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Shawn does such a great job combining practical clinical information with current research and practice guidelines. This really helps me gain confidence that I am doing my best for my patients. He makes research fun!
Dr. Shannon Paul
www.pembertonvaleywellness.com

Shawn is a tremendous presenter, providing clinically relevant and important research in an engaging and lively way. Never has research been so interesting! Excellent research-based discussion on a topic that is difficult to research - visceral effects of chiropractic. Likewise, a great summation of osteoarthritis research as it pertains to clinical practice.
Dr. Heather White
www.valleyviewchiropractic.ca

Excellent seminar! The content is both evidence-based and clinically relevant with added bonuses of clinical ‘pearls’! Shawn delivers in a fun, interesting manner...highly recommend these seminars!
Dr. Peggy Howard
www.pembertonvalleywellness.com

Dr. Thistle’s seminars are fantastic - succinct, interesting and full of practice-improving information. The topics are pertinent to what is currently going on in chiropractic and they enhance your knowledge base. As well, Shawn is a great and extremely entertaining presenter!
Dr. Heather Lawrence
www.impulsesporttherapeutics.ca

This Seminar had it all - great, relevant content, engaging presentation style and good food!
Dr. Lori Darroch

Shawn easily and relevantly filters through mountains of papers and presents it in a useful, practical manner. His realistic and honest approach is easy to listen to and keeps your attention!
Dr. Rick Smith

Great Seminar Shawn! I love your presentation style and ability to assimilate the literature and boil it down into easy, digestible pieces and make it relevant for me to use Monday morning with my patients.
Dr. Gord McMorland
www.nationalspinecare.com

Shawn’s Seminar was relevant, up-to-date and clinically-applicable. His presentation style helps maintain focus for the entire 8 hours!
Dr. Tedd Walcott
www.backhealth.ca

I think Shawn is the only person I would willingly sit for 8 hours and listen to about research. Entertaining, clinically-relevant and a great seminar as usual!
Dr. Damen Jodoin

I appreciate the information and research material provided to use in my future correspondence with referring medical doctors in my practice. Thank you Shawn for the lively discussion and the quality of your seminar material.
Dr. Meena Narayan
www.ellersliechiropractic.com

Outstanding presentation - very pertinent and well-presented. This should be required for all DCs!
Dr. Robert Cumming
www.activebacktohealth.com

This was my second RRS Education Seminar. I find these reviews informative and current. They are supportive of what I deal with on a daily basis in practice.
Dr. Robin Scholz
www.wschiropractic.com

I came for the CE credits, but would certainly recommend! I found the seminars clinically challenging, with lots of food for thought relevant to everyday practice. I also enjoyed your communication style!
Dr. Douglas Reid

I thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Thistle's RRS Education Seminar. It was well organized, informative and applicable to practice. I will recommend Dr. Thistle's seminars to colleagues and will continue to attend others in the future.
Dr. Kathryn Wheatley
www.hamiltonchiro.ca

Dr. Thistle gives a fast-paced, education-packed seminar that leaves you asking questions and reading more. He is a great advocate for our profession and teaches our most effective treatment technique, communicating with our patients!
Dr. Tyler Damen
www.damenoptimalhealth.com

I found the information presented in today's lectures current and informative, presented in a clear and concise format with a bit of humour to keep us on our toes! Thanks Shawn!
Dr. Melanie Chan
www.regenthealthcentre.ca

I've attended several of Dr. Thistle's seminars and have always found the information up to date, informative and clinically relevant.
Dr. Dan Higgins

Your seminars are always informative - already a few things I can use Monday with my patients!
Dr. Andrew Bajaj

Shawn’s easy-going demeanour makes him a pleasure to listen to and follow. He is extremely accommodating and approachable with an attention to audience involvement. I look forward to future RRS Education Seminars!
Dr. Jon Stephenson

If you want a current evidence-based approach to your practice you can’t go wrong with anything Dr. Thistle puts together. A great mix of research and clinical approaches that can be implemented into practice on Monday. I can’t recommend these seminars enough, and there is great food to boot!
Dr. Tyler Darrach

Thank you so much for doing this. It saves us so much time while keeping us accurate and up to date with what is coming out in the current literature!
Dre. Ariane Desmarais
www.chirodesmarais.com

This Seminar was a great link between the actual state of research knowledge and real clinical practice!
Dre. Patricia Desmarais
www.chirodesmarais.com

Excellent, thorough, comprehensive, relevant and very well organized presentation that moved at a great pace - food was excellent too!
Dr. Barb Dance

Highly recommended! Dr. Thistle is knowledgable and dynamic!
Dr. Natacha Lauzon
www.chirosolutionssante.com

