Earlier this week, United States President Donald Trump signed the Jobs For Our Heroes Act, a bill that contains a provision supported by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) that allows doctors of chiropractic in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to perform physical exams on veterans needing a medical certificate necessary to operate a commercial motor vehicle. Read more about the act and learn how ACA pushed for the passage of this provision in a blog post by ACA lobbyist Jack Dusik.
to serve on
Board for the
The Journal of Pain Medicine is
a multidisciplinary, scholarly journal
dedicated to pain clinicians, educators
and researchers with an interest in pain
from various medical specialties. The
publication publishes original clinical and
translational research that reflects the
rapid growth in pain science and practice
as well as the field’s need for policy,
ethical and forensic commentary on pain
and its management.
Dr. Kettner joins six other leading
experts in the area of musculoskeletal
pain and is the only Doctor of
Chiropractic on the Editorial Board, which
is comprised of more than 100 people.
Dr. Kettner has served as a reviewer
for the Journal of Pain Medicine for the
past five years. In addition to reviewing
submissions, Dr. Kettner has been tasked
with encouraging scholarly research in
the area of musculoskeletal pain. “This
appointment can certainly be seen as an
opportunity for others to follow,” he said.
Dr. Kettner also reviews submissions
for 10 other scholarly journals, including
PAIN and the Journal of Pain.
The VA system employs Chiropractic Residents within five different states across the country: CT, NY(2), MO, and CA. These post-graduate opportunities offer a one-year integrative experience that includes rounding with other healthcare professionals, patient cases that are complex, subtle, and/or infrequently seen, and of course - the chance to serve veterans in a way that can be truly impactful.
The VA chiropractic residency program focuses on Integrated Clinical Practice, with training emphasizing the provision of chiropractic care in an integrated healthcare system, collaborating with primary care Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACTs), specialty care, and other medical and associated health providers and trainees.
The residencies provide advanced clinical training in complex case management, allowing recent graduates to increase their scope and depth of clinical knowledge, experience and acumen. Residents are mentored by senior VA chiropractors who are national leaders in integrated chiropractic practice. These clinicians share their expertise in patient care, academics and research to provide a robust educational experience.
These hospital-based training programs expand the residents’ ability to collaborate with other healthcare professionals in team care, as trainees learn with and from other healthcare providers during interdisciplinary rotations. Residents develop their knowledge of hospital practice, policies and procedures, and are better prepared for future positions in VA, other healthcare systems, and/or academic settings.
The Residency application period opens January 8th and closes February 2nd. If you are interested in applying, or you simply want to know more, please click on the links below.
2018 VA Chiropractic Care Residency Information
VA Chiropractic Education and Training
A memorial service for Dr. Daniel Haun’s daughter, Brynn, will take place on Saturday, January 13th at 11:00 am in The Purser Center. All are invited to attend.
Dr. Aaron Armetta with his wife Brittany and their son Gavin.
“They have seen quite a bit of
action—injuries ranging from black
eyes, to gunshot wounds to the head, to
severed limbs. My medics out there have
done great things and helped to save the
lives of many. Another two Soldiers are
currently serving as medics on Convoys
with one of our Infantry Battalions. They
see improvised explosive device (IED)
and small arms fire attacks nearly every
time they go out. One of the two will
earn his CMB (Combat Medical Badge)
soon—awarded to any medic who treats
casualties while under fire. Back here at
Camp Liberty in Baghdad, we have seen
our share of patients as well. We currently
have a Soldier in our Patient Holding
facility who received the Purple Heart for
bravery and courage. His convoy was hit with an IED and he sustained seven fairly
large shrapnel wounds and still has pieces
of metal stuck all over his body.”
Reading letters written by Aaron
Armetta, DC, MS, CSCS, ART while
serving as a medical officer in Iraq tells you
a lot about his reason for choosing a career
in health care. What he observed during
two combat tours over the course of five
active duty years ignited a passion that led
him down the path of serving others.
“While working in the medical treatment
facilities, I was always surprised that there
were physical therapists on hand, but never
chiropractors available for post-surgical
care. I started thinking that there had to
be a better way to treat people besides
drugs,” he said. “When it came close to the time I was able to get off active duty,
I started researching what I could do to
provide a more natural way of healing.”
In 2012, Dr. Armetta graduated with his
Doctor of Chiropractic and later earned his
Master of Science in Sports Science and
Rehabilitation from Logan. He opened his
own practice in Fisher, Ill., before being
offered the opportunity to serve as a
chiropractor to active military and veterans
at Brodwyn Military Chiropractic near Fort
“Working at Brodwyn was my first time
working with the military. It was extremely
rewarding and fulfilled a passion I had for
giving back to those who care so much
about our country,” said Dr. Armetta.
Delivering on that promise, Dr. Armetta
currently practices alongside a fellow
military veteran and chiropractor
Nathan Lauenstein, DC at Functional
Performance Chiropractic & Wellness
in Omaha, Neb. Together they treat
patients and give back to veterans in
the form of chiropractic care. They
also participate in the Veterans Choice
Program, which gives veterans who
don’t have access to a VA chiropractor
the opportunity to receive health care
at a chiropractic practice near their
“One of the most enjoyable things
about working with veterans is being
able to connect to their situation and
the conversation,” said Dr. Armetta.
“As someone who has been through it,
not only can I examine and diagnose,
but I also can relate to them on a