Board Members

Board Member Administrative Manual


Dionne McClain

Dionne McClain,of Los Angeles, has been reappointed to the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners, where she has served since 2014. McClain has been a chiropractor for McClain Sports and Wellness Inc. since 2000. She was an adjunct professor at Southern California University of Health Sciences from 2008 to 2014, a chiropractor and team consultant for the Los Angeles Avengers from 2000 to 2001 and held several positions in the University of Southern California Athletic Medicine Department from 1989 to 2005, including chiropractor, consultant and assistant athletic trainer. She is a member of the California Consortium on Health, Association for the Care of Elite and Professional Athletes, American Public Health Association, California Chiropractic Association and the American Chiropractic Association. McClain earned a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix.

Term Expires: February 10, 2022



David Paris, of Redding, has been appointed to the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Paris has been a utilization reviewer and file remote reviewer for Premier File Review LLC since 2018, an instructor for continuing education at the California Chiropractic Association since 2015, adjunct clinical faculty at the University of Western States since 2014, a chiropractor at the Anderson Walk-in Medical Clinic since 2014, an independent medical examiner for the Exam Works Corporation since 2012, adjunct clinical faculty at Palmer College of Chiropractic since 2009 and a chiropractor at the Veterans Health Administration in Redding since 2005. He was owner at Active Care Chiropractic from 2002 to 2009 and was a chiropractic case manager at Professional Dynamics Corporation from 2004 to 2006. He was a chiropractic consultant for the State Compensation Insurance Fund from 2004 to 2006 and a qualified medical evaluator at the California Division of Workers' Compensation from 2002 to 2009 and from 2011 to 2013. He was a staff chiropractor for Sutter Health at Work Medical Associates from 2003 to 2005, a chiropractor at Redding Industrial Occupational Health from 2003 to 2004, associate doctor at Redding Chiropractic Clinic from 2001 to 2003 and an emergency medical technician at Goodhew Ambulance from 1989 to 1990. Paris completed the primary spine practitioner certification program at the University of Pittsburgh and is board certified with the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board. He is a member of the Council on Chiropractic Education Site Team Academy and the Chiropractic Clinical Guidelines and Practice Parameters Board. Paris is a past chair of the California Chiropractic Association's Governmental Affairs Committee and a member of the Veterans Health Administration's National Tele-Rehabilitation Advisory Board and National Chiropractic Field Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, California Chiropractic Association and American Chiropractic Association. Paris earned a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic.

Term Expires: February 10, 2022



Frank Ruffino

On March 17, 2017, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the appointment of Frank Ruffino to the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Ruffino is the General Services Administrator at the Veterans Home of California-Chula Vista. He was Regional Administrative Officer at the California Department of Fish and Game, Community Partnership Manager at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, and has served in multiple positions at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from 1985 to 2000. Also, Ruffino serves as President of the Association of California State Supervisors and on the board of the California State Employees Association.  Additionally, he has served as a member of the City of Chula Vista Civil Service Commission and the Coalinga City Planning Commission. Ruffino has dedicated all of his life to community service and has been a volunteer leader with many community organizations.

Term Expires: November 3, 2020



Laurence Adams, D.C., DACNB

Dr. Laurence Adams DC, DACNB was appointed to the Board of Chiropractic Examiners by Gov. Gavin Newsome in October of 2020. Dr. Adams received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic College-West in 1996 and his Post-Doctorate degree in Chiropractic Neurology in 1999. Dr. Adams has served as a Senior Examiner for the ACNB. Dr. Adams has served the chiropractic community over the years as VP and President of his local North Bay CCA and as a Key Doctor for his regional Assemblyman and Senator. He later served as the Region 7 Director on the Cal-Chiro Board before stepping down to accept his position on the BCE. During his time as Region 7 Director he served on the Membership and Governmental Affairs Committees. He also served on the Alumni Board at Life Chiropractic College-West. Dr. Adams is currently in private practice in Sonoma, Ca.

Term Expires: October 23, 2024


Rafael C. Sweet of Los Angeles was appointed to the Board of Chiropractic Examiners on March 2, 2021. Mr. Sweet has been a Trial Attorney with his own practice since 2020. He was a Trial Attorney at The Dominguez Firm from 2019 to 2020. He was a Senior Trial Attorney at the Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn from 2016 to 2019 and at Cellino & Barnes in 2016. Mr. Sweet was Founder and Principal Attorney at Contreras Sweet Law from 2013 to 2016. He was an Attorney at Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz PC from 2012 to 2013. He is a member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.

Term Expires:November 3, 2024



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 Robert Puleo, Executive Officer

Robert Puleo has served as the Executive Officer of the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners (BCE) since November, 2009. He came to the Board with an extensive background in regulatory programs and consumer protection policy. Prior to joining the BCE, Mr. Puleo served as an Enforcement Manager with the Contractors State License Board, Deputy Chief at the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, and Assistant Deputy Director at the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Legislative and Regulatory Review, where he had previously served as a Legislative Analyst and Manager. Mr. Puleo began his state civil service career in 1990 as a Legislative Clerk for the Legislative Counsel Bureau. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the California State University, Sacramento.