Meet Candace Kakowchyk, Osteopathic practitioner

Meet Candace Kakowchyk, Osteopathic practitioner

Hello, hello! I’m super excited to be the newest member of the crew here at The IV Wellness Boutique!
I’m originally from Winnipeg, MB, but spent the past 14 ½ years living and working in Waterloo, ON, up until this past Spring. I am brand new to Vancouver and have been loving every second of it! The mountains, the ocean, the people, the food…what’s not to love!?!?!
I graduated from the University of Waterloo with an honours degree in Philosophy and with a Science minor, all while working for a large financial institution. At the time, I had been planning to continue with graduate studies or law school in order to play a role in either medical or environmental law. Life, however, had different plans for me. I ended up in school to become an RMT but found it didn’t satisfy my curiosity of how the human body worked and how a person’s lifestyle affected their overall health. I was directed to speak with a few of my instructors who were in an osteopathic program in Toronto after mentioning this to someone who was about to graduate from the program. After talking with these instructors about Osteopathy and how it treats all systems of the body, as well as takes into account the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual, I had to know more. So, naturally, I had my mom be the guinea pig! I took her to an appointment because she was experiencing chronic pain after a major car accident and she allowed me to sit in on the appointment. I knew in the first five minutes that Osteopathy was what I had been searching for my entire life. I finished my RMT program and promptly started the 5 years of classes followed by a research thesis at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto, ON.
Over the past several years of working with patients, I have discovered how profoundly Osteopathy can change lives and free the spirit. Many people initially seek treatment because of some sort of physical or emotional ailment, typically caused by stress, illness and injury. Yet once the initial complaints of back pain, headache, anxiety, digestive problems, or something else are relieved there is a recognition of the intimate connection between mind, body and spirit, as well as a deeper understanding of the body and self. It isn’t uncommon for patients to link their chronic low back pain to a stress happening in their present life, or their recurring digestive problems to the concussion they sustained from a sports injury. I have lived this first hand.
After several years of recurring stress from the demands of my program, unforeseen life events, as well as extremely intensive daily physical activity, my body physically shut down. I ended up in an autoimmune crisis due to a thyroid condition that required me to be off work and in bed for a month before returning to work part time for another 2 months. Currently, I have spent the past 14 months recovering my energy and health. I know first-hand how the demands of everyday life, career and family pull us in every direction, leaving us feeling like we have no time to take care of ourselves. Without osteopathic, as well as naturopathic, treatment I wouldn’t be where I am on my road back to health. And without Osteopathy I wouldn’t have the mindset to understand on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level how I ended up in a full-blown health crisis without realizing in the first place that’s where I was heading. My aim is to use this experience as a learning tool for others, as well as to assist them in finding ways in which to nurture and take care of themselves in all levels of their being and spirit. In order to do this, I regularly remind myself of the following and keep it in mind when working with patients: Without our health, we are nothing. With our health, we have everything.
I look forward to helping you find your own pathway of health and walking beside you on your journey.
May you always have everything you need. And may you always know where to find it.
Candace Kakowchyk, D.O.M.P., D.Sc.O.
Osteopathic Practitioner