About

Chris has been practicing chiropractic since 1997. He participates in industry education as an instructor, developer and learner. He continues to promote the importance of conservative care and exercise through the education of future chiropractors, evidence-based practice and learning.

The Degraauw family
The deGraauw Family
Francophone Games 2013, Nice France
Campus Clinic
Teaching Technique
FICS conference
Pan Am Games 2015
Outreach Program

Work Experience

1997 to present

Owner, DCHealth Centre, Pickering, Ontario
Private multi-disciplinary practice

2006 to present

Director of Durham Sports Centres; Designated Clinic for the Ontario Soccer Association in Durham

2004 to Present

Assistant Professor, Division of Clinical Education, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC). This appointment involves teaching and the direct supervision of interns.

2003 - 2004

Clinician, Cummer Clinic; CMCC transition to Leslie Street

1999 - 2002

CMCC, Tutor and Clinical education

1997 - 1999

CMCC, Sports Sciences resident

DCHealth Centre

Duffins Creek logoDuffins Creek Health Centre has been serving the community of Pickering Ontario since 1995. Chris deGraauw is co-owner with his wife Lara deGraauw. The clinic has grown into a multi-disciplinary facility including chiropractors, massage therapists, sports physician, naturopathic doctor and radiologist.

Duffins Creek Health Centre provides exceptional professionals to deliver patient-centered, evidence-based, integrated health care. This is accomplished through a consistent investment in selection, integration and education of our team. We feel our patient base and our community can achieve exceptional health through exceptional people.

Education

2003

Fellowship Status in Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences Canada

1999

Acupuncture Council of Ontario, Toronto

1997

Doctor of Chiropractic, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Toronto

Teaching

Currently enrolled in : Introduction to Teaching and Learning : The fundamental theories and practice of effective teaching and learning are introduced, exploring teacher identity and philosophy; determining characteristics, diversities and learning styles; discussing adult learning theories; exploring approaches to teaching and learning; developing strategies for designing and facilitating learning experiences; and assessing curriculum, student learning and teaching practice. These areas of adult education are examined utilizing self-directed learning, critical reflection and experiential learning strategies.

Sample presentations and documents. Learning Styles, OSCE Station, Intern-Centred Approach

ICA - Intern-Centred Approach

An intern centered approach takes into account a complex multitude of variables that will guide the strategy for the individual.  Variables to consider include their own personal learning style, their past and current experience, and their goals for their clinical year.  The approach includes consistent monitoring and reflection to ensure the path strategies chosen are effective.

Leadership

Leadership, Guidance and Constructivism

...inspire through dedication, trust and guidance

It was enlightening to learn about the different learning theories. In particular I enjoyed learning about constructivist theory. It reinforced the intern's need to learn by "doing". It shows that part of guiding and leading is to trust the learners to experience clinical encounters and work through scenarios with minimal intervention at times. Clearly learning by doing is the dominant learning style for interns. It takes a confident mentor to allow them to fully explore this while working with patients.

Expertise

Expertise and Lifelong Learning

...provide expertise through advanced practice teaching and learning

To inspire life long learners we first need to ensure we are also committed to continue the pusuit of learning and excellence. It is through this commitment and dedication that we can truly inspire and mentor our learners. In order to take our teaching role to its highest level we need to not only pursue expertise in our clinical practice but also foster excellence in teaching. This requires its own dedication and commitment to teaching excellence and expands our own learning opportunities.

Integrity

Reflection and Feedback

...consistent demonstration of strict moral code with both patient care and all intern interactions.

It is important to ensure interns are provided consistent, clear, constructive feedback on multiple if not all their skills and competencies. The role of the primary clinician is to provide the majority of the feedback to interns utilizing competency evaluation, formative feedback and encourage the intern's own self-reflection. Three hundred and sixty degree feedback is also recommended which can include: patient feedback, colleague review, resource clinician evaluation and staff review. In this way it is a team approach to guide the intern on their path.

teamwork

...encourage collaboration within the learners and utilize both internal and external stakeholders for the benefit of patient care and intern learning..

It is exciting to engage a group of learners on a common path. The group dynamics for learning can inspire and motivate each participant so that even more is accomplished. The role around team learning is imperative and allows for continuous growth and development at a demanding level. When the group work ethic is high the individuals also rise to the challenge.

Courses taught past 5 years :

Clinical Practice: Internship (CE 4405):

This 1560 hour Clinical internship course is the culmination of the Clinical Practice courses. Interns assume patient care under the direct supervision of a primary clinical faculty member, participate in rounds, attend symposia, complete a clinical laboratory internship, an x-ray technology clerkship, and a radiology interpretation clerkship. Role: Clinical

GS 505: Graduate Student Rounds:

The goal of GS 505 is to develop knowledge and understanding of specific clinical conditions and issues, presentation skills and experience in “on-the-spot” questioning. Graduate Student Rounds emphasize conceptual understanding and problem solving as opposed to factual recall, and encourage learning by creating an atmosphere for discussion. Different teaching and lecturing strategies are utilized during rounds, as each student is responsible for the presentation of selected material.

