2018 Chiropractic Sports Sciences Symposium

Build your knowledge and gain competitive advantage with the latest cutting-edge updates on key professional topics! Learn from some of the best sports medicine professionals in the United States!

2018 Speakers & Bios

Mary Ambach, M.D.

Dr. Mary Ambach is a member of a team of internationally recognized experts in regenerative medicine and non-surgical orthopedics at the Orthohealing Center in Los Angeles, California. She is double board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine. She has published studies related to regenerative treatments and is a current peer reviewer for several prominent orthopedic and regenerative medicine journals.

Dr. Ambach has served as Faculty and Speaker at Regenerative Conferences in and outside of the country. She is currently a Clinical Instructor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Western University of Health Sciences.

Michelle Barrack, Ph.D., R.D., C.S.S.D.

Dr. Michelle Barrack is Assistant Professor of Nutrition & Dietetics at California State University, Long Beach, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), and a Board-Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. She specializes in nutrition for high school and collegiate cross-country and track & field runners. She has researched and published extensively on factors increasing risk of low bone mineral density and bone stress injury. Dr. Barrack is implementing nutrition education interventions among high school and collegiate runners and is collaborating with sports medicine physicians from UCLA and Stanford University to evaluate the efficacy of a smart-phone application – “Run Fueled” – aimed at optimizing nutrient intake and health.

Dale Buchberger, MS, PT, DC, CSCS, DACBSP

Dr. Buchberger received his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from the National College of Chiropractic (NCC), and a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from SUNY Upstate Medical University. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is a former associate professor at New York Chiropractic College. He is a Diplomate and 3-time past-President of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians. Dr. Buchberger currently serves as an official Chiropractic consultant for the Auburn Doubleday’s (Single-A affiliate Washington Nationals) and New York Jets. He is the strength and conditioning coordinator for the Auburn Stingrays swim program. He is the President of Active Physical Therapy Solutions PC, Auburn, NY. In 2009 the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians named Dr. Buchberger Sports Chiropractor of the Year.

Felicia G. Cohn, Ph.D.

Felicia Cohn, PhD, is the Bioethics Director for Kaiser Permanente, Orange County, and a Clinical Professor at the University of California School of Medicine. She recently served as the President of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and is now the inaugural chair of the Health Care Ethics Consultation Certification Commission. She is the Case Editor for Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics. She co-edited The Ethics of Bioethics and has numerous other publications focused on end-of-life care and family violence. Previously she was at the Institute of Medicine and George Washington University School of Medicine. Her PhD in Religious Ethics is from the University of Virginia.

Joseph Dulla, MA, TSAC-F

Employed for twenty-nine years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Thirty two years’ experience related to teaching, training, and curriculum development. More than one thousand classroom sessions in various areas of Subject Matter Expertise. Extensive use of Adult Learning Concepts, in both classroom sessions, and non-traditional settings such as live training (combat) simulations. Extensive use of Instructional Systems Design in curriculum development and review. Extensive use of Emerging Instructional Technology in all aspects of teaching and training. Coaching and Mentoring students with an emphasis on a positive mental attitude, student caring & success, with a spirit of quality public service.

Sean P. Flanagan

Sean P. Flanagan received a B.S. degree in Exercise Science (with an emphasis in Athletic Training) from Penn State University, an M.S. in Exercise and Sport Science (with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology) from the University of Dayton, and a Ph.D. in Biokinesiology (with an emphasis in Biomechanics) from the University of Southern California. He is certified as an Athletic Trainer (National Athletic Trainers Association), Strength and Conditioning Specialist (National Strength and Conditioning Association), and a Health / Fitness Specialist (American College of Sports Medicine). Additionally, he is a member of the American Society of Biomechanics. Currently, Dr. Flanagan is a professor in the Kinesiology Department at California State University. His research interests are in the biomechanics of kinetic chains and the use of resistance exercise to restore, maintain, or improve human function. He has authored one textbook, four chapters in edited books, and 23 scientific and practitioner based papers and has presented at national, regional, and local conferences and clinics. In addition to serving as a reviewer for numerous journals, he is a Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

Carole Frey, M.D.

