Spinal Stenosis: A Healing Arts Challenge



This weekend is designed to bring together spine care providers from all fields who care for spinal stenosis sufferers experiencing a myriad of issues: back pain, neck pain, sciatic leg pain, arm pain, chronic pain, depression, incontinence, balance and gait issues, and more. 

This interdisciplinary spine conference is Dr. James Cox's concept, a coming-together of spine care providers to discuss the growing incidence of spinal stenosis. Dr. Cox will open the conference with a discussion of the current status of research regarding spinal stenosis: its treatment options and outcomes. Throughout the conference, he’ll interject relevant clinical pearls and cases to share just how well interdisciplinary patient care optimizes patient clinical outcomes.

Dr. Cox invites spine care providers of all disciplines to join this exchange of ideas that can only benefit suffering patients with relief of pain due to spinal stenosis:

“Spinal stenosis is a common condition and the most common indicator of spine surgery in older patients. By the year 2025 estimated incidence of it will be 59%. Cooperative conservative and surgical treatments for its treatment are necessary. Patients are often unsure of best practices in its treatment. Therefore this conference is called to assemble and share the present best practices of the various branches of the healing arts, including orthopedic and neurological surgery, chiropractic spinal manipulation, psychology, spinal cord stimulators, physical therapy, and depression treatment.

“This interdisciplinary sharing of the indications and contraindications for each healing discipline is no longer just considered, it must be implemented. No healing art professional is not confronted by the need for better treatment protocols to address this epidemic condition. You are invited to share and learn from this futuristic conference.”

You will come away from the weekend knowing more about what your fellow spine care provider colleagues do and how you fit into the spinal stenosis treatment system for the benefit of your patients. And proceeds from the weekend will go to spinal research.



James M. Cox DC DACBR FICC FACO(H) Hon DLitt

Christopher Bise, PT, MS, DPT, OCS

David Bojrab MD

James Dozier MD

Cheri Hazen RN ICHC LHC

Lee Hazen DC

George Joachim DC DABCR

Rudy Kachmann MD

Kurt Olding DC FACO

Michael Schneider DC PHD

Robert Shugart MD

Gregory Sowles PhD HSPP LMHC

Donald Urban MD



FRIDAY (optional - pre-conference workshop)


  • hands-on workshop with Cox® Technic Instructors



  • COX  Spinal Stenosis Today


  • SHUGART Orthopedic Surgery 


  • URBAN New Success in Treating Incontinence 


  • DOZIER Neurosurgery 


  • BOJRAB Pain Management/Spinal Implants 




  • ALL Lunch (included)


  • COX   The Stenosis Patient


  • JOACHIM A Spinal Stenosis Patient Under Care 


  • SOWLES Depression in Chronic Pain Patients 


  • OLDING Balance  


  • HAZENs Integrative Care 


  • KACHMANN Mind/Body Placebo/Nocebo Approach 




  • ALL Invited Dinner (optional/proceeds to research)



  • COX Growing Collegiality not Competition


  • SCHNEIDER/BISE Interdisciplinary Research/Learning/Treating




  • Attendees (pre-arranged)  Case Presentations or Unique Experiences


  • COX  Closing Comments & Hands-On Cox® Technic


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A graduate of the National University of Health Sciences, Dr. Cox continued his education in diagnostic imaging attaining diplomate status with the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology, authored textbooks and peer-reviewed articles regarding lumbar, cervical and thoracic spine conditions and their treatment, developed Cox® Technic flexion distraction and decompression procedures, and participated in NIH and HRSA funded research studies at Loyola School of Medicine, Hines VA Hospital, Palmer College of Chiropractic and National University of Health Sciences. 

Christopher Bise PT, MS, DPT, OCS


A graduate of Boston University for both his BS and MSPT, Dr. Bise went on to complete his Doctor of Physical Therapy at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions and is further pursuing a PhD in Clinical and Translational Science. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh. His expertise is in the management of patients with low back pain and implementation of innovative models of care that provide the right care, from the right practitioner, at the right time.

James Dozier MD


A graduate of Emory University, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Neurosurgery residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Minnesota, Dr. Dozier specializes in neurosurgery with Parkview Physicians Group-Neurosciences. 

