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Winter 2016

Leading the way forward Working with NOSM Rewarding collaboration Emergency care done right

A publication from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College for alumni, members and friends

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From the Chair "Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off." Franklin D. Roosevelt As the newly elected Chair of CMCC’s Board of Governors I am honoured and humbled: honoured by the opportunity to serve in this role that has been filled by wonderful and gifted people; humbled in the presence of some of the giants of our profession who serve this great institution. Many thanks to outgoing Board Members Dr. Mark Symchych, who served CMCC amiably and meticulously during his term as Chair and throughout his 10 years of service, and Dr. Arthur Ameis, who has been a Public Board Member for several years. And welcome to Dr. Noah Levine, who has joined the Board as its newest Public Member. I look forward to working with Noah and the current and returning individuals who make up our enthusiastic and dedicated Board of Governors. As a Board Member, I have been treated to a wonderful view of the sparkling progress being made in every facet of life at CMCC. In this issue of Primary Contact you will read about some of the groundbreaking partnerships and collaborations that mark the growing significance of CMCC and chiropractic in the broader sphere of Canadian health care. These are the kinds of developments that will lead to chiropractors fully contributing their skills, knowledge and dedication as valued partners within an integrated, evidence-informed health care model towards the best health outcomes for Canadians.

Winter 2016

Volume 53, Issue 1 02 From the President 04 Alumni News 06 CMCC News 09 In the Community 10 Lindsey Rebeiro: A member of NOSM's Community Interprofessional Learning Program

14 Athlete recovery credited to

excellent emergency response

16 CMCC Continuing Education 20 Donations 21 Passages

Members of CMCC are vital partners on this journey; your interest, input and encouragement are felt every day in the academic programs, research and patient care that supports CMCC’s Vision: an academic institution recognised for creating leaders in spinal health. Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.

22 Rewarding collaborative care

Please enjoy the stories in this issue of Primary Contact.

26 Staying up to date with WFC

24 Brad Ferguson launches C3 Series

27 Year end honours David Gryfe, DC, FRCCSS(C)

To contact any member of the Board, please email

From the President "Individual commitment to a group effort—that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work."

This issue of Primary Contact focuses on collaboration and interprofessional opportunities.

Vince Lombardi

In my November 2014 inaugural address I spoke about forging new partnerships in academia, in research and in the clinical setting, and about how collaboration will be a key part of our institutional culture. Indeed, as CMCC embarks upon the development of its new strategic plan this year, collaboration will be one of our major themes in that plan. Long gone are the days in which the chiropractic profession could function in isolation. Our students now learn how to practice in a variety of clinical settings, ranging from

David Wickes, DC, MA

the traditional small chiropractic office to multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary clinics and hospital practices. They also share learning opportunities with students from other health care disciplines. In November, CMCC hosted on our campus an interprofessional training program attended by chiropractic, medical and naturopathic students. In fall 2014, CMCC signed an agreement with the University of Toronto’s primary health sciences faculties (Medicine, Kinesiology and Physical Education, and Pharmacy) that established the foundation for collaborations in research and education. Already CMCC has become a strategic partner in Scarborough Hospital’s upcoming


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"If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself. " Henry Ford

Centre for Integrative Medicine, along with the University of Toronto. Last August, CMCC began treating patients at the new Sumac Creek Health Centre, an extension of the academic Family Health Team from St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto. CMCC will soon begin work on a multi-year clinical demonstration project that will involve researchers from CMCC and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. We will be able to provide you with details on this exciting project in the next edition of Primary Contact. Our researchers are also designing a very large research proposal that will involve partners from three universities in Canada and the US,

several industries, and a global health care entity. As you can see, CMCC is committed to forging partnerships in education, clinical care and research. I’m looking forward to sharing details with you about these and other collaborations in the months to come. A quick note – just as we were going to press, CMCC received the great news that our accreditation to award the Doctor of Chiropractic degree was reaffirmed for the maximum seven years. We received a very positive report with numerous commendations. The next full accreditation review will occur in 2022.

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With this issue Members will find our 2014-2015 Annual Report enclosed. The Annual Report offers an overview of our finances and highlights some of the exciting changes and accomplishments we have made over the past year.

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Deborah Kopansky-Giles named to faculty at St. Michael’s Hospital

Congratulations to Dr. KopanskyGiles (Class of ‘82), named as a Health Professional Educator Faculty Leader at the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) at St. Michael’s Hospital (SMH). Kopansky-Giles and Dr. Judith Peranson, a physician at SMH, will join the hospital’s DFCM Professional Development committee to help ensure Health Professional Educators' (HPE) needs are addressed in department-wide activities, as well as support more HPEs to apply for faculty status to increase their access to educational support and resources.

Healthy bodies, healthy planet

Congratulations to CMCC clinician Dr. Jarrod Goldin (Class of ’96) and brothers, founders of Entomo Farms, an Ontario-based insect farm and winner of Startup Canada’s sustainable development award. The award recognises companies that exhibit excellence in their approach to the environment, ethics, community interaction and corporate social responsibility. Goldin says the exposure offers validation of their business model and premise and brings with it an opportunity for networking and strategic alliances. “A large portion of what we produce is cricket flour, an additive in specialty bakery items to increase their protein content.” The UN recognises insects as part of a potential solution to global resource issues and as one of the many ways to address food and feed security. “We want to do our part and look forward to working with Farms for Orphans in the Dominican Republic,” says Goldin, “where we are looking to establish cricket farms.”

The first positions of this kind in Canada, the leads will also represent DFCM on the Health Professional Educators Network. "We are very excited to bring together a community of health professional educators into the DFCM at the University of Toronto and foresee excellent opportunities for educational collaboration, innovation and scholarship arising from the enhancement and strengthening of our faculty,” says Kopansky-Giles. Dr. Kopansky-Giles has been working at St. Michael’s hospital in a chiropractic program coordinator and interprofessional education leadership role since 2004.

Darren, Ryan and Jarrod Goldin


Three months in Tanzania Dr. Manpreet Kaur Singh (Class of’15) recently returned from three months in Global Peace Network's (GPN) Kanyama Dispensary in Magu, Tanzania, where she diagnosed, treated and managed a broad range of conditions. “I set out on a mission to help others, only to discover that they made a huge difference in my life as a person, and as a chiropractor. Everything I was taught in diagnosis class, I had the opportunity to see – from skin conditions, to eye diseases, to heart conditions – you name it. Patients who had been suffering from various conditions responded in a surprisingly fast and positive manner. One woman who had suffered a stroke was able to hold a bucket of water from the well to her home after a month and a half of treatment. Her regained ability to carry water after several years was life changing for her. I woke up excited to know that by the time I reached the clinic, there would be patients of all ages waiting to see me. Each day was different and I was surprised at the number of patients that needed chiropractic care. I would definitely go back any chance I have. I thought it was difficult to say goodbye to my family in Canada, but I didn’t realize how hard it would be to say goodbye to my Tanzanian and Global Peace Network Family.” Learn more about opportunities with GPN by contacting Dr. Brian Budgell at "I woke up excited to know that by the time I reached the clinic, there would be patients of all ages waiting to see me”



CMCC News Jay Triano receives CMCC’s Distinguished Service Award Congratulations to Dr. Jay Triano, Professor, Graduate Education and Research Programs and Director, Partnerships and Research Commercialization, who received CMCC’s Distinguished Service Award in September. The award recognises outstanding service to CMCC by an individual who far exceeds the contributions of their position. Triano was recognised for increasingly responsible levels of management and multiple contributions to research, including his work on Force-Sensing Table Technology (FSTT™), which has been shown to raise the skill levels of students who have difficulty mastering manipulation skills (HEQCO report).

