By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

The California Chiropractic Association hosted another spectacular event in San Diego this past weekend. The 2013 CCA Convention & Expo took place at the Paradise Point Resort & Spa in Mission Bay (near Sea World). While the temperatures outside were cool, the energy inside the conference rooms was hot (you know I love that chiropractic energy). CCA did a terrific job in ensuring that this event was a successful one, I was excited to hear that we’ll be returning to San Diego in 2014. California chiropractors are fired up!

Chiropractors at CCA 2013 Convention & Expo

Saturday morning began with 7 quick motivational talks by seven different enthusiastic chiropractors. In the above photo (from left to right) are Drs. Patrick Gentempo, Matt Hubbard, Leslie Hewitt, Brian Stenzler, Grace Syn, Ted Carrick and Jason Deitch. The convention began on Thursday and went through till Sunday, with a packed room of chiropractors attending x-ray classes on Sunday morning.

Over the days I spoke with chiropractors from Ventura County, San Diego County, the San Fernando Valley, San Bernardino County, the Sacramento Valley, Riverside County, Kern County, and the High Desert, and everyone was in agreement. There’s something special going on in the world of chiropractic in the state of California. Not only was there free continuing education provided for CCA members (thanks to conference sponsors), there was plenty of discussion (both from the platform and among attendees) of vertebral subluxation, and I liked what I heard.

Well Beyond Medicine by Dr. Darrell Crain

I was excited to see former classmates like Dr. Darrell Crain (longtime author on Planet Chiropractic), who has recently published a book titled Well Beyond Medicine. It’s available on Amazon in both print and Kindle versions. I’d recommend you order a copy (I do not receive payment for any sales of this book).

I’ve said it so many times before, fellowship with your colleagues is critically important, I find it stimulates and motivates us to continue on with purpose. We get more done working together as a team, then we do as individuals. Speaking of teams, I remember when Dr. Kevin Joe (who I only got to see briefly this year) told me there was a team of chiropractors that had chartered a bus for the 2010 CCA Convention in Reno, Nevada. I heard that was fun. While the 2010 and 2011 conventions in Reno were a good time too, I prefer seeing Dr. Joe and everyone else in San Diego.

Last year’s 2012 CCA Convention was a joint effort with Parker Seminars and it was held at the same location in San Diego. I still have a CCA Parker Seminars Flickr photo set available for viewing online. I really, really, really liked the speakers at this year’s 2013 event. I look forward to hearing who’s going to be speaking in 2014. That’s where I’ll be getting my CE hours (chiropractors make sure you receive credit for classes you attend).

Effective June 1, 2013 and after, chiropractors in the state of California are now required to receive 24 hours of continuing education, which made the timing of this conference perfect for many chiropractors renewing their licenses later this year.

Thank you to the sponsors, thank you to the CCA, and thank you to the chiropractors who attended. It was great seeing such an enthusiastic group of people on the West Coast. Bring a friend and see you all next year!