Fall Convention Virtual


September 27 & 28 | Live Online

Virtual Event Information:

  • Note: Information on this page is for the Virtual Fall Only. For information on the In-Person Convention, click here. This option includes registration to take your education to live online and online on-demand. This option does not include attendance at the in-person event at Embassy Suites in Cary.
  • The Early registration deadline is Tuesday, August 20th, 2024.
  • DCs can get up to 10 hours of CEUs live online and 8 hours of on-demand education.
  • On-demand education starts on September 13 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on September 30th.
  • View Virtual Event Sponsors.

Early Registration Rates:

  • NCCA DC Member $200
  • NCCA DC Non-Member $225

Online On-Demand Education

On-Demand Seminars: Available Friday, September 13 - Monday, September 30th

Mastering the Disc: Data and Study Deep Dive” with Dr. Jon Lesch

2 CEUs

In this seminar, Dr. Lesch examines the mechanical properties of the disc and how the disc is the predominant cause of pain in neck and back conditions. Attendees will learn how to definitively diagnose and treat the source of neck and back pain through the use of end range loading strategies and other evidence-based guidelines such as directional preference, centralization, obstruction to extension, and more. Doctors will be taught simple, yet highly effective, disc-bulge reducing exercises and mobilizations that will help both them and their patients. Dr. Lesch will then apply these same straightforward principles to HEADACHES as well. Learn how to quickly determine if a patient’s headaches are cervicogenic in nature and how to move forward with a proven treatment strategy. The material presented in this seminar helps the busy chiropractor get right to the root of the patient’s problem and in a way that patients can easily understand. Upon completion of this course, doctors will have a new set of diagnostic and treatment skills that can be applied Monday morning with an expectation for immediate and dramatic results with every new patient.


“MRI Spine Interpretation: Age-Dating Disc Morphology” with Dr. Timothy Weir

2 CEUs

  • Learn The most important reason for using MRI in the Chiropractic Practice.
  • Subluxation is NOT a “foot on a garden hose”. 
  • Discover 14 evidence-based accepted methods to Age-Date Herniated Discs
  • Study the 6 common Demonstrable Potential Pain Demonstrators
  • Learn Disc Morphology and you will then understand disc herniation
  • What is the difference between a herniation, protrusion and extrusion
  • Find out what percentage of time the radiologist is wrong…and why you need to know how to read your own MRI’s
  • Learn when an IMMEDIATE MRI is warranted.  
  • You will discover that there is so much you have been missing….but it is not too late!

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Friday, September 27th

Friday Morning Seminar for DCs

“Clinical Practice Guidelines” with Dr. Louis Crivelli

12:00pm-2:00pm | 2 CEUs


Sponsored by Clinical Compass

NCCA Annual Membership Meeting (Members Only) or Take a Break

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

This is an annual membership meeting for NCCA Members only. You will receive reminder and how to attend virtually closer to the event.

Friday Afternoon Seminar for DCs

“Clinical Practice Guidelines Cont.” with Dr. Louis Crivelli

2:30pm-4:30pm | 2 CEUs


Sponsored by Clinical Compass

Q&A with Dr. Crivelli

Q&A “Clinical Practice Guidelines” with Dr. Louis Crivelli

4:30pm-5:30pm | 1 CEU

During this virtual live hour, you will be able to ask speaker questions live. This event is hosted via Zoom. Please follow the directions on how to access the provided at the end of the 4:30 PM class.

Sponsored by Clinical Compass

Saturday, September 28th

Saturday Morning Seminar for DCs

“Relevant Rehab: Cervico-thoracic Spine” with Dr. Donald DeFabio

10:00am-12:00pm | 2 CEUs

Static and dynamic assessment of the cervico-thoracic spine will be reviewed as the benchmarks to create an active care rehabilitative program for correction of common cervico-thoracic postural and pain syndromes. In addition to static postural assessment the differential diagnosis of stability vs. mobility dysfunction will be reviewed as well as active care progressions for the acute, sub-acute and corrective phases of care.

Upon completion of the course the clinician will be able to apply these rehabilitative procedures into their practice immediately.

First hour: Introduction to Janda’s upper crossed postural distortion and the differential diagnosis of mobility vs. stability dysfunction of the cervicothoracic spine. Correction of static postural imbalances in the cervico-thoracic region with active care.

Second hour: Rehabilitation principles and exercise progressions for correction the dysfunctions discussed in the first hour. Guidelines for the management of the acute, subacute and corrective phases of care. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the concepts of static and dynamic postural assessment.
  • Learn the differential diagnosis of mobility vs. stability dysfunction in the cevico-thoracic region.
  • Learn corrective exercise principles for the cervico-thoracic spine for the acute, sub-acute and rehabilitative phases of care.
  • Apply Janda’s upper crossed postural distortion concepts and treatment principles to the chiropractic patient.
  • Be able to incorporate the information learned immediately.

Sponsored by NCMIC

Take a Break

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Saturday Afternoon Seminar for DCs

“Essentials of Lumbar Spine Rehab: Choosing Flexion vs. Extension vs. Neutral Spine” with Dr. Donald DeFabio

1:00pm-3:00pm | 2 CEUs

The objective of this course is to contrast and review the application of active care for the lumbar spine in flexion, extension and neutral spine. In addition to learning the clinical indications for appropriate exercise selection, specific exercise progressions that the clinician can incorporate immediately with low tech solutions will be presented. Evidenced based flexion biased exercise principles for lumbar spinal stenosis will be presented. Finally, the three mechanisms of core stability will be presented as they relate to lumbar spine rehab.

