Meet the Speakers

Karen Konarski-Hart, DC 

Karen Konarski-Hart, DC is a member of the American Chiropractic Association Board of Governors. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedics and is certified in acupuncture and as a Department of Transportation medical examiner. In addition to being a chiropractic physician, she is a licensed EMT and has a Master of Science in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management. 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 co-authored and lobbied for passage of state laws to include chiropractic radiology assistants and to allow DCs to practice acupuncture under their scope of practice. As an EMT, she is a member of the AR1-Disaster Medical Assistance Team (AR1-DMAT) and is Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trained for Pulaski County.  She is the leader of the Pulaski County Medical Reserve Corps and trains chiropractors for emergency response on the Arkansas Emergency Medical Technicians Association-Emergency Support Response Team. In addition, she served on the Council on Chiropractic Education as commissioner/councilor for nine years.


James M. Cox, DC, DACBR, HonDLitt, FACO(H)

A graduate of the National College of Chiropractic in 1963, Dr. James Cox enjoys a long professional life in chiropractic. He is the developer of Cox Technic flexion-distraction and decompression, author of two textbooks ‐ Low Back Pain: Mechanism, Diagnosis, Treatment, now in its 7th edition by Lippincott Williams and Wilkins and Neck, Shoulder, and Arm Pain: Mechanism, Diagnosis, and Treatment, now in its fourth edition ‐ and multiple peer‐reviewed articles, editorial board member of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, co‐researcher in biomechanical and clinical chiropractic studies, diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology, and invited presenter at various conferences on spine care. Since 1994, his work with the research projects in collaboration with Palmer Research Center and Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and the Hines VA Hospital keeps promoting the science of chiropractic spinal manipulation. As a recognized speaker on spine pain and its relief, he has spoken for physicians around the world, and his spinal manipulation technic is practiced by over sixty percent of American chiropractors. He works from his hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and consults with fellow physicians via his radiological practice, Fort Wayne Chiropractic Radiological Center.


Maruti Ram Gudavalli, PhD

Dr. Ram Gudavalli is currently a Professor and Chair of Research Committee at the Keiser University College of Chiropractic Medicine. He received his undergraduate degrees in engineering from Madras Institute of Technology, India, and Master’s degree in engineering from McMaster University, Canada, and a Ph.D. degree in biomechanics specialization from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Gudavalli has been working associated with chiropractic research for the last 25+ years. His research interests include the basic biomechanical understanding of the spine, understanding the biomechanical responses of the spine under chiropractic procedures, and clinical studies on low back pain and neck pain. He has received funding from federal government agencies such as NIH, HRSA, and VA as principal investigator, co-leader, and co-investigator.


Ralph Kruse, Jr., DC

Dr. Kruse is a 1990 graduate of National University of Health Sciences where he earned his Certification in Cox® Technic Flexion‐Distraction Manipulation and acupuncture, and subsequently, his Diplomate of the American Board of

Chiropractic Orthopedics. In his private practice years spent in Chicago and South suburban Homewood, he treated a substantial number of patients with cervical and lumbar disc pathology. Dr. Kruse was a research clinician for the HRSA grant-funded Biomechanics of Low Back Flexion-Distraction Therapy study performed at National College of Chiropractic and the NIH grant-funded Cervical Cox® Technic flexion‐distraction and decompression study at Loyola University Medical Center. He has published numerous studies and case reports documenting the clinical efficacy of this technique performed to the cervical and lumbar spine for the treatment of degenerative disc disease, stenosis, disc herniations, radiculopathy as well as pregnancy-related radiculopathy due to a lumbar disc herniation. Dr. Kruse is pleased to be a part of the Cox® teaching team and on‐going research and to now be an Associate Professor and Attending Clinician at the Keiser University College of Chiropractic Medicine in West Palm Beach, Florida.


Elizabeth Jean Berg, DC

Dr. Berg is a wife, mom of 3, and co-owner of Nourish Family Wellness in Minneapolis, MN, where she focuses on pre-conception care, prenatal care, and care for the breastfeeding dyad.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN and has advanced training in Lactation, Acupuncture, Craniosacral Therapies, Spinning Babies® Techniques, Diastasis Recti Rehabilitation, and is Certified in the Webster Technique.  She is a member of the MCA, speaks to students at NWHSU and helped to plan and pioneer in executing the first Chiro Kids Day in Minnesota with the MCA Pediatrics Council.  She also offers online training modules for chiropractors to improve their lactation knowledge through Nourish Professional-Lactation for Chiropractors.


