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Dr. Michael Zabelin

Dr. Michael Zabelin, President

Dr. Zabelin is a fully certified NUCCA doctor practicing in San Francisco as the sole practitioner of Cow Hollow Chiropractic clinic. He is a graduate of Pacific States Chiropractic College/Life Chiropractic College where he was an honor student and valedictorian.

Dr. Zabelin is past Chair of the NUCCA Education Committee and designed and implemented a full tri -level program for semi-annual NUCCA conferences. He has been a basic course instructor of NUCCA at Palmer College of Chiropractic, responsible for teaching film analysis, history of upper cervical adjusting, and phases of the adjustment. He also teaches and lectures at Life Chiropractic College West, and has been a module instructor for the Diplomate of Applied Chiropractic Sciences.

Dr. Zabelin is a contributing author to Practice and Principles of NUCCA and is a consultant on aligned X-ray equipment for private offices, installation companies, and public clinics.

Dr. Lee Yardley

Dr. Lee Yardley, Vice President, Co-Chair of Education Committee

Dr. Lee Yardley graduated as a Doctor of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa in 1978, and completed his undergraduate education at the University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand. In addition, he was Board Certified by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) in 1996 and practices in the state of Washington.

Dr. Yardley is on the NUCCA faculty, teaches advanced adjusting, and developed curriculum for the Intermediate Biomechanics program introduced in 2005. He supervises and sponsors a two year post doctoral program for doctors (from all over the North American continent) with an interest in advancing their clinical skills in a practice based on the Grostic Model. Dr. Yardley serves on the standards committee for the NUCCA organization, as one of five doctors responsible for qualifying doctors for board certification. He also Chairs the NUCCA educational committee.

Dr. Yardley has also served as research consultant on a study financed by the National Institutes of Health, and as an extension faculty member for Palmer and Logan chiropractic colleges.

Dr. Robert Brooks

Dr. Robert Brooks, Chairman of the Board

Dr. Robert Brooks is the Chairman of the Board for the Upper Cervical Research Foundation and Director of the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association. His practice, Brooks Spinal Care located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has become both a healing and training center: Fifty-four of Dr. Brooks' patients have become chiropractors; he has trained and coached fifty-three interns to prepare them for their own practices; and has personally cared for more than fifteen thousand patients from the United States and abroad.

Dr. Brooks is a member of Delta Sigma Chi, a Chiropractic professional fraternity, and has served in numerous capacities in the Chiropractic Association of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Chiropractic Research Foundation, the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations, the International Chiropractors Association, the Palmer College of Chiropractic Alumni Association, and as past president of the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association.

He received honorary degrees from Life Chiropractic College and from Sherman College of Chiropractic for his contributions to the chiropractic profession, and has served his alma mater, Palmer College of Chiropractic, in many capacities including Visiting Clinical Professor, and in virtually every office of the college's international Alumni Association including President and Chairman of the Board. He was honored with the coveted Alumnus of the Year award in 1992.

Dr. Brooks has a seminar company entitled "Taking Care of People" to teach chiropractors and chiropractic students how to create non-toxic environments and serve in the best interest of all patients. He also teaches personal classes as a way of healing psychological and psycho-social wounds. Dr. Brooks' life reflects his intent to be a student, healer and teacher with dignity, integrity and grace.

Dr. Patricia Gregg, Treasurer

Dr. Patricia Gregg, Treasurer

Dr. Gregg has been in private practice in Austin, Texas since 1995. She was led to the NUCCA work in 1978 when her life changed significantly as a result of being run over by a truck while sledding. During her effort to recover, she felt the medical model had failed her, but after receiving her first NUCCA adjustment in 1983, she credits NUCCA with saving her life.

Dr. Gregg attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1991. She graduated in 1995 Cum Laude and also was on the president's list throughout her term at Palmer. Dr. Gregg has trained seven NUCCA doctors in her clinic Back-N-Balance, three of whom have become part of her practice.

Dr. Gregg has been an instructor for NUCCA during the past seven years teaching Biomechanics and X-ray analysis both at the conferences and at Palmer College for the NUCCA elective class. She is also a contributing author to the Practice and Principles of NUCCA textbook.

Dr. Gregg has been active in the Chiropractic Society of Texas since 1996, and has served as the vice-president and treasurer.

Dr. Johanna M. Hoeller, Secretary

Dr. Johanna M. Hoeller, Secretary, Chairman of Fundraising Committee

After receiving a life changing NUCCA spinal correction in Vancouver, Canada, Dr. Hoeller attended the University of Victoria from 1978 to 1981, and then graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in 1985.

She began serving on the NUCCA board in 1999 and specifically has served on the executive committee as secretary since that time.

In 2004, Dr. Hoeller achieved full NUCCRA Board Certification. She further serves the NUCCA organization by participating on the NUCCA Certification Committee and on the faculty of NUCCA educators. Dr. Hoeller is in private practice in Seattle, Washington.

Dr. Marshall Dickholtz, Jr.

Dr. Marshall Dickholtz, Jr., Director, Co-Chair of Standards Committee

Dr. Marshall Dickholtz Jr. is one of only twenty board certified NUCCA doctors worldwide. He practices in Northbrook, Illinois and is an authority on the diagnosis and treatment of adults and children with headaches, musculoskeletal conditions, spinal disc syndrome, back and neck pain, and other neurologically based conditions. He has more than thirty years of experience and has treated more than 10,000 individual cases as an upper cervical specialist.

