Dr. Raquel Marques
Dr. Raquel MarquesVice-Chair

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.

Practising 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. And most recently, 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 really love being a voice for those colleagues to allow for increased support by the OCA to best meet their needs.

Region of practice

I’ve practised at AIM Health Group’s Centres for Pain Management in Scarborough and Toronto. Though currently on maternity leave, I have forged strong collaborative treatment plans in a multidisciplinary setting with medical doctors for optimal patient care. I have enjoyed the challenge of working with patients experiencing chronic pain by focusing on functional rehabilitation specific to their individual needs. Also, by educating other health care professionals we can allow other providers’ patients to experience the value of chiropractic.

Credentials and designations

  • B.Sc. (Honours) in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo in 2004. Because it is a cooperative 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) in 2020
  • 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