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The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), based in Arlington, VA, is the largest professional association in the world representing doctors of chiropractic. ACA promotes the highest standards of ethics and patient care, contributing to the health and well-being of millions of chiropractic patients.  ACA media spokespersons are reliable, informed experts.

ACA President David Herd, DC
Dr. David Herd is president of ACA and began his term in late February 2016. He previously served on the ACA Board of Governors as vice president of ACA. Dr. Herd has been a leader in his profession for decades. He has been a localchiropractic leader serving as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and President of the Rochester District of the New York State Chiropractic Association. He has been a chiropractic educator serving as an Assistant Professor of Chiropractic Studies at New York Chiropractic College. Dr. Herd has been a national chiropractic leader in his position as New York State Delegate for the American Chiropractic Association. He has previously served on the Boards of Directors of the two preeminent chiropractic research organizations -- the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters and the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research. Dr. Herd has been the recipient of numerous professional awards.



Keith Overland, DC, CCSP
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 is past chairman of the Board and past CEO for Allied Health Chiropractic Centers, a Wisconsin-based chiropractic corporation comprised of more than 50 individual clinics. Dr. Bautch is 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.


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 cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist. 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.