A few years ago, after seeing the attempts to limit the scope of practice of functional neurology in Texas, I started a project to see if we could ensure that a similar fate could not befall us here in Oregon.
I organized a small group of like-minded individuals and we hatched a strategy to bring what we do before the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners. We wanted them to rule on functional neurology before anyone else had an opportunity to attack it. We created a petition explaining what we do and lobbied for the inclusion of functional neurology as a standard procedure within our scope of practice.
We circulated it among the profession and had it approved by the necessary 10 percent to bring it before the board. Thanks to the amazing and tireless work of Judith Boothby, Laura Swingen, and Russ Margach, the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners has ruled that functional neurology is now considered standard within our scope of practice.
Of equal significance, the board has included a policy statement dictating they will only allow people who are board certified or board eligible to to publicly claim specialization, according to the standards of the ACNB and ACFN. As such, practitioners advertising to do our work without holding the requisite training can look forward to being aggressively sanctioned by the board.
Exciting times here in Oregon! And a huge, heartfelt thanks to Judy, Laura, and Russ for their amazing efforts!