Dr. Raquel Marques
Dr. Raquel MarquesChair

Journey to Becoming a Chiropractor

I began my chiropractic career in the United States in 2008 as a sole practitioner in a pain management-style clinic, where I also had the unique experience of landmarking for physicians completing X-ray-guided nerve blocks in an outpatient hospital setting. Following that, an opportunity arose in Singapore in 2009, where I worked in a family-style practice with another chiropractor, and I was also the chiropractor for the Canadian Dragon Boat Team.

When I returned to Canada in 2011, I began working at AIM Health Group’s Centres for Pain Management in Scarborough and Toronto.

Practicing in three different countries (the United States of America, Singapore and Canada) has allowed me to experience the challenges of starting over in practice three times in three different environments. In my first practice, I was a sole practitioner. In my second practice, I worked with another chiropractor. In the GTA, I worked in a multidisciplinary team with medical doctors managing their patients’ chronic pain needs.

As a result, I understand the challenges that many of our colleagues face in their first few years of practice. I love being a voice for those colleagues to allow for increased OCA support to best meet their needs.

Reflecting on my last nine years volunteering on the OCA Board, I’m deeply honoured to have been elected as Board Chair by my fellow board members. I’m excited to continue on the incredible work done by those chiropractors who have served with the OCA 94 years before me. I look forward to continuing to serve the Board amongst my dedicated colleagues, and facilitating highly effective Board performance.

Region of Practice

I’ve practiced in Pennsylvania, Singapore, Toronto, and Scarborough, before returning to my hometown of London, Ontario.

Credentials and Designations

  • Sc. (Honours) in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo in 2004. As a co-operative degree program, I had the great fortune of spending over two years in different practices, experiencing different styles of practice, as part of the pre-health professions option. This prepared me well for chiropractic school.
  • Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) from Parker University in 2008
  • Designation of C. Dir. (Chartered Director) through the Caribbean Governance Training Institute (CGTI) 2020
  • The Facilitative Chair, Facilitation First 2023
  • Certification in Concussion: Prevention, Detection, and Management in a dual program at the University of Calgary and Laval University in 2020
  • Spine mobility practitioner trained in the boot camp program for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis 2017
  • AMA Guidelines to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment from the American Board of Forensic Professionals in 2012
  • Functional Capacity Evaluator (FCE) via Metrics (2014) certificate in comprehensive examination and evaluation of Disability and Impairment in both healthy and injured clients. Critical evaluation of these test results as they relate to Musculoskeletal injury and safety risk factors to encourage a comprehensive approach to disability health management.
  • Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) in 2015