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2012 - Year in Review

2012 has been a wonderful year.

On a somewhat personal note, our family moved to a home in the Danforth/Woodbine area. In this new home I have enjoyed setting up an office and seeing patients, yet be as close to family as possible. This has been wonderful as we welcomed our second child, a baby girl, and I have been home more to see her (and her older brother) grow and change. I had wondered how people would react to a home office rather than seeing me in a clinic, but the response has been great.

Also in 2012, my name came up in print a few times. First, I was invited again to comment in the Globe and Mail. For those of you who have not read it, the Power Crunch column by Monique Savin, involves an interview of a Canadian celebrity or a prominent professional in the community. Then an “expert” who works in the field of exercise or nutrition asked to comment and give recommendations. This year I was asked to comment on Tony Masciangelo's workout regimen, which has led him to a number of positive physical changes.

The other time my name came up in print was publishing a case study in an international scientific journal. This is an endeavour that few health care professionals ever undertake. It requires an investment of time and effort, but demonstrates a commitment to evidenced-based patient care and continuous learning. My article in the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention involved a patient who was diagnosed with sickle cell trait while under I was supervising his rehabilitation program. There is controversy over the risk of death with exercise with such individuals, which in the scientific literature is mostly discussed in the context of sports or military training. However I am not aware of any previous scientific publication of sickle cell trait in a patient who is starting an exercise program for recovery after a heart attack such as in the case I presented. I hope that my article has brought more awareness and clarity that, with certain health considerations, rehabilitation of those with sickle cell trait and heart disease can be safe and effective.

My most recent professional highlight at the end of 2012 was a chiropractic peer review. In Ontario, licensed health professionals (including doctors of chiropractic) are supposed to have a colleague assess their practice and make recommendations. For chiropractors it is done on a random basis, and it was my turn in December. I found it a very positive experience, affirming that my practice is being done properly and professionally. Although the final paperwork by the College of Chiropractors of Ontario is not fully completed, my assessor provided a few minor recommendations, which I have already begun incorporating into practice.

In the coming year, I look forward to continued professional growth and to helping many of you to attain your goals. Here's to a year of health and success in 2013.

 

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