Branson is a 1991 graduate of the University of Western States obtaining both his Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He currently serves as the first staff chiropractor at the Minneapolis Veterans Health Care System and has been in this position since January 2014.

In addition, he served a 3-year term on the board of trustees at the University of Western States, the 2nd oldest chiropractic university in the world.

Past experience includes:

  • Director of Chiropractic Services at Fairview Health Systems, Minnesota’s second largest private hospital system for 15 years. Dr. Branson was the first Doctor of Chiropractic hired by Fairview. In this role Dr. Branson had a clinical practice as well as overseeing all chiropractic related issues.
  • Assistant professor at Northwestern Health Sciences University research department in Bloomington, MN
  • Site team academy member with the Council on Chiropractic Education
  • Board of directors at ChiroCare of Minnesota, the nation’s first nonprofit independent chiropractic network
  • Service on numerous committees including the Minnesota Department of Human Services Health Services Advisory Council, Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement Low Back Pain Advisory Committee, and as the clinical lead of care model redesign for low back pain in Fairview
  • Private practice

Dr. Branson has provided over 80 presentations on a variety of health care topics to medical personal, hospital and insurance organizations, physical therapists, doctors of chiropractic, and students in a variety of health-related fields.

One little known fact about Dr. Branson is he still owns his first car, a 1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. In his spare time he enjoys working on this car as well as attending car shows.

Chris Cassirer

Dr. Chris Cassirer has many years of professional experience spanning traditional non-profit, online and for-profit university management. He has led teams of faculty and administrative colleagues, driven strategic planning processes, designed and implemented new academic and professional programs, launched new schools, and worked through specialized and regional accreditation processes.

Most recently, Dr. Cassirer was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Management and Business at National Louis University. Previously, he held faculty and executive positions at Capella University including University President. Before Capella, he was a professor at The George Washington University, the Carlson School of Management, and the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. He has also held consulting positions with Fairview Health Services, Arthur Andersen, and The Johns Hopkins University Health System.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Rutgers University, holds a Master of Public Health degree from Yale School of Medicine, and a Doctor of Science degree from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he also completed a postdoctoral fellowship.

Steven R. Conway DC, DACBOH, Esq.

A second generation chiropractor who is passion is enhancing and protecting the chiropractic profession. He is a partner in Madison Wisconsin based DeWitt Ross & Stevens, the largest law firm in Madison. His law practice consists primarily of health law and government relations with a strong focus on Medicare.

As special counsel to the ACA Medicare committee, he has established with Dr. Michael Jacklitch the ACA’s Medicare documentation program to assist chiropractors with Medicare compliance. Having served as a regulator with the Wisconsin Chiropractic Examining board for nearly a decade he fully understands the responsibilities of each state board in protecting the public and maintaining the reputation of the chiropractic profession.

When in full time chiropractic practice his focus included chiropractic occupational health. Obtaining his diplomate in occupational health he assisted many local and national companies with chiropractic ergonomic programs. He was one of the first chiropractors to speak at the national safety congress and has had over 6000 industrial representatives attend his injury prevention programs.

Renée DeVries, DC, PhD

Renée DeVries, DC, PhD is a Professor at Northwestern Health Sciences University and practicing radiologist in Northwestern’s RCS. She received her Doctor of Chiropractic and her post-graduate radiology training at Northwestern and her PhD in Organizational Leadership and Policy Development, at the University of Minnesota. In 2014, she received the Academician of the Year award from the American Chiropractic Association and, in 2015, she was named Educator of the Year by the Minnesota Chiropractic Association.

Deborah Genrick, DC, LAc

Deborah Genrick, DC, LAc owns her own multi-disciplinary clinic in Prior Lake, MN and has been lecturing for the last three years. She continues to assist with the chiropractic acupuncture program at Northwestern. She graduated with her DC from Northwestern in 1997 and her Masters in Acupuncture in 2012. Dr. Genrick is also an Adjunct Faculty for Northwestern working as a Liaison Faculty for the Clinical Education Community Based Internship Program. Her goal for her lectures is to give practitioners straight forward approaches to their chiropractic acupuncture.

