Meet the Speakers

Dr. Michael Braccio

Michael Braccio, DC, DACRB, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in General Biology from the University of Washington and his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic West. After graduating from chiropractic college, he decided that he wanted to specialize in rehabilitation and performance training. Dr. Braccio went on to earn a Diplomate in Rehabilitation from the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board, becoming one of only eight chiropractors in Washington state with this certification. Dr. Braccio also has advanced certifications in a variety of techniques and systems, including Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Functional Movement Screen (FMS), RockTape Kinesiology Taping, and Graston Technique. His approach to treatment involves combining these techniques to reduce pain and improve function. While he has experience treating a variety of conditions, he has a particular interest in pain science, tendinopathies, and performance rehabilitation. His article on tendinopathy was featured in a publication for the American Chiropractic Association. On the off chance that Dr. Braccio is not in the clinic, he can be found in the mountains snowboarding or at the ice rink playing hockey. He is also an avid reader of all sorts of nonfiction books. Some of his current favorites include Antifragile and Thinking, Fast and Slow. 

Dr. Krista Burns

Krista Burns, DC, DHA, is the founder of the American Posture Institute, author of the textbook The Posture Principles, and TEDx Speaker. Dr. Krista has two doctorate degrees and is leading the charge against postural decline as a Doctor of Chiropractic and a Doctor of Health Administration. She has been featured on media including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News Radio, and Global Woman Magazine. She is an international speaker and has been featured on prestigious stages including the World Congress of Neurology and Neurological Disorders and the World Congress of Falls and Postural Stability. She was recognized as a Top 100 Doctor by the Global Summits Institute, and Dr. Krista is the host of the International Posture Symposium.

Dr. Wren Burton

Wren Burton, DC, a 2020 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic West, is now completing a research fellowship at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine based at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is concurrently pursuing a Master of Public Health degree at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 

Dr. Kristy Carbonelli

Kristy Carbonelli, DC, is an associate professor at Parker University in the Department of Chiropractic Sciences. Over the past three years she has taught Geriatrics, Chiropractic Business Promotion and Leadership, The Business of Chiropractic, Documentation, Communications and Full Spine Adjusting I, II and III. Prior to being academic faculty, Dr. Carbonelli was a clinic faculty doctor for two years. Dr. Carbonelli has extensive experience in auditing. She was an initial clinical reviewer for CID Management and a peer reviewer for Dane Street for many years. Dr. Carbonelli has over 10 years of experience as clinic director at various chiropractic corporations. She has presented at numerous conferences, seminars and corporate events.  

Dr. Carter Comrie

Carter Comrie, PhD, LP, is a licensed clinical psychologist (LP). He completed his degree in clinical psychology at the University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit, Mich., and his undergraduate education at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. Additionally, Dr. Comrie completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Ascension Genesys in Grand Blanc, Mich., specializing in clinical health psychology. Currently, he is working as the mental health lead at a direct primary care practice in the Metro Detroit Area. 

Dr. Ted Forcum

Ted Forcum, DC, DACRB, DACBSP, received a bachelor’s degree from Willamette University and a doctorate from the University of Western States (UWS). He is an NSCA-CSCS, Graston Technique certified, NASM-CES, NASM-PES, registered Trigenics practitioner. He is a diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians and the American Chiropractic Board of Rehabilitation, and an internationally certified chiropractic sports physician. The ACA Council on Sports and Physical Fitness awarded Dr. Forcum its 1994-95 and 2004 Sports Chiropractor of the Year award. Dr. Forcum is the team chiropractor for the Portland Winterhawks WHL Hockey Team. He was medical staff for the 2015 USATF World Championships, 2008 Beijing U.S. Olympic Team, and 2007 Rio de Janeiro U.S. Pan American Team. He was president of the ACA Council on Sports and Physical Fitness from 2008-2010. He has been in private practice since 1988, was on the Sports Master’s Program faculty at UWS and is a past board member for the Joint Commission on Sports Medicine and Science. 

