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Kinesiologists study the acquisition of motor skills, the mechanical aspects of movement, and the body's responses to physical activity. A kinesiologist may work in a public-school fitness program, design exercise programs for people with and without disabilities, or work with patients recovering from disease, accidents, and surgery. As a field of research, kinesiology focuses particularly on t... Read More

Kinesiologists study the acquisition of motor skills, the mechanical aspects of movement, and the body's responses to physical activity. A kinesiologist may work in a public-school fitness program, design exercise programs for people with and without disabilities, or work with patients recovering from disease, accidents, and surgery. As a field of research, kinesiology focuses particularly on the mechanics of muscular activity.

Enables people to detect and correct various imbalances that may relate to stress, nutrition, learning problems, minor injuries, and other issues they meet in their daily life. Can be used in ICBC, WCB and variety of accident treatments.


Occupational Therapy

Heidi Baghkhasti is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (DTCM), Registered Acupuncturist, Certified Shockwave Therapist holding a BSN degree with 15 years nursing experience. She is a registrant in good standing with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia (CTCMA).

She has over 20 years of work experience in the health field and has always been very passionate about Eastern Medicine and its holistic health assessment that goes beyond focusing solely on physical health in order to address emotional, mental and spiritual health issues at the same time.

Heidi is very grateful to be able to combine her vast knowledge and experience in both Western and Eastern Medicines to empower and care for patients by bringing normal body balance back, and paying a wise attention to treat the root cause of disease as well as the manifested symptoms to get optimal results.

Acupuncture, Cupping Massage, Shockwave Therapy and Cosmetic Acupuncture are the main modalities in her practice.

The focused areas of practice include but not limited to:

  • Car Accident (ICBC), Whiplash, Sport injuries, Acute & Chronic Pain Management
  • Insomnia, Anxiety and Stress Management
  • Facial Rejuvenation
  • Gynecology (e.g. Menopause, PMS, PCOS), Chronic Fatigue
  • Infertility, Prenatal & Postpartum issues
  • Headaches, Dizziness and Tinnitus

To find out more about Acupuncture and its effectiveness on your health, please check out her website at

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I am so excited you are here. with 7 + years in the beauty and cosmetic industry, I have cultivated a love for all things beautiful. my work as a licensed smp&pmu artist technician creating beautiful results for my clients has developed and heightened my creativity, giving me an eye for detail and symmetry which I now apply to permanent makeup and scalp micropigmentation artistry. I received my permanent makeup certification from Germany at Amiea academy and my scalp micro pigmentation(SMP) from Canada at scalp co. academy. I love helping ladies and gentlemen! put their best face forward. my goal is to enhance your natural beauty while saving you the time and frustration of hand drawing or painting the perfect brow, use all hair care products, topic hair, wigs and hair transplant. no more! wake up ready to face your day. please check out the f.a.q. the page where I answer common questions, and if I have not answered your question, please do not hesitate to reach out. your comfort is my priority.

MB Elegant Micropigmentation, under the management of Mrs. Boroughani, with more than 7 years of experience in scalp micropigmentation, was established in Saskatoon in early 2020. Mrs.Boroughani, Scalpiranian Institute founder, started performing medical micropigmentation in 2014 in Tehran, Iran. There are various services provided in MB Elegant Micropigmentation such as: covering baldness and thin hair areas, Fading the stitches after hair transplantation (FUE & FUT) or any kind of scar, any type of alopecia, Camouflaging wounds caused by surgery or scars (fractures) on the head or eyebrows, hiding wounds, burns and birthmarks, simulation of hair in the beard and mustache area, correction and repair of hair growth lines, Increasing the visual effect after hair transplantation. Our whole effort is to restore your self-confidence by covering your thin hair. We are happy to bring a smile to your face.

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Working in private practice since 1982, Philippa Bruce is passionate about helping people return to full pain-free function and enjoys treating patients with a range of challenges. Graduating as a physiotherapist from the Otago School of Physiotherapy in New Zealand in 1979, she completed her Canadian Diploma in Manipulative Therapy in 1988 and her Certificate in Medical Acupuncture in 1998. Philippa has taken Integrated Systems Model (Lee and Lee) and ConnectTherapy™ (Lee) courses plus Visceral Manipulation courses with the Barral Institute. Philippa’s training and experience give her the ability to successfully treat a wide variety of clients including the gardener who has difficulty bending or squatting and the athlete who wants to feel freedom in their body while improving performance. She is dedicated to finding the underlying cause of the pain/dysfunction which means she takes into consideration all past experiences and their impact on the body- mechanical, physiological, emotional, psychological. Philippa is active with hiking, gardening, cycling, skiing and loves to explore the world through travel.

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Brittany Chase grew up in Vernon, BC. She studied her Bachelors of Science at Mount Royal University in Calgary AB, and then attended chiropractic school in Portland Oregon at the University of Western States. Brittany is an innovative and knowledgeable practitioner. Dr. Chase is one of few chiropractors in British Columbia that offer a combination of Chiropractic, Active Release Techniques® (ART®), Graston Technique®, Kinesiotaping®, Custom Orthotics and Nutritional supplementation. Furthermore, Dr. Chase has taken additional training in the treatment and management of peri-natal women and children. She is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). The ICPA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate practitioners on the special, evidence based treatment and management of pediatric and peri-natal patients.

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>‘As a medical doctor and team doctor, I used to prescribe medications and refer my patients to physiotherapists and osteopaths to pursue their treatments. I was unhappy that I can’t help them myself and can’t check their progress, anymore. Now, I am happy that as an “Osteopathic manual practitioner” I can assess my patients, help them without medications, and evaluate their progress. It’s a wonderful feeling to see after a few sessions of osteopathy and hands-on practice, my patients can walk properly, get back to the activities they love, and are able to hug their beloved ones, once again.’


