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Private Medicine Team
Registered Massage Therapists
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.
Rodney Victor, RMT
Rodney loves to learn and is passionate about his work. This passion fuels his curiosity and so he is often reading theory books or taking a course to upgrade his skills. He then enjoys applying new knowledge to the practice of massage therapy. This leads to the most rewarding part of the practice which is making tactile, measurable improvements on the path to body health.
He has a wide variety of life and cultural experience and draws on this when meeting new people. His understanding is that the human experience is deeply nuanced, unique and personal to each individual. In the presence of a patient, a great deal of value is placed on listening to and caring for the person as they are in that moment. Rodney feels that a large part of his job is to hold this space for each patient, and believes it is particularly valuable for those who don’t normally feel that this space is held for them. The benefits of a massage treatment are exactly as good as the feeling that a person leaves with.
Treating people with massage is something he has done since childhood. Kneading people’s shoulders was naturally enjoyable. As an RMT he has many more tools to draw on and employs techniques which can be very gentle or deep depending on what the condition indicates. Myofascial release, joint manipulations, a basic level of manual lymph drainage, and of course, Swedish massage are some of the techniques he can use in a treatment.
Rodney’s ultimate goal is simple; to help people heal through manual therapy and empower people to help themselves.
Outside of work he likes to paint, exercise, read, spend time outside and participate in his culture’s ceremonial life.
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.
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 at JulienelsonTCM.com
Jen Wong, RN
I love being a part of preventive medicine. I have a background in Critical Care nursing and a special interest in Advance Care Planning, conversations around understanding health situations and sharing wishes for future health care before crisis situations. I want to shift health care priorities to health and wellness.
Duriell Bernard, DC
Dr. Bernard takes an evidence based, functional and rehabilitative approach to therapy, utilizing a wide variety of soft tissue therapies (myofascial cupping, ART and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Therapy -also known as Graston Technique), exercise based therapies, and electro-modalities to achieve optimum results. Dr. Bernard emphasizes movement based rehabilitation, combining essential movement patterns with daily occupational and sport based movement requirements.
A graduate from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto Dr. Duriell Bernard completed four years of a specialty honours degree in Kinesiology Health and Science program at York University. Dr. Bernard is also a trained Neurofunctional, Contemporary Medical Acupuncture provider and a trained TCM acupuncturist. Dr. Bernard had the tremendous honour of joining Team Canada during the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
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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Dr. Sanjay Mohan Ram BSc.(Hon), N.D.
Dr. Mohan Ram earned his BSc (Hon.) in Physiology from the University of British Columbia in 1997. He continued his education at the Boucher Institute and obtained his Naturopathic diploma, graduating with the pioneer class in 2004. Dr. Mohan Ram is active in Naturopathic medical education, as an adjunct professor at the Boucher Institute for Physiology, Biochemistry and Pathology classes, and as a senior instructor at Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. He also contributes to the profession as the Chair of the Examination Committee for the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia, as well as a Committee member for the Patient Relations Committee. Dr. Mohan Ram is certified in Acupuncture, Chelation and Intravenous therapies, Neural therapy and Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Bryn Hyndman, MD, ND
Joining Qi integrated Health in 2015 provided me with the opportunity to practice truly integrative and wellness focused medicine. From the front desk staff to the health care professionals and business development team, I quickly observed what a talented and enthusiastic team of individuals surrounded me.
I have become a partner with a lifelong vision to create medical programs that meet the needs of people wanting more. More solutions focused on finding the underlying cause of symptoms and disease, more focus on wellness, health and prevention, more quality time with their doctors, and more modern ways of communicating with their medical clinic and physician.
Our vision at Qi is to provide exceptional health care and positive health outcomes. Our team aspires to be the visionary leader in the modern space of wellness and medicine.
It takes a village to raise a child. It also takes a village, like ours at Qi, to meet all of your health care needs. We strive to the best at service and modern medicine every day.
“I started seeing Bryn as a patient at Qi Integrated Health after moving to Vancouver to pursue graduate education. I found myself getting constantly sick. Had it not been for Bryn’s determined pursuit to find the root cause triggering my reactions and to set me on a renewed path to wellness, I would not have achieved the academic and professional success I have reached today.” -Andrea D
Dr. Niloo Chitsaz
Dr. Chitsaz approaches patient care by shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach. Through this Functional Medicine approach, which addresses the underlying causes of disease, not just an isolated set of symptoms, Dr. Chitsaz combines conventional medicine with a holistic approach that supports the Mind/Body component for healing.
Dr. Chitsaz spends time with her patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, she can support the unique expression of the best health and vitality for each individual.
Dr. Chitsaz is currently accepting Private Medicine patients who are not involved in the Qi Integrated Health Family Medicine Membership.
