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ICPA Research Director

Dr. Joel Alcantara, D.C.Joel Alcantara, DC

Curriculum Vitae

Educational History

  • 1999 - Present
    Master of Public Health candidate
    San Jose State University
    San Jose, CA USA
  • July 1992 - September 1995
    Doctor of Chiropractic Program
    Palmer College of Chiropractic - West. San Jose, CA.
    Conferred Degree of Doctor of Chiropractic September 1995
  • September 1988 - December 1991
    Master of Public Health candidate
    Double major in Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Microbiology and Biochemistry at the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
    Completed the Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology, one course short to completing the Biochemistry program.
  • September 1988 - April 1989
    Enrolled In Graduate Level Chemistry courses. University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
  • June 1988
    Received Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
  • September 1982 - April 1988
    Chemistry-Biochemistry major. University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
  • January 1980 - June 1982
    Father Lacombe High School, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Recipient of the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship.

Work History

Research interests focuses on the safety and efficacy of pediatric chiropractic. Both qualitative and quantitative research approaches are used and may involve research studies from case reports to true experimental designs such as a randomized clinical trial.

  • Position: Assistant Professor
    Employer: Life Chiropractic College West.
    25001 Industrial Blvd.
    Hayward, CA 94545
    Date: Jan 2000 - December 2001

Faculty appointment involved teaching and research. Courses taught involved subjects in Research Methods and Public Health. Research efforts are in the documentation of the effectiveness of chiropractic interventions. More specifically, my research interests involve the use of plain film radiography and the effectiveness of various techniques in the detection and removal of spinal and extraspinal subluxations. In the realm of Public Health, my research interests involve the documentation of the health promotion and disease prevention efforts of chiropractors vis a vis the detection and removal of spinal subluxations.

  • Position: Assistant Professor
    Employer: Palmer College of Chiropractic-West.
    90 East Tasman Dr., San Jose, CA 95134
    Date: January 1996 - 1999

In addition to my research efforts, I taught courses in Physical Diagnosis, Chiropractic Clinical Evaluation, Spinal Anatomy, Thoracic Spine, Pediatric Chiropractic as well as serving as Clinician in the College Clinic.

Index Medicus Publications

  1. Subluxation-based chiropractic care of a pediatric patient with myasthenia gravis. Alcantara J, Plaugher G and Araghi HJ. J Manipulative Physiol Ther [Accepted for Publication].
  2. Alcantara J, Plaugher G, Elbert RA and Gatterman B. Chiropractic care of a patient with low back pain and a Malgaigne type fracture. J Manipulative Physiol Ther [Accepted for Publication].
  3. Plaugher G, Long CR, Alcantara J, et.al. Practice-based randomized controlled comparison clinical trial of chiropractic adjustments and brief massage treatment at sites of subluxation in subjects with essential hypertension: a pilot study. J Manipulative Physiol Ther [Accepted for Publication].
  4. Alcantara J, Plaugher G and Van Wyngarden DL. Chiropractic care of a patient with vertebral subluxations and Bell's Palsy. J Manipulative Physiol Ther [In Revision].
  5. Alcantara J, Plaugher G and Myshka JE. Chiropractic care of a patient with vertebral and sacroiliac subluxations, low back pain, hip pain and diabetes. J Manipulative Physiol Ther [In Revision].
  6. Alcantara J,Plaugher G, Elbert RA and Cherachanko D. Subluxation-based Chiropractic Care of an Elderly Patient with a Concomitant Compression Fracture of the Eighth Thoracic Vertebra J Manipulative Physiol Ther [In Revision].
  7. Alcantara J, Plaugher G, Klemp DD, Salem C. Chiropractic care of a patient with temporomandibular disorder and atlas subluxation. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2002 Jan;25(1):63-70.
  8. Alcantara J, Plaugher G, Thornton RE and Salem C. Chiropractic Care of a Patient with Vertebral Subluxations and Failed Surgery of the Cervical Spine. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2001;24(7):477-482.
  9. Alcantara J, Steiner DM, Plaugher G, Alcantara J. Chiropractic management of a patient with myasthenia gravis and vertebral subluxations. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1999;22(5):333-340.
  10. Alcantara J, Heschong R, Plaugher G, Alcantara J. Chiropractic management of a patient with subluxations, low back pain and epileptic seizures. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1998;21(6):410-418.
  11. Alcantara J, McDaniel JW, Plaugher G, Alcantara J. Management of a patient with calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease and meniscal tear of the knee: a case report. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1998;21(3):197-204.
  12. Alcantara J, Plaugher G, Abblett DE. Management of a patient with a lamina fracture of the sixth cervical vertebra and concomitant subluxation. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1997;20(2):113-123.
  13. Plaugher G, Alcantara J, Hart CR. Management of the patient with a Chance fracture of the lumbar spine and concomitant subluxation. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1996;19(8):539-551.
  14. Plaugher G, Alcantara J, Doble RW Jr. Missed sacral fracture before chiropractic adjustment. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1996;19(7):480-483.
  15. Hoyle BD, Alcantara J, Costerton JW. Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm as a diffusion barrier to piperacillin. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 1992;36(9):2054-2056.