Jessie L. Young, DC

Dr. Jessie Young is a chiropractor specializing in infants with breastfeeding issues. She has completed advanced training in these fields, allowing her to help the tiniest of patients have a successful start. She enjoys working closely with other healthcare professionals to provide the most comprehensive and highest quality care possible. 

As a 2009 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic West, Dr. Young has focused her continuing education over the years on lactation and pediatrics. She is trained in a wide variety of techniques to help children of all ages by addressing many different health concerns and is nearing completion of becoming an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

Dr. Young is a member of the Washington State Chiropractic Association, American Chiropractic Association and American Chiropractic Associations Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics where she currently volunteers as the Research Committee Chair helping to promote contributions to research and advancements in Pediatric Chiropractic.

In her free time, Dr. Young enjoys spending time with her two boys and husband. They like to hike, visit beaches, and cook vegan and gluten-free cuisines from around the world.


Lisa Thomson, DC, CFMP, NRCME

Dr. Thomson is a chiropractor in the greater Los Angeles area.  She is an Upstate New York native and a graduate of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.  At Plattsburgh she was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society, was selected to be on the Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities list and was captain of the women’s soccer team.  She is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, Florida Campus. Upon graduating from Palmer, Dr. Thomson packed up her car and drove to California to find a place to practice.

Dr. Thomson is currently on the Board of Directors for the California Chiropractic Association.  As an athlete and avid sports fan, Dr. Thomson is passionate about helping treat athletes and improving sports performance.  She has gone through level 1, and medical level 2 courses at the Titleist Performance Institute is certified through OnBaseU and is Racquetfit certified.  Additionally, Dr. Thomson is a certified functional medicine practitioner, a certified medical examiner, and has taken over 100 hours of functional neurology classes with the Carrick Institute.  


William J. Lauretti, DC

Dr. Bill Lauretti spent over 15 years in private practice in Maryland before joining the Chiropractic Clinical Science faculty at New York Chiropractic College in 2005. He has written numerous journal articles and textbook chapters about the safety of chiropractic neck adjustments and has lectured extensively on the topic. He is a Spokesman for the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), who has been interviewed by major news outlets about chiropractic risks, including CNN, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and Reuters International News Service. He is a Fellow of the International College of Chiropractors, a past recipient of ACA’s Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement and was named the Maryland Chiropractic Association’s Chiropractor of the Year 2000.



David J. BenEliyahu, DC

Dr. David BenEliyahu graduated from the National College of Chiropractic in 1982. He has been in active private practice for 35 years in New York, where he directs an integrative spine and musculoskeletal practice. He has advanced postgraduate certifications in Sports Injuries and Pain Management. Dr. BenEliyahu has published many papers in peer-reviewed journals on the efficacy of chiropractic care for conditions such as disc herniation, for which he won a research award from the World Chiropractic Congress. His chiropractic practice was recently one of the first in the United States to be recognized by the NCQA in Patient-Centered Connected Care (PCCC).  

Dr. BenEliyahu has directed and instructed postgraduate coursework for the NY Chiropractic College in Primary Integrative Spine Care, as well as in many integrative and interdisciplinary medical specialty seminars. He currently directs the Chiropractic Collaboration programs at Mather Hospital, where he coordinates collaborative care, interdisciplinary referrals, education and outreach between the chiropractic and medical communities.  

He has coordinated and directed The Neurospine Summit in Suffolk County, New York for three years, which has featured multidisciplinary case reviews of complex spine cases and expert roundtable discussion that

included DCs. Lastly, he founded and is the Administrative Director of the Back and Neck Pain Center at Mather Hospital. The Back and Neck Pain Center is a patient-centered and integrative spine center that focuses on spine-related population health principles and follows integrated spine care pathways and coordination of care with both hospital and community-based medical spine care providers.  


