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Osteopathy in Canada 

Osteopathy in Canada is regulated by it's provincal bodies,


History of Osteopathy

Portrait of Andrew Taylor StillOsteopathy was established in the United States in 1874 by Andrew Taylor Still, MD. (shown at right) Due to the deaths of his wife and several of his children from infectious diseases, he was led to judge traditional medicine as ineffective and lacking.

Osteopathy was Dr. Still’s reaction to the dependence of conventional medicine on drug therapy. He advocated that drug therapy, and especially surgery, should only be considered as a last resort in treating diseases.

Dr Still promoted the theory that diseases could be cured by working on misaligned bones, joints, and muscles, clearing obstructions in the path of the body’s natural ability to make itself recover. He believed that the primary duty of a physician is to assist in removing hindrances to the healthy function of every person.

Still founded the first Osteopathic school in the town of Kirksville, Missouri in the year 1892. The school’s curriculum focused on a treatment that gives emphasis to complete patient care through centering on the neuromusculoskeletal system as an important element in the process of healing. He encouraged his students to continue researching his hypothesis over the years and, by 1913, scientific researchers from the Andrew Taylor Research Institute had joined the effort.

In time, Still developed an evolution in medical practice with his theory on Osteopathy, forming a full medical curriculum meriting cognition from the State of Missouri of its equivalency to an MD degree. However, Still chose to maintain the distinction from conventional medicine by awarding graduates with a Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) degree.

Today, the curriculum of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) that Dr. Still started in his school (now the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine) is taught in 20 Osteopathic medical colleges in the United States. Once excluded from practice in conventional hospitals and institutions, Osteopathy has evolved to include theories and practices of conventional medicine. There are approximately 60,000 DOs in practice, some of which are in general practice, the others in primary care specializations such as pediatrics, internal medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology.

The first (D.O.) to recieve his Doctorate in Canada, is Dr Sylvain Guimond, D.O.. The presentation of his thesis was held before the committee and the jury in May 2002. Dr Guimond, DO, holds a master's degree in kinesiology, he also has expertise in bio-mechanics and sports medicine, he is the founder of Bio-Tonix (Montreal), therapist and Osteopath of  Mario Lemieux, player.

The first doctorate of osteopathy (D.O.) Awarded in Canada

(left) Dr Peter Véniez, Ph.D., ND., P.DG., the CPMDQ, (center) Dr. Sylvain Guimond, DO., (right ) Dr. Jean Lemoine, DO., MD. Graduate of medicine in France , Director of studies COQM and COQQ.

The First and only College of Osteopathy in Canada to graduate (D.O.'s)

Doctor's of Osteopathy

Collège D'Ostéopathie du Québec à Montréal (COQM) 

The Quebec College of Osteopathy was founded in 1991

Note; Other colleges graduate d.o.'s meaning diplomed in osteopathy


Canadian Council of Osteopathic Examiners (CCOE)

Recognized by the ;  Canadian Council of Osteopathic Examiners (CCOE)



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