Private Functional Medicine
Anita Racic, MD
Dr. Racic is a born and raised Vancouverite and a graduate of the UBC School of Medicine, with over 25 years of experience as a medical doctor. She has worked in both primary care and mental health settings, providing care to patients with complex and chronic conditions. She is very experienced in using conventional standard of care therapies. However, Dr. Racic noticed that in the existing traditional model of chronic disease management there is an over emphasis on pharmaceutical drugs, and people are still not getting well. They are surviving, but not thriving.
Eager to discover what else could be done to build upon conventional therapies, Dr. Racic embarked on an intensive educational journey in advanced preventative medicine through A4M, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. In 2017, she completed her fellowship and became board certified in functional, metabolic, and nutritional medicine.
Through this training, Dr. Racic has become proficient in using “outside the box” tools, both for diagnosis and treatment. She spends time discussing patients’ histories in detail, and uses specialized functional medicine labs which allow her to figure out the root causes of symptoms and illness. Dr. Racic believes in searching diligently, looking “under the hood” in order to help her patients feel their best and experience optimal health. Rather than simply prescribing pharmaceuticals to mask symptoms, her expanded treatment toolbox includes the use of bio-identical hormones, diet, nutritional supplements, lifestyle changes and appropriate and novel use of medications.
Dr. Racic believes this functional medicine/anti-aging approach can benefit not only those who are currently ill, but also those who want to prevent and decrease the risk of developing diseases. Those interested in optimizing their performance, both physical and mental, can also benefit from this type of personalized medicine. During Dr. Racic’s training, she discovered that taking these integrated approaches to medical care open up the possibility for health and vitality to be experienced into the tenth decade of life, and beyond.
Dr. Chelsea Berry, DC, B.A.
Dr. Berry came to practicing chiropractic medicine after over a decade of teaching yoga and working as a professional sea-kayak guide. Her profound curiosity about human anatomy, physiology and biomechanics compelled her to become a doctor. Dr. Berry graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, in Toronto, ON, with clinical honors. Chelsea approached her education with the intent to translate information about disease, injury, health and wellness to her patients in a way that is accessible and empowering. Every new patient session begins with a discussion of the problem and goals followed by a detailed assessment. Chelsea specializes in the assessment and treatment of conditions involving joints, muscles, and the nervous system tissue of the spine. This includes all neuromuscular disorders ranging from a lumbar disc herniation to a simple ankle sprain. She typically uses a combination of soft tissue therapy, joint mobilizations, spinal manipulation, exercise prescription, postural advice and improved ergonomics.
Dr. Berry wants to help to educate you about your body and to assist you in moving towards your personal definition of optimal health. Her aim is to enable clients to return to their desired activities and hobbies as quickly as possible.
Chelsea has been profoundly impacted through her experiences with yoga and meditation and always has a good book recommendation for those seeking to augment hands on care. With her free time Chelsea enjoys adventure travel, rock climbing, bicycle commuting and sea kayaking.
Dr. Matthew Carver, DC,MPH.
Dr Carver is a Vancouver native and completed his undergraduate degree at UBC. He has practiced chiropractic for 19 years after receiving his Doctorate of Chiropractic in 1999 from University of Western States in Portland, OR. He has spent the majority of his career overseas in the UK. While there, further studies included a Master Of Public Health from King’s College London, with focus on health promotion, wellness and a research project assessing the association between workplace stress and back pain.
Through his experience, Dr Carver has found that often the symptoms that bring a patient to the chiropractor have multiple factors contributing to both their cause and ability to heal. His approach to care takes this into account to help with the healing process and trying to prevent recurrence. Treatment is focused on both in office care and advice on posture, ergonomics, exercises, stress management and diet.
Dr Carver takes a multifaceted approach to patient care, utilizing different chiropractic techniques, soft tissue treatments and personalized rehabilitation programs. Each treatment program is tailored to suit the individual patient, taking into account their presenting problem and desired goals, which may include symptom relief, improving posture, increasing mobility, decreasing tension/stiffness/stress or maximizing performance.
