CYNDY SHAFT D.C., CEO
Dr Cynthia Shaft was raised in a chiropractic family eventually numbering 22 in all in 3 generations. She was surrounded by chiropractors and spent much of her childhood listening in on seminars and conversations about the profession. The youngest of 3 children of Ray Elwart DC and Mary Elwart, her two siblings Dan Elwart D c and Linda Atkinson DC distinguished themselves in the profession as well. Linda, held the first license to practice chiropractic on mainland China.
Dr Shaft always wanted to be a chiropractor and finished high school early and accelerated the rest of her education graduating at age 22 as the youngest in her class as well as being a mother of 2 children. She eventually completed her family and now has 7 children and 8 grandchildren. She is married to William Toll IV
The difficulties of balancing family life with practicing as a chiropractor inspired her to reach out to other wdcs and create a network of wdcs who are passionate about chiropractic. This led to the creation of women chiropractors , a nonprofit group working together to achieve these ideals.
Dr Shaft has created a pilot program for struggling Doctors who have been out of chiropractic college for 2 years or have never been in practice because of health related , pregnancy or other issues.
This program, which is called ReEntry, is currently in the trial phase is already changing these Doctors lives, for the better.
She enjoys speaking and sharing her love of chiropractic and spreading the word about the Women Chiropractors organization, she founded.
ROSEMARY BATANJSKI D.C. PRESIDENT
I am a first generation Canadian. I learned the true essence of what success means growing up watching my parents. Learning English along the way, my parents demonstrated perseverance, faith and determination on a daily basis as they built their business and grew their family. Education was paramount and it was expected to finish a higher education. When our father died when I was in high-school, my sisters and I were more determined than ever to go to university and make him proud. I graduated from National University of Health Science in 2001 and opened my business three months later. I remember feeling alone and scared as a female in male dominated world. At conventions and seminars, I was often asked if I was the “office manager or wife of one of the doctors.” Year after year I found there was not much support for women chiropractors especially when I wanted to have children. I was grateful to have the Michigan Association of Chiropractors and a few female chiropractors to lean on for support.
In 2008, I was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition called Loeys Dietz Syndrome and in 2010 I had open heart surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm. It was at my post up appointment that my cardiac surgeon asked me if I thought of doing something else for my career as it was to physical for me to continue. I left angry and upset and more defiant than ever. Chiropractic was my life, my business was my first baby. I loved my practice, my patients and my staff too much. I continued to work against the concerns of my physicians and family until it finally took a toll on my body. I realized I had to stop and smell the roses and enjoy my children and focus on my practice in different ways. I retired from patient care in 2016 and decided to focus on building my business from the administrative end.
By the grace of God, my hard work and efforts paid off. My patients were so supportive, my associates and staff were phenomenal and my business continued to flourish. As the practice thrived, I became bored and depressed. My passion was to “fix” people, make them happy and healthy. I felt I wasn’t a chiropractor anymore. Shortly thereafter I was contacted my state association to do a few lectures for their upcoming conventions. I found my new calling. I was able to teach and empower chiropractors to become as successful as I had become. Growing up our family owned businesses and I learned early some vital skills at a young age that influenced my passion for business. I loved teaching about SUCCESS and motivating others to overcome their struggles and persevere.
Last fall I was introduced to some extraordinary women around the nation and we got to talking that there was no organization for women chiropractors only. Our non-profit organization WOMEN CHIROPRACTORS was born. I am so proud to be the President of this organization and to be surrounded daily by some incredible, brilliant, successful, strong, confident and compassionate women who I call my sisters. I look forward to executing the many things we have planned for women chiropractors to help them thrive in their personal and professional lives.
AMANDA APFELBLAT D.C. DACCP BOARD TRUSTEE
I am Dr. Amanda Apfelblat and my greatest love is being witness to lives transforming within my practice! This intense passion drives me on a daily basis and is the foundation for being a Founding Member and Board Member of the Michigan Chiropractic Pediatiric Association. I have adjusted thousands of babies and children since opening my practice in 2003. I joined my local chamber when I became a business owner and have received the Business Person of the Year Award in 2007awards as an active Westland Chamber of Commerce Member. In 2010, I received my DACCP, which has opened additional doors to serve families throughout my community. I have held several positions for the Michigan Association of Chiropractors and was recently elected as the first female Vice President of the MAC. It was an honor to fill the illustrious position as the ICA Assembly Representative for the State of Michigan, as well. I believe strongly in work hard-play hard, which drives me to fabulous destinations throughout the world 13 weeks every year. I have consciously created my life so that no matter what I am doing, I am 100% all in. My desire is to inspire other women chiropractors to create the life of their dreams and to live well.
