Meet the Speakers
Michael R. Wiles, DC, MEd, MS, EdD, FCCS(C), FICC, FRCC
Dr. Wiles earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1976. He also has a Master of Education (Educational Administration) from Brock University and a Master of Science (Medical Education Leadership) from the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine, as well as a Doctor of Education in higher education from the University of Liverpool (UK). He has spent his career in chiropractic practice and education in Canada, Minnesota, Texas and Florida. Dr. Wiles has served as Dean of Chiropractic, as well as Provost and Interim President at Northwestern Health Sciences University, and Dean of Clinical Affairs at Texas Chiropractic College prior to his current position as the founding Dean of the College of Chiropractic Medicine at Keiser University in West Palm Beach, Fla. He is a Fellow of the College of Chiropractic Sciences (Canada), a Fellow of the International College of Chiropractors, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractic (UK).
Gregory C. Priest, DC, DABCO
Dr. Priest is an assistant professor at Keiser University College of Chiropractic Medicine. Dr. Priest received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic College (now Life University) in 1983. He later completed postgraduate specialty training through National University of Health Sciences and is recognized as a Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists. Dr. Priest is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists (now the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine) and a past board member for the Florida Chiropractic Association. He has served as an examiner for the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners Part IV exam and served a three-year appointed term as a member of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee for the 18th Judicial Circuit. He has also served on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists. Dr. Priest practiced in Melbourne, Fla., until 2017, when he accepted an assistant professor position at Parker University College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas. In 2019, Dr. Priest and his family returned to Florida and he is currently serving as an assistant professor at the Keiser University College of Chiropractic Medicine in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Karen Kay Konarski-Hart, DC
Karen Kay 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 then National College of Chiropractic (now National University of Health Sciences). A licensed emergency medical technician, she also 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, the ACA’s Humanitarian of the Year and the ACA’s 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 9 years as councilor for the Council on Chiropractic Education and 25 years in leadership with the ACA (most recently as vice president). She is a speaker on NCMIC’s speaker’s bureau, encouraging chiropractors to become involved in public health issues and disaster response.
James Ebbets, DC
James Ebbets, DC, has a lifelong involvement in sport as an athlete, coach, administrator and healthcare provider. He had been a lead instructor and Level 3 coach in the USATF coaching education program since 1983. He has lectured at Level 1, 2, 3 schools, authored the curriculum for the Level 2 Youth endurance, biomechanics and race walk. He has spoken twice at the High Performance Summits on improving distance running in America. Since 1999, Dr. Ebbets has edited Track Coach, the technical journal for USATF. He has lectured nationally, in Scandinavia, the Caribbean and at the Olympic Training Centers in Colorado Springs and Lake Placid on health and sports-related topics. Additionally, he has presented at the FICS World Conference on Sport and Training Theory and had a poster presentation at the 2014 WFC Conference on The Athletic Triage Model. He has served as the U.S. National Team Chiropractor to three IAAF World Championships. Dr Ebbets founded the nationally recognized sports outreach program at N.Y. Chiropractic College that has provided complimentary care at 250+ events over the last decade. He is currently in private practice in Union Springs, N.Y.
John M. Ventura, DC, DABCO
Dr. Ventura is a summa cum laude graduate of National College of Chiropractic and practiced full time in Rochester N.Y. for 30 years. He has served as clinical instructor in the department of family medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine from 1997 to present. He is the current vice president of the United States Bone and Joint Initiative, sits on the primary care and chronic illness committee of National Quality Forum and is chair of the committee for quality assurance and accountability for the American Chiropractic Association.