Chiropractic + Naturopathic Doctor

CMCC Practice OpportUnity ’10

Maria DiDanieli   


March 30,
Toronto, ON –
On March 24, CMCC held it’s annual Practice OpportUnity event at the Holiday
Inn, Markham.  Discussion panels this year, focused on
topics involving practice realities and encompassing inter-professional

The day
featured a number of guest speakers from various health care disciplines,
including keynote speaker, Dr. Heather Tick, MA, MD.



First on
the agenda, was the Practice Realities Panel Discussion session, hosted by the
Ontario Chiropractic Association.  Drs.
Adam Bletsoe, Tejinderpaul Dhotar, Farah Hirani Esmail and Shima Shahidy guided
this discussion moderated by Dr. Moez Rajwani. These chiropractors offered insights
gleaned from their own integrative practice paradigms and their work with practitioners
from other disciplines.   

A variety
of practice issues for graduating DCs to consider were put forth for the
benefit of fourth year chiropractic students, as well as students of all


The morning
session was followed by the keynote address given by Dr. Heather Tick, an
integrative medical practitioner and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona, Department of Family and
Community Medicine.  Dr. Tick’s work is
centered on the integrative treatment of chronic pain, and it was from this that
she drew to support her formidable and informative presentation. 


Dr. Tick
was also a panel member for the afternoon discussion on interprofessional collaboration.
Other panel members were Dr. Karen Weyman (Assistant Professor in the
Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto), Dr. Jaan
Reitav (clinical psychologist and Professor in the department of clinical
diagnosis at CMCC), Dr. Tony Tibbles, (chiropractor and Associate Professor at CMCC) and  Dr. Linda Woodhouse, (physiotherapist
and Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster
University). The discussion was moderated by Drs. Deborah Kopansky-Giles and
John Triano. 


The panel
was given two case studies in pain management and was asked to demonstrate
principles of interprofessional collaboration by approaching both cases as a
team.  Some points that were made for the
audience  dealt with defining reasonable
goals, recognizing and harnessing alliances that the patient has established
with at least one care giver on the team, focusing on function when developing
treatment strategies, and finding ways to support and help the family in
dealing with the patient’s problems. 


The event
also included an extensive trade show consisting of products and services that
support the chiropractic profession, and featuring a number of chiropractic
practitioners from across Canada
seeking associates in practice. 


Practice OpportUnity '10 was a
busy undertaking that was well attended and informative for students, practitioners and guests

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