Nobody brings the worlds of research and clinical practice together better than Dr. Thistle & RRS Education!
Dr. Colin Campbell
www.nepeanahc.com

Shawn is an excellent speaker and effectively passes on important information for our profession. Chiropractic needs more dedicated individuals like Dr. Thistle!
Dr. Tyler Damen
www.damenoptimalhealth.com

Dr. Thistle was comfortable and engaging as a speaker, very easy to listen to, approachable and open to questions.
Dr. Frank Baliko
www.corecare.ca

RRS Education Seminars are an excellent way for the busy clinician to stay up to date on current literature. I would highly recommend without reservation to incorporate these learning opportunities to stay evidence-informed and provide best practices in your clinic.
Dr. Edward Shin
www.kiromedica.ca

Well organized and great presentation skills! Shawn summarized an abundance of information into clear, concise notes, perfect for a one day course on concussions and headaches.
Dr. Ashleigh Stableforth
www.headwatersphysio.ca

Thank you for a great lecture on the evidence regarding concussions and headaches. You did a great job summarizing the best evidence and presenting both background science and clinical applications. The notes and additional references will be a great resource.
Dr. Brynne Stainsby
www.villagechiropractors.ca

A very informative and clinically relevant seminar. Shawn takes the time to cover the research and gives us the most important information for chiropractors today.
Dr. Yuri Charko
www.pivotsmo.com

This was a great compilation of the latest research on a very pertinent topic. It was delivered in an organized manner and I would highly recommend all healthcare providers take a Seminar through RRS Education!
Dr. Luvraj Sandhar
www.sujokhomeoclinic.com

Shawn did an amazing job synthesizing a large amount of information from ethology, diagnosis and management, and packaged it into an interesting day - he’s the best!
Dr. Demetry Assimakopoulos

Shawn is an entertaining and down to earth lecturer - very up to date and informative, yet accessible. The lectures were concise, informative and enjoyable - worth spending the day away from my family - thanks Shawn! The food and facility were outstanding as well!
Dr. Mardi Charlton
www.beachchiropractic.ca

Excellent seminar, excellent venue, excellent food (and jokes!). I will be back!
Dr. Larry Smith

Dr. Thistle is a very intelligent speaker who provides practice-friendly information in an easy to follow format, while always being willing to encourage participation and questions from all in attendance!
Dr. Kevin Morrison

I enjoyed this course overall and appreciated the emphasis on discussing research, especially relevance to clinical application. I also very much appreciated his touching on other manual therapy providers!
Mari Udarbe (Physiotherapist)

Shawn continues to show an in-depth understanding of the current literature, and offers an enjoyable opportunity to become further educated on pertinent topics - always appreciated!
Dr. Jennifer Fawcett
www.baysidewellness.ca

Always a very informative day! Great job Dr. Thistle! I always find this a great way to get up-to-date on clinically relevant knowledge that can be applied on Monday.
Dr. Graham Kucan
www.kucanclinic.com

Excellent continuing-education! This service keeps each of us informed in the chiropractic profession!
Dr. Kim Gillies

RRS Education Seminars never fail to scratch my research itch!
Dr. Jill Plantz
www.peakperformancecc.ca

I always feel more confident going back to the office on Monday after spending time with Shawn and learning from his seminar content!
Dr. Jodie Doran

I thought this was very informative and hosted at a great venue! A casual atmosphere with information delivered in an informative manner. Would recommend!
Dr. Chris Yavis
www.completehealthcenter.ca

Shawn is an interesting and informative presenter. I will continue to use RRS Education as a source of quality continuing-education and look forward to more seminars in the future.
Dr. Damen Jodoin

Shawn provided a very useful, matter-of-fact presentation of research and clinical information that will help us hone our clinical judgement and certainty for our patients on monday...thanks Shawn!
Dr. Michael Schmolke
www.getbetterfaster.ca

Very good conversational style with current information. I appreciate having lunch and snacks included in the seminar - this saves rushing around to find a meal!
Dr. Lori Darroch

Brilliant seminar! Concise and very well presented. You will leave better-educated and arguably a better practitioner.
Dr. Robert Cumming
www.activebacktohealth.com

It was a great day! I learned A LOT of useful information that I will take back to the clinic on Monday. We are lucky to have Dr. Thistle keeping us informed!
Dr. Levi Irwin
www.motion-city.com

Probably the biggest compliment I can give to this course and to Dr. Thistle is that I wish every chiropractic student (in particular) should take this course, along with all of our current colleagues in practice, not to mention those we work with in treating patients with back pain. Having a better understanding of low back pain, its management and the research surrounding it will lead to better outcomes and taking this course would go a long way for many professionals.
Dr. Kent Stuber (Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association)

