Angelo Santin, born and raised in Thunder Bay, was introduced to Chiropractic at the young age of 16 when his cousin offered to provide Chiropractic care to Angelo’s basketball team. He recalls, “I had never been to a chiropractor, and I really didn’t know what to expect, but I’ll never forget my first adjustment. I remember feeling like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders.” After experiencing the benefits of his first adjustment, and noticing the atmosphere in the chiropractic office as he watched happy people leaving the office smiling, his introduction to that positive environment provided him with the incentive to pursue a career in the service industry that would allow him to help people live their lives to their fullest.
Angelo was committed to his career choice and enrolled in a vigorous science program that he thought would provide him with a strong background and prepare him for a career in Chiropractic, even though the courses he enrolled in were advanced and not required in his program.
After completing his science program, he was accepted into the prestigious Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College where he obtained his Doctor of Chiropractic. Looking back he explains, “Chiropractic College provides an extensive 4 year training program with the same amount of required hours as the medical program.”
The rigid curriculum required he fulfill his 12-month internship and integrate his knowledge in the chiropractic faculty for 6 months, and serve his remaining 6 month period at Annishinaabe Health Centre in Toronto.
He learned some important life experiences during that time and remembers showing up on the first day and being told to go home and change into casual clothing that consisted of jeans and a t-shirt so the chiropractic team would fit in. Looking back, he laughs. “We had to go home and change which suited me fine, because jeans and a t-shirt is what I like to wear.”
After graduating, Angelo and Carla had to decide where they would live, practice and raise a family, which now consists of their three young children. The decision was difficult because Angelo has family in Thunder Bay, but Carla’s family lived in Hamilton. In the end, they decided to choose a place that would provide them with a slower pace of life so they would have more time to spend with their children.
Looking back, Angelo realizes their decision of making Thunder Bay their home has proven to be a wise choice. Their established practice provides a happy environment that families have come to trust over the years, and Angelo has been instrumental in helping them live their lives to the fullest.
Angelo feels at home in the Thunder Bay community and he understands the importance of giving back, event though he hesitates to talk about his community involvement because he feels he could do so much more.
To date, he is involved in volunteer programs that include:
Angelo and his wife Carla also use their office as a tool to give back to the community, supporting local food drives and matching the poundage of food raised.
He is dedicated to providing personalized care that promotes healing and long term well being to his patients. And in his words, he explains, “I do what I do really well so people can do what they do really well.”
If you would like to find out how Angelo can help you lead more of a productive life and start living with less pain, call 807-344-4606.
Born and raised in Hamilton, Carla’s passion for Chiropractic care and working with children began at a young age.
It all started when her mother was seeking advice on scoliosis, a condition her cousins were afflicted with. Her mother attended a workshop because she was desperately searching for answers that would help with her own children.
It was during that time her mother was introduced to Chiropractic care and the benefits of getting children checked early on in life. Her mother realized the importance and benefits of Chiropractic care and Carla’s Chiropractic journey began.
At age 11, Carla received routine adjustments every two weeks, and she was eventually invited to work for her own Chiropractor, assisting with in-office typing and filing tasks.
Her part-time position continued right through high school and university. Carla looks back on that experience and explains, “For me, it was an awesome environment where people were coming in wanting to get better. It was a refreshing career choice because I knew I would be helping people who would be actively participating in their own health and well-being.”
Carla understands only too well what it’s like to be on the other side of the table. At the young age of 18 she was involved in a bad snowboarding injury that herniated discs in her back. Chiropractic care was the one thing that got her through, and it became the driving force of her passion today.
Experiencing and witnessing first hand the impact and benefits of chiropractic care, provided Carla with the pivotal inspiration that helped define the rest of her successful career.
Carla enrolled at McMaster’s four-year Kinesiology program, and then attended Chiropractic College in Toronto for an additional 4 years. She participated in an extensive internship during her last year.
She is an active member of the International Chiropractic Association for Paediatrics and participates in an ongoing program that deals with children and Paediatrics called Generations, where she is mentored by a major Paediatric Chiropractor in the United States.
