Michele Maiers, D.C., MPH, Ph.D.

Michele Maiers, D.C., MPH, Ph.D. is Executive Director of Research and Innovation at Northwestern Health Sciences University. In her role, Maiers uses high quality research to inform healthcare policy and innovation initiatives on local, regional and national levels. Michele’s research utilizes mixed methods to inform non-drug treatment options for spine-related pain. Her ability to distill evidence into information that informs healthcare policy and practice make her a thought leader in chiropractic and integrative healthcare.

She received her D.C. from Northwestern College of Chiropractic, her MPH from the University of Minnesota, and her Ph.D. from University of Southern Denmark.

Maiers holds several professional leadership positions, including vice president of the American Chiropractic Association and the World Federation of Chiropractic.


Mind the Gap: Pain Care in the Post-Opioid Era
As awareness about the opioid abuse crisis continues to grow, so unfortunately does the epidemic. While prescription opioid use and deaths appear to have decreased for the first time since the 1990s, deaths due to opioid substitutes are increasing, and pain patients with newly regulated access to opioids find themselves in what is being called the “pain treatment gap.”  Practitioners in this session will:

1.      Learn the latest research on opioids and opioid-related use
2.      Explore the role of non-pharmacological interventions in primary, secondary, and tertiary opioid prevention
3.      Discuss policy and professional barriers to patient access to massage
4.      Consider strategy to more fully integrate massage into pain management

CBD Relative to the Practice of Massage Therapy (Panel Discussion: Moderated by Michele Maiers. Includes Jason Erickson, Mary Tuchscherer, and Rachel Niewind.)
A panel of therapeutic massage experts will discuss the pros and cons of using CBD products.  We will explore the ethical considerations and scientific proof (or lack of) for the efficacy of these products. Attendees will gain a more nuanced understanding of CBD and whether it has a place in the practice of massage therapy.