NW Symposium

Join us for our annual UWS Homecoming and NW Symposium October 13-14, 2017.

The 2017 UWS Homecoming and NW Symposium is held on the picturesque UWS campus in Portland, Oregon and includes two days of multidisciplinary continuing education seminars, a vendor fair and an alumni and friends homecoming reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres. This is a great opportunity to network with students, staff and other industry professionals, and the 2017 UWS Alumni Recognition Award will be presented at the reception.

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Friday Presenters:
Thomas Burke, PhD – sponsored by HealthLight
Guido Van Ryssegem, MS, ATC/R, CSCS, NBFE

Saturday Presenters:
Greg Nigh, ND – sponsored by Biotics NW
Kimberly Davis, DC – sponsored by RunLab
Corey Schuler, DC – sponsored by Integrative Therapeutics
Jason Brown, DC – sponsored by Performance Health

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Through 10/9/2017
Full program: $390
Friday only: $165
Saturday only: $265
Full-time faculty and staff: Free
Alumni and friends homecoming reception: FREE (RSVP required for drink ticket)
UWS student full program: $50*
*Must present student ID at registration desk


Alumni and Friends Homecoming Reception
Friday, October 13 from 5:30 – 7 p.m.
• Enjoy delicious wine and nibbles, and connect with colleagues and friends of UWS
• Celebrate the 2017 Alumni Recognition Award winner. Nominate a UWS alum here.
• Free to all NW Symposium attendees and to UWS alumni, faculty, staff, board members and students.
RSVP required for drink ticket
• UWS name badge required at check-in for faculty, staff and students if they are not already attending NW Symposium.


Total credits available – 12 hours

*Every attempt is made to offer programs as announced. UWS reserves the right to adjust program, faculty, location, dates, times and/or tuition to accommodate unanticipated occurrences, to limit seating, or to cancel due to insufficient enrollment. UWS is not responsible for any expenses incurred by registrants due to program adjustments or cancellation. Only those who are pre-registered will be notified in the event of changes/cancellation.

Cancellation Notice: $35 non-refundable fee included in the registration.
Cancellations made after October 6 at 5 p.m. are non-refundable and cannot be credited toward future programs. Cancellations must be made by email to ce@uws.edu.

Questions? Please call 800-215-3716 or email ce@uws.edu.


View the NW Symposium Schedule here.

Friday, October 13

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Registration and vendor fair

1 – 3 p.m.
Nitrates and Neuropathy: Dual Approaches to Reducing Pain
Thomas Burke, PhD (sponsored by HealthLight)

3 – 3:30 p.m.
Break and vendor fair

3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Movement Variability
Guido Van Ryssegem, MS, ATC/R, CSCS, NBFE

5:30 – 7 p.m.
Vendor fair

5:30 – 7 p.m.
Alumni and Friends Homecoming Reception
Join us at 5:30 p.m. for the networking reception and presentation of 2017 Alumni Recognition Award winner. Nominate a UWS alum here.
• Enjoy delicious wine and nibbles, and connect with colleagues and friends of UWS
• FREE to all NW Symposium attendees and to UWS alumni, faculty, staff, board members and students.
• RSVP required for drink ticket
• UWS name badge required at check-in for faculty, staff and students if they are not already attending NW Symposium.

Saturday, October 14

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Continental breakfast and Vendor Fair

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Sulfur, Water, and Light: The Golden Threads That Weave Us Into Wholeness
Greg Nigh, ND (sponsored by Biotics NW)

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Break and vendor fair

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Gait Matters: Running Assessment for the Practicing Clinician
Kimberly Davis, DC (sponsored by RunLab)

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Lunch and vendor fair

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
Gait Matters: Running Assessment for the Practicing Clinician continued.
Kimberly Davis, DC

1:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Updates: The Role of Nutritional Supplementation in Sleep and Inflammation
Corey Schuler, DC (sponsored by Integrative Therapeutics)

3:45 – 4 p.m.
Break and vendor fair

4 – 6 p.m.

The Active Care Approach: Empowerment through Exceptional Spine Care
Jason Brown, DC. DACRB, FICC (sponsored by Performance Health)


Thomas Joseph Burke, PhD

Dr. Burke received his PhD from University of Houston. He joined the faculty at the University of Colorado medical school, department of physiology after four-year, postdoctoral research fellowship at Duke University Medical School. He later joined their department of medicine. In the late 90s, he founded Integrated Systems Physiology (ISP), a company that performed contract research for small and large companies in the biologic sciences.

He is well-known for his research into the effects of nitric oxide, which began in the early 1990s. His research led him to understand the potential health benefits of devices or supplements that would naturally increase nitric oxide. He has lectured nationally and internationally on the effects of maneuvers that raise nitric oxide. Dr. Burke has also served as director of research and clinical affairs for a light therapy company and currently serves as medical and science director for HealthLight PN LLC, an American company that produces LED-based near-infrared devices. The LED devices are FDA cleared (K101894) and have been used extensively to improve sensation, reduce pain and decrease the risk of falls, all of which are symptoms experienced by patients with neuropathy. He has authored or co-authored 10 papers documenting these improvements in neuropathy symptoms, as well as 92 other papers. Dr. Burke retired in 1997.

Greg Nigh, ND

Dr. Greg Nigh is a graduate of the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM), where he completed both the Naturopathic Doctor (ND) program and the Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) program concurrently. He co-founded  Prior to studying naturopathic medicine, he attended the University of Notre Dame, where he received his bachelor’s in English and then completed a master of humanities program at Arizona State University.

