Joel P. Agresta, PT, DC, CCSP®

Associate Professor 


Dr. Agresta has been in practice as a chiropractor and physical therapist for over 33 years. He graduated from Howard University in 1979 with a degree in Physical Therapy and from Western States Chiropractic College with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1983. He has been a full-time faculty member in physical medicine at NCNM since 2007, and previously was an adjunct faculty instructor of physiotherapy.

Dr. Agresta teaches courses in manipulation, orthopedics, biomechanics and physiotherapy.  In addition, he supervises students at the NCNM Clinic as an attending physician with a specialty in physical medicine.

His areas of professional expertise include:
•    Manipulation of the spine and extremities
•    Sports medicine
•    Rehabilitation
•    Soft tissue therapies
•    Orthopedics
•    Physical therapy modalities

Courses taught:
•    PHM436 Introduction to Biomechanics and Orthopedics
•    PHM533/613/623/633/713 Naturopathic Manipulative Therapeutics/Orthopedic Synthesis I, II, III, IV, V 
•    PHM523 Physiotherapy
•    PHM523L Physiotherapy Lab
•    PHM513 Orthopedics
•    PHM513L Orthopedics Lab
•    CLE811 Clinic Primary Rotation
•    CLE709 Clinic Secondary Rotation 

In addition to his teaching duties at NCNM, Dr. Agresta is an instructor at the University of Western States in the Clinical Sciences Division of the Chiropractic Program where he has taught since 1989. Dr. Agresta is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician and supervises students participating as members of the medical team at the Portland Triathlon and the Portland Marathon.

Getting to know Dr. Agresta
Birthplace: New Jersey

Activities: Free time is spent in family activities and reading.

Favorite Quote: As water reflects a face, so a man's heart reflects the man.  Proverbs 27:19

Music: Classical, Blues, Black Gospel, Pop rock

Historical Figure: Winston Churchill

Favorite Vacation Spot: Mountains, lakes and beach

Curriculum Vitae

Doctor of Chiropractic Western States Chiropractic College          1979-1983
Summa Cum Laude — Valedictorian  
B.S. Physical Therapy Howard University 1975-1977
Summa Cum Laude Division of Allied Health Sciences  
B.A. Psychology Fairfield University 1969-1973
Associate Professor    2007-Present
National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, OR  
Orthopedics     •     Physiotherapy     •     Biomechanics  
Naturopathic Manipulative Therapeutics I-V  
Curriculum Director – Physical Medicine 2007-Present
National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, OR  
Attending Physician – Physical Medicine 2008-Present
NCNM Clinic, Portland, OR  
Instructor – Clinical Sciences Division 1989-Present
University of Western States, Portland, OR
Physiological Therapeutics     •     Chiropractic Rehabilitation
Chiropractic Physician 1983-2008
Private Practice, Troutdale, OR  
Physical Therapist  
Private Practice, Troutdale, OR 1979-2008
Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Salem, OR 2006-2010
     Consultant and Advisor: Low Level Laser Therapy  
National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Greeley, CO 2006
     Test Construction Committee Member  
     National Chiropractic Board Examination  
     Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Section   
Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Salem, OR 2004
     Test Construction Committee Member:  
     Licensing Examination for Chiropractic Assistants  
North Dakota State Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Grafton, ND 2003
     Consultant: Defining and Describing Practice Standards for   
     Chiropractic Physical Therapy  

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•  Publications
•  Presentations
•  Special Projects & Committees
•  Awards/Honors
•  Continuing Education

Updated Nov. 7, 2012