Meet Our Speakers
Lora Tanis, DC, DICCP has a passion for infants and chiropractic. She loves what she does and her reputation as an excellent chiropractic pediatrics practitioner has been built on integrity, service and continual learning. A 1989 graduate of Palmer College, Dr. Tanis received her Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics (DICCP) in 1996. She currently serves as Chair of the ICA Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics and is a recognized pediatrics speaker at national/state/international conventions, conferences, symposiums, Palmer College homecomings and other educational seminars. Dr. Tanis is a skilled adjuster, but believes that practitioners should be educated in more than just technique and that the care DCs provide this special patient population should not only be appropriate but always safe. Her lectures are clinically useful because she is able to correlate the academic material to her extensive and unique practice experience of more than 27 years ranging from premature babies to children with special needs. Dr. Tanis has a busy private practice in New Jersey and gives back by doing volunteer work in her community and abroad. For the past three years she has traveled to Samoa to provide chiropractic care to the Samoans and serving as a volunteer team leader/supervising doctor for chiropractic interns from RMIT in Australia. Dr. Tanis and her husband live in New York and have two adult children.
Sharon Vallone, DC, DICCP, FICCP has 30 years of clinical pediatric experience with primary interest in breastfeeding dysfunction and problems with infant/toddler neurodevelopment. She has lectured extensively on these subjects worldwide for chiropractic as well as other professional organizations and also authored several articles published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Vallone serves as co-editor of the online public access Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics and is vice chair of the ICA Pediatrics Council. She has served 17 years as volunteer Chair of the Board of Directors for Kentuckiana Children’s Center, a non-profit chiropractic outpatient facility for special needs children in Louisville, Kentucky. Currently in private practice in a multidisciplinary center in South Windsor, Connecticut, Dr. Vallone and her team at KIDSPACE provide individualized treatment for children with functional challenges. A graduate of New York Chiropractic College, she received her Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics in 1998 and become a Fellow in 2003. A dedicated practitioner with an enormous capacity for giving, Dr. Vallone is always willing to share her knowledge and skills with colleagues for the benefit of the patients they serve.
Ramneek Bhogal, DC, DABCI has been active in practice and education since graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2002. He is currently Professor and Director of Technique at Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California. His academic focus is diverse and revolves around upper cervical (Toggle Recoil), full spine subluxation analysis, and neuromuscular diagnosis. Dr Bhogal is very active with student organizations and is recognized for his excellence in educational instruction. His focus in practice is complex case management, working in large part with patients who are frustrated with ‘complex diagnoses’ and empowering them to heal with chiropractic, placing a powerful emphasis on wellness and lifestyle management. He was recently published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT). His research was the use of force transducers to measure Toggle Recoil type thrusts. In 2010 Dr. Ramneek and his wife Stephanie established Peak Potential Outreach, a non-profit Foundation to provide healthcare to underserved and impoverished communities around the world. Every year he leads a chiro-centric health care team to an underserved population outside the US.
Stephanie O’Neill, DC, DICCP completed her undergraduate studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada and received her DC degree from Palmer College in 2002. She completed her Pediatrics Residency at Palmer College in 2005 when she also received her Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics (DICCP). After teaching for 15 years at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Dr. O’Neill moved to the San Francisco bay area and is now a Professor at Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, serving as a Mentor in the Life West Health Center. With her professional experience both as a teacher and practitioner, her focus is on routine and complex pediatric and pregnancy cases. Always encouraging students interested in looking after women and children to continue their education with postgraduate studies in pediatrics, Dr. O’Neill also teaches in the ICA Pediatric Council’s postgraduate program and presents at national and international conferences. Dr. O’Neill travels abroad frequently to underdeveloped countries with Peak Potential outreach, a non-profit foundation she and her husband founded to provide healthcare to impoverished countries around the world.
Valerie Kingelschmitt, DC, MSc(Paeds) has been in a private family practice with her husband for 26 years. A 1991 graduate of IFEC, she serves as a lecturer and clinician at IFEC and also teaches postgraduate seminars on pediatrics and pregnancy throughout France. Because of her interest and desire to help children with chiropractic care Dr. Kingelschmitt went on to complete her Master’s degree in Pediatrics from Bournemouth University in the UK in 2012. She is responsible for pioneering the first infant and child practice at IFEC’s teaching clinic seven years ago. A dedicated practitioner she has initiative, enthusiasm and energy, characteristics that help when dealing with infants and children. Though she has a busy schedule with her teaching, practicing and family, Dr. Kingelschmitt still finds time to serve the underprivileged and is currently organizing a humanitarian mission to the orphanages in Madagascar in 2016. Dr. Kingelschmitt and her husband live in Paris with their two children.
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 other patients. 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.
Chantal Doucet. DC, DICCP is a professor-clinician at the Universit’e du Qu’ebec `a Trois-Rivi`eres in pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology in the undergraduate doctoral program in chiropractic. She received her DC degree from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto and her Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics DICCP) from the New York Chiropractic College. She is currently enrolled in a master in clinical sciences program at the Faculty of Medicine, Universit’e de Sherbrooke, Canada; with a specialization in obstetrics. Dr. Doucet’s areas of interest in clinical research focus mainly on pelvic pain in the pregnant population and on common conditions in NMS in the pediatric population and she has been a guest speaker on these topics at numerous pediatric scientific symposia Since 2011 Dr. Doucet has put together workshops for the Scoliosis Month Activity (Mois de la scoliose, MDLS) as part of the outpatient clinic curriculum. The event has three components: academic, clinical and scientific and is designed to help future doctors of chiropractic make an earlier detection and better manage this condition with multidisciplinary collaboration.