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Lives Lived – Ronald Gitelman, DC

By |November 22, 2012|News|

Source Globe and Mail

by Howard Vernon, DC

Chiropractor, husband, father, outdoorsman, craftsman. Born Jan. 26, 1937, in Trenton, Ont., died Oct. 7, 2012, in Toronto from pancreatic cancer, aged 75.

Whether it was seeing a patient, delivering a lecture, casting his handmade fly rod, carving a piece of wood into a beautiful bowl or walking with his beloved granddaughter, Jennie, nobody did it better than Ron.

He had a zest for life, a love of each day, a sense of humanity, a passion to experience things, and the most engaging smile.

Growing up in a small town close to countryside, Ron had an affinity to nature his whole life. He was happiest in the country, and sought it out all his life.

He was a natural athlete. While playing tennis as a teen, he developed a shoulder problem and an orthopedic specialist told him he needed an operation and that his tennis career was over.

Ron could not accept this, so he rode his bike up the mountain to the office of a man whom the kids used to call a quack who broke bones. Ron thought perhaps the man could help him.

The man was named Dr. Halett, and he was Trenton’s chiropractor. He examined the shoulder, and had Ron back on the courts, free of pain, in two weeks.

That encounter ignited the spark that led Ron to the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.

After graduation, he devoted 40 years to his patients, his educational institution and the profession at large.

From 1963 to 1978, he made several fundamental contributions to chiropractic science: He developed the first scientific database for chiropractors; delivered a lecture at the 1975 National Institutes of Health conference on spinal manipulation, one of the few chiropractors to speak there; and was instrumental in developing chiropractic research.

Ron continued to practise until 2007, when he retired to his cherished chalet in the Beaver Valley near Georgian Bay, where he could devote all his time to his family, his many pastimes and his love of nature. He contributed greatly to the maintenance of the Beaver River.

Ron revelled in the successes of his children, who grew up to be a world-renowned bridge player, a nature conservationist and a teacher. He loved nothing more than to have his close and extended family enjoy the chalet and all the outdoor experiences it provided.

As Ron’s final illness emerged, he said he’d had a great go at life and his bucket was empty, though he thought there might be one last “permit” still in the bucket (still hoping to catch the big one!).

He challenged his illness like he did every other problem in life – head-on and with a sense of determination.

We know that Ron would want us to catch and release, stop and smell the forest, laugh at a good joke and celebrate life the way he did.

We lost a great friend, healer and teacher.

Howard Vernon is Ron’s friend.

Dr. Herbert Lee — dedicated chiropractor, CMCC founder, great friend

By |October 4, 2012|News|

Source CMCC

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Herbert Lee at 101 years of age, a month away from his 102nd birthday on November 5. Dr. Lee was the longest lived and last surviving founder of CMCC. He passed peacefully in Toronto on October 3, 2012.

Dr. Lee made a phenomenal contribution to chiropractic. He was one of a handful of great men who committed to founding CMCC, as an educational institution and as a unifying force to chiropractic in Canada. Dr. Lee was part of the steering committee which founded CMCC, and gave its inaugural lecture at CMCC’s first location, at 252 Bloor Street West, in September, 1945, when the lecturer failed to arrive. He continued this tradition giving the first lecture at the 1900 Bayview location when it opened, as well as the first lecture at CMCC’s current campus.

He continued lecturing well beyond retirement age, remaining a faculty member at CMCC for almost 60 years.

“Dr. Lee has been a stalwart of CMCC, imparting his knowledge of technique to multiple generations of chiropractors,” says Dr. Moss. Dr. Lee offered monthly seminars on adjustment techniques while he was well over 90 years old.

Dr. Herbert Lee was considered a great friend by those privileged to know him.

Dr. Allan Gotlib awarded the Order of Canada

By |July 3, 2012|News|

Source The Canadian Chiropractic Association Bulletin

Alan Gotlib, C.M.Dr. Allan Gotlib, director of Research Programs and editor of the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association has been awarded the Order of Canada for his work developing the profession’s research capacity.

The Governor General announced this year’s recipients last Friday, June 29th.

Dr. Gotlib has been named a Member of the Order of Canada. The Member designation recognizes achievements in a particular field, in this case health.

The Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, was established in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation. Over the last 45 years, more than 5,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.

