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The Virginia Chiropractic Association Rocks Richmond for Fall Convention

Thursday, October 10, 2013  

Afton, VA – The Unified Virginia Chiropractic Association (Unified VCA) met for its annual meeting October 4-6 at the Hilton Hotel and Spa at Short Pump in Richmond, Virginia.

A record-breaking 152 Doctors of Chiropractic gathered in Richmond, along with 54 Chiropractic Assistants, 32 supporting supplier companies, speakers and guests. The program featured top-notch educational presentations, dynamic speakers, organizational business, political and legislative updates, networking opportunities, increased camaraderie and lots of fun.

The DC and staff programs blended practical and inspirational sessions covering the art, science and philosophy of Chiropractic.

  • Timely, compelling sessions for Doctors covered extremity adjusting, subluxation neurology, cervical spine adjusting and vertebral artery issues, active care, laser therapy, science-based patient education, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress’ employee outreach initiative, and much more.
  • Well known instructors included Drs. Gerard Clum, Dan Murphy, Kevin Hearon, Mark Sanna, Kevin Pallis, and Pat McLean.
  • A particular highlight of the weekend was a panel discussion entitled "Strategies for Success.” Drs. Gerry Clum, Jay Greenstein, Scott Banks, Bill Thesier, Joe Foley, and Christopher Perron presented aspects of practice that have flourished during challenging times, including the emergency of patient-centered medical homes and ACOs, rehab and third party billing, personal injury, nutrition, and the increased interest in cash practices. One common theme that emerged from the program was Passion. Identify what you love doing – where your passion is – and focus on that.
  • CAs benefitted from comprehensive training by Dr. Mark Sanna, Dr. Richard LaBarbera, Mr. Josh Walker, Ms. Marah Sparrow, and Dr. Minesh Patel.
  • For a complete list of topics and speakers, visit and click on the Education tab, then Archives.

The Association's ability to bring this high level of expertise and excitement to Virginia Chiropractors at affordable rates was made possible by generous sponsorships from the following organizations:

  • American Society for Asset Protection
  • Breakthrough Coaching
  • Chirocenters Management Corporation
  • ChiroOneSource
  • Council on Extremity Adjusting
  • Foundation for Chiropractic Progress
  • Life University
  • MultiRadiance
  • NutriWest Mid-Atlantic
  • The New Renaissance

During Saturday's General Membership Meeting, members elected the following Officers:

  • Dr. Tom Wetzen, President (re-elected)
  • Dr. Bibhu Misra, Vice President (re-elected)
  • Dr. David Dolberg, Treasurer (re-elected)
  • Dr. Michelle Rose, Secretary (newly elected)

Outgoing board member Dr. Sandra Elbaum was also recognized. The meeting also featured updates from the East Coast Associations' IPN, Virginia C-PAC, Unified VCA committees, and the treasurer, among others.

Educational programs were complemented by opportunities for attendees to relax and socialize. Saturday's awards dinner featured an exciting virtual Derby, with Susie Thesier and Lori Robinson winning for Best Derby Attire. The annual raffle to benefit the VCA’s Legal and Legislative Fund, organized and conducted by Ms. Susette Goodwin, featured exciting prizes donated by exhibitors, doctors, and patients. Prize contributors included:

  • Atlas Media Group
  • Breakthrough Coaching
  • CARE Medical Billing
  • ChiroOneSource
  • Chirocenters Management Corporation  
  • HF Hill & Associates
  • Living Well Today International
  • Spinal Reflex Institute International

The following members were recognized for recruiting new members to the Association:

  • Abel C. Borromeo, V, DC
  • Logan Brooke, DC
  • Chris Bruno, DC
  • Jeremy Busch, DC
  • Chris Connolly, DC
  • Robert P. Donnelly, DC
  • Ellen Fitzenrider, DC
  • Kell Fleshood, DC
  • Chris Frey, DC
  • Mark Haynes, DC
  • Adam Keefe, DC
  • Judy Lamp, DC
  • Frank Lombardozzi, DC
  • Jeff Martin, DC
  • Bibhu Misra, DC
  • Matthew Schrier, DC
  • Howard Van Nostrand, DC
  • Tom Wetzen, DC

The following awards were presented on Saturday evening:

  • Literary Award -- David B. Dolberg, DC, Springfield, Virginia, for his article in American Chiropractor regarding his visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and tour of the Chiropractic Department by Dr. Bill Morgan.
  • The John Stoke Journalism Award -- Russell Thomas Roselle, DC, DAAIM, DCBCN, Fairfax, Virginia, for his EMMY-nominated WETA/PBS program "Ageless Health.”
  • Presidential Merit AwardJeremy Busch, DC, CCSP, CCEP, CSCS, CHt, Front Royal, Virginia, for contributing the use of his office for an upcoming seminar series that VCA is co-marketing with the Council on Extremity Adjusting, providing thoughtful input on VCAdoctalk, participation on the Insurance Committee, sponsorship of new members, and more – all while adjusting to the role of New Dad.
  • Outstanding Supplier Support & Service - Marilyn Porras, Chirocenters Management Corporation, Richmond, Virginia, for consistently maintaining VCA membership, running a full-page ad in every issue of VCA's newsletter, exhibiting at every VCA Spring and Fall Convention, sponsoring convention speakers, stand-alone seminars, and district meetings, and more.
  • "Rookie of the Year” - Carly S. Swift, DC, Virginia Beach, Virginia, for actively participating in VCA committees and strategic planning, as well as organizing and holding chiropractic get-togethers in the Virginia Beach area, from the moment she started practicing in the state.
  • District Director of the Year – Will Sonak, DC, Sterling, Virginia. For the first time ever, the same doctor received this award two years in a row! Dr. Sonak holds frequent district VCA meetings and meetings with legislators, yet still finds time to volunteer at the Loudon Free Clinic. He has expanded chiropractic coverage through the clinic, holds annual fundraising festivals at his office to raise money for the clinic, and was named its Provider of the Year this past June.
  • 2013 Chiropractor of the Year - Bibhu R. Misra, DC, MSc, ACRB-1, FIAMA, Ashburn, Virginia. As Insurance Committee Chair, Dr. Misra fields member questions on insurance issues, spearheaded development and updating of Insurance Manual for members-only on web site, started regular Insurance Updates to members, a mechanism to help track member challenges with insurance and strategize how they might be addressed, etc. As Vice President, he provides a professional, articulate back-up to the President. He has also volunteered significant time and energy to the development of the East Coast Associations' IPN as a Board Member of that organization.

Earlier that day, Executive Secretary Mrs. Elaine Myers was recognized for her work in migrating the association to a new web site and database platform, and Membership Assistant Mr. Jack DiCicco was recognized for five years of service.

The Unified VCA extends a special thanks to all of the suppliers who supported and/or exhibited at the convention:

  • A Trusted Voice
  • AcuPractice Seminars
  • Atlas Media Group
  • Blue Ridge X-ray Company, Inc.
  • Breakthrough Coaching
  • Cancer Treatment Centers of America
  • CARE Medical Billing Inc.
  • Chiro1Source
  • Chirocenters Management Corporation
  • ChiroTouch
  • Clear Mind Center
  • Council on Extremity Adjusting
  • Eclipse Practice Management Software
  • Foot Levelers Inc.
  • Foundation for Chiropractic Progress
  • HF Hill & Associates, Inc.
  • Humanscale
  • International Chiropractors Association
  • Life University
  • Living Well Today International
  • Multi-Radiance
  • New York Chiropractic College
  • NIH Federal Credit Union
  • Nutri-West Mid-Atlantic
  • Radford University
  • Sole Supports, Inc.
  • Spinal Reflex Institute International
  • Take Shape for Life
  • The New Renaissance
  • Triangle X-ray Company
  • Virginia Asset Management

For additional convention and awards details, call Ms. Julie K. Connolly, Executive Director, at 540-932-3100, or email her at


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