Announcements

  • Congress of Chiropractic State Associations Appoints New District 5 Director and Committee Members f

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    December 22, 2020

    Congress of Chiropractic State Associations Appoints
    New District 5 Director and Committee Members for 2021

    We are excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Garry Baldwin of Washington State as our new ChiroCongress District 5 Director!

    In November 2020, the District 5 Director position became vacant when Dr. Brian Stenzler was elected as the ChiroCongress 2nd Vice President. Upon the vacancy, President, Dr. Brenda Holland, formed a task force to seek a new District 5 Director. The task force included Dr. Holland, Dr. Thomas Wetzen, 1st Vice President, Dr. Brian Stenzler, 2nd Vice President, and Lizz Klein, Executive Director. Candidates nominated at the annual convention during the District 5 meeting were interviewed and after a thorough review process, Dr. Holland made a recommendation to the Board of Directors for a new District 5 Director. 

    On December 14, 2020, the Board of Directors unanimously approved Dr. Holland’s recommendation and Dr. Garry Baldwin (WA) was seated as the 2020-2021 District 5 Director. ChiroCongress welcomes Dr. Baldwin! The Board of Directors and staff are excited to have his participation as a District Director.

    Dr. Baldwin is the current president of the Washington State Chiropractic Association and served on the ChiroCongress Presidential Advisory Committee from 2019-2020. 

    In addition, On December 14, 2020, the Board of Directors approved 2020-2021 committees and task forces. Committees and task forces are comprised of leadership from the ChiroCongress Board of Directors, past leadership, and state association leaders. We would like to thank all who volunteer their time, experience, skills and service to assist in accomplishing the many goals and aspirations of this organization. We owe a deep debt of gratitude to our Board, committees and task forces for their selfless service to the organization. For more details, please visit our website at: https://chirocongress.org/committees/

    For additional information or to find out how to get involved with ChiroCongress, please visit us online at https://chirocongress.org/, contact Executive Director Lizz Klein at 503-922-2933, or email lizz@chirocongress.org

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  • In Memory of Dr. Thomas Klapp

    In Memory of
    Thomas Klapp, DC 
    (1954 - 2020)

    Dr. Tom Klapp of Ann Arbor, MI passed away on December 14, 2020. He was 66. 

    Dr. Klapp served on the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations (ChiroCongress) Board of Directors from 1993 – 2003 and led as President between 2000-2002. He was voted in as an Honorary Member in 2004 and continued his service and support of ChiroCongress for nearly 30 years. He helped shape ChiroCongress’ 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2019 and the Future of Chiropractic Forum where the strategic plan project was launched.  As a champion of this effort, he joined the Strategic Plan Committee in 2020 and diligently worked to ensure a transparent and inclusive process. His love for the profession, his family, and his colleagues was evident in all his endeavors.

    In addition to Dr. Klapp’s tireless work with ChiroCongress, he was at the forefront of Michigan’s chiropractic scene since his graduation from Life University in 1979. He is a former President of the Michigan Chiropractic Association and in 1993, 2006, and 2007, Dr. Klapp was named Chiropractor of the Year for his outstanding commitment and leadership in the advancement of chiropractic. 

    Dr. Klapp was also a Board member of the Michigan Chiropractic Foundation, served as a Trustee for Life University, and served on The Chiropractic Summit since its inception on behalf of Life University, and was a Board member of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress. Dr. Klapp was a founding member of OneChiropractic, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving and promoting drugless chiropractic. 


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    Tom and his wife, Kim

    ChiroCongress boards and staff send our deepest condolences to his wife Kim, daughter Tori, his extended family, and anyone whose life was touched by this amazing man. He showered his family and friends with love and support and lived his life to the fullest. He will be missed. 

    Dr. Daniel Spencer, immediate Past-President for ChiroCongress shared this heartfelt message. "Dr. Klapp was a true warrior for the chiropractic profession. He was a gifted leader, wise mentor, tireless worker, amazing doctor, and most all—a wonderful friend. He loved to laugh and spend time with chiropractic colleagues across the nation, all while regaling us with what we affectionately termed “the world according to Klapp!” He was always open and honest, and would speak with anyone about how our profession could grow and prosper for the sake of a better humanity. Tom spoke with me approximately four years ago about our need for a national strategic plan, and how we could work together to make it happen. He has been a driving force behind this effort ever since. On the evening of his passing, the ChiroCongress board voted unanimously to retain his appointment to our Future of Chiropractic Strategic Plan Committee. We know that his guidance will continue to serve us well, and his legacy will be honored for decades to come. Our hearts go out to his wife, Kim, daughter, Tori, and all those that he has had an impact upon during his time on Earth. We love Tom, and will miss him dearly."