FSTT™ leads to improved outcomes CMCC has registered a filing for patent and trademark for the FSTTTM which was developed by

Dr. Triano, with Drs. David Starmer and Dominic Giuliano and technician Steven Tran. Students having difficulty developing manipulation skills, who use reflection time with FSTT™, have been seen to raise their skill levels with less than one hour of dedicated time in our simulation lab (HEQCO report). Changes to the undergraduate curriculum to promote enhanced adjustment skills, in particular through the use of the FSTT™, are beginning to be reflected in improved outcomes at CMCC. The technology is of interest to other institutions, some of which have purchased the technology and will be integrating the use of the FSTT™ into their own programs.

Presidential Recognition Awards Tony Maiato, Director, Physical Facilities received a Presidential Recognition Award for his ability

to manage the transition from a manually-monitored HVAC (or heating, ventilating and air-conditioning) system to a computerised Building Automated System. Maiato also successfully balanced multiple institutional projects while maintaining a high level of service and support. He continues to do whatever is necessary on a 24/7 basis to maintain CMCC in a healthy and safe state. Katherine Burke, Recruitment and Admissions Officer, received a Presidential Recognition Award for going above and beyond in ensuring students receive the support they need for success at CMCC and in their transition to life in Toronto.

The NDI ranked number two among the most influential publications in cervical spine research

The Neck Disability Index: A Study of Reliability and Validity, published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics and authored by Dr. Howard Vernon and Dr. Silvano Mior has been ranked #2 of 100 papers deemed most influential to cervical spine research, according to an analysis published online ahead of print in Spine. Read more about the NDI in the spring issue of Primary Contact. Dr. Jacobs (centre), with Dr. Stephen Perle, Chair of FICS Research Commission and Dr. Sheila Wilson, President of FICS

Earn certification as a Return to Work expert CMCC Work Disability Prevention Program This graduate level program is designed for chiropractors, social workers, kinesiologists and other registered health professionals by orthopaedic surgeon and work disability prevention pioneer, Dr. Patrick Loisel, Professor at CMCC and the University of Toronto.

“The program is fantastic for people who want to add to a practice scenario or move into occupational health and disability management, as I did several years ago. This course is the only one I know that is truly research based, and I wish that I had known about it when I moved into the field. Dr. Loisel is extremely knowledgeable and a gifted instructor. There is no downside to this. It’s a fantastic course and I’m looking forward to next year.” John Roberts, DC Course • • • • •

components include: Work Disability Prevention Paradigm Work Disability Diagnosis Stakeholders’ Systems Coordination of Return to Work Worksite Practicum

The program is offered as a combination of distance and on site sessions through the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. For complete details Visit: Call: toll-free 1 800 463 2923 ext. 246 Email:

Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College

Research Symposium

Chiropractic Management of Lumbar Disc Protrusion/Herniation

February 27-28, 2016 CMCC campus Register at Members: $300 | Non-members: $340 For more information on the speakers and to register, please visit


The College of Chiropractic Sciences hits 40 Congratulations to the College of Chiropractic Sciences (CCS) on its 40 year anniversary. CCS held a celebration October 23 at CMCC with guest speakers Drs. Scott Haldeman, CSS President François Hains, and Paula Stern, Director of Graduate Studies, CMCC. Dr. Howard Vernon (Class of ‘78), a CMCC Professor and author of the Neck Disability Index completed his fellowship in 1980 and recalls the early ideal of the College as one which would ensure a continued pool of academic leadership among chiropractors. “By 1976, the CCS was official, and that year, accepted five residents, the idea being that specialist education would help ensure a high calibre

of academic leadership in future,” says Vernon. “Drs. Ron Gitelman and Adrian Grice took over the leadership of the program, and in 1978, the first graduates sat for their fellowship exams. At that time,” says Vernon, “the philosophy of the College of Chiropractic Sciences was to develop Fellows who were chiropractic specialists, while at the same time maintained a general focus on chiropractic.” “In the 90s,” says Vernon, "new areas emerged – the CCS was created to reflect the growing relationship between chiropractic and sports — and two others — the College of Physical and Occupational Rehabilitation (with no residency) and the College of Chiropractic Orthopaedic Specialist (Canada)

which mirrored the American Orthopaedic Diplomate specialty. The purpose of the CCS fellowship also changed,” says Vernon. “While in the beginning the desire was to fulfill the need for academics at CMCC, over time an increased number of Fellows more than ensured those positions were filled and the emphasis moved to include research and academic leadership for the profession at large." Today, while many of CMCC’s senior administrative positions are held by CCS Fellows, many can also be found in professional leadership positions within the United States, the United Kingdom and across Canada.


In the Community Laura McPherson, Top 20 Under 40 Congratulations to Dr. Laura McPherson (Class of ‘10), co-owner of Bluebird Sport & Spine. McPherson was named one of five Top 20 Under 40 in Vernon, BC. Winners are selected based on their community involvement and business success and are considered to be among those who raise the profile of the Greater Vernon Area. McPherson moved to Vernon two years ago with her business partner, Dr. Steve Hofmann (Class of ’13), for the lifestyle. “We are both from smaller towns and looked for a place where we could pursue the activities we love, like hiking and running. The lakes in Vernon are amazing and we have a fantastic ski hill on Silverstar Mountain.” McPherson and Hofmann give back to the town through volunteering with local events such as the Dirty Feet Trail Race Series and the Kal Rats Triathlon and the Downtown Vernon Association events. “There are many opportunities to get involved in this community and it has been welcoming and open to us. We love it.” McPherson has been working towards her international chiropractic paediatric certification and also works with athletes, weekend warriors and individuals with joint pain and uses a variety of treatments. Hofmann also sees athletes and non-athletes and takes a special interest in post-concussion rehabilitation. The clinic name comes from “a bluebird day” meaning a bright, sunny day following a snowfall. The two chose it as a positive reflection of the environment they like to create at their clinic.

“The move was a big risk,” says McPherson, but we both think it’s probably the best thing we’ve ever done.”