John Scott Stites, DC

Dr. Stites is Professor and Director of Community Clinics at Palmer College of Chiropractic. He also provides care for underserved populations in a Community Health Care center alongside medical physicians and dentists. A 1979 Palmer graduate, he has been on faculty since 1983 and holds Diplomates in both Radiology and Orthopedics. He has served the profession through terms as editor-in-chief for Topic in Radiology and Advance Imaging, editorial board member for the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association and Topics in Integrative Health, and peer reviews for scholarly journals including Spine, Journal of Chiropractic Medicine and Chiropractic & Manual Therapies. He received the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chiropractic Health Care section of the American Public Health Association, where he has served as chair and program chair, and currently sits on the Governing Council. He also sits on advisory councils for the Iowa Department of Public Health, as well as for managed care organizations. In 2018 he was named Academician of the Year by the American Chiropractic Association.

For the past eleven years he has participated in the renowned workshop in Evidence-Based Clinical Practice (EBCP) at McMaster University, an intensive 5-day program for all health care providers interested in using or teaching EBCP. For the past six years he has served as a tutor for the workshop. He has developed and presented multiple programs on EBCP including workshops geared toward educators and foundational seminars for clinicians.


R. Douglas Metz, DC

As chief health services officer and executive vice president at American Specialty Health (ASH), Dr. Douglas Metz oversees quality improvement initiatives, clinical quality administration, credentialing, clinical services management, health services operations and outcomes research, clinical performance systems, credentialing, professional affairs, health guideline and policy development, clinical regulatory activities, and accreditation functions of the organization. Dr. Metz has been instrumental in supporting the development of numerous new products, research activities, and evidence-based quality initiatives at ASH, and has been the lead health professional supporting the development of the company’s clinical managed care, and health management and fitness programs. He has served in a senior clinical management role at ASH for more than 24 years. He leads a multidisciplinary team of over 110 clinicians including DC, MD, RN, PT, OT, SLP, ATC, LAc, DPM, RD, LMT, ND, Ph.D., PharmD who support products and programs managed by the company.

Prior to working with ASH, Dr. Metz was the first chiropractic physician to be hired to serve as a national medical director for Aetna Health Plans. In that role, he was responsible for chiropractic and other physical medicine managed care initiatives within the employee benefits, workers’ compensation, and personal injury insurance lines of business.

Dr. Metz was also awarded the 2011 San Diego Business Journal “Health Care Champion” award for research and innovation. During his 35-year career, Dr. Metz has served on many health industry organization boards and committees, including over 18 years on the URAC Health Standards Committee (6 years as chairman). He has also served on the Wellness and Health Website Standards Development Committee for URAC, the Outcomes Measurement Committee of the Disease Management Association of America, the Research Advisory Committee for the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO), the Corporate Health Improvement Program (CHIP), the Chief Medical Officer’s Committee of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and the Board of Directors of the Acoustic Neuroma Association (ANA). He recently was involved in collaborating with Congressperson Jackie Walorski (R-IN) in co-authoring the Todd Graham sections of HR6 (The Support for Patients and Communities Act). He is currently serving on an AHIP committee focused on pain management.

Dr. Metz is a frequent speaker on many topics related to managed care, quality management, and health improvement. He has contributed to textbooks and scientific articles including: “Ten Modifiable Health Risk Factors Are Linked To More Than One-Fifth Of Employer-Employee Health Care Spending,” Health Affairs, (2012); “Supplemental Health Insurance: Meeting Today’s Needs,” AHIP Press (2009); and articles published in these and other publications including Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (2004, 2008, & 2014), American Journal of Health Promotion (2007), Chiropractic and Osteopathy (2005) and the Archives of Internal Medicine (2004), Nolo Press (2009), Topics in Clinical Chiropractic (2000). Dr. Metz is a graduate of National College of Chiropractic, Lombard, Ill., where he received a bachelor’s degree in human biology and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and is an actively licensed Doctor of Chiropractic in 6 states (CA, CT, CO, IL, ID, IN). Prior to working at American Specialty Health, and Aetna Health Plans, he worked in private practice.


Donald R. Murphy, DC, FRCC

Donald Murphy is Clinical Assistant Professor at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  He formerly served as the Medical Director of the Spine Care Program for Care New England, a large hospital system in Rhode Island after being in private practice for 28 years.  He helped develop the Primary Spine Practitioner course at the University of Pittsburgh, where he serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy.  Dr. Murphy also holds the appointments of Professor, Southern California University of Health Sciences and Associate Professor, Department of Research, New York Chiropractic College. 

