2017 BOARD ELECTIONS

There are several positions on the Board of the New York Chiropractic Council that will be open for elections this year.  These positions currently run through until the end of our convention on October 15th, 2017. Below is the list of the those positions, the names of those that currently hold them and whether or not they can run for another term.  Also listed are the qualifications for running for each position.  If you are interested in running, please send your letter of intent, on your letterhead to the Council's Central Office, addressed to Dr. Robert Browne no later than June 15th, 2017.

PRESIDENT- Dr. John LaMonica is the current President, he has completed 2 full terms and is not eligible to run again for this position.

VICE-PRESIDENT-Dr. Scott Schwager is the current Vice-President, he has completed 2 full terms and is not eligible to run again for this position.

EXECUTIVE OFFICER-Dr. Otto Janke will complete his first term and is eligible to run for a second term.

DISTRICT PRESIDENTS

DISTRICT 1-SUFFOLK COUNTY-Dr. Gary DiBenedetto is the current District President, is eligible to run for another term

DISTRICT 3-BROOKLYN/QUEENS-Dr. Miguel Martinez is the current District President; he is NOT eligible to run for other term.

DISTRICT 5 BRONX/WESTCHESTER--Dr. Donna DeRosa is the current District President; she is NOT eligible to run for another term.

DISTRICT 7 SYRACUSE-Dr. Irum Tahir is the current District President; she is NOT eligible to run for another term.

DISTRICT 13 UTICA-The position is currently open.

QUALIFICATIONS

FROM OUR CONSTITUTION

Section 3- THE PRESIDENT

To run for the office of President (P) an individual must be a member in good standing and either a current or former Executive Board Member who has attended at least 50% of the prior year's Board Meetings. The President can serve two (2) two (2) year consecutive terms.          

Section 4- THE VICE PRESIDENT    

To run for the office of Vice President (VP) an individual must be a member of good standing and either a current Vice President (VP), a current Executive Officer () or a former Executive Officer who has attended at least 50% of the prior year's Board Meetings. The Vice President can serve two (2) two (2) year consecutive terms.

Section 7- NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

Anyone wishing to run for Executive Officer, who is not a current Board member but is a former DP, may do so provided they are a member in good standing for at least the two (2) previous consecutive years, is active on one (1) or more committees for the previous two (2) consecutive years, have written recommendations from four (4) current DP's and has attended 50% of the Board Meetings the year immediately prior to seeking the Executive Officer office. Specifically, such member shall not hold the office of DP or higher if they hold a dual membership in any other Chiropractic organization in NYS.

FROM OUR BY-LAWS

Section 4-QUALIFICATIONS

No one shall run for, be elected to, appointed to, or hold any BOARD, RC, or Committee Chairperson position in the COUNCIL who is not a member in good standing. A member in good standing is a dues paying member who maintains a current license to practice chiropractic in New York State. Eligibility for the position of Executive Officer also includes one having been a member of the BOARD for at least two elected (2) years.

 

UNITY PROCESS

The New York Chiropractic Council (COUNCIL) and the New York State Chiropractic Association (NYSCA) have been in UNITY discussions for a number of years. The purpose of which is to form a new organization called the Chiropractic Society of the State of New York (CSSNY).  

Much work has been done by each organization toward this end by each of the respective committees and subcommittees, involved in this process.

The issues that stand before us are significant ones. Each organization has its perspective and understanding of the process, but must be cognizant of the fiduciary responsibility to each organizations current respective members.  The Council is faced with a stalemate in moving the process forward based on the following issues.

The first of these issues is the requirement sought by NYSCA to maintain and carry forward into the new organization, Affiliation of the American Chiropractic Association with full voting privileges. As a matter of notice to the reader this specific part of the UNITY document is contentious since the language the NYSCA wants to use is, “any bona fide trade organization that seeks membership and is approved can be granted full voting rights in the Society” (CSSNY).

We, the COUNCIL, have agreed to affiliation without voting rights of a bona fide Chiropractic trade organization and have been rebuffed at every turn and meeting with the NYSCA.

 We cannot in good conscience or without sound justification agree to voting rights being granted to an outside agency regardless of the standing that organization has in Chiropractic.

The other issue we have attempted to find common ground on is the concept of one person one vote and district representation.

This would result in too large of a board within the CSSNY. A board of this size will increase cost of staff and communications as well as prevent the board from meeting often enough to be productive. Many organizational experts have commented on how this often results in a core group of individuals who have greater say and control over the organization with everyone else being delegated to an advisory type position.

This obviously would not be appropriate if the two organizations are serious about moving the profession forward and allowing for equal opportunity by considering all opinions for those in board positions and within membership. Creating a concentration of power among a few individuals is incongruent with a successful organization as it reduces chances for change and discourages future leadership.

All recommendations reviewed found that the board should be no bigger than needed. The board should be representative of the organizational size based on members with the caveat that boards larger than 18 people tend to be ineffective. The one person one vote perspective has been tried by many different organizational groups and countries.

The only time, a one person one vote is possible, is with a full member vote. This is usually reserved for organizational decisions of a certain magnitude and is something the COUNCIL has done when needed. We see the new organization as involving our entire membership when decisions such as organizational structure and or organizational commitments are involved.   

So as you can see there are two committee level issues that need to be handled, that are not easily surmountable since the organizational perspectives are askance.

The organizational issue at question and in hand is NYS SCOPE MODERNIZATION pushed by NYSCA and other groups/ institutions within NYS Chiropractic.  A clear Identity of our profession is necessary. We, the Council, define the primary role of a chiropractor just as our defining law is currently written.   The current “modern” language is Vertebral Subluxation and is understood to have many components of which muscle and bone are just 2 components.  The primary duty of chiropractic is our current state law, even though some chiropractors may do other non-primary duties.

