How are you? No, really.

I’m a bit of an introvert.  I recharge with alone time and I do best in small-group settings.  Maybe that’s why I love the one-on-one interactions that I have with my patients.  Put me in a crowded conference room or a busy house-party and I don’t feel like myself, but put me in a treatment room with a patient and I’m all in.

The conversation with a patient is a delicate balance; technically speaking, my “job” is to conduct a detailed history and physical examination and come up with an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan.  But I think it’s more than that.  I think a big part of my job is to learn about you, to gain your trust, to build a rapport.  You see, that’s the part I really love.  I like to know what you’ve been up to on the weekend, what your kid’s names are, what makes you tick.  I like to learn about your work, your exercise routine, your opinion on the Raptor’s game.  And I like to learn those things not because they’ll affect your treatment outcomes (*** but they will, more on that later***), but because I’m genuinely curious to know the answers.

michelleeducatedMaybe it’s the same reason that memoirs and autobiographies are my favourite genre of book to read.  Simply put, I love to hear people’s stories.  I love to learn about how you got to be the person you are- where you’ve lived, where you work, why you’re here.  I love to hear your perspective, your opinions, your voice.

My mom has often said that my Grandpa was always so “interested” in those around him.  I think I’ve got that gene too.  If I ask you how you are, believe me, I’m genuinely curious to know.

And as for patient outcomes?  Yes, I believe that a better relationship with your practitioner will lead to better treatment outcomes.  I believe it, because I see it happen every day.  This website serves as my open book for you to get to know me; that’s always been my theory and the very reason that I started this blog back in 2012.  I want you to know me, know my stories, know my world, because I think that starts our relationship.  And inside the treatment room, well, that’s my chance to get to know you.

The Hippocratic oath says “first, do no harm.”  Ha.  We can do better than that, can’t we?

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Planting Time Seeds

I thought I’d write a poem this time
Cuz my ideas have been low.
I like to bounce my words around
And speak aloud and slow.

I find it gets my brain stirred up
And makes me laugh in my head.
I feel just like my fourth-grader
As I review the prose ahead.

But the reality is, it’s been a long time
That I’ve been writing this blog,
This post is number two nighty-six
And some weeks it’s a bit of a slog.

I love to write and the feedback is great
Per month I’ve got thousands of reads.
But when push comes to shove, the real story is
I need hours to be grown from seeds.

Between hockey and skiing,
Now is lacrosse and baseball,
School pickups and dropoffs
It’s become quite the haul.

Time is tricky to find
In the balance as a mum,
I wish those time seeds
Could be planted with my thumb.

I’d grow some for RockTape
And the Burlington Runners Club,
My writing commitments
Could be grown like a shrub.

I’d plant some more seeds
For my New York training fears.
There’s that 42.2 looming
My first marathon in twelve years.

Let’s not forget date nights
Which are nearly non-existent.
And our evenings on the couch
Have been less than consistent.

There’s parent council meetings at school
And kids coaching to do,
We also have a puppy,
She’s sweet and her name’s Blue.

There you have it my friends
What I’m trying to say,
Is let’s see what happens
At least I posted today.

I’m at my kitchen table,
I booked an hour off the hook
To wrap my brain around ideas
And maybe finally start my book.

But all that I’ve accomplished
Is this three-hundred word poem.
Yet I’ve also built this life;
My family, house, and home.

So even though it’s busy,
Full of rush and multi-tasking
It’s what I’ve chosen, what I’m proud of,
And in that I will stay basking.

I saw this post on Instagram,
It’s the background on my phone.
I’m thankful for every piece of my life
But perhaps I need a clone.

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Burlington’s BEST

It’s that time of year again when I ask you for a click favour (see what I did there?)!readers choice 2019 nominee

Burlington Post is in the midst of their annual Reader’s Choice Awards voting period, and this year Burlington Sports & Spine Clinic has been nominated in three categories:

  • BEST Chiropractic Clinic
  • BEST Physiotherapy Office
  • BEST Massage Therapy Clinic

You can vote by clicking this link: https://readerschoice.burlingtonpost.com

As in past years, we truly appreciate your votes, and we have proudly displayed our 2015-2018 award winning plaques in our reception area.  You do not need to live locally to vote, so if we’ve positively impacted your life this year and you think we’re the BEST, please take a minute and cast your vote before Sunday, February 10th, at 11:59pm.

Thank you!