Dr. Thistle - thank you for providing the best research evidence, enabling me to care for my patients more effectively and with greater clinical certainty.
Dr. Steve Waddell
www.wellnesscoach.ca

I haven’t been to many seminars like this where I never start to nod off or check the time constantly! Shawn was well organized, up-to-date and insightful. I will be attending again for sure!
Dr. Jeffrey Prince
www.rivervalleyhealth.com

Clinically relevant, useful information presented with honesty, humility and good timing!
Dr. Tedd Walcott
www.backhealth.ca

Dr. Thistle explains complex ideas in a very understandable fashion and interjects humour and common sense throughout the day.
Dr. Kevin Morrison

This is a great opportunity for us to review current literature from all over the world. It’s suitable for new grads as well as established chiropractors who are looking to improve their approach to appraising and integrating research literature into practice.
Dr. Sarah Blanshard

Really informative day! A great chance to sum up all relevant research and it was presented in an enthusiastic and professional manner. I thoroughly enjoyed each of the four lectures!
Dr. David Blanshard

It is exciting and inspiring to leave this mini-lecture series with a renewed confidence about what our profession can do for everyday people. Shawn uses humour and common-sense reasoning to make research meaningful and applicable on Monday morning!
Dr. Lisa Thompson
Petrolia Chiropractic

After being in practice for 20 years, this seminar helped me understand how current evidence supports and can influence what I do every day in my practice.
Dr. Michael Mattinen
Orleans Gardens Chiropractic

Another entertaining, clinically relevant and unbiased presentation by Dr. Shawn Thistle. I always look forward to RRS Education Seminars!
Dr. Jill Plantz
Peak Performance Chiropractic

Great day overall! Honestly, I was not looking forward to a day of research but you did a great job!
Dr. Jeff Hodgins
Sarnia Chiropractic & Performance Centre

Very informative and up-to-date lectures ...also conveniently presented in Sarnia!
Dr. Jeff Werden
Lambton Chiropractic Centre

A highly informative and enjoyable seminar! Dr. Shawn is personable and disseminates current evidence in an easily digestible format. The food and drinks also provided a great opportunity for networking. I look forward to attending another RRS Education Seminar!
Maggie Bergeron
Health Swapp

One of the best ‘in-a-nutshell’ seminars I have taken! Current research put together in an easy format gave us bottom line, practical information. Thank you Shawn! You are an excellent speaker and I love the humour too!
Dr. Carolyn Dalgity

I thoroughly enjoyed the format and found the information was discussed in a way that was very informative and interesting.
Dr. Anne Holup

I’ve heard Dr. Thistle speak before. His presentations are always very informative and easy to follow. The topics are very important, every day issues seen in the office and/or topics currently of interest in the news. The information provided can easily be put into practice come Monday morning. I also love RRS Education’s Research Reviews!
Dr. Dan Higgins

Dr. Thistle is a great presenter. He presents in a way that allows attendees to stay interested and engaged while absorbing highly clinically-relevant information.
Dr. Josh Binstock
Total Health Wellness

Dr. Thistle’s seminar was precise, informative and to the point. The data from research was more detailed than presentations I have seen at conventions. The flash drive containing relevant papers and assessment forms (for concussion) is a great addition. I can see where I can utilize the information in practice immediately, especially with cases requiring additional assessment tools and methods.
Dr. Andrew Bajaj

An efficient and effective method to ensure your clinical knowledge is up to date, all done in a relaxed and professional environment!
Dr. Dan Kay

An excellent review of the current research! This is a great way to cover a lot of information in a short period of time that will directly apply to my practice.
Dr. Holly Beckley
Dr. Holly Beckley

Location, duration and topics covered were all well-planned and relevant, presented in a very pleasant and easily reached venue.
Dr. David Hann

Great job Shawn! Great value – thanks!
Dr. John Hayes

It's good to hear about the research going on in our profession!
Dr. Marjolaine Sabourin

Dr. Thistle's presentation is a very well informed talk with good audience participation. This is a great way to review the literature and update your clinical toolbag.
Dr. Nicole Fournier
Wellness House

Informative, up-to-date, clear and concise!
Dr. Michaela Cadeau

Well worth the time and money!
Dr. Neil Hewitt

Thanks for another great update, Shawn. Your information and service are indispensable, keep up the great work!
Dr. Geoff Outerbridge
World Spine Care

Dr. Thistle provides a very thorough presentation of the latest research and evidence to inform our clinical practice. Every clinician will walk away with something they can incorporate into practice on Monday!
Dr. Sasha Hamid
Byward Chiropractic

Great presentation, very informative. Thank you for coming to Ottawa!
Dr. Pierre Brunet

