Dr. Mélanie Lachapelle
Dr. Mélanie Lachapelle was born and raised in the tiny hamlet of Belle-Vallée, Ontario. Slowpitch, playing outside in the hay fields, doing the mail run were a few of the many things that kept her active. It was her love for track and field (sprinting specifically) and her parents devotion to coaching/traveling that lead her to University. She pursued her athletic career at the University of Windsor, where she received the Rookie of the Year award in track and field and was a CIS Academic All-Canadian.
Unfortunately, no high level training comes without its downs. After seeing different health care providers, it was thanks to a wonderful team of chiropractors and athletic therapists that she was able to overcome an acute low back pain episode in order to compete at the Pan-American Junior Games. This moment is what sparked her interest in chiropractic.
In 2009, Dr. Lachapelle graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, Ontario. During her education at CMCC, she took part in the Canadian Chiropractic Assocation Student Council, the Research Review Service, and was part of a few treatment outreaches for beach volleyball tournaments.
Dr. Lachapelle’s chiropractic career started in Pickering, Ontario for 3 years only to follow her heart and move to Whitehorse in January 2012 due to love. She has enjoyed trying all lifestyle activities the Yukon has to offer and continues to enjoy running, mountain biking and broomball.
Key features in practicing in the Yukon have been the diversity of patients and being able to exercise her native tongue, to converse in French, at work. She has special interests in treating women in pregnancy and sports injuries.
Dr. Jonathan Hawkins
Dr. Jonathan Hawkins grew up in Guelph, Ontario living an active outdoor lifestyle. His main activity growing up was playing soccer but could also be found biking, running, rock climbing and playing racket sports. He continued playing soccer at university, and was a CIS All-Canadian athlete playing varsity soccer for the University of Guelph.
It was during this time that Dr. Hawkins suffered from a serious sports injury that prevented him from playing soccer. While very frustrating, it was an enlightening time for him as he visited many different health care professionals and was able to see their different styles of practice. In the end, he found that chiropractic was the most informative and beneficial for his injury and this was one of the main reasons that lead him to become a chiropractor.
Dr. Hawkins graduated from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, Ontario in 2015. That summer, Dr. Hawkins moved to Whitehorse in pursuit of living in an active, outdoor community. He can be found keeping active in many different ways such as playing soccer, squash, skiing, or running.
Dr. Sydney Massey
Dr. Sydney Massey has recently received her Doctor of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) and is excited to join the Chilkoot Chiropractic team. Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Dr. Massey is no stranger to the Yukon. She has previously worked in Dawson City for several summers managing the municipal swimming pool. The beautiful landscape and amazing community have inspired her to return to the Yukon.
Dr. Massey grew up playing multiple sports including volleyball, swimming, circus arts, and ultimate frisbee. Prior to attending the CMCC, Dr. Massey received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at McMaster University. During her time at McMaster, she also worked as a researcher for the neurophysiology department and as a physiotherapy assistant at the David Braley Sports Medicine clinic.
During her doctorate pursuit at the CMCC, Dr. Massey was an active member of the CMCC community. She was part of the women’s volleyball team and the Students’ Council where she raised over $45,000 for chiropractic research and local charities. Dr. Massey also has experience working at a foot specialist clinic where she learned about various lower limb conditions and the therapies available including custom orthotics.
Dr. Massey’s specialities include treating jaw pain and headaches and has acquired multiple certifications and techniques over the years including:
· Clinical Acupuncture
· Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Bootcamp
· Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Therapy
· Activator Technique
· Intra-Oral Soft Tissue Therapy for Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
Dr. Brenna MacPhail
Dr. Brenna MacPhail was raised with an extremely active upbringing in the small farming community of Perth in eastern Ontario. She went on to complete her Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, during which time she was able to pursue her interests for sports and healthcare while working as a student athletic therapist with the varsity football team. A sports injury of her own allowed her to discover a further passion for chiropractic, bringing her to the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, graduating in 2015, and to McMaster University where she obtained her Contemporary Medical Acupuncture certificate.
While pursuing her Doctorate of Chiropractic, Dr. Brenna was an avid spokesperson for the positive impacts of physical activity and its effects on a healthy, happy lifestyle. On this note, she put herself to the test as a team member of Unleash Your Potential, a group of four chiropractic students who in the summer of 2013 cycled across Canada from Victoria B.C. to Halifax N.S. Along the way, the team engaged with children’s groups about the importance of movement, healthy eating, and living a positive life. In her final years at CMCC, Dr. Brenna’s love for travel, adventure, and helping others saw her treating at an outreach in the Dominican Republic and also as Treasurer on the board of directors for the World Congress of Chiropractic Students, a not-for profit organisation promoting global unity amongst the chiropractic profession.
Dr. MacPhail believes that active living is a means of keeping physically in shape, but perhaps more importantly, that it has a positive impact on mental well-being. When not in the office, you will find her enjoying an active lifestyle of being generally competitive in almost any sport, enjoying a good cup of black coffee, cooking (ask her about her favourite cookbooks!), playing Scrabble, and riding her bike - road cycling is her go-to, but she excitedly anticipates the opportunity to try her hand at mountain biking now that she’s in the Yukon!