Program Schedule


7:30 a.m. Registration Desk Opens

9:00 a.m. Welcome & Introductions

9:15 a.m. – 10: 40 a.m.
“Heart, Head and Hands: Helping infants with congenital heart defects toward a healthier future.”
Speaker:  Lora Tanis, DC, DICCP

10: 40 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Refreshment Break

11:00 a.m. –12: 00 p.m.
“Nutritive sucking dysfunctions in infants: Normal vs abnormal, causes  and effects.
Speaker: Valerie Klingelschmitt, DC, MSc(Paeds)

12:00 p.m.– 1:15 p.m.
“Applying myofascial release, chiropractic cranial and spinal adjusting techniques to infants with nutritive sucking dysfunction.”
Speaker: Sharon Vallone, DC, DICCP, FICCP   

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. LUNCH (Provided)

2:30 p.m.-  3:00 p.m.
Research Paper Presentations

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
“Lower extremity assessment and adjusting of the school- age child.”
Speaker: Ramneek Bhogal, DC, DABCI

4:30 p.m. –5:00 p.m. Refreshment Break

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
“Managing unusual pediatric cases in a chiropractic practice.”
Speakers:  Sharon Vallone, DC, DICCP, FICCP
                    Valerie Klingelschmitt, DC, MSc(Paeds)
                    Ramneek Bhogal, DC, DABCI
                   Stephanie O’Neill, DC, DICCP
                   Lora Tanis, DC, DICCP



9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
“The pregnant patient: Common conditions we see in chiropractic practice.”
Speaker: Sharon Vallone, DC, DICCP, FICCP
Stephanie O’Neill Bhogal, DC, DICCP

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Refreshment Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
“Gut-Skin connection: Skin autoimmunity, journey from childhood to young adult.”
Speaker: Ramneek Bhogal, DC, DABCI

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
“Pediatric stroke: Clinical signs, diagnosis, long-term consequences, neurodevelopment and cognitive function challenges.”
Speaker: Lora Tanis, DC, DICCP

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Lunch (provided)

2:15 p.m. – 3:.45 p.m.
“Upper cervical assessment and adjusting of the infant and toddler.”
Speaker: Stephanie O’Neill, DC, DICCP

3:45 p.m. –4:10 p.m. Refreshment Break

4:10 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.
“Pediatric headaches and chiropractic care.”
Speaker: Lora Tanis, DC, DICCP

5: 10 p.m. – 5: 30. p.m. Questions and answers with all speakers.

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 Klingelschmitt, 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. Klingelschmitt 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 organized a humanitarian mission to the orphanages in Madagascar in 2016. Dr. Kingelschmitt and her husband live in Paris with their two children.