By Vern Faulkner
Saanich News
March 11, 2003

Integrated health care aids in worker productivity.

The Vancouver Island Technology Park's willingness to have health care professionals provide preventative medical services onsite proves that its "open-minded" managers understand "that keeping workers healthy will enable them to work better and work happier," says Dr. Richard McIllmoyle of City Chiropractic.

City Chiropractic provides a range of services such as chiropractic care, massage therapy and acupuncture treatments to employees at the tech park.

Dr. Tanya Slaco, who oversees City Chiropractic, once provided care to US employees of the international computer giant, Apple.

"The way they tend to work on computers all day affects their posture," she explains. "If the worker is having pain, headaches or back pain, it definitely affects how they are able to work."

Easy access to services makes sense from a time-management point of view. Since workers don't have to leave the tech park, their treatments can take as little as 15 minutes – much less time than if they had to leave their workplace.

"The convenience is a big factor for the majority of people I see here. It's tough to get downtown to see someone, or get out of here to see someone." McIllmoyle says.

Slaco notes that close proximity of the tech park's weight room, which is right next door to the chiropractic office, enables the medical professionals to oversee and encourage any rehabilitative work their clients require.

"We do rehabilitative programs and exercise programs for them – kind of the whole integrated health concept here," she says. Prior to setting up shop within the tech park, some of the tech park workers visited Slaco at her downtown Victoria practice and her clients – both old and new – appreciate that she is so close.

"It's so much easier for them. They love the fact that we're here."