Small Group Facilitators

John Stites chairs the subcommittee for the teaching tracks with Renee DeVries and Dana Lawrence as members. In addition, the plenary speakers, Jason Busse, Michael Schneider, Barry Taylor and Mark Wilson will be resources for the small groups.

All participants in the teaching tracks will be assigned to a small group of no more than 8 members. The chief small group facilitators are listed below. There will also be other EIP-trained small group facilitators, as needed.

Heather Bowyer, DC
Assistant Professor, Outpatient Clinic, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Florida Campus
Faculty, McMaster University EBCP Workshop

I received my initial EIP training at the University of Iowa in 2011 in conjunction with Palmer College’s R25 Grant.  I returned to the University of Iowa workshop in 2012 as a Tutor-trainee and attended McMaster University in 2012 and 2013, where I also served as a Tutor-trainee at the 2013 workshop.  I have utilized my training to assist Palmer’s Florida campus with the implementation of EIP concepts into the curriculum and clinical setting.  Currently, I am the chair of the clinic EIP committee. As a result of the combined efforts of the Palmer community, we are seeing positive outcomes with the students.  In addition to my training in EIP, I am a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician and serve as the Faculty Advisor to the Palmer Florida Sports Council.

Robert Rowell, DC, MS
Associate Professor, Diagnosis & Radiology, Palmer College of Chiropractic
Faculty, McMaster University EBCP Workshop

I am an associate professor at Palmer College of Chiropractic where I have been a teacher and researcher for almost 20 years. I have had the pleasure of working with many Palmer faculty through our R25 grant award. I’ve had the opportunity to attend the McMaster University “How to Teach Evidence Based Practice” workshop several times. Most recently they invited me to be a tutor-trainee which was both a great honor and an amazing learning experience. At Palmer, I created a class called Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice for our students. I strive to weave elements of EBCP into all my classes. I have also taught continuing education classes for practicing chiropractors and worked with faculty from other institutions in workshops on evidence-informed practice. I am looking forward to working with CAM practitioners at the PIE conference!

Brendan Smith, ND
Assistant Professor, Clinical Faculty, Bastyr University
Faculty, McMaster University EBCP Workshop

I am an assistant professor at Bastyr University in the Naturopathic Medicine Program in Seattle, WA. My clinical work involves specialty care in diabetes and cardiovascular disease as well as health care for homeless youth. Through an R25 grant at Bastyr University I, along with our wonderful library staff, was able to restructure our evidence-based clinical practice (EBCP) courses and journal club. Currently, I teach an EBCP course on “Critical Evaluation of the Literature” to third year naturopathic medicine students. My interest in EBCP and CAM is the application of evidence with the balance with patient preferences, values and clinician judgment. I’ve attended the McMaster workshop for several years and have recently had the opportunity to serve as a tutor-trainee. I am excited to work with Palmer College of Chiropractic to offer training for other CAM educators. I look forward to meeting you all soon.

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