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NYSCA Elections


2016 Board of Directors Election

Dear Member,


The New York State Chiropractic Association (NYSCA) Constitution and Bylaws affords you the opportunity to vote for one or more doctors of chiropractic of your choice who were eligible, nominated and accepted the nomination to campaign for a position on the NYSCA Board of Directors as a Director. The closing date for nominations was April 1, 2016.


Seven individuals have been nominated to fill the six (6) open seats available. Below, please find brief biographical sketches for the candidates nominated for office. These biographical sketches will be posted to the members' only section of the NYSCA website for your reference and review.


Pursuant to the NYSCA Constitution and Bylaws, elections are to be conducted by mail ballot. Ballots will be mailed to all eligible members on or before May 1, 2016. Once received, ballots should be returned to the NYSCA no later than May 15, 2016 to be counted toward the election.


The following is a list of candidates who accepted their nomination and dutifully submitted "Intent to Run", NYSCA Curriculum Vitae and Disclosure forms as required by the NYSCA Constitution and Bylaws.


Candidates campaigning for a Board Position in a contested election

NOTE: The following SEVEN (7) doctors are campaigning for SIX (6) open positions on the NYSCA Board of Directors. When submitting your vote, make sure you mark your ballot with the names of the persons you select as your Board representatives from the nominees below. Please select only six names. If more than six names are selected, your ballot will not be valid or counted. Multiple votes for the same candidate on a single ballot will not be counted.


There is no provision in the NYSCA constitution and bylaws for write-in candidates or candidates who have not met the qualifications to serve as Director and who have not declared his or her candidacy by the filing deadline, April 1, 2016. All votes are held in confidence. Please submit your vote to the NYSCA no later than May 15, 2016.



Robert Brown, DC

Disclosure Statement:

  • Performs Independent Medical Examinations.

Undergraduate Education:

  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) (1979) - Nassau County Community College

Graduate Education:

  • Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) (1982) - Logan College of Chiropractic

Professionally Recognized and Accredited Certification Programs:

  • Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists (DABCO) by the ACA American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists (1996)

Most Important Positions Held in a Nationally Recognized Chiropractic Organization:

  • None Listed

Most Important Positions Held in a Recognized Statewide Chiropractic Organization:

  • Secretary of the NYSCA Board of Directors - June 2005 - 2007
  • Member of NYSCA Board of Directors - June 2001-2007, 2009-Present
  • Delegate to NYSCA House of Delegates for District 16 - 19991-2001, 2007-2009
  • Chair, NYSCA Diagnostic Imaging Committee - 1996-2007

Most Important Professional Positions Held in a Recognized State or National Organization:

  • None Listed

Most Recent Papers Published in a Recognized Peer-Reviewed Scientific Publication:

  • None Listed

Most Important Professional Recognition Awards Received:

  • Recognition as Secretary bestowed by NYSCA - 2005-2007
  • Recognition as Director bestowed by NYSCA - 2011
  • Advanced Proficiency bestowed by Activator Methods - 1989-Present

Most Important Goals and Objectives for the Profession in New York State:

  • Scope Modernization - Continue present efforts, don't give up!
  • Unity - Continue present efforts, through scope modernization
  • Increase Membership - Communicating with nonmembers of NYSCA about scope modernization
  • Increase Chiropractic Utilization - Educating the public


ROBERT DESANTIS, DC

Disclosure Statement:

  • Nothing to declare

Undergraduate Education:

  • Bachelor of Mathematics (BS) (1978) - SUNY Albany

Graduate Education:

  • Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) (1982) - New York Chiropractic College

Professionally Recognized and Accredited Certification Programs:

  • Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management (DAAPM)
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Most Important Positions Held in a Nationally Recognized Chiropractic Organization:

  • None Listed

Most Important Positions Held in a Recognized Statewide Chiropractic Organization:

  • Member of NYSCA Board of Directors - June 1997-2001, 2003-2007
  • Delegate to NYSCA House of Delegates for District 9 - 2007-2014
  • Co-Chair, NYSCA Hospital Integration Committee - 2003-2007
  • Co-Chair, NYSCA Scope of Practice Committee - 2003-2015

Most Important Professional Positions Held in a Recognized State or National Organization:

  • Director to the McQuades Home for Children - Present

Most Recent Papers Published in a Recognized Peer-Reviewed Scientific Publication:

  • None Listed

Most Important Professional Recognition Awards Received:

  • None Listed

Most Important Goals and Objectives for the Profession in New York State:

