President's Message February 2019
Written by Devin Pettiet, DC   
Friday, February 08, 2019 01:25 PM

The biggest day of the year for Texas chiropractors is right around the corner – TCA Legislative Day on Thursday, February 14. That’s correct, it’s Valentine’s Day and Cupid – that’s me – wants you to join your friends from TCA in Austin to “Show Your Love for Chiropractic!” 

As of this moment, more than 500 doctors, staff and supporters have signed up, not to mention several busloads of students and faculty from Parker University and Texas Chiropractic College. A big thank you to Parker President Dr. Bill Morgan and TCC President Dr. Stephen Foster. You’ve galvanized your campuses and the excitement about TCA Legislative Day is incredible. 

In 2017, we shattered our record with 600+ participants – the largest turnout by any state, by far. Less than a week out, we could set a new one. We’re already well past 500 registrants. While our numbers are outstanding, we could use a few more doctors – particularly constituents in House and Senate districts from South Texas, West Texas and the Panhandle. We’re more likely to secure meetings with the actual legislator if a voter is in the room. Friday, February 8, is the deadline to register online for TCA Legislative Day, so don’t wait!

You’re probably wondering what happens at these meetings on TCA Legislative Day. Essentially, our job is to educate state officials about chiropractic – specifically your education, training and the benefits to your patients. We also are hoping to identify sponsors and supporters for pro-chiropractic bills that will create greater access to chiropractic care for all Texans.

Don’t forget to look for an email from TCA early next week. It will have all the details you need regarding TCA Legislative Day.

So, for those of you who are making the trip to Austin (and those of you who are missing out on the fun), here are a few of the highlights:

  • Home Base – TCA will be based at Schmidt-Jones Family Life Center (1300 Lavaca Street, Austin, TX 78701) on Legislative Day. That’s where the breakfast and orientation will take place, in addition to a lunch for Parker and TCC students.
  • More Visits with Legislators – Two years ago, TCA scheduled more than 140 meetings with legislative offices. Next week, we will hit more than 180 – that’s EVERY single senator and representative. This was a huge undertaking and all credit goes to our lobbyists from StateCraft, Kaden Norton and Josh Massingill.
  • Photo Time – Remember that photo we took outside the Capitol in 2017. It set social media on fire and has become a symbol of the new TCA. We’re going to capture the moment again on the NORTH STEPS of the Capitol (facing 15th Street and the University of Texas campus) at 11:45 a.m. All TCA Legislative Day participants should be there … don’t be late!
  • TCLC – TCA Legislative Day isn’t the only TCA event happening next week. The Texas Chiropractic Legislative Conference (TCLC) is Friday, February 15, and Saturday, February 16, at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at The Capitol (701 E. 11th Street). Complete your CE hours – including the TBCE required hours – and hear some of the finest speakers around. Don’t miss our keynote speaker Shilo Harris, a retired military veteran and renowned chiropractic advocate, and Dr. Sherry McAllister with the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress. Register online for TCLC by Sunday, February 11. You can also call the TCA office at (512) 477-9292.

I don’t know about you, but I am pumped about next week. I have a feeling we’ll be talking about this TCA Legislative Day and TCLC 2019 for a long time.  Let's make 2019 the year we changed chiropractic in Texas forever. I look forward to seeing you in Austin.

Devin Pettiet, DC
TCA President