2018 Chiropractic Homecoming Speakers

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Maria Boosalis, PhD, MPH, RD, LD received her doctor of philosophy in nutrition from the University of Minnesota and her master of public health from the University of California, Berkeley. She is also a registered and licensed dietitian. In addition, she has earned certificates of training in childhood and adolescent as well as adult weight management from the Commission on Dietetic Registration, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is also a past recipient of the John M. Kinney International Award for Nutrition and Metabolism. 

During her professional career, Dr. Boosalis has worked in diverse clinical, educational and public health settings, including the University of Kentucky and as a guest lecturer at the University of Minnesota. Currently, she is a professor and director of the Master of Health Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition program in the College of Health and Wellness at Northwestern Health Sciences University, Bloomington, MN.



Steven R. Conway, DC, DACBOH, Esq.  is a second-generation chiropractor whose 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 6,000 industrial representatives attend his injury prevention programs. 



Barbara Coward, MBA is a thought leader in higher education marketing and has been working with prospective students and graduate programs for nearly 20 years in a number of roles. She is the founder and principal of Enrollment Strategies, a boutique digital marketing consulting firm that works primarily with graduate business programs. Current and past clients include the University of Dallas, University of California, San Diego, University of Kansas, University of Missouri, University of Oregon, University of South Carolina, and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh - as well as several overseas universities in Canada, China, and The Netherlands.  

Barbara started her career in higher education marketing at the University of Bath, School of Management in England.  She was a team winner of the Marketer of the Millennium award from the Association of MBAs, an international accreditation body based in London. She was also an assistant director of graduate business recruitment at Loyola University Maryland. Her achievements include introducing new marketing approaches to strengthen conversion rates such blogs and email nurturing campaigns. Barbara earned her MBA from the University of Bath and has a B.A. from Vassar College.


 Deborah Genrick

Deb Genrick, DC, LAc has been a chiropractor for 20 years.  She owns a multi-disciplinary practice in Prior Lake, MN.  She fell in love with acupuncture during the chiropractic acupuncture program, and knew she had to know more. Therefore, she returned to Northwestern Health Sciences University (NWHSU) in 2009 and completed her master’s degree in acupuncture while regularly assisting the instructor for the chiropractic acupuncture program.

Since that time, she has been lecturing regularly for Daniel Dock Seminars, NWHSU and the MCA.  For three years, she worked for NWHSU’s Clinical Education department in the Community-Based Internship program.  She is a guide and trainer for a national self-management program. She loves to teach hands-on techniques for chiropractors to use on Monday morning. 



Stacy Heim, DC, CVSMT is a graduate of Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minnesota, where she obtained her doctor of chiropractic degree. She has also completed post-graduate certification for animal chiropractic from the Healing Oasis Wellness Center in Sturtevant, Wisconsin. Since 2010, Dr. Stacy has built busy a practice for small and large animals where she treats everything from performance animals to senior companions. Dr. Stacy is also an associate chiropractor at a wellness-based practice where she is happy to provide care for people too.



Bill Hemmer, DC owns and operates a successful chiropractic and functional medicine practice in Tuscola, Illinois. He is also a co-founder of Functional Wellness Systems, a comprehensive business system rooted in providing specific guidance on how to effectively integrate functional medicine into any existing healthcare practice.



Glori Hinck, DC, EdD is an instructional designer for the St. Thomas eLearning and Research Center (STELAR) at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN. In this role, she helps drive educational innovation and supports faculty in the design and delivery of online and blended courses. 

Dr. Hinck earned a master’s degree in educational technology and a certificate in online teaching through Boise State University and recently earned her doctorate in the same program.  She practiced as a chiropractor for almost 20 years and taught at NWHSU for over a decade before making a career switch into educational technology and instructional design. 

Dr. Hinck has lectured and taught on the subject of social media and professionalism in health care and, while at NWHSU, she conducted a research study looking at student professionalism in the use of Facebook. 



Christian Jovanovic, L.Ac, M.O.m is a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner at the Northwestern Health Clinic Bloomington and an assistant professor in the Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Program at Northwestern Health Sciences University. His practice emphasizes patient education and the promotion of personal well-being and healthy lifestyle choices.

He is a member of the Integrative Medicine team at Abbott Northwestern Hospital where he specializes in oncology. Certified as an integrative health coach, he utilizes mind-body therapies to augment his Chinese medicine practice to assist patients during their health challenges. As a health care professional, he strives to ethically and mindfully participate in the ongoing practice of patient-centered care. 


