Why the NCC
Supports the Use of X-Rays
The NCC supports the right of chiropractic physicians to use their professional judgment and expertise to determine what is best for each patient and to practice any techniques, including the taking and reading of x-rays, which fall within the scope of practice in the state of Nevada.
Dr. Stephanie Youngblood, current NCC board president, says, "I support the use of x-rays by chiropractors for patient protection. I had a patient with cancer, and by x-ray, I learned that it had metastasized to her neck. An adjustment would have hurt her. The more information I have, the better I can care for my patients."
Dr. Bobby Moore, past NCC board president, says, "Techniques, such as CBP, require progress x-rays to verify whether the patient's treatment is working and/or if adjustments need to be made. Once we caught a patient's cancer that had returned by detecting, by x-ray, ivory white vertebrae sign. Another time a young girl had an incredibly severe scoliosis that was undetectable just by looking at her. These two patients had very mild to no pain, but both had emergency surgeries. Chiropractic physicians must not let insurance companies dictate chiropractors' methodology for treatment."
|NCC Mission Statement|
The NCC is a cooperative, inclusive advocacy initiative for Chiropractic as a principled, drug-free profession with the primary objective of restoring and promoting optimum health through correction of subluxations, as well as the promotion of Chiropractic to its members and the general public (including governmental representatives.)
The NCC is committed to the use of innovative, collaborative and transparent communication tools and techniques to maximize the inclusion, engagement, and unified education of all of the members of the groups it serves.
The NCC is an active and engaged service organization that provides resources for professional development, educated health care choices, and community wellness; and is committed, above all else, to the preservation of the integrity of the practice of Chiropractic in the great state of Nevada.
NCC Board of Directors
Adam Ingles, D.C.
9333 Double R Blvd Suite 1600
Reno, NV 89521
Dr. Adam Ingles practices in Reno, Nevada. His office, Summit Chiropractic, serves Reno, Sparks, Carson City, and many of the rural communities in the area. He considers himself a “jack of all trades” implementing many different chiropractic techniques to help as many people in his community as possible.
Dr. Ingles is a 2006 graduate of Life Chiropractic College West, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He is also a graduate of UC San Diego with a B.S. in Biology. He is the past Northern Nevada director of the NCC.
Dr. Ingles’ goals as NCC president is to uphold and protect the scope and integrity of the chiropractic profession in the state of Nevada. Increase the public’s awareness and access to Chiropractic as a drug-free, non-surgical approach for musculoskeletal problems as well as focusing on the wellness and prevention of disease.
“I became a Chiropractor to help people, serving as NCC president will allow me to help other Chiropractors and the Community at the same time!”
Ted Sim, D.C.
8560 S Eastern Ave #150
Las Vegas, NV 89123
At the age of 12, Teddy's pediatrician suggested surgery for his scoliosis, Teddy's parents wanted another opinion. By the recommendation of a physical therapist, Teddy ended up in the care of a chiropractor. The chiropractor said surgery was not necessary and underwent conservative treatment with both the chiropractor and physical therapist. Teddy's pain decreased tremendously and ever since then, it was Teddy's dream and goal to be a chiropractor. Today, Dr. Teddy Sim is a chiropractor and the owner of ChiropracTED, LLC and his scoliosis is completely stable with no need for surgery.
Dr. Teddy Sim's mission is to provide exceptional service for all patients, and inspire those who seek natural and holistic health care. He believes in the chiropractic principle that recognizes that a healthy aligned spine enhances the inborn healing potential of the body's potential.
Dr. Teddy Sim received his Bachelors in Kinesological Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2006. He earned an additional Bachelors in Human Biology and a Doctorate of Chiropractic in 2010 at the University of Western States, in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Teddy Sim has been practicing and serving the Las Vegas community for almost 10 years.
When Dr. Ted is not in the office, you can catch him teaching Zumba Fitness or cardio kickboxing at Lifetime Athletic or 24 Hour Fitness. Dr. Teddy Sim is also very active with his church and enjoys spending time with his family, friends and Foxy his pet dog.
Kevin L. Kaldy, D.C., C.C.S.P.
8821 W. Sahara Ave. Suite 120
Las Vegas, NV 89117
Dr. Kevin Kaldy was born and raised in the northern California Bay Area. He attended UC Davis for his undergrad studies and Palmer College of Chiropractic and Palmer College of Chiropractic - west for his Chiropractic degree in 2001. He became interested in chiropractic following years of suffering with a severe lower back injury. He has spent almost 20 years trying to make chiropractic better and provide relief for people in pain while giving them their lives back.
With a thriving practice in Las Vegas, he works along side many medical physicians to provide his patients all the necessary care possible. He enjoys providing care for those throughout the spectrum of life from newborns to the elderly. He cares for many different conditions, from trauma to daily aches and pains. He is one of a very select few chiropractors nationwide that practices Manipulation Under Anesthesia with Fibrosis Release Procedures in addition to his in office practice.