Treatment methods uses are:
Chiropractic techniques: Diversified, OTZ, drop table, pelvic blocking and instrument assisted adjusting.
Soft Tissue Therapies: Neuromuscular Re-education (a type of active release), myofascial release (manual or cupping massage)
Active rehabilitation programs aimed at strengthening, stabilization and improving postural imbalances.
Ila Casselman, M.Ost.Med
Ila is an Osteopathic Practitioner who received a Masters Degree in Osteopathic Medicine from Southern Cross University in Australia. Ila had a thriving Osteopathic Practice in Australia for 5 years, prior to moving to Vancouver and she is excited about sharing her passion for Osteopathy with Qi patients.
Ila will use many different Osteopathic techniques such as Muscle Energy Technique (MET), Myofacial Release, Mobilisation and Spencer and Still Techniques. She will create a custom treatment plan tailored to your individual needs. Please wear loose and/or stretchy clothing for your treatments.
Vincent Durroux, D.O. (M.P)
Vincent obtained a French Osteopathic Diploma from IdHEO Nantes after 5 years of studies. He worked in his native France for 4 years, where he gained expansive knowledge treating a diverse patient base including children, pregnant women and the elderly. With a passion for sports, Vincent built a strong client base of athletes which included marathon and Kiteboarding competitors.
Vincent moved to Vancouver in 2016 to discover a new way of practice and to expand his osteopathic and healthcare experience. He uses all osteopathic techniques such as structural, visceral, cranial and focuses his approach on Biodynamic osteopathy and fluidic motion treatments of the body.
Jai Edgar – BAppSc, M(Osteo) – Member of Osteopathy BC***
Jai completed a bachelor of clinical science and a master of osteopathy at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Prior to this he had studied biomedical sciences (physiology and anatomy) which he has been tutoring or lecturing at both university and private college levels for the last 9 years.
Having practiced in Australia as an osteopathic practitioner for 3 and a half years, Jai re-located to Canada in mid-2018. He has worked as a manual therapist for over 9 years and is passionate about combining both hands-on and non-manual skills to optimise treatment outcomes.
Jai has experience treating a wide-variety of musculoskeletal conditions, especially of a chronic nature. He has a special interest in low back pain and is currently creating a website on this topic. Interacting with people from a range of different backgrounds, ages, and professions is what he loves most about being a clinician.
Jai describes his interests as ‘eclectic’, including such things as drawing, watching rugby, riding his bike, and stopping strangers in the street to pat their dogs. And although snow sports aren’t one of them, he admits that this may change with enough time in Van!
Dr. Karyn Smith, Dr. TCM, R.Ac
Karyn Smith is a Registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and licensed to practice Chinese Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture and its associated treatments of Moxibustion, Cupping and Tuina (Chinese massage) therapies.
Karyn graduated from the 5-year doctorate program at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver (ICTCMV) and interned at a hospital in Anhui province in the People’s Republic of China. She has completed a course for the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) to use ear acupuncture to help patients recover from addictions. She has learned Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture with Virginia Doran. Karyn also practices Sound Healing with tuning forks as an adjunct to her TCM practice. She has also been studying Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan’s Acu 1, 2, 3 and Global Balance Method for effective treatment of acute and chronic pain conditions.
Karyn’s practice focuses on patients with a wide range of health concerns and conditions. However she has a deep interest in Women’s health and treating gynecological and reproductive as well as preventative treatments to help women achieve their optimal health goals. She also likes to treat patients for back pain, stress, anxiety, depression, and digestive issues.
Karyn is dedicated to life-long learning in all things as well as improving her practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She lives in Vancouver with her family and enjoys getting outdoors as much as possible, whether on the north shore, Pacific Spirit Park, or any of the wonderful beaches around the city.
