Meet the Speakers
Dr. Michele Maiers
Michele Maiers, DC, MPH, PhD, is the Executive Director of Research and Innovation at Northwestern Health Sciences University (NWHSU) 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, especially among older adults. Dr. Maiers graduated from Northwestern College of Chiropractic and went on to earn a Master of Public Health degree in administration from the University of Minnesota, and a PhD in clinical research and biomechanics form the University of Southern Denmark. She currently serves as president of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). Dr. Maiers has previously held leadership positions in the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) and the Chiropractic Health Care section of the American Public Health Association (APHA).
Dr. Michelle Drover
Michelle Drover, MSW, DC, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University and a Masters in Social Work from Ohio State University. She worked as a child and family therapist for 10 years before embarking on her chiropractic career. She graduated magna cum laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport and practiced for 13 years. She returned to Palmer to join the faculty in 2006 and has had appointments as a faculty clinician, and in the Life Sciences department teaching microbiology, clinical psychology, public health, biomechanics, toxicology, and gross anatomy labs. Dr. Drover currently serves as the associate dean for life sciences and foundations while continuing to teach microbiology and clinical psychology. She received the ICAA Female Chiropractic Achievement Award in 2010 and 2013, Thelma Fordyce-Mack Faculty Recognition Award in 2011 and 2014, and the Sigma Phi Chi Chiropractic Service Award in 2014 and 2015. She was named Palmer College's Outstanding Faculty of the Year in 2011, and she has received the student-voted Faculty of the Year Award from the Student Council every year since 2008. In addition to her teaching and administrative service, Dr. Drover regularly presents continuing education seminars for chiropractors and has been published in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Micheala E. Edwards
Micheala E. Edwards, DC, has a vast history in athletics, including basketball and track and field. Excelling in the sport of track, she earned state championships in Missouri as a hurdler, which in turn earned her a scholarship to run track for the University of Kansas. She would later complete her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1999. After five years of personal training in the Dallas area, she relocated to St. Louis, Missouri to earn her doctorate degree in chiropractic from Logan University, graduating in 2009. Dr. Edwards completed her chiropractic preceptorship in Atlanta, Ga., at Chiropractic Healthcare of Buckhead, and her postceptorship at McClain Chiropractic in Florissant, Mo. Now residing in the Kansas City metro area, she owns and operates E. Elite Wellness while serving as the current president of the American Black Chiropractic Association.
Dr. William Foshee
William Foshee, DC, (he/xe) serves as chair of the American Chiropractic Association Commission on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and as the ACA alternate delegate for East Texas. He is a graduate of Northwestern Health Sciences University, where he was honored as a Diversity Leadership Scholar for his commitment to underserved population health. He was also named a Philanthropy Fund Foundation Scholar in recognition of his leadership and service to the LGBTQIA community. Dr Foshee endeavors to positively impact culturally competent delivery of chiropractic care and has delivered lectures on health equity to chiropractic stakeholders in national and state organizations, university audiences, and regulatory agencies. He is employed by MyoCore, a multi-clinic, hospital-based chiropractic system at Medical City Hospital in Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Valerie Johnson
Valerie Johnson, DC, became the first chiropractor appointed by the Veterans Administration Healthcare System in the state of California to its medical staff and in 2005 initiated an outpatient clinic at the VA of Greater Los Angeles location. In 2011 she earned her first diplomate in family practice and internal medicine from the American Board of Chiropractic Internists, and a few years later her earned a diplomate in clinical nutrition. She helped to establish an integrative chiropractic residency program that became one of the first chiropractic residency programs to gain accreditation in the history of the chiropractic profession. Dr. Johnson lectures regularly in academic and hospital settings, national research and government conferences. She has participated in various national government work groups to assist in establishing national guidelines for healthcare providers.
Dr. Karen Konarski-Hart
Karen Konarski-Hart, DC, is a chiropractic physician in private practice in Little Rock, Ark., since 1979. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from the then National College of Chiropractic (now NUHS). A licensed emergency medical technician, she holds a Master of Science in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management from Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, and was named that program's Outstanding Intern. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedics and is certified in acupuncture and as a Department of Transportation Medical Examiner. She is the recipient of numerous awards including ACA’s Chiropractor of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year and Delegate of the Year awards. She is a Fellow of the International College of Chiropractors. A member of the Arkansas Board of Health for 13 years, Dr Konarski-Hart is the only chiropractic physician to have served as its president. She is the leader of the Pulaski County Medical Reserve Corps and a member of the Arkansas Disaster Medical Assistance Team. Dr Konarski-Hart served nine years as councilor for the Council on Chiropractic Education and 25 years in ACA leadership, rising over the years to become the association’s first female vice president.
