Ask me anything about my education.
Like many complementary modalities, Osteopathic Manual Therapy is an unregulated profession in Canada.
That’s a fact….and because of that fact, anyone can hang up a shingle and call themselves an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner or DOMP.
So when someone asks me if I mind if they ask where I studied, if I’m registered/certified or if my services can be claimed through their private insurance, I say bring it on! I’m actually surprised that more people don’t ask me about my education background.
The most surprising question I’ve been asked to date was whether I had to take a course to do what I do…..um..yes. I know that at times, well most of the time, it appears and feels like I’m not doing anything while I’m treating, when in reality I am.
Traditional Manual Osteopathy is very much based in the science of anatomy and physiology, we study it in depth. It is also an art in that we learn to palpate, or feel, the motility of all the structures in the body…bones, joints, tissues and organs. We learn to diagnose and treat with our hands using the body’s expression of health and vitality as a guide. My job is to remove restrictions in the body so that the health and vitality that is already there, can better express itself. Before I became a DOMP I was in awe of the Osteopath, once I finished my training I was, and still am, in awe of the human body. The human body has an amazing ability to self heal, sometimes it just needs some help.
So where did I study?
I graduated from the Canadian College of Osteopathy-Halifax in June 2012, after completing five years of classroom study, clinical practice and successfully defending my thesis in front of an International Jury of my peers.
I am a member in good standing with the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (OAO), as well as the Nova Scotia Association of Osteopaths (NSAO). Our associations regulate the profession of Manual Osteopaths, making sure members adhere to the highest standard of ethics, education and professionalism.
There you have it…if I left anything out, feel free to contact me and ask. Don’t be embarrassed that you might offend me, as a consumer you’re just doing your due diligence!
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