World Spine Care Trip to Moca, Dominican Republic : March 2 – April 6, 2016

World Spine Care (WSC) is a global charity on a mission to improve lives in under-served communities.  The aim of WSC is to create a world in which everyone has access to highest quality spine care possible.  Dr. Lopes had been wanting to do such a volunteer trip since she graduated in 2005, and finally made it a reality!  She volunteered for 5 weeks at a clinic in Moca, Dominican Republic providing care to a variety of patients.  It was a fantastic experience where Dr. Lopes got to be immersed in the Dominican culture with lots of hands-on experience and was able to use her Spanish speaking skills.

(http://www.worldspinecare.org/clinics/dominican-republic/)(http://www.worldspinecare.org/team/clinical-volunteers/)

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 Picture of Dr. Lopes with a patient celebrating that he was able to move his shoulder after having very limited range of motion for months.  He had undergone surgery but did not have the money or services to receive the therapy needed to regain his mobility, so he had to stop working.

 

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Punta Cana 10km: April 3, 2016

After completing her time volunteering in Moca, Dominican Republic, Dr. Lopes travelled across the country to Punta Cana to take part in the 10km Punta Cana race.  This was her first 10km race she had ever done and it was a great one because it was completed in a foreign country! GO BIG OR GO HOME!

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Canadian Deaf Sports Association Women’s Volleyball Team: March 7-8, 2016

Dr. Lopes volunteered her time with the Canadian Deaf Women’s Volleyball team during their training ID camp at Seneca College in Toronto.  She provided on-site care to the athletes and instructed them on how to stretch effectively.

 

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Flying Angels Youth Track and Field Team: 2014 – March 2016

Dr. Lopes volunteered once a week with the Flying Angels Youth Track and Field team providing on-site care as well as instruction on how to prevention injury.  The team practiced both indoors at Monarch Park Stadium and outdoors at Birchmount Stadium.

 

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Functional Assessment at Elgin Mills Orange Theory Fitness: January 10, 2016

Dr. Lopes went to the Elgin Mills Orange Theory Fitness location in Richmond Hill, where she does HIIT (high intensity interval training) to do a talk to some gym members.  The talk focused on doing a functional assessment of your whole body to see how well you are moving and how you can improve.

 

 

RCCSS(C) Conference “Train Smarter: An Integrative Approach to Performance Enhancement”: November 21-22, 2015

Dr. Lopes acted as Conference Chair Person for the annual Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences Canada conference held in Toronto.  This year’s theme focused on training athletes and looked at the nutritional, rehab, psychological and treatment aspects around training more efficiently.  The conference was a great success with a variety of allied health professionals in attendance.

 

Volunteering with the Canadian Deaf Sports Association (CDSA) Track & Field Training Camp: September 25, 2015

Dr. Lopes volunteered her time with the Canadian Deaf Track & Field team during their training camp at York University in Toronto.  She provided on-site care to the athletes and assessed their mobility to help prevent future injuries.

 

Toronto 2015 Para Pan Am Games: August 7-15, 2015

Dr. Lopes volunteered in August 2015 as a sports chiropractor.  She assisted at York University for Athletics. She provided both sports first responder and chiropractic services to athletes as part of the host medical team for the Games.   She assisted athletes with visual, physical and intellectual impairments.

 

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Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games: July 10-26, 2015

Dr. Lopes volunteered in July 2015 as a sports chiropractor.  She assisted during the Opening Ceremonies as well as for the Men’s & Women’s Handball events. She provided both sports first responder and chiropractic services to athletes as part of the host medical team for the Games.

(http://www.toronto2015.org/)

 

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Canadian Deaf Sports Association Track & Field ID Camp

Dr. Lopes volunteered her time with the Canadian Deaf Track & Field team during their Identification Camp at York University in Toronto.  She provided on-site care to the athletes and assessed their mobility to help prevent future injuries.

 

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