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COCSA Elects First Female President Dr. Kate Rufolo
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Written by TAC Staff   
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 11:36

The Congress of Chiropractic State Associations held their annual convention in Scottsdale Arizona November 4-6, 2010 and made history.  Of the three major national associations in Chiropractic, the ACA, ICA and COCSA, the Congress became the first of the three to elect a female president.  Never before in the history of the profession has a women been chosen to lead a major national association. 

drkaterufoloDr. Kate C. Rufolo was duly elected by the membership at the annual business meeting on Saturday November 6, 2010.  Dr. Rufolo has served on COCSA for the last 6 years and prior to that had been elected the first female president of the Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association.  Dr. Rufolo noted that COCSA’s history has always been about providing a voice and neutral ground for the profession to interact regardless of politics or philosophy and based on that it was not a surprise that COCSA would be the first to elect a female president. 

Dr. Rufolo stated that “It is exciting to break glass ceilings and to open up avenues as our profession continues to grow.”  Her plans during her term are to continue to dedicate COCSA as the voice of the states and expand its reach.   Dr. Rufolo as an ambitious agenda for the Congress including strategic planning for the profession and also signing a Community Covenant with the Military.  She said, “At this time the profession has unity of purpose if not unification and until that time, the three major national associations serve a vital purpose and that does not preclude us from working together – one voice – one message. COCSA has 97% membership at this time as the Association for State Associations.  We have by proxy the field doctors who rely on those states associations. By providing a conduit for information and a voice for the states, here is where the momentum for change will come.   Our states are the boots on the ground…this is grass roots.”phies, and the ability to rigorously assess the state of evidence regarding safety and efficacy of various CAM therapies.  With this education in hand, students may then pursue career options related to research (advanced study leading to the doctorate degree), policy and administration (in government or the non-profit sector), or continue their training in one of the health professions.

Pleased with the new collaboration, NYCC Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Michael Mestan said, “We welcome the opportunity to partner with a university the caliber of Georgetown, and are enthused at the prospect of training such capable students with expressed interest in natural healthcare.”

Parker’s Dr. Fabrizio Mancini and Dr. Gilles Lamarche Serve in Haiti and Dominican Republic
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Wednesday, 12 January 2011 00:00

Dallas, November 16, 2010 – Parker leaders, Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, president of Parker College of Chiropractic, and Dr. Gilles Lamarche, vice president of Parker Seminars traveled to Haiti where they served the people in the earthquake devastated country. Demonstrating Parker’s dedication in spreading chiropractic worldwide, the two provided much needed care for the people in the destitute country.

haitichiroThe trip was led by ChiroMission (CM) co-founders, Dr. Todd Herold, vice president and cultural liaison of CM, and Dr. JC Doornick, president of CM. The group included a team of 68 chiropractors, students, and volunteers. Dr. Doornick assembled a team of 11 and headed across the border from their entry point of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and began serving in Haiti.

“There is just no way to explain what the situation in Haiti is like at this time,” said Dr. Doornick. “It’s overpopulated, unsanitary, dangerous, desperate, and an overall mistreatment of human beings. However, still full of life and courage, I was so proud to be a human being and chiropractic servant and I know our presence and mission played an essential role in providing hope and better health.”

Meanwhile in Puerto Plata, Dr. Herold announced the coming aid through television and radio to prepare the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. Over the course of one week, the teams gave nearly 70,000 chiropractic adjustments.

During the trip, nearly $55,000 was raised by the doctors, their patients, and volunteers. Dr. Lamarche spearheaded 90 percent of the effort after visiting a dilapidated mosquito infested orphanage housing 25 children. Dr. Lamarche learned of the effort to move the children to safety and accommodate another 50 abandoned children with $30,000. Within three hours, Dr. Lamarche raised more than $30,000 and the construction had already begun. The team will see the completion of the safe house on their next trip in March 2010.

“Dr. Gilles Lamarche walked the talk and primed the pump with a generous donation and about 15 ChiroMissionaries followed his shining example and chipped in from their own pockets and generosity,” said Dr. Herold.

The group also raised funds for food, clothing, and toy donations to people in the communities. In addition, notebooks, pencils, and other school supplies were distributed to local schools. Teachers that have been working for free will also now receive a monthly donated salary.

The Chiropractic College State of the Union
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Written by Arlan W. Fuhr, DC   
Tuesday, 04 January 2011 11:22

Since last spring, I have toured and made presentations at nine different chiropractic colleges in the U.S. and overseas. I always love speaking to students as their enthusiasm is thoroughly contagious. From my observation, it appears that people who have chosen to make chiropractic their life’s work are truly dedicated to helping people get and stay well, and not just in it for profit.

I have never fielded better or more realistic questions than I have in these past several months. Usually, the questions I get are those I have heard a hundred times before, but this time was different. For example, at Palmer Florida, a freshman asked me a question about research that I hadn’t previously considered, and his insight has actually influenced the direction of one of our current studies.

