Dr. Connie D’Astolfo, DC, PhD (candidate), CEO & Clinical Director

dr. connieDr. Connie D’Astolfo is the CEO and Clinical Director of SPINEgroup. Dr. D’Astolfo’s commitment to clinical excellence and innovation was recently recognized by Worldwide Who’s Who.  SPINEgroup® is a healthcare services company dedicated to providing a “better than best” approach to clinical care, health management and consulting services. SPINEgroup’s approach is directed at affordable and efficient health care management. Case management with state of the art technology and evidence-based protocols is the foundation of their clinical programs. SPINEgroup seeks to combine a strong service ethic with best patient outcomes. SPINE group is a three time winner of 2012, 2013 and 2015 Top Choice Awards for best Physiotherapy Clinic in Vaughan, Ontario.

Dr. D’Astolfo is a chiropractor in Vaughan, researcher and consultant. She has been registered with the College of Chiropractors of Ontario since 2001 and is currently pursuing a PhD in Health Management and Informatics at York University. Dr. D’Astolfo holds a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from National University of Health Sciences (Chicago, IL) and a post graduate diploma designation in Health Administration from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. She is also a certified Independent Chiropractic Evaluator. She has several published peer reviewed articles in leading academic journals and is a chapter author for two widely distributed clinical text books. Dr. D’Astolfo was nominated recently by her peers as an “educationally influential (EI)” clinician for the Institute for Work & Health and participates in Knowledge Transfer related to Back Pain. Dr. D’Astolfo is a recognized expert in rehabilitation, trained and knowledgeable in the most advanced rehabilitation and manual therapy techniques including but not limited to the following:

  • Advanced Spinal and Extremity Manipulation
  • Flexion/Distraction and Joint Mobilization
  • Spinal Decompression Therapy
  • McKenzie Protocols for Lumbar, Thoracic and Cervical Spine
  • The Ontario Ministry of Health’s ISAEC protocols for Low Back Pain
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT)
  • Neural Mobilization Techniques
  • Cranial Manipulation (CST)
  • Physiotherapeutic’s including therapeutic ultrasound, low level laser, shockwave therapy, electrotherapy, hydrotherapy
  • Myo-fascial Therapy, i.e Graston Techniques, Active Release (ART)
  • Dietary, Homeopathic and Supplementation Counselling
  • Postural Training
  • Lifestyle Counselling
  • Medical Acupuncture
  • Scoliosis Rehabilitation
  • Advanced Spinal Rehabilitation
  • Yoga and Pilates for Spine

In addition to clinical practice, Dr. D’Astolfo has expertise in performance management and program evaluation. She consults with government and health organizations on policy and health management initiatives. Early in her career, Dr. D’Astolfo pioneered and led an inter-disciplinary pain management team for several long term-care homes and was the first chiropractor in Long-Term Care in Ontario. Dr. D’Astolfo continues to pursue her passion for eldercare through research and development of innovative programs dedicated to the rehabilitation of seniors in the community and in Long-Term care.

Dr. D’Astolfo has previously held many consulting positions primarily with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Her primary projects include:

  • Development of a community of practice for performance management
  • Health Indicator Development Project
  • Health Targets Tool Kit
  • Long Term Care sector survey development, rollout and evaluation
  • Wound care Strategy Development –strategy to encourage and direct cost effective management of wounds, risk assessment and prevention
  • Hospital Avoidance Strategy Development
  • Depression Strategy Development

>>> Curriculum Vitae

Dr. D’Astolfo is registered and involved with the following organizations: • Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA) • Ontario Chiropractic Association (OCA) • College of Chiropractors in Ontario (CCO) • Canadian Chiropractic Protection Agency (CCPA) • Ontario Gerontology Association (OGA) • Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR)