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Dynamic Chiropractic – January 1, 2015, Vol. 33, Issue 01

News in Brief

By Editorial Staff

Initial Reaction to WCA White Paper Mixed

The Wisconsin Chiropractic Association's white paper on scope expansion is generating considerable response, particularly from chiropractic colleges.

Here are brief excerpts from some of the chiropractic colleges weighing in on the WCA's position thus far:

  • Palmer College of Chiropractic: "I agree with [the WCA's] position that chiropractors, as primary care professionals for spinal health, are uniquely qualified to fill this role. However, I disagree that prescription rights are needed to effectively fulfill this role. Instead, let's continue our advocacy that health care delivery evolve to embrace our conservative and wellness-based approach." – Dr. Dennis Marchiori, Palmer Chancellor

  • National University of Health Sciences: "At National, we recognize the significance of [the WCA] position and the necessity for the chiropractic profession to shed old, unsupported ideologies and embrace current evidence and current research as the foundation for professional progress." – Dr. Joseph Stiefel, NUHS President

  • Sherman College of Chiropractic: "Sherman College of Chiropractic strongly opposes the expansion of the scope of practice in Wisconsin. The college remains steadfast in holding to the origins of chiropractic to improve and elevate the well-being of people through the correction of vertebral subluxations. It recognizes that the unique philosophy and art of chiropractic are scientifically grounded in their own right and require no expansion into the act of medical practice." – Dr. Edwin Cordero, Sherman President

  • University of Western States: "The University of Western States strongly supports the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association's efforts to enact legislation that will create a pathway for chiropractic physicians to expand their scope of practice. With additional training and education beyond the Doctor of Chiropractic degree, chiropractic physicians will then be authorized to provide additional necessary healthcare services for their patients."

Dr. Joseph Brimhall, UWS President

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