List of people in chiropractic

List of people in chiropractic

This is a list of people in the chiropractic field, comprising chiropractors and other people who have been notably connected with the profession. Many are important to the development or practice of chiropractic; they do not necessarily have DC degrees.



  • Gary Auerbach, BS, DC: first conceived the idea of a World Federation of Chiropractic, and was elected its first President.[1]


  • Fred Barge, DC: authored several books on chiropractic, with subject matter ranging from philosophy to practice management. He was elected President of the International Chiropractor's Association in 1988.[2][3]
  • Daniele Bertamini, DC: Italian who was President of the Associazione Italiana Chiropratici and then the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic, for two terms.


  • Martin Camara, DC: Chairman of the Communications Commission for the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic this Filipino Doctor is co-chairman of the medical commission of the Philippine Olympic Committee.[4]
  • Paul Carey, DC,: Canadian who served as the sixth President of the World Federation of Chiropractic.
  • David Chapman-Smith, Esq.: Toronto Barrister who assisted in forming the World Federation of Chiropractic and still serves as its general-counsel. He is also known as the editor and publisher of the prestigious "The Chiropractic Report".[citation needed]
  • Gerard Clum, DC: eighth President of the World Federation of Chiropractic. He is also the President of Life West Chiropractic College.


  • Irving Dardik, MD: As Chairman of the US Olympic Sports Medicine Committee in 1979, he arranged for the first DC to go to the Olympic Games as an official Team Doctor.
  • Christoph Diem, DC: Swiss. Served as the second President of the World Federation of Chiropractic.
  • Kurt Walter Donsbach, DC: (born c. 1936), an unlicensed chiropractor,[5] and a controversial alternative medicine figure who has been convicted of practicing medicine without a license. He is currently facing charges of misbranding drugs for sale, grand theft, unlawfully dispensing drugs as a cure for cancer, and falsely representing a cure for cancer.[6][7]


  • J. Michael Flynn, DC: American Chiropractor; a former Chairman of the Board of Governors [8] of the American Chiropractic Association and who is the 10th, and current President of the World Federation of Chiropractic.[9]
  • Arlan Fuhr, DC: Co-founder of the "activator method" in chiropractic.


  • Grant Gilbert, DC: Othello, Washington; Treasurer of the Chiropractic Federation of Washington branch of the AFL-CIO 2010–Present.
  • Henri Gillet, DC: practiced in Belgium and developed the Motion Palpation technique of chiropractic in response to the Belgium government making it illegal for chiropractors to take x-rays.[10]
  • Clarence Gonstead, DC: expanded upon BJ Palmer's early 1920 ideas for chiropractic practice which later bore his name. The Gonstead Technique is a full spine evaluation and correction system. Its success as a name-brand technique largely occurred because it helped reorient Palmer School of Chiropractic (PSC) to full spine care after the death of BJ Palmer. Beginning in the 1930s PSC, the largest chiropractic school, taught the ideological and clinically restrictive HIO technique. In 1964 Dr. Gonstead opened the largest private chiropractic clinic to date in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin. His 29,000-square-foot (2,700 m2) building included 11 adjusting rooms, a waiting room that sat up to 100 patients, a complete chemistry lab, research facilities, and seminar rooms. Next to his clinic a 78 room full-service motel was built for out of town patients.


  • Scott Haldeman, MD, DC, PhD: chief editor of the textbook "Principles and Practice of Chiropractic". Chairman of the Research Council of the World Federation of Chiropractic. Together with Dr David Cassidy, performed an extensive study of chiropractic cervical adjustments and stroke, and proved that the incidence of stroke in DC practice is equal to incident in medical practice.[11]
  • Roy Hildebrandt, DC: founding editor (in 1978) of the National College's Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, the first serious peer-reviewed chiropractic journal. In 1981, this journal achieved acceptance for inclusion in the National Library of Medicine's "Index Medicus."[12]
  • Gerry E. Hinton, DC: Louisiana Senator
  • Earl Homewood, DC: President of CMCC; wrote "Neurodynamics of Vertebral Subluxation".[13]
  • Tom Hyde, DC, Florida Chiropractor who was Team USA, Doctor for the 1987 Pan Am Games, and the first Chiropractor to be selected to work at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.


