Our Instructors

Robert Cooperstein, M.A., D.C.

Dr. Cooperstein is a professor and the director of Technique and Research at Palmer College of Chiropractic-West, in San Jose, California . He is a well-known authority and author within the profession on topics of chiropractic technique. He serves on the Advisory Board of the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists and is the current Chair of the Technique Consortium of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges.

Dr. Cooperstein is also a peer reviewer for several notable publications, including the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics, and the Technique and Philosophy section of the Journal of the American Chiropractic Association. He is the author of two chiropractic textbooks, a contributing author to five others, and is the author/co-author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications and abstracts, as well as the author of over 60 articles in periodicals of the profession. He has been a columnist for Dynamic Chiropractic for 15 years.

Despite his busy teaching and research schedule, Dr. Cooperstein maintains a private practice of chiropractic in Oakland , California . He was a guest speaker for the Swiss Chiropractic Association in 2006, where he lectured on the current status of chiropractic technique. Dr. Cooperstein's ability to effectively communicate his knowledge to students has been twice awarded the Presidential Award in Instruction by Palmer College of Chiropractic West. You can email him at:
rcooperstein at chirocontinuinged.com


James Gerber, M.S., D.C., D.A.B.C.O.

Dr. Gerber is the lead instructor for nutrition courses at Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon. He has taught a variety of courses ranging from geriatrics to clinical neurology to radiographic anatomy. Additionally, Dr. Gerber served a number of years as a staff clinician in the WSCC campus outpatient clinic where he provided hands-on experience to interns as they treated the public for the first time.

Dr. Gerber has earned two certifications of advanced standing within the chiropractic profession. He was board-certified in Chiropractic Orthopedics and Nutrition. Because of his extensive clinical experience and advanced training, Dr. Gerber has been a frequent lecturer at the postgraduate level for diplomate programs in orthopedics, nutrition, and rehabilitation.

He has authored a conservative care pathway protocol for treating dyslipidemia. Additionally, Dr. Gerber has been an active contributor to a variety of publications including The Natural Pharmacy,(2nd ed.), HealthNotes, Journal of the Neuromusculoskeletal Systems, and has authored the Handbook of Preventive and Clinical Nutrition (Aspen, 1993).

While he is trained as a chiropractic physician, Dr. Gerber finds himself increasingly specialized in nutrition and botanical medicine. Though not as strict about his diet as some people expect, he enjoys healthy cooking and eating and keeps fit by playing two or three matches of tennis every week. Dr. Gerber can be reached by email at:
jgerber at chirocontinuinged.com


Joseph C. Keating, Jr., Ph.D., Litt.D.(hon)

We regret to announce that Dr. Keating passed away on October 14, 2007 at the age of 57 in Kansas City, Missouri. He will be sorely missed by a profession to which he dedicated much of his professional life. ChiroContinuingEd.com will keep Dr. Keating's course available throughout 2009, and we encourage you to take his course on the Clinical Case Study while it is available. As one of our other instructors noted, this site may be the last place where doctors can sit and listen to the voice of this great man as he shares his valuable knowledge. Dr. Keating was a wonderful person, and he will be missed.

Dr. Keating studied clinical psychology and clinical research methods at the State University of New York at Albany and received his Ph.D. there in 1981. Dr. Keating practiced as a clinical psychologist in California for 16 years. Since 1981, he worked as a clinical researcher, faculty member, administrator and historian at several institutions, including the University of the Pacific, Palmer College of Chiropractic-West, Northwestern College of Chiropractic, and Western States Chiropractic College.

From 1994 to 2000, Dr. Keating was a professor at Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, where he taught clinical research methods, the history of chiropractic, and philosophy and reasoning. He was a member of the board of directors of the National Institute of Chiropractic Research (NICR) since 1988. Dr. Keating also served on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed, scholoarly periodicals, including Clinical Chiropractic, the Chiropractic Journal of Australia, Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, and the Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics.

Dr. Keating authored several hundred professional papers and a number of books, including: A History of Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, B.J. of Davenport: the Early Years of Chiropractic, A History of Chiropractic Education in North America, and a book on clinical research for practitioners titled, Toward a Philosophy of the Science of Chiropractic: a primer for Clinicians. Dr. Keating's most recent book, co-authored with Drs. Louis Sportelli and Lawrence Siordia, is: We Take Care of Our Own: NCMIC & the Story of Malpractice Insurance in Chiropractic. Dr. Keating was a frequent speaker at major chiropractic events.


Susan L. Vlasuk, D.C., D.A.C.B.R.

Dr. Vlasuk is a 1970 cum laude graduate of the National College of Chiropractic (now National University of Health Sciences) and has practiced in Bellevue Washington since that time. She was awarded Diplomate status with the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (DACBR) in 1981.

After conducting a clinical practice for 12 years, she has since devoted her practice to diagnostic imaging consultation and postgraduate teaching, bringing her clinical experience into play for greater relevance and practicality in her seminars and consulting reports. Areas of second-opinion interpretation expertise include plain film radiography (all skeletal, including spine and extremities, as well as chest), MRI and CT of the neuromusculoskeletal system, and radionuclide bone scanning.

Dr. Vlasuk maintains an active postgraduate teaching schedule in the field of diagnostic imaging, having been appointed to the postgraduate faculties of eight chiropractic colleges, and she also teaches radiology in the Naturopathic Medicine program at Bastyr University.

She is a radiology consultant for the state of Washington's Department of Labor and Industries and is the author of the diagnostic imaging chapter in the L&I chiropractic standards document. She has also authored multiple other papers.

Dr. Vlasuk is a past president and chairman of the Board of the Washington Chiropractic Association and served as Washington state ACA Delegate for 12 years. She is the recipient of numerous state and national distinguished service awards. She was twice awarded the Chiropractor of the Year award by the Washington Chiropractic Association, and she is a Fellow of the International College of Chiropractors.

Dr. Vlasuk maintains an outpatient x-ray lab and also offers a second-opinion diagnostic imaging consulting service. She offers multiple seminars for doctors and for x-ray technicians. Further information is available at www.drvxray.com. You can also email her at:
svlasuk at chirocontinuinged.com