CHIROPRACTORS

Chiropractor, Medical Acupuncture Dr. Shannon McEwen, B.PHE, DC
Doctor of Chiropractic
Medical Acupuncture Provider
Neurokinetic Therapy
Owner + Clinic Director

Office Hours:
Tuesday                                       2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesday                                  2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Thursday                                      8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Friday                                           8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday                                      9:00 am – 2:00 pm
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Dr. McEwen takes a functional approach to care, incorporating chiropractic principles and contemporary medical acupuncture, in order for the individual to reach their maximum potential.Her clients range from soccer moms to CEOs, infants to seniors, and weekend athletes to professional athletes.  She has also had the opportunity to be the personal therapist for International Recording Artists, traveling with them on their world tours.Dr. McEwen received a Bachelor of Physical Education and Health degree from the University of Toronto and graduated from Southern California University of Health Science at the top of her class with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree.Her constant thirst for knowledge and passion for healing complements her personal approach to care, looking at the entire person and treating each case as unique.  She performs a thorough assessment of the structural and functional aspects of a complaint and uses this information to provide the most relevant and effective treatment for each individual.  She treats those seeking care for a wide range of conditions from acute injuries to supportive care for chronic conditions.
Dr. Laura Thompson
Doctor of Chiropractic

Office Hours:
Monday                   8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday                   8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Wednesday             8:00 am –  2:00 pm
Thursday                 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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Dr. Thompson’s approach to practice is patient centered and evidence based care, focusing on improving function and relieving pain. She performs a thorough history and physical assessment with every new patient in order to understand and address the source of pain and dysfunction rather than just treating the symptoms.

Dr. Thompson is from Antigonish, Nova Scotia, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics from St. Francis Xavier University before completing her chiropractic studies at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto.

She is passionate about improving patients’ knowledge through ongoing education and individualized treatment plans that provide them with the tools to become active participants in their own health and wellbeing. In order to best serve her patients, she utilizes a combination of techniques including diversified chiropractic manipulation and mobilization, myofascial release techniques, rehabilitative exercise, and education.

Dr. Thompson enjoys treating patients of all ages and in all stages of life, and has experience treating diverse patient groups including athletes, children, seniors, and those dealing with ongoing and overlapping health conditions. She is also a lifelong athlete (although much more recreational these days!) and has a special love of all things soccer-related.

NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS

Arlene, naturopath Dr. Arlene Dubier, ND
Naturopathic Doctor & Birth Doula

Office Hours:
Monday 8am – 2pm
Thursday 2pm – 7pm
Saturday 9am – 3pm (once per month)
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Meet Dr. Arlene, ND and Birth Doula! Her mission is to advocate for each person to put themselves and their health first by identifying health goals, barriers and coming up with a treatment plan that is sustainable and long-term.
She has a strong interest in hormonal health, including fertility, preconception care and pregnancy. Ultimately, helping womxn thrive during each season of life!

While treatment always involves lifestyle recommendations (ie. stress-management, movement and diet), she may work with you to treat symptoms with botanical medicine, nutritional therapy and Traditional Chinese medicine while building on the foundations of health.

Laura Von Hagen, ND Dr. Laura von Hagen, MSc, ND
Naturopathic Doctor

On maternity leave until September 1, 2021
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Dr. Laura von Hagen, MSc, ND has a strong clinical focus in hormones, prenatal care, and fertility. As a Naturopathic Doctor, she has a passion for providing excellent, evidence-based integrated care. Dr. von Hagen fundamentally believes in empowering her patients on their fertility journey and helping them achieve their ultimate goal, healthy pregnancy and baby. She offers a wide range of services including acupuncture, customized nutrition plans, and herbal supplementation. Outside of the clinic, she loves to spend her free time biking, running, swimming, basically anything outdoors! Dr. von Hagen is also a board member for Conceivable Dreams- The OHIP for IVF Coalition.
Dr Aaron Zadek, B.Sc (Hon), ND, CISSN
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
Certified Sport Nutritionist

Office Hours:

Appointments available with advance booking

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Dr. Zadek has a strong passion for sports medicine. He uses an evidence based approach to provide individualized sport therapy and nutrition. He has experience working with athletes in a variety of sports including long and short distance runners, competitive swimmers, dancers, minor league hockey and football, cyclists and professional fighters (MMA/boxing). Dr. Zadek also travels as an onsite therapist and nutritionist for professional mixed martial artists; supervising their physical and mental preparation for competition, weight management, in-fight repairs and post-fight therapy.

