Friday, August 16, 2013 - Hilton Rosemont / Chicago O'Hare, IL

2013 Speakers

Learn from the masters of their technique

Dr. Marshall Dickhotlz Jr. & Sr.


Dr. Marshall Dickholtz, Jr. had the rare opportunity to grow up with the blessing of NUCCA being the foundation of his life and health care.  As a kid, he has memories from spending time in Dr. Ralph Gregory's home while his father attended weekend classes, to hearing the "miracle of the day" stories at the dinner table when his dad came home from work. 

Dr. Dickholtz graduated from Palmer in 1978 and had been attending NUCCA conferences since his 3rd quarter, and hasn't missed attending one in 37 years.  Dr. Dickholtz completed NUCCA board certification in 1993, is the co-chair of NUCCA's Standards and Certification committee, and on the NUCCA and UCRF boards.  Over most of his years, Dr. Dickholtz has acted as a lead instructor for NUCCA.

The core of all upper cervical work is the reduction of the ASC.  Dr. Dickholtz is looking forward to providing his insights on how to express increased consistency and accuracy in the application of the work we do, and review the initial findings of NUCCA's current Blood Flow Study.  His father, Dr. Marshall Dickholtz, Sr., will also be a guest and will be highlighting some of his current research projects. 

"Attending Fusion is the opportunity to experience the depth and valuable insights that come from the subtle and unique distinctions, identified through the varied viewpoints of the different upper cervical techniques presented by some of U.C.'s top doctors.  Together we have a greater capacity to forge upper cervical a place in the chiropractic profession." 

Roderic "Bo" Rochester


Roderic "Bo" Rochester, D.C. is licensed in the state of Georgia and Alabama as a Doctor of Chiropractic and has been in private practice since August of 1986.  He is on the Board of Directors for the Society of Chiropractic Orthospinology, serving as past Secretary twice, and Past President.  The Society of Chiropractic Orthospinology is a non-profit teaching organization, founded in 1977. 

Dr. Rochester teaches and certifies doctors in the Orthospinology Procedure.  He served on the founding Board of Directors for the Academy of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Organizations (AUCCO), a non-profit research and education organization.  By appointment of the International Chiropractic Association (ICA), he is serving on the board of directors for the ICA's Council on Upper Cervical Care.  Serving as a Curriculum Administrator for the ICA's Upper Cervical Council's Diplomate of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Procedures (DUCCP) program, he is in the 2013 inaugural class and a DUCCP candidate. 

Since 1993 Dr. Rochester has designed 2 digital x-ray analysis software systems, has had multiple publications in peer reviewed, indexed, research journals and is the co-author of the text book: Orthospinology Procedures, An Evidence-Based Approach to Spinal Care.  He practices at the Chiropractic Spine Center of Northern Georgia, Inc. in Clarkesville, Georgia.      Dr. Rochester will be presenting with Dr. Julie Mayer Hunt on research done in the past that forms a solid base for the advancement of chiropractic that focuses on the upper cervical spine. 

Dr. Julie Mayer Hunt


Dr. Julie Mayer Hunt is a second generation upper cervical care chiropractor in Clearwater, Florida.  She graduated from Life University in 1981 and started practicing with her father.  Mayer Chiropractic recently celebrated its 55th anniversary and continues to grow as an affiliate of Upper Cervical Health Centers of America. 

In 2000, Dr. Hunt completed her Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic pediatrics and began presenting seminars in upper cervical pediatrics across North America for the ICPA, the ICA, Orthospinology, The Florida Chiropractic Society, Academy of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Organizations, Upper Cervical Evolution and other state conferences.

Dr. Hunt has published several papers in peer reviewed journals and was a contributor to the Orthospinology Procedures (Dr. Kirk Eriksen and Dr. Bo Rochester) textbook as well as an upper cervical chapter in the now published (2012) 2nd edition revised pediatric textbook by Dr. Claudia Anrig and Dr. Gregory Pluagher.

Dr. Hunt has been very active in the chiropractic community, serving as a board member for the Society of Orthospinology (currently as President), and the ICA council of Upper Cervical Care, where she serves as secretary and co-chair of the curriculum committee of the Upper Cervical Diplomate Program.  She is also a Florida state representative for ICA and a past board member of the Florida Chiropractic Society and the Academy of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Organizations.

