Dr. Marnie Mabee D’Andrea, DC
Dr. Marnie Mabee D’Andrea graduated from New York Chiropractic College in December of 2002. After a year associating at another Hamilton clinic, Dr. D’Andrea opened up her office in the Runners Den in January of 2005. Dr. D’Andrea has an interest in sports injuries and has treated several national and world level athletes. During her second year as a chiropractor, Dr. D’Andrea took on the role as chiropractic co-ordinator for the World Road Race Cycling Championships held here in Hamilton, Ontario. In addition working with the medical teams for several triathlons, the Around the Bay Road Race, and other local running races, Dr. D’Andrea held the position of Chief Medical Co-ordinator for the Hamilton Road to Hope Marathon for 7 years. For the past 5 years, Dr. D’Andrea has worked in the control room for the Hamilton marathon, monitoring what is happening along the race course. Dr. D’Andrea was part of the medical team for soccer for the Pan Am Summer Games 2015. More recently, Dr. D’Andrea has become certified in FMS and SFMA Levels 1 and 2. This is a system designed to assess and classify movement patterns to direct manual therapy and therapeutic exercise. Dr. D’Andrea’s interests involve athletic care, maternity care, and shoulder injuries, however, she sees a wide range of musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries in the very young to the very old. During the past 19 years, she has continued to grow her practice and raise two children.
Nidal Saloum, RMT
Nidal started his health care journey in Syria as a massage therapist and physiotherapist after graduating from the Medical Intermediate Institute of Aleppo in 1995. After he moved to Canada, Nidal graduated from OCHT and became a RMT in 2021. He is a big believer that cooperation between therapist and client will result in the best overall care possible. He focuses his treatments on trigger points due to their contribution to a lot of the aches and pains we experience on a daily basis. Stress release is a main focus of Nidal’s massage technique, along with working with clients to provide deep relaxation during treatment. Fascia work from top to bottom is encompassed in his treatment as well as frictions, joint mobilization, myo fascial release, PRT (Positional Release Technique), Swedish techniques, and of course stretching and strengthening exercises.
Denise Draper, Head Admin
Denise brings with her over 20 years of chiropractic office experience. She has worked in a few different chiropractic offices and has a lot of knowledge in the healthcare field. She enjoys being involved with her community and spending time with her family and twin sister. She also enjoys communicating with clients and encouraging them on their wellness trail.
Debra Hawkins, Admin Assistant
Debra has a long history of working reception duties with such places as Percy Walton Real Estate, Group 8 Engineering, the Hamilton Automobile Club (CAA), Department of Justice (Nova Scotia) and McMaster University. Deb’s passion is to provide the best possible service to clients. Proficient in American Sign Language, Deb is able to communicate with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing which helped students at McMaster University by providing a holistic and welcoming environment. Deb enjoys the outdoors and playing cribbage with her 98 year old mother.
Our History & Vision
MMD Chiropractic Health Centre is a clinic owned and operated by Marnie Mabee D’Andrea, DC. Dr. D’Andrea originally worked out of the Runners Den in Westdale for 6 years. Eleven years ago, we moved in right next door staying close to our wonderful friends! We will continue to expand our services to meet the demands of our patients.
What We Do
Soft tissue treatment
Functional Movement Screening
Sports Injury Management
Motor Vehicle Accidents and Work Related Injuries
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a referral for Chiropractic or Massage Therapy?
You do NOT need a referral to see either provider. However, your extended health benefit plan may require a physician referral so please refer to your health plan for their requirements. All plans are different. In our experience, there are only a few insurance plans that require a chiropractic referral, but there are many that require a referral for massage therapy.
How do I know if I need Chiropractic or Massage Therapy?
There is no wrong answer. A Chiropractor will be able to diagnose and treat many disorders and injuries affecting the muscular, nervous and skeletal systems. The massage therapist will mainly treat the muscular system but can do some joint mobilization. If the chiropractor feels that a patient will benefit from massage therapy alone, they will refer to massage. And the same goes the other way; if the massage therapist feels that the patient would benefit better from chiropractic care or they are unsure of the diagnosis, the chiropractor can assess and help determine if another treatment would be more suitable.
Should I go to the Emergency Room for my back pain?
Do you have a fever? Have you lost bowel or bladder control? Do you have an open wound or unexplained redness or discolouration over the area of injury? If you answered yes to any of the above, you should be seen at the emergency room of your local hospital. If you have had trauma, including a car accident, a fall or twist to a body part and heard a crack and see a deformity, there is a chance you have a fracture. This should also be seen at the ER. If you are unsure, please give us a call and we can help direct you or call your family doctor’s office.
Do I need an xray to be seen by a Chiropractor?
An xray is not a requirement to be seen by a chiropractor. If there is a history of trauma, you are over 65 with your first episode of severe back pain, or your back pain is unresolved following 4-6 weeks of care then we will consider xray or another form of imaging to help finalize a diagnosis.
Is treatment going to hurt?
This really depends on the diagnosis. Typically, the physical act of a chiropractic adjustment does not hurt. However, getting you in position when you are in extreme pain can often be difficult and painful. When we do soft tissue therapy, either with massage or myofascial release, this will be the component that causes a “bruising” feeling post treatment. When there is injured tissue, there is a chance of post care pain, following both assessment and treatment. Keep in mind, a chiropractic adjustment is moving a joint that has not been moving for some time, so there may be discomfort until your body is used to the gained motion.
"Every accomplishment begins with the decision to try"
"If Movement hurts, its not a fitness problem, its a health problem."
Gray Cook, FMS