  • Scope Modernization Bill - Lobbying, cajoling and speaking with DCs and legislators about importance of the bill
  • Unity within the Profession - Explaining the benefits of both scope and MD/DC Bill and the importance to the to the DC's practice and to the unity of the profession
  • MD/DC Bill - Lobbying, Cajoling and speaking with DCs and legislators about importance of the bill
  • Integration for Chiropractic within - Through implementation of above and presentation's to PCMH's and NPMH's


CAROLYN GOETTSCH, DC

Disclosure Statement:

  • Nothing to declare

Undergraduate Education:

  • Bachelor of Fine Art (Music) (BFA) (1976) - Ithaca College of New York

Graduate Education:

  • Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) (1980) - Palmer College of Chiropractic

Professionally Recognized and Accredited Certification Programs:

  • None Listed

Most Important Positions Held in a Nationally Recognized Chiropractic Organization:

  • None Listed

Most Important Positions Held in a Recognized Statewide Chiropractic Organization:

  • President of District 12 for New York State Chiropractic Association May 2010 - 2012
  • Delegate of District 12 for New York State Chiropractic Association May 2012 - Present
  • Meeting Planner for District 12 for New York State Chiropractic Association May 2009 - 2010

Most Important Professional Positions Held in a Recognized State or National Organization:

  • Soprano, Soloist for the Syracuse Chorale 2005 - Present
  • Soprano, Soloist for the Master's Touch Chorale 1993 - Present
  • CEO and Co-Founder of Goettsch Family Chiropractic 1980 - Present

Most Recent Papers Published in a Recognized Peer-Reviewed Scientific Publication:

  • "Evidence Based Spine Care: Improving outcomes/Saving Billions" - Co-authored with Denise Karsten RN, MS, DC through a private publisher

Most Important Professional Recognition Awards Received:

  • None Listed

Most Important Goals and Objectives for the Profession in New York State:

  • Scope Modernization - Legislative Process, Education, Drive to the Finish
  • NYSCA Membership Growth - Strengthen relationships and compelling reasons to be a NYSCA member
  • Unified Chiropractic "Brand" - Simplify our message, create a core identity - our common denominators as DCs
  • Improved Reimbursements - Increase “perceived value” to policy makers and within our own profession


ROBERT MARTIN, DC

Disclosure Statement:

  • Nothing to declare

Undergraduate Education:

  • Bachelor of Science, Biology (BS) (1978) - Seton Hall University

Graduate Education:

  • Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) (1982) - Los Angeles College of Chiropractic

Professionally Recognized and Accredited Certification Programs:

  • Certified Industrial Consultant 1990
  • Certified Industrial Disability Examaniner (CCA/CCF) 1990
  • Certified Industrial Disability Evaluator (PICC) 1987
  • Completed Neurology Diplomate 1983 - Present

Most Important Positions Held in a Nationally Recognized Chiropractic Organization:

  • Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters Panelist 2009 - 2012
  • ACA Panelist, Integration of Chiropractic Care 1997

Most Important Positions Held in a Recognized Statewide Chiropractic Organization:

  • Delegate of District 9 for the New York State Chiropractic Association 2007 - Present
  • Co-Chair for New York State Chiropractic Association's Worker's Compensation Committee 2007 - Present
  • American Chiropractic Network - Panelist, Integration of Chiropractic Care 1996

Most Important Professional Positions Held in a Recognized State or National Organization:

  • None Listed

Most Recent Papers Published in a Recognized Peer-Reviewed Scientific Publication:

  • None Listed

Most Important Professional Recognition Awards Received:

  • None Listed

Most Important Goals and Objectives for the Profession in New York State:

  • Assist in transforming the NYSCA into a highly energetic, proactive and productive organization, transitioning from survive to thrive. In doing so, we will brand NYSCA as THE organization which offers the expertise necessary for professional excellence and information for current and new chiropractic patients
  • It is time we respond to the voice and needs of our profession and the patients we serve as we move forward with definitive action towards achieving scope modernization.
  • Restore accountability and equality in the health care system. There is a growing burden being placed upon us which has little value in the treatment of chiropractic patients. We need to move reduce the administrative burdens placed upon us by 3rd party payers (group insurance, workers' compensation and no fault).
  • Those chiropractic organizations which have the strongest presence do so through a solid base of members. We need to continue to increase our membership to ensure that ALL doctors of chiropractic have a voice and can participate in the advancement of our profession.


