Kent De Spain (Chair of the Health and Wellness and Healthcare Consumer Advocacy programs at Antioch University Midwest) is an educator and multi-disciplinary artist with a special interest in health care and patient advocacy. He earned his B.A. and M.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles, and his Ed.D. from Temple University in Philadelphia. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Ohio State University, and has worked for many years as a professional choreographer and videographer, teaching movement practices, anatomy, injury prevention, and somatics to students and professionals in the United States, Mexico, Europe, and Asia.
He has held faculty positions at U.C.L.A., University of Texas at Austin, Oberlin College, University of North Carolina – Greensboro, and University of Georgia. After a bout with cancer, De Spain became committed to educating and supporting patients as they interact with the American health care system, and to working with health care practitioners to adopt a more patient-centered and holistic understanding of medical treatment. He successfully completed the Healthcare Consumer Advocacy certificate program at Antioch University Midwest and spent the past year working with The Gathering Place, a resource center in northern Ohio for people touched by cancer.