Cheri Hazen RN ICHC LHC


A graduate of Brigham Young University in nursing, Cheri started her career as a registered nurse preparing patients for surgery. Life experiences led her to expand her care-giving abilities to include training as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Functional Nutrition Lifestyle Practitioner and Lifestyle Educator. A founder of the Temecula Center for Integrative Medicine, Cheri works alongside her chiropractor-husband, Dr. Lee Hazen, and other healthcare providers to benefit the lives of their patients for the better. 

Lee Hazen DC


Soon after graduating from Cleveland College of Chiropractic (California), Dr. Hazen was invited to become a resident in Dr. James Cox's clinic.  From 1989 until 1998 he was co-director and resident in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, with Dr. Cox.  While there, he attended and completed a 400 hour post-graduate Chiropractic Orthopedics training sponsored by National University of Health Sciences. Today, Dr. Hazen is a Cox® Technic instructor and enjoys being a part of Temecula Integrative Medicine in Temecula, California, where he and fellow healthcare providers of various disciplines come together to help patients return to the quality of life they desire.  

George Joachim DC DABCR


Dr. Joachim graduated from the National University of Health Sciences in 1996. While a student, he was a student-team member of the first chiropractic biomechanics project at NUHS funded by HRSA regarding the effects of flexion-distraction on the spine. Since then, he has completed post-graduate studies with Cox® Technic, McKenzie Institute, and the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board. In addition to being a Cox® Technic instructor, he maintains private practice in Fort Wayne, IN, where he also is an official chiropractic office for the Fort Wayne Komets Pro Hockey Team and the Fort Wayne Fury Pro Basketball Team. 

Speakers Continued...

Rudy Kachmann MD


A graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine and resident at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, Dr. Kachmann founded and practiced neurosurgery with Fort Wayne Neurology. In his retirement years, Dr. Kachmann continues to be a community volunteer, philanthropist, and advocate of healthy lifestyle choices.

Kurt Olding DC FACO


Dr. Olding is a graduate of the National College of Chiropractic, a Cox® Technic instructor, and an orthopedics diplomate with the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists. He practices in Minster, Ohio, and is currently working on developing a study on balance and the stenosis patient.

Michael Schneider PHD DC


Dr. Schneider is graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic (DC) and obtained a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Pittsburgh, where he is an Associate Professor in Department of Physical Therapy and Clinical/Translational Science Institute. Dr. Schneider has designed and implemented several federally funded clinical trials comparing conservative treatments for low back and neck pain. He recently completed a clinical trial comparing different non-surgical treatments for patients with lumbar spinal stenosis.

Robert Shugart MD


A graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine who completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the May Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, MN, and fellowship in spine surgery with the San Francisco Spine Institute in California, Dr. Shugart practices orthopedic surgery with Fort Wayne Orthopedics. Dr. Shugart has participated in many FDA studies regarding a variety of spine surgery protocols with Mesoblast, Zimmer Spine, DePuy Spine, Medtronic Sofamor Danek and more. 

Gregory Sowles PHD HSPP LMHC


A graduate of Taylor University and Ball State University Department of Educational Psychology and Department of Counseling Psychology, Dr. Sowles practices at Vision Counseling and Psychological Services. Dr. Sowles has an extensive list of presentations and published papers on the care of the brain-body connection, emotion, depression, and mental health. 

Speakers Continued...

Donald Urban MD


A graduate of Denison University and the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Urban practices with Parkview Physicians Group-Urology and is in academic medicine as a volunteer assistant clinical professor of urology with Indiana University School of Medicine. 

David Bojrab MD


A graduate of Indiana University with residency training at Indiana University Indianapolis in Anesthesia and Pain Management and Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice, Dr. Bojrab practices in Fort Wayne, Indiana. 



Check back for updates!


Proceeds will go to spinal research. 




George Joachim DC DABCR

Dr. Joachim will present a live local patient case of spinal stenosis under care in his practice at the time of the course: history, examination findings, diagnosis, current treatment (in office and at home), current status, treatment demonstration, and patient testimonial.


James Dozier MD

Neurosurgical spinal surgery for back pain management is an option for back pain patients with spinal stenosis. Dr. Dozier will present today’s neurosurgical approaches and their clinical outcomes. Interdisciplinary surgical and chiropractic spine care will be discussed.