Tedi Fisher, R.TCM.P, B.A Kinesiology, yoga instructor
After over a decade of practicing and teaching yoga, I came to realize that my studies were not truly complete. I started to explore different modalities that would help both my students and me. The fundamental philosophy Traditional Chinese medicine is to seek balance. Balance both internally, helping the mind and body and externally, connecting with our environment and community. TCM is a natural medical system that has withstood thousands of years of practice and results. We look at each person as a complex and individual system, which means each person, is treated uniquely based on his or her constitution, lifestyle and symptoms. TCM is empowering in that it tells your body how to heal, it directs your body to areas that need healing and allows the innate intelligence of your system to complete the process. You truly heal yourself.
The beauty of TCM is that it can treat much more than you think. From injuries, to skin conditions, digestive imbalances, weights loss and mental health. TCM is capable of aiding the most stubborn of ailments. The many modalities include acupuncture, moxibustion, Chinese herbs, cupping, gua sha, tui na (massage) and lifestyle and dietary counseling.
My journey started with a fundamental yoga practice followed by completing a degree in Kinesiology, to becoming a yoga teacher and certified personal trainer, and finally a 5-year diploma of Dr of Traditional Chinese Medicine including an internship at the Tsu Chi hospital in Taipei, Taiwan. I’m looking forward to sharing my love of health and healing with you.
Julie is a healer who takes time to completely understand her patient’s illness – the root cause and symptoms. Using Chinese Medicine’s holistic approach she balances the body’s energy through acupuncture, diet and Chinese herbs to restore her patients’ to health and wellness. Chinese medicine is unique because it has many tools to generate or release energy. They can all be used in combinations with each other to provide an effective and natural way for the body to heal itself.
Julie completed her doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine and spent a month interning at Tzu Chi Hospital in Taiwan. She is a licensed acupuncturist and is a member of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturist of British Columbia.
She is also a Healing Touch Level 2 Practitioner.
More information about Julie can be found here.
Calvin Crichton, R.TCM
Calvin started his life long path of learning to heal from the early age of 10. Thats when he entered into the martial arts and was introduced to his first of many teachers who also knew traditional Chinese medicine.
One of those teachers finally encouraged him to enter formal acupressure training in the late 1990s. Since that time he has received a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine diploma from two different schools, one in Nova Scotia and another in British Columbia. Also, he has continued to study martial arts and the classical Japanese medicine, Isshinho, that goes with it.
Calvin is presently a licensed member of the Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner through the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia. His focus in a clinical setting is on providing treatments that include acupuncture, acupressure, Chinese foot therapy, medical qi gong and the use of essential oils. He also believes in advising patients
Quita Harman, BA, MPT
For over 13 years, Quita has worked as a Physiotherapist treating people of all ages with acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, pre and post surgical rehabilitation including replacements and sports related injuries. Quita’s completion of STOTT Clinical Pilates Reformer courses (RR1 and RR2) gives her the opportunity to offer physiotherapy treatment through Clinical Pilates. She focuses on optimizing movement patterns to treat your specific injury and maximize your overall function. Clinical Pilates appointments with Quita can be claimed through your extended health provider under Physiotherapy. Quita graduated from Curtin University (Perth, Australia) with a Master of Physiotherapy in 2004″
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Rhonda Cooper, MPT
Rhonda Cooper graduated from the Masters of Physiotherapy program at UBC in 2006, with an undergrad in dance from Simon Fraser University. She has since completed her FCAMPT diploma through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, studied the Integrated Systems Model with Dr. Linda Joy Lee and Diane Lee, and completed her acupuncture certification through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute.
Rhonda has been instructing physiotherapists in advanced manual therapy techniques as a teaching assistant with the Orthopaedic Division of the CPA for the past 2 years. She has also recently instructed contemporary dance technique class at Simon Fraser University, allowing her to integrate her scientific based knowledge of human biomechanics with the art form of dance.
Having recently completed a qualitative research project investigating injury prevention and excellence in dance with funding through the Canada Council for the Arts, Rhonda is continuing to build her a scientific knowledge base for working with dance artists.
