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Vinton L. Albers, DC

Dr. Albers received his chiropractic degree from Northwestern College of Chiropractic and completed a residency in radiology at National College of Chiropractic. He is a diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology, a fellow of the Chiropractic College of Radiologist (Canada), and a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician. Dr. Albers completed the post-graduate orthopedics program at Northwestern College of Chiropractic. He has authored numerous professional papers and lectures frequently on radiology, orthopedics, and sports injuries. Dr. Albers has presented over 670 post-graduate and continuing education lectures and seminars. He is director of Radiology & Imaging Consultants in Apple Valley, Minnesota and a diagnostic imaging consultant at the Minnesota Diagnostic Center in Minneapolis. Dr. Albers is former professor of radiology and Radiology Department head at Northwestern College of Chiropractic.

Jim Cooper

Gregory DeNunzio, DC

Dr. DeNunzio serves as the Clinical Coordinator of the NWHSU Sweere Center Biomechanics Division. He is a 1995 graduate of NWHSU and he holds a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State University. Greg has had over twenty years of private practice with special interests in workplace ergonomics, human performance and physical fitness.

Martha DeSante, DC

Dr. DeSante helps people reconnect with their bodies, and learn to inhabit them with love and joy. She teaches people how to access the benefits of deep, active relaxation and to claim time for restorative practices in their lives.

William Esteb

After working as the creative director for various advertising agencies in Denver, Seattle, and San Francisco, Mr. Esteb was introduced to chiropractic in 1981 when he was asked to write what became known as the Peter Graves video for Renaissance International.

Later, he got together with two chiropractors and formed Back Talk Systems. For 10 years he was the creative force behind this patient education resource company.

In 1999 Mr. Esteb sold his interest in Back Talk Systems to start Patient Media, Inc., focusing on patient education and communications tools that feature high impact graphics.

In 2004 he co-founded Perfect Patients, an interactive website service which manages the online reputations of over 2,000 chiropractors in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In 2011 he co-founded The Paperwork Project, collaboration with Kathy Mills Chang, which supplies state-of-the-art chiropractic paperwork and documentation resources at

He is the author of 11 books that explore the doctor/patient relationship from a patient’s point of view. His weekly blog posts at and Monday Morning Motivation emails are ways he shares his three decades of experience as a chiropractic patient and advocate. When he isn’t writing about chiropractic or speaking about chiropractic, he can be found thinking about chiropractic—from a patient’s point of view.

Danielle Finden, DC

Dr. Danielle Trego Finden has been in chiropractic practice for 7 years, owning two clinics. Developing and implementing the techniques in her book, "A Guide to Alternative Chiropractic Technique: How to Keep Your Healing Practice from Hurting You", she strives to provide the highest quality of care while maintaining an injury-free work history. Before beginning private practice, she worked as an associate as well as provided both short-term and long-term practice relief for multiple chiropractors where she observed many preventable injuries that chiropractors had sustained on the job. As a petite female practitioner, she realized early in her career that she would have to adapt her technique to be successful in practice while preventing injury in order to enjoy a long career. She serves as adjunct faculty at Northwestern Health Sciences University, both as a classroom instructor and a community based internship supervisor. She has been featured as a top chiropractor by Minnesota Monthly Magazine in 2014 & 2015 and is a contributing author to DC Practice Insights.

Stephen Fridinger

Stephen has been a chiropractic radiologist at CRL Imaging for 12 years. He graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 1998, and completed his radiology residency in 2001.

Deb Genrick, DC

Dr. Deb Genrick is a clinic owner and practitioner. She has been incorporating acupuncture with chiropractic for over seven years. She has been a chiropractor since 1997 and received her Masters in Acupuncture in 2012. She received both degrees from Northwestern Health Sciences University. Dr. Genrick has been lecturing on acupuncture and helping with Northwestern’s Chiropractic Acupuncture program since 2009. She loves to speak and is excited to be included in the MCA’s Convention agenda.