Community comes together for young racer Your Health Wellness Centre in Oakville, Ontario hit their seven year anniversary in October. To celebrate this milestone, clinic founder and CMCC faculty member Dr. Carole Smith (Class of ’07), associate Dr. Leann Shrum (Class of ’12) and colleagues hosted a 2km/5km charity walk/run along the Avonhead Ridge Trail in support of a much loved young patient with a passion and talent for competitive go kart racing. Jayden, age 11, is a patient of the clinic who suffers from health complications including cerebral palsy, autism, and hearing loss resulting in a cochlear implant. Knowing the high cost of his medical needs and therapy, and the high costs involved in upgrading his kart, the clinic invited the community to enjoy a day of fresh air and exercise while helping Jayden realize his dreams. The local mayor spoke at the event and the town newspaper reported on the day as well. The clinic was able to raise $7,000 and was thrilled with the local support. Jayden thoroughly enjoyed his day in the spotlight.

Jayden and his parents with Drs. Shrum and Smith



Lindsey Rebeiro: A member of NOSM's Community Interprofessional Learning Program are referring their patients to. The program I’ve been involved with is called Community and Interprofessional Learning (CIL) in which students shadow me for three to four hours at a time. It’s refreshing to meet these students and experience their enthusiasm for chiropractic. I’m pleased they will be the future medical doctors for Northern Ontario.” Rebeiro values the exchanges with the students and says that they are often surprised at the depth of knowledge that chiropractors possess.“ Quite often the medical students don’t have an accurate idea about chiropractic. They are surprised by the diversity of chiropractic practice and by the depth of my knowledge in anatomy and physiology. In addition to manipulation, I use acupuncture, ultrasound, mobilizations, TENS, kinesiotaping and rehabilitative exercise prescriptions. I don’t necessarily adjust all of my patients and I take care to explain why.”

Dr. Lindsey Rebeiro

In a program designed by the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM)1, Dr. Lindsey Rebeiro (Class of ‘12) has been welcoming medical students into her practice for the past two years. Each of the students spends about 12 hours in her clinic and shadows her work with patients. “The NOSM program is unique in that its mandate is to graduate medical doctors who are integrated into the diverse community around them. Exposure to a variety of health care providers is part of the curriculum, as is learning in different environments and through the different cultures at home in the area. The students spend time with practitioners from different disciplines including pharmacy, physiotherapy, speech language pathology,” says Rebeiro. “By the time they graduate, they have first hand knowledge of the specialists they

“Often,” says Rebeiro, “we think we know what people do, but we may not. An office visit isn’t the same as sharing a behind the scenes environment.” You name it, we go there: A philosophy of inclusion Sheila Renton, Community and Interprofessional Learning (CIL) Coordinator at NOSM at Laurentian University in Sudbury, has watched the program grow over the past nine years. “The students are exposed to a wide range of placements in a program that continues to evolve. You name it, we go there,” she says. Paraphrasing NOSM’s policy regarding the program, its purpose is to instill in the students the role that community-based services and other health care professionals provide in the care of patients and the community. NOSM’s curriculum is designed to provide opportunities for students to engage “in deepening their understanding of the culture of the community, the population that they serve, and the nature and availability of interprofessional treatment interventions and care.”


“I’m so pleased that we have such a number of high level DCs involved in the CIL program to assist the students and to challenge any of the old biases.” Sheila Renton, CIL Coordinator at NOSM

“In Phase One,” says Renton, “during their first two years in the program, we see value in having students interact with professionals as well as their potential patient populations. They learn about various health care professionals and deepen other skills such as communication, learning how to initiate and participate in some of the tougher conversations they may have—speaking with people who have Alzheimer’s Disease or cancer, for example.” Although NOSM hasn’t yet engaged in formal research on the results of their Community and Interprofessional Learning program, anecdotal evidence shows that the connections formed while in the program remain with graduates, as does the richness of the experience.

Nothern Ontario School of Medicine East Campus, Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON

Renton recalls that during a recent sharing and learning event, a former graduate, now a practicing physician, spoke about his very first CIL exposure, and how very recently he had used the same community connections he had made all those years ago while in his first year at NOSM. Even 10 years later, he recalled the name of his facilitator and was able to make the connections necessary to assist in the care of a current patient. “Offering opportunities for NOSM students to connect with other health and social service

practitioners is in large part what drives the program,” says Renton. “In practical terms, that physician was able to do something for a patient based on what he had learned in CIL many years earlier.” NOSM also regularly solicits feedback from students and program facilitators. On one questionnaire that asked about their comfort level or anxiety in participating, Renton noted that a chiropractor expressed anxiety over hosting medical students. It suggested to her a remnant of the old thinking, a leftover

from the days when health care professionals worked in silos. “I’m so pleased that we have such a number of high level DCs involved in the CIL program,” she says, “to assist the students and to challenge any of the old biases.” Rebeiro’s practice diversity In a way, Rebeiro has mirrored the NOSM model with her own career. When she moved back to Sudbury to practice she sought out interprofessional opportunities, working with another chiropractor and physiotherapists, a family



specializing in MSK care. “I’ll be facilitating topic oriented sessions through a problem based format and also case based learning sessions. I’ll be with a group of six to eight students, similar to the small group sessions at CMCC (known as TBLs or team-based learning). Those sessions are the ones that really stand out for me and much of the learning at NOSM is case-based and self-directed.”

doctor, an athletic therapist and a massage therapist at three separate locations. ”Interdisciplinary care has worked really well,” she says, adding that she plans to go further and add yoga as another tool she can offer her patients. “I’m really passionate about yoga. I first began practicing yoga while I was attending CMCC, finding that it allowed me to relax and momentarily disconnect from the stress of studying. Currently, I am completing my teacher training with Yoga Medicine, a program designed to focus more on the rehabilitative benefits of yoga which is heavily weighted in anatomy and physiology. I am very excited to add this tool to my figurative tool belt. The benefits of yoga are becoming well known and there is rising

evidence on the benefits of yoga for arthritic pain and more.” Rebeiro loves her job, its diversity and the fact that it is ever changing. This year, she will incorporate a faculty teaching job at NOSM to her professional activities. “I’ve always wanted to teach. We learn so much in our studies and may not have the opportunity to utilize everything in practice. With teaching, you can keep a fresh perspective. I look forward to interacting with students. It will change my schedule, but I’m looking forward to it and chose a manageable commitment of about two to four hours per week.” Beginning this March, Rebeiro will be a group facilitator with NOSM,

“This medical school does offer a really unique program and mandate, but there are interprofessional opportunities in most universities as well. I encourage chiropractors to seek out opportunities if they are interested in participating in collaborative learning.” “My hope is to help shape future medical doctors and to build a rapport with them. In a small town, it’s good for business and it’s good for patients, especially in locations where health care resources are tight. It definitely gives me exposure in Sudbury and keeps my skills and knowledge fresh. And I want to help in the same way that my good teachers helped me.“ The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is the Faculty of Medicine for Laurentian University in Sudbury and Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. 1

