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Dr. Tamara MacIntyre Guides Students to Clinical Excellence

Dr. McIntyre is responsible for bridging the gap between clinical education and the reality of clinical practice. Ultimately, her job is to ensure the transition from student to doctor.


  • Bachelor of Science (Biology/Psychology) – University of New Brunswick
  • Master of Science (Neuroscience) – Carleton University
  • Doctor of Chiropractic – Palmer College Davenport
  • Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner – Institute of Functional Medicine (AFMCP)
  • Doctor of Natural Medicine – EBNMP-Canada
  • Private Practice in Ottawa, Ontario Canada 2001-2014
  • Life West Faculty since 2014

What brought you to chiropractic?

When I was in University, my father died from brain cancer. As a young neuroscience student, it was my first up close and personal experience with conventional medicine. I was underwhelmed with the allopathic approach. This began my lifelong pursuit to understand the complex, incredible nature of body, mind and spirit. Chiropractic provided so many unanswered questions for me. I am inspired every day by the capacity of chiropractic to facilitate our body’s ability to heal from within.

What brought you to Life West?

My wife tells this great story about following a girl to chiropractic school. I was that girl. I guess it’s payback time because I followed her here to Life West! A mentor once told me that you know you are on the right path in life when everything you do leads you to this moment. Every day, in every way, I am fulfilling my life path. Right now, that means turning students into exceptional chiropractors.

What do you LOVE about Life West?

That’s the easiest question to answer – the students. My mission has always been to empower people with a greater understanding of health, the human body and its expression. My mission gets translated in to reality every day working with students. What I love is also what I am most grateful for.

What do you plan to accomplish in 2018?

Personally, I plan to carve out more time to focus on something I love – creative expression, which for me is working with pottery. Professionally, I am excited to be evolving clinical training for our chiropractic students that is next level. You’ll have to stay tuned for more on that.

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