Allan’s work on behalf of the profession for more than two decades has been groundbreaking. He has facilitated the establishment of university-based chiropractic professorships and research chairs across the country, he serves as executive vice-president of the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation, and has been pivotal in creating the profession’s research Consortium.

Dr. Gotlib has held many Committee positions including Executive Committee for the Canadian Cochrane Network and Center, CIHR President’s Voluntary Sector Committee, president of the College of Chiropractors of Ontario, Transitional Council of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario, Deputy Judges Council in Ontario, and bencher on the Law Society of Upper Canada.

He is a past full professor at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto and maintains membership in the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) and the Canadian Pediatric Society.

In 2006, he received the Chiropractor of the Year award from the Ontario Chiropractic Association, the highest award given by the association in Ontario. In 2007, he received the Canadian Chiropractic Association Medal of Merit, the highest award given by the profession in Canada and, in 2007 he received the Homewood Professorship from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, its highest academic award.

AECC partners with Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College

By |January 19, 2011|Education|

Source Anglo-European College of Chiropractic

Postgraduate students at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) are enrolling on the AECC’s Master of Science Advanced Professional Practice (Clinical Sciences) following a unique agreement forged between the two institutions.

Canadian-based students entering the three-year programme have access to a CMCC Research Supervisor and also benefit from being able to speak directly to AECC tutors during their studies.

The Clinical Sciences programme is one of eleven MSc courses currently delivered at the AECC and it is possible that further courses could be entered onto by CMCC students in the future. Both the AECC and CMCC are delighted at being able to forge a collaborative form of study.

“We’re very excited about this program because it finally offers the opportunity for more chiropractors to access postgraduate education,” says Dr. Paula Stern, Director of Graduate Studies at CMCC. “As well as being available on a part time basis, there is flexibility to the program. As a professional Masters, it allows individuals to choose courses of interest. A candidate may choose to focus on a variety of topics such as geriatrics, chronic pain or disability.” (more…)

Happy 65th Year Anniversary CMCC!

By |October 15, 2010|News|

Source Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College

CMCCOn September 18, 1945, CMCC first opened its doors at 252 Bloor Street West, realizing the dreams of a dedicated group of individuals from across Canada – the Dominion Council of Chiropractors. Their hard work came to fruition as CMCC welcomed what would become the Class of 1949, many of whom were veterans returning from WW II.

CMCC will be celebrating this milestone year throughout 2010, while welcoming the Class of 2014. This year also marks the opening of high technology learning laboratories, which bring together technological advancements including manipulation sensing tables and Gaumard simulated patients, to provide opportunities for diagnostic and clinical skills development and assessment. CMCC is the first chiropractic program to use the Gaumard mannequins presently in use by medical schools throughout the world.


Government of Canada Makes Infrastructure Investments in Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College

By |June 8, 2009|Education|

June 05, 2009 16:44 ET

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – June 5, 2009) – The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today announced more than $350,000 in infrastructure funding for the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto.

The funding is being provided through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, a two-year, $2-billion program designed to repair and expand research and educational facilities at Canadian colleges and universities. The program is helping to provide economic stimulus and promote employment by creating jobs for engineers, architects, tradespeople and technicians.

“This Government of Canada investment will provide a significant economic stimulus to the region,” said Minister of State Goodyear. “Our government is investing in innovation to create jobs, to help our economy recover quickly and to improve the quality of life of Canadians.”

Together with funding from the College itself, the investment for infrastructure projects at the College totals more than $1.2 million.

Canada’s Economic Action Plan sets out to stimulate the Canadian economy over the next two years and to improve our long-term competitiveness through $12 billion in new infrastructure investment, which includes the $2-billion Knowledge Infrastructure Program. This new support is the next substantive investment in the Government of Canada’s multi-year Science and Technology Strategy, Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada’s Advantage.

Knowledge Infrastructure Program Investments in the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College

Through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, the federal government is investing $351,480 to fund two projects at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. The College is providing an additional $858,726 in funding for these projects.

Institution             Project                 Federal               Other
                        Description             Contribution   Contribution
Canadian Memorial       Diagnostic and          $225,980           $722,726
 Chiropractic College   Procedural Simulation
                        Learning Labs
Canadian Memorial       Enhancing Health        $125,500           $136,000
 Chiropractic College   and Safety, and
                        Building Efficiency
                                         TOTAL  $351,480           $858,726

For more information about the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, including program criteria and application instructions, please visit