The Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards hosted its 93rd Annual Educational Congress May 1-5 in Mission Bay, California. The conference focused on the qualities that make regulators more effective. Approximately 150 attendees from the U.S., Canada, and New Zealand represented chiropractic licensing boards, testing, associations, and chiropractic colleges.
On Thursday, the educational portion of the conference opened with the presentation of a new honor – The Sylva Ashworth Award for Outstanding Women in Chiropractic. Dr. Carl Cleveland, III introduced the award and gave a history of its namesake, a pioneer in chiropractic regulation. Dr. Karen Mathiak (GA) accepted this inaugural award and spoke about the importance of regulation and patient protection.
This year, Dr. Kristin Grace (NZ) delivered the 29th Annual Joseph Janse Lecture. Thursday’s presenters also included Dr. Daniel Murphy discussing “Justification of Chiropractic Care: Viewed Through a New Lens,” a look at regulatory responses to the opioid epidemic (presented by Drs. George Khoury (PA) and Kirk Shilts (MA), and “What your Board Staff Wants You to Know” from Dr. Brian Zachariah (IL) and Ms. Beth Kidd (OK). Rounding out the morning was an attorney panel focused on regulating CBD products and the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act. Panel members were Mr. Ajay Gohil (DC), Mr. Louis Ling (NV), Mr. Christopher Gerard (WA), and Dr. Jeffery Tucker (CA).
Thursday afternoon workshops included a College Presidents’ Panel with Drs. Joseph Brimhall (UWS), Carl Cleveland, III (Cleveland Chiropractic College), and John Scaringe (SCUHS), as we as a look at evaluating international transcripts from Mr. Wade Jewell of Aequo International.
Friday’s portion of the conference was hosted by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and included a keynote address by Dr. Marianne Jennings who spoke about ethical issues regulators face.
On Saturday, Dr. Maggie Colucci (NV) presented the Arvidson Award for Meritorious Service to Dr. David Brown (VA). Dr. Colucci spoke of Dr. Brown’s long and active career in public protection and urged regulators to look towards his leadership example. During his acceptance, Dr. Brown challenged attendees to maintain a focus on regulation and public protection above professional interest.
Other educational sessions at the conference included:
- Deregulation and Top Cases
- Stem Cell Therapy
- A Call to Action for Regulators
- Licensure Exams and Services of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners
Elections – FCLB Board of Directors
- President: Dr. Karlos Boghosian (CT)
- Vice President: Dr. Carol Winkler (ND)
- Treasurer: Dr. Keita Vanterpool (DC)
- District III Director: Dr. George Khoury (PA)
- District IV Director: Dr. Karen Campion (TX)
- District III Alternate Director: Dr. Robert Frieman (MD)
- District IV Alternate Director: Dr. Cathy Riekeman (NM)
The FCLB Board of Directors named District II Director Dr. Robert Daschner (MN) to serve as Board Chair.
Awards and Recognition
Dr. Colucci presented awards to the following individuals and organizations:
- 2019 Dr. Wayne Wolfson Scholarship Award: Mr. Christopher Netley (Southern California University of Health Sciences) and Ms. Maggie Juarez (Palmer College of Chiropractic West)
- 2019 Donna Liewer-Cohen Regulatory Scholarship: Mr. Zen Mayhugh (CO)
- 2019 NBCE Administrator scholarships: Ms. Lisa Blanchard (ND), Ms. Adrienne Price (GA), Dr. Brian Zachariah (IL)
- 2019 Board Legal Advisor Grant: Mr. Kenneth Suter (PA)
- 2019 Pennebaker/Wiley Outstanding Board Award: North Carolina Board of Chiropractic Examiners
A complete agenda, list of faculty, awards presentations and many of the 2019 educational sessions are available on the Federation’s website at www.fclb.org.
Next year’s meeting is scheduled for April 22-26, 2020, in Denver, Colorado.