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CMCC Residents

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Corey Hofkirchner, DC
  • Program of Study: Chiropractic Clinical Sciences (CMCC)
  • Institution: Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College 
  • Project Title: Development of a practice-based research network (PBRN) of chiropractors who deliver care to Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel with spinal pain: A feasibility study 
  • Project Background: Musculoskeletal disorders are a leading cause of disability and medical release from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). The addition of on-base chiropractic services to usual medical care has been shown to improve musculoskeletal outcomes in the United States military. Chiropractic services are available to CAF members at off-base locations upon direct referral from the Canadian military. Prior research has identified process challenges that impact potential collaborative opportunities from such referrals. Examples of such challenges include the lack or varying communication, limited use of evidence-based care, and the potential duplication of service. The development of a Practice Based Research Network (PBRN) may be an effective means of implementing strategies to address the challenges identified
  • Project Objectives: The main objective of our feasibility study is to develop and implement a PBRN of chiropractors who deliver care to CAF personnel with spinal pain. We will also assess the feasibility of implementing core components of the PBRN including an educational module, care delivery pathways, communication reports, recruitment and data collection processes
  • Funding Source: Canadian Chiropractic Association, Ontario Chiropractic Association, Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative
  • Committee Members:
    • Silvano Mior DC, PhD, FCCS(C) (Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College)
    • Carol Cancelliere DC, MPH, PhD (Ontario Tech University)
    • Pierre Côté DC, PhD (Ontario Tech University)
    • Debbie Sutton BSc, MEd, MSc, OT Reg. (Ontario Tech University)

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Fabrice Mallard, MSc, DC

  • Program of Study: Clinical sciences Residency Program
  • Institution: Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
  • Project Title: Epidemiological profile and expectations of patients consulting for a chiropractic evaluation in the French University Hospital in Toulouse, France from September 2019 to January 2020
  • Project Background: The first clinical partnership in France between the University Hospital of Toulouse and Institut Franco-Européen de Chiropraxie (IFEC) was established in October 2017. Through this partnership, chiropractic interns and chiropractors deliver care within interdisciplinary teams that include medical doctors and interns, podiatrist, sport trainer, and nurses. Currently, little is known about chiropractic patient’s clinical profile, management and experiences in a multidisciplinary environment in a French hospital. This information is necessary to describe the patient population, understand their expectations and to improve inter-professional care and patient outcomes
  • Project Objectives: Our primary objective is to describe the demographics and health characteristics of patients who receive chiropractic care at the French University Hospital of Toulouse. We will collect data between 01 September 2019 to 31 January 2020. Secondly, we will aim to describe whether patients’ expectations align with their experiences of the chiropractic care received at the Hospital
  • Funding Source: CMCC
  • Committee Members:
    • Pierre Côté DC, PhD (Ontario Tech University)
    • Silvano Mior DC, PhD, FCCS(C)(Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College)
    • Nadège Lemeunier MSc, PhD (Institut Franco-Européen De Chiropratique)
    • Virginie Pécourneau MD (Hôpital Pierre-Paul Riquet)

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Daphne To, BSc, DC

  • Program of Study: Chiropractic Clinical Sciences Residency.
  • Institution: Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
  • Project Title: Risk factors for incident low back pain in active military personnel: a systematic review 
  • Project Background: Musculoskeletal injuries, including low back pain, can have a significant impact on the health and operational readiness of active military personnel. It can result in lost productivity, lost duty days, and impact the ability to deploy. As such, it is important to examine the risk factors that can contribute to low back pain in this population
  • Project Objectives: To critically appraise and synthesize the literature regarding the risk factors contributing to incident low back pain in active military personnel
  • Committee Members:
    • Carol Cancelliere DC, PhD (Ontario Tech University)
    • Mana Rezai DC, PhD (Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College)

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Darrin Germann, BSc (Hons), DC

  •  Program of Study: Sports Sciences Residency Program
  • Institution: Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
  • Project Title: Characteristics of adolescent athletes seeking early vs. late care for sport-related concussion
  • Project Background: Sport-related concussions (SRCs) are common in young athletes. Emerging evidence suggests that earlier initiation of care leads to more favourable outcomes. However, little is known about the factors associated with early care-seeking and their impact on treatment outcomes.
  • Project Objectives: Our primary objective was to determine which characteristics of 2949 adolescent athletes with SRC are associated with ‘early’ versus ‘late’ presentation for multimodal treatment. Our secondary objective was to build a propensity score which can be used to investigate the effects of treatment timing during the management of SRCs in future studies.
  • Funding Source: Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
  • Committee Members:
    • Carol Cancelliere DC, PhD (Ontario Tech University)
    • Mohsen Kazemi DC, FCCPOR(C), FRCCSS(C), MSc, PhD, RN (Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College)
    • Cameron Marshall DC, BA (Complete Concussion Management Inc)
    • Sheilah Hogg-Johnson MMath, PhD (Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College)

Melissa Belchos, CMCC Resident

Melissa Belchos, BSc (Hons), DC

  • Program of Study: Sports Sciences Residency Program
  • Institution: Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
  • Thesis Project Title: An international Delphi study to identify sports chiropractic global research priorities.
  • Thesis Project Background: To date, there is no research agenda published for the sports chiropractic field from any country in the world. Research agendas identify knowledge gaps, prioritize research, promote clinically relevant research and guide the allocation of critical resources. Research agendas have been developed for the chiropractic profession; however, they have not addressed the specific research needs of sports chiropractors.
  • Thesis Project Objectives: To determine consensus on research priorities and create a global sports chiropractic research agenda.
  • Thesis Project Funding Sources: FICS Foundation, Foundation for the RCCSS(C)
  • Thesis Project Committee Members:
    • Alexander Lee BSc (Hons), DC, FRCCSS(C)(Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College)
    • Stephen Perle DC, MS (University of Bridgeport)
    • Katie de Luca DC, PhD (Macquarie University)
    • Silvano Mior DC, PhD, FCCS(C) (Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College)

Ali Smith, CMCC Resident

Ali Smith, DC

  • Program of Study: Diagnostic Imaging Residency Program
  • Institution: Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
  • Project Title: The Adherence to Spinal Imaging Guidelines and the Utilization of Lumbar Spine Diagnostic Imaging for a New Episode of Low Back Pain at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.
  • Project Background: Diagnostic imaging is useful for assessing low back pain (LBP) when a clinician is suspicious of serious or specific underlying pathology. There is rising concern that health care professionals are inappropriately recommending diagnostic imaging when there is no clinical indication. This inappropriate use of imaging increases healthcare costs, exposes patients to unnecessary radiation, and negatively impacts patient outcomes. Evidence-based imaging guidelines have been developed to assist clinicians inappropriately in requesting imaging for assessing LBP. A 2004 study conducted at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) reported high adherence to three clinical guidelines and a utilization rate of 12.3% in imaging of LBP patients. Since this study, a new diagnostic imaging guideline for spinal disorders has been published and implemented in the CMCC curriculum.
  • Project Objectives: The primary aim of our study is to determine the adherence rate to the current Canadian chiropractic imaging guideline, and our secondary aim is to determine the utilization rate of diagnostic imaging in patients with a new episode of LBP, presenting to CMCC clinics.
  • Committee Members:
    • Silvano Mior DC, PhD, FCCS(C) (CMCC & Ontario Tech University)
    • Varsha Kumar BSc (Hons), DACBR, DC, FCCR(C)(CMCC)
    • Jeffery Cooley DC, DACBR (Murdoch University)
    • Carlo Ammendolia DC, PhD(University of Toronto & Mt. Sinai Hospital)
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