Michael Jacklitch, DC is a graduate of Logan University. His undergraduate studies include a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Pre-Med from Moorhead State. He has served as president of the North Dakota Chiropractic Association, and was honored as Chiropractor of the Year by the NDCA. He is an Honorary Lifetime Member in the NDCA. He is the North Dakota ACA State Delegate, and serves as Chairman of the ACA Medicare Committee. He is the recipient of the 2015 ACA Presidential Award.

He has served on the test committee for the NBCE. He has served as the executive chiropractic consultant for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, ND, and Noridian Regional Medicare office in Fargo, North Dakota, for 13 years. He has also served as chiropractic consultant for Western Integrity Center for Medicare. He is a member of the CMS Physician Champion of Community Practice Committee.

He holds postgraduate certification in clinical orthopedics, applied clinical nutrition, acupuncture, and manipulation under anesthesia. Involved in his community, he serves on several committees, serves as vice chair on the Wahpeton Airport Board, serves as chairman of St. Johns pastoral council, and is a board member of the North Dakota State College of Science. He has designed and helped build two Frisbee golf courses.


 Andy Klein

Dr. Andrew Klein, DC, MSEd, CSCS, DACBSP received a B.A. in physical education from Lehman College in 1981, and an M.S. 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 U.S. at the Goodwill Games in 1998 and the Olympic Games in Sydney 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 Chiropractic College and has instructed at NWHSU 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.



Melissa Kolb, D.C. is originally from Northern Wisconsin. She graduated from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in April of 1994. She practiced privately for 20 years with her husband, Todd Frisch, D.C., in River Falls, WI. 

When hiring an associate doctor in 2014, she recognized the need for a recruiting company within the chiropractic profession.  November 2014 brought the launch of MKR Chiropractic Recruiting. Currently, Dr. Kolb works for clinic owners and integrated health systems to facilitate the hiring and onboarding of doctors of chiropractic. In addition to recruiting, she serves on the Fulcrum Clinical Advisory Committee, River Falls Free Clinic Board, Wisconsin Chiropractic Association Insurance Relations Committee, Health Partners/Hudson Hospital Foundation Board and the River Falls Community Foundation Board.

Outside of healthcare, she has been married to Dr. Todd Frisch for 24 years. They have a 17-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son.  She enjoys road biking, travel, food and wine education.


 Sara LeBrun-Baska

Sara LeBrun-Blashka is the director of education and practitioner engagement at Standard Process, where she led the team to launch the new educational website, WholisticMatters.com. Sara is a nutritionist with a bachelor of science in dietetics and food science from Iowa State University and is finalizing her Master’s in Nutrition Education at American University.

Sara has strong industry experience working for multiple nutrition organizations over the last 20 years. Sara has also provided medical and nutrition marketing consulting services and medical food development to a wide range of health focus corporations. She has also provided radio interviews on multiple health programs and writes nutritional articles.

Sara is a member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. She keeps busy with her family, dog, exercising and traveling. Sara has a passion for community-supported agriculture (CSA) and is active on multiple charitable boards.


Daniel Lord, DC works as the physical medicine lead for the Facebook Health Center with the integrated primary care medical group Crossover Health. He manages the physical therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic services on-site. Daniel is also the sports chiropractor for Oracle Racing Team U.S.A., which successfully defended the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco. During their campaign, he was in charge of Oracle’s sports medicine program. Before that, Daniel practiced at Chiro-Medical Group, a successful integrative sports medicine practice in San Francisco.



Sherry McAllister, DC, M.S. (Ed), CCSP serves as the executive vice president for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, the national not-for-profit organization creating positive press for chiropractic. 

Dr. McAllister earned her master’s degree in education from the University of California East Bay and is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic West, where she served as an associate professor. She is a frequent guest speaker for national conventions, corporate wellness programs, as well as business and healthcare alliances. She enjoys working with chiropractic student clubs, preceptor doctors, and being a community liaison.

Dr. McAllister has served as a qualified medical examiner, expert chiropractic witness for the state of California, and has been in private practice in San Jose since 1996.



