Second Vice President
Mark Marien, DC
Luz Maria Ortiz, CPA
Other Board Members:
Ron Cohn, MD DC
Joel Manion, DC
David Gaussoin, DC
Clifton Bethel, BA, DC, CCST
Dr. Clifton Bethel’s journey started after high school with enlistment in the U.S. Coast Guard. Following this he entered college unsure of his direction and took music and biology and then computer classes. Eventually he enrolled in a paralegal program and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 1991 from Marycrest University in Davenport, IA. He relocated to the Washington, DC metro area and worked as a paralegal and case manager at Jones, Day, Reavis and Pogue.
He did not find this work satisfying and looked for something that would fit his lifestyle and interests in health, biology and nutrition. After some thought and conversations with family it became apparent that chiropractic was his destiny. He then returned to Davenport in 1994 and received his Doctorate in Chiropractic (D.C.) in 1997 from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA.
He earned his Chiropractic Certification in Spinal Trauma (C.C.S.T.) in 2005. He
is currently finishing his Masters Degree in Nutrition.
He is married to Elena Bethel, formerly a teacher of 13 years in Moscow, Russia who is finishing her Master’s Degree in Nursing and Nurse Practitioner program specializing in Adult & geriatric Care at the University of Iowa. Their family includes three lovely, grown daughters and a beautiful, energetic 3-year old son.
Dr. Bethel was in full time practice after graduation until 2011, and concurrently taught Anatomy & Physiology I & II, General Biology, Human Biology, Issues of Contemporary Health, Advanced Medical Terminology, Human Diseases, Medical Ethics and Legal Research & Writing classes in local colleges. He also allocated time to working with political candidates at the local, state and federal level and has served as a delegate at these levels. His interests in the political process and the machinations of legislation lead him to become involved in advocacy in
several areas. This experience provided valuable insight into the maneuvering of the forces that craft our laws; and will be beneficial to assisting the FCPA achieve success in attaining its goals.
As indicated, Dr. Bethel had joined the FCA while at Palmer, with the intention of practicing in Florida soon after graduation. However life sometimes comes along with its own plans and due to his Dad being diagnosed with lung cancer, he changed his timeline for relocation. Afterwards he and his wife Elena were primary care givers for his blessed mother who suffered from Alzheimer’s until she passed away in August 2008. Thus it was in 2009 that events were in motion and he and Elena soon were licensed in Florida and in 2011 he sold his practice in anticipation of relocating to Florida in 2013 after conclusion of Elena’s University of Iowa’s ARNP clinicals.
Dr. Bethel has always been active in professional and community organizations, and his memberships have included:
Florida Chiropractic Physician Association – President 2012
First Chiropractic Physician Association of America
Florida Chiropractic Association
Illinois Prairie State Chiropractic Association-Vice president District #7 2009-2011
American Chiropractic Association
International Chiropractor Association
American Association of Integrative Medicine
Council on Applied Chiropractic Sciences
American Public Health Association
Tobacco Free Quad Cities
Board of Directors – CAFE (Clean Air For Everyone) Iowa CAN (Citizen Action Network)
In his spare time, Dr. Bethel has enjoyed participating in Community Theater. In 2001 Dr. Bethel organized the first “Totally Accessible Performance Benefit” in the state of Illinois for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Blind, and Visually impaired and persons using wheelchairs at the Playcrafters Barn Theater in Moline, IL. Recognition for this long overdue event ran the gamut from local Mayors, to State and Federal Legislators to the President of the United States.
Additionally Dr. Bethel has played in several pop/rock bands for many years including national touring bands and still gigs today as a ‘weekend warrior’. He is a PADI certified Master Scuba Diver, and has enjoyed diving in the clear, warm Caribbean waters. More than anything he enjoys spending time on Florida’s beaches with his family, frequenting the nearest Tiki Hut to stay hydrated, and watching football and basketball with his future Hall-of-famer son.
