Engage 2022 Conference Daily: Sat., Feb. 5

American Chiropractic Association

The last day of Engage 2022 featured four live panel discussions, a professional development workshop and a meeting of chiropractic college leaders. In addition, members of the new SACA National Executive Board were announced, and the ACA-PAC welcomed four new donors! For more on today’s events, keep reading…

Professional Development Workshop Offers Advice, Networking

At the Professional Development Workshop, SACA and NextGen members had the opportunity to hear presentations from experts on a variety of topics. N. Ray Tuck, Jr. DC, and Lee Matthis, DC, discussed the hiring process, including job searching and interview tips. Jennifer Amaro, DC, shared her experience of opening her own practice, advising attendees on the initial steps and some of the challenges she faced along the way. Erik Korzen, DC, explored chiropractic residency opportunities and shared information about finding a residency and the interview process. Finally, NextGen members Michael Solla, DC, and Alli Totzke, DC, gave advice on how to enter the professional world after graduating from chiropractic college. They covered financial planning, insurance and a variety of important aspects of post-graduate, early practitioner life. Following the presentations, attendees had the chance to network with presenters and peers and learn more about early career opportunities.

Panelists Explore Integrated Practice, Interprofessional Collaboration 

In today’s Integrated Practice Discussion Panel, moderator James Lehman, DC, MBA, and panelists Renee Broughten, DC, PhD, Amy Cannatta, DC, and Mia Ortega, DC, DIANM, discussed their experiences with integrated and interprofessional practice. Dr. Broughten shared some essential competencies for interprofessional collaboration, and Dr. Cannatta discussed integrating with the medical model. Dr. Ortega shared her experience with chiropractic residency, including her opportunity to work in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). Dr. Lehman added his own experiences working in an FQHC, as well as other collaborative opportunities he has had. The session concluded with a question-and-answer portion. A recording of the session will be available here 

VA Panel Explores Whole Health, VA Residencies 

Attendees to the VA Discussion Panel, moderated by David Paris, DC, learned about the Veteran Administration’s efforts to incorporate a “whole health” approach to patient care and received an update on VA chiropractic residencies. Janet Clark, MD, physician lead for the Integrative Health Coordinating Center and Whole Health Education in the VA, called the changes taking place a “system transformation.” She defined whole health as an approach that empowers and equips people to take charge of their health and well-being and to live their life to the fullest. Next, Anthony Lisi, DC, director of the VA chiropractic program, provided an overview of the VA chiropractic residency program, the only one of its kind accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education. Dr. Lisi noted that a high percentage of residents go on to work in medical/hospital settings or academia. A recording of the session will be available here. 

Panel Discusses Research Process from Development to Application 

Panelists John Stites, DC, DACBR, DACO, Cynthia Long, PhD, PStat, and Robert Vining, DC, DHSc, along with moderator Katherine Pohlman, DC, MS, PhD, explored the research process in today’s Research Discussion Panel. Dr. Long began by discussing the process of conducting research, from developing a research proposal to publication. She also shared tips for peer reviewers. Dr. Vining explored data synthesis, explaining how research can be distributed effectively. Dr. Stites continued the discussion with a presentation on using research to enhance patient care, and the panel concluded with a question-and-answer session. A recording of the session will be available here. 

Primary Spine Practitioner Model, CRISP Protocols Explained 

During the Primary Spine Practitioner and Clinical Reasoning in Spine Pain® session today, Donald Murphy, DC, FRCC, provided a deep dive into this new model of care, where doctors of chiropractic provide primary care for patients with spine problems, guiding them through the full cycle of the condition. “Pain can interfere with life, and suffering comes from that,” he noted. Dr. Murphy also touched on the Clinical Reasoning in Spine Pain (CRISP®) protocols, which are designed to help guide practitioners in applying a psychosocial approach to spine care. Dr. Murphy noted that chiropractors are generally ready to play this role already and can take steps to be the PSP in their community now, but “retooling” with some additional training in this area can help them understand what is involved and how to help patients become their own “heros” in recovery. A recording of the session will be available here.  

School Leaders Hold Annual Meeting 

Leaders from many of the nation’s chiropractic colleges gathered today as part of ACA Engage to discuss chiropractic education, collaboration opportunities, residency programs and more. The following schools were represented:  

  • Cleveland University – Kansas City 
  • D’Youville College 
  • Keiser University 
  • Logan University 
  • National University of Health Sciences 
  • Northeast College of Health Sciences 
  • Northwestern Health Sciences University 
  • Palmer College of Chiropractic – Davenport  
  • Palmer College of Chiropractic – Florida 
  • Palmer College of Chiropractic – West 
  • Parker University 
  • Southern California University of Health Sciences 
  • Texas Chiropractic College 
  • University of Bridgeport School of Chiropractic 
  • University of Western States 

SACA Welcomes New National Executive Board

As part of its business meeting at ACA Engage, SACA members elected new leadership. Congratulations to members of the 2022-2023 SACA National Executive Board:

  • Chair: Katy Kennedy – Northeast
  • Vice Chair: Tori Uglialoro – Northeast
  • Leg. Chair: Tristan Alley – Logan
  • Vice Leg. Chair: Dylan Smith – Logan
  • Immediate Past Chair: Ary Laudeman – Northeast

Thanks to New PAC Donors 

ACA sends thanks to our four newest ACA-PAC donors, who signed up during Engage. They are:   

  • David Dziura (Del-Conn.) 
  • Rod Rebarcak (Del-Iowa) 
  • Carlo Guadagno (Del-Fla.) 
  • Chris Cianci (State Affiliate Rep-Pa.) 

Click here if you would like to support ACA’s advocacy efforts by contributing to the PAC. 

See You at ACA Engage 2023! 

Thank you for your attendance and participation in Engage 2022. We hope to see you next year at Engage 2023, which will take place from Jan. 25-28, 2023! Please check your email tomorrow evening for a brief feedback survey. 


Special Thanks to Engage 2022 Sponsors: 


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