Being a Doctor of Chiropractic is not my job, it’s my calling. I’ve heard it said that if you find what you love to do, you’ll never work a day in your life. That’s how I feel about being a Chiropractor. It’s my passion to see everyday people from pregnant women, newborns, children, moms, dads, and grandparents, all the way to Olympic athletes.
What they all have in common is they want to be their best. Some have no symptoms at all but want to get and stay well. Many have been sick and suffering for too long and have realized that drugs and surgery are only covering up their symptoms and causing severe side effects. And I can relate…
A Life-Changing Diagnosis
My Mom told me I had a difficult birth, with forceps used to drag me out of the birth canal. Little did she know that like many newborns, it damaged my nervous system and lead to a myriad of immune related problems - ear infections, allergies, and asthma. Dozens of visits to medical doctors had me prescribed dozens of antibiotics, anti-histamines, and puffers. I couldn’t ever breathe without wheezing in the winter or even participate in gym class as a kid. My health was always a limiting factor in my life.
Then my Mom was suffering from headaches and was referred by her friend to a Chiropractor who taught her about the nervous system and how the body could heal itself of anything, if there was no interference. While at the University of Waterloo, I visited a Chiropractor too and it changed my life. He found spinal subluxations that were damaging my nervous system. Through gentle specific spinal adjustments, my body felt alive for the first time in my life. Slowly my God-given healing potential was released and I could breathe again without puffers, and eventually even my allergies and chronic sicknesses went away.
I Started To Figure It Out - So I Gave It All Up
I knew then that more people had to hear this message of healing, so I gave up a successful future in engineering at Canada’s finest program at the University of Waterloo to enter a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, where I graduated on the Dean’s Honours List, with the goal of entering Chiropractic school.
After being near the top of my class throughout Chiropractic school, I graduated in 1997 from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College with the Award for most Principled Chiropractic Student and helped start and lead several extracurricular groups involving Pediatrics, Philosophy, and Technique. It is through visiting and mentoring with many leaders in our profession around North America outside of the regular school curriculum that I gained the confidence and expertise to open a solo practice in Oakville, Ontario in 1997, where I have been ever since.
Over the last 2 decades, I have taken care of over 15,000 people, many of whom had never experienced or were skeptical about Chiropractic. I believe my health challenges have allowed me to better empathize with patients' challenges and also give them hope to a better future. I am always trying to learn how to improve what we do in our practice to serve our patients, so you will often see me attending and now even teaching seminars with other Chiropractors. My fellowship in paediatrics and pregnancy from the International Chiropractic Paediatric Association gives me the expertise to serve pregnant women and children as young as newborns. I have also taken post graduate advanced adjusting techniques including Chiropractic Biophysics, Thompson, Diversified, Upper Cervical, and Gonstead. This training empowers me to help the whole patient, get to the root of your problems, and help you gain the knowledge you need to enjoy greater well-being from the inside-out.
The Medical Doctors Told Me I Could Never Do This
My own healing through Chiropractic continues to this day, as the kid who could never run or play sports well, is now a competitive runner and triathlete. I have raced 100+ endurance events and have been blessed to be one of less than 200 people worldwide who have currently qualified and run 12 straight Boston Marathons (with a 2:59 personal best). I never learned to swim as a kid, due to my childhood asthma, so I taught myself how to swim at 38 years old and then took up the challenge to race triathlons (swim, bike, run). I now consistently finish on the podium at local triathlons in Sprint, Olympic, 1/2 Ironman and Ironman distances and have even raced several Triathlon and Duathlon World Championships and even was blessed to win the Canadian National Triathlon Championship (45-49 age group) in 2016 (click here).
God Has Blessed Us To Serve Others
In our practice, we have been honoured to have been voted #1 Chiropractor in Oakville for several years and finalist for Oakville Chamber of Commerce Professional Services Provider of the Year (click here for Awards). The greatest rewards come through our patients and their amazing stories (click here to see Real People, Real Stories). Nothing can replace the feeling of seeing a senior who can now walk without their cane, a woman who finishes their first 5k after not thinking they could ever run, a man who can pick up his child without pain, or the new family who brings their newborn in for their first check-up.
Paying it Forward
Chiropractic has given me my life back. It has enabled me to have a beautiful, healthy family - my wife Shauna and our 2 kids Owen and Tori (who have had Chiropractic check-ups and adjustments since the day they were born). We love our wonderful dogs (our Golden Retriever Holly lived a Chiropractic lifestyle to 16 years old! and Luna who is a 9 pound Havanese but acts like she’s 200 pounds :) As if life hasn’t been busy enough, we are raising a newborn Labrador Retriever who will be a Dog Guide through the Dog Guides of Canada and help someone with a disability. One of our passions is to also help children in need and we sponsor many children through Chiropractors with Compassion and through mission trips to the Dominican Republic, we have seen first hand families that have been torn apart through poverty. That is why we donate money from every new patient that visits our clinic to Chiropractors with Compassion. We call our church, the Meeting House, our second home and feel blessed to be surrounded by such a loving family of believers. I hope my story gives you more insight into who I am and why God has called me to be a Chiropractor.
I hope I get the opportunity to talk with you and hear your story and help you on your journey to fulfill your calling with a healthy body, mind, and spirit.
Dr. Freddie So, B.Sc., D.C., F.I.C.P.A.
Top Ten Things You Didn't Know About Me
If you looked at my phone you’d see…a picture of my family, including my dogs!
The last thing I googled was…how to run, bike or swim faster :)
If my days had one extra hour I’d…want to spend it with my wife
My guilty pleasure is…my wife’s vegan lasagna - it actually tastes amazing!
On a typical Saturday night I…go to a movie (and if my wife picks it, I get to sleep through it:)
When I’m stressed I…like to run, bike, or swim. Always feel better afterwards!
I’m always happy when…my dogs greet me at the door
What keeps me inspired is…hearing people share their passions
The best advice I ever got was…listen to your wife! (my wife told me that :)