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Local chiropractors participate in MCA Day at MN Capitol

Dr. Dave Wold, left, and Dr. Lyle Erickson of Bemidji met with Minnesota District 4 Sen. Mary Olson during the Minnesota Chiropractic Association's annual Day at the Capitol. Submitted Photo

Dr. Lyle Erickson of Chiropractic Sport and Spinal Rehab and Dr. Dave Wold of LifeQuest Chiropractic Center met with legislators to discuss state healthcare and healthcare reform issues as part of the Minnesota Chiropractic Association Day at the Capitol last month.

The Bemidji chiropractors met with Minnesota legislative leaders, local elected officials and legislative staff members on such issues as the level of chiropractic services available in government programs, support for language interpreter services for all health plan contracts, equitable payments for health and worker compensation plans, and the maintenance of chiropractic services in the state's no-fault insurance policies.

When advocating for these items, Wold and Erickson reported to the legislators that reducing or eliminating chiropractic from healthcare options could shift costs to medical services with higher rates as well as increase pharmaceutical, emergency room, and hospital stay expenses.

Both met with District 4 Sen. Mary Olson and District 4B Rep. John Persell. Erickson also visited individually with District 2B Rep. Brita Sailer while Wold conferred with District 4A Rep. Larry Howes.

More than 600 chiropractic physicians and students visited with more than 170 legislators or political decision makers during the 2009 MCA Day.

Created in 1927, the Minnesota Chiropractic Association is the only professional organization in Minnesota that solely represents the chiropractic profession on a multi-level and integrated service basis. The MCA offers expert support services and advice on law, legislation, marketing, public relations, and business administration.

Erickson has 10 years of clinical experience treating infants, children, adults and the elderly in Roseau and Bemidji. A graduate of the University of North Dakota and Northwestern College of Chiropractic, Erickson is committed to applying modern approaches to time-honored chiropractic procedures in treating all conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system.

A lecturer as well as practicing chiropractor for six years in Bemidji, Wold specializes in such chronic or recurrent conditions as headaches, migraines, mechanical spinal conditions and arthritis. He also earned his undergraduate degree at the University of North Dakota and completed professional training at Northwestern College of Chiropractic.