June 17, 2010 (Colombia) — Colombia established the first and only Colombian Chiropractic Association, Asociación Colombiana de Quiroprácticos (ACQ). Dr. Gabriel Quintero, a chiropractor in Bucaramanga, Colombia, accepted the role of president for the association.
With more than 45 million people, Colombia has only four chiropractors to serve the entire country. Quintero understands the need for more chiropractors and believes in working together under a professional association to attract more chiropractors to the country and work toward the official government regulation of the profession.
Two years ago, Quintero welcomed the agreement that Parker College of Chiropractic and Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, president of Parker College of Chiropractic, signed with Colombia’s Olympic Committee to provide chiropractic care for their athletes.
During the 2010 South American Games, seven Parker College student interns and their faculty chiropractor joined the Olympic healthcare staff by providing chiropractic care. After Colombia won the games for the first time in history, both the president of Colombia’s Olympic Committee, Baltazar Medina and Quintero congratulated Mancini for their work with the athletes.
Because of the numerous contributions Parker has made in Colombia, Quintero invited Mancini, and the two doctors that manage the Colombia Abroad Student Intern Program, Dr. Juan Sanchez, director of external programs at Parker, and Dr. Aleisha Serrano, abroad staff doctor at Parker College, to join the newly created association.
Source: Parker College of Chiropractic, www.parkercc.edu