IMG_4108November 11, 2011 — While a surprise October snowstorm raged outside, The Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC) annual fall convention heated up inside the Hilton Hotel in East Brunswick, N.J. Oct. 29-30 with a record-setting event attended by over 950 ANJC members, faculty, exhibitors and consultants. 

The two-day event was highlighted by the historic assemblage of eight chiropractic college presidents participating in an opening day forum discussion, the induction of the new ANJC president and vice president and keynote address by outgoing president Dr. Steven Clarke were other convention highlights.

The momentum for this historic convention began with a forum of eight presidents of chiropractic colleges discussing chiropractic care and its role in the healthcare profession. This first-of-its-kind forum, with graduates from all of the invited programs looking on, had the panelists engaged in a lively discussion moderated by Dr. Sig Miller, executive director of the ANJC.

Participants were:

  • Dr. Bill Meeker – Palmer College of Chiropractic – West
  • Dr. Dennis Marchiori – Chancellor, Palmer College of Chiropractic
  • Dr. Fabrizio Mancini – Parker University
  • Dr. Frank Nicchi – New York Chiropractic College
  • Dr. Frank Zolli – University Bridgeport College of Chiropractic
  • Dr. George Goodman – Logan College of Chiropractic
  • Dr. Guy Riekeman – Life University
  • Dr. James Winterstein – National University of Health Sciences

“Our recent convention was a showcase for the tremendous resources the ANJC provides to membership on an ongoing basis,” said Dr. Sig Miller, ANJC Executive Director.  “I owe a great deal of gratitude to all our presenters, platinum sponsors, exhibitors, panelists and staff that made this such an historic convention. The depth of knowledge exhibited during our breakout sessions and discussions is unparalleled. The gathering alone of eight college presidents was an historic achievement.”

Convention attendees had their pick of attending informative breakout sessions conducted by experts in their individual health fields, for which they earned Continuing Education Credits. Breakout sessions were held on a variety of health topics including nutrition, golf conditioning, upper extremity adjusting, in-office rehab and safety of spinal manipulation in perspective, among others.

Following lunch, Dr. Keith Overland, President of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) addressed the convention, updating New Jersey chiropractors on national legislative issues affecting chiropractic care.

Since the close of the convention, numerous letters of appreciation have flowed into the ANJC headquarters office from presenters and attendees.

“A room full of docs participating in important business of the day. It’s just great to see,” said Dr. Overland, ACA President. “I had the opportunity to meet the ANJC’s new incoming President and Vice President, as well as giving a big hug to Dr. Steve Clarke, outgoing president. You have quite a team assembled. I expect only great things from the ANJC. I look forward to a continued strong and growing relationship between the ACA and ANJC.”

The convention was not only informative for established doctors of chiropractic, but also for a number of students that attended.

“Thanks for putting together an amazing convention. I met a lot of great people, and learned a lot from the various presenters,” said Gina Boyko, Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA).

The ANJC’s outgoing president, Dr. Steven Clarke of Nutley, gave the convention’s keynote speech. Before he did so, a large contingent of ANJC past and present Board and committee members assembled on stage to welcome Clarke and pay tribute to his tireless efforts during his three-year term to grow chiropractic care in New Jersey.  During his tenure, Clarke and his 1st Vice President, Dr. Brett Wartenberg of Medford, helped usher in a new era for chiropractic with the passage of legislation for a new scope of care for chiropractors, the first since 1953.

Dr. Rich Fellows of Cape May was then awarded ANJC Chiropractor of the Year and Dr. Rick Alexander of Hazlet received the ANJC’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Fellows, a 1986 graduate of Life Chiropractic College, has been providing Cape May County residents with chiropractic care for more than 20 years. He is board certified in neurology and pain management and board eligible in rehabilitation. He was honored for his dedicated service as a past board member and role heading up the ANJC Political Action Committee.

Dr. Alexander was presented with the ANJC Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of commitment to the chiropractic profession, including his past work heading the NJ Chiropractic Society. Dr. Alexander has encouraged numerous family members to become chiropractors.

The new leadership of the ANJC was then inducted as Dr. Joseph D’Angiolillo of Somerset took the oath of President and Dr. Mike Kirk of Moorestown, as 1st Vice President.

Dr. D’Angiolillo has been in practice since 1985 and runs the D’Angiolillo Chiropractic Center in Somerset, NJ.  He holds a B.S. in Biology from St. Peter’s College (1980) and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA in 1984. For the past three years, D’Angiolillo has served as the ANJC’s 2nd Vice President and has been a state board member since 2007 and a regional board member since 2004.

Dr. Kirk founded Performance Health & Chiropractic in 2004 and has dedicated himself to providing quality chiropractic care to the residents of South Jersey in search of specialized care. Dr. Kirk graduated from Ursinus College with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. He then went onto complete his chiropractic education at Logan College in St. Louis, MO where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology, as well as his Doctor of Chiropractic degree. A Regional Board member since 2007 and a member of the ANJC Board of Directors since 2009, Dr. Kirk has served as the Chair of the Public Relations committee for the past two years.

Source: Association of New Jersey Chiropractors,