Dr. Josée Gerard, BA, DC, CVSMT

Dr. Gerard received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada in 1990. In 1998, she moved to Minnesota to attend chiropractic school, and received her Doctorate of Chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 2001. She began private practice utilizing a very specific upper cervical technique called NUCCA; her ‘human clinic’ was located in Lino Lakes, MN.

In 2003, Dr. Gerard spearheaded a grassroots movement to legalize animal chiropractic in Minnesota. With the efforts of many dedicated colleagues, the laws were successfully changed during the 2008 legislative session.

In 2005, Dr. Gerard received her Certification in Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy, aka Animal Chiropractic, from the Healing Oasis Wellness Center, in Sturtevant, WI. Due to the Minnesota laws at the time, she could not practice in her home state, so she established an animal chiropractic practice “across the border” in St. Croix Falls, WI. When the laws were changed in Minnesota in 2008, she added a second practice at her Lino Lakes, MN location. Her human patient to animal patient ratio quickly reached 50:50, as her animal practice quadrupled seemingly overnight.

Due to health issues in her family, Dr. Gerard relocated to Montreal, Quebec in 2009, where she once again opened an animal chiropractic practice “across the border” in Ontario, due to restrictive laws in Quebec. During this time, she volunteered as part of a task force to research the legalization of animal chiropractic in Quebec. In 2012, Dr. Gerard relocated to her childhood hometown of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and has since built a successful animal chiropractic practice with 3 locations plus a house call service. Because of her immense love for animals and their healing, Dr. Gerard has since retired from human practice to concentrate full time on animal chiropractic.

Since 2005, Dr. Gerard’s animal practice has been featured in several newspaper and web articles, magazines, professional publications, as well as television and radio interviews. As well, she frequently gives presentations and lectures to business and professional organizations, dog clubs, agility clubs, chiropractors, veterinarians, chiropractic students, veterinary students, as well as many special interest groups.

Since moving to Calgary, she has established working relationships and a referral system with over one dozen veterinarians province-wide, and as a result, her practice is now 100% veterinarian referral based. She also regularly collaborates on cases with veterinary surgeons, neurologists, specialists and physiotherapists.

The success of her practice has allowed her the ability to donate upwards of $10,000 per year in animal chiropractic services to area animal shelters, rescue organizations, as well as low-income families.

Dr. Gerard is also a monthly contributor to Citizen Pet Magazine, a publication with a province-wide distribution and strong internet presence.

Future projects include being part of a health care team at a nationally advanced canine cancer research and care centre, offering complementary health care to dogs that have been stricken with various cancers.

Chad Henriksen, DC, DABCOH

Chad Henriksen, DC, DABCOH, and a graduate of Northwestern Chiropractic College, has focused his career in the area of occupational health by consulting with corporate clients and providing on-site health and wellness services. He has a Post-Graduate Diplomat degree in Occupational Health and Applied Ergonomics and is currently Coordinator of the Ergonomics Division at the HC Sweere Center for Clinical Biomechanics and Applied Ergonomics. In this role he develops and oversees on-site programs that reduce cost for employers and increase the health and well-being of employees.

Dr. Andrew Klein

Dr. Andrew Klein received a BA in Physical Education from Lehman College in 1981, and an MS Ed. in Exercise Physiology from Queens College in 1983. He received his chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College in 1987. He is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and is board certified in Chiropractic Sports Medicine by the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians.

Professional appointments include being the chiropractor for the US at the Goodwill Games in 1998 and the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000. He served as the team chiropractor for the Minnesota Vikings from2002-2006. He developed the PT3 course, which emphasizes active care, at Northwestern Chiropractic College and has instructed there 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.


Dr. Timothy Mick is a chiropractic radiologist providing MRI and x-ray study interpretations for Doctors of Chiropractic.

