DEI: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Bundle

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Enhance your cultural competence and your awareness of issues of diversity, equity and inclusion within the healthcare system and the profession with this Learn ACA multi-course package.  Register for this package to earn up to 10 CE credits, eligible for ethics in applicable states, and sharpen your skills in addressing health disparities, approaching challenging conversations, and treating different patient populations with sensitivity.  

Learn more about Learn ACA’s DEI Bundle or register now to receive a comprehensive package of resources that will help you navigate these important interpersonal issues, improve your cultural competencies, and ensure you are leading the way in the chiropractic profession and broader healthcare community. 

  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This webinar by Dr. Chuck Simpson will help Doctors of Chiropractic understand health disparities around pain care and offer some practical tips to better serve pain patients. It is better for patients, better for our communities and better for our profession. This webinar will focus on selected populations of pain patients that are frequently encountered in the community and often in a chiropractic office.

    Clinically appropriate care of patients with pain is often not widely available in today’s health care. Disparities in outcomes of pain treatment occur across a variety of diverse special populations whether defined by national origin, culture, ethnicity, race, gender, or social circumstances. As we get better at understanding the complexity of the origin and perpetuation of pain and what the most effective treatments for pain look like, the role of Doctors of Chiropractic and their evidence based clinical tool kit has advanced DCs to the front lines of first-choice interventions for patients with pain. 

    This webinar by Dr. Chuck Simpson will help Doctors of Chiropractic understand health disparities around pain care and offer some practical tips to better serve pain patients. It is better for patients, better for our communities and better for our profession. This webinar will focus on selected populations of pain patients that are frequently encountered in the community and often in a chiropractic office. 

    Learning Objectives:

    At the conclusion of this activity, participants will
    • Identify disparities in health outcomes for patients with pain
    • Recognize how the social determinants of health affect pain problems
    • Apply practical insights and tools to assist the chiropractic management of pain

    The following states require the participant to enter the course approval number on their certificate:

    Chuck Simpson

    DC, DABCO

    Chuck Simpson, DC, DABCO, graduated from, Washington State University and received a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from University of Western States in 1978. From 1979 until 2003, he maintained a private chiropractic practice in Cornelius, Oregon, an ethnically diverse community near Portland.

    He served on the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners and has volunteered for the Council on Chiropractic Education as a site visitor and as a CCE Councilor. He has been an ACA Member since 1989 and currently is a member of the Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

    He has contributed textbook chapters to Quality and Standards of Practice in Chiropractic, Integrating Complementary Medicine in Health Systems, and Bonica’s Management of Pain. He was a content expert for the NIH Center for Substance Abuse and Treatment clinical practice guideline Managing Chronic Pain in Persons with or in recovery from Substance Abuse Disorders and has published reviews of complementary medicine in chronic pain treatment for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America.

    In his nonprofessional life, he enjoys sailing, kayaking, gardening, and reading. 

  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    ​A discussion regarding rural health disparities, inequities, and equities that may be addressed by chiropractic specialists within Rural Health Clinics.

    A discussion regarding rural health disparities, inequities, and equities that may be addressed by chiropractic specialists within Rural Health Clinics. Topics include why rural Americans are at a greater risk of poor health outcomes, and what can be done to improve the health for rural Americans by chiropractic physicians.

     Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

    1.            Discuss the health disparities experienced by rural Americans.

    2.            Identify strategies on how to improve the health outcomes facing rural Americans.

    The following states require the participant to enter the course approval number on their certificate:

    James J. Lehman

    DC, MBA

    Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences, Health Sciences, College of Chiropractic

    Director, Community Health Clinical Education

    University of Bridgeport

    Dr. James J. Lehman is a credentialed chiropractic specialist within a Federally Qualified Health Center in Connecticut. He is a board-certified chiropractic orthopedist and a specialist in neuromusculoskeletal medicine. He practiced for 33 years in New Mexico prior to accepting a faculty position with the University of Bridgeport, School of Chiropractic. While in New Mexico, Dr. Lehman founded the chiropractic services within the Lovelace Medical Center and contracted with the Lovelace Healthcare system for 25 years. During his last five years in New Mexico clinical faculty member at the University of New Mexico, School of Medicine, where he mentored fourth-year medical students and first-year medical residents within the section of integrative medicine and the Department of Internal Medicine.

  • Contains 6 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) play a critical role in a person’s health status. Non-medical factors such as adequate housing, food security and health literacy significantly impact a patient’s ability to successfully complete a treatment plan. Many healthcare providers, including most chiropractors, are unaware of these non-medical factors and very few screen for SDoH disparities. Chiropractors can be part of the solution by implementing proper screening protocols and engaging in care coordination which can reduce these disparities and help achieve better population health. Presented by Brandon T. Smolarek and Michael Ingui, DC this course will teach attendees to identify and manage patients with social determinants of health impacting their care.

    Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) play a critical role in a person’s health status. Non-medical factors such as adequate housing, food security and health literacy significantly impact a patient’s ability to successfully complete a treatment plan. Many healthcare providers, including most chiropractors, are unaware of these non-medical factors and very few screen for SDoH disparities. Chiropractors can be part of the solution by implementing proper screening protocols and engaging in care coordination which can reduce these disparities and help achieve better population health.

    Learning Objectives:  

    • Define the essential components of social factors within population health management  
    • Recognize the need for and benefits of chiropractic care in an FQHC  
    • Identify challenges associated with integrating a new chiropractic service in an FQHC 

    At the end of this session you will be granted access to a value-added panel discussion featuring Dr. Brandon T. Smolarek, Dr. Joelle Santiago, and Dr. Michael Ingui further exploring the topics examined in this course! This bonus video is provided to elaborate on the course material and is not worth CE credit. 

    Michael Ingui

    DC

    Founder- CareLink Health Services Group

    Dr. Michael Ingui graduated summa cum laude in 2014 from the University of Bridgeport School of Chiropractic (UBSC). He began a career in private practice in Ramsey, N.J., and returned to UBSC in 2015 as an adjunct professor. In 2017 Dr. Ingui completed a two-year fellowship in neuromusculoskeletal medicine, earning his diplomate, and became board certified by the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. Afterward, Dr. Ingui began full-time work with UBSC as an assistant professor of clinical services. He was fortunate to work on a joint project between the school and the New Jersey Pain Collaborative, where he developed and implemented an on-site chiropractic program at two New Jersey community health centers (CHCs). He served as the head chiropractic clinician for the project and became the first chiropractor in New Jersey to be credentialed at a federally qualified health center (FQHC) and participate in the state Medicaid CHC reimbursement program. Dr. Ingui developed a passion for population health and finding solutions to address social disparities. He began a two-year program at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, earning a Masters of Applied Science. He founded CareLink Health Services Group in 2019 to help healthcare organizations and primary care teams better manage people living with pain without the use of opioids and other pharmaceuticals.

    Brandon Smolarek

    DC

    Research Associate, Carelink Health Services Group

    Dr. Brandon Smolarek is a Michigan native who has personal experience with the opioid epidemic, having had family members whose only option for pain was surgery—which resulted in a magnitude of opioid prescriptions. Seeing his family members struggle with pain management, Dr. Smolarek understood early on the importance of conservative management. He started his healthcare experience as a collegiate athlete who worked with trainers and physicians, providing preventative care to help athletes stay competitive. While in college, he studied Biology and Chemistry at Suffolk University in Boston, where he continued his journey into the healthcare field while also participating in undergraduate research. Upon graduation in 2016, Brandon enrolled in the University of Bridgeport School of Chiropractic (UBSC) in May 2020 to do his part to combat the ongoing opioid crisis. He is currently a research associate with Carelink Health Services Group, founded by Dr. Michael Ingui, which has a vision of improving the quality of patient care by providing chiropractic care as a complementary management option to combat chronic pain and reduce unnecessary opioid prescriptions. 

    Joelle Santiago

    DC

    VP, Connecticut Chiropractic Association

    Dr. Joelle Santiago is a graduate of the University of Bridgeport School of Chiropractic (UBSC). Her grandparents were both graduates of Logan University, her mother and two uncles are graduates of New York Chiropractic College. During her undergraduate studies at Assumption University she studied Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies. During her undergraduate education, she developed a passion for advocating for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. At UBSC, Dr. Joelle served as president of the Student Connecticut Chiropractic Association.  She is the 3rd vice president of the Connecticut Chiropractic Association, and a past secretary. Dr. Santiago also serves as vice president and treasurer of the Northeast Chiropractic Council. She practices in Avon, Conn., with her mother, Joanne Santiago, DC. Dr. Joelle continues to encourage her peers to engage in cultural competency to foster a welcoming and inclusive clinical setting. 

  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join Dr. William Foshee for a webinar that will explore healthcare disparities for LGBT persons and provide learners with training on base level terminology related to gender identity and sexual orientation with a focus on patient self-identity. Learners will be presented with sample intake forms reflective of inclusive practices, strategies to better serve gender variant individuals, and applicable measure for doctors of chiropractic to play a role in decreasing barriers to care for LGBT individuals.

    Join Dr. William Foshee for a webinar that will explore healthcare disparities for LGBT persons and provide learners with training on base level terminology related to gender identity and sexual orientation with a focus on patient self-identity. Learners will be presented with sample intake forms reflective of inclusive practices, strategies to better serve gender variant individuals, and applicable measure for doctors of chiropractic to play a role in decreasing barriers to care for LGBT individuals. 