Dr. Beau Foshee

William “Beau” Foshee, DC, (he/they) serves as chair of the ACA Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, ACA alternate delegate for East Texas, and as a member of the ACA Investment Committee and ACA Public Health Advisory Board. They are a graduate of Northwestern Health Sciences University as a Diversity Leadership Scholar. He has been 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. They are employed as a chiropractic director by MyoCore, a multi-clinic, hospital-based chiropractic system at Medical City Hospital in Dallas, Texas. MyoCore is a subsidiary of the largest privately held chiropractic management organization in the world, TVG-Medulla. 

Dr. Stephanie Halloran

Stephanie Halloran, DC, MS, grew up in the Chicago suburbs and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She then attended the University of Western States, where she received her Doctorate of Chiropractic and Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine. Upon graduation she completed a one-year chiropractic residency program in Integrated Clinical Care with the VA Connecticut Healthcare System and remained two additional years thereafter as a postdoctoral research fellow at Yale University. Afterward, Dr. Halloran served as a staff chiropractor at the W.G. (Bill) Hefner Medical Center, working two years in the Whole Health department and in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Currently, Dr. Halloran is a staff chiropractor within the Boston VA Healthcare System, working primarily with complex, non-surgical spinal conditions in an integrated setting. In addition to her clinical work, she is a course facilitator in the Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine program at University of Western States, and she holds multiple committee positions with both ACA and the North American Spine Society. Her professional interests include toxic exposure, nutritional deficiencies and chronic musculoskeletal pain within the veteran population, and disparities in delivery of complementary and alternative medicine in low-income populations.  

Dr. James Leonard

James Farthing Leonard, DC, is an active clinician working for Crossover Health in a tech-enabled, direct-to-employer interdisciplinary clinic in Detroit, Mich. He received his doctorate from Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, Iowa. Dr. Leonard has served on multiple multidisciplinary task forces, including the Utah Coalition for Opioid Overdose Prevention, MIBAC Michigan Back Collaborative, and the Opioid Advisory Board. Furthermore, he spends time volunteering with World Spine Care, where he served as clinic supervisor in the Dominican Republic. Dr. Leonard is passionate about systems design, interdisciplinary care and intentional care coordination.  

Dr. Camille McClendon

Camille McClendon, DC, is an assistant professor and FSTT coordinator at Parker University. Her current responsibilities include utilizing force sensing technology in combination with psychomotor skill development with students throughout the chiropractic curriculum. At Parker, she also serves as the lead instructor in the Upper Cervical Technique and Geriatric courses. Additionally, she has assisted as an adjunct faculty member at Logan University College of Chiropractic. She holds bachelor’s degrees in both chemistry and life sciences, a doctorate in chiropractic, and a board certification in acupuncture.  

Dr. Kaelyn Mead

Kaelyn Mead, DC, is a full-time chiropractor at the Washington, D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She has a strong passion for whole health and optimal function, especially being able to address needs beyond manual care when applicable, and she enjoys working within the integrated care setting. Dr. Mead graduated summa cum laude from Logan University in 2019. She was involved locally and nationally in SACA, which translated into remaining active with ACA post-graduation. She was a member of the NextGen leadership team from 2020-2021 and served a term as chair of the NextGen board from 2021-2022. She also served on the Policy Quality Review Committee from 2021-2022.  

Dr. Vanessa Morales

Vanessa Morales, DC, is the director of clinical assessment and a professor at Parker University. She developed an online clinical curriculum that is focused on evidence-based practices, utilizing best practice guidelines and applying them to various clinical scenarios from documentation, to care plan creation and progressions. She also focuses on interdisciplinary communication and co-management, performs critical appraisals of MSK literature, incorporates telehealth, and places heavy emphasis on social determinants of health and the overall biopsychosocial model. Dr. Morales is involved with research and education, on and off campus, and has served as the SACA faculty advisor for several years. She is chair for the Association of Chiropractic Colleges Assessment Workgroup and was recently invited to serve on the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) academy as a site visitor. Outside of her professional work, you can find her hiking with her husband and two daughters, reading, or leading elementary-aged students and their families through activities related to the two PTA committees she chairs, S.T.E.M and Healthy Lifestyles.  

