Board Members


Dr. Jenny Brocker, President
Portland, OR

Jennifer Brocker
Jennifer Brocker is a 2007 Cum Laude graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA. In 2012, Dr. Brocker became board-certified as a Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics having completed the required 3-year postgraduate course of study. Additionally, she completed the 80 hour workshop series in Dynamic Body Balancing with Dr. Carol Philips. She has felt a deep passion to help and serve other people for most of her life. From a young age she developed a deep respect and curiosity for health care because she grew up under the chiropractic care of her mom, Dr. Patricia Petrie. She believes a comprehensive approach to health care is in the best interest of the patient and it is her duty as a chiropractor to work with other health care professionals to provide patients with the best and most complete care possible.

Dr. Jenny uses her experience as a mother and her knowledge as a chiropractor to help make pregnancy a time of joy and celebration, leading to a positive birth experience. With three children of her own, Dr. Jenny, finds so much delight in working with children. They are a constant source of wonder and laughter and she loves helping them thrive.


Julie Hartman, MS, DC, DICCP, CCRP, Vice President
Bettendorf, IA (608) 426-0896

Julie HartmanDr. Hartman is a 2006 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic West. As a chiropractic student she was very active with the ACA and served in leadership positions in SACA as the National Legislative Chair, National Chair, and Immediate Past Chair. During her time in private practice, Dr. Hartman was drawn to helping women manage the physiological changes their bodies undergo during pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period. She took advanced training courses in Cranial Sacral Therapy and the Webster Technique. In 2012 Dr. Hartman completed the Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics (DICCP) board certification process, which consists of 3 years of postgraduate coursework, examinations, and research projects. Through the DICCP program and her personal experiences with pregnancy, Dr. Hartman became aware of the need for more research examining the effectiveness and safety of chiropractic care for pregnant women and children. She made the decision to pursue a research career, graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Masters of Clinical Research program, and became a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP).

Currently Dr. Hartman works as a Clinical Project Manager for the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research on several research projects for the Department of Defense, serves on the Palmer Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), peer reviews for the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine(JEBCAM), and mentors chiropractic students who are interested in pursuing research. Dr. Hartman is also the Clinical Program Manager for SpineIQ, a non-profit company dedicated to increase the patient-centered value of spine care through the use of clinical data registries, education, and research. Additionally, Dr. Hartman enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and daughter and looks forward to serving as the ACA-CCP Vice President.



Dr. Jennifer Murphy, Secretary
Pink Hill, NC (252)568-6400

Jennifer MurphyDr. Murphy is 1995 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA. She began her private practice opening her office, Pink Hill Chiropractic, on August 19th, 1996. In 2002, Dr. Murphy received her Pediatric Diplomate (DICCP)from Palmer College and the International Chiropractic Association’s Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics by completing three years of postgraduate coursework, research projects and multiple examination including a national board exam. Dr. Murphy felt a strong need to educate other chiropractors and the public about the benefits of pediatric chiropractic care so she started the NCCA Pediatric Council. She also continued to develop her skills in advanced pediatric chiropractic by publishing articles in various journal publications including JCCP and lecturing across the country.

Dr. Murphy is a member of the American Chiropractic Association, Secretary of the ACA-Pediatric Association, the ICA Pediatric Council, The Christian Chiropractic Association, and the North Carolina Chiropractic Association. In 2011, Dr. Murphy was named Lenoir County’s top 20 under 40 for achievement in professional and personal activities and in 2012 earned the North Carolina Chiropractic Association’s Dr. Faye B. Eagles Woman of Chiropractic Award.

Married with one son, Dr. Murphy also has a small pesticide-free hobby farm which will be featured on PBS’s show A Chef’s Life in fall 2016.


Dr. Emily Watters, Treasurer
Portland, OR
Emily Peterson Watters

Dr. Emily Watters is an enthusiast of learning, having graduated cum laude with departmental honors from the University of Oregon with Bachelors of Science in Psychology and General Science, and minors in Biology and Chemistry. She then continued her education at the University of Western States (UWS), graduating summa cum laude.

Dr. Emily’s clinical interests focus on pediatric care and she has been an active steward to this population, serving at the academic, clinical and legislative levels. During her time as a chiropractic student she founded and was elected the President of the Pediatrics Club on her campus. She was also elected the first American Chiropractic Association’s Pediatrics Council Student Liaison.

Dr. Emily is trained in Craniosacral Therapy and places a high value on mindful clinical practice. She helped create, alongside the university president, the first Art of Mindful Practice group at UWS. Dr. Emily was also involved with several extracurricular groups while in school that focused on collaboration and integration between the many forms of healthcare to help foster an understanding between professions.

Dr. Emily’s passion for entering into chiropractic was based on the help she received from a chiropractor during her most physically and mentally formative years. It is from that experience that she has devoted her future chiropractic practice toward helping aid in the optimal development of pediatric patients. Through her education and technique with children she is honored to be able to provide the same second chance of an active life to another young person as she received through chiropractic care.

In her free time Dr. Emily loves to travel abroad, sing and spend time in the outdoors with her husband, Sean. She was married this spring and looks forward to being Dr. Watters as she continues towards her goals.


Dr. Elise Hewitt, DC, DICCP, FICC, Immediate Past President
Portland, OR (503)224-2100

Elise G. Hewitt An internationally recognized speaker, author and leader in the specialized field of chiropractic pediatrics, Dr. Hewittʼs unique combination of clinical knowledge, dynamic speaking style and leadership experience give her lectures a distinctive flair. As she entertains and educates her audiences, blending research with clinical pearls, Dr. Hewitt helps doctors comfortably treat and interact with the youngest members of our society.

Dr. Hewitt is Board Certified in Chiropractic Pediatrics and Certified in Craniosacral Therapy through the Upledger Institute. An alumnus of the University of Colorado, she has been in private practice since graduating Summa Cum Laude from Western States Chiropractic College in 1988. In her waiting-list pediatrics-only practice, Dr. Hewitt specializes in the care of infants.

Dr. Hewitt has been published in the scientific literature and is a co-author of the “Chiropractic” chapter in Integrative Pediatric Medicine, part of Andrew Weilʼs Integrative Medicine textbook series. She has served on the steering committees for large-scale studies conducted in the field of pediatric integrative medicine. Dr. Hewitt frequently lectures internationally, educating chiropractors about the finer points of pediatrics, and pediatricians and other allied practitioners about the role of chiropractic in pediatric healthcare. Her dynamic yet approachable style and well- organized presentations make her an audience favorite.

Dr. Hewitt currently serves as president of the American Chiropractic Associationʼs (ACA) Pediatrics Council. She is a founding member of both the ACA Pediatrics Council and the Pediatrics Council of the International Chiropractors Association (ICA). In addition, she served on the Board of Directors for the multidisciplinary Integrative Pediatrics Council (IPC). Dr. Hewitt believes that no single practitioner holds the key to a childʼs health and that we best serve our patients by working together to optimize the health and wellbeing of all children.

In recognition of her service to and achievement within the chiropractic profession, Dr. Hewitt has been elected as a Fellow into the International College of Chiropractors (FICC). Dr. Hewitt loves introducing others to chiropractic care, as this allows her to share chiropracticʼs amazing capacity to clear the way for a colicky baby to find peace, for an asthmatic child to breathe deeply and for all children to return to a path of true health and wellness.