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 Mikla DPT, MSPT, CSCS is a physical therapist and performance coach specializing in movement and functional restoration. Tony currently resides in Phoenix, AZ and is the Manager of Physical Therapy for EXOS (formerly Athletes Performance) and is the Founder of Theraflix, LLC, a web based resource for PT’s and their patients. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, USA Track and Field Certified Coach, and has been working with athletes and clients on movement dysfunction and pathology for the last 20 years. He holds certifications in Dry Needling (American Dry Needling Institute), RockTape, and Fabricating Orthotics (Sole Supports).
Tony works with all levels of patients and has developed a specialty in Sports Medicine over the years, working closely with world renowned surgeons, Recreational Clients, Tactical Operators, and Elite Athletes. He has published numerous articles on Training and Rehabilitation and kinetic linking for performance. Over his career, Tony has worked as a consultant for Professional Teams in the MLB and NBA, as well as individual athletes including, Olympic Champions, MMA Champions, PGA Tour Professionals, US Military Special Operators, and athletes from NBA, MLB, NFL, and NHL.
Dr. Mikla has presented nationally for the APTA, NATA, and NSCA conferences. He has been an instructor for a long term sports medicine course in Northern California, and guest instructor at Sacramento State University and University of the Pacific PT programs. Currently he serves as adjunct clinical faculty for Northern Arizona University PT Program. Tony is a finalist for the 2014 NSCA Sports Medicine Rehabilitation Specialist of the Year.
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. He has been in practice since 2000 and has also been an educator on the faculty at Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City since 2007. Since moving to Kansas City, Dr. Agocs has maintained a practice for low-income and uninsured patients in a multidisciplinary, collaborative environment at Kansas City CARE Clinic.
Since 2009, Dr. Agocs has taught over 65 postgraduate seminars nationally and internationally. He has published articles and peer-reviewed papers in Dynamic Chiropractic, Chiropractic Economics, Chiropractic History and Virtual Mentor, the online ethics journal of the American Medical Association. Dr. Agocs is also co-author of RockTape’s Fascial Movement Taping Study Guides for Level 1 and Level 2 seminars.
Dr. Agocs is certified in Thompson Technique chiropractic, Fascial Movement Taping, Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab, Provocation and Motion (FAKTR-PM). He is a Level 1 CrossFit® Trainer with special interest in kettlebell training and weightlifting and trains athletes out of Crossfit I35.
In practice, Dr. Agocs has special interest in working with chronic pain patients as well athletes in less traditional sports such as CrossFit, weightlifting, cycling and shooting sports to name a few.
Dr. Agocs enjoys writing, teaching, traveling, photography and visual arts and is a self-proclaimed “coffee geek!”
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
Dr. Danny Porcelli
Dr. Danny Porcelli is a Chiropractic Physician who specializes in sports medicine, soft tissue injury and rehabilitation. He is certified in Active Release Therapy and Graston Technique which are 2 of the most recognized soft tissue treatments in sports medicine. He has treated Olympic and Para-Olympic Athletes at the 2010 Central American Games and was a treating physician at the 2013 CrossFit Games and South East Regionals. He also holds Kelly Starrett’s Mobility WOD certification, has his Level 1 CrossFit certificate and Grey Cook’s FMS certification.
Dr. Danny received his doctorate in Chiropractic medicine and his B.S. in Health and Wellness from Parker College of Chiropractic as well as a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. He founded XOC Chiropractic Sports Clinic in Naples Florida where he treats a large portion of the local CrossFit community, as well as a wide range of athletes and people who value an active lifestyle. He combines joint mobilization, soft tissue treatments, corrective exercises and Rock Tape to obtain fast, effective and lasting results with his patients.
He believes high quality continual movement is an integral part of a holistic wellness lifestyle. Dr. Danny considers himself a movement fanatic. He is an avid crossfitter, paddle boarder, yogi, mountain biker and more. He finds it easy to relate to his patients because he has participated in nearly all forms of exercise and sport.
Dr. Danny’s commitment to his patients, his profession and his health are continually reinforced by his low back x-ray that hangs on his treatment room window. He fractured his L5 vertebrae on a water slide in 2006 and he uses this as a constant reminder along with a hand written message to his patients that says, “You are not alone”.
Ethan M. Kreiswirth, PhD, ATC
Dr. Ethan M. Kreiswirth owns Kreiswirth Sports Medicine Systems which delivers didactic and clinical programming of sports medicine education. Currently, Dr. Kreiswirth is consulting with the Chinese Olympic Committee providing sports medicine mentorships overseas and in the United States. Moreover, Dr. Kreiswirth is the Medical Director and Coordinator for the International and United States Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (USBJJF). Kreiswirth Sports Medicine Systems has been providing medical coverage for the USBJJF and International (IBJJF) since the late 1990s. Additionally, Kreiswirth was the Director of Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at Concordia University, Irvine (CUI) in Orange County, California from 2008 to 2011.
Dr. Kreiswirth’s additional accolades include 11 years as the Head Athletic Trainer of California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) from 1997-2008, where he also served as adjunct faculty in the Kinesiology Department. Prior to CSUDH, Ethan was Head Athletic Trainer (ATC) in the Minor League Baseball system with the Sonoma County Crushers. He also served as a Football Assistant ATC at Santa Monica College in the mid-1990s.
Ethan received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Dr. Kreiswirth has earned his PhD in Athletic Training from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Athletic Training. His current research is; The Epidemiology of Musculoskeletal Injuries among Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Fighters. Ethan also holds current certifications in the Functional Movement System, Selective Functional Movement Assessment, and Professional Rescuer Instructor for the American Red Cross. He has been a contributing author in peer-reviewed journals’ Athletic Therapy Today, International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Therapy, Journal of Athletic Training, and Athletic Training and Sports Health Care. Additionally, Kreiswirth has contributed to Ultimate Grappling Magazine and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Magazine on various sports medicine conditions. Ethan has been a national speaker on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu injuries, as well as a multitude of sports medicine topics at the National Athletic Training Association (NATA) annual symposium, National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) symposium and Association of Ringside Professionals.