Meet Our Team
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”.
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.
I have always believed that having a healthy mind, body and spirit is the best way to achieve optimal health and performance. These interconnected aspects of what makes us a complete healthy person however are often challenged by the everyday stressors we can experience in life. I have found massage therapy to be an extremely beneficial modality to help navigate and even help alleviate these stressors by allowing us to reconnect to our bodies.
Growing up I was introduced to various types of therapeutic modalities from Chiropractic, Applied Kinesiology, Naturopathic Medicine, Homeopathy, Acupuncture and the value of physical exercise in my life. My early experiences helped me in developing a sense of how a “whole body” holistic approach improves and enhances my being both mentally and physically.
After spending a year at Quest University in Squamish, British Columbia pursuing a liberal arts and sciences degree my interest in the healing arts called out to me. With this in mind, I decided to attend the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy and completed it’s rigorous 3000 hour program in April 2016. I wrote my provincial board examinations in September 2016 for my Registered License and passed on my first attempt.
I was drawn to massage therapy in particular because I truly believe that it is a wonderful way to reconnect yourself to your body, decrease stress, and help aid in the recovery of other physical ailments. In addition, I have always had a passion for helping others and massage therapy has become a great outlet to help fulfill this passion.
My treatment style includes many different techniques such as myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, craniosacral therapy, trigger point therapy, gentle joint mobilizations, stretching, and more depending on each patient’s specific needs and how their body is presenting. My pace is usually slow and rhythmic as I use Swedish Massage techniques to help induce relaxation and support patient’s into the parasympathetic nervous system. This allows patients to fully rest and unwind while also keeping the massage effective.
I sincerely hope to be of service and support you through your health and wellness journey!
Having lived an active lifestyle my entire life, it has been inevitable that various injuries are something I’ve dealt with. I have experienced success in getting better and back to my activities through various manual therapies and was drawn to massage therapy. What I like about massage specifically is the hands-on time and the ability to affect real change in the quality of life for my clients.
After taking a few years off after high school to travel, volunteer, & work in customer service (mainly in the coffee industry), I went on to study Registered Massage therapy at Langara College and acquired my RMT designation in 2019.
My treatment style involves a variety of techniques with a focus on Swedish, trigger point therapy, active/assisted stretching techniques, and a focus on home care to empower the client in their healing process and work towards their goals.
In my own sports endeavours, I have played various sports including hockey and soccer competitively and currently pursue long distance trail and road running competitively. When not at work, I can be found either running the North Shore trails, on my road bike, or exploring one of Vancouver’s many third-wave coffee shops.
I’ve always have been fascinated with technology, natural health, and spirituality. Today we are living in an age where all three play a vital role in achieving the optimum state of well being for ourselves and our families. My desire to introduce leading edge health methodologies to the people of Greater Vancouver was the motivation to create The Foundation of Integrated Health, May of 2005.
After completing high school, I graduated from McTavish Business College in Edmonton, Alberta. For several years after this time, I had the privilege of working with the Mayor of Edmonton both as his administrative assistant in his small business ventures and personal secretary for the City of Edmonton.
In 1981 after my 2 children were in school, it was time to go back to work and learn a new career. I was introduced to the chiropractic profession in the Okanagan Valley and hired as a “receptionist.”
I quickly learned 2 things: 1. My work was much more than that of a receptionist and 2. Practitioners needed to focus on their patients and not worry about their “day to day” business at the front desk.
After a few days into my new “job,” I knew there was a lot more to learn about this career but courses were far and few between! Medical Office Assistant courses were not really appropriate as I was now working with the alternative side of health care, not mainstream medicine. I learned what I could from the United States but decided we Canadians had our own ways of doing things, and that we needed a course of our own.
I put together a company called Backbone Consulting and Health Education Systems. Backbone has 4 divisions –a training division for office staff, an in office consulting department, a night school training program and a hands-on, in office training program for people wishing to learn to be a para-professional in the alternative health care field. I have trained more than 2000 people and consulted in many offices across Canada and as far away as England.
In 1988, Dr. Linda Drake called me and asked if I could help her set up her new office in North Vancouver. Our contract was for 3 months. 32 years later I am still trying to get my work done!!!!
