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Peterborough Chiropractor : Dr. Catherine Owens

“I had no idea how unwell I was until I began to receive chiropractic care as a freshman chiropractic student.”

Peterborough chiropractor Dr. Catherine Owens

Dr. Catherine Owens

The allergies, sinus problems, headaches and frequent colds that plagued me since age 15 were something I had come to accept as part of life. Weekly allergy shots, antihistamines and nasal spray kept the symptoms under control, so I could forget I was chronically sick. Imagine my surprise when I began to feel better…without the drugs!

I believe I was guided to chiropractic as a career. I had no experience of any health care beyond conventional medicine and no knowledge of chiropractic other than some vague association with quackery. Initially I was interested in sports medicine. Very early on in my sports medicine training, I became discouraged by the extremely limited opportunities for women in professional sports (remember, this was the 1970’s). I decided to look for other opportunities in health care. A serendipitous meeting with a female chiropractor, who became my mentor convinced me that the emerging profession of chiropractic was for me!

A Chiropractic Education

dr catherine owens adjusting baby

Dr. Owens is trained and certified to treat infants and children.

After my undergraduate education at the University of Waterloo, I was accepted to Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto. One of the first classmates I met at CMCC was the daughter of a chiropractor. She had never taken a prescription drug, never had surgery…not even a cavity… and never experienced so much as a headache in her entire life! I was intrigued and also inspired to learn more. I knew I had made the right decision to become a chiropractor.

As a result of my studies, mentors and experiences at CMCC and my subsequent post-graduate studies in chiropractic pediatrics at Life University in Atlanta, Georgia, I have embraced the wellness model of chiropractic care. I believe the body is a self-healing organism. We are born to be well. If we become unwell, this occurs because our innate self-healing mechanism is overwhelmed by some form or combination of stressors. Those stressors could be physical, such as some type of injury–particularly to the spine and nervous system; chemical, such as diet, medication or environmental toxicity; or emotional/spiritual, such as depression, fatigue or worry. I attempt to address the whole patient, rather than the symptom.

On a Personal Note

One of the reasons I was attracted to chiropractic was that it held the potential for me to balance my lifestyle. My family time is vitally important and I have been fortunate to be able to enjoy both a satisfying and rewarding career and raise three daughters with my husband. In my personal time away from practice, I love to spend time with my family and work at my natural product distribution business (http://www.immunocal.com/drowens).  I am interested in everything to do with health, so most of my reading is wellness related, although I do enjoy some fiction.  I love music and compile playlists for the office from my personal collection.  I am also a  Harley owner.

My husband James Boyle, a designer and builder (www.imagineers.net) included a gym in our home, so fitness is an integral part of our lifestyle.  My patients discover my passion for exercise early in our therapeutic relationship;  resistance training, stretching, yoga, pilates, pole walking….there is an activity for everyone!   I have an adjusting table at home and I adjust my family members regularly. My own chiropractor is my practice associate Dr. Brad Wild.

Enough about me! I look forward to learning about you! Chiropractic has so much to offer and the results are often surprising in their depth and scope. Give my Peterborough office a call so we can help you take your first step towards better health.


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