Being passionate about the human body and its dysfunctions, Hoba started his path to explore the human body by studying medicine at the age of 18 at Guilan University of medical sciences. In 2010, almost 8 years later, at the age of 26, He became a medical doctor aka “general practitioner” in Guilan, and started practicing medicine in remote areas. In 2015, he started to pursue his long-lasting passion and took a variety of courses in sports medicine, fitness training, rehabilitation, and established his sports medicine facility in Tehran, Iran. The clinic was a multidisciplinary clinic consisting of him as the director and medical doctor, an osteopath, a physiotherapist, a Pilates trainer, a nutritionist, and a personal trainer. In 2017 he became a certified “soccer team doctor” and obtained permission to work with professional soccer players and teams. In 2018, after sustaining injuries while snowboarding and skydiving, he lost his interest in western medicine protocols, and started to study holistic approaches and became interested in osteopathy. Therefore, he studied osteopathy. He holds to the opinion that it is of paramount importance to be familiar with conventional medicine, such as his background in medicine, and knowing the anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology, and proper structural patterns of the human body and then using a holistic approach to be able to answer properly to patients’ concerns and help them to retain their health, enhance their wellness and well-being.

Educational Background:

Hoba graduated as a Doctor of Medicine with honors from the Guilan University of medical sciences in 2010. Later in 2015, he became a “certified bodybuilding coach” and in 2016 he obtained his “certified team doctor license.” In 2020, Hoba graduated from the National Academy of osteopathy in Toronto, Ontario as an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, D.O.M.P.. He is a member of the British Columbia Association of osteopathic manual practitioners [ BCAOMP] and the National Canadian Association of Alternative Medicine[acma]. Recently, Hoba has taken courses in Neurokinetic Therapy and is able to help patients with this new approach as well. Areas of practice During his session, Hoba applies manual techniques such as soft tissue release, fascial lengthening, craniosacral therapy, muscle testing, and neurokinetic therapy. He believes that structural re-integration is of great importance and usually puts his concentration on structural assessments to help the patient have a happier, pain-free, and more active lifestyle.

Personal history:

Hoba loves adventures, hiking, and outdoor activities. That’s why he is living on the North shore to be close to hikes, lakes, mountains, and trails. He is a solo skydiver, snowboarder, scuba-diver and he loves surfing and stand-up paddleboarding especially in sunsets. He never misses a single day of his workouts at the gym and has a passion for night-landscapes and is an astrophotographer.

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Karl believes that communication and trust are essential in a therapeutic environment. His success and patient loyalty are due to his ability to listen, assess, have a clear discussion with his patients and provide appropriate therapy. He loves to work deep, but his experience with the elderly has allowed him to develop the ability to adjust his pressure to the comfort level of any demographic. He works hand in hand with other therapists to give you the best possible care, and is a strong believer in the positive effects of patient education. He feels that every patient should have a clear understanding of why they are feeling what they’re feeling, and what needs to happen in order to see improvements. He welcomes difficult cases as he loves to think outside the box, and always ensures that every patient is comfortable and at ease on his table. He doesn’t just massage, he treats!

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND Karl graduated from the 3000hr program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2009. During his studies, he fell in love with the anatomy and mechanics of the human body. In his previous sales and marketing career, he developed excellent communication skills which have greatly helped his patients understand their conditions. His passion for providing effective therapy and relief to his patients continues to grow, as does his knowledge and understanding of the human body.

AREAS OF PRACTICE For over 10 years, Karl has worked in various sports and physiotherapy clinics from the Tri-Cities to North Vancouver. He has a continued interest in sports massage, providing deep tissue treatments as well as myofascial release, joint mobilization, Trigger Point Release, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation and many more modalities. He has also spent years helping the elderly manage their pain and maintain their mobility and independence. He has shown great results treating ICBC patients, athletes and weekend warriors suffering from whiplash-associated disorders, frozen shoulders, herniated discs and an array of orthopedic conditions. He has worked with Ballet BC, at National Sports events and with several Team Canada athletes competing in Track and Field, Kendo and Bobsledding.

PERSONAL HISTORY Karl is fluent in French and English as he is originally from Montreal, but in 1999 curiosity took him to the west coast where he began his therapeutic career. Here he met amazing friends, his incredible wife and started a family. His leisure time is spent playing with his son (who is the love of his life), but when he’s able to take some time for himself, he enjoys doing home renovations and auto mechanics, playing volleyball, hiking the Coquitlam Crunch or rowing. Being married to a nutritionist and having an active little boy has allowed him to live a fun, healthy and active lifestyle, and where better to do that than in beautiful British Columbia.

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North Vancouver Chiropractor, Dr. Terry Dickson embraces the integrative or holistic approach to health care advocated by the North Shore Wellness Centre. While not every case warrants chiropractic adjustment, Terry believes that such treatments can be used beneficially for therapeutic and as well as preventative purposes. As a North Vancouver chiropractor, Terry’s method of practice reflects his strong belief in the effect of structural, chemical and psychological influences, as well as environment and lifestyle, on overall good health.

