2017 Speaker Bios

CMCCTalks: Turning Points Speaker Bios

Take a look back at the 2017 edition, titled 'Turning Points.' Find details about the speakers who gave presentations at the first event held at CMCC.

Highlights from CMCCTalks: Turning Points

Dr. David Wickes M.A., D.C. President, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College

Dr. David Wickes is currently the President of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto, Ontario. Prior to his appointment in Canada in July 2014, he served as Dean of the College of Chiropractic at the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

His past academic appointments were at the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon and the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois. Positions held at these institutions included tenured professor, department chairperson, director of training and assessment, dean of clinics, vice president of academic affairs and executive vice president.

A 1977 graduate of the National College of Chiropractic, he completed a two-year residency in chiropractic family practice and subsequently achieved board certification. He is recognized for his work in simulation-based training and developed the chiropractic profession’s first training and assessment center incorporating technology and a formal standardized patient program.

He has widely promoted the linkage of accreditation to continuous quality improvement in the educational setting and was an active member of the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) for many years. He has also been a site team evaluator for several other accrediting agencies in the US and Canada. He served as Chairman of the CCE from 2009 to 2012. In addition to his professional doctorate, he has a master’s degree in education and human development, and has aggressively pursued the incorporation of educational technology into chiropractic undergraduate and postgraduate education.

His formal administrative training began in 1997 when he completed the prestigious Institute of Educational Management program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He later earned a certificate in fundraising management from the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy. He is also certified as a peer reviewer of online educational programs through the Quality Matters organization.

Dr. Patricia Tavares BSc, DC, FCCOS(C)

Dr. Patricia Tavares is an instructor at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College where she currently supervises interns during their final year of study at the Sherbourne Health Centre Teaching Clinic, a clinic that serves the LGBTQ community of Toronto. She is also actively involved in research in both Canada and the Dominican Republic.

Each year, Dr. Tavares takes a team of CMCC interns to the Dominican to serve approximately 1,200 patients across the poorest parts of the country. She has also volunteered with Health Mission Outreach in Toronto since 2009 and Homeless Connect Toronto since 2015. In 2013 she joined World Spine Care, a North American charity that works to provide sustainable, integrated, evidence-based spine care in developing countries. She was instrumental in working with local government in the Dominican Republic, including the Minister of Health and Minister of Higher Education, to establish a spine clinic in the small town of Moca in late 2014.

Dr. Tavares is an elected council member of the College of Chiropractors of Ontario and currently serves as a board member of the College of Chiropractic Orthopedists Canada. She ran her own successful private practice in Toronto for 14 years having graduated from CMCC in 1995. The practice had a special focus on the care of orthopaedic conditions in children and pregnant women. In 2004 Dr. Tavares achieved a speciality designation in chiropractic orthopaedics through National University. She is also a graduate of the University of Toronto where she studied Microbiology.

Dr. Pierre Côté, DC, PhD

Dr. Côté is an epidemiologist and a chiropractor. In 2013, he was awarded the prestigious Canada Research Chair in Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation from the Canadian Government. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, director of the UOIT-CMCC Centre for the Study of Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation and an Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Côté graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1989. In 1996, he obtained a Master's Degree in Surgery from the University of Saskatchewan. He completed his PhD in epidemiology at the University of Toronto in 2002. In 2003, he received a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Dr. Côté was a member of the scientific secretariat of the 2000-2010 Bone and Joint Task Force on Neck Pain and its Associated Disorders; a large international collaboration aimed at synthesizing the scientific evidence on the problem of neck pain. In 2010, he reviewed and proposed modifications to the definition of catastrophic impairment related to traffic collision for the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. More recently in 2012, he was mandated by the Government of Ontario to develop evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines for the management of traffic injuries. He submitted his report on the management of Common Traffic injuries to the Ontario Government in 2015. Côté is also a member of the European Spine Society Task Force on Research and World Spine Care.

Dr. Côté’s research focuses on understanding the etiology, prognosis and management of musculoskeletal pain and disability and mental health. Dr. Côté has published more than 190 scientific papers in prestigious peer-reviewed journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, the Annals of Internal Medicine, Pain and the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Website: www.cdpr-research.org

Scott Dunham, BSc, DC, MSc

Scott Dunham grew up in Scarborough, Ontario and earned a BSc in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. Chiropractic treatment of numerous injuries playing rugby motivated him to attend CMCC, graduating in 2006. While at CMCC, he served on Students Council in various roles including Vice President.

Upon graduation, Dr. Dunham established a multidisciplinary clinic in the Toronto Beaches neighbourhood. He also continued playing rugby – representing both Ontario and Canada internationally. The opportunities this provided took him to Europe, New Zealand and South America to represent the sport.

Shortly after graduating from CMCC in 2006, a turning point arose for Scott and he began teaching at CMCC. This is where he fell in love with teaching. Since then, Dr. Dunham has shifted his focus entirely to the academic world and now holds the role of Manager of Curriculum and Faculty Development at CMCC. He completed a Master of Science in 2014 at McMaster University and is now pursuing a Master of Education degree (MEd).

Dr. Dunham feels extremely lucky to have a patient and supportive wife, and two young girls who motivate him every day to be a better person.

Julie Yaworski, BSc Kin

Julie was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She has always been of the attitude to go where opportunity and life takes her. This mindset had her pursue an opportunity to travel throughout Canada the year after high school. For nine months, she traveled around Canada with the not-for-profit organization Katimavik in which she did volunteer work in various communities. Upon returning home, Julie attended the University of Saskatchewan and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. She stumbled upon chiropractic in her first year of university and from the time she walked into the chiropractic clinic to the moment she left after her first appointment, she knew that it was the profession she wanted to pursue.

Fast forward four years later and life brought her to Toronto to attend the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. During the summer of 2015, she was fortunate enough to be a part of the Unleash Your Potential 2015 Team in which she and three others biked from Vancouver to Halifax doing presentations to elementary schools and Boys and Girls Clubs on the importance of healthy habits, setting goals and chiropractic.

Currently, Julie is a fourth year student at CMCC. Her first clinical rotation was at the CMCC clinic with Dr. Myrtos and her second rotation is at Sherbourne Health Centre with Dr. Tavares. She works at the Canadian Chiropractic Association as an intern. This excellent opportunity has allowed her to gain insight into another aspect of the chiropractic profession for which she has developed a passion for - advocacy. Beginning her professional career at CMCC has opened many doors for her and she looks forward to where life will take her next.

Ravi Samlal

Ravi graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Electronics Engineering Technology from DeVry University in Phoenix, AZ. After starting his career as a Semiconductor Design Engineer in Silicon Valley, each opportunity that followed provided him with a breadth of skills ranging from hardware, software development and a unique soft skill as a Technical Trainer.

As a Technical Trainer, his desire to provide knowledge and information to others to improve their lives is fulfilled. Technology has always inspired him and with his logical mind, he is best prepared to take complex information and position it to any audience. He emphasizes this role because it is the combination of experience and skills that qualifies him to contribute to solving complex problems and yet be inventive to creating processes for improvement with technology.

As technology continues to evolve in our lives, Ravi keeps up with the trend so he can meet the demands of the time. From working with placing transistors on silicon at the micron level, to implementing Cloud computing solutions, he is a technology monster with a personality to make the world a better place, one byte at a time!

Dr. Andrew Wilson, DC

Chiropractor Andrew Wilson noticed a solution to a complex question many developing countries around the world are currently facing: how do rural communities develop sustainable healthcare? He began exploring that solution in 2010, when he started a project called Doctors for Doctors & Nurses for Nurses (DFD/NFN). The project operates out of Nicaragua and provides local scholarships to medical students from rural communities throughout the country.

To explore a more thorough solution on the topic of sustainable healthcare, Wilson traveled and worked as a chiropractor in Tanzania to manage the construction of a rural medical clinic and establish a chiropractic patient population in the community of Kanyama, Tz. Following that, he did similar work in Botswana, working with a rural medical clinic to facilitate interprofessional care. He has since moved back to Toronto to expand the charity DFD/NFN. He currently practices as a chiropractor in Toronto. His goal: to live in a world where all communities have access to the essential human right of healthcare.

Dr. Simon Wang, DC

After growing up in Toronto, Dr. Wang pursued a Kinesiology degree from Western, followed by a Masters in Biomechanics at Waterloo. His interest in the spine began after living with back pain from the age of 14. Working as a TA sparked a love for teaching, which carried on through private tutoring while completing his chiropractic degree at CMCC.

In the summer after graduating from chiropractic college, as luck would have it, a position opened up to teach biomechanics at CMCC, which Dr. Wang continues to do today. Dr. Wang has also had the opportunity to teach and help develop the Biomechanics and Ergonomics curriculum at UOIT, where he taught for 4 years.

Dr. Wang’s private practice has taken him from Kitchener, to Barrie and back to Toronto, where he’s had the pleasure to work with amazing Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Massage Therapists, Natropathic Doctors, Chiropodists, Acupuncturists, and Kinesiologists. His philosophy on health is that most of the good and bad in our lives, we do to ourselves. Helping the patient understand what they are doing to themselves, and helping them improve, is the job of a great health practitioner and health team.

Dr. Wang is passionate about ergonomics and hopes to someday see posture, classroom/office design, and habitual movement taught and practiced at a grade school level.

Dr. Wang says he is lucky to be married to his wife Amy and be father to their two boys.