Meet the Speakers

Emcee: Greg Kawchuk, DC, PhD

Dr. Greg Kawchuk DC, PhD is a professor in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta. Greg is a CMCC graduate (1990) who practiced chiropractic for 15 years in multidisciplinary settings before becoming a full-time researcher. He was the recipient of the first chiropractic research chair in Canada and in 2004, was recruited to the University of Alberta as the Canada Research Chair in Spinal Function. Dr. Kawchuk’s research interests are focused on back pain and spine function. His work spans basic science, clinical trials and implementation studies. Competitive agencies that have supported Dr. Kawchuk’s work include CIHR, NSERC and NIH. His most recent work has appeared in The Spine Journal, Pain, Scientific Reports and PLOS One. Dr. Kawchuk is currently the Research Council Chair of the World Federation of Chiropractic and is leading the new GLA:D Back initiative in Canada. 


Keynote Speaker: Anthony Delitto, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Anthony Delitto is the dean of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) and professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. He received his BS in Physical Therapy from SUNY Buffalo, NY, his MHS in Physical Therapy and his PhD from Washington University, St. Louis, MO. He is active in the Sections on Orthopedics and Education, and Past-President of the Section on Research for the APTA. Delitto has authored or co-authored over 120 peer-reviewed research papers. He actively treats people with painful musculoskeletal disorders and his current research is focused on implementing classification and treatment effectiveness studies into quality improvement initiatives. He is also conducting trials in exercise interventions for people with Parkinson's disease. He was awarded one of the first large pragmatic trials from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), a multi-site, $13-million grant (the TARGET study) to investigate innovative ways to reduce the transition of acute low back pain by having physical therapists partner with primary care and deliver psychologically informed physical therapy to patients with acute low back pain who are at risk for persistent pain.  

His awards include: Golden Pen Award, APTA, 1992; 6-time winner of the Steven J Rose Award for Excellence in Research, APTA Section on Orthopaedics (1993, 1994, 1996, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2015); Marian Williams Award for Research in Physical Therapy, APTA, 1997; Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA, 2000, the Lucy Blair Award (2007), and the Helen Hislop Award (2014). He delivered the John HP Maley (2001) and Mary McMillan Lectureships (2008). 


Carolina Cancelliere, DC, PhD

Carol is appointed at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology as the CCRF (Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation) Research Chair in Knowledge Translation in the Faculty of Health Sciences. She is the Project Lead for the Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative. The objectives of this program are to develop clinical practice guidelines relevant to musculoskeletal health and disability, and to engage in knowledge translation activities and research. 

Carol graduated from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2004 and practiced for 10 years in Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and Ontario. She received her Masters of Public Health degree from Lakehead University in 2011, and PhD in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research from the University of Toronto in 2017. 


Brian Degenhardt, DO

Dr. Brian Degenhardt, board certified in NMM/OMM, is a 1989 graduate of the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. He completed his rotating internship at Grandview Medical Center from 1989-90 and was a resident in OMM at ATSU-KCOM from 1991-93. Dr. Degenhardt is the assistant vice president for osteopathic research at ATSU, director of the A.T. Still Research Institute, and is the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Endowed Chair for Research in Osteopathic Diagnostic and Therapeutic Palpation. In these capacities, he oversees numerous areas of research, particularly directing research in palpatory diagnosis and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment. He is also the director of DO-Touch.NET, an international practice-based research network assessing the clinical usefulness of manipulative medicine.  His published work demonstrates a broad scope of research, including evaluation of the reliability of palpatory diagnostic tests, objectification of somatic dysfunction, evaluating the association of biomarkers with OMT and pain, health benefits of wellness programs, the use of rasterstereography in assessing posture, and the impact of OMT on patients with otitis media, pneumonia in the elderly, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 


David Elton, DC

Dave has worked at UnitedHealth Group (UHG) since 2001. Related to the objectives of the Interprofessional  Collaborative Spine Conference Dave’s experience includes;, co-leading the UHG pain management strategy focused on increasing access to non-Rx therapies for pain (co-author of a recently published paper illustrating the opioid avoidance benefits of positioning acupuncture, chiropractic and physical therapy as first provider seen for back pain and role as chief strategy officer for UHG backed Orthology practice.




Julie Fritz, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Julie Fritz is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, and the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Health at the University of Utah.  Her research has focused on examining nonpharmacologic treatments for individuals with spinal pain, including clinical trials and health services research. Her recent research projects have focused on investigating care pathways for patients with back pain within healthcare systems. Her research his presently funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Defense and PCORI.  




Moderator: Jake Magel, PT, PhD, DSc, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr. Jake Magel is a research assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at the University of Utah. He is board certified in orthopaedic physical therapy and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapists. He received his Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis, his Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy from the US Army-Baylor University Post-professional Doctoral Program in Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapy and his PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Utah. He is currently a Center on Health Services Training and Research Faculty Fellow. His research interests center on the management of patients with musculoskeletal conditions.




Moderator: Stephen McDavitt, PT, DPT, MS, FAAOMPT, FAPTA

Stephen McDavitt received a B.S. degree in Physical Therapy from Boston University in 1976 and a Master of Science Degree from BU in 1981. Dr. McDavitt received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) and a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).  

For over 40 years Dr. McDavitt has been practicing in outpatient orthopaedics specializing in rehabilitation of complex neurologic, orthopaedic, spine and extremity impairments across arthritic, cardiovascular/pulmonary, athletic and occupational dysfunctional populations. Since 1981, he has held PT faculty positions at Boston University, University of New England, and University of St. Augustine.  Dr. McDavitt has also served as a clinical mentor for individuals and postgraduate programs such as Regis University. Steve currently is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Mercer University, College of Health Professions in Atlanta.  

Dr. McDavitt served APTA for 2 terms as President of the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, APTA (2013-2019) and two terms as a Director on the APTA Board of Directors (2004-2010).  Nationally, he is also recognized for his stewardship for 6 years as Chair of the Practice Affairs Committee for AAOMPT and his two-year service as its Vice President.  Steve’s earlier APTA positions have included being Chair of the APTA Manipulation Task Force (1999-2004) and Chair of the Orthopedic Section Practice Committee (1996-2004). For more than 30 years, he has been involved with physical therapist practice outreach initiatives across advocacy, standards, education, legislation, payment and regulation in almost every state.  



Dr. Ken Olson, who is a Board Certified (OCS) and Fellowship-trained (FAAOMPT) Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapist, is a private practitioner in DeKalb, Illinois, USA, and he is also an adjunct faculty member at Northern Illinois University. Dr. Olson is a graduate of the University of St. Augustine’s Master of Science and Doctor of Health Science degrees in orthopaedic manual physical therapy, where he completed a manual therapy fellowship program.

Dr. Olson has lectured internationally on topics related to the manual physical therapy examination and management of spine and TMD with abstracts and research articles published in peer-reviewed journals including JOSPT, JMMT, and Cranio. He is also the author of the textbook Manual Physical Therapy of the Spine 2nd ed. published by Elsevier in 2016.

Dr. Olson currently serves as President of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) practice affairs committee and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Manipulation Workgroup. Additionally, he is a past president of the AAOMPT. He is also a co-author of the APTA Manipulation Education Manual and the APTA Position on Thrust Joint Manipulation.


Michael Schneider, DC, PhD

Dr. Michael Schneider received his DC degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1982 and his PhD in rehabilitation science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008. He has been working at the University of Pittsburgh fulltime since 2009 as an Associate Professor, with appointments in the Department of Physical Therapy and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Dr. Schneider has received several federal research grants from both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). He is the author of over 75 peer-reviewed publications, including articles published in high impact journals such as Spine, The Spine Journal and JAMA Network Open. Dr. Schneider practiced chiropractic for over 25 years before his transition into his current career as a fulltime academic and researcher. This unique blend of clinical, academic and research experience allows him to present complex information to a wide variety of audiences. 


