Dr. Perry Nickelston
DC, FMS, SFMA
Dr. Perry Nickelston, DC, FMS, SFMA is a Chiropractic Physician specializing in Performance Enhancement, Corrective Exercise, Metabolic Fitness Nutrition and Movement Assessment. He is an expert in myofascial, orthopedic, medical and trigger point soft tissue therapy combined with deep tissue laser treatment.
A member of the Board of Directors and Medical Staff Advisor for AIMLA (American Institute for Medical Laser Application, a governing body for laser therapy education. Chief Medical Officer of LiteCure, LLC, a leading Class 4 deep tissue laser therapy company.
Certified and trained as a Functional Movement Specialist (FMS) and Selective Functional Movement Assessment Specialist (SFMA). Certified Instructor for the Functional Movement Screen and owner of Stop Chasing Pain, LLC a sports medicine rehabilitation center in Ramsey, NJ.
A TRX Suspension Training Sports Medicine Instructor for Rehabilitation. He is regular columnist for Dynamic Chiropractic Journal, Livestrong, To Your Health Magazine, and writes for industry publications in health and fitness. He is a 1997 graduate from Palmer Chiropractic University and a master fitness trainer with over 20 years experience in the health industry.
Creator of the RRTT® Recovery and Regeneration System for health and fitness professionals.
Ed Le Cara
DC, PhD, ATC, CSCS
Ed is an expert in manual and exercise therapy for athletes and clients and Board Certified in both Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine. He is the President and founder of SportsPlus: Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation in Pleasanton, CA that has provided rehabilitation and athletic training coverage at all levels since the year 2000. He combines his backgrounds to be a sought after speaker, researcher, consultant, and clinician. Ed holds a PhD in Athletic Training. His dissertation research was focused on the lumbar multifidus morphology and function. Ed holds a clinical appointment at the Veteran’s Administration in Martinez, CA where he conducts research and treats patients in the Center for Integrated Brain Health and Wellness and oversees student interns from Palmer College of Chiropractic. He is the Sports Science and Human Performance consultant for 24 Hour Fitness Corporate and is a Master Instructor for TRX Sports Medicine Suspension Training.
Dr. Steven Capobianco
Dr. Capobianco is a certified sports chiropractic physician and exercise rehabilitation specialist who has co-developed Fascial Movement Taping, a movement based kinesiology taping technique, based on muscles acting as a chain.
Prior to establishing Symmetry Sports Injury and Performance Care, Steve spent 4 years as the Director of Spinal Care and Rehab at TEAM Clinic Sports Therapy in Santa Clara. He was appointed the official Team Chiropractor for San Jose State University in 2003 and has treated many professional and amateur triathletes (Kain Performance), soccer players (San Jose Earthquakes), rugby players (San Jose SeaHawks), and more. Steve is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM). He has been training athletes for over 15 years, implementing a movement-based conditioning program that tailors the exercise programming around an individual athlete’s needs.
Steve is an avid athlete with a passion for sports. He has spent 25 years competing in ice hockey, lacrosse, triathlon, adventure racing, and natural bodybuilding. Steve holds a B.A. and M.A. in Kinesiology and Exercise Science in addition to a doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine. He is board certified as a Sport Chiropractic Physician from the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (ACBSP), and certified in Active Release and Graston Technique. Dr. Capobianco serves as the Medical Director for Rock Tape.
Dr. Alyson Evans
Dr. Evans graduated from the National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) with a Doctorate in Chiropractic in 2001. Dr. Evans owned and operated a private practice in Colorado for 7 years that focused on the treatment of common running, cycling and sports related ailments.
Alyson had been involved with the athletic and fitness industries for 10 years prior to entering private practice as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). She designed strength, cardiovascular and sport specific training programs for athletes of all levels.
Dr. Evans has lectured nationally for the past decade on lower extremity biomechanics, gait analysis, functional rehabilitation, and leg length inequality. She has consulted with a variety of healthcare providers during that time as an expert on foot, knee and hip treatment. Her exposure with many challenging patient cases in practice has helped her broaden her knowledge about human biomechanics.
Dr. Evans continues to see challenging patient cases while balancing her time as the VP of Educational Development for Rock Tape and a mother of 3 young children.
Stuart began his PT career on the Big Island of Hawaii where he worked with all levels of athletes and orthopedic patients. From Hawaii, Stuart moved to Steamboat Springs, CO where he advanced his specialty of working with endurance athletes and power athletes. He continued performing high-end gait and running analysis, as well as, developing a superior medical bike fit program. Stuart then started and owned Champion Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy clinic in Denver, CO. Champion SMPT specialized in sport-specific analysis and treatment that utilized a biomechanical, manual and functional medicine approach to problem solving. He is currently the Director of Physical Therapy for Panorama Orthopedic Surgery Center in Golden, CO where he continues to treat many athletes and patients of all levels.
