Dr. Heather Toner grew up in northern New Brunswick in a small town called Grand Falls. Growing up, she always had a strong interest in human sciences, natural medicine, and living an active lifestyle. It was a combination of personal experiences as well as a strong desire to help people which lead her down the career path of becoming a chiropractor.
Education and Career
In 2004, Heather began her post-secondary education at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton where she obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology. From there, she moved to Toronto for four years to pursue her dreams in becoming a chiropractor. In June of 2012, she graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College with Magna Cum Laude and clinical honors distinctions. Heather also took advantage of her time living in a large city and concurrently completed her certification in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
Heather began her chiropractic career in September of 2012 and thoroughly enjoys treating and helping people in the Greater Saint John Area. With five years of clinical experience under her belt, she is very eager and excited to have just opened her own clinic doors at Toner Chiropractic and Wellness Centre.
Heather’s professional mission is to provide optimal evidence-based care by promoting health and illness/injury prevention to patients of all ages. She believes that working in collaboration with her patients, and implementing both active and passive components of care, is vital in achieving a therapeutic goal – whether it be optimal sport performance, pain control, or general health and wellness.
For Heather, the most gratifying part of being a chiropractor is simply having the opportunity to help the patients that enter her doors. She reports that it’s like a gradual transformation – they normally arrive in pain, and over the course of their customized treatment plan, a few things happen: pain subsides, mood heightens, a thriving doctor-patient relationship is established, and the focus of treatment transitions from pain management to wellness care.
When the opportunity arose for Heather to become part of Black Bears Girls Youth Softball, the decision was very easy for her. 15-20 years ago, as a young girl herself, her fondest memories are that of playing sports and having such a tremendous support group composed of teammates and coaching staff. She is very excited to work with the team and feels that this is a great way to give back to the community. Working with teenage athletes is by far one of her favorite demographics: not only are they are amidst large developmental growth periods, but getting back to sport and feeling their best is of utmost importance to them.
Outside of the clinic, Heather enjoys spending time with her husband Evan, son Charles, and dog Taylor. She enjoys cycling, downhill skiing, gym training at HIIT30 KV Fitness, hiking and yoga. Although her husband is undoubtedly the chef in the family, Heather does also enjoy spending time in the kitchen and baking healthy snacks and treats for her family.