Leadership

Christopher Kent DC, JD - President

Dr. Kent’s passion for facilitating human empowerment led him to the chiropractic profession, where he has served as a practitioner, educator, author, lecturer, and researcher following his graduation from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA, in 1973.   

Following graduation, Dr. Kent joined the Palmer faculty. While at Palmer, he was elected president of the faculty senate and worked as a principal investigator in the research department. 

Dr. Kent left Davenport and moved to Florida to practice full-time. He qualified as a specialist in chiropractic diagnostic imaging, was named a Fellow of the College of Chiropractic Imaging, and completed visiting fellowship programs in magnetic resonance imaging. He also served as an associate professor at Palmer-West in California. 

Acknowledged as one of the brightest minds in chiropractic, Dr. Kent returned to New Jersey in 1990 to continue the in-depth research on surface EMG that he had started several years earlier. His vision was to develop technologies that would objectively demonstrate manifestations of nerve interference and ultimately provide certainty for chiropractors and their patients. 

Along the way, Dr. Kent was recognized as “Chiropractic Researcher of the Year” in 1991 by the International Chiropractors Association (ICA). He was also named ICA’s “Chiropractor of the Year” in 1998. In June 2001, Dr. Kent was elected Chair of the United Nations Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Health Committee, the first chiropractor to hold that office. The NGO Health Committee is in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. He served as a member of the Executive Board of the UN Health Committee from 2000-2007. Dr. Kent also served as a Representative to the Department of Public Information affiliated with the United Nations from 1999-2008.    

In 2007, Dr. Kent was honored with the first Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed by Life University. 

He is a co-founder of the Chiropractic Leadership Alliance, Co-Founder of On Purpose, Founder of Advanced Subluxation Training, Founder of ChiroStrokeMyth, and the author of Chiropractic Insights. 

He is the author of over 38 peer reviewed scientific research papers, three books and four book chapters and over 100 articles in chiropractic trade publications. 

For over 35 years, Dr. Kent has been committed to developing improved clinical strategies, and securing the future of chiropractic. 

An attorney as well as a chiropractor, Dr. Kent is a member of the California bar. 

Dr. Kent’s ability to integrate the philosophy and science of chiropractic is legendary. 

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Matthew McCoy DC, MPH - Vice President

Dr. McCoy is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of ChiroFutures – a chiropractic malpractice insurance program and the Vice President of the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation. 

He was a  Professor at Life University for 17 years serving in the Clinical Sciences Division, the Director of Research, an Instructor within Clinics and the Clinic Proficiency Department and was one of the developers of the Clinical Education Track there. 

Prior to this he was in private practice in Kirkland, Washington and is the past owner and Clinical Director for four integrative health care centers in South Florida. 

Dr. McCoy was a consultant for Vostok 1/North Pacific Corporation and The Regional Center for Chiropractic "Spine" involved in developing a chiropractic treatment, teaching & research center in Vladivostok, Russia. 

Dr. McCoy is actively engaged in research in such areas as health outcomes, pediatric and maternal health, and outcome assessment. 

Dr. McCoy received his undergraduate degree in Organizational Management from Covenant College, a Doctor of Chiropractic from Life College School of Chiropractic in 1989 and a Master of Public Health from Emory University with a concentration in health outcomes. 

He has pursued extensive post graduate training in the areas of research, applied chiropractic sciences, spinal adjusting technique, spinal trauma, treatment and rehabilitation. He additionally has post graduate training in magnetic resonance imaging, electroneurodiagnostics, spinal outcome assessment, impairment rating and is a Certified Independent Medical Examiner. Dr. McCoy is a Candidate for Diplomate Status in Applied Chiropractic Science through the International Chiropractors Association. 

 Actively involved in best practices initiatives, Dr. McCoy was a founding board member of the Council on Chiropractic Practice, Past Chairman of the Guidelines Committee and Past Vice Chair of the Research Committee. He was a chiropractic liason to the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 

Other professional memberships include: The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, the International Federation of Chiropractic Organizations, the Georgia Council of Chiropractic, the Academy of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Organizations and the American Public Health Association. Dr. McCoy is a Board member of the American College of Addictionology & Compulsive Disorders and Vice President of the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation. 

He is presently Editor of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, The Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, The Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research and the Journal of the Philosophy, Principles and Practice of Chiropractic. He is the past Editor of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, and is a past editorial board member of Today’s Chiropractic.  

Dr. McCoy has served as an expert witness and consultant in numerous state board actions, malpractice cases, peer review, insurance and IME issues over the past 20 years. These include cases in both the United States and countries abroad such as Australia and the United Kingdom.  

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Veronica Gutierrez DC - Secretary

Dr. Gutierrez received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1963 and did post-graduate work at Cleveland College of Chiropractic. 

She is the recipient of numerous awards and has served on numerous boards and commissions for chiropractic. 

Active in health policy for decades, Gutierrez was a member of the United Chiropractors of Washington and the Chiropractic Society of Washington, making valuable contributions to each. 

