Schedule & Speakers

Annual Meeting Schedule & Speakers


A full schedule is coming soon!

Speaker Bios and Titles

Lawrence E. Armstrong, Ph.D., FACSM

Dr. Armstrong is a Professor Emeritus, University of Connecticut, Human Performance Laboratory with joint appointments in the Nutritional Sciences and Physiology & Neurobiology departments. Dr. Armstrong is a Past President of the American College of Sports Medicine (2015 – 2016) and has authored/coauthored over 220 peer-reviewed scientific publications and 3 books in the fields of human hydration, thermoregulation, and performance in hot environments.
He is doing two presentations:

Topic #1: The Human Intestinal Microbiota Influences Health & Sports Performance
Topic #2: Individual Assessment of Hydration Status During Exercise and Daily Activities

Pat Davidson, Ph.D

Dr. Davidson is a coach, author, lecturer, former professor, and former strongman athlete. Pat received his Ph.D from Springfield College in 2009, was a professor at Brooklyn College and Springfield College, was the Director of Training and Education at Peak Performance, and is now an unaffiliated Ronin in the fitness and performance world.

Topic: The Future of Program Design: Moving Towards an Objective Biomechanics Based Model

Micah Drummond, PhD

Dr. Drummond completed a PhD in Exercise Science at Brigham Young University and afterwards a postdoctoral fellowship at University of Texas Medical Branch in skeletal muscle protein metabolism. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training at the University of Utah with a research emphasis in skeletal muscle, aging and physical inactivity. The research projects within Dr. Drummond’s laboratory hold two general themes: 1) Understanding the cellular and molecular regulation of muscle mass and insulin sensitivity in healthy and physically inactive older adults and 2) utilization of therapeutic approaches (nutritional, exercise, pharmaceuticals) to slow muscle atrophy and metabolic dysfunction in older adults during physical inactivity.

Topic: Muscle and metabolic decline with disuse in older adults: Mechanisms and countermeasures

Anna Hartman, AT, MS, ATC, CSCS(R), PMA-CPT(R) 

Anna Hartman is an Athletic Trainer with 16 years of experience working with athletes in the NFL, MLB, NBA, USTA, WTA, PGA, LPGA, NHL, MLS, and Olympics. Anna is also a PMA Certified Pilates Teacher, comprehensively trained in Polestar Pilates, has completed a 200hr Vinyasa Yoga training, and is a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach. For the past 5 years Anna has been studying and practicing The Barral Institute’s Visceral, Neural, Vascular, and Articular Manipulation techniques for assessment and manual therapy as well as exploring the integration of osteopathic philosophies within her movement, rehabilitation and performance methods. As an athletic training professional, she’s presented at world-class conferences such as the National Athletic Trainers Association Annual Symposium, and has been featured in on big-name fitness sites such as USA Today Sports, Women’s Running and ESPN, just to name a few. Now, Anna is the Founder of MovementREV. At MovementREV Anna utilizes manual therapy and movement working with professional athletes to restore and revitalize their body in order to enhance their performance, decrease their injury potential, and create space in their body and mind. Anna also consults with various professional athletes during their season, traveling on a regular basis to keep them healthy, moving well, and performing at a high level. Previously, Anna was the Director of Performance Physical Therapy at EXOS (formerly Athletes’ Performance) where she worked for 11 years. When she’s not traveling, speaking, healing or teaching, you can find Anna close to the water with a margarita in-hand or taking even more movement and professional education classes. To find out more about Anna, go to

Topic: Sensory Integration and Biotensegrity- A whole organism approach to movement efficiency

Mike Howell

Yo! I’m Mike. I grew up a military brat, so short of the east coast, there aren’t too many places I haven’t lived. Most of my growing up went down in Oregon’s Willamette (Will-ah-met) Valley. In stereotypical Oregonian fashion, I met my spectacular wife in a coffee shop, and that led to our two chocolate labs and two boys-in that order.
After school, I accidentally became a collegiate strength & conditioning coach. Coaching at the high school and college level for almost a decade taught me that I love to coach and lead. I eventually opened my own gym and fell in love with all-things small business.
I dig a good challenge and problem solving which is why I love being a gym owner and coaching.

Topic: Managing Expectations and Leading Up: Doing Your Part to Bring Your A-Game Every Time

Michael J. Barber, MD, PhD, FACC, FHRS, FAHA.

Dr. Barber  is a board certified Internist, Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist, former managing partner of Colorado Springs Cardiologists, co-creator and founding member of the Vascular Center of Colorado (VCC) - a joint venture heart center in Colorado Springs, a member of the Board of Managers of the VCC and former Medical Director of this entity.  He currently is the Medical Director of Strata Integrated Wellness Spa in Colorado Springs. Dr. Barber received his A.B. in Biology from Wabash College where he was graduated cum laude. He went on to Loyola University of Chicago where he completed his PhD in Cardiovascular and Exercise Physiology. After graduate school, he attended the Indiana University School of Medicine where he performed four-years of post-doctoral research study while obtaining his M.D.  After graduation he performed his internship and residency at the University of Virginia Hospitals before completing clinical fellowships in Cardiology and Electrophysiology as well as a second post-doctoral research year at Duke University. He returned to the University of Virginia as an Assistant Professor of Medicine prior to moving to Colorado Springs to join Colorado Springs Cardiologists and establish the Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Program.

Topic:  The Future of Medicine: The Roles of Non-Physicians in the Paradigm of Integrative Medicine