Concussion management is an important part to Aaron`s practice. He emphasizes the importance of proper baseline testing before and after impact to ensure safe return to play. He uses a multi-discipline approach to treatment including nutrition, lifestyle modifications and physical medicine.

No matter your level of athletics, weekend warrior, seasonal enthusiast, or professional competitor, Aaron will work with you to achieve your goals, improve your strength, endurance and performance while helping promote recovery and injury prevention.

OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE

Sherry Essnaashari
Osteopath

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Sherry Essnaashari brings over 20 years of experience in health and wellness as a versatile, multidisciplinary practitioner.

She is delighted to be providing reflexology and osteopathic treatments here at Upper Beaches Health and Wellness! Manual Osteopathy is an effective hands-on therapy that utilizes mobilization techniques, along with palpation, muscle energy, fascia, visceral, active release, cranial sacral and soft tissue therapies to remove restrictions, reduce pain, inflammation, while improving range of motion and flexibility. Manual osteopathy is a gentle, holistic and safe choice for addressing many conditions and for general wellness.

Reflexology is a relaxing and effective treatment that is done usually on the feet. By stimulating the various points on the feet, organs and structure function at their optimal.

Her customized, holistic, and caring approach has helped people of all ages. Sherry is also a licensed homeopath and teaches at the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine. Sherry is an active community member, dedicated to enhancing work life balance and quality of life.

She is experienced in treating both acute and chronic conditions. Her areas of specialty include nervous system disorders, sports medicine, hormonal issues, skeletal system imbalances.

As a registered practitioner, treatments are covered by most insurance plans.

PHYSIOTHERAPISTS & MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE

DabramoXsenia-0797 Xsenia D’Abramo, BMR, PT
Physiotherapist
Medical Acupuncture Provider
Neurokinetic Therapy
Anatomy in Motion

Office Hours:
Monday                8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday                8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Wednesday          2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Thursday              8:00 am – 2:00 pm
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Xsenia takes a functional approach to care with hands-on therapy and movement based treatment being the primary focus.

Xsenia incorporates Neurokinetic Therapy® among other functional assessment tools in order to best identify the root of the problem. Through a series of resequencing poor motor patterns, paired with exercise prescription, she is able to formulate a client specific treatment plan to most effectively help her clients meet their goals.

Xsenia is a graduate of the University of Manitoba – Bachelors of Medical Rehabilitation Physiotherapy and is committed to continuing education to keep up to date with the latest assessment and treatment techniques in order to provide the best quality of care for her clients.

She has experience treating multiple orthopaedic conditions, sports related injuries, pre & post-operative conditions, and neurological disorders. Having treated people of all ages and walks of life, she enjoys working with athletes, and in particular, loves working with lifters.

Outside of work, Xsenia is passionate about powerlifting and has recently become certified in Pre-Script Level 1 – a comprehensive coaching course that incorporates the fundamentals of Mobility-Stability-Strength™ to optimize movement and prevent future injuries. Xsenia is also an avid soccer player, and has been playing for over 20 years. She loves to travel, cycle and enjoys all outdoors activities.

Scott Symonds, MSCPT, BKin
Physiotherapist
APTEI acupuncture provider
Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)
Neurokinetic Therapy™
Vestibular Rehabilitation

Office Hours:
Monday                         2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesday                   7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday                            7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday                       8:00 am – 3:00 pm
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Scott uses a full body, integrated approach to assessment and treatment. He uses a full body movement screen (SFMA), thorough history, palpation, and Neurokinetic Therapy to find the origin of pain rather than just treat the symptoms. Scott is genuinely intrigued by the complexity of the body, how it moves, and why we have pain. He loves inspiring change and helping people get the results they deserve. Our habits (good and bad) shape our bodies and how they function. Previous injuries, surgeries and scars create global compensation patterns that may not be evident until many years later.

Scott believes in a hands-on approach to treatment. His treatment sessions utilize various soft tissue techniques (including fascial release), joint mobilization, muscle activation/re-training, education and lifestyle modification. The goal of treatment sessions are to reduce pain, improve movement patterns, and most importantly, educate and empower a better understanding of your body as it relates to pain and dysfunction.

Scott graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy. He is constantly seeking out continuing education opportunities to grow his skill set and clinical knowledge. He is particularly interested in finding solutions to chronic problems, treating vestibular issues (dizziness, vertigo), improving quality of life and exercise performance.

