Dr. John J. Riva

Custom Fitted Orthotics | Car Accidents | WSIB accepted

Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Family Medicine
McMaster University


St. Catharines: Tuesday and Friday

Port Health Clinic
101 Lakeport Road
St. Catharines, ON L2N 7L7

Phone: 905-684-6066 (Lina)

*** Our St. Catharines location has moved, across the street, to the Port Health Clinic in Lakeport Plaza.

Hamilton: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

Rosedale Medical Group
280 Queenston Road
Hamilton, ON L8K 1H1

Phone: 905-547-0508 x267 (Jacqui)
Reception e-mail: jacqui@rosedalemedical.ca
Website: Rosedale Medical Group

John J. Riva DC MSc (epi):

Dr. Riva is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University. He completed his MSc in clinical epidemiology at the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact, at McMaster University. He has 20 years experience in chiropractic practice, with focus on musculoskeletal conditions in primary care.

He is an associate member of Cochrane Canada. He has contributed to various patient care clinical practice guideline groups in Canada and internationally: World Health Organization (WHO), World Allergy Organization (WAO), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health, American Society of Hematology (ASH), American College of Physicians (ACP), Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma (ARIA), Canadian National Pain Centre, and Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative (CCGI).

Our Office:

For over two decades we have offered non-pharmacological one-on-one care to manage common conditions such as sports injuries, low back pain, neck pain and headaches. We accept WSIB (worker's compensation) and motor vehicle accident claims. We offer care for conditions related to the extremities (i.e. arms and legs) and do not limit our practice to spinal conditions. We also provide orthosis in the form of custom-fitted orthotics for shoes or braces when prescribed by your family physician or medical specialist.

We take an evidence-based approach to the care we provide. We do not promote lifelong care; but rather encourage you to stay as active as possible and come see us when you feel you need to receive care. All of our patients are provided with a few daily exercises to help them manage their condition in a self-directed fashion.

Our office works with your other various providers and supports ongoing communication with them to offer you, the patient, the best possible care. With your permission we will provide ongoing communication to your family doctor, specialist, or complementary medicine provider.

Please note that we are a formal teaching location for upcoming health care providers. As a result, we will occasionally have students from medicine or pharmacy doing observations at the clinic.

Services to Expect:

You can expect to have an intial interview and evaluation regarding your problem. We use techniques that are only taught in accredited educational institutions. We realize that manipulation of the spine, especially of the neck, can be a concern for patients. Our office offers many other physical therapy, muscle, exercise and movement techniques that do not involve spinal manipulation. As a patient, it is always your choice what procedures you have performed on you during a visit.

Chiropractic care and custom-fitted orthotics are often covered by third-party insurances through you or your spouse's benefit plans. For approved WSIB (worker's compensation) and motor vehicle accident claims, services are fully covered.


Graduate Program Award, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, 2018
FHT-Forward Quality Improvement Award, Hamilton Family Health Team, 2014
Certificate of Appreciation, Canadian Chiropractic Assocation, 2011
Heart & Hands Award, Ontario Chiropractic Assocation, 2011

Academic & Professional Appointments:

Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University, 2008 - present
Editorial Board, Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, 2012 - present
Policy-Board Director, Ontario Chiropractic Association, 2012 - present
Member, Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, Public Health Agency of Canada, 2018 - present

International & Canadian Practice Guidelines:

Guideline for Opioid Therapy and Chronic Noncancer Pain
Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma (ARIA) Guidelines-2016 Revision
World Health Organization: Syphilis Screening and Treatment for Pregnant Women
World Health Organization: Treatment of Treponema pallidum (syphilis)
World Allergy Organization-McMaster University Guidelines for Allergic Disease Prevention (GLAD-P): Vitamin D
World Allergy Organization-McMaster University Guidelines for Allergic Disease Prevention (GLAD-P): Prebiotics
World Allergy Organization-McMaster University Guidelines for Allergic Disease Prevention (GLAD-P): Probiotics
Clinical Practice Guideline on Management of Overweight and Obese Adults: Saudi Arabia
Clinical Practice Guideline on Migraine Headache Diagnosis & Management: Saudi Arabia

Research Studies:

Comparisons of Interventions for Preventing Falls in Older Adults
Using Patient Values and Preferences to Inform the Importance of Health Outcomes in Practice Guideline Development Following the GRADE Approach
Patients' Attitudes Toward Non-Physician Screening of Low Back and Low Back-Related Leg Pain Complaints Referred for Surgical Assessment
Minding the gap: Prioritization of Care Issues Among Nurse Practitioners, Family Physicians and Geriatricians when Caring for the Elderly
Lone Workers Attitudes Towards their Health: Views of Ontario Truck Drivers and their Managers
Spine Surgeons' Requirements for Imaging at the Time of Referral
Consideration of Chronic Pain in Trials to Promote Physical Activity for Diabetes
Risks and Benefits of Screening Asymptomatic Women for Ovarian Cancer
Primary Health Care Needs for a Priority Population: a survey of Professional Truck Drivers
Physician and Nurse Perspectives of an Interprofessional and Integrated Primary Care-Based Program for Seniors
Surgeon Attitudes Towards Non-Physician Screening of Low Back or Low Back-Related Leg Pain Patients Referred for Surgical Assessment
Interprofessional and Integrated Care of the Elderly in a Family Health Team