    Learning Objectives

    After viewing this webinar, registrants will be able to:

    - Identify challenges to care access for LGBT persons

    - Increase cultural competence in patient interviewing and history taking

    - Encourage inclusive intake procedures and forms 

    - Empower learners to better serve the health of LGBT identified individuals

    The following states require the participant to enter the course approval number on their certificate:

    William Foshee

    DC

    Chair, ACA Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

    Dr. William Foshee currently serves as chair of ACA’s diversity committee and has been involved with this initiative since it started over three years ago.

    In addition to his role as diversity committee chair, Dr. Foshee is chair of ACA’s NextGen committee, which is the representative committee for more than 2000 early career chiropractors at ACA. He is a 2017 graduate of Northwestern Health Sciences University where he served as the student body president and was honored as a Diversity Leadership Scholar for his commitment to underserved population health. He was also named a Philanthropy Fund Foundation Scholar in recognition of his leadership and service to the LGBTQIA community.


  • Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/16/2020

    The purpose of this roundtable is to highlight diverse perspectives from broadly ranging stakeholder types in the chiropractic profession through a conversation that explores how organizations and communities are responding to issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

    The purpose of the roundtable is to highlight diverse perspectives from broadly ranging stakeholder types in the chiropractic profession through a conversation that explores how organizations and communities are responding to issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. 

    Dionne McClain, DC, chiropractor, educator and Vice Chair of the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners delivered the keynote address, followed by a moderated panel discussion of leading experts in their communities who shared their experience and insights on what their organizations are doing specifically, where the gaps are in each community, and how leaders can address these gaps. 

    Moderated Discussion Panel

    Moderator: Nakiesha Pearson, DC, Associate Professor, Clinical Sciences at National University of Health Sciences. 

    Panelists: 

    Dionne McClain, DC, Vice Chair, California Board of Chiropractic Examiners. 
    Micheala Edwards, DC, President of the American Black Chiropractic Association. 
    Angel Ochoa-Rea, DC, CEO Spectrum Chiropractic, Life Chiropractic College West, Board of Trustees Member 
    Joshua Lederman, DC, Co-Owner, McAndrews Chiropractic Clinic, Member, ACA’s Committee on Diversity Equity, and Inclusion. 



    Dionne McClain

    DC

    Vice Chair, California Board of Chiropractic Examiners

    Dr. Dionne McClain is a Chiropractor who specializes in functional nutrition and Sports injury. She has also served as a Qualified Medical Evaluator and was previously an adjunct professor at SCUHS. In addition to her regular practice, she provides ergonomic and work site evaluations. She has received extensive training in nutrition, prenatal and pediatric chiropractic care and is a certified lactation educator.

    She graduated from the University of Southern California (U.S.C.), receiving her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and continued with graduate work in Athletic Medicine working extensively with the athletic department there.  She later received her MBA in health care management and her doctorate degree from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (aka Southern California University of Health Sciences). Dr. McClain was appointed to the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners in 2014 and currently serves as the board’s vice chair and chair of the continuing education committee. She has served as a delegate to the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards and was recently appointed to their committee on diversity. She has published articles in Volleyball magazine, appeared on several radio stations as an expert in the field, she has served as team doctor to several college and professional teams and lectures on varies health and wellness topics throughout the region.

    Dr. McClain owns McClain Sports & Wellness Inc. located in the Miracle Mile/Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles. 

    Micheala Edwards

    DC

    President, American Black Chiropractic Association

    Dr. Micheala E. Edwards has a vast history in athletics including basketball and track and field.  Excelling in the sport of track, she’s earned state championships in Missourias a hurdler which in turn earned her a scholarship to run track for the University of Kansas.  She would later complete her Bachelor’s in Exercise& Sport Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1999. After 5 years of Personal Training in the Dallas metroplex, she relocatedto the St. Louis, Missouri area to  earn her Doctorate degree  in Chiropractic from LoganUniversity finishing in 2009. Micheala completed her Chiropractic preceptorshipin Atlanta, Georgia at Chiropractic Healthcare of Buckhead, and her  postceptorship at McClain Chiropractic in  Florissant, Missouri. Now residing in  the Kansas City Metro area, Micheala owns and operatesE.  Elite  Wellnesswhile serving the American Black Chiropractic Association as the current national president.

    William Foshee

    DC

    Chair, ACA Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

    Dr. William Foshee currently serves as chair of ACA’s diversity committee and has been involved with this initiative since it started over three years ago.

    In addition to his role as diversity committee chair, Dr. Foshee is chair of ACA’s NextGen committee, which is the representative committee for more than 2000 early career chiropractors at ACA. He is a 2017 graduate of Northwestern Health Sciences University where he served as the student body president and was honored as a Diversity Leadership Scholar for his commitment to underserved population health. He was also named a Philanthropy Fund Foundation Scholar in recognition of his leadership and service to the LGBTQIA community.