A tribute evening honouring


Dr. Jay Triano and Dr. Marion McGregor Join us Saturday, February 27, 2016

the weekend of the 2016 Research Symposium

Reception 6:00 p.m. Dinner 7:00 p.m. Sheraton Parkway Hotel, Richmond Hill, ON to celebrate their considerable accomplishments Dr. Triano is recognised for his work in reshaping research at CMCC, offering his experience and drive for innovation to position CMCC as a world leader within chiropractic research. He has also helped grow its resources through expert grantsmanship while creating groundbreaking tools to increase the skills of developing chiropractors. Dr. McGregor has championed the connection between bench to bedside within chiropractic research. She continues to empower research faculty with the tools to ensure that their work is widely understood while challenging them to grow and contextualize their ideas. The two are widely published, have contributed to numerous books and committed their time as peer reviewers for several important professional journals. Addtionally, their mutual contribution to both the development of the simulation laboratory and to the research it enables continues to provide important opportunities for students and health care education.

David Wickes, DC, MA President, CMCC

Please RSVP by registering online at Limited seating available. Cocktail attire. To place a congratulatory message in the event program, please access the web address above or contact Lynne Hodgson at To register for the 2016 Research Symposium visit



Athlete recovery credited to excellent emergency response

Dr. Karen Chrobak

An interest in athletics leads many chiropractors to become involved with sports teams as trainers. Dr Taylor Tuff (Class of ’15), a sports resident within CMCC’s graduate studies program, has been working with the Aurora Barbarians as team trainer for the past three years. He was on site with the team in August 2015, when a player from the opposing side took a hit to the chest. In very rare instances, such a blow to the chest can trigger cardiac arrest (commotio cordis). “It tends to happen to younger people,” says Tuff, “whose bone tissue is still somewhat flexible.” Impact during a certain part of the heart’s cycle, can shock the heart. In this player’s case, it stopped flat. The other team’s trainer took a look at the downed player, knew this was a serious situation and called

Dr. Taylor Tuff

Tuff. The two recognised agonal breathing – a brainstem reflex that causes the appearance of breathing, but in actuality, disguises a body in shock and in serious danger.

certified responders from her program (part of the emergency plan is to call nearby trainers in for assistance).

As Tuff relates, the player had no pulse. As team doctor, his job was to manage the scenario, running with the protocol he had learned through his Emergency First Responder training. He had been certified by Dr. Karen Chrobak (Class of ’12), an avid rugby player who happened to be playing nearby right then; and in another lucky break for the injured player, the Barbarians had an automative external defibrillator, AED at their clubhouse.

Chrobak aided with the AED while also taking turns with Tuff and other medics administering CPR. After five shocks were delivered, there was still no response from the player. The ambulance arrived after what seemed to be an extraordinarily long time — close to 17 minutes — and then, in what must have felt like a miracle, the player began breathing on his own. By that time, says Tuff, “the patient’s chest was purple from the chest compressions and shocks and all medics were exhausted."

As CPR was initiated, Tuff dialed 911 and called for the defibrillator. Chrobak was quickly called in from her game along with two additional

The right team Chrobak is an emergency care instructor with Canadian Red Cross. She certifies emergency


first responders through the Red Cross and subsequently places medical staff with teams. “We receive emergency medical training at CMCC during Year III and those who choose to follow a residency path, like Taylor and myself, receive additional training. However, some health care professionals who work with teams, often don’t seek additional training. We’ve seen enough scenarios to know how important it is not only for team medics to have quality initial training, but to keep it fresh with re-certification.” “Our clinic, SportSide Medical Services,” continues Chrobak, “is inside a hockey arena and we often get requests for medical staff to work with the hockey teams on site. At first, we found it difficult to source a program that would suit the high level of knowledge chiropractors already have, so we began to offer emergency first responder training for health professionals which includes clinical information along with emergency care knowledge. This approach has been great as it builds upon the extensive existing knowledge course registrants have and also ensures teams have fully qualified and exceptionally competent first responders as trainers.” Tuff was one of the first trainers Chrobak placed. Dr. Rachel Ramsay and student Darcy Worthylake, also

trained by Chrobak, were on the field that day. The right equipment Hearing the story, it’s hard to imagine the outcome would have been as successful without certified first responders or without an AED. “You can buy an AED for about $1,200,” says Tuff. “But a lot of teams don’t make it a top priority, and assume they may never need one. The truth is, when combined with CPR, using an AED increases survival from cardiac arrest by 75%.” “Commotio cordis is more difficult to treat, but having qualified first responders who start CPR early and who have access to an AED has increased the survival rate for commotio cordis from 10% to 58%1.”

The importance of qualified first responders and access to an AED is clear. The Aurora Barbarians’ decision to keep a defibrillator on site, combined with fully-trained team doctors, saved a life that day. The opposing team, to which the young player belongs, purchased an AED following the incident. He made a full recovery, by the way. Despite having no pulse for an astounding 17 minutes, welltrained team doctors and a nearby defibrillator ensured that he’ll have a second chance to fulfill his potential. Maron BJ, Haas TS, Ahluwalia A, Garberich RF, Estes NA 3rd, Link MS. Increasing survival rate from commotio cordis. Heart Rhythm. 2013 Feb. 10(2):219-23 1



CMCC Continuing Education Take it to the next level |

Seminars Winter Radiology

6 CE hours – 1 session February 6, 2016 Ottawa, ON Dr. John Taylor This interactive seminar will cover trending topics in spine imaging. Through engaging demonstrations and presentation, participants will learn MR imaging basics, how to navigate imaging software and to better interpret images and reports from radiologists to increase diagnostic accuracy. Member: $225 Non-member: $265

2016 Research Symposium - Chiropractic Management of Lumbar Disc Protrusion/ Herniation

10 CE hours February 27-28, 2016 CMCC

Join your colleagues and 11 leading experts from around the world for presentation, discussion, case study review and debate about chiropractic spinal manipulation for lumbar disc protrusion/herniation. Building upon the ground breaking innovation and research of five Swiss chiropractors, a new manipulation technique will be introduced and discussed in detail, backed with research and tempered with strategies of conservative care and risk management. Member: $355 Non-member: $395

TMJ: Review, Diagnosis & Treatment

6 CE hours March 5, 2016 CMCC Dr. Matthew Barrigar

An intensive one-day course that will cover the latest published diagnostic criteria for temporomandibular disorders through correlating them to biomechanics and pathophysiology. A review of the history and physical exam for patients with TMJ complaints, as well as differential diagnoses, inter-professional comanagement, treatment plans and hands-on therapies are covered in the program. Member: $185 Non-member: $225

