2019 Chiropractic Homecoming Speakers

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 ‌Richard Brown headshot. 2019 Homecoming speaker.

Richard Brown DC, LL.M, FRCC, FBCA, FEAC is the Secretary-General of the World Federation of Chiropractic. Based in Toronto, Canada, Richard took up his new post on 1 July 2015. The WFC, an NGO in official relations with WHO, has 88 members in 7 world regions and is principally concerned with the support, empowerment, promotion and unity of the chiropractic profession internationally.

Richard is a past president of the British Chiropractic Association (2009-2013) and had a number of roles with the European Chiropractors’ Union, including its first Secretary-General between 2009 and 2015.

As owner and clinic director of a large interdisciplinary clinic in Stroud, Gloucestershire, Richard has first-hand experience of working collaboratively with other health professions, including general medical practitioners, surgeons, physiotherapists, exercise professionals and podiatrists.

In his clinical practice, Richard worked extensively in professional sport, including the English Premier League (football), elite athletics and Moto-GP motor sport. He remains a member of the Fédération Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport (FICS) and served as a member of the medical team at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

In 2015, Richard spent time working with under-served communities as part of the World Spine Care project in Botswana. He is the founder and immediate past Chair of Trustees of the Chiropractic Research Council, a UK-based charity. He has educational experience as a senior lecturer at the University of Glamorgan (now the University of South Wales) and served on the Board of Governors at AECC. He served for a number of years as an examiner for the UK regulator’s Test of Competence. He has lectured extensively in the UK and internationally on professional standards and the status of the chiropractic profession.

With a Masters Degree in Law (LL.M) from Cardiff University, Richard has for many years worked as an expert witness in both the UK and Ireland and retains a medicolegal consultancy. Covering areas of clinical negligence, fitness to practice and statutory regulation, Richard has also been involved in drafting codes of ethics and standards of proficiency both in Europe and Asia.

As Secretary-General, Richard is responsible for leading the Secretariat at the WFC headquarters in Toronto and for strategic and policy development of the organization.

 ‌‌Headshot for Mark Charrette, 2019 Homecoming speaker.

Mark N. Charrette, DC is a 1980 summa cum laude graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. He is a frequent guest speaker at twelve chiropractic colleges.  He has taught over 1,800 seminars worldwide on extremity adjusting, biomechanics, and spinal adjusting techniques. His lively seminars emphasize a practical, hands-on approach.

Dr. Charrette is a former All-American swimmer, who has authored a book on extremity adjusting and produced an instructional video series. Having developed successful practices in California, Nevada, and Iowa, Dr. Charrette currently resides in Irving, Texas.


 ‌Headshot for Steve Conway, 2019 Homecoming speaker.

Steven Conway, DC is a second generation chiropractor whose goal is to protect the chiropractic profession. His is both a chiropractor and attorney specializing in Medicare and compliance. He has worked for the past 6 years with CMS and the MACs to create a universal agreement and solution to the high medicare error ratio for chiropractic.

 ‌Headshot for Bill Esteb, 2019 Homecoming speaker.

William Esteb worked in various advertising agencies and production companies in Denver, Seattle and San Francisco, Mr. Esteb was introduced to chiropractic in 1981 when he was asked to help write and produce the profession’s first video-based patient education.

Since then he has been a leading force in patient education and communications, helping chiropractors see themselves, their procedures and their practices from a patient’s point of view.

Since 1999, he has been the creative director of Patient Media, Inc., focusing on contemporary patient communications tools that resonate with the short attention spans of today’s patients.

He is the author of 11 books that explore the many facets of the doctor/patient relationship from a patient’s point of view. Through his weekly blog posts and Monday Morning Motivation emails, he shares his three decades of experience as a chiropractic patient and advocate.


 ‌Headshot of Cindy Howard, 2019 Homecoming speaker.

Cindy M. Howard, DC is a Board Certified Chiropractic Internist and Nutritionist in private practice in Chicago. She speaks around the country on concussion and nutrition for athletes, Neuroadrenal dysfunction, Pediatrics, Immunology, GI disorders, Endocrinology, Nutritional Blood Analysis, Effective communication and building a FM practice. She is the co-owner of Advanced Education, and offers private consulting.

She serves as the director of Functional Medicine for Aligned Modern Health in Chicago and Neurosport Elite in Florida.

Dr. Howard is the Illinois Delegate for the American Chiropractic Association, a founding member of the ACA Women’s Health Council, Past President of the ACA Council of Internal Disorders and the President of the ACA College of Pharmacognosy and Toxicology.

She serves on the board of DoC:s, Before the HIT, and is an associate editor for The Original Internist.

