Faculty

L.A.C.C. Faculty

Los Angeles College of Chiropractic is proud of its faculty – a diverse group of professionals who, individually and collectively, continually demonstrate their dedication to the delivery of the highest quality of education available to today’s alternative health care students.

Made up of DCs, MDs and PhDs – the University’s faculty also boasts advanced degrees in orthopedics, radiology, sports medicine, neurology, nutrition, public health, and oriental medicine.

The following faculty, both assigned to LACC and from the university community, support the Doctor of Chiropractic program.

Amir Aghlara
Instructor
BS, University of Toronto, 1998
DC, Southern California University of Health Sciences, 2001

Jesika Babajanian
Clinical Assistant Professor
Clinician
BA, California State University, Northridge, 2002
MSHPE, Western University of Health Sciences, 2004
DC, Southern California University of Health Sciences, 2008

Annie Babikian
Assistant Professor
Clinician/Tactical Sports Medicine
BS, La Sierra University, 2008
DC, Southern California University of Health Sciences, 2013
Spine Care Residency, Southern California University of Health Sciences, 2015
Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, 2015

Jacqueline Beres
Assistant Clinical Professor
Director, Spine Care
Director, Spine Care Residency
BS, University of Florida, 2003
DC, Palmer College of Chiropractic, 2006

Charles Blum
Adjunct Faculty
DC, Cleveland Chiropractic College, 1980
BS, Cleveland Chiropractic College, 1980

MarcAndré Bock
Associate Professor
DC, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, 1976
BS, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, 1975
BA, St. John’s College, 1968
PhD, U.S. International University, 1988

Thomas Bodette
Assistant Professor
Chair, Associated Clinical Sciences Department
BS, University of Notre Dame, 1999
DC, Palmer College of Chiropractic West, 2004
Certificate, American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, 2006

Heidi Buchert
Instructor
BS, Brigham Young University, 2005
MS, New York Chiropractic College, 2008
MS, Walden University, 2015
PhD, Walden University, 2018

Trung-Hung Tho Bui
Instructor
BS, University of California, Irvine, 1999
DC, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, 2003

Coco Cabrel
Assistant Professor
Chair, Basic Sciences Department
BS, Northwestern University, 1987
MD, Northwestern University, 1989

Jonathan Carlos
Associate Professor
BS, University of the East-Manila, Philippines, 1977
MD, UERMMMC – College of Medicine, Quezon City, Philippines, 1981

Melany Catalano
Instructor
PA Faculty
MS, PA-C, Western University of Health Sciences, 2013
Biology; Physiology, California State University of Long Beach, 2010

Richard Cheung
Adjunct Faculty
BS, California State University, San Diego, 1992
Athletic Trainer Certification, 1993
DC, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, 1998
Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician, 1999
Internationally Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner, 1999
Certified Kinesio Tape Instructor, 2011

Tiffany Choy-Unruh
Instructor
Clinician
BS, California State University, 2007
DC, Southern California University of Health Sciences, 2011
Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician, 2013

Diane Christopherson
Instructor
Clinician
BA, Stanford University, 1976
DC, Palmer College of Chiropractic, 1986

Angela Davidson
Assistant Professor
Chair, LACC Selectives Department
DC, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, 2001
Certification of Manipulation Under Anesthesia, 2005
Qualified Medical Evaluator, 2007
Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician, 2010

Jose DeLeon
Assistant Professor
BS, University of the East Philippines, Philippines, 1993
MD, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines, 1998

Sarah D. Dirks
Assistant Professor
BS, Biola University, 2008
DC, Southern California University of Health Sciences, 2010
Certified Cox Technique, 2017

Jonathon Egan
Dean, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic
BS, Brigham Young University, 1998
MPH, ATSU School of Health Management, 2006
DC, New York Chiropractic College, 2006
PhD, Walden University, 2016

Matthew Eurich
Assistant Professor
Director, Diagnostic Imaging Residency
Clinician
BS, Logan College of Chiropractic, 1994
DC, Logan College of Chiropractic, 1996
Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology, 2004

Stanley Ewald
Instructor
DC, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, 1992
Masters Degree, Educational Leadership, Concordia University Portland, 2014
Master of Public Health (MPH), Public Health/Epidemiology, University of California Los Angeles, 2001
Bachelor of Science, Zoology/Animal Biology, California State Polytechnic University Pomona, 1984

Ana Facchinato
Associate Professor
Chair, Clinical Education Department
BC, University Anhembi Morumbi, Brazil, 2004
MHS, University Cruzeiro do Sul, Brazil, 2010
DC, Southern California University of Health Sciences, 2015