Today was great – very 'needed'. It was honest and focused on what we need to do to advance the profession. Very happy to have you present it and hopefully change the way some practice...a step forward for our profession.
Dr. Stacia Kelly
Ottawa Holistic Wellness

Great presentation and research reviews – thanks Shawn!
Dr. Tom Isaacs

Great presentations! Very well-rounded information which can be immediately useful in clinical practice.
Dr. Melissa Baird
Glebe Chiropractic

Dr. Thistle is very adept at digesting the research and applying it to clinical practice.
Dr. Isaac Cristoveanu
Holistic Clinic

Thanks for making the research relevant for a clinical environment. This was a great seminar giving points to ponder on Monday morning.
Dr. Ken Brough
Glebe Chiropractic
Byward Chiropractic

I recently attended 'Low Back Pain: Clinical Concepts & Practice Opportunities'I would highly recommended this seminar. Dr. Thistle has managed to unbiasedly package evidenced-based literature into a day-long course full of useful practice ideas, teachings, and discussion. The course was a great summary of all the evidence we should be utilizing and practicing on a daily basis, presented in a well-organized, small group, stress-free environment. Thanks Shawn for putting this together. Looking forward to completing additional seminars!
Dr. Mike Anning
Sarnia Chiropractic & Performance Centre

Every chiropractor should attend these courses! Thank you Shawn for taking the time to read all of that research and disseminate the information to us in the trenches.
Dr. Robert Rudy
Westside Family Chiropractic

This is my third seminar with RRS Education Seminars (The Epicurean Scholar). I am just as impressed with this seminar Clinical Mini-Lecture Series as the previous two. I look forward to more topics in the future.
Dr. Marshall Thompson
Thompson Chiropractic

I had a great day! The time went really quickly and it was nice to get caught up on research for clinically applicable subjects.
Dr. Taia Spencer-Yap
Proactive Chiropractic & Training Centre

The presentation and up-to-date material was as refreshing as the wine! A great way to stay current and a must-do for the busy practitioner.
Dr. Scott McPherson
Proactive Chiropractic & Training Centre

Once again, thank you for an informative seminar. Your review, comprehension and subsequent presentation of chiropractic-relevant research is first class. I appreciate your continued dedication to our profession.
Dr. Mary-Ann Goldhawk-Balcom

I found Shawn's presentation very enlightening and it provided up-to-date information on a variety of topics. This helped keep the day less tiresome compared to seminars that focus on one subject all day. He combined research information in a format that would have taken me many hours to read on my own. He challenged some of my current beliefs, helped me understand the faults and benefits of research and that more research is needed.
Dr. Richard Hawthorne, Penticton BC

As a physician treating low back pain, I appreciated the evidence-based approach and the insights I got from the chiropractic perspective.
Dr. Richard Nahas

Thank you Dr. Thistle for a wonderful day of research and food! Your ability to synthesize current research and provide a rational approach to clinically apply it is commendable. I appreciated your insight and use of humour to make often boring research fun and exciting. Great job!
Dr. Bryan DiFrancesco
Active Body Clinic

This seminar was a very efficient method of receiving the research on areas relevant to chiropractic practice. I plan on attending more courses presented by Dr. Thistle.
Dr. Daniel Vandervoort, Ottawa

Very informative! Enjoyed it thoroughly and it is clinically relatable – this information can be applied in practice effectively!
Dr. Yako Merogi, Toronto

I am personally not a doctor who can decipher a good research study from a bad one (or a great one). Shawn does an excellent job of outlining good and valuable information from reputable research studies and at the same time demystifying some unsupported beliefs in our profession.
Dr. Philip Mensour, Toronto

Highly intelligent presenter, great delivery, excellent up-to-date information!
Dr. Jaclyn Foster
Eden Chiropractic

The day was great – I learned a lot! Thank you so much for doing the 'boring' stuff and the 'interesting' stuff' for us, so we can get on with it!
Dr. Jon Gatten
Gatten Chiropractic Healthcare Clinic

Truly one of the best and most interesting seminars I've attended.
Dr. Fabio DiStefano
Promedx Sports Injury & Wellness Centre

Thanks Dr. Shawn for doing my homework for me! The research review was very comprehensive and beneficial.
Dr. Anita Gross

I only have positive feedback and love the 'epicurean' aspect of it with great venues and great food. It definitely makes continuing-ed a little more fun!
Dr. Kathy Beattie

The content of the seminar 'Neck Pain: A Contemporary Clinical Approach', was very informative and detailed enough to keep me engaged for the duration of the full-day course. Reviewing the current literature will help me to feel confident in practice when working with patients with mechanical neck pain.
Dr. Glenn Paul Uy II
Dance Feet Custom Orthotics