Dr. Nakiesha Pearson
Nakiesha Pearson, DC, completed her chiropractic degree at National University of Health Sciences (NUHS). After graduation, she began a Family Practice Program at NUHS. In addition, she began pursuing her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and her Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice. Dr. Pearson started her teaching career with National in 2014 and is currently chair of the clinical sciences department. Additionally, she is the vice chair of the American Chiropractic Association's Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the chair of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges' (AANMC) Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee.
Dr. Katherine Pohlman
Katherine Pohlman, DC, MS, PhD, is director of research at Parker University and a senior fellow of the Chiropractic Academy of Research and Leadership (CARL) program. She received the Researcher of the Year Award in 2020 from the American Chiropractic Association, has served as the vice president of ACA’s Council on Women’s Health and ACA’s Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics. Dr. Pohlman received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree and Masters of Science in Clinical Research from Palmer College of Chiropractic and her PhD in Pediatrics from the University of Alberta. Dr. Pohlman joined Parker University in 2015 with nine years of prior experience as a research manager and scientist, including the first project manager for Palmer Center of Chiropractic Research. In that position, she managed several federally funded research studies, including the largest randomized controlled trial in the military for chiropractic, which was awarded by the Department of Defense. As lead study coordinator, Dr. Pohlman has directed the world’s largest study evaluating patient safety among spinal manipulation therapy providers, which comprised a series of projects funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Her research interests have focused not only on study methodology, but also on the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care in special populations including individuals suffering from chronic pain, children, and pregnant/post-partum women.
Dr. John Rosa
John Rosa, DC, owns and supervises Accessible Beltway Clinics, which is comprised of 17 clinics in Maryland and Virginia. ABC Clinics combine medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture and behavioral medicine to provide a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to pain syndromes and musculoskeletal disorders. Dr. Rosa/ABC is active in sports medicine, consulting and treating college, professional and Olympic athletes. He is the founder of Accessible Wellness Solutions, an onsite corporate wellness program offering consulting, lectures and management of onsite clinics. Dr. Rosa graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College. He has been a leader at NYCC, serving for 15 years as a school trustee and three years as chairman of the board. He was awarded the highest recognitions in chiropractic medicine as Fellow of the American Chiropractic Colleges and Fellow of the International Chiropractic Colleges. He is the current board chair to Maryland University of Integrative Health. Dr. Rosa has also distinguished himself over the years as an authority on the opioid epidemic and how chiropractic can help. He has served as a consultant to national and international opioid task forces, including the White House task force. As part of his efforts, he founded “Overdose Free America,” a nonprofit that uses the power of celebrity and entertainment to raise awareness of the Opioid Crisis and has volunteered at Crossroads Freedom Center, a residential facility in Maryland that helps people overcome addiction.
Dr. Holly Tucker
Holly Tucker, DC, MPH, CHES, FASA, is a chiropractic physician certified in acupuncture and as a health education specialist. She is a mom, mentor, business coach, podcast host and healthcare provider. Dr. Tucker experienced chiropractic at a critical age: as a teenager — and she instantly knew this was the profession for her! After starting at Logan University, she was introduced to acupuncture, and a few trimesters later she experienced a major shift in her own health after discovering whole food nutrition. By focusing on the natural beauty that food has to offer, a lifetime of digestive issues suddenly disappeared after giving up gluten (and most processed foods). Intrigued by this, she continued to learn more about a whole food plant-based lifestyle, using vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds as the focus, with high-quality meats and animal proteins. Her focus in chiropractic quickly drifted toward caring for mothers on their prenatal journey, as well as helping women of all ages achieve balance in their lives through natural options and lifestyle advice. She's a co-host of the ChiroMOM podcast, a show for any mom about life, business, health and friendship. Since becoming a mother herself, that passion has turned into a life goal: change the way children are fed and taught about health in America. Her practice, Active Family Wellness, primarily serves prenatal clients, combining chiropractic, acupuncture and nutrition. She also is a coach and mentor to early career chiropractors on start-up and business coaching, and recently obtained the Profit First Certification. She produces the “5-minutes to Profitability” videos every Friday on YouTube.
Dr. Robert Vining
Robert Vining, DC, is a professor and the associate dean of clinical research at the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research in Davenport, Iowa. He began his career in private practice. Transitioning to an academic career, he first served as a teaching clinician and classroom instructor at Cleveland University, then as an outpatient clinic director at Logan University. As a researcher, Dr. Vining has served on numerous federally funded clinical studies including those conducted within U.S. Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Defense health systems. His research program addresses spine-related musculoskeletal diagnosis, supporting evidence-based clinical decision-making, chiropractic education, and integrating chiropractic in multidisciplinary settings. Dr. Vining holds both a Doctor of Chiropractic and Doctor of Health Science degree. He is a lead or co-author on over 45 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, two book chapters, and other publications related to chiropractic care and education. He is the 2018 recipient of the Palmer College of Chiropractic Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award and the 2019 recipient of the American Chiropractic Association Academician of the Year award.