GS 605: Advanced Graduate Student Rounds:

The goal of GS 605 is to develop advanced knowledge and understanding of specific clinical conditions and issues along with improving presentation skills. Graduate Student Rounds emphasize conceptual understanding and problem solving as opposed to factual recall, and encourage learning by creating an atmosphere for discussion. Different teaching and lecturing strategies are utilized during rounds, as each student is responsible for the presentation of selected material.

Visit to UQTR in Quebec city, 2016
Visit to UQTR in Quebec city, 2016
Universite de Quebec-trois Rivieres (UQTR) Liaison Team
Université de Québec Trois Rivières (UQTR)
With the RCCSSC(C) board at the CCA convention 2015
With the RCCSSC(C) board at the CCA convention 2015

Professional Activities

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RCCSS(C)

2012 - 2016

President, Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences of Canada

2003 - 2016

Examiner, RCCSS Fellowship Examinations, April Exam Development

2015

PanAm ParaPanAm GamesGames, Toronto, Collaborative Strategies RCCSS
RCCSS(C) Train Smarter Conference, Two Slides Two Minutes Moderator, Toronto, Ontario, November

2014

RCCSS(C) Tri-Harder Conference, Moderator Clinical Cases, Toronto, Ontario, November

2013

RCCSS(C) Run Faster Conference, Moderator Clinical Cases,Whitby, Ontario, November

2004 - 2012

RCCSS(C) Run Faster Conference, Moderator Clinical Cases, Whitby, Ontario, November
Director of Fellowship Examinations for the RCCSS(C)

2005

Coordinator of Post Graduate Sports Injuries Conference of the CCSS(C), Toronto, Ontario, CMCC

RCCSSC logoEIMC

2013 - 2016

Exercise Is Medicine Canada Task Force, Member

2016

CCSSQ, sports conference, Exercise is Medicine work shop January, UQTR
FICS conference, European Chiropractic union, Exercise is Medicine Canada work shop, May, Oslo Norway

2014

Sports Chiropractic for Ultimate Performance, Conference; Exercise is Medicine Workshop, Vancouver, BC, April

2011 & 2013

Examiner for the Canadian Academy Sport and Exercise Medicine; OSCE Stations

2004 - 2006

Back Swing Committee Member

CMCC

2009 - 2016

Union Steward for CMCC Clinicians

2006 - 2014

Member of the CMCC Health and Safety Committee

2013

CMCC Homecoming, Grand Rounds Panelist, June
Hip osteoarthritis presentation, CE3304, CMCC

1999

Acupuncture Certification, Continuing Education CMCC

Research and Scholarly Works

Referred Journal Articles

  1. deGraauw, C: "Osteochondral lesion of the talus in a recreational athlete: a case report:, J Can Chiro Assoc, 43(1), 15-21, 1999.
  2. Original Research Paper: Dragon Boat Athlete Injuries and Profiles Abstract: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Volume 31:5 Supplement Poster Presentation: 46th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Seattle, June 1999.
  3. Research Presentation, World Federation of Chiropractic Congress; Montreal, Quebec; A Survey of Fellows in the College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada): their intervention practices and intended therapeutic outcomes when treating athletes. 2009
  4. Miners, A; deGraauw, C: A Survey of Fellows in the College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada): their intervention practices and intended therapeutic outcomes when treating athletes. J Can Chiro Assoc, 54(4), 282-292, 2010
  5. Schenkel, D; deGraauw, J; deGraauw C: Case Report: Talocalcaneal coalition in a 15 year old female basketball player. J Can Chiro Assoc, 54(4), 222-228, 2010.
  6. Torrance, D; deGraauw, C: The Treatment of Post-Traumatic Myositis Ossificans of the Anterior Thigh with Extra Corporeal Shock Wave Therapy. J Can Chiro Assoc, 55(4), 241- 247, 2011.
  7. Laframboise, M; deGraauw, C: The effects of aerobic physical activity on adiposity in school-aged children and youth: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. J Can Chiro Assoc, 55(4), 257-269, 2011.
  8. Piper, S; deGraauw, C: A 14-year-old competitive, high-level athlete with unilateral low back pain: case report. J Can Chiro Assoc, 56(4),2012.
  9. Exercise Is Medicine Canada Task Force Members: Development of Exercise Prescription & Referral Pad for Primary Health Care Professionals Released November 8, 2013 Family Medicine Forum Vancouver, BC
  10. E. Woitzik, C. deGraauw: Ulnar Impaction Syndrome: A case series investigating the appropriate diagnosis, management, and post-operative considerations:Case series, JCCA Vol 58 No 4, 2014

SKILLS AND AFFILIATIONS

Membership with CMCC, OCA, CCA, CCPA from 1997 to present

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