Dr. Gerard Phelps
Dr. Gerard (“Gerry”) Phelps completed his undergraduate (B.Sc.) training at the University of Guelph, Ontario, majoring in molecular biology and genetics and minoring in biomedical science. After graduating in 1991, he worked as a research assistant at the University of Guelph for two and a half years.
Gerry then decided that his true calling was learning more about the human body and helping people achieve their optimal health potential. Chiropractic was the perfect fit for the type of healthcare that he wanted to practice. After four years of study he graduated in 1998, as a Doctor of Chiropractic, from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto.
Dr. Phelps believes that no one profession has all the answers to the myriad of health problems that affect us, even if one were to only consider just the neuromusculoskeletal realm that chiropractic is a part of. A multi-disciplinary evidence -based approach to healthcare takes this into account and gives the patient the best chance of achieving their health goals. Chiropractic fits into this multi-disciplinary approach and has an important role to play. The effective treatment of a particular condition, by any practitioner, is contingent on accurately determining which patients one can help with a particular set of treatment “tools” and which ones should be referred to someone else.
Gerry's approach to each patient begins with a detailed history and examination aimed to arrive at as specific a diagnosis of the patient's presenting complaint as is possible. When deemed clinically needed imaging will be requested via the patient's medical doctor. Once the cause of the patient's problem is identified then the most appropriate and best treatment course is recommended. Practitioners that work with neuromusculoskeletal problems should equip themselves with the most effective techniques based on the current state of knowledge. To this end, Gerry's “arsenal” includes:
- spinal manipulative therapy and graded mobilizations
- various soft tissue release techniques (Dr. Phelps is a fully certified Functional Range Release® Practitioner)
- Class IV laser therapy, electrotherapy
- individualized rehabilitative exercise that seeks to restore functional mobility in his patients
- ergonomic/lifestyle advice
Gerry lives an active lifestyle and tries to practice what he preaches to his patients. He is an avid tennis player and a self- described “gym rat.” Gerry and his wife, Heather, moved to Victoria in 1999 and have made it their home. They have two boys that are their pride and joy. The happy family of four can often be seen hiking their very “energetic” Australian Shepherd “Rocket” on the trails around our beautiful city.