As a mother of three young children, Carla understands the importance of adjusting her own children regularly. She explains, “Our children have been adjusted right from birth. We made it a point of checking them right at birth when they were no more than 10 – 15 minutes old.”
In Carla’s home, her children ask for an adjustment instead of Advil when they don’t feel well.
Carla understands the hectic lifestyle we all experience in our daily lives and she is the first to admit, “I’m guilty of being that mom who knows all about health and how important it is to carve time out for yourself, and yet, I’m guilty of putting myself last a lot of the time. If you don’t make that time for yourself, you’re never going to be your best.”
If you are wondering how Carla can help you and your child achieve and maintain your best health, call our office to schedule a consult at: 807-344-4606.
Dr. Carlee Otway, new to the team as a fully licensed chiropractor, is very excited to share her passion for the profession here at Santin Chiropractic.
Carlee has been interested in chiropractic since 2015 when she was working as a summer student here at Santin Chiropractic. After studying kinesiology at Lakehead University, Carlee went on to continue her education at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she graduated as a Doctor of Chiropractic in December, 2021. Carlee is very thankful for the experience she gained over her years in Minnesota and looks forward to progressing professionally with Santin Chiropractic.
Carlee was born and raised in Thunder Bay Ontario and is happy to be back. In her free time, Carlee likes to take advantage of what Thunder Bay is known for – the outdoors. She believes movement and proper nutrition are an integral part of health and wellness. She is motivated by sharing personal experiences and has a goal to educate the community of its importance and role in the body.
Carlee describes Chiropractic as the thing that changed her life in many ways. “Chiropractic is important to me because I see the major improvements and positive impact it has on people’s lives. It gives me a sense of fulfillment that I will now be able to share it with other people.” Carlee likes to say that Chiropractic chose her and now she can’t wait to share her love for the profession with Santin Chiropractic and the community.
Olivia graduated from Confederation College in 2021 from the Dental Assisting Program. After working as a dental assistant for a year at a local orthodontic office she decided to take on a new roll as a Chiropractic Assistant. The skills she has gained while working as a dental assistant make her a great fit here at Santin Chiropractic.
In her spare time Olivia enjoys travelling, hiking and spending time with family and friends. Say hi to Olivia next time you pass the front desk!
Jackson, a local resident of Thunder Bay, is currently in his fourth year of kinesiology at Lakehead University. After graduation next fall he intends to pursue further education in chiropractic care.
Jackson is a long time patient at our office and joined our team in early 2021 as a Clinical Assistant, where he continues to take on new tasks around the office to ensure our patients are given top notch care. Jackson is currently working under our Physiotherapist as the Laser Therapist, helping patients recover from injuries daily.
In his spare time, Jackson is actively involved in the hockey community as he coaches U-18 hockey and plays junior hockey. Jackson sees great value in chiropractic care and has referred numerous athletes to our office in which he saw great results from. Jackson’s fascination in chiropractic care and seeing patients achieve a better quality of life is why he is a great fit to our team!
Mary has a handful of experience under her belt. Working in human resources for over 10 years, she has gained the skills needed to take on her new role with us as Office Manager.
Mary, born and raised in Thunder Bay, feels that nothing truly compares to living in NWO. She enjoys hiking in the beautiful outdoors that surround us and playing sports such as volleyball, basketball, and tennis. With sports comes injuries, as Mary learned when she suffered from a sprained SI joint in 2020. This is when she first sought chiropractic help and understood its true benefits and how it can help impact people’s lives for the better.
Mary is excited to continue on her journey as the Office Manager and helping the people in the city she loves!
Mikayla was born and raised in Thunder Bay and recently completed her Master of Science in Kinesiology at Lakehead University. She has always been interested in the human body and what it is capable of which makes her a great asset to our team.
Mikayla is currently working under our Physiotherapist performing laser therapy helping patients recover from a multitude of different injuries. From her years of being a competitive dancer she understands the importance of a speedy recovery and having a well-rounded health care team.
When she is not at work she can usually be found at the gym, spending time with friends and family, exploring a new part of NWO or at the lake. Next time you see her at the clinic be sure to say hello!