Dr. Shawn Thistle B. Kin. (Hons.), D.C., Medical Acupuncture is a chiropractor, entrepreneur, educator, speaker, knowledge transfer leader and medicolegal consultant. He has been in clinical practice since graduating from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (magna cum laude) in 2004. From 2004 until August 2016, Shawn was the associate Clinic Director at SHAPE Health & Wellness Centres in Toronto, where he led a multidisciplinary team of health professionals including chiropractors, physiotherapists, registered massage therapists, nutritionists and strength and conditioning specialists. He is currently only seeing private clients.

Shawn is the Founder & CEO of RRS Education (Research Review Service Inc.). Since 2006, RRS Education has been a trusted source of continuing education solutions, based on evidence-informed scientific research, for chiropractors, physiotherapists, osteopaths and other manual medicine providers around the world. RRS Education is the only company delivering rational, clinically-relevant information in multiple formats to suit the needs of busy clinicians! RRS Education's weekly Research Reviews are written by clinicians, for clinicians, extracting important clinical pearls to inform practice patterns and patient care. As a practicing clinician himself, Dr. Thistle ensures that RRS Education content delivers evidence-informed, practical insight into the rational, clinical application of current scientific research.
RRS Education Website
RRS Education provides three ways for practitioners to stay current and integrate research into patient care:
  1. Research Reviews - new weekly reviews and access to 1000+ reviews in the database!
  2. Online Courses - CEU credits from the comfort of home or office!
  3. Live Seminars - catch up with colleagues, benefit from relevant, evidence-informed content, and enjoy lunch with wine or beer in an up-scale venue!
  4. E-Seminars - NEW video-based learning presented by Dr. Thistleā€¦an evidence-informed seminar experience from the comfort of home!
RRS Education strives to enhance knowledge transfer from bench to bedside, thus enhancing practitioner knowledge and patient/client/athlete outcomes by providing contemporary, relevant and clinically-applicable scientific information in multiple formats. Our content is based on current, high-quality evidence and is presented in a consistent, unbiased, easily understood format, with the overarching goal of promoting efficient dissemination of research to practitioners, students and institutions worldwide. RRS Education maintains a strong commitment to prompt 'tech support' service.



  • Honours Degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Kinesiology from McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario) - 2000
  • Doctor of Chiropractic (Magna Cum Laude & Clinic Honours) from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (Toronto, Ontario) - 2004
  • Certificate in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario) - 2004

Additional Roles

  • Faculty Member at CMCC: since graduating in 2004, Shawn has remained involved at CMCC as a part-time faculty member, lecturing in the Department of Orthopedics.
  • Medicolegal Consultant:  Shawn specializes in Standard of Care queries in medicolegal cases involving chiropractors for lawyers, plaintiffs and defendants... more info
  • Lecturer & Public Speaker Shawn blends contemporary research with his entrepreneurial business acumen and experience in clinical practice to provide passionate, high-energy presentations on topics relating to Chiropractic and Manual Medicine to Chiropractic, Physiotherapy and Sport Therapy conferences, annual meetings and conventions, as well as Chiropractic colleges... more info


2019 Chiropractor of the Year / Ontario Chiropractic Assoc.

Presented in recognition of his advancement of Chiropractic in Ontario, through leadership, innovation and dedicated service. This is the introduction video.
Shawn's Acceptance Speech 2019 OCA Chiropractor of the Year

2017 Dr. Michael Brickman Heart & Hands Award

Honouring the memory of OCA Board Director Dr. Michael Brickman, this prestigious award is presented to the doctor who best embodies a generous and giving spirit with a remarkable passion and dedication to the precepts of chiropractic. Nominated and selected by the membership, the recipient is a chiropractor who has been an OCA member for at least 10 years and has made a tremendous impact through selfless devotion to patient treatment. This individual has earned the respect of their peers by contributing to both the practice and reputation of chiropractic.