Meet the Practitioners


Dr. Linda Drake, D.C.

Chiropractor, Homeopathic PhysicianNorth Vancouver wellness centre

From a very young age, I knew I wanted to be in the health field. My Mom was disabled as a teenager; however, she never let it stop her from doing what she wanted to do – curling, tennis and hiking – even though it resulted in some degree of pain. Her life demonstrated that disabilities can be overcome with strength and humour and I have taken her example to heart.

I chose chiropractic as a profession as it is both a science and an art, which has allowed me to utilize both my intellect and my creative side.

I graduated from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1983, opening a practice both in North Vancouver with Dr. Russ Manson and my own practice in Whistler which I ran from 1983-1988. Long hours and the stress of commuting took its toll on my hands and I decided to take a well deserved rest. Dr. James Leigh took over my practice at this time and "while resting," nature took its course and our first child, Riva was born. One year later, I sold my practice to Dr. Leigh and continued to work from home and in due course, Alia, our second daughter was born to complete our family. I continued with my studies in Applied Kinesiology, Body Integration, and Cranial Osteopathy as well as attaining my 4 year Homeopathic Diploma, studying with Murray Feldman and another 2 year certificate with Louis Klein. I am eternally grateful for my homeopathic knowledge and especially for the gift of "listening."

In early 2001, I went back to work with Dr. James Leigh and was instrumental in developing the North Shore Wellness Center, which most of the North Shore community identifies me with. However, Dr. Leigh sold his practice and moved to Victoria in the summer of 2004, and this changed the direction that NSWC was heading. This precipitated this very recent change to the "Foundation for Integrated Health," a new concept clinic based on the work of Dr. John Brimhall, of Mesa, Arizona. In Feb, 2005, I took the opportunity to certify in this work and was the first to do so in BC.

Each human being heals themselves by first increasing their level of conscious awareness, and then acting on this knowledge. My vision has always been to create an integrated health clinic that recognizes the healing potential of each individual, and to gather a group of the most skilled alternative healers available to marshal this deep healing ability. Using the best of what "science" has to offer, and marrying this with new ideas and new technologies especially in the field of "energy medicine", I believe that we have accomplished much towards this goal. I will continue to push the frontiers of the "new medicine" that I believe is the medicine of the future.

We all welcome you to the clinic, if you are new here, and welcome you back if you haven't seen me for a while. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your "journey".

Linda


Dr. Aleem Remtulla, B.Sc., D.C. Aleem 2018

Chiropractor, Concussion Management


I was born and raised in North Vancouver and grew up playing and loving many sports, especially hockey. This interest in sports always pushed me to become a more improved athlete through conditioning and rehabilitation to keep my body in optimal condition.

With my educational interests mainly in science, I moved up North to Prince George, BC to obtain my Bachelors of Science Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). While studying at UNBC, I continued to participate in many sports such as hockey, volleyball, badminton, squash, and tennis, which I still actively partake in today. This reserved my interest in the science of the human body. As a focused student I began to think about my future prospects; however, was still unsure as to which occupation could combine my passion for overall health and wellness.

In 2008, my final year and semester at UNBC, I participated in an exchange program in Sweden and immediately after this time I backpacked through Europe with a friend. On my journey through parts of Europe, I saw many different health clinics which were directed more towards a hands-on approach rather than a medicinal approach. This proved to be the go-to form of health care in those regions. Here is where I decided that this was the form of care that I wanted to be a part of.

After returning home, I graduated from UNBC and immediately began researching the field of Chiropractics. I started by volunteering at clinics and applied to the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto (CMCC).

After graduating from CMCC in June 2014, I am very happy to be back in North Vancouver where my family lives and where I always wanted to establish myself. As a Chiropractor, I am thoroughly excited to continue learning and putting my knowledge to use in helping patients obtain the optimal health that each individual deserves.

I am grateful to be a part of the Foundation for Integrated Health team and look forward to helping you reach your personal health goals, whether it is due to pain, injuries, sports related recovery and conditioning, or overall functionality.

Aleem


Alia Ridley, RMT Massage therapy north Vancouver

Registered Massage Therapist

I believe having a healthy mind, body and soul is the best way to achieve optimal health and performance. The interconnected aspects of what makes us a complete healthy person ate often challenged by the everyday stressors in life.

Growing up I was introduced to various kinds of therapeutic modalities from chiropractic, Applied Kinesiology, naturopathic medicine, homeopathy and the value of physical exercise in my life. All of my early experiences helped me in developing a sense of how a “whole body” attitude and natural healing improves and enhances my being both mentally and physically.

I became interested in massage therapy because I truly believe that it is a wonderful way to reconnect yourself to your body and decrease the stress and other physical ailments that life may be presenting to you. I have always had a passion for helping others and massage therapy has become a great outlet to help fulfill this passion.