Dr. Frey is a clinical assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at UCLA and the former chief of the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Service at the University of Southern California. She is a graduate of Stanford University, USC, UCSD and NYU/Hospital for Joint Diseases. She is a former Division 1 swimmer at Stanford. She has been a member of the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS), the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), and California Orthopedic Association (COA) for over 20 years. Dr. Frey has held public office and served as a board member, program chairman, committee and course chairman, faculty member, task force member, media spokesperson, USC faculty senator, educator, author and editor.
Dr. Frey is on the medical consultants board for OSSUR and Pacira.

Neil Ghodadra, M.D.

Justin J. Grasmeyer, DC

Justin J. Grasmeyer, DC joined the Soft Tissue Center at DISC in January 2010. Dr. Grasmeyer was the salutatorian of his professional program at the Southern California University of Health Sciences and was the recipient of multiple awards in the same program as well as during his undergraduate studies at Calvin College. Dr. Grasmeyer’s long history of success is evidenced by his status as an undergraduate Academic All-American 2004 and 2005 combined with his athletic success with the discus earning NCAA Division III All-American Status in the same years. During his internship, Dr. Grasmeyer had the opportunity to work professional volleyball and track and field events. He also served as the Assistant Throws Coach for Whittier College in 2007 and 2008. Dr. Grasmeyer served as part-time faculty at the Southern California University of Health Sciences in the Principles and Practice Department for three years. Dr. Grasmeyer has certifications in the Graston form of soft tissue mobilization and also in kinesiotaping. He is certified at the highest level of chiropractic sports medicine. Dr. Grasmeyer served as the Abstract Coordinator at the Chiropractic Sports Sciences Symposia from 2011 to current. Dr. Grasmeyer has served as a staff chiropractor for the 2011 and 2012 Nike U.S. Open of Surfing, 2011 Hurley Pro of Surfing, 2010-2011 season for the Ontario Reign hockey team, 2011 Huntington Beach Surf City Marathon, and the 2010 Wildflower Triathlon. He completed his USOC rotation at the Colorado Springs OTC in 2012.

Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC, ABOIM

World-renowned Integrative Cardiologist Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC, ABOIM, is ranked as #6 of the top 100 Integrative Physicians by Newsmax. She leads her team of experts, as co-founder and medical director, at Guarneri Integrative Health, Inc. in La Jolla, CA at Pacific Pearl La Jolla, the premier center combining state-of-the-art conventional, integrative and natural medicine.

Board-certified in cardiovascular disease, internal medicine, nuclear cardiology and integrative holistic medicine, Dr. Guarneri is President of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, Past President of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. She currently serves on the Founding Board of the American Board of Physician Specialties in Integrative Medicine.

Katie Hanna M.Ed

Katie Hanna is the Director of Education and Outreach for the United States Center for SafeSport. Previously, Hanna was a Visiting Fellow in the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) at the Office of Justice Programs in the U.S. Department of Justice. Prior to her fellowship, she was the Executive Director of the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence. Hanna co-authored Transforming Ohio Campuses: A Toolkit for Implementing the Changing Campus Culture Initiative. She is the 2017 Visionary Voice Award recipient for Ohio.

Joseph Horrigan, DC, DACBSP

Joseph Horrigan, DC, DACBSP is serving as the Chairperson of the 2015 ACBSP Chiropractic Sport Science Symposium. He served the same role for the 1999 and 1997 Symposia. Joe is also currently serving on the ACBSP Board of Directors. Joe’s experience in chiropractic sports medicine, integrated health care, education, and strength and conditioning have provided the opportunity to form alliances across many fields, much of which is being brought to this symposium’s content and speakers.

Andrew Klein

Dr. Andy Klein received a BA in Physical Education from Lehman College in 1981, and an MS Ed. in Exercise Physiology from Queens College in 1983. He received his chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College in 1987. He is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and is board certified in Chiropractic Sports Medicine by the ACBSP. Professional appointments include being the chiropractor for the US at the Goodwill Games in 1998, and the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000. He served as the team chiropractor for the Minnesota Vikings from 2002-2006. He developed the Physical Therapy 3 course, which emphasizes active care and rehabilitation, at Northwestern Chiropractic College and has instructed there since 1995. He teaches postgraduate education for multiple chiropractic colleges. He has been practicing full-time in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at Park Nicollet Clinic since 1999.

