Backs In Action is excited to welcome the newest addition to our chiropractic team, Dr Katie Gaskin
Dr Katie Gaskin is a Chiropractor, a strength and conditioning coach, and a former professional hockey player. Having reached the pinnacle of her sport, she understands that physical preparation, maintenance and recovery are paramount for top athletic performance. She is an advocate for active care for individuals of all ages, patient education to encourage long-term wellness, and regular chiropractic care to keep up with the bumps & bruises that are an inevitable part of life! Dr Katie has additional certifications in athletic movement screening, instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy, and post-concussion management.
After playing junior hockey in the Greater Toronto area and within Canada’s National Development Program, Dr Katie was offered a full athletic scholarship to an NCAA Division I school, Wayne State University, in Michigan. In her 3rd-year, Dr Katie led her team to an NCAA National Championship title as team captain. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Biology and minor focus in Exercise & Sport Science.
After completing her undergraduate degree, Dr Katie was accepted to the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto. She simultaneously began her professional hockey career after being drafted 12th overall by the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) team, the Toronto Furies. She would go on to play four seasons in the CWHL and graduate from CMCC earning her Doctor of Chiropractic degree with Cum Laude Honours.
Throughout her NCAA and professional career, Dr Katie spearheaded community outreach and youth development programs for students and athletes of all levels. This included working as a powerskating and skills instructor for youth hockey teams in the Toronto area, leading physical activity and nutrition workshops at schools and community events, and volunteering as a sideline therapist for community hockey and soccer tournaments. Dr Katie’s strong community presence has continued after moving to Vancouver, as she is a coach within the Vancouver Female Ice Hockey Association and a mental performance coach for youth athletes of various sports in the Lower Mainland.
Due to her personal injury experience as an athlete, Dr Katie has a special interest in concussion rehabilitation. She has earned the Complete Concussion Management Practitioner designation through additional certifications in post-concussion management and has a thorough understanding of the intricacy required to perform a multifaceted concussion assessment. Her individualized concussion rehabilitation protocols are based on restoring specific impairments through cognitive, visuomotor and balance retraining, along with manual therapies to address associated head and neck pain.
When she’s not in the clinic or at the hockey rink, Dr Katie enjoys running with her dog, CrossFit, rowing, cooking, painting, and immersing herself into every new fitness-related opportunity she can find!