Planning Committee & Program Faculty


Patricia Casello-Maddox, DC, MBA, MOM
Associate Provost, Associate Clinical Faculty, Northwestern Health Sciences University (NWHSU)
Conference Coordinator, PIE Conference 2017

I have had the privilege of teaching, providing clinical care and being an administrator of several clinical education programs over the last twelve years at NWHSU. I was involved with our R25 grant as a faculty member and participant in our faculty Research Scholars program. Through that process I presented at the 2012 ICE-CIM conference at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. on advancing EIP in an integrated acupuncture and Oriental medicine environment. I had the privilege of attending training at McMaster University in the teaching track and the PIE Conference 2015 administrative track at Palmer Chiropractic College. I love teaching and use my current role to facilitate faculty professional development for teaching, clinical education, scholarly pursuit, and academic leadership.

Renee DeVries
Renee DeVries, DC, DACBR, PhD
Professor, Department of Interprofessional Education, Graduate College of the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health, St. Catherine University
Co-Investigator, NWSHU R25 Grant

I recently accepted a Professor position at St. Catherine University (St. Kate’s) after being a faculty member at Northwestern Health Sciences University (NWHSU) for over twenty years.  At St. Kate’s I co-teach the research methods course, an EIP course for undergraduate nursing and exercise physiology students, as well as serve as a coordinator in a Clinical Scholars course for the college’s graduate programs. While at NWSHU, I was involved with the EIP Education Partnership Grant project (R25) and taught the Foundations of Evidence-Informed Practice course to chiropractic and acupuncture students. I also moderated a Grand Rounds course for chiropractic interns. I’ve had the opportunity to participate in the Evidence Based Clinical Practice Workshop at McMaster University and Palmer’s Evidence Based Clinical Practice Workshop Retreat at the University of Iowa. It has been a pleasure to work with colleagues from other institutions to advance my knowledge and hone my teaching skills in the area of evidence based care.


Joshua Goldenberg, ND
Professor and Researcher, Bastyr University
Creator, Dr. Journal Club

As a physician I see patients within a primary care concierge medical model with a particular interest in IBS. I teach evidence-based medicine as well as integrated case studies at Bastyr University, my alma mater, in which I enrolled after receiving my undergraduate degree in molecular biology with honors from the University of Pennsylvania. I’m an active researcher with numerous publications in high-impact medical science journals including Annals of Internal Medicine and The Cochrane Library. I have presented nationally and internationally on evidence-based medicine as well as probiotics and research methodology. My probiotics work has been highlighted by the BBC, The New York Times, The Seattle Times, Prevention Magazine, and Fox News. I recently created www.DrJournalClub.com which is an online repository of educational videos which serves to keep medical professionals up-to-date on current and relevant research as well as hone their evidence-based medicine skills.

Deb Hill
Deb Hill, MS
Project Manager, Project to Enhance Research Literacy (PERL)
Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH)

My background includes experience within the conventional medical community, and the integrative community, leading to my passion for increasing communication among all healthcare providers.  EIP will play a significant role in facilitating this communication, and was identified as one of six key Competencies for Optimal Practice in Integrated Environments, as endorsed by the ACIH Board of Directors and by councils of colleges associated with the five licensed integrative health and medicine professions represented by ACIH.  I manage our Project to Enhance Research Literacy (PERL), a program focused on increasing the incorporation of EIP in academic curricula at nearly 180 academic institutions and programs affiliated with our organization.


Katie Hoyt, MOL
Research Program Manager, Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research, Palmer College of Chiropractic
Program Manager, Palmer R25 Grant
Conference Coordinator, PIE Conference 2015

I am the Program Manager on Palmer College’s NIH-funded R25 EBCP grant and was the Conference Coordinator for the NIH-funded R13 PIE Conference in 2015. I enjoy working with faculty by planning and executing training workshops and events. It has been rewarding to watch EBCP become more and more integrated into the doctor of chiropractic program here at Palmer College and I look forward to working with other CIH faculty to further expand EBCP into their respective programs.

