Practice Opportunity Conference 2017

On February 15th, 2017, the OCA was proud to join CMCC at the 2017 Practice OpportUnity Conference. As the gold sponsor, the OCA hosted the annual Practice Realities Panel, which featured insights and real life stories from four chiropractic professionals. Students were also thrilled to speak with practicing chiropractors at our Speed Mentoring event in the tradeshow, find out more about membership benefits and view demonstrations of the OCA EHR software.

OCA Booth at CMCC Tradeshow

OCA staff was onsite at the Practice Opportunity tradeshow to answer questions and teach students about how their Provincial Association can support chiropractors throughout their career. We asked students what Thriving means to them and there were some great answers provided!

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Speed Mentoring

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This is the third year that students gained access to experienced and practicing chiropractors through the OCA’s Speed Mentoring Program on the Practice Opportunity Tradeshow Floor. Groups of 3 to 5 students spent 10 minutes with three different chiropractors talking about what practice owners look for in associates, how to start up a practice, how to create a work-life balance, and lots of other insights.Our Mentors this year were Dr. Cynthia Chan, Dr. Andrew Moore and Dr. Katherine Tibor. To learn more about our Mentors click here.

Practice Realities Panel


Left to Right: Dr. Shima Shahidy, Dr. Raquel Marques, Dr. Shawn Thistle and Dr. Theresa Lisk.

This year’s Practice Realities Panel featured four professionals with very different career paths. The panelists shared insights on their experiences as chiropractors, highlighting real life scenarios, as well as challenges and catalysts for a successful career.

Panel Videos

Part 1:

Question 1: Describe how patient-centred care is used in your practice to shape your patients’ experience?

Part 2:

Question 2: Please discuss challenges in your career and the actions you have taken to overcome them.
Question 3: Describe the collaborative relationships you developed and how your practice and patients benefit?

Part 3:

Question 4: What has been the driving force behind the success of your career and what advice do you have for our future chiropractors?
Key Takeaways: 

  • Find your niche. Identify your strengths and build on them. Don’t try to be everything to everyone.
  • Build genuine relationships in your community and health network. Don’t forget to be humble and stay true to yourself.
  • Surround yourself with experienced professionals and mentors. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Part 4:

Audience Questions & Answers

About the Panelists:

practice_opportunity_2017-4Moderator: Dr. Shawn Thistle
Dr. Shawn Thistle is a chiropractor, speaker, knowledge-transfer leader, entrepreneur and medicolegal consultant. He is Founder and CEO of RRS Education, a continuing education company providing weekly research reviews, informative seminars and convenient online courses for chiropractors and physiotherapists around the world. He is one of three Ontario Opinion Leaders for the Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative, which facilitates the uptake of clinical guidelines into practice for chiropractors. Dr. Thistle also provides expert medicolegal reporting in chiropractic malpractice cases and lectures part-time at CMCC in the Orthopedics Department.

practice_opportunity_2017-5Dr. Theresa Lisk
Dr. Theresa Lisk is a 2015 CMCC graduate and owner and operator of Dr. Theresa’s Health Institute in Courtice, ON. She opened up her practice in September 2015 where she works with two massage therapists treating a variety of patients. Dr. Lisk has been a certified CPR, First Aid, and First Responder Instructor for the past ten years, teaching these lifesaving techniques to chiropractors and chiropractic students throughout Ontario. Certified in Thompson, Activator and Diversified Techniques, Dr. Lisk emphasizes the importance of chiropractic with her patients and in her lifesaving courses. She has specifically designed her courses to be applicable to specific situations that all chiropractors will encounter in their offices.

practice_opportunity_2017-6Dr. Raquel Marques
A graduate of Parker College of Chiropractic, Dr. Marques practices at AIM Health Group’s Centre for Pain Management in Toronto and Scarborough alongside Pain Specialists and Anesthetists focusing on functional rehabilitation. She previously practiced in Singapore where she was the first chiropractor to serve on the Health Promotion Board with medical doctors and worked with the National Dragon Boat Team. Dr. Marques is committed to spending the rest of her life promoting ultimate health through adjustments, active care, preventative health education, functional lab testing and nutrition. Her goal is to enhance the overall quality of health for all families, from birth and throughout life. Dr. Marques graduated from the University of Waterloo where she completed a Bachelor of Science in Honours Kinesiology. During this time she furthered her knowledge in the related field of orthotics and orthopedic footwear working as a Pedorthic Assistant and as a Kinesiologist in a multidisciplinary clinic.

practice_opportunity_2017-7Dr. Shima Shahidy
Dr. Shima Shahidy is a 2008 CMCC graduate who now works as a Claims Officer of the CCPA. She works with chiropractors and lawyers to manage professional negligence claims and regulatory board complaints. Before joining the CCPA in 2016, Dr. Shahidy practiced chiropractic primarily in a multidisciplinary clinic in Oakville. She holds certifications in Acupuncture and Graston Technique, served on the OCA Board of Directors for four years and facilitated small group tutorials at CMCC.