Champlain Chiropractic Health Clinic first opened in 2001 by chiropractors Dr. Joehel Blanca and Dr. Shawn Rai, along with Registered Massage Therapist Rob McClure. Dr. Blanca had been working in Olympia, WA for a number of years after his graduation in 2000. He decided to return to Canada at the same time Dr. Rai was looking into opening a practice in Vancouver. The two had met at chiropractic college in Portland, OR and opened Champlain Chiropractic Health Clinic in Vancouver. Over the years, the practice added RMTs Jen Burville and Christa Ho to the team.
Dr. Joehel Blanca
Dr. Joehel Blanca is a chiropractic doctor who discovered the benefits of chiropractic after injuring his back playing golf. Unable to work, he tried various treatments without success and turned to chiropractic as a last resort. After two adjustments, he was able to return to playing golf without debilitating lower back pain and numbness in his legs and has since been an advocate.
With an emphasis on education and prevention, his treatments are unique to each individual, and always include strategies for self-care. His goal is to encourage clients to take an active role in their health and discover ways to encourage self-healing. He makes himself available to patients outside of appointments to address any questions or concerns they may have.
Dr. Blanca leads an active lifestyle; running, playing golf and volleyball, snowboarding, skiing, and competing in triathlons. One of his most recent personal achievements was completing Ironman Canada in Whistler. His interests include travelling, sports, and spending time with his family.
“Life is a journey; get there healthy” – unknown
Dr. Shawn Rai
Dr. Shawn Rai recognized the value of chiropractic care when he visited a chiropractor and saw the positive treatment results using adjustments versus alternatives such as medication. Realizing the benefits of chiropractic treatments, Dr. Rai completed his Doctorate and co-founded Champlain Chiropractic and Massage Clinic in 2001. With 15 years of experience, Dr. Rai’s treatments are personalized with a focus on prevention and educating patients. Dr. Rai is a strong believer in empowering his patients with knowledge to take care of their spinal health. Dr. Rai has been married for 16 years and has two children. He encourages an active lifestyle with his family, including golfing and skiing. He is an avid reader and also enjoys exercising and travelling.
“My mission is to help my patients take care of their spinal health on a regular basis.” – Dr. Rai