Running Technique: Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation

12 CE hours March 5-6, 2016 CMCC Dr. Wilbour Kelsick and Robert Esmie Help patients who run to improve their technique and reduce their injuries. Improper running technique is causing an increase in the number of runners becoming injured and presenting as patients. This workshop will convey the fundamentals of running biomechanics from the "whole" body tensegral principles for efficient running form. It is designed for those who rehabilitate and treat runners as well as those who coach and run themselves. Member: $450 Non-member: $500

Treating the Shoulder

6 CE hours April 16, 2016 in Vancouver, BC March 12, 2016 in Toronto, ON Dr. Andrew Robb The perfect opportunity to advance your skills and learn to provide effective treatment of complex shoulder injuries. Building on his research interests and extensive hands-on experience with baseball players, Dr. Andrew Robb will share valuable insights on the pathophysiology of injuries typically encountered in practice. Member: $200 Non-member: $225

A Chiropractic Guide to Treating Paediatric Patients

6 CE hours April 23, 2016 CMCC Dr. Elise Hewitt

Treat children from infancy to school age with confidence. Dr. Hewitt will address how to take background information, when and why children may benefit from adjustment and what the literature says about it. Through demonstrations with an infant mannequin and video clips of treatment, Dr. Hewitt will show you how to safely and effectively adjust paediatric patients. Member: $250 Non-member: $285


To register and browse our latest course offerings, stay tuned at Functional Biomechanical Assessment 12 CE hours May 14-15, 2016 Vancouver, BC Dr. Lawrence Bell and Dr. Michael Murray

A practical weekend course on neuromuscular human performance and treatment protocols that can be directly applied in clinical practice over a wide range of patients. The weekend will be organized into four sections, each including elements of presentation, discussion, demonstration and practical instruction. Member: $450 Non-member: $495

Certificate Program AMA Guides to Impairment Rating

44 CE hours – 6 sessions April 28 to May 1, 2016 CMCC Dr. Steven Yeomans, Dr. Rocco Guerriero and guests Presented in association with the Canadian Society of Chiropractic Evaluators, this course deals with methods of evaluation necessary to determine the presence, nature and extent of Whole Person Impairment of musculoskeletal, neurological and other body systems. The AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, fourth edition, will be used in the course. Member/CSCE: $1,450 Non-member: $1,550


Learning is only a click away. We offer a variety of online courses that you can take from the comfort of your home or while you’re on the go. Here are a few examples:

The Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative (CCGI) 4+2 CE hours Dr. Shawn Thistle, Dr. André Bussières and Connie Davis Delivered in association with the CCGI, part one of this webinar series (3 hours), presents the latest evidence, informing neck pain practice guidelines and selfmanagement strategies with brief action planning. More than theory this program delivers practical approaches that are highly relevant in today's clinical setting. Part two of the webinar series (2 hours), scheduled for broadcast and recording in early 2016, will address multimodal care and exercise for recent and persistent neck pain and whiplash associated disorders. This complete package of webinars will have a value of 6 CE hours and is offered at no cost.

Cervical Spine Adjustment and Stroke 2 CE hours Dr. Pierre Côté and Dr. John J. Triano This course is designed to challenge the notion that the benefit of neck manipulation is minimal and the risk is high. Current research does not support the presence of a causal association between cervical spine adjustment and stroke, yet controversy about the relative safety of neck manipulation remains prevalent. Member: $54 Non-member: $60

The Intervertebral Disc

2 CE hours Dr. Mark Erwin

Building from the evidence of his ongoing cutting edge research, Dr. Erwin will clarify the pathobiology of disc degeneration and approaches to develop appropriate therapeutic strategies, particularly for practitioners who apply manual therapy. Member: $54 Non-member: $60


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June 3 – 4 at CMCC

Connecting Friends & Memories Reconnect with old friends, exchange stories and celebrate personal and professional successes.

Honouring the Classes of ‘51, ‘56, ‘61, ‘66, ‘71, ‘76, ‘81, ‘86, ‘91, ‘96, ‘01, ‘06, ‘11 and ‘15

Weekend of events include

President's Welcome Home BBQ, Anniversary Class Luncheon, Governors' Club and CCHA Lunch and Grand Reception All events will be held at CMCC, 6100 Leslie Street, Toronto, ON Complete weekend Includes one admission to all social events (BBQ, Grand Reception and Governors’ Club/CCHA Lunch) and CE programs Up to May 1

After May 1

CMCC member



Non-CMCC member



Governors’ Club member & CMCC member



Governors’ Club member & Non-CMCC member



Social events

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Non-CMCC Member

June 3 - Welcome Home BBQ



June 4 - Grand Reception



June 4 - Governors’ Club Lunch (Non-GC Member)



June 4 - Governors’ Club Lunch (GC Member)



June 3 - Anniversary Class Luncheon (For anniversary classes of ‘51, ‘56, ‘61, ‘66, ‘71, ’76 and ‘81 only)



Preferred hotel for Homecoming 2016

Limited rooms available, make your reservations now!

Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel 600 Highway 7, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 4R8 Hotel information & booking: Group rate available until May 5. Book by phone 1 800 668 0101 or email CMCC member room rate: $119 (traditional room only) $129 (traditional room and breakfast buffet for two) Email or log in to MyCMCC for the member booking code. Non-CMCC member room rate: $135 (traditional room only) Non-member booking code: “CMCC Homecoming”

For more event information, contact 416 482 2340 ext. 200 or or to get in touch with your class representative, contact David Coleman at 416 482 2340 ext. 146 or

Register online at or look for your Homecoming brochure in the mail!


We've lost touch with your classmates!

We’ve lost touch with these CMCC anniversary alumni. If you have contact information for any of these individuals please contact Shirley Fuligni at 416 482 2340 ext. 133 or Class of 1951 Dr. Sidney A. Godfrey Dr. Emil F. Jaeger Dr. Norman H. Kelly Dr. Murdock J. MacLennan Dr. Jack F. McRae Dr. C. G. Miller Dr. James M. Rae Dr. John B. Robb Dr. Jack G. Sloan Dr. John J. Sullivan Dr. Ross S. Treasure Class of 1956 Dr. Edward Caffin Dr. Anthony D. Carr Dr. Gerald N. Crooks Dr. Rod W. R. Lindsay Dr. Robin G. Stubbs Dr. W. Langford Williams Class of 1961 Dr. Robert G. McClimond Mr. James D. Sutherland

Class of 1966 Dr. Paul Bols Dr. Bill Hoar Dr. James M. Larry Dr. Allan Moffatt Dr. Calman I. von Pall-de-Tolna

Dr. Richard C. Poulsen Dr. Cornelius Waterman Dr. William A. Watson

Class of 1971 Dr. Geoffrey B. Dauscha Dr. James D. Day Dr. Peter J. Landers Dr. Vernon R. Lee Dr. Waldo O. Nickel Dr. Joseph A. Trudel Dr. Anouk J. van Lier

