GLANDORF — A Putnam County chiropractor will become the first woman to ever serve as president the Ohio State Chiropractic Association in its 50-yea history.
Dr. Darla Lammers, 44, has owned Lammers Chiropractic Care in Glandorf since 2000 and will mark 20 years in December.
“I am excited to start the new role as president and feel this is another chapter in the book I have,” Lammers said. “Even though I am a female, I am still a chiropractor first.”
She is a 1993 Ottawa-Glandorf High School graduate, and her undergraduate was at Eastern Michigan University. She attended National College of Chiropractic and received her undergraduate degree in human biology in 1997 and received her doctorate of chiropractic degree in August 1999. She is married to Chuck Daniels.
She said three special needs nieces helped push her into to chiropractic field. As a child, she wanted to see them do well in life. She knew drugs and surgery were not the answer.
“We have miracles here every day. My favorite is seeing some folks walk in with a cane or are bent over, and we can get them to walk out straighter,” Lammers said.
She said she also enjoys educating patients on lifestyle changes where people have had chronic pain. Now they use the chiropractor once a month and are thriving in life.
She said women have a natural, nurturing and caring ability. They also are the ones who make important health care decisions in many families.
The association’s officers are chosen by statewide elections, where every member of the association votes on every officer election, said Nick Strata, the association’s executive director. There chose Dr. Robert Ault, of Hudson, as vice president; Dr. Michael Cafaro, of Youngstown, as treasurer; and Dr. Charita Cooper, of Marysville, as secretary. The election for the OCSA executive committee was held on the week of Sept. 23.
“(Lammers) has a lot of experience and as a woman brings something new to the association,” Strata said. “She will bring new energy to the association’s membership and non-members because she has done something that has never been done before in the history of our association.”
As the association’s president, her duties will be to serve as chairwoman of the board of directors, and she is the chief spokesperson for that board. She is charged with appointing committee chairs and being the face of the chiropractic community in Ohio.
Strata described Lammers as a “chiropractic warrior” who fights for each association member.
Last year Lammers was contested for the position of vice president, and she won. Lammers also has previously served on the association, starting out 10 years ago as assistant director for three years for Area 7, northwest Ohio. She then became district director, serving three years beginning in 2012, and secretary for two years, treasurer for one year, then vice president for the past year. Her role as the association’s president begins January 2020.
Lammers spoke about the importance of the association. She is organizing a Women in Chiropractic seminar that will be Oct. 12 at the Hancock Hotel in Findlay.
“I feel everyone should have the opportunity to choose chiropractic as their first healthcare choice,” Lammers said. “If we did that, I feel we would have less opioids on the street and people doing less elective surgeries.”
She said research has shown chiropractic services boost the immune system and provide higher functioning and quality of life. When a person has stress in life and doesn’t get adjusted, the body continues to deteriorate.
In addition to Lammers, her practice’s employees include an associate, massage therapist and three chiropractic assistants. The business offers chiropractic care, massages, physical therapy, stretching and nutrition guidance. Her youngest patient has been 3 days old and the oldest is 99 years old.
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