Our Featured Practitioner of the Month
Dr. Duriell Bernard started with Qi Integrated Health in January 2017. This month, our very own Bryn Hyndman sat down with Dr. Bernard to learn a little more about him.
What conditions do you love to treat?
“Acute injuries – knee, low back, shoulders, neck. Injuries from anything- MVA, activity or sport related, work related. I see a lot of individuals who sit at work and present with cervical postural syndrome – a condition I enjoy treating due to the relatively quick results. I also treat foot and hip problems, and low back and shoulder related injuries.
I’ve been applying to the biopsychosocial model of pain, whether acute or chronic. Focusing on addressing the true pain mechanisms at play while not undermining the mental/emotional and social influencers that may be operating simultaneously.
A part of enhancing patient experience and optimizing management is asking, “how can I help you” or “what are your expectations for today’s visit” foster a patient-centered approach to treatment. This also allows opportunity to hear what is important to the patient – and if necessary making the appropriate referral to..RMT…ND…osteo etc…possible.”
What was your biggest career step that led you on your current path?
Being granted an opportunity to participate in high level sport after volunteering for a year in this community.
I wanted to give back and contribute and I did not expect this to happen. During this time I was in my last year of chiropractic college and had personal life stresses and financial stress, and it was a time of turmoil. This time showed me that luck really is when preparedness and opportunity meet, and I manifested many options.
My proudest accomplishment is working at the 2016 Paralympics, 5 world championships, 1 commonwealth games, being medical lead for all of athletics during 2015 Pan American Games and when I’m engaging, motivating, inspiring and individuals to to become better versions of themselves.
I was the medical lead for Athletics Canada in their eastern high performance center in Toronto, and those I worked with were truly an integrated team of different physicians, physiotherapists, massage therapists, strength and conditioning coaches, nutritionists.
What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned in your career, and how did you learn it?
You have to love what you do, and do what you love.
If you don’t love what you do then you’ll be miserable. You can make lots of money, maybe, but you’ll be constantly drifting and unfulfilled.
Setting realistic goals and expectations. Adhering to a plan. Without a plan, you don’t know where you’re going. How are you going to get there? Establishing really good relationships with those within your industry and those around you. Good relationships are critical.
Dr. Bernard is accepting new patients at Qi Integrated Health!
Please get in touch to make a complimentary initial consultation.