Meaghan MacNeil, MSCPT, BKin
Physiotherapist
Acupuncture Provider

Office Hours:
Tuesday 8 am – 7 pm
Thursday 8 am – 7 pm
Satuday 9 am – 2 pm
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Meaghan believes in a functional approach to care where your individual goals are her primary focus. She is passionate about guiding clients in reaching these goals by using a variety of hands on techniques. She utilizes her experience in manual therapy, acupuncture and exercise prescription to address the route of pain and dysfunction. Meaghan encourages autonomy and empowers her patients through education and self-management strategies. Her treatment is highly focused on maintaining effects of therapy and preventing re-injury.

Meaghan has experience working with many different populations. She treats high-level professional athletes and recreational athletes of all ages. She has several years of experience working with child and youth athletes involved in hockey, soccer, basketball, dance and cheerleading to name a few. She has treated patients ranging in age from 1-100 years old, but has specific interest in sport injuries (including concussion), paediatrics and women’s health.

She is continually progressing her practice through courses in functional orthopaedics, acupuncture and concussion rehabilitation. She hopes to complete courses in pelvic health and pre/post natal physiotherapy in the coming months.

Meaghan graduated from Queen’s University with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy. Prior to that, she completed a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology at Acadia University where she focused her studies in exercise physiology and athletic therapy.

Outside of the clinic, Meaghan enjoys travelling, exercise and time spent with friends and family. She is a retired athlete herself and loves finding time to run, swim or bike.

REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPISTS

Samantha H Samantha Harman
Registered Massage Therapist

Office Hours:
Monday        8am – 2pm
Wednesday   8am – 2pm
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I am a firm believe in living a healthy active lifestyle and staying mobile. During my time at York University, I played varsity hockey and rugby and worked as a strength coach. During this time I learned the value of staying physically active, as well as the importance of maintenance and treatment in injury prevention and recovery. I received my bachelors in kinesiology and moved on to study Massage therapy at Sutherland-Chan Massage School. After my time in school, I travelled to Banff and spent my time snowboarding and learning how to slow things down. I enjoy helping my clients prevent injury and manage pain while returning to their active lifestyles or return to sport. I look forward to treating you!
IMG_2974 Juancho Gotera
Registered Massage Therapist

Office Hours:
Wednesday   2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Thursday       2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday       9:00 am – 3:00 pm
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Juancho is a graduate of Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic in Toronto and is registered as an active member with the CMTO (College of Massage Therapists of Ontario) as well as the RMTAO (Registered Massage Therapist Association of Ontario).  Juancho is also trained in Level 1 Reiki and is also a certified hypnotist (C.H.) and a Neurolinguistic Programming Practitioner (NLP.P).   In his time practicing as an RMT, Juancho has worked with clients with a variety of pathologies/conditions including pre- & post-natal clients, cancer patients, clients with fibromyalgia, athletes with joint injuries/pain, as well clients with scoliosis.While he primarily focuses on therapeutic massage, Juancho is also able to perform relaxation massage, hot stone massage as well as aromatherapy and myo-fascial release.  As part of a client’s health regimen, Juancho includes different forms of self-care that includes stretching, exercises as well as hydrotherapy.  Juancho believes that massage is a powerful form of therapy that can help with a variety of ailments.

Wensy Wong
Registered Massage Therapist
Neurokinetic Therapy™
Anatomy in Motion

On maternity leave until September 1, 2021
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I was always certain of two things: I want to help people better themselves and, through my work, help them realize their potential. Whether I was working in the fitness, rehabilitative, or beauty and makeup industry, I felt most fulfilled when I was able to help clients build confidence in themselves and their abilities. Drawing on my skills and experience in these industries, and having an affinity to working with my hands, I made the leap to become a manual therapist, and have loved every moment since.

You don’t have to live with pain
Everyone experiences pain at some point and it can be debilitating. I started experiencing pain from occupational demands in my early adulthood. Pain became a part of my life and I thought it was normal. As I incorporated more fitness and sports, new injuries surfaced and they compounded over time. I found out through my work as a massage therapist, this was due to postural compensations, poor body awareness and movement patterns. Whether you’re experiencing pain or limitations from post-surgery, occupational demands, sport injuries, don’t let a minor setback deter you from a major comeback!

My Approach
Being attentive, patient, and understanding to clients’ needs carries over to building a great practice today. Clients may have similar symptoms but the underlying issues are distinctive of one another. This is why I don’t rely on cookie-cutter methods when treating clients, rather my approach focuses on the global picture of symptoms, compensations, and history being presented. This allows me to cultivate a more effective treatment. My treatment approach is to help you feel better, recover faster, restore function, improve movement patterns and continue with injury prevention.My integrated treatment approach comprises of, but is not limited to, deep tissue massage, myofascial release, medical acupuncture, movement assessment, and Rocktape.

