Our Team

Meet the Spine IQ team

Christine Goertz DC, Ph.D. (Chief Executive Officer)

Dr. Goertz received her Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 1991 and her Ph.D. in Health Services Research, Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota in 1999. Her career in research has focused on clinical and health services research studies that are intended to answer questions directly relevant to the conservative management of spine-related disorders. Dr. Goertz currently serves as Vice Chancellor for Research and Health Policy at Palmer College of Chiropractic

Tony Hamm, DC (Chief Clinical Officer)

Dr. Hamm is a 1979 graduate of National University of Health Sciences and has earned diplomate status in chiropractic orthopedics and forensic sciences. For the past 37 + years he has directed a referral-based practice in Goldsboro, North Carolina, with special interests in assessment and management of adult musculoskeletal disorders and pain management. Other experiences include health care quality measures development, risk management, CPT/ICD coding and Medicare. He holds a Masters of Science in Health Sciences with a concentration in Healthcare Quality from The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Tony Hamm

Richard Branson, DC (Interim Chair)

Dr. Branson is a 1991 graduate of the University of Western States, where he obtained both his Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He serves as the first staff chiropractor at the Minneapolis Veterans Health Care System and has served on numerous committees, including the Minnesota Department of Human Services Health Services Advisory Council, Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement Low Back Pain Advisory Committee, and as the clinical lead of care model redesign for low back pain in Fairview.

William Meeker, DC, MPH (Secretary, Treasurer)

Dr. Meeker is president of the San Jose Campus of Palmer College of Chiropractic. Prior to that he was Vice-President for Research for Palmer College of Chiropractic, and the Director of the NIH-supported Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR). He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers, books and book chapters and has made over 100 scientific and policy presentations to multidisciplinary audiences around the world.

Larry Becker, DC (Board Member)


Lawrence Becker is former Director, Strategic Partnerships, Alliances and Analytics for Xerox Corporation.  He is a member of the founding Board of Governors of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), chairs the Finance and Administration Committee, member of the Dissemination and Implementation Committee and a member of the Executive Compensation Committee. He is working with University of Pennsylvania on a funded project related to Centers of Excellence. Becker graduated from Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations School with a bachelor of science degree.

Larry Becker

Calvin Thomas, DC (Board Member)

Calvin Thomas IV is the current Chief of Clinical Operations at Logan University. Before joining Logan University, he was the Vice President for Healthcare at Ivy Tech Community College. Prior to his career in education, Calvin was a hospital executive. He has been as member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the National Association of Health Services Executives where he has been a member and a past Southern California Chapter President. Mr. Thomas received his Bachelor of Science degree from Harris-Stowe State University in Health Care Management and went on to graduate school at Dartmouth College to obtain his Master’s degree in Healthcare Research & Leadership.

Calvin Thomas