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Russian Chiropractic Association

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Russian Chiropractic Association
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Foundation 1992
Location Moscow
Country Russia
President Dr. Charles Register (RUS)
Website RCA

The RCA is the only National Association of Chiropractors recognized by the WFC- World Federation of Chiropractic, and thus by the World Health Organization, in the Russian Federation.

Councils

They also maintain a National Sports council, which is a member of the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic [FICS] which is recognized by the World Olympian's Association. The Council is still chaired by Dr. Press.

RCA's History

Despite their small size, they maintain the difference between the local medical "Khiropraktors", and the Western profession of Chiropractic. The RCA was founded in 1992 by Dr. Stephen Press, DC, PhD, who was appointed Chief Physician of the USSR Olympic Team, in 1992. His clinic was then operating full time at the City Hospital No. 15 in Vuikhina region of Moscow. This clinic was a joint venture with the Chief Neurologist of The City of Moscow. In the Soviet period, Dr. Anatoly Ivanovich Fedin (Dr. Press' neurologist partner) was close friends with the Minister of Health, of the USSR. A determination was made to proclaim that the official translation from Russian to English of the term "Мануальная Медицина" (Manualnaia Meditsina) would thereafter be "Chiropractic". This gave the corporate venture, then called the "Soviet-American Center of Manual Medicine", a plenary license to practice medicine and surgery in the USSR. This made Dr. Press and his partner, essentially a National Licensing Board, as any DC who came to work with them would have received a plenary license as well.

While Dr. Press was still active in Russia, Dr. Charles Register arrived in Moscow with a delegation from Life Chiropractic College, lead by Dr. B.J. Kale his uncle, and determined to stay in Russia, and start his own center. Dr. Register married a Russian girl, got permanent residence status, learned Russian, and continues to practice there. Initially, in the first contacts with Dr. Press and the RCA, Dr. Register, chose to go it alone and try to obtain specific Chiropractic licensing. As of last information, he was still working under a permit for "health practitioner", issued by the Moscow City Board of Health.

In 2007, Dr. Boris Veller, a Russian emigré, graduated from Northwestern College of Chiropractic, and returned to Moscow to set up his own clinic [1] there.

History of other DC organizations in Russia

In about 2002 another group of DC's lead by Dr. Harold G. McCoy [2], came to Russia, presenting "credentials" issued by these people, and introducing them as "ambassadors" of the private World Chiropractic Alliance, a small organization with no significant national association membership, despite which, it represents itself as a World agency. Through the intervention of Dr. McCoy, and a wealthy Russian patient of his, they set up a clinic in the far east in Vladivostok (which appears to be still in operation), and then in 2004 a delegation came to Moscow, and wound up in St. Petersburg.

The December 2004 chiropractic delegation to Moscow and St. Petersburg included Drs. Sherry Durrett; Charles Register, D.C., from Moscow; Larry Berg, director of a Chicago chiropractic clinic; Jill Howe, D.C., from Chicago; Zia Bellin, D.C., and David Bellin, D.C., from Atlanta; and Vladimir Uzhva, director of the Regional Center for Chiropractic in Vladivostok [3]. According to their "press release" The group first met with several Russian officials, including a director of the Ministry of Health Care & Social Development, who they indicated was "receptive to the group’s message", and suggested that they develop a symposium on chiropractic. The delegation also talked to a health care official in St. Petersburg who expressed that there was a demand and high interest for chiropractic in his region of the country. And, it appears that they were able to develop a faculty at St. Elizabeth's Hospital there.

In 2006, Alexander Konovalov, DC, a 2004 Palmer graduate, moved to St. Petersburg [4] to work at the hospital. He worked there for a period of time. As of 2011 the entire department seems to have disappeared.

External Links

Russian Chiropractic Association Website
WFC Contact list entry
Dr. Boris Veller's Website
Dr. Register's Website

MD's who call themselves "Khiropractor" (Хиропрактика)

With no licensing law in place, there is no law to stop others from using the title "Chiropractor", thus several MD's are practicing as "Chiropractors" in some of the former Soviet Republics.

References