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Rebecca Jane McAlister

McAlister

Hometown: Oshawa, Ontario

Graduation: BHK (Hons) 2015

Co-op Placements:

  • Student Kinesiologist/Chiropractic Assistant - Ajax Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Centre, Ajax ON
  • Student Kinesiologist/Chiropractic Assistant - Courtice Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Centre, Courtice ON
  • Clinic Receptionist/Student Kinesiologist – Balanced Body Active Health Centre, Toronto ON

Clubs/Activities: Phi Sigma Sigma, KinOne Program Coordinator and Leader, Year II-IV Coop Representative, Adapted Physical Exercise (APEX) Research Intern, University of Windsor Emergency Response Team (UWERT)

Industry: Chiropractic

Post Grad: Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC)

Rebecca-Jane McAllister graduated in 2015 with her Bachelor of Human Kinetics Honours [Major: Movement Science Co-op] and a minor in Psychology. Rebecca is currently completing her Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College with an expected graduation date of June 2019.

“Since the age of 14, I have always wanted to be a chiropractor. Once I decided this; I knew I wanted to study at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) and knew I was going to need an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology in order to do so. I honestly wasn’t even considering the University of Windsor when I was in high school. It wasn’t until I attended the Ontario Universities Fair in Toronto and stopped at the University of Windsor’s booth, that I had the opportunity to speak with the Faculty of Kinesiology’s department head at the time, Dr. Wayne Marino. I think Dr. Marino and I were mutually impressed with one another, and he actually gave me a gas voucher to assist with the transportation costs of attending a Faculty of Human Kinetics Open House. After seeing the facility and campus in person, I decided to submit my application. Dr. Marino went above and beyond for me as a prospective student, and I’ve always valued and appreciated his support and encouragement.”

“The greatest thing about Windsor’s Kinesiology program is that all of the professors genuinely care about all of their students - I never once felt like I was just a number. Even after graduating, I still keep in touch with some of the professors and still consider them among my mentors. I also believe that Windsor’s Kinesiology program does an exceptional job at providing an overview of all of the subject areas within Kinesiology, especially in first year. This not only provides a really well rounded educational experience for students, but I also think this helps students understand the scope of their career options within the field of kinesiology.”

“I think a lot of students shy away from research in their undergrad because they don’t think they are qualified enough to be a researcher. In my third and fourth year, I was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to conduct an original research study as the lead student investigator. This experience ended up landing me the opportunity to both present my research at a conference in my fourth year as well as submit my paper for publication within a peer-reviewed journal. This experience gave me the confidence to seek out further research opportunities while studying at CMCC. I would encourage undergrad students who want to learn more about research to get involved by either volunteering or assisting with faculty lead research projects.“

“For students who are interested in exploring a career in chiropractic, I would recommend seeking opportunities to shadow and speak with practicing chiropractors. I would also recommend, regardless of the career you’re interested in, that you research what the career entails and explore the graduate programs available so that you are well informed of your options.”