  • Fred Illi, a Swiss chiropractor who was one of the most prominent pioneer chiropractic researchers of the first half of the 20th century, developing theories on the role of spinal biomechanics in the human body. He also worked along Joseph Janse at National College in Chicago.[14]



  • Joseph C. Keating, Jr., PhD: (1950–2007) was trained as a clinical psychologist who spent the majority of his life teaching and researching the chiropractic profession. He is best known for his published works as a historian of chiropractic.[15]
  • W. Kirkaldy-Willis, MD: invited chiropractic doctor residents to be trained at the Canadian hospital he worked at.[16]


  • Hugh B. Logan, DC: founded a chiropractic technique (Logan Basic Technique) based on the theory that continuous pressure on a pelvic ligament with deep sensory reflex adjusts a spinal segment. Was also the founder and first president of the Logan College of Chiropractic.[citation needed]


  • Karyn Marshall, DC: an Olympic weightlifter
  • Jean-Pierre Meersseman, DC: described the functional relationship between the stomatognasthic system (bite) and spinal postural reflexes. Medical director of AC Milan football club. Developer of Milan Lab.
  • Anthony Metcalfe, DC: Englishman who served as the seventh President of the World Federation of Chiropractic.


  • Roland Noirat, DC: the current President of the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic, and president of the Swiss Chiropractic Sports Council in Lausanne, Switzerland.


  • B.J. Palmer, DC: son of D.D. Palmer, B.J. developed chiropractic as a businessman the way his father could not . Dr. B.J. Palmer launched his career by assuming the responsibility of the Palmer School of Chiropractic in 1904. His contributions included research, improved methods of spinal adjustment and analysis, higher standards for chiropractic education, and increased appreciation for chiropractic worldwide. B.J. progressed chiropractic on many fronts by overcoming legal and legislative obstacles to the licensing of chiropractors and financial challenges to the school. He was often the center of controversy, but well before his death in 1961, chiropractic had secured a place among the health sciences.
  • D.D. Palmer, DC: the founder of what we currently think of as chiropractic during the end of the 19th century. D.D. reasoned that the body had a natural healing power using information transmitted through the nervous system. In Palmer’s view, if a single organ was not functioning properly, it must not be receiving proper nervous input. This led him to presume that the lack of nervous input was due to spinal misalignment, or vertebral subluxation, and therefore adjusting the vertebrae into proper alignment would correct this problem. D.D. performed his first adjustments in 1895, famously relieving one man of deafness and another individual of heart trouble. He made arrangements to train others in the application of chiropractic principles, founding the Palmer Infirmary and Cure in 1897, leading to the Palmer School of Chiropractic.
  • David D. Palmer, DC: the grandson of chiropractic's founder, assumed the presidency of Palmer School in 1961. An initial step toward accreditation was to change the name of the Palmer School of Chiropractic to Palmer College of Chiropractic. He then modernized the campus by renovating classrooms and installing modern teaching aids. Two other key contributions David made were establishing a non-profit status for Palmer College and organizing the Palmer College of Chiropractic International Alumni Association. After Dr. David's death in 1978, the College received accreditation from the Council on Chiropractic Education and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Mabel Heath Palmer, DC: the first woman in Chiropractic, she was a guiding influence in B.J. Palmer's life as his wife, and became a doctor of chiropractic in 1905. A recognized authority on anatomy, and an instructor at the school for more than 30 years, Mabel Palmer was a close and valued adviser to her husband in all phases of the chiropractic profession.[17]
  • Efstathios Papadopolous, DC: Cypriot who is serving as the ninth, and current President of the World Federation of Chiropractic.
  • Jim Parker, DC: founder of Parker College of Chiropractic in Texas.[18]
  • Noel Patterson, MIR, DC: Australian who was President of the Chiropractic Association of Australia, Sports Council, and then the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic.
  • David Pierson, DC, CCSP: who was President of the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic and Olympic team Doctor at the Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, in 1988.
  • Stephen Press, DC, CCSP, FACSM, FICC, ICSSD: founded [21] the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic, and the International Academy of Olympic Chiropractic Officers, and was Chief Physician for the Winter Olympic Team of the USSR, at the Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France, in 1992. He was also served as President of the Medical Commission, for the World Sport governing body for Roller Sports; the International Roller Sports Federation, and Vice-Chairman, of the Medical Commission for the World Chess Federation.



  • Raymond Sandoz, a Swiss chiropractor who greatly advanced the chiropractic discipline in Switzerland. The University of Switzerland now has a chiropractic program.[22]
  • Louis Sportelli, DC: served as the fourth President of the World Federation of Chiropractic. He was also past-President of the American Chiropractic Association, and on the Board of Governors of the malpractice company known as NCMIC (National Chiropractic Mutual Insurance Company).[23] Dr. Sportelli is widely known for having published a patient text about Chiropractic.[24]
  • John Sweaney, DC: Australian who served as the third President of the World Federation of Chiropractic.



  • Bruce Vaughan, DC:FICC: Hong Kong, who served as the fifth President of the World Federation of Chiropractic.Bruce was the founding President of the Hong Kong Chiropractors Association and first Chairman of the Chiropractors Council (Hong Kong). He is still in practice on Hong Kong.


