Tuesday, April 12, 2011
I would like to thank everyone that has taken the time to read what little I have taken the time to write and I promise you I will provide a lot more in the coming months.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I came home from this symposium feeling inspired and motivated to make a difference in my profession! Throughout the weekend I had the opportunity to learn from some of the best and brightest minds in the field of chiropractic sports medicine. What I loved was that not only were these doctors amazingly talented and at the forefront of the profession, but they were remarkably down to earth and approachable. They were eager to share the knowledge that they had acquired over their years of experience for the betterment of their profession.
At the awards luncheon Dr. Dale Buchberger delivered the keynote speach. He spoke about perseverence. He cited examples of notable people in history, such as Abraham Lincoln, who had failed over and over and over again, but through their perseverence they eventually triumphed and were able to change our world for the better. I wish that I had a copy of his speach so that on those days when it seems hard to keep at it I can look back to his words and gain the strength to persevere.
Dr. Spencer Baron was awarded the ACBSP's award for Sports Chiropractor of the Year. I can't think of a better person to be given this honor. Dr. Baron has been incredibly inspiring to me and to many others in this profession. He is always willing to help out another doctor, be they new or old, and he seems to give selflessly of himself at every opportunity.
Dr. Bill Moreau was awarded the ACBSP's Lifetime Achievement Award, despite the fact that he is only halfway through his career! This is a much deserved honor for him. Dr. Moreau is one of my mentors and I feel incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to know him and work with him. He has done so much to further the profession of chiropractic sports medicine. One of the things that I admire most about Dr. Moreau is that he makes anyone who speaks to him feel that they too can accomplish great things.
As I said before, I came home from this symposium feeling inspired and motivated to make a difference in my profession. A great person once told me that rather than saying "each one teach one" we should instead think of the phrase "each one reach one". By following this guideline hopefully I can inspire others in my profession to reach their full potential and to do great things, just as the doctors that reached me have inspired and motivated me and passed the excitement and passion they feel for this profession on to me.
I guess that what I learned most of all from this weekend in Chicago is that we all need to find passion and excitement in what we do. This kind of passion for your profession generates an electricity of its own and can spark the same passion in those around you. We must strive to be the bright shining stars in our lives and help to light the fire in those around us. Without this... we're just going through the motions.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
The Winter Dew Tour consists of a series of three stops where athletes compete in either snowboard or ski disciplines on Superpipe and Slopestyle venues. I am constantly amazed at the skill of these athletes as they sail and spin through the air and still manage to land on their feet! The athletes that compete in these events come from all over the United States, Canada, and the World! We worked with athletes from France, Norway, Sweden, Great Britain, Canada, and the US, many of whom will be representing their countries at the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. This year we had week long tour stops in three different locations. In December we were in Breckenridge, Colorado, in January we visited Ogden, Utah, and in February we invaded West Dover, Vermont. All three stops were stunning representations of the quality of winter resorts that this country has to offer.
The company that provides medical coverage for these events is WMI - Winning Medicine International. WMI contracts a variety of healthcare professionals, including medical doctors, osteopathic doctors, chiropractic physicians, nurses, physical therapists, massage therapists, EMTs, and athletic trainers, to provide full medical event coverage for sporting events such as the Dew Tour. As I mentioned before, I have been contracted to manage the operations of Main Athlete Medical and Rehabilitation for WMI. This job has proven to be a very challenging yet rewarding one. On a daily basis at our events I feel as though I am juggling about 10-20 balls while someone is throwing more at me at a rate of 4-5 per minute! But... the best thing is that I wouldn't have it any other way! I love the excitement and I love the fact that at the end of the day I can walk out of there knowing that I accomplished something! The other staff members that I work with are probably one of the most talented groups of professionals that I have ever had the good fortune of meeting. Each person brings something unique and valuable to the table, and together we are able to offer our athletes a safe environment in which they can be free to compete and push themselves to their physical limits knowing that we are there to help them reach their goals. I think that the most rewarding aspect of this job has been having athletes come find me after their competition, trophy in hand, to thank us and tell us that they couldn't have accomplished what they have without our help. This is ultimately why I am in the field that I am - to help people live the lives that they dream of living.
Now that the Winter Dew Tour has wrapped for this season I get to look forward with anticipation for the Summer Dew Tour! The Summer Dew Tour will consist of 5 stops around the United States spread out from June to October. The events for the Summer tour include Skateboard, BMX bike and Freestyle Motocross events and the venues include Park, Vert, and Dirt venues. Since their are more venues and more different disciplines, I can only imagine that the 10-20 balls that I was juggling in the winter will turn into 50+, but I wouldn't have it any other way! What is life if you are not challenging yourself to reach your full potential! I can't wait to see where this adventure will lead me!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
TAMARA LOVELACE, DC, CCSP, CKTP
Dr. Lovelace graduated summa cum laude as the valedictorian from Western States Chiropractic College in 2001. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta with a double major in Physical and Biological Sciences, and in 2004 Dr. Lovelace completed an intensive residency program in chiropractic radiology. In 2005 she completed a sports medicine program in that gives her the designation of Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP). She is currently in the process of completing an intensive program in advance sports medicine, which upon successful completion of her board examinations in 2010 will giver the designation of Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (DACBSP). She is an active member of the American Chiropractic Association as well as the ACA Sports Council, and looks forward to increasing her involvement in the world of chiropractic sports medicine.
Experience with Excellence
Dr. Lovelace has lectured on radiology and sports injuries and offers radiologic consultation services to chiropractors and radiology technologists on film reading and optimizing the operation of their radiology facilities. Dr. Lovelace volunteers her time and efforts at many events. She has provided chiropractic services to the Wiggles and the American Idol Tour, in addition to volunteering her expertise at various sporting events, including the US Figure Skating Championships, the Nationwide PGA Tour, the US Fencing Championships, and the Jim Danner & Nike Pre-National Cross Country Meets. She is one of the staff physicians for the Dew Action Sports Tour and travels around the country to the various tour stops taking care of the amazing athletes who participate in these events. She assists several local high school teams, she has worked with Aloha High School as their team doctor since 2003 and joined the athletic program at Tigard High School in 2009 as their team physician.
Dr. Lovelace grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. She was an accomplished classically trained ballerina competing and performing nationally as well as internationally, and has performed with various professional dance companies, including the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet BC, the National Ballet of Canada, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Since then she has been involved in competitive paddle sports, including dragon boat and outrigger canoe racing. She has been a member of several elite teams that have received top level designations in both national and international competitions, and has represented the United States at the Club Crew World Championships in 2006 and in 2008.
Dr. Lovelace hopes to use her chiropractic and sports medicine training, along with her athletic experiences and biomechanical knowledge of the human body, to help her patients reach their full athletic potential and improve their quality of life. She recognizes the amazing difference chiropractic has made in helping her to attain her optimal performance in her own athletic endeavors and intends to help others to do the same. She uses a variety of techniques to assist her in this endeavor, including chiropractic manipulative therapy, physical therapy modalities, Graston Technique, soft tissue massage, Kinesiotaping, nutritional support, and exercise. When necessary, Dr. Lovelace will refer her patients for other services that will help them in attaining their goals, as she feels that the patient’s health care goals are the first priority.