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Meet Our Team
- Parker Faculty & Staff
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Parker Faculty & Staff
Stephen Paterno, DC
Director of Clinical Education, Parker Chiropractic Wellness Clinic – Dallas
Dr. Paterno is an experienced educator and clinic faculty chiropractor at Parker University Chiropractic Wellness Clinics. Before moving to Texas, Dr. Paterno attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, Florida. He then moved to his home state of Pennsylvania to set up his clinics and teach. Having lectured on many subjects, from Microbiology, to A&P, to Wine and Cheese Science, he’s dedicated to helping students learn the science and master the art of Chiropractic.
Dr. Paterno’s clinics focused on family health and wellness, with an emphasis on athletes looking to relieve pain, recover more quickly, and enhance performance. His total-body approach utilizes traditional chiropractic adjustments coupled with active stretching, muscle work like ART and Gua Sua, pain relief, and rehabilitative exercises.
Dr. Paterno joined the outstanding team at Parker in 2012, and jumped at the opportunity to share his experience and enthusiasm for health care with the students during their final year of chiropractic school.
Doug Sanford, DC, BA, CCSP, MCS-P, CCCPC
Director of Compliance and Operations, Parker Chiropractic Wellness Clinic – Dallas
Dr. Sanford earned a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Texas Chiropractic College in 1990. He was an associate doctor in Houston before starting a private practice in Corpus Christi, where he was a Designated Doctor and participated in Leadership Corpus Christi. He joined Parker Chiropractic College in 1995 where he served as a Clinic Faculty Doctor and gradually transitioned to course lead for Internship I, II, and III. He later served as chairperson of Clinical Studies and Applications and also served on the Curriculum Committee.
Dr. Sanford joined the corporate world in 2000 and was mobilized into the United States Army in 2003. He retired as a Colonel in 2008. He returned to Parker College of Chiropractic as a Clinic Faculty Doctor in 2008 and in 2010 was selected to be the Director of Compliance and Operations (DCO) for Clinics.
As the DCO, Dr. Sanford is responsible for clinic operations, facilities and equipment. He is also responsible for clinic documentation, coding, billing, insurance and government compliance and imparting those skill sets to interns during their one year clinic practicum. He coordinates and is the lead instructor for Clinic Orientation preparing new interns to earn full clinic privileges allowing them to treat patients under a doctor’s direct supervision. He also contributes to the University’s accreditation process with the Council of Chiropractic Education.
Dr. Sanford is a certified Chiropractic Sports Physician, Medical Compliance Specialist – Physical and Professional Coder. He is co-course director for Internship Practicum I and guest speaker for Internship Practicum II. He is an instructor for Parker University’s Post Graduate Education department where he presents Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners mandatory relicensing of continuing education material in Medicare, Ethics, Risk Management, Documentation, and Coding and Billing. He is a member of the American Chiropractic Association and Texas Chiropractic Association.
Leon Tom, BS, DC, CCSP, DAAPM, Director
Interim Director of Clinics, Parker Chiropractic Wellness Clinic – Irving
Dr. Tom was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He obtained his BS in Mathematics in 1995 from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. He graduated from Parker University College of Chiropractic in 1999 and served the community of North Texas for 6 years before joining the Parker faculty in 2005, where he is currently an associate professor of clinics and the clinic faculty director for Parker University Chiropractic Wellness Clinics in Irving, Texas.
In 2001, Dr. Tom became a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner, and is also certified in acupuncture (1999). In 2004 he obtained a Diplomat from the American Academy of Pain Management. His area of specialty includes the treatment of soft tissue injuries with Kinesiology Tape, manual therapies, rehabilitation, and chiropractic care.
Jesse Cooper, DC
Dr. Jesse Cooper is a chiropractor with an interest and expertise in chronic pain, functional rehabilitation, and interdisciplinary collaboration. His evidence-based approach to patient care is founded on the latest research, the best available treatments, and most importantly patient values. He received his doctorate in chiropractic from Logan University in Chesterfield, MO. He started at Parker University as an Assistant Professor in 2017.
