CCA Board Members
Dr. Deborah WrightChair, BC
Dr. Debbie Wright obtained her Bachelors of Science (Kinesiology) at Simon Fraser University, where she was a member of the varsity swimming team. She then attended and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. Dr. Wright is a current managing partner of The Grove Health and Wellness, a multi-disciplinary collaborative care clinic located in Courtenay on Vancouver Island, BC. When not chasing around after her seven-year old daughter and five-year old son, she can be found on the slopes of Mount Washington, the mountain bike trails of Cumberland or the warm waters of the Salish Sea.
Dr. Judy Forrester1st Vice Chair, AB
Dr. Judy Forrester has practiced as a Doctor of Chiropractic since 1978. Since graduating from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College with the President’s Graduate of the Year Award she has practiced in both San Francisco, California and Calgary, Alberta. Dr. Forrester is the co-author of Pediatric Chiropractic, a textbook published by Williams and Wilkins (now Lippincott Williams & Wilkins) in 1998. She has also edited and authored numerous professional publications in prenatal and pediatric chiropractic. Dr. Forrester is the founder of a large multidisciplinary health centre in northwest Calgary, Synergea Family Health Centre, which houses diverse healthcare practitioners working in a collaborative care model. Synergea Family Health Centre focuses on family, patient-centred, community-based, and integrative care, and has a mandate to respect individual choices in healthcare. Dr. Forrester has served on the council of the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors and also currently serves as the CCA Director on the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation.
Dr. Russell Baron2nd Vice Chair
Dr. Russell Baron is a 1993 graduate of CMCC in Toronto. A native of Edmonton, he practises with his wife in Winnipeg, Manitoba. With a special interest in rehabilitation and sports chiropractic he has taken a three-year sports fellowship and is also certified in Acupuncture and Active Release Techniques. He has been a long-standing member of the MCA standards committee, and was the past Chair of the Continuing Education Committee. Aside from private practice, Dr. Baron has been the senior chiropractic consultant for Manitoba Public Insurance for over 20 years. When not practising, Dr. Baron will often be found watching or coaching one of his three daughters in any number of activities they are involved in.
Dr. Gerald OlinPast Chair, MB
Dr. Gerald Olin obtained his B.Sc. degree in 1993 from the University of Winnipeg and then graduated from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 1997 as a Doctor of Chiropractic. Dr. Olin is the team chiropractor for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL) and the Winnipeg Jets (NHL). Dr. Olin was Chair of the CCA Board from 2018-2020. He is currently a Director, representing the North American region, on the World Federation of Chiropractic board. He was a Governor of the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board for eight years, having served as chair for three years. He has served in Manitoba as chair of the MCA Standards Committee, chair of the Government Relations Committee and member of the Negotiations Committee, Child and Family Services Committee, and was MCA Liaison for the Mount Carmel Clinic Chiropractic Project.
Alison Dantas, MA, C. Dir.CEO, CCA
Alison Dantas joined the Canadian Chiropractic Association in 2012 as Chief Executive Officer. She has also spent the past 25 years offering her extensive skills as a volunteer to a wide variety of organizations. Alison also received her certification in Coaching through Royal Roads University and is a Designated Chartered Director through The Caribbean Governance Training Institute. Ms. Dantas’ belief and driving force is that every person has unique gifts and the potential for greatness! Her purpose is to work with boards and staff teams to create organizations that embrace innovation and foster positive impact that can change the world.
Dr. Jaipaul ParmarCCA Director, BC
Dr. Jaipaul Parmar is a 2010 graduate of UWS in Portland, Oregon. He is a strong believer of integrated healthcare, working with other health professionals to offer a team-based patient care. Having a patient-centered approach to chiropractic healthcare is of utmost importance at his clinic in Vancouver. Having served as the director in several roles on the BCCA since 2012, Dr. Parmar has gained a wealth of experience of the detailed operations of the provincial association before joining the CCA in 2018. In addition, he has also served the chiropractic community since 2013 by volunteering with CCEB as both an examiner and exam question writer.
Dr. Clark MillsCCA Director, AB
Dr. Clark Mills is a registered chiropractor in Stony Plain, Alberta, about 15 minutes west of Edmonton, on the beautiful Yellowhead highway. He has practised in a multi-doctor facility for over 40 years and has been intimately engaged in institutional governance with a wide variety of provincial, national and international organizations. With a keen interest in organizational governance, Dr. Mills continues to expand his acumen in team building, strategic analysis and decision making, member/donor engagement, risk assessment and executive performance adjudication. Clark is married to Debi and they enjoy country living, travel, music, and — of course — their six grandchildren.
Dr. Doug PattisonCCA Director, SK
Dr. Doug Pattison is a 1998 graduate of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. His passion for the promotion of health extends to all he does. Dr. Doug is a YMCA fitness instructor and professional speaker. Prior to his election to the CCA Board, he served as a Board Member and Public Relations Chair for the Chiropractors’ Association of Saskatchewan. Dr. Pattison hails from the booming metropolis of Lumsden, Saskatchewan, and has been in private practice since 1998. He believes that health comes from within. A properly functioning body combined with good nutrition and regular physical activity is the magic combination to a happy and healthy life. In his spare time, Dr. Pattison loves spending time wrenching on old cars and motorcycles. He enjoys anything outside, especially with his family. Dr. Pattison is the father of two lovely girls and married to a very understanding wife. He is passionate about the promotion and of health and shares the message with anyone who will listen.
