Dr. Richard K. Skala, DC, IDE, FAFICC, FASBE

Chiropractic IME and Expert Witness Services

Dr. Richard Skala provides Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs), case reviews, medical record review, expert opinion, deposition, and expert witness testimony in cases of Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice.

“It’s a pleasure working with a medical expert who understands the legal side of things in addition to the medical side.”

“Your attention to detail and willingness to take the time to dig into the records was a definite asset in this case”

“Your input made all the difference in understanding the issues of standard of care on this case”

“I have not had many claimants seen by you, but over the years I have had a few. 30 years in this business has taught me a lot and some of the education came from you.”

Dr. Richard Skala got his degree “Doctor of Chiropractic” in 1972 – 1976 from Palmer College of Chiropractic.

Why Dr. Richard K. Skala

Has been in chiropractic practice for 40+ years. He is certified in Manipulation Under Anesethesia and has performed 100’s of MUA procedures.

  • Fellow Academy of Forensic and Industrial Chiropractic Consultants (FAFICC)
  • Certified Disability Evaluator (IDE)
  • Fellow Applied Spinal Biomechanical Engineering (FASBE)
  • Qualified Medical Examiner (QME) since 1992
  • Available Agreed Medical Examiner (AME)
  • Has done hundreds of depositions and 1000+ medical-legal reports.

Dr. Skala: ” I differ by being known as someone who writes comprehensive reports and does not duck issues, and, even if the circumstances of the case appear to be insignificant financially, I will take the time to do what needs to be done

Post Graduate

  • Diplomate National Board of Chiropractic Examiners1976

  • Applied Kinesiology Certification, International College of Applied Kinesiology, Detroit, MI1978

  • California Chiropractic AssociationCertified Disability Evaluator Course300 Hours 1990

  • California Chiropractic AssociationQualified Medical Evaluator Course300 Hours 1992

  • Academy of Applied Spinal Biomechanical EngineeringSpinal Biomechanics Course & Fellow Exam300 Hours 1988

  • University of Florida School of MedicineSpinal Musculo-Skeletal Rehabilitation CertificationGainesville, FL200 hours & Certification Exam1989

  • Spinal Column Stressology CertificationSpinal Stress InstituteLong Beach, CA300-Hour Course and Certification Exam1981

  • AMA Spinal Impairment RaterMedical Legal Consultants AssociationClearwater, FLCertification1994

  • AMA Impairment Rater5th EditionAcademy of Forensic Chiropractic ConsultantsRedondo Beach, CA2004

  • Manipulation Under AnesthesiaCalifornia Academy of MUACertified MUA2002

  • Neuro Electrodiagnostic Certification ProgramPalmer College of Chiropractic150 Hours with Certification Examination2011

  • California Division of Workers Compensation AppointedQualified Medical Evaluator (QME) 1992 – Present

  • California Board of Chiropractic ExaminersBoard Consultant Training Course: 2008, 2015

  • Northwestern Health Sciences UniversityChiropractic Neurology Diplomate Program300 hours completed 2013 – 2015.Board Eligible Chiropractic Neurologist


  • Diplomate National Board of Chiropractic Examiners
  • Licensed by California State Board of Chiropractic Examiners # 11658
  • California DWC Appointed Qualified Medical Evaluator
  • Fellow Applied Spinal Biomechanical Engineering
  • Certified Industrial Disability Evaluator
  • Certified in Spinal Rehabilitation by University of Florida Medical School
  • Fellow Academy of Forensic Industrial Chiropractic Consultants (AFICC)
  • Certified in Manipulation Under Anesthesia 2002 by CAMUA
  • AMA Impairment Rating Certified – American Board of Forensic Consultants
  • Colossus I and Colossus II Certified February 2008
  • California Board of Chiropractic Examiners – Certified Expert Witness and File Review September 2008 – Current
  • Neuroelectrodiagnosis 150-hour certification course with exam 2011
  • Fellow American Board of Disability Analysts
  • Certified Disability Analyst

Professional Activities


  • Christian Chiropractors Association (CCA)
  • Optimists International – Lifetime Member
  • American Academy of Clinical Applied Spinal Biomechanical Engineering
  • California Chiropractic Association
  • International Chiropractic Association of California (ICAC)
  • Fellow Academy of Forensic and Industrial Chiropractic Consultants (AFICC)
  • California Society of Industrial Medicine and Surgery (CSIMS)

Directorships and Boards

1983 - 1988

Elected Member of School Board - Fremont Christian Schools

1988 - 1992

Board of Trustees - Mission Valley Young Life


Board Member California Society of Industrial Medicine and Surgery


Board Member: The Growing Place – Non-Profit Professional Mental Health Organization – Chico, CA


Finance Director - Mission Springs Community Church


Board Member - Christian Counseling Centers, a non-profit mental health care agency in the SFO bay area.


Transform Asia, a nonprofit Christian organization ministering


Creditors Committee Chairman– Cash 4 Titles SEC Liquidation – recovery plan