  • Walter Wardwell, PhD: (1917–2005), sociologist and historian. Known for his lifelong interest and research in chiropractic, he wrote a definitive history of the profession, "Chiropractic: History and Evolution of a New Profession", and numerous articles on chiropractic, including "Social Factors in the Survival of Chiropractic: A Comparative View." He also wrote about where the chiropractic profession was headed.[25]
  • Clarence Weiant, DC, PhD: the first DC to also have a PhD (in anthropology). Worked at the Chiropractic Institute of New York (CINY), and published scientifically valid research promoting chiropractic, making him one of chiropractic's most important (and eloquent) spokesmen.[26]
  • Sheila Wilson, DC: Elected President of the World agency, FICS, in December, 2010 [28]



  1. ^ Staff: "World Federation of Chiropractic Meets in Geneva", Dynamic Chiropractic, Vol. 08, Issue 19, September 12, 1990 [1]
  2. ^ Barge Family Commemorative Site
  3. ^ ICA Archive: "Fred Barge"
  4. ^ Editor: "Philippines", FICS News, June, 2009, Pgs 10-11
  5. ^ "Dr. Donsbach". Hospital Santa Monica. Retrieved 2007-05-12. 
  6. ^ District Attorney Says Bonita Man Is A Bogus Doctor, San Diego 6 News
  7. ^ Kurt Donsbach Arrested Again
  8. ^ WFC Staff. "Flynn Bio". World Federation of Chiropractic. Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  9. ^ WFC Staff. "Executive". World Federation of Chiropractic. Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  10. ^ Fohlmann, R: "My Homage to the Late Dr. Henry Gillet Spinal Fixations -- General Clinical Considerations.", Dynamic Chiropractic, Vol. 09, Issue 08, April 12, 1991 [2]
  11. ^ Keating, J (December 20, 1991). "The JMPT: Conception, Birth & Early Years". Dynamic Chiropractic 09 (26). 
  12. ^ Keating, J (March 9, 1998). "The JMPT: Conception, Birth & Early Years". Dynamic Chiropractic 16 (6). 
  13. ^ Douglas M Brown. A. Earl Homewood, DC, Chiropractic Educator J Can Chiropr Assoc. 1989 September; 33(3): 142–146.
  14. ^ a b Phillips, R: "Constructive Discontent", Dynamic Chiropractic, Vol. 17, Issue 17, August 9, 1999 [3]
  15. ^ "History of Chiropractic Archives - Keating Biography". Retrieved 2009-02-02. 
  16. ^ Wilk, C: "An Open Message to Patients, Legislators, and the Media", Dynamic Chiropractic, Vol. 11, Issue 06, March 12, 1993 [4]
  17. ^ Keating, J: "One Hundred Years Ago in Chiropractic: The Long Trail of Persecution and Prosecution", Dynamic Chiropractic, Vol. 23, Issue 21, October 10, 2005 [5]
  18. ^ Editorial Staff: "Statue Unveiling to Commemorate Parker College's 25th Anniversary", Dynamic Chiropractic, Vol. 25, Issue 10, May 7, 2007 [6]
  19. ^ IAOCO site
  20. ^ Editorial Staff: "USSR Olympic Team Names Leroy Perry Jr., D.C., Official Doctor", Dynamic Chiropractic, Vol. 09, Issue 19, Sept 13, 1991 [7]
  21. ^ Wilson, Sheila; Forcum, Ted (Dec 31, 2010). "Around the World in Sports Chiropractic - USA". FICS News Dec 31, 2010: 17. 
  22. ^ Rosner, A: "Cavitation Emptor: Tracking the Holy Grail of Manipulation", Dynamic Chiropractic, Vol. 22, Issue 19, September 13, 2004 [8]
  23. ^ NCMIC website
  24. ^ Sportelli, L: "Introduction to Chiropractic", Practicemakers Products Inc., 2000, (ISBN 0970383908)
  25. ^ Editorial Staff:, "A Moment of Silence for Walter Wardwell, PhD", Dynamic Chiropractic, Vol. 23, Issue 09, April 23, 2005 [9]
  26. ^ Keating, J: "Remembering Clarence Weiant", Dynamic Chiropractic, Vol. 18, Issue 19, September 4, 2000 [10]
  27. ^ Staff. "The Chiropractic Antitrust Suit Wilk, et al vs. the AMA, et al". ICA Online Journal. 
  28. ^ "Tom Hyde, DC". FICS News Dec 31, 2010: 1, 6. Dec 31, 2010. 
  29. ^ Northwestern College site

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