Chiropractors are doctors who practice a manual approach to medicine, providing diagnosis, treatment and preventative care for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system, muscles and joints of the body.
Chiropractic care encompasses a combination of treatments which are based on the specific needs of the individual patient. After taking a complete medical history, and assessing the patient using orthopedic testing, a chiropractor will develop a comprehensive treatment plan including therapeutic exercises, soft tissue work, osseous manipulation (ie. chiropractic adjustments), and diet and lifestyle recommendations.
Chiropractic education is rigorous and thorough. To attend chiropractic school, applicants must complete a minimum of 2 years of undergraduate training at a university. Their chiropractic education is 4 years, thus doctors of chiropractic graduate with a minimum of 6 years of full time post-secondary education.
Doctor of chiropractic is a regulated profession, recognized in statute in all Canadian provinces and American states and most counties of the world.
Dr. Dawn McElgunn BSc, DC
Dr. Dawn McElgunn completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of California, Berkeley and received her Doctor of Chiropractic in 2003 from Life Chiropractic College West. In addition to her chiropractic practice, Dr. McElgunn has additional training in active release technique (ART), Gua sha, corrective exercises, and integrative medicine.
She has a special interest in helping patients with spinal stenosis and has received advanced training in this area from Dr. Carlo Ammendolia, DC, PhD of Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. McElgunn’s unique treatment approach combines manual therapy, special exercises, body repositioning and self management strategies.
Dr. McElgunn holds chiropractic licenses in Hawaii, Colorado, Ontario, and British Columbia, and is a member of the American Chiropractic Association, Canadian Chiropractic Association, and the British Columbia Chiropractic Association. She brings over a decade of clinical experience to the Victoria community, and is fortunate to have practiced in several places including the beautiful island of Maui, where she treated many of the island’s top athletes.
I have been to many chiropractors through the years with varying degrees of successful results, that is until I had the opportunity to be treated by Dr. Dawn McElgunn. She takes the time to evaluate your needs thoroughly before she treats you, and then uses her vast knowledge and techniques to properly treat you in a manner that gets results. This is a practitioner that REALLY cares about your wellbeing.
~ J. Lawson
I visited Dr. Dawn for the first time recently and was very impressed. I have been to many chiropractors over the years and have always felt rushed and not important. Not with Dr. Dawn, she took her time, was very thorough and explained everything to me and even gave some exercises to take home with me. By far the best experience I've ever had with a chiropractor. Thanks Dr. Dawn, I will be back.