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Michelle Barber, MSW, DC earned her BA degree from Miami University in 1991 and her MSW from Ohio State in 1993. After working for many years as a social worker in the child welfare field, she decided to change careers and become a chiropractor. She graduated from Palmer Davenport in 2000 and practiced for 13 years in Colorado, Ohio and Illinois. Dr. Barber joined Palmer College in 2006 and is now Associate Dean for Life Sciences and Foundations, but continues to teach microbiology. She has been published in peer-reviewed journals and received the Student Council’s Faculty of the Year award several times, ICAA Female Achievement Award twice and Palmer’s Outstanding Faculty of the Year in 2011.
Monika Buerger, DC has been in family wellness practice since 1992. A 1991 graduate of Life Chiropractic College West, with an undergraduate degree from California State University in Fresno, she practiced in Livermore, Calif., for 18 years before moving to Ammon, Idaho. Dr. Buerger is a national and international lecturer in the field of functional neurology and functional medicine. Due to her own personal health struggles, she has dedicated her life to those struggling with neurodevelopmental disorders and chronic health disorders. Dr. Buerger is a contributing author to the textbook “Pediatric Chiropractic.” She currently has a successful practice in Southeastern Idaho where she helps both children and adults regain their health through natural alternatives. Her mission is to prevent disease in the unborn child, to promote proper neurodevelopment in the newborn and to ensure a life of optimal health for all.
Pamela Gindl, DC, DICCP is Associate Professor in the Technique Department at Palmer College of Chiropractic. She has been in private practice for the past 26 years. Dr. Gindl graduated from Palmer in 1990, received her Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics (DICCP) in 1993 and now serves as an instructor on the DICCP program. Dr. Gindl has been a reviewer of several textbook manuscripts on technique published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins and Davis Publishing Company. She has served as a consultant and question writer for the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners Part IV many times, lectured on pediatric evaluation and adjustments at different educational events and presented papers at the Council’s Annual Conferences.
Ian McLean, DC, DACBR is Director of the Clinical Radiology Department and Radiology Residency Program at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. He also maintains a private practice in radiology with emphasis on conventional radiology and MRI. Dr. McLean was board certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Radiology (DACBR) in 1984. He is also certified in Specialized imaging (MRI and CT) by the American Chiropractic College of Radiology. He has contributed to numerous journals and is a contributing author to the radiology text on “Clinical Imaging” by Marchiori and published by Mosby.
Carol Phillips, DC is a renowned lecturer and workshop instructor who has taught more than 8,000 hours in craniosacral therapy and myofascial unwinding to chiropractors and body workers throughout the US, Canada, England, Scotland, Belgium, New Zealand and Mexico over the past 20 years. Focusing on “Balance in the Body” and “Harmony in the Family” she is devoted to the prevention and treatment of physical, emotional and spiritual trauma that may occur at any time from conception to delivery and beyond. Dr. Phillips is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic-West and served for several years on the faculty of Northwestern College of Chiropractic while maintaining a private practice in Minneapolis. She juggles her practice in Annapolis, Maryland with workshops round the world.
Lora Tanis, DC, DICCP is one of the leading chiropractic pediatric practitioners in the world. She loves what she does and her professional reputation has been built on integrity, service and the results she has been able to achieve even in complicated cases. A 1989 graduate of Palmer College, Dr. Tanis was one of the first DCs to obtain her DICCP in 1996. Currently serving as chair of the ICA Pediatrics Council she enjoys teaching and sharing what she knows with others. A confident and skilled adjuster, her practice includes premature babies with multiple complications to teens with special needs. For the past two years Dr. Tanis has taken two weeks out of her practice to serve as a volunteer in Samoa, introducing and providing chiropractic care with a small team of senior interns from RMIT in Australia. She feels they are making progress and hopes to do more during her third trip this year toward getting chiropractic recognized in Samoa’s health care system. Dr. Tanis was named ICA’s Chiropractor of the Year in 2012 and in 2016 she was inducted as a Fellow into Palmer’s prestigious Academy of Chiropractors. Dr. Tanis has been in full-time practice in New Jersey for 27 years.
Sharon Vallone, DC, DICCP, FICCP has 28 years of practice experience with primary interest in pregnancy, birth trauma, breast-feeding and problems with infant/toddler neurodevelopment. She has lectured extensively on these subjects worldwide and also authored several papers for peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Vallone is the Editor of the online public access Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics. She has served for 15 years as volunteer Chair of the Board for the Kentuckiana Children’s Center. In private practice in a multidisciplinary setting for special needs kids in South Windsor in Connecticut, Dr Vallone and her team provide individualized treatment for children with functional challenges. A graduate of New York Chiropractic College, she received her Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics (DICCP) in 1998 and became a Fellow in 2003. A dedicated practitioner with an enormous capacity for giving, Dr Vallone is always encouraging doctors to become involved in research and has helped many DCs write papers for publishing or presentation so they be contributors to much-needed “evidence” about chiropractic.
Meghan Van Loon, PT, DC, DICCP has been in private practice since 1992. A graduate of Northwestern University she received her Physical Therapy degree from Ithaca College in New York before she decided to make chiropractic her profession. Her focus has always been on pregnant women and children which works out well for the practice she shares with her husband. She takes care of the mothers and kids and he takes care of the others. Dr. Van Loon received her DICCP in 2000 and is now an instructor on the program. She also serves as an Assistant Professor in the diagnosis department of New York Chiropractic College and teaches seminars for NYCC on evidence-based care for pediatric and pregnant patients. She has presented papers and lectured at conferences and symposiums for the ICA Pediatrics Council in the US and Canada. Dr. Van Loon served on the Steering Committee representing colleges on the first consensus document on “Best Practice for Chiropractic Care of the Pediatric Patient” published in JMPT.