Areas of Practice

Chiropractic treatment is useful for a variety of health concerns including relieving musculoskeletal problems, sports injuries, repeated overuse syndromes like rotator cuff strains & tendonitis injuries, multiple types of headaches and much more. Chiropractic care, as part of a holistic and preventative regime, is a useful tool in improving overall health. A North Vancouver chiropractor, Terry’s approach is based on the needs and desires of his clients. Patients are adjusted only with their express consent and within their comfort level. Mobilization and soft tissue techniques are often used either in addition to, or instead of, audible manipulations. If patients prefer not to hear an audible sound or crack during adjustments, he will employ other methodologies to help their condition. Terry is trained in other soft tissue treatment techniques such as ART© (Active Release Techniques) and Trigenics which expand his frame of reference. As a North Vancouver chiropractor and diagnostician, Terry assesses each individual to determine whether chiropractic is the best modality of treatment and is qualified to recommend clients to other, or complementary, forms of treatment such as acupuncture or massage therapy. With the patient’s consent, Terry will then consult with or co-manage treatment with other health care providers. (Direct Billing to Pacific Bluecross,ICBC,RCMP)

Educational Background

Terry pursued his interest in a career as a chiropractor while at Simon Fraser University where he took multiple courses in human kinesiology, biology and other pre-medicine prerequisites as part of his Bachelor of Science degree. Once completing this degree with honours from SFU, Terry went on to complete his Doctorate of Chiropractic at Western States Chiropractic College where he graduated Cum Laude in 2001. Dr. Dickson then returned to North Vancouver to practice as a chiropractor. After working in multiple clinics and settings, he has found his home as a chiropractor and director of the North Shore Wellness Centre.

Personal History

Terry’s passion for chiropractic methodology was fueled as a patient first. Following personal injury in multiple motor vehicle accidents and unable to do many of the things he had previously taken for granted, he was forced to live with a new level of pain and discomfort. After exposure to many health care disciplines, he found his greatest recovery after chiropractic treatment. This treatment enabled him to return to his love of sports and pursue an active role as a member of the SFU Varsity Football team. It also crystallized his resolve to benefit others by pursuing chiropractic as a profession. Terry was born on the North Shore and has been involved in athletics his entire life. Enjoying all sports, he played competitive soccer, lacrosse, football, hockey, snowboarding, skiing, and volleyball. He also plays recreational tennis, volleyball, surfing, and golf. As a local North Vancouver Chiropractor, he continues his pursuit of knowledge and interest in the sporting community by donating services to many premier, professional, amateur and youth athletic teams as well as treating many high level athletes at the North Shore Wellness Centre.

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Born and raised in Italy, Francesca’s passion for the functions of the human body began at the age of 16, when after an ankle strain, she needed physiotherapy treatments. She started her career as a physiotherapist, but daily experience taught her that Western Medicine protocols, when equally applied to every single patient, did not properly suit or help them all. Therefore, she studied osteopathy. She believes it is important to combine Western medicine, such as her background in physiotherapy, with holistic and alternative medicine, as is her osteopathic practitioner approach, to be able to consider patients’ concerns from a double point of view, and provide a comprehensive treatment accordingly.  Now, Francesca understands that each patient is unique and therefore requires an individualized approach, which combines bother her skills as a manual osteopathic practitioner and physiotherapist.

Educational Background

She graduated as a Doctor of Physiotherapy with honors from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in 1998, then started working as a hydrokinesis therapist, massage therapist and kinesiotherapist with post-op patients and local athletes. During this time, she decided to broaden her educational background by taking on a 6 year long course of Osteopathy, at Collegio Italiano di Osteopatia, were she graduated in 2010 as D.O.M.P. (Diploma of Osteopathic Manual Practice). Francesca is a member of the Osteopathic Association of British Columbia, which guarantees the highest quality levels in osteopathic treatment and continuous updating. Recently, Francesca has also obtained certification as a fully licensed physiotherapist in Canada as well, and will begin practicing as such October 1st, 2018.

Areas of practice

During her session, Francesca utilizes manual techniques such as soft tissue release, fascial lengthening, craniosacral therapy, and visceral manipulations. Francesca has helped her patients heal from several diseases related to the muscoloskeletal system as well as visceral issues, post-op cases, and scar tissue concerns, TMJ troubles, pregnancy pains, and childhood problems. She Uses her Osteopathic care to help reduce muscle, ligament, tendon, and joint pain dysfunction. The results of this include improved circulation, posture, joint mobility, and neural function. Since gaining her Canadian license for physiotherapy, Francesca is also able to fully integrate physiotherapy techniques into her treatments as well, using a holistic perspective.

Personal history

Francesca loves travelling, reading, spending time with friends at the cinema or at the beach and her two cats are her passion. Eating homemade Italian food, pizza and drinking a glass of wine is a way to invite people to her place and sharing with them happiness and good conversation. Since moving to Vancouver, she also began hiking, snowshoeing, and spending more time outdoors.

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Philosophy: Using an evidence-based and scientific approach, Darra works with the individual to discuss goals, assess therapeutic needs and develop treatment plans. He believes strongly in sharing his observations with clients so that they learn more about their bodies and are active participants in the healing process.

Educational Background: Darra first learned about the benefits of massage therapy while completing a certificate in Sports Injury and Fitness Management from University College Dublin, Ireland. He received his RMT diploma from Langara College in Vancouver. The program provided the opportunity to treat a wide array of populations including patients with spinal cord injuries and nervous system disorders, seniors and athletes. He is trained in Sports and Deep tissue massage, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point release, Neuromuscular Techniques and Joint Play. He also holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc Hons).

Personal History: Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Darra now calls BC home. Since his youth Darra has been a competitive athlete and has spent his lifetime mountain biking, climbing, trail running, ski mountaineering and participating in Gaelic games. Having sustained many injuries through these activities, he is acutely aware of the challenges of pain and decreased functionality, which initiated an early interest in therapeutic techniques. He has used this knowledge over many years in a professional capacity as a Wilderness Guide, an ACMG-certified Assistant Rock Climbing Guide and Outdoor Education High School Teacher, before pursuing further training to become a RMT. In his free time, he can be found in the Sea to Sky mountains on bike, Skis, on foot, or climbing rocks. To keep his mind and body healthy he practices yoga and meditation. He incorporates mindfulness techniques into his treatment to enhance therapeutic benefits.

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My journey in the healthcare world started when I was in high school. I played high level ringette and ended up injuring my knee badly and needed to go to physiotherapy. It opened me up to this world that allowed me to encompass what I loved, sports and science, into one career. I was then lucky enough to be able to take a kinesiology class in high school and knew it was the program for me. I applied to UBC for Kinesiology and graduated from there in 2018 with my degree in Kinesiology.

