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ICA and ACA plan first joint pediatrics conference

Maria DiDanieli   


Oct 21, Arlington, VA – The Pediatric Councils of the International Chiropractors
Association (ICA) and the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) have
announced they will be teaming up for a Joint Pediatrics Conference in 2011.

conference will be held at the Turtle Bay Resort, December 9-11, 2011 on the North Shore
of the Island of Oahu
in Hawaii.  
This historic event will represent the first time specialty councils of the two
organizations are collaborating to present one conference for the chiropractic


“The ICA has been putting on these pediatrics
conferences since 1991 and we are delighted to have the ACA Pediatrics Council
join with us in 2011,” said Lora Tanis, DC, DICCP, chair of the ICA Pediatrics
Council. “Since we both recognize one Diplomate program (DICCP) and we have the
same vision regarding pediatric education for DCs and the care of pediatric
patients, it makes sense for us to combine our energies and resources to put on
one event to which everyone can come without having to choose one over the

Elise Hewitt, DC, CST, DICCP,
President of the ACA Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics was also enthusiastic
about what the conference means for the future of chiropractic pediatrics. “We
are very pleased and excited about the opportunity to partner with our
colleagues at the ICA Pediatrics Council to put on a first-class conference
dedicated to advancing the chiropractor’s knowledge and skills in chiropractic
pediatrics,” said Dr. Hewitt. “While this is the first event of this kind, we
hope it leads to many years of collaboration between our two organizations.”

The leaders of both ACA and ICA have given their
blessings for this joint conference.  “The common purpose of our Pediatric
specialty councils (ACA and ICA)
will be celebrated in this joint chiropractic pediatric conference.  This
is another example of our profession coming together for the benefit of doctors
and the patients we serve.  Congratulations to all who helped put this
historic event together…setting a positive example for all to follow,” said Dr.
Rick McMichael, ACA President.

ICA President Dr. Gary Walsemann
also congratulated the two councils, on behalf of the ICA Board of Directors,
for taking the initiative to collaborate on an event that could have a positive
impact on the future of chiropractic pediatrics. “We know this is going to be
an outstanding event and I encourage all DCs to come to Hawaii and support this joint venture. I
have no doubt the educational program will be excellent and it is definitely
another step forward for both the Councils.”

The planning committee of the joint
conference is working on finalizing the program, designed to have something for
everyone. It will include clinical topics and practical adjusting workshops
taught by experts, as well as exciting keynote speakers. A “Call for Papers”
for both platform and poster presentations will be sent out shortly by the
research review committee. The program will also include a fun social event for
attendees in order to give doctors the opportunity to meet and network and have
some fun. 

Dr. Tanis and Hewitt agreed that the
councils want this to be a memorable event.

invite chiropractic family practitioners all over the world, of all
affiliations to join us in this inaugural effort.  Our goal is to present
a unified perspective in pediatrics to the chiropractic profession for the
benefit of the practitioner and ultimately for the little patients they serve,”
noted Dr. Tanis.

Watch the Council website at
for more news about the program, including hotel reservations and registration.

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