Michael Fanning
Instructor
Clinician
DC, Southern California University of Health Sciences, 2015
AA, Community College of the Air Force, 2011

Bertrand Faucret
Adjunct Faculty
DC, Palmer College of Chiropractic, 1972

Erica Gomez
Instructor
PA Faculty
Masters of Science, Physician Assistant Studies, 2004
Bachelor of Science, Biology , 1997
Physician Assistant Certification, 2004, DOT certified, 2017

Jannet Gonzalez
Instructor
DC, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, 2010
BS, Kinesiology, California State University of Fullerton, 2006
CCSP, American Chiropractic Board of Sports Medicine Physicians, 2011
Diplomate, American Chiropractic Board of Sports Medicine Physicians, 2012

Gina Hamilton
Assistant Professor
BS, University of California, Davis, 2006
DC, Southern California University of Health Sciences, 2010
MAOM, Southern California University of Health Sciences, 2011

Joseph Horrigan
Associate Professor
Executive Director of Tactical Sports Medicine
Clinician
DC, Southern California University of Health Sciences, 1988
Diplomate, American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, 1994

Joseph Houde
Instructor
Clinician, Sports Medicine
DC, Southern California University of Health Sciences 2009
CCSP, Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner 2014
CSCS, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist 2010
Concussion Registry-ACBSP 2016
Certified, Rocktape Tape 2012
Certified IASTM, 2010

Steven Jaffe
Assistant Professor
Executive Director of Student Affairs
BS, Cleveland College of Chiropractic, 1984
DC, Cleveland College of Chiropractic, 1984

Glenn E. Johnson
Associate Professor
BS, Cleveland Chiropractic College, 1983
DC, Cleveland Chiropractic College, 1985
Fellow of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, 1999

Keri L. Johnson
Instructor
Administrative Clinician, Clinical Internship Department
BS, Cleveland Chiropractic College, 2002
DC, Cleveland Chiropractic College, 2003

Simone Jordan
Diagnostic Imaging Resident
BA, University of Southern California, 2011
DC, Southern California University of Health Sciences, 2016

Raheleh Khorsan
Instructor
BA, University of California, 2000
MA, University of California, 2002
PhDc, University of California, 2017

Anupama Kizhakkeveettil
Professor
Program Director, Ayurvedic Medicine
BAMS, Mangalore University, India, 1999
MAOM, Southern California University of Health Sciences, 2006
PhD, Walden University, 2016

Catherine LeDuc
Instructor
DC, Cleveland Kansas City, 1993
BS, Nutrition, Park University, 1993
BA, Administration, Les Tourelles College (Rouen, France), 1988
BA, Computer, LeTourelles College (Rouen, France), 1985
ICPA Pediatric Certification Program, 2003
Acupuncture Certification, 2001

Clifford Lee
Instructor
Clinician
MSAOM, 2006; M.S.Ed., 1998
BA, 1993

Felix Lee
Clinical Assistant Professor
Clinician
DC, Southern California University of Health Sciences, 2000

Christine Lemke
Associate Professor
DC, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, 1997

Ezra Levy
Instructor
PharmD, University of the Pacific, 1987

Howard Maize
Clinical Assistant Professor
DC, Cleveland Chiropractic College, 1994

Roni Matsumoto
Instructor
Clinician
BA, University of the Pacific, 2005
DC, Southern California University of Health Sciences, 2009

Melany A. Meier
Clinical Associate Professor
Clinician
DC, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, 1980

Hiwot Melka
Spine Care Resident
BS, Hamline University, 2009
DC, Northwestern University of Health Sciences, 2015

Judith Miller
Instructor
MAOM, Southern California University of Health Sciences, 2014
BA, Chapman University, 2010
Licensed Acupuncturist, Allied Healthcare Associate at CHOC Children’s Orange

Sue Mir
Assistant Professor
Doctor of Oriental Medicine, South Baylo University, 2005
MAOM, 1999
Accounting, 1983
Diplomat in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs from National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, 1999

Ruben Mora
Assistant Professor
MD, University of California San Diego, 2016
BS Human Biology, University of California San Diego, 2011

A. Paige Morgenthal
Professor
Chair, Department of Principles and Practice
BA, Douglass College of Rutgers University, 1974
BS, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, 1981
DC, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, 1981
MS, California State University, Fullerton, 2004

