Chiropractic Physicians Appointed to State Boards

Chiropractic Physicians Appointed to State Boards

The State of Illinois has four different healthcare related boards that include a chiropractic physician as a member. They are the State Board of Health, Medical Licensing Board, Medical Disciplinary Board, and the Illinois Board of Acupuncture.

The ICS would like to announce recent chiropractic physician board appointments to the Illinois State Board of Health and to the State Board of Acupuncture (see below).  We also want to remind our members of the ongoing service of the other sitting board appointees.  We are grateful and proud of the representation provided by all of these chiropractic physician ICS members.  Through letters of recommendation to the Governor, the ICS supported the appointment of all of these dedicated physicians to their respective positions.

State Board of Health

The State Board of Health advises the Illinois Department of Public Health on public health policy and reviews department rules and program proposals. Recently, Dr. Christopher Woodrow was appointed to the State Board of Health by Governor J.B. Pritzker.

The Governor’s press release, provided the following information about Dr. Woodrow:

Christopher Woodrow will serve on the State Board of Health.* Woodrow is a chiropractor at Mt. Zion Chiropractic, a practice he’s owned since 1990. He is affiliated with organizations including the Illinois Chiropractic Society, American Chiropractic Association and the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. Previously he served as the Central District President of the Illinois Chiropractic [Society]. Woodrow received his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University and Doctor of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic.

We would like to thank Dr. Woodrow for stepping into a critical role during a pandemic in a currently highly visible public health department. His contributions will help the overall health of millions of Illinoisans.

Illinois Board of Acupuncture

The Illinois Board of Acupuncture advises the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation on acupuncture-related disciplinary issues and rules promulgated by the Department.

Dr. Diane Ferris was recently appointed by IDFPR Secretary Hagan to represent chiropractic physicians on the Board.   Dr. Ferris is a chiropractic physician and a Diplomate of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Naperville, Illinois. She is a graduate of National University of Health Sciences. Dr. Ferris is also a member and board member of the Naperville Rotary Club and chairperson of the Community Service Committee. 

We would like to thank Dr. Ferris for her dedication in serving in this role and service to the chiropractic profession.

In addition to the State Board of Health and Medical Disciplinary Board, chiropractic physicians also sit on the State boards described below:

State Medical Licensing Board

The Medical Licensing Board advises the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation on licensure applications and rules promulgated by the Department.

Dr. Douglas Matzner currently serves in his second term as the chiropractic physician member on the Medical Licensing Board.* Dr. Matzner was re-appointed by Governor Pritzker in March 2019 and has been serving in this role ever since.

Dr. Matzner owned and operated a broad-based clinic in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, providing a full range of treatment and wellness programs for his patients.  He served the ICS for several years as a board member, officer, and as ICS President. In addition, during his tenure as ICS President, Dr. Matzner was instrumental in the formation of the Illinois Chiropractic Foundation, a charitable, scientific and educational foundation dedicated to the promotion of research and education as to the benefits of wellness-based, holistic health care, including chiropractic medicine.

We want to thank Dr. Matzner for serving in this role and his generous service to the chiropractic profession.

State Medical Disciplinary Board

The State Medical Disciplinary Board works with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to review complaints of misconduct by physicians and may recommend sanctions for violations.

Dr. Darren Hancock is currently serving his second term as board member* and currently as the Chairperson of the Medical Disciplinary Board.  Dr. Hancock was most recently re-appointed to the Board by Governor Pritzker in April 2019.

Dr. Hancock owns a chiropractic clinic in Chicago, Illinois. He is a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians. Dr. Hancock is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. He also served for ten years as team chiropractic physician for the Chicago Force Football Team of the Women’s Football Alliance.

Additionally, Dr. Hancock has been an instructor at National University of Health Sciences. He has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Chairperson of the President’s Alumni Advisory Council of National University of Health Sciences.

The ICS gratefully acknowledges Dr. Hancock’s representation on the Board and his service to the chiropractic profession.

*pending required final Senate approval.

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