All of the above is with regard to a call to UNITE chiropractic under an umbrella with room for all. It is our hope that the umbrella is a metaphor which brings us together under our one great profession, while allowing us to practice as we choose within the law. This is the core of unity as a process. We are uniting to represent NY Chiropractors practicing in NYS. Unity is about realizing that we have more in common than we are different.  It is not about making everyone the same. The CSSNY must be able to represent the majority of chiropractors in the state of New York.

Other outside organizations will not fulfill this job description. This is pertinent to the suggested change in scope, something the COUNCIL has reviewed and reserved public comment since that document we reviewed was not finalized. We appreciate that the NYSCA has been open in private and public meetings about what they would like.

 

The NYSCA has detailed specifically the following changes in scope of practice:

• Extremity adjusting (without the necessity of relating it back to the spine).

• Nutritional consultation and supplementation.

Examination for diagnosis, differential diagnosis, school/camp/sports physicals, scoliosis screening and  DOT examination.

• Stand-alone diagnostic services (Electro diagnosis, musculoskeletal ultrasound)

The way this is being suggested by the NYSCA is to update and modernize our scope. The very idea being we need to have a scope that represents what is taught in the schools. This is consistent with the path historically taken by the Osteopaths as detailed by Norman Gevitz in his book The DO’s in America. He described the change that the Osteopaths took to become physicians equal to MD’s.

The NY Chiropractic Council recognizes that Chiropractic is an incredible, distinct approach to healthcare as defined by our philosophically identified niche in healthcare. Our current New York State law governing scope of practice is written as:

The practice of the profession of chiropractic is defined as detecting and correcting by manual or mechanical means structural imbalance, distortion, or subluxations in the human body for the purpose of removing nerve interference and the effects thereof, where such interference is the result of or related to distortion, misalignment or subluxation of or in the vertebral column.

The key phrase contained above is not subluxation alone but rather subluxation with resultant nerve interference and the effects thereof.  The law was written to be broad scope based on this language. Some trends within our profession in NYS and across the country reveal a systematic move away from this interpretation. Much of the direction and decision making is based solely on the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions related to the subluxation. The Council remains open to new dialogue with respect to scope update, but be assured, we are committed to protecting our right to maintain our ability to detect and correct vertebral subluxation and to continue to advance our unique science, art and philosophy as it relates to human health. This is an affirmation of Chiropractic as a separate and distinct approach to healthcare with a different philosophical understanding to the cause of health.

The move to expand scope appears to be motivated by economic reasons with a focus on increasing our ability to bill for additional services outside of the spinal adjustment.  Although this would be financially beneficial to the profession, the Council remains unconvinced that the Insurance industry will increase policy service benefits and incur additional financial responsibilities.  This approach when attempted previously was met with the stance that the services might be unnecessary as they are presumed to be a duplication of services already performed by other healthcare providers within their provider networks.

We disagree with the philosophy that, if a college teaches it we should be allowed to do it. The reason for this is that much of the curriculum taught in our chiropractic colleges are not part of the minimum CCE requirements and do not have to be approved by the CCE.  This leaves a huge gap in what can be taught, and should not automatically be included in our scope, i.e.: drugs, surgery, and gynecology.  We also disagree with the logic in the following thought; if it is stated specifically in our scope then the Insurance industry will have to pay for it.  Just because something is in our scope, does not guarantee insurance reimbursement.  

It is clear that many people are invested in changing Chiropractic into something different than it has stood for many years. The irony is that chiropractic was clearly defined when they chose to enter school to become part of the profession. The question begs the answer as to why one would want to be a part of something they ultimately want to change? Further consideration should be given to whether those people should be given the opportunity to change the profession? The question is, who should be the guardians of our profession? Should anyone, even those who don't believe in the original premise of our profession, be allowed to change it to better serve their individual needs, wants or thoughts of what chiropractic should look like?

The question the COUNCIL poses to its members is why.  As mentioned above, Norman Gevitz an anthropologist who studied the Osteopaths in America, much of what is being suggested is the exact path taken by the Osteopaths over 50 years ago.

The COUNCIL was born out of a disagreement with the NYSCA leadership over 25 years ago. Our current task is to realize that we have more in common than we are different. We are committed to principled agreement and preservation of Chiropractic’s uniqueness as a separate and distinct approach to healthcare and not a reduction to a finite method of treatment. Chiropractic should not be relegated to a poorly supported mediocre and expensive treatment for uncomplicated acute low back pain.

So it is well accepted and understood by all New York Chiropractic Council Members we are in support of unity with open respect and room for all. This was stated by you the membership in May 2007, when a poll was released to all members as to whether you were in favor of the “Council” moving forward with working towards unity.

We cannot agree to an affiliation with voting rights for any outside organization regardless of the relationship we might have with them. The COUNCIL has always welcomed a representative from any organization in Chiropractic as a non-voting position. We are also committed to having a manageable board size that makes the new organization able to respond to and provide for its members. This cannot be possible following the one person one vote rule given the numerical demographic makeup of Chiropractic in NYS.

Scope as suggested above and previously discussed with the NYSCA is precarious and not the panacea for Chiropractic in NY as some have suggested. The COUNCIL Board has stated that we are committed to two ideas, the first being preservation of our subluxation language in any new law written. The other is no prescription rights and no drugs in Chiropractic in NY. These seem to be two foundational ideas we can continue to build on as we move chiropractic forward in the state of New York.