About the Columnist

Dr. Shelley Simon graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in 1981. She also holds degrees in nursing (RN from Downstate Medical Center State University of New York, College of Nursing, 1974), public health / health education and promotion (MPH from Portland State University, 1996) and educational leadership / postsecondary education (EdD from Portland State University, 1998). She has served as a nurse at UCLA Medical Center, Alta Bates Hospital (Berkeley, Calif.), and St. Vincent's Hospital in Portland, Ore., and practiced chiropractic in Portland from 1982-1999.

Dr. Simon also has extensive teaching experience, including service as dean of clinics, vice president for clinical affairs and vice president for academic systems at Palmer College of Chiropractic (1999-2002); and vice president of academic affairs and interim president at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (2002-2004). She also has served as an assistant professor at Western States and an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University.

Dr. Simon is the founder and president of Beyond Practice Management (www.beyondpracticemanagement.com), a coaching/consulting company established in 2005. She lectures on practice management, professional development, communication skills, project management and other topics.

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