Board Information

Welcome to the Montana Board of Chiropractors.

An Important message about the Application process

Any application requiring review by the Board of Chiropractors must be complete (all documents and required information received by the Board office) no later than 15 working days prior to the Board’s next meeting. Please click on the “Board Meetings” link on the left to see upcoming meeting dates and plan accordingly.
Thank you.

Questions? Please click on the “Contact Information” link on the left and select the appropriate unit for contact information or you can e-mail dlibsdchi@mt.gov

Website Advisory:

An Important message about the 2017 Renewal Period

The 2017 Renewal period begins July 1, 2017 and runs to September 1, 2017

Late Fees (after September 1,2017) are 100% of the License Renewal Fee Per 24.101.403 FEES

The preferred method is to renew online at https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/

Renewal Instructions

The online website is available 24/7 (excluding maintenance and technical issues) and you can print your license immediately after your renewal.

It is recommended you do not wait until the last couple of days of the renewal period as unexpected technical difficulties with the website may delay your online renewal and you will be charged a late fee.

For questions regarding username and password information when renewing online, click on the "I've forgoten my password link" on the renewal website or contact licensing unit A UnitA@mt.gov 406-444-6880.

Helpful Hint:

The primary communication method for the division is e-mail. Make sure your e-mail address is current in the database. Also keep your preferred mailing address current. You can update your e-mail and mailing address by clicking on the "Forms" tab on this board of Chiropractors website, then click on the "Address Change" link.

A paper renewal form is available for download from this website by clicking on the "Forms" tab, click on the renewal information link, then the "License Renewal Form" link.

Again, it is not recommended you not wait until the last days of the renewal period. Renewal applications that are incomplete or not received by the deadline will incur a late renewal fee.

For general questions, please feel free to contact the Board office at dlibsdchi@mt.gov

Attention Licensees – New Law in effect July 1, 2015

The new law allows the board and department to suspend licenses of persons who

  • submit fines or fees without sufficient funds in their account,
  • fail to meet continuing education or certification requirements as discovered in an    audit,
  •  fail to comply with a final order of the board, or
  • fail to respond to correspondence concerning these matters.

You are cautioned to notify the board office of your current contact information or risk having correspondence not delivered to you and your license administratively suspended without further notice or hearing. More information may be found on the FAQ tab.

The Board of Chiropractors makes every effort to include on this website all relevant information pertaining to the licensing and regulation of chiropractors in Montana.

Board Meetings

Board meetings are usually held twice a year, with interim meetings as needed.
Meeting minutes (audio) are posted by the end of the next business day.

In general, Board meetings are open to the public.
There are certain meetings or parts (Screening Panel and Executive Session), which are closed to the public.

Scheduled and Proposed Meetings

Board Members

Board members are appointed by the Governor with Senate confirmation.
Members serve 3 year terms, and no member may be appointed for more than two consecutive terms.

Individual Board Members can be contacted by email at dlibsdchi@mt.gov. In your message please specify which board member you would like to contact. For additional contact information and information on board member terms, please visit the Governor’s Office link for Board Members and Councils at http://boards.mt.gov/

Lee Hudson, DC, President- Doctor of Chiropractic
Amy Pezo, DC, Vice President- Doctor of Chiropractic
VJ Maddio, DC, Secretary/ Treasurer- Doctor of Chiropractic
Gregory Pisk, DC, Professional Member- Doctor of Chiropractic
Sheryl Olson, Public Member

Contact Information

For information on filing a complaint against a licensee contact:
Heidi Kaufman, Compliance Specialist
Phone: (406) 841-2238
Email:

For information on continuing education:
Phone: (406) 841-2204
Email:

For information on renewals, license verifications, and name changes contact:
Phone: (406) 444-6880
Email:

For information on applications and licensing contact:
Phone: (406) 444-5711
Email:

Board Management, Dennis Clark, Executive Officer
Phone: 406-841-2390
Email:

Lookup Licensed Individual

Licensee Lookup System

This site is a primary source for verification of license credentials.

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Business Standards Division, presents Licensee Lookup information as a service to the public. The Division relies upon information provided by licensees to be true and correct, as required by statute. It is an act of unprofessional conduct for a licensee knowingly to provide erroneous information to the Division.

The Department of Labor and Industry makes no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content of this website. Assessing the accuracy and reliability of information obtained from this website is solely the responsibility of the user. If you have questions regarding information found within this Licensee Lookup website, please contact the specific licensing board directly.

