Welcome To The West Hartford Group

Leaders in Chiropractic Medicine

About Us

About Us

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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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. 

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About The Board

Dr. Tom Hyde--Board Advisor

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  • 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--Past President/Board Member

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Dr. Radford is the third generation in his family to practice chiropractic medicine. His undergraduate studies at Robert Morris were in biology, his chiropractic degree was obtained at National College of Chiropractic, he earned a Master of Science degree in Advanced Clinical Practice at National University of Health Sciences. His studies and training there expanded his clinical practice into integrative and functional medicine. In his dissertation he presented an evidenced based means to help patients with autoimmune disease reverse the process with vitamin D, diet and lifestyle changes.  

Dr. Radford is fellowship trained in neurophysiology and electrodiagnosis. He has had more than two decades of experience in the field. He has had 5 years of clinical experience integrated in hospital settings working in their departments of neurology, orthopedic and neurosurgery. During these years he evaluated hospital patients planning their treatment. Pre and post surgically he helped rehabilitate chronic pain patients using physiotherapy, manual therapy, exercise, and nutrigenomics.  He uses his research experience in vitamin D deficiency, genetics, epigenetics and nutrigenomics to help patients deal with their comorbidities.   He has published his work in the professions clinical journals and he has presented on advanced practice topics throughout the country. He is board certified in chiropractic medicine and electrodiagnosis. He and his wife Mary live in Chagrin Falls, OH.

Dr. Anthony Hamm--President

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Dr. Hamm is a 1979 graduate of National University of Health Sciences and has earned diplomate status in chiropractic orthopedics and forensic sciences. For the past 39 + years he has directed a referral-based practice in Goldsboro, North Carolina.  Other experiences include health care quality measures development, risk management, CPT/ICD coding and Medicare. He holds a Masters of Science in Health Sciences with a concentration in Healthcare Quality from The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Hamm currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists. He has served two consecutive terms as co-chair of the American Medical Association specialty society Resource Based Relative Value Health Care Provider Advisory Committee (RBRVS HCPAC) and is currently the Chief Clinical Officer for the Spine Institute for Quality. Dr. Hamm also served as president of the American Chiropractic Association.

Dr. Robert Hayden--Secretary

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Dr. Stephen Perle--Past President/Board Advisor

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  • 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--VIce President

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  • 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.

Dr. William Lauretti--Board Member

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Dr. Andrew W. Fitzsimons--Treasurer

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  • Dr. Fitzsimons  has been in private practice  since 1993. His focus is treating musculoskeletal issues and building bridges with the local medical community.  He is certified in Graston Technique, Active Release Technique®  and Dry Needling. He has post-doctoral training in Orthopedics, Spinal Rehabilitation, Soft Tissue and Myofascial Therapies, Occupational Health, and Ergonomics.  He was the Director of Clinical Chiropractic For Oxford Health Plans and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Chiropractic Association as a District Director.  He is a graduate of  the University of Connecticut and The National College of Chiropractic.

Dr. Bev Foster

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  •  Dr Foster is in private practice in Little Rock Arkansas. She practices primary spine care and has been voted "Best of the Best" for 20 years by multiple Arkansas publications.She served on the Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners for 15 years during which time she developed a plan for acceptance of National Board Part IV in lieu of a state examination among many other projects. She has served on several test committees for the NBCE. Dr. Foster currently serves on the Arkansas Department of Health. She lectures fourth year medical students on Chiropractic medicine and Ayurvedic medicine.She is Vice President and co-founder of the Academy of Advanced Practice Chiropractic Medicine.She was a founding board member of the Arkansas Chiropractic Society,formed over 25 years ago, to promote evidence-based chiropractic medicine as an alternative to the existing association of subluxation-based practitioners. Her husband,T. Martin Davis, is an attorney and has volunteered countless hours writing pro-chiropractic briefs, and donating legal services to the profession. She has three sons, two are lawyers (twins), and the eldest is Lieutenant Commander USN.   

Dr. Michael Simone--Board Member

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Dr. Mariangela Pena--Board Advisor

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Our Messages To The Chiropractic Profession

Spinal Care Model

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  • 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.

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Chiropractic Education

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  • 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.

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Mainstreaming Chiropractic Medicine

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  • 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

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Press Releases

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Choosing Wisely

Research Grant

Resolution--Developing a Future Ready Chiropractic Medicine Profession

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Disclaimer

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  • 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

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Radiography Position Paper

Vaccination Position Paper

Patient Bill of Rights Paper

Colorado Chiropractic Association Resolution Paper

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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, Inc.

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