Dr. Angelo Santin
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:
Past President of the local branch of the Ontario Chiropractic Association
Volunteer for Chiropractic for the World Foundation
Mentor for the Ontario Chiropractic Association
Contributing Columnist for the Canadian Chiropractor Magazine
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 344-4606.