Class of 1981 Dr. Gerald A. Duke Dr. Henry Holland Dr. William R. Johnson Dr. Zsuzsanna Koller-Kozma Dr. Yim Y. Leung Dr. David W. S. Lyons Dr. Deborah A. Schreiner Dr. Laurence W. D. Shaw Dr. Paul Thurlow Dr. Ilda Walther-Weisbeck

Class of 1976 Dr. Ross K. Andersen Dr. Ruth M. Graves Dr. Peter W. Hough Dr. Michael I. Medgyessy Dr. Stewart A. O'Brien Dr. Stanley A. Paduchak Dr. Ronald J. Pikula Dr. Anthony Piscione

Class of 1986 Dr. Mark Bradley Dr. Jeff C. Braun Dr. Emanuela Capitanio Dr. Pierre Couture Dr. Janet E. Flash Dr. Greti M. Hardy Dr. Richard Hardy Dr. Andrew Howieson

Dr. Rolf P. Janzen Dr. Thomas W. LeGrow Dr. Eva P. Lester Dr. Geoffrey P. Meiteen Dr. Jeff Robichaud Dr. Robert A. Robinet Dr. Philippe Roulet Dr. Robert E. J. Shane Dr. Leslie R. White Class of 1991 Dre Nathalie B. Dallaire Dr. Steven C. Gilbert Dr. Rephael Goldman Dr. Carole C. Hamilton Dr. Jens E. Knof Dr. Daryn L. Mintzler Dr. Peter Ray Dr. Michael Vaarst Dr. Carl M. Weber Class of 1996 Dr. Pamela G. Bennett Dr. Mark E. Jones Dr. Tara L. McKenzie

Dr. Marshal W. Montgomery Dre Joanne E. O'Reilly Dr. Shawn Palmer Dr. David A. Phelps Dr. Kristine L. Self Class of 2001 Dr. Mahmoud Abdawi-Moussa Dr. Susan E. Eldergill Dr. Yolyvette R. Engalla Dr. David Greenfield Dr. Joel Meredith Dr. Kimberley Mills-Mulchey Dr. Michael Sargeant Class of 2006 Dr. Kulvir Badesha Dr. Melinda Fowler Dr. Sean Kings Class of 2015 Dr. Shaunessy Keita

Homecoming Continuing Education program Friday, June 3, 2016 A Second Look at your Patient’s Imaging Study William Hsu, DC, DACBR, FCCR(C) 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Continuing Education program only Registration fees Early Bird* CMCC Member



Saturday, June 4, 2016 An Update on Concussion Management Cameron Marshall, DC 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Non-CMCC Member



Gov Club Member & CMCC Member



Gov Club Member & Non-CMCC Member



Chiropratic Office Assistant $220


Saturday, June 4, 2016 Orthopaedic Tests for the Upper Extremities Marcel Reux, BA, BSc (PT), DC 2:00 p.m.– 3:20 p.m. & 3:40 – 5:00 p.m. Saturday, June 4, 2016 Hands on Weight Training Instruction and Rehab for You and Your Patients Ken Kinakin, DC 2:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. and 3:40 – 5:00 p.m.

*Early bird deadline is May 1, 2016



Donations The donations listed here were received and processed between September 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. We extend our sincere appreciation to those who have made gifts to CMCC. If you have a correction to this list or would like more information about making a donation, please call Donation Services at 416 482 2340 ext. 194. Research Chair Mrs. Margaret Butkovic Dr. Todd Clayton Dr. Janet L. D'Arcy Dr. Jans C. Ellefsen Dr. Edward Frame Dr. Lynn A. Glazier-Goldie Dr. Stephen H. Injeyan & Dr. Julita Injeyan Mr. George Keller Dr. Wolfgang P. Kliem Dr. Shane B. Kraft Dr. Brian D. LeMoel Dr. Ward D. MacDonald Dr. Craig D. Norman Mrs. Patricia Schwager Ms. Anmarie J. Webb Dr. William M. Williams Jones DesLauriers Blevins Insurance Group Inc Reginos Pizza General Donations & Gifts in Kind Advantage4Athletes Dr. Antonio Anziano Aramark Canada Ltd. Art Gallery of Ontario Bayview Golf & Country Club Bird Kingdom Brass Vixens British Columbia Chiropractic Association Mr. John J. Brown Mrs. Margaret Butkovic Mr. Thomas Butkovic Callian Capital Private Wealth Management Inc. Canadian Chiropractic Association Canadian Tire, Store 192 Clublink Customer Relationship Index Inc. Davis Drywall Systems Mr. Michael Decauni

Dr. Philip Decina Dembar Financial Services/Healthcare Financial Group Dr. Elaine Dembe Douglas Laboratories Canada / Pure Encapsulations Canada Electro-Therapeutic Devices Inc. Elite Manufacturing Fabrication Enterprises Inc. Fairmont Royal York Feldman Daxon Partners Inc Footmaxx of Canada, Inc. Mr. Allan M. Freedman Global Upholstery Co. Inc Mr. Leonard Goodman & Mrs. Alma Goodman Miss Nina Gouveia Greenfield Eye Clinic Dr. Rocco C. Guerriero Hockey Hall of Fame Ms. Lynne Hodgson Holdun Family Office Dr. Warren S. Hollis HoMedics Group Canada Impact Cleaning Services Introtel Communications Inc. Dr. Craig Jacobs Jones DesLauriers Blevins Insurance Group Inc Joyridge 150 Indoor Bike Park Keg Restaurants Ltd. Dr. Peter S. Y. Kim Dr. Pius Kim Ms. Shangzhu Lin Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment MarineLand Mariposa Cruises Marsh Canada Medcan Medieval Times Mercedes Benz

Newmarket Metagenics Canada MIAD Information Systems Ltd. Mysteriously Yours... Mystery Dinner Theatre Niagara Parks Commission North York Rehabilitation Centre Inc. Ontario Blue Cross Ontario Chiropractic Association Ontario Science Centre Mr. Al Pace Paul Boyer Insurance Inc. Physio Med Oakville Inc Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc. RBC Wealth Management Inc. Dr. Marshall Ross Royal Bank of Canada Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences Canada Royal Ontario Museum Dr. Mark J. Scappaticci Sharp Electronics Canada Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Dr. Vincent Sinclair Skyline Hotels & Resorts Springwall Sleep Products Stagevision Steam Whistle Brewery Dr. Igor Steiman Sunlife Financial TaylorMade Performance Lab Teqtronix International Inc The Co-operators Group Insurance The Orthotic Group The Rock Oasis Inc The Vitality Depot

