Dr. Janis Noseworthy has been named chiropractor of the year by the Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors. – Wendy Elliott, www.kingscountynews.ca
By Wendy Elliott
Dr. Janis Noseworthy is a chiropractor whose second passion is running. She was recently named the chiropractor of the year by the Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors.
“I love my profession. Every day is an adventure,” she said.
In her free time, Noseworthy is an avid runner. This fall, she took part in the grueling Cape to Cabot Race in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Often called the toughest road race in eastern Canada, she took on the hilly challenge of running the 20 kilometres from Cape Spear to the Cabot Tower.
“I am still in awe,” she said. “It was a kind of crowning glory.”
A runner off and on since her late 20s, Noseworthy took up the sport seriously when she started thinking about a personal bucket list as her 40th birthday approached.
Reading in a magazine about the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco, Noseworthy immediately wanted to take on the challenge. The race ends with firemen in tuxedos serving champagne in Tiffany glasses.
She won a spot in the race in a lottery and had six months to train. Despite not considering herself an athlete, Noseworthy completed that first marathon in October of 2009.
“It was a life-changing experience,” she recalls. The end of the race was every bit as good as she expected.
“Man, they looked good, especially after 42 K,” Noseworthy chuckled. For her, marathons showcase the power of the human spirit, ignoring the weather conditions or sore feet.
Noseworthy also conquered personal injury after she broke her wrist a number of years ago. Unable to practice her chosen profession, she taught anatomy at a massage therapy school and worked for provincial workman’s compensation in Halifax.
None of it outweighed her desire to be a chiropractor, but Noseworthy said, “I sure learned a lot.”
It was an injury that she sustained as an undergrad at Memorial University that directed her into chiropractic studies. Majoring in biology and French at the time, Noseworthy fell one February night and banged her head.
The fall left her barely able to move her neck. A friend advised her to see a chiropractor and she had adjustments, realigning her head.
“Wow, I thought, I’m back to normal.” Noseworthy began volunteering in the chiropractor’s office and soon applied to the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. She was one of 165 out of 1,200 applicants accepted that year.
During frosh week, she met her husband and business partner, Dr. Vance Kruszewski, himself a winner of the provincial award. Noseworthy has been highly involved in the regulatory field at the provincial level. She also volunteers with the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board and the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College Interview Team.
“I think it’s important to give back so that the profession will grow and prosper as it deserves to.”
Her particular passions are treating children and pregnant mothers. The mother of two active kids herself, Noseworthy was chosen for the award by her peers across the province. She says she felt both humbled and honoured to receive the designation.
“I don’t serve my profession and patients because I have to, but because I love to. This recognition gives me inspiration to continue on this path.”