Become a Licensed Doctor of Naprapathic Medicine

National College of
Naprapathic Medicine & Clinic

3330 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60641
(773) 282-2686 or
 (800) 262-6620


Dr. Shante Griggs, PharmD, RPh, DN
President, National College of Naprapathic Medicine & Clinic

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American Naprapathic Association

The American Naprapathic Association (ANA) is the nation's oldest and largest association of Naprapaths. Originally founded in 1909, the ANA is a non-profit organization whose members are dedicated to protecting, preserving, promoting and expanding the manual medicine discipline of Naprapathy in all of its endeavors.

Membership is open to all individuals with a Doctor of Naprapathy (D.N.) degree or who is otherwise licensed to practice Naprapathy in their State. There are also Affiliated Memberships and Student/Intern memberships available for those who are studying to be Naprapaths or who have been trained in Naprapathic technique by ANA-approved schools in unlicensed states.

All of our members have a strong commitment to the philosophy, art and science of manual medicine as originally conceived by Dr. Oakley Smith, DN, exercise rehabilitation, postural ergonomics, sound holistic nutritional advice and advancing the profession through evidence-based medicine that supports the basis of naprapathy and manual medicine in general.

Membership in this organization provides a multitude of benefits. First and foremost, the ANA strives to expand the profession and monitors and supports legislation that enhances the professional growth of the science of Naprapathy.

 The ANA schedules bi-annual conventions providing excellent continuing health care education and opportunities for networking with health care colleagues. We are a State of Illinois Approved Sponsor for Illinois-licensed Doctors of Naprapathy.

Presenters come from around the world sharing their knowledge and experience in manual medicine and related disciplines. The annual conventions and various other educational seminars offer you an opportunity to meet colleagues and form valuable supportive friendships with others sharing similar views.

As a member of the ANA you will receive significant discounts to ANA sponsored educational seminars. You are also eligible for membership in any ANA-approved state association of Naprapathy.

Because ANA is the leader in the field of Naprapathic medicine, we are recognized by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation as the primary organization that accredits Naprapathy in Illinois.

According to the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations  per the Illinois Naprapathic Act Rules, the American Naprapathic Association provides curriculum oversight for all Naprapathic higher educational institutions in Illinois.


The American Naprapathic Association (A.N.A.) is a non-profit organization whose mission is dedicated to protecting, preserving, promoting and expanding the manual medicine discipline of Naprapathy in all of its endeavors.

The A.N.A. is the oldest and largest professional association of Naprapaths in the United States. It was founded  in the early 1907 and incorporated in Illinois in 1948 . Professional growth and success of the science and art of Naprapathy is paramount to our organization's mission.

The A.N.A. seeks to collaborate with the National College of Naprapathic Medicine, Southwest University of Naprapathic Medicine, the Illinois Naprapathic Association, the New Mexico Naprapathic Association and other professional associations dedicated to move the Naprapathic profession forward.

Membership of various levels is open to all individuals with a Doctor of Naprapathy (D.N.) degree and/or a state license to practice Naprapathy, along with special rates for Naprapathic students and interns, and Diplomates of Naprapathy from unlicensed states, and/or allied professionals who wish to support the Naprapathic profession.

Naprapathic Medicine is a specialized system of health care founded by Dr. Oakley Smith, DC, DN in 1907 that employs hands-on manual medicine, nutritional counseling and a wide variety of therapeutic modalities. Naprapathy focuses on conditions caused by contracted, injured, spasmed, bruised, and/or otherwise affected myofascial and connective tissue.

Naprapaths are connective tissue specialists. Connective tissue supports and contains all of the integral structures of the entire body, including the tissue surrounding the spinal column and spinal cord, it envelopes muscles, organs, joints and all of the articulations of the body. This unique gel-like tissue includes ligaments, tendons, fascia, inter-vertebral discs, and cartilage of which all can develop into a pathologic condition which responds well to Naprapathic intervention. Naprapaths have a very specialized and holistic approach to address connective tissue problems.

Connective tissue conditions treated by Naprapathic care can be characterized by abnormally rigid and/or contracted (strained) ligaments, tendons and the related muscles and fascia in many areas of the body. Conditions may exist where this contracted tissue may impede and create interference with the normal action of nerve pathways, in addition to affecting the proper circulation of blood and lymph. When this occurs, naprapathy contends that the result  can be pain, inflammation, and restriction of normal movement of the affected area of the body and negatively affect vessels passing through these tissues.

Causes of these types of connective tissue problems may arise from traumatic injury - including car accidents, sports injuries, and falls. It is also known to result from repetitive motion syndromes, such as work-related computer or machine use, heavy lifting and also improper posture and other lifestyle factors and may be similarly affected by extreme temperature related events.

"Doctors of Naprapathy" (D.N.), in states that regulate and license the profession, can evaluate and treat patients with a referral from your MD, DO, DC, or DPM and access insurance payments. Doctors of Naprapathy may also treat a patient based on their own evaluation without a referral but will defer to a physician's diagnosis and work with a referring doctor when a diagnosis has previously been made.

Doctors of Naprapathic Medicine
often use a three-fold strategy in the Naprapathic treatment of connective tissue disorders.

  • Naprapathic Manual Medicine: involves hands-on (gentle) connective tissue manipulation to the spine, joints and articulations of the body.

  • Nutritional Counseling: Recommendations for holistic dietary changes, food supplementation (as through the use of herbs, vitamins and minerals) to assist the body in achieving optimal health.

  • Therapeutic Modalities: The use of the effective properties of physical measures of heat, cold, light, water, radiant energy, electricity, sound, air and assistive devices for the purpose of preventing, correcting or alleviating a physical disability. Modalities may include ultrasound, electric stimulation and/or photobiostimulation (also known as low-level laser or cold laser therapy).

Some common musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders successfully treated through Naprapathic Medicine include:

  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Leg Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Neuropathy
  • Tension Headaches
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Disc Herniation
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfer's Elbow
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Strains
  • Sprains
  • TMJ
  • Knee pain
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bursitis and more
    Our Mission:

  1. To increase public awareness of Naprapathy
  2. To support and expand the practice Naprapathy via legislative efforts
  3. To advance the educational standards and expertise of Doctors of Naprapathy
  4. To promote the professional growth and success of the Naprapathic Profession

American Naprapathic Association

122 West St. Charles Road, Suite 1A
Villa Park, Illinois 60181
(630) 833-4007 Dr. Daniel E Varanauski DN
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