Dr. D. Keith Thomson Dr. Anthony Tibbles Toronto Argonauts Touch of Gem Transat Tours Canada Inc Dr. Paul D. Uchikata Dr. Robert A. Weinper Welch Allyn Canada Ltd. Westin Prince Toronto Hotel Xerox Canada Ltd Awards & scholarship Dr. Douglas M. Brown Chiropractors' Association of Saskatchewan Council of the Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors Ms. Margaret McCallen Dr. Jean A. Moss National Board of Chiropractic Examiners Mrs. Barbara Newbigging Dr. Nancy Riedel Bowers Ms. Linda L. Roedl Ms. Mary L. Rourke Mrs. Brenda Smith Mr. Duncan Greenshields & Ms. Elizabeth Spoenlein In Memoriam Donations Dr. Fred N. Barnes Dr. Matthew J. Barrigar Dr. Douglas M. Brown Dr. Stephen Burnie Mrs. Wendy Court Ms. Diane Dugdale Ms. Lenore Edmunds Mr. Jose Emidio Ms. Kim Gavine Dr. Susan Gillis-Lawson Mrs. Laurie Gilmore Dr. Dominic Giuliano Mr. Leonard Goodman & Mrs. Alma Goodman


Dr. Adrian S. & Mrs. Ruth Grice Dr. Paul J. Grittani Mrs. Mary Ann Grittani Dr. Rocco C. Guerriero Mr. Jake Hacker Mr. Robert Hackett Dr. Peter D. Hemingway Mrs. Argentina Juncal Dr. Jordan Kersten Dr. Deborah R. Kopansky-Giles Dr. Paul A. Korbelas Ms. Marie Lawrentiw Ms. Lindsay Leo Dr. Rich & Mrs. Betty Luck Mr. Tony Maiato Dr. Sandra J. Malpass Ms. Margaret McCallen Ms. Diana McLennan Mr. Jon Miedzik Dr. Silvano A. Mior Dr. Jean A. Moss Mrs. Barbara Newbigging Mr. Chipman Purdom Mr. Fred Rajabi Ms. Linda L. Roedl Dr. Kelly C. Schoonderwoerd Dr. George M. Seim Dr. William M. Smith Mrs. Brenda Smith Ms. Catherine Spence Dr. W. Lloyd Stackhouse Dr. Igor Steiman Dr. Paula J. Stern Dr. Daniel Stevenson Mrs. Gail Swyszcz Mr. Nick & Ms. Cara Swyszcz Mr. Carter Swyszcz Mr. Jonathan Swyszcz Mr. Adam Swyszcz Ms. Rebecca Taylor Dr. Paul D. Uchikata Dr. Marcia Veitch Dr. Kathy Wickens Dr. Robert M & Mrs. Anne Wingfield Mrs. Donna J. Wood Dr. Donald Wood Ms. Rebecca Taylor Dr. Paul D. Uchikata Dr. Marcia Veitch Dr. Kathy Wickens Dr. Robert M & Mrs. Anne Wingfield Mrs. Donna J. Wood Dr. Donald Wood

In Memoriam

Cedella B. Duke (Class of '51)

Eugene Bernson (Class of ‘53)

Herbert Hand (Class of ‘73)

Joseph Houlton (Class of '56)

Mae Hammond (Class of '49)

Robert N. Schwager (Class of ’61)

Stuart Rhem (Class of ’61)

Wilfred Meissner (Class of '51)

CMCC is grateful to its supporters who have thought to include a donation to CMCC in recognition of the passing of their loved one. Memorial cards are available through Donation Services at 416 482 2340 ext. 194.



Rewarding collaboration:

Collaborative Patient Care Graduate Award

Dr. Brian Ferguson with Dr. Elizabeth Carter

Drs. Brian Ferguson and Celina White, both medical doctors in Nova Scotia, were so impressed with the education their son Dr. Brad Ferguson received at CMCC, as well as with the numerous professional interactions they have had with other CMCC graduates, that they funded an award to recognise excellence in patient diagnosis, care and education. This award is presented to two students from the graduating class who demonstrate high academic standing, practice patient centred and collaborative care, and engage in their community through participation in outreach activities. "As parents," says Brian Ferguson (MD) "we encouraged sports as a method for our boys to experience the principles of being part of a team and to take on leadership roles. When our son, Dr. Brad Ferguson, (Class of ‘12), RCCSC (2014), told us that he wanted to apply to CMCC, I had two demands of him: first that he articulate in scientific terms, what he was doing professionally; and secondly, that he learn how to earn respect, not expect it. And I told him he must be good.”

“Over the four years he attended CMCC, we gained tremendous insight into the school, the educators and clinicians, and we felt indebted to the role that CMCC has played in educating and developing him.” “Thank you," Ferguson felt, wasn’t enough, so he and White established the award to both celebrate the achievements and development of their son and to impress upon graduates the need to be aware of their role as ambassadors for CMCC and the profession. “We also felt that coming from outside the profession – the fact that we are medical doctors, would underscore the importance of collaboration.“ Award recipients: Chelsie Corbett, Paul Mastragostino and Elizabeth Carter In 2015, Dr. Chelsie Corbett received the Collaborative Patient Care Graduate Award for demonstrating ongoing and outstanding commitments to the community through outreaches during her year IV internship. Today Corbett is practicing in Red Deer, AB at Care Chiropractic and Rehab, a multidisciplinary clinic


Dr. Paul Mastragostino

Dr. Chelsie Corbett

with three other chiropractors, a naturopath, a psychologist and massage therapists. Having already developed close professional relationships with medical doctors (two of whom she treats), Corbett has also been working with an orthopaedic surgeon, providing rehabilitation therapy. She says she has been pleasantly surprised at the reception she has received from the family doctors she communicates with on behalf of her patients and says such relationships have been vital in ensuring that her patients receive the care and diagnostics they may need such as blood work, advanced imaging and surgeon referral.

studies program at CMCC, within the Clinical Sciences stream. “It is not uncommon for patients to have multiple health care providers managing a single or multiple conditions,” he says. “I consider collaborative interaction with other health professionals essential in ensuring that patients receive seamless, high quality, patientcentred care. CMCC provides many opportunities for interprofessional education and collaboration through its undergraduate and graduate programs, which allows for natural transition into this model of care when beginning to practice. This was my experience and I am truly grateful. "

Dr. Paul Mastragostino, a 2014 recipient is currently in the graduate

Dr. Elizabeth Carter, the second award recipient for 2014, is currently

an associate of Chirolongevity, a multidisciplinary clinic in Perth, Ontario.“I work alongside massage therapists, a personal trainer and my colleague and mentor, Dr. Kathy Wickens. By working together, we have been able to help many people reduce and relieve their pain, and most importantly, improve their functioning and enhance their quality of life,” says Carter. “Working in this environment has encouraged me to continue to learn new techniques, to improve my current skills, and learn more about ways people can improve their health. Receiving the award was encouraging. It motivated me to engage with my community and continue learning.” WINTER 2016


