Academic and Technique Clubs

Activator Club

Learn Activator Methods protocol and evaluation technique.

Student leader: Ezra Schlotthauer
Faculty advisor: Dr. Kevin Kalb

Animal Chiropractic Club

lnform all of Northwestern's academic programs about the benefits of animal chiropractic and educate students about the requirements, schools, CE credits and how to become certified.

Student leader: Maya Meinhold
Faculty advisor: Dr. Kim Swineheart

Applied Kinesiology Club (AK Club)

Understand and learn the Applied Kinesiology (AK) Technique through active learning, speakers and guided discussion. AK is a system of functional diagnoses that uses muscle testing to evaluate an individual's structure, chemistry and emotions. You learn the corresponding muscle test, organ and emotion for each spinal segment. Utilize Bio-Impedance Analysis to understand body composition in detail. No previous education in AK needed.

Student leaders: Tanae Komportl, Cheryl Bietz
Faculty advisor: Dr. Jodell Skaufel

Chiropractic Philosophy Club

Discuss principles of chiropractic to further develop your own personal philosophy of chiropractic.

Student leaders: Nick Johnson, Thad Betzold
Faculty advisor: Dr. Joseph Sweere

Club Mariposa

Educate the Northwestern community abou the opportunities at La Clínica de la Mariposa in Costa Rica which provides care for underserved populations.

Student leaders: Carolyn Filla, Michelle Speranza, Celia Peters, Donna Sandberg
Faculty advisor: Dr. Alejandra Estrin Dashe

Functional Analysis Club

Learn to be a better doctor by learning the technique of Functional Analysis which aids in the examination and evaluation of patients.

Student leader: Dustin Dukart
Faculty advisor: Dr. Joseph Sweere

Functional Medicine Club

Become educated about personalized medicine that deals with primary prevention and underlying causes of disease instead of symptoms for serious conditions.

Student leaders: Tanae Romportl, Cheryl Bietz
Faculty advisor: Dr. Jonathan Williams

Gait Analysis Club

Become a better doctor by learning the technique of Gait Analysis which aids in increasing your ability to evaluate patients.

Student leader: Richard Ledda
Faculty advisor: Dr. Joseph Sweere

Gonstead Club

Learn to apply the science, art and philosophy of the Gonstead system. Check us out on Facebook.

Student leaders: Steven Kennedy, Kelsey Peterson
Faculty advisor: Dr. Joseph Sweere

Gold Needle Club

A forum for students past, present and future, to improve and enhance your skills as traditional Oriental healthcare practitioner.  Includes providing educational and Continuing Education classes to help you hone your skills as a professional. 

Student leaders: Doug Blanchard, Ben Lockett, Lana Schwab, Karl Dennis
Faculty advisor: Dr. Patricia Cassello-Maddox

Herb Club

Broaden your knowledge of traditional Chinese medicinal herbs through cultivation, harvesting and preparation of plants and mushrooms grown in the Northwestern herb garden. The club brings in speakers to share their knowledge about topics like plant propagation, nature's useful plants, and different cultural uses of herbs to expand the knowledge of the club and the school community.

Student leaders: James Carolan, Joan Lundquist, Sam Vanderpoel
Staff advisor: Sheryl Cota

Massage Therapy Club

Hear from guest speakers from different modalities. Participate in discussions to explain and clarify the changes to licensure and certification at the state level.

Student leader: Jill Hendrickson
Faculty advisor: Sarah Zamastil

Mock NICE & Part IV Boards Club

Participate in clinical mock practical in preparation for the NICE exam and Part IV NBCE National Board Exam.

Student leaders: Danielle Boyle, Manpreet Saini
Faculty advisor: Dr. Jodell Skaufel

Motion Palpation Club

Learn about the functional assessment of the body and how it is palpated. Find out how to locate a subluxation and "unfix" it.

Student leaders: Danielle Boyle, Derek Okabe, Susan Gyorfi
Faculty advisor: Dr. Renée DeVries

Neurology Club

Become informed about the benefits that functional neurology can provide for your future patients.

Student leaders: Michael Branitski, Kolby Condos, Dana Asplund
Faculty advisor: Dr. Stacy Peterson

NUCCA/Upper Cervical Club

Learn about and practice the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) technique to utilize in your future practice.

Student leaders: Tad Norris, Patrick Isaacs
Faculty advisor: Dr. William Elkington


Discuss current research in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine with fellow students and faculty members.

Student leaders: Holly Battrum, Miriah Mantik, Tammy Koch, Valerie Overby, Kierstin Olson
Faculty advisor: John Pirog

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