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Practitioner Profile - Dr. Katie Thomson Aitken, Naturopathic Doctor

Next up in our “Practitioner and Staff Profile” Blog series is Dr. Katie Thomson Aitken, Naturopathic Doctor. Here is a little ”Take 5” interview I did with her, to give you a better idea about just who Dr. Katie is, and what some of her favourite things are (and are not!)


Dr. Katie Thomson Aitken - Naturopath - GuelphQ: What made you enter your field of practice?

A: I decided to become a naturopathic doctor when I was 12. I was the kid with the constant runny nose, I was always sick and had constant ear infections and frequent asthma attacks. My health changed dramatically when I saw a naturopathic doctor. I felt called to join the profession and have enjoyed learning about naturopathic medicine ever since. This short video talks more about "why I do what I do"


Q: What is your favourite book?

A: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Only very rarely does a book come along that is so profound and so real that it changes who you are as a person. This book came into my life when I needed it and I've been working on listening to my heart ever since. 


Q: Do you have a favourite sports team? Which one?

A: I have a confession to make. I have never been to a professional sporting event. Literally never. No sports. I also don't watch sports on TV. I like participating in sports, I love to ski and do yoga; I even run sometimes. My husband has convinced me to try curling and ultimate frisbee, both which I enjoy playing. But I'm just not into watching professional sports as a hobby!


Q: What has been the best year of your life so far? why?

A: This is a tough one but I'm going to pick 2016. It had some life changing bucket list moments; I became a mother and I confirmed my faith, both things I've been looking forward to for some time. It was full of a lot of joy; I celebrated as many of my dearest friends got married (Half of my own wedding party!) and spent a lot of time with my family. But none of those things is really why I picked it. 2016 was a year of stepping further into myself, and making choices that allow me to live my life in way that feels authentic and full of joy. And so while 2017 honestly has had some very difficult moments so far, I'm optimistic that by this time next year my answer will have changed and that, from a place gratitude, my best year "so far" will be 2017. 


Q: What is your favourite pastime away from the clinic?

A: One of my favourite things to do is cook. I love making everything from tomatoes on toast to a multi-course roast dinner. I find cooking to be such a full body sensory experience. It's very grounding and, when I have time to cook alone in the kitchen, quite meditative. It's also been a rewarding hobby in that the more time I spend doing it the more delicious food I get to eat! If you want to hang out and cook with me, Dr. Gair and I share our seasonal menu plan in our Nourish Facebook group here: 


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Practitioner Profile – Dr. Dean MacDonald, DC

Welcome to our newest Blog Series – our “Practitioner and Staff Profiles”, a series designed to let you get to know our awesome team a little bit better! Recently I connected with Dr. Dean MacDonald, owner and senior Chiropractor here at Norfolk Chiropractic, and asked him a few questions, and his answers (and some insights into what makes him tick!) follow.


Dr. Dean MacDonald - Chiropractor - GuelphQ: Where was your home town, and what were your favorite things about it?

A: I was born and raised in Waterloo, Ontario. My favorite thing about growing up in Kitchener-Waterloo was playing competitive sports. I played rep hockey, soccer and baseball throughout my childhood. This taught me a lot of great life lessons and I made many lifelong friends through the process. Waterloo has always been a great youth sports town with a lot of parks and great sporting facilities. Waterloo was also very supportive of their local competitive sports teams. I was fortunate enough to have played Junior B hockey in Waterloo and won the Provincial Championship Sutherland Cup in 1990-91 with the Waterloo Siskins. Another great thing about growing up in Waterloo was having two great Universities in town. I went on to study and play Varsity Hockey for the University of Waterloo Warriors from 1991-95, where I achieved Academic All-Canadian status and graduated with an honours Degree in Kinesiology, which ultimately led me to my career as a Doctor of Chiropractic.



Q: What made you enter your field of practice?

A: The reason that I became interested in chiropractic was due to a personal experience I had with it when I was a teenager. In my early teen years, while playing competitive hockey, I began to have problems with my lower back and began seeing a chiropractor in Waterloo. I had great results from my treatment, but I also learned about the spine and nervous system and became very interested in how the body worked. This interest in the body led me to study Kinesiology (Human Kinetics – the study of Human movement) at the University of Waterloo, and eventually to my interest in Chiropractic as a profession. I have been under regular chiropractic care since my first experience with it as a teenager and am grateful to have chosen such a great profession to be a member of. My first chiropractor – Dr. Jeff Goldsworthy was definitely a huge influence on me and later became a mentor for me in seeking out a career in Chiropractic and I feel fortunate to now call him my colleague in practice.


Q: What is the most rewarding experience you have had in your practice?

A: I don’t think I could list just one experience as the most rewarding… Sometimes it is the small day to day things that are the most important and most rewarding for me in practice. The most rewarding experiences I have in my practice are being able to help people achieve better health and “Wellness” every day. Being a chiropractor, I treat many different conditions, but the most rewarding is being able to help people become healthier through “chiropractic adjustments”. Chiropractic adjustments remove spinal misalignments or “subluxations” which interfere with proper nerve function in the body. Correcting these misalignments improves nerve function, allowing people to achieve better health and function, helping them to heal.

The following link is a video of a quote from one of the founders of the chiropractic profession which best exemplifies the idea that sometimes it is the small things that can make a big difference. This famous chiropractic quote is called “The big idea”.


Q: Do you have a favorite sports team? Which one?

A: Although I grew up playing hockey, and have always been a fan of the Leafs, the Toronto Blue Jays are my favorite sports team. I am not sure why I love watching the Jays so much, but I think it goes back to when they won the back to back World Series Championships in 1992 and 1993. I was in University then and fell in love with baseball and especially following the Jays and have been a hard-core fan ever since.


Q: What are your favorite pastimes away from the clinic? 

A: My favorite pastimes away from the clinic are fitness and travel. I am a very active person, so staying fit and healthy is a priority for me in my life. In the winter months, I continue to play ice hockey 3 times per week, as well as work out (lift weights) 2-3 times per week. In the summer months, I enjoy golf, biking and running. I completed my first half marathon in 2011 and my first full marathon in 2012 and have continued to occasionally participate in various trail running half marathons since then as a way to stay fit and help satisfy my travel bug.


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Chiropractic: An inside-out approach to health


Chiropractic is the second largest, and fastest growing healing profession in the world today. It is an "inside-out" approach to healing which allows the body to heal itself from within. It is a natural, non-invasive form of primary health care focused on the spine and nervous system and based on the fact that many health disorders are caused by nerve interference in the body. The most common cause of nerve interference is a serious, but common condition known as "Vertebral Subluxation". Subluxations are very common and can be caused by many different factors including: poor posture, stress (physical or emotional), and physical trauma (including sports or workplace injuries, car accidents etc…).

Chiropractors locate, and correct Vertebral “Subluxations” (Spinal Misalignments) that interfere with the vital nerve communication between the brain and the body and inhibit or interfere with the body’s natural (innate) ability to heal. Chiropractors correct "Vertebral Subluxations" (misalignments) with gentle and controlled "Spinal Adjustments" improving the mobility, alignment, and overall health of the spine and the function of the nervous system.  In other words, chiropractors are not simply "back doctors", but are "nerve specialists". Regular spinal check-ups maintain your spine in optimal health and prevent long-term spinal malfunction and degeneration.


by: Dr. Dean MacDonald B.Sc., D.C.

Owner – Norfolk Chiropractic Wellness Centre

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