Sept 23, 2016
Report and Recommendations of the Chiropractic Membership
Endorsement Committee

Committee Members:

Dr. Matthew Barrigar – Bio

Dr. David Dos Santos- Bio

Dr. Carlan Stants – Bio

Sukhvinder Kalsi Ryan, Physiotherapist  – Bio

Maureen Dwight, Physiotherapist – Bio

Consultant: Dr. Carlo Ammendolia – Bio

Scope of Step One

The Spine Therapy Network is committed to developing a framework for improving
patient care by enhancing spine therapy professionals training and accreditation in

The main purpose of Step-One – Profession-Specific Membership Endorsement
Committee: Chiropractic, is to define the necessary competencies for a chiropractic
advanced spine practitioner in the area of degenerative spine care.

The scope of this committee is to provide a reference for the initial endorsement of an
Advanced Spine Practitioner and its ongoing mandate is to develop a process to ensure
his/her ongoing expertise. The endorsement of a spine therapist by the Spine Therapy
Network is based on empirical research, sound education principles and stakeholder


The Spine Therapy Network Profession-Specific Membership Endorsement Committee
identifies and describes the abilities Spine Therapists require to effectively meet the
health care needs of the people they serve working within their area of advanced
and/or specialty accreditation.

Following the process outlined in the Terms of Reference Profession this Committee recommends the following criteria be adopted for Chiropractic membership in the Spine Therapy Network.

Candidates with the following designations should be accepted for membership in the
Spine Therapy Network for the treatment of degenerative spine conditions providing
they have the additional qualifications listed below:

1. Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada)
2. Fellow of the Canadian Chiropractic Specialty College of Physical and Occupational Rehabilitation
3. Fellow of the College of Chiropractic Sciences
4. Fellow of the College of Chiropractic Orthopaedists (Canada)
5. Fellow of the Chiropractic College of Radiologists (Canada)
6. Advanced Spine Practitioner Inter-professional Spine Assessment and Education Clinicians (ISAEC)

Advanced Spine Practitioner
7. McKenzie certification/ Diplomat
8. Any foreign training equivalent to the above

Additional Qualifications

1. A minimum of 4 years’ experience treating degenerative spinal conditions
2. In good standing with the College of Chiropractors of Ontario
3. No prior disciplinary action or judgements against them in relation to the
practice of Chiropractic
4. Provide 2 letters of reference attesting to their expertise in degenerative
spine conditions. One letter should be from other collaborative
professions outside chiropractic. These letters should demonstrate the
candidate’s ability to provide evidence based, effective, client-centered
care of degenerative spine conditions and interprofessional collaboration.
5. Evidence of ongoing education, teaching and/or research in the
treatment of degenerative spine conditions
6. Have a minimum of $2 million in malpractice insurance

Candidates who have completed these designation have been identified for
membership as they meet the majority of the following criteria.

1. Rigorous credentialing criteria recognized by at least one of the following

a. Ministry of Health Ontario
b. Canadian Federation of Chiropractic Regulatory and Educational
Accrediting Boards
c. College of Chiropractors of Ontario

2. These qualifications have been endorsed as they contain the majority of the
following key elements which are recognized as forming the basis of an
Advanced Spine Practitioner:

a. Advanced knowledge in the diagnosis of degenerative spine conditions
b. Advanced training in the treatment of degenerative spine conditions

c. Advanced knowledge and skill in implementing appropriate exercise
programs for degenerative spine conditions
d. Advanced knowledge and skill in training patients in self-management
strategies of degenerative spine conditions
e. Advanced knowledge in assessing and managing psychosocial factors of
degenerative spine conditions
f. Promotion of Evidence-based and/or Evidence-Informed practice
g. Promotion of involvement in spine related research
h. Promote critical thinking
i. Have a recertification process or process for maintaining membership
which promotes the previous noted elements.

It is this committee’s recommendation that chiropractors who meet these criteria be
endorsed as members of the Spine Therapy Network by the Scientific Advisory Committee.

Members of the Chiropractic Membership Endorsement Committee:
Dr. Matthew Barrigar; Dr. David Dos Santos; Dr. Carlan Stants;
Sukhvinder Kalsi Ryan; Maureen Dwight

(see above for BIO’s)