SPEAKER BIOS

Jerome Adams

After growing up poor and Black in a Southern rural community, Jerome Adams went on to lead the 6,000 person U.S. Public Health Service as “America’s Doctor” during a worldwide pandemic. As Surgeon General, he brought a passionate commitment to fighting issues that his own family and community experienced, including limited healthcare access, chronic disease, substance use disorder and ensuing stigma, tobacco addiction, maternal health, mental illness and the opioid epidemic. Dr. Adams’ talks merge his expertise at the forefront of national and global health policy with his own personal experiences:growing up with life-threatening asthma, as a brother to someone with substance use disorder, and as someone navigating politics to tirelessly champion the health of the vulnerable and voiceless during times of crisis.

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Dr. Adams’ experience with healthcare began as a patient. As a child with chronic asthma, he suffered an attack so severe that he was airlifted, barely breathing, fromhis home in rural southern Maryland to a hospital in Washington D.C. As a student, he excelled in science, math and technology and was awarded a scholarship to study biochemistry at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. It was there that he first met a Black physician (“You have to see it to be it!”) and was inspired to pursue a career in medicine. Adams was awarded a scholarship to Indiana University Medical School, earned his Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley and went on to work in private practice as an anesthesiologist in rural Indiana. He was recruited back to Indiana University Medical School, rising to the rank of associate professor. During this time, Dr. Adams caught the eye of Indiana Governor Mike Pence, who appointed him as Indiana State Health Commissioner. Adams triumphed in that role, handling Ebola, Zika, the nation’s largest HIV and Hepatitis C outbreak associated with IV drug use, and a lead contamination situation in Northern Indiana that drew comparisons to the crisis in Flint, Michigan. His leadership during the HIV/Hepatitis C outbreak has been heralded for dramatically reducing infection via a needle exchange program that Dr. Adams championed through a highly conservative state legislature, paving the way for many other states to subsequently start or expand such services. In 2016, Dr. Adams followed then-Vice President Pence to Washington as America’s 20th Surgeon General. He brought with him an ambitious goal to tackle the raging opioid crisis and make naloxone widely available. His agenda also included addressing health disparities such as maternal health and promoting community health and wellness through engagement with businesses and employers. As Surgeon General, Adams faced three category five hurricanes in a row, an e-cigarette/vaping epidemic among youth, and a once-in-a-century COVID-19 pandemic that was combined with a once-in-a-generation level of political strife and national division. Through it all, he stayed at the table, as one of the only high-level Black voices in the administration. Dr. Adams leveraged his position to advocate for disproportionately hard-hit communities of color and address the systemic health disparities that COVID shone a bright light on. As Dr. Adams often says, “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.” Throughout his career, he has continued a hands-on approach to medicine, maintaining hospital privileges and becoming the only Surgeon General in recent history to actively practice while in office. Now, as a speaker, Dr. Adams continues his 25-year mission in community and public health with unforgettable keynote speeches and frank, courageous, and insightful fireside chats. Never backing down from tough questions, he brings a passion for engagement that pulls him from behind the podium to genuinely interact with audiences during Q&A. Known for speaking plainly on an array of health topics, he customizes his talks to meet the interests of an array of audiences. With a calm and caring manner, Dr. Adams speaks from the heart with the goal of making every audience member feel that he is speaking directly to them.

Sanjay Gupta

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the multiple Emmy® award winning chief medical correspondent for CNN. Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, plays an integral role in CNN’s reporting on health and medical news for all of CNN’s shows domestically and internationally, and contributes to CNN.com. His medical training and public health policy experience distinguishes his reporting from war zones and natural disasters, as well as on a range of medical and scientific topics, including the opioid crisis, Pandemic outbreaks, brain injury, disaster recovery, health care reform, fitness, military medicine, and medicinal marijuana.

Gupta’s passion for inspiring Americans to lead healthier, more active lives led him to launch “Fit Nation,” CNN’s multi-platform lifestyle initiative on his weekly series, “Sanjay Gupta, MD”, which was nominated 4 times for a daytime Emmy award. Dr. Gupta is now the host of Vital Signs for CNN, as well as the host of CNN Original Series “Chasing Life with Dr. Sanjay Gupta,” which follows Gupta’s travels around the world in search of the secret to living longer, healthier, and happier.

Dr. Gupta has written three books, all of which were NYTimes best sellers. His fourth book around brain training and Alzheimer’s Disease is set to be published in 2020. Most recently, Dr. Gupta released a new documentary film on HBO, called “One Nation, Under Stress,” which examines why life expectancy is declining in the United States.