Prior to his work at Immersion Health, Dr. Nigh co-founded Nature Cures Clinic in 2001. It was during his early years there that he developed his interest and passion for researching and implementing alternative cancer therapies. It was also at Nature Cures Clinic that Dr. Nigh began collaboration with Maria Zilka, which spanned his last five years of work there.

Dr. Nigh is a prolific reader, researcher and writer. He contributed a chapter to the upcoming two-volume Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine textbook, and has published articles, book reviews, essays and even short stories. His topics of deep interest and ongoing exploration include evolutionary biology, epigenetics, the politics of science, cosmology, metaphysics, zen philosophy, current events and, of course, the biology and physiology of cancer.

Dr. Nigh works very hard to be easily accessible to every patient in the Immersion Health treatment program. He spends a great deal of time with every patient, always striving to have a complete understanding of each individual, their personal circumstances and challenges and he works to come up with the best strategy for implementing the appropriate treatment program.

Guido Van Ryssegem, MS, ATC, CSCS, NBFE, RN

Guido Van Ryssegem has been in clinical practice for 35 years and has been working in the strength and conditioning arena for 25 years. Van Ryssegem has a wide range of expertise on topics such as his own movement dysfunctions restoration model, movement variability, applied motor control and motor learning strategies, dynamic systems theory and functional training. He has practiced for the Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers and the Baltimore Orioles.

Van Ryssegemis active within the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as the coordinator for the Northwest Region and a member of the NSCA special population certification committee. Within the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), he is an active member for the Committee On Reimbursement (COR) and as well as an Occupational Wellness Committee member. He is also a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Van Ryssegem is also the Elevation Fitness Program Coordinator for an exercise database management system.

Kimberly A. Davis, DC, ART

Dr. Davis is the founder and CEO of RunLab, a clinical gait lab and multidisciplinary sports medicine facility in Austin, Texas that takes a revolutionary approach to running-specific health care. Dr. Davis graduated Cum Laude from University of Western States in 2008 and worked for several years in a variety of multidisciplinary sports medicine clinics prior to moving to Austin in 2012 and launching RunLab in 2014. She has focused her attention on clinical biomechanics and has dedicated her career to helping runners build sound fundamental movement patterns in an effort to decrease running-related injury and improve performance. Over three years, she has grown her clinic from a tiny, one-woman show to a million-dollar company with 15 employees and a rapidly expanding national presence. Dr. Davis is passionate about elevating the chiropractic profession through facilitation of collaborative work between the medical, chiropractic and physical therapy professions surrounding running-related health care.

Dr. Davis and her team work with runners of all ages and ability levels, from top U.S. marathoners and track athletes, Olympians, junior Olympians and professional triathletes to recreational runners of every caliber and experience level. She and her treatment team have worked extensively with special populations including pediatric, elderly and disabled athletes, along with Down Syndrome athletes, patients with cerebral palsy and patients with MS.

In addition to leading her treatment team, Dr. Davis enjoys working with coaches and running groups on developing evidence-based approaches to training and has been teaching clinical biomechanics, advanced shoe-fit, injury prevention and gait training techniques on both a local and national level since 2012. In addition, she and her RunLab team have developed an advanced level, evidence-driven approach to the shoe-fit process that is elevating the industry standard and has garnered attention from shoe manufacturers both on a national and an international level.

Dr. Davis is also heavily involved in the endurance running community and has been competing in ultra-distance events for more than 10 years. She has completed four Ironman triathlons, numerous 12-72 hour adventure races both locally and nationally, and countless short and long course triathlons with numerous podium finishes, overall wins and national championship qualifications to her name. View a video about a success story from RunLab Austin.

Corey Schuler, RN, MS, CNS, DC

Corey Schuler
Dr. Schuler serves as the director of clinical affairs for Integrative Therapeutics and is an adjunct assistant professor at the School of Health Sciences and Education at New York Chiropractic College. He practices integrative and functional medicine in Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a member of Institute for Functional Medicine and American College of Nutrition. Dr. Schuler is a registered nurse, licensed nutritionist, Certified Nutrition Specialist and earned a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, in addition to degrees in chiropractic medicine, botanical medicine and chemistry. He is a fellow of the American Association of Integrative Medicine. Recently, he has contributed chapters to Nutrition Guide To Optimal Health: Using Principles of Functional Medicine and Nutritional Genomics III and Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy: Principles and Practices textbook. He routinely speaks to physicians and healthcare practitioners at scientific conferences and events.

Jason Brown, DC, DACRB, FICC

Jason Brown, DC

Dr. Brown is a chiropractor in private practice in New York’s Capital Region with offices in the Schodack / East Greenbush community. Dr. Brown has an interest and expertise in rehabilitation, functional training, and corrective exercise.  Working in compliment with traditional chiropractic adjustments, these tools help change people’s lives.

Whether it is allowing someone to walk and transition independently, return to activity as a weekend warrior or playful parent, or to train and compete at the highest level such as marathon running or college/pro sports, helping patients get from where they are to where they want to be is his passion.

In addition to private practice, Dr. Brown is an active member of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and ACA Rehab Council, serves as Vice President of the New York State Chiropractic Association (NYSCA) and previously served on the Board of Directors and  as President of NYSCA District 10.  He has coauthored two chapters in the Functional Training Handbook and earned a Diplomate in Chiropractic Rehabilitation (DACRB). Dr. Brown is a certified member of Rehab 2 Performance and serves as the testing director, teaches post-graduate courses in the areas of spine rehabilitation, functional assessment and corrective exercise, and NYS Workers’ Compensation, and continues traveling and learning from exceptional practitioners who are advancing the ideas of patient-centered conservative care.


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