Hour One:

  • Review biomechanics of the lumbar spine and disc load
  • Discuss the use and indications of flexion, extension and neutral spine biased exercise
  • Present exercise principles and progressions for low tech rehab for the lumbar spine in flexion, extension and neutral spine

Hour Two:

  • Flexion biased exercises progressions for lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Core stability mechanisms with clinical correlation

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the biomechanics for lumbar spine in flexion, extension and neutral spine alignment.
  • Learn the exercise progressions for flexion and extension biased care.
  • Review the significance of neutral spine training.
  • Learn the rehab progression for lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Upon completion the clinician will be able to know who, when and which patients will respond best to flexion, extension or neutral spine exercises. 

Q&A with Dr. DeFabio

 Q&A with Dr. Donald DeFabio

 3:00pm-4:00pm | 1 CEU

During this virtual live hour, you will be able to ask speaker questions live. This event is hosted via Zoom. Please follow the directions on how to access the provided at the end of the 3:00 PM class.

Sponsored by NCMIC


Louis Crivelli, DC

Louis Crivelli, DC

"Clinical Practice Guidelines"

 Donald C. DeFabio, DC, DABCSP, DABCO

Donald C. DeFabio, DC, DABCSP, DABCO

“Relevant Rehab: Cervico-thoracic Spine” & “Essentials of Lumbar Spine Rehab: Choosing Flexion vs. Extension vs. Neutral Spine”

Dr. Donald C. DeFabio received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Northeastern College of Health Sciences in 1984 and currently serves as Director of Chiropractic Services at DeFabio Spine and Sports Rehab. He is triple board certified in Chiropractic Orthopedics, Physical Rehabilitation and Sports injuries as well as maintaining additional certifications as a corrective and performance enhancement specialist (NASM), Stecco Fascial Manipulation, ART, Graston, SMFA, FATKR and MUA. He was named the ACA Rehab Council’s Doctor of the Year in 2023 and the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors Doctor of the year in 2013. In 2023 he received first place, Full Time Clinician Award, from Parker University’s iPoster contest. From 1991-1999 he participated in the Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Kona as a member
of the race week and race day treatment team. He was the chiropractic doctor for Drew University athletics as well as Rutgers’s Track and Field until discontinuing for health reasons in 2016. From 2001 to 2017 he served as a member of the classification panel for the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation for Wheelchair Fencing as well as being the medical coordinator for the USA Paralympic fencing team from 1999 – 2015. He is recognized as a Chiropractic influencer and lectures nationally on physical rehabilitation, active care, the thoughtful use of modalities, orthopedics, sports injury assessment and management, chiropractic technique and clinical examination techniques from a functional perspective. His Relevant Rehab courses are known to be engaging, well referenced, high energy and designed to give the clinician the tools needed to immediately implement into their practice. He is a columnist for Dynamic Chiropractic, has been published in peer reviewed scientific journals and publishes The DeFabio Difference rehab and health tips via his website and YouTube channel which has over 41K subscribers and hours of applicable content.

Sponsored by NCMIC

Jon Lesch, DC

Jon Lesch, DC

"Mastering the Disc"

Dr. Jonathan Lesch is a 1993 graduate of LeMoyne College and a 1997 graduate of New York Chiropractic College. He has been in private practice in Auburn, NY since 1998, specializing in spinal rehabilitation. Dr. Lesch has the distinction of being certified in both McKenzie Therapy and Mulligan Therapy for over 20 years. With his unique background, Dr. Lesch has been able to streamline some of the best techniques of the chiropractic, physical therapy and athletic training professions to form a simple and effective approach for the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the spine and extremities. The techniques are shared in his book End Neck & Back Pain & Enjoy Life Again: The Ultimate Guide for Immediate Relief and his popular seminar Mastering the Disc: Mechanical Assessment of the Spine & Extremities. Dr. Lesch has been the featured speaker at the North Carolina, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Michigan, and Virginia Chiropractic State Conventions, where he was given the title of best rated speaker. In his spare time, Dr. Lesch enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, Jennifer, and four lovely daughters.


Timothy Weir, DC, FPSC

Timothy Weir, DC, FPSC

"MRI Spine Interpretation: Age-Dating Disc Morphology"

Dr. Weir graduated in 1981 from Palmer College of Chiropractic.  He spent the next 25 years practicing chiropractic, but ran out of steam.  He tried every chiropractic consultant, but still was ready to quit.  He took the same Activator seminar every year to get his license renewal.  Then in 2012, he decided that he loved PI patients, and focused on a PI practice.  So, he started on that journey.  He realized that it took more than a Palmer Diploma and 25 years of Activator seminars to do that…  This is where his education started.   The most important thing in the PI practice is having the right diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan and the credentials to back it up.  Now, he has a 45 page C.V., which include mini-fellowships in MRI Interpretation-Spine, MRI Interpretation-extremity, Qualifications in Spinal Trauma.  He also is the first chiropractor in the nation to receive a Fellowship in Primary Spine Care through the SUNY Jacobs School of Medicine-Buffalo.

He is a full-time chiropractor, father, grandfather author and host of the award-winning national tv show “Loving Life with Dr Weir” seen by over 1,000,000 people last month.  You’ll find his passion for chiropractic and his love of life make him a favorite speaker.