Welcome to the
West Hartford Group

 Leaders In Chiropractic Medicine

About Us

About Us

  • The West Hartford Group, Inc. is neither a political organization nor service organization but a think-tank that has put forth a model of chiropractic care that is consistent with that of the World Federation of Chiropractic and the Chiropractic Strategic Planning Conference. This model is of the chiropractic physician as the spinal health care expert within the health care system, i.e. society’s primary spine care physician*.


  • The WHG is a pro-active and positive force moving in the direction of cultural, social, and professional authority to improve the profession's standing within the health care system and society. Please view our informative videos about back and neck pain and how to select a chiropractor.

Our history

  • West Hartford Group, Inc. (WHG) was incorporated in 2006 after a group of concerned progressive reform minded chiropractic physicians realized that reform was essential to advance the chiropractic profession in order to achieve social, professional, and cultural authority.


  • Disclaimer: In many jurisdictions chiropractors are legally categorized and labeled as “physicians.” In WHG’s view chiropractors are primary spine care physicians and WHG supports and promotes this premise. WHG also recognizes, however, that some WHG members practice in jurisdictions where the term “physician” is title protected by law or otherwise restricted, consequently, a WHG member practicing in one of these areas has to be mindful of, and abide by, the laws, rules and regulations of his/her local jurisdiction when referring to him/herself or his or her practice. In areas where the term is restricted, a WHG chiropractor should refer to themselves as a doctor of chiropractic, chiropractic doctor, chiropractic practitioner, provider or other nomenclature that comports with local law until such a time as the laws of local jurisdiction are modified and updated to allow the use of the term "physician."

Our mission

  • The West Hartford Group, Inc. is a think tank dedicated to the acquisition of social, cultural and professional authority for the chiropractic profession, where the doctor of chiropractic (i.e., chiropractic physician in some jurisdictions) serves within the mainstream health care delivery system as a patient-centered, evidence-based, non-surgical, primary spine care health care professional.

Our Objectives

What We're About

  1. To provide the profession with a viable model of integrative practice.
  2. To foster inclusion of WHG members in the fabric of the profession to promote WHG’s mission.
  3. To create a public and professional image of chiropractic as a profession dedicated to scholarship, research and the patient-centered, evidence-based practice paradigm.
  4. To advance chiropractic education (undergraduate & graduate) and scholarship consistent with WHG’s mission

Our Values

  1. Chiropractors are healthcare professionals who provide non-surgical clinical management of spine and other musculoskeletal conditions.
  2. Chiropractic clinical management includes diagnosis and treatment, with an emphasis on prevention, rehabilitation, wellness and holism.
  3. Objective measurable treatment effectiveness must be demonstrated.
  4. A Bio-psycho-social (BPS) approach is essential for the management of pain and dysfunction.
  5. Treatment must focus on active care that empowers the patient toward management of his/her own healthcare.
  6. Treatment goals must be functional, and focused on return to normal activities of daily living (ADL) and improved quality of life.
  7. Treatment must be based upon the best evidence available.

Our Commitment

  1. WHG believes it is important to the chiropractic profession to make proactive changes from within the system, rather than allowing others to force reactive changes. 
  2. We are also firmly committed to chiropractors being paid a fair wage for our services, without undue and/or unfair influence from outside sources.

How To Find A Good Chiropractor

Petition to White House and Members of Congress

Give Seniors the Medicare Coverage They Need and Deserve: Full Access to and Reimbursement for Services Provided by Doctors of Chiropractic

Become A Member

Join the West Hartford Group, Inc. and become part of an organization of like-minded doctors dedicated to the advancement of the social, cultural and professional authority of the chiropractic profession. Membership at this time is by invitation only. If you know a WHG member, please discuss your interest in joining with that doctor.

About The Board

Dr. Tom Hyde

  • After spending 5 years of active service in the US Marine Corps with a 1 year tour in Vietnam,  Dr. Hyde attended Florida Sate University and graduated with a BA in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.  While there, he met his future wife, Susan, married and spent their honeymoon moving to St. Louis to attend Logan College of Chiropractic.  Dr. Hyde graduated in 1977. He and Susan have one daughter, Jennifer. Upon graduation they moved to Miami, FL where Dr. Hyde practiced until sustaining a significant injury forcing him out of practice. He was hired by Graston Technique where he taught for 10 years.  This led to the creation, with another DC,  of Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab (FAKTR). He was co-editor, with Dr. Marianne Gengenback, DC and contributor to 2 text books on Conservative Management of Sports Injuries. Dr. Hyde has written a number of peer reviewed articles, several chapters in other text books and countless articles for a variety of publications.  He continues to lecture while enjoying his hobby of climbing mountains for charity, hiking, and photography.  He and Susan live in Asheville, NC.