    Joshua Lederman

    DC

    Owner, McAndrews Chiropractic Clinic, ACA Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Member

    Dr. Joshua Lederman attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology. For his professional education, Dr. Lederman attended Logan University in Chesterfield, Missouri and graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic in December 2013 and Master of Science Degree in Sports Science and Rehabilitation in April 2014. Dr. Lederman is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) and Certified in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (Cert. MDT). Dr. Lederman also contracts with Integrated Musculoskeletal Care (IMC) as an Outcomes Accountable Clinician. Dr. Lederman is a member of the American Chiropractic Association, Illinois Chiropractic Society and Wheaton Chamber of Commerce.  Dr. Lederman’s goal with patient care is “to inspire patients to take an active role in their health.”  Dr. Lederman partners with patients to get them out of pain via exercise and manual therapies. Patients can expect to graduate from his care feeling empowered and hopeful.

    Angel Ochoa-Rea

    DC

    CEO, Spectrum Chiropractic, Life Chiropractic College West, Board of Trustees Member

    Dr. Angel is a graduate from Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, CA with a focus on Sports Chiropractic and Wellness. He is also the founder and president of the National Gay and Lesbian Chiropractic Association and proud member of the Life Chiropractic College West Board of Regents.

    Prior to receiving his Chiropractic education, Dr. Angel studied at the University of Illinois Chicago where he received a D1 tennis scholarship. Dr. Angel is certified in the Graston Technique a soft-tissue treatment that focuses on diagnosis and treatment of soft-tissue and joint injuries and adhesions.

    Away from the office, Dr. Angel enjoys time with his husband and friends. You will often find him at the dog park with Maggie the family mutt, or working up a sweat on the tennis court. Dr. Angel is also an avid traveler and has visited more than 20 countries to date. His most recent trip includes a one week chiropractic mission trip to India where he spent his time providing chiropractic care to impoverished communities. 

    Nakiesha Pearson

    ND, DC

    Clinical Sciences at National University of Health Sciences, Chair

    Dr. Nakiesha Pearson completed her Chiropractic degree at National University of Health Sciences (NUHS).  After graduation, she had the privilege to complete a Family Practice Residency Program at NUHS.  While completing the family practice program, she obtained a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Master's in Advanced Clinical Practice.  Dr. Pearson started her teaching career with National in 2014 and is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Clinical Sciences department.  She is a member of the academy of site team visitors for the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), and participates as an accrediting site team visitor for the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME).  Additionally, she is the vice-chair of the American Chiropractic Association's (ACA) Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the chair of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges' (AANMC) Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. 

  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Patients with advancing age or disability have been severely impacted by the rapid changes taking place in the healthcare arena, particularly in the aftermath of COVID-19. Education and training resources available to chiropractic physicians to improve their understanding of and sensitivity towards their patients with disabilities or advancing age are sorely lacking, especially in light of pending changes in Medicare. This webinar will bring chiropractic physicians a heightened awareness of the many challenges faced by their patients with advancing age or disability and give them tips to learn how to address them with their patients in their practices.

    Patients with advancing age or disability have been severely impacted by the rapid changes taking place in the healthcare arena, particularly in the aftermath of COVID-19. Education and training resources available to chiropractic physicians to improve their understanding of and sensitivity towards their patients with disabilities or advancing age are sorely lacking, especially in light of pending changes in Medicare. This webinar will bring chiropractic physicians a heightened awareness of the many challenges faced by their patients with advancing age or disability and give them tips to learn how to address them with their patients in their practices. Read an interview with Dr. Konarski-Hart on the ACA Blog. 

     Participants in this course will be able to:

    1. Identify  the demographics of populations affected by age and/or disability
    2. Discuss the challenges of patients of advancing age or disability in the healthcare arena and gain a better understanding of the issues
    3. Interpret  differences in history/exam/treatment/health issues/documentation of patients with disability or advancing age

    The following states require the participant to enter the course approval number on their certificate:


    Karen Konarski-Hart

    DC,MSDPEM,FACO,FICC,DAAPM

    Dr. Konarski-Hart earned a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the National College of Chiropractic and Diplomate status in chiropractic orthopedics from Parker College of Chiropractic. She holds a Master’s Degree in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management from Arkansas State University, is a licensed EMT and holds many specialty certificates in emergency care.   She was a governor's appointee to the Arkansas Board of Health and the first doctor of chiropractic to serve as its president.  She currently  practices in Little Rock, Arkansas.

  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This panel discussion is for all audiences and will provide a broad set of potential topics and data points for a natural progression of dialogue among female chiropractors. Attendees will learn about the experiences and challenges of women in the chiropractic profession, women as patients, and how a greater number of women chiropractors may positively affect patient outcomes. This interactive session with half hour Q&A will provide attendees an additional time with panelists to discuss the information presented. Members may register for free if registered by September 30th. This course is eligible for 1 CE credit.