Please note that some disciplinary actions against licensees may not appear immediately on the website. Appeals, effective dates of orders and other administrative processes may delay posting on the website. Please contact the specific licensing board directly if you require discipline information that occurred prior to July 1, 1996.

Chiropractor

A. Chiropractor by Examination (application)

Fees
Application fee: $300.00
All Fees are non-refundable

Education
Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) Degree from a school accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE).

Matriculation of chiropractic college after October 1, 1995 requires that the applicant have a bachelor's degree prior to application for licensure.

Matriculation of or enrollment in chiropractic college on or prior to October 1, 1995 or licensure in another state exempt the applicant from the bachelor's degree requirement.

Exams
Passage of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) Parts I, II, III, IV, and Physiotherapy
Passage of the Montana Chiropractic Jurisprudence Examination (this is an open book exam covering the statutes and rules)

B. Chiropractor by Endorsement (application)
(Current and Active License in another state)

Fees
Application Fee: $300.00
All fees are non-refundable

Education
Other state's requirements must be equivalent to Montana's as determined by the Board.

Exams
Passage of the Montana Chiropractic Jurisprudence Examination (this is an open book exam covering the statutes and rules pertaining to the practice of Chiropractic.  The examination is included with the application.)

C. Renewal Period
July 1 - Sept. 1
Late Renew Online for 45 days until Oct. 16

D. Renewal Fee
Active $200 / Inactive $100

E. Continuing Education Requirements
13 hours of continuing education each year including one hour of ethics and boundaries. Impairment evaluators must obtain an additional 4 hours of impairment evaluation specific continuing education every 4 years. No continuing education requirement for Temporary Permit or Preceptor Intern Permit holders.

Impairment Evaluator

Fees

Application Fee: $250.00
All Fees are Non-Refundable (Application)

Education

Passage of a board approved educational and training program relating to chiropractic orthopedics, impairment ratings, or similar course work from a Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) status chiropractic college or any other college or university approved by the board; or Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists.

Exams

Passage of exam related to board approved educational program with a minimum score of 75 percent.

Download List of Licensees

License Download System

This service allows you to purchase complete lists of individuals, businesses, and contractors licensed with the State of Montana through the Business Standards Division.

Options include:

  • Creating a customized list of licensees by selecting board type, license type, license status, county, etc.;
  • Submitting payment for your list using a credit/debit card or registered user account
  • Downloading your list immediately, and if necessary, retrieving your list within 24-hours of purchase

Preceptor/Intern

Preceptor Intern (application)

Fees
Student/Intern Application Fee: $100.00
Preceptor Application Fee: $100.00
All fees are non-refundable

Education
Letter from chiropractic college stating date of matriculation and expected date of graduation.

Exams
Passage of the Montana Chiropractic Jurisprudence Examination (this is an open book exam covering the statutes and rules pertaining to the practice of Chiropractic.  The examination is included with the application )

Other
Must practice under the direction and supervision of a Montana licensed Chiropractor. Submit a signed conditions statement.

Temporary Permit

Temporary Permit (Application)
Only available to new graduates waiting to take Part IV of the National Board exams or applicants who are scheduled to take the SPEC exam.

Fees
Application Fee $300.00
Temporary Permit Fee: $100.00

Education
Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) Degree from a CCE accredited Chiropractic College.

Exams
Passage of the Montana Chiropractic Jurisprudence Examination (this is an open book exam covering the statutes and rules pertaining to the practice of Chiropractic.  The examination is included with the application )

Other
Permit holders must work under the on-premises supervision of a chiropractor licensed in the State of Montana.

Must submit a notarized statement, signed by both the applicant and the licensed chiropractor, consenting to the conditions set forth in the statutes and rules, for a temporary permit.

Statute/Rule Information

All of the Statutes and Rules listed here are applicable to this board.

Statutes are laws passed by the Legislature. All changes in statutes must go through the legislative process and be passed into law before they become effective. Title 37, Chapter 1, Part 3 is the Uniform Regulatory Act passed by the Legislature in 1995. All professional and occupational licensing is covered in these statutes.

Administrative Rules pertaining to chiropractic practice are written and adopted by the Board of Chiropractors. The Board writes rules in order to administer the laws over which the Legislature has given the Board authority. Rules can be changed by going through the rule-making procedure. They do not go through the Legislative process. The Board of Chiropractors continuously reviews rules to determine needed changes.

The Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) at this site contain what should be the same text as the official version published by the Office of the Secretary of State. There is a possibility, however, that the content may vary from the official version. In addition, the format has been changed for viewing on this web site. A copy of the official ARM in official format can be obtained from the ARM Bureau of the Office of the Secretary of State, by calling (406) 444-2055. A web version of the ARM published by the Secretary of State can be viewed at Secretary of State's Administrative Rules of Montana.

Administrative Rules

Rules Notices

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-126-35

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.126.411 patient records retention, 24.126.2103 continuing education requirements, 24.126.2105 approved continuing education, and 24.126.2301 unprofessional conduct, adoption of NEW RULE I sexual relations with a patient and sexual misconduct, and repeal of 24.126.405 board meetings, 24.126.406 record of minutes and hearings, and 24.126.2101 renewals

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-307

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.101.402 definitions and 24.101.403 administrative fees, and the repeal of 24.101.401 purpose, 24.101.407 licensing, and 24.101.414 renewal notification

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-126-34

In the matter of the adoption of NEW RULE I pertaining to military training or experience

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED ADOPTION
posted January 13, 2014

NOTICE OF ADOPTION
posted April 17, 2014

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-126-33

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.126.301 definitions, 24.126.701 inactive status, and 24.126.2103 and 24.126.2105 continuing education

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED ADOPTION
posted May 20, 2013

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT
posted October 31, 2013

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-259

In the matter of the adoption of NEW RULE I registration for out-of-state volunteer professionals

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-126-32

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.126.301 definitions, 24.126.704 interns and preceptors, 24.126.901 applications for certification, 24.126.2101 renewals, and 24.126.2103 and 24.126.2105 continuing education

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT
posted October 21, 2011

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT
posted March 2, 2012

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-126-31

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.126.510 endorsement, 24.126.701 inactive status and conversion, 24.126.904 minimum requirements for impairment evaluators, and the adoption of NEW RULE I pre+paid treatment plans

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-126-30

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.126.301, definitions; 24.126.501, applications; 24.126.511, display of license; 24.126.901, applications; 24.126.910, continuing education; and 24.126.2301, unprofessional conduct

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT
posted June 4, 2009

NOTICE OF ADOPTION
posted November 5, 2009

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-203

In the matter of the adoption of NEW RULE I pertaining to licensee lookup database

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED ADOPTION
posted January 23, 2009

NOTICE OF ADOPTION
posted July 10, 2009

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-126-29

In the matter of the proposed amendment of ARM 24.126.406 record of minutes and hearings, 24.126.501 applications, 24.126.504 exam requirements, 24.126.507 temporary permit, 24.126.510 endorsement, 24.126.701 inactive status and conversion to active status, 24.126.704 interns and preceptors, 24.126.901, 24.126.904, 24.126.907, and 24.126.910 impairment evaluators, 24.126.2101 renewals and continuing education, 24.126.2301 unprofessional conduct, adoption of NEW RULE I and NEW RULE II continuing education

Statutes

Complaints

In order to meet its mission, the Board is charged with taking appropriate action for unprofessional, incompetent, or unlawful practice. You can learn more about the complaint process or file a complaint with the Board below.

For a complaint form, click here.

For a brochure on the complaint process, click here.

(Both also are found in the "Forms" tab among "General Forms.")

Additional information can be found under the “FAQ” tab.

Complaint Contact

Heidi Kaufman, Compliance Specialist
Telephone: (406) 841-2238
E-mail: dlibsdcomplaints@mt.gov

 

How to File a Complaint

The Department is charged with regulating professions and occupations for the protection of the public as a whole. Although the Department does not represent individuals filing complaints, the Department will review complaints in a timely manner to ensure a complaint is processed and that the Board will take appropriate action.

The length of time for resolution of a complaint is impossible to estimate due to the various complexities presented in individual complaints.

The following types of complaints may be filed:

  • Unprofessional conduct by a licensee;
  • Unprofessional conduct by a license applicant;
  • Unlicensed practice of the profession or occupation.

If an individual is unsure of what constitutes unprofessional conduct and needs a description of the various types, reference to Montana statutes and rules will provide an answer. These are found at your local public library or at the appropriate board site on this web page.

