Chiropractic Residency Program | VA St Louis Health Care

Matthew Knieper, DC

Dr. Knieper received his BS degree from Michigan State University and DC from Palmer College of Chiropractic (Davenport). He completed his Integrated Clinical Practice Chiropractic residency at the VA St. Louis Health Care System. Dr. Knieper is certified in chiropractic acupuncture and battlefield acupuncture providing additional resources for treatment interventions. Dr. Knieper is adjunct faculty at Logan University (St. Louis). Additionally, he has a passion for teaching, learning and research.

Ross Mattox, DC, RMSK

Dr. Mattox received his BS from Missouri State University (2002) and his DC from Logan University (2007). After several years in private practice, he returned to Logan for a three-year residency in diagnostic imaging, followed by an additional year of fellowship focused on musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound. He received the Registered in Musculoskeletal Sonography certification through the Alliance for Physician Certification & Advancement in 2015.

Dr. Mattox spent the next several years overseeing clinical care and student/resident education as a Logan faculty member in a Federally Qualified Health Center serving un- and under-insured patients before starting with the VA STL HCS in 2020. He was assistant professor in the Doctor of Chiropractic program and taught through Logan’s postgraduate department. His clinical/research interests include multidisciplinary care of chronic pain, social determinants of health, enhancing chiropractic education in clinical settings, and point-of-care diagnostic ultrasound.

Jason Napuli, DC, MBA- Program Director

Dr. Napuli received his BS from Brooklyn College (1999), and DC from NYCC (2003). He completed a fellowship at NYCC in Integrated Care, gaining a master’s degree in Business Administration with a health care concentration from Binghamton University (2006). Shortly after finishing his fellowship in 2006, he began working in VA at the Bath NY VA Medical Center (‘06-‘14), Bay Pines VA HCS (‘14-‘18), and joining the residency program here at VA St Louis in 2018 where he now serves as Chief of Chiropractic and Complimentary & Integrative Health. Over the course of working in VA, Dr. Napuli has overseen clinical services, supervised health professional students and residents, and has contributed to scholarly activities including conducting research, publications, and national presentations. In addition, he has served on a variety of committees in VA including VA Field Advisory Committee, IRB and R&D Committees, and chaired a pain management committee. Furthermore, Dr. Napuli has been involved in the profession as Chair of the Chiropractic Health Care Section of the American Public Health Association, Member of the WFC Public Health Committee, and Site Team Academy member for the Council on Chiropractic Education. Most honorably, Dr. Napuli is a Major in the United States Air Force as a Medical Service Corps Officer and is a veteran of Operation Inherent Resolve and Enduring Freedom. Dr. Napuli brings extensive knowledge to clinical practice with the veterans he serves along with an excitement for excellence in education, patient centered approach to treatment, and a passion for service to the country and profession.

Additional multidisciplinary adjunct faculty will be part of the program as providers during internal rotations and externally through Logan University.


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