In 2012, Dr. Cooper became the first chiropractor in the state of North Carolina to be employed by a hospital system. He was granted hospital privileges at High Point Regional in High Point, NC. He has lectured and written articles on the topic of chiropractic inclusion in integrated entities such as hospital settings, Accountable Care Organizations, Patient Centered Medical Homes, and Federally Qualified Health Centers. He also acted as the sole chiropractic provider contracted through one of the largest Accountable Care Organizations in North Carolina. Dr. Cooper has unique experiences working alongside a hospital-based team of health care professionals within skilled nursing facilities, out-patient physical medicine and rehabilitation clinics, and in-patient rehabilitation centers. Dr. Cooper performs utilization and peer reviews for several organizations.
Davis McAlister, DC, MEd, BS, BA
Dr. Davis McAlister is a Clinic Faculty Doctor for the Parker University Dallas Wellness Clinic, beginning in 2017. Dr. McAlister earned his Doctor of Chiropractic from Parker University in 2003. He immediately went into private practice in Lewisville, TX, and later opened a second office in Little Elm, TX. In 2008, he took over as the Health Science Program Coordinator for Little Elm Independent School District, as well as coaching football, powerlifting, track, and baseball, and operating as the district strength and conditioning coach. He moved to Bridgeport in 2013, to continue serving in the same capacity, in addition to serving as an Assistant Principal and an Adjunct Professor for Weatherford College, teaching Anatomy and Physiology. During his career in public education, he has received numerous awards for teaching, curriculum development, and for coaching athletes to the state level of competition. He has maintained a part time practice while serving in education, focusing primarily on sports-related injuries for the past 10 years. Dr. McAlister has been a team doctor for various high school sports teams and both pro- and semi-pro sports teams.
Dr. McAlister served in Military Intelligence for the US Army from 1991-1999 as a Human Intelligence Specialist and linguist. After his military service, he attended Mississippi State University to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Science, played football, and was the Founding President of the MSU Chapter of Epsilon Tau Sigma, National Veterans Fraternity. Dr. McAlister has also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Anatomy from Parker University, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Sul Ross State University, and holds a Principal Administrator Certification from the Texas State Board of Education.
Dr. McAlister is excited to bring his extensive field and educational experiences to Parker University. He specializes in chiropractic treatment for sports-related injuries, rehabilitation, taping, and soft-tissue. He hopes to inspire interns to be confident in their abilities as they approach their final stages to becoming Doctors of Chiropractic.
Gregory Priest, DC, FACO
Dr. Priest graduated Summa Cum Laude from Life Chiropractic College (now known as Life University College of Chiropractic) in 1983, and subsequently completed the orthopedic diplomate program offered by the National University of Health Sciences. Dr. Priest is recognized as a Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists, and a Fellow of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists.
He maintained a rewarding and fulfilling private practice in Melbourne, Florida from 1983 to 2017, and has served as a past member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Chiropractic Association and the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists.
Dr. Priest currently serves on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists. He also served as an Examiner for Part IV of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, in addition to serving a 3-year term as an appointed member of The Florida Bar Grievance Committee for the 18th Judicial Circuit. He has taught numerous Florida Board of Chiropractic Medicine approved continuing education courses on a variety of subjects including Orthopedic Evaluation of the Spine, Prevention of Medical Errors, Impairment Rating, Documentation and Record-Keeping, and others.
Dr. Priest is married to his high school sweetheart and has four children.
Mike Raper, DC, DABCO, DAAPM, DABFE, DABDA, DCP
After graduating from Parker College of Chiropractic in 1987, Dr. Raper entered immediately into private practice and also pursued post-graduate training for his diplomate in Chiropractic Orthopedics. He started Impairment Rating Consultants in 1990, and has since been performing impairment ratings, second opinion evaluations, and expert court witnessing in the state of Texas. He started his own impairment rating seminar series in conjunction with the Texas Chiropractic Association. He has also performed seminars for Texas Chiropractic College, Parker College of Chiropractic, Texas Council of Chiropractic Orthopedics, Northwestern Health Sciences University, and Palmer College of Chiropractic. He was a consultant for the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners, and the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners hired Dr. Raper to be a consultant to help administer the Part IV Examination. He’s presently on the Board of Directors for the Texas Chiropractic Association, District 5, and president for the Dallas County Chiropractic Society. He is also a member of: American Association of Integrative Medicine, American College of Forensic Examiners, National Board of Forensic Chiropractors, Council on Chiropractic Orthopedics, Parker Alumni Association, and American Chiropractic Association. Dr. Raper worked for Parker College of Chiropractic from 1992 to 1998 and again from 2005 to the present, as the director of the Student Chiropractic Wellness Clinic, and member of the Compliance and Assessment team. He also has chaired numerous committees and is a full professor in rank. Dr. Raper is licensed in Texas, Oklahoma, and Nevada.
