CCO Council District 1 Northern Candidates:

Statements and Virtual Town Hall Questions and Answers (Q&As)

Dr. Kristina Peterson DC, B.Sc.

Kristina Peterson

Virtual Town Hall Q&As

  1. If you were elected to CCO Council, what in your opinion is the most effective way to maintain and build public trust the profession?

The success of our profession and the credibility and trust we have earned with the public hinge on chiropractors practicing within their scope of practice, following standards of practice and guidelines, the college regulating those who are not and the profession continuing to grow based on the best evidence and best practices. As chiropractors, we all have the responsibility and duty to practice in a way that demonstrates to the public a high level of professionalism, integrity, skill and competence.  Practicing within the scope of practice, delivering individualized, ethical, responsible, safe and effective patient centered care is integral and vital to the stability and growth of our profession but more importantly essential to each and every patient encounter. It is through the ongoing development of and compliance with established standards of practice, regulations and guidelines that Ontarians know us to be trusted, credible, collaborative and responsive health care providers and members of their health care teams.

The CCO specifically states that “Chiropractors who are elected will reflect their commitment to the public’s right to safe, effective and ethical chiropractic care.”  It is essential that there is good leadership, competency and experience on the CCO council.

Proactively the CCO should continue to work towards understanding what opportunities exist to engage with the public in order to appreciate their needs and expectations of the regulatory college and by extension the chiropractors in the province. Consideration should be given to an interactive public side to the website, public focus groups, increasing public members on the CCO council and we should be encouraging members of the public to attend council meetings.  The CCO can continue to explore how technology can be used so that any members of the public regardless of demographics, location or accessibility can attend and participate in CCO meetings or functions to whatever extent possible.

  1. How would you help foster a collaborative approach between the CCO, OCA, CMCC and other important chiropractic organizations?

One of the CCO Strategic Objectives is to: “Build public trust and confidence and promote understanding of the role of CCO amongst all stakeholders.”

While the sole purpose of the CCO is to protect the public interest, there are opportunities and reasons why it is appropriate and important for the CCO to collaborate and communicate with its stakeholders who include the OCA and CMCC.  These opportunities hinge on matters of public interest.  One example is the work that the three organizations collectively participated in related to increasing access to laboratory testing and diagnostic imaging for Ontarians.  Each organization has its own distinct and clear mandates but working together can achieve outcomes that support each organization’s needs and will impact Ontarians, chiropractors and students in a very positive way.  Identify opportunities where a collective approach makes sense and serves to achieve positive outcomes for all involved is essential to the growth and success of all stakeholders namely and most importantly the public.

  1. If you were elected to CCO Council, what role do you think CCO should take now that COVID-19 is declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization?

These are without a doubt unprecedented times and unlike any most of us have ever seen. Reflection upon one of the CCO’s strategic objectives seems appropriate. It is as follows: “Ensure standards and core competencies promote excellence of care while responding to emerging developments.”

The CCO has to be responsive to the directives and recommendations from the public health authorities and the Ministry of Health as it fulfills its mandate to protect the publics’ interests. Strong leadership and clear guidance to the members are always essential but even more so at times like these.

Regulators, chiropractors, health care agencies and chiropractic stakeholders all need to work together during these difficult times to put patients and members of the public first.

Biographical Statement

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Kristina Peterson and I am asking for your vote for the 2020 CCO election in Northern District 1.

Currently I own and operate a multidisciplinary health care centre in Thunder Bay. My roots are in the north and I love the northern lifestyle, so living and practicing here has always been a natural choice for me.

I have been involved locally, provincially and nationally in the chiropractic profession for most of my chiropractic career and as many of you know, I am the current elected CCO member for District 1 serving that role for the last three years. In this capacity, I have had the opportunity to sit on a variety of CCO committees, including the Executive, Quality Assurance (current Chair), Advertising (previous chair) and Fitness to Practice (previous chair). I now wish to build on this valuable experience and continue to contribute to the all-important work of the CCO to protect the public.

Previously, I served on the Ontario Chiropractic Association Board as a director, President and Past President. I have also had the great fortune of being a peer assessor for the CCO over the last number of years. These roles have afforded me the opportunity to engage with many of you through CCO council meetings, during travels to your communities and through various online communications.

