Board of Directors

Dr. Craig Lapenski: President

Dr. Lapenski discovered NUCCA while in Chiropractic college and following his first NUCCA adjustment, realized this was the care he needed to provide for his patients. Dr. Lapenski graduated with honors from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa in 1999. He has been in private practice in Graham, Washington ever since. Over the past 13 years, Dr. Lapenski has been committed to the perpetual advancement of the reduction of the atlas subluxation complex. He has developed a rigorous training program in his practice designed to increase the clinical skills of the doctors in the field, and has trained six of his practice associates. Dr. Lapenski is one of only 23 board certified NUCCA doctors worldwide, receiving full NUCCA board certification in 2010.

Recently elected to the NUCCA board, Dr. Lapenski looks forward to helping to grow the organization and the public’s knowledge of this amazing technique.


Dr. Vivek Soham, Vice President

Dr. Vivek Soham has dedicated his life to serving and has most notably embarked on the journey to help grow the Upper Cervical Research in the Sports Community, by providing solutions and protocols to a vital area being overlooked in the sports performance industry. A Doctor of Chiropractic, Masters in Neurophysiology and a bachelor’s in Human Sciences, his thirst for knowledge is undeniable. Dr. Soham is a serial innovator and doesn’t back down from a challenge, he take’s this passion to his research projects to help find ways to better serve mankind


Dr. Gordon Hasick, Treasurer

Dr. Gordon Hasick

Dr. Hasick has a diverse background in clinical chiropractic care, education, and television production; all with a focus on human development and enhanced well-being. He began his private chiropractic practice in Calgary in 1980 opening the Britannia Clinic where he continues to practice. He has been a board certified instructor for the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association since 1989. He also served as Chief Chiropractic Officer for the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary as well as Team Chiropractor for Team Canada Men's Volleyball Team.

In 1993 Dr. Hasick established C-1 Film Production Corporation®, a company that uses the creative media of live workshops, television, video and audio programs to communicate wellness information. C-1 Films® distributes programs about hope and healing, and produces projects featuring success stories from those who have overcome significant challenges and have been able to thrive. Dr. Hasick has also been a part of the faculty of Leadership Development at the Banff Centre from 2004- 2009 where he was part of a team that facilitates programs designed to build personal leadership with visions for an ideal future.

Dr. Hasick is president of the The Ralph R. Gregory Memorial Foundation (Canada) and brings his experience and dedication to the NUCCA work to support the research, education, public awareness and help ensure a strong future for the NUCCA organization.


Dr. Benjamin Kuhn, Secretary

Dr. Benjamin Kuhn has been in private practice in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada since 2007 and serves as a Director on the UCRF board, Chairman of the Ethics Committee for NUCCA, and sits on the Education Committee for the Upper Cervical Council of the ICA.

Dr. Kuhn graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa in late 2006 then returned to his home of Edmonton to practice. While in school, Dr. Kuhn served as president of the NUCCA club and was involved with several other student organizations as well as being a regular contributor to the campus newspaper.

His passion for changing the way we think about health care and his drive for increasing the awareness and availability of top tier upper cervical chiropractic care has lead Dr. Kuhn to author the upcoming book "Health Unleashed: What your doctor isn't telling you about Medicine, Health, and Disease" as well as to develop the DicomAnalyzer program for doing accurate upper cervical analysis of digital xrays. He also has plans of developing a new system of capturing digital postural and range of motion information soon.

When not involved in Upper Cervical pursuits, Dr Kuhn enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, working with his local Scouting group, and doing home improvement projects.




Dr. Marshall Dickholtz Jr., Director

Dr. Marshall Dickoltz, Jr

Marshall Dickholtz Jr., is one of only twenty board certified NUCCA doctors worldwide. He practices in Chicago and is an authority on the diagnosis and treatment of adults and children with headaches, musculoskeletal conditions, spinal disc syndrome, back and neck pain, and other neurologically based conditions. Dr. Dickholtz has more than twenty-nine years of experience and has treated more than 8,000 individual cases.

In 1978, Dr. Dickholtz completed his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Palmer University with awards in radiology and leadership. He continued his education with more than 2,000 hours of NUCCA training, receiving his NUCCA board certification in 1993.

Dr. Dickholtz has appeared as a guest on numerous radio talk shows as well as local and national television programs including the Discovery Health Channel's recent "Impact Stories of Survivial" which highlighted his successful treatment of race car driver Tony Schumacher's devastating injuries.

Dr. Dickholtz is currently the director of the NUCCA certification program as well as the standards committee, and is Vice President of the board of directors for both the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association and the Upper Cervical Research Foundation (formerly NUCCRA). As an instructor at NUCCA seminars, Dr. Dickholtz has also authored articles and chapters on various aspects of NUCCA care and certification. He is the recipient of the coveted Ralph R. Gregory Award 2006.


Dr. Daiki Ishiyama, Director

Dr. Daiki Ishiyama

Dr. Daiki Ishiyama is one of only 25 board certified NUCCA doctors worldwide, specializing in identifying and correcting the structural displacement that impairs function of the brain stem and central nervous system. He graduated as a Doctor of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa in 2008. He is the first and only Asian chiropractor who has completed NUCCA Board Certification and on the board of directors for UCRF. He practices in Chicago and in his hometown of Tokyo, Japan. He is committed to the mastery of NUCCA by supporting the maximum potential and future for patients, and the NUCCA organization.



Dr. Kerry L. Johnson, Director

Dr. Kerry L. Johnson graduated from Life University and opened Johnson Spinal Care Associates, PA in the south metro of St. Paul/Minneapolis in 1986. Together with his wife Lisa, Dr. Johnson has developed a highly successful NUCCA practice and has introduced many interns and associates to NUCCA. He serves as a part-time faculty at Northwestern Health Sciences University and has taught the NUCCA elective for the past four years. Part of his vision is to eventually see 100 NUCCA doctors practicing in MN.

Dr. Johnson is the author of the book, "I'm Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired". He holds a patent on an innovative solution for plantar fasciitis. Dr. Johnson is a member of the Upper Cervical Council of the ICA and participates in a monthly research collaboration of the orthogonally based upper cervical procedures. He is a licensed minister active in mission work and serves on the boards of Innovative Outreaches United and Praise FM in the Twin Cities. Dr. Johnson loves to fish, hunt, cycle and dote on his grandchild Finley.


Dr. Jim Moore, Director

MooreDr. Jim Moore is a 1993 graduate of Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. He then received his Diplomate in chiropractic pediatrics from the ICPA in 1994. His father had an upper cervical focused practice as well as his brother Dr. Brett Moore, who introduced him to NUCCA in 2004. He is currently in level 3 of certification and has recently published research on Post-Concussion Syndrome. He is continuing his focus on Post-Concussion research with the UCRF.
Dr. Moore has been practicing in Ottawa, Ontario since 1996 alongside his wife Carol Moore who is a Registered Massage Therapist. They are both avid road cyclists and cross country skiers and enjoy adventure travel.


Dr. Jeffrey Scholten, Director

In private practice in Calgary, Alberta, Canada since 2001, Dr. Scholten is the clinic director and owner of The Vital PostureTM Clinic. Dr. Scholten is a Board Certified Diplomate in Chiropractic Craniocervical Junction Procedures and is currently the only Canadian to hold the distinction of being a Fellow in Chiropractic Craniocervical Junction Procedures. He was selected as the Upper Cervical Chiropractor of the Year in 2015 by the International Chiropractic Association’s Council on Upper Cervical Care. Dr. Scholten is President of the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) and also serves as a member of the board of directors of the International Chiropractic Association’s Council on Upper Cervical Care, the Upper Cervical Research Foundation (UCRF) and the Ralph R. Gregory Memorial Foundation (Canada).


Dr. Finley Sesker, Director

seskerDr. Finley Sesker has been a member of NUCCA since 2012, but the work has been critically influential in his life since 1996. In lieu of a long sob story about how NUCCA has helped him restore his lifetime health, for him it became clear that a proper correction could have the capacity to alter the course of an entire life. Sufficed to say, he owes greatly to this association, and those who have refined its methods. He looks forward to working for a more comprehensive understanding of the Atlas Subluxation Complex, the mechanisms of its various clinical sequelae, and its better correction for patients.