Dr. Murphy is a partner in Spine Care Partners, LLC and Primary Spine Provider Network, LLC, both of which are involved in bringing increased efficiency and high-value care to spine related disorders, part of which involves establishing the Primary Spine Practitioner as a new, innovative role in the healthcare system.  

Dr. Murphy has been on the Expert Panel for several spine care guidelines, including those of the American College of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society.  He has published over 100 papers and chapters in the peer-reviewed spine literature as well as three books on back and neck pain, including the most recent series Clinical Reasoning in Spine Pain Vol 1 and 2 that serve as the required texts for Primary Spine Practitioner certification training. 


Morgan Young, DC

Dr. Morgan Young is the Associate Medical Director for Chiropractic at the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. His position involves evidence-informed policy development and quality oversight regarding conservative care of occupationally injured workers. His practice experience includes Occupational Medicine at Kaiser Permanente and corporate onsite healthcare at Cisco Systems operated by the Stanford School of Medicine. He spent 10 years at Palmer College of Chiropractic West as a researcher and associate professor teaching diagnosis, evidence-based practices and integrated care delivery.




John M. Ventura, DC

John Ventura is a 1983 summa cum laude graduate of National College of Chiropractic and practiced full time in Rochester NY for 30 years. He has served as clinical instructor in the department of family medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine from 1998 to present.  

Currently he co-owns Spine Care Partners, a consulting/training company that works with insurance companies, physician groups and hospitals to implement a spine continuum of care pathway and Primary Spine Provider Network, an online community of practitioners interested in the primary spine model of care.  

He sits on the board of the United States Bone and Joint Initiative, the primary care and chronic illness committee of National Quality Forum and a technical expert panel for Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services.    


Christine Goertz, DC, PHD

Christine Goertz, DC, PhD, is a professor in musculoskeletal research at the Duke Clinical Research Institute and director of system development and coordination for Spine Health in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University. She is also the chief executive officer of the Spine Institute for Quality and adjunct professor in the Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health at the University of Iowa. Previously, she served 11 years as vice chancellor of research and health policy at Palmer College of Chiropractic. Her 25-year research career has focused on working with multi-disciplinary teams to design and implement clinical and health services research studies designed to increase knowledge regarding the effectiveness and cost of complementary and integrative healthcare delivery. Dr. Goertz has received nearly $32 million in federal funding as either principal investigator or co-principal investigator and has authored or co-authored nearly 100 peer-reviewed papers. In 2019, she was appointed by the U.S. Comptroller General as chair of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors.



Christine Foss, DC

Chiropractic Physician / M.S.Ed., ATC., DACBSP, ICCSP
 Diplomate American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physician
 Internationally Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician

Dr. Christine Foss has a Master’s degree in Sports Medicine from Old Dominion University, a Doctorate in Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Health Sciences.

Dr. Foss has had many experiences treating and rehabilitating athletes as well as non-athletes. Co-owning and establishing Advanced Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy Center as well as Kid’s Therapy Center has been a passion. She worked in the Sports Medicine Department at the University of Notre Dame as well as volunteering at the Olympic Training Camp in Colorado Springs and Chula Vista California. She has additionally worked alongside prominent surgeons in the care and rehabilitation of athletic injuries.

Dr. Foss is licensed in chiropractic in New Jersey, New York and Florida. She is a member of the New Jersey Chiropractic Association, the American Chiropractic Association, American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, as well as the National Athletic Training Association. Although Dr. Foss holds a medical degree, her interests in holistic healthcare have kept her practicing solely as a chiropractor at this time.

Dr.  Foss finds special interest in difficult cases and those patients that have had little success with conventional care as well as lecturing on a variety of aspects of sports injuries. She is currently director and lead instructor of the New York Chiropractic College “Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician” program. 


Deborah Kopansky-Giles, DC

Dr. Deborah Kopansky-Giles, DC, FCCS(C), FICC (Hon), MSc, is a clinician scientist and a Professor at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC), a staff chiropractor at the St. Michael’s Hospital, Academic Family Health Team and an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. 

