Dr. Tony Anziano
Dr. Tony Anziano

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 key opportunity for the OCA lies in the way chiropractors have distinguished themselves from other primary healthcare providers over the past 20 months.  While many other healthcare professionals have reduced their availability to see patients in person, chiropractors have remained ready to serve their communities with the much-needed, hands-on care our patients have come to expect.  There was a void in patient care that chiropractors filled exceptionally well.  The value that patients placed in this accessibility during such challenging times cannot be overstated.  The OCA has a golden opportunity to showcase this stark contrast and emphatically say to all Ontarians, “We will be here for you!”  The public’s ongoing disapproval for medication, particularly opioids, as a standalone intervention for pain continues to create another opportunity for chiropractors, where we can further solidify our role as unique providers offering valuable non-medical treatment while still working within an evidence-informed framework.

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

The OCA’s primary roles should be as an information resource and an advocate.  The public health response to the pandemic changes rapidly and varies from region to region.  Chiropractors need up-to-date information that will ensure awareness of local regulations, both with regard to patient care and business practices.  Beyond providing timely information, the OCA must act as an advocate with government and public health officials so that we can continue to practice moving forward with no interruptions.  Chiropractors have been exemplary in keeping our offices safe.  Any limitations to our patients’ ability to access chiropractic care at this stage in the pandemic is simply unacceptable. The OCA must continue to make the case to decision makers that public health is harmed by limiting access to the vital services we offer to Ontarians.

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

Chiropractors want their voices heard.  I am committed to being a leader who listens to our members and uses what I hear to implement policies and programs that will have a grassroots impact on every one of them.  I am confident that my 26 years of practice experience will allow me to make a meaningful contribution to the chiropractic profession in Ontario.  But however useful my experience may be, there are 3700 other members who also have important stories to tell.  What is practice like for the local chiropractor? What type of feedback do members get from patients?  Is the OCA contributing to members’ success?  The answers to these questions are the key to developing the kind of action plans that will have a real impact on the chiropractors we serve.

Biographical Profile

  1. Why did you become a chiropractor?

I became a chiropractor because of my father. He was not a chiropractor, but he was a chiropractic patient. He suffered from chronic back issues, and he struggled to find ways to be able to deal with it. He saw his physician often and he tried all sorts of medications and injections. But nothing really gave him any relief; and over the years, I really saw a significant impact on his quality of life. He was usually very active; but by my mid-teenage years, when I was still playing a lot of soccer and football, he wasn’t able to do even the simplest things like getting out in the backyard and tossing a football.

A nurse from our family physician’s office took a position with a chiropractor in Windsor and my father scheduled a visit with him. Dr. Ron Jones made an enormous difference in my dad’s life, especially in terms of his functional capacity. My dad’s demeanor changed. That was something that certainly had a big impact on me. My father’s experience created a profound appreciation for chiropractic.

When I looked into the profession, the approach to health care that chiropractors use resonated with me. And the philosophy of how health care should be delivered was really something that shaped what I saw myself doing for the rest of my life.

  1. Where do you practice?

I have practised exclusively in Hamilton since I graduated. My wife is a chiropractor, as well, although she is no longer in active practice.

I operate the Eastmount Chiropractic and Wellness Centre. I’ve been located on the east mountain for the entire 26 years that I’ve been in practice and I’m proud to call Hamilton home.

  1. Please tell us about your credentials and designations.
  • B.Sc. Biology (Honours) from the University of Windsor in 1992
  • Doctor of Chiropractic from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in 1996
  • I have been providing expert opinions on issues of standard of care and causation in chiropractic malpractice cases since 2015. My first experience testifying at a trial was in 2019, where I was qualified as an expert witness by the Ontario Court of Justice in London, Ontario. This role gives me a unique insight as to what we should strive for when it comes to what we do when we’re interacting with our patients, as well as our professional responsibility to them and to the community at large. I think it’s something that members might see as an asset when it comes to serving in a broader, higher capacity with the OCA Board of Directors.

  1. Do you have teaching experience?

From 2004 to 2007, I was an instructor of physiology and pathology for the Registered Massage Therapy program at a private college in Hamilton.

I was a lecturer on occupational lower back pain in the Occupational Health and Safety program at McMaster University from 2005 to 2010. The students were primarily health and safety specialists, physicians, nurses and physiotherapists.

Since 2015, I’ve been providing training to the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board in concussion awareness, athletic taping, and safe body mechanics. The training is primarily for senior-level students in Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs.

  1. Do you conduct research related to chiropractic?

I do not conduct primary research but I was involved in a study led by Dr. Sil Mior in 2000. I was not a primary on the research; I was one of the providers looking at the integration of chiropractors into primary care settings with physicians, specifically the Rosedale Family Health Team in Hamilton.

Board-specific Profile

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

When I first entered practice, I joined a group of chiropractors in Hamilton to form The Greater Hamilton Chiropractic Society. I served as Vice President in 1999-2000 and Treasurer in 1997-1999. I was a membership representative from 1998-1999.

I also serve on the OCA Board of Directors’ Code of Conduct Task Force. I’ve arrived at a stage in my career where I have the time to help the profession move forward and I’m hopeful I can play a larger role in that regard.

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

I volunteered for the OCA as a community spokesperson in 2005 and 2006, being interviewed by news outlets and doing radio interviews for the Lift Light, Shovel Right and the Plant and Rake Without the Ache campaigns.

I also volunteered as a Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board Examiner (CCEB) in 2005.

Locally, we volunteer with Neighbour2Neighbour Centre. For the past 25 years, we’ve run an annual Christmas food drive that we’re really proud of. For a few days in December, we ask patients to come in with food items for the food bank. We in turn provide care at a reduced rate.

I’m also involved in youth soccer; I’ve been a head coach, assistant coach, manager or sponsor with a number of different clubs: the East Hamilton Community Soccer Club (1999-2002), the Mount Hamilton Youth Soccer Club (2004-2005), the Gilkson Community Soccer Club (2006-2008), the Ancaster Soccer Club (2009-2012) and Hamilton Sparta (2011-present).