Alumni

Speaker Biographies

Dr. Christine Goertz
Dr. Christine Goertz
Dr. Christine Goertz is Vice Chancellor for Research and Health Policy at Palmer College of Chiropractic and Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research in Davenport, IA, where her research focuses on quality of outcomes for patients and the importance of provider collaboration in providing high-quality health care. Her work is focused on sub-acute and chronic lower back pain in adult populations. For over 20 years, she has addressed multidisciplinary science and health policy issues at the state and federal levels, serving as a member of the American Medical Association's Measures Implementation and Evaluation Advisory Committee, Chair of the American Chiropractic Association's Performance Measurement Task Force, and a program officer of the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine managing a portfolio focused on musculoskeletal disease, pain and health services research. She is a Fellow of the International College of Chiropractors. She received her doctor of chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University and a PhD in Health Services Research Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Elise Hewitt
Dr. Elise Hewitt
Dr. Elise Hewitt is board certified in chiropractic pediatrics and certified in craniosacral therapy through the Upledger Institute. An alumnus of the University of Colorado, she has been in private practice since graduating Summa Cum Laude from WSCC in 1988. In her waiting-list pediatric practice, she specializes in the care of infants.
Dr. Hewitt has been published in scientific literature and is a co-author of the "Chiropractic" chapter in Integrative Pediatric Medicine, part of Andrew Weil's integrative medicine textbook series. She has served on the steering committees for several large-scale studies being conducted in the field of pediatric integrative medicine. Dr. Hewitt frequently conducts lectures both in the U.S. and abroad, educating chiropractors about the finer points of pediatrics and educating pediatricians and other allied practitioners about the role of chiropractic in pediatric healthcare. Her dynamic, yet approachable style and well-organized presentations make her an audience favorite.
Dr. Hewitt currently serves as president of the American Chiropractic Association's Pediatrics Council. She is a founding member of both the ACA Pediatrics Council and the Pediatrics Council of the International Chiropractors Association. In addition, she serves on the board of directors for the multidisciplinary Integrative Pediatrics Council. In recognition of her service to and achievements within the chiropractic profession, Dr. Hewitt has been elected a Fellow in the International College of Chiropractors.
Dr. Joshua Kollmann
Dr. Joshua Kollmann
Dr. Joshua Kollmann received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, NY. Dr. Kollmann has extensive education and experience in treating all levels of athletic needs as well as musculoskeletal conditions. He earned his Master's Degree in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention from the California University of Pennsylvania as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology from Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Kollmann has advanced training in treating soft tissue injuries, including full body certification in Active Release Technique (ART) and Graston Technique. He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Dr. Kollmann has the distinction as a Performance Enhancement Specialist with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) which provides advanced skills to evaluate human movement. Building on a broad base of knowledge, he is certified in both acupuncture and dry needle specializations. Dr. Kollmann is also proud to call himself a member of the PGA medical team.
Not only does Dr. Kollmann treat athletes at various events, but he is an avid triathlete and competitor. An accomplished Ironman, Kollmann competed in Ironman events in Lake Placid, Arizona, Louisville, and Cozumel. He is also a USA Triathlon level 1 coach.
Dr. Benjamin Bartolotto
Dr. Benjamin Bartolotto
Dr. Benjamin Bartolotto is a 1977 graduate of the National College of Chiropractic and a Fellow of the American College of Chiropractors, with undergraduate degrees in Environmental Health and Biology and a certification in Histology through the American Society of Clinical Pathologist (ASCP). He has been in practice in Binghamton, New York for 37 years. Dr. Bartolotto served as a member of New York State's Education Department's Professional Assistance Program, is past chair of the New York State Board for Chiropractic and currently serves as an extended member, as well as a Chief Examiner for the National Board of Chiropractors (NBCE) Part IV examination. He has instructed in the classroom, through Webinars and authored online documentation courses for New York Chiropractic College's Post Graduate Department. Dr. Bartolotto is a Qualified Independent Contractor (QIC) performing external appeals and has extensive experience in Utilization Review (UR) of commercial, state, and federal health care policies, and is a documentation content expert witness.
Dr. Sandra Hartwell
Dr. Sandra Hartwell
Dr. Sandra Hartwell graduated from New York Chiropractic College in April 1996. She has extensive postgraduate education in sports medicine and Active Release Techniques®. She is currently full-time as an assistant professor teaching human gross anatomy courses as well as neuroscience anatomy. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Hartwell also has a private practice.
Dr. Thomas Ventimiglia
Dr. Thomas Ventimiglia
Dr. Thomas Ventimiglia has been a leader in chiropractic and chiropractic education for over 35 years. He earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College, and has also received an Honorary Degree as a Fellow of the American College of Chiropractors. After graduating from New York Chiropractic College, Dr. Ventimiglia opened a private practice in Queens, N.Y. where he still practices today.
In addition to his private practice, Dr. Ventimiglia has worked for NYCC since 1986. He began his career as an Adjunct Faculty/Clinician in 1986 and has also served as an Admissions Representative, a Program Developer and has been the Dean of NYCC's Postgraduate and Continuing Education division since 2004. In this current role, Dr. Ventimiglia has expanded the scope and offerings of Postgraduate courses to make this division a leader in New York State and New Jersey.
Dr. Ventimiglia has also served as a leader in the chiropractic profession at the national level. He was the President of the American College of Chiropractors from 2010-2013, and served as the President of the New York State Chiropractic Association, District 3 in 1998. He currently serves as the Chairman for the Subcommittee for Postgraduate Education for the Association of Chiropractic Colleges and as the President of the Northeast Council of Chiropractors.