Dr. David C Radford--Vice President

  • Dr. Radford is a non-surgical spine care specialist. He has forty years of experience in spine care, physiologic therapeutics, and orthomolecular or functional medicine. He has had more than two decades of experience in neurophysiology and electrodiagnosis with 5 years in hospital settings working in their departments of neurology, orthopedic and neurosurgery, where he evaluated hospital patients planning their treatment and prior to surgery. He implements plans for the rehabilitation of chronic pain patients using physiotherapy, exercise, nutrition and botanical medicines. Dr. Radford is currently one of only two doctors of chiropractic medicine in Ohio who have earned a Master’s of Science degree in Advanced Clinical Practice or AP. He uses his research experience in vitamin D deficiency human genetics, epigenetics and nutrigenomics to help patients deal with their comorbidities. He applies the patient’s data to provide precision or personalized care for the treatment of autoimmune and chronic degenerative diseases, as well as debilitating mental health conditions. He has published his work in clinical journals and he has presented on these advanced practice topics throughout the country. Dr. Radford graduated from Robert Morris College and obtained a master's degree and doctor of chiropractic medicine degree from National University of Health Sciences.  He has completed an internship, residency, and fellowship--the last at Lutheran Hospital in Cleveland, Oh. 

Dr. Michael Simone--President

  • Dr. Simone graduated from the College of William and Mary with a BS in biology.  He then spent 3 years on active duty as an Army officer (and 19 more years in the Army reserves).  Dr. Simone graduated from Logan University in 1986.  He is a former Chairman of the Board for the American Chiropractic Association.  Dr. Simone has served his community as a mayor, school board president, police commissioner, planning commission chairman and member of the local housing authority board. He taught anatomy and physiology, general biology and pathology at various colleges and nursing programs. Dr. Simone currently serves on the Northern Colorado Medical Center Board of Trustees and Inc. Board. He practices in Fort Lupton, Colorado.  Dr. Simone's passion is to promote the chiropractic profession as an ethical, conservative-first, evidence based musculoskeletal specialty, focusing on non-surgical treatment options and the judicious use of prescriptive and non-prescription medication options by properly trained chiropractic physicians and other health care providers.

Dr. Gregory V. Mara

  • Dr. Mara graduated cum laude from the University Of Bridgeport College Of Chiropractic in 2006.  He began his career in a private practice setting, before joining Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Plymouth Spine Care, Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 2010.  In 2012, he was appointed the Associate Director of Spine Care.  The Spine Care Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Plymouth is a multidisciplinary service dedicated to providing high value care to the community for spine related disorders. The chiropractors employed within this hospital serve in the role of Primary Spine Practitioners and function within a dedicated clinical care pathway to provide first-line management, case coordination and follow-up of patients with spine related disorders. In addition to these clinical services, Dr. Mara has also served on various boards and committees within the hospital and frequently donates his time to the local athletic communities.

Dr. Stephen Perle--Past President

  • Dr. Perle joined the inaugural faculty of the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic in 1991. He is a Professor of Clinical Sciences and the Coordinator UB-China Programs having taught in China for UB for three years. He has taught a wide range of courses in the College of Chiropractic and has also taught undergraduate and graduate courses for other programs at the university.  After graduation from Texas Chiropractic College in 1983 he practiced in New York City until 1991.  In 1986 he qualified as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician from the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (ACBSP), which he was a member of from 1990-4, and in 2002 he earned a MS in Exercise Science from Southern Connecticut State University.  Dr. Perle has been the medical director of various athletic events culminating with the 1991 U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships, making him the first chiropractor in the U.S. to be the medical director for a major Olympic sport’s national championships.  He currently serves as the Research Commission chair and the North American Representative of the Executive Council of the Fédération Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport (FICS – International Federation of Sports Chiropractic). Dr. Perle has published more than a half dozen textbook chapters and over 30 peer reviewed publications. His major research interest is on the biomechanics and biomechanical effects of manipulation and on the quality of chiropractic care. He has been an associate editor of Chiropractic & Manual Therapies (Chiropractic & Osteopathy) since 2008 and has been on the editorial board since 2005.  He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Consortium of Evidence-Informed Practice Educators.  In 2004, he was honored as the American Chiropractic Association’s Academic of the Year and has twice received an ACA Presidential Leadership Award.  He is the chairperson of ACA’s Research Review and Advisory Committee.  The Connecticut Chiropractic Association in 2010 honored him with The Malcolm J Doyle Backbone Award. Dr. Perle is an original member of the West Hartford Group, Inc. Board of Directors having served as Secretary, Vice-President and President. 

Dr. Michael J Hubka

  • Chiropractor at US Spine & Sport, San Diego, California 
  • Associate Professor, School of Health Sciences, International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
  • Associate Professor, Southern California University of Health Sciences
  • Chiropractic residency, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Royal University Hospital, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Interest includes identifying subclasses of mechanical spine pain and addressing specific deficits using targeted therapy. Dr. Hubka has published and presented over 20 scientific papers, and written 3 book chapters. He is married to Dr. Jenna Marie Lemon. His leisure activities include running, hiking, and cycling.

