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A collage of headshots of three ACBSP Symposium presenters from SCU

SCU LACC faculty and alumni to present at 2022 Chiropractic Sports Sciences Symposium, hosted by the ACBSP

WHITTIER, CA. – (April 25, 2022) — Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) Los Angeles College of Chiropractic faculty, alumni and students will be presenting at the 2022 Chiropractic Sports Sciences Symposium, hosted by the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Sciences (ACBSP), from April 28 – May 1, 2022. The 2022 ACBSP Symposium will be held in-person, with attendees gathering in Universal City, California for live events, including an SCU-hosted Alumni & Friends Cocktail Reception.

The ACBSP promotes the highest standards of excellence and clinical competence for chiropractors specializing in sports medicine and physical fitness.

Melissa Nagare, DC, Vice President for SCU Health System/Chief Clinical Officer serves as an ACPSB Symposium Chair. “It’s an honor to have several SCU faculty and alumni presenting, as well as several SCU DC students and sports medicine residents present in front of the leading Chiropractic Sports Medicine professionals from around the country at this national conference,” said Dr. Nagare. “This is an excellent opportunity to share our deep expertise, our broad capabilities and to connect with peers and renowned experts as we advance the field and inspire students who are building future Chiropractic Sports Medicine careers.”

The annual ACBSP Symposium will feature the following SCU chiropractic experts who will present on a variety of sports medicine topics:

SCU Alumni Presentations


A headshot of Erica Witter-DavisErica Witter Davis, DC, DACBSP®
ACBSP Presentation:

Rehabilitation in the Cervical Spine

Dr. Witter Davis attended the University of Tennessee – Knoxville on an athletic scholarship, earning a Bachelors of Science degree in Biochemistry and was a 3-time All-American in track and field. After four years competing at the collegiate level, Dr. Witter Davis continued her athletic endeavors on the world stage. She competed professionally as a sprinter, becoming a National Champion in the 100m and 200m as well as competing at the Sydney Olympics (2000) and World Championships (2001).

During her athletic career, she also coordinated track workouts, designed circuit/weight training programs incorporating strength, agility and power, which opened her eyes to fitness and nutrition.

The more she strived towards excellence within track and field the more she became familiar with the world of chiropractic medicine. She later pursued the profession and graduated from Southern California University of Health Sciences Cum Laude and was the recipient of the President’s Award for Outstanding Leadership. She was also the president of the Educational Advancement Committee (EAC).

Dr. Witter Davis says that receiving the benefits of chiropractic care during her athletic career was tremendous. “It was without hesitation for me to continue to gain more knowledge by becoming a Diplomate American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physician (DACBSP®), a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS®), an Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation Practitioner and a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner. These have allowed me to merge my knowledge of human biomechanics and chiropractic care to work closely with many athletes.”

“It has been a privilege to work with athletes in the NHL, tennis, and I am currently involved with the medical staff of USA Volleyball and USA Track & field. Being available to assist these athletes achieve their goals is in my opinion, the greatest accomplishment. I truly believe that being a DACBSP® has opened the door to these opportunities and I am truly grateful,” said Dr. Witter Davis.

SCU Faculty Presentations

Simone Jordan headshot

Simone Jordan, DC, DACBR
ACBSP Presentation:

Spine in the Young Athlete – Imaging

Dr. Simone Jordan, DC, DACBR was born and raised in Southern California and has always had a passion for health care. She graduated from USC with a degree in Human Performance. Following her undergraduate studies, she became a phlebotomist and in-home caretaker for several clients. She graduated from Southern California University of Health Sciences with her Doctor of Chiropractic degree in December 2016. Dr. Jordan has recently become a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (DACBR) in summer 2021 and is currently an Assistant Professor at her alma mater (LACC) while working to build a private radiology consultation practice.