Dr. Mick is a nationally recognized chiropractic radiologist, educator and author. As associate professor, he headed the department of radiology at Northwestern College of Chiropractic (NWCC) in Minnesota for over 17 years and led the development of their Radiological Consultation Services. Dr. Mick was also instrumental in initiating and directing NWCC’s radiology residency program, and providing expertise in diagnostic imaging for Northwestern Health Sciences University’s internationally recognized research department. He lectures to chiropractors, interns, medical doctors and allied health professionals on a variety of topics across the U.S. and in Europe and has also served as an expert witness on issues regarding diagnostic imaging. Following graduation from NWCC in 1986, Dr. Mick completed a three-year radiology residency at Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and was board-certified in chiropractic radiology in 1989. His training included rounds and conferences at the University of Minnesota, University of Southern California, University of California-San Diego and UCLA-Harbor Medical School.

Dr. Mick is a Diplomat of the Chiropractic Board of Radiology and is a past President of the Board, the examining body for chiropractic radiologists. He is also past President of the American Chiropractic College of Radiology and the American Chiropractic Association Council on Diagnostic Imaging and is a Fellow of the International College of Chiropractors. He was among the first chiropractic radiologists to work with medical radiology groups and since the late 1980’s, he has read studies for more than two dozen imaging centers and eight different medical imaging groups.

Dr. Mick has served on the editorial boards for two professional journals and has authored or co-authored 23 textbook chapters and journal articles. He has also written questions for and/or served as a consultant for a number of professional licensing and certifying bodies, including the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners, the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists and the American Board of Chiropractic Radiology. Dr. Mick is currently a member of the American Chiropractic College of Radiology, the American Chiropractic Association and Minnesota Chiropractic Association. Dr. Mick has received a number of awards in recognition of his commitment to clinical and educational excellence in diagnostic imaging. These include being honored as the Minnesota Chiropractic Association (MCA) Educator of the Year in 2004, along with nominations for the same award the previous two years. He received the MCA President’s Award for exceptional service to the profession in 2002 and also was selected by his colleagues at Northwestern for the Faculty Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice in 2005.

Georgia Nab, D.C., M.S., C.W.W.S. Standard Process Wellness Chiropractor

Georgia Nab, D.C., treats nearly 150 patients a week in her chiropractic practice. What is unusual about her practice is its location. Nab’s office is in the corporate headquarters of whole food supplement manufacturer, Standard Process Inc., located in Palmyra, Wis.

A 1994 graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College Kansas City campus in Overland Park, Kan., Nab owned a chiropractic clinic in Wichita, Kan., before joining Standard Process’ health and wellness team in 2012, which includes two other on-staff chiropractors. Together, Nab and the other chiropractors provide chiropractic care, nutrition counseling and nutrition education training to more than 300 employees at the company’s corporate headquarters.

Nab is a 2015 graduate from the University of Western States with a Master in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine degree. Nab also works with Affiliated Monitors, an independent monitoring company for professionals. Nab is the author of “1 Degree of Change” as well as numerous other articles. She lives in Dousman, Wis., with her family.

Paul Osterbauer, DC

Dr. Osterbauer received his undergraduate and chiropractic degrees from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 1986 and a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Washington, Seattle in 1993. He has served as Research Director for Activator Methods, Inc. and was involved in studies conducted at the Arizona State University and Texas Back Institute. At Northwestern Health Sciences University he was part of a team to study conservative treatment for elderly people with carpal tunnel syndrome. His research and teaching is directed at improving the delivery of chiropractic care for the aged and other sub-populations, informed by experience and the best available evidence. This has included care delivery at an eldercare facility, serving on a committee to develop a graduate level geriatric/gerontology program for chiropractors and participating in the Minnesota Area Geriatric Education Consortium, sponsored by the Health Services and Resources Administration. He has presented at multi-disciplinary meetings and published in a variety of scientific journals.