Our Messages To The Chiropractic Profession

  • How can chiropractic medicine become a respected mainstream profession? Click button below to download Podiatry Paper.
  • Subluxation: Dogma or science? Click button below to download paper.
  • Chiropractic as spinal care: A model for the profession. Click button below to download paper.

  • The Necessary Future of Chiropractic Education: A North American Perspective. Click button below to download file.
  • Bringing Chiropractic into the Mainstream in the 21st Century. Click below to download part 1 and part 2.

  • Mainstreaming Chiropractic: The Miserable Medicare Model. Click button below to download file.
  • The establishment of a primary spine care practitioner and its benefits to health care reform in the United States.  Click Here

Press Releases

Choosing Wisely

Research Grant

Disclaimer

  • The WHG does not endorse any diagnostic test or clinical procedure, or any instrument, product or service that does not pass rigorous policy development and review processes outlined in the WHG charter and bylaws. The outcomes, conclusions, views, opinions or commentary contained in any writing or recording displayed on or connected with the WHG Website or any other WHG publication that has not passed through the WHG policy-making adoption process, are solely those of the publication's author(s) or speakers; are not endorsed by the WHG; do not constitute official WHG policy or position statements; and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or conclusions of the WHG leadership or the WHG membership at large.

Other Position Papers

Radiography Position Paper

Vaccination Position Paper

Patient Bill of Rights Paper

Colorado Chiropractic Association Resolution Paper



FAQ's

Is The West Hartford Group a Professional Trade Organization?

  • The WHG is NOT a professional trade association. We recognize that the national professional trade associations in North America are the American Chiropractic Association and the Canadian Chiropractic Association supported by the World Federation of Chiropractic. Part of our mission is to support and assist these organizations in performing their functions to the best of their ability. Among our efforts in this regard will be to help mobilize other DCs to be active members of these organizations.

Why Was The West Hartford Group Conceived?

  • It was realized that the chiropractic profession is at a critical point in its history, and the time for immediate action is at hand. In order for the chiropractic profession to remain viable in the healthcare delivery system we must establish the role of the profession as primary spine care physicians utilizing an evidence-influenced, patient-centered and outcomes oriented practice model. We recognize that the most important and powerful forces that threaten the future of the profession are within the profession itself and part of what is required for chiropractic medicine to thrive is reform of the profession. We feel that the best way to bring about reform is to put our clinical foot forward and emphasize the clinical, evidence-based value chiropractic physicians can provide society.

How Does The West Hartford Group Plan To Accomplish Its Goals?

  • The WHG plans to accomplish its goals by supporting the models set forth by the World Federation of Chiropractic and the Chiropractic Strategic Planning Conference and helping to facilitate, catalyze and advise on efforts to bring about reform of the profession in a variety of areas, including education, regulatory processes, business practices, public image and professional identity. This will be done in a positive, pro-active manner by interacting with others within and outside the profession who are also interested in helping chiropractic medicine realize its potential with regard to respect, utilization and cultural authority. Part of this will also involve providing input to society regarding high quality chiropractic care for non-surgical spine conditions. Furthermore, the WHG will be actively involved in advocacy efforts to promote the chiropractic physician* as THE provider of choice for these conditions.

Is the West Hartford Group a Constructive or Destructive Group?

  • We aim to be a pro-active and positive force in chiropractic to bring it up to speed within the health care system at large, and not to be a destructive force to tear chiropractic down. At the same time, we will not hesitate to speak out about those people and institutions who are engaged in activities that erode the cultural authority of the profession. We feel that that many of the finest members of the profession have been silent too long and reform requires positive action combined with the exposure of problems within the profession, so these problems can be corrected. However, our primary emphasis will be on promoting the positive benefits that chiropractic physicians can bring to society in order to improve and enhance our professional standing in the eyes of the public, other professionals and decision makers.

How Does The West Hartford Group See The Chiropractic Profession Fit Into Mainstream Health Care?

  • The WHG sees the chiropractor as the dentist or podiatrist of the spine. That is, the model of chiropractic practice by which chiropractic medicine has the best opportunity to make a valuable contribution to society, and thus to thrive as a profession, is that of primary spine care physician. We feel that society is in great need of a physician-level specialist in the diagnosis and management of patients with non-surgical spine-related disorders. This is the best niche for the chiropractic profession.

Does The West Hartford Group Feel That Chiropractic Physicians Should Not Treat Extremity Problems?

  • The WHG fully recognizes and supports the fact that many chiropractors regularly manage patients with conditions that are non-spinal – and do so with great expertise and skill. The model that we are promoting is not a spine-only model, i.e., one in which chiropractors only treat spinal disorders to the exclusion of all others. The model we are promoting is that of presenting the chiropractic physician as THE spine expert – the first choice for patients with non-surgical spine problems. We feel that the increased respect and cultural authority that comes with this will enable those chiropractors who are interested in extremity problems to see more of these patients, not fewer, because of the credibility the profession will gain in general.

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West Hartford Group

2320 Nott Street E, #9042 Schenectady, NY 12309-9042

(518) 786-3649