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Why Arizona and Illinois?

Why Arizona and Illinois?

It amazes me how patients don’t think twice about choosing a doctor who is not licensed in their state of residence but wouldn’t let a plumber or electrician in their home unless they held a license. Most towns won’t even issue a permit for work to be done by a non-licensed individual and most states require licensure for everything from working as a barber to …… chiropractic physician!

What’s the importance of choosing a licensed doctor? I have held a license as a chiropractic physician in Illinois since 1987. My wife and I relocated from Highland Park, Illinois to Tucson, Arizona recently as part of our own personal functional health program. To do so, I had to obtain an Arizona chiropractic physician license.

To become licensed in Arizona required that I submit proof of my graduation from an accredited chiropractic college, proof that I had passed the national board exams and proof that my Illinois license was in good standing and had not been disciplined, I submitted my fingerprints to be used by the Arizona Department of Public Safety to check for a criminal history and to determine if I was a person of “good character and reputation”. I sat for and passed a jurisprudence exam on the laws and rules of practicing in Arizona. I am also required to attend 3 hours of a general meeting of the Arizona Board of Chiropractic Examiners during my first year of licensure.

Both Arizona and Illinois chiropractic boards require that I complete continuing education to renew and keep my licenses in good standing. Most of the continuing education I choose for re-licensure has to be sponsored by a chiropractic college.

My liability insurance will also only provide coverage for states that I hold license. If I was looking for a functional medicine doctor, at a minimum I would want to know that the doctor is licensed in my state of residence and that they carry liability insurance. Nowadays, it is easy to search for a doctor’s license status on the internet. I recommend it.

So now you know. Illinois and Arizona. Licensure is important. We’re different than most. Ethical, thorough, science-based care that we can be proud of.
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Dr. Richart

Welcome to our website! Dr. Robert Richart, D.C., CFMP is a chiropractic physician whose practice is limited to functional medicine via telehealth. He sees patients from the Chicago area as well as Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson, Catalina Foothills, Oro Valley, Marana and all areas of Illinois and Arizona. He offers a free 15-minute consultation to discuss prospective patient’s health problems to see if functional medicine may help them.