Faculty Profiles (U - Z)

Dean Emeritus

Vear, Herbert J., DC, FCCS (Hon), LLD (Hon), LLD (Hon)


Adjunct Faculty

  • Woodhouse, Linda, BA (Hons), BSc, MA, PhD
  • Yu, Hainan, MBBS, MSc


Zoltai, Stephen, BA (Hons), MISt – Associate Librarian

Graduate Students



Howard Vernon, BA (Hons), DC, FCCS(C), FCCRS(C), PhD


Dr. Vernon graduated from CMCC in 1977, completed his Fellowship in Clinical Science in 1980 and received his PhD from the University of Glamorgan, Wales, UK, in 2003. His thesis covered the manual therapy of headaches of spinal origin.

In private practice since graduation, Vernon has also been on faculty at CMCC since 1979 in various capacities, including director, Research Board from 1984 to 1986 and director, research from 1987 to 1990 and 1997 to 2000. He founded the CMCC Midtown Chiropractic Clinic, the CMCC Midtown Rehabilitation Clinic and the CMCC Disability Designated Assessment Centre and has been director, Centre of the Study of Cervical Spine since 2000.

Dr. Vernon published the first outcome measure for assessing disability due to neck pain – the Neck Disability Index (NDI), in 1991. Currently there are 380 articles internationally that have cited the NDI. Numerous clinical guideline organizations, especially for whiplash management, have endorsed the NDI as the questionnaire of choice for neck pain patients.

He is the author of more than 70 peer-reviewed articles, 15 book chapters and numerous abstract presentations. He has edited two text books on the upper cervical spine. Dr. Vernon received the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research Researcher of the Year Award in 1993 and the Canadian Chiropractic Association Researcher of the Year Award in 1995. He was chair, Consortium of Canadian Chiropractic Research Centres from 1997 to 2004.

His primary area of research is the relationship between the upper cervical spine and headache. He has pursued this interest with clinical and basic science studies, including a clinical trial studying chiropractic and medical management of tension-type headache (1999-2004) and a 20-year long collaboration with Dr. Barry Sessle, a renowned orofacial pain researcher.


Leslie Wiltshire, BSc, DC

Assistant Professor and Clinician, Division of Clinical Education

Dr. Leslie Wiltshire is a Assistant Professor and Clinician for the Division of Clinical Education at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and has been in clinical practice for the past 29 years. After earning a undergraduate degree in Biology from Wilfred Laurier University, he completed a Doctor of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Dr. Wiltshire was a recipient of the CMCC Clinician of the Year Award in 1997/1998. He currently teaches CE 4405 Clinical Practice Internship.


Steve Zoltai, BA (Hons), MISt

Collection Development Librarian

Mr. Zoltai is the Collection Development Librarian at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. He was previously an Archivist at the University of Toronto Archives in the 1990’s and later became the Assistant Executive Director of the Health Science Information Consortium of Toronto at the University of Toronto. After earning a undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Earth Sciences at the University of Winnipeg, he completed his master’s degree in Information Studies at the University of Toronto in 1995 and a certificate in Computer Network Engineering from the Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology in 1996.

Mr. Zoltai has been a recipient of the President’s Letter Award from Humber College. His research focuses on information transmission and translation. He has contributed articles to Libri, Off the Record, and Archae-Facts. He has also served on many committees at CMCC such as the Library Committee, Curriculum Committee, Academic Affairs Committee, the Research Ethics Board and the Budget Development Group. He has also been Chair of the Technology Working Group at CMCC and the Archivist Advisor for the Association for the History of Chiropractic. He is currently a columnist for Canadian Chiropractor magazine.


Stephen Zylich, BSc, DC

Clinician, Muki Baum Children Centre, Muki Baum Adult Centre and Campus Clinic
Assistant Professor

Dr. Zylich graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1976 with a BSc in zoology/physiology and from CMCC in 1981.That same year, he received a collegial service award and the A.V. Hoskin Award for outstanding clinical work.
Dr. Zylich currently teaches neurodiagnosis and child care. He leads clinical practice at the Muki Baum Children Centre and Muki Baum Adult Centre, which specialize in treatment for people with developmental and emotional disabilities. He has been a clinician at CMCC Campus Clinic since 1988.

His research interests include acupuncture, analgesia, clinical chiropractic, teaching and assessment, and questionnaire/survey development.