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Martinsburg VA Medical Center chiropractor receives award

June 14, 2017

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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – Martinsburg VA Medical Center chiropractor Shawn M. Neff, doctor of chiropractic and Fellow of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists, recently received an Outstanding Achievement award from the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists (ACO).

Neff was presented the award for his dedication to the chiropractic field and for his support of the ACO and its mission.

His dedication and passion for chiropractic orthopedics extends beyond his normal duty at the medical center and into his extracurricular life. Outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Neff is the editor-in-chief for the Journal of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists. As the editor-in-chief, he is responsible for the entire journal and its vision.

Neff also devotes his time to mentoring students from his alma mater, Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Every year a new student studying for a doctor of chiropractic degree comes to the medical center for 8 to 10 months to shadow him and expand their educational knowledge.

Neff’s love for chiropractic orthopedics also shows at the VA. “One big advantage about working for the VA is that Veterans are treated for what they need, not what they can afford,” he said. “This relieves a lot of pressure and means that no matter how big or small the treatment plan is I can focus on what Veterans need to recover.”

Neff joined the VA in 2003 and was the first chiropractor in the VA to see a Veteran patient. He is currently one of about 120 VA chiropractors in the nation, the only chiropractor in the VA Capital Health Care Network and the only VA chiropractor within 195 miles.