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VA Announces Five Chiropractic Residency Sites

Arlington, Va.—The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) today announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has named the five VA medical facilities and affiliated chiropractic colleges that will participate in VA’s chiropractic residency program. They are:

VA Facility

Academic Affiliate

Residency Director

VA Connecticut Healthcare System
West Haven, Conn.

University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic

Anthony Lisi, DC

VA Western New York Healthcare System
Buffalo, N.Y.

New York Chiropractic College

Andrew Dunn, DC

Canandaigua VA Medical Center
Canandaigua, N.Y.

New York Chiropractic College

Paul Dougherty, DC

VA St. Louis Healthcare System
St. Louis, Mo.

Logan University College of Chiropractic

Pamela Wakefield, DC

VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
Los Angeles, Ca.

Southern California University of Health Sciences, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic

Valerie Johnson, DC

The program will begin in July 2014 and provide advanced clinical training in complex case management, allowing recent graduates to increase their scope and depth of clinical knowledge, experience and acumen. Residents will be mentored by senior VA doctors of chiropractic who are leaders in integrated chiropractic practice. These clinicians will share their expertise in patient care, academics and research to provide a robust educational experience.

“This is a win-win for the American veterans who are desperately in need of the services provided by doctors of chiropractic for their often complex neuromusculoskeletal ailments and for the DCs who will grow from their VA residency experiences,” said ACA President Keith Overland, DC. “The hospital-based training program will expand participants’ ability to collaborate with other health care professionals and prepare residents for future positions with VA, other health care systems or in academic settings.”

Detailed application information will be provided by each program later in January 2014. Selection will be a competitive process considering factors such as chiropractic college transcripts, additional professional experiences, letters of recommendation, telephone and/or on-site interviews.

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), based in Arlington, VA, is the largest professional association in the United States advocating for more than 130,000 doctors of chiropractic (DCs), chiropractic assistants (CAs) and chiropractic students. ACA promotes the highest standards of ethics and patient care, contributing to the health and well-being of millions of chiropractic patients. Visit us at