R. Ernest Cohn MD, NMD, DC, FACO
Holistic Medical Clinic of the Carolinas
308 East Main Street - Wilkesboro, NC 28654
Voice (336) 667-6464 (Fax) 336-667-4488
E-Mail - NAAIRP@ AOL.COM
Dr. R. Ernest Cohn, received his Doctorate in Chiropractic (D.C.) and X-Ray proficiency in 1977 from the Palmer College of Chiropractic, his Medical Doctorate (M.D.) degree from UNIREMHOS School of Medicine in 1997 and his Naturopathic Medical Doctor (N.M.D.) degree from American University of Integrative Medicine in 2001. Additionally he has an A.S. and a B.S. degree in the Sciences.
While at Palmer and after graduation Dr. Cohn:
1. Vice President of the student body and president of the S.A.C.
2. Graduated Summa Cum Laude & was elected to membership in the International Chiropractic Honor Society for High Scholars.
3. Served in 1977 his Diagnostic Internship in the Department of Diagnosis.
4. Received Extensive postgraduate study in X-ray and Treatment in Spinal and Skeletal Disorders.
5. Received Graduate study in the limited fields of Applied Kinesiology, Osseocranial Manipulation and Extremity Manipulation.
6. Was a member of Geriatric Review Committee.
Additionally Dr. Cohn has completed the following certification programs:
1. Certified as an Examiner in Neurovascular diagnosis through the International Academy of Neurovascular Diagnosis in 1981.
2. Certified (Initial) in the Evaluation and Rating of Permanent Impairment of the Whole Person through the National College of Chiropractic in 1984.
3. Certified in Meridian Therapy and Acupuncture - National College of Chiropractic.
4. Certified in Industrial Injury Analysis and Prevention N.C. A. & T. University 1985.
5. Board Certification from the North American Academy of Impairment Rating Physicians - Certified Impairment Rating instructor and examiner - 1992.
6. Certification and licensed by the State of N.C. Board of Massage and Body Work - 2000.
Dr. Cohn's memberships have included:
1. American Chiropractic Association
2. Diplomate of National Board of Chiropractic Examiners
3. American Chiropractic Association Council on Nutrition
4. American Chiropractic Council on Roentgenology
5. American Chiropractic Association Council on Orthopedics
6. American College of Chiropractic Orthopedics
7. N. American Academy of Impairment Rating Physicians
8. American Back Society
9. N.C. Council on Chiropractic Orthopedics
10. Southern Medical Association
11. American Academy of Chiropractic Physicians
12. North American Academy of Impairment Rating Physicians
13. American College for the Advancement of Medicine (ACAM)
14. North Carolina Integrative Medical Society
15. North Carolina Board of Chiropractic Examiners
Dr Cohn has traveled to many third world countries and provides essential medical services each year for more the 10 years.
Dr. Cohn received his Diplomate in Chiropractic Orthopedics in 1983 and is a
fellow of the American Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedics. He has taught post-graduate education since 1983 initially for the National College of Chiropractic. He continues to teach and has taught certification programs for Logan College of Chiropractic, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, Northwestern College of Chiropractic, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Cleveland College of Chiropractic, Western States College as well as others. He has taught hundreds of seminars to over 10,000 doctors extensively throughout the U.S.,
Canada, Australia and the Caribbean in addition to many state and national conventions.
Dr. Cohn has authored materials for a number of entire post-graduate courses. These include books and manuals on "Examination of the Lumbar Spine, and Pelvis" (1986), "Cervical spine and Cervicobrachial Examination" (1988), "Permanent Impairment Rating of the Whole Person" (1985 & 9), "Physical and Laboratory Diagnosis for Orthopedics" (1988), "86 Orthopedic Tests" (1986 & 9), "Objective Testing of Pain" (1988), "A Correlative Review of Examination for Independent Medical Examiners" (1992) and "Impairment Rating, Examination and Disability Evaluation" (1993 & 96). Additionally he has authored major papers on nutrition, orthopedics and hospital protocol in major Chiropractic Journals. In 1995 he published an extensive "Review of the American Medical Associations Guide to the Evaluation of Permanent
Impairment" that was published by the American Chiropractic Association Council on Chiropractic Orthopedics.