In 1978, Dr. Dickholtz completed his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Palmer University with awards in radiology and leadership. He continued his education receiving his NUCCA Board Certification in 1993.

Dr. Dickholtz has appeared as a guest on numerous radio talk shows as well as local and national television programs including the Discovery Health Channel's recent "Impact Stories of Survival" which highlighted his successful treatment of champion race car driver Tony Schumacher's devastating injuries from a near fatal car accident. He has also recently appeared on "Health Beat" with Sylvia Perez on the Chicago ABC television network news as well as nationally on "Good Morning America" regarding the breakthrough research that NUCCA spinal correction treatment successfully reduced blood pressure without the use of medication.

Dr. Dickholtz is currently the director of the NUCCA Certification Program and Standards Committee. He is Vice President of the board of directors for both the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association and the Upper Cervical Research Foundation (formerly NUCCRA, now UCRF). Dr. Dickholtz has also authored articles and chapters on various aspects of NUCCA care and certification as well as being a certified instructor of the NUCCA technique. His many accomplishments have led him to be the recipient of the coveted Ralph R. Gregory Award 2006.

Dr. Gordon Hasick

Dr. Gordon Hasick, Director, Co-Chair of Standards Committee

Dr. Hasick has a diverse background in clinical chiropractic care, education, and television production; all with a focus on human development and enhanced well-being. He began his private chiropractic practice in Calgary in 1980 opening the Britannia Clinic where he continues to practice. He has been a board certified instructor for the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association since 1989. He also served as Chief Chiropractic Officer for the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary as well as Team Chiropractor for Team Canada Men's Volleyball Team.

In 1993 Dr. Hasick established C-1 Film Production Corporation®, a company that uses the creative media of live workshops, television, video and audio programs to communicate wellness information. C-1 Films® distributes programs about hope and healing, and produces projects featuring success stories from those who have overcome significant challenges and have been able to thrive. Dr. Hasick has also been a part of the faculty of Leadership Development at the Banff Centre from 2004- 2009 where he was part of a team that facilitates programs designed to build personal leadership with visions for an ideal future.

Dr. Hasick is president of the The Ralph R. Gregory Memorial Foundation (Canada) and brings his experience and dedication to the NUCCA work to support the research, education, public awareness and help ensure a strong future for the NUCCA organization.

Dr. Michael Zabelin

Dr. Craig Lapenski, Director, Chairman of Finance Committee, Co-Chair Nominating Committee

Dr. Lapenski discovered NUCCA while in Chiropractic college and following his first NUCCA adjustment, realized this was the care he needed to provide for his patients. Dr. Lapenski graduated with honors from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa in 1999. He has been in private practice in Graham, Washington ever since. Over the past 13 years, Dr. Lapenski has been committed to the perpetual advancement of the reduction of the atlas subluxation complex. He has developed a rigorous training program in his practice designed to increase the clinical skills of the doctors in the field, and has trained six of his practice associates. Dr. Lapenski is one of only 23 board certified NUCCA doctors worldwide, receiving full NUCCA board certification in 2010.

Recently elected to the NUCCA board, Dr. Lapenski looks forward to helping to grow the organization and the public's knowledge of this amazing technique.

Dr. Steven MacDonald

Dr. Steven MacDonald, Director, Co-Chair Nominating Committee

Dr. MacDonald is a board Certified NUCCA practitioner who has maintained a private practice in Pacific Grove, California since 1979. He is a graduate of Gonzaga University and Palmer College of Chiropractic. He is a lecturer and author of numerous articles and chapters of the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association textbook.

Dr. David Packer

Dr. David Packer, D.C., Director, Co-Chair Education Committee

Dr. David A. Packer graduated as a Doctor of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa in 2000. He earned a B.A. and M.B.A. from University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in 1993 and also served as a hospital corpsman in the US Naval Reserve. After graduating from Palmer, Dr. Packer moved to Seattle, Washington to train under one of the top certified NUCCA doctors in the country, Dr. Lee G. Yardley. In 2002, Dr. Packer relocated to Chesapeake, VA and has been in private practice since. In 2009, Dr. Packer earned his full NUCCA board certification and with teaching at the NUCCA conferences and also teaches NUCCA elective at Life University. He also serves as board treasurer for the Upper Cervical Research Foundation.

Dr. Jeffrey Scholten, Vice President

Dr. Jeffrey Scholten, Director, Research

Dr. Jeffrey Scholten has been in private practice in Calgary, Alberta, Canada since 2001 and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Upper Cervical Research Foundation (UCRF) as well as the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA).

Originally earning a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 1996 from the University of Calgary, Dr. Scholten continued his studies graduating Magna Cum Laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2001. During his time at Palmer College, Dr. Scholten was inducted into the exclusive Vogt Society as recognition for exemplary personal leadership, was awarded with a Certificate of Recognition for Extraordinary Personal Action from the American Red Cross, received a Certificate of Merit for his role as an Anatomy Teaching Assistant and earned a membership in Pi Tau Delta, an International Chiropractic Honor Society.

The idea of being able to positively impact the quality of a person's life originally led Dr. Scholten to pursue a career in health care. The tremendous patient results seen within his own practice have inspired him to devote significant time and attention to the advancement of upper cervical chiropractic. He is professionally engaged in ongoing clinical research and has had articles published in both Canadian Chiropractor and the Upper Cervical Monograph.

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