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In addition to his work for CNN, Gupta is a member of the staff and faculty at the Emory University School of Medicine. He is associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital and regularly performs surgery at Emory University and Grady hospitals. Gupta also contributes to the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes and serves as an Executive Producer for the HBO Documentary Unit. He is the author of three New York Times best-selling books, “Chasing Life” (2007), “Cheating Death” (2009) and “Monday Mornings” (2012).

In addition to his many titles, Gupta has been recognized as one of the “Ten Most Influential Celebrities”, by Forbes Magazine, “Sexiest Man Alive” by PEOPLE Magazine, a “pop culture icon” by USA Today, and “Journalist of the Year” by the Atlanta Press Club. Dr. Gupta has won the Humanitarian Award from the National Press Photographers Association. In 2009, he won both the first Health Communications Achievement Award from the American Medical Association’s Medical Communications Conference and the Mickey Leland Humanitarian Award from the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC). Dr. Gupta has been honored by John F. Kennedy University with its Laureate Award for leaders in health and wellness. In 2018 Gupta launched the Gupta Family Initiative in Health Communications at the University of Michigan.

Craig Liebenson

Dr. Craig Liebenson is the first health care provider in California to receive a Certification of Recognition. Dr. Liebenson is the Founder and Director of L.A. Sports & Spine, providing pain management, rehabilitation, & performance enhancement through one-on-one musculoskeletal care. He began studying with both Dr. Karel Lewit and Pr Vladimir Janda beginning in 1987 and has been regularly hosting Pavel Kolar’s programs for more than a decade. He is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Chiropractic, Division of Health Sciences at Murdoch University, Perth Australia and consultant for the Anglo-European Chiropractic College M.Sc. programs in Chiropractic Rehabilitation. The first ever chiropractic member of the McKenzie Institute (U.S.) Board of Directors, he serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals including the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation; the PM&R Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation; the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapy; and Journal of Manual Therapy.

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Dr. Liebenson extensively publishes and is the editor of  the book/DVD Rehabilitation of the Spine: A Practioner’s Manual (2nd ed), 2007; & his upcoming book The Functional Training Handbook. His books have been published in Spanish, Greek, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese and Japanese. He also released the DVD series: Functional Integrated Training, Functional Performance Training, Core Stability Training, and Flexibility, Yoga Training and Ergonomic Postural Advice. He worked as the team chiropractor for the N.B.A. Los Angeles Clippers from 2005-2009, served as consultant for the M.L.B. Arizona Diamondbacks, the N.F.L Seattle Seahawks, Athletes Performance International, Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group and Perform Better, Inc. from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) on Achievement of Recognition for Delivery of Quality Back Pain Care.

Dr. Liebenson has engaged in research on the spinal stabilization system as a Visiting Scholar at Pr. Stuart McGill’s Spine Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Waterloo.

Lindsay Mumma

Dr. Lindsay Mumma is the owner of Triangle Chiropractic and Rehab, a multidisciplinary practice in Raleigh, NC. She focuses primarily on rehabilitative chiropractic care and applies this approach largely to pregnant and postpartum patients. She recognized the necessity of this type of care and support in her own pregnancies and saw the need for it in her community. She is a wife, mother to two boys, and life enthusiast.

Richard Harris

Dr. Richard Harris is a board-certified internal medicine physician and pharmacist.  Dr. Harris attended the University of Texas at Austin for pharmacy school then pursued medical education at the McGovern School of Medicine in Houston.  Dr. Harris is a lifelong learner and completed his MBA at the University of Houston.  Dr. Harris has a client-centric view focusing on building relationships and trust through a comprehensive lifestyle medicine system. He currently hosts the Strive for Great Health Podcast, has several online wellness courses, and consults for several companies.  He is an avid reader, weightlifter, video game enthusiast, and author in his spare time. Dr. Harris also enjoys sports, traveling, philanthropy, church, and keto donuts

Kathy Weidner

Since 1983, Kathy Weidner has been providing Chiropractors with hands-on training, advice and tools to improve the financial performance of their practices.  Kathy is a Certified Medical Compliance Specialist (MCS-P), Certified Chiropractic Professional Coder (CCPC), and a Certified Clinical Chiropractic Assistant (CCCA)

She is the Founder and CEO of KMC University, THE chiropractic reimbursement and compliance experts. She leads a team of 20+ in effectively assisting providers and teams with increasing revenue and reducing risk.

Mark King

Mark King, DC is the current president/instructor at the Motion Palpation Institute and president/clinician at Mt. Lookout Chiropractic & Sports Injury Center in Cincinnati, OH. He teaches all over the world on clinical and practice topics. Mark is a clinician first, so his information is clinical, practical, and to be used to help your patients on Monday morning.
Mark was a college athlete at Florida Southern College and graduated with honors in 1982. He was a cum laude graduate of Life Chiropractic College in 1986.

