Planning Career

In this section, practicing chiropractors share their insights on the triumphs and failures encountered while getting their career started. Let’s review their endeavours:

BC Chiropractors' Career Challenges

Advice from a BC practitioner on their chiropractic journey so far: “There were lots of situations where I felt I needed some guidance. I love my job, but I don't make much money doing this.”

Below are the most common scenarios and suggested solutions, new chiropractors face when starting their career.

Overcoming Financial Difficulties

Advice from a BC practitioner: “Advisors helped me set a structure from the start and taught me to take the business end of practicing seriously.”

BCCA understands that you already have a large debt and that’s why, thanks to all members, the cost is subsidized for the first three years of your membership. If you reviewed the challenges chiropractors face (above) and still not convinced that a career advisor is worth the investment, let’s see if you know what to do in the following situations:

  • What happens when you decide to leave or the contractual party moves/retires? (Hint: Ask a Business Lawyer)
  • Lawyers ensure the lease is legal but are the terms favorable to your long-term goals? (Hint: Ask BCCA)
  • How to deal with patient records privacy and expectations as a DC? (Hint: Ask a Health Care Lawyer)
  • How to know if you have enough cash flow to lease or own a practice? (Hint: Ask an Accountant)

Sometimes we think about the clauses that affect us now, and not the ones that could affect us later (e.g. "What happens when I leave?", "What if the building owner leaves?"). Understanding 80% of the contract isn’t sufficient. Don’t forget there are HPA laws which applies to chiropractors. If you are unsure which career advisor does what, please continue below to the 'Success starts with career advice.' section to learn about and understand each role.

Success Starts with Career Advice

Advice from a BC practitioner: “Happy that I found a coach, both a business coach and a chiropractic coach. Wish I hadn't waited so long to do this.”

Let's see what's the role of each career advisor and what they can do for your chiropractic career.

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  • Handles pitfalls chiropractors encounter, and can help before you get deeply entangled in those situations.
  • Recommends things to discuss with your career advisors; however, does not provide individual legal advice.

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  • Performs tax planning; for instance, informs you of tax breaks including moving expenses you may qualify for.
  • Completes audits, bookkeeping and analysis of accounts.
  • Assists with financial planning on owning a practice, incorporating/partnership, leasing a building/office space, and more.

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  • Guides you through the legal process and development of a contract for renting space, starting a practice, working with other practitioners, and any other requirements related to a business.
  • May be unfamiliar with health care laws and regulations, if so please see a health care lawyer. For example, specific regulations exist on how to handle patient files.

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  • Reviews your specific circumstances regarding regulations by the College of Chiropractors of BC and the Government of British Columbia that can affect your proposed business arrangements and contracts. 
  • Helps with exit strategies and patient records - two examples of where additional health care regulations exist that need to be considered with your lawyer when entering a business contract.

Important to Note

Throughout the pages of our Member Centre, you will see references to consult with career advisors such as health care and business lawyers before signing a contract and the reasons why to do so. Furthermore, you will find many important tips on what a new DC grad should look out for and not an actual legal advice.