Dr. Jennifer WardCCA Director, MB
Dr. Jennifer Ward is an Indigenous chiropractor who owns and operates her clinic on the Opaskwayak First Nation reserve. She has been providing chiropractic and acupuncture treatment to Northern Manitobans for 18 years. After starting postsecondary at age 16, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick and completed training at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2003. Dr. Ward earned her Masters of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine in 2019. With a goal to earn her PhD, she is working with a team of researchers through World Spine Care and the Global Spine Care Initiative to bring chiropractic care to underserviced communities in Northern Canada, Botswana and rural India.
Dr. Ward currently serves on the CCA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force, where she provides strategic and tactical advice to ensure the CCA’s DEI strategy succeeds.
Dr. Martin GurveyCCA Director, ON
Dr. Martin Gurvey has dedicated his career devoted to patient care, advocacy, research advancement, regulation and education. After graduating from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1982, he owned and operated two clinics in Manitoba. During this time, he joined the Chiropractic Foundation for Spinal Research Board and helped spearhead its transformation from a small, volunteer-run organization to a large, world-class foundation now known as the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation (CCRF).
His Board experience continued as Registrar of the Manitoba Chiropractors’ Association, Director on the Canadian Federation of Chiropractic Regulatory Boards and Manitoba Representative to the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board. Most recently, he served for nine years on the Canadian Mental Health Association Board. He now owns a small private practice in Toronto’s North York neighbourhood.
Dr. Catherine BezeauCCA Director, QC
Dr. Catherine Bezeau was an involved student and member of the chiropractic student association as well the general student association at UQTR. She has been an active member of the WCCS, attending to their congress in Dallas, Rio de Janeiro and Durban. After graduating from UQTR in 2013, she started working in Laval, alongside two chiropractor colleagues. Since then, she has been involved with the ACQ, joining their Board of Directors in 2017. Dr. Bezeau joined the CCA Board of Directors in 2018. In her spare time she loves to be with her friends and family and enjoying every moment that life brings as much as she can.
Dr. Norm SkjonsbergCCA Director, NB
Dr. Norm Skjonsberg is a 1993 graduate of Palmer College in Davenport, Iowa. He has been in private practice for over 26 years and is currently the director of multidisciplinary clinics in Saint John and Grand Bay- Westfield, New Brunswick, that offer chiropractic, acupuncture, kinesiology, massage therapy and grief counselling. Dr. Skjonsberg has been active in the New Brunswick Chiropractor’s Association since 1998 and has served as secretary, vice-president and was president for 14 years. He received the NBCA Presidents Citation Award in 2019. He lives in Grand Bay-Westfield, NB, and has been a volunteer firefighter in the region since 1999. He has received the prestigious awards of Rookie of the Year and Firefighter of the Year. Currently, he is currently serving as a District Chief for the volunteer firefighters. Dr. Skjonsberg is the proud father of one daughter, Dr. Chantal Skjonsberg, who resides in the Ottawa area and works as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Glenn GuildersonCCA Director, NS
Dr. Glenn Guilderson is a 2001 graduate of CMCC. He is originally from Lower Sackville NS and after graduation, returned to his hometown to open Back to Health Chiropractic and Wellness. Over the years his clinic has grown into a multidisciplinary center that integrates chiropractic, osteopathy, psychology, acupuncture and massage therapy. Before CMCC, Dr. Glenn served as the president of the Dalhousie Biology Association and as president of the Dalhousie Science Society. While at CMCC he served as president of the World Congress of Chiropractic Students (WCCS) for three years. Since graduating he has been an active member of his business community. For three years he served as the chair of the board of directors of the Sackville Business Association, an association he is proud to have been a founding member of and which today, almost 2 decades later, continues to revitalize Sackville's downtown business district. He currently serves as secretary of the Council of the Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors. In his spare time he loves road trips to the beaches of Nova Scotia with his wife and two boys and enjoys starting his days with a strong cappuccino.
Dr. Vincent AdamsCCA Director, PEI
Dr. Vincent Adams is a 1993 graduate of CMCC in Toronto. After graduating from CMCC, he returned to his home of Prince Edward Island to establish chiropractic practices in three locations. He continued his education and received his diploma in Chiropractic Rehabilitation in 1997. He is also certified in acupuncture and is a strength and conditioning specialist. He has served on the CCA board for over five years and continues to help foster the growth of the profession. He is an avid sports enthusiast, loves bodybuilding and is presently vice-president of the PEI Bodybuilding Association. Dr. Adams currently resides in Charlottetown, PEI, with his children — Matthew, Jonathon, Rhaya, Kaia, and Amina.
Dr. Ken BudgellCCA Director, NL
Dr. Ken Budgell is a 2009 clinical honours graduate of CMCC in Toronto. After graduation from CMCC, he returned home to establish the St. John’s Back Pain Clinic to work alongside Medical Doctors, Nurse Practitioners and Registered Massage Therapists. Spending nights and weekends playing a variety of sports, running, cycling and weight training falls in line with his sports-focused practice. He has been actively involved with the NL Chiropractic Association since 2011 and joined the CCA Board of Directors in 2015.