The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) presented its 2022 Annual Awards on Feb. 4 during its annual meeting, recognizing chiropractors and other individuals for their exceptional service, achievement and/or leadership within the chiropractic profession.
Susan Wenberg, DC, MS, of Tucson, Ariz., received ACA’s highest honor, the Chiropractor of the Year Award. Dr. Wenberg, who retired in 2021 after serving the profession for more than 30 years, has been a strong supporter of chiropractic participation in interdisciplinary care. She is admired by colleagues for what they describe as the “quiet and humble” way she has consistently demonstrated leadership and service to the profession. Dr. Wenberg began her career in private practice in Tucson, where she continued her post-graduate education through the chiropractic sports, rehabilitation, and neurology programs. She lectured for the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic postgraduate rehabilitation program. She later worked at VA healthcare systems in Nevada and Arizona. Dr. Wenberg has also held positions previously on the Council on Chiropractic Education and the Arizona State Chiropractic Board.
Keith Overland, DC, of Norwalk, Conn., received ACA’s Humanitarian of the Year Award, acknowledging his many years of leadership and advocacy on behalf of the chiropractic profession and the patients it serves. Dr. Overland, a longtime ACA member and past president, currently serves as chair of the ACA Legislative Committee and is a member of the ACA Political Action Committee. He is well known for his tireless advocacy to increase patient access to essential chiropractic services. Dr. Overland also served as ACA’s Connecticut delegate for many years and is a former president of the Connecticut Chiropractic Association.
Nakiesha Pearson, DC, of Lombard, Ill., received the Academician of the Year Award, which recognizes individuals for their efforts to advance the profession through academic or educational excellence. Dr. Pearson serves as an associate professor and department chair in National University of Health Sciences’ Clinical Sciences Department. She is also vice chair of the ACA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.
Stacie Salsbury, PhD, RN, of Davenport, Iowa, received the George B. McClelland Researcher of the Year Award, recognizing an individual for developing, refining and/or expanding the body of knowledge in chiropractic. Dr. Salsbury is an associate professor at the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research. She is an expert in qualitative methods, a specialty that enables a deeper understanding of lived experience and offers context that cannot be obtained from quantitative data analysis.
David Dziura, DC, FACO, DACBOH, of Branford, Conn., received the Delegate of the Year Award, and Lewis Squires, DC, FICC, FPAC, of Scottville, Mich, received the Alternate Delegate of the Year Award. Both awards recognize members of the ACA House of Delegates who have demonstrated exceptional service, achievement and/or leadership.
Brendan McCann, DC, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, received the Flynn-Lynch Award, which recognizes an outstanding member with no more than five years of experience serving in the House of Delegates.
About the American Chiropractic Association
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is the largest professional chiropractic organization in the United States. ACA attracts the most principled and accomplished chiropractors, who understand that it takes more to be called an ACA chiropractor. We are leading our profession in the most constructive and far-reaching ways — by working hand in hand with other health care professionals, by lobbying for pro-chiropractic legislation and policies, by supporting meaningful research and by using that research to inform our treatment practices. We also provide professional and educational opportunities for all our members and are committed to being a positive and unifying force for the practice of modern chiropractic. To learn more, visit www.acatoday.org, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.