In collaboration with CMCC, St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto (U of T), Dr. Kopansky-Giles’ research priorities have included the development and evaluation of integrative models of health care delivery, competency-based education, models of care and interprofessional education. An educational scholar and award-winning researcher, she has received numerous grants, publishes frequently, presents at national and international interdisciplinary conferences and is actively engaged in local, national and global health initiatives, including working closely with the WHO in the programs of Aging and the Lifecourse; Integrated, People-Centred Care and Global Health Workforce. In addition, Dr. Kopansky-Giles represented the Canadian Chiropractic Association as WFC Executive Council member for 15 years, completing her term in March of 2019.  Since 2005 she has represented the chiropractic profession on the UN, Bone and Joint Decade and continues on the Executive Committee (and International Coordinating Council) of the G-MUSC (Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health - of the Bone and Joint Decade). 

Dr. Kopansky-Giles was recently recognized by the chiropractic profession globally by being awarded the David Chapman-Smith Honour Award by the World Federation of Chiropractic in March of 2019.


Troy A. Sturgill, DC

Troy Sturgill, D.C., M.S. is the Director of Regional Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Inc. He received his Masters of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation from Logan University and his Doctorate of Chiropractic Medicine from Parker College of Chiropractic. Dr. Sturgill was appointed to the Oklahoma State Board of Chiropractic Examiners by Governor Fallin in 2014 and 2018 and is an active member of the American ChiropracticAssociation.  

Dr. Sturgill has presented on several CMS Quality Payment Program (QPP) webinars and currently serves as a QPP Clinician Champion and member of the Technical Expert Panel for the 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System Improvement Activities.




Gerald L. Stevens, DC, MS

Dr. Gerald Stevens is an associate professor at New York Chiropractic College (NYCC). He currently teaches chiropractic in clinical settings at the Lighthouse Free Chiropractic Clinic and the Depew Health Center. Dr. Stevens received his DC at NYCC, M.S. in Pathology (LSU Medical Center) and a M.P.H. (SUNY Buffalo). He has received Faculty Excellence Awards in Research and Scholarly Activity and Citizenship.

Dr. Stevens serves his profession on the local, state and national levels. He is part of the Erie County Opioid Task Force serving as part of the Provider Education group. On the state level, he serves NYSCA as an officer (Recording Secretary), Chair of the Clinical Practice Committee and Chair of their Opioid Task Force. Nationally, he is the District 1 Director (Northeast) for the ChiroCongress (COCSA).

Dr. Stevens is an avid traveler, visiting 29 countries, 28 national parks, 6 continents and 48 states. He is active in Toastmasters International and has achieved its highest rank of Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM). He and his wife Maureen, adopted a family of 4 (3 girls, 1 boy) all at once. Dr. Stevens proudly served his country for six years in the Army National Guard as an infantryman.


Richard Brown, DC, LLM, FRCC, FBCA, FEAC

Richard Brown 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 1990 graduate of the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC). He was in private practice for 25 years before relocating from his native United Kingdom to Toronto, Canada. 

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 organisation. 

Richard is married to Caroline, a lecturer, and has two grown-up children. He enjoys walking, motorcycling and following English professional football. In the distant past, he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and was a member of a chiropractic band, Audible Release


Vivian Ly, DC

Vivian Ly, DC, earned her bachelor's degree from University of California, Irvine and graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic, West. She completed a one-year Chiropractic Integrated Clinical Practice Residency Program with the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. She currently works as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Yale Center for Medical Informatics.


Stephanie Halloran, DC

Dr. Halloran earned her BS in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and her DC from the University of Western States in Portland, Ore. Following graduation from chiropractic school, she completed her VA Chiropractic Residency at VA Connecticut Healthcare System under Anthony Lisi, DC. Currently, she has a postdoctoral appointment at Yale Center for Medical Informatics while concurrently working towards her MS in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine through the University of Western States. Dr. Halloran sits on the American Chiropractic Association Editorial Review Board and the North American Spine Society Membership Committee and Political Engagement Committee. Her research interests include chiropractic care within the Veteran population and health disparities in low economic areas with a focus on access to complementary medicine.