    This panel discussion is for all audiences and will provide a broad set of potential topics and data points for a natural progression of dialogue among female chiropractors. Attendees will learn about the experiences and challenges of women in the chiropractic profession, women as patients, and how a greater number of women chiropractors may positively affect patient outcomes. This interactive session with half hour Q&A will provide attendees an additional time with panelists to discuss the information presented. Potential Conversation points include gender diversity in the chiropractic profession, chiropractor demographics, injury protection and technique training, women as patients, and patient outcomes. Additionally, attendees and panelists will have access to journal articles related to women as a research group with potentially challenging findings or stereotype reinforcing language. 

    This course is eligible for 1 CE credit.

    Panelists and Speakers

    Michele Maiers, DC, MPH, PhD
    Nakiesha Pearson, DC, ND, MS (emcee)
    Kristina Petrocco-Napuli, DC, MS (moderator)
    Brandi Childress, DC
    Tiffany Butler, DC
    Heidi Henson-Dunlap, DC
    Jennifer Brocker, DC, DICCP 


    Learning Objectives:

    Participants will be able to:

    • Articulate the experiences of women chiropractors
    • Describe the prevalence of the lack of female chiropractor specific research
    • Encourage female chiropractors to participate in chiropractic leadership and research
    • Present non-reproductive focused chiropractic care for women patients
    • Demonstrate the potential to further explore gender bias and privilege

    This course is approved for 1 CE credit in the following states/territories:
    AK, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, MA, ME, MD, MN, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NV, NJ, OH, OR, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WY

    Michele Maiers

    DC, MPH, PhD

    Research and Innovation at Northwestern Health Sciences University

    Michele Maiers, DC, MPH, PhD, is the Executive Director of Research and Innovation at Northwestern Health Sciences University (NWHSU) in Minneapolis, Minn. In her role, Dr. Maiers leverages high quality research to inform healthcare policy and innovation initiatives on local, regional, and national levels. Her research utilizes mixed methods to inform a rich understanding of non-drug treatment options for spine-related pain, especially among older adults.

    Dr. Maiers graduated from Northwestern College of Chiropractic and went on to earn a Master of Public Health degree in administration from the University of Minnesota, and a PhD in clinical research and biomechanics form the University of Southern Denmark.
    She currently serves as president of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). Dr. Maiers has previously held leadership positions in the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) and the Chiropractic Health Care section of the American Public Health Association (APHA).

    Nakiesha Pearson

    ND, DC

    Clinical Sciences at National University of Health Sciences, Chair

    Dr. Nakiesha Pearson completed her Chiropractic degree at National University of Health Sciences (NUHS).  After graduation, she had the privilege to complete a Family Practice Residency Program at NUHS.  While completing the family practice program, she obtained a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Master's in Advanced Clinical Practice.  Dr. Pearson started her teaching career with National in 2014 and is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Clinical Sciences department.  She is a member of the academy of site team visitors for the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), and participates as an accrediting site team visitor for the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME).  Additionally, she is the vice-chair of the American Chiropractic Association's (ACA) Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the chair of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges' (AANMC) Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. 

    Kristina Petrocco-Napuli

    DC, MS, FICC

    As an energetic international speaker, educator and practitioner Dr. Kristina Petrocco-Napuli’s lectures correlate everyday practice with cutting-edge, evidence-based information. By sharing her passion as a provider and incorporating learner-centered strategies, her lectures inform, challenge and enlighten.


    After completing her chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College (NYCC), Dr. Petrocco-Napuli began a postdoctoral fellowship in technique at New York Chiropractic College. She also achieved a master’s degree in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation from Syracuse University. She is currently the Assistant Dean College of Chiropractic at Logan University and maintains adjunct status for helping co-develop the New York Chiropractic College’s Master of Science in Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction program. Dr. Petrocco-Napuli is the President of the ACA Council on Women’s Health. Recently, in recognition of her service to the profession, she was elected a Fellow in the International College of Chiropractors and the 2020 ACA Academician of the Year.


    Women’s health, especially related to natural healthcare plans, has been Dr. Petrocco-Napuli’s focus for more than two decades. She has been actively involved in research related to pelvic pain in females and has authored both clinical and educational articles on this topic. Her practice and research centers on chronic pain in the female population, lower extremity amputees and gait, and integrative collaborative practices.

    For many years, Dr.Petrocco-Napuli has focused on the integration of practitioners in the patient centered model of care and evaluating methods of effectively working on a team of healthcare professionals. This interest began many years ago while on an internship at the Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital Chiropractic Clinic and has been reinforced by her involvement on multiple grant projects regarding the training of healthcare providers in inter-collaborative care.

