Oh my aching back!
My first experience with chiropractic followed an incident of low back pain due to postural strain while working for a high-tech company as Vic Weatherall, technical writer. My chiropractor helped me through the problem and showed me the great benefits of chiropractic treatment and its approach to care. When I decided to change careers, I chose chiropractic because it offered the best balance between “hands-on” work and the challenges of diagnosis and patient care.
I graduated summa cum laude from the University of Western States (formerly Western States Chiropractic College) with my Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1997. In addition, I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology in 1995 from Western States. My initial education includes technical diplomas in mechanical engineering technology and technical writing.
My practice philosophy
My practice philosophy is simple: get you back to optimal function as soon as possible and keep you that way. I use three basic steps to accomplish this:
- Determine what’s wrong.
- Solve the problem.
- Give you the tools you need to minimize it and prevent it from coming back.
New chiropractic patient visits are typically 1 to 1 1/2 hours and usually include the first treatment. For more information, see Visits.
I use a variety of evidence-based treatments including manual therapy techniques, home-based exercises, and associated therapies (such as heat and ultrasound) to restore function and decrease your pain as soon as possible. I also teach you the appropriate self-care activities and exercises for long-term improvement. I closely monitor your improvement throughout your course of treatment and, if necessary, refer you to other healthcare professionals for additional investigations and treatment.
In short, I believe my patients deserve the highest ethical standards of care and I spend the extra time to diagnose you, treat you, teach you about your condition, and provide you strategies to help you heal and stay well.
My professional interests
My special interest is evaluation and treatment of posture problems. This comes from my initial engineering education, my biomechanics training as a chiropractor, and my drive to solve difficult problems.
I’m a member of the Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative whose mission is to promote evidence-based chiropractic through public and professional education.
Commitment to communities and family
I have a strong commitment to my communities: I’m a Scouter, director of the The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh’s Own) Association, director of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Foundation, and a member of the 585 Rideau Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets Squadron Sponsoring Committee.
In addition to being the husband of my wonderful wife Cynthia, I’m the proud father of my teenage son Don.