Fernando Montes, CSCS

William Moreau, DC, DACBSP, CSCS

Dr. William Moreau, DC, DACBSP, FACSM, is a chiropractic sports medicine physician and evidence-based clinician. He has lead sports medicine for the United States Olympic Committee after more than 25 years of private practice. Moreau develops the USOC sports medicine strategy and oversees all Team USA sports medicine activities including; clinics, games and the National Medical Network. Dr. Moreau served as the Medical Director for Team USA at the London 2012 Summer and Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games and as the first doctor of chiropractic in the world to serve as an Olympic Games Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. He has managed the care of thousands of athletes.

He has been featured in USA Today, Time, ESPN, NPR, NBC, the New York Times, GE Healthcare News, the US Department of Health and Human Services, Army Strategic Studies Group and the Allegany Healthcare Summit.

Dr. Moreau has a special interest in sports medicine research centered on the prevention of injury and illness in athletes and concussion. He serves on the NFL International Think Tank on Concussion Research. Moreau has successfully presented over 700 invited lectures throughout the United States and Internationally.

Robert C. Nelson, DACBSP, CSCS, CCEP, FIAMA, FICC

Dr. Robert Nelson, graduated Cum Laude in 1986 from Logan College of Chiropractic. Dr. Nelson is a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, (D.A.C.B.S.P.®). Postgraduate education also includes courses as a Fellow of the International Association of Clinical Acupuncture (F.I.A.C.A.), Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner (C.C.E.P.), Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S.), Chiropractic Rehabilitation Diplomate Program, Certified Graston Technique, and Active Release Technique.

Dr. Nelson has taught postgraduate courses in Sports Medicine for The Palmer Institute for Professional Advancement, Northwestern Health Sciences University, Logan College of Chiropractic, ProSport Chiropractic, and the Colorado Chiropractic Association.

He has published articles in the Journal of Sports Chiropractic & Rehabilitation. Dr. Nelson has served several years on the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians as president and as a board of director. He has been the president of the Colorado Chiropractic Sports Council for the past six years. Athletes from Nike Youth Soccer, to Pro Rodeo, and Pro Soccer are among those treated by Dr. Nelson.

In 2004, Dr. Nelson was honored for the fourth time as Chiropractor of the Year by the Colorado Chiropractic Association, as well as receiving his fourth award as Sports Chiropractor of the Year. He also maintains a web page for his clinical services.

Hector RiveraMelo, DACBR

Dr. Hector RiveraMelo was born in Mexico City and moved to Chicago, Illinois at a young age. He studied biology at the University of Illinois at Chicago before deciding to follow in the footsteps of his father and attend chiropractic school. He graduated with honors from Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS) in the fall of 2009, and shortly after began a residency in radiology there. In 2012, Dr. RiveraMelo completed his residency and was awarded the title of Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Radiologists (DACBR). Having a passion for teaching and radiology, Dr. RiveraMelo decided to pursue a teaching position at SCUHS. This affords many opportunities for research and continuing the perpetual pursuit of knowledge. He is currently employed as the Director for the Center for Diagnostic Imaging and as an Assistant Clinical Professor at SCU where he teaches several courses related to radiology. Additionally, he is involved in the training of chiropractic interns and residents. Dr. RiveraMelo is currently available for consultations regarding imaging interpretation for doctors and imaging centers.