    During her lectures, Dr. Petrocco-Napuli focuses on the physiological journey related to female health and special populations. As an educator on a variety of topics related to chiropractic practice, she enjoys working and meeting with practitioners from around the globe.  

    Brandi Childress

    DC

    American Black Chiropractic Association (ABCA), Vice President

    Dr. Brandi N. Childress is a native of Columbus, GA. She attended Alabama State  University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. After graduating from Alabama State University, Dr. Childress attended Sherman College  of Straight Chiropractic, Spartanburg, SC, where she received her Doctor of  Chiropractic degree in 2008. 


    Dr. Childress is a full spine practitioner with a special affinity for children. She received training in Pediatric Chiropractic Analysis and Technique, Gonstead, Activator, Diversified, and Thompson Techniques. Dr. Childress takes the above, down, inside, and out approach. She cares for the spine and body as a whole. When not helping to change lives through chiropractic, you can find her in front of the  classroom as a Senior Lecturer of Biology. Dr. Childress lectures on Human Anatomy  & Physiology, The Rise of Modern Science, The Ecological Perspective, and The Ecology & Environmental Sustainability. In addition to serving her community through chiropractic, Dr. Childress has been active with the American Chiropractic Association and the Georgia Chiropractic Association. She currently serves as the Vice President of the American Black
    Chiropractic Association. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and actively participates in community service with organizations such as the American Cancer Society and American Diabetes Association.

    Dr. Childress is committed to providing top of the line care to the residents of the Atlanta area. She believes in staying on the cutting edge of the chiropractic profession and engages in a numerous conferences throughout the year.

    Tiffany Butler

    DC

    Harmonious Living Chiropractic: Fitness & Wellness Center

    Prior to opening her own chiropractic practice, Harmonious Living Chiropractic: Fitness & Wellness Center, Dr. Butler worked as a chiropractic associate in a wellness chiropractic office and as an independent contractor for a multidisciplinary office throughout the State of Maryland.

    In 2013, Dr. Butler established Harmonious Living Chiropractic: Fitness & Wellness Center, LLC and opened her first office in Odenton, Maryland. She relocated her office in Laurel, Maryland in Prince George’s County to gain access to a larger and diverse demographic population to rebuild and grow. Dr. Butler believes in creating a strong relationship with the community she services, as a result, she has created and implemented community-based programs, such as Dinner with the Doctor and Lunch & Learn Program, which educates people on the importance of spinal and joint health, as well as how to live a healthy lifestyle. With the desire to continue to educate and support her patients and the community, she founded Dr. Butler’s Health Academy in 2020.  Dr. Butler is the author of the book, Say Goodbye to Back Pain! Exercise, Nutrition, and More! which was released in 2019.  She is also the author of the children’s book series, The Adventures of Joshua. The first book of the series, The Adventures of Joshua: Spencer Spine and the Back Attack was released in 2018.

    Heidi Henson-Dunlap

    DC

    Dr. Henson-Dunlap graduated Summa Cum Laude, earning her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University.  She then went on to complete her preceptorship training at the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center at High Point Regional Hospital-University of North Carolina.  Prior to beginning her doctorate, Dr. Henson earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social and Cultural Analysis from New York University.  She specializes in chronic pain management and pregnancy-associated back pain.  Dr. Henson is currently serving as the Oregon Alternate Delegate for the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and a Councilor for the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE).

    Jennifer Brocker

    DC, DICCP

    Doctor of Chiropractic, Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics

    Portland Chiropractic Group

    Dr. Jennifer Brocker is a 2007 Cum Laude graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA. In 2012, Dr. Brocker became board-certified as a Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics having completed the required 3-year postgraduate course of study. She joined the ACA in 2012 and became the Vice President of the ACA Pediatrics Council in 2013, holding that position until elected President of the Council in 2016. As an active member in the House of Delegates, she is appointed to the Bylaws Committee and the Governance Monitoring Task Force. In 2017, the ACA Pediatrics Council established a certifying arm, the American Board of Chiropractic Pediatrics, for which Dr. Jenny is the representative and Council liaison to the American Board of Chiropractic Specialties. 

  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 03/01/2022

    This presentation focuses on difficult conversations to have in practice. Most of these conversations are ones that we hope to never have to encounter, but are very real in any practicing environment. As chiropractors, we are trained to identify mental health flags, but we should be better at identifying those flags and triaging them into practical uses, especially in a time when patients are potentially more vulnerable due to isolation and changes in resources for mental health. Throughout this presentation, we will discuss ways to evaluate patients without drawing significant attention to their vulnerabilities as well as provide direction and resources on where to refer patients, as needed, for further mental health care or how to safely remove themselves from dangerous situations (ie.crisis centers).