Hector Rivera-Melo headshotHector Rivera-Melo, DC, DACBR, RMSK
ACBSP Presentations:

Case Based Diagnostic Imaging
Ultrasound Hands-on Workshops (2 Sessions)

Dr. Hector Rivera-Melo graduated from Southern California University of Health Sciences in 2009 with his Doctor of Chiropractic degree and completed a residency in diagnostic imaging, also at SCU. Dr. Rivera-Melo was awarded the title of Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (DACBR) in 2012. In 2017 he obtained his certificate in diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound (RMSK®). He has authored several radiology related articles and lectured internationally on various radiology topics. He is currently the Director for the Center of Diagnostic Imaging, head radiologist and Associate Professor at SCU. He currently serves as the president of the American Chiropractic College of Radiology (ACCR).


Vanessa Smith headshotVanessa Smith, DACMV
ACBSP Presentation:

Acupuncture for Pain Management in the Tactical Population 

Dr. Smith earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Cal State University, Fullerton. After working as a Speech Language Pathologist in the public school setting, she earned her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Southern California University of Health Sciences in 2017. She currently serves as an Instructor at SCUHS, and serves as a clinician in the Tactical Sports Medicine department. When not at SCUHS, she owns and operates a thriving private practice in Laguna Hills, Ca. practicing Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine with a focus in orthopedics; offering integrative and non-invasive options for recovery and health.

Dr. Smith says that her goal for her “Acupuncture for Pain Management in the Tactical Population” ACBSP presentation is to further the audience’s understanding of acupuncture for pain management. “Focusing on the tactical population, it is important to understand the injuries these patients face, their current options, the opioid crisis and the role acupuncture can play to help assist with these current and very real issues.”


SCU Leadership in attendance

John Scaringe, DC, EdD
Southern California University
of Health Sciences

Join President Scaringe for an SCU-hosted cocktail reception on Friday, April 29 from 6:45 – 8:15 p.m. for alumni & friends to network, reconnect, and hear about the future of SCU. Open to all! Location will be in the Hilton Sierra Courtyard – outside patio, adjacent to the main ballroom.

SCU Faculty in attendance

Michael Fanning headshotMichael Fanning, DC
Lead Clinician, Clinical Faculty







Joseph Horrigan, DC
Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians
Executive Director, Human Performance Optimization
Associate Professor






Dr. Melissa NagareMelissa Nagare, DC, L.Ac, CCSP®
Vice President, SCU Health
Chief Clinical Officer








Nathan SermenoNathan Sermeno, DC
Assistant Professor






A headshot of David Velasquez, D.C., CSCSDavid Velasquez, D.C., CSCS
Tactical Sports Medicine Clinician
SCU Health Systems








SCU Residents in attendance

A headshot of Dr. Chris Lee, Sports Medicine ResidentChris Lee, DC
Sports Medicine Resident








A headshot of Dr. Mahealani Scheindorfer, DCMahealani Scheindorfer, DC
Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians ®
Senior Sports Medicine Resident






A headshot of Dr. Kirsten Sparley, DC, CCSP®, CSCS® Sports Medicine ResidentKirsten Sparley, DC, CCSP®, CSCS®
Sports Medicine Resident
Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician®
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist®







A headshot of Dr. Tomy Ton, DC Sports Medicine ResidentTomy Ton, DC
Sports Medicine Resident








About the SCU Los Angeles College of Chiropractic Doctor of Chiropractic Program

The Los Angeles College of Chiropractic has educated chiropractors for over 110 years. SCU’s evidence-based, integrative, whole-person approach to practice and our university-wide commitment to interprofessional education set our graduates apart.

SCU’s Sports Medicine Program connects students with world-renowned faculty and alumni.

  • Nearly two dozen SCU faculty (past & present) have served at the Olympics and Paralympics Games as part of Team USA from the USOPC/USOC, and/or have represented a National Governing Body at the Olympics.
  • Students provide care for all levels of athletes from high school to world-class professionals and are immersed in exclusive, integrated sports medicine experiences.

SCU’s sports medicine curriculum is evidence-based and focused on outcomes and advanced competency in diagnosing, treating, and preventing athletic injuries. The curriculum also covers the applications of peaking and recovery programs for sports performance optimization, exercise prescription, and advanced rehabilitation.

The DC Program at SCU is accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education and recognized by the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

To learn more about SCU’s DC program, visit scuhs.edu/doctoral-degrees/doctor-of-chiropractic/ for more information, or call (562) 475-4604 to speak with an admissions advisor about getting started at SCU.

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