I recently attended 'Neck Pain: A Contemporary Clinical Approach'. Dr. Thistle has searched the literature thoroughly to inform attendees of the most recent studies on cervical pain. He has done this in an unbiased fashion as he has nothing to sell. He simply wants the profession to be as knowledgeable as possible. In addition he includes his clinical pearls and wisdom and combines them very effectively with the literature to produce practical advice to any practitioner working in the field of neck pain. I highly recommend the course. It was a very enjoyable, entertaining and informative day.
Dr. Kim Ross- BSc, MSc, DC, PhD
Director of Education, Year 1, Associate Professor CMCC Toronto

I had the pleasure of taking the course 'Neck Pain: A Contemporary Clinical Approach', presented by Dr. Shawn Thistle. As a relatively new Physiotherapist it is quite easy to become overwhelmed by the constant barrage of new research in our field. Dr. Thistle does an excellent job of reviewing recent and relevant research while presenting it in a concise and well-organized manner. This helps any practitioner stay current, educated and clinically sound. The comfortable location, gourmet food, intimate discussions and relevant information created an environment conducive to attaining a valuable portion of knowledge. Highly recommended!
Kevin Villafana MScPT
SHAPE Toronto

I attended Dr. Thistle's Low Back Pain Research seminar in Owen Sound. Usually after an 8 hour day of continuing education, I can't wait to go home, but at the end of Dr. Thistle's presentation I found myself wanting to review as much material as I could from his Research Review Service. Kudos, Dr. Thistle!
Dr. Jill Plantz
Peak Performance Chiropractic Clinic

I attended Shawn's Low Back Pain seminar at Cobble Beachand was worried eight hours of current research analysis might be a long day. Shawn has a fantastic presentation manner and his sense of humour made the time fly by. The information is very useful and extremely relevant to our profession. It was easily one of the best seminars I have attended in 30 some odd years. I recommend it to anyone and will attend Shawn's future seminars.
Dr. Michael Smyth, Owen Sound ON

I commend you on your excellent knowledge of research that is so pertinent to this profession. I consider it a privilege to have you as a colleague. You are a chiropractic leader with a strong vision and compassion for our profession. This seminar was excellent. Presentation was clear and concise with an easy confidence and knowledge of the material. It was presented with humor and professionalism. I will strongly recommend this course. The format was perfect and Cobble Beach was 1st class. We stayed the weekend and enjoyed the golf, food, suite, courteous staff and the view immensely.
Dr. Mary Ann Goldhawk-Balcom

I had the pleasure of attending Dr. Thistle's Low Back Pain Clinical Concepts & Research Updates seminar in Osoyoos this past weekend. Dr. Thistle's presentation was clear and concise, a great summary of the current research. I look forward to attending future seminars and will be subscribing to Research Reviews as well. In everyday practice there is simply not enough time to research these topics on our own, so I appreciate the information Dr. Thistle provides and I am excited to keep up to date on current research. Thanks Shawn!
Melanie Brandt DC
Kelowna Active Living Chiropractic

As bland and boring as research can be, Dr. Thistle makes this a practical and entertaining lecture. I was able to put into place a lot of information he spoke of first thing Monday morning in clinic. I started to relate to what Dr. Thistle had shown us to my patients, was able to do a few small changes with the way I practiced and right away I noticed a difference. I would highly recommend anyone in practice take this seminar and see for yourself how applicable research can be to everyday practice.
Dr. Tyler Darrach

I attended the inaugural event in Niagara Falls, ON. The experience was outstanding to say the least! Shawn does an excellent job summarizing an extensive body of research into easy-to-understand and clinically-useful information for both Physiotherapists and Chiropractors alike. He is a gifted speaker with a light, casual and intelligent delivery making it a breeze to stay engaged throughout the entire day. The setting at White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa was premier and the lunch selection was absolutely fantastic! This is truly a unique, upscale experience for all MSK practitioners. Congratulations Shawn! I look forward to being a part of your next experience.
Mark Ruggiero, H.B. Kin, MPT, CAFCI

RRS Education Seminars (The Epicurean Scholar) is an excellent display of how continuing education should be presented. The day was the perfect blend of great atmosphere, up-to-date, relevant research and good food. The best part of the day was how Dr. Thistle made the current research useful for the every day practitioner and applicable on Monday morning. I look forward to attending more of these events in the future.
Dr. Adam R. Wade
Chiropractic on Main, Newmarket ON

I would like to commend Dr. Shawn Thistle on an excellent presentation at the recent 'Low Back Pain: Clinical Concepts & Research Updates' in Niagara. The presentation was timely, topical, and informative. The setting, meals, and friendly service provided by the White Oaks Resort staff was also commendable. I look forward to the next event.
Dr. Roy Till
Abilitech