After I graduated, I moved to Edmonton and worked as a kinesiologist at a gym and at a physiotherapy clinic while also working as an athletic therapist with a hockey team. I was unsure of what I wanted to do and if I wanted to go back to school. I spent a couple years working and realized that integrating myself fully in the healthcare world was a passion I wanted to pursue. When covid hit, I moved back to Vancouver, started working at a high-level athletic gym and started my application for massage therapy, where I will graduate from in August 2022.

Personally, I have always been active, playing sports when I was younger, hiking through the beautiful BC mountains, playing recreational team sports (especially now that covid is calmer!!!) and Olympic lifting and functional training to allow me to continue to keep the mobility and strength I need to do the activities I love.

My goal for the near future is integrate massage therapy with my current knowledge and experience in kinesiology and biomechanics to help people create, or regain, a lifestyle that they want. As someone who has suffered from injuries, I thought may take away my quality of life, I understand the importance of getting back to the level of activity that you want, both for mental and physical health. With massage I like to utilize active stretching and muscle activation to help reteach movements and elicit better muscle responses. With kinesiology I use free weights, body weight and core to help create a great base of support to allow people to get back to the activities they love.

I am a firm believer that creating a concrete base of support is the key to recovery, correct movement, and resiliency as we age. I can’t wait to help you reach your goals!

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Philosophy The body is the ultimate compensator; it will create and allow you to move throughout your day, often to the detriment of the rest of your body. This compensation results in many soft tissue, joint related dysfunctions, and pain that brings clients in for massage therapy. Adam uses his knowledge of anatomy and movement to get to the root of your injuries and then works to determine a treatment plan that will get you back to optimal function. This treatment plan includes massage therapy and homecare exercises, often working with other healthcare professionals within the North Shore Wellness Centre to use a multi-faceted approach for your issue or injury.

Educational Background Adam completed his massage therapy training at the Vancouver School of Massage Therapy in downtown Vancouver. During his training there, he worked with a wide variety of populations including athletes, seniors, CNS/PNS disorders, acute/chronic injuries and pregnancy. Since that time, he has been an active learner through many areas of practice including various Myofascial Release techniques and Sports Massage therapy. Adam is currently a certification candidate with the Canadian Sports Massage Therapy Association and is planning on writing his national exams in 2018.

Areas of Treatment As an avid athlete himself, Adam often works with athletes on a daily basis. His client base is varied, ranging from players in the WHL, NHL, CFL, and MLS, to national level youth athletes competing in karate, soccer, swimming and cycling. This wide scope of clientele has allowed him to gain a keen understanding of working with athletes and helping them during their training blocks, as well as pre/post event. (Direct Billing to Pacific Bluecross,ICBC,RCMP) In addition to this work, Adam enjoys working with all of his active and adventurous clients that call the North Shore home. From clients who are recovering from an MVA, to dealing with chronic pain or neurological issues, his patients make work an opportunity to grow and learn every day.

Personal History While training for a 120 km ultramarathon in Italy, Adam started seeking RMT treatment each week to manage the aches and pains associated with high-mileage trail running. He was astonished at how great his body would feel and recover following his treatments. Given his daily use and abuse of his body, he decided to look into massage therapy as a profession more closely in order to understand how he could help and optimize the way his body moved and recovered from long training efforts. With the North Shore as his backyard, Adam managed to train and race throughout his massage therapy training and has now completed two 100 mile races, a 93 mile circumnavigation of Mt. Rainer on the Wonderland Trail, and several dozen other ultra-distance races and runs. When not running, Adam enjoys time on the Shore with his fiancé and their 1-year old dog, Cooper.

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My path to running to becoming a chiropractor began with a passion for sporting activities interrupted by back pain and other health issues. After searching for help and experiencing little change I was eventually introduced to a health care practice that was comprehensive and absolute. It was Chiropractic. I was amazed at the results achieved through simple, logistic, synergistic steps. My issues resolved quickly and a foundation for true health set.

The holistic approach was very impressive and has become my passion and my health philosophy. I wanted to become a chiropractor.

I spent some time at Simon Fraser University and soon thereafter enrolled in Palmer College of Chiropractic West in San Jose, California. Graduating in 2000 and inspired to bring a natural model of health care and healing back home, I founded Lifestyle Health Centre in Langley. I strive to inform, teach and utilize the latest technology and cutting edge diagnostics. My goal is to inspire an active lifestyle, proper nutrition and spinal function just as I arm inspired by my patients daily health changing experiences as they adopt the chiropractic lifestyle.

Outside of work, I can’t go without a mountain bike ride on the North Shore hill, a game of hockey or a crossfit workout.. Travelling and relaxing with my wife is a passion as is watching my son Leyton and daughter Piper grow up and experience life’s adventures.

​I believe better health is a way of life. I empower the patients to achieve life’s maximum health potential through proper nutrition, active lifestyle choices and chiropractic spinal care.

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Neelke is a Graduate of Vancouver College of Massage Therapy and a member in good standing of the College of Massage Therapy of British Columbia. She is also certified in Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) through the Dr. Vodder School.

MLD is a gentle, relaxing skin technique that improves the drainage of excess fluid from body tissues through the lymphatic system, thereby encouraging healing. It can be effective in the treatment of various conditions including acute/chronic injuries, sinusitis, migraines, insomnia, shingles, contusions (bruises), pre- and post-surgery, constipation, and bloating.

Neelke’s practice is focused heavily on relaxation and pain management to facilitate healing and wellness. She incorporates therapeutic techniques such as myofascial release, trigger point therapy, joint mobilizations, and MLD in formulating a treatment plan to help you reach your wellness goals.

Neelke was born in South Africa and, after completing her schooling, she spent 12 years in Hong Kong before moving to West Vancouver with her husband and son in 2014.