Shirley is our Patient Care Manager who comes from over 10 years of customer service background. As your liaison of the clinic, Shirley helps each patient navigate and coordinate the specific needs for the wellness and medical program. Understanding that each individual has different needs, Shirley is able to provide better coordinated care and convenience for everyone at Qi Integrated Health. If you are looking for individualized treatment plans and the highest level of patient care and service, please get in touch with Shirley who will be more than happy to assist you on your journey to optimal health.
Dr. Erica Kubanek, ND
Allow Dr. Erica to be your guide your through the labyrinth of health to wellness! She uses functional medicine in her Naturopathic practice to treat chronic, complex conditions. Functional medicine integrates best medical practices with natural therapies and focuses on diet, clinical nutrition, combinations of botanical medicines, supplements, detoxification and anti-inflammatory programs. With the use of the traditional and leading edge diagnostics she looks up-stream for the cause of disease and dysfunction. By discovering and treating the root cause of disease you too can discover profound wellness. Dr Erica discovered her passion for medicine, like so many others, with her own journey from illness to wellness. You can look further into her approach at www.ericathenaturopath.com. She offers a complementary 15 minute ‘meet the Dr’ appointment to all new patients.
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.
Sean Lymworth, RMT
Every day I am grateful to have found this work that allows me to empower people. My practice is informed by my own experiences of injury and of being a patient. Education is a key aspect of my treatment approach, particularly in regards to bio-mechanics, posture, and alignment.
I work primarily with fascia, the highly communicative network of connective tissue that is interwoven throughout your body. Working mostly without oil allows me to treat deeper layers of fascia and viscera. I work with your nervous system to encourage the calm needed for deeply transformative therapy.
Marla Pickering, RMT
Marla graduated from the 3000 hour program from West Coast College of Massage therapy in 2010. Since graduating, Marla has expanded her knowledge in Myofascial release, osteopathic techniques and has become a cranio-sacral therapist.
Marla offers a variety of different treatments that include but are not limited to therapeutic massage, relaxation massage, and pregnancy massage. Marla has been successful in treating a number of different orthopaedic and systemic dysfunctions. Some of these include carpal tunnel, TOS and nerve pain, neck and lower back pain, migraine and tension headaches, and shoulder dysfunctions. Marla has also been successful in using massage to alleviate anxiety, stress, and depression. You can find out more about Marla’s practice at www.touchheals.ca
Colleen Bruce, RMT
Graduating from the 3000 hour RMT program Colleen combines past years of work experience in the health care industry with science based research in her practice.
Techniques incorporated into her practice are; Neuromuscluar Therapy, Orthopaedic Mobilizations, Swedish Massage and Manual Lymph Drainage. Colleen is genuinely committed to the recovery of her patients by providing homecare stretches or strengthening exercises and continually seeking new science based information to be up to date in the latest medical knowledge.
Colleen has experience in addressing:
-Musculoskeletal injuries such as sprains, strains and whiplash
-Overuse injuries like frozen shoulder, plantar fasciitis and tendonitis
-Postural and joint dysfunction such as head forward posture (hyperkyphosis) and fascial and muscle imbalances
-Sport and motor vehicle accident injuries
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.
Mallory Riedlinger, RMT
Mallory is a firm believer that the body heals best when it is in a state of relaxation, so her treatments incorporate a lot of flow and breathing techniques to help reduce any stress you may be holding. She is also very passionate about myofascial release techniques and working with scar tissue to help decrease any pain or restrictions they might cause.
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.
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.
Cody Cummings, RMT
In 2012 Cody successfully completed 5 years of study, and is currently writing his thesis to receive his designation and Diploma of Osteopathic Manual Practitioner DO(MP) through the British Columbia School of Osteopathic Manual Therapy Inc. Cody incorporates knowledge from osteopathy, massage therapy, and yoga philosophies to provide a clinical experience in a casual atmosphere. Cody has a general practice using manual therapy to treat everything from acute to chronic conditions, and also to facilitate health maintenance. Techniques used in the treatment are based from an osteopathic approach; cranio-sacral therapy, fascial release techniques, Muscle Energy Technique(s), visceral manipulation, and osteoarticular (joint) mobilization. These techniques aim to benefit and harmonize all systems of the body: musculoskeletal, digestive, circulatory, cardiovascular, nervous, endocrine (hormonal), and reproductive systems.
Osteopathic Manual Therapy is “A natural medicine which aims to restore function in the body by treating the causes of pain and imbalance. To achieve this goal the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner relies on the quality and finesse of his/her palpation and works with the position, mobility and quality of the tissues, Natural Medicine is a term used to convey the idea that with an osteopathic treatment, nothing is added (medications or remedies) or subtracted (surgery) from the body. Instead, the osteopathic philosophy embraces the notion that the body is naturally able to heal itself. The practitioner of Traditional Osteopathy works with the body to enhance this natural ability to self regulate and self-heal.” Canadian College of Osteopathy (website, 2012).