Dr. Shawn Thistle has created two wonderful venues for chiropractors and physiotherapists to gain up-to-date information without having to do tedious database searching or analysis of the research being reported. He provides a 'Coles Notes' Research Review Service so even the busiest of practitioners can benefit. Recently I had the pleasure of taking a course with him on current low back pain guidelines. It was one of the most enjoyable seminar experiences I have had in some time. Not only was the content just what I was looking for, but the food he offered us was far superior to any other course I have taken. I highly recommend attending one of his seminars! Thank you, Shawn! I look forward to your cervical seminar next year!
Dr. Elizabeth Douglas

As a subscriber of RRS, I found the inaugural event of RRS Education Seminars (The Epicurean Scholar) to be enjoyable, insightful and a great review of the latest research on low back pain and its clinical implications. Accommodations at White Oaks were excellent and made for a great getaway with my wife. A 'must attend' seminar for non-subscribers and a great review for RRS subscribers!
Dr. Marshall F. Thompson
Thompson Chiropractic

Shawn did a great job of taking a huge amount of research, and summarizing it into clinically relevant conclusions. I left his talk at the OCA Conference with usable information I could take back to my practice, with strategies to provide the best possible (evidence-based) care for my patients.
Dr. Janine Taylor
Clarington Chiropractic

Attended the inaugural RRS Education Seminars (The Epicurean Scholar) seminar in Niagara presented by Dr. Shawn Thistle. Amazing day! I highly recommend this for all chiropractors.
Dr. Dean Wright

I had the pleasure of attending the 'Low Back Pain Clinical Concepts & Research Updates' seminar presented by Dr. Thistle. What a great experience it was; valuable information presented in a professional and engaging manner combined with wonderful food in a very comfortable setting. There is no doubt I will be on the lookout for more of these excellent learning opportunities. Shawn's ability to distil the research into digestible and clinically-relevant bites and foster dialogue among the attendees really make this a must for anyone who wants to be at their best. Keep up the good work!
Dr. Adam Wade
Canadian Chiropractic Protective Association

Thank you for the jam-packed day of useful, current, clinical information on management of LBP. The information presented is useful starting Monday. I definitely will be altering management times of LBP in accordance with the research. As well, the options for effective treatment between conservative manual therapies and medical presented for LBP was clarifying and current. I feel more confident in my management of LBP with respect to evidence-based practice.
Dr. Lynn Dowswell, Orillia ON

You gave a very informative presentation to the Waterloo Society. I really liked the way you presented the material in an organized, logical and humorous way. You engaged the audience, allowed for questions and feedback, and simplified certain areas of your topic so practitioners could utilize and apply the information the very next morning ... well done once again!
Dr. Helen Goertzen, Waterloo ON

Dr. Thistle provides us with a crucial piece of the puzzle when it comes to providing effective patient care. I found his presentation to be extremely informative and immediately applicable in practice. RRS Education Seminars (The Epicurean Scholar) will play an important part in my ongoing continuing education.
Dr. Chad Conaway, Hanover ON

Dr. Shawn Thistle presented a lively and informative 2 hour presentation on 'Cervical Treatment Update' to the Grey Bruce Chiropractic Society. He is obviously well-respected in the field, as we had a fantastic member turnout to hear him speak. Our Society is looking forward to hearing another presentation from Dr. Thistle in the future.
Dr. Jill Plantz, President Grey Bruce Chiropractic Society

Congrats! Put simply, Dr. Thistle is positioning chiropractic in main stream healthcare with his quality research updates and clinical concepts seminar. A little research can move the profession away from it's original philisophical tenants. More research will move it closer.
Dr. Dominique Charbonneau

A great lecure and helps to give us practitioners the knowledge and evidence based care our patients deserve.
Dr. Troy Sturteuvant

This is my third seminar with  RRS Seminars (The Epicurean Scholar). I am just as impressed with this seminar Clinical Mini-Lecture Series as the previous two. I look forward to more topics in the future.
Dr. Marshall Thompson
Thompson Chiropractic

I had a great day! The time went really quickly and it was nice to get caught up on research for clinically applicable subjects.
Dr. Taia Spencer-Yap
Proactive Chiropractic & Training Centre

The presentation and up-to-date material was as refreshing as the wine! A great way to stay current and a must-do for the busy practitioner.
Dr. Scott McPherson
Proactive Chiropractic & Training Centre

Once again, thank you for an informative seminar. Your review, comprehension and subsequent presentation of chiropractic-relevant research is first class. I appreciate your continued dedication to our profession.
Dr. Mary-Ann Goldhawk-Balcom

Highly intelligent presenter, great delivery, excellent up-to-date information! (Neck Pain: A Contemporary Clinical Approach – Owen Sound, 2014)
Dr. Jaclyn Foster
Eden Chiropractic