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As a graduate from Vancouver Collage of Massage Therapy with a Diploma of Massage Therapy, I approach my patients’ complaints through empathetically listening and addressing their concerns using a variety of Swedish, Myofascial, Hydrotherapy, Remedial Exercise and Stretching techniques to release and manipulate soft tissue reducing pain and discomfort, getting her patients back to living their active lives. I know that power of having someone listen and understand the pain her patients are experiencing has and sometimes it just takes having someone say I believe you brings significant relief. Growing up in North Vancouver, I have always lived an active lifestyle by participating in many sports and activities including downhill skiing, equisport (horseback riding), rowing, soccer, crossfit. I additionally enjoy many other casual activities like hiking and snowshoeing in the beautiful North Shore mountains, yoga and going for long bike rides on sunny days through this beautiful city of ours. Being so active is where I discovered I wanted a career in enhancing peoples experiences, whether they are vigorously training for competition, just casually enjoying activity, or nursing an injury back to health, through reducing post activity muscle soreness, preventative maintenance or addressing injuries directly.

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Philosophy The key to one’s optimal health lies within taking preventive measures before the occurrence of disease. The Internal Jing proposed “treatment before being sick,” preventive thinking, and stressed preventive measures. The saints treated diseases before it came, stopped chaos before it formed. Andrew Lin is a strong believer of treating the body as an integrated whole in order to restore one’s optimal health. He has a strong understanding of the human body to achieve homeostasis. Because everyone’s body is uniquely different, he will communicate and carefully learn the patient’s lifestyle in order to create the best and most effective treatment protocol.

Educational Background After successfully completing two years of post secondary studies in 2009, Andrew was accepted to the prestigious PCU College of Holistic Medicine. He received his training in the ’2600 hour Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner program’. Upon graduation, he successfully obtained his licenses in becoming a Registered Acupuncturist and Registered TCM Practitioner. He has done advanced acupuncture training with the world-renowned Dr. Richard Tan and practices the balance method in the clinic. In addition, Andrew also interned under Dr. Beijing Men and implements his unique Sublingual diagnosis in his practice as well. Being actively involved with fitness, Andrew is also a certified Personal Trainer through Can-Fit-Pro and often integrates his fitness expertise into his TCM practice.

Area of Practice Having over 4 years of clinical experience, Andrew Lin has had the opportunity to work with a variety of people. Having involvement with TCM at an early age, he has firsthand experience with the benefits this ancient medical system can bring. He treats patients of all ages and has particular success in conditions such as sports injuries, fibromyalgia, insomnia, stress and anxiety, depression, respiratory problems, digestive issues, chronic fatigue, hypertension and many more. In Andrew Lin’s practice, he uses Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Cupping Therapy and other TCM modalities as his treatment protocol for optimal results

Personal History

Growing up having his father as a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Andrew Lin was exposed to Acupuncture and TCM at a very early age. He immigrated from Taiwan in 1996 and lives in Coquitlam. He maintains a very active lifestyle and has a strong passion for fitness. He is an active fitness model competitor. His other hobbies include playing basketball, reading, cooking vegetarian food and travelling. **For any inquiries email Andrew ** BOOK YOUR FREE 15 MINUTE ASSESSMENT NOW @

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Healing begins with a deep understanding of a patient’s needs – no matter if you are seeking a massage for comfort, a healing connection, or just caring. I will provide you a warm, pleasant, safe environment; where your individual changing needs will be addressed accordingly every time. I believe our body to be an honest friend, we should learn to listen and to respect. Our body is constantly telling us what it needs; however, we usually neglect this. Massage therapy helps us to slow down, to quieten our mind, listen to our body an’ mind, through deep breaths and a therapeutic touch.

Educational Background

I am an honors graduate from Vancouver College of Massage therapy in Downtown Vancouver, and preparing to attend the licensing exams in March 2023 to become an RMT. I was a certified yoga instructor who graduated from Langara college. With my special training in teaching yoga to seniors and children, from 2016-2019, I taught yoga full time at senior homes, Vancouver school board, and Francophone school board.

Areas of Practice

As an RMT student therapist, I am able to help with specific issues, injuries, pathologies, or orthopedic conditions. I have extensive training and study in orthopedic assessment, home care, and treatment planning skills. My techniques of treatment include myofascial release, trigger point release, neuromuscular therapy, dynamic release, joint mobilization as well as Swedish massage.

Personal History

I was borned in Shanghai. In my early twenties, after graduating from nursing school, I left Shanghai. I spent my next eight years traveling in Europe, and lived in Geneva, Switzerland while studying French literature and civilisation. Education and helping people to improve their wellbeing are my callings. After immigrating to Canada, I worked as an early child educator, yoga instructor. At the beginning of 2020, I decided to pursue a career in massage therapy. Being a massage therapist will allow me to use all my previous skills to help each individual to optimize their physical and mental wellness. During my spare time, I enjoy reading, painting, listening to music and going to the gym. When not working, I also enjoy time on the North shore by helping my partner with his bees and garden, and playing with our 4 years old ragdoll, Osmi.

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Philosophy and Educational Background

Brad’s passion for traditional Chinese medicine grew out of his fascination with Eastern culture and philosophy which he developed while traveling in Asia. In the mid 1990’s, he began practicing yoga and formally studying TCM at the prestigious Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences in Nelson, BC. His training included four years of full-time study, followed by a four-month internship at two different hospitals in Beijing, China. He has been a registrant in good standing of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC (CTCMA) since 2001, and has been extensively involved with the regulation of Chinese medicine and the CTCMA since 2003.