She also serves on her local school district’s oversight committee for Concussion, football and competitive cheer.


 ‌Headshot of David Seaman, 2019 Homecoming speaker.

David Seaman, DC became interested during chiropractic college in what it was about patients who did not respond to traditional chiropractic care. This led him to investigate pain mechanisms in more detail after graduating from college. He sought guidance from pain researchers at the University of North Carolina and the University of California.

He ultimately published four scientific articles about weight management, pain syndrome classification, diet-induction of inflammation and pain, and pain expression in the context of an elevated body mass index. Researchers from Harvard Medical School, other universities in the United States, as well as universities in Canada, Brazil, Iran, India, Russia, Japan, Thailand, China, Australia, and several countries in Europe have referenced these articles. This demonstrates that chiropractors can be accepted by mainstream medicine when a common language is spoken.

He recently wrote a book for the public entitled The DeFlame Diet.


 ‌Headshot of Mary Tuchscherer, 2019 Homecoming speaker.

Mary Tuchscherer, DC has been teaching in the area of Neuroscience for 37 years. She is also a practicing chiropractor, and so understands the context in which DCs need to understand the details of Neuroanatomy. Dr T has taught at Northwestern since 1985 and has been the Chair of Basic Sciences in the Chiropractic College since 2000. She holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of MN Medical School has published papers in major international journals on peripheral pain pathways and is a 1991 graduate of NWCC. She has been named the Northwestern Professor of the Year four times.


 ‌Headshot of Adam Wolkoff, 2019 Homecoming speaker.

Adam Wolkoff, JD, BA, currently serves as Deputy Chief Judge, Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH).

He previously has 17 years of experience as an attorney specializing in insurance defense with 7 years in private practice, 10 years in house with Travelers and The Hartford. Practice areas included workers' compensation, auto liability, products liability and construction defect litigation.


 ‌Headshot of Alicia Yochum, 2019 Homecoming speaker.

Alicia M. Yochum RN, DC, DACBR, RMSK received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Point Loma Nazarene University and then worked in the ICU for one year before matriculating to Logan College of Chiropractic where she graduated Sum Cum Laude in 2011. She completed her diagnostic imaging residency at Logan in 2015 and received her DACBR in October of 2015 becoming the first second generation DACBR in the history of chiropractic. She has performed editorial review for the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine and she serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedics (JACO).

Dr. Yochum has published many articles in peer-reviewed journals and lectured around the country and in England and Germany with her father, Dr. Terry R. Yochum. She completed her fellowship in musculoskeletal advanced imaging at Logan University with an emphasis on musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound. Dr. Yochum is now practicing clinical radiology with her father in Denver, Colorado.


 ‌Headshot of Terry Yochum, 2019 Homecoming speaker.

Terry Robert Yochum, DC, DACBR, Fellow, ACCR, FICC is a second-generation chiropractor and a cum laude graduate of the National College of Chiropractic, where he subsequently completed his radiology specialty. Dr. Yochum is currently Director of the Rocky Mountain Chiropractic Radiological Center in Denver, Colorado, and an Adjunct Professor of Radiology at the Southern California University of Health Sciences (formerly LACC).

On September 27, 1996 Dr. Yochum was bestowed the honor of "Fellow" by the American Chiropractic College of Radiology (ACCR). He is the youngest recipient ever to receive this award, which has only been given to eight DACBR’s since the inception of the ACCR in 1958. The title of Fellow is the highest honor awarded to any member of the ACCR for distinguished service and contributions in the advancement of chiropractic radiology. Dr. Yochum was also honored with an appointment to the Department of Radiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine as a skeletal radiologist, where he has been on staff since January of 1991. In June of 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2006 he was unanimously voted “Best Faculty Radiology Instructor of the Year” by the 40 radiology residents at this university. He is the only person ever to have won this award nine times. Dr Yochum is the recipient of the “Dr. Monte Greenawalt Chiropractic Excellence Award”, presented in Las Vegas, Nevada, in February 2003, Dr. Yochum was voted the co-chiropractor of the year (2006) in his home state of Colorado.


 ‌Headshot of Deb Zurcher, 2019 Homecoming speaker.

Deb Zurcher, DC, has been a chiropractor since 1997 and returned to Northwestern to receive her Masters in Acupuncture in 2012. Since 2003, she has had her own multi-disciplinary practice in Prior Lake, MN. Helping with the chiropractic acupuncture course at Northwestern with Peter Lichtenstein has lead to teaching Continuing Education through Northwestern and Dan Dock Seminars. Teaching is a passion for her and she strives to make her talks relevant to the doctor for use in their every day practice life.


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