Dr Marc Nimchuk, DC, MSc
Prior to chiropractic school, he worked as an exercise therapist with WCB-Alberta designing rehabