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Join Us for Practice OpportUnity ’24 — CMCC’s Career Fair and Tradeshow

We’re committed to supporting students in their journey to becoming licensed chiropractors. Every year, we’re the proud title sponsor of Practice OpportUnity, the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC)’s  annual career fair and tradeshow.
At Practice OpportUnity, we introduce you and other CMCC students to various programs, services and tools we offer to help guide your transition into practice and support your career as a chiropractor.  Our showcased resources are usually presented as part of the tradeshow and vary from year to year.
We also collaborate with our members who share their:
•  Best practice advice and real-life career path challenges and successes, as part of a Practice Realities Panel
•  Insights and answers to your questions at our Speed Mentoring Event
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Part 1: In-Person Event (February 14, 2024)
Practice Realities Panel, Speed Mentoring, and Profiling OCA Programs, Services and Resources to Support Your Career

Our annual Practice Realities Panel (9 to 10:30 a.m.) is the highlight of the morning programing, bringing three practicing chiropractors together to discuss opportunities, challenges and choices they have faced in their careers. Our panelists also answer your questions in a Q&A session.
Browse videos of past Practice Realities — relevant from year to year, these expert panels will help prepare you for a thriving career.
In the afternoon, visit our popular Speed Mentoring Booth in the tradeshow portion of the day (noon to 4 p.m.) where you can talk one on one or in small groups with our speed mentors on professional topics of interest to you.
You can also stop by our OCA Membership Booth during the tradeshow portion of the day where you can learn about OCA programs, services and resources that are available to all OCA members. Programs and services you can learn about at Practice OpportUnity include the New Graduate Volunteer Membership Program, the OCA Advance continuing education opportunities and OCA Aspire.

Our 2024 Practice Realities Panel:

Dr. Richa Sharma
Dr. Richa Sharma — Moderator
Dr. Richa Sharma graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in 2020 and has been practising in Ontario. In addition to clinical practise, she has been teaching at CMCC since 2022. She has acquired certification in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University. Dr. Sharma also graduated from York University in 2015 with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Psychology. She looks forward to supporting the students and new graduates, along with advancing the profession, as a member of the OCA Student and New Graduate Advisory Council. 
Dr. Ellen Chin
Dr. Ellen Chin — Panelist
Dr. Ellen Chin earned her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree and Certification in Acupuncture in 2002 and has been actively practising and living in the small town of Uxbridge, Ontario. Dr. Chin believes in a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan, which may include a variety of methods, including chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue techniques, ergonomic modifications, nutrition counselling, rehabilitation, custom Orthotics, laser therapy, and acupuncture. She is experienced in prenatal and postnatal care, helping moms-to-be with safe and gentle techniques to improve mobility and decrease spinal stress during and after pregnancy. She also has experience with pediatrics, working with infants and kids of all ages, helping them develop to their full physical potential through regular chiropractic care . She has raised three closely aged children with her husband and, over the years, has learned to balance work and life. Recently, she has been able to give back to the chiropractic profession by working with the CCO as a peer assessor and a peer mentor for OCA. She is also doing international missionary chiropractic work in a remote area in Ghana, Africa.  
Dr. Paolo De Ciantis
Dr. Paolo De Ciantis — Panelist
With a Master of Science degree in Physiology and Pharmacology, Dr. Paolo De Ciantis’ primary goal is to work with patients for the restoration and maintenance of optimal health. Dr. De Ciantis uses a variety of techniques, equipment and adjunct therapies, including acupuncture, to treat patients and promote healing. His focus is on rehabilitation, pain reduction, chronic pain management, injury prevention, sport-specific training and retraining. A 2013 CMCC graduate, Dr. De Ciantis currently serves on the OCA Board of Directors.
Dr. Alykhan Jamal
Dr. Alykhan Jamal — Panelist
Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Dr. Jamal has been interested in the human body since a knee injury in 1997 ended his dream for Professional Sports. Since, he has volunteered as a Kinesiologist Assistant to gather insight into the world of Physical Therapy. He received a Combined Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree at York University in Toronto, in both Philosophy and Kinesiology and Health Sciences. He then attended D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY, where he graduated with his Doctorate of Chiropractic.
Dr. Jamal is the clinic director for The Spine & Sports Clinic, with clinics in Woodbridge and Whitby, Ontario. His passion for his profession is displayed with every patient he treats. His mission is to change the world’s perception of manual therapy and health care, simply by treating patients the way he expects to be treated. He uses various types of manual therapies to effectively tailor treatment plans to individual patient needs and provide results.

Part 2: Virtual Event (February 28 & 29, 2024)
Virtual Tradeshow Floor

If you can’t join us in-person on February 14 or you would like to follow up on a conversation started in-person, you can join us for at our virtual booths to connect and learn about OCA programs, resources and supports for your career.
Practice OpportUnity Virtual Tradeshow Floor
Practice OpportUnity Membership Booth

Other Programs and Resources for You

We also introduced CMCC  students to the following  OCA  programs and resources to guide your transition into practice and support your chiropractic career: 
New Graduate Volunteer Membership Program— our ‘serve and save’ program lets you save on your first year of membership fees.
OCA Aspire— our cloud-based practice management and electronic health record (EHR) solution that can help you grow your practice.
OCA Student and New Grad Advisory Council — a dynamic group of students, new grads and early career chiropractors who meet to discuss topics that matter most to them at the current stage of their careers.
OCA’s Volunteer Programs and Opportunities —  providing members, who are chiropractic students, recent graduates or chiropractors in various stages of their careers, with volunteer opportunities to enhance their skills and broaden their network.