A chiropractor of several decades experience (in his later years, the owner/clinician, Barton Creek Chiropractic, 1990-2006; Contemporary Health Care, 2008-2014) as well as a clinical acupuncturist, John brought applied kinesiology (muscle testing) to Austin TX and was an instructor and mentor at Touch for Health, Kinesiology Association (under the auspices of Better Health for Everyone Naturally, 2014 onwards). He hosted the 39th Annual Touch for Health Kinesiology Association Conference held in Austin TX in July 2014.
John was a Past President of the Texas Chiropractic Association (as well as its sometime Secretary), a Past President of Travis County Chiropractic Society, and a Past President of the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations (COCSA). He was also a Past Chairman, Academic Affairs, Texas Chiropractic Association Board of Regents (also serving for 6 years on the Board of Regents). For a while, he was also President of the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE).
Most notably, he was a member of the Commission which produced the Guidelines for Chiropractic Quality Assurance and Practice Parameters (‘Mercy Guidelines’) (Aspen Publishers, 1993; Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2005), being one of only 35 chiropractors selected internationally to co-author the chiropractic industry’s first Standard of Care. In addition, he was co-author of the Texas Guidelines for Chiropractic Quality Assurance and Practice Parameters and a longtime editor of the Texas Chiropractic Association Journal for which he wrote many articles over the years. He attended the World Chiropractic Summit in London UK in 1987 and was also a highly respected expert witness on chiropractic standard of care in malpractice litigation (see eg Williams v Heuser Chiropractic, 2004 WL 100462 (Tex.App.-Tyler, 2004)).
Austin TX. March 2000.
Shortly after Elspeth and I came back from our time in Texas with Kay and John, it gave me great joy to be able to facilitate John in gaining State Government registration here in NSW as a chiropractor. He was an admirer of Australia's system of universal health care and was angry that America's system of health care was so deficient and costly. He wrote an editorial on this very subject in the Texas Chiropractic Association Journal.
Dr John Martin really advanced chiropractic and its holistic advantages. He was a truly amazine healer and teacher – and a very good friend. So many people have expressed on social media their love, appreciation and thanks to this wonderful man in the short time since his passing.
Note. A memorial service for Dr John will be held at Unity Church of the Hills, Austin TX, on September 30, 2017, commencing at 11.00 am.