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Media Spokesperson Biographies
To schedule an interview with one of ACA's media spokespeople, please contact Nicole Racadag at 703-812-0211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, Ill. He holds post-doctoral certifications in chiropractic orthopedics, acupuncture and forensic sciences. Visit Dr. Hamm's President's Page.
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 an attorney and a partner at DeWitt Ross & Stevens, one of Wisconsin’s largest law firms, where he specializes in healthcare law and government relations. 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.
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 serves on the Board of Directors of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE). Dr. Conway also served as a member of the Wisconsin State Board of Chiropractic Examiners. He is the executive director of the Chiropractic Society of Wisconsin, and is an active member of the ACA and the Wisconsin Bar Association.
Karen Erickson, DC, FACC
Dr. Karen Erickson is a media savvy integrative health care expert, speaker and author. As a spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association, her passion is sharing information on chiropractic, health and wellness through print, television, digital media, workshops, and lectures.
Dr Erickson is the founder of Erickson Healing Arts in New York City, where she has practiced for over 25 years, caring for adults, children and infants. She integrates chiropractic care with craniosacral therapy, massage, essential oils, homeopathy, whole foods nutrition and supplements, exercise and mind-body approaches to restore and support health and vitality.
Dr Erickson was a pioneer in ushering chiropractic into mainstream health care, by becoming the first chiropractor to be credentialed by a teaching hospital when she joined the Center for Health and Healing: Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York. She sits on the board of trustees at New York Chiropractic College and is a fellow of the American College of Chiropractic. Dr Erickson holds a bachelor of science in biology and chemistry from Antioch College, and a doctorate with honors from New York Chiropractic College. She is the author of textbook chapters on pediatric chiropractic, chiropractic and integrative health care, and an upcoming piece on posture.
Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC
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, FICC
Dr. Bill Lauretti spent over 12 years in private practice in Maryland before joining the Chiropractic Clinical Science faculty at New York Chiropractic College in 2005, where he is currently an Associate Professor. 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 News Service.
Dr. Lauretti received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Western States Chiropractic College (now University of Western States) in 1989. A Fellow of the International College of Chiropractors, he is a past recipient of New York Chiropractic College's Excellence in Teaching Award and ACA’s Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement. He was also named the Maryland Chiropractic Association’s Chiropractor of the Year 2000, and is a past president of the Faculty American Chiropractic Association.
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.