In 1993, she was appointed to the Washington State Chiropractic Examining Board and from 1994 to 1998, she was a member of the State Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission, serving as its chairperson from 1995 to 1996. She also served on the Washington Governor-Elect’s Health Care Advisory Committee. 

Dr. Gutierrez was the only chiropractor to serve on the United States White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy during the Clinton Administration. 

She made numerous presentations regarding that work as well as her work and advocacy on behalf of women’s health issues. 

She has worked tirelessly on managed care issues, health care reform, public policy and standards of care for subluxation-centered chiropractic. She was a founding Board Member of the Council on Chiropractic Practice - the first chiropractic standard of care guidelines to be included in the National Guideline Clearinghouse and served on the Standards of Care committee for the Washington State Chiropractic Association. She served on the Washing State Department of Social and Health Services/DSHS Interdisciplinary Advisory Committee member and the Center for Health Statistics, 1980-1981. 

Dr. Gutierrez has represented chiropractic internationally in such places as Russia, Costa Rica, Croatia and Peru and has presented at the United Nations on chiropractic. She has received numerous awards in her profession, including those from the Chiropractic Society of Washington, the Straight Chiropractic Academic Standards Association (SCASA), and the International Chiropractic Association. Dr. Gutierrez served on the Board of Directors, Chairwoman of the Board and President of SCASA. 

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Curtis Fedorchuk DC - Board Member & Researcher

Dr. Fedorchuk has a focused practice on spinal rehab and wellness, and continues to focus his research efforts upon the link between subluxation, abnormal posture, SEMG and the onset of neurological dis-ease and their effect on patient quality of life.

While he is originally from Canada, he has been practicing in North Georgia for over 14 years. He earned his Green Card by being catagorized by United States Immigration with a EB-1 Visa: Alien With Extraordinary Ability. He is an Advanced certified Chiropractic Biophysics practitioner who uses computerized digital x-ray analysis, computerized EMG, and computer generated health outcomes assessments to better analyze and help improve his patients quality of life. 

He as been a chiropractic advocate since age 10, and since then has enjoyed a very healthy life while having participated in years of ice hockey, volley ball, basketball, soccer, motocross racing, snowmobiling, mountain bike racing, duathlons, and long distance bike riding. 

Married for over 17 years to his wife Laura, they enjoy the great outdoors by hiking, biking and fishing with their son Cole, and daughter Copelyn. They look forward to many years of health, family and fun.

He is a contributing author to research journals, as well as serving on peer review panels. Currently he serves on the Board of Directors for the International Spinal Health Institute and the Editorial Board for Pediatric, Maternal, Family Health - Chiropractic. He is the head Chair of Research for the Georgia Chiropractic Council. He was an adjunct professor at LIFE University for over 4 years where he taught CBP. He teaches Continuing Education for other chiropractors and has traveled around North America and as far Puerto Rico in 2014. 

Dr. Fedorchuk has numerous published research in peer reviewed journals and has collaborated in clinical investigations with institutions such as Life University, Florida Atlantic University and Emory University. He was selected for platform presentation in Gold Coast Australia by the International Chiropractors Association Council on Pediatrics, and later won 2nd place at the 2008 International Research and Philosophy Conference (IRAPS) for Best Science paper. In September of 2009 and again in 2013 he was awarded “CBP Researcher of the Year.” In November of 2009 he was awarded “CLA Researcher of the Year.” Recently in 2015, he was awarded “Chiropractor of the Year” by CBP Non Profit. 

In the office….Patients are comforted by his always-upbeat presence and excellent bedside manner. His meticulous and gentle nature ensures patients receive the care that they need even if that requires a referral. He takes great pride in his work as he strives to see all his patients reach a new improved level of living. 

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Christie Kwon MS, DC - Executive Director

Dr. Kwon completed her Doctor of Chiropractic degree within the Research Track at Life University, with Pi Tau Delta honors.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science and Master of Science in Biotechnology degrees from Johns Hopkins University, and has also studied Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Her extensive science and research background includes work at the former National Cancer Institute’s American Health Foundation and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine - Neurology Institute for Cell Engineering, where she assisted in animal-based studies on both carcinogenicity and murine brain development.  Dr. Kwon also helped conduct a public health study on adolescent risk behavior at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Harriet Lane Adolescent Clinic.  During her time at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Kwon was involved in a project pertaining to improved methods of imaging and analysis prior to total knee replacement surgery.  This project was conducted in conjunction with the Engineering Research Center for Computer Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology. 

Dr. Kwon is currently involved with subluxation-based chiropractic research studies pertaining to health outcomes of pregnant women and children, and has presented at Sherman College of Chiropractic’s International Research and Philosophy Symposium and the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association Freedom for Family Wellness Summit.  

She is currently a Research Fellow with the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation focused on a Best Practices initiative. 

As a student, she was an active member of the International Chiropractors Association and the World Congress of Chiropractic Students.   

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