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Practitioner Spotlight: Dr. Dane Carlson

I grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, or as many like to call it, Winterpeg! I then studied Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. After Ottawa, I made the move to Toronto to attend the Doctor of Chiropractic program at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. There, I completed clinical placements at St. Michael’s Hospital and Sherbourne Health Centre, where I was able to collaborate with other health care professionals to deliver optimal patient care. When not at the hospital, I worked as a therapist and emergency first responder for a number of hockey teams in Toronto. 

I have been fortunate to have seen and treated a wide variety of both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions. I also have a great interest in athletic performance! I pride myself on using the most recent scientific evidence in treating my patients, and I love empowering them to reach their goals. 

When not at OHP, you can usually find me training for my next marathon, cycling, hiking, skiing at Big White, golfing, or enjoying a coffee at Sprout Bakery.

Favorite thing about your job?

I love being able to help people. When patients come into OHP in pain and unable to do the activities that are meaningful to them, like picking up their kids/grandkids, or being able to participate in their favourite sport, and they leave OHP feeling better and able to do those activities, I feel so much joy! 

Can you tell us about your most uplifting experience when treating a client?

This has to be when a patient of mine told me that the headaches he had been plagued with for years had gone away since I started treating him. I find it so fascinating to see the immediate effects chiropractic care can have for people. 

What was your first job?

My first job was at a restaurant washing dishes at the age of 14! I loved golf, and I asked my parents for a new set of clubs. They told me if I wanted them I’d have to pay for them with my own money. I worked hard and saved up enough to buy the clubs. I, unfortunately, discovered that new clubs would not make me a better golfer. Ha! 

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

It seemingly changed on a daily basis. I remember at various times wanting to be an architect, a professional hockey player, and a General Manager for an NHL team. 

Is there something unique that people might not know about you? (hobbies, hidden talents, etc.)

My wife and I joke that if I wasn’t a chiropractor, I could open a restaurant. I love to cook, but am not a fan of following recipes, so I often get creative and make some tasty dishes!

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