The CCO specifically states that “Chiropractors who are elected will reflect their commitment to the public’s right to safe, effective and ethical chiropractic care.”

As chiropractors, we all have the responsibility and duty to practice in a way that demonstrates to the public a high level of professionalism, integrity, skill and competence. Practicing within the scope of practice, delivering individualized, ethical, responsible, safe and effective patient centered care is integral and vital to the stability and growth of our profession but more importantly essential to each and every patient encounter.

Self-regulation is a privilege not to be taken for granted. It is through the ongoing development of and compliance with established standards of practice, regulations and guidelines that Ontarians know us to be trusted, credible, collaborative and responsive health care providers and members of their health care teams.

I am excited for the opportunity to continue my role as an elected professional member at the CCO and promise to continue working diligently to bring integrity, competency-based skills and over 20 years of valuable not-for-profit board experience. I am confident that having both a female and northern perspective at the CCO enables diverse perspectives which lend itself to fulsome and important discussions of regulatory matters that are essential to the health and well-being of regulatory colleges such as ours.

I appreciate your time and consideration in this very important election and I welcome you to call or email me at any time. Please exercise your right to vote and have a voice in this election, it’s good for chiropractors and it’s good for Ontarians to have strong representation at the CCO.

Sincerely,

Kristina Peterson

807-577-3525, kristyp@tbaytel.net

Additional Campaign Statements

Additional Campaign Statement 1

You have until March 30, 4:00 pm to vote.

Greetings from Thunder Bay! For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Dr. Kristina Peterson and I am running for Re-election in District 1. Many of you will remember that I was elected to council in 2017 and have been a council member for the last three years.

On March 9th you will receive an email from the CCO with candidate information and instructions for voting. For the first time in our district, your vote will be cast ELECTRONICALLY this year and should only take just a few minutes of your time.

The College of Chiropractors of Ontario’s mission is to regulate the profession in the public interest to assure ethical and competent chiropractic care. Patients should experience chiropractic care that is in line with the Scope of Practice, Standards, Regulations and Guidelines. The professional members elected to the CCO council, the public members appointed to council and each and every chiropractor in Ontario has an important role to play in the regulation of chiropractic in Ontario.

As the elected member in District 1, I bring over 22 years of experience in practice, extensive knowledge of provincial chiropractic boards, an in depth knowledge of the important work of the CCO and my passion, dedication and drive to work hard. I bring the voice of an experienced, informed, competent chiropractor, who like many of you is a clinic owner in full time practice facing the same challenges you do.

District 1 is one of the largest geographically in Ontario and access to health care providers can be difficult in rural communities simply because of distance. Chiropractors play an increasingly more important role in providing patients professional, safe, ethical, collaborative, patient centred, evidence based and evidence informed care. It is important to me that we continue to enjoy the privilege of self-regulation where patients can easily access the chiropractic care that they have grown to know and trust. As chiropractors we have a responsibility to be our best and as the chiropractic regulatory college the CCO has a responsibility to be committed to regulatory excellence in the public interest.

I am excited for the opportunity to continue on the CCO council and I appreciate your vote.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Dr. Kristina Peterson

807-577-3525, kristyp@tbaytel.net

Additional Campaign Statement 2

You have until March 30, 4:00 pm to vote.

Hello, I am Dr. Kristina Peterson and I am running for Re-election in District 1. I was elected to CCO council in 2017 and have been a council member for the last three years.

We are well underway in this year’s election and I would like to remind you to vote if you have not yet done so.

By this time you have already received information about me through the CCO email communications. You know my track record and my dedication to our profession. I understand the importance of regulation, I understand how passionate chiropractors are about what they do and I understand the significance of participating in the electoral process.

The credibility and trust we have earned with the public hinge on chiropractors practicing within their scope of practice, the college regulating those who are not and the profession continuing to grow based on the best evidence and best practices.

It is essential that there is good leadership, competency and experience on the CCO council. With that I am confident we can continue to build on the Strategic Objectives that the college has set for itself.

CCO Strategic Objectives

  • Build public trust and confidence and promote understanding of the role of CCO amongst all stakeholders.
  • Ensure the practice of members is safe, ethical, and patient-centered.
  • Ensure standards and core competencies promote excellence of care while responding to emerging developments.
  • Optimize the use of technology to facilitate regulatory functions and communications.
  • Continue to meet CCO’s statutory mandate and resource priorities in a fiscally responsible manner.