Michelle Mick (née Wessely), DC, DACBR obtained her chiropractic degree and chiropractic radiology license in the United Kingdom at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic, Bournemouth. She completed a fellowship in Musculoskeletal Radiology at the University of California, San Diego under professor Donald Resnick, MD. In 2002, she returned to Europe as the Head of Radiology and Clinical Research at the Institut Franco-Europeen de Chiropratique (IFEC), a post that she held for 10 years. Michelle has since completed two musculoskeletal MRI fellowships under Dr. Stephen Pomeranz in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Michelle has lectured extensively throughout Europe and North America on all aspects of imaging, from basic imaging reviews to special imaging interpretation. Her work is published in international journals including Acta Radiologica and Clinical Chiropractic. In 2011, Michelle co-authored Essential Musculoskeletal MRI, which assists clinicians in imaging utilization. She has a private chiropractic film-reading practice specializing in consulting with chiropractors internationally, as well as being part of the secondsightradiology.com chiropractic radiology team, providing imaging interpretation for DCs.


Timothy Mick, DC, DACBR is a board-certified chiropractic radiologist, educator and author, with more than 25 years of clinical and academic experience in radiology. He graduated from Northwestern College of Chiropractic (NWCC) in 1986, completed a three-year radiology residency at Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1989 and served as head of radiology at NWCC for 18 years.

Dr. Mick served as president of the American Chiropractic College of Radiology, the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology and the American Chiropractic Association's Council on Diagnostic Imaging. He has been a consultant for state and national boards of examination. He served as editor on the editorial boards and on the review panel for a number of professional journals. Honors include the NWCC Faculty Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice, Minnesota Chiropractic Association Educator of the Year and Minnesota Chiropractic Association President’s Award. Dr. Mick is head of Chiropractic imaging at the Center for Diagnostic Imaging in Minneapolis, MN.


Scott Munsterman, DC, FICC, CEO and founder of Best Practice Academy is an acknowledged expert on the transforming model of healthcare delivery with a commitment to the promotion and advancement of the chiropractic profession.  Best Practices Academy is a healthcare services organization whose mission is to provide focused leadership to equip value-based practices and improve clinical outcome.  The academy prepares chiropractic practices to become a value-based practice for alternative payment models and positions these practices to engage collaborative and integrative relationships amongst all stakeholders in the provider community.

Dr. Munsterman is a graduate of Northwestern Health Sciences University, where he has served as vice-chair of the Board of Trustees and on the President’s Cabinet as the chief of care delivery services.  He has been a member of the American and South Dakota Chiropractic Associations since 1985 and was awarded Chiropractor of the Year in South Dakota in 2003.  In 2005, he founded and practiced in a multidisciplinary integrated healthcare facility.  In 2006, he was awarded a fellow of the International College of Chiropractors (FICC).  He served two terms as mayor of the city of Brookings and moved on to serve in the South Dakota House of Representatives for three consecutive terms, where he chaired the House Health and Human Services Committee and the Legislative Planning Committee.



Ryan Peña is a social media manager with over seven years of experience in the field. He’s known for implementing highly innovative social media platforms into rapidly changing environments. Key accomplishments are implementing an online community that grew to over 15,000 customers in just one year, growing leads generated from social media by over 1,500 percent year over year, launching employee advocacy programs, and recently joining Be The Match, where he's working to elevate their social media strategy and help change the lives of patients battling blood cancer.

Social media is not only Ryan’s career but also a hobby, and he truly enjoys helping people connect with each other. Recently, he was featured on several social media podcasts and speaks internationally. If you’re looking to bring social back to social media, talk to Ryan. 

 Jeff Rich

Jeffrey Rich, DC, DACBR received his D.C. degree from Northwestern College of Chiropractic and then completed a three-year full-time imaging residency. After passing the board-certification examinations, he accepted a position as an assistant professor in the Clinical Sciences department at NWHSU. While at NWHSU, he lectured extensively for the imaging department and continuing education department, provided imaging consultation for the campus-based film interpretation service, and treated patients in the University Health Service.

In 1999, he was honored as NWHSU’s Teacher of the Year. In 2003, Dr. Rich accepted a position at the National University of Health Sciences as the director of the Department of Diagnostic Imaging. He was also faculty director for the Imaging Residency program and director of the National MRI Center. Dr. Rich re-joined the faculty of NWHSU in September 2005. He enjoys his time lecturing and spending time "in the dark" interpreting imaging studies. In his free time, he spends time with his wife and nine children and serving in the local church. 


 Kim Swineheart

Kim Swineheart, DC combines her practical experience as a chiropractor with years of teaching anatomy to bring the muscular-skeletal system to life.  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.

Kim has taught massage therapists for many 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.



Robert G. Silverman, DC graduated magna cum laude from the University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic.  He holds a master’s 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. 


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