The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics recently announced that 22 doctors of chiropractic passed the 2015 Board Certification Examinations conducted by the International College of Chiropractic Pediatrics, the Testing Board for the Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics (DICCP).
Examinations in 2015 were held in Chicago, Illinois, and Auckland, New Zealand. The addition of 22 new DICCPs brings the total number of DICCPs to more than 260. The 2015 DICCPs in the U.S. were presented with their diplomas by ICA President George Curry, DC, FICA, at the ICA Pediatric Council’s Annual Conference held in December in New Orleans, Louisiana. The new DICCPS from Australia and New Zealand will receive their diplomas at the 2016 Annual Conference to be held in Maui, Hawaii.
DCs that passed the 2015 Board Exam in the U.S. include:
- Robin Anderson, DC, of Iowa
- Bambi Denais, DC, of Louisiana
- Holly Davis, DC, of Iowa
- Whitney Fandel, DC, of Iowa
- Jennifer Gonstead, DC, of Wisconsin
- Rhonda Marty-Anderson, DC, of Illinois
- Laura Mooney, DC of Iowa
- Judy Miller, DC of Iowa
- Erin Scott, DC of Wisconsin
- Carolyn Spadafino, DC of Illinois
DCs that passed the 2015 Board Exam in New Zealand include:
- Amanda Boyd, DC, of Australia
- Daniel Chatfield, DC, of Australia
- Kate Elmsly, DC, of New Zealand
- Lauren Fry, DC, of Australia
- Tania Ghea, DC, of Australia
- Cassandra Grace, DC, of Australia
- Michelle Hubbard, DC, of Australia
- Samantha Rushton, DC, of Australia
- Lawri Rutherford, DC, of New Zealand
- Sherryn Silverthorne, DC, of Australia
- Sally Warren, DC, of New Zealand
The program down under is administered by the New Zealand College of Chiropractic (NZCC). This is the third group to receive the DICCP credential in Australia and New Zealand since NZCC first offered the program in 2007.
The DICCP program takes about 3 years to complete. It includes 360 academic hours focusing on the child from conception to adolescent as well as the pregnant woman from prenatal to postpartum. The syllabus is broad-based but comprehensive and covers all phases of a child’s development including both normal and abnormal evaluated through chiropractic, orthopedic, neurologic, radiographic and functional testing. Clinical correlation is supported through case presentations, diagnostic interpretation, nutritional considerations, treatment planning and advanced and/or modified chiropractic techniques. Management of sports injuries, soft tissue problems, emergency procedures, management of the special needs child and co-management with other health care professionals are also part of the curriculum.
The goal of the program is to balance academic learning with clinical applications and to ensure that anyone with the DICCP credential has the clinical competency expected of a chiropractor board certified in chiropractic pediatrics.
The next Board Certification Examination is scheduled for Montreal, Canada, August 19–21, 2016 when the class in Quebec, currently in Year 3, will be eligible to sit for their final exam.
A new class in the U.S., administered by Palmer College, will start in the fall of 2016. Call Palmer at 1-800-452-5032 or email the Council at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the contact list for more information as it becomes available.
The Pediatrics Council is one of the specialty councils of the International Chiropractors Association and was established in 1992. It is committed to quality education and clinical excellence. Membership is open to all DCs not just ICA members.