Active projects include:

  • Improving Adjusting Skills: Implementing Force Sensing Table Technology within the chiropractic technique curriculum

Tolu Oyelowo, DC

Tolu Oyelowo, DC, is the diversity chair at Northwestern Health Sciences University. Dr. Oyelowo graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor of science in chemistry and psychology, and from Northwestern College of Chiropractic as a doctor of chiropractic. She is a faculty member of the chiropractic college. She is devoted to the University's mission of creating an environment which fosters understanding and an appreciation for diverse opinions and ideas.

Dr. Robert G. Silverman

Dr. Robert G. Silverman graduated Magna cum Laude from the University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic. He holds a Masters of Science in Human Nutrition and is a Diplomate with the American Clinical Board of Nutrition and the Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition. He is certified as a sports nutritionist, Certified Nutrition Specialist, and Certified Clinical Nutritionist.

He specializes in the diagnosis of joint pain and soft-tissue management and treatment with an innovative, well-researched approach to non-surgical care, while incorporating proper nutrition protocols.

He is board certified in Active Release Technique® (ART® - Upper Extremity, Lower Extremity, Spine, Nerve Entrapment, Biomechanics, Ironman® Provider, Masters Certified and Complex Protocols), Graston Technique®, cold-laser therapy, and Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization.

He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner, and NASM-certified Corrective Exercise Specialist. Dr. Silverman is also a HardStyle Kettlebell Certified (HKC) instructor, and a certified provider for Functional Movement Screen.

A nationally known speaker, Dr. Silverman has published numerous articles on treating and preventing sports injury, joint pain, and nutrition, in addition to giving seminars on injury-related preventions, treatments and nutrition for various organizations and Fortune 500 corporations. He is a post-graduate instructor at the University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic.

Dr. Silverman also serves as a chiropractor and sports injury consultant for basketball players, professional wrestling organizations, local, collegiate, and professional sports teams, professional tri-athletes, body-builders, and martial artists, and acted as the team doctor for the Amino Vital pro-cycling team. He serves as a member of the medical team of New York City’s Triathlons and Marathons, Westchester Triathlon, multiple international Iron Man events, and local sports venues.

Dr. Silverman appears on Westchester’s channel 76 – Beyond the Game, as a sports injury consultant, and a pain-management and nutrition consultant on radio 1460 AM, as well as a health expert on 1230 AM “Ask the Expert”. He has his own syndicated talk show on Westchester’s channel 75 called “Get Healthy with Dr. Rob”. In addition, Dr. Silverman has been a featured guest on Westchester’s Channel 12 as their Nutritional Weight Loss expert and was chosen as the national spokesperson for the Vitamin Ester-C.

He is an international speaker for Metagenics and Erchonia Medical. Dr. Silverman also publishes articles in Dynamic Chiropractic, Chiropractic Economics, JACA, Holistic Primary Care, Original Internist, ACA News, The American Chiropractor.

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

Timothy Stark, MPhil, DC, DACBSP, ICCSP, CSCS, FICC - originally from North Dakota, completed a bachelors degree in 1990 at North Dakota State University in Exercise Physiology and then went on to Northwestern College of Chiropractic where he completed his DC degree and subsequently 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. This new School of Chiropractic and Sports Science allowed him opportunities to instruct Physical Rehabilitation, Clinical Orthopedics, Clinical Neurology, Physiotherapeutics and Applied Clinical Nutrition courses. He was also the Chair of the post-graduate and graduate programs including the Masters of Sports Science. While in Australia, he contributed to the development of a ‘sister’ chiropractic program in Japan.

His publications are on the topics of physical rehabilitation and strength and conditioning. His current research efforts are directed towards Human Performance (injury prevention and recovery) and Rehabilitation and establishing a standard progressive process for implementing and teaching physical rehabilitation.

In the last five years, he has transitioned from being a fulltime lecturer & 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 NWHSU. He also coordinates the post-graduate educational programs for Northwestern Health Sciences University 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).

Dr. Stark is a clinical instructor for Graston Technique, FAKTR, Theraband and Rocktape.

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