NCMIC Foundation Leaders

Our Leaders

The leadership of the NCMIC Foundation is comprised of seasoned professionals who are committed to supporting chiropractic research and education with the chiropractic profession. 

Leaders & Advisory Committee

Serving on the Advisory Committee to provide guidance and direction to the Foundation are:

Officers & Board of Directors

The business and affairs of the Foundation are managed by the following officers and board of directors:

* Serving on the Board of Directors

  • Matthew H. Kowalski

    Matthew H. Kowalski, D.C., DABCO

    NCMIC Foundation Advisory Committee

    Dr. Matthew Kowalski is a graduate of the National College of Chiropractic where he also completed a multidisciplinary orthopedics residency. He is certified with the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists. 

    Dr. Kowalski is an adjunct faculty member of the National University of Health Sciences and has served as a consultant to the Osher Institute for Complementary and Alternative Therapies, a division of Harvard University Medical School. 

    Dr. Kowalski is a staff chiropractor for Brigham and Women's Hospital and also practices at the Osher Integrative Care Center. 

    He is also president of New England Spine Institute, PC, with offices in Holbrook, Massachusetts, and at the Southeastern Medical Center in Plainville, Massachusetts.

  • Reed Phillips, D.C.

    Reed Phillips, D.C. M.S.C.M., Ph.D.

    NCMIC Foundation Executive Director and Advisory Committee

    Dr. Reed Phillips, D.C., Ph.D. graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences from the University of Utah in 1970. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the National College of Chiropractic in Chicago in 1973 and his Diplomate from the American Board of Chiropractic Radiology in 1976. He subsequently obtained an M.S.c. in Community Medicine and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Utah School of Medicine.

    Following 10 years in private practice in Salt Lake City he served as director of research at the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research and also at Los Angeles College of Chiropractic where he then served as president from 1990 to 2008.

    He serves on three editorial boards and has served as the editor-in-chief of the Journal for Chiropractic Education. Phillips was the chair of the Chiropractic Advisory Committee for the Veterans Health Affairs and has also served on the Oversight Advisory Committee for the Department of Defense Demonstration Project.

    Dr. Phillips has more than 60 book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed publications. He has been a member of the WFC Research Council since it was formed in 1988, has participated in numerous international conferences and received several research grants.

  • Louis Sportelli, D.C.

    Louis Sportelli, D.C.

    NCMIC Foundation President and Advisory Committee

    Dr. Louis Sportelli has served in many capacities throughout his 54-year career in chiropractic. He currently serves as president of the NCMIC Foundation, a 501(C)3 nonprofit research and education organization. He formerly served for 25 years on the NCMIC board, including 20 years as president of NCMIC Group, Inc., which provides malpractice insurance and financial services to more than 40,000 doctors of chiropractic in the United States and territories. 

    Dr. Sportelli has lectured extensively on ethics, risk management and incorporating sound procedures to riskproof a chiropractic practice. He has a keen interest in patient education and wrote the book, Introduction to Chiropractic™, which is widely used by doctors of chiropractic across the world. The book is now in its 13th edition.

    He is often considered one of the profession’s media spokespersons and was recently featured in the 2013 chiropractic documentary “DOCTORED” and the 2015 documentary “UNDOCTORED.”  

    His prior involvement in chiropractic nationally and internationally resulted in his serving as president of the World Federation of Chiropractic, an organization having nongovernmental organizational status with the World Health Organization, and as chairman of the American Chiropractic Association board. He currently serves as vice chair of the Blue Mountain Health System hospital network.  

  • Gary Tarola, D.C., F.A.C.O.

    Gary Tarola, D.C., FACO.

    NCMIC Foundation Advisory Committee

    Dr. Gary Tarola is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic and obtained his Diplomate status in Chiropractic Orthopedics from the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists. He served as president and chairman of the board of the Pennsylvania Chiropractic Society (PCS) and received the Chiropractor of the Year award from the PCS and Senatorial Proclamation of Accomplishments from the Pennsylvania State Senate.

    Dr. Tarola was a consultant to the formulation of the Guidelines for Chiropractic Quality Assurance and Practice Parameters and the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters. Dr. Tarola has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and contributed to chapters in volumes two and three, Principles and Practice of Chiropractic.

    He is currently section chief of the division of Chiropractic Medicine, Lehigh Valley Physician Group.

  • Wayne C. Wolfson, D.C.

    Wayne C. Wolfson, D.C.

    NCMIC Foundation Advisory Committee

    Dr. Wayne C. Wolfson is president of NCMIC Group, Inc. and graduated from the Palmer College of Chiropractic following graduation from the University of Tennessee.

    He has served in various leadership positions, being past chairman of the Florida Board of Chiropractic Medicine, director of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and past president of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards. He has served as a College Site Team Examiner for the Council on Chiropractic Education, Commission on Accreditation and is a fellow of the American College of Chiropractors. 

    Dr. Wolfson was named Florida Chiropractor of the Year in 2002 by the Florida Chiropractic Association, and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Florida Board of Chiropractic Medicine in 2005. He was honored with the George Arvidson Award for meritorious service from the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards in 2007 and in 2010 received the Paul M. Tullio Award for Dedicated Service to the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

    Active in his community, Dr. Wolfson is the past chairman of the Orlando Chamber of Commerce and was a founding board member of the Florida Bank of Commerce. He has practiced in Central Florida since 1978.

  • David Baccile, CFA

    David Baccile, CFA

    NCMIC Foundation Chief Investment Officer

    In his role as CIO, David Baccile develops investment strategies, leads the investment team and oversees all investment functions.

    David joined NCMIC Group, Inc. in 2006 as director of cash and invested asset management and was responsible for overseeing the investment of approximately $400 million in assets.

    Prior to joining NCMIC, he spent more than 15 years managing institutional assets for entities ranging from pension and mutual funds to self-insurance pools and municipalities. He was a senior portfolio manager with PFM Asset Management for nine years and a portfolio manager with Victory Asset Management prior to that. During his career, Baccile has been responsible for managing high-quality, fixed income portfolios, analyzing corporate credit quality, valuing mortgage-backed securities, analyzing economic data and forecasting interest rates.

    David holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is an active member of the CFA Society of Iowa. He received an M.B.A. in finance from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in University Heights, Ohio, and a B.B.A. in accounting from Siena in College in Loudonville, New York.

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