Dr. Reginald Gates
Dr. Reginald Gates

Candidates Answer Three Virtual Town Hall Questions

  1. What do you see are the key opportunities for the OCA during your term on the OCA Board of Directors?

The OCA must continue to encourage and support its members to build the reputation and credibility of the profession as neuromusculoskeletal experts, which creates increased opportunities for participation in the health care system.  Good progress has been made with the Rapid Access clinics, whereby chiropractors have collaborative care initiatives. I would like to see further developments in this area. As usage and opportunities increase, enhanced credibility and reputation will emerge for chiropractors.  The OCA must pursue the ability to order advanced imaging, diagnostic tests and continue to pursue expanding third-party (insurance) coverage. Simultaneously, providing an outstanding member experience, through enhanced support as members work within their communities. Lastly, to remain fiscally responsible, transparent, and responsive to the membership.   It would be an honour to help continue with this work and to see the Chiropractic profession assume the leadership position it deserves in the health care system.

  1. What do you think is the role of the Board as we continue through and move out of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Being involved in 2 strategic planning sessions and completed the Chartered Directors program since being on the Board, I’m committed to our vision; Thriving Chiropractors, Healthy Ontarians.  To realize our vision, the top priority has been the health and safety of our profession, our staff and patients. When the leadership of the OCA reacted at the beginning of this COVID pandemic, I volunteered to be part of the OCA’s Return to Practice Working Group.  I wanted to ensure that we provided our members with up-to-date, and reliable Best practices to support their staff and patients. The OCA having done tremendous work with government, third-party stakeholders (such as WSIB and private insurers), media relations, research and public outreaches, has moved the Chiropractic profession closer towards this vision. I’m proud of how we as a Board and Profession, have been navigating this crisis with confidence and resilience as Essential care providers.

  1. What kind of leader do you want to be as a Director on the OCA Board of Directors?

As I’ve observed while working with the great leaders from CCO, CCEB and the OCA, I would describe my leadership style as direct and leading by example.  Being involved in different aspects of the profession, from teaching to regulation, and as a member of the OCA’s team of mentors for new graduates and McMaster University students.  Still in private practice, I have a well-rounded perspective on issues facing Chiropractors.  These experiences have taught me how to make good decisions on behalf of the members and for the profession.

My strengths as a leader is also clear communication and active listening. Listening allows others to feel empowered and to ask questions and allows every idea to be valued, resulting in collaborative and innovative teams.  My leadership was effective as CCO’s Chair of Advertising and Patient Relations committees and as Chair for the OCA Taskforce for the Code of Conduct Committee.

Biographical Profile

  1. Why did you become a chiropractor?

While I was in university, I had an unfortunate accident where I dove into a swimming pool that was only 2.5 feet deep. After months of physiotherapy and pain and medications without relief, my professor at McMaster University suggested that I visit a chiropractor. After one month of chiropractic care, I no longer suffered from headaches, neck pain, or pain between my shoulders. This experience inspired me to take this path in health care.

We, as chiropractors, are among the top health care professions in the world. Our first-class education is reflected in our extensive knowledge of neuromuscular (nMSK) diagnosis and treatment. We are able to make amazing differences by improving the quality of the lives of our patients. We help them appreciate the power of an adjustment, proper posture and exercise. We help the patient to realign their bodies after injury and other damages, and we help patients manage the wear and tear that comes from aging.

  1. Where do you practice?

I have two offices, at my clinic in Burlington; I work with two psychiatrists. This office also serves as my location for the Rapid Access Clinic program (formerly Inter-professional Spine Assessment and Education Clinics) (ISAEC).

In Hamilton, at my second location, I’m a proud member of the Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre. The Core has been addressing the health inequities such as poverty, racism, discrimination, unemployment, and homelessness.

Please take a look at the valuable services that we provide as chiropractors at this location, Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre.

  1. Please tell us about your credentials and designations.
  • B.Sc. in Chemistry from McMaster University in 1984
  • M.Sc. in Organometallic Chemistry from McMaster University in 1988
  • Doctor of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in 1990
  • Marilyn Phillips Award for leadership and service to the student body at CMCC in 1990
  • Certificate in Strength and Conditioning from York University in 1999
  • Completed levels I, II and II of the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Science in 2001
  • Presidential Award of Excellence from the College of Chiropractors of Ontario in 2007
  • 10-year volunteer certificate from the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board in 2017
  • Advance Practice Provider, Rapid Access Clinics since 2019
  • Chartered Director designation through the Caribbean Training Institute in 2020
  • Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) in 2020
  • Community Service Award from CMCC Homecoming in 2021
  • Spinal Stenosis program by Dr. Carlo Ammendolia in 2021
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Series with the CCA in 2021

  1. Do you have teaching experience?

I worked as a lab demonstrator, teaching first-year chemistry and second-year organic chemistry, while completing my Master’s degree in chemistry.

Upon graduation, I worked as part-time faculty at CMCC as a facilitator for the physical examination and differential diagnosis courses.

After teaching at CMCC for three years, I adapted the curriculum and taught the programs at the Canadian Therapeutic College (later named Trillium College), for 10 years, teaching anatomy, physiology, pathology, and sports injuries for dental hygienists, massage therapists and paramedics.

For more than 10 years, I’ve been an examiner with Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board (CCEB) for the clinical competency.

  1. Do you conduct research related to chiropractic?

No, I do not. However, my Master’s thesis was based on a third-year lecture in organometallic chemistry. And while completing the coursework for my PhD, I spent the next two years successfully explaining the mechanism of the chemical reaction used in the perfume industry with respect to pheromones. I have a great deal of respect for researchers. Research has developed tremendously in the past couple of decades, thanks to our recent graduates and chiropractors, specifically conducting research.

Board-specific Profile

  1. Do you now or have you served on other Boards?

I’m proud to be a current OCA Board member and I’m running for re-election. I’ve served on the Research Committee since 2018, and presently am a member of the Finance and Audit Committee and the Chair of the Code of Conduct Task Force.

I am currently a member of the Hamilton Business Executive Association since 1994 and served as Treasurer since 2004. I’m currently the Chair of the Greater Hamilton Chiropractic Society.

I was elected to serve on several CCO committees, including Chairs of the Advertising Committee, Fitness to Practice Committee and Patient Relations Committee. Additionally, I was a Council member for the Registration and Discipline Committee and elected, as a non-council member, to the Patient Relations Committee.

I have served on the OCA Awards committee.

I have served as a peer assessor for the College of Chiropractors of Ontario (CCO).

  1. Do you volunteer in your community generally and/or for the profession specifically?

As I referenced earlier, I volunteer with the Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre.

As a CCEB Examiner and Item Selection provider since 2004, I have been able to keep academically current and relevant.

I volunteered as a member of the Games Organizing Committee for the 2000 International Children’s Games (Hamilton). I also volunteered at the Canada Summer Games (London), World Cycling (Hamilton) and Olympic trials (Montreal) for swimming.

Previously, I was a media spokesperson for volunteering with the Hamilton Academy of Medicine; I was featured in television interviews on CHCH TV and 900 CHML radio in Hamilton.

At CMCC, I earned the Marilyn Phillips Award for leadership and service to the student body.

I served on the McMaster University Health and Safety Committee for the chemistry department.