ICAK international meeting MONTREAL 2023
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Confirmed speakers for the meeting, see conference details below!

  • Dr John Bandy, chiropractor (USA)
  • Dr Richard Belli, chiropractor (USA)
  • Dr Robert M. Blaich, chiropractor (USA)
  • Dr Trevor Chetcutti, chiropractor (Australia)
  • Dr François Fortin, chiropractor (Canada)
  • Dr Geneviève Gagné, chiropractor (Canada)
  • Dr Steve Gangemi, chiropractor (USA)
  • Dr Hans Garten, MD (Germany)
  • Dr Charles Héroux, chiropractor (Canada)
  • Dr Maxime Lavoie, chiropractor (Canada)
  • Dr David Leaf, chiropractor (Canada)
  • Dr Noah Lebowitz, chiropractor (USA)
  • Dr Joe Smith, chiropractor (USA)
  • Dr Susan Walker, chiropractor (Australia)
  • Dr Kik Gair, chiropractor (USA)
  • Dr Zeya Alikhan, chiropractor (Canada)
  • Dr Agné Cervo Peres, Dental surgeon (Brazil)
  • Dr Roseli Luppino Peres, Dental surgeon (Brazil)
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Applied Kinesiology as Science and Art

Dr Robert M. Blaich, DC,  DIBAK.

Developing the theme of “The Science Behind the Magic” is an opportunity to look at Applied Kinesiology’s unique ability to bridge science and art. In over 45 years of practicing and teaching Applied Kinesiology, I have been intrigued by our role as Physician and Healer. Dr. Goodheart brilliantly combined these traits both in clinical practice and in his development and teaching of AK.

The magic happens when we know and apply the science and do it in a humanistic way. In my presentation I’ll be describing insights gleaned from Dr. Goodheart, that are rooted in the basis of AK.  Using the same science as traditional medicine, our perspective opens the potential of restoring and maintaining normal function as well as promoting optimal function in our patients.

Expanding on AK Cranial technique, I will discuss and demonstrate how precision, finesse and specificity can make the magic happen and enormously improve the effect of the treatment. 

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Neural Excitation:
A simple Applied Kinesiology approach to improving visual and vestibular balance

Dr Trevor Chetcutti, DC, DIBAK

Trevor graduated as a Chiropractor in 1999. He is a diplomate of the International Board of Applied Kinesiology, Certified in NET and is the current chair of the International Board of Research and Standards. He has been a long term contributor to the ICAK, has a passion for Neuroimmunology and practices in Melbourne, Australia.

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Injuries, Areas of Disturbance: Rationale and Relevance in Practice 

Dr Hans Garten MD, DIBAK

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A new look within the lymphatic system

Dr François Fortin DC, DIBAK

  • Chiropractic doctor, graduated from UQTR in 2007
  • DIBAK since 2010
  • 500 hours in the Barral and Upledger institute
  • 2007-2010: chiropractor at the prestigious clinic "La Triade Santé" in Magog
  • 2010-present time: co-owner of AS2, an holistic polyclinic of 17 professionals in Quebec city
  • Co-founder and co-teacher and of the class "Biomechanical approach of applied kinesiology", a 50 hours class from 2011 to 2020
  • Co-teacher of the class "Microbiota influences on the neuro-musculo-skelettal system"


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The Interosseous Membrane Test:
Evaluation and Correction of Persistent Leg and Forearm Dysfunctions

Dr Stephen Gangemi, DC, DIBAK, DCBCN

Dr. Gangemi will present his unique and highly effective interosseous membrane protocol to help resolve acute and chronic pain and stability issues of the forearm and lower leg. You will learn how to test, treat, and correct this common problem once and for all! 

Dr. Gangemi is a chiropractic physician and clinical nutritionist with a passion for natural health care specifically in the fields of nutrition and manual therapies. He has over 25 years of clinical experience as a practitioner of complementary sports medicine and holistic therapies for patients dealing with a variety of ailments such as hormonal imbalances, digestive disturbances, immune dysfunction, and musculoskeletal problems. His practice focuses on not just treating his patient’s health concerns, but helping them move better and live healthier lives. 

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It's all just a matter of perception !

Dr Geneviève Gagné, DC, DIBAK. 


Graduate from chiropractic university in 2008, but started AK in 2003 ( shhhhuuuuuttt !!!!) got my DIBAK in 2014 and started teaching RNR technique in 2017. I have been learning as much as possible since then on primitive reflex, developmental disorders and functional neurology to bring this all accessible and appliable to AK. 


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An AK Approach to Vagus Nerve Dysfunction

Dr Richard Belli, D.C., D.A.C.N.B., F.A.B.N.N., C.F.M.P.

The Vagus nerve or the “wanderer” innervates virtually all viscera with both motor and sensory fibers. It affects visceral motor activity including digestion, intestinal motility, and overall parasympathetic function. Additionally, there is a powerful Vagal immune reflex and anti-inflammatory system. Therefore, correcting Vagal dysfunction may be the answer to many chronically inflamed and “difficult” patients. This presentation will discuss the anatomy and physiology of the Vagal autonomic effect, as well as the Vagal immune reflex and anti-inflammatory circuits. In this presentation, the learner will understand not only structural and cranial corrections to Vagal dysfunction but will also learn electro stim and laser applications. And finally, there will be a discussion neurotransmitter function, nutritional support as well as corrective exercises.

