Dr. Laurent Lapointe marks 40 rewarding years in practice
In this blog series, we recognize the CAA 2022 long Service award recipients. Learn more about Dr. Laurent Lapointe and the words of wisdom he has to offer.
Dr. Laurent (aka Larry) Lapointe hails from Southcenter Health and Wellness in Calgary. He graduated from University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in mathematics and chemistry. He worked as a trader on the floor of the Toronto Stock Exchange before attending the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, graduating in 1982. If he had not become a chiropractor, he says he would gave become an architect as he enjoys the creative process and likes the idea of making something out of nothing.
Dr. Lapointe says he has had a very gratifying career as a chiropractor, with the privilege of helping a lot of people along the way. In his spare time he enjoys hiking and walks in nature with his wife. They also like traveling and have made frequent trips to Paris, France and Venice, Italy.
What do you like most about your job as a chiropractor?
Meeting new patients, the interaction and the prospect of helping them.
What career advise would you provide to students entering the profession?
Make sure that you're entering chiropractic for the right reasons, because as the saying goes, “find a job you enjoy doing and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
What is your hope for future chiropractors?
To carry on and march forward. When I first started my practice, it was a challenge to be accepted. We still have work to do. It is a long journey, but we are making headway.
If you could have dinner with someone famous, dead or alive, who would that be?
John Diefenbaker. When I graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, he was the Chancellor of the University and I got to shake his hand when I received my degree. We spoke a few words, but it would be really nice to talk to him for awhile, and get to know him better.