Dr. Kara Paat
Chiropractor & INPP Principal of Canada
Dr. Kara Paat's unique chiropractic approach for adults and children focuses on how disturbances in body alignment promote dysfunction in the central nervous system and how that dysfunction further promotes disturbances in cortical imbalance, often promoting peripheral pain or lack of function.
Understanding and supporting this two-way street allows for improved clinical outcomes by the application of specific hemispheric adjusting in combination with other manual soft tissue therapies. Combining the principles of functional neurology with joint manipulative techniques to assess dysfunction and promote nervous system optimization.
After two decades of partnering in a multi-practitioner wellness practice in North Carolina, Dr. Kara Paat has made the long-awaited return to her hometown of Sault Ste. Marie. She eagerly looks forward to sharing her wealth of clinical and educational experience with the local community and its surroundings. Currently, she practices in the Station Tower in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, utilizing her extensive knowledge and expertise to assist patients of all ages in achieving their healthcare goals. Dr. Paat's dedication to providing high-quality care is matched by her commitment to serving the diverse needs of her patients in the Sault and surrounding areas.
About Dr. Kara Paat
Dr. Kara Paat embarked on a lifelong journey dedicated to promoting optimal health and wellness. Her passion for this field began at a young age, and she took her first step towards her aspirations by enrolling in the pre-medical undergraduate program at Lake Superior State University. This laid the foundation for her future endeavours. She was accepted into Northwestern Health Sciences University, where she earned her degree in Human Biology and her Doctorate of Chiropractic. After this remarkable achievement, Dr. Paat gained valuable experience working as an associate chiropractor in Asheville, NC, before taking the leap to establish her own practice in North Carolina.
While diligently attending to patients of all age groups, Dr. Paat pursued post-graduate training with the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies working directly with Dr. Robert Melillo. Her dedication led her to receive certification with the American College of Functional Neurology in Child Development and Behaviour, which served as a crucial stepping stone for her subsequent training at the Institute of Neuro-Physiological Psychology. Dr. Paat enrolled in and successfully completed her post-graduate training, becoming a licensed INPP practitioner in Canada. She then traveled to Chester, United Kingdom and trained directly under the guidance of Sally Goddard-Blythe, furthering her studies and expertise to allow her to take on the role of Principal of Canada, as the only practitioner certified to practice and teach the INPP method in Canada.
In her continuous pursuit of knowledge and skill enhancement, Dr. Paat undertook post-graduate training to become a Certified Autism Specialist. She completed Autism and Applied Behaviour training at Ashton College, expanding her expertise in this area. Additionally, she obtained Rhythmic Movement Training (RMT) Level 1 & 2 and achieved Proficiency certification in DIRFloortime® training. These additional qualifications further augmented her ability to assist children in reaching their full potential.
During the autumn of 2020, Dr. Paat eagerly embraced the chance to bring to fruition a creative endeavor that had been years in the making. With great excitement, she published her inaugural children's book, "I Don't Want to Eat That." Driven by a profound desire to inspire picky eaters, the book was carefully written and illustrated by Dr. Paat to foster healthier food choices among children. Its primary objective was to empower young readers to incorporate vital nutrients into their diets, thereby fostering optimal cognitive function.
During the challenging period of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Paat saw an opportunity to contribute her expertise in a different way. She applied to the Algoma District School Board as an occasional unqualified teacher, utilizing her knowledge and experience to educate and support children. This experience provided her with deeper insights into the unique needs of children, further enriching her professional journey.
Currently, Dr. Paat generously volunteers her time and shares her extensive knowledge and expertise as a board member for THRIVE and the Ontario Finnish Rest Home. In addition to her board commitments, she dedicates herself as a Certified Development NCCP Coach for Steel City Ignite Volleyball Club.
When Dr. Paat isn't busy helping others, she seizes every opportunity to embark on outdoor adventures alongside her friends and family. Her more memorable experiences include her road biking adventures on scenic St. Joseph Island and backpacking the 65km Lake Superior Coastal Trail. Such exhilarating Northern outdoor expeditions bring her immense joy and serve as a source of rejuvenation in her life.
Education and Expertise
Northwestern Health Sciences University
Doctorate of Chiropractic
Northwestern Health Sciences University
Bachelor of Science in Human Biology
American College of Functional Neurology
Certificate of the American Board of Childhood Developmental Disorders with Dr. Robert Melillo
Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology
Principal of Canada & Licentiate in the INPP Method with Sally Goddard Blythe
International Chiropractic Pediatric Association
Certified Webster Technique
Autism and ABA Therapy Program
RMTi ~ Rhythmic Movement Training International
Level 1 & 2
DIR®Floortime ~ Developmental Individual Differences Relationship Based Therapy
101, 201 & 202 Proficient DIRFloortime® Provider
International Board of Credentialing & Continuing Education
Certified Autism Specialist