Dr. Cohn’s most recent book on Impairment Rating and Disability Evaluation was published in May of 2001 (Revised April 2008) and he uses the text in teach the board certification programs for the NAAIRP. Dr. Cohn is a Founding Fellow of the American Back Society, an international interdisciplinary professional society that researches and presents symposiums on the spine. He has been a member of its committee on Imaging. He is a Founding Fellow of the North American Academy of Impairment Rating Physicians and is presently serving as its' Secretary - Treasurer.
Dr. Cohn has served as the president of the North Carolina Council on Chiropractic Orthopedics. He has served as the chairman of the N.C. Chiropractic Associations hospital protocol and health planning committees. He has chaired the committees of public relations, physical therapy, orthopedics, health planning and education. He was a member of the N.C. Department of Correction Substance Abuse Committee as Lt. Governor Jim Gardner's appointee.
Dr. Cohn served on the board of directors of Preferred Care of America, an HMO co-operative. He is the principle physician in charge of Carolina Chiropractic Orthopedic Consultants and the Holistic Medical Clinic of the Carolinas with his practice being in Wilkesboro, N.C. He reviews claims and does examinations and case reviews for many carriers, law firms and physicians throughout the United States and Canada. He has served on the board of the North Carolina Integrative Medical Society and is a board member of the North Carolina Board of Chiropractic Examiners. His practice is limited to musculoskeletal medicine, conservative orthopedics, integrative medicine and independent medical examinations. Additional biographical information is available upon request.
Joel Manion, DC
Dr. Joel E. Manion, born native of Jacksonville, Florida, graduated from Orange Park High school in 1993 before moving to Gainesville to attend The University of Florida in 1994. Like most first time college students Dr. Manion was unsure of his future path and began his undergraduate studies in journalism and communications before realizing his love for health sciences. Quickly realizing his passion was to help others through science, Dr. Manion changed his major from communications to exercise physiology with a minor in kinesiology. It was at that moment where he knew one day he would become a healthcare professional serving communities assisting in living healthier lifestyles through exercise, nutrition, and guidance towards proper healthcare decisions. Dr. Manion graduated from the University of Florida in August of 1999 with his bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology. Upon graduation from UF, Dr. Manion became a Certified Strength and Condition Specialist and found a way to serve others through exercise, nutrition, and mental well-being. This certification lead the way for his working career over the next 7 years as a portal for helping others live a healthier lifestyle. Before leaving his career in the health club industry, Dr. Manion received many community awards and promotions making him a vice president of sales and marketing for a health club chain at the young age of 28. At the age of 30, Dr. Manion decided it was time for him to finally fulfill his dream of becoming a physician and decided to attend Logan University/College of Chiropractic pursuing his doctorate degree in Chiropractic Medicine.
Dr. Joel Manion attended Logan College of Chiropractic from Sept. 2005 till graduating in December of 2008. While studying for his Doctorate degree in Chiropractic Medicine, he also earned a second bachelor’s degree in biology from Logan. While attending Logan, Dr. Manion discovered his deep desire and love for providing patients with complete healthcare to include chiropractic, physical therapy, and medical intervention when needed. He truly felt to make an impact on our communities patients needed and deserved to have all healthcare needs at their fingertips. After graduating from Logan University, Dr. Manion worked in many different office settings to only realize that he would not truly be satisfied until he was able to practice in a multi-disciplinary setting working side by side with an allopathic physician. This philosophy and thought process is what has lead Dr. Manion to strongly support and become a dedicated board member of The Florida Chiropractic Physicians Association.
Sticking to his beliefs and thought process of how healthcare should be, Dr. Manion started his own multi-disciplinary practice in October of this year. He is now able to provide patients of the communities he serves with the most complete and comprehensive healthcare in Jacksonville. Dr. Manion is now able to work side by side with a medical physician offering the patient all of their chiropractic, physical therapy and medical needs. He looks forward to assisting in unifying our profession and expanding our rights as chiropractic physicians to benefit the patients we serve.
When Dr. Manion is not seeing patients, he loves spending time with family, friends and his fiancée Paige. He enjoys surfing, water skiing and being outdoors. Dr. Manion has a deep love for college football especially The Florida Gators football program. He enjoys everything about the 80’s including the music, styles, and movies.