About Us

Institute of Evidence-Based Chiropractic & RJF Consulting

We are deeply committed to our mission and values. These statements are not mere words. They shape how we think, communicate, and act.


Mission


Our purpose is to help our clients achieve their dreams.

Values

  • Treating others with respect, dignity, fairness and honesty
  • Identifying opportunities for innovation
  • Creating quality performance through measured results
  • Developing competence through continuous improvement

Objectives

Our objectives in working with our clients are to:

  • Improve Patient Outcomes & Satisfaction – The patient comes first. 
  • Strengthen Practice Profit – We help clients reach maximum profitability.
  • Enhance Staff Morale – Reducing employee turnover increases profits.
  • Reduce Doctor Stress –  A smooth-running office reduces stress.

RJF Consulting

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Principal Consultant
Expert Associates


IEBC Faculty

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Ron Feise, DC

Doug Garant, BA, PhD
Dave Gilkey, DC, DABCO, DACBOH, MEPM, PhD
Brian Grieves, DC, MPH

Jerry Grod, DC, FCCS

Cheryl Hawk, DC, MS, PhD

Elaine Morschhauser, BS, DC

John Taylor, DC, DACBR

Robert Cooperstein, BA, MA, DC
Ted Crowther, BA, DC, FCCS


RJF Consulting


Principal Consultant

Dr. Ron Feise

Ron Feise, DC

Dr. Ron Feise attended the University of New Mexico for his pre-professional training and is a graduate of Palmer Chiropractic College. He also earned National Acupuncture Board Certification. He was the owner and clinic director of 5 chiropractic clinics in Arizona. Dr. Feise is currently President of the Institute of Evidence-Based Chiropractic and RJF Consulting. He has published over 50 articles in peer-reviewed chiropractic and medical journals and has presented at numerous chiropractic and medical research conferences. Additionally, he is the author of numerous monographs relating to management, leadership, medical informatics, patient satisfaction, practicing evidence-based chiropractic, and total quality.

Dr. Feise is adjunct faculty for Northwestern Health Sciences University, National University of Health Sciences, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, and Research Fellow for the School of Health Professions and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Southampton.

He is editor for Direction of the Evidence and a columnist for Journal of the American Chiropractic Association. Dr. Feise is an editorial board member for The Open Orthopaedics Journal, BioMed Central Complementary and Alternative Medicine and BioMed Central Musculoskeletal Disorder. He is a member of the peer review committee for the Association of Chiropractic Colleges Educational Conference/Research Agenda Conference and a peer reviewer for Spine; JMPT; Medical Science Monitor; Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins/Medical Education & Health Professions; and McGraw-Hill/Allied Health Division. Dr. Feise is also a member of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Board’s Continuing Education Task Force and American Chiropractic Association's Opioid Task Force.

Expert Associates

We partner with established experts who directly support our 5 core competencies: Evidence-Based Systems & Procedures, Research-Based Marketing Strategies, Federal Regulations Compliance, Business Issues, and Personal Coaching: Client-Empowerment.


IEBC Faculty

Ron Feise, DC

Ron Feise, DC

Dr. Ron Feise attended the University of New Mexico for his pre-professional training and is a graduate of Palmer Chiropractic College. He also earned National Acupuncture Board Certification. He was the owner and clinic director of 5 chiropractic clinics in Arizona. Dr. Feise is currently President of the Institute of Evidence-Based Chiropractic and RJF Consulting. He is published in over 50 peer-reviewed chiropractic and medical journals and has presented at numerous chiropractic and medical research conferences. Additionally, he is the author of numerous monographs relating to management, leadership, medical informatics, patient satisfaction, practicing evidence-based chiropractic, and total quality.

Dr. Feise is adjunct faculty for Northwestern Health Sciences University, National University of Health Sciences, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, and Research Fellow for the School of Health Professions and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Southampton.

He is editor for Direction of the Evidence and a columnist for Journal of the American Chiropractic Association. Dr. Feise is an editorial board member for The Open Orthopaedics Journal, BioMed Central Complementary and Alternative Medicine and BioMed Central Musculoskeletal Disorder. He is a member of the peer review committee for the Association of Chiropractic Colleges Educational Conference/Research Agenda Conference and a peer reviewer for Spine; JMPT; Medical Science Monitor; Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins/Medical Education & Health Professions; and McGraw-Hill/Allied Health Division. Dr. Feise is also a member of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Board’s Continuing Education Task Force.


Doug Garant, BA, PhD

Doug Garant, BA, PhD

Dr. Garant earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychobiology and Human Biology from Pitzer College and his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Georgetown University Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. He has earned numerous undergraduate and post-graduate research awards from Pitzer College, the Rush Foundation, and various branches of the National Institute of Health. He has held Scientist and Research Associate positions with the US Veterans Administration, Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Rush Medical College in Chicago, and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.

