I was an intern, not even graduated as a chiropractor, and I walked into a treatment room and met my new patient. He was “Doctor” so-and-so, and I naturally thought he was a professor at the U of T in Toronto. He turned out to be a Neurologist, one of the best, at Sunnybrook hospital. I was then nervous and asked why he was there to see me and he said he needed a spinal “adjustment”. I was shocked! I asked if they didn’t have someone or something up at Sunnybrook that could help. He said there wasn’t a drug or surgical procedure that could help his sacroiliac joint and the he really needed an adjustment. He had been on the track running team all through high school and university and it was always his family chiropractor that helped his back. He asked if I could help him. I did my examination and then adjusted his sacroiliac joint and he got up and informed me he would be back the next day to get it “checked” again. I was naïve, and asked why and he just said that it sometimes takes time and repetition of adjustments to heal and that he wanted it fixed as soon as possible for a running race he had coming up later that month. He understood chiropractic better than I did at the time. How strange it was for me – a chiropractic intern- to be told by a medical doctor that he needed to come back repeatedly until his problem was corrected.
A very good friend and world class Oncologist- cancer specialist- has consulted with me for injuries coming from a squash injury that had “thrown his back out”. He responded with great results! Many local medical doctors, specializing in family medicine, have consulted with me and other chiropractors regarding their own health as well as referring many of their patients to me.
I’m often asked why the “great divide” between chiropractors and medical doctors. I respond with the fact that many of the newer graduating medical doctors and seasoned professionals have grown up with chiropractors and accept them fully as part of the health care system and refer to them quite regularly. I have a relationship with two medical clinics in town that take my X-rays for me. I have access to MRI and CT scans when necessary. I work with medical doctors and medical students from NOSM- the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, located here in Thunder Bay at Lakehead University. I have welcomed the NOSM students into my office to follow me around and to learn about my great profession. I also have chiropractic students and naturopathic students in to observe and follow me as part of their education.
You do not need a referral from your medical doctor to see a chiropractor and we welcome new patients into our workshops and office openly. Just call and ask for an appointment at 343-7932. Most services in our office are covered by extended benefits plans as well as insurance companies for car accidents.