The day was great – I learned a lot! Thank you so much for doing the 'boring' stuff and the 'interesting' stuff for us – so we can get on with it!
Dr. Jon Gatten
wGatten Chiropractic

Truly one of the best and most interesting seminars I've attended.
Dr. Fabio DiStefano
Promedx Sports Injury & wellness Centre

Thanks Dr. Shawn for doing my homework for me! The research review was very comprehensive and beneficial.
Dr. Anita Gross

I only have positive feedback and love the 'epicurean' aspect of it with great venues and great food. It definitely makes continuing-ed a little more fun!
Dr. Kathy Beattie

The content of the seminar Neck Pain: A Contemporary Clinical Approach was very informative and detailed enough to keep me engaged for the duration of the full day course. Reviewing the current literature will help me to feel confident in practice when working with patients with mechanical neck pain.
Dr. Glenn Paul Uy II, Chiropractor
DanceFeet Custom Orthotics

On Apr. 12/14, I attended Neck Pain: A Contemporary Clinical Approach. Dr. Thistle has searched the literature thoroughly to inform us of the most recent studies on cervical pain. He has done this in an unbiased fashion as he has nothing to sell. He simply wants the profession to be as knowledgeable as possible. In addition he includes his clinical pearls and wisdom and combines them very effectively with the literature to produce practical advice to any practitioner working in the field of neck pain. I highly recommend the course. It was a very enjoyable, entertaining and informative day.
Dr. Kim Ross BSc, MSc, DC, PhD
Director of Education, Year 1, Associate Professor

I had the pleasure of taking the course Neck Pain: A Contemporary Clinical Approach presented by Dr. Shawn Thistle. As a relatively new Physiotherapist it is quite easy to become overwhelmed by the constant barrage of new research in our field. Dr. Thistle does an excellent job of reviewing recent and relevant research while presenting it in a concise and well organized manner. This helps any practitioner stay current, educated and clinically sound. The comfortable location, gourmet food, intimate discussions and relevant information created an environment conducive to attaining a valuable portion of knowledge. Highly recommended!
Kevin Villafana MScPT

I commend you on your excellent knowledge of research that is so pertinent to this profession. I consider it a privilege to have you as a colleague. You are a chiropractic leader with a strong vision and compassion for our profession. This seminar was excellent. Presentation was clear and concise with an easy confidence and knowledge of the material. It was presented with humor and professionalism. I will strongly recommend this course. The format was perfect and Cobble Beach was 1st class. We stayed the weekend and enjoyed the golf, food, suite, courteous staff and the view immensely.
Dr. Mary Ann Goldhawk-Balcom

I attended Shawn's Low Back Pain seminar at Cobble Beach. I was worried eight hours of current research analysis might be a long day. Shawn has a fantastic presentation manner and his sense of humour made the time fly by. The information is very useful and extremely relevant to our profession. It was easily one of the best seminars I have attended in 30 some odd years. I would recommend it to anyone and I will attend Shawn's future courses.
Dr. Michael Smyth, Owen Sound ON

Dr. Thistle provides us with a crucial piece of the puzzle when it comes to providing effective patient care. I found his presentation to be extremely informative and immediately applicable in practice. The Epicurean Scholar will play an important part in my ongoing continuing education.
Dr. Chad Conaway Hanover, Ontario

Your letter announcing your new article on Low Back Pain - A Contemporary Healthcare Crisis made me proud of (what) our profession (can be). As a member of CMCC's Board of Governors it is my duty to see that our Vision (to be an academic institution recognized for creating leaders in spinal health) is fulfilled. The approach to practice that you espouse is perfectly in line with the ethic that properly garners the cultural authority to be leaders in spinal health.

I sincerely hope that your voice rings out beyond the circle of 'informed' practitioners to educate both the outliers in our profession as well as the many stakeholders who stand to gain from chiropractic establishing it's rightful place in the health care community.
Dr. David Gryfe, Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada)

Shawn brings us a vision of what this profession can be. He gives an honest portrayal of where we are strong, where we are weak, and where we must go.
Dr. Ward MacDonald Council President, Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors (NSCC)

Congrats! Put simply, Dr. Thistle is positioning chiropractic in main stream healthcare with his quality research updates and clinical concepts seminar. A little research can move the profession away from it's original philisophical tenants. More research will move it closer.
Dr. Dominique Charbonneau

A great lecure and helps to give us practitioners the knowledge and evidence-based care our patients deserve.
Dr. Troy Sturteuvant

As a physician treating low back pain, I appreciated the evidence-informed approach and the insights I got from the chiropractic perspective.
Dr. Richard Nahas

I had the pleasure of attending a seminar presented by Dr. Thistle. What a great experience it was; valuable information presented in a professional and engaging manner combined with wonderful food in a very comfortable setting. There is no doubt I will be on the lookout for more of these excellent learning opportunities. Shawn's ability to distil the research into digestible and clinically-relevant bites and foster dialogue among the attendees really make this a must for anyone who wants to be at their best. Keep up the good work!
Dr. Dean Wright, Canadian Chiropractic Protective Assoc.

