American Indian/Alaska Native Doctors of Chiropractic (AIANDC)
AD HOC COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Dr. Jesse Allen WEBSITE
Freemont Back and Neck Care Center
40,000 Fremont Blvd. Suite H
Fremont CA 94538
Damian John Cata, D.C.
Tribe: Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo (formerly San Juan Pueblo)
Live Well Chiropractic WEBSITE
8220 San Pedro NE, Ste. 120
Albuquerque, NM 87113
Tel: 505 918-8777
Adrian Emm, DC
Tribe: Yerington Paiute
Walker River Tribal Clinic (Schurz, NV)
Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribal Clinic (Fallon, NV)
1001 Rio Vista Street, Fallon, NV 89406
A personal note from Dr. Emm: "Chiropractic may not be well known within IHS, but it is known within the native community, especially the philosophy of Innate Intelligence (The human body's ability to self heal and self regulate), the study of all things natural and of health promotion versus the study of disease/conditions. As a DC at two tribal clinics, my experience is that chiropractic has much more to offer than treating "back pain." People want to know how to become healthy and stay healthy, which chiropractic can be of the greatest assistance... if we look at the problems within the native communities they are heavily weighed to lifestyle choices."
Dr. John Fitzpatrick, DC
319 E. Aluminum, Butte, Montana
Tel: (406) 539-8136
A note from Dr. Fitzpatrick: "When I graduated chiropractic school, I intended to practice within my Blackfeet Community IHS hospital facility and have my student loans relieved. But even though chiropractic is a designated health profession with the loan repayment program, the IHS never considered creating a position to hire me, so the student loans became an unbearable burden, and I was forced to move off the reservation."
Dr. Jeremy Garcia, DC
Tribe: Lummi Nation in Washington state
31735 Riverside Drive, Suite J, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
Tel: (951) 245-2333
A note from Dr. Garcia: "You have my full support. I appreciate the work that you are doing for the Native Community. I will help in any way I can."
Maria Garcia, DC
Tribe: Pascua Yacqui Tribe of Arizona
7490 S. Camino de Oeste, Tucson Az 88557
Tel: 520 879 6132
Dr Chelsea Marie Haponski, DC
Tribe - Ketchikan Indian Community
625 Lynnwood Dr. Apt B, Anchorage, Alaska 99518
Cell: (541) 231-3972
A note from Dr. Haponski: "When I graduated chiropractic college in 2008, I contacted IHS to find out where there were job openings for chiropractors through IHS. I was told that Chiropractic is not covered by IHS and that there were no locations where they could hire me due to lack of funding. I mentioned that there is a loan repayment program for doctors working with Natives in underserved areas. I was told that again, Chiropractic was not covered under that entity. Therefore, there was nothing I could do to help treat my people other than opening up an office of my own in Alaska. Unfortunately, patients have to pay for that service out of pocket. This is a huge disservice to the Native Americans/Alaska Natives.".
Genevieve John, DC
Tribe (Alaska): Mentasta Traditional Council
1553 A Street #412
Anchorage, Ak 99501
Tel: 858 354 519
A note from Dr. John: "I am VERY interested in getting involved in any way that I can.
Gerald R. Lauzon D.C.
Saint Regis Mohawk Heath Services
412 State Route 37
Akwesasne NY 13655
(518) 358 3141
A personal note from Dr. Lauzon: "I went to chiropractic school with the sole intention of working for my tribal clinic when I finished. My understanding, at the time, was IHS had stopped providing scholarships for chiropractors but LRP, for chiropractors, was available. Fortunately, I am working at my tribal clinic for the community, but am still burdened with student loans. Unfortunately, LRP wasn't available when I completed school."
Dr Angela Marie Michaud, DC
Tribe - Ketchikan Indian Community
South Central Foundation Complementary Medicine Clinic WEBSITE
5535 East 43rd Ave #3, Anchorage, Alaska 99504
Cell: (907) 433-9974
A note from Dr. Michaud: "to be the only Alaskan Native serving as a chiropractor in this hospital setting and hope that this opportunity will be able to shared with other Native health communities if IHS helps to fund it."
