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Joseph Biernat, DC

(sponsored by Standard Process)

About: Dr. Joseph Biernat holds a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Bloomington, Minnesota. After completing his internship in at Como Chiropractic, he co-founded Specific Family Chiropractic in Maplewood in June of 1998. In the spring of 2001, Dr. Biernat opened his satellite office in Spring Lake Park, Minnesota. In 2004, he co-founded Spinal Decompression Of Minnesota to provide FDA cleared, non-surgical treatment of herniated and bulged discs. Dr. Biernat also has extensive training in human nutrition and has completed over 200 post doctorate hours in the study of this topic. He also has well over 300 hours of post graduate study has been performed in human biomechanics and musculoskeletal rehabilitation and is considered an expert in the area.

Jesse Coats, DC, RPh, DAAPM, CCSP

About: Dr. Jesse Coats is a graduate of Texas Chiropractic College where he has taught student doctors for 22 years as well as conducted private practice. He is additionally a Registered Pharmacist and has practiced community pharmacy for 33 years. Dr. Coats is a graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he earned a BS degree in biology. He went on to earn his BS degree in pharmaceutical science from the University of Houston.


Bill Defoyd, MA, DC


Kurt Juergens, DC, CCSP

About: Dr. Kurt Juergens has been in private practice since 1989 and has had extensive post-graduate training in Sports Medicine. Dr. Juergens is a native Houstonian. He attended Brigham Young University for his undergraduate studies and then attended Texas Chiropractic College where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1988. In 1992, Dr. Juergens was selected to be a member of the United States Olympic Track and Field Trials Sports Medicine team. He has also served on the sports medicine teams for the NCAA Track & Field Championships, ATP's Tennis Masters Cup and U.S. Clay Court Championships. Dr. Juergens continues to treat high school, college, and professional athletes in a all fields from all over the world. Dr. Juergens lectures regularly for his profession on topics related to sports rehabilitation.

Dr. McKechnie

Brad McKechnie, DC, DACAN

About: Dr. Brad McKechnie graduated from Texas Chiropractic College in 1985 and he went on to teach at the institution from 1985 to 1996 and in 1999. He was appointed as the Chiropractic Representative to the Texas Worker's Compensation Commission's Medical Advisory Committee from 1991 through 1994, and also served on the National Chiropractic Healthcare Advisory Committee to the Bill Clinton Administration in 1993 and 1994. Dr. McKechnie left TCC in 1996 to become the director of chiropractic services for a Houston-based chiropractic managed care organization. He received diplomate status in chiropractic neurology from the American Chiropractic Academy of Neurology in 1989, and he served as the President of the Academy from 1989 to 1991. Dr. McKechnie was also a member of the American Chiropractic Academy of Neurology's examining board, and he has served on the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners neuromusculoskeletal diagnosis examination committee. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Chiropractic Neurology and he is also a fellow of the International College of Chiropractors. In April 2014, Dr. McKechnie was named the Interim President of TCC.


Michele Quattlebaum, JD

About: Michele Quattlebaum is board certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She has 28 years of trial experience in all areas of personal injury and products liability, including commercial trucking, construction, propane, premises liability (rape, murder, slip and fall) pest control, toxic tort, employment law, medical, chiropractic, hospital, dental, nursing home, and optometric malpractice. She has tried at least 100 cases to verdict in Texas, as well as Illinois, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Florida. She has also handled suits in many other states on a Pro Hac Vice basis. She is a member of the litigation and employment law sections of the Houston Bar Association, Texas Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. She is a member of DRI, PLUS, and the Texas Association of Defense Counsel.

Michael Ramcharan, DC, MPH

About: Dr. Michael Ramcharan is the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs for Technique, Therapeutic and Principles as well as Associate Professor in Clinical Sciences and Research. He earned his doctorate in chiropractic from Life University in Georgia and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and has over 10 years of evidence-based clinical practice experience. Dr. Ramcharan’s research areas include public health policy, infection, cultural competency and research regarding skin cancer. Especially passionate in cancer prevention, Dr. Ramcharan is striving for his research to eventually enable chiropractors to also become primary cancer screens for the primary care doctor.

Dr. Routh

Robert Routh, PhD

About: Dr. Robert Routh earned both his MS and PhD from Louisiana State University-Health Science Center in Shreveport, La., after receiving his bachelor's from Southwest Texas State University. He went on to do postdoctoral work in nephrology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Prior to joining TCC as the Chair of the Department of Aatomy, Dr. Routh was a faculty member at the University of North Texas Health Science Center's Department of Cell Biology & Anatomy.

Dr. Schimp

David Schimp, DC, DACNB, DAAPM

About: David Schimp is a 1991 magna cum laude graduate of Northwestern Health Science University. He completed his neurology diplomate at National University of Health Sciences in 1995 and became a diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management in 1996. Dr. Schimp was previously an instructor of orthopedics and neurology at Palmer University and has taught clinical neurology in the International Chiropractic Association’s pediatric, orthopedic and neurology diplomate programs. He has written articles in the field of clinical neurology that have appeared in the Journal of the American Chiropractic Association, Chiropractic Technique, Topics in Chiropractic and Chiropractic Economics. He is currently an Associate Professor and Attending Clinician at Texas Chiropractic College and is a member of the American Chiropractic Association.

Dr. Taylor

David Taylor, DC, DABCN, FIACN

About: Graduate of University of Massachusetts, National University of Health Sciences. Residency at Logan College. Neurology Board Certified and Fellow. Past member of Massachusetts Chiropractic Board of Licensure, FCLB Practice Standards, Council of Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters, NBCE test evaluator. Published in numerous research and trade journals, Director of Multimed Center, Inc, President of Healthcare Review & Consulting, Inc., Impartial Examiner for Mass. Dept. of Industrial Accidents. Independent consultant for numerous IPA, legal, governmental and insurance firms. He has presented nationally and internationally on documentation and record keeping, evidence based practice, best practices, patient assessment, neurodiagnosis and other topics, including "Evidence-Based Practice & the Theoretical Basis of Maintenance Manipulative Care" at last year's Convention He enjoyed his interactions with the TCC community so much, he joined the faculty in spring 2014.
Dr. Wyatt

Larry Wyatt, DC, DACBR, FICC

Topic: Chiropractic Radiologic Technology (Rad Tech Program Only)
About: Dr. Lawrence Henry Wyatt, Jr., holds rank as Professor/Senior Faculty, Division of Clinical Sciences, Texas Chiropractic College. He has a private radiology practice and is a member of various editorial boards including Journal of the American Chiropractic Association and Chiropractic and Osteopathy. He is a peer-reviewer for JMPT, monthly columnist for the Journal of the American Chiropractic Association and is lead team member and consultant for the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters. He is the author of four well-known textbooks in the field of chiropractic and has written numerous publications and given numerous presentations. He is a member of the American Chiropractic Association, Texas Chiropractic Association, ACA Council on Diagnostic Imaging, and the American Chiropractic College of Radiology.