Meet the Speakers
Dr.Robert C. Jones, ACA President
Dr. Jones is a 1989 graduate of Palmer College Davenport. Born in Alberta Canada, he now practices in an integrated family practice in Albuquerque, N.M. Dr. Jones’ mother, father, brother and wife are all graduates of Palmer College Davenport. As an undergraduate, Dr. Jones studied chemistry, physics and zoology. While at Palmer, he assisted in the biochemistry department. Since graduating, he has spent most of his clinical practice in an integrative family practice setting. Dr. Jones was one of the chiropractic physicians that initiated the Advanced Practice Certification in New Mexico, where he now holds the APC license. Over the past decade, Dr. Jones has lobbied legislators and testified before numerous legislative committees in New Mexico, resulting in significant scope of practice expansion for chiropractic physicians in the state. Dr. Jones is a Fellow of the International College of Chiropractic.
Dr. Michele Maiers, MPH, PhD
Dr. Maiers is the executive director of research and innovation at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minneapolis, Minn. In her role, Dr. Maiers leverages high-quality research to inform healthcare policy and innovation initiatives on local, regional and national levels. Her research utilizes mixed methods to inform a rich understanding of non-drug treatment options for spine-related pain. Her ability to distill current evidence into information that informs healthcare policy and practice makes her a thought leader in chiropractic and integrative health care. Dr. Maiers holds several leadership positions in professional associations, including vice president of the American Chiropractic Association and vice president of the World Federation of Chiropractic. Michele enjoys running, baking pies and digging holes in her yard with her two young sons.
Dr. Nicole Ingrando
Nicole Ingrando, DC, is the founding physician of North Orlando Spine Center, a non-surgical and movement-based rehabilitation practice in Orlando, Fla. She practices alongside her award-winning clinical and therapeutic team. Prior to opening her practice, Dr. Ingrando graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2009, receiving the award for Clinical Excellence for her graduating class. As a lecturer and author, Dr. Ingrando has helped develop integrative practice models and rehabilitation strategies for organizations large and small. She has served as faculty at Palmer College of Chiropractic, as a precepting physician at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, and as an instructor of chiropractic medicine and clinical educator for AdventHealth. She was nominated by the orthopedic surgical field to represent the chiropractic profession as a consultant to the United States Tennis Association.
Known for her energetic, candid and relatable lectures, Dr. Ingrando provides straightforward advice and real-life tools on the topics of practice growth, evidence-based care and medical integration. Prior to joining the chiropractic profession, Dr. Ingrando worked as an executive with Marriott International, when she was recruited to oversee a corporate housing program. By uniting chiropractic principles with the hospitality quotient, she helps chiropractic students better understand their incredible potential navigating the opportunities that exist after graduation.
Dr. Stephanie Johnson
Stephanie Johnson, DC, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in San Jose, Calif. She was also the Salutatorian of her graduating class. She completed her clinical internship under the guidance of William Morgan, DC, at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., where she was later employed from 2016-2017. Dr. Johnson is the ACA’s Virginia state delegate and a member of the Washington, D.C. Board of Chiropractic. She is licensed and currently practices in both Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.
A California native, Dr. Johnson attended the University of California Berkeley, where she received both her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science/Toxicology and Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Performance Studies. Dr. Johnson’s passion for wellness and movement stem from 20+ years of studying dance in both classical ballet and modern, as well as 20+ years of practicing yoga. Prior to chiropractic, she pursued her studies in yoga and became a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200 hr) through the Yoga Alliance. She still teaches yoga (virtually currently due to the pandemic) in Washington, D.C. Transitioning from dance in 2008, Dr. Johnson picked up distance running and has completed several marathons. In 2015, she fell in love with the barbell and Olympic weightlifting through CrossFit, which continue to support all her athletic endeavors.
Dr. Louis Sportelli
Louis Sportelli, DC, has served in many capacities throughout his 57-year career in chiropractic. He is currently president of The NCMIC Foundation, a 501C(3) non-profit research and education organization. Previously, he served for 25 years on the board, including 20 years as the president of NCMIC Group Inc, which provides malpractice insurance and financial services to more than 40,000 doctors of chiropractic in the United States and possessions.
Dr. Sportelli has lectured extensively on ethics, risk management and incorporating sound procedures to risk-proof your practice. He has a keen interest in patient education and has written a consumer book, Introduction to Chiropractic, which has been widely used by doctors of chiropractic around the world. His diverse experience includes positions at national and international organizations, including terms as president of the World Federation of Chiropractic from 1998-2000, chairman of the board of the American Chiropractic Association from 1989-1990, and board of trustees member for the Blue Mountain Health Systems Hospital Network from 1988-2019.