Alan Numkena, DC
PO Box 3928, Tuba City, AZ 86045
Tel: (928) 283-5282
A personal note from Dr. Numkena: "need more research and information on how chiropractic has been effective on reservations. It's good to know that I'm not the only Native American chiropractor, but how many of them are practicing on reservations Also, there have been very few studies done in this decade there have never been any concrete studies done on the reservations with regards to the benefits of Chiropractic."
Dr William (Bill) Daniel Pfeifer Sr., DC
Tribe - Ketchikan Indian Community
ACA Board of Governors - District 1
2901 Baranof Ave, Ketchikan, Alaska 99901
Tel: (907) 225-9090
A personal note from Dr. Pfeifer: "we have a high incidence of fetal alcohol problems and drug use in the Native population. Chiropractic can address musculoskeletal complaints, etc., of the pregnant Native so they do not fall back into familiar habits of alcohol or drug use to deal with pain when chiropractic access is not available." FOUNDATION.
Robyn Purdum, DC
All One People Chiropractic
1536 McClellan Road
Mesa, AZ 85203
Tel: 480 285 9541
Dr. Gerald Smalling
Tribe: Choctaw / Tsalagi
Smalling Clinic LLC WEBSITE
1337 Gusdorf Rd Ste U
Taos, NM 87571
A Personal Note from Dr. Smalling: "I practice in next to the oldest continuously inhabited place in N. America, Taos Pueblo. They have had volunteer Chiropractic services there for several years on a limited basis. It would be interesting to get some feedback from the IHS clinic there regarding experience from their perspective. I have relatives on the Rosebud Lahkota Reserve in S. Dakota, there might be possiblities there."
Dr. Willard Smith, DC
2512 18th Ave, Rock Island, Ill 61201
Tel: (309) 786-7272
Dr. Marc Sommer, DC, DAAPM, CAC
14 Lakeside Tr
Kinnelon, NJ 07405
Work: (973) 838-2106
Cell: (973) 600-7437
A note from Dr. Sommer: "Thank you so much for your valuable time and gracious efforts.It would be my privilege to sign my name to this letter. I was adopted into the Crow Nation of Native Americans, in Montana, August of 1998. It is with both pride and humility that I list the Crow Tribe as my affiliation."
Gary Auerbach BS, DC
Graduate Certificate in Public Health
University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
Former Founding President of the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC)
Gary Auerbach Platinum Photography WEBSITE
Tel: (520) 245-6730
Monica Smith, DC, PhD
Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research
Palmer College of Chiropractic
90 East Tasman Drive, San Jose, CA 95134
Voice: (408) 944-6063
Fax: (408) 944-6113
J. Michael Menke BS, MA, MA, DC, PhD
Department of Integrative Medicine
Evaluation Group for Analysis of Data
Departments of Psychology & Pharmacoeconomics
University of Arizona
Tel: (520) 621-5463
F. Scott Powell BA,DC WEBSITE
Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe
P.O. Box 130
Tokeland, WA 98590
Bonnie S. Hillsberg, DC, MHA, M.ED
Special Assistant - Tribal Affairs Group/OEA
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
7500 Security Boulevard, Mail Stop S1-20-21
Baltimore, MD 21244-1850
Vice President and Board Member:
Association for Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) WEBSITE
Fax: (703) 562-8801
Dr. Hillsberg is former Senior Public Health Manager at the National Indian Health Board (NIHB)
Scott Haldeman DC, MD, Ph.D., FRCP(C)
Clinical Professor, Department of Neurology,
University of California, Irvine.
Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology,
School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles.
Adjunct Professor, Department of Research,
Southern California University of Health Sciences.
President, World Spine Care WEBSITE
801 North Tustin Avenue, Santa Ana, California, 92705
Michel Tetrault BS, DC
Chiropractic Diplomatic Corps, Executive Director WEBSITE
17602 17th Street Ste 102-181, Tustin CA 92780
Tel: (949) 419-4158