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Nutritional Supplements.
What the manufacturers don't tell you, but you need to know; And how to accurately muscle test for multi ingredient supplements

Dr Noah Lebowitz DC

-I will talk about how to accurately read a supplement label, and what companies often don't include on a label. Using the highest quality products is key in getting your patients better. We will also talk about how to properly test multi ingredient products that include ingredients which may be good, bad, and irrelevant, all in one. Multi ingredient products often yield false negative or false positives with normative muscle testing.

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Clinical Applications for Neurogenic Inflammation

Dr Joe Smith, DC, DIBAK, DACNB

Part 1: I will define what neurogenic inflammation is and how it results from  a central integrated state of the CNS that leads to release from all the nerve terminals: CGRP- (migraines edema), substance P- pain, and VIP- (bone marrow ILC2- immune polarization). My plan is to spend some time on each of the three outcomes and how they present clinically then discuss the last part which is the how this impacts mast cell degranulation and the consequence of that on the central integrated state— basically a vicious cycle.  I will discuss traditional and alternative medics approaches to these sequelae. 

Part 2: I will be teaching an AK approach to triangulating the level(s) contributing to the Neurogenic inflammation using Suprasegmental muscle testing 

For the  pons, cerebellum,midbrain. And how do use finger to thumb, big toe extensor  and palate elevation as a motor assessment for the cortical spinal and medulla respectively. 

We will workshop for ~15 minutes the suprasegmental muscle testing  

Part 3: I will summarize what do do with that information from a modality perspective and how to approach that nutritionally in addition to the obvious discussion about mast cell stability. Attendees should have and introduction to a working model of how they can identify if their chosen techniques and therapies are positively impacting neurogenic inflammation. 

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Optometric & Chiropractic Collaboration in a Teen with Unresolved Birth Trauma

Dr Susan Walker, DC, DIBAK.

This presentation discusses two cases of clavicle injury and the enduring effects stemming from this dysfunction. Intraosseous subluxation and Body-In-Distortion are two basic procedures relied upon to assist diagnosis and correction.  

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The use of flower remedies in clinical practice with an AK approach

Dr Maxime Lavoie, DC, DIBAK.

Hi, my name is Dr Maxime Lavoie, chiropractor, DIBAK.
I have been in practice here in Montreal for 11 years now and I am
very excited to meet you all in May in our beautiful city!
I will be presenting on a subject that I am very passionate about:
The use of flower remedies in clinical practice - using an AK approach.
We'll go over their history, different applications and I will share a way to implement their use
into your AK practice as soon as you get back home!
Hopefully I can transmit you my passion for these amazing tools that have contributed to many
great results in my practice.
See you soon!

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Encoded visceral memory:

A clinical application of interoception

Dr Charles Héroux, DC, DIBAK.

We all have chronic patients with whom we have done everything to get them better. Most of them are feeling better, but frequently they are either prone to relapse or they are not completely well. This is especially the case in patients who have lived through visceral symptoms for a long time.

The chronicity of a symptom or a condition creates a new “reality” of themselves in their brains. Bud Craig in his book, “How do you feel” explains the concept of interoception and the neurological pathways that linked how we feel inside our body to our brain. In his presentation, Dr Héroux will explain how we can use this idea of interoception with some AK concepts to rewire the brain to help these chronic patients.

By combining the initial concept of Encoded Memory from Dr Goodheart, with some ideas brought by Dr John Schmitt with the Heart Focused technique we can potentially influenced “How we feel” inside our body. This simple procedure will give you an extra tool to evaluate some of your complex cases on Monday morning!

Looking forward to see you in Montreal,


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Serratus Posterior: The “missing” muscle in Applied Kinesiology

Dr Zeya Alikhan, DC, DIBAK.

The aim of this talk is to introduce the Serratus Posterior muscle into AK. The importance of this posterior stabilizer of the rib cage will be addressed, its clinical application as well as a muscle test for the AK community to refine upon.


Zeya Alikhan graduated from the chiropractic college in Toronto in 1991, started studying Applied Kinesiology in 1993 and passed his DIBAK exam in 2022. He has been practicing in Bancroft, Ontario since 1994.


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The use of non thermal lasers to enhance AK protocols and outcomes 

Dr Kirk Gair, chiropractor

Dr Kirk Gair has been in private practice since 1999 and began using Erchonia cold lasers in 2004. He has worked with elite athletes of all levels, and is an expert in laser methods ranging from simple point and shoot protocols to advanced neuro re-calibration protocols. The effectiveness of these methods has turned his office into a wait list, 100% referral practice, and has brought in some top tier athletes from across the US from professional, college, and elite trave l teams including players from:

- Super Bowl Champions
- MLB champions
- College World Series Champions
- High School wrestling National and State champions and Record Holders - World Record holding and Gold Medal runners
- The Dodgers/Angels LADABC Fantasy Camp

Since 2017 he has taught doctors across the USA, Europe, and Latin America (in Spanish) these laser methods both live and via webinars and livestreams. He has had research on laser therapy published in journals, and also been the princ ipal investigator in clinical trials on a new type of laser, and those trials led to an FDA clearance for this device. He lectures 30-40 times per year and is a highly sought after guest on health podcasts and summits.