Dr. Kaldy is currently the only chiropractor appointed to the UNLV School of Medicine where he is a Clinical Assistant Professor. He is currently working on research projects pertaining to Manipulation Under Anesthesia as a necessary and viable treatment option for chronic pain patients. In addition, Dr. Kaldy completed additional post-graduate training as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician through the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians.
Dr. Kaldy is the Nevada State Representative for Palmer College of Chiropractic University System. He is an advocate for spreading public awareness of the benefits of Chiropractic. His NCC goal is to help to bring Chiropractic to the forefront of treatment options and to assist in legislative changes while bringing awareness and education to the Nevada politicians so that they can make he necessary changes in policy to provide for and protect Chiropractic.
John Brown, D.C.
Advanced Spine and Posture
3061 South Maryland Pkwy., Suite 201
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Dr. John Brown is originally from Leesburg, VA where he grew up working on cars and playing sports. His first career was as an automotive technician where he specialized in Foreign/German automobiles. His passion for fitness inspired him to change his career and he graduated magna cum laude from Longwood University with a degree in Exercise Science. He worked briefly in the fitness industry before going on to receive his Doctorate of Chiropractic at Life University in Atlanta, GA.
He spent his first 2 years in practice in Tucker, GA where he was introduced to Chiropractic BioPhysics as a full spine rehabilitative system. He completed his post graduate training and received an Advanced Fellowship in Spinal Biomechanics. He opened two clinics in Florida before moving to Nevada. He is published in the Chiropractic Journal of Australia and The Journal of Physical Therapy Science. He is currently the Nevada Representative for the International Chiropractic Association as well as serving on the NCC Board.
He believes strongly in having the right tool for the job and is dedicated to continuing research and advancement in the field of chiropractic and spinal rehabilitation. He is passionate about educating his patients about a healthy lifestyle. His career goals include teaching aspiring chiropractors and his personal goals include traveling to other countries. On the weekends he can be found hiking, camping and re-charging his batteries in the outdoors.
NORTHERN NEVADA DIRECTOR
Dennis Verner, D.C.
Verner Chiropractic, Inc.
504 East 2nd Street
Winnemucca, NV 89445
Dr. Dennis Verner, of Verner Chiropractic, is committed to serving patients with integrity, compassion and certainty. Delivering results of the highest caliber is of the utmost importance.
Dr. Dennis and his son, Dr. Nicklaus Verner have dedicated their lives to Chiropractic in order to get sick people well and keep the well from getting sick.
The doctors at Verner Chiropractic have cared for thousands of people across the globe including the countries of India and El Salvador. They are passionate about sharing the Chiropractic Principle of health and life to Northern Nevada.
The doctors have completed 200 additional hours of advanced post-graduate training with the Art of The Specific organization. They are dedicated to staying up to date with the latest advancements in upper cervical specific chiropractic care.
Northern Nevada Director
Dr. Joshua Byers
SOUTHERN NEVADA DIRECTOR
Dr. Benjamin S. Lurie, CEO.
The Neck and Back Clinics
8678 W Spring Mountain Rd #110
Las Vegas, NV 89117
(O) 702-644-3333 opt. 1
Dr. Benjamin S. Lurie is the CEO of NBC Operations, LLC located in Las Vegas, Nevada and Peoria, AZ. He served as a professional member of the Chiropractic Physicians Board of Nevada (CPBN) for 8 years and former District IV Director for the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE). While on the CPBN, he served as Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, President and Chair of the Legislative committee. He also served on the FCLB (Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Board) bylaws committee as well as the PR committee, IT committee and bylaws committee for NBCE. While serving on the CPBN, he was appointed as the delegate and alternate delegate for both the NBCE and FCLB representing Nevada at all annual conventions. Dr. Lurie is a professional member of the ICA, ACA, NCC and the NCA. He received his high school diploma from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas (’88). He received his B.S. from Southern Utah University in 1993 and his D.C. from Palmer College of Chiropractic - Iowa in 3/2001. He was awarded the Clinical Excellence Award and two Certificate of Merit for student teaching NMS and Technique while attending Palmer. Dr. Lurie served as a member of the Ethics Board as a student member from 1996 – 2000. Dr. Lurie obtained his Certificate in Spinal Trauma from Life West University and has and advanced Certificate in Whiplash and Biomechanics from the Spine Research Institute of San Diego, Dr Arthur Croft. Dr. Lurie also serves on the Board of Directors for The Boys and Girls Club of Southern Nevada. When Dr. Lurie is not seeing patients, he loves to spend his time with his family as well as watching both college and professional football.
SOUTHERN NEVADA DIRECTOR
Dr. Rachel Box, D.C.
Advanced Spine and Posture
Dr. Rachael Box was born and raised in sweet home Alabama. She graduated with a double major in Biology and Psychology from the University of Alabama in 2012 with a focus on child psychology. From there she went to Life University where she graduated with her Doctorate of Chiropractic.
Shortly after graduating, she began her studies of Chiropractic BioPhysics. That is where her true passion for health and the human frame began. She has seen amazing transformations in the lives of her patients and herself through chiropractic care. She has practiced in Knoxville, Tennessee and Atlanta, Georgia.
