Faculty

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Skilled professors to help you succeed

Cleveland University-Kansas City maintains highly qualified faculty with broad experience and credentials in their subject areas. And with an average of one instructor for every 13 students, you'll have the opportunity to get to know them well.

Use the directory below to learn more about Cleveland University-Kansas City's esteemed faculty members — the men and women who will inspire you to be the difference in health care.

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Dr. Steve Agocs

Dr. Steve Agocs

Assistant Professor
B.A., University of Northern Iowa
D.C., Palmer College of Chiropractic


Dr. Agocs is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and Palmer College of Chiropractic. He joined Cleveland in 2007 and is a clinician in the outpatient clinic. Agocs teaches History of Chiropractic and Technique Systems, Thompson Technique and Gonstead Technique, and he also serves as the lead clinician at the Kansas City CARE Clinic. He is certified in Thompson Technique, the Selective Functional Movement Assessment, FAKTR-PM and Fascial Movement Taping. Agocs also teaches chiropractic adjusting technique and Fascial Movement Taping at the postgraduate level both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Paul Barlett

Dr. Paul Barlett

Professor
B.S., University of Akron
M.S., University of Akron
Ph.D., Ohio State University


Dr. Barlett received his B.S. degree in biology and M.S. degree in biology/physiology from the University of Akron in Ohio. His Ph.D. is from Ohio State University, where his area of study was anatomy/embryology and his research interest was in teratology studying the effects of maternal diabetes on heart development. Barlett completed a two-year post-doctorate program in reproductive toxicology at the Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio. He joined the Cleveland faculty in 1987, and currently serves as professor of anatomy in the Basic Sciences Department. Through the years, he has taught all the anatomy classes that are part of the University’s curriculum. His outside interests include competitive power lifting and running.

Dr. Jason Bartlett

Dr. Jason Bartlett

Associate Professor
B.S., Northwestern Health Sciences University
D.C., Northwestern Health Sciences University, College of Chiropractic


Dr. Bartlett is a 1988 graduate of Northwestern College of Chiropractic. He and his wife, Dr. Julia Bartlett, opened a private practice immediately after graduation, which they ran until 2005. Bartlett then accepted a full-time teaching position with Northwestern Health Sciences University. He was involved with several university-related service opportunities, including the student-run Pillsbury House Clinic in Minneapolis and La Clinica Mariposa in Costa Rica. These experiences helped him to develop a deeper understanding of public health issues, which helps to support the material he presents in his Public Health II course. In addition, he is the primary instructor for Tech V Extremity Adjusting and Graston Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation. He assists Dr. Jon Wilson with the Tech III course, which covers Lumbar and Thoracic adjustive techniques, and he manages his assigned interns as a clinician in the outpatient clinic. His outside interests include biking, trout fishing and most outdoor activities. In addition to traditional chiropractic methods, he has great interest and significant postgraduate training in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Dr. Cheryl Carpenter-Davis

Dr. Cheryl Carpenter-Davis

VP of Academic Affairs
B.A., MidAmerica Nazarene University
M.Ed., MidAmerica Nazarene University
Ed.D., University of Missouri



Dr. Carpenter-Davis received her doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2005. She began her teaching career in physical therapy education in 1991 at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley campus, and in 1995 at the University of Kansas-Medical Center campus. While she was with the Metropolitan Community College system, Carpenter-Davis held many different positions including faculty, associate dean, and dean of instruction. In addition, she currently serves as a team leader and peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and birdwatching with her husband.

Dr. Michael Cartwright

Dr. Michael Cartwright

Clinician, Instructor
B.S., Cleveland Chiropractic College
D.C., Cleveland Chiropractic College


Dr. Cartwright received his B.S. in human biology and his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Cleveland Chiropractic College. He worked in private practice for several years in Westminster, Colo., prior to joining the staff at Cleveland University-Kansas City in May of 2017. Cartwright is a full-time faculty member and clinician, and also administrates the community outreach program. His interests include pursuing continuing education to increase and improve his knowledge base and skills. When not at work he enjoys spending time with his kids and grandkids.

Dr. Carl Cleveland

Dr. Carl Cleveland

President, Professor
B.S., University of Missouri-Kansas City
D.C., Cleveland Chiropractic College


Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III is a fourth generation doctor of chiropractic, grandson of the founders, and the third president of Cleveland Chiropractic College, now Cleveland University-Kansas City. He is a tireless ambassador for the chiropractic profession as represented by his service history. Having served as president of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges and president of the Council on Chiropractic Education, currently he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for the History of Chiropractic, the National Chiropractic Legal Action Fund and the William M. Harris Family Foundation. He is a founding member of the Chiropractic Summit and has served as national spokesperson for the ACA/ICA Alliance for Chiropractic Progress. Dr. Cleveland III teaches Foundations in Philosophy and Science of Chiropractic.

Dr. Nishwan Dabbagh

Dr. Nishwan Dabbagh

Instructor
B.S., Mosul Medical School
M.S., Al-Mustansiryah Medical School
M.D., Mosul Medical School

Dr. Dabbagh is an instructor in the Basic Sciences where he teaches a range of pathology courses including General Pathology, Cardiovascular Pulmonary and Gastrointestinal Pathology and Neuromusculoskeletal and Genitourinary Pathology. He also serves as the instructor for Medical Terminology. Away from the classroom, Dabbagh enjoys spending time with family and reading.

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