One Love. OneChiropractic
One Love. OneChiropractic
Those who live and operate from abundance tend to build things up in hope while those living in scarcity tend to tear them down in fear. Abundance is about unity; scarcity is about differences. Abundance protects resources and relationships; scarcity squanders them. OneChiropractic is working toward an abundance culture in our profession.
Read on for an interview in which TCL asks two of OneChiropractic’s founders, Drs. Tom Klapp and Bharon Hoag, about their group’s vision for a unified profession.
TCL: How did OneChiropractic get made up of this particular cast of characters?
Klapp: Back in 2012, a group of six individuals (all of whose names you would recognize) got together at Dr. Riekeman’s Colorado ranch to discuss forming a new national chiropractic entity/organization. While the discussion was productive and creative, the timing just wasn’t right and it didn’t go any further.
Then, in April of 2015, Drs. Guy Riekeman and Tom Klapp decided the time might be right to reignite the conversation. Several factors had changed in the chiropractic world, not the least of which is the ongoing, ever more insistent push by certain factions of the profession into the area of “prescriptive rights” for DCs.
All of the original six doctors were invited for this second attempt to start something. Unfortunately, of the original six, only Drs. Riekeman, Clum, and Klapp felt they could devote time and effort to this cause. So, we invited Drs. Jason Deitch, Stu Hoffman and Charles Ribley, and Bharon Hoag to round out our inaugural June, 2015 meeting of what would become OneChiropractic.
In our subsequent meetings, we identified many doctors /business partners we believed had the willingness and the ability to bring something important to the table, and eventually, we attracted Drs. Janice Hughes, Brian Stenzler, and Mr. Bill Esteb to our group.
Hoag: I am sure this is a question that will be asked for ages. We are a motley group of characters indeed. I was the last to the group. They had been talking for almost a year before I got involved. Honestly it was the call for action that brought us all together.
Unfortunately, our profession has fallen victim to complacency. We spend more time arguing about what we might do than actually do anything at all. This is no fault of any one group or person; it is really just human nature. It is also a side effect of politics. The chiropractic profession has become ingrained with the political model, which isn’t a bad thing altogether, but nothing happens fast in politics.
If you look at the people involved with OneChiropractic, you will see we are all doers. We don’t spend a lot of time talking about what we might do; we do it and let the action do the speaking. Each of us, in our own right, have carved out parts of the world and made it our own. We have all become very successful in our own walks.
The call I am referring to is the call from our world. I will speak specifically to Ohio, but will argue these numbers reflect the entire country. We have 23 people dying a week on opioids or heroin. Of those who are dying on heroin, 85% of them became addicted to opioids first. Our current world has lost its grip on true “health” care. Chiropractic should be the most talked about form of healthcare but yet no one really knows we exist. They don’t know we exist because we are too busy fighting each other.
Our group is tired of that madness; we came together as dreamers and doers to get things done. We do not want to compete with or replace anyone; we simply want to make chiropractic relevant in the current delivery system. We want to help chiropractors realize their brightest future.
TCL: Continuing that metaphor, how did they audition for or win their roles?
Klapp: We brought together a group of like-minded individuals who had a history of getting good things done in the chiropractic profession. Everyone of our original founders have a proven track record of accomplishment—in one area or another—of the chiropractic profession.
It is this individual history of accomplishment that each of us are bringing to bear on OneChiropractic, and should give prospective partners the confidence to invest in OneChiropractic.
Hoag: Our resume was our audition. Each of us was chosen to participate because of the work we have done on our own. There was one common theme that really helped single out the ten. We believe chiropractic should remain as it was founded. Subluxation, Yes; Drugs, No. We have no desire to spark up the old straights and mixers drama but we are very clear that drugs have no place in chiropractic.
TCL: Where were you/the group when the “lightning struck” to create ONE Chiropractic
Klapp: Lightning striking wasn’t how this happened. We had countless meetings and spent countless hours hammering out ideas, concepts, scenarios, plans, strategies, and tactics. Then, we worked, and worked and met some more until we reached the point where we were finally creating something that could help us fulfill our vision.