She is now enjoying living and practicing with her husband, Dr. Trey Purvis, at Advanced Spine and Posture. In her free time, she loves watching Alabama football (ROLL TIDE), playing with her pack of dogs, and trying new recipes.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, PAST PRESIDENT
Stephanie Youngblood, D.C.
Dr. Stephanie Youngblood Chiropractic Clinic
500 South Rancho Drive #9
Las Vegas, NV 89106
Dr. Youngblood is an active advocate of educating and spreading public awareness of the benefits of Chiropractic. Her NCC goal is legislation; she wants to educate all Nevada politicians on Chiropractic so they can recognize and preserve the integrity of Chiropractic.
As a 1984 graduate at Life Chiropractic College in, Dr. Youngblood has over 31 years of experience focusing on wellness care from cradle-to-grave. She loves working with children, specifically asthmatics and strives to educate her clients to adopt a holistic lifestyle.
Dr. Youngblood was a Nevada State Representative of the ICA from 1990 to 2006 and a Board Member from 2006-2014. She was past Chiropractic Physician’s Board Member / President from 2004-2008.
“I became a Chiropractor because I feel Chiropractic saved my life. It is my calling”
Please Meet Attorney Ayesha Mehdi, Columnist for the NCC
Ayesha Mehdi, JD, MHSA, partner at Spencer Fane, LLP
Depositions tips for Chiropractic Doctors
Personal injury cases are a part of nearly every chiropractic physician's practice. It is estimated that one-third of all motor vehicle crash victims are treated by chiropractors. Many of the collision injuries treated by chiropractors involve whiplash, soft tissue injuries, musculoskeletal injuries, strains, and sprains. As part of your practice, you are frequently called upon to provide testimony during depositions in personal injury cases. The credibility of a chiropractor depends on how long he or she has been treating the plaintiff since the incident and what he or she projects the plaintiff's needs will be in the future. Credibility also increases when a chiropractor aggressively treats a patient immediately after an accident, and then reduces treatment to a point where the patient is told to come in on an as-needed basis.
Defense counsel will usually take your deposition. Expect plaintiff’s counsel to meet with you briefly before the deposition. During that meeting, you should share the facts that you hope to develop through your testimony, review your records thoroughly and request plaintiff’s counsel to demonstrate how a defense lawyer will try to use the facts to weaken your testimony and to warn you of any expected areas of cross-examination. Also, have plaintiff’s counsel point out to you specifically what may be argued to be a pre-existing condition of the patient. Plaintiff’s counsel will want to ensure that you can establish that the injury was caused as a result of the accident and that your treatment was reasonably necessary for the patient to function more normally. He or she will expect you to testify to facts that demonstrate how the injury prevented the plaintiff from working in the past and how the injury will affect the plaintiff’s ability to earn income in the future.
During the deposition, defense counsel may ask questions about your pre-deposition meeting with the plaintiff’s lawyer. Respond by keeping your answers vague. For example, you may state that you briefly met plaintiff’s counsel before the deposition and simply discussed your treatment. Do not give any indication that would suggest that the plaintiff’s counsel prepared you for the deposition. One way to protect yourself is to hire your own counsel for the deposition. Also, note that you may be questioned about your relationship with the plaintiff’s attorney. Again, honesty is the best policy. Generally, it is best practice to provide your patients with a list of attorneys that they may consult with. This will ensure that there is no bias when you give your testimony.
During the deposition, be aware that defense counsel will use any positive statement in the medical records to suggest that the plaintiff is no longer suffering from the injury, and if there is no improvement, then defense counsel may argue that the patient’s visits with you were a waste of resources and time. Do not get frazzled by this tactic. Another technique would be to undermine your treatment because you are not a medical doctor. Ignore the tone behind such questioning and simply tell the truth about the scope of your practice, without becoming defensive or apologetic. Further, it is common for plaintiff’s attorneys to provide certain physicians with letters of protection in which a lawyer promises that before distributing any settlement funds or jury awards to his or her client, he or she will contact the physician and make sure that the doctor’s bill has been taken care of. Defense lawyers will try to create the impression that the doctor has a financial interest in the case. Again, do not get defensive. Simply state that it is standard practice to obtain a letter of protection, and it does not create a financial interest in the case, since you will get paid regardless of what happens in the lawsuit.
Overall, you need to be prepared for depositions. Hire a lawyer if you need to, and do not stress. Just know that you should not feel compelled to answer every question, and as long as you were to the point and honest, you did fine. Finally, rest assured that if there are any errors in the answers given, many states (including Nevada) and the federal rules provide an opportunity for you to attach a correction sheet to the transcript together with an explanation for the change.
Ayesha Mehdi, JD, MHSA is a partner at Spencer Fane, LLP, a national law firm with 18 offices across the country. She focuses her practice on representing health care practitioners, along with various health care businesses, in connection with corporate, transactional, licensure, and regulatory matters. She counsels clients on fraud and abuse; health information technology (HIT) and compliance, including the Stark II physician self-referral law, the Medicare/Medicaid anti-kickback statute, corporate practice and fee-splitting restrictions; antitrust; health information privacy and security (HIPAA and HITECH Act); and health care reimbursement.