ABRAM NICHOLS, DC

Disclosure Statement:

  • Nothing to declare

Undergraduate Education:

  • Bachelor of Science (BS) (1991) - SUNY Cortland

Graduate Education:

  • Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) (1995) - Palmer College of Chiropractic

Professionally Recognized and Accredited Certification Programs:

  • Completed Neurology Diplomate

Most Important Positions Held in a Nationally Recognized Chiropractic Organization:

  • None Listed

Most Important Positions Held in a Recognized Statewide Chiropractic Organization:

  • Director to the New York State Chiropractic Association 2014 - 2016
  • Delegate of District 13 for New York State Chiropractic Association 2008 - 2014
  • District 13 President for the New York State Chiropractic Association 2006 - 2008

Most Important Professional Positions Held in a Recognized State or National Organization:

  • None Listed

Most Recent Papers Published in a Recognized Peer-Reviewed Scientific Publication:

  • None Listed

Most Important Professional Recognition Awards Received:

  • None Listed

Most Important Goals and Objectives for the Profession in New York State:

  • Unification - Continue to strive for unity with the Council
  • Scope Modernization - statewide effort, educate members & nonmembers
  • Grow Association Membership - Efforts at the district level (1st) - implement continuing education sponsors locally
  • Positive PR efforts - Work with current NYSCA Board and House & other successful districts


GREGORI PASQUA, DC, DABCO, NBCE

Disclosure Statement:

  • Nothing to declare

Undergraduate Education:

  • Bachelor of Science (BS) (1975) - SUNY Oneonta

Graduate Education:

  • Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) (1978) - Lombard National College of Chiropractic

Professionally Recognized and Accredited Certification Programs:

  • Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedics (DABCO) (1983)

Most Important Positions Held in a Nationally Recognized Chiropractic Organization:

  • Examiner for the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (1984)

Most Important Positions Held in a Recognized Statewide Chiropractic Organization:

  • Director to the New York State Chiropractic Association 2012 - 2014
  • Delegate of District 4 for New York State Chiropractic Association 2011 - 2014
  • Post-Graduate Instructor at the New York Chiropractic College (1986)

Most Important Professional Positions Held in a Recognized State or National Organization:

  • None Listed

Most Recent Papers Published in a Recognized Peer-Reviewed Scientific Publication:

  • "Spinal Manipulation to Nutrition" published by the Journal for the American Chiropractic Association (JACA)

Most Important Professional Recognition Awards Received:

  • None Listed

Most Important Goals and Objectives for the Profession in New York State:

  • Scope Modernization - Work with the membership and Legislators
  • Membership Growth - Convince/remind nonmembers that they have a professional responsibility
  • Insurance Protection - Expand or at least protect worker's compensation & No Fault Insurance in NYS
  • Unity - Continue the course and do not walk away in frustration


GEORGE RULLI, DC

Disclosure Statement:

  • Nothing to declare

Undergraduate Education:

  • Associate of Science (AS) (1978) - Suffolk County Community College
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) (1981) - Salem College of WVA

Graduate Education:

  • Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) (1984) - Palmer College of Chiropractic

Professionally Recognized and Accredited Certification Programs:

  • None Listed

Most Important Positions Held in a Nationally Recognized Chiropractic Organization:

  • Insurance Liaison for the New York State Chiropractic Association to the American Chiropractic Association June 2012 - November 2013

Most Important Positions Held in a Recognized Statewide Chiropractic Organization:

  • Director to the New York State Chiropractic Association 2014 - Present
  • President of District 7 for New York State Chiropractic Association 2011 - Present
  • New York State Chiropractic Association BPR Project Representation to the WCB August 2013 - Present

Most Important Professional Positions Held in a Recognized State or National Organization:

  • President of the Farmingville Chamber of Commerce 1995 - 2002
  • Member of the Board of Ethics for Middle County School District 1998 - 2000

Most Recent Papers Published in a Recognized Peer-Reviewed Scientific Publication:

  • None Listed

Most Important Professional Recognition Awards Received:

  • None Listed

Most Important Goals and Objectives for the Profession in New York State:

  • Unification - By continuing to work with Council officers and sharing the vision of a beneficial society for all chiropractors within a unified organization.
  • 10% increase in NYSCA membership in 12 months - Giving Districts the tools used by other successful districts to increase membership
  • Scope Modernization - Working with legislators and the DC community to get word out
  • Membership Programs - Develop membership programs that could increase a DC's practice and increase their exposure with new patient demographics