Bobby Maybee, DC

Dr. Maybee initially began the Forward-Thinking Chiropractic Alliance (FTCA) in 2014 as an attempt to change the landscape and conversation of the chiropractic profession of social media.   Since then the FTCA has gone on to create evidence-based content in a grass roots nature.  This content is typically for the internet, and in an educational format through continuing education courses, and is staunchly evidence based.  

Dr. Maybee hosts “Forward, The Podcast of the Forward-Thinking Chiropractic Alliance.”  As well, he is a member of the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners Peer Review Committee, and a member and supporter of the American Chiropractic Association.  

Dr. Maybee is a 2004 graduate of Western States Chiropractic College.  In his free time, he co manages a household of 5 children, dog, cat, rabbit, and three chickens.  


Vern A. Saboe, Jr., DC

Dr. Saboe is board certified in orthopedics, neurology and forensic science and is in his 38th year of private practice.  He served on the State of Oregon Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC) and the HERC’s Subcommittee for Evidence-based Guidelines Development and Coverage Guidance (2011-2015) helping to develop Oregon’s Evidence-based Low Back Pain Management Guidelines. He currently serves on the HERC Value-based Benefits Subcommittee. Due in part to the growing opioid problem he then served the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) ad hoc “Back and Spinal Pain Prioritized List Reorganization Task Force.  This resulted in Oregon moving common back and spinal pain conditions “above the line” so treatment of these conditions are now funded as well as producing a treatment guideline for non-pharmacologic chiropractic treatments.  As a consequence of this Oregon policy change nearly 1 million patients on the Oregon Health Plan can see a chiropractic physician for common back and spinal pain disorders. 

Dr. Saboe is the recipient of numerous awards at both the state and national levels including being twice chosen by his peers as “Chiropractor of the Year” (2003 & 2005).  He has also received the American Chiropractic Association’s “Presidential Award,” (2012) “Joint Chairman and President’s Award,” (2013) and both the “Delegate of the Year,” and “F. Dow Bates Awards” (2015) presented in Washington, DC. 


Mathew E. DiMond, DC, DACRB, EMT, FICC

Dr. DiMond is a faculty clinician in the integrated clinics at the University of Bridgeport. His clinical approach typifies rehabilitation strategies and diverse active care while advocating patient self-sufficiency. He is board certified as a Diplomate with the ACA Rehabilitation Board and continues to pursue education focusing on pain management and functional movement. Earning numerous certifications in soft tissue assessment and management, he integrates all care models for instructing in multiple treatment techniques. 

On campus, Dr. DiMond oversees student groups, like the UB Rehab Club, and develops research & education in the Human Performance Laboratory. Off campus, he provides care at athletic events to the Connecticut & New York regions including Ironman & Ragnar Relays, and is an annual provider for the Nutmeg State Games. He is heavily involved with the ACA as a representative in the Rehab Council, and serves on multiple committees such as the Clinical Guidelines Review Task Force and the Editorial Review Advisory Board. He is also an active member of the Connecticut Chiropractic Association and currently serves as second vice-president of their state executive board. In addition to appointments on editorial boards of various chiropractic publications, he has also written articles for Dynamic Chiropractic, the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, and numerous media outlets. He holds additional office hours and regularly consults at office locations of Back to Motion Sports Rehab & Fitness. 


Corey Henderson

Dr. Corey Henderson works on Quality Payment Program APM communication and user research. His research focuses on stakeholder engagement, equity and inclusion, qualitative research, and human centered design.





Dr. Chalick-Kaplan, DNP, FNP-BC, CRNP, CCM is an Analyst with the CMS Innovation Center. She serves on both the CMMI Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced Model (Quality Lead) and CMS QPP Clinician Champions teams. Prior to her work at CMMI, she served in the CMS Region 3 Philadelphia office and was responsible for CMS public education regarding Medicare, Medicaid, the Health Insurance Marketplace, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and implementation of regional strategic plans to educate consumers regarding current healthcare initiatives. Before joining the outreach team, she performed regulatory activities and oversight for the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. Prior to joining CMS, Beth held management and clinical positions in both healthcare payor and provider organizations. She has extensive expertise in managed care and care coordination and holds a certification in case management. Beth received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Temple University and continues to practice outside of CMS as a Hospice Nurse Practitioner.