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Dr. Catherine Straus

A Desire to Make a Positive Impact

Dr. Catherine StrausWhen Dr. Cathy was 5, she was set on being a pediatrician. Chiropractic wasn’t on her radar until her family was in a severe motor vehicle accident. She went to a chiropractor for back pain that was so bad, she had difficulty sitting through classes in school. Though she thought discomfort was normal, as the chiropractor helped relieve her pain, she started thinking about chiropractic as a career option.

I always wanted to be a health care practitioner and work with kids, families and pregnant women. At the time, I didn’t know there were options other than medicine!

A Concentration on Family Care

Dr. Cathy attended the University of Western Ontario, earning an Honors Bachelor of Science degree. She then had the choice of attending medical or chiropractic school. It was then she realized she wanted to have time to connect with practice members and influence their health in positive ways without the use of drugs or surgery. Ultimately, she chose Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.
Once she graduated, Dr. Cathy continued to take as many courses as possible in women’s care, pregnancy and pediatrics. She was one of the first Canadians to achieve a Fellowship with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.

Staying Involved in Waterloo County

Dr. Cathy has always been active in her community. She’s chaired galas to raise money for local issues, lectured in classrooms of area schools and hosted many programs to benefit children at Family Chiropractic and Wellness. She is the past chair of Hope Spring Cancer Support Centre, has been the team chiropractor for the University of Guelph women’s field hockey team and is currently a member of the Board of Governors at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.

She loves learning and constantly takes courses to benefit her practice members, often oriented toward family care and pediatrics. Dr. Cathy has been happily married for more than 30 years, and has 3 adult children, Ellen, Terry and Laura. She and her husband were both born and raised in Waterloo County. In their spare time, they enjoy going to their cottage, golfing, skiing and spending time with family.


  • Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of Western, Ontario
  • Doctor of Chiropractic, cum laude, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
  • Fellowship International Chiropractic Pediatric Association
  • Certified Core Confidence Specialist

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