Michael Seffinger, DO, FAAFP

Dr. Michael A. Seffinger is Professor of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Michigan State University in 1988, completed an osteopathic internship at Pacific Hospital of Long Beach in 1989 and a family medicine residency at University of California at Irvine in 1991.  After practicing family medicine in Gardena, CA for 8 years, he joined the faculty at Western University of Health Sciences – COMP in 1999.   

Nationally, Dr. Seffinger served as Chair of the Research Committee and President of the American Academy of Osteopathy, Vice-Chair of the American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research and has participated in the Osteopathic Research Center’s CONCORD and A.T. Still University’s DO-Touch.NET Practice Based Research Networks. He has worked on national interprofessional expert panels on the “Safety and Effectiveness of Cervical Spine Manipulation” and “Appropriateness of Cervical Spine Manipulation”, and chaired Data and Safety Monitoring Boards for multi-site clinical trials on osteopathic manipulation. He chaired the task force that created the American Osteopathic Association’s national guideline for Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for Patients with Low Back Pain.  

He has authored several textbooks on manipulation, including Evidence Based Manual Medicine, and has written several book chapters, journal articles and editorials related to osteopathic manipulative medicine research. He is the Executive Editor for the standard medical textbook Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine and Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.   


David Starmer, BSc, DC, MHS

Dr. David Starmer is the Education Coordinator for the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic Colleges (CMCC) simulation lab and was a past instructor in the departments of Clinical Diagnosis, Clinical Education, and Chiropractic Therapeutics. His primary instructional roles are teaching technique, therapeutic modalities, and providing students with clinical simulations. Along with completing a chiropractic degree at CMCC, he has earned a master’s degree in Health Studies from the University of Athabasca, as well as completing a certificate program in health care simulation education. He is known for his leadership qualities and has served as chair of the Faculty Council at CMCC, and has served multiple terms as an elected member to his provincial regulatory college.  In addition to his instructional workload he is an active researcher involved in spinal manipulation training, and simulation education.  His research activities have led to several publications, multiple workshops at international conferences, along with providing numerous platform presentations.  His research has also contributed to the invention of a simulation training and quality assurance system for chiropractors which is now used at over 12 different campuses around the world, and has been the recipient of several best paper in category awards at international conferences.   


Christopher J. Standaert, MD

Dr. Standaert specializes in the non-operative care of spine, joint and neuromusculoskeletal disorders. He takes a very patient-centered approach to care, trying hard to identify the issues behind an individual's pain or injury and helping them understand this. He believes that knowledge is empowering, and he works with a wide range of providers to help his patients regain or optimize their ability to pursue meaningful activities in their lives. His experience and clinical approach have made him a sought-after speaker and teacher from within many areas of medicine. He has received numerous awards for clinical care, teaching, and research. He has worked with colleagues across the US and internationally to address issues related to spine and musculoskeletal care, in the process authoring or co-authoring over 80 publications and book chapters and giving over 150 lectures.

Dr. Standaert has worked extensively on health policy issues at state and national governmental levels as well as for multiple professional medical associations and hospital systems. His research interests include non-operative spine care, spinal injections, and health policy.


Moderator: N. Ray Tuck, Jr., DC

Dr. Tuck was raised in Pulaski County, VA and is a graduate of Radford University and National Chiropractic College.  Upon graduation, he returned to Southwest Virginia where he practiced with his father, taking over the Tuck Chiropractic Clinic system upon his father's passing in 2006.  Dr. Tuck is the current President of the Virginia Board of Medicine and immediate past President of the American Chiropractic Association. Dr. Tuck resides in Blacksburg, VA with his wife, Bonnie.