Dr. Paolo De Ciantis
Dr. Paolo De Ciantis

Your Acclaimed 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?

Based on the present environment, I believe that the most pressing matter for the Chiropractic profession in Ontario is the safe treatment of patients amid the present COVID-19 pandemic. If as a profession, where we spend significant time in close proximity with those we treat, if we cannot keep them (or ourselves) safe during treatment, then treatments can potentially place patients at risk for harm, despite our intention being to only help. Keeping updated with and implementing updated safety protocols and procedures keeps our patients, staff and ourselves safe during treatments. This also sets a high overall standard of care which I believe sends a message to the community regarding our dedication to not only the health and safety of our patients but of the overall population as well.

2. What do you think is the most important role OCA can play during the next three years?

During the next three years I believe that the goal of the OCA should be scope enhancement for the ordering of specialized imaging for our patients as well as advocating for increased insurance coverage for Chiropractic care by insurance providers. Enhancing chiropractors ability to order specialized imaging not only provides our patients with an immediate and invaluable service (particularly since we are rigorously trained regarding when to and which specialized imaging to order) but also saves the Ontario healthcare system funds over time. Furthermore, many of our patients are limited by all too little insurance coverage, robbing them of the ability to secure treatment that they may require which can enhance their overall quality of life. Enhanced insurance coverage can benefit our patients directly, allowing them to fully recover from injury and as well as prevent injury or stave an overall decline in health.

3. What key difference do you want to make during your tenure on the OCA Board of Directors (for 2023-2026)?

For my tenureship on the OCA Board of Directors (2023-2026), I hope that the key difference I would like to accomplish is increasing the visibility of the OCA to our membership. I want our membership to know not only who we are but the work we do and how we go about doing this work. I hope that an increased understanding of the work the OCA performs among our membership will create a greater “community feel”, facilitating co-operation and growth. This co-operation and growth I hope will have the effect of increased promotion of the OCA by our members, increasing the awareness of the OCA in the general public (via our patients) and help achieve our goals.

Biographical Profile

Journey to Becoming a Chiropractor

Being a chiropractor means I can make a significant difference in people’s lives every day. Individuals come to us for help and we have a direct, hands-on impact and an almost immediate alleviation of a patient’s physical pain and/or concerns.

The primary focus of our clinics is pain control and rehabilitation. Our clinics offer a multidisciplinary approach to care, including chiropractic, physiotherapy, registered massage therapy, acupuncture, kinesiology, naturopathy, fascial stretch therapy and psychotherapy.

Region of Practice and Clinical Work

In 2012, my business partner (and identical twin) and I purchased a practice in the Bayview and York Mills area of Toronto called Sports Specialist Rehab Centre. We recently opened a second location at Bloor Street West and Ossington. This post in our Chiropractors Helping Patients blog expands on the types of patients we treat and the care we provide at our centre.

My Motto or Mantra

One of the things that we like to say in the clinic is that ‘motion is lotion’. The whole concept is that movement is the medicine. That is one of the mantras that my staff and I usually promote with our patients. Also, associated with that mantra is, ‘hurt, is not harm’. The response from some patients is, “Well, it hurts to move.” It doesn’t mean you’re harming it. Educating the patient on that, and to say, “You need to move to get better,” doesn’t mean that you’re damaging things further.

Credentials and Designations

  • B.Sc. (Honours) in Human Biology, Life Sciences from the University of Toronto in 2006
  • Master of Science degree in Physiology and Pharmacology, Medical Sciences Division from McMaster University in 2009
  • Doctor of Chiropractic from CMCC in 2013
  • Certificate in acupuncture in 2013

Leadership Engagement

OCA Initiatives

I’m pleased with our work on the Code of Conduct Task Force, which contributes to the work of the Governance Committee. I think this work is going to be very important going forward to hold us accountable to ourselves, not just to the public, by setting a high standard within our association.

I was also part of the (COVID-19) OCA Return to Practice Working Group, which was a very rewarding experience during an interesting time for our profession. I’m particularly proud of the work the whole group did there. The Return to Practice Working Group has really helped advance the profession. The work was not only for our safe return to work (which was critical for us) but also for the safety of our patients. Our model was adapted by other health care associations who used a lot of what the group developed for their own return to work policies.

To have an association within our own profession that was so dedicated to making sure that we continued to work and that it was safe for us and for our patients – and our families or friends – was rewarding and beneficial.

Community Programs and Initiatives

Both clinical sites that I’m associated with are teaching clinics. I’ve been able to establish two co-op programs with local high schools, as well as informal co-op programs and observational programs with students at different universities. With the high school co-op programs, the students earn credits to be here and learn. My university students are pre-medical school, pre-physio, and pre-chiropractic. They get firsthand experience of treating and communicating with patients.

I’m involved in several volunteer initiatives. One of them involves setting up a specialized inpatient outpatient program for HIV/AIDS patients and their families in downtown Toronto. I really want to give back to the community. So, I’m in discussions with program coordinators right now to establish this initiative sometime in the future.