I’m excited for the opportunity to be re-elected to the CCO council.
Thank you for your support.

Dr. Kristina Peterson D.C. B.Sc. 807-577-3525, kristyp@tbaytel.net

Dr. Michael (Mike) Staffen DC

Mike Staffen

Virtual Town Hall Q&As

  1. If you were elected to CCO Council, what in your opinion is the most effective way to maintain and build public trust the profession?

The best way to maintain and build public trust of the profession is to ensure that the public knows what the CCO does, that the college is listening to them and ensuring that their members are practicing safe, ethical, patient centered care within the full scope of practice as set out by CCO standards and regulations. The public needs to know that the CCO is a strong regulatory body that is looking at all the information presented to them, making decisions based on all of the information using the principles of natural justice.

It is effective to have meaningful discourse at council then subsequently deliver decisions as a unified cohesive board.  It does not serve to build public trust or have an effective council with making unsubstantiated Code of Conduct complaints against other council members as recently demonstrated at council unless they are of serious matters that are concerned with the public interest. It is a distraction in time with associated costs and a waste of resources. We end up paying for it.  It is not fiscally responsible. The focus should be on council business and making good policy with people who can respect each other. https://www.cco.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/20March4CodeSummary-003.pdf

  1. How would you help foster a collaborative approach between the CCO, OCA, CMCC and other important chiropractic organizations?

It is extremely important to understand that the mandate of the CCO is distinctly different than the role of a professional association/advocacy group or educational institution. The CCO mandate to govern in the public interest, must always be understood and maintained at council. Individuals that are elected council members must remember this distinction and act in accordance to their role at council and not have a predetermined agenda from an association/advocacy group or educational institute. There must not be any real or perceived agenda. And if there is, it must always be disclosed as a conflict of interest. Then council can decide the level of participation of the individual. It must also be remembered that the views of any professional organization do not always reflect the views of all regulated members. Individual stakeholders’ views must be heard when changes to standards or policies are being contemplated. We must respect this process. I come in without an agenda. My wish is to serve the public interest in a fair and impartial way once ALL of the information has been received. Is that not what the public and profession deserve?

  1. If you were elected to CCO Council, what role do you think CCO should take now that COVID-19 is declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization?

First off, I would like to commend CCO in their efficient and thoughtful response to this health situation. It is not something that anyone has needed to deal with in the past and I commend president Dr Mizel and CCO. I would continue to support rapid updates to members and the Ministry.

Chiropractic is a key healthcare profession in the province of Ontario and is relied upon by many families as a significant part of their healthcare team. CCO should continue to assess and communicate the evolving situation to make the most current recommendations to members as more information becomes available through the Ministry of Health and appropriate sources.  Chiropractic is vital to the health of many Ontarians and CCO is cognizant that steps must be taken to ensure that its members are able to provide any needed care in a safe and effective manner for all Ontarians. Continuing to communicate to members and to reassure the public through expectations and recommendations transparent on the website and through memorandums to stakeholders with things like links to the Ministry of Health on best practices or for example on social distancing, sanitation in practices and other such recommendations.

As healthcare professionals and as a CCO council member we must be leaders in acting in the public’s best interest. That means significant changes to how we practice at a time of an outbreak. It is imperative that thoughtful consideration and guidance be made to the decision-making process on who may or may not absolutely need care in the short term to ensure patients are not negatively impacted any further.

Biographical Statement

A background for who have not personally met me.

As born/raised in Sudbury and graduated from CMCC in 1993, I returned home to practice. I have been a Chiropractic patient since age of 15 and I will continue to be a patient long after I retire from practice. That is why CCO’s mandate of governing in the public’s best interest is very important to me.
I have always had a passion to give back to my community and the profession through involvement in many different organizations; both within and outside of our profession, including memberships in many associations. I had been a peer assessor for over 10 years.

I held the position of belonging to the Sudbury Chiropractic Society. I have and continue to support different Chiropractic and research institutions/organizations to further the understanding of the mechanisms behind our profession’s great success with so many patients with different health concerns.