Dr. Drake and I worked together from 1988 – 1991 when she sold her practice to Dr. Leigh. He and I worked together for 13 years. In 2001 Dr. Drake returned and the chiropractic clinic expanded into a multidisciplinary one. This was a great education for me because I learned how important it is for patients to learn about and use the services of different types of practitioners. I watched patients get better so much faster using chiropractic and the leading edge work Dr. Drake does, massage therapy, acupuncture and naturopathy. My philosophy is “IN A PERFECT WORLD ALL PATIENTS WOULD BENEFIT FROM MANY TYPES OF SERVICES. “ During this time we also set up a “direct billing” department for patients who have extended health care.
I love working with people and watch them reach their optimum health potential. I am here to manage the clinic to the best of my ability, make your experience here as pleasant as possible and most importantly, allow the practitioners to focus on what they do best, taking care of you.
I fell in love with acupuncture on a search for a natural approach to heal myself. Having been raised in a household where nutrition and physical activity were a high priority, these areas were always addressed first on the path to feeling better. Upon delving deeper into my Traditional Chinese Medicine studies, I discovered that the practice upholds a strong focus on how one’s diet and lifestyle choices can treat and prevent illness along with the use of specifically placed tiny needles.
I am a lifelong learner and graduate of the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science degree where I majored in biological sciences and minored in nutrition. Following my undergraduate degree, I continued my studies to achieve a Diploma of Acupuncture with distinction at MacEwan University. My experience in community healthcare, capacity for empathy, and interest in the pharmaceutical effects of natural health products was cultivated to a higher degree being employed as a pharmaceutical assistant for the duration of my post-secondary education. I practiced acupuncture in St. Albert, Alberta for two years before moving to the West Coast. My move to Vancouver was driven by an opportunity to continue my studies in Traditional Chinese herbs. Upon completing the required examinations to become a registered herbalist in BC, I am eager to put my herbal knowledge to use as a complement to my acupuncture practice.
My goal in the case of every patient is to achieve affordable, effective relief and natural resolution of your health concerns. I believe that my acupuncture needles have their greatest effect on the body when you can tap into your parasympathetic nervous system to rest, digest and heal, hence my deliberate gentle needling technique. I am well-versed in treating a wide variety of ailments including musculoskeletal pain, digestive concerns, facial rejuvenation and mental wellness. Over the years of searching for relief from my own condition, I have developed a particularly strong interest in treating women’s health, fertility, birth preparation, and endocrine imbalances with acupuncture, herbal remedies, and lifestyle advice.
In my time away from the clinic, you can find me running or road biking on the North Shore, playing soccer, or road tripping to ski, hike and backpack. My passion for education has led me to begin instructing future acupuncturists in Burnaby part-time. I love to cook health-consciously, feed loved ones and have consumed a pescetarian diet for the past decade. I am always itching to explore new ceremony, food, dress, celebration, architecture and an unfamiliar history in a place that is new to me. Animals of all shapes and sizes are my greatest weakness!
I thank you for choosing and trusting me to be a part of your wellness journey.
Growing up on the North Shore, I participated in many sports and active hobbies. From soccer and volleyball to running and hiking. Throughout my life I have had several different injuries and have had the opportunity to experience many different forms of rehabilitation. I have found that every modality benefited me and helped with my rehabilitation in different ways. Being able to experience the benefits of manual and active therapies for myself has encouraged a passion in me to pursue a career in this area. I was drawn to massage therapy and its ability to help heal through the combination of relaxation and therapeutic treatments.
I graduated in 2019 from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor’s of Kinesiology. I worked as a Kinesiologist for two years before I began my journey at the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in January 2021. I graduated from VCMT in August of 2022 and after completing my registration exams, I became a Registered Massage Therapist in November 2022.
During the past few years I have had the privilege to work in several different therapeutic environments such as physiotherapy, massage therapy, active rehab and chiropractic care. But I have felt drawn to the area of Massage Therapy in the way that it allows a focused and hands-on relationship between patient and therapist and the ability to encourage a holistic approach to rehabilitation. I enjoy being able to incorporate my active rehab background into my massage treatments. As an RMT, my treatments include a variety of techniques such as Swedish-relaxation massage, myofascial & neuromuscular techniques, stretching and active rehabilitation.
When I am not treating patients, you can find me running, hiking the North Shore mountains, playing soccer or reading a good book.
I look forward to being able to apply my skills to help you achieve your health goals.