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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 5 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 and my subsequent post-graduate specialty work in prenatal and paediatric chiropractic 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, it’s 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 soulful career and raising three daughters with my husband, James.  My personal pursuits include time with family and gardening.   I am interested in everything to do with health, so most of my reading is wellness related, although I do enjoy some fiction and biographies.  I love music and compile playlists for the office from my personal collection.

My husband James Boyle is an industrial and architectural designer and project manager.  His company, Imagineers Ltd ( did the design and project management for the renovation on our beautiful heritage building in downtown Peterborough.

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  office a call so we can help you take your first step towards better health.

Core Chiropractic | (705) 740-0101