John Floyd has been a trial lawyer since 1990, trying more than 100 jury trials relating to business/professional negligence to verdict. In addition, he has tried numerous cases before state regulatory boards and judges throughout Tennessee. He is board certified as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and a medical malpractice specialist by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. Mr. Floyd’s practice focuses on representing professionals in negligence cases as well as business and corporate litigation throughout the United States. As national counsel for a large insurance carrier, he assists local counsels trying complex medical malpractice cases throughout the United States. He has also represented companies in insurance coverage litigation, Lanham Act violations, corporate dissolutions and civil conspiracy.
Dr. Claire Johnson
Claire Johnson, DC, MSEd, PhD, DACBSP, FICC, is a professor at National University of Health Sciences. Dr. Johnson is the editor in chief of National’s three scientific, peer-reviewed journals that are indexed in PubMed. The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics is the flagship journal for the chiropractic profession. She has developed the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine as a broad-scope specialty journal, and the Journal of Chiropractic Humanities, which is the most cited philosophy journal of the profession. She is a chiropractic physician and provides care for Stanford Health Care in an interdisciplinary on-site wellness center at the Qualcomm Health Center in San Diego. She completed a diplomate in sports chiropractic, received her master’s degree in health professions education, and a PhD in public health epidemiology.
Dr. Johnsonserves as the chair of the Public Health Committee for the World Federation of Chiropractic and is a previous chair of the ACA Public Health Advisory Board. She has given years of service to the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Global Spine Care Initiative (GSCI), an international research group dedicated to reducing the global burden of spine-related disease and disability. She has received recognitions including ACBSP Sports Chiropractor of the Year Award, Clinical Compass Person of the Year Award, American Chiropractic Association Presidential Award, APHA-CHC Distinguished Service Award, National University of Health Sciences Award for Distinguished Service, and the Fellowship of the International College of Chiropractic. She has published numerous articles and book chapters. Dr. Johnson views her role as a mentor as one of her most cherished contributions to the future of the profession. One of her greatest joys is witnessing change through the power of research and publication.
Dr. Daniel Strauss
Daniel Strauss, DC, has worked in various colleges including New York Chiropractic College, Keiser University and St. Petersburg Colleges. He has taught anatomy and physiology to students in a variety of healthcare disciplines including nursing, EMT, paramedic, surgical technician, and pharmacy technician programs. In addition, Dr. Strauss is a registered respiratory therapist and EMT. Prior to becoming a chiropractic physician, Dr. Strauss worked in several hospitals in the upstate New York area as an EMT, respiratory therapist and supervisor of a respiratory care department at Rochester General Hospital.
Dr. Strauss' research interests include pulmonary rehabilitation and manual manipulation with pregnancy. He has a strong passion for education and interprofessional communication.
Dr. Jenny Razey
Jenny Razey, DC, is a graduate of National University of Health Sciences, Illinois, where she earned her Doctorate of Chiropractic Medicine in December 2018 and was awarded the "Joseph Janse Outstanding Graduate" award for her contributions to the campus. Dr. Razey earned her undergraduate degree at Indiana University in 2012, and she has since returned to the Hoosier state to practice in Northwest Indiana. While at NUHS, Dr. Razey was heavily involved on campus: Notably, Dr. Razey was the president of the NUHS SACA chapter and helped her team earn SACA’s "Most Improved Chapter" award. She went on to receive the 2017 SACA Member of the Year award and in 2018 was honored with the J. Michael Flynn award for her leadership. Though Dr. Razey is humbled by her honors, her true passion lies in helping those around her to be better leaders. She was excited to join the ACA SACA Advisory Committee in 2020. Additionally, Dr. Razey was elected as ACA’s Indiana alternate delegate and has since worked closely with the Indiana State Chiropractic Association. She currently practices at a multidisciplinary company that includes medical doctors, nurse practitioners, and other chiropractors. When not working, she is most likely to be found running around with her toddler, cooking or outside.
Dr. Keith Overland
Keith Overland, DC, CCSP, has run a private chiropractic practice in Norwalk, Conn., for more than 35 years. He is dedicated to helping patients obtain access to conservative, cost-effective chiropractic care and to promoting the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle. In addition to being a past president of ACA, Dr. Overland is the current chairman of ACA’s Legislative Committee, whose current focus is to modify the profession’s coverage in Medicare. He is also a member of the association’s political action committee. In his home state, Dr. Overland served as co-chair of the Connecticut Governors Committee on Physical Fitness, a member of Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s Health Care Task Force and a member of Rep. Christopher Shays’ Task Force on Human Services. He is the past president of both the Connecticut Chiropractic Association and the New England Chiropractic Council. A 1981 graduate of New York Chiropractic College, Dr. Overland has also made a mark in sports chiropractic, having worked with the New York Mets, the United States Olympic Speed Skating Team, the United States Olympic Training Center and The World Games in Taiwan and Germany. He is also the current Secretary General of the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS). He has taught undergraduate sports chiropractic courses at the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic and has lectured on the topic of sports chiropractic around the globe.
