Dean Smith, DC, PhDWhat does consilience mean? It refers to independent fields of inquiry that come together and create new insights. For instance, the union of chemistry and genetics this century created the powerful new science of molecular biology, the basis of genetic engineering. In wellness terms, consilience refers to the union of traditionally separated fields such as chiropractic, psychology, exercise science, nutrition and biomechanics.

The goal of Consilience is to converge the wealth of knowledge from multiple fields of practice and research into a unified framework towards the pursuit of wellness and teach this framework to health care providers. Consilience is also involved in research on the effects of chiropractic adjustments on human performance.

Dr. Dean Smith, head of Consilience is a clinical faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology and Health at Miami University. He also maintains a private practice of chiropractic in Eaton, Ohio at Essence of Wellness Chiropractic Center. His research interests lie broadly in the area of human movement and coordination. He is most interested in how chiropractic, exercise and rehabilitation affect human performance. His scientific articles have been published in such journals as Human Movement Science, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Chiropractic Research Journal, Chiropractic and Osteopathy and The Open Neurology Journal. His training includes a Master’s degree in exercise science, a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and a PhD in brain and cognitive science with a focus on motor control and coordination. Dr. Smith is also an Internationally Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (ICCSP).  This specialty certification produces a well-rounded individual chiropractor who is qualified to work at sporting events throughout the world. Furthermore, it is the minimum qualification required to be part of a FICS chiropractic delegation for a national or international event such as the Olympic and World Games.