This post is the first of many in a series to help you get to know our amazing practitioners.
Dr. Jennifer O’Shea completed her four year post-graduate studies at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in the Doctor of Chiropractic program. As a Chiropractor, she is an expert in the assessment, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of conditions related to the spine, nervous system, and joints.
To check out Dr. Jennifer’s YouTube Introduction, click here.
Meet The Expert:
Q & A with Dr. Jennifer O’Shea, Chiropractor
1. Most individuals in health care have a story about what drew them to their field. What is your story?
My brother, being a few years older than I am, had to think about a career path before I solidified mine. I had always thought I would be an Orthodontist until my brother began considering a career in Chiropractic. I thought that might be exactly the career that I had hoped for, so I set up a date and time to job shadow a Chiropractor in Burlington. After spending a few hours with the Chiropractor, I knew that Chiropractic was the perfect career for me. It had the work/life balance I needed as a family oriented individual, and also allowed me to pursue my passion of helping others.
2. What do you love the most about being a Chiropractor?
It is a given that I love helping people. That was what drove me to pursue a career in Chiropractic, as mentioned above. However, what I look forward to every day is the relationships I build with my patients. I enjoy every minute I spend with them not only as their Chiropractor, but also personally. It is an accomplishment to make a difference with a patient’s complaint or help resolve discomfort; but it is another accomplishment entirely to build a strong relationship with my patients that we both look forward to expanding on every visit.
3. What do you find most challenging about being a Chiropractor?
The most challenging aspect of a career in Chiropractic is educating the public about what Chiropractic has to offer. There are still a lot of myths and inaccurate information about Chiropractic Care that need to be demystified. It can be frustrating at times when patients hold onto their belief in these myths, because it can negatively impact their recovery. However, it is a remarkable feeling when that belief is disproven, and they realize how much the profession has to offer.
4. What makes you unique in the field of Chiropractic Care?
I think there are two main factors that make me stand out among other Chiropractors:
- I typically spend more time with patients per treatment than others in my field because I incorporate multiple modalities, techniques, and therapies into each treatment plan. I not only adjust my patients but also perform soft tissue techniques, electrotherapies, acupuncture, and rehabilitation to name a few.
- The other aspect is, again, the emphasis I place on building a relationship with my patients.
5. What are you most interested in researching at the moment?
I am most interested in researching concussions at this moment. The brain is absolutely remarkable in many ways. With a background in biology and psychology, I have always enjoyed the complexity of our brain. There is still a lot of research being conducted on concussions, and treatment for concussions is still being fine-tuned.
6. Either or:
Introvert or extrovert?
I feel introverted on occasion, but I’m mainly an extrovert.
Chocolate or vanilla?
I love love love chocolate!
Fiction or non-fiction?
I appreciate and admire creativity, so I have to go with fiction.
Early bird or night owl?
Neither. Sleep is extremely important, and I love sleeping. My career often requires me to be an early bird though, so I make some sacrifices for my passion!
Winter or summer?
Summer for sure. I am intolerant to the cold. Although I’ve been known to enjoy snowboarding, and all the other lovely outdoor activities our winters afford us.
Adventurous or cautious?
Adventurous — 100%.
Cats or dogs?
I love all animals. I have contemplated taking courses for treating animals, and maybe some day down the road I can create a career with animals as well. That said, dogs have a special place in my heart. I grew up with a puppy, Duffy, for a large portion of my life and he was a huge part of that. He will forever have that place in my heart.
Spicy or mild?
I love food from all cultures. Over the years I have grown to love spicy food. It is definitely something you need to slowly work towards, but working through the pain is worth it for the burst of wonderful flavours!
7. What’s important to you as an individual?
Relationships are very important to me. I place a large emphasis on the relationships I have with family, friends, patients and acquaintances. I often hear people questioning what “being rich” in life is. I personally believe the relationships you have with people around you enrich your life the most.