The Rubicon Conference 2017 Melbourne

Melbourne Vic

Apr 8 - 9, 2017

The Rubicon Conference 2017 Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia

April 8-9, 2017

The Rubicon Conference is a collaborative effort involving Life Chiropractic College West, Life University, McTimoney College of Chiropractic, New Zealand College of Chiropractic and Sherman College of Chiropractic as well the McTimoney Chiropractic Association, the Scottish Chiropractic Association and the United Chiropractic Association.

The Rubicon Group is a collaboration of institutions, programs, associations and individuals that share a common emphasis relative to the chiropractic profession.

The Rubicon Group was formed to provide greater attention and focus on key issues in the worldwide development and expansion of the chiropractic profession that is critical to the positioning, growth, and impact of Chiropractic.

Among the areas of emphasis for The Rubicon Group are:

• An orientation to the profession through the lens of a neo-vitalistic perspective that serves to inform and influence an ethical orientation for the profession, an epistemological framework for the profession and a societal context for interface with other healthcare providers as well as the general public.

• A focus on the practice of Chiropractic that reflects a neurologically centered approach to addressing the biomechanics of the human, as well as other vertebrates, that emphasizes the inborn ability to heal and avoids the use of medications or surgery whenever possible.

• An application of contemporary-based subluxation theory grounded in neuroscience in the care of patients and the use of chiropractic-centric terminology to convey the unique meaning and intent of the care provided by the chiropractor.



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Adrian Wenban

Principal, Barcelona College of Chiropractic

Bio: Dr. Wenban completed a Bachelor’s degree in anatomy at the University of New South Wales. Followed by his Bachelor’s in Applied Science-Chiropractic from the Phillips Institute of Technology—now a unit of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He pursued graduate studies in epidemiology earning a graduate diploma in clinical epidemiology in 1996 followed by a Master’s in Medical Science in 1999 both from the University of New South Wales. In 2010 he completed a post-graduate certification in medical education at Cardiff University. Since 2009 he has served as the Principal of the Barcelona College of Chiropractic. In preparation for this role he served for almost a decade as an associate governor of the Australian Spinal Research Foundation, a conferee on several consensus panels addressing clinical standards development in Australia, president of the Spanish Chiropractic Association, member of the European Council on Chiropractic Education, the World Federation of Chiropractic Identity consultation, member of the Cochrane Qualitative Methods Network and the Patient Reported Outcomes Methods Group, a peer reviewer for the journal Chiropractic & Osteopathy and as a practicing chiropractor in Australia and Spain. Dr. Wenban is widely published in the professional press as well as in the scientific literature.

Bruce Lipton

Senior Lecturer, New Zealand College of Chiropractic

Bio: Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D., cellular biologist and author, was formerly an Associate Professor of Anatomy at the University of Wisconsin's School of Medicine and Research Scientist at Stanford University’s School of Medicine. Dr. Lipton has served as a Visiting Professor at Palmer College, Life Chiropractic College West and The New Zealand College of Chiropractic. He is the author of the bestselling books The Biology of Belief and The Honeymoon Effect, and co-author of Spontaneous Evolution.

Christina Cunliffe

PRINCIPAL, McTimoney College of Chiropractic

Bio: Professor Christina Cunliffe obtained her PhD from the University of Manchester in 1978, and is a graduate of the McTimoney College of Chiropractic in Abingdon. She was awarded her personal Chair from the University of Wales in 2010. A Chartered Biologist, she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and a Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractors. She served on the Royal College Council between 1999 and 2013 and is still a member of its Lay Partnership Group which highlights the patient perspective. Until recently she sat for many years on the regulatory body for chiropractic, the General Chiropractic Council, and was a member of its Education Committee. For the past 6 years, Christina has held the position of Dean of the School of Health within BPP University, and is a member of the BPP University Board. She is also Principal of the McTimoney College of Chiropractic (part of the School of Health), a role she has maintained since 1998. A well published researcher, she is also a Visiting Lecturer at a number of other universities and medical schools. Christina maintains her chiropractic clinic in the Oxfordshire countryside

Edwin Cordero

College’s Fifth President, Sherman College of Chiropractic

Bio: Dr. Cordero is a 1993 graduate of Life Chiropractic College. The majority of his career has been spent in private practice in Florida where he enjoyed two decades of successful practice experience. In 2013 he accepted an appointment as the fifth president of Sherman College of Chiropractic in South Carolina. He continues in this position today. Dr. Cordero has completed management training through Pena Global in 2015 and with the Mirian Carver Governance Training Institute in 2014 and 2013. He has been honored for his efforts in practice as well as in academia on a local, state, regional and national level. He has been active professionally in the Florida Chiropractic Society, the Palmetto Chiropractic Association, the International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations and the International Chiropractors Association. Dr. Cordero, a husband, father, and grandfather, lectures extensively throughout the United States and Central America to various chiropractic audiences.

Gerard Clum

Executive Director, The Rubicon Group, The Rubicon Group

Bio: Gerard W. Clum, D.C., a 1973 Palmer College of Chiropractic graduate has been a faculty member at Palmer College of Chiropractic, a founding faculty member at Life Chiropractic College (now Life University) and first president of Life Chiropractic College West holding office from January 1981 through January 2011.  Dr. Clum served on the board of directors or as an officer of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC), the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the International Chiropractors Association (ICA), the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), the Chiropractic Summit and the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC). He presently serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the F4CP and as Treasurer and  member of the Board of Directors of the Integrated Health Policy Consortium (IHPC).   Since retiring from the presidency of Life Chiropractic College West as President Emeritus he accepted an appointment as Presidential Liaison for External Affairs at Life University. He has also been appointed the Director of The Octagon, a think-tank sponsored by Life University. Dr. Clum was also recently named Director of the newly formed Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics (CCISE) at Life University. In 2016 Dr. Clum accepted the position of Executive Director of The Rubicon Group, a collaboration of seven chiropractic educational programs from the U.S., U.K., Spain, Germany and New Zealand. In addition, he serves as a consultant and expert witness in matters related to chiropractic practice/care. He has been recognized as “Chiropractor of the Year” by ICA, “Man of the Year” by Dynamic Chiropractic and as one of the top five leaders of the chiropractic profession in a Dynamic Chiropractic readers’ poll. Dr. Clum was the 2014 recipient of the Lee-Homewood Award of the Association for the History of Chiropractic. He has lectured throughout the world and has been recognized and honored for his efforts over the years by international, national, state and local groups.

