Your Board Candidates Answer Three Townhall Questions
1. What do you think is currently the most important opportunity (or highest priority) for the chiropractic profession in Ontario and why?
The most important opportunity for the chiropractic profession is to highlight how chiropractors can fill current gaps in the health care system following the COVID pandemic. The Ontario health care system is currently experiencing lengthy wait times, increased reliance on Virtual Care and a departure away from opiate based pain prescriptions. Chiropractors across Ontario have fulfilled these voids for decades by seeing patients in-person, in a timely manner while providing effective and evidence-based pain management options. We have an incredible opportunity to double-down on defining a clear role within health care. Chiropractors are neuromusculoskeletal experts that provide evidence-based and patient-centered in-person care that Ontarians can depend on. Now more than ever, chiropractors should be included in every Ontarians health care team.
2. What do you think is the most important role OCA can play during the next three years?
In keeping with the mission statement, I see the OCA’s primary role as supporting its members, the public and the health care system at large. This involves providing members with meaningful continuing education opportunities, clinical and business resources, frequent public health updates and unwavering advocacy. To support the public and overarching health care system, the OCA should consider campaigns that disseminate information regarding the benefits of including chiropractic care and how chiropractors can fill the current gaps left in the wake of the COVID pandemic. This would help ensure that patients are matched with the proper health care provider for their health and wellness needs while also relieving pressure from the publicly funded health care system. There has never been a better time to argue that chiropractors should be included in every Ontarians health care team and the OCA’s most important role over the next three years will be to capitalize on this opportunity. Attention should be focused on supporting OCA members directly, increasing community awareness about the benefits of chiropractic and lobbying government and insurance companies to strengthen their support for chiropractic services.
3. What key difference do you want to make during your tenure on the OCA Board of Directors (for 2024-2027)?
My objective as an OCA board member will be to advance our profession within the health care environment, represent my colleagues by putting words into action and to help chiropractors flourish within their local communities. I will listen to members feedback and represent the diverse needs of chiropractors across Ontario while keeping the professions long term goals in mind. I am interested in exploring the expansion of our scope of practice to include the right to order diagnostic ultrasounds. This addition to our scope would improve diagnostic accuracy of soft tissue injuries, reduce wait times for patients seeking requisitions and reduce government health care spending. Secondly, I would like to advance communication with insurance companies and encourage them to recognize the value of maximizing chiropractic benefits to better serve their insured members. This would allow chiropractors to provide comprehensive treatment plans and improve patient outcomes. The OCA has been working on these two areas for quite some time, and over the next three years I would like to contribute towards the advancement of these goals.
Why did you become a chiropractor?
I entered my undergraduate education with the intention of becoming a teacher and coach. While playing for the varsity rugby team at Wilfrid Laurier University, I sustained a Concussion that sidelined me for quite some time. Despite growing up with an athletic background, this was my first experience with intensive rehabilitation for a sports related injury. It was also the first time that I put my undergraduate kinesiology knowledge to good use and did a deep dive into what it would take to rehabilitate such an injury. I received advice from a chiropractor which opened my eyes to the profession. It was also the first time I started to question whether I truly wanted to become a teacher and decided to explore chiropractic as a profession. Once I applied to chiropractic school and visited the campus, I dove in with both feet and could not be happier that I did. This great profession has allowed me to work with a wide demographic of patients, see the world and has given me an appreciation of human functioning. I have also returned to my teaching roots on a part-time basis when I am not treating patients. I currently work as a timesheet clinician at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) and have held sessional lecturer positions at University of Toronto and Ontario Tech University over the past three years.
Where do you practise?
Currently, I practice at the Oshawa Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Wellness Centre in the community that I grew up in. I work in a multidisciplinary setting comprised of chiropractors, physiotherapists, massage therapists and a naturopath. I’ve been practicing in Oshawa since 2020 and previously practiced in Toronto. Between 2019-2020 I worked as a performance coach and rehabilitation expert with the Chinese Olympic Program where I was able to utilize my chiropractic background to care for my athletes and collaborate with medical professionals internationally.
What is your motto or mantra?
“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.”
This motto helps me to maintain perspective throughout many areas of my life and reminds me to always keep moving forward. I firmly believe that stepping outside of your comfort zone is one of the most potent accelerators for growth and development. This motto has led me to pursue careers abroad, expand my clinical skills in acupuncture and concussion management, explore teaching opportunities and led me to applying for this board member position. None of this would have been possible without stepping outside of my comfort zone which is what this motto represents.
Credentials and Designations
- M.H.Sc. – Ontario Tech University, 2016-2018
- D.C. – Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC), 2012-2016
- B.Sc. in Kinesiology and Phys. Ed. – Wilfrid Laurier University, 2008-2012
- Complete Concussion Management Institute (CCMI), In progress
- First Aid and CRP Level C (HCP), 2016-current
- Teacher Education Program – Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC), 2020
- Neurofunctional Acupuncture – McMaster, 2016
What skills will you bring to the board?
During my time as a chiropractor, I’ve developed excellent professional communication and collaboration skills. These skills are the result of diverse work experiences in multiple settings including multidisciplinary clinics, internationally with sporting organizations and the institutional level with various universities. I am an organized and intrinsically motivated critical thinker who can manage multiple projects under strict timelines. I aim to be an approachable leader through active listening and will work diligently to put OCA members feedback into action.
Do you conduct research related to chiropractic?
Do you now or have you served on any other boards?
Although I have not served as a board member, I have been an active contributing member of the OCA since 2016. I also have experience forming an expert committee to provide feedback and direction to my master’s thesis which required extensive collaboration and subcommittee division. Additionally, I volunteered as a panel judge for undergraduate and graduate thesis presentations in 2018 at Ontario Tech University. Many skills that I developed through these experiences will be useful as a board member.
Do you volunteer in your community generally and/or for the profession specifically?
For many years, I’ve volunteered as sideline medic at various sporting events including rugby and hockey. I’ve also delivered volunteer lectures to high school, university, and chiropractic schools in various capacities regarding our profession. In 2020, I delivered a virtual lecture series on the biomechanics of sporting injuries to chiropractic students at the at French Institute European De Chiropraxie (IFEC). In 2021, I provided a national work-from-home (WFH) ergonomics seminar series for small business associated with the Digital Main Street (DMS) organization. On an ongoing basis, we accept interns from Ontario Tech University who are interested in chiropractic as a profession to shadow at the clinic. They observe me as I treat patients, they attend clinical meetings and engage in meaningful clinical discussions.