2018 Fall Conference Speaker Bios

Dr. Steven Conway

 A second-generation chiropractor, Dr. Conway is a 1983 graduate of Logan Chiropractic College.  Dr. Conway along with his father Dr. Richard and his wife Dr. Cindy successfully provided chiropractic services in Southern Wisconsin with one of the larger clinics in the State.

Entering the legal profession in 1996 after graduating from Stetson University, College of Law, Dr. Conway has combined his legal and chiropractic backgrounds to successfully defend chiropractors with Medicare audits and state board complaints.

His work with Medicare has transformed the chiropractic profession. With Dr. Michael Jacklitch, Dr. Conway personally met and worked with CMS and all of the Chief Medical Directors of the national Medicare Contractors to completely change the way chiropractic documentation would be reviewed.   His unique position of having helped numerous chiropractors with Medicare audit defense allowed him to present information to the MACs to create a universal interpretation and subsequent harmonization of their review criteria for chiropractic documentation.    Dr. Conway and Dr. Jacklitch then trained all of the MACs reviewers on the new universal interpretation creating a national harmonization and for the first time in history a level playing field for chiropractic.   Dr. Conway and Dr. Jacklitch are now training chiropractors across the United States on the new Medicare documentation interpretation.   The training has been universally accepted and implemented by chiropractors providing them for the first time a sense of relief from the fear of being audited. 

Serving on the Wisconsin Chiropractic Examining Board has provided Dr. Conway with the first-hand experience of compliance breakdowns in chiropractic offices.   Similar to his Medicare programs, Dr. Conway’s compliance programs are not fear based.   Using vignettes of compliance issues, Dr. Conway provides chiropractors with simple to understand compliance concepts and more importantly easy ways to actually implement correct compliance procedures in their chiropractic offices.

In addition to his work with Medicare and compliance, Dr. Conway is also a nationally recognized expert in Chiropractic Occupational Health.   In addition to working directly with companies such as GM, Andes Candies, John Deere he has presented chiropractic safety programs to over 6000 industrial representatives including presentations at the National Safety Congress in Chicago and the National Academy in Washington, DC.


Dr. Kristina Petrocco-Napuli

Dr. Kristina (Kris) Petrocco-Napuli brings to the table a strong interest in women’s health, pediatrics, chronic pain and integrative care and is frequently sought after as a national speaker. Formerly an associate professor at National University of Health Sciences-Florida, Dr. Petrocco-Napuli received her doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College; following graduation she entered into a postdoctoral fellowship program within Chiropractic technique. She also received a master’s degree in instructional design development and evaluation from Syracuse University

Dr. Laney Nelson & Dr. Tyler Nelson
Laney Nelson is from Utah where he was in clinical practice for 25 years prior to his hiring as the director of sports medicine at Logan University.   During this time he also served as the team chiropractor for Brigham Young University, the Utah Grizzlies Professional Hockey Club, Salt Lake Sting and Salt Lake Buzz. He got his start in Sports Medicine with Wrangler Sports Chiropractic and later with Pro Sport Chiropractic in the sport of professional rodeo serving as a circuit coordinator and later as a board of directors. He was also awarded the 1993 Wrangler Sports Chiropractor of the year. Dr. Nelson has extensive experience with manipulation under epidural and intro-articular anesthesia with Cottonwood and Pioneer Valley hospital. He was educated at Western States Chiropractic College. He received his Certified Chiropractic Sport Physicians certification from Southern California Health Science University and his diplomat in sports from the same University. He received his acupuncture certification from Logan Chiropractic College and his Manipulation under Anesthesia credential from Texas Chiropractic College. He served as the director of the Bio Freeze Sports and Rehabilitation at Logan College of Chiropractic from 2005 until 2013 and was instrumental in developing the sports medicine curriculum and clinical relationships with University of Missouri, Lindenwood University, Missouri Baptist University and numerous youth track and field programs.  He has participated in numerous national and regional track & field championships as well developing integrated chiropractic procedures for numerous university sports medicine programs.  The American Academy of Chiropractic Sports Physicians selected him as the 2011 Chiropractic Sports Physician of the year.  Dr. Nelson helped develop Logan Universities Masters of Sport and Exercise Science Program and did oversee the internships, associated with the program. Dr. Nelson has extensive international and national lecturing experience with many different programs and associations.  He was awarded the John N. Nash research ward in 2013.  His specialty is in the management of post surgical back pain and failed back syndrome.  He returns to Utah to practice with his son Tyler Nelson DC, MS.  They practice on 1951 West 4700 South in Taylorsville. Dr. Nelson can be personally reached at: 801-232-3511. Current he lectures for Logan University and New York University and the College of Chiropractic. 
Tyler Nelson DC, MS, CSCS owns and operates a chiropractic sports medicine clinic and strength & conditioning business in Salt Lake City, UT. While earning his doctoral degree he completed a dual program masters degree in sports science with an emphasis on rehabilitation through the University of Missouri. While in graduate school he worked with the University of Missouri athletics department and currently is employed through two colleges in Utah. He is currently an anatomy and physiology adjunct faculty member and works as a team physician for the Brigham Young University athletics department. He is certified by the NSCA as a strength and conditioning specialist.
Dr. Nelson has had multiple teaching engagements at the professional level through the chiropractic and strength and conditioning profession on the use of blood flow restriction as a mechanism to improve healing time, maintain muscle mass, and get athletes back on the field at reduced loads. He is the co-founder of a certification course for rock climbing coaches teaching the principles of exercise science and periodization. His current research interests are aimed at using blood flow restriction to increase muscle hypertrophy in the forearms while creating tendon stiffness all at reduced loads.  

Dr. Tim Wakefield
Dr. Timothy S. Wakefield and his wife (Dr. Lorelei N. Wakefield) graduated from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 1989. They have 3 boys. Dr. Tim has a Bachelor of Science in human biology, is a Diplomate in the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, is Certified in Chiropractic Spinal Trauma, Certified in Nutritional Counseling, and is a Certified Professional Compliance Officer. Dr. Tim has had multiple publications in the areas of sports injuries and physical fitness, chiropractic documentation, and CPT coding. Most recently he was a contributor to the Best Practices Academies “Medicare playbook” of chiropractic documentation. He has been involved in developing 2 electronic health record systems directly related to the practice of chiropractic. Dr. Tim has served 2  two-week volunteer rotations at the United States Olympic Training Center, one in August 2016 in Lake Placid, NY and the other in April 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Dr Wakefield enjoys writing, speaking, exercise, spending time with his family and helping others to be successful in the chiropractic profession.