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District 3
License Date:   N/A
FCLB Member:   Yes
Website:   https://health.ri.gov/licenses/detail.php?id=250
License Verification:   
Regulatory Language:   


§ 5-30-1. “Chiropractic medicine” defined.
For the purpose of this chapter, the practice of “chiropractic medicine” is defined as the science and art of mechanical and material healing as follows: the employment of a system of palpating and adjusting the articulations of the human spinal column and its appendages, by hand and electro-mechanical appliances, and the employment of corrective orthopedics and dietetics for the elimination of the cause of disease; provided, that chiropractic physicians may not write prescriptions for drugs for internal medication nor practice major surgery as defined in chapter 37 of this title.

Board Notes

The RI Board of Chiropractor Examiners handles both licensing and disciplinary functions as an advisory body to the RI Department of Health. The Board is currently composed of three (3) Chiropractic Physicians and one (1) public representative.

Contact Info

Board Administrator:   Angela Phengsavatdy | Board Manager
Legal Advisor:   David Marzilii | Board Attorney
Support Staff:   Emely Castillo | Licensing
Additional Support Staff:   
Website:   https://health.ri.gov/licenses/detail.php?id=250
Email Address:   Angela.Phengsavatdy@health.ri.gov
Phone:   (401) 222-4390
Phone Extension:   
Fax:   (401) 222-2158
Fax For Application:   No
Street Address:   RI Dept. of Health, Center for Professional Boards and Licensing
Street Address Cont:    3 Capitol Hill, Rm 205
City:   Providence
State:   RI
Zipcode:   02908-5097
Time Zone:   Eastern

Application Info

Required Licenses:   Chiropractor or Chiropractor with Physiotherapy
Application Deadline:   Applications are valid for 1 year from the day they are received.
Application Fee:   $210.00
Application Notes:   Fee is nonrefundable, and Applicants must submit a new application if they are not licensed within the year.
Term:   Annual
Term Notes:   Renew annually during the month of October.
Jurisprudence Exam Dates:   
Exam Fee:   
Exam Fee Notes:   
Initial License Fee:   $210.00
Initial License Fee Notes:   
License Renewal Fee:   $210.00
Criminal Background Check:   No
Criminal Background Check Notes:   
Fingerprinting:   No
Fingerprinting Notes:   

Education Info

Minimum Years Pre Professional Education:   4
Bachelor Degree Required:   Yes
Accreditation For Chiropractic Programs:   Council on Chiropractic Education
Accreditation Notes:   
Special Requirements For Graduates Of Foreign Colleges:   

Student Practice Info

May Sit for Board Exam Prior To Graduation:   No
Supervised Practice:   Preceptor
Supervised Practice Required:   No
Supervised Practice Notes:   

Examinations Info

Exams Administered By State:
NBCE Part 1:   Required
NBCE Part 2:   Required
NBCE Part 3:   Required
NBCE Part 4:   Required
NBCE Physiotheraphy:   Required
NBCE Acupuncture:   Required
NBCE Spec:   Required
SPEC Notes:   

Certifications Info

Optional Certifications:
Physiotherapy Termed:   
Physiotherapy Certification:   Included in Chiropractic License
Physiotherapy Education:   
Hold a certificate of completion of a physiotherapy program from a college or school of chiropractic medicine accredited by the Council of Chiropractic Education.
Physiotherapy Exam:   NBCE Physiotherapy Exam or Equivalent State Exam
Physiotherapy Fee:   
Board Regulates Specialty Council Certification:   No

License Portability Info

Condition For Reciprocity Endorsement:   
In addition to the requirements of R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-30-7, an application for licensure by endorsement in this state to practice chiropractic medicine and/or physiotherapy by endorsement shall be made on forms provided by the Department. Such application shall be accompanied by the following: 1. A non-returnable, non-refundable license fee; 2. Official notification of the national examination(s) results submitted directly to the Board by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners; 3. A statement from the board of chiropractic medicine in each state in which the applicant has held or holds licensure or registration to be submitted to the Department attesting to the licensure status of the applicant during the time period applicant held licensure or registration in said state; 4. Documented evidence that continuing education requirements in the jurisdictions in which continuing education is required have been met by the applicant during the five (5) years prior to application for licensure in Rhode Island.
Board Permits And Authorizes Travel To Treat:   No
Board Permits And Authorizes Telemedicine Practices:   No

Additional Info

Licensees Required To Carry Malpractice Insurance:   No
Malpractice Notes:   
Peer Review:   No
Legally Accepted Terms for Chiropractor:   Chiropractic physician
Chiropractors Defined As Primary Care Physicians:   No

Chiropractic Therapy Assistants Info

Regulated:   No

Continuing Education Info

Required Hours Per Year:   60 over 3 years
Distance Hours Allowed Per Year:   30
Required Subjects:   
Additional Requirements And Information For CE:   At least thirty (30) hours of instruction in the three (3) year continuing education cycle shall be obtained in live, didactic learning experiences. Such live learning experiences shall include hours of instruction acquired through attendance or participation at programs that provide for direct interaction between faculty and participants and may include lectures, symposia, live teleconferences, or workshops.
Additional CE Information:   
Additional Accepts PACE:   Accepts PACE

Regulatory Board Members

Stephen Estner, D.C.
Frances Aragao, D.C.
Board Member
Joshua Rego, D.C.
Board Member
Kathleen DiChiara
Public Member

Statistical Info

Current As Of Date:   2024
Active Licenses:   230
Inactive Licenses:   405 (includes expired and inactive due to disciplinary actions)
New Licenses:   13 in the last 12 months
Resident Licenses:   
Retired Licenses:   
Other Status Licenses:   
Chiropractic Assistants:   
Statistical Notes:   Current as of 1-5-2024