After spending a year at Quest University in Squamish pursuing a liberal arts and sciences degree my interest in healing arts called out to me. This shift enabled me to realize that massage therapy would be a great profession for me. With this in mind, I decided to attend the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy and graduated April, 2016. I will be writing my board exams in September 2016 for my Registered License.

I am very excited to begin my career and look forward to learning and furthering my skills as I work with my clients to enhance and assist them in improving their health and lives.

Alia Ridley


Madeleine (Mally) Westlake, RMT Massage therapy north Vancouver

Registered Massage Therapist

I am truly passionate about filling my life to the brim with passion, kindness and happiness. As it so happens, massage therapy fills those categories for me as a career in a very fulfilling and rewarding way.

I have been drawn to massage my entire life, though my deep interest in people and their health, and by means of my upbringing in a nurturing home on Vancouver Island. My mother introduced me to massage upon which it soon became a staple of our household that we’d trade (and still do) among the two of us. Once I had made this realization, the decision to pursue Massage Therapy as a career seemed natural and fitting.

After completing the 3000-hour program here in Vancouver and passing my board exams, I have been focusing on growing my practice and skills and am so thrilled to have found such a wonderful calling.

I truly enjoy working with each person I see to help them towards their personal health and wellness goals and I feel there is a strong connection between a thriving physical and mental well-being that massage therapy can help obtain.

My style of treatment tends to incorporate varying massage therapy techniques such as: trigger point therapy, myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, stretches, and more, based on the patient’s goals, needs, and preferences. I also incorporate a slow and flowing type of Swedish massage of varying depth so as to assist with muscular relaxation and support a healthy nervous system. Prior to every treatment I do a careful assessment to create the best treatment plan and ensure personalized homecare advice post treatment that focuses on his or her specific needs.

I look forward to meeting and helping you towards your health, fitness and wellness goals in the future.

Madeleine (Mally)


Theresa Pasaluko, RMTMassage therapy north Vancouver

Registered Massage Therapist

Two of my life passions are yoga and music, both of which I have been practicing for many years. I decided to explore massage therapy in 2015 after having treatment for an injury of my own. I was very drawn to the creative element of composing flowing sequences, as well as being able to apply my love of movement, and the mind-body connection to create treatments centered around the individuality of each client. Upon learning in- depth, the practice of massage therapy, I fell even more in love with the anatomy and physiology of the human body and how naturally it aligned with my passions. I believe in providing a positive outlook, a calming nature and a focused intention to facilitate the healing process so my clients may return to their daily activities, and improve their quality of life.

I graduated in 2018 from the Victoria, BC campus of the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. I recently moved to North Vancouver, and am very excited to set up my practice and become part of the community.

I have gained valuable experience by treating a wide variety of patients with various conditions and pathologies, some of which include; shoulder impingement, muscle tension, tendonitis, scar release, adhesive capsulitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, low back pain, sprains and strains, headaches, whiplash, plantar fasciitis, postural related concerns and reduced range of motion. I have had the opportunity to work with populations such as athletes, pregnancy and postpartum, as well as systemic and neurological conditions. The modalities for treatment with me may include; Swedish massage, joint mobilization, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, active stretching and breathing techniques. My treatment focus is meant to address the client’s primary area of concern while maintaining holistic approach for overall wellbeing.

I look forward to meeting you and collaborating to create a treatment plan that will help you progress towards your health and wellness goals to help you live your best life.

Theresa


Rebecca Gorgitza, RMTMassage therapy north Vancouver

Registered Massage Therapist

At a young age, my curiosity and interest for bodywork and healthcare prompted me to pursue a career in massage therapy. After participating in many weekend long massage courses, I did my training at the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in Vernon, BC. Since the completion of my degree in 2015, I have worked in both wellness spa and therapeutic clinical environments. I have had the pleasure of working with many different populations in small athletic towns, industrial regions, and metropolitan areas across BC.

I believe in the importance of injury prevention and timely treatment - nobody wants to take a day off of doing the things they love or need to do because of pain! I also believe in the value of relaxation in healing the body, and promoting wellbeing and happiness - sometimes you do need to take an hour or a day for yourself to rest and heal.

Now finally back to my coastal roots, I’m happy to call the North Shore my home. You may see me on a Cypress ski lift, the trails of Lynn Valley, or monkeying around in an acro-yoga class! Joining in this active, health conscious, and ambitious community has been an absolute dream and I'm keen to share my skills!

You can expect a combination of therapeutic massage with relaxation techniques suited to be effective and enjoyable.

I look forward to serving this community and working with you!

Rebecca