Practice Opportunity Conference 2015
The OCA participated in CMCC’s Practice OpportUnity conference on February 19, 2015.
The OCA booth attracted many students with its contest to submit a video to Facebook answering the two questions “In 5 years I will be…” and “I wanted to become a chiropractor because…” Attracting students from around the room, this contest offered staff the opportunity to engage with students in conversations about membership, outreach and practice software opportunities.
Contest winner, Stephanie Crawford
For the first time the OCA offered a speed mentoring session with six chiropractors of various backgrounds. Students were elated to get one-on-one time with mentors and engage in conversations that may guide them for decades.
What we heard from the students:
“It was great to talk to chiropractors in the field, get an idea of how they got to where they are, make connections for life and learn valuable insight to life as a chiropractor.”
“It was great to see other people’s perspectives and it was nice to have a variety of mentors who all had different paths.”
“A lot of my fears after graduation were calmed. I felt reinforcement in my ideas of how I want to practice and be successful.”
“Even if you pick up one good tip or idea from one mentor it’s worth it. You may even get a mentor for life.”
Dr. Katherine Tibor mentoring CMCC students
The 2015 Practice Realities Panel presentation brought together a range of perspectives and insights to help students in launching their career in the profession. This year’s panel shared key takeaways with a focus on patient-centred care.
Left to right: Dr. Joanna Schultz, Dr. Sapna Sriram, Dr. Karim Riskallah, Dr. Ayla Azad
Panel speakers share first-hand insights about the realities of practice and the keys to achieving success.
What have your patients taught you? Describe patient-centred care and what drives a positive patient experience.
How to build collaborative relationships, and what helps chiropractors to develop professionally.
What guidance do you have for new chiropractors as they begin their careers? What do you wish you had learned earlier in your career?
Three Key Takeaways
The Practice Realities presentation is summarized into 3 key takeaways followed by audience question and answer period.
About the Panelists
Dr. Joanna Schultz
“Find passion in what you do. Be passionate about you, what you do and chiropractic. It doesn’t matter where you’re practising chiropractic, if you’re passionate about what you do and the team around you is passionate with what they do – your hands are your gift and you will help to heal people.”
Dr. Schultz (NUHS, 1999) specializes in both sports injuries and pediatrics, and has completed over 5 years of post-graduate educational training in these areas in the U.S. She has been published in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics (June 2010) and was on staff as a lecturer with the International Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics for their sports injury module. Her specialty lies in helping to return triathletes and marathoners to their endurance events quickly. She has worked with elite level hockey players, professional figure skaters, LPGA players, professional cyclists, Ironman competitors, professional football players, municipal fire departments, local run clubs, and amateur athletes. She is a current member of the CCA, OCA and the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association. She is President and a chiropractor at HealthQuarters Inc. in Burlington, Ontario. She also spends her time coaching rep soccer (BYSC) and partaking in community and corporate wellness presentations.
Dr. Sapna Sriram
“Frame your mindset around making a difference because if you’re actually focused on that rather than making money, the monetary gain will follow. If you’re passionate about what you do and truly ooze that, patients will take note, people will take note.”
Dr. Sapna Sriram (CMCC, 2007), Toronto’s leading sports and rehabilitation expert, is highly regarded for her innovative approaches in functional and integrative manual medicine. She is also a media expert having been featured in some of Canada’s leading media outlets including CityTV, The Globe & Mail, Global News & TLC. She is also a sports medicine expert for CHRY radio and BodyLab, alongside elite fitness celebrity Jennifer Lopez. She is a full body certified ART® Provider, Registered Acupuncturist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and also has an MBA. She has worked with many athletes including NHL drafts, European professional football players, OHL, The Juliard School, and notable Celebrities. She will also be a Medical Practitioner at this summer’s Pan Am Games. She serves on the OCA’s Governance & Nominating Committee, is an OCA media spokesperson, and a mentor and also guest lectures at CMCC on marketing and practice management.
Dr. Karim Riskallah
“You guys will be MSK management specialists. There is a big need for you in the community and in healthcare. People are going to rely on you. Patients will love you. You should all be very excited.”
Dr. Karim Riskallah (CMCC, 2008) created Downtown Toronto’s most comprehensive and diverse interdisciplinary health clinic, Infinity Health Centre. He has been relentless in continuing to improve his manual orthopedic evidence based assessment and treatment approaches. He offers his patients a plethora of treatment options, most notably, Chiropractic manipulation/mobilization, medical acupuncture, exercise rehabilitation, health education, and various soft tissue manual therapies. Having recently worked directly with NHL players from both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Marlies, as well as attending various NHL summer conditioning camps, Dr. Riskallah has gained a higher level of appreciation for treatment programs targeting the entire body to optimize movement patterns, power, and speed in sports. He has inspired and created Infinity Health Centre’s Advanced Sports Therapy program to help all athletes optimize and improve their athletic performance.
Moderator: Dr.Ayla Azad
Dr. Ayla Azad graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic (USA) in 1995. Soon after graduating she began working at the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research. Here, she was involved in clinical research and education. During this time, Dr. Azad presented at numerous scientific conferences and published in various scientific journals.
Dr. Azad has been at Total Rehab Orthopedic and Athletic Medicine, in Ajax, Ontario since 1999. Dr. Azad has also been teaching at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College since 1999. Dr. Azad is currently on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Chiropractic Association and is serving as Vice President.