Nakiesha Pearson, ND, DC, has recently been named Assistant Dean of Chiropractic Medicine Program at National University of Health Sciences (NUHS). In her role, Dr. Pearson will collaborate with faculty, department chairs, and academic deans to ensure the quality delivery of a program that aligns with the University’s standards and mission.
Dr. Pearson is looking forward to working alongside the chiropractic faculty on a shared vision of academic excellence.
“I have a passion for seeing academic programs excel,” she said. “I hope to help provide students with the best education possible.”
Dr. Pearson, who also serves as associate professor at NUHS, has been teaching for over 10 years. She first began her teaching career as a family practice resident at NUHS where she oversaw interns in the student clinic and did some co-teaching in the classroom. She earned her Doctorate in Chiropractic, Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and her Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice from NUHS.
In 2022, Dr. Pearson received the Academician of the Year Award from the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). The award recognizes individuals for their efforts to advance the profession through academic or educational excellence. She was also chosen to deliver the McAndrews Leadership Lecture at the ACA’s Engage 2023 Conference.
Outside of NUHS, she is the vice-chair of the Committee on Equity Diversity and Inclusion (CEDI) for the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and the chair of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medicine College’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.
One of Dr. Pearson’s goals is to help students learn to equitably assess and treat, a wider population of patients.
“We want to make sure our students can more thoroughly treat the whole patient by not only taking into account their bio-medical symptoms but also considering their cultural background and beliefs and psychological health,” she said.