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Anthony Hamm, DC, of Goldsboro, N.C., serves as president of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). He was elected in March 2014.
In addition to running a private practice in Goldsboro, Dr. Hamm has a long history of working collaboratively with other health-related professionals and is a national expert on chiropractic coding, documentation and risk management issues. He has lectured and written extensively on these subjects over many years. In 2011, he made history as the first chiropractic physician to be elected co-chair of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee Review Board (HCPAC). HCPAC develops recommendations on values for new and revised CPT® codes.
Dr. Hamm previously served as ACA vice president, president of the ACA Council of Delegates and as the association’s North Carolina delegate. He is also past chairman of ACA’s Coding and Reimbursement Committee and Ethics Committee.
Dr. Hamm earned his chiropractic doctoral degree in 1979 from National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL. He holds post-doctoral certifications in chiropractic orthopedics, acupuncture and forensic sciences.
Keith Overland, DC, CCSP
ACA Immediate Past President Keith Overland, DC, CCSP has run a private chiropractic practice in Norwalk, Conn., for more than 30 years. He is dedicated to helping patients obtain access to conservative, cost-effective chiropractic care and to promoting the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle. He has served previously on ACA’s Health Care Reform Task Force and also worked with the association’s political action committee. In his home state, Dr. Overland served as co-chair of the Connecticut Governors Committee on Physical Fitness, a member of Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s Health Care Task Force and a member of Rep. Christopher Shays’ Task Force on Human Services. He is the past president of both the Connecticut Chiropractic Association and the New England Chiropractic Council.
A 1981 graduate of New York Chiropractic College (NYCC), Dr. Overland has also made a mark in sports chiropractic, having worked with the New York Mets, the United State Speed Skating team, the United States Olympic Training Center, The World Games in Taiwan and countless other state and local teams. He has taught undergraduate sports chiropractic courses at the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic (UBCC) and serves on that institution’s postgraduate faculty.
Scott Bautch, DC, DACBOH, CCST, CCSP
Dr. Scott Bautch serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer for Allied Health Chiropractic Centers, a Wisconsin-based chiropractic corporation comprised of more than 50 individual clinics. Dr. Bautch is a past president of the American Chiropractic Association’s Council on Occupational Health. He has also served as a board member for the International Academy of Chiropractic Occupational Health Consultants and is a past chairman of the Wisconsin Council on Occupational Health.
Dr. Bautch completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 1980 and graduated from the Logan College of Chiropractic in 1983. He is certified by the American Chiropractic Board of Occupational Health, maintains certification in Chiropractic Spinal Trauma, and is a certified Chiropractic Sports Physician.
Steven Conway, DC, DACBOH, Esq.
Dr. Conway is a partner in True North Chiropractic Consultants, which provides guidance and coaching to both new and seasoned doctors of chiropractic. Prior to launching his own business, Dr. Conway served as the chief operating officer (COO) and general counsel for Allied Health Chiropractic Centers, a chiropractic corporation comprised of more than 50 clinics. An occupational health expert, Dr. Conway has provided industrial consulting for companies such as John Deere, Andes Candies, Dorsey Trailers, and Lear Seating.
Dr. Conway received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire before completing his doctor of chiropractic degree at Logan College of Chiropractic. He received his juris doctorate from Stetson University College of Law. Dr. Conway is a member of the Wisconsin State Board of Chiropractic Examiners and the Wisconsin Bar Association.
Karen Erickson, DC
Dr. Karen Erickson maintains a private practice on New York City’s Upper West Side. Dr. Erickson was one of the first chiropractors to be credentialed by a major teaching hospital in the United States, when in 2000 she was invited to join Beth Israel Medical Center’s Continuum for Health and Healing. As an ambassador for the chiropractic profession, Dr. Erickson educates medical doctors and other health care professionals about proper utilization of chiropractic care. Dr. Erickson maintains that chiropractic is vastly under-utilized in this country and around the world.
Her current projects include co-authorship of a National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health approved grant on Integrative Approaches to Chronic Disease, and she is authoring a chapter on pediatric chiropractic for an integrative textbook edited by the renowned Andrew Weil, MD.
Dr. Erickson received her bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Antioch College and was an honors graduate of New York Chiropractic College in 1988. Her background includes research at Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Commonweal Health Institute, and Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Robert Hayden, DC, MSN, PhD
Dr. Robert Hayden maintains a private practice in Griffin, Ga., just south of Atlanta. Dr. Hayden is a past president of the Georgia Chiropractic Association and was named the organization’s "Chiropractor of the Year" in 2006.
Prior to receiving his doctor of chiropractic degree, Dr. Hayden was a critical care nurse specializing in cardiovascular and coronary care. He devoted 18 years to the nursing profession, serving as executive director of the Mississippi Nurses’ Association, and as a registered lobbyist and continuing education consultant.
Dr. Hayden holds bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and nursing, and received his master’s degree in nursing from the University of Alabama. He also holds a PhD from the University of Mississippi and in 1995 received his doctor of chiropractic degree from Life University.
William Lauretti, DC, DACBOH, FICC
Dr. Bill Lauretti spent over 12 years in private practice before joining the Chiropractic Clinical Science faculty at New York Chiropractic College in 2005. He has written numerous journal articles and textbook chapters about the risks of chiropractic neck treatments, and has lectured extensively on the topic. He has been interviewed by major news outlets about chiropractic risks, including CNN, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle and Reuters International News Service.
He is a Fellow of the International College of Chiropractors, is a past recipient of ACA’s Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement, and was named the Maryland Chiropractic Association’s Chiropractor of the Year 2000.
Cynthia Vaughn, DC, FICC
Dr. Vaughn has been appointed to several national leadership positions within the chiropractic profession. She has served on both the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs Chiropractic Advisory Committee and the VA Advisory Committee on Chiropractic Care Implementation. Furthermore, she is a past delegate to the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards, and World Federation of Chiropractic.
Dr. Vaughn is a 1984 summa cum laude graduate of Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and has practiced in Austin, Texas, since 1989.