Dr. Garant has over 10 years of graduate level teaching experience at major universities, including Georgetown University Graduate School and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He has been an invited lecturer to more than 60 prestigious international medical schools and research centers. His original research and review articles have been published in numerous medical journals, and he has authored several book chapters. He has been a peer reviewer for biomedical journals and a grant reviewer for funding agencies. He is also a member of the Society for Neuroscience and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a Faculty member of the Institute of Evidence-Based Chiropractic and the Principal of Garant Consulting, which provides training and consulting for clients in research, medicine, and education.


Dave Gilkey, DC, DABCO, DACBOH, MEPM, PhD

Dave Gilkey, DC, DABCO, DACBOH, MEPM, PhD

Dr. Gilkey graduated from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (now the Southern California Health Sciences University). He entered private practice in San Jose, CA where he specialized in occupational health. Dr. Gilkey continued postgraduate work earning his Diplomate in Chiropractic Orthopedics and Occupational Health. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Denver in Environmental Policy and Management with a specialization in environmental health and safety, then earned his PhD in Environmental Health at Colorado State University (CSU) with a concentration in occupational safety and health & industrial hygiene and a dissertation specialization in construction ergonomics.

Dr. Gilkey joined the faculty of Colorado State University in the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences (ERHS) as an Assistant Professor. He is the current Director of Undergraduate Education for the ERHS bachelor’s program in Environmental Health. He teaches extensively in the areas of environmental and human health and ergonomics. His research experience includes acting as study coordinator for the HomeSafe Pilot Project in the Denver Metro area. This research project evaluated a residential construction program developed through a strategic partnership with OSHA and the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver. He was awarded a federal grant to evaluate risk factors for occupational back pain among residential carpenters. He has collaborated on research projects with the University of Utah in the area of ergonomics and continues to work with scientists at CSU and other institutions. He is a Faculty member of the Institute of Evidence-Based Chiropractic.


Brian Grieves, DC, MPH

Brian Grieves, DC, MPH

Dr. Grieves earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, his Master’s in Public Health Degree from UMass-Amherst, and his Doctor of Chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University.

He is currently the director of Grieves Chiropractic Pain Relief Clinic in Shawano, WI. Dr. Grieves has spent nearly a decade in private practice. He was Wisconsin’s Chiropractor of the Year in 2008 and was the first chiropractor in the state to be recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Back Pain Recognition Program.

Dr. Grieves was also the lead author of a recent cost-analysis of lower back pain management for JMPT that was also published by MD Linx. Dr. Grieves’s primary area of research interest lies in exploring public health approaches to back pain.

Dr. Grieves is a member of the American Public Health Association, Wisconsin Chiropractic Association, American Chiropractic Association, Professional Chiropractic Association, and Institute for Evidence Based Chiropractic Faculty. He also chairs the steering committee for Healthy Shawano County.


Jerry Grod, DC, FCCS

Jerry Grod, DC, FCCS

Dr. Jerry Grod earned his Doctor of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) and is a Fellow of the College of Chiropractic Sciences. He has practiced for over 25 years and has held various positions with the Chiropractors’ Association of Saskatchewan as chair of the examining board, registrar and vice-president. He has served on numerous provincial health commissions. He was a former professor and chair of the Diagnosis Department of the Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS) and remains an adjunct professor for the SCHUS.

Dr. Grod has been a member of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) test committee for 13 years. He is currently a Professional Chiropractic Consultant for the NBCE. He was Deputy Registrar and Registrar for the regulatory body in Ontario. He also served as a Director on the Board of the Ontario Chiropractic Association and was the first chiropractor to be a Director on the Board of the Osteoporosis Society of Canada. Dr. Grod is a Certified Association Executive with the Canadian Society of Association Executives. He held the rank of Professor and Director of Continuing Education at CMCC and is currently an adjunct professor at both the New York College of Chiropractic and the Southern California University of Health Sciences.

Dr. Grod continues to be a faculty member of the Institute of Evidence Based Chiropractic. He has taught courses in Orthopaedics, Diagnosis, Vertigo/Dizziness, Geriatrics, Dermatology, and EENT. He is a member of the Canadian Academy of Pain Management and continues to serve as an examiner for the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board. In addition, he is a reviewer for BioMed Central for Chiropractic and Manual Therapies. In the area of Continuing Professional Development, he is a member of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards’ Pre-approved Continuing Education Committee. He maintains a membership in the Canadian Association for Continuing Health Education.

He was involved in creating the syllabus for the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopaedists. He is a peer reviewer for the Association of Chiropractic Colleges. Dr. Grod was awarded the Province of Ontario 10-year Volunteer Service Award. He has also authored numerous book chapters and research articles in peer-reviewed journals.


Cheryl Hawk, DC, MS, PhD

Cheryl Hawk, DC, MS, PhD

Dr. Hawk is currently Executive Director of the Northwest Center for Lifestyle and Functional Medicine at University of Western States. She is also a Faculty member of the Institute of Evidence-Based Chiropractic, and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Clinical Chiropractic and the Journal of the American Chiropractic Association. Additionally, Dr. Hawk serves on the American Chiropractic Association Wellness Campaign Committee and the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters as the Team Leader for wellness, non-musculoskeletal conditions and special populations.

