By Michael Dorausch, D.C.
The 2018 California Chiropractic Association Annual Convention is going to be in San Diego this year, and the hotel room block is open (details below). This is a great chiropractic conference hosted at a terrific family friendly location, the Paradise Point Resort & Spa in San Diego. Make plans to close your office a few days in October 2018 and bring your staff and family. You can even get your continuing education completed.
I’ve lost count of how many Annual CCA conventions I’ve been to (20?), but several have been at the Paradise Point in San Diego. While not the most modern resort (I think they’ve recently upgraded some rooms), it’s situated on an impressive forty four acre private island that features a mile of beach. The resort is about 2 miles from SeaWorld San Diego, and it’s about 30 miles from Legoland (kids love this place) via the 5 fwy.
I prefer this hotel as the weather is near always spectacular. I typically drive from Los Angeles and I love that in most cases you can park your vehicle directly outside your room, that’s rare at hotels these days. There’s good choices for dining on the resort property and you’ll want a vehicle (Uber, Lyft, and cabs are available) if dining off the property. I’ve not been to the spa, although I hear it’s quite good.
This year the California Chiropractic Association will be celebrating its 90th birthday at the convention, which is another great reason to attend (big party). Some of the best re-licensing education is available too (uniquely SoCal). In the past I’ve been able to paddle board with other chiropractors early in the morning, and attend a morning yoga class (which included continuing education credit) before the indoor sessions.
Photo: View from a morning yoga class held on the private beach at the Paradise Point Resort & Spa in San Diego.
While I don’t have a list of this years speakers as of yet, historically there’s been quite a line up of the professions best and brightest. Those that stood out for me from previous years included Dr. Eric Plasker, Dr. Patrick Gentempo, Dr. Brian Stenzler, Dr. Grace Syn (who does an awesome technique class), Dr. Ted Carrick, Dr. Jason Deitch, Dr. David Benevento, and Dr. Leslie Hewitt.
I could dig through the Planet Chiropractic archives and find other speakers from previous annual CCA events, but I’d be at it all day. Taking a peak at search, I did see posts from the 2013 CCA Convention, and conference photos (here’s another 2013 CCA photo post) from that event. One year Parker Seminars teamed up with CCA for the annual event, and it was terrific. It was probably a logistical circus pulling it off but as an attendee I had a great time.
Since I’ve been a chiropractor (mid 1990s), most of the annual CCA conventions have been held in San Diego. The only two I’ve attended that were not in Southern California were the 2010 CCA Annual Convention and the 2011 CCA Annual Convention, both hosted in Reno, Nevada. Those were fun trips, and I remember a group of chiropractors from Orange County chartered a bus for at least one of the years (2010), but I prefer San Diego over Reno (no offense Nevada).
From the CCA: The Room Block is now OPEN for the California Chiropractic Association’s (CalChiro) 2018 Annual Convention at the Paradise Point Resort & Spa in San Diego. The special rate for the conference is $215.00. A limited number of rooms are reserved at this rate. To secure a room please contact Paradise Point Resort by booking online 24/7 here or by calling 800-344-2626. Reservations must be made by Thursday, September 20, 2018 or before the group rooms are sold out, so do not delay. Prevailing rates may apply after this date or when the group rooms are sold out, whichever occurs first. Rooms are subject to availability. Questions, please contact Stacey (on the CCA site).