Currently Teaching (2017-2018)
I am originally a Midwestern boy having grown-up in Bismarck, North Dakota. I always had interests in aviation and health and fitness. After discovering my dislike for daily vertigo as I studied aviation spins and stalls, I felt health and fitness was the next profession to consider. I investigated medicine and chiropractic as a career and felt that the chiropractic profession better fit my health management interests. I graduated from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 1996.
I immediately found the connection with the chiropractic curriculum and my interests in health, fitness and wellness. I became president of the Student Sports Council at Northwestern and found a new passion - sports chiropractic and rehabilitation! I proposed a Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation residency which was approved by President Allenburg. It was the first residency of its kind in the U.S.
After graduation, I taught sports chiropractic while practicing full time in North Dakota. In 2004, I moved my family to the other side of the planet for a full time position as an instructor and academic administrator at Murdoch University in Western Australia. I contributed to the design and implementation of their new chiropractic program and graduate studies programs.
Prior to moving back to the Midwest, I was chair of Clinical Sciences for the National University of Health Sciences in St. Petersburg, Florida from 2011-2013 and chair of the Education Commission for the International Sports Chiropractic Federation from 2008-2013. I value the bonds I've established nationally and internationally in academics and sports chiropractic.
I have come full circle and am honored and delighted to be back at Northwestern! In 2013 I returned to NWHSU as the Dean of the Chiropractic program. A year later I was asked to consider a Director position to construct and manage a sports medicine presence on campus. We drafted a plan for a new Human Performance Center and immediately planned for a Human Performance Fellowship allowing NWHSU to establish a hire level of expertise in this growing specialty.
As a veteran of the Air National Guard, I am also very interested in providing academic support to our active duty military members and veterans. I take great pride in my years in the military and find that much of my leadership success in the chiropractic profession is a result of my experience and training with the U.S. Air Force.
- Master of Philosophy (Human Performance and Rehabilitation) - Murdoch University, 2012
- Doctor of Chiropractic - Northwestern College of Chiropractic, 1996
- Bachelor of Science - North Dakota State University, 1990
Stark T, Fejer R, Walker B. Hand-held dynamometry, a valid and practical diagnostic instrument when compared to isokinetic testing; a systematic review. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2011 May 18.
Stark TW, Tvoric, B, Walker, B, Noonan D, Sibla Altenburg J. Ice-hockey players using a weighted implement when training on the ice: a randomized control trial. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. 2009 March;80(1):54-61.
Stark TW, Seebauer J, Cooley J, McGurk, N, Cooley, J. Severe aberrant glenohumeral motor patterns in a young female rower: A case report. Chiropractic & Osteopathy. 2007 November;15(17).
Stark TW. Introduction of a pyramid guiding process for general musculoskeletal physical rehabilitation. Chiropractic & Osteopathy. 2006;14(9).
Stark T, Hinck G. Aerobic conditioning and its relationship with athletic injury prevention and rehabilitation. Topics in Clinical Chiropractic. 1997;4(2):40-45.