After-hours
When I’m not treating clients, I love to explore movement-based training and teaching yoga. I make a conscious effort to strive for growth and resilience in my practice. Having worked years in rehabilitative clinics, I see value in combining the experience and knowledge of practitioners in various disciplines. I take courses, workshops, and seminars across North America, as I am committed to continue my journey to provide my clients with the best treatment possible.

Bachelor of Kinesiology McMaster University
CMTO Registered Massage Therapist
Contemporary and Medical Acupuncture McMaster University
Neurokinetic Therapy Level II Certified
Rocktape Functional Movement Taping Level II
Lois Laynee Restorative Breathing
Myokinematic Restoration PRI Institute
Pelvis Restoration PRI Institute
Certified Yoga Teacher Frog Lotus Yoga

Kate Nightingale

Kate Nightingale
Registered Massage Therapist

Office Hours:
Monday 8am-2pm
Tuesday 2pm-7pm
Thursday 8am-2pm
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Kate is dedicated to understanding her client’s individual needs and treatment goals through client-centred communication, assessments, and soft tissue therapy. Through her use of deep tissue techniques, trigger point release, fascial techniques and joint play, Kate is committed to providing evidence based treatment to promote healing and stress reduction.

She can provide pregnancy massage, deep tissue treatment, and relaxation massage. Kate is a firm believer in ongoing learning and professional development. She is focused on adding new techniques to evolve her practice to meet the needs of her clients and community.

Kate has a Honours Bachelor of Science degree from University of Toronto and was trained at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy to pursue a rewarding career in health and wellness. Her interests in the human body and it’s systems flourished and informed Kate’s approach to her client’s health and well-being.

PSYCHOTHERAPY

Vaishali Patel
Registered Psychotherapist

Office Hours:
Monday          8:00 am – 2:00 pm
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Vaishali Patel is a Registered Psychotherapist working in private practice in Downtown Toronto. She has been counselling since 2003, and worked in the field of Employee Assistance Programming (EAP) for more than six of those years, gaining experience and a greater understanding of the importance of work life balance, and overall wellness of individuals

Vaishali has waged a personal and professional battle against Superwoman Syndrome. In the past decade she has gone through a number of life transitions, nothing tragic or traumatic, but ones that caused her focus on wellness to shift (marriage, moving, having children, changing jobs). Although she was a therapist the whole time, she found that it was difficult to keep an eye on her own self care even though she was encouraging others to do so for themselves. Having this experience, she realized that many women with families and careers have similar experiences, and decided to develop a practice that help individuals like herself move forward when they’ve veered off their paths to wellness. Vaishali feels that it’s not realistic to help anyone strive to have it all. Her goal instead is to help them “have what you love and love what you have.”

In addition to psychotherapy, Vaishali runs RAW (Revealing Authentic Women) Support Circles– where women meet to discuss issues relevant to their lives, support each other, and practice living authentically; and good for you Ladies Night Outs– evening social events with activities, discussion, food, and wine that will send you home happier and healthier. She also provides workshops on topics such as how to tackle perfectionism, managing role strain, having realistic expectations, cultivating self worth, implementing self-care, and creating boundaries.

For more information about Vaishali’s practice go to www.servinghumanwellbeing.com or contact her at vpatel@servinghumanwellbeing.com.

TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE ACUPUNCTURE

Jessica Tan
Registered Acupuncturist
Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner

Office Hours:
Tuesday         2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Friday             8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday        9:00 am – 3:00 pm (alternating)
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Jessica is a dedicated and compassionate practitioner who respects the unique concerns of each patient. Her gentle approach provides a calming atmosphere for patients to deeply restore body and mind amidst the stress of daily life. She believes that deep healing stems from an exploration of self, and she strives to keep a safe and comfortable space for patients to speak their truth.

Jessica’s interest in Chinese medicine started at a young age, where visits to a skilled Chinese medicine practitioner instilled within her a deep trust and fascination in the healing arts. She is a graduate of TSTCM (Toronto School of Traditional Chinese medicine), working with patients and their wide-variety of concerns since 2013, including:

  • Insomnia/Sleep Disorders
  • Depression/Trauma Recovery
  • Chronic or sudden Muscle tension/pain
  • Cancer Support
  • PCOS
  • Menstrual Pain
  • Headaches/ Migraines
  • Acne
  • Alopecia Areata
  • Concussion Recovery
  • Hot Flashes/ Menopausal care
  • Palliative care
  • Bell’s Palsy

House-calls or hospice visits available upon special request.