Amir Vokshoor, MD

Amir Vokshoor, MD, is a board certified neurosurgeon, whose passion is the research of brain performance, embraces a multi-disciplinary approach in the treatment of adult spinal and cranial disorders. With focus areas ranging from disc degeneration to complex tumors, his expertise lies in minimally invasive microsurgical spinal techniques, such as dynamic stabilization and motion preservation. At the core of every case is Dr. Vokshoor’s commitment to brain performance, which he weaves throughout his treatments. Whether pro athletes, trauma victims or those suffering from degenerative conditions like adult scoliosis, his patients benefit from a comprehensive fusion of cognitive stimulation, nutrition and exercise. The result—as they will attest—is a more positive rehabilitation experience and ultimately quicker recovery rates. Determined to take his work to the next level, Dr. Vokshoor recently founded the Institute of Neurosurgical Innovation (INI), a non-profit organization dedicated to the research of brain performance and aging—or what he coins NeuroVitality. INI, still in its infancy, endeavors to elucidate the mechanisms necessary to optimize brain performance and thus enhance the quality and vitality of many lives..Dr. Vokshoor earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia of the Virginia Commonwealth University, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. After completing his neurosurgery residency training at the Ohio State University, he obtained additional complex spine Fellowship training at the University of South Florida. Having served as the chief of neurosurgery at the Woodland Hills Medical Center, Dr. Vokshoor began his practice with the Kaiser Permanente health system. He served as a North American Board Member of the International Spine Research Society (ARGOS) via collaboration with founding colleagues in Europe, and is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the North America Spine Society, and the California Association of Neurological Surgeons.Dr. Vokshoor continues to advance the field of neurological and spinal surgery through numerous contributions to peer-reviewed journals. His submissions include the surgical treatment algorithms for cervical spondylotic myelopathy, spinal stenosis and lumbar degenerative disease, among other topics.

James Whedon, D.C., MS

Jim Whedon is Director of Health Services Research at Southern California University of Health Sciences and instructor at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. He holds a DC degree from Logan College and an MS from Dartmouth College. He has published 28 peer reviewed papers. He is advisor to the Project for Intregrative Health and the Triple Aim, co-chair of the research working group of The Academic Consortium for Integrative Health, charter member of the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine, and recipient of the Jerome F. McAndrews DC Memorial Research Fund Award from NCMIC Foundation.

Witter-Davis, DC, DACBSP®, CSCS

Dr. Witter-Davis, DC, DACBSP®, CSCS is originally from Canada and attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on an athletic scholarship. She obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Biochemistry and was a 3-time All-American in track and field. After her four years competing at the collegiate level, Dr. Witter-Davis continued her athletic endeavors on the world stage. She competed professionally for her country as a world class sprinter, becoming a National Champion in the 100m and 200m as well as competing in the Sydney Olympics (2000) and World Championships (2001).

During her undergraduate training, she worked as a pharmacy technician, learning about prescription interactions, vitamins and herbal supplements. She also held the position as the interim sprints and hurdler coach at the University of Tennessee, which allowed her to coordinate workouts, demonstrate proper lifting techniques, design circuit and weight training programs incorporating strength, and agility, to maximize each athlete’s potential.

The realm of athletics and fitness opened the door to chiropractic medicine. Dr. Witter-Davis graduated from Southern California University of Health Sciences was the recipient of the President’s Award. She furthered her knowledge by becoming a Diplomate American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner which allowed her to merge her knowledge of human biomechanics and chiropractic care to work closely with many elite athletes, weekend warriors and the general public.

2018 Schedule and Lecture Notes

Thursday, April 12, 2018

  • 8:00am – 7:00pm Registration Desk open
  • 8:00am – 6:30pm Principles and Practice Workshop** – William Moreau, D.C., DACBSP®, CSCS, Bob Nelson, D.C., DACBSP®, CCEP, FIACA., FICC, CSCS, PC, Dale Buchburger, MS, PT, DC, CSCS, DACBSP®, Andrew Klein, M.S., D.C., DACBSP®
  • 8:00am – 4:30pm Written Exam Committee meeting*** – Holly Westbrock, D.C., DACBSP® and Anne Babikian, D.C., DACBSP®
  • 8:00am – 6:00pm Practical Exam** Tangent, Coral, Ivory, Pearl, Board Room, Diamond I & II & Pearl. Foyer as holding area.
  • 1:00pm – 5:00pm ACBSP Position Committee meeting – Concussion update: Dustin Nabhan, D.C., DACBSP®, CSCS, William Moreau, D.C., DACBSP®, CSCS, Melissa Nagare, DC, CCSP®, Patrick Helma, DC, DACBSP®

