Board of Directors

Don Patthoff, DDS

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Douglas Johnson, ATC, EES, CLS

Douglas Johnson, ATC, EES, CLS, is a certified athletic trainer with over 20 years of clinical/industrial experience. He attended Wayne State University and The University of Detroit-Mercy where he earned a Summa Cum Laude Bachelors of Science degree in Sports Medicine in 1994. He is the Senior Vice President, Clinical and Scientific Affairs at Multi Radiance Medical and is involved in numerous research studies involving super pulsed laser. Recently he was invited to speak at the Annual 2014 NATA Symposium, EuroSciCon 2015 London, England and American College of Sports Medicine 2015 on Laser Therapy and a member of the NAALT/WALT Scientific Education Committee for the 2014 Program. He studied the effect of super-pulsed laser and light emitting diodes phototherapy on non-specific knee pain and currently researching laser therapy for sports performance.

Janis Eells, PhD

Dr. Janis Eells received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology in 1981 from the University of Iowa and conducted postdoctoral research in Neurotoxicology at Northwestern University in Chicago. As faculty at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she has been actively involved in biomedical education and biomedical research for more than 20 years. Dr. Eells research efforts are directed at understanding the molecular signaling pathways that regulate the processes of cellular degeneration with the long-term goal of learning how to protect cells and tissues against these degenerative processes. These research efforts are directed at understanding the mechanisms by which low energy photon irradiation by light in the far-red to near-infrared spectral range (630-1000 nm) stimulates mitochondrial metabolism and promotes cell survival, a phenomenon known as photobiomodulation . Photobiomodulation using low energy lasers or light-emitting diode (LED) arrays has been shown to stimulate mitochondrial oxidative metabolism, accelerate wound healing, improve recovery from ischemic injury in the heart and attenuate degeneration in the injured retina and optic nerve. Dr. Eells and her colleagues have demonstrated that photobiomodulaton enhances mitochondrial function, attenuates oxidative damage and promotes functional recovery in animal models of retinal degeneration; in retinal damage induced by mitochondrial toxins or by laser injury; in developmental neurotoxicity; and in animal models of Parkinson’s disease.

Mel Boldt, DDS

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Nick Wise, DC

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J. Chris Castel PhD

J. Chris Castel PhD received his PhD at Showa University in Tokyo, Japan in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Research. His expertise is in the development, regulatory approval and commercialization of therapeutic medical devices for physical medicine, rehabilitation, and wound healing. Dr. Castel has and continues to manage numerous clinical trials for energy delivery medical devices in the fields of PBM, Ultrasonics, Electrotherapy, and PEMF. His previous company’s products and services were deployed in over 6,000 post-acute care facilities nationwide and provided advanced technologies for pain management, stroke recovery, wound care, and incontinence management. He has extensive experience in the medical device regulatory approval process with the FDA, national and international regulatory agencies and oversaw the process and obtained positive national coverage determinations from CMS for Electrotherapy devices in wound healing and incontinence management, along with a team of professional associations and industry leaders. Having founded and sold three medical device companies successfully to major strategic partners, he became interested in, and established a new venture, CareWear, to develop patient oriented therapeutic wearables which use breakthrough technologies such as printed light and ultrasonic substrates. CareWear was a 2018 SPIE Startup Challenge winner. Dr. Castel holds numerous patents and has published extensively. As an international lecturer he has taught and presented at a post-graduate global level in such areas as neurorehabilitation, pain management, LLLT – PBM, Magnetic Field Therapy and Ultrasonics. He was one of the first researchers during the 1980s to publish the effects of infrared and red light on collagen synthesis and has spent his career developing new technologies to treat pain and accelerate healing. He looks forward to bringing PBM to mainstream medicine.

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