Dr. Julie Mayer Hunt will be presenting, with Dr. Bo Rochester, on research done in the past that forms a solid base for the advancement of chiropractic that focuses on the upper cervical spine. 

Dr. Stan Pierce, Jr.

Advanced Orthogonal

Dr. Pierce is the Director of Doctors at Pierce Clinic of Chiropractic and the Co-Lead Instructor of the Advanced Orthogonal technique.  Dr. Pierce is also the discoverer and developer of the Axial X-Ray and Axial Angle.  He has been nominated by the board of the ICA's Council of Upper Cervical Care in 2008.  He also serves as extended faculty of Palmer Chiropractic College in Florida.   

Dr. Pierce will be re-capping the status of the research world in chiropractic and how advanced orthogonal is making progress in the science community.

Dr. William Soriano


Dr. Soriano graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology and a Doctorate of Chiropractic Degree from Life University in 2010.  Upon graduation he was awarded with the Philosophy Distinction Award, an honor bestowed on only one individual graduate.  He is a member of the Delta Sigma Chi Fraternity of Straight Chiropractic, one of the oldest chiropractic organizations in existence.

As a member of the K.C.U.C.S. he has served on 9 mission trips and has been a group leader on several of those trips in India, Bulgaria, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, and El Salvador.  Dr. Soriano presented the K.C.U.C.S. Upper Cervical Neurology presentation to the Oncology Department in El Salvador's capital hospital while leading one of two Delta Sigma Chi mission trips there.  Dr. Soriano has had the opportunity to appear on "Viva La Manana," an international television morning show, twice.  Dr. Soriano took a team of 16 Doctors to several prisons, orphanages, hospitals, and special needs pediatric clinics to bring hope to those in need. 

Dr. Soriano will be presenting two research projects of the K.C.U.C.S. organization. 1) The relationship between pattern analysis and heart rate variability and 2) Inter-Intra reliability of K.C.U.C.S. pattern analysis. 

Dr. Shawn Dill

Knee Chest

Dr. Shawn Dill is a 1995 graduate of Logan College of Chiropractic.  For eight years Dr. Dill practiced in the country of Costa Rica, where along with establishing what many consider to be the largest upper cervical practice in the world, he also authored the law that regulates the practice of chiropractic in that country. 

Since returning to the United States, Dr. Dill has become a noted authority in Upper Cervical Specific.  He is the CEO of The Specific Chiropractic Centers, which now operates nine Knee Chest Upper Cervical Specific clinics, and also offers private coaching to health care professionals through his website,

Dr. Dill is a Book Yourself Solid Certified Coach after completing his certification with Michael Port, author of the best-selling book, Book Yourself Solid.  Dr. Dill works with vitalistic-minded health care professionals and helps them get booked solid. 

Dr. Dill has also served as a member of the faculty at Life Chiropractic College West and as the Director of the Institute for Advanced Care in Chiropractic.  In addition, he was named the first chair of the Council on Upper Cervical Care of the International Chiropractic Association. 

Dr. Dill will be presenting on the neurology behind the dysafferentation subluxation. Specific emphasis will be given to the understanding how the model relates to the utilization of infrared thermography as an objective measurement for the presence of Upper Cervical subluxation.

Dr. Todd Hubbard


Outline of the research paradigm and how Upper Cervical Chiropractic and chiropractors can participate. Dr. Todd Hubbard won the Blair Society's 2009 Chiropractor of the Year award and it couldn't go to a better guy. Not only does he work full time at Palmer, but he is in the midst of various research projects as well.

On top of that, he goes around the country teaching the Blair technique to doctors and students. I have had the privilege of learning from him at two Blair seminars in Fort Worth and I was not disappointed. The man can teach!

Dr. Richard Grostic


Dr. Richard J. Grostic received his Chiropractic Degree from Life University in 2002 and is currently in private practice in Kennesaw, GA. He is the son of Dr. John D. Grostic and grandson of Dr. John F. Grostic. The combined heritage and passion for upper cervical care have helped Dr. Grostic bridge the gap between the past and current applications of Grostic and related protocols. Dr. Grostic has contributed to several articles and books regarding the Grostic Procedure and Technique. He has also enjoyed speaking and lecturing on upper cervical related topics with an emphasis on historical relevance.