Meet the Speakers

Geoffrey Gerow, DC, DIANM

Dr. Gerow is a second-generation chiropractor who graduated from the same institution (now National University of Health Sciences) as his father. He was later hired into the chiropractic department of National. After teaching for a few years and doing post-graduate work in diagnostic imaging and chiropractic orthopedics, he led the Department of Chiropractic Adjustive Technique, which encompassed orthopedics, at the Patient Research Center on campus.

Dr. Gerow later returned to his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y., to help in his father’s practice. He started East Buffalo Chiropractic in 1991. He also served as the chief chiropractic consultant for the State Insurance Fund of NY in Buffalo for 10 years. In 2000, Dr. Gerow became the curriculum consultant for D’Youville College’s chiropractic program; in 2004, he became its first program director, wrote the courses and led the program to CCE accreditation.

After leaving D’Youville, Dr. Gerow wrote a course for the University of Buffalo Medical School. He continues to teach third- and fourth-year medical students and is an editor for Medpix, an online imaging site. Additionally, Dr. Gerow is board certified by the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and maintains a private practice.

Karen-Ann Gordon, DC, RDH

Dr. Gordon is a chiropractic physician, dental hygienist, speaker and instructor. She is one of the co- founders of SWIIFT Inc., a non-profit organization that empowers women towards their education and professional pursuits in health care.

Her practice philosophy focuses on treating TMJ conditions, pregnant women, and optimizing overall health and wellness. Her speaking engagements include courses related to the temporomandibular joint and its connection to the body’s neuromuscular system function, nutrition and ergonomics.

Dr. Gordon is an active member of the American Chiropractic Association, Faculty American Chiropractic Association, Florida Chiropractic Association, Florida Dental Hygiene Association and American Dental Hygiene Association.


Tatiana Habanova, DC, DACNB 

Dr. Habanova received her Honors Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry and genetics from The University of Western Ontario and received her Doctorate of Chiropractic from National College of Chiropractic. She is a board-certified chiropractic neurologist, medical examiner, animal chiropractor and acupuncturist. Dr. Habanova is a certified Pilates rehabilitation practitioner, chiropractic sports physician and functional medicine practitioner. Dr. Habanova serves on the Practical Examination Committee for the American Chiropractic Board of Neurology and is a neurology instructor for Options for Animals – College of Animal Chiropractic. Prior to becoming an associate professor of neurology at Keiser University, Dr. Habanova owned a concierge-style multidisciplinary brain-based clinic that offered a variety of holistic integrative services for 23 years. She has been a guest on numerous health and business podcasts, and she is a published researcher and award-winning co-author of “Concussion Discussions – A Functional Approach to Recovery After Brain Injury.” 

Jen Illes, DC, MSACP, RN, MSN 

Dr. Illes holds a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine degree from New York Chiropractic College, a Master of Science degree in Advanced Clinical Practice from the National University of Health Sciences, a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Brock University, and both an Associate of Science degree in Nursing and a Master of Nursing degree (family practice) from International College of Health Sciences. For the past seven years, Dr. Illes has worked at Keiser University’s College of Chiropractic Medicine in West Palm Beach, Fla. She is currently the vice president of the university’s program. She previously served as the president of the Faculty American Chiropractic Association (FACA). 



Bill Lauretti, DC

Dr. Lauretti spent over 15 years in private practice in Maryland before joining the Chiropractic Clinical Science faculty at Northeast College of Health Sciences in 2005, where he teaches courses in chiropractic spinal technique, practice management and the law, chiropractic history and philosophy, and coding and billing. He is a spokesman for ACA who has been interviewed by major news outlets including CNN, The New York Times, Consumer Reports Magazine, and about chiropractic safety and effectiveness. He is a Fellow of the International College of Chiropractors and a Fellow of the American College of Chiropractors. He is also a past President and Vice President of the Faculty ACA.



James Lehman, DC, MBA, DIANM

Dr. Lehman graduated from Logan University with his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1972. After completing a one-year residency in Quebec, Canada, he moved to Albuquerque, N.M. During his 33 years in New Mexico, he completed his MBA and his diplomate as a board-certified chiropractic orthopedist.

He founded the chiropractic service within the Orthopedic Department at the Lovelace Medical Center and served on the University of New Mexico School of Medicine advisory committee, which founded the Integrative Medicine Section within the Internal Medicine Department. During his years in New Mexico, Dr. Lehman also mentored fourth-year medical students and first-year internal medicine residents.

Dr. Lehman accepted a faculty position at the University of Bridgeport in the School of Chiropractic in August 2006. He continues to teach as a tenured assistant professor of clinical sciences. In 2010, he accepted a position as director of the Health Sciences Postgraduate Education Department. Subsequently, he has integrated chiropractic and acupuncture services into seven different Federally Qualified Health Centers in Connecticut, New Jersey, and Ohio.

In 2013, Dr. Lehman founded the first full-time, three-year resident training program, which leads to board certification as a chiropractic specialist. The residency program was accredited by the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine in 2021.

Nathan Schilaty, DC, PhD

Dr. Schilaty is the Lincoln-endowed chair of chiropractic and biomechanics research and an assistant professor of neurosurgery and brain repair and medical engineering at the University of South Florida. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Parker University in January 2007 and practiced for five years in Loveland, Colo. During that time, he continuously asked questions about how chiropractic treatments worked at a neuromusculoskeletal level. As a result, he decided to enroll in a neuroscience program; he received his PhD in 2014. He then completed postdoctoral research training at the Ohio State University and Mayo Clinic, with emphases on sports medicine, biomechanics and neuromechanics.

While at the Mayo Clinic, he became an assistant professor, and his research included NIH-funded and mentored training via T32, LRP, and K12 award mechanisms. He continues his innovative research of human motion and neuromotor control at the University of South Florida. His interests primarily focus on injury prevention and improved rehabilitation of concussion, neck, lower-back and knee-related issues. He is passionate about research and increasing the research footprint of chiropractic worldwide.