It was also my impression that students are more interested in data than dogma, which I believe is both healthy and progressive. When I was a student those many years ago, we had no data and were forced to rely on dogma, or what we called “philosophy.” I am happy to report that, following my presentation at Northwestern Health Sciences, a student came up to me and said this was one of the best “data-driven” lectures he had heard since starting his chiropractic training. The aspect he appreciated most was the fact that we were not afraid to admit we didn’t know everything, and if we tested an idea and it was not solid, we discarded it and moved on. I told him this approach is known as science.

I do think we are finally maturing as a profession and the perspectives of these students reinforce that position. They are seeking fact, not fiction, and are willing to embrace new ideas if it means they can provide the best treatment possible to their patients.

Enrollments are up in most of the colleges, as students recognize that the public is welcoming natural methods of healing more often. Leadership in the administration offices and the strength of faculty at these institutions are also a credit to our profession. And the bonus: The student of today continues to have a burning desire to help people, mirroring the same inspiration that led me to study chiropractic after achieving wellness through its care. Add in that recently named chiropractic as one of its top small-business opportunities, and choosing the professional path of chiropractic is both intrinsically and extrinsically rewarding. As chiropractors, we should feel fortunate that our legacy is being upheld by such a strong group of new practitioners. They will make us proud, I’m sure.

Former ACA & ICA President Michael D. Pedigo, D.C., Passes Away
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Monday, 22 November 2010 14:04

Dr.-PedigoDr. Michael Pedigo, D.C., of Camino, California, passed away on October 10, 2010. At the time of his death, he was a member of the board of directors of NCMIC, a role he had served for 17 years.

Dr. Pedigo held two unique distinctions in the chiropractic profession. He was the only chiropractor to be elected president of the International Chiropractors Association (1985-88) as well as elected president of the American Chiropractic Association (1997-99). In addition, he was the only chiropractor in the history of the profession to be named Chiropractor of the Year both by the ACA (1991) and the ICA (1988).
Within the profession, Dr. Pedigo will probably best be remembered as one of the lead plaintiffs in Wilk, et al. v. AMA, et al. In this lawsuit, he was instrumental in making a compelling case for and defeating the American Medical Association’s (AMA) efforts to “first contain and then to eliminate the profession of chiropractic.”

“Dr. Pedigo was a very private person who paradoxically was willing to expose himself and his entire life to an open book examination during the 14-year legal battle with the AMA,” said NCMIC President Louis Sportelli, D.C.
A tireless champion for the unity within the chiropractic profession, Dr. Pedigo frequently engaged in friendly banter with D.C.s regardless of age, college of graduation or style of practice.
In remembrance of Dr. Pedigo, his family requests donations be given to fund chiropractic research, an effort Dr. Pedigo supported his entire chiropractic career. To make a donation in memory of Michael Pedigo, go to or send a check to:

NCMIC Foundation, Inc.  
Mail Stop A3E
14001 University Avenue
Clive, IA 50325

This article originally appeared in NCMIC’s Examiner magazine and was reprinted with the permission of NCMIC Group, Inc. No further reproduction is allowed without the express permission of NCMIC.

In Memoriam: Dr. Paul Anthony White, Founder of Nutri-West
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Thursday, 30 September 2010 11:07

In Memoriam: Dr. Paul Anthony White, Founder of Nutri-West


paul_whiteDr. Paul A. White passed away suddenly on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyoming.
Dr. White was born to Francis (Dickenson) White on April 14, 1939 in Aberdeen, South Dakota, six hours after his twin sister, Paula. Paula said those were the happiest six hours of her life.
While attending Aberdeen Central High School in 1954, Paul met the love of his life, Marcia VonWald. Following graduation and their marriage in Aberdeen in 1957, the couple moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where Paul attended Northwestern College of Chiropractic year round, in addition to working the night shift at Golden Valley Hospital. While at Golden Valley he worked in the psychiatric ward, in the pathology lab assisting in autopsy, and as an orderly. Following graduation in 1962 he purchased his cousin's chiropractic practice in Douglas.
Paul was one of the original 12 founding members of the International College of Applied Kinesiology. He began lecturing worldwide on nutrition and applied kinesiology with the White/Walther Seminars, and continued to do so for the next 15 years.
In 1981, Paul and his family started Nutri-West, a nutrition manufacturing company, to provide supplements to his family and patients. The company rapidly expanded into an international nutritional company with worldwide distribution. In 1997, Nutri-West was purchased by Paul and Marcia's children and continues to flourish under their management.
Paul was always the center of attention with his quick witted sense of humor. He worked hard, played hard, and enjoyed a fine glass of whiskey and an expensive cigar.
A memorial to the Dr. Paul A. White Memorial Scholastic Fund in care of the First National Bank, P.O. Box 1570, Douglas, Wyoming 82633 would be appreciated by the family.


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