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Check out this speaker lineup for Life West’s The WAVE 2019

Each year, Life Chiropractic College West hosts a one-of-a-kind conference that brings a wave of inspiration and information to both chiropractic students and college alumni. The WAVE showcases fresh approaches to the science, philosophy, art, and future of chiropractic by offering attendees a motivational venue to network with colleagues and friends, both new and old, and providing an interactive learning environment highlighting the latest techniques, science, and research in the chiropractic profession today. The ninth annual The WAVE conference is scheduled for August 16-18, 2019, at the Oakland Marriott City Center in Oakland, California. And this year, the concept of Salutogenesis will be the theme.

Salutogenesis focuses on a sense of coherence, the body’s innate ability to cope with the challenge and stay healthy. Many modern chiropractors deliver a holistic wellness strategy for their patients, providing care, setting parameters and setting goals for total care. The philosophies of chiropractic and salutogenesis are a dynamic duo that promotes health as a pre-emptive, proactive plan, rather than a reactive, pathogenic response. Listen to Dr. Jeanne Ohm, who will be speaking at The WAVE 2019 again this year, in this recent.

This year’s WAVE will feature world-class speakers discussing chiropractic philosophies and techniques and the salutogenic approach to healthcare. The WAVE 2019 offers unique perspectives, thought-provoking educational sessions and cutting-edge concepts sure to inspire participants. Keynote speakers this year include: 

Dan Murphy, DC

A professor at Life West College, Dr. Murphy has been with Life West for more than 30 years. Well known in the chiropractic community for his academic and research-based talks, Murphy has taught more than 1,400 post-graduate continuing education seminars. A magna cum laude graduate of Western States Chiropractic College, Murphy has a Diplomate in Chiropractic Orthopedics, is a contributing author to the books Motor Vehicle Collision Injuries and Pediatric Chiropractic, and has more than 34 years of practice experience. He served as Vice President of the International Chiropractic Association from 2003-2009, and was elected as the 2009-2010 “Chiropractor of the Year.” 

Peter Kevorkian, DC

A graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, Dr. Kevorkian has not only instructed students at his alma mater, but also at Renaissance International and Sherman College, where he is a member of the Board of Regents. Kevorkian is a frequent speaker, spreading the chiropractic message both domestically and abroad, as well as the salutogenic approach to health and its correlation with chiropractic. He and his wife, Dr. Patricia Giuliano, share a bustling practice and are the founders/hosts of the now 25-year-old Massachusetts Alliance for Chiropractic Philosophy—the longest continuously running chiropractic philosophy group in the world. Dr. Kevorkian also serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), and as a member of the Massachusetts Chiropractic Society Board.

Jeanne Ohm, DC

Doctor, wife, mother, instructor, author, and innovator—Dr. Ohm has done it all. With a family wellness care practice founded with her husband, Dr. Tom, in 1981, Ohm has traversed her career and home life by embodying the tenets of the chiropractic philosophy augmented by the salutogenic approach. Her passions include forming national chiropractic alliances with like-minded perinatal practitioners, providing pertinent patient educational materials that empower mothers to make informed choices, and training DCs with specific techniques for care in pregnancy, birth and infancy. This mother of six and grandmother of eight has instilled the chiropractic wellness lifestyle within her family—all 14 children were born at home, and her first-born son, Justin, now practices alongside his parents in their practice. Ohm also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the ICPA, as a member of the Board of Regents for Life Chiropractic College West, and as Executive Editor of Pathways to Family Wellness magazine.

The WAVE 2019 will also feature a host of other dynamic and knowledgeable chiropractic professionals:

Ankur Tayal, DC, is a graduate and Chair of the Life Chiropractic College West Philosophy Department. While teaching philosophy, communication, and ethics, Dr. Tayal is also politically active, attending many conferences and legislative events, striving to further integrate chiropractic globally in the field of health care.



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Ted Carrick, DC, PhD, MS-HPEd, is a graduate of CMCC in Toronto, is board-certified in neurology with fellowship certification in traumatic brain injury, vestibular rehabilitation and EEG, holds both a doctorate degree from Walden University and a Master of Science degree in Health Professions Education from the Harvard Macy/MGH Institutes, and was a global clinical scholar at Harvard Medical School. He has provided care during the past four decades to high-profile professionals, Olympians and collegiate athletes from around the globe who have suffered a brain injury. Dr. Carrick is a professor of Neurology and Senior Research Fellow at the Bedfordshire Centre for Mental Health Research, in association with the University of Cambridge, U.K.

Jeff Scholten, DC, is a clinician, consultant and speaker, a published clinical researcher, President of NUCCA, Past-President and Board Member of the ICA’s Upper Cervical Council, and Board Member of the Upper Cervical Research Foundation. Dr. Scholten is a NUCCA practitioner in Calgary, Alberta, in Canada at Vital Posture Clinic, where he is also the Clinic Director.



Monika Buerger, BA, DC, a Life West graduate with an undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology from California State University, Fresno, has been lecturing nationally and internationally for more than 15 years, with extensive postgraduate training in the areas of neurodevelopment, functional neurology, neuro-nutrition and functional wellness. Dr. Buerger is the founder of the Intersect4Life mentoring and online learning academy with various CE classes focusing on functional neurology, neurodevelopment, methylation biochemistry and functional nutrition, and has a private family practice in Ammon, Idaho that is dedicated to serving those with neurodevelopmental challenges, neurodegenerative disorders and chronic health issues.

Martin Rosen, DC, is a summa cum laude Life West graduate boasting 36 years of teaching pediatrics, craniopathy, SOT®, practice management and chiropractic philosophy internationally to thousands of chiropractors and chiropractic students through the use of chiropractic technique, research and evidence-based protocols. Currently practicing in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Dr. Rosen’s approach to chiropractic and the care of the pediatric population is documented in his published books, DVDs and professional articles.


Jamie Motley, MS, DC, DACBR, is a former Life West student who had a keen interest in radiology. After graduating, she completed the Diplomat of the American Chiropractic College of Radiology (DACBR) program at New York Chiropractic College in upstate NY, and started a private reading practice interpreting Radiographic, MRI and CT musculoskeletal studies. In 2012, Dr. Motley became the first African-American chiropractic radiologist in the world. She continues to strive for excellence in the field of chiropractic and currently teaches and reads imaging studies at Life West.

Bryan Gatterman, DC, DACBR, is a graduate of Western States Chiropractic College, residency-trained in chiropractic radiology. Practicing as a DACBR for 33 years, Dr. Gatterman’s areas of expertise include chiropractic x-ray interpretation, magnetic resonance imaging, digital motion x-ray and musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound, with extensive postgraduate lecture experience in a number of topics related to musculoskeletal imaging. A fixture on the Life West campus, Gatterman has marked 30 years as a faculty member and professor at Life West.

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Consider attending The WAVE 2019 to see world-class speakers with perspectives that cultivate cutting-edge conversations. Get inspired and help grow your practice, come to The WAVE to reinforce your “why,” hear from the experts, learn about salutogenesis, and earn up to 20 continuing education credits.

Register now at lifewestwave.com.

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