Clients are encouraged to prepare for the treatment by wearing comfortable clothing for the treatment (sport bra, running shorts, underwear, or swimsuit), filling out the health questionnaire before hand (at least 10-15 minutes before the treatment time starts) and being well hydrated.
Jorg Patzer, RMT
With a solid foundation in health care, including a degree in Nursing from the Red Cross Switzerland, it is clear that Jorg has a genuine passion for working with people and helping them achieve optimal health. Issues of faulty posture, dysfunctional movement patterns, tissue and joint mobility dysfunction can be treated using both active and passive modalities. His focus is on several techniques such as: Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial release, Therapist assisted stretching, Swedish Techniques and Trigger Point. Jorg has also completed a TMJ Mastery course and has worked extensively with Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
Matthew van der Giessen, RMT
My approach to massage therapy is called Somatic Patterning. It begins by paying attention to what is happening in your body right now. This includes the symptoms that you would like worked with, but also in what way your body is trying to move towards greater functionality – it’s underlying somatic patterns.
In a somatic patterning approach to massage, I draw upon a wide range of modalities that work effectively with body patterns, from very light, energetic and fluid based approaches to those that use deep, direct pressure. I choose the contributions each approach as they best support your body’s reorganization and its movement towards greater functionality.
You can expect practical and focused assessment at the beginning of your treatment series as well as periodical “check-ins” throughout the treatments to make sure that you are reaching the goals that will allow you to function more fully in life.
The problem solving approach of Somatic Patterning, along with its focus on “working with” your body makes it effective with chronic pain and injury, as well with deep energetic healing.
Fatima Hozouri R.Ac
Fatima is on parental leave until further notice.
Shekoufeh (Fatima) has finished 5 years of extensive training in Chinese Medicine in Vancouver, BC. She holds a doctor of Chinese Medicine Diploma and is currently registered as an Acupuncturist with CTCMA, the Chinese Medicine regulatory body in BC. Shekoufeh was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. Since childhood she was exposed to natural/alternative medicine through homemade decoctions and medicinal herbs. After immigrating to Canada and receiving her Bachelor of Science in Biology from UBC, Fatima soon realized that Chinese Medicine was her calling as it requires the holistic consideration of mind, body, and emotion that she was keen to develop.
This desire, along with her extensive and ongoing academic pursuits, makes Shekoufeh a passionate and effective Acupuncturist. She truly believes that every person is a unique individual with a unique story, thus has to be treated as a whole being and with an open mind.
She has a strong passion for holistic medicine. She specializes in menstrual disorders, fertility related issues, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and balancing hormones. Her other areas of expertise include digestive system issues, emotional stress (depression, anxiety), pain management, diet and nutrition.
Shekoufeh is also the owner of an online shop, making the most reliable supplements and vitamins available at http://www.nutritionboutique.ca. She also enjoys cooking with wholesome and fresh ingredients, and endeavours to stay happy and healthy by practicing Yoga regularly.
For more information about Acupuncture and her treatments please visit: www.shekoufeh-hozouri.com
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.
Brooke Corrado RMT
Registered with The College of Massage Therapy of BC, Brooke has been practicing massage therapy since 2010. Having always enjoyed pursuing goals and pushing herself physically. She decided on a career that would allow her to help people maintain an active lifestyle and reach their personal best.
Brooke aims to release chronic patterns of tension in the body by using slow deep pressure, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, and joint mobilizations. She encourages communication and breath during the massage to create a safe and effective treatment. In addition to massage therapy, Brooke believes nutrition, exercise and the mind body connection are all integral for optimal health.
Throughout her career, she has developed a keen interest in restoring body alignment to help prevent injury and repair dysfunction. She has experience working with but not limited to sports and overuse injuries, headaches, whiplash and nerve impingements. Brooke enjoys educating her clients and provides stretches and strengthening exercises to improve posture, promote recovery and create positive change.
Brooke is very passionate about animal welfare (as you can see in her photo!), and donates a portion of the proceeds of all of her treatments to the SPCA.
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.
Kate enjoys animals, music, movement and receiving massages.
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.
Jenn Sharman, RMT
Jenn believes that transformation comes through deep relaxation; that healing happens when the therapist and patient are present and tuned-in. Her treatments focus on calming the nervous system to allow the release of both physical and mental tension. She uses a variety of evidence-based techniques and depths of pressure to meet the specific needs of the individual.
Jenn’s patients have benefited greatly from treatments that address stress, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, injury recovery, neck and back pain. She has also taken additional training in pregnancy massage and enjoys helping women feel at ease and comfortable throughout their pregnancy.
Jenn graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy’s 3000-hour program and was awarded first place by the Registered Massage Therapist’s Association of BC for her case study on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Combining her passion for anatomy and the benefits of deep relaxation, Jenn teaches Yin yoga at Just Yoga and offers Yoga for Stress Relief workshops here at Qi. Click on our events calendar and visit www.jennsharman.ca for more information.
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 gynaecological 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.AC
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 counselling.
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.
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.