Rhonda sees her role as a physiotherapist is to facilitate the body’s natural healing process. Thorough assessment, client education, mindful exercises and modalities (such as manual therapy and acupuncture) are her approaches to treatment.
Dr. Joanna Rosenfeld, ND.
Dr. Joanna Rosenfeld believes that simple changes can often have the biggest impact. Through a comprehensive assessment, you will learn the underlying reasons for your health conditions, and be given the tools and support that will empower you to achieve lasting health.Dr. Joanna takes a scientific and holistic approach to your treatment, and collaborates with other health care professionals to ensure you receive the best possible care. She has experience working in both clinical and hospital settings in Toronto. Dr. Joanna has special interest and experience in addressing fertility, hormonal imbalance, chronic disease and weight loss. In addition to being a Naturopathic Doctor, she is also a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Naturopathic Doula and Personal Trainer. She is a regular contributor to Naturopathic Currents magazine.Dr. Joanna offers a free 15 minute consultation, so book an appointment today, or visit www.joannarosenfeld.com to learn more.
Dr. Julie Cahill, ND.
Dr. Julie Cahill’s Naturopathic Medical practice investigates and addresses the root cause of disease. Focusing on the foundations of health like diet, nutrient therapies and lifestyle improvements. Recovery and fatigue, weight loss, and digestive issues some of the more common reasons people come to see Dr. Cahill. She offers comprehensive testing including food sensitivity testing, nutrient testing, genetic testing and hormone testing. She has a Bachelors of Medical Laboratory Science (BMLSc) from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and did her Naturopathic Medical degree at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine.
Pilates and Movement Department
Amy Kubanek, Fletcher Pilates Teacher
Amy’s role at Qi is to help people feel more in tune with their bodies. She has noticed that when people come to her feeling pain or distress, often they have become disconnected from the many sensations in their body. And those who aren’t in pain may have movement patterns that are either inefficient, or could cause irritation in the future. Interestingly, Pilates was originally called “Contrology”, the art of controlling every muscle in your body. Pilates is proven to be a great tool for making lasting changes in the body and gaining more control because of its specificity and specialized equipment. Amy’s personal approach is slow and full of curiosity. Rather than dictating what exercises you should do, she joyfully investigates what kind of movement feels right for each person.
Amy comes with an array of disciplines to share, including: Pilates, nervous system healing, dance, yoga, therapeutic ball release, and the Melt Method®. Amy has advanced level training in the full Fletcher Pilates® repertoire, as also training in rehabilitative protocols. She offers over 15 years experience working with a wide variety of conditions using the Pilates method. Amy’s sessions can work to relieve the effects of: core instability, postural imbalance and repetitive strains.
Treatments and modalities used: Rehabilitative Movement, Fletcher Pilates®, Pilates Reformer, Tower, Spine Corrector, Visualization, Pedipul, and the Melt Method®. Fletcher Pilates® is internationally recognized for its innovative tools as well as for its artistry.
Marla Waal, Pilates and Yoga teacher
Marla was a professional dancer for 12 years, performing and teaching around the globe. She studied and performed with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, danced and toured with Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She is passionate about helping people feel more free and strong in their bodies, and helps people wake up their own body wisdom.
After settling in Vancouver 20 plus years ago, Marla began teaching and studying Yoga. She has delved deeply into a wide variety of styles, from Ashtanga to restorative yoga and meditation.
A desire for a deeper understanding of body mechanics and anatomy brought her to the Franklin Method and then Pilates at the Vancouver Pilates Centre. Marla is a Level 1 Franklin Method Educator, and is certified in Pilates by Dianne Miller. Marla has studied and taught at VPC for the last 7 years.
Continuing to search for more effective ways to help people experience joy in movement and freedom in their body, Marla discovered ELDOA. In 2015 she began training in ELDOA and is now a level 2 teacher in this very powerful and unique method created by French Osteopath Guy VOYER.