Areas of Treatment

Brad operates the North Van Pain Clinic out of the North Shore Wellness Centre. The North Van Pain Clinic is the only acupuncture and TCM clinic in North Vancouver that is focused almost entirely on the treatment of acute and chronic pain, sports injuries, and athletic enhancement. Brad has done extensive post-graduate training with many well-known traditional Chinese medicine Sports Medicine practitioners. In addition to marathon runners, and triathletes, he has also treated pro cyclists and hockey players, as well as MMA and Muay Thai athletes, rugby, football, and soccer players. He is one of very few practitioners in BC with certification in pain management from the Blatman International Myofascial Academy.

Personal History

Brad grew up in beautiful Deep Cove in North Vancouver, and he still makes North Vancouver his home. A lifelong sports enthusiast, he became a competitive triathlete and Ironman finisher in his 40’s. With his love of sport – and by extension his personal experiences and struggles with pain, injury, and training - combined with his passion for holistic medicine, Brad is well-suited to treat people just like you. A huge believer in work-life balance, he gets tremendous satisfaction from helping his patients achieve their own health and wellness goals, but his heart melts when he hears his children laugh.

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Philosophy: Gillian is a registered physiotherapist with 24+ years of experience as a clinician. She believes that everything in the body is connected, and the way through pain and dysfunction occurs most smoothly when all aspects are considered, prioritized and addressed. She utilizes ConnectTherapy™, a whole-person approach to all pain and dysfunctions using a movement assessment of the whole body to determine the first areas in the kinetic chain where dysfunction occurs that lead to the experience her client is having. These areas are called the Drivers and this is what Gillian treats through manual release work, movement retraining and patient exercises that range from imagery to dynamic whole body exercise. This can look like releasing and training someone’s foot to alleviate their back and pelvis pain, or helping a runner feel like their right leg is working as smoothly and strongly as their left by treating their thoracic rings or their neck.

For almost 20 years Gillian has treated Pelvic Floor dysfunctions such as urinary and fecal incontinence, constipation, pelvic pain, painful sex and pelvic organ prolapse for adults of all genders.

Educational Background: Gillian graduated in 1998 from the University of Alberta. Gillian has worked in North Vancouver for the better part of her career while raising her family in Lynn Valley. She has taken numerous post-graduate courses in acupuncture, becoming certified by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute 9 years ago. She has her level 2 Manual Therapy credentials through the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. She began her Pelvic Health journey almost 20 years ago, taking many courses in assessing and treating incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, painful sex, constipation and pelvic pain in all adults of all genders. She spent 11 years working for Dr. Linda-Joy Lee, founder of ConnectTherapy™, where she worked in the clinic, attended and led many inservices and training, assisted on courses and used the model on all patients.

Areas of Practice: Pre-natal, Post-partum, pregnancy. Issues of pelvic health such as incontinence, constipation, pelvic organ prolapse, painful sex. Sport and performance - from armchair athletes (like musicians and gamers) to olympians. Gillian utilizes a whole-person, whole-body approach to unpacking the reasons for dysfunction and pain and treating the cause through manual release, dry needling, imagery, exercise, and whole body dynamic movement. Gillian encourages participation from her clients in their rehabilitation, allowing them independence and freedom from treatment with better understanding of their own bodies’ movement systems.

Personal History: Gillian graduated in 1998 at the age of 22. After a couple of years of work in public practice, Gillian began her private practice career here in North Vancouver. She raised her family in Lynn Valley while continuing to work locally. Her own journey into motherhood drove her to explore her fascination with pelvic health, a pandora’s box from which she has been unable to look away. She can be found in the woods, or on the ocean or on her bike, or wandering the vibrant streets of Vancouver’s West End where she recently moved after becoming an empty-nester. She can be heard on her health podcast Small Conversations for a Better World with her co-host, Susannah Steers exploring the greater themes of health through interviews with health experts, thought leaders and influencers, available wherever you find podcasts.

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Brienne is an Occupational Therapist with a passion for neurological rehabilitation and neuromodulatory therapies. She graduated from UBC in 2014 with a Bachelors in Kinesiology, at which point she began to pursue studies in MNRI (Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration Therapy) and other neuro-modulatory therapies (CST, Brain Gym, etc). She received her Masters in Occupational Therapy at McGill University. With over 12 years experience in Pediatrics, Brienne has a strong understanding of healthy child neurological development. Brienne’s other treatment interests include working with adults recovering from neurological injuries (TBI, stroke, concussion, SCI, near-fatal drowning) and with neurologically based concerns (chronic pain, chronic and acute musculoskeletal injuries, trauma). She is also a violinist, which has led to an interest in the rehabilitation and prevention of musician related injuries.

Brienne is passionate about helping patients return to the activities they love, empowering them to learn about how to move their bodies efficiently, and understand their injuries, rehab, and treatment plan. Brienne collaborates with patients to help them be involved in their rehabilitation plan, including organizing the frequency and volume of treatments that best fits their needs.

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PHILOSOPHY The human body is a fascinating, complex and mysterious organism. It is important for health care practitioners to acknowledge this and treat their patients as a whole, rather than focusing on a “part to fix”. Valeria uses Massage Therapy and her knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics to help her patients achieve their best mental and physical health.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND Valeria is a recent graduate from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in downtown Vancouver. She graduated in April 2020 with excellent results and is waiting to complete her certifications to become a Registered Massage Therapist. During her time at VCMT, Valeria worked with a variety of individuals including seniors, athletes, pregnant women, and patients dealing with acute and/or chronic injuries, anxiety, and depression. This allowed her to gain a better knowledge of the human body and the relationship between mental and physical health.

AREAS OF TREATMENT Valeria uses her knowledge to best fit the needs of her patient. Her favourite modalities are Swedish massage, myofascial release, trigger point release, and PNF stretching.

PERSONAL HISTORY Valeria is originally from Italy and has been living in Vancouver for the past 6 years. She has a long history of working in customer care services and has always strived to help her clients in the best way possible. After attending a Massage Therapy workshop and talking to the instructors, Valeria fell in love with the profession and the ways Massage Therapy can help people achieve physical and mental balance. In her free time, Valeria loves to dance salsa and cook Italian food. Since moving to Vancouver, Valeria discovered a passion for hiking and kayaking.

