Board Members

Board Member Administrative Manual

Board Members


Heather Dehn, D.C.

Heather Dehn, D.C., of Sacramento, was appointed to the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners on May 24, 2012. Dr. Dehn is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa and has been in private practice in Sacramento since 1995.  Dr. Dehn was past president of the California Chiropractic Association, Sacramento District from 2004-2009. She also served on the Board of Directors for the California Chiropractic Association from 2009-2012. She received the California Chiropractic Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 2007. Dr. Dehn was an anatomy instructor for the Sacramento Office of Education’s Regional Occupation Program from 2000-2012.  Dr. Dehn is a member of the American Chiropractic Association, the California Chiropractic Association and the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.

Term Expires: February 10, 2020



Corey Lichtman, D.C.

Corey Lichtman, D.C., of San Diego, was appointed to the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners on April 1, 2014. Dr. Lichtman worked as an associate with Reiley Chiropractic, Inc in Orange County from 2003-2005. Lichtman is the owner and president of Lichtman Chiropractic, Inc since 2006 and has been team chiropractor for the San Diego Sockers since 2009. He currently owns and operates Solana Beach Family and Sports Chiropractic in Solana Beach. Lichtman earned a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Southern California University of Health Sciences.

Term Expires: February 10, 2019



Sergio Azzolino, D.C., Vice-Chair

Sergio F. Azzolino, D.C., of San Francisco, was appointed to the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners on May 24, 2012. Azzolino has been the director at Azzolino Chiropractic Inc. since 1995. He served as faculty at Life Chiropractic College West from 1996 to 1999 and currently is an assistant professor of Clinical Neurology at the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies. Dr. Azzolino earned a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic College West. He is a diplomate and Vice President of the American Chiropractic Neurology Board, diplomate in pain management through the American Academy of Pain Management, a Fellow of the American College of Functional Neurology and Fellow of the American Board of Childhood Development Disorders. He serves on the editorial board of journal of Functional Neurology, Rehabilitation, and Ergonomics (FNRE). He was voted the Chiropractic Neurologist of the year in 1999 by the American Chiropractic Association Council on Neurology and Clinician of the year in 2010 at the International Conference of Functional Neurology. From 2008 - 2010, Dr. Azzolino served as the Northern California Delegate to the American Chiropractic Association. He was recently accepted into the Harvard Medical School Global Clinical Research Scholar Training Program.

Term Expires: February 10, 2020



Dionne McClain

Dionne McClain, of Los Angeles, was appointed to the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners on February 14, 2014. McClain was an adjunct professor at the Southern California University of Health Sciences from 2008 to 2013 and owner of McClain Sports and Wellness Inc. since 2000. She also served as the Western Regional Representative for the American Black Chiropractic Association.  She was a chiropractor and team consultant for the Los Angeles Avengers from 2000 to 2001, chiropractic consultant to the Los Angeles Centurions and held multiple positions at the University of Southern California Athletic Medicine Department from 1989 to 2005, including chiropractor, consultant, and assistant athletic trainer. McClain earned a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix.

Term Expires: February 10, 2018



Frank Ruffino

On March 17, 2017, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the appointment of Frank Ruffino to the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Ruffino is the General Services Administrator at the Veterans Home of California-Chula Vista. He was Regional Administrative Officer at the California Department of Fish and Game, Community Partnership Manager at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, and has served in multiple positions at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from 1985 to 2000. Also, Ruffino serves as President of the Association of California State Supervisors and on the board of the California State Employees Association.  Additionally, he has served as a member of the City of Chula Vista Civil Service Commission and the Coalinga City Planning Commission. Ruffino has dedicated all of his life to community service and has been a volunteer leader with many community organizations.

Term Expires: November 3, 2020



Thyonne Gordon

Thyonne Gordon, PhD, of Los Angeles, was appointed to the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners on June 1, 2018. Dr. Gordon has been an adjunct instructor of nonprofit development at Antioch College since 2017 and an instructor and chief executive officer at Beyond Story Consulting since 2014. She was senior producer at Entertainment Studios in 2016, executive director at CoachArt from 2009 to 2014 and executive director at A Place Called Home Youth Center from 1999 to 2009. Gordon is chair of the Pacifica Graduate Institute Board of Trustees and a member of the Berklee College of Music Advisory Board and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in human and organizational development and a Master of Arts degree in human development from Fielding Graduate University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University.

Term Expires: November 3, 2020



 Robert Puleo, Executive Officer

Robert Puleo has served as the Executive Officer of the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners (BCE) since November, 2009. He came to the Board with an extensive background in regulatory programs and consumer protection policy. Prior to joining the BCE, Mr. Puleo served as an Enforcement Manger with the Contractors State License Board, Deputy Chief at the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, and Assistant Deputy Director at the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Legislative and Regulatory Review, where he had previously served as a Legislative Analyst and Manger. Mr. Puleo began his state civil service career in 1990 as a Legislative Clerk for the Legislative Counsel Bureau. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the California State University, Sacramento.