Guy Riekeman

President, Life University

Bio: Dr. Riekeman is a second generation chiropractor who completed his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1972. Following graduation he practiced chiropractic in Kansas City, Missouri before joining the faculty and serving as Vice-President of Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic. His talents and abilities led to him founding several companies and seminar programs for chiropractors around the globe. His most widely acclaimed efforts in this regard involved the founding of Quest in 1987 which went on to serve the personal growth and management needs of thousands of chiropractors worldwide. In 1998 he accepted an appointment as President of Palmer College of Chiropractic and over the course of the next nine years was appointed Chancellor of the Palmer Chiropractic University System. In 2004 he accepted another presidential appointment, this time at Life University, stepping in at a very critical time in the history of the institution. He has continued to serve in this role to this day having recently completed his 12th anniversary as President of Life University. Dr. Riekeman is widely published and widely honored across the profession, he is a much sought-after speaker and he continues to play a key leadership role throughout the profession.

Kelly Holt

Dean of Research, New Zealand College of Chiropractic

Bio: Dr. Holt was a member of the 1998 inaugural graduating class of the New Zealand College of Chiropractic. Besides his chiropractic degree, he also holds a Bachelor of Science majoring in physiology and a Ph.D. in Health Science from the University of Auckland. Dr Holt’s Ph.D. focused on the effects of chiropractic care on sensorimotor function and falls risk in older adults. He has published work in a number of peer-reviewed journals that investigated the effects of chiropractic care on nervous system function and the reliability of vertebral subluxation indicators. He has won a number of international research awards and is on the editorial board of two peer -reviewed chiropractic journals. Dr. Holt worked in private practice as a chiropractor for 10 years following graduation and has taught at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic since 2000, where he is now the Dean of Research. Dr. Holt was named ‘Chiropractor of the Year’ by the New Zealand College of Chiropractic Alumni Association in 2012 and by the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association in 2014.

Phil McMaster

President, New Zealand College of Chiropractic, New Zealand College of Chiropractic

Bio: Dr. McMaster, a native of New Zealand, completed his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic in 1985. He subsequently completed the Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers curriculum. From 1986 through 2013 Dr. McMaster was in active chiropractic practice. Over the course of those years, he was also heavily involved in the conception and development of the New Zealand College of Chiropractic. He began as a faculty member at the college in 1994. In 2003 he was elected chair of the Board of Trustees of the College in 2003 and served in this role for a decade before accepting the position of president in 2013. Dr. McMaster has been active in the profession on a national and international level having served in several leadership roles in the New Zealand Chiropractic Association and in the chiropractic academic community of the Austral-Asian region. An avid sportsman and athlete having participated as Director of the New Zealand Iron Man competition. In addition, he has managed and coached rugby teams at the local and provincial level.

Scott Rosa

Director, Rock Hill Chiropractic Clinic

Bio: Dr. Rosa earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1987. He has maintained an active Atlas-Orthogonal based chiropractic practice for the past 28 years. A senior instructor in the Atlas-Orthogonal adjusting system and Vice-President of the R.W. Sweat Research Foundation, Dr. Rosa served as the Chair of the Atlas Orthogonal Grant program (2001) funded by the National Institutes of Health. He is published in the Journal of Whiplash and Related Disorders, the Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine and the journal Brain Injury. He has lectured on the cranio-cervical junction, its importance and management at the North American Spine Society, the International Whiplash Trauma Congress, Southern Illinois University, School of Medicine, the Karolinska Institute, the Society of Interventional Radiologists, the American Academy of Orthopedic Medicine, as well as dozens of state, regional and national chiropractic seminars. He has been invited to present at a majority of the chiropractic educational programs in the United States.

Patrick Sim

Founder, CEO, Australian College of Chiropractic

Bio: CEO Australian Chiropractic College Dr. Patrick Sim graduated from Macquarie University’s chiropractic program in 1997 after completing his Bachelor of Science at Adelaide University in 1995. Since then Patrick has done much in the profession accumulating some 25 years of service to chiropractic bodies over a career that spans only 21 years. Patrick's commitment to the profession has seen him give 10 years to CAA National Board, 12 years to the CAA South Australia Board, 3 of those as State President, and 3 years as a director of the Chiropractic and Osteopathy Board of South Australia prior to national registration. Patrick has also dedicated himself to leading the profession through countless presentations and speaking engagements around the country and the world as well as acting as a TV, radio, and print media spokesperson for the last 15 years. And through all of that Patrick has still found the time and energy to run a chiropractic focused practice. Over the last 5 years, Patrick has been committed to what he feels the most important task of his career so far, the establishment of a stand-alone, high quality private chiropractic teaching program in Australia, the Australian Chiropractic College.

Friso Krueger

Chief Operating Officer, Chiropraktik Akademy at Dresden International University

Heidi Haavik

Director of Research, New Zealand College of Chiropractic

Ron Oberstein

President, Life Chiropractic College West

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