In addition to his roles serving the chiropractic profession, Dr. Ventimiglia has also presented numerous lectures and presentations around the country at such distinguished universities such as the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Michael Zumpano
Dr. Michael Zumpano
In addition to being a licensed chiropractor and an international expert in human anatomy, Dr. Michael Zumpano is an Anthropologist; an expert in human culture and variation and trained in holistic system analysis. This means that he is able to analyze and discover the cause of your pain. Treatment is centered on finding the problem and fixing the problem, not just treating the pain.
As a Professor at New York Chiropractic College, he is always current in the new chiropractic techniques, and will always be current and up-to-date in human anatomy and biomechanics.
Dr. Henry McCann
Dr. Henry McCann
Dr. Henry McCann is licensed to practice acupuncture and Oriental medicine in NJ, NY, MA and OR, and is nationally board certified in Oriental Medicine. He earned his diploma from the New England School of Acupuncture and his doctoral degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. As part of his doctoral studies he interned at the Chengdu University of Chinese Medicine in Sichuan, China.
Prior to studying Chinese medicine he finished a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music at Oberlin College and Conservatory, and was a Fulbright fellow to Japan.
Dr. McCann is on the faculty of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, is a core faculty member for the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine doctoral degree program, and also lectures to doctoral students at the American College of TCM (San Francisco). Dr. McCann has taught Chinese medicine in Ireland, Germany, Austria, Holland and Indonesia, and is the staff Qigong teacher for the Wushu Kung Fu Fitness Center of NJ. He is the author of two books and numerous articles on Chinese medicine and currently sits on the New Jersey State Board of Acupuncture by gubernatorial appointment.
Ms. Emily Glasser
Ms. Emily Glasser
Ms. Emily Glasser received her Master's Degree in Oriental Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She is licensed in the state of California as an Acupuncturist and Herbalist and is also an Applied Clinical Nutritionist. Emily has comprehensive training in functional medicine, lab testing and analysis. She regularly lectures to other health practitioners on a broad range of health topics from blood chemistry analysis, adrenal function and hormone imbalance to thyroid disorders, detoxification, nutrient deficiencies and blood sugar imbalances. Emily is a firm believer that food heals and when given the right tools, the right guidance and a pinch of patience, the body can overcome most conditions.
She is currently writing a book entitled, "The 80's Tried To Kill Us," about outdated nutrition policies, modern nutritional science, and of course, hairspray.
She also holds a B.A. and M.A. in Dance which served her well in understanding anatomy and physiology as well as the demands that dance and sports place on the body.
Dr. Mitchell Green
Dr. Mitchell Green
Dr. Mitchell B. Green earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the New York Chiropractic College in 1981. He also attained Diplomate status from the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board and is a board approved lead instructor.
Dr. Green is the Director of the Dance Injury and Rehabilitation Clinic for the Manhattan Youth Ballet, a member of the American Chiropractic Association, the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, and is serving as District 1 President and Delegate for the New York State Chiropractic Association.
In addition to his private practice, Dr. Green is passionate about teaching and giving back to a profession that he loves. In the past he taught for the New York Chiropractic College and the University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic. Currently, Dr. Green is devoted to the rehab Diplomate program for NYCC and teaching evidence led, active care principles to the profession.
Dr. Robert Martin
Dr. Robert Martin
Dr. Robert Martin obtained his doctorate in chiropractic health care with honors from the Southern California University of Health Sciences over 30 years ago. After entering private practice in 1983 he continued his post-graduate studies in sports injuries, orthopedics and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. He has achieved certification in ergonomics and work place safety, assisting large and small employers reduce workplace injury potential. He has led and served on numerous technology assessment and guidelines development committees, focusing on enhancing the quality of care of patients suffering from a variety of musculoskeletal ailments. Dr. Martin has worked for, and with a variety of organizations to develop quality improvement programs as well as musculoskeletal and pain management programs on both a local and national basis.
Dr. Martin has served the chiropractic profession in a variety of capacities in New York, California, and nationally. He has been recognized by a number of organizations, and is the recipient of several awards, including Doctor of the Year from the Long Beach and California Chiropractic Associations and distinguished service awards by the New York State Chiropractic Association. Dr. Martin has taught at the post-graduate level for a variety of institutions and organizations on integrating health care services, developing and implementing best practice protocols, ergonomics and work place safety, documentation and communicating patient outcomes, and methods to engage patients in their health care and wellness.
Early in his career as a health care provider, Dr. Martin recognized the importance of working in collaboration with other health care providers to deliver more effective, efficient health care. He has practiced alongside medical doctors, physical therapists, massage therapists, psychologists and other specialists since 1985. His work in developing integrated health care protocols culminated with the expansion of their Rhinebeck office and opening of The Center of Health in Saugerties New York along with his wife Dr. Denice Martin in 2004 - a truly integrated facility offering traditional medical and alternative health services focusing on individualist, patient centered health care. Both believe strongly in the importance of community involvement, exemplified by their ongoing work and support of schools, Boys and Girls Club, local sports teams, and various groups.
Dr. Veronica Mittak
Dr. Veronica Mittak
Dr. Veronica Mittak began her career as a bench scientist involved with cell and tissue culturing of plants and animals in both the industrial and university sectors. She later became involved with transgenics and microbiology after returning to Upstate NY from the Midwest. She has published in several journals and holds a patent involving the use of monoclonal and transgenic technologies in viticulture. She began her career at NYCC as a research technician 22 years ago and realized she had found her home. She decided to formalize her career path and earned her Master's degree in Public Health and later her doctorate in Health Education from AT Still University. She became an instructor in the microbiology labs and now leads the Clinical Microbiology and Public Health and Wellness courses. She recently earned another Master's degree in Forensic Psychology with an emphasis upon addiction.