CURAVITA – Caring for the Community
CURAVITA healthcare professionals are passionate about giving back to our community. This is demonstrated through our leadership presence within our respective professions and volunteerism within the community. Members of our healthcare team share their time and devote their expertise through their involvement in their professional associations at a provincial, national, or international level, or sit on committees that help to shape the success of those associations; others volunteer with local organizations; while others sit on Boards of Directors for non-profit organizations.
Over the years, members of our CURAVITA healthcare team have engaged and volunteered their time with organizations such as the Ontario Chiropractic Association, the Canadian Chiropractic Association, World Spine Care, the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation, the Women’s Business Network of Ottawa, the Ottawa Board of Trade, Dress for Success Ottawa, Habitat for Humanity, the Ottawa Mission, the Ottawa Humane Society, Bruyère Hospital, Good Companions, the Pauline-Charron Centre and Sandy Hill Community Health Centre, just to name a few! In addition, CURAVITA proudly sponsors many community events and fundraisers every year.
Here’s some of the leadership work currently being done by members of our CURAVITA healthcare team in our community:
At the Ontario Chiropractic Association
Chiropractor and CEO of CURAVITA Health Group, Dr. Ken Brough takes an active role in the chiropractic profession and has a special interest in the delivery of chiropractic care to underserved populations. Dr. Brough is committed to promoting the positive impact of the chiropractic profession on Canadian healthcare.
Dr. Brough has been deeply involved with the Ontario Chiropractic Association for over 14 years. He is currently the Board Chair of the Ontario Chiropractic Association (OCA) and is a member of the Evidence-Based Guidelines Committee. He previously served as the Secretary Treasurer, Vice President, a member on the Board of Directors, and was Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee
Established in 1929, the OCA has more than 3,700 members. Eighty per cent of chiropractors in Ontario are OCA members and it is the fourth largest chiropractic association in the world by membership. The OCA’s mission is to serve its members and the public by advancing the understanding and use of chiropractic care. To achieve this mission, the OCA delivers a range of programs, services and initiatives to help its members and partners deliver quality patient care and improve Ontario’s health care system.
In addition, Dr. Brough served as the Ontario Governor to the Canadian Chiropractic Association for 9 years where he sat as the Chair of the Government and Inter-Professional Relations Committee. In that role he was responsible for leading the CCA’s lobbying efforts with the Federal Government and it’s related stakeholders as well as relationships with allied professional groups. One special focus during his tenure at the CCA was a project to enhance access of chiropractic care in Nunavut. The work of his committee laid the groundwork for chiropractic regulation in Nunavut. He also served on the Steering Committee of the Canadian Chiropractic Clinical Guidelines Initiative which has oversight responsibility for clinical practice guideline development and implementation.
At the Ottawa Mission
In 1907, The Ottawa Mission began as a place that offered men in need a safe bed and a meal. It has since evolved into a place that offers a wide range of programs and services to address the ever-changing needs of people experiencing homelessness.
Since 2015, Chiropractor, Dr. Corriveau, has been offering regular chiropractic services at the Ottawa Mission. To date, Dr. Corriveau has donated an estimated $150,000.00 of chiropractic services to Ottawa’s most vulnerable, and helped hundreds of patients move without pain. Care was first offered by-weekly and then weekly since the opening of the Dymon Health Clinic in 2019.
Unlike regular healthcare, people without means often cannot afford chiropractic care, and oftentimes have to suffer the pain that comes with untreated conditions. Musculoskeletal issues are prevalent in this underserved segment of the population and can be a difficult obstacle to overcome without the proper care. Even mild, low back pain and other musculoskeletal issues can negatively impact people’s future in the workplace or their ability to live independently. Improving people’s musculoskeletal health not only brings them fewer aches and pains, but it puts them in a better position for attaining skills or employment.
