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?
The mission statement of the OCA is to serve our members and the public by advancing the understanding and use of chiropractic care. It is imperative we provide education and knowledge to the public on what Chiropractic is. When the public knows what Chiropractic is, and its benefits, they will choose Chiropractic. We need to make a robust public education system in order to deliver this information on Chiropractic care. It is so important we ensure the public knows why Chiropractic is an asset in everyone’s lives. Every person deserves to have a Chiropractor on their health care team. Providing more knowledge on Chiropractic to the public will help us continue to grow and to move forward as a profession. In tune with the OCA’s vision, this will produce thriving Chiropractors, and in turn, healthy Ontarians.
- What do you think is the role of the Board as we continue through and move out of the COVID-19 pandemic?
There has never been a more important time for our profession to promote the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Our job as Chiropractors is to endorse health. We have seen that in times of crisis, a healthy lifestyle allows us to adapt and deal with stressors better than an unhealthy lifestyle. Chiropractors for this reason are essential on health care teams. We promote a life based on wellness. A Chiropractor as a health care provider for everyone will help the public deal with stressors that have been presented throughout COVID-19. It will also assist as we transition out of the pandemic and new stressors are presented. Furthermore, we need to ask our Chiropractic members how we can best support them. It is important that we reach out to our members in order to find out what they need, provide support, guidance, and help them strive during this stressful time.
- What kind of leader do you want to be as a director on the OCA Board of Directors?
As a leader on the OCA Board of Directors, I will be genuine, authentic and respect all types of Chiropractic. I will support inclusivity and unity across the board for our profession. We will move farther ahead as a united front. In addition, I will be unbiased and open to hearing the best ways to move our profession forward in a positive direction for our members and the public. I want to survey and listen to my colleagues and OCA members on their concerns. I want to build the best way to promote Chiropractic. Whether you provide pain relief or lifestyle care, Chiropractic is for everyone. I believe in the value of integrity and as a leader, I try to walk that walk daily. I am ready to serve the profession and my colleagues. Please vote, it makes a difference and I will make it count.
- Why did you become a chiropractor?
I had been seeing a chiropractor since I was 18 years old as an undergraduate student. Upon beginning the applications to graduate school, my own chiropractor suggested that I consider chiropractic. I was intrigued and thought seriously about the profession as a career. I felt my inner voice calling me to apply. My own chiropractor had helped me greatly and I wanted to be able to have a career where I could really help others. Thus, whilst applying for Dentistry and a Master’s degree, I also applied to the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC).
When I started at CMCC, I truly enjoyed it and knew I had entered the right profession. It felt more like I was ‘chosen’ and I was really led to that place – that’s where I was supposed to be! I have now been in the profession for approximately six and a half years. I truly feel and believe it is my calling. As I learn and understand more about the chiropractic profession, I know for me personally, I’m very much in support of inclusivity and unity within our profession. Our profession succeeds when everybody is working in harmony together and in the best interest of our patients.
- Where do you practice?
Currently, I am the owner and operator of Dr. Theresa’s Health Institute in Oshawa. Previously, during the first three years of my career, I began practising in a bodybuilding gym. This was an amazing experience; I learned a great deal and thoroughly enjoyed the environment. I also competed in bodybuilding for a few years following. Currently, in practice, I work in conjunction with other health care practitioners in order to care for my patients.
In addition to running my own practice, I have also covered a few maternity leaves. It was a great experience to work with other practitioners and observe how other clinics are run. Working alongside other practitioners gave myself experience in various practice styles and allowed me to gain a broad perspective on the benefits of chiropractic.
- Please tell us about your credentials and designations.
- B.Sc. in Health Sciences (Honours) from Ontario Tech University in 2011
- Doctor of Chiropractic from CMCC in 2015
- Contemporary Medical Acupuncture program from McMaster University in 2015
- Certified to teach First Aid and CPR from 2006 onwards
- First Aid Responder Instructor from 2015 onwards
- Proficient in the practice of Thompson Technique, Sacro Occipital Technique and Activator Technique
- Currently in process of earning a bilingual certificate in the French language from September 2021 to June 2023 (anticipated)
- Do you have teaching experience?
I have a great deal of experience teaching since 2005. Originally, I began as a swim instructor from the age of 16 until I was 26. This is how I became involved in first aid and CPR. In 2006, I began teaching First Aid & CPR courses to lifeguards along with swimming lessons. From there, I began to teach fellow students at Ontario Tech University and Durham College. Following acceptance to CMCC, I began to certify students prior to entering their clinic year. Wanting to expand my own knowledge and teaching abilities, I completed the First Responder and First Responder Instructor Courses. Following this certification, I began teaching this course for trainers wanting to become involved within sports teams and organizations.
Upon graduating from CMCC, I expanded my teaching across Ontario to certify chiropractors for the CCO-required Emergency First Aid & CPR C course. I have been offering these courses for the past six years. Over the previous four years, I have travelled to British Columbia and Alberta on numerous occasions to certify chiropractors in their college-required Standard First Aid & CPR C course. Additionally, I have offered many webinars to OCA members on the topic of First Aid & CPR.
- Do you conduct research related to chiropractic?
My goal within the next year is to begin a Master’s degree in the field of Nutrition. I truly believe our profession can benefit from more nutritional studies and their ability to help our patients.
Like most of you, I don’t conduct primary research. However, I remain up to date in my CE courses and continue to apply the most up to date evidence so my patients can receive the very best in chiropractic care.
- Do you now or have you served on other Boards?
I am committed to serve my profession and that is why I am getting involved on the Board. I want to work hard for my fellow members to make our profession great.
- Do you volunteer in your community generally and/or for the profession specifically?
I have presented OCA webinars on First Aid and CPR for many within the profession. Many of you have taken my course and understand my teaching abilities.
Throughout the years, I have volunteered with Beavers and Scouts Canada as well as coaching children’s soccer teams. I have also been a trainer for rep-level hockey, football and rugby teams.