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April Kline, MSM, CPM, CMT, CST
Adjunct Faculty, Midwives College of Utah

April has been practicing midwifery and bodywork with a specialization in prenatal, newborn and trauma release for over fourteen years. She is passionate about education, developing curriculum and serving on the graduate faculty at the Midwives College of Utah, sitting on thesis committees, writing health and sexuality programs for Montessori schools, writing and conducting a hormone re-balancing program for women, and serving on the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council.

Ron LeFebvre
Ron LeFebvre, DC
Professor, University of Western States
Co-Investigator, UWS R25 Grant
Executive Director, Consortium of Evidence-Informed Practice Educators (CEIPE)

I am a full professor in the Division of Clinical Education at the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon. I also serve as the project manager directing the creation of protocols and care pathways for the UWS clinic system. Starting in 2004, I helped design and implement a National Institutes of Health funded project with the goal of improving students’ skills at incorporating research evidence into everyday clinical practice. I am a founding member and the current Executive Director for the Consortium of Evidence-Informed Educators (CEIPE). I haven’t won any major awards but continue to check the mail.

Cynthia Long
Cynthia Long, PhD
Professor & Director of Research, Palmer College of Chiropractic
Director, Office of Data Management & Biostatistics, Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research
Director, Master of Science in Clinical Research Program, Palmer College of Chiropractic
Principal Investigator, Palmer R25 EIP Grant

I am the principal investigator of Palmer’s R25 NIH/NCCIH grant award, which is currently in its final year. Our initiatives have been focused on faculty development in EBCP principles, practice and teaching to prepare and support faculty to integrate EBCP concepts and practices throughout coursework and the clinical internship. It has been a privilege to work with committed faculty toward these goals. Palmer College’s Davenport campus hosted the 2015 PIE conference. I look forward to being part of another successful PIE conference on the NWHSU campus.

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Dana Madigan, DC, MPH
Research Resident, National University of Health Sciences

As a chiropractic student, I was able to work in the research department and benefit from the curricular changes centered around integrating evidence into practice. That foundation was instrumental in my decision to pursue a career around research and education, but has also resulted in a passion for teaching the practical use of evidence in informing clinical practice and health policy to improve health care. I have facilitated journal clubs for chiropractic students and currently enjoy teaching chiropractic and naturopathic students critical appraisal of the literature at National University of Health Sciences.

Michele Maiers
Michele Maiers, DC, MPH, PhD
Executive Director of Research and Innovation, Northwestern Health Sciences University
Associate Professor, Center for Healthcare Innovation and Policy
Co-Investigator, NWHSU R25 Grant

“We’re drowning in information and starving for knowledge.”   ~Rutherford Rogers

This axiom aptly characterizes how many see research as it relates to health care delivery. My professional goal is to facilitate the pragmatic use of research to both inform clinical practice and shape public health policy. It is imperative that the information gained from high quality research studies is translated into knowledge that improves patient care, policy guidelines, access and reimbursement. I am excited about my work because I believe in the capacity for integrative and complementary professions to be a positive force to improving the landscape of health care. When not at work, I enjoy traveling, reading, running and baking pies.

John Stites
John Stites, DC
Director, Community Clinics, Palmer College of Chiropractic
Co-Investigator, Palmer R25 Grant
Faculty, McMaster University EBCP Workshop

I’m passionate about evidence based clinical practice (EBCP). It is a rational mode of care focused solely on what is best for the patient. As such, it doesn’t matter what discipline the provider is. I am the Director of Community Clinics at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport Campus. I also see patients in a Community Health Center providing medical and dental care to underserved populations. Evidence is the key to integration. I have pursued my own EBCP skill development by attending the McMaster EBCP workshops. I’ve shown up often enough that they have now made me a tutor. I am looking forward to working with other CIH educators at this conference.