Jenny Mejia Spicer

Dr. Jenny Mejia Spicer went to Augustana College in Rock Island, IL for her undergraduate degree in Speech Communication, Pre-Med and a minor in Scandinavian Studies. After graduation from Palmer College of Chiropractic she worked as an Independent Contractor before opening up Active Family Chiropractic, PA. In 2014, she received the Parker Seminars award of Chiropractor of the Year. In 2020 Dr. Jenny received the 2019 WCWC, World Congress of Women Chiropractors Woman of the year.

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Dr. Jenny Mejia Spicer is blessed to have a successful practice in Tampa, Florida where she sees families, pregnant mothers, children, auto accident patients, and athletes. She is a lifetime member of the Sigma Phi Chi Sorority. She is current President of the Hillsborough County Chiropractic Society located in Florida.

Alex Vidan

Dr. Alex Vidan has a vision for Chiropractic that reaches far beyond his successful practice in St. Louis. Dr. Vidan served as the Team Chiropractor for the St. Louis Cardinals organization starting in 2010 and during their 2011 World Championship season. Since 2008, he has been a health and wellness consultant for Fox 2 News and has been in over 180 news segments. He was even recently asked to represent the ICA in China and featured on Chinese television. Dr. Vidan has presented to the largest Dental group in the state of Missouri and works with multiple oral care providers to care for TMJD. Dr. Vidan trains doctors across the world to care for TMJD patients and grow their practices in this massive market. His vison is to get more people under chiropractic care, and help chiropractors expand their practices into a much-needed area.

Derrell Blackburn

Dr. Derrell is a chiropractor, educator, and thought leader on a mission to reduce health disparity through healthcare literacy and chiropractic care. In addition to opening a high volume, family practice in the S.F. Bay Area, Dr. Blackburn has spent time as a professor at Life Chiropractic College West teaching Embryology, Social Entrepreneurship and Philosophy. Following his time in the Bay Area he joined The Joint Chiropractic Corp. team as Sr. Manager of Chiropractic, in AZ, and is now the VP of Learning and Development for the Southwest Wellness Group. Along with his experience in chiropractic and entrepreneurship, Dr. Blackburn has served on multiple boards including the St. Rose Hospital Foundation Board, The American Black Chiropractic Association, and the Arizona Association of Chiropractic. Dr. Derrell holds an MBA in Health Administration as well as his Doctor of Chiropractic from Parker University, and currently has a seat on the Alumni Board of Directors.

Rose Lepien

Dr. Rose Lepien, a native of Germany, is the owner and Senior Doctor at Aaragon Chiropractic Clinic in Lawton, Oklahoma with more than 48 years of experience applying the Parker Principles, Philosophies and Practice management strategies on a daily basis in her practice. She offers a wealth of experience and knowledge relating to issues of employment, staff management, associate Doctors, patient treatment and case management as well as marketing and advertising.

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She is a 1991 Graduate of Parker University. She has journeyed the path as a chiropractic assistant, office manager, student and Doctor of Chiropractic. She was a wife of a Chiropractor and mother of 3 and grandmother of 2 Parker graduates and successful Doctor for 30 years.

Dr. Lepien has been very active in leadership roles and speaking engagements with Parker University, on the Board of Trustees, Parkers Seminars, WCWC, LCW, and in her local community. She has published and co-written several books.

Jason Hulme

Dr. Hulme excels in working with individuals suffering from pain and athletes at all levels. He supports his Nashville running community by serving 3 years as the Hendersonville Half Marathon Medical Director. In 2017, Dr. Hulme was appointed by Gov. Haslam to the TN Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Only two years into his leadership on the examining board, the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards appointed him committee chair of the Certified Chiropractic Clinical Assistant (CCCA) program.

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Dr. Hulme was recognized by the Tennessee Chiropractic Association as the 2020 Chiropractor of the Year for his outstanding achievement in just over a decade of practice. He is a sought-after national speaker known for his ability to share his knowledge effectively in a way that inspires others.

Gregg Friedman

Gregg Friedman is a 2nd generation chiropractor who’s been practicing since 1987. He’s been teaching chiropractors how to document for more than 20 years and consults with doctors, insurance companies and attorneys.

David Graber

Dr. David Graber is a 1985 graduate of NYCC and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Physicians. Former NYCC Assistant Instructor of Diagnosis and Technique. Developed and teaches nationally over 20 different post-graduate courses in Chiropractic technique and theory, low-tech rehabilitation, and case management. Chiropractor of The Year, 2012 – Association of New Jersey Chiropractors. Founder and Chairman of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors Council on Technique and Clinical Excellence. Currently practices full time in Parsippany, New Jersey.