Aaron Newman
Adjunct Faculty
BS, California State University, Fullerton, 2005
DC, Southern California University of Health Sciences, 2011
ASN, International College of Health Sciences, 2016

Otra Olver
Instructor
DC, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, 2011
BS in Kinesiology, California State University of Fullerton, 2007

Kellen Otte
Sports Medicine Resident
DC, Northwestern Health Sciences University, 2016
BS, Biology, Dordt College, 2012
E.M.T., 2015

Ted Papenhagen
Instructor
Clinician
BBA, University of Cincinnati, 1993
DC, Cleveland Chiropractic College, 2006

Robert S. Patterson
Clinical Assistant Professor
Clinician
DC, Cleveland Chiropractic College, 1997
Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician, 2001

Luke Phillips
Assistant Vice President, School of Professional Studies
Master of Divinity, Fuller Theological Seminary, 2014
Bachelor of Arts, University of South Florida, 2009

Jonathan Price
Instructor
DC, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, 2015
BS in Kinesiology at California State University Fullerton, 2006
National Academy of Sports Medicine Corrective Exercise Specialist, 2007

Donald Richardson
Adjunct Faculty
BS, University of California, 2005
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, 2006
Certified Kinesio Taping, 2007
DC, Southern California University of Health Sciences, 2008
Certified Active Release Technique, 2008
Certified Graston Technique, 2009
Certified Chiropractic Sports Physicians, 2009
Diplomate, American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, 2011

Hector RiveraMelo
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, Center for Diagnostic Imaging
DC, Southern California University of Health Sciences, 2009
Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology, 2012
Registered in Musculoskeletal Sonography, 2017

Rob Russell
Clinical Professor
Assistant Vice President & Clinical Chief of Staff, SCU Health System
BA, San Diego State University, 1978
DC, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, 1982

Esteban Sandoval
Instructor
D.C., Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, 2018

Ira Schneider
Adjunct
DC, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, 1990
C.C.S.P., Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, 1990
Bachelors, Physical Education/Exercise Physiology, Cal. State Univ. Long Beach, 1982

Nathan Sermeno
Assistant Professor
BA, University of California, Irvine, 2007
DC, Southern California University of Health Sciences, 2013
Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician, 2014
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, 2014
Certified Graston Technique, 2014
Certified Kinesio Taping, 2014
Certified Fascial Manipulation, 2015
Diplomate, American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, 2015

Laura Schmalzl
Associate Professor
BA, University of Padua, Italy, 2000
MA, Macquarie University, Australia, 2004
PhD, Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science, Australia, 2008

Preetideep Singh
Associate Professor
MBBS, Maulana Azad Medical College, 2004
MD, Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, 2010

Megan Sweithelm
Instructor
DC, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, 2011
BS, Westminster College, 2007

Jeffrey Tucker
Adjunct Faculty
DC, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, 1982
Certified Chiropractic Rehabilitation Doctor, 1989
Certification in Chiropractic Spinal Trauma, 1993
Diplomate, American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board, 2000

Manuel Urteaga
Assistant Professor
BS, California State University, Fullerton, 2004
DC, Southern California University of Health Sciences, 2007
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, 2012
MS, California State University, Long Beach, 2014
Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist, American College of Sports Medicine, 2014

Paul Wanlass
Associate Professor
Interim Associate to the Dean, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic
DC, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, 1999
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, 1999
Certified Specialist in Performance Nutrition, 1999
Certified Cox Technique, 2008
Certified CPR, 1989
Emergency Medical Technician II (EMT II), 1989-1994

Roshalda Williams
Instructor
PA Faculty
BS from California State University, Los Angeles 1981
PA, U.S.C., 1985

James Whedon, DC, MS
Professor
Director of Health Services Research, SCU Health System
DC Logan College 1989
MS Dartmouth College 2012
BS Logan College 1988

Andrea Wong
Instructor
Clinician
BS, McGill University, 2010
DC, Southern California University of Health Sciences, 2013

Curtis B. Yomtob
Associate Professor
BS, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, 1991
DC, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, 1993
Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology, 1997

Nicole Foster
Senior Diagnostic Imaging Resident
DC, Palmer Florida, 2016
MBA, Colorado Technical University, 2011
BA, Monmouth University, 2008
AA, County College of Morris, 2006
EMT, 2018 

Deanne Watkins
Instructor
DC, Cleveland Chiropractic College of Los Angeles, 2003
BS, Biology, California State University of Dominguez Hills, 1997

Kevin Glenn
Instructor
Clinician
DC, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, 1983
DABCO, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, 1997
BS, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, 1983

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