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Dr. Joel Alcantara, DC

Joel Alcantara, DC is the Research Director for ICPA. Dr. Alcantara was born in the Phillipines and grew up in Calgary, Alberta. Prior to attending chiropractic college, he was trained in chemistry-biochemistry and cellular, molecular and microbial biology at the University of Calgary. Upon graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in 1995, he was given a full-time faculty appointment at his alma mater in the Research Department.

Currently, Dr. Alcantara holds the distinct position of Chair of Pediatric Research at Life Chiropractic College West. His research at Life West compliments his research activities for the ICPA. With a collaboration formed between ICPA and Life West, Dr. Alcantara leads his research team to investigate quality of life in children under chiropractic care and biomechanics of the pediatric spine.

He is a seasoned researcher in chiropractic care with numerous publications and conference presentations. Dr. Alcantara has been instrumental in implementing the Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) at ICPA and involving ICPA members in publishing research on chiropractic care. He is credited with the success and growth of the largest Practice-Based Research Network in Chiropractic which conducts projects in North America, Australia, and Europe. In addition to assisting candidates in accomplishing the research requirement for their certification, Dr. Alcantara is an instructor for the ICPA Certification Program and teaches the seminar Research: Evidence-Informed Practice.

Upcoming Dates


  • 09/24/2018 - Date Change: Dr. Alcantara's class in Spartanburg has been moved to May 11, 2019.
Dec 1-2, 2018 Research: Evidence-Informed Practice St. Louis, Missouri Register
Dec 8-9, 2018 Research: Evidence-Informed Practice Daytona, Florida Register
Feb 16-17, 2019 Research: Evidence-Informed Practice Barcelona, Spain Register
Feb 23-24, 2019 Research: Evidence-Informed Practice London, England Register
Mar 2-3, 2019 Research: Evidence-Informed Practice Winnipeg, Manitoba Register
Apr 6-7, 2019 Research: Evidence-Informed Practice Seattle, Washington Register
May 11-12, 2019 Research: Evidence-Informed Practice Spartanburg, South Carolina Register
Sep 28-29, 2019 Research: Evidence-Informed Practice Los Angeles, California Register
Nov 23-24, 2019 Research: Evidence-Informed Practice Overland Park, Kansas Register
Dec 7-8, 2019 Research: Evidence-Informed Practice Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Register
Jan 11-12, 2020 Research: Evidence-Informed Practice Atlanta, Georgia Register

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