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Fredericton Chiropractor : Dr. Shelley Quinlan

I often say that I didn’t choose chiropractic, but that chiropractic chose me.

Fredericton Chiropractor, Dr. Shelley Quinlan

Dr. Shelley Quinlan

Welcome! First of all, let me say thank you for visiting our website to learn more about chiropractic. Now if you will indulge me, please allow me to share some of the details that have brought me to where I am today.

I have been a doctor of chiropractic for more than eighteen wonderful years. Being a chiropractor in today’s world, where people are seeking drug-free and results-oriented health care, is very exciting and rewarding.

Why I Chose Chiropractic

Many of the chiropractors I know became chiropractors because they had been to a chiropractor at some point in their life, and it had drastically improved their lives in some way – they had experienced a “miracle”. I kind of did it backwards! I knew very little about chiropractic when I started out. Sound strange? Allow me to explain.

My mom had visited a chiropractor and was so impressed that she urged me to apply to chiropractic school. My mom had suffered for years, and she inevitably found her “miracle” inside a chiropractic office. At the time, I was finishing my third year of a Biochemistry degree at Mount Allison University. Still undecided about my future career path, but knowing that I wanted to go into the healthcare field, I was intrigued with my mom’s story (especially with her results!). I suppose this started my fascination into the profession called “chiropractic”, and I found myself applying to the chiropractic school in Toronto that very year. A few months later I received an acceptance letter in the mail! In September of 1996, I packed my bags and moved to the big city of Toronto, which I would call home for the next four years.


Do you believe in destiny? I do. I often say that I didn’t choose chiropractic, but that chiropractic chose me. I spent the next four years studying at The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. It was a difficult academic program, but living in Toronto was also a lot of fun. It allowed me to grow in so many ways. I found it fascinating learning about anatomy, neuroanatomy,physiology and adjusting techniques. Really understanding how the body works. But learning about the healing power of the body and how, as chiropractors, we help support this healing by removing nerve interference was a totally new concept to me – but it made so much sense! How had I never known about this before! It was so logical, so simple. And throughout my eighteen years as a chiropractor, I have witnessed this healing with chiropractic so many times with so many patients. I don’t call chiropractic healing a “miracle” anymore, because the science and neurology of spinal movement completely explains how and why it works. I feel it’s very important to explain this to my patients so it empowers them – and you will learn all about it at my New Patient Talk when you start care here at our office.

Practice Philosophy

Today you will find that I am very confident and very passionate about the chiropractic aspect of health. The chiropractic lifestyle, according to our clinic, can be summed up as “Be Fit, Eat Right, Think Well and Get Adjusted”. Choosing to become a doctor of chiropractic was definitely the right path for me. I have always known that movement and eating right is essential for the body to be healthy. I have always innately known that health and healing comes from within – and not from a pill or a vaccine – and the better we treat our bodies, the better our bodies will treat us. At chiropractic school, I came to know and experience that the chiropractic adjustment helps keep your nervous system functioning optimally. And why is that important? Because your nervous system controls EVERY single cell and system in your body.

About Dr. Quinlan

Dr. Quinlan's Family

Dr. Quinlan’s Family

There is nothing more important and dear to me than my family – their happiness and their health. And from my picture – you can guess that my husband, Andy and I, run a busy household! Some might call it chaos – we call it family. We have four wonderful (most of the time!) kids: Alexandra, Gabe, Noah and Charlie Grace. I love them so much. They have all benefitted from my knowledge that chiropractic helps you function and develop to your fullest. They have all received chiropractic on a regular basis since they were born! I hope as you learn more about chiropractic you will see the benefit of having not only your own spine and nervous system checked, but that of your children as well.

I try to live the chiropractic lifestyle as much as I can. I encourage everybody I know and love to do the same. Why? Because it makes you feel better. It improves the quality of your life. Sound good? Trying to “Be Fit, Eat Right,Think Well and Get Adjusted” on a regular basis is not easy. If it was, everybody would do it.And if everybody was doing it, chronic preventable illness (obesity, cancer, heart disease, diabetes…) wouldn’t be affecting 80-90% of our population! It’s not easy – but it’s worth it. And if I’m being completely honest and transparent, I do fall off the wagon more than I like to admit.But it’s about small steps and being kind to yourself. Start small with baby steps and if you fall, pick yourself up and start again. I do. It’s not about perfection, it’s about making small sprints and before you know it you – maybe you can run that marathon after all!

I am grateful that chiropractic chose me. And I am grateful that I may, in the future, have the opportunity to help teach you about the chiropractic lifestyle and how it can help you achieve your health and wellness goals! It would be my greatest honor to serve you in that capacity. Watching and allowing people to discover the true healing potential that resides within each of us is amazing. I wish that for you and for your family.

I look forward to meeting you and your family in person. Contact our office, or email me and let’s get you started on the path to wellness. Once you make the commitment, I promise to be as committed to you in your quest for health as I am to my own family.

Fredericton Family Chiropractic: A Creating Wellness Centre | (506) 472-7000