Dr. Robert L. Arnold
Robert L. Arnold, PhD, EdD, MA, BCPC, CACP, CT, LMHC, holds doctorates in Counseling Psychology, Education and a Master’s Degree in Professional School Psychology and is the owner of Mid-Pinellas Counseling and Psychological Services in Seminole Florida and a Practice Associate at the Brain Enhancement Institute of Florida located in Palm Harbor, which provides assessment, psychotherapy and counseling services to children, adolescents and adults. He was previously the consulting psychologist at the Transplant Institute of Florida at Largo Medical Center and had a distinguished career as a clinician, educator, and researcher at Suncoast Hospice, retiring after 20 years of service. He is a noted national speaker, holds academic appointments as an adjunct professor at the Barry University College of Medicine and the National University of Health Sciences, where he lectures on topics such as interdisciplinary care, psychiatry and human behavior, psychology, practice management, bio-ethics, doctor-patient relationship, crisis response, and Thanatology. He specializes in counseling and psychotherapy with a focus on grief work, patients living with chronic illness, stress management, sports medicine and strategies to enhance wellness and performance at home, school and work. He has published numerous book chapters and articles in publications such as NHPCO’s Insights Magazine, The Journal of Geriatric Cardiology, and the American Nursing Journal and has been featured on Medscape.
In addition to his work as a clinician, researcher, and writer, Dr. Bob is president/CEO of Psicore Consulting Inc., which provides organizational design, HR and business solutions to the educational, hospitality and healthcare industries. He is a determined community advocate and serves on the executive board of directors of the Bright Community Trust. He also is the clinical director of the West Central Florida Crisis Intervention Team and continues to serve on the Suncoast Hospice Bio-Ethics Committee. His volunteer activities include fundraising for Suncoast Hospice, C.A.S.A, and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Currently he serves as Admiral Emeritus for the Krewe of the Conquistadors of Tampa Bay, a social, civic and philanthropic organization dedicated to improving the lives of children in the Tampa Bay Area. He is also active in the Grande Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.
Mercedes Young, CEO and founder of Vivid Consulting Group LLC and chair of the Florida chapter of the National Association of Black Women in Construction (NABWIC), is a trainer and speaker. She is originally from a little town in Panama called Anton and moved to the United States after traveling around the world. She quickly learned that regardless of race, nationality, faith, beliefs or culture, there are certain things that all human beings have in common: the desire to love and to be loved. That belief put her on the quest for answers to the big questions of “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?” Mercedes offers to bring unity and partnership through her trainings.
Mercedes has a degree in Psychology and Special Education and is a certified trainer from Trainer Design Global. She has been personally trained by Zig Zigglar, John Maxwell, Bettie Spruill, Ray Blanchard, T.D. Jakes, Luis Palao, Mary Kay Ash, her 91-year-old grandmother, nature, and God. She has trained in Panama, Puerto Rico, Korea, California, Las Vegas, and many other locations worldwide.
SACA Talks Speakers
Alli received her Bachelor of Science degree in 2017 from Mercy College of Health Sciences, in Des Moines, Iowa. She is currently in her 9th trimester working toward her Doctor of Chiropractic degree at National University of Health Sciences. Alli appreciates the chiropractic approach for its attention to the whole person and not just their illnesses, and for solving the root of the problem rather than just symptom management. Alli also intends to practice acupuncture after graduation. At ACA, Alli has served on the Leadership Conference Planning committee, in local chapter leadership, and is currently the SACA national chair. She is also involved with the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress and Illinois Chiropractic Society. Alli loves being involved in what she is passionate about and hopes to inspire future leaders to get involved in any way they can.
Jonathan is originally from Carlsbad, N.M., and moved to Dallas, Texas to attend Parker University. He began his involvement with SACA early in his academic career, and is now in his 5th trimester, serving as the co-vice chair of membership enrichment for the SACA Membership Committee.
Daniel is a 9th trimester student at Southern California University of Health Sciences, working toward his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree. He had several careers before his entry into chiropractic college, including teaching English and working as a plumber. He joined SACA in his first trimester and since then has not stopped seeking opportunities to further his education.
Katy is starting her 4th trimester at New York Chiropractic College. She joined SACA during her first trimester, and since then has attended Engage 2020, was elected the treasurer for NYCC’s chapter, and became a member of the Research Committee. In her free time, Katy enjoys watching and playing various sports—which was also a huge influence on her decision to become a chiropractor.