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Practitioner Spotlight: Dr. Mandy Downie, BSc Kin, DC

Mandy Downie Spotlight

How long have you been in practice?
6 years

What problems/issues do you see most frequently?
Depends on the population, in adults usually low back and neck pain. For infants often digestion, sleeping and latching concerns and for young children trouble regulating their mood.

Favorite thing about your job?
Working together with my patients to reach their full potential and seeing their reaction when they achieve something they didn’t think they would be able to do – or do again.

What are your biggest frustrations in running your practice?
Probably not being considered a “real doctor” within the health care field and not having access to all the resources we are qualified to use.

If someone at a party asks you what you do, how do you respond?
I say that I am a chiropractor and I work on muscles and joints in order to improve how the brain talks to the rest of the body.

How do you manage work and life? Stress management/avoiding burnout
Spending lots of time outside in the woods and I have a fantastic team of health care providers.

Can you tell us about your most uplifting experience when treating a client?
I continue to be amazed at the various aspects of life that chiropractic can help with and I have been lucky enough to work with some amazing patients. It is always rewarding to hear that a child has started walking, feeding or interacting more with his/her family and at school – things we often take for granted that other people had written off as being impossible for that child to achieve.

What was the most interesting case you have ever worked on?
Working with a child who is missing a part of his brain that helps with balance and coordination – and being there when he walked for the first time.

What was your first job?
Byland’s Nursery, out in the field.

What is your most treasured possession?
I would say my health, but I think people who know me would argue that it is by far my dog, Echo!

If you had one month off, where would you go or what would you do?
I actually just had one and I spent it hiking in the Rockies, paddle boarding and visiting friends and family.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A PE teacher

What do you consider your biggest professional achievement so far?
Building and running a successful multi-disciplinary clinic

What is on the top of your bucket list?
I’m still trying to track down the Northern Lights!

Is there something unique that people might not know about you?
I was terrified of chiropractors until I met the chiropractors at OHP 14 years ago!  They were actually the ones who got me interested in chiropractic and now I’m here working along side them.

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