Adela Hernandez, DC
Associate Professor, Parker Chiropractic Wellness Clinic – Dallas
Dr. Adela Hernandez, a native Texan, obtained her Doctorate of Chiropractic Degree in 2009 from Parker University in Dallas, TX. Along with her Doctorate degree, she has also earned a Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness from Parker University, a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and an Associate of Science in General Studies from Midland College. Dr. Hernandez has an extensive history in various aspects of the medical field beginning with a phlebotomy certificate in 1994. Dr. Hernandez became interested in Chiropractic following injuries acquired while participating in High School sports.
In addition to chiropractic, Dr. Hernandez also offers Acupuncture treatments. It is her belief that when the entire body is treated and supplied appropriately, it has the ability to heal itself. She accomplishes this through the proper alignment of the spinal vertebrae and extremities to allow optimal nervous system function and through Acupuncture leading to optimal energy flow (Qi) within the body.
John Marth, DC
Associate Professor, Parker Chiropractic Wellness Clinic – Dallas
Dr. John Marth is a clinic faculty doctor at Parker University Chiropractic Wellness Clinics. Dr. Marth was born and raised in Long Island, NY, and received his doctorate in 1985 from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA. His postgraduate work included working as an associate doctor in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. He also worked as a spinal screener for 12 clinics in the DFW area and as an associate doctor in Garland, Texas. In 1988, Dr. Marth started and ran a successful clinic in DeSoto, Texas, until selling it in 2008. In 2006, he became a clinic faculty doctor at Parker University Chiropractic Wellness Clinics.
Dr. Marth brings several years of knowledge and experience in which he is constantly striving to learn the latest breakthroughs in health and chiropractic to better serve his patients and students.
Gary Tam, B.A., B.S., D.C., FIAMA
Professor, Parker Chiropractic Wellness Clinic – Dallas
Dr. Gary Tam graduated Cum Laude from Parker University in 2002. Along with his Doctorate degree in Chiropractic, he also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Anatomy, as well as an Acupuncture Certification from Parker University. He successfully completed his board certifications and is licensed in both Canada and the United States. After licensure, he worked for 13 years in several occupational medical practices in and around the DFW area, eventually serving as the Director of physical services for a CARF facility. It was while working in the multidisciplinary setting that Dr. Tam developed particular interests in pre- and post-operative rehabilitation with a focus on active care and pain management, as well as patient education. In 2009-10, he continued to develop his pain management clinical skills by obtaining his post graduate Fellowship in Acupuncture; thus, furthering his philosophy of conservative and natural approaches to optimum health and wellness. Dr. Tam joined the Parker Clinical Faculty in the fall of 2015, due to his desire to expand his role and facilitate future Chiropractors in the educational process. It is his feeling that his clinical experiences gained in the Internships at Parker University, prepared him for the rigors and challenges of the modern practice.
David G. Walters, DC, DACRB, CES
Professor, Parker Chiropractic Wellness Clinic – Dallas
Dr. Walters received his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Parker University College of Chiropractic in 1991. He began his dedicated service to Parker in 1996 and is currently serving as a clinic faculty director at Parker University Chiropractic Wellness Clinics. Dr. Walters has received his diplomat in Chiropractic Rehabilitation and a specialist certification in Corrective Exercise from the National Association of Sports Medicine. He is also a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician as well as a Kinesio Tape and Functional Kinetic Treatment practitioner.
In addition to working at Parker University, he owned and maintained a private practice in Irving, TX from 1994 until 2010. Dr. Walters is an active member of the American Chiropractic College of Rehabilitative Science. His annual recertification of his diplomat in rehabilitation allows him to stay current with issues and topics associated with functional rehabilitation and performance.