Dr. Bill Moreau

Bill Moreau, DC, DACBSP, FACSM, was formerly the leader of medical services for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). In this role, he worked with Olympic and Paralympic teams and was responsible for the care of thousands of Team USA athletes, provided by more than 200 clinicians from numerous healthcare disciplines. During his tenure at USOC, Dr. Moreau served as the Team USA chief medical officer during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games and the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, as well as medical director for the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games and the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Over his more than 30-year career, he has also treated collegiate, high school and recreational athletes. Dr. Moreau is a licensed chiropractic physician and a board-certified diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (ACBSP). He has presented more than 500 lectures and postgraduate education programs throughout the world. Dr. Moreau is currently president of ACBSP and is a member of the editorial review board for the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. 

Dr. Mia Ortega

Mia Ortega, DC, DIANM, MAEd, graduated from the University of Bridgeport School of Chiropractic (UBSC) in 2014. After associating in private practice, she decided to return to UBSC to complete the three-year residency program in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. During residency, she rotated to eight different community health centers, offering evidence-informed chiropractic care to underserved populations. She also earned a diplomate with board certification from the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. While living in Connecticut, she served on the board as compliance officer for the Connecticut Chiropractic Association. Following residency, she returned to Virginia to initiate chiropractic service at two Sentara Hospitals in Suffolk. Dr. Ortega is currently serving as the medical director for the Mary Washington Community Based Outpatient Clinic with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs in Fredericksburg, Va. 

Dr. Nakiesha Pearson

Nakiesha Pearson, ND, DC, has been chair of the Clinical Sciences Department for the National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) College of Professional Studies since 2021. Dr. Pearson oversees and helps support department faculty and their classes, as well as advises students. At both NUHS and beyond, Dr. Pearson has taken on efforts to advance diversity within the naturopathic and chiropractic fields. These new initiatives are aimed at not only bringing more people of color into the profession but also educating new and current doctors on how to treat diverse patient populations. Dr. Pearson serves on the ACA Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI), and is a member of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medicine Colleges Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Additionally, she sits on NUHS’ Diversity Task Force, which works to ensure the curriculum teaches students how to treat more diverse patient populations, including how to provide physical exams and communicate for a better bedside manner. She earned her doctorate in Chiropractic, doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and her master’s in Advanced Clinical Practice from NUHS.  

Dr. Morgan Price

Morgan Price, DC, is a staff chiropractor at VA Puget Sound Health Care System located in Seattle, Wash. She was the inaugural chiropractic resident at this facility from 2020-2021 and was subsequently the first chiropractor hired at its main hospital in Seattle. She has enjoyed helping to trail blaze the new department at her location and working alongside other providers in a true interdisciplinary fashion. She also enjoys her time spent working with the chiropractic resident. Dr. Price graduated from National University of Health Sciences in 2019, attending both the Illinois and Florida campuses, as well as completing an eight-month clerkship at Bay Pines VA. After graduating, she was hired on as a per diem provider prior to her residency. She remains active within the profession as part of the leadership team at Forward Thinking Chiropractic Alliance and enjoys volunteering with NextGen ACA. Within the VA, she participates in the Rehab Care Services “Movement is Medicine” program alongside the PM&R physicians. She also enjoys participating in scholarly work including publishing, peer-review, and presenting research, as well as presenting internally to other VA departments on evidence-based chiropractic care. Professionally, she is interested in low-tech rehab, Whole Health, and patient/provider communication and motivational interviewing. 