In addition to treating top level athletes, he has also completed additional training in functional medicine and functional neurology under the guidance of internationally acclaimed Dr. Datis Kharrazian, and has patients come from all over the world for help, including Canada, Hong Kong, France, and Denmark for his expertise. Dr Kharrazian had Dr Gair introduce the concept of laser therapy for neurodegenerative conditions and TBI at the International Association for Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation annual conference in 2017.

He appeared in Dr. Izabella Wentz’s documentary, The Thyroid Secret, which was seen by over a half million people worldwide. In it he discussed the cold laser methods he uses to provide support for patients with thyroid and brain issues. Dr. Gair’s methods were also discussed in Dr. Wentz’s best-selling book, Hashimoto’s Protocol. He has also written articles for the Hypothyroid Mom website, which has over 1 million followers, and his Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/ThyroidInfo, has over 9,000 followers. He has also been featured on podcasts by Thyroid Nation, Rebel Health Tribe, and The Thyroid Pharmacist, Dr Izabella Wentz, and many more.


Southern California University of Health Sciences, Whittier CA 1996-1999 Doctor of Chiropractic

Graduated with Honors
Member of Delta Sigma national honors society
Dean’s List
Mindlin Scholarship for Honors at Entrance Award Recipient Teaching Assistant for Chiropractic Technique

University of La Verne, La Verne CA 1993-1994 Teaching Credential

Dean’s List

University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara CA 1988-1993 Bachelor of Arts English

Bachelor of Arts Sociology Equivalent units for Minor in Spanish Graduated with Honors
Dean’s List
Big West Scholar Athlete


Doctor of Chiropractic, State of California, current
Industrial Disability Evaluator, State of California,
Qualified Medical Examiner, State of California, 2003-2004 (expired)
Basic and Advanced Cold Laser Courses, Erchonia Medical, 2004 through 2008 Mastering the Thyroid, Apex Energetics, 2012
Mastering Functional Blood Chemistry, Apex Energetics, 2012
100 Hours Completed for Diplomate in Functional Neurology through IAFNR


Laser Chiropractic, West Covina CA, self-employed 1999- Present


Principle investigator on Erchonia GVL clinical trials that led to the first ever FDA 510 k market clearance for Green and Violet laser for adjunctive pain relief in Sept 2022.

Jacob Januskewski1, Chris Bromley2, Cesar A Lara3, Kirk Gair4, Brandon Brock5, Leonid Polishuk6 and Travis Sammons, Efficacy of 635nm Red Low-Level Laser on Nociceptive Musculoskeletal Pain Compared to NSAIDS, Opioids, and Other Light Sources, Orthopedics and Rheumatology, Vol 7, Issue 2, Nov 2020

“Ocean Dreams”. Music for Relaxation and Stress Reduction. 2011. Self published Simple Steps to Reduce Stress”. Book. 2000. Self published.


July 2019- Dynamic Chiropractic Webinar: Empowering Confidence, Non-Invasive Laser for a Healthier Lifestyle May 2019- Dynamic Chiropractic Webinar: Discover the Treatment Versatility of Red/Violet Laser Therapy
2019- The Mitochondrial Summit
2019- The Auto Immune Master Class

2019- The Virtual Neurology Summit
2019- The Digital Dementia Summit
2019- The
Children’s Health Summit
2018- The Rebel Health Tribe Podcast and Blog

2018- The Parkinson’s Podcast
2018- The Thyroid Nation Podcast- Lasers for Thyroid and Brain Fog Support 2018- The Human Longevity Film
Hashimoto’s Protocol
2017- The Thyroid Secret

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Dr Agné Cervo Peres, dental surgeon

Nowadays, the dysfunctions resulting from dental clenching have increased a lot. Patients have presented muscle disorders with consequences of problems in other regions of the body, whether chemical, emotional or structural problems.

With mastication muscle stretching therapy and other therapies we managed to alleviate these problems.

  • Specialist in Functional Jaw Orthopedics
  • President of ICAK BRAZIL
  • Vice President of the Society of Systemic Dentistry of São Paulo
  • Lectures and courses in Brazil and internationally


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Dr Roseli Luppino Peres, Dental surgeon

Today Dentistry must look at the general well-being of our patients, their level of development, their learning and their quality of life. It is also important that they collaborate in the differential diagnosis of scoliosis, headaches, pain in the ears, hyperactivity, depression and dyslexia, respiratory, digestive, visual problems, that is, the patient should always be seen as a unit, no biological system works on its own, independent of the rest of the organism, this is the main focus of Systemic Dentistry.

  • Specialist in Functional Jaw Orthopedics
  • Vice-President of ICAK BRAZIL
  • President of the Society of Systemic Dentistry of São Paulo
  • Lectures and courses in Brazil and internationally


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