How to Write a Chiropractor’s Name?
After much ado, and a request to disclose what my credentials are (the first and only time requested in my 23 years in practice,) my son’s boy scout troop’s recording secretary stands, she says, on Roberts Rules and records me in the minutes not as ‘Dr. Mathews’ but rather as ‘Mrs. Mathews’.
After completing the Doctorate of Chiropractic degree program, internship, externship, national board certification, state licensing, ongoing continuing education and being in private practice for these many years, it would seem apparent to all that I have earned the honorific title and have been addressed as such by all since 1990, save for this scenario with our recording secretary.
Having also served as my college’s head delegate at international conferences with Robert’s Rules strictly enforced, I am hard-pressed now to find documentation to support her claims that only M.D.s and D.O.s have this privilege. In your outline for protocol there is no mention for this scenario of our healthcare profession and neither can I find anything to substantiate her vehement argument.
If you would be so kind as to address my query, I’d be most grateful.
A D.C. degree is not an honorary title. Chiropractors have practices, we see patients, we are portal of entry health care providers and are participating providers in Medicare and other major medical insurance plans.
With all these rights and privileges, I would be most grateful if Mrs. Mathews would continue to be by husband’s mother and that the minutes would be amended to reflect the honorific best defining the health care professional I am.
Thank you most kindly for your thoughts on this matter. – How to Address a Chiropractor
————————– N. R. M.
Your name is what you say your name is. That includes the honorific. I’d go over her head and discuss it with someone higher. Be ready with what Robert’s Rules of Order says on the subject.
This disagreement is not related to the correct form of address. The issue is – is it the right of one person to decide what another person’s name is in a certain realm? I don’t think a recording secretary has that right.
– Robert Hickey How to Address a Chiropractor