Knowledge and expertise define OCA’s Pathways to Practice
By Maria DiDanieli
Sept. 9, Toronto, ON
– The Ontario Chiropractic
Association’s (OCA) Pathways to Practice – taking place at the InterContinental Toronto
Centre on Saturday, Sept. 26 – will feature a formidable line-up of speakers
who will share their knowledge and expertise with attendees.
Dr. Andrew Miners
multidisciplinary clinic in Toronto’s
downtown core, Dr. Andrew Miners has learned that clinical challenges can
present themselves at any time – including Monday mornings. But with his
expertise in sports rehabilitation, he has learned how to rise to those
Dr. Miners, who
graduated with clinical honours from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC)
in 2004 was one of only two chiropractors accepted into the postgraduate
residency program in Sports Injury Sciences.
He became a Fellow of the College
of Chiropractic Sports Sciences
in 2007. Now, he works to apply his knowledge and skills not only to treating
patients, but to training future DCs in his capacity as Assistant Professor and
Clinician at CMCC.
“I want to help chiropractors learn how to
accurately diagnose and effectively rehabilitate some of the more common lower
limb injury presentations,” he says.
Dr. Miners, who
recently completed a three-year training program to achieve designation as a chiropractic
rehabilitation specialist, has plenty of practical experience to share. He has
served as team doctor for Canadian representative soccer teams, the 2006
Ontario Junior Tae-kwon-do National Championship Team and the 2006 Canadian
National Tae-kwon-do Team.
Dr. Miners will
share his expertise, during an informative seminar at OCA’s Pathways to
Practice professional development day. The session, titled “Evaluation and
Rehabilitation of the Hip, Knee and Ankle: What You Need To Know on Monday,”
aims to provide a practical review of current best evidence strategies and
techniques for the diagnosis and rehabilitation of hip osteoarthritis,
patellofemoral pain syndrome, Achilles tendinopathy and chronic ankle
“I believe the
session will really give attendees information that they can apply in their own
practices right away,” Dr. Miners says.
Dr. Rick Ruegg and Dr. Eleanor White
Also presenting at
Pathways to Practice will be Dr. Rick Ruegg and Canadian Chiropractic Association
(CCA) Director and member of the Executive Committee Dr. Eleanor White. They will provide key insights and
information to help DCs apply best evidence in the care and treatment of
patients suffering from whiplash.
Dr. White, a former OCA Director, has represented OCA, CCA, and
the Canadian Federation of Chiropractic Regulatory and Educational Accrediting Boards
(CFCREAB) in the development of clinical
practice guidelines, and has served on the Guideline Development Committee, and
an authorship committee consisting of researchers, editors, the Clinical
Practice Guidelines Task Force, public members and chiropractic practitioners.
“We hope to help DCs gain an understanding of the guidelines, their
rationale and how evidence and clinical practice can combine to provide the
best care for the patient,” says Dr. White.
Dr. Ruegg, who obtained his
Ph.D. in comparative physiology from York
University in 1982 before
graduating from CMCC in 1989, will also share his experience during the
session, titled “Understanding and Using the New Whiplash Guidelines.”
Now serving as Associate Dean,
Clinics at CMCC, Dr. Ruegg has held research positions at the University of Toronto,
University of California,
Berkeley, and York University;
and his current research interests include the development of clinical practice
guidelines and the effect of spinal manipulation on immune responsiveness.
The program will review the
assessment of the whiplash patient and offer a treatment algorithm to enhance
the delivery of care and provide treatment recommendations. The session will
also provide practical treatment advice for administering high velocity, low
amplitude manipulation, discuss potential risks and offer suggestions for the
management of risk associated with the whiplash patient.
For more information or to
register, please visit the OCA website, at www.chiropractic.on.ca, or