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Dr Stefanie Schlegel believes firmly in the Body-Mind-Spirit connection and the inherent healing capacity within each human being. Naturopathic Medicine is a medicine that aims to treat the underlying cause of disease. It is the art and science of supporting the body’s natural abilities to heal itself. It is the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of physical, as well as mental-emotional, conditions. Rather than focusing on a small section of the body, Naturopathic physicians are specialists in whole body medicine. In BC, naturopathic physicians (ND’s) are licensed as primary care doctors. They are trained as general practitioners in complementary medicine.

Areas of Practice

Dr. Schlegel is enjoying a general family medicine practice. She treats acute as well as chronic conditions in patients of all ages Dr Schlegel also welcomes all patients with “incurable” problems and those cases given up by conventional medicine.

Education and Background

Dr Stefanie Schlegel, B.Sc, ND, is a licensed, board certified Naturopathic Physician. After finishing high school, she completed pre-medical classes and a B.Sc. in Biology at Simon Fraser University. After moving to Toronto for four more years to study at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine she received her doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine.

Personal History

Stefanie Schlegel was born in Germany and moved to Canada with her family when she was in her mid teens. Ever since she was a child the health of all living creatures was of concern for her. Studying Naturopathic Medicine fit into her own belief system of “doing no harm”. Her hobbies include hiking in the beautiful West Coast Rain forest, practicing Qi Gong, and reading.

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Philosophy The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly. Although this quote by Buddha can be interpreted in so many ways, Danielle Tabo likes to use this extraction to nourish the philosophy of her practice. Danielle reveals that the philosophy of massage is simply the power of touch, and the strength of the clients mind bonding with their body. Danielle deems that the success of pure contentment is the trust between therapist and client. When the client can provide trust they can surrender their mind and body to relaxation, which then synthesizes with the therapists ability to massage deeper and more thoroughly. Danielle has the understanding and skills of the human body to create balance, and she will do her best to communicate with the client by learning their lifestyle to provide the best therapeutic protocol thus leading to optimal health. Danielle’s extensive knowledge acquired from the University of British Columbia and West Coast College of Massage Therapy have equipped her with the gift of treating patients with exceptional finesse. Educational Background In 2007 Danielle successfully accomplished her Human Kinetics degree from the University of British Columbia, simultaneously playing for the UBC Varsity Women’s Soccer Team. During her first years at UBC Danielle suffered a potentially ruinous injury and was referred to a massage therapist. Within a short period she was back to her best health, and had a new career path in mind. It was through this frustration that she found inspiration and the desire to become a massage therapist. In the fall of 2007 she was accepted to North America’s Premier Massage Therapy Training Institution, The West Coast College of Massage Therapy’s 3000 hour program. Now, with a degree and a certificate under her belt Danielle is eager and driven to expand and update her knowledge further. Areas of Practice During Danielle’s journey through massage education she has had the pleasure of working with a vast clientele. Danielle has had the opportunity of treating conditions such as sports injuries, headache/migraine, fibromyalgia, cerebral palsy, pregnancy, multiple sclerosis, respiratory conditions, orthopaedic conditions and many more. She has found the utmost success through the use of modalities such as athletic treatment and rehabilitation, myofascial release, trigger point release, muscle energy techniques, and general Swedish. From the pain of desk workers to the agony of an athletes sports injury, Danielle has witnessed first hand the restoration of health from minor everyday aches to chronic pains. Personal History Danielle was born and raised, and continues to live in Burnaby. She is close enough to the excitement and dancing of the city, yet near the natural beauty of the outdoors; which she so often takes advantage of. Danielle’s athleticism and craving for adventure takes her too many heights, literally. Not only has she spent more than twenty years playing soccer, but she continues to play at a premier level. Her daring nature has taken her cliff jumping, hiking, skiing and bungee jumping. While the importance of living healthy and being active is a passion, she is also close with her family, and overall kind-hearted. She has worked so hard to keep her teammates in the best health, as well as her family and friends; while looking forward to aiding the path of recovery with all her clients. Danielle enjoys the natural elements of life, and the simple things our environment has to offer. Danielle’s wide-ranging knowledge, optimism, and overall outgoing nature is inviting and contagious.

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Bryce believes the best practice to optimal health and wellness is driven by lifestyle choices and a regular fitness routine that involves mindful movements to optimize the efficiency of the human machine. This philosophy drives Bryce’s practice to try and identify the root cause of dysfunction that resulted in injury, pain or decreased performance. Once identified Bryce uses the appropriate tools at his disposal to help eliminate or minimize the dysfunction. Bryce believes to maintain optimal health that no single health care discipline has all the tools or capabilities. Bryce believes a strong integrative team approach can be advantageous for numerous conditions and is a requirement for optimal health and wellness.

Educational Background

Bryce was born and raised in North Vancouver. Bryce studied at UBC where he earned his Human Kinetics degree in Exercise Science with a focus on biomechanics in 1999. Bryce then attended McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario where he attained his Masters of Science in Physiotherapy in 2003. Post-graduation Bryce completed his acupuncture credentials through the Canadian Acupuncture Foundation of Canada. Bryce has completed his level 3 Manual Therapy credentials through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Bryce has also studied GTT (Gokovii Transverse Technique) a specific dry needling technique for treatment of myofascial and joint pain. Bryce continues to pursue post graduate education in acupuncture, manual therapy, and movement/exercise therapies.