    Register for this webinar for $20 or subscribe for the year and get 13 webinars for $195

    Join Dr. Alli Totzke and Ms. Serena Norris as they discuss how to have difficult conversations with your patients.  While chiropractic physicians are trained to identify mental health flags, improvement is needed in identifying those flags and triaging them into practical uses – especially at a time when patients may be more vulnerable due to the isolation or changes in resources for mental health brought on by a global pandemic. 

    In this webinar, you will learn how to evaluate patients without drawing significant attention to their vulnerabilities, as well as how to provide direction on resources or referral opportunities for mental health care.  You will also take away tactics to help patients remove themselves from dangerous situations (e.g., crisis centers).  This course covers all patient ages and briefly touches on marginalized communities and cultural awareness to help you understand customs that may cause different patients to believe their situations are acceptable based on socialized experiences or learned coping mechanisms. 

    Key takeaways include: how to identify red flags of patients in high-risk situations; how recognize where to report concerning behaviors based on state-specific or ethical responsibilities; and how to manage expectations and document the conversations in order to protect yourself or the patient in potential court proceedings.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Identify red flags of patients in high-risk situations. 

    2. Recognize where to report concerning behaviors based on your state and ethical responsibilities. 

    3. Manage expectations and how to document this to protect yourself as well as the patient if ever used in a court of law.

    This disclaimer exists to inform the viewer that during this presentation, one of the slides shown incorrectly identifies a group due to a minor error. The correct acronym the presenters wished to display was LGBTQ+. We apologize for this inconvenience, and hope that you recognize this information exists to replace what is presented. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us at education@acatoday.org for more details regarding this topic. We have updated the handout/PowerPoint to reflect this correction. 

    Alli Totzke

    DC

    Dr. Alli Totzke is a recent graduate from National University of Health Sciences, IL who is practicing in Montpelier, VA. She practices in a rural area where it's common to have patients thank her in farm fresh vegetables. She has been involved with ACA since her first trimester of school and has held several positions within SACA and ACA. She is currently one of the NextGen legislative vice-chairs and has a passion for advocacy at all levels. She practices acupuncture as well as being Webster Certified, adding to her practice skills. In her free time, she enjoys playing board games and working on local public policy efforts. 

    Serena Norris

    BS

    Ms. Serena Norris is currently a student at Capella University receiving her master's in clinical mental health counseling. She resides in Rochester, New York while taking her courses online and enjoys training her dogs for therapy in her free time. Serena has been acknowledged for her studies by the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) as well as her chapter association Chi Sigma Iota through Capella University. She also has her own mental health website where she posts weekly blogs on mental health disorders and self-education It's Okay to not be Okay – Mental Health Blogs.

  • Contains 6 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The presentation creates a framework of historical and current dimensions of diversity and their role in the clinical setting.  The importance of social and cultural influences on the patient’s health beliefs and behaviors will be related to the chiropractic setting. This course, presented by Dr. Joelle Santiago, DC will examine key strategies in understanding how to address diversity in healthcare settings and explain the necessity of cultural awareness.

    The presentation creates a framework of historical and current dimensions of diversity and their role in the clinical setting.  The importance of social and cultural influences on the patient’s health beliefs and behaviors will be related to the chiropractic setting. This course, presented by Dr. Joelle Santiago, DC will examine key strategies in understanding how to address diversity in healthcare settings and explain the necessity of cultural awareness.

    Learning Objectives:  

    Identify the seven dimensions of diversity and describe how the dimensions may need to be considered during the examination and treatment process 

    Describe people first language and compare it to disability related language to avoid

    Prepare ways to prevent miscommunication between the provider and the patient in relation to diverse populations 

    At the end of this session you will be granted access to a value-added panel discussion featuring Dr. Brandon T. Smolarek, Dr. Joelle Santiago, and Dr. Michael Ingui further exploring the topics examined in this course! This bonus video is provided to elaborate on the course material and is not worth CE credit. 

    Joelle Santiago

    DC

    VP, Connecticut Chiropractic Association

    Dr. Joelle Santiago is a graduate of the University of Bridgeport School of Chiropractic (UBSC). Her grandparents were both graduates of Logan University, her mother and two uncles are graduates of New York Chiropractic College. During her undergraduate studies at Assumption University she studied Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies. During her undergraduate education, she developed a passion for advocating for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. At UBSC, Dr. Joelle served as president of the Student Connecticut Chiropractic Association.  She is the 3rd vice president of the Connecticut Chiropractic Association, and a past secretary. Dr. Santiago also serves as vice president and treasurer of the Northeast Chiropractic Council. She practices in Avon, Conn., with her mother, Joanne Santiago, DC. Dr. Joelle continues to encourage her peers to engage in cultural competency to foster a welcoming and inclusive clinical setting. 

