Dr. Sloat has always been interested in how the body works since she was a child. In art class, she created sculptures of the human body after studying the muscular systems. The fascination grew into studying about nutrition. She started taking vitamins before it was popular to maintain her health. The mind-body connection has always been crucial to her. What she found was that patients would have mental symptoms prior to their injury before their body had displayed any symptoms. Dr. Sloat was lead to homeopathy. She was enrolled in the post-graduate course at the naturopathy college in Toronto. The mental symptoms were just as important as the physical. Both had to be addressed. Diagnosis is just a large puzzle with all the pieces in the air. You have to take each part and see how they attach without missing any pieces to get to the final picture. Problems are complicated and have many parts. Each part must be looked at individually to come to the correct conclusion about treatment and care. Dr. Sloat only knows this too well how it feels not being able to function at an optimal health. She suffered from headaches as a young adult, and chiropractic care was the only treatment that solved the puzzle. The cause of her headaches came from a vertebra misaligned. It is known as a subluxation. Once she was corrected she never suffered from headaches again. This discovery was the seed that brought Dr. Sloat into the passion of natural healing. Dr. Sloat has had a love for animals and used to bring home every stray cat, bird, etc. During her early chiropractic career, a veterinarian contacted her about a dog being hit. The dog was hit by a swing. The dog could no longer bend its head over to eat. He asked her to see if she could help. Working with the veterinary and after carefully conducting the study of the canine anatomy she adjusted the dog with great success. The dog could now eat, turn it head and function normally again. Later she was asked to see one of her patients horses with a shoulder problem that had been limping. Back to books she went to now study horse anatomy. She did consult with a large animal veterinarian for some assistance. She understood how the spine worked and how it affected the nervous system, so she adjusted the horse. The results were the horse now did not limp or have any shoulder pain. Dr. Sloat found a course in the United States and became a certified animal chiropractor. Dr. Sloat loved horses so much that she bought her first horse and started riding at age 50. She now has Kevin a 15-year-old off the track thoroughbred that she rides regularly. She adjusts horses in her off hours when she is not at her office with people and dogs or cats. Many times people bring their dogs in for chiropractic care and become patients themselves. It is wonderful having such a mixed practice. Dr. Sloat says she has the best of both worlds, treating patients in the office and then being able to go to farms and adjust horses. The cold laser therapy has proven to be very successful for soft tissue injuries for the people and animals. It also speeds up the healing process of the tissues. Dr. Sloat will continue to do research and be a life long learner. ” The older I get, the more I want to learn. The more I learn, the more I can help people and animals. ” Dr. Sloat has three grown children and two grandchildren so far. Education Dr. Sloat attended the University of Western Ontario and received her undergraduate degree in Biomechanics and Genetics. She went for another year to York University for more in-depth study. In 1980, Dr. Sloat graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto with a Doctor of Chiropractic.
During her four years at CMCC, courses included biochemistry, major emphasis on anatomy, human physiology, X-ray, diagnosis, chiropractic adjusting techniques and patient care. While she was at the college she completed the Athletic therapist certificate.
Since graduating Dr. Sloat was the team doctor for the Hamilton Hurricanes in Hamilton, the North York Cowboys in Toronto, and Junior C Hockey in Dundas.
Dr. Sloat was invited to lecture at Chedoke Hospital for grand rounds in orthopedics on lower back pain to local physicians. She spent time with a prominent neurologist assisting him in his office and had the privilege of attending many of the Neurology clinics including the Brain tumor Clinic at Henderson. The Anglo-European asked her to lecture to students about adjusting children in Bournemouth England.
Dr. Sloat has continued her education with training in Acupuncture and Animal Chiropractic. She has developed many techniques for treating patients that are unique to her and approaches each patient with a individual program tailored to fit their needs.