New Chiropractic Group Wants to Prescribe Drugs

Stephen Barrett, M.D.
April 18, 2013

First Chiropractic Physician Association of America (FCPAA) describes itself as:

a national full service association with 20 daughter associations focused on correcting the restrictive laws of the past, resulting in the expansion of your rights as a primary care physician. Expansion of your rights will allow you to excel in the future and provide better health to your patients [1].

FCPAA’s president and chief executive officer is Roderic Archer Lacy, M.D., D.C., who founded the Florida Chiropractic Physician Association (FCPA in 2011, generated the formation of similar groups in other states, and organized the FCPAA as an umbrella group. FCPA’s membership is free for the first year and $99 annually after that. FCPAA membership is free to all chiropractors. As of April 2013, its reported membership is about 2,000. Lacy’s mission, as stated on the FCPA site is ‘fighting to integrate chiropractic physicians into the healthcare system as specialists and primary care providers will full prescriptive rights for those that want it.” [2] In addition to Lacy, the FCPAA site lists R. Ernest Cohn, M.D., N.M.D., D.C., as a board member.

Dr. Lacy’s Background

The FCPAA Web site describes Lacy’s professional experience this way:

  • Graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1975
  • Practiced in Mississippi and Alabama until 1983, when he moved to Florida
  • Moved to Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) in 1991, where he acquired a medical degree from UNIREMHOS University in 1997.
  • Resumed practice in Florida and retired in 2005
  • Returned to Santo Domingo in 2005, where he completed nearly 3 years of a neurosurgical residency, received a general medical license and works as a volunteer emergency room surgeon when he is not managing his organization’s affairs.
  • Retired from active chiropractic practice in 2005 and put his license as inactive, which is listed under the title of “suspended/Inactive” in the Florida records. [3].

The medical school at UNIREMHOS (University of Eugenio Maria De Hostos) was shut down in 1998. Little information about it is available online, but the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts lists it as “disapproved,” which means that its graduates would not be eligible for licensure in Kansas [4].

Lacy’s retirement may be related to regulatory action he experienced in Florida. The Florida Department of Health (DOH) Web site indicates that he was subjected to discipline at least four times:

  • A complaint filed in 1996 resulted in a fine plus a reprimand.
  • A complaint filed in 2000 resulted in a fine.
  • A complaint filed in 2006 [5] led to a stipulated settlement and order in 2007 [6] after which the board issued a letter of concern, fined him $10,000 plus $4,220 for costs, and placed him on two years’ probation during which his practice would be monitored. He was also required to take extra continuing education courses. The complaint alleged that he had failed to keep adequate records records for a woman whom he had treated for severe back and leg pain.
  • In 2010, after noting that he had not complied with the 2007 order [7], the chiropractic board reprimanded him, fined him another $10,000 plus $578.50 for costs, and indefinitely suspended his license until all of the the money he owed was paid [8]. The Florida DOH database lists his license as “delinquent/inactive.”
Dr. Cohn’s “Holistic” Clinic

R. Ernest Cohn, who is llicensed in North Carolina as a chiropractor, practices at the Holistic Medical Clinic of the Carolinas in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. The clinic’s Web site states:

  • Cohn founded founded the clinic in 1978 and now serves as “the principal physician in charge.”
  • Cohn graduated from Palmer in 1977, obtained a medical degree from UNIREMHOS in 1977, and received a naturopathic degree from American University of Integrative Medicine in 2001.
  • The clinic’s offerings include colonic irrigation; systemic detoxification; live cell analysis; acupuncture; alternative chemotherapy; chelation, herbal and homeopathic medicine; massage; energy (intuitive) work; and comprehensive (non-drug) hormone replacement and cardiovascular care. The site describes “alternative chemotherapy” as “stimulating the immune system of the body with high dosages of vitamins, amino acids, and herbal therapies [to] assist the body in attaining the highest level of immune stimulation.”
  1. About us. FCPAA Web site, accessed April 15, 2013.
  2. FCPA home page, accessed April 15, 2013.
  3. Meet the FCPAA. FCPAA Web site, accessed April 15, 2013.
  4. Approved, unapproved, and disapproved medical schools. Kansas State Board of Healing Arts Web site, accesses April 16, 2013.
  5. Administrative complaint. Florida Department of Health v. Roderic Lacy, D.C.. Case No. 2005-68704, Dec 1, 2006.
  6. Final order and settlement stipulation. Florida Department of Health v. Roderic Lacy, D.C.. Case No. 2005-68704. Filed April 28, 2007.
  7. Administrative complaint. Florida Department of Health v. Roderic Lacy, D.C.. Case No. 2009-10350, Feb 17, 2010.
  8. Final order and settlement agreement. Florida Department of Health v. Roderic Lacy, D.C.. Case No. 2009-10350. Filed July 6, 2010.

This article was posted on April 18, 2013