    Photo Gallery below

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    ChiroCongress 50th Anniversary Convention,
    San Diego,
    California 2019
    From left to right, Dr. Lou Sportelli, Dr. Leonard Suiter, Dr. Tom Klapp, Dr. Stephen Simonetti, Dr. David Kassmeier, Dr. John LaMonica, Dr. Don Cross

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    The Chiropractic Summit - Orlando, Florida 2019
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    Future of Chiropractic Strategic Planning Meeting
    Charlotte, North Carolina - March 2020
    Left to right: Dr. Thomas Wetzen, Dr. Brian Stenzler, Dr. Ray Foxworth, Dr. Gerald Stevens, Lizz Klein, Barbara Contessa, Dr. Brenda Holland, Dr. Julie Bird, Dr. Tom Klapp, Kristine Dowell, Dr. Dan Spencer, Dr. Rachel Wendt, Marc Abla, Tiffany Stevens

    Copyright © 2020 ChiroCongress, All rights reserved. 

  • Congress of Chiropractic State Associations Members Elect 2020-2021 Board of Directors


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
    November 24, 2020                               
    FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Lizz Klein, 503-922-2933

     

    Congress of Chiropractic State Associations Members Elect
    2020-2021 Board of Directors

     

    Congratulations 2020-2021 ChiroCongress Board of Directors and Clinical Compass Representatives!

    At the annual meeting, held virtually on Thursday, November 12, 2020, members voted unanimously to elect the following candidates to the 2021-2020 Board of Directors:

    Dr. Brenda Holland (WI) – President
    Dr. Thomas Wetzen (VA) – First Vice President
    Dr. Brian Stenzler (CA) – Second Vice President
    Dr. Julie Bird (IL) – Secretary
    Kristine Dowell (MI) – Treasurer
    Dr. Rachel Went (CO) – Executive Director at Large
    Marc Abla (IL) – District 2 Director
    Dr. Chad Carpenter (TX) – District 4 Director


    Dr. Dan Spencer
     (MI) will remain on the Board of Directors in the esteemed role of Immediate Past President and assume the position of Chair of the Nominating Committee.

    Dr. Brian Stenzler (CA), formerly serving as the District 5 Director, was elected to the Executive Board as Second Vice President. ChiroCongress District 5 Director will be appointed soon to fill the vacancy.  

    ChiroCongress welcomes Dr. Chad Carpenter (TX), District Director 4 as the newest member to the Board of Directors.

    In addition, the Districts elected ChiroCongress Clinical Compass Representatives as follows: 

    Dr. Christopher Dolecki (MI) – District 2 Clinical Compass Representative
    Dr. Carson Muth (ND) – District 4 Clinical Compass Representative

     

    Thank you to District Directors Dr. Gerald Stevens (NY) (District 1) and Tiffany Stevens (TN) (District 3) for their continuing service. We also want to thank our district Clinical Compass Representatives Dr. Thomas Augat (ME) (District 1), Dr. R.J. Crawford (TN) (District 3), and Dr. David Paris (CA) (District 5) for their continued service. 

    In addition, we extend our appreciation to Dr. Don Cross (FL), outgoing Immediate Past President who served on the board from 2008-2020 and Barbara Contessa (NY), outgoing Executive Director at Large who served from 2018 – 2020.  We are grateful that Dr. Cross and Barbara Contessa will continue to support ChiroCongress and the profession through their service on the ChiroCongress Cares 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit board.
     

    And a special message from the NEW President Dr. Brenda Holland… "I want to Thank Lizz, Sheri, Suzi and Kristi for all their efforts on the Virtual conference they have been instrumental in making this event a success. I want to thank the current ChiroCongress board for all their hard work this year as we have accomplished so much this year-because we have a really good team. I especially want to thank the leaders who will be leaving our board. A thank you to Dr. Cross and Barbara Contessa for their years of service to the ChiroCongress board. We have one new addition for this year, and I am excited to welcome Dr. Chad Carpenter to our board representing District 4. We have a great team and a bright future ahead in 2021! Your ChiroCongress board will continue to provide you with valuable member benefits and new opportunities during 2021. We will also continue our active participation on issues that impact your doctors such as Medicare and COVID-19. With your help, we will also continue to develop the strategic plan. 2021 is has the potential to be an exciting and productive year.  So, I hope you are ready to roll-up your sleeves and get involved, we will need each and every one of you because we are stronger together, and together WE can accomplish anything.
     