Mark Dennis, Pilates Instructors
Registered Massage Therapy Team
Kate Moore, RMT
Kate believes massage is a powerful way to help alleviate pain and dysfunction in the body so people can focus on pursuing a life they love. Her treatments are in a peaceful environment with calming music and essential oils. She combines soothing massage techniques with home care tips and movement exercises to help elongate the benefits of the massage treatment. She uses a fusion of techniques including myofascial release, swedish, neuromuscular therapy and joint mobilizations to help restore balance to the body. She has taken courses on yin yoga, breast massage and health, fitness theory, personal training and systemic deep tissue therapy. She has attended the Mental Health and the Body Symposium and has an interest in this area. She graduated from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy with honours. She has a degree in applied communications from Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta and a diploma in theatre performance from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York.
Daniel Hueber, RMT
Since early on in life Daniel has been accustomed to injuries and postural faults as a result of playing sports. With his passion for health care and interest in both human anatomy and bio mechanics, Daniel received his BSc. from UBC and followed that up by completing his 3000 hour Registered Massage therapy Program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2013. Daniel treats issues surrounding neck & shoulder pain and/or low back & pelvic pain that arise from either posture and alignment issues or other post injury concerns such as whiplash. Daniel works uses a variety of techniques that include myofascial release, Trigger point therapy, joint mobilization, and muscle energy techniques.
Hailey Samuelsson, RMT
Hailey enjoys helping people return to their natural state of wellness through the use of myofascial release, trigger point therapy, and muscle energy techniques. Through an initial assessment to further understand patients’ needs, areas of imbalance are located so that treatments can be focused on releasing tension, easing pain, and promoting relaxation. Hailey takes a holistic approach to treating those with low back pain, neck discomfort, anxiety disorders, and other ailments to ensure treatments are comprehensive and effective. Patients are also encouraged to participate in their own healing through the use of breath work and intention to further integrate the therapeutic benefits of massage therapy. Hailey is working towards her Diploma of Acupuncture and appreciates combining her knowledge of both western and eastern perspectives.
Ronan West, RMT
Ronan is a graduate of the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy and has also studied at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. They are passionate about a holistic and integrative approach to health and
wellness, and focuses on empowering their patients through assessment and remedial care. Ronan is experienced in treating a variety of conditions, and approaches treatments primarily through myofascial
release techniques, incorporating movement and breath, addressing the central nervous system in addition to soft tissue to assist in tissue health, preventative care, injury recovery and facilitating
Amy Beckett, RMT
With a background in Kinesiology, Amy focuses on functional movement looking for an appropriate balance between range of motion and strength throughout the body. Her treatments typically start with Myofascial Release techniques (no oil is used for this part of the treatment) before getting into deeper structures. When working with hyper-toned or dysfunctional tissues, Amy will often cue the patient to connect with their breath to provide as much release and body integration as possible. She has experience treating tension headaches, neck pain, hip dysfunction, low back pain, sciatica as well as anxiety and depression. Amy takes great joy in improving the quality of life and will ensure she understands the primary issues, needs and treatment goals of the individual.
Grace Wu, RMT
Grace struggled with chronic sports-related injuries for several years until massage therapy gave her the means to live pain-free again. This transformation inspired her to complete the 3000 hour RMT training at Vancouver College of Massage Therapy and become a RMT in 2014.
Grace aims to make her clients feel at ease and will work with clients to design individual treatment plans that will get them back to a healthy and functional state. She strongly believes that education on body awareness is an integral part of the therapy, and to get better one must not only address the symptoms, but understand the cause of the pain. Through techniques such as Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Muscle Energy Techniques, and deep tissue Swedish Massage, Grace can help relieve effects of stress, acute as well as chronic issues, headaches, and repetitive motion injuries. She has completed continuing education in Visceral Manipulation through the Barral Institute and is also certified to provide Kinesio Taping for a variety of concerns, such as injuries and postural correction.Since she has always had a strong passion in working with athletes, she is proud to be a RMT in the BC Bike Race’s Wellness Team, supporting hundreds of mountain bikers as they compete in a 7-day race around the province. She is also an instructor and clinic supervisor at Vancouver College of Massage Therapy.
