Recent Graduate Award

Awarded to a chiropractor who has recently graduated from chiropractic college and who demonstrates outstanding promise, achievement and commitment to enhancing the chiropractic profession.

Dr. Richard Mercier (far left), Dr. David Wickes (left) and Dr. Ken Brough (right) present the 2019 OCA Recent Graduate of the Year Award to Dr. Alena Russo (centre) for her achievements at CMCC and her work since, which demonstrate incredible promise.


Presented to a Doctor of Chiropractic who has been an OCA member for 3 years or less at the time of nomination.

Recipient will have demonstrated success transitioning from school into practice, as well as a commitment to enhancing the understanding of chiropractic care in one or more of the following areas:

  • Volunteering within their community to represent and promote chiropractic care
  • Building collaborations with other health care professionals
  • Contributing to the development of innovative and patient-centered models of care

Questions about the awards? Contact OCA at or call 416-860-0070 | Toll-free: 1-877-327-2273.


Nominations are now closed for the OCA 2020 awards.

Current Winner

2019 Award Winner: Dr. Alena Russo

Dr. Russo graduated from CMCC in 2018. Her achievements there, and her work since, have demonstrated incredible promise.

At CMCC, she facilitated the Soft Tissue Club, served on the Ontario Committee for the Student Canadian Chiropractic Association (OCSCCA) and volunteered in the Dominican Republic in alumni outreach. After graduating, Dr. Russo continued volunteering with OCSCCA and mentoring those she helped through the mentorship program.

Dr. Russo is an author on the topic of pregnancy care and the co-creator of a Prenatal Yoga and Learn program. She works at two chiropractic clinics, where she networks with health specialists and the community to promote chiropractic.

Past Recent Graduate Award Winners