Chiropractor at Dynamic Physio and Wellness and Healthcare Consultant in the field of workplace injury and disability management
I was born/grew up in: St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
I now live in: St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
I completed my training/education at: Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador and Canadian Chiropractic College, Toronto, Ontario.
Describe what you do at work.
On a daily basis in clinic I see a variety of people from all walks of life who usually are experiencing pain. After taking a detailed history, my fist job is to determine whether or not I can help. This involves using my years of clinical experience and current research and guidelines to help guide that decision making. If appropriate, treatment involves hands on treatment and exercise. I use knowledge of many subjects to decide which treatments are needed. This involves using my knowledge of anatomy, neurology, nutrition, body mechanics and exercise and fitness. Sometimes I work solo and other times I work with a variety of health care professionals. It really is all encompassing!
As a health care consultant I assist case managers in helping injured workers. In this role I do not see any patients. My work includes reviewing the relevant parts of a file and offering opinions on a variety of topics. These topic can include expected recovery, the necessity for treatment and reasonable care. In this process I follow policies and recommendations from current guidelines. I combine this with my clinical knowledge to form my opinions on what is needed for each person. I regularly meet with other consultants: medical doctors, occupational therapists and physiotherapists as part of my job.
When I was a student I enjoyed:
How does your job affect people’s lives?
First and foremost, people see me in clinic because they are in pain. From that perspective my goal is address these issues as effectively as possible. Then I work with patients to give them the tools to successfully self manage their condition. I see myself as a coach in many regards, trying to help people live healthier and fitter lifestyles.
What motivates you in your career?
Very few things in day to day practice and with consulting are textbook cases. Often I have to problem solve and put the pieces of each puzzle together to come up with a treatment. The process of helping someone is the biggest challenge and also the biggest reward. Critical thinking and analysis play a major role in this process. As a chiropractor, we are taught from day one that listening skills are most important. Also you have to see the human body from a global perspective. Putting all the information into a plan of management that includes treatment and recommendations for exercises and improved lifestyle choices is not easy. But it certainly is fulfilling!
When I was a student, I would have described myself as someone who:
Describe your career path to this career.
I completed an undergraduate degree in Biology (Honours) even though I knew from the start that I did not want to spend my life in front of a microscope. The critical thinking and analytical skills that I developed during that time have served me well in my chosen career. While I did not know that I always wanted to be a chiropractor, I did know that I wanted a career in the health field. My dad and sister had visited chiropractors over the years and were impressed with how they were helped. I, myself, had not been to a chiropractor, but after researching the profession I decided to give it a try. I was fortunate to be accepted into the program and decided to give it one semester. I immediately fell in love with the curriculum. The rest, as they say, is history.
What activities do you like to do outside of work?
Outside of the office, I take my running quite seriously. I enjoy weight lifting and going to the gym. Spending time with family and friends is important. After a busy week, some well deserved me time and relaxing to my favorite music and reading is always enjoyed.
What advice or encouragement would you give others seeking a similar career?
Be sure that you are doing it for the right reasons. Clearly, you have to make a living at whatever you choose, but it is healthcare first. Keeping this in mind, will make you happier and ultimately keep your patients happier.