From the Past to the Present–Palmer Women Continue to Inspire

From the Past to the Present–Palmer Women Continue to Inspire

Winter 2016

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Margaret Colucci, D.C., steps up and serves her profession

“Many are called but few choose to be chosen,” a former Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB) president once told Margaret R. Colucci, D.C., Davenport ’89. It’s a saying she’s taken to heart.

profile of Margaret Colucci

Dr. Colucci is vice president of the FCLB—the first woman officer in the organization’s 90-year history. She’s also a director of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and vice president of the Chiropractic Physicians Board of Nevada. Plus she has a busy practice in Las Vegas and three children.

She clearly believes it’s important to serve in leadership roles, but why? “I believe the importance of serving in a chiropractic leadership role is to preserve, protect, improve and promote the chiropractic profession and the services we provide for our patients,” she says.

Dr. Colucci’s role as an FCLB officer and her involvement during the past decade has been to create, facilitate and promote projects that help to protect the public and serve state regulatory boards. She’s chaired multiple committees, including the Chiropractic Sports Mobility Task Force—also known as FCLB’s Passport.

This work has prepared her well for her next FCLB role: president. One of her goals as president will be to launch FCLB’s Passport program, which will allow chiropractors to mobilize with a temporary chiropractic license from state to state for travel-to-treat, travel-to-teach and crisis care, Dr. Colucci says. Currently, chiropractors who cross a state line to practice chiropractic and don’t have an active license or temporary license in that state would be practicing chiropractic without a license and without malpractice coverage. FCLB’s Passport program will host the databank and act as liaison between chiropractic state regulatory boards to credential temporary licensees and notify boards that appropriate temporary licensure is in place.

How does she balance her leadership roles, practice and family? “As a woman healer and leader, I always want to give and serve,” she says. “Family and God have always been my first priority and focus. With this solid foundation, I’m able to be of service on a state and national level. It’s my way of giving back to our great profession of chiropractic.”

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