Robert Shugart MD

Orthopedic surgery for back pain management is common. Dr. Shugart will share the current options available to patients who may require such as well as the clinical outcomes. His experience with disc replacement and spine fusion will presented as well as interdisciplinary care of spine patients with chiropractors. 


Michael Schneider DC PHD

Christopher Bise PT, MS, DPT, OCS

Collaborating with fellow healthcare providers is the way of the future for back pain management. At the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, such collaboration has evolved and been fine-tuned for years for chiropractic integration and collaboration in such a setting with Dr. Michael Schneider’s presence there. He and his physical therapist colleague, Dr. Christopher Bise, will share how such collaboration enhances spinal stenosis patient care as well as professional collegiality. 


Gregory Sowles PhD HPSS LMHC

Having back pain for any length of time challenges the mental and psychological states of a patient. Dr. Sowles will discuss depression in back pain patients, its role and its management. No one involved in spine care escapes the nocebo response of chronic pain.


David Bojrab MD

Pain is a driving factor for back pain patients seeking relieving care. In this presentation,  the latest in pharmacological options as well as spinal implants and their clinical outcomes will be shared. Spinal cord and dorsal root ganglion spine stimulators will be presented for clinical value as well as in the treatment of post surgical continued pain patients. 

Presentations Continued...



Rudy Kachmann MD

Dr. Kachmann’s life as a neurosurgeon taught him that there is much more to healing and health than surgery and drugs. Dr. Kachmann’s work with patients now focuses on eating, thinking, meditating for health and a healthy spine. His numerous textbooks on the Mind Body Connection are futuristic concepts for all healing arts disciplines.


Donald Urban MD

Incontinence is a common finding among patients with back pain and spinal stenosis. Dr. Don Urban will share the latest medical technology for nerve root stimulation to successfully manage this problem.


Kurt Olding DC FACO

Spinal stenosis back pain patients often have balance issues, increasing their risk of falls. Dr. Kurt Olding will share the currently submitted IRB clinical study of any demonstrable objective changes in balance (using the BTrackS System) after flexion distraction treatment of spinal stenosis in hopes of balance improvement and fall prevention.


Attendees (pre-arranged) will share clinical cases of spinal stenosis they have managed and/or unique treatment experiences involving interdisciplinary care for the benefit of suffering patients seeking pain relief from spinal stenosis causes.


Lee Hazen DC / Cheri Hazen RN ICHC LHC FNLP

“Practicing chiropractic care in an integrative functional medicine center for the past 5 years has been among the most rewarding clinical experiences of my career,” shares Dr. Lee Hazen. He will share this experience and relate some of the advantages that can be had for the doctor and the patient in a multidisciplinary functional medicine practice. His wife, Cheri Hazen, is a member of the team in the practice as a  certified Health Coach via the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. With her formal training prior to this being as a registered nurse, Cheri brings understanding of the medical and chiropractic approaches to the integrative care system to help patients find their abilities to manage their pain in healthy ways.  


Check back for updates!


Proceeds will go to spinal research.



For chiropractic attendees who would like to work on hands-on application of proper forces and protocols, this optional workshop will be made available on Friday, September 27, 2019, from 1pm to 5pm.  

Since this special interdisciplinary weekend will be more focused on presentations, demonstrations and discussions, some chiropractic physicians who haven't had the opportunity to check their force application during the Cox® Technic flexion distraction spinal manipulation protocols (lumbar, cervical and thoracic) or haven't done so in a while, this is for you. 

The number of workshop instructors and The Cox®8 Force Tables for this session will be determined by how many register for this workshop.




Hotel Room


The Hilton Hotel at the Grand Wayne Center offers special rates of $139 A night for attendees. Reserve your room by September 6, 2019. There is a free shuttle to/from the Fort Wayne Airport (FWA) and within 3 miles of the hotel and many restaurants within walking distance.

Meeting Room


The Grand Wayne Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is the site for the conference. It is attached to the Hilton Hotel by a sky bridge for easy access with many restaurants within walking distance. 



Register today for 12 hours.

Healthcare providers $495

Healthcare students $250

Lunch on Saturday is included. 

Dinner on Saturday is optional. ($150)

Pre-conference Workshop is optional. ($250)

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2019 Interdisciplinary Spine Conference - Stenosis

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