Candidates Answer Three Virtual Town Hall Questions
- What do you see are the key opportunities for the OCA during your term on the OCA Board of Directors?
I think that the key opportunities for the Board of Directors fall under advocacy and support for members. Key areas that I think should be our focus are:
- The role that Chiropractors have within our existing health systems – working to expand our involvement and find new opportunities in collaborative health teams/local health integration networks/rapid access clinics, as well as access to further diagnostic imaging services
- Working with the insurance industry to reflect inflation changes in insurance coverage for chiropractic health services and ease of access to employee benefits for patients
- Providing further value to our members through access to continuing education, research and publications, mentorship, business resources, and patient resources
Additionally, the Board has fiduciary duties and Duty of Care in their operations. It is required that the Board acts in the best interest of its members and on behalf of the OCA.
- What do you think is the role of the Board as we continue through and move out of the COVID-19 pandemic?
As we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, the role of the Board should be to advocate for Chiropractors across Ontario. Chiropractors have demonstrated resilience and value throughout varying levels of public health restrictions – we have remained open and ready to safely provide care to our patients. In doing this we have helped to ease the burden on other health systems in the province while ensuring that patients continue to have access to the care they need.
It is important for the Board to support our members and Chiropractors across the province – ensuring that they continue to have access to resources, up-to-date information, and tools that allow them to provide the best care to patients.
- What kind of leader do you want to be as a director on the OCA Board of Directors?
I believe that communication, collaboration, and willingness to adapt make a strong leadership team. In my past experience serving in various roles on a Board, I have learned that while leadership styles may vary, having strong communication, working together both within the Board and with outside members, and adapting to change allows the leadership team to achieve the goals that are established from the beginning of the term, while leaving room to face new opportunities and challenges. I am comfortable working with others and know that our different experiences are our strength.
- Why did you become a chiropractor?
I began my journey as a chiropractic patient at the age of four, following a motor vehicle accident. I have received chiropractic care throughout my life since then for various dance or sports-related injuries, as well as preventative care. My positive experience from an early age inspired me to become a chiropractor. I knew early on that being a chiropractor would be a rewarding career that would allow me to help others achieve their best health.
I pursued an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology, knowing that I wanted to attend chiropractic college. Following graduation, I moved to Ottawa to begin my career and have had the opportunity to learn from and work with incredible mentors in the chiropractic profession and other health disciplines.
- Where do you practice?
I have been in practice full-time at the Ottawa Health Group, a multi-disciplinary clinic that sees a wide variety of patient populations, for the past 10 years.
- Please tell us about your credentials and designations.
- Bachelor’s Degree (Honours) in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario in 2007
- Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in 2011
- Certificate in Clinical Acupuncture from CMCC in 2011
- Certificate in Functional Range Conditioning in 2017
- Certificate in Complete Concussion Management in 2019
- Do you have teaching experience?
I have no formal chiropractic teaching experience. However, I have taught modern and contemporary dance, at an adult level, since 2016.
- Do you conduct research related to chiropractic?
Not at this time.
- Do you now or have you served on other Boards?
I am completing my final term on the PushPULL Dance Board of Directors, a not-for-profit dance company based in Ottawa and Toronto. I have served in various Board roles, including Secretary (my current role for 2020-2022) and President of the Board. In my six years on this board, I have been responsible for planning and running the annual general meeting, overseeing the financial audit of the company, and drafting bylaw amendments and policies.
I currently serve on the OCA Board of Directors’ Code of Conduct Task Force to help advise the OCA Board on criteria and processes that codify the discipline and expulsion of OCA members in extraordinary circumstances.
- Do you volunteer in your community generally and/or for the profession specifically?
I volunteered as a Canadian Chiropractic Association Advocacy Member on Parliament Hill in 2015 and 2016. I also met with my local MPP on behalf of the Ontario Chiropractic Association in 2019.
I am the Artistic Director of PushPULL Dance Ottawa and have been in this role since 2019. I oversee the choreography, casting, performance, and rehearsals of the company.
I have volunteered with the Carleton University Figure Skating Team, providing on-site first aid and off-ice training, since 2014.
For the past three years, I have volunteered with the Ottawa chapter of The Shoebox Project, which supports local women’s shelters. Our clinic is one of the drop-off locations in Ottawa.