Collaborative care: Brad Ferguson launches C3 Series The Ferguson-White’s are pleased that each of their children have achieved positions that allow them to work as part of a team and to take on leadership roles. Their son, Dr. Brad Ferguson, has just completed his sports fellowship and has returned to Nova Scotia. "While at CMCC, I had the opportunity to work in several collaborative environments,” says Ferguson. “I saw the benefit for both the patient and practitioner when care was streamlined and saw patients feeling valued and leaving with excellent outcomes.” Ferguson graduated from the Sports Sciences Residency program in 2014, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada). Moving home to Nova Scotia to practice, he sought a collaborative practice and joined ProTx Services in Elmsdale, where he works closely with two physiotherapists and two massage therapists. He says working in a smaller community outside an urban setting helps promote collaboration as it is easy to get to know other health care practitioners in the community both professionally and personally. “It not only helps break down barriers between health care providers, he says, “it improves care.” Knowing the benefit of working as part of a diverse team first hand,

Ferguson sought to introduce the concept more broadly to health care professionals in Nova Scotia. Drawing from his experience at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, where he saw how a systematic, educational approach could work to break down barriers, he worked with the Nova Scotia College of Chiropractor Council to create a continuing education seminar that would involve multiple health disciplines and promote collaboration. After many months of hard work with colleague Dr. Richard Thompson (Class of ‘06), of Active Approach Health & Wellness in Halifax, the Collaborative Care Conference Series" or "C3 Series" for short, was created. The first conference, focusing on persistent shoulder pain, took place November 28, 2015. “The intention is that it will become an annual conference developed for diverse health care providers,” says Ferguson. “The November

28 conference on shoulder pain included presenters from multiple disciplines, including an orthopaedic surgeon, radiologist, sports medicine physician, physiotherapist and two chiropractors. We considered it a real success. It drew in 126 registrants from chiropractic, physiotherapy, medicine, osteopathy, massage therapy and nursing.” “We were happy to receive compliments about the quality of the speakers as well as the message the C3 Series was sending. The speakers covered their topic of expertise but also tied their presentation into collaborative practice. Registrants reportedly also enjoyed the opportunity to mix and mingle with other professions and learn from one another. By the end of the day, people were already asking about the conference next year. It was a satisfying experience and we look forward to next year."

Exclusive benefits for your practice, personal & educational needs Your CMCC Membership includes: • NEW! Group extended health and dental benefits; save over $1000* • Free and discounted orthotics • Significant savings on Continuing Education, Supply Centre and Bookstore purchases and rebates • Online access to research databases including EBSCO, Natural Standard and Current Research: Concussion Journal • Savings of up to 40% on group auto and home insurance

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Staying up to date with WFC’s online service for chiropractors January marks the first anniversary of the World Federation of Chiropractic's (WFC) free service for chiropractors – an online chiropractic reading list that provides access to the most recent and relevant papers in multiple categories. The project was led by Dr. Greg Kawchuk (Class of ’90) Chair of the WFC Research Council, who brought

together expert curators from within the Research Council and abroad. It’s a quick way to access research and bring new evidence-informed methodology into your practice by just going to the WFC home page and clicking on the WFC Suggested Reading List link ( Subject areas include costeffectiveness of care, biomechanical

and neurophysiological mechanisms of action, safety, paediatrics, and wellness among others. Each listed paper includes the published abstract and link to the original publication when available. Importantly, the site is searchable and visitors can leave suggestions for new topics and papers.


Year end honours On December 5, 2015 during the Annual General Meeting, OCA held its annual awards program honouring Ontario chiropractors who make a difference. Congratulation to this year’s recipients: Dr. Carlo Ammendolia Chiropractor of the Year Dr. Ammendolia (Class of '82) has been noted for his ability to combine clinical practice and research for amazing results. Most recently he has been focused on the area of non-operative treatment of mechanical, degenerative and inflammatory spinal disorders with a special interest in degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis. As Director of the Chiropractic Spine Clinic and the Spinal Stenosis Program at the Rebecca MacDonald Centre for Arthritis and Autoimmune Diseases at Mount Sinai Hospital, he was instrumental in creating opportunities for chiropractic residents and interns to train at Mount Sinai. Dr. Mark Erwin Researcher of the Year Dr. Erwin’s (Class of '84) work examines events at the disc level, particularly the degeneration and regeneration of cells within the discs. His work is recognised as having important implications for the profession, patients and the health care system. He was recently awarded a grant to study the nonsurgical transplantation of motor neuron differentiated stem cells for the treatment of ALS.

Dr. Geoff Outerbridge Dr. Michael Brickman Heart & Hands Award Presented to a chiropractor who has demonstrated “an exceptional contribution” to chiropractic through areas such as: community work, mentorship, use of the hands to relieve suffering, building a clinic that incorporates best practices and delivers great care. Dr. Outerbridge (Class of '01) has established two clinics in Botswana on behalf of World Spine Care and remains their clinical director.

Dr. Kait Graham Recent Graduate Award Dr. Graham (Class of '15) was recognised for her contribution to Wold Spine Care (WSC), helping to run a World Spine Care Club while a student at CMCC and later during her two month internship at Mahalapye, Botswana. Today she is studying factors which will enhance the help offered by WSC and is recognised for selfless dedication to her work, compassion to her patients and for serving abroad.

Dr. James Corbett Patient Care Award Dr. Corbett (Class of '00, National College of Chiropractic) received this award for demonstrating the core values of ensuring patients understand their treatment and benefits and helping those who cannot help themselves. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Capability Support Services, an organization that supports individuals with vision loss and physical disability.

Dr. Rahim Karim honoured by the CCA Dr. Karim (Class of ‘98) was honoured with a Public Service Award through the Canadian Chiropractic Association’s Chair Affair Award program. The Public Service Award recognises a chiropractor who has demonstrated excellence in advancing the profession and the MSK health of Canadians through contributions or leadership for advocacy efforts.

Dr. Matthew J. Barrigar Community Relations Award OCA noted that “his ability to collaborate with others from diverse backgrounds enhances the profile of the profession and helps to educate others on the benefits of chiropractic.” Dr. Barrigar (Class of '88) is a clinician with CMCC’s clinic at Anishnawbe Health Centre.

Karim is the Dean of the School of Community and Health Studies at Centennial College, is an executive member of the CMCC Board of Governors and a Director of CMCC Governors’ Club. In addition, he has contributed to the chiropractic profession through a variety of publications in peerreviewed journals and presentations at industry conferences. He is an active community volunteer and a member of the Rotary Club of Scarborough.



What if you could contribute to chiropractic education and research to improve the health of your community? You can. CMCC and its facilities represent the future of chiropractic in Canada. From 252 Bloor to 1900 Bayview to 6100 Leslie, our potential has expanded to fill each new environment, exceeded only by our commitment to the profession and to patients.

Below are ways you can support CMCC: Awards and Scholarships Body Donations Program CMCC Membership General Donations Gifts-in-Kind

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