The care and services provided at the Ottawa Mission is the same and meets the standards of care established at our CURAVITA clinics. Each patient receives a thorough assessment by Dr. Corriveau prior to receiving chiropractic care. In addition to the chiropractic adjustment, Dr. Corriveau also offers advice, personalized rehabilitation exercises and collaboration with the healthcare team at the Dymon Health Clinic.
At the Eastern Ontario District of the Ontario Physiotherapy Association
Physiotherapist, Ben Tobali, has been a practicing for ten years, and is a proud member of the profession. Ben is involved in advocacy work as the President of the Eastern Ontario District of the Ontario Physiotherapy Association. He has been a member of this executive committee for the past four years, and has held various roles over that time. In 2016, a colleague of his encouraged him to get involved, and he has enjoyed the journey since and the experiences he’s had along the way.
In 2020, Ben wrote articles published in Physiotherapy Today, the newsletter of the Ontario Physiotherapy Association. The articles were featured in the spring and summer editions of the newsletter, and they endeavoured to provide insight into the pandemic experiences of Physiotherapists across Eastern Ontario, as well as how the profession demonstrated its resiliency and ability to adapt to the new reality of delivering care. Ben also enjoys being an active member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
Ben is also involved in the regulatory side of the Physiotherapy profession. For the past six years he’s been a member of the written item generation team at the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators. He also represented his team at the written test development group national meeting on a number of occasions. This volunteer work involves writing, editing, and reviewing questions for the National Physiotherapy Competency Examination. This exam is the final step candidates take in becoming a Registered Physiotherapist. It was his involvement as an examiner for the practical exam that led him to be interested in getting more involved in the work of the regulator.
At the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation
Chiropractor, Dr. Hamid, is passionate about promoting the chiropractic profession, increased access to chiropractic care, and healthy living for all Canadians. She presently serves as a board member for the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation and she had this to share with us:
Dr. Hamid feels it is a privilege working every day as a chiropractor addressing the MSK needs of Canadians. Evidence informed healthcare in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment is good health care. As chiropractors, she believes the work of chiropractors extends beyond the adjustment. The CCRF is an avenue for her to fulfill her duties as a chiropractor and advocate for better MSK healthcare for all Canadians.
As a clinician, Dr. Hamid relies on the latest best practices, clinical guidelines and up-to-date research to aid in providing the best possible MSK care for her patients. She believes that the opportunity to serve as a Board Member of the CCRF and become more involved with the research side of the chiropractic profession can help shed light to her colleagues, and the public alike, on the importance of Chiropractic Research in the fast-evolving field of MSK healthcare.
At Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa
Chiropractor, Dr. Melissa Baird, has been involved in Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa since 2014. With the help of Habitat families, donors, community partners and volunteers, Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa builds affordable homes that provide a solid foundation for local families.
Dr. Baird started her involvement with Habitat as a volunteer with the Selection Committee and then moved into chairing the committee. The Selection Committee is responsible for reviewing applications from potential homeowners and meeting with the families as part of the approval process.
Dr. Baird is currently part of the Leadership Team for Women Build. Women Build empowers women from all walks of life to come together in a shared mission to give hands up to families in need of a safe and affordable place to live. In 2019, Dr. Baird was able to take part in building a home for a well deserving family. She looks forward to continuing to support the organization in the future as affordable housing continues to be an important concern with Ottawa.
At Dress for Success Ottawa
Chief Business and Relationship Officer, Erin Crotty, has been a volunteer with Dress for Success Ottawa for over 10 years and in 2017 joined the Board of Directors.
Its mission – to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life – is one that Erin deeply connects with. She believes in giving back to others and our community, and in particular, women. Given her educational and professional background in leadership, professional development, recruitment, business etiquette, and image management, she felt that she could provide value, help and support in their mission through volunteerism.
Volunteering at Dress for Success provides Erin with an incredible sense of pride, joy and gratitude. Whether she is presenting at their annual conference, helping at boutique sale events, providing advice on wardrobe selections that help boost clients’ confidence through the interview process and starting work, or sitting around the Board table with her incredible colleagues – she feels we are making a difference and truly helping women thrive in work and in life.