Local chiropractor honored with state award

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Roy L. Dedmon II of Camden has been honored with the 2019 James R. Cole Heritage Award by the Tennessee Chiropractic Association, the state’s largest professional organization for chiropractors.  He accepted the award at a special presentation during the Southern Chiropractic Conference® hosted by TCA on August 17, in Murfreesboro.

More than 600 participants attended the event which offered 24 hours of clinical education sessions on topics impacting chiropractic and health care in Tennessee. “The TCA is excited to have the opportunity to recognize Dr. Dedmon for his many achievements throughout his over 35 years in practice,” said TCA Executive Director Tiffany Stevens. “Hailing from a rich heritage of chiropractic, he has made significant contributions as a doctor, mentor, advocate and altruistic member of his community.”

During his acceptance speech, Dedmon recalled memories of both his father and an uncle who served their communities as chiropractors.  He joined forces with his father, Roy Dedmon Sr. after graduating with honors from Life Chiropractic College in 1984.  His brother, James Dedmon of Nashville, is a graduate of Logan College of Chiropractic and they have proudly built upon their family legacy.

According to Dedmon, he feels privileged to have a very active practice in Camden, with wonderful community support.  In his 34 years in practice, he has performed almost 400,000 patient visits and seen more than 10,000 new patients in a town of only 3,400 people.

Sharing his passion, he has also mentored more than 10 local students in their pursuit of careers as doctors of chiropractic.

Dedmon has long supported the TCA, many years at the Gold Member level, attending TCA post-graduate education events and traveling to the state capitol to participate in Chiropractic Day on the Hill.  He served two years on the TCA board as District 7 Director, and has been a generous TCA Lobbyist Fund contributor and loyal TCA PAC Adjustment-a-Month donor.  Dedmon has also been a steady member of the Benton County Chamber of Commerce, and is a Rotary and Lions Club member.

Dedmon and his wife of 10 years, Dee, love their community. Three years ago, they bought the local iconic restaurant “Country and Western” and brought it back to life much to the joy of their community.  Talking about the response locally, Dee joked with him, “You’ve been a chiropractor in this town for over 30 years and people love you.  You bought “Country and Western” and you’re a rock star!”

A dedicated father, Dedmon has given of his time and talents through countless PTA presidencies, committees and fundraisers, as well as a coach and sponsor of local baseball, football, basketball, and volleyball teams.  Their four children and three grandchildren mean the world to them, and make life even richer.

The TCA, a professional organization composed of doctors of chiropractic since 1935, is a dynamic advocate for chiropractic physicians who contribute to the health and well-being of patients across Tennessee.  For more information about the TCA, visit www.TNChiro.com.

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