With 25-years in practice Dr. Peter Shipka continually looks to learn something new
In this blog series, we recognize the CAA 2022 long service award recipients. Learn more about them and the words of wisdom they have to offer.
Dr. Peter Shipka graduated from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, which is now part of the Southern California University. Before returning to Canada, he practiced for a year in Sapporo, Japan, working with Dr. Masahiro Yoshihashi, the only chiropractor in a city of 1.6 million people and lectured with him at the RMIT University in Tokyo.
Dr. Shipka opened his clinic, Riverview Chiropractic, in St. Albert, Alberta, in 1996. He is certified in acupuncture and says that is a favorite part of his practice. His drive and enthusiasm have led him to give back to his profession, and he currently serves on the Board of the Chiropractic Association of Alberta, the Alberta representative for the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College Board of Governors and as a committee member with the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation.
What do you like most about your job?
Constantly learning. There's so much to learn and if you have an interest, it can drive you to think differently about how you view things. The curiosity that comes with our job never gets old and you're always changing the way you think because of new information. The great thing is that it is dynamic and in flux. There's always something new to learn.
Do you have a favorite inspirational quote or saying?
I like one from American author H. Jackson Brown, Jr. ‒ Earn your success based on service to others, not at the expense of others.
If you could have dinner with anyone, a famous person, dead or alive, who would that be?
I am a big history buff, so I would have to say Winston Churchill.
What is your hope for the future of chiropractic care?
My hopes are twofold. Greater integration into primary medicine. And more growth in the profession so we have greater diversity and inclusion of all types of people.