Chad Henriksen, DC

Dr. Henriksen, a 1995 graduate of Northwestern College of Chiropractic, earned his Diplomate degree in Occupational Health and Applied Ergonomics in 2002. He has spent over 30,000 hours providing on-site chiropractic care and related health and wellness services within corporate settings. He currently serves as the Coordinator for the Ergonomics Division of the Sweere Center at NWHSU.

Lori Holt, RN-BC

Before joining NCMIC in 2012, Lori worked as a nurse for 30 years. Her extensive nursing background in cardiology has provided her with a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Among other things, she has significant experience making rounds in the hospital with cardiologists and performed cardiac triage in the emergency room and in house prior to the physician’s exam. In addition, Lori has worked as an emergency room nurse manager, and she and her husband previously owned a business where they taught employees at industrial companies basic life support and emergency care techniques. This combined background enables Lori to share hands-on tips and guidance to D.C.s as they face the ever-changing world of healthcare.

Tom Hyde, DC

Dr. Hyde graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. He completed his chiropractic training at Logan, graduating in 1977. He then practiced in Miami until an accident forced him to stop utilizing manipulation. He was then hired by Graston Technique® and taught for them for 10 years. During that time, he co-developed Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab (FAKTR®). Dr. Hyde also served in the US Marine Corps from 1966-1972 with a one year tour in Vietnam. He co-authored 2 text books, including Conservative Management of Sports Injuries with Marianne Gengenbach, DC.

Dennis Marchiori, DC, Ph.D

Dr. Marchiori became chancellor of Palmer College of Chiropractic in December 2009. He earned his doctor of chiropractic degree from Palmer in 1990, followed by an MS degree in anatomy from Palmer in 1992, a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology in 1995 and a Ph.D in policy, planning and leadership from the University of Iowa in 2005. In addition to faculty appointments, his administrative tenure at Palmer includes the roles of department chair, dean, vice president of academic affairs, vice chancellor for academics, and chancellor (CEO). He has published numerous scientific articles and three editions of a radiology textbook titled “Clinical Imaging.” He also serves as chair of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges.

Kendall Payne, DC

Dr. Kendall Payne graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College in 2001. Since then he has been in private practice and as recently become a subcontractor for BCBSKS and the Director of Clinical Operations of Cleveland University-Kansas City. He has testified numerous times in front of the Kansas House of Representatives to help promote and protect the Chiropractic scope of practice. He is a past president of the Kansas Chiropractic Association and continues to promote chiropractic on a national scale working with both the Congress Of Chiropractic Associations as well as the ACA.

Koichi Sato

Koichi Sato is a director of sports performance for Minnesota Timberwolves, previously worked for Washington Wizards, Levi Jones (Cincinnati Bengals), Athletes’ Performance, Chicago White Sox Minor League system and Arizona State University. As a certified athletic trainer, Sato has worked both athletic rehabilitation and performance fields.

Steve Savoie, DC

Dr. Savoie is a 1978 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. He earned the Diplomate American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists in 1985 and is currently a Fellow of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists. Dr. Savoie was a member of the faculty of Palmer College of Chiropractic from 1979 to 1987 in both the Diagnosis Department and Clinics serving as Associate Director of Clinics. Following private practice in Massachusetts he returned to Palmer to serve as Director of Postgraduate Education from 1995 to 2000. In 2000 he located to Clermont, FL where he continues in private practice. He has been a continuing education and postgraduate speaker since 1979 for various chiropractic colleges and NCMIC.

Joseph Sweere, DC

Dr. Sweere is a 1961 graduate of Northwestern Health Sciences University and has been a national leader in chiropractic occupational health and applied ergonomics education. He currently serves as the interim Director of the NWHSU H.C. Sweere Center for Clinical Biomechanics and Applied Ergonomics.

Erika Wexler, MD

Dr. Erika Wexler is a pediatric neurologist with the Noran Neurological clinic. She earned her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She completed her pediatric and pediatric neurology residencies at the University of Rochester Medical Center, followed by additional fellowship training through a NIH grant focusing on pediatric stroke.  Dr. Wexler is board certified in child neurology. Her clinical interests include general child neurology, seizures, headaches, pediatric stroke, tics and Tourette syndrome.

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