Areas of Practice

Bryce is proficient at movement analysis and body biomechanics assessments. His knowledge enables him to search/identify the root cause of pain and/or reduced performance. This allows Bryce to treat and educate his clients about the fundamental changes required to eliminate the pain and maximize performance. Bryce uses a combination of manual therapy, dry needling, myofascial release techniques in conjunction with movement exercises and self-modalities to help patients overcome their complaints while restoring normalized movement patterns, maximizing their health and performance. Bryce expects his patients to be active participants in their treatment/program.

Personal History

Bryce began his career in 2003 at a busy multidisciplinary clinic in Victoria where he was fortunate enough to be mentored by three sports medicine doctors, a surgeon, four FCAPMT (Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy) plus a range of other practitioners. This environment gave Bryce the opportunity to work with members from different Canadian National Teams, Professional Lacrosse, Juvenile football (BCFC), Victoria ballet and numerous other athletes. In 2008 Bryce moved back to the North Shore where he worked in a Sports Physiotherapy Clinic for the next 4 years. Bryce’s love of human movement analysis & problem solving has kept him actively treating in a one-on-one/part-time capacity for the past 4 years. Bryce has a background as a sports specific trainer/program writer and has competed competitively in a multitude of different sports. He currently spends his free time pursuing various back country mountain activities, triathlons, kite boarding, hockey and traveling for play and volunteer work.

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At North Shore Wellness Centre, we seek to educate our clients and the community about ways to obtain and maintain optimum and abundant health. This is why we’d like to invite you to read about our new and exciting addition to the clinic: K-Laser, a non-invasive way to achieve a pain-free life. Class IV Laser Therapy (K-Laser) is an FDA cleared therapeutic treatment that manages pain and inflammation while accelerating tissue regeneration. Laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasm, stiffness and pain. The results?

• Increased circulation • Decreased swelling and inflammation • Reduced pain • Enhanced tissue repair

Laser treatment was approved in Europe in the 1970s and in the US in 2002. Now, K-Laser is the preferred choice for thousands of practitioners worldwide. High power laser therapy can stimulate all cell types including muscle, ligament, cartilage, nerves, etc., so a number of conditions can be treated by high power laser therapy. Some of conditions that may typically be treated by high power laser therapy include:

For more information, please watch the following informational videos:

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Sometimes the coping strategies which we habitually turn to are not supportive of our life styles and relationships. Counselling provides an opportunity for self-discovery and a space to safely explore historical patterns, identify goals and move toward desired change.

My approach is holistic and integrative and the beliefs which most directly inform my counselling practice are; I believe that everyone has the capacity for wellness. I believe the body holds immense wisdom and there is a complex interplay of biopsychsocial factors influencing distress and well-being. I believe health and wellness is not passive but a practice and that what you are thinking is what you are becoming. I also believe that change is not possible but inevitable. I believe you can feel better and by approaching issues with curiosity and openness your natural inclination toward optimal health and functioning will unfold.

Educational Background

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC), and I hold a Master’s Degree in Counselling from City University of Seattle. I completed undergraduate studies at the University of British Columbia in Anthropology where I focused on Eastern philosophies and perspectives. I am a 500 hour yoga teacher and also hold certification as a Trauma Informed Yoga Practitioner. I have engaged in extensive research on using the body as a resource in the therapeutic treatment of individuals exposed to trauma. I view challenges and wellness from a holistic perspective and my work is influenced by Eastern philosophies of psychological and physical wellbeing.

Areas of Practice My training and experience has allowed me to work successfully with individuals or families in need of support with:

• anger • anxiety • depression • disordered eating • family issues • grief • relationship issues • self-esteem • self-harm • sexuality and sexual orientation • stress management • substance use issues • trauma

Personal History My personal experience with trauma has inspired me to explore many aspects of psychology, health and resilience. I am a mother, daughter, wife and friend. I care deeply about people and value my relationships over all else. I have an adventuresome spirit and seek the full range of human experience which has led me to remote destinations, exploration of diverse cultural perspectives and wisdoms, and to enjoyment of extreme sports. I love spending time outdoors running, hiking, skiing, boating and simply connecting to the environment around me.

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Having over twenty five years of personal and professional experience in the health and fitness industry, Dr. Wulkan has helped individuals optimize their physical performance and body composition. The many tools available to us in Naturopathic Medicine, such as hormone testing, food sensitivity testing and cortisol testing allow her to determine an effective treatment plan to help you reach your goals. She has also gained expertise in treating injury rehabilitation for athletes, weekend warriors to any chronic cause of pain, using tools such as acupuncture, massage, and chiropractic adjustments. Dr. Wulkan’s philosophy as a Naturopathic doctor is to examine all possible contributing factors to a conditions, rather than simply a “one size fits all” approach.

Educational Background

Dr. Wulkan belongs to the following Professional Affiliations: College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia, Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors and British Columbia Naturopathic Association. Dr. Wulkan accesses and treats individual goals and concerns through a variety of modalities including: • Lab testing • Spinal assessment and chiropractic adjustments • Acupuncture • Massage • Botanical medicine • Nutritional counseling • Guided meditation • Nutritional and IV therapy Area of Practice

As a proud mother of two young children, Dr. Wulkan understands the joys and challenges of balancing family, lifestyle and personal health. She aims to provide both individual and realistic health care for busy women to reach their personal health care goals. She is passionate about children and values the gentle, yet thorough approach of naturopathic medicine when treating your little ones. Her special interests include: • Anti-aging and preventative care • Hormone balancing (menopause and perimenopause) • Adrenal fatigue (anxiety, depression, stress and chronic fatigue) • Thyroid Health • Digestive concerns (heart burn/reflux, IBS, constipation, diarrhea • Weight loss and detoxification • Skin conditions (acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, dermatitis)Women’s health (PMS, fertility, pre/postnatal care, breastfeeding support) • Children’s health

Personal History

Her passions outside the clinic include spending time with her family, especially near the ocean or in the mountains. She adores running, hiking and surfing and hopes to excite her patients about getting active, healthy and having fun!

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