Drop Off or Mail to:
"Name of the Board or Program the complaint pertains to"
Business Standards Division
301 South Park, 4th Floor
PO Box 200514
Helena, MT 59620-0514

The Complaint Process

This process is used for the Boards that are administered in the Business Standards Division. The various Programs administered in the Division use a similar process.

Important: When filing or responding to a complaint, be as thorough as possible. You may attach additional documents to the complaint form to ensure that all pertinent information has been included. The Screening Panel meeting is NOT a hearing, but is a time for the panel to consider the complaint and response. Attendance is your choice. If you attend the panel may ask additional questions. Please notify this office prior to the meeting if you plan to attend.

After a complaint has been filed against a licensed individual the Compliance Office will send a letter of acknowledgment to the person who filed the complaint (Complainant), and a letter requesting a response (with a copy of the complaint) to the licensee against whom the complaint was filed.

The Licensee may submit a written response addressing the complaint to the Compliance Office. The process continues whether or not a response is submitted. The Complainant is not entitled to a copy of the response.

The Compliance Office will notify the Licensee and Complainant regarding the date and time of any meeting during which the case will be discussed.

Complaints remain confidential unless a Notice of Proposed Board Action is issued, which is a public document along with all subsequent legal filings.

Meetings

  • Closed Meeting - During a Closed Meeting only the Licensee, the Complainant, and/or attorneys for either can be in attendance. Minutes of Closed Meetings are not public documents.
  • Open Meeting - A public meeting which anyone can attend. The minutes of Open meetings are public documents and made available online via the specific Board’s webpage. (Adjudication Panel meetings are usually open.)

Individuals may attend a meeting in person or by telephone. Please notify this office prior to the meeting if you plan to attend the meeting.

Screening Panel

  • Screening Panel - A committee comprised of members of the Board. The Screening Panel’s function is to determine the preliminary action(s) to take on a complaint. Possible preliminary actions include dismissal, investigation, or a finding of Reasonable Cause.

The complaint and response (if any) are submitted to the Screening Panel members. The Screening Panel meeting is not a hearing, but rather a committee meeting to review and discuss the complaint and response to determine if disciplinary action is warranted.

Dismissal

If the Screening Panel dismisses a complaint, the complaint can be dismissed with or without prejudice (see definitions below).

  • Dismissal With Prejudice - The complaint is dismissed and cannot be considered by the Screening Panel in the future.
  • Dismissal Without Prejudice - The complaint is dismissed but may be considered by the Screening Panel in the future if there are ever allegations of a similar nature.

Investigation

Only a member of the Screening Panel can request an investigation of a complaint. If an investigation is requested by the Screening Panel, the case is assigned to an investigator who may request an interview with the Licensee, the Complainant, and/or other individuals. Upon completion of the investigation, a written report is submitted to the Screening Panel, which will then determine if there is Reasonable Cause to proceed with disciplinary action.

Reasonable Cause

  • Reasonable Cause - A finding by the Screening Panel that evidence exists that a violation of statutes and rules has occurred which warrants proceeding with disciplinary action.

If Reasonable Cause is found, the Department Counsel issues a Notice of Proposed Board Action (Notice) to the Licensee. Once a Notice is issued, it is public information. A proposed Stipulation may be included with the Notice.

  • Notice - A legal document from the Department’s Legal Counsel which sets forth the Department’s factual assertions, the statutes or rules relied upon, and advising the licensee of the right to a hearing.
  • Stipulation - A tentative agreement for settlement of the case. A Stipulation is not finalized until approved by the Adjudication Panel.

The Licensee may either sign the Stipulation or contest the proposed action by requesting an administrative Hearing (a legal process before a Hearing Examiner). If the Licensee wishes to request a hearing, written request must be received within twenty (20) days from receipt of the Notice. Failure to either sign a Stipulation or request a hearing within twenty (20) days may result in the issuing of a Final Order of Default against the licensee.

  • Default - the licensee’s acceptance of the disciplinary action demonstrated by failing to participate in the process

Adjudication Panel

  • Adjudication Panel - A committee comprised of members of the Board who are NOT on the Screening Panel. The Adjudication Panel determines the final outcome of a case.

The Adjudication Panel reviews the record to determine appropriate sanctions. A Final Order is issued by the Adjudication Panel, completing the complaint process.

Complaint Process Flow

Current license status and information regarding disciplinary action(s) against a licensee can be accessed online at: https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/

Unlicensed Practice Complaint Process

Department of Labor & Industry - Business Standards Division

PO Box 200513, Helena, MT 59620-0513

When a complaint or other information is received alleging possible unlicensed practice...