Day’s Total: 9 CEUs*

Friday, April 13, 2018

  • 7:00am – 7:00pm Registration Desk open
  • 7:15am – 12:45pm CCSP and DACBSP written examination**
  • 8:00am – 11:00am Written Examination Committee cont’d*** – Holly Westbrock, D.C., DACBSP® and Anne Babikian, D.C., DACBSP®
  • 8:00am – 11:00am CPR recertification*** – Anne Sorrentino, D.C., DACBSP®, EMT-B, ART, CSTI, NKT, FDN
  • 10:00am – 11:00am ACBSP Student Scholarship winners – William Moreau, D.C., DACBSP®, CSCS & Joseph Horrigan, D.C., DACBSP®, CSCS
  • 12:00pm – 1:30pm Awards Luncheon –abstract awards, SCOTY+++ – Melissa Nagare & Joseph Horrigan
  • 1:30pm – 3:30pm Exhibitor Break & Podium Abstract Presentation Various Authors, Moderator: Justin Grasmeyer, D.C., DACBSP
  • 3:30pm – 4:20pm Rotary Instability of the Knee – Erica Witter-Davis, DC, DACBSP
  • 4:20 pm – 5:10pm Overtraining induced endocrine disturbance & osteopenia – Michelle Barrack, PhD
  • 5:10pm – 6:00pm Tactical Sports Medicine Panel – Lt. Joseph Dulla, MA, Fernando Montes, MA, Joseph Horrigan, DC – Moderator: William Moreau, DC, FACSM
  • 6:00pm – 9:00pm Student Reception – John Scaringe, Melissa Nagare, William Moreau, Joseph Horrigan

Day’s Total: 5 CEUs*

Saturday, April 14, 2018

  • 8:00am – 8:50am Finding the Right Spine Surgeon, Red Flags for an Athlete Towards the Surgeon – Amir Vokshoor, MD
  • 8:50am – 9:40am Biologic Therapies for Degenerativ Disc Disease – Mary Ambach, MD
  • 9:40am – 10:20am Exhibitor break
  • 10:20am – 11:20pm Cardiac exam – Mimi Guarneri, MD
  • 11:20am – 12:30pm Faulty Mechanics in ACL Tears – Sean Flanagan, PhD, ATC
  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch on your own
  • 1:30pm – 2:20pm Beating bugs with Technology – William Moreau, DC, FACSM
  • 2:20pm – 3:30pm Recurrent 5th metatarsal fractures – Carol Frey, MD
  • 3:30pm – 4:20pm New treatment for bone stress response – Neil Ghodadra, MD
  • 4:20pm – 4:50pm Exhibitor break
  • 4:50pm – 5:40pm Safe Sport – Katie Hanna
  • 5:40pm – 6:30pm Association between Utilization of Chiropractic Services and Use of Prescription Analgesics – James Whedon, DC, MA
  • 6:30pm – 7:20pm Keynote: The Future of Chiropractic Sports Medicine – William Moreau, DC, FACSMCS
  • 7:20pm – 10:00pm Poster Reception in Exhibitor Area. Book signing – Mimi Guarneri, MD

Day’s Total: 10 CEUs*

Sunday, April 15, 2018

  • 8:00am – 10:00am Ethics (2 hrs ethics) – Felicia Cohn, PhD
  • 10:00am – 3:00pm DACBR sports radiology (5 hrs) – Hector RiveraMelo, DC, DACBR
  • 3:00pm Symposium wrap up and closing remarks – Melissa Nagare, DC, LAc

Day’s Total: 7 CEUs*

Total symposium hours max: 31 CEUs*


Join us at the Westin San Diego, 400 West Broadway, San Diego, California. Registration is open! Please call the hotel directly to make your reservations: (619) 239-4500, or click here to book a room online. This hotel was chosen for its affordable price and easy access to downtown restaurants and shopping.

The ACBSP room block rate is $189/night (with taxes and fees the total is $241.17/night). To ensure you receive the room block rate make your reservation before March 15, 2018.


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