When she is not working with clients or students you will find her skiing the local hills and Whistler in the winter, or lifeguarding Vancouver beaches in the summer.
Corinne Shaw RMT
Corinne believes in finding balance within the body and encourages a state of relaxation with every treatment. She looks closely at postural imbalances and fascial restrictions, and works slowly to allow the tissue to warm up before addressing deeper structures. She has success with migraines and tension headaches, upper neck and shoulder pain, and tendonitis.
Aly Konopczynski RMT
Aly is a graduate of Vancouver College of Massage Therapy (2017) . She also has a background in Spa Therapy, Shiatsu, and the Hawaiian art of Lomi Lomi massage, having completed courses and intensives at the Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage from 2012-2014.
Combining these various therapeutic modalities, Aly focuses her treatments around connecting with the breath, and incorporates full body integration into each one of her sessions. She utilizes relaxation and orthopaedic techniques to create individualized treatments, working with each client to meet their personal health goals.
Jen Greene RMT
Jen graduated with honours from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy, and she is driven by the joy she finds in helping people on their journey of healing and recovery. Her mission as a therapist is to work in partnership with her patients to create custom treatment plans that help them reach their health and wellness goals. She believes that mental and physical wellness are deeply intertwined, and that relaxation is a crucial part of every treatment.
Her treatments often include myofascial techniques, trigger point release and therapist-assisted stretching, but her core treatment principle is that massage should always feel good and be relaxing. The happy post-massage smile on her patients’ faces after their treatments bring her as much satisfaction as helping them achieve concrete improvements in their physical health and quality of life. In addition to it’s physical benefits, she believes that massage is an amazing tool to help manage depression and anxiety and finds great reward in helping people do so.
Jen lives in and loves Kitsilano. When she’s not at the clinic you can find her at Jericho beach kayaking, biking, picnicking or playing disc golf, otherwise affectionately known as frolf.
Brandi Abele RMT
Book an appointment with BrandiPain, stress and injury can have a profound impact on an individual’s quality of life. Brandi is no stranger to this and found her passion for the practice of massage therapy in addressing her own difficulties in this way through treatment. Her practice is informed by these experiences as she works to promote body awareness and relaxation, while decreasing pain and facilitating recovery from injury.
Understanding that one approach does not fit all, Brandi will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan to meet your needs. Her treatment modalities include Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Therapy, Trigger Point Release, Joint Mobilizations, Muscle Energy Techniques, Therapeutic Stretching, and Swedish Massage. She has experience in treating individuals with TMJ dysfunction, neck and shoulder pain, hip pain, headaches, nerve compression, pregnancy, tendonitis, fibromyalgia, muscle strains, frozen shoulder, impingement syndrome, and arthritis.
Brandi is enthusiastic about anatomy and physiology, and has a keen interest in how the human body works and moves through space. Over the years she has practiced various forms of dance and yoga, and encourages people to move their bodies. She values living a balanced life, practices meditation, and loves to learn.
Kiem Schutter, Qi Founder, R.Ac.
A snowboarding injury lead Kiem to seek treatment through acupuncture and the quick, pain-relieving results sparked his interest in the practice. He went on to study at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences, in Nelson, BC and graduated as a Registered Acupuncturist. He currently participates as a member on the ACOS Program Advisory Committee.
Kiem’s vision for a health clinic comprised of a skilled multidisciplinary health team came to fruition in 2006 when he founded Qi Integrated Health in Kitsilano. Qi was a runner up for the 2010 Business of the Year award from the Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce.
Kiem has previously served as the President of the Traditional Chinese Medicine Association of BC (www.tcmabc.org)
Kiem uses a holistic healing approach to successfully treat sports-related conditions, soft tissue damage, stress-related syndromes and fatigue. He incorporates acupuncture, cupping, electrical stimulation, tui-na (Chinese massage), and Qi Gong exercises into his healing practice. After an initial assessment, Kiem will develop a clear and flexible treatment strategy designed specifically for you, which will ultimately lead you on a path to greater well being.