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  • Writer's pictureStefan Cvijetan

Learn more about Stefan, Owner of Level Osteopathy

Dear valued patients,

Welcome to the January edition of the Level Osteopathy newsletter! We hope this message finds you in good health and high spirits as we embark on a new year filled with possibilities.

The Benefits of Osteopathy 🌟

Osteopathy is a holistic approach to healthcare that focuses on the interrelationship between the structure and function of the body. It is a gentle and non-invasive manual therapy that aims to restore balance and promote overall well-being. Here at Level Osteopathy, we believe in the power of osteopathy to help our patients achieve optimal health and live their best lives.

Thank You for Making Us the Canadian Choice Awards Winner 2024! 🏆

We are thrilled to announce that Level Osteopathy has been honoured with the prestigious Canadian Choice Awards for Osteopathy across Canada! This recognition is a testament to the trust and support of our amazing patients like you. Your recognition of our services has propelled us to new heights, and we are truly grateful for your continued support.

Get to Know me the Osteopath of Level Osteopathy!

1. What inspired you to become an osteopath?

Actually, I was first introduced to osteopathy during my undergraduate studies at York University by my professor of human pathology. He had been seeing one at the time, and after reading some of my papers, he was convinced it was the right direction for me. After reading some of the first texts of Osteopathy to understand its foundations, I was hooked.

2. How long have you been practicing osteopathy?

Full Time over 3 amazing years now, before that another 2 as a student, I was granted a license and insurance to begin treating the public in my 3rd year of postgraduate school. I have been practicing health care for far longer by this point!

3. What sets Level Osteopathy apart from other clinics?

Honestly, I have no idea. We are blessed to be well recognized with several strong testimonials and case success stories under our belt. Yet, that is more a testimony to the methods of Osteopathy itself. I think what sets myself and my practice apart is the environment we create for our patients. They truly feel as though they are entering my home to visit a friend when coming for treatment. This creates a strong professional relationship and trust between the patient and practitioner, and a greater sense of involvement in their journey towards better health.

4. What is your approach to patient care?

Simple, do right by the patient and help facilitate care as best as possible in compliance with their other care providers. Just don't leave the patient hanging!

5. Can you share a memorable success story from your practice?

They are all mostly memorable. At this moment, I reflect on one early patient's case in which they brought their young daughter to me because she could not extend her knee at all. It had been going on for nearly 2 weeks at this point. Needless to say, that young child did not need a cane after all, just some mindful manipulation near the PSIS. We were all sharing happy tears!

6. What do you enjoy most about being an osteopath?

I get to meet amazing people everyday and have the pleasure in helping them when possible. Easy!

7. How do you stay updated with the latest developments in osteopathy?

Thankfully, my association OSTCAN requires and offers continuing education courses that we must take annually to stay up to date and registered. I do most of my courses through the Osteopathic Lyceum!

8. Are there any specific areas of expertise or specializations you focus on?

Only until a couple of years ago, legally registered Osteopathic Practitioners were not allowed to "specialize" in the same way a family physician would not. That is a red flag from the past if you saw one who was supposedly claiming to be a "specialist". We treat the body as a whole. A preference I see with great success, coming to my clinic from patient referrals, would be migraines, though.

9. What advice do you have for patients seeking osteopathic treatment?

Come as you are and be honest with your Osteopathic practitioner. Know that they won't and shouldn't look at anything in isolation. Thus, if your elbow hurts, expect them to check other areas as well. It's for a good reason!

10. How do you envision the future of osteopathy and its role in healthcare?

Registered Osteopaths with a 4 year post graduate were just recognized by Veteran Affairs Canada! I share this as I envision timely trained Osteopaths to become the well regarded medical professionals they are as elsewhere in the world.

Getting to know me more personably!

1. What is your favourite hobby or pastime?

I collect Pokémon cards and will never stop. A child at heart.

2. What is your favourite book or movie and why?

World War Z for both. Oddly enjoy apocalyptic stories.

3. What is your dream travel destination and why?

Istanbul! The cross of cultures would fascinate me.

4. What is your favourite type of cuisine?

A medium rare - medium prime rib steak done rotisserie style. Any day of the week!

5. What is your favourite way to relax and unwind?

Currently dancing to Disney songs with my daughter!

6. What is something you're passionate about?

Oddly far too well versed in coffee beans, processing of coffee, roasting of coffee, ripeness of coffee, regional variants, acidity of coffee etc. I really have a coffee issue.

7. What is a skill or talent you have that not many people know about?

I can read very fast, was incredibly handy during both undergraduate & postgraduate studies.

8. What is your favourite season and why?

Winter! Less common I know, but outside of the holidays I appreciate how the snow helps clean debris and lift oil off the roads that build up over other seasons. Natures cleaner. I do although grumble shovelling the snow the plow blocks my drive way with naturally.

9. What is a goal or aspiration you have for the future?

Simply to own a small cottage outside of the city wth my wife & daughter to run away too.

10. What is something interesting or unique about you that most people don't know?

I have little to no feeling in my left tibia (shin bone). I believe it is slowly returning. When I bump into furniture with my left leg it’s the furniture that feels it.

We hope these insights provide you with a glimpse into the person behind Level Osteopathy. We believe that building a strong connection with our patients is essential for providing the best possible care.

Thank you once again for your trust and for being a part of the Level Osteopathy community. Together, we can continue to make a positive impact on the health and wellness of our patients.

Always feel free to visit our booking link here!

Warm regards,

Stefan Cvijetan & Family

Owner, Level Osteopathy

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