  • (If the allegation is not made in the form of a formal written complaint, a complaint form is completed by the Department and a complaint number is assigned.)
  • A copy of the complaint and a request for a written response are mailed to the person against whom the complaint was filed (Respondent).
  • A written acknowledgment that the complaint has been received is mailed to the person who filed the complaint (Complainant)
  • The respondent may submit a letter of response to the complaint. If a written response is not submitted, the complaint process continues without a response.
  • The complainant and the respondent are sent written notify cation of the date, time, and location of any meeting at which the complaint will be discussed.

The Board Meeting

  • Unlicensed Practice complaints are addressed by the Full Board in executive session (meaning closed to the public). Board meetings are open to the public unless the chairperson determines an individual’s right to privacy outweighs the public’s right to know. If so, that portion of the meeting will be closed to the public (only the respondent, complainant, and legal counsel for each (if any) may be present).
  • The complaint and response (if any) are provided to the board members prior to an upcoming board meeting for their review. The board meeting is not a hearing, but rather a meeting at which the information provided is considered and discussed by the board.

DISMISSAL

  • If the board dismisses a complaint, the complaint can be dismissed with or without prejudice.
  • Dismissal With Prejudice-The complaint is dismissed and cannot be considered in the future.
  • Dismissal Without Prejudice-The complaint is dismissed but may be considered by the board in the future if there are ever allegations of a similar nature.

INVESTIGATION

  • The board can request an investigator be assigned to gather additional information surrounding the allegations made in the complaint. This may involve interviews with the respondent, the complainant, and possible witnesses.
  • After the investigation has been completed, an investigative report is prepared and presented to the board for consideration at a subsequent meeting.
  • Following the board’s review of the investigative report, a determination is made to either dismiss the complaint or take action in the form of a Cease and Desist or an Injunction.

CEASE & DESIST / INJUNCTION

  • The board may issue a Cease & Desist or seek an Injunction.
  • Cease & Desist–A letter from the administrative agency prohibiting a person or business from doing or continuing to do a certain activity.
  • Injunction-A writ granted by a court prohibiting a person or business from doing or continuing to do a certain activity.

For more information, contact DLI Business Standards Division at 406-841-2300

Continuing Education

Approved Continuing Education Information from the Secretary of State          

FAQ

Name changes must be requested in writing with documentation of the name change included (marriage license, divorce decree etc.). You can send this information to UnitA@mt.gov, fax to 406-841-2305 or mail to Montana Board of Chiropractors, 301 South Park, 4th Floor, P.O. Box 200513, Helena, MT 59620-0513

Please use the address change form located under the forms tab on this website (or notify the board via fax or US mail). All licensees are required to notify the Board of an address change within 10 days.

An official verification must be requested in writing through the mail or by using the form found on the "forms" tab of this website.  The fee for each official verification is $20.  Official License Verification Request Form

National Board exam scores must be sent directly from the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) to the Montana Board of Chiropractors.

If you are licensed in another state; or graduated from or were enrolled in a chiropractic college accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education on or before October 1, 1995 you are exempt from the bachelor degree requirement.

Does my bachelor's degree have to be in a specific subject?

Your bachelor's degree can be in any subject.

The Montana Chiropractic Legal Panel reviews malpractice claims against health care providers prior to a complaint being filed in court. The Montana Chiropractic Legal Panel charges a fee to all actively licensed Montana chiropractors to fund the panel. For more information, see http://chirolegalpanel.com/ or contact 406-442-4141.

This site is a primary source for verification of license credentials.

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Business Standards Division, presents Licensee Lookup information as a service to the public. The Division relies upon information provided by licensees to be true and correct, as required by statute. It is an act of unprofessional conduct for a licensee knowingly to provide erroneous information to the Division.

The Department of Labor and Industry makes no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content of this website. Assessing the accuracy and reliability of information obtained from this website is solely the responsibility of the user. If you have questions regarding information found within this Licensee Lookup website, please contact the specific licensing board directly.

Please note that some disciplinary actions against licensees may not appear immediately on the website. Appeals, effective dates of orders and other administrative processes may delay posting on the website. Please contact the specific licensing board directly if you require discipline information that occurred prior to July 1, 1996.

Information on the complaint process can be found here.