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. Paul Diwana, D.C. North Vancouver wellness centre

Chiropractor


I was born in Saskatchewan, and as I grew up, my family moved west to British Columbia. I completed my B.Sc. in Biology from University of British Columbia. After graduation I had a decision to make for my line of further studies. I always wanted to help people and care for them, therefore choosing the field of health care was easy, and I found out quickly that Chiropractic agreed best with my philosophy of healthcare.

Chiropractors are health care providers who treat patients without drugs or surgery and help the community maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. The body has an innate ability to heal itself provided that there is no interference with the nervous system. Chiropractic naturally removes that interference allowing the body to function at its optimal potential.

I attended Life West Chiropractic College in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, and completed my Doctor of Chiropractic Degree with the highest distinction, Summa-Cum-Laude. I was also honoured with a place on The National Dean's List.

I worked for 6 years as an Associate Doctor of Chiropractic in Washington State. I gained valuable experience of providing Chiropractic care and saw the healing power of the body naturally, without drugs or surgery. My post graduate technique training includes Activator Methods Advanced Proficiency and Brimhall's Wellness techniques (percussor, cold laser and adjustor).

Finally the pull of the home brought me back to BC and I am thrilled to be here. With me I have brought the experience of providing care from infants to the elderly as well as helping the patients recover from work and auto injuries.

I am excited to be a part of the energetic and motivated team here at the Foundation for Integrated Health.


Dr. Aleem Remtulla, D.C. Headshot

Chiropractor


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)


Arline Mills

Specialized Kinesiology, Nutritional Stress Testing

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As a child, I would sit in a bed of roses and inhale the aroma, eat directly from the berry and veggie patches, climb trees and chew the grass – in essence, connect with the earth and figure out what made my body feel good. Having had some health challenges in my early years I became more interested in taking care of myself and my health. When I was introduced to Specialized Kinesiology, I was fascinated by how moving energy internally was able to make healing changes and shifts in me and therefore greatly improving my health. This ignited a passion in me to help others improve their health.

I have been actively involved in this field of therapy for over 16 years, and have completed over 1200 hours in various modalities which include Touch for Health, Applied Physiology, Neuro Organizational Technique, SIPS and Brain Integration to name a few. My instructors have come from all parts of the world.

I have a special interest in working with the emotional/ psychological connection with the body. Muscle testing is a direct connection with your brain – your own central computer, which understands you and controls every system in your body. The body responds by giving biofeedback through the quality of muscle response. A weakened response directs us to correct the imbalance thus allowing energy to flow properly so that your body will heal itself.

I love the creativity of this work because we are all uniquely different and have different reasons for our health issues. I love to empower and facilitate the clients that I work with so they will make the necessary emotional and physical shifts to improve themselves and their health.

The feedback from my clients on how their experience of healing has greatly transformed their lives has motivated me to continue educating myself as much as I can in this modality.

In my spare time, I enjoy increasing my knowledge of cooking, especially using healthy ingredients and ethnic ……and enjoying food with my friends and family. Traveling the world is also important, experiencing different cultures……. I also like to drive "hot cars".

"An Integrated Body and Mind will give a Colourful Happy Soul"

Arline


Marie Luckhart

Reflexology and Ideal Protein

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I am pleased to announce that after 30 years of working in the health and wellness field, I have found my passion with Reflexology.Over the past decade, I have pursued my education to the level of Master of Reflexology which allows me to provide therapeutic sessions using Foot, Hand and Ear Reflexology.

Reflexology is the application of pressure techniques to the hands, feet or ears to stimulate specific reflex areas with the intention of producing a beneficial response in other parts of the body. These techniques stimulate pressure sensors along the body’s meridians via the central nervous system, triggering a relaxation response which allows your body to function optimally and begin to heal itself. Reflexology encourages good health, aids the lymphatic system to eliminate accumulated toxins, promotes relaxation, eases pain, helps to prevent dis-ease and generally improves quality of life for everyone from newborn to elderly.

As the saying goes, you’re only as old as you feel; and there is nothing like taking positive steps to give you a sense of choice in the aging process. By the very act of seeking to ensure healthy aging you will take control and embrace the concept of working toward optimal well-being. You will know you are on the right track when you utilize the benefits of Reflexology. Research as well as personal success stories demonstrate that Reflexology can create a positive change in the body thus improving the functioning of virtually every organ and therefore making a positive difference in how we age.

Reflexology research shows that reflexology sessions are safe for everyone and achieve positive results, improves body function, and enhances the effectiveness of medication, homeopathy, chiropractic, Reiki, physiotherapy, etc. . Reflexology also aides in recovery from illness or surgery, alleviates pain, migraines, constipation, inflammatory responses and other troublesome symptoms in patients of all ages.

Incorporating regular Reflexology sessions into your everyday life at an early age can bring health benefits many decades into the future. Like any positive move toward better health – it is never too late to start!

Cheers,

Marie Luckhart

KINDNESS MATTERS REFLEXOLOGY

Foot Hand and Ear Reflexology

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