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Dr. Ritch Miller and Dr. Louis Sportelli receive high awards from ACA

3/20/2013 (Archived)

(from the ACA) The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) presented its annual awards in March during its House of Delegates meeting in Washington, D.C. The ACA’s awards are given to outstanding volunteer members and other individuals for their contributions to advancing the chiropractic profession.

The association’s highest honor, the Chiropractor of the Year Award, was given posthumously to former Nebraska state Delegate and Medicare Committee Chairman Ritch Miller, D.C. (Davenport '88), who passed away last year. The award recognizes exceptional service, achievement and leadership to the profession.

Aside from his service to his patients, Dr. Miller is best remembered for his work on behalf of senior citizens. Dr. Miller was one of the top experts on Medicare in the chiropractic community, and he never backed down from the fight to ensure that seniors have access to the health care provider of their choice—including doctors of chiropractic (D.C.s).

Past Chairman of ACA’s Board of Governors Louis Sportelli, D.C. (Davenport '62), president of NCMIC Group, Inc. received ACA’s Humanitarian of the Year Award. The award recognizes Dr. Sportelli’s support of the chiropractic profession throughout a career lasting more than 50 years. Dr. Sportelli has dedicated himself to advancing knowledge within the profession, as well as advancing the public’s understanding of chiropractic, and he has coauthored several risk management and patient education textbooks. Leadership development has also been a major focus of Dr. Sportelli’s career, including his longstanding support for the Student American Chiropractic Association’s annual Leadership Conference. Dr. Sportelli is a past recipient of ACA’s Chiropractor of the Year Award and is a past president of the World Federation of Chiropractic.