About Us – A quick biography

Where:

Located in North York within walking distance from Yonge and Sheppard.  Dr. Karen Hudes, Chiropractor has been in practice for 17 + years and at this location for approximately 19 years.  Read on to find out more about me! Reach out any time I would love to talk to you. In December 2020 we are starting to change our clinic name to Badass Chiropractic and Wellness (or BAC Wellness for short) this is because we are welcoming a new associate Dr. Rebecca Bouwhuis and  having the clinic just named after our owner isn’t super inclusive – and yes there is a good story behind the Badass name.  Click here to read it. (coming soon).

Our two doctors now include Dr. Karen Hudes and Dr. Rebecca Bouwhuis – please read below about both of us!

 

Who: Dr. Karen Hudes, Chiropractor and Rehabilitation Specialist

Hi! I am your friendly neighborhood chiropractor and I have been in practice for over 20 years – most of those at 168 Sheppard Avenue West just a short walk from Yonge Street.

I am a mom to a 10 year old son who is really into hockey, I love Wonder Woman, I love to run and have a goal of continually checking things off of my “bucket list”. We just welcomed a fur baby to the family – a sheepadoodle named George – any guesses where his name comes from? Click here to find out. 

Passionate about helping people understand their bodies, recover from injuries or pain, and achieve wellness and optimal health.  Mine is a family practice and see people from every age group with problems ranging from pain in the big toe, achy knees,  back pain and sciatica, headaches and migraines just to name a few.

I love to help pre- and post-partum moms with the aches and pains of pregnancy and breast feeding and more importantly I am passionate about women’s health.

Basically if it hurts, I can help you fix it and then keep it from coming back.

How:

Using a variety of hands on tools in my practice including deep tissue techniques, fascial release and hands on adjustments, exercise and core stabilization.

I also treat people who don’t like what they think of traditional chiropractic treatment or how they may be treated by a chiropractor– I promise I have a huge knowledge base and many tools in my tool belt to help people because one of my philosophies is that when I am treating someone it is their body so they are in charge – there is always an open line of communication and dialogue with me so we can change our approach if needed and still get results.

The chiropractic treatments I offer can assist individuals with a wide range of needs, including those looking to maintain their health and well being, as well as those seeking acute pain relief from work or automobile related injuries.  More importantly, I have treated patients as young as a few weeks old to those well into their 90’s.

Super lucky to be able to have the opportunity to reach so many different people in our community!

In my practice, I use a variety of treatment tools including Diversified and Activator techniques, deep tissue techniques, scar tissue techniques, taping techniques and laser therapy. Because I am trained in ergonomics, I am also able to assist in setting up or modifying work stations in many work environments, including the home office.  Every patinet is always treated from a whole body perspective and varies each treatment to suit the individual’s needs.

I look forward to helping to answer questions and help our community by providing education about how we can be our healthiest selves for the longest possible.  Saving the world, one spine at a time.

A little more about me:

Began my chiropractic practice in February 2001 after receiving a Doctor of Chiropractic from the National University of Health Sciences in Chicago, Illinois (formerly the National College of Chiropractic) on December 16, 2000.   For my designation as a Rehabilitation Specialist, I completed 3 years of training over and above my chiropractic degree which also  included research and publications. I returned to Toronto because I wanted to be close to family and began an associateship which lasted 1.5 years before moving to my current location within  the European Health Care Centre at 168 Sheppard Ave. West in Toronto.

I have been in private solo practice since that time and enjoy using my skills in various venues including being involved in community volunteer work  such as being the team doctor for races (like the Subaru Adventure Challenge) and providing educational seminars for local businesses and being a local scout leader because I love to work with kids. I served on the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board (CCEB) as an Examiner and a member of the ACL committee.  This involved conducting written and practical examinations for chiropractic students prior to their licensure as doctors of chiropractic medicine.

 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call and speak to Dr. Hudes – she will always find a moment for you!

Education

Dr. Hudes received an honours Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo  in 1997 before attending the National College of Chiropractic  where she received both a Bachelors of Science (Cum Laude) in Human Biology and a Doctor of Chiropractic. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Doctor of Chiropractic Program at the National University of Health Sciences (formerly the National College of Chiropractic) in Chicago Illinois in December 2000.

Dr. Hudes has completed a 100-hour certificate in Acupuncture with over 5 years of hands on experience in the technique.

Dr. Hudes has  a Fellowship in Rehabilitation.  Please see the list of her current or upcoming publications below.

Dr. Hudes loves to learn and is always upgrading, taking seminars and exploring new techniques that may be of benefit to her patients.

Publications:

Low-tech Rehabilitation and management of a 64 year old male patient with acute idiopathic onset of costochondritis.

  • Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association December 08 Vol.52 No. 4 p224-228.Book Review: Treat Your Own Back, Robin McKenzie
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  • Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association;2007 vol.51 no.1 pp.51-52Book Review: Ultimate Back Fitness and Preformanc, Stuart McGill
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  • Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association;2007 vol.51 no.1 pp.52 Book Review: Low Back Disorders-Evidence Based Prevention and Rehabilitation, Stuart McGill.
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  • Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association;2007 vol.51 no.2 pp.124Book Review: Treat Your Own Neck, Robin McKenzie
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  • Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association;2007 vol.51 no.2 pp.124

Fourth Generation Laser Therapy Catches up with Rehabilitation

Canadian Chiropractor, June/July 2004 Vol. 9 No. 4, pp. 20-23.

Up-coming publications:

Conservative Management of a Case of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Accepted for publication in the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association June 2010

 

List of Services

Chiropractic Adjustments (manual and activator)

Deep tissue therapy

Laser therapy

Orthotics

Taping for athletics and healing

Rehabilitation

Exercise prescription

Wellness care

Who: Dr. Rebecca Bouwhuis, Chiropractor

Dr. Rebecca Bouwhuis

Growing up, I’ve always been passionate about sports and athletics – playing hockey, football, soccer and just about anything I can get my hands on! This started my passion for understanding how the human body works. Since then I’ve constantly been on the lookout for ways to educate myself and inform others of just what the human body is capable of.

I completed my Honours of Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo before heading east and completing my chiropractic studies at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, graduating with clinical and academic honours. After graduating, I felt that I hadn’t yet had a chance yet to see and experience everything that Toronto has to offer which led me to join Dr. Karen!

Outside of helping people through chiropractic, I’m a passionate hockey fan and player. I was fortunate enough to be the starting goaltender for the University of Waterloo Women’s Hockey Team before transitioning to a coaching role. Over the past few years I’ve had the pleasure of coaching and being a trainer for multiple competitive hockey teams and m presently the acting goalie coaching for several minor hockey teams within the GTA.

I always knew I wanted to be in a field that helped people and I’m happy to have joined a profession that allows me to educate, treat and get to know those in my community. My treatment style consists of Diversified, muscle release and taping techniques.  I’m also a big advocate of exercise being the best medicine and am happy to provide exercises to help you get back to all the activities you like to do. Ultimately, I’m here to provide you with the tools to help you get moving and stop your pain from coming back!

I’m always happy to chat, either by phone or by email, if you have questions or want to vent about the recent Toronto Maple Leafs hockey game!