Human Performance Center

The NWHSU Human Performance Center (HPC) is located on the main campus in Bloomington and offers the University and community multiple services for athletes, sports organizations and special populations.

What we do

  • Support of a local high school athletic department.
  • Official sports chiropractic providers in the Augsburg Athletics Department -- and we are talking with other local universities as well for a similar service.
  • Support of five high performance athletic teams, the Minnesota Vixen, the Minnesota FreezeUSA Tug of WarMn Alliance Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/Crossfit and the Minnesota Chapter of the NFL Alumni.
  • We support the British Virgin Islands Olympic Committee.
  • We support the five Sports Care electives taught in the DCP. 
  • The HPC continues to assist our student growth by teaching the Clinical Case Studies I class, offering two open labs weekly and a weekly sports and performance grand rounds.
  • We assist with faculty support of the Vet Center and Club members, The Sports Council,  SFICSSEARCH,  Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Cluband The Strength and Conditioning Club.
  • We provide other learning opportunities for our students by offering baseline concussion exams and sports physicals to local youth athletic teams/high schools.
  • The HPC co-hosts with the Minnesota Chiropractic Association a 3rd Thursday Sports and Performance Grand Rounds.  ANYONE can attend; room L2 at 7 a.m.  We are now streaming LIVE on Facebook and offering 1 CEU. Join the Facebook group today so you don’t miss any seminars

National-winning research posters

  • 2015 Ben Jelinek presented research designed by Dr. Moos and won GOLD at the ACA Sports Council Symposium and also took SILVER at the Joint Commission on Sports Medicine and Science Symposium.
  • 2016 Jasmine Hanson took GOLD on her research at the ACA Sports Council Symposium.

Offering Northwestern DC students a Master's in Exercise Science

The HPC has worked closely with Concordia University, St. Paul, to allow our doctor of chiropractic (DC) students to receive advanced standing credits in Concordia University, St. Paul’s online Master of Science in Exercise Science. Our DC students will be able to graduate with a MS, DC! The articulation agreement allows our students to save approximately 50% of tuition and time. Learn more about this opportunity here.

Updates on our Fellowship Alumni!

  • Dr. Matt Thronson finished a one-year fellowship and was hired by our DeRusha Learning Center to manage patients and supervise our interns. He has been spearheading an initiative to implement active care into the clinical curriculum, allowing our student interns to apply their therapeutic exercise knowledge.

  • Dr. Liz Moos completed a two-year fellowship and was also subsequently hired by NWHSU to provide clinical care in the Bloomington Natural Care Center and La Clinica.  She leaves the HPC with a legacy of establishing an integrative sports care environment for our contracted teams. She co-authored two posters (one being a national Gold Medal winner) and will be finishing a publication soon on her research. 

  • Both Drs. Moos and Thronson are excellent examples of the contemporary NWHSU DCs and will offer exceptional supervision to our interns.

  • Dr. Kellen Otte finished a one-year fellowship and was hired by Southern California University of Health Sciences in their Sports Medicine Department as a resident. In addition to working in the sports medicine clinic, he works with two colleges, and continues to provide sideline care to events in the Southern California area. While at Northwestern, Dr. Otte was the team doctor for the Minnesota Freeze, and served as the sports medicine provider for Concordia Academy. Dr. Otte is also finalizing publication on research he began at Northwestern involving fatigue and lower extremity proprioception.

  • Dr. Kyle Steineman finished a one-year fellowship and was hired by Palmetto Physical Medicine in Anderson, SC to provide comprehensive chiropractic care within a multidisciplinary team. He has enjoyed working on a team including medical, chiropractic and physical therapy that provides the residents of upstate South Carolina with innovative care.

Introducing our new fellows

  • Dr. Melissa MacDonald started in September 2016. She is a NWHSU Graduate whose focuses include injuries of high performance females and also the psychology of head injuries. She will be the team doctor for the Minnesota Vixen and will be seeing patients in the Bloomington Natural Care Center for 10 hours per week, supporting the DLC Rehab, and teaching BLS, CPR, and sports electives.

  • Dr. Jordan Knowlton-Key started his Fellow position December, 2017 with an interest in sports medicine and chiropractic legislation. He is finishing his Masters of Exercise Science with an emphasis in concussion and whiplash injuries in April 2018. He hopes to further the chiropractic profession through legislation and research in my primary field of interest: concussion diagnosis, management, and prognosis.
  • Dr. Beth Antoine started in August of 2017. She has twelve years experience as an athletic trainer prior to entering chiropractic school at NWHSU. She has a masters degree in Sports Psychology and plans to receive her masters degree in clinical nutrition in December, 2017. She joins the HPC Fellowship team to re-establish new sports chiropractic educational content for the NW-CCSP and FICS-ICCSP programs.

  • Dr. Noah Emanuel graduated Northwestern Health Sciences University in April 2018 and is excited for the privilege to take the next step in his career with the Human Performance Center as a Fellow. During his time in undergrad he developed a deep passion for sports performance which continued through chiropractic school and triggered a new passion for sports nutrition. He looks forward to spending his time as a fellow doing nutrition research, student mentor-ship and involvement, as well as, implementing all three avenues of interest (chiropractic, sports nutrition and sports performance) with the teams and patients in the integrative setting of the HPC.

Professional service

Dr. Moos serves on a committee with the ACA Sports Council as a Student Leadership Liaison.  Dr. Stark serves the ACA Sports Council as the new Director of the Student Research Poster Contest and has been the International Sports Chiropractic Federation (FICS) Education Chair for the last many years. Dr. Stark will be speaking on a panel of Olympic Chiros.

  • Hours

    8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

  • Contact Us
    Phone: 952-885-5429
  • Location

    Northwestern Health Sciences University
    2501 W. 84th St., Bloomington, MN 55431

  • Campus map

Our Services

Learn about the full array of our expert Sports and Performance Services

Specialty Sports and Performance Center

Athletes and individuals with challenging health and functional limitations benefit from our Sports and Performance Center

Community and Sports Partnerships

Our expert team provides support of high school, professional and amateur sport organizations through Community and Sports Partnerships

Collaborative Research

We focus on athlete injury prevention, recovery and improving performance in our Collaborative Research

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