She has been principal author of over 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals and the primary writer of successful grant and contract proposals totaling over $5 million. She was appointed as the chiropractic representative on the National Advisory Committee for Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration Bureau of Health Professions. She frequently lectures nationally and internationally.

Dr. Hawk is a graduate of National College of Chiropractic and practiced full-time for over a decade. She earned an MS and PhD in Preventive Medicine from the University of Iowa and also became a Certified Health Education Specialist.

She was named "Researcher of the Year" by the American Chiropractic Association and was honored with the same title by the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research.


Elaine Morschhauser, BS, DC

Elaine Morschhauser, BS, DC

Dr. Morschhauser earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Economics & Public Policy from Indiana University, her Doctor of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic, and a Masters Degree in Epidemiology at the University of Iowa. She has earned numerous undergraduate and post-graduate awards from Indiana University, Palmer College and the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research. She is published in peer-reviewed chiropractic and medical journals and has been an invited lecturer at Palmer College, the Research Agenda Conference, the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association and the International Conference on Spinal Manipulation.

Dr. Morschhauser is former Secretary of the Chiropractic Health Care Section of the American Public Health Association. She has been a Member of the Palmer College Institutional Review Board; President of the Interdisciplinary Health Care Club of Palmer College; a Member of the Public Health Curriculum Task Force of the Chiropractic Health Care Section of the American Public Health Association; and Assistant Project Coordinator for The Integration of Chiropractic Research to Advance the National Chiropractic Research Agenda. Dr. Morschhauser is currently a Faculty member of the Institute of Evidence-Based Chiropractic.


John Taylor, DC, DACBR

John Taylor, DC, DACBR

Dr. Taylor earned his Doctor of Chiropractic from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, a Diplomate in Chiropractic Radiology from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, and completed a research fellowship in Musculoskeletal Imaging at the University of California. He practiced as a chiropractor in Vancouver, Canada for almost a decade. He is currently a Professor of Radiology and Coordinator of Diagnostic Imaging in the Doctor of Chiropractic Program at D’Youville College in Buffalo. Dr. Taylor is a co-author of the second edition of Skeletal Imaging: Atlas of the Spine and Extremities, recently published by Elsevier/Saunders. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles in chiropractic and biomedical journals and has lectured extensively in the United States, Canada and abroad. He is a Faculty member of the Institute of Evidence-Based Chiropractic.


Robert Cooperstein, BA, MA, DC

Robert Cooperstein, BA, MA, DC

Dr. Cooperstein earned his Bachelor Degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, his Masters Degree in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and his Doctor of Chiropractic from Life Chiropractic College West.

He has published over 50 peer-reviewed chiropractic and medical journal research articles, authored several book chapters and published four popular textbooks. He is a peer reviewer for Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, Chiropractic Research Journal, Consortial Center for Chiropractic Research, and Association of Chiropractic Colleges Symposium. He has been an invited lecturer multiple times at American Back Society, Palmer Lyceum, Annual Conference on Research and Education, International Conference on Spinal Manipulation, World Federation of Chiropractic Conference, Chiropractic Centennial Foundation Conference, Intercollegiate Conference on Technique Fundamentals, and Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back & Pelvic Pain.

Currently, Dr. Cooperstein is a Professor, Coordinator of the Department of Technique and Research, Chair of the Department of Technique and Management, and Administrative Research Coordinator at Palmer Chiropractic College West. His committee appointments at Palmer Chiropractic College West include Continuing Education; Academic Standards; Preceptorship; Academic Management Group; Chair, Physiology-Pathology; and Chair, Technique. Dr. Cooperstein is a Member of Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research and a Faculty member of the Institute of Evidence-Based Chiropractic.

Dr. Cooperstein has received the Centennial Commission Award in Chiropractic History and is a three-time recipient of the prestigious Presidential Award in Instruction. He is a Consultant and Test Committee Member for the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and serves as Secretary of the Technique Committee of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges. Dr. Cooperstein has practiced chiropractic in Oakland, California for over 20 years.


Ted Crowther, BA, DC, MS, EdD, FCCS

Ted Crowther, BA, DC, MS, EdD, FCCS

Dr. Crowther earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Wilfrid Laurier University, his Doctor of Chiropractic from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, his Fellowship from the College of Chiropractic Sciences, Canadian Chiropractic Association, and a Doctorate in Education (Health Policy and Health Education) from D’Youville College. He is currently an Associate Professor and Head of Division, Chiropractic in the School of Health Sciences at the International Medical University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and a Faculty member of the Institute of Evidence-Based Chiropractic.

Involved in education for many years, he has held academic and clinical teaching positions in chiropractic, health services administration and medicine at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, D’Youville College, and the DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University. He has published in a range of biomedical journals. His current research interests and the focus of his graduate and doctoral studies include healthcare quality, healthcare service, and cost-effectiveness.