Planning Committee Members

Ron LeFebvre, DC                                                                                                                                     
Professor, University of Western States
Coordinator of Evidence Informed Practice Program Executive Director, Consortium of Evidence-Informed Practice Educators (CEIPE)

I am a full time professor in the Division of Clinical Education at the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon. I also spent 20 years serving as the project manager directing the creation of protocols and care pathways for the UWS clinic system. Starting in 2004, I helped design and implement a National Institutes of Health funded project with the goal of improving students’ skills at incorporating research evidence into everyday clinical practice. I am a founding member and the current Executive Director for the Consortium of Evidence-Informed Educators (CEIPE). I haven’t won any major awards but continue to check the mail.

Dana Lawrence, DC, MMedEd, MA                                                                                             
Associate Provost of Education and Research at Parker University

I am the past editor for several professional scientific journals for the chiropractic profession, current editor for the Journal of Contemporary Chiropractic, and past editor for two text series, Yearbook of Chiropractic and Advances in Chiropractic. I have a long history in the chiropractic profession, was invited to participate in President Clinton’s health care reform program and was the first chiropractor appointed to a position on an advisory committee at NIH. In addition to my DC degree, I have a master’s degrees in medical education (MMedEd) from the University of Dundee in Scotland and a second master’s degree in bioethics and health policy (MA) from Loyola University Chicago.

Joshua Goldenberg, ND                                                                                                           
Naturopathic Doctor, Goldenberg GI Center                                                                             
Research Investigator, Helfgott Research Institute             
Professor, Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine     

I am a Naturopathic Doctor with a particular focus on IBS, SIBO, IBD, and other GI conditions. I am a Research Investigator at the Helfgott Research Institute where my research focuses on evidence synthesis, probiotics, and IBS. My work has been published in high-impact medical science journals including JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine and The Cochrane Library. I teach evidence evaluation at the Academy for Integrative Health and Medicine and advanced systematic review and meta-analysis at the National University of Natural Medicine. I founded which is an online repository of educational videos which serves to keep integrative medicine professionals up-to-date on current and relevant research as well as hone their evidence-based medicine skills.

Dr. Katie Pohlman, DC, MS, PhD    
Director of Research at Parker University
Chiropractic Academy of Research and Leadership (CARL) Fellow

I joined Parker University in 2015 with nine years of prior experience as a research manager and scientist, including the first project manager for Palmer Center of Chiropractic Research. In that position, I managed several federally-funded research studies, including the largest randomized controlled trial in the military for chiropractic, which was awarded from the Department of Defense. As lead study coordinator, I directed the world’s largest study evaluating patient safety among spinal manipulation therapy providers, which comprised a series of projects funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. I am the current Vice President of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) Council on Women’s Health and has served as Vice President of the ACA’s Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics. I received my Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree and M.S. in Clinical Research from Palmer College of Chiropractic and my Ph.D. in Pediatrics from the University of Alberta.

Cynthia Long, PhD, PStat                                                                                                                     
Professor & Dean of Research, Palmer College of Chiropractic                                               
Director, Office of Data Management & Biostatistics, Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research

I was the principal investigator of Palmer’s R25 NIH/NCCIH grant award. Our initiatives were focused on faculty development in EBCP principles, practice and teaching to prepare and support faculty to integrate EBCP concepts and practices throughout coursework and the clinical internship. It was a privilege to work with committed faculty toward these goals. Palmer College’s Davenport campus hosted the 2015 PIE conference. I look forward to being part of another successful PIE conference on the Parker campus.

John Stites, DC
Director, Community Clinics, Palmer College of Chiropractic
Co-Investigator, Palmer R25 Grant
Faculty, McMaster University EBCP Workshop

I’m passionate about evidence based clinical practice (EBCP). It is a rational mode of care focused solely on what is best for the patient. As such, it doesn’t matter what discipline the provider is. I am the Director of Community Clinics at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport Campus. I also see patients in a Community Health Center providing medical and dental care to underserved populations. Evidence is the key to integration. I have pursued my own EBCP skill development by attending the McMaster EBCP workshops. I’ve shown up often enough that they have now made me a tutor. I am looking forward to working with other CIH educators at this conference.

Dana Madigan, DC, MPH                                                                                                                           
APHA CHC Program Chair                                                                                                                     
Assistant Professor, Departments of Research & Institutional Effectiveness National University of Health Sciences                                                                                               
Doctoral Candidate, School of Public Health, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences                                                                                                                                                     
University of Illinois at Chicago

As a chiropractic student, I was able to work in the research department and benefit from the curricular changes centered around integrative evidence into practice. That foundation was instrumental in my decision to pursue a career around research and education, but has also resulted in a passion for teaching the practical use of evidence in informing clinical practice and health policy to improve health care. I have facilitated journal clubs for chiropractic students and currently enjoy teaching chiropractic and naturopathic students critical appraisal of the literature at National University of Health Science

Craig Jacobs, DC, MSc, FCCS(C)                                                                                                     
Director, Clinical Education and Patient Care                                                                             
Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College

Hello, I am the Director of Clinical Education and Patient Care at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC). I was previously a primary clinician at CMCC’s clinic at Sherbourne Health, as well as a researcher and  Clinical Research Coordinator for the CMCC/UOIT Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation. I practice as a chiropractor and acupuncture provider in Toronto. I am a CMCC graduate, a Fellow of the College of Chiropractic Sciences (Canada), and I hold a Masters in Science from the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto. I am a certified instructor with Mental Health First Aid Canada. Prior to my current career,  I was a professional dancer with the Batsheva Dance Company in Israel.

Katie Hoyt, MOL
Research Program Manager, Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research, Palmer College of Chiropractic
Program Manager, Palmer R25 Grant
Conference Coordinator, PIE Conference 2015
Planning Committee Member, PIE Conference 2017

I served as the Program Manager on Palmer College’s NIH-funded R25 EBCP grant and was the Conference Coordinator for the NIH-funded R13 PIE Conference in 2015. In these roles, I realized how much I loved working with faculty and planning and executing training workshops and events. It has been rewarding to watch EBCP become more and more integrated into the doctor of chiropractic program at Palmer College and at other CIH institutions. I look forward to working on yet another PIE Conference!

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