Nicely done! The reports are a bit more detailed than I have seen others offer, and from what I can tell, they seem prudent and well considered. This is no small thing- too many secondary source sites seem to provide short and not all that informative reports, and some have significant biases. I see that the bias, if that is the correct term here, is simply to present best evidence and not to slant conclusions toward some preconceived stance. This is very good. So, long story short, it’s well done. Congrats to you for that.
Dana J. Lawrence, DC, MMedEd, MA

If I may say, with my BCA hat on, this is a fantastic service and has been very popular with BCA members. I recommend it wholeheartedly. Shawn is well respected and delivered an excellent lecture at the BCA Conference last year. I also saw him in action at the Ontario Chiropractors Conference and it is clear that his work is well utilised and of great value to the profession.
Richard Brown DC, LL.M, FCC, FBCA, FEAC
Past President, British Chiropractic Association
Secretary General, World Federation of Chiropractic

You gave a very informative presentation to the Waterloo Society. I really liked the way you presented the material in an organized, logical and humorous way. You engaged the audience, allowed for questions and feedback, and simplified certain areas of your topic so practitioners could utilize and apply the information the very next morning.....well done once again!
Dr. Helen Goertzen, Waterloo ON

Dr. Thistle provides us with a crucial piece of the puzzle when it comes to providing effective patient care. I found his presentation to be extremely informative and immediately applicable in practice. RRS Education Seminars (The Epicurean Scholar) will play an important part in my ongoing continuing education.
Dr. Chad Conaway, Hanover ON

Program was a great synopsis of literature on LBP that positions us at 'the head of the pack'.
Dr. Wayne Pell

Dr. Thistle is a gifted presenter with a sense of humor. I have heard him speak when presenting on the highly respected Research Review Service he developed in 2006 and also at a seminar on 'Hip Mobility for Spine Sparing'. However, I am sure he could choose any subject from his RRS literature and come up with an excellent, thought-provoking lecture.

In his introduction to RRS, he ensures that we understand what evidence-informed practice really means. There are a lot of concerns about what really constitutes best evidence in the treatment of MSK problems. Dr. Thistle deals with all of these and with his succinct, no-nonsense style of presenting, leads us to realize that to become an evidence-based practitioner is no longer arduous and time consuming but fun and also vital if we want to ensure credibility.

He uses only the most up-to-date, quality research to support his lectures and gently but effectively encourages practitioners to question their existing treatment protocols. Many of us treat in a particular way because... 'I've always done it like this'.

By describing the shortcomings of available literature, Dr. Thistle tells us how to become more selective regarding references we use to support our clinical procedures, ensuring that we are more accountable and ultimately more respected by both patients and other healthcare practitioners.

When lecturing about clinical problems, Dr. Thistle ensures that all the information he imparts is evidence based. He begins by summarizing the literature which supports the problem and highlights any shortcomings, then goes on to practical advice and treatment. His lectures are easy to follow and full of interventions and up-to-date procedures we can 'use on Monday'.

Above all, he never uses 'belief systems' to support his lectures. You can be sure that anything you are told in a lecture by Dr. Thistle has been thoroughly researched. He really makes us think about why we do what we do.

It is our duty as chiropractors to ensure that our treatments are as evidence based as possible and that we are not using treatment protocols based just on a 'belief' system. Research Review Service is a brilliant tool that not only provides us with the most relevant and best quality research about a particular condition but it also addresses the clinical application of the research.

No more trips to the library, spending hours hunting through journals and worrying about an article's quality or buying full texts on line only to find that most of the time the article is not relevant - RRS does all the hard work for you and is updated weekly!

Using RRS means I can pass on to my patients information regarding the various treatments available to them and how likely they are to help, not based on anecdote but current fact, which is excellent for patient compliance and referrals, because they can trust what I am saying.
Dr. Jan Krir (British Chiropractic Association)

2018 SEMINAR SCHEDULE

'Chiropractic Care for Disc Patients'

Locations & Dates

OTTAWA - Sun. Apr. 8
Courtyard Marriott Downtown
SARNIA - Sat. May 5
(TBD)
LONDON - Sun May 6
Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre
OWEN SOUND - Sat. May 26
Cobble Beach Resort & Golf Links
TORONTO - (date TBD) 
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