Dr. Michael Pridham

Michael Pridham, DC, is a 2009 graduate of Logan College of Chiropractic. He has his Advanced Practice Certification (APC) and is a Certified Kinesio Taping Instructor. In 2013, he was voted the New Mexico Chiropractic Association (NMCA) Chiropractor of the Year. He has served on the PAC for several years and testifies regularly in the legislative sessions. He serves as secretary on the NMCA executive board. Dr. Pridham also serves on the Institutional Review Board of the University of New Mexico’s Health Sciences Center’s Human Research Review Committee. He is an instructor for the National Ski Patrol (NSP) and is a volunteer ski patroller at Sandia Peak Ski Resort. He is also an instructor for the Adaptive Ski Program, helping children with disabilities and Wounded Warriors to ski. Dr. Pridham serves as president of Albuquerque’s District 4 Coalition of neighborhood associations. 

Dr. Maithy Ta

Maithy Ta, DC, is a practicing chiropractor at MyoCore located in Truman Medical Center in downtown Kansas City, where she helps patients of all ages meet their pain-free functional goals. She enjoys working within a multidisciplinary atmosphere and advocating for her patients throughout the hospital. She graduated with honors from Cleveland University-Kansas City and from the University of Kansas with a degree in Human Biology. She remains active within the profession by being a member of the Missouri Chiropractic Physicians Association, a part of the leadership team at the Forward-Thinking Chiropractic Alliance, current vice-chair of NextGen ACA, and a member of ACA’s Medicare Advisory Board.She is a fierce advocate for the profession both locally and on Capitol Hill, and most enjoys helping to build communities and networks for progressive chiropractors who are evidence-based, collaborative and person-centered. Over the course of her career, she has had over 300 hours in functional rehab, adjunct therapies, and pain science to continue growing as a clinician. In her spare time, she’s an avid Jayhawks and KC Chiefs fan, and she enjoys traveling, cooking and wine. 

Dr. Cliff Tao

Cliff Tao, DC, DACBR, has owned and operated a nationwide private chiropractic radiology practice since 2004. Following graduation from National University of Health Sciences, Dr. Tao completed his three-year full-time radiology residency at Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (LACC) and then a full-time musculoskeletal radiology research fellowship at UCI Medical Center in Orange, Calif. He is an internationally sought-after speaker and is published both in chiropractic and medical literature on the topic of chiropractic, spine, and musculoskeletal imaging. Dr. Tao is former voluntary faculty at LACC and a former voluntary instructor of radiology at UCI Medical Center. He is an ACA and World Federation of Chiropractic member.  

Dr. Holly Tucker

Holly A. Tucker, DC, MPH, is a 2011 graduate of Logan College of Chiropractic. She is the owner and operator of Azalea Chiropractic & Acupuncture PLLC, in Wilmington, N.C. She also practiced for 11 years in Tennessee, serving as ACA delegate in both states. She was appointed to the Board of Directors for the World Federation of Chiropractic in 2019 and holds membership in the American Public Health Association.

Dr. James Walters

James D. Walters, DC, graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2011 with a BFA in dance. As a professional dancer he has performed in nearly 100 countries across five continents. Dr. Walters has performed in both concert and commercial work, dancing a variety of styles ranging from theater to classical ballet. Besides performing, Dr. Walters has worked as a dance teacher, choreographer and stage combat coordinator. In 2019, he graduated from New York Chiropractic College. Dr. Walters has been an active member in both the ACA and the New York State Chiropractic Association since beginning his chiropractic education. In the past, he has served as national chair for the Student American Chiropractic Association and currently serves as a member of the Leadership Committee for NextGen ACA, as well as the district 15 president and affiliate director for the New York State Chiropractic Association. Dr. Walters’ passion is combining his former career as an artist with his career as a healthcare provider to create greater understanding and care for artists. He has guest lectured with dance studios, universities, and professional companies to help performing artists achieve healthy and sustainable careers.