The 300 - Warriors for the Profession - A call to action in 2014 and beyond....
Hi friends, you may or may not know this, but our practice integrity is under attack nation wide; and the battle has come to Florida.
Unfortunately, in our current state, we don't have enough warriors to win this war - but after analyzing this, we can win this with 300 willing APs. Are you willing to step up and participate to protect your business and way of life?
If we can gather 300 APs willing to commit to $50 a month, we can win the current attack by the PT profession, AND fix our PR so this doesn't happen again. Is protecting your practice worth $50 a month?
This attack is only one symptom of a much bigger problem that needs to be addressed. If not, we are all going to reap the bad effects of the core issue which is this - the American public doesn't understand what we do, nor do they understand the method behind the effectiveness of the medicine we practice. This is why legislators around the country are passing this very bad legislation.
The PT's want to do dry needling, using acupuncture needles, with only 25 hours of training. And they are getting away with this in many other states.
They tried to pass a bill in FL 4 years ago, but the Society killed it - before it even got to committee. They are back again, and our big advocate in Tallahassee did not get re-elected, so we need to develop more advocates, but this takes cash.
For those that are struggling, we have a program that offers a sliding scale of $25 to $49 per month. All amounts help, especially if we get everyone involved. We have over 3000 APs in the state and barely enough even pay casual attention to this by being a member of a state organization. Everyone thinks someone else will do it. Well, those "someone else" are not enough, and if this trend doesn't change, we are all in trouble.
Don't let this happen. Will you help us?
So far, I have some AP warriors willing to commit. Will you be part of the 300? Or, are you willing to just let your education, and hard work go down the drain as our medicine is picked apart by other, stronger professions?
Its up to us, each of us, to change this. I've been in this for 22 years and stay active, will you join me?
If you don't like monthly payments - just pay for for the year and save $25. Just do something!
Thanks for the help.
Mary Riggin, President
Florida Society for Doctors of Oriental Medicine
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Kill (the) Bill - we've done it before we can do it again!
Hi Friends, We need 300 AP warriors willing to commit to fight, and commit financially, to preserve our way of life as APs. 14 have stepped up – 286 to go. (to watch the 300 movie clip that inspired me, go here: (another one: No retreat; No surrender -
There is a national initiative to destroy the integrity of our practice, and we will not stay on the side-lines and watch this happen. They are trying to destroy our way of life - our small businesses are at risk and they are taking our jobs away in many states. We are not willing to let this happen in Florida. Did you know that the VA is hiring PTs to do dry needling? I'm outraged; are you?
The Society is committed to kill the dry needling bill in FL. We did this 4 years ago – we can do it again. Our mantra: Kill Bill! (you've probably gotten idea I like the pop culture references - they work so well and inspire me! Here's scene from Kill Bill:
Are in inspired? I am, just from watching these this morning.
On the other hand, some don't see things as I do, and some have asked “how do I know I can trust you, where’s the money going, and how are the funds are being allocated?”
Here’s the quick answers:
Regarding trust, all I can say is that I’ve been at this for decades and if this is a question for you, please talk to others and get references from those that have been around since the 1990s and know the work I've done for the profession. I was involved with writing the amazing practice act we enjoy by getting legislation passed 3 years in a row, then I sat on the Board of Acupuncture and helped write and approve many rules like AIT and labs, and fought against attacks on our title rules. I have vehemently defended our profession for decades. I've watched us win, and I watched what happened when we didn't win. I know how to make this go in our favor - the missing piece right now? The 300. This is why we lost traction in the past few years. Many licensees have become complacent and neglect, at the very minimum, to support any organization financially. Let's change this, and be victorious!
If you need me to send you the names of those that will vouch for me, feel free to email me. The other option, you can send your check directly to our lobbyist. Email me and I'll get you his address in Tallahassee if this makes you more comfortable. Just please, stop the excuses and draw your sword (or check book or credit card) and help us fight this. 14 is a great start, but it's not enough.
My goal with the 300 is to use the money for 3 main initiatives:
The percentage of how funds are allocated is determined by the needs, and what the immediate issue is at that moment. This is determined by our legislative advisers in Tallahassee. When we get to the 300, it will probably be distributed in thirds; with only a very minimal amount going to any admin at all - this is because I have a very savvy and efficient office manager in my clinic, and she's able to handle most of the administration along with her other duties running my clinic. That leaves most of the funds for projects. If we are able to get to 500 members in the organization, then we will look at hiring admin staff.
The Society’s main purpose and mission has always been, and continues to be: Protect the integrity of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Florida. We've stayed very active in the Capitol - and all 3 state organizations involved - FAA, FSOMA and the Society. The Society works very closely with both organizations and give a great big "shout-out" to both Presidents of those organizations: Dr. Hongjian He, and Ellen Teeter. FSOMA's board voted this past weekend to support this fight; and that makes it unanimous among the state orgs, and the Guild is on board as well, so we have a national org with a strong state chapter on our side. Will you be part of the solution?
If you are already a member of any of these organizations - thank you for participating - and keep your membership current! If you've been unimpressed and have let your membership lapse, I would encourage you to participate. Our profession needs every single licensee to get involved.
We cannot do this without you. You have 5 options! Join one of the orgs as a member and make an additional financial commitment, become one of the 300, or, at the very least, send your checks directly to our lobbyist. We can win this war. Be a warrior, help us Kill (the) Bill!
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Thanks for your time,
Mary Riggin, President
Florida Society for Doctors of Oriental Medicine