My community involvement that lends skill sets I bring to Council includes the Rotary Club of Sudbury Sunrisers (20 yrs), board of directors of a biotech company, and founding member of Joe MacDonald Youth Football league(25 yrs). I volunteer in my community through the Salvation Army, Elgin St Mission, coaching football (community, high school), etc. I am a lifelong learner, attending seminars, conferences, reading literature and participate in other activities to further my knowledge and expertise in our great profession.

Knowing the challenges that come with CE in Northern Ontario, for over 20 years I have been organizing and bringing speakers up to Sudbury to share their knowledge with us, so that we can in turn grow as doctors of Chiropractic, to help our patients more.

Over the years we have hosted technique seminars, radiology speakers, CMCC researchers and pediatric experts, etc. These seminars are well attended locally but also from all parts of District 1. At these seminars and ones abroad, I recognize and respect the diversity in the profession and believe that we need to work towards respecting all Chiropractors in the best interest of the patients. I will commit to working from this premise while fulfilling the CCO mandate of protecting the public interest and ensuring that the people of Ontario receive competent, ethical and professional Chiropractic care.

CCO’s mandate is that “ Chiropractors w ho are e lected will reflect t hei r c ommi tment t o the p ublic’s r igh t t o safe, effective and ethical chiropractic care.” As a past peer assessor for CCO for over 10 years, I enjoyed working with Chiropractors to ensure excellence in their clinical records and office procedures and that they understood the most up to-date standards and guidelines.

It is in the public’s best interest to respect their diversity and choice through a regulatory body that recognizes some practice freedoms through regulations that inspire the three tiers of evidence informed practices(Clinical Expertise/Best Evidence/Patient Values). All the while maintaining standards to ensure competent, ethical and professional care for their patients.

I have no affiliation to any provincial or national Chiropractic association. I do not have a predetermined agenda to push. I will be objective, open minded, well informed, hardworking, ethical and act in the public’s best interest. I will keep CCO information confidential and any inquires/comments that are sent to me will be appropriately forwarded to the Registrar and President.

Dr. Mike Staffen

705-521-1100

Additional Campaign Statements

Additional Campaign Statement 1 – Additional Campaign Statement 1 (PDF)

Vote for Michael Staffen for District 1 Council member

As a peer assessor for over 10 years, I felt that what is in the public’s interest is also in the end advancing the profession. And CCO, while there to regulate in the public’s best interest, does so by guiding the profession. This is why I have tirelessly worked to improve the skills and knowledge of the profession in our district, in order for Chiropractors to better serve their patients in an ethical and balanced care model. I am very clear that advocacy is completely separate from regulatory work and would bring my merit based, wide range of objective skill sets to CCO on behalf of the public interest.

“Mike has given of his time to advance the profession in the public interest as a peer assessor for many years and will be an advocate for the public’s best interest at CCO. He has a true passion for chiropractic as evidenced by his family practice and will be an asset to practicing Chiropractors province-wide.”

Dr Carla Santin DC, Thunder Bay


“Over the past 20 years of knowing Dr. Mike Staffen, the leader he has become has been gained through hard work. I am sure that Dr. Staffen will give the same effort for the public interest at CCO.”

Dr. Stephen Porter DC, North Bay ON


“Dr. Mike has run several successful seminars in Sudbury but were for ALL DC’s in Northeastern Ontario. He has continually said that we, as DC’s, are diversified, but are still together as one profession. His passion for Chiropractic and serving in the public interest is what is needed as a CCO board member.”

Dr. Mike Columbus D.C., FRCCSS(C). Timmins ON


“Mike embodies integrity and honesty which are the most important qualities as a CCO council member.”
Dr. Ghislai ne Landry D C, Val Caron


“Over many years, Dr. Staffen has been an exemplary representative of our profession as a well-respected practitioner in Sudbury, Ontario. He has served as a tireless advocate for Chiropractic as well as a unifying force by bringing the profession together by organizing Chiropractic continuing education events for Northern Chiropractors. Throughout his career, Dr. Staffen has been steadfast in advocating and promoting Chiropractic…”

Dr John A. Taylor, DC, DACBR


“Huge thanks to Dr. Mike Staffen for organizing a variety of events that bring together seasoned and new grads so we can all improve our clinical skills. Your time spent on this and your work as a peer assesor helps ensure quality patient-centered care. You can count on my vote!”