Stuart graduated from Colorado State University with a BS in Exercise Sport Science, emphasis on Sports Medicine, and Human Anatomy and Neurobiology. He went on to earn his Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Regis University in Denver, CO. Stuart has consulted for USA Triathlon, was the lead PT for the Colorado Ballet, and has gained a respectful reputation as a running and cycling expert. He is currently an affiliate faculty member for Regis University. He has presented on many topics including skiing, running, cycling, functional medicine, exercise as medicine, injury prevention, and ergonomics.
Dr. Justin Brink
Prior to entering the chiropractic health care field Dr. Brink was on the academic route towards becoming a dentist until a personal experience with severe low back pain took him down a different path. He was motivated by the power of the human body to heal.
Dr. Brink completed his undergraduate studies at the California State University of Sacramento, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology. He then completed his doctoral studies at Palmer College of Chiropractic West. During his studies, he started working at S.C.O.R.E. under Dr. Ted Omura, (chiropractor for the UFC, Strikeforce, and MMA fighters, professional triathletes and Olympic medalists). Dr. Brink’s passion for sports inspired his pursuit of post-doctorate level courses. He is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (CCSP) by the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (ACBSP), and certifed in Active Release and Graston Technique. Dr. Brink also is a certified Corrective Exercise and Performance Enhancement Specialist through National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
Dr. Brink currently resides in Morgan Hill, CA, with his family. He was an All-American waterpolo player in college, and still loves to play when time permits. Dr. Brink serves as the Education Director for Rock Tape.
Dr. Dan Lent-Koop
Dan Lent-Koop is a 1996 graduate of the University of Southern California School of Physical Therapy and Biokinesiology. He has specialized in outpatient orthopedics and has managed, owned, and operated multidiscipline therapy facilities for 15 years. He received his Certification in Hand Therapy and the upper quarter in 2005 and is currently pursuing his clinical specialty in electrophysiology. He is the Director of Rehabilitation Services for the University of New Mexico, Sandoval Regional Medical Center. His special interests include running biomechaincs and efficient movement. Dan has been a contributor to Triathlete magazine, is a competitive age group triathlete, and is married with four children.
DPT, MSPT, CSCS
Tony is a practicing physical therapist serving as the Director of Results Physical Therapy and Training Center in Sacramento, California. He developed Theraflix.com as a solution to consistently provide better exercise instruction for his patients, clients and athletes, all over the world.
Tony was a member of the University of Arizona Men’s Basketball team, from 1997-02, while he was an undergraduate. During his Doctoral work in Physical Therapy at University of the Pacific, he was the graduate assistant in Strength and Conditioning/Athletic Performance for the NCAA Division 1 Athletes at UOP. Following graduation, Tony completed training with the prestigious Athletes Performance, a world class training facility in Phoenix, AZ. He currently serves as a physical therapist for the Sacramento RiverCats (MLB Triple A affiliate), Sacramento Mountain Lions (UFL), and Sacramento State University Athletics.
Improving someone’s performance is Tony’s ultimate passion. He is an expert in Human Performance/Movement, and exercise. Tony serves as a consultant for several members of the USA Track and Field Olympic team and other professional athletes. Some examples are 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist, Stephanie Brown-Trafton (Women’s Discus) and MMA Champion Urijah Faber.
Tony has been recently elected as the NSCA Northern California State Director. He volunteers as an instructor to the Athletic Training program and Pre-PT program, and is Medical Adjunct Faculty for the Graduate Physical Therapy program at Sacramento State University. He is a lead instructor for Results Long Term Sport Medicine Course that focuses on current trends in sports medicine for physical therapists and exercise specialists. He is a National Speaker, having presented at conferences for the NSCA, APTA, and NATA. He has published multiple articles in the field of Sports Medicine, Exercise, and Human Performance.
MPhil, DC, DACBSP,
Dr. Stark is currently the Chair of Clinical Sciences for NUHS in St. Petersburg, Fl. (2011-present). He moved back to the United States after assisting Murdoch University in Western Australia with the implementation of a new School of Chiropractic and Sports Science (2005-2008). Dr. Stark drafted and instructed the Physical Rehabilitation course within this new program (including the Japan program) as well as the Clinical Orthopedics, Clinical Neurology, Physiotherapeutics and Applied Clinical Nutrition courses. He was also the Chair of the post-graduate programs including the Masters of Sports Science. His recent publications are on the topics of physical rehabilitation and strength and conditioning. His current research efforts are directed towards Human Performance and Rehabilitation, soft-tissue injury management, and establishing a standard progressive process for implementing and teaching physical rehabilitation.
He also coordinates the post-graduate educational programs for Northwestern Health Science University for the specialties of Sports Chiropractic and also Physical Rehabilitation. He is the Chair of the Education Commission for the Federation of International Sports Chiropractic (FICS). He has been an instructor for Graston Technique since 2004 and an instructor/medical consultant for Rocktape since 2008.