NICOLE POIRIER KEENAN D.C DACCP BOARD TRUSTEE
I am Nicole Poirier-Keenan. I started Poirier Chiropractic 20 years ago. We specialize in family wellness with an emphasis in Pediatric and Maternity care.
My intense passion for helping children lead me to be a founding board member of the Michigan Chiropractic Pediatric Association (founded in 2007). I am also a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, and have earned my Diplomate in Pediatric Chiropractic. I have Advanced Board Certification that includes proficiency in the Webster Technique and perinatal care.
I am honored to have received Hour Detroit’s Top Doc for the last 6 years and to be a Mom-Approved Doc by Metro Parent! I am committed to getting the word out in our community about the life-changing effects of chiropractic by sponsoring and coordinating seminars and talks on subjects such as Vaccination and Natural Childbirth and a natural family lifestyle; as well as supporting local causes. My passion for helping children has lead me to teaching other chiropractors as well.
My greatest joy, however, is my family! My amazing husband is Matthew Keenan. We have three equally amazing and healthy children (thank you chiropractic!). They range in age from 5 to 13. Our most favorite family activities revolve around our little lake like swimming and fishing but mostly being together.
For me, this quote by Kris Carr sums it all up: “What if your purpose is to take exceptional care of yourself so you have the energy and joy to serve others?” It is for this reason that I love that Women Chiropractors is a unique community of women here to support the challenges of being a women chiropractor and our many roles.
NANCY ELWARTOWSKI-COOPER D.C. DICCP BOARD TRUSTEE
I was so lucky to grow up in a family of Chiropractors. My dad was a very active chiropractor in Michigan and I learned so much from him, not only about chiropractic, but creating a community in chiropractic. I used to play upstairs while the chiro guys gathered in the basement talking about chiropractic and changing the world! Times have changed since those days, but I still seek out that chiropractic community and am excited to find one with Women Chiropractors.
am a mom, wife, a Pediatric Diplomate, and business owner. I have had my own practice since 1987 and found my passion 15 years into my career…pediatrics. My personal practice is limited to pediatrics and moms, with my favorite being the babies. I own two successful practices-one in a suburb of Indianapolis and a newer office on the other side of town exclusively for moms and kids.
When I think of this group of Women Chiropractors and how I can contribute, all I can say is…I have been through it all! Audits, bankruptcy, single with one income, maternity leave and more. While it is never my intention to compare life’s low points with others, I will say that all of us on the Women Chiropractor’s board have our own stories of tragedy and triumph, perhaps just like you. Life’s greatest highs and lowest lows create us to be who we are today.
I was so happy when Dr Cyndy asked me to be a founding board member of the Women Chiropractor’s group. This is an amazing assembly of women...No boys allowed! I’m looking forward to meeting you all, face-to-face in the future and regularly online!
Donna L. Craft DC, DICCP, FPAC, FICC BOARD TRUSTEE
Women Chiropractors bring you the best of the best female chiropractors. If your heart is taking you toward a path involving nation, state, and local leadership, look no further than Dr. Donna Craft. She is a powerful and highly influential female chiropractor who has, and continues to, spread chiropractic to the masses on a GIGANTIC scale creating a legacy for all women chiropractors to embrace and follow.
"I am Dr. Anna Olivetti. My heart and understanding of the magnitude of the Philosophy, Science, & Art of
ChiropracTIC was rooted while working as a C.A for my cousin Mark S. Kimes D.C. 1990 - 1991.
While in 1st year at Logan College of Chiropractic (1992), a huge amount of questions drove a deep search for
answers. I chose to extensively read the Chiropractic Green Books by our developer B.J. Palmer D.C.
Reading of B.J. Palmer's extensive proof of who, what, when, where, why, and how to get the sick of the
sick well (specifically outlined in Volumes 14 & 18), propelled me to obtain certification in the Knee Chest Upper Cervical
work through Michael Kale D.C.
woman Chiropractor. I created and founded Alpha Sigma Nu, a sorority for women chiropractic students.
an all encompassing organization that offer's a complete system of tools for each need of a woman DC.
create possibilities is a mission of my heart and am so excited to be on this journey !!"
While a student at Logan College of Chiropractic, I realized a vast need for support of every aspect of being a
Owning 2 other companies, as well as serving patients in practice, has revealed a bigger vision of the need for
Meeting every woman DC where she is at in life, holding hand in hand with her as a sister, and helping her