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Whitby Chiropractors of First Step Family Chiropractic

Dr. Kristen Ruttan

Helping Others Achieve their Personal Health Goals

Whitby chiropractor Dr. Kristen Ruttan and her boys

Dr. Kristen Ruttan and her sons.

As a teenager, Dr. Kristen was intrigued by the human body’s ability to so effortlessly carry out intricate processes, while we continued to live our lives. She was fascinated that one system, “the nervous system”, was able to control the function of every cell, tissue, organ and system of your body. She decided to dedicate her professional life to helping others achieve their personal health goals, naturally.

Chiropractic Education & Training

Dr. Kristen has an undergraduate degree in Health Sciences, with emphasis on Human Anatomy and sport specific rehabilitation, from Brock University. Prior to graduating from Chiropractic College, she worked at Total Wellness Rehabilitation, helping patients achieve better health and performance.

She graduated from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College with a Doctorate in Chiropractic. Postgraduate studies have included training in Pediatrics and pre and post-natal care, certification in Webster’s In-Utero Constraint Technique, training in Torque Release Technique and Gait Analysis.
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Away from First Step Family Chiropractic

Dr. Kristen has always been involved in and held a keen interest in sports. She enjoys running, weight training, skiing and biking. When away from the office, she loves spending time with her boys, playing and learning.

Providing her Patients with the Most Life Changing Capabilities

Dr. Kristen has dedicated her professional career to techniques providing her patients with the most life changing capabilities. Prior to establishing First Step Family Chiropractic in Whitby, Dr. Kristen worked at Cafe of LIfe Chiropractic in St. Catharines helping many families achieve their optimal potential.

In the winter of 2001, Dr.Kristen opened First Step Family Chiropractic in Whitby and has been working with patients from the surrounding area ever since.

Dr. Ellen Chin

Chiropractic Education & Training

Chiropractor Whitby Dr. Ellen Chin

Dr. Ellen Chin

Dr. Ellen Chin graduated with a Honors Bachelor Degree in Nutrition from University of Toronto in 1999. She earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree and received her Certification for Acupuncture in 2002. She completed an additional training from the Acupuncture Council of Ontario for Clinical Acupuncture in 2011.   Dr. Chin joined First Step Family Chiropractic in Whitby in 2015 and is thrilled to be able to serve the entire Durham region.

She has been a licensed member of the College of Chiropractor of Ontario since 2002. She is a member of the Canadian Chiropractic Association and a member of the Canadian Chiropractic Protective Association. She has completed course work in soft tissue therapy, Active Release Therapy, Activator method, Graston technique, Kineo-taping techniques, rehabilitation, golf, pregnancy, and Cranial Sacral therapy.

In her teenage years, she volunteered at a rehab clinic for patients with cerebral palsy and autism in Toronto. In this role, she saw the enormous benefits of chiropractic treatment and acupuncture for the patients at that rehab clinic. This experience sparked her passion in pursuing a career in health care.  Born and raised in Markham, Ontario, she is fluent in Chinese and enjoys working with patients with special needs.
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Chiropractic Philosophy

Dr. Chin believes in a harmonious treatment plan involving soft tissue therapy and manual manipulation, adjusting life style ergonomics, nutrition counseling, rehabilitation, and acupuncture therapy where appropriate. Dr. Chin also enjoys helping children develop to their full physical potential through spinal mobilization and rehab. She has been successful in treating babies with colic. Her soft tissue therapy and stretching has help pregnant patients regain mobility and has eased labor and delivery strains. Sport and work related problems are solved with determining the root cause and paving the path to recovery and advancement.

Personal Life

Dr. Ellen and her family

Dr. Ellen Chin and her Family

Outside her professional life, Dr. Chin and her husband enjoys raising their three young children. She and her husband support a Ghana Health Team Mission that sends a health care team to provide care to remote villages in Ghana, Africa. She also enjoys a variety of activities, which include volunteering, running, swimming, playing the piano and guitar, photography, and spending time with friends and family. She has completed three half marathons and a mini-triathlon. She dreams of accompanying her children on a mission trip in the future.

Dr. Jennifer Yun

Naturopathic Education & Training

Dr. Jennifer Yun

Dr. Jennifer Yun

Dr. Yun completed her Specialized Honours Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at York University in 2004 and went on to pursue post-graduate education in Naturopathic Medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. After practicing naturopathic medicine in mid-town Toronto for 7 years, Dr. Yun is looking forward to growing her practice and establishing her roots in Whitby.

Within her family-oriented practice, her clinical focus is in health & fitness in pregnancy (pre-conception, antenatal care, and post-partum recovery), sport medicine & pain management, and obesity & weight loss.

Dr. Yun encounters a wide array of conditions and disorders on a daily basis and, in addressing the underlying issues from a naturopathic perspective while encouraging lifestyle changes, she has helped her patients to move forward toward a healthy and sustainable quality of life.

In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Yun has been a contributing writer and speaker to a number of different publications and organizations including Healthy Directions Magazine and Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Blog, and is a member of the Canadian Obesity Network (CON), a network of health professionals united in a goal to reduce obesity in the Canadian population.

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