    For additional details about the Board of Directors or Clinical Compass Representatives, please visit us online at https://chirocongress.org/board-of-directors-2/ or contact Lizz Klein, Executive Director at 503-922-2933 or email lizz@chirocongress.org

     

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  • ChiroCongress Launches Future of Chiropractic Strategic Plan Project

    During the 2019 ChiroCongress 50th Anniversary Convention in San Diego, The Future of Chiropractic Forum was held and stakeholders from across the profession, along with ChiroCongress members, participated in a dialogue about what the next 50 years will hold for the Chiropractic profession.

    It was concluded that the profession needs a strategic plan.

    Upon request of our members and profession stakeholders, ChiroCongress agreed to take the lead on developing this project. A task force was seated in January 2020 and they have been diligently working for nearly a year now to create a framework for crafting a national strategic plan for the chiropractic profession.  The task force is comprised of the entire ChiroCongress board, including Dr. Dan Spencer (MI), Dr. Brenda Holland (WI), Dr. Thomas Wetzen (VA), Dr. Don Cross (FL), Dr. Julie Bird (IL), Barbara Contessa (NY), Kristine Dowell (MI), Dr. Gerald Stevens (NY), Tiffany Stevens (TN), Marc Abla (IL), Dr. Rachel Wendt (CO), Dr. Brian Stenzler (CA) along with industry professionals including: Dr. Ray Foxworth (MS), Dr. Jay Greenstein (D.C), Dr. Tom Klapp (MI), and John Murray (WI). ChiroCongress’ Executive Director, Elizabeth Klein, will provide project management oversight.

     

  • ChiroCongress Forms New Charitable Nonprofit - Call for Donations to Disaster Relief Fund

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 15, 2020 MEDIA CONTACT: Lizz Klein, Executive Director lizz@chirocongress.org Phone: 503-919-4492

    ChiroCongress is excited to announce the formation of ChiroCongress Cares, a charitable nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with a purpose of supporting the chiropractic profession through investment in leadership development, education, innovation, outreach, capacity building, and research.

    The founding board members are President, Dr. Don Cross (FL); Secretary, Dr. Gerald Stevens (NY); Treasurer, Barbara Contessa (NY); and Executive Director, Lizz Klein (OR).

    Dr. Cross states “We believe it is more critical than ever to develop new funding opportunities to protect, preserve, and advance our profession. Through this charitable nonprofit, we will be able to accept donations, seek federal and foundation grants, and deploy other resources that support our mission which in turn supports the profession. It is imperative that we focus our energies on ensuring our students, doctors, state associations, and industry partners are successful in their endeavors. Creating a charitable nonprofit has been a long-time goal of ChiroCongress and we are excited about how this will increase our positive impact in a really profound way!”

    The first initiative under this new organization is to create a relief fund for chiropractors who have been adversely impacted by events beyond their control.

  • Password Resets Required August 2020

    ChiroCongress is always looking at ways to improve our members' experience and sometimes, in order to make things better, changes need to be made to take us to the next level. This is one of those exciting times!  

    My.ChiroCongress.Org is your member portal to the listserv, member toolkits, and community forums. Recently, we disconnected this from our AMS which means we need all members to reset your password to in order to access the site again. Your prior password can be used or you can set up a new password. Chose whatever works best for you!!

    Instructions:  

    As an association leader for your state chiropractic association, your login will always be your e-mail address. 

    Click on the link below to update your password:  

    https://my.chirocongress.org/HigherLogic/Security/ResetPassword.aspx 

    You will receive an email from Congress of Chiropractic State Associations with a link to update your password. Follow the on-screen instructions.

    While you are there, why not take this opportunity to update your profile! Like uploading your picture...

    If you have questions or run into problems, email Sheri Ryan at sheri@chirocongress.org or Lizz Klein at lizz@chirongress.org. 

  • COVID-19 Toolkit Postings Disclaimer

    ChiroCongress is not endorsing any one person or group's statement regarding COVID-19.  It is our intent to share information, staying focused on the evolution of decision-making by states on access to care and how it impacts chiropractic physicians.  

    If you are a member of ChiroCongress Connect, you may reply in the community with or upload your statement.  

    If you are not a member, please email any written statements to admin@chirocongress.org to have it included in the toolkit.