In recognition of his steadfast leadership and incredible contributions to the betterment of his profession, the Tennessee Chiropractic Association is proud to recognize Dr. Craig Ratcliff as their esteemed 2019 Conference Honoree.
In his over 40 years as a skilled chiropractor, Dr. Craig Ratcliff has deeply and positively affected the lives of his patients and their families. But his influence doesn’t stop there. Through his astonishing commitment to do more within his community and profession he has made a lasting impact, all while keeping faith and family as his guide.
A native of East Tennessee and a UT Knoxville graduate, Dr. Ratcliff earned his doctorate in 1976 from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.
He returned to Tennessee and gained valuable experience working alongside Dr. William Ryan of Newport and Dr. Bob Hartman of Greeneville before opening Ratcliff Chiropractic in Sevierville in December of 1977. To benefit the youth of his community, Dr. Ratcliff regularly sponsored National Correct Posture Month poster and coloring contests fostering chiropractic awareness in local schools.
He is joined in practice by his brother and daughter; Dr. Keith Ratcliff, a 1988 graduate of Life College of Chiropractic, and Dr. Melinda Hallam a 2016 graduate of Sherman College of Chiropractic who are continuing the family legacy.
Leading this chiropractic trifecta and supported by an amazing team, Dr. Ratcliff is as passionate as ever in his dedication to helping patients achieve and maintain optimal health.
Deeply-rooted in his community, Dr. Ratcliff has been a member of the First United Methodist Church of Sevierville for 42 years and served as a devoted Scoutmaster, receiving both their Sequoyah District Award of Merit in 1996 and the Great Smoky Mountain Council - Silver Beaver Award in 2000 for his outstanding service.
He is a 36-year member and Past President of the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce and his expertise has saved many lives through his work on the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Patrol and as an Outdoor Emergency Care Instructor.
Professionally, he wasted no time becoming extremely active in the TCA, serving in leadership roles, including Convention Chairman twice over, Board Secretary, Vice President and President. In appreciation, his colleagues presented him with the TCA Chiropractor of the Year award in 1989 and the James R. Cole Heritage Award in 2003 which he humbly accepted.
Following his decades of TCA leadership, he was appointed by Governor Phil Bredesen to serve on the TN Board of Chiropractic Examiners in 2005. He represented the eastern division of Tennessee on the board for 10 years, and was elected Vice President by his fellow board members.
Unwavering in his support of his profession, Dr. Ratcliff is a long-time TCA Gold Member, advocate at Day on the Hill and never misses a TCA Spring Seminar. He has contributed to the TCA Eagle Society, TCA PAC and Lobbyist Fund, and shares thoughtful input with other past presidents in meetings of the TCA Gavel Club.
Reflecting back, he considers helping grow the TCA to a level requiring a full-time director, one of his major accomplishments, and offers this advice to future TCA Presidents, “Listen twice as much as you talk.”
Dr. Ratcliff is married to the love of his life, Rhonda, and together they have danced their way through 45 wonderful years accomplishing many great things along the way! She has been a constant support in practice and in life, through her knowledge, professionalism and endless energy.
Each of their three children, Kenneth, Steven and Melinda, have achieved success in their respective fields of technology, orthopedics and chiropractic, and they stay young keeping up with their three adventurous grandchildren.