Dr. Matthew Faught, DC Sudbury ON


“Dr. Mike Staffen is a leader in our profession. He is a mentor to many and a great doctor to even more. He leads with the highest level of integrity and commitment to Chiropractic. He deserves our vote for the representation…” 

Dr. Jon Diplock DC, Val Caron


“Dr. Mike Staffen demonstrates passion for the Chiropractic profession, not only in his daily private practice, but also in his willingness to be involved at the CCO level. Mike is the type of person who is diligent and conscientious, paying attention to details which others may easily overlook. His highly principled ethics make him a great candidate for this position with the CCO. I am pleased to announce that I am supporting Dr. Staffen with my vote.”

Dr. Grace Tridico DC, Sault Ste. Marie


“Passionate, hardworking, sound thinker…Mike has my vote!”

Dr David Welsh DC, ValCaron, ON


“Dr. Mike Staffen is honest, ethical and very hard working and will make a great contribution to the CCO.”

Dr Dario Laurenti DC, Espanola ON

Additional Campaign Statement 2 – Additional Campaign Statement 2 (PDF)

Vote for Michael Staffen: As a peer assessor for over 10 years, I felt what was in the public interest is also advancing the profession.


“Dr. Staffen was professional and worked in the public interest when he was a peer evaluator and I am confident that he will do the same when elected to council.”
Dr Randy Koski DC, Sudbury ON


“Dr. Staffen is extremely passionate and dedicated to Chiropractic and its impact on our communities.”

Dr Angelo Santin DC, Thunder Bay ON


“The Chiropractic profession is very fortunate to have a member like Dr. Mike Staffen! His honest, hardworking attributes make him a wise choice…”

Dr. Dino Mazzuca DC, CCO Member since 1993. Sault St Marie


“I have known Mike to be honest, ethical, hardworking and dedicated to the advancement of the Chiropractic profession. I have no doubt he would represent our district very well with the CCO.”
Dr. Peter Biamonte B.Sc., DC, FCCOS (Fellow of The College of Chiropractic Orthopaedic Specialists) Huntsville ON


“Mike is extremely hard working and will serve the public interest well while ensuring all members provide safe ethical care.”
Dr. Kreps DC, Sundridge ON


“I have known Dr. Staffen for 13 years, and know him to be a hardworking, honest and patient-centered Chiropractor. He is passionate about ensuring future generations have access to Chiropractic care in a full scope of practice, and I know he will work hard to support this vision.”

Dr. Janna Doni DC


“Mike embodies integrity and honesty which are the most important qualities as a CCO council member.”

Dr. Ghislaine Landry DC, Hanmer


“Dr. Staffen has been a true leader for Chiropractors of Northern Ontario. He is consistently organizing speakers for us to improve our skills and certainty to better serve our communities. Dr. Staffen has always promoted unity and harmony in the profession in order for us to be better clinicians and better serve our patients. I whole heartedly endorse Dr Mike Staffen as our CCO representative. If you want unity and a high level of professionalism at CCO I recommend that you vote for Dr. Staffen.”
Dr. Rob Landriault DC, North Bay, Ontario


“Mike is ethical, patient centered and a life long learner…He has my vote!”

Dr Alan Crantan DC, Thunder Bay ON


“Dr Staffen is knowledgeable, hardworking, trustworthy and a passionate individual who cares about keeping high standards and professionalism for Chiropractic.”

Dr Todd E Mazzuca DC, Caperol


“Dr. Mike Staffen is one of the most dedicated, enthusiastic and committed Chiropractors I know. He is honest, ethical and very hard working and will make a great contribution to the CCO. He has greatly increased access to talented speakers in Northern Ontario and thus aided many doctors and support staff in this area.”

Dr Dario Laurenti DC, Espanola ON


“Dr. Mike Staffen follows the definition of integrity; he has the qualities of being honest and has strong moral principles which he uses within his everyday life.”
Dr Kim Koski DC, Garson ON


“Passionate, hardworking, sound thinker…Mike has my vote!”

Dr David Welsh DC, Hanmer ON


“Dr Staffen has undoubtedly improved our practice and patient skills through these seminars. He straddles the need to serve the public interest and also understands the complexity of our profession.”

Dr. Michel Brosseau DC, Sudbury ON