If there was a “lightning strike” moment, it was at a meeting we held in Atlanta, in October of 2015, when Jason Deitch kinda blurted out “OneChiropractic!” We all looked at each other and knew immediately that was the name we were looking for.
Hoag: I am sure each of us would have a different but yet similar answer to this question. For me it was almost two years ago in a conversation with Dr. Klapp. I was pretty frustrated with a situation I was in that involved chiropractic politics and I was venting to him about how I would do things differently. I just unloaded on him straight from the heart and laid out a road map of what I would do if I ever got the courage to do it.
Little did I know, he was already talking with a few of the OneChiropractic founders. He took our conversation and added it to the points already under discussion. A year after that conversation, I received a call from Dr. Klapp asking me to go to a meeting with him. When I arrived at the meeting, I saw who else was involved and the rest as they say is history.
I think all of us have had that moment when we just unloaded what we would do if we were in charge. I think all of us together have provided the confidence that we can do this.
So many leaders are limited in their belief of what is possible. We believe it is important to surround yourself with others that connect with your “why”. The ten of us certainly do that for each other.
TCL: When practicing chiropractors are at their best, what does that look like? For them? For their patients?
Klapp: When a practicing chiropractor is at her/his best, s/he is living a life of service, fulfillment, joy, and their dreams are coming true. A patient of such a doctor is experiencing true health and healing from above down, and inside out.
Hoag: This has many forms of an answer. But if I had to sum it up in a short answer I would say it is a balance of purpose, passion and execution. I feel the average field chiropractor has lost their “why.” They no longer remember why they do what they do. I hear all the time from current chiropractors that they do not want their children to become chiropractors. This infuriates me. They say this because they are measuring success based on patient visits and dollars in the bank. To us, success is making a difference; it is loving who you are and what you do. A chiropractor’s brightest future is seeing the amount of patients they want, spending as much time home with their families as they want, and making the income they deserve and need.
This will be relative to the individual chiropractor but the point is that they define their reality, not the world or society. We believe our society will embrace a Vitalistic approach to health and when they do it will be a game changer. Our new reality is 100% dependent on us falling back in love with our profession and with each other.
We already have pockets of this in our profession. I will argue the ten of us live in this reality right now. We all love who we are and what we do; we have all achieved a level of success that is beyond what we expected but we all continue to want to give back. That is success and we believe together we can do the same for others.
TCL: Let’s say it’s now 2025 and One Chiropractic has succeeded even beyond your vision for its complete success. What does the chiropractic profession look like now? What is different for the average chiropractor? For the most successful DCs? For the least successful DCs? What is different about the relationship between chiropractic and medicine? In public perception?
Klapp: In 2025, every DC and chiropractic practice is as busy and successful as they wish to be. There are no unemployed or even underemployed chiropractors.
The health care consumer has equal access to chiropractic care as they have to traditional allopathic care, and, in many cases and for some conditions, better access due to policy changes that demand more conservative measures be employed before higher-cost, more invasive.
The chiropractic associations in the various states are thriving with burgeoning membership, full bank accounts and increasing political influence that reflect the growing political power of chiropractors and their associations and institutions.
The chiropractic colleges have full enrollment and waiting lists of students who want to become doctors of chiropractic. The admissions standards have risen to the level of other professions due to the higher demand for a chiropractic education.
There will always be “unsuccessful” chiropractors simply because there are always unsuccessful people. Unsuccessful people are just people who haven’t yet discovered how to make their dreams come true.
Hoag: In a nutshell, if OneChiropractic achieves its goal, we will have increased the chiropractic population to over 100,000 chiropractors. We will have integrated chiropractic into the mainstream of healthcare delivery in all major markets in the United States. We will have filled all chiropractic schools with new students. We will have a public that is demanding the services our providers offer.
More importantly, you will see the infrastructure of our profession change. Rather than continuing the game of Hatfield’s vs. McCoy’s, you will see a celebration of our differences and a desire to work together to meet the needs of our world. Everyone right now is so consumed by their own success that they do not see the destruction they are causing. We believe that if we spend time helping others be successful, our own success is a side effect.