    Brandon Smolarek

    DC

    Research Associate, Carelink Health Services Group

    Dr. Brandon Smolarek is a Michigan native who has personal experience with the opioid epidemic, having had family members whose only option for pain was surgery—which resulted in a magnitude of opioid prescriptions. Seeing his family members struggle with pain management, Dr. Smolarek understood early on the importance of conservative management. He started his healthcare experience as a collegiate athlete who worked with trainers and physicians, providing preventative care to help athletes stay competitive. While in college, he studied Biology and Chemistry at Suffolk University in Boston, where he continued his journey into the healthcare field while also participating in undergraduate research. Upon graduation in 2016, Brandon enrolled in the University of Bridgeport School of Chiropractic (UBSC) in May 2020 to do his part to combat the ongoing opioid crisis. He is currently a research associate with Carelink Health Services Group, founded by Dr. Michael Ingui, which has a vision of improving the quality of patient care by providing chiropractic care as a complementary management option to combat chronic pain and reduce unnecessary opioid prescriptions. 

    Michael Ingui

    DC

    Founder- CareLink Health Services Group

    Dr. Michael Ingui graduated summa cum laude in 2014 from the University of Bridgeport School of Chiropractic (UBSC). He began a career in private practice in Ramsey, N.J., and returned to UBSC in 2015 as an adjunct professor. In 2017 Dr. Ingui completed a two-year fellowship in neuromusculoskeletal medicine, earning his diplomate, and became board certified by the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. Afterward, Dr. Ingui began full-time work with UBSC as an assistant professor of clinical services. He was fortunate to work on a joint project between the school and the New Jersey Pain Collaborative, where he developed and implemented an on-site chiropractic program at two New Jersey community health centers (CHCs). He served as the head chiropractic clinician for the project and became the first chiropractor in New Jersey to be credentialed at a federally qualified health center (FQHC) and participate in the state Medicaid CHC reimbursement program. Dr. Ingui developed a passion for population health and finding solutions to address social disparities. He began a two-year program at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, earning a Masters of Applied Science. He founded CareLink Health Services Group in 2019 to help healthcare organizations and primary care teams better manage people living with pain without the use of opioids and other pharmaceuticals.

  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Through a comparative discussion between Dr. Ta and Dr. Price, attendees will look at how two different hospital systems, within the VA and within a non-profit teaching hospital, utilize chiropractic to help care for underserved populations and the importance of topics and issues the ACA legislative committee is targeting everyday to gain more access to healthcare, specifically veterans and Medicare patients.

    Chiropractic care has become an integral part of the multidisciplinary team in hospitals all over the country--particularly when it comes to conservative, non-invasive, and non-pharmaceutical care. Many hospital based settings have leaned heavily on chiropractors to take on more active roles when it comes to musculoskeletal pain in all phases of care (acute and chronic), and due to the cost-effectiveness of chiropractic, it has positioned many DCs in hospitals to become a landing pad for affordable and accessible care for underserved populations. Through a comparative discussion between Dr. Ta and Dr. Price, attendees will look at how two different hospital systems, within the VA and within a non-profit teaching hospital, utilize chiropractic to help care for underserved populations and the importance of topics and issues the ACA legislative committee is targeting everyday to gain more access to healthcare, specifically veterans and Medicare patients. 

    Learning Objectives: 

    1. Identify barriers and obstacles to healthcare for under-served populations in your community.

     2. Differentiate the cost-effective benefits of chiropractic care vs. other invasive or pharmaceutical interventions.

     3. Explain how chiropractic care fits within hospital-based settings.

     4. State the importance of legislative efforts for better access to chiropractic care. 

    Maithy B. Ta

    DC

    Myocore

    Dr. Maithy Ta is a practicing chiropractor at Myocore located in Truman Medical Center in downtown Kansas City where she helps serve patients of all ages meet their pain-free functional goals. She enjoys working within a multidiscplinary atmosphere and helping advocate 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, as a part of the leadership team at the Forward Thinking Chiropractic Alliance, as current vice-chair of NextGenACA, and as a member of the 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 over 300 hours in functional rehab, adjunct therapies, and pain science to continue growing as a clinician.  

    Morgan Price

    DC

    VA Puget Sound Health Care System

    Dr. Morgan Price is a staff chiropractor at VA Puget Sound Health Care System located in Seattle, WA. She was the inaugural chiropractic resident at this facility from 2020-2021 and was subsequently the first chiropractor hired on at their 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.  

    She graduated from National University of Health Sciences in 2019, attending both the Illinois and Florida campuses, as well as completing an 8-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 when she can. Internal with 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-reviewing, and presenting research as well as presenting internally to other VA departments on evidence-based chiropractic care. She additionally works part-time as a Medical Legal Summarizer. 

    Professionally, she is interested in low-tech rehab, Whole Health, and patient/provider communication and Motivational Interviewing.