Dr. Steve Agocs
Dr. Agocs is a chiropractor specializing in Structural Optimization. Dr. Agocs has been in practice since 2000 and has been an educator at Cleveland Chiropractic College since 2007. Dr. Agocs provides care to patients in a collaborative, multidisciplinary setting at the country’s largest free health clinic in Kansas City as well as maintaining a private practice in the community.
Dr. Agocs has been a postgraduate educator nationally and internationally in the field of chiropractic technique and history, lower extremity biomechanics, posture and gait analysis and Fascial Movement Taping since 2009. Steve Agocs has written articles for Chiropractic Economics and published in the peer-reviewed journal Chiropractic History as well as in Virtual Mentor, the American Medical Association’s online ethics journal. Dr. Agocs is currently working on additional papers for Chiropractic History, the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine as well as other writing endeavors.
Steve Agocs is certified in Thompson Technique chiropractic, Fascial Movement Taping, SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment), and Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab, Provocation and Motion (FAKTR-PM).
Dr. Agocs has special interest in working with chronic pain patients as well as athletes in “non-traditional” sports such as cycling, dance, roller derby and shooting and archery.
Dr. Corey Lichtman
Dr. Corey Lichtman obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology/Pre- Physical Therapy from San Diego State University followed by a Doctorate in Chiropractic from the Southern California University of Health Sciences. He is certified in all levels of kinesiology taping and applies his training received from ongoing education and experience to the unique condition of each patient. Dr. Lichtman holds numerous post graduate certifications in sports medicine, rehab and strength and conditioning. Dr. Lichtman has worked with professional athletes from the NBA, NFL, MLB and MLS. Since its return in 2009, he has been the team Chiropractor and coordinator for the San Diego Sockers, a 13-time National Championship team. Training athletes for over 15 years, Dr. Lichtman is heavily involved in the action sports world. Recently at the Los Angeles X-Games and worked with many of the top Skateboarders and BMX riders, in fact helped 4 specific athletes to win 2 golds, a silver and bronze medals! In 2012, Dr. Lichtman was appointed to the board of directors for the International Testicular Foundation. He’s also been named as an affiliate of STOP (Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention), a division of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM). Dr. Corey Lichtman lives an active lifestyle and enjoys surfing, soccer, and staying fit. He resides in San Diego with his wife and 3 children.
Dr. Michael Ross
Dr. Ross (aka “DrTri”) is a Sports Chiropractor, NSCA Strength & Conditioning Coach, USA Weightlifting Coach, CrossFit & CrossFit Endurance Coach, and Active Release Technique Ironman certified physician. He balances his busy Sports Chiropractic and Rehabilitation practice with his full-time position as a Seattle Fire Fighter. Currently he is also the strength & conditioning coach for a very successful Junior Rowing program in Seattle, WA. As a former Marine Sergeant, Coach, Chiropractic Physician, FireFighter, as well as a 5X Ironman Triathlete, Mike knows very well the biomechanics of a wide range of sports and occupational activities, as a patient and clinician. Over his almost 20 years in practice and coaching Mike has seen a great deal of patients and athletes, ranging from couch potatoes to elite Olympic hopefuls, and has seen the face of injury care and rehabilitation change quite a bit. With further advances and research, the nature of care has improved and with Active Rehabilitation, Sports Chiropractic, Manual Therapy, and RockTape Kinesiology taping, Mike has found that injuries are treated better, healing occurs quicker, and rehabilitation is shorter.
Dr. Emily Splichal
Dr Emily Splichal, Podiatrist and Human Movement Specialist, is the Founder of the Evidence Based Fitness Academy and Creator of the Barefoot Training Specialist®, Barefoot Rehab Specialist® and BARE® Workout Certifications for healh and wellness professionals. With over 12 years in the fitness industry, Dr Splichal has dedicated her medical career towards studying postural alignment and human movement as it relates to foot function and barefoot training.
Dr Splichal actively sees patients out of her office in Manhattan, NY with a speciality in sports medicine, biomechanics and forefoot surgery. Dr Splichal takes great pride in approaching all patients through a functional approach with the integration of full biomechanical assessments and movement screens. Dr Splichal is actively involved in the correction of movement dysfunctions as it relates to sports injury and frequently performs manual therapy techniques including joint mobilization and trigger point release.
Dr Splichal is actively involved in barefoot training research and barefoot education as it relates to athletic performance, injury prevention and human movement dysfunction. Dr Splichal has presented her research and barefoot eduction both nationally and internationally, with her barefoot programming in over 10 countries worldwide.
Due to her unique background Dr Splichal is able to serve as a Consultant for some of the top fitness, footwear and orthotic companies including NIKE, Trigger Point Performance Therapy, Aetrex Worldwide, Crunch Fitness and Sols.
Degrees/Certifications: Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), Master’s in Public Health (Fall Reduction), M.S. Human Movement, NASM-CES, NASM-PES, NSCA-CPT