By Elspeth Chalmers –
Nestled in the heart of Toronto’s historic Corktown neighbourhood, Bright Health stands as a beacon of holistic healthcare. Dr. Crystal Draper, a seasoned chiropractor with 13 years of practice under her belt, is the visionary force behind this community-focused clinic. Specializing in women’s health, pregnancy, postpartum, and pediatric care, Draper’s mission is more than just healing—it’s about fostering a sense of belonging.
“I’ve always had a family-based practice, but with a special area of interest in women’s health and pregnancy, postpartum, and pediatric care,” explains Draper. “Our main objective is really just that sense of community and integrating into the neighbourhood.”
Bright Street, where the clinic is located, holds historical significance within Toronto, and it’s this rich heritage that inspired the clinic’s name. “Bright Health CO was birthed to provide a bright approach to your health,” Draper adds.
What sets Bright Health apart is not just its dedication to specialized care but its seamless integration into the Corktown community. Draper herself is a proud resident of the area, living just north in Regent Park. “I walk everywhere, and it’s nice that I run into people on the street. It all goes back to that sense of community,” she emphasizes.
Dr. Crystal Draper, owner of Bright Health. Photo courtesy of Bright Health
The decision to set up shop in Corktown was a deliberate one. Draper has small-town roots in Bobcaygeon and finds comfort in the familiarity of a tight-knit neighbourhood, even within the bustling city. “The fact that you walk to the coffee shop and people know your name… it’s the true sense of community.”
While the neighbourhood has evolved over the years and new developments have brought more options for residents, the enduring loyalty of long-standing patients remains a testament to Corktown’s enduring character. “I’ve noticed a younger demographic and more working professionals and younger families, which is also a motive for why we opened the clinic here.”
Draper’s passion for supporting pregnant and postpartum women is palpable. Her journey began organically, sparked by her experiences as a chiropractic college instructor. Recognizing the lack of research and support in this area, she committed herself to bridge the gap. “It created this passion for me to want to support that population base and provide them as much ease and comfort during such a special time,” Draper shares.
This commitment extends beyond pregnancy, encompassing the postpartum period and pediatric care. Draper has carefully curated a team of practitioners who share her commitment to women’s health, including chiropractors, an acupuncturist, and a lactation consultant. Together, they conduct workshops to empower and educate residents.
Bright Health stands as a testament to Draper’s unwavering dedication to building a brighter, healthier, and more connected community. “Whether it’s a question you have or a healthcare need, know that we are here to support the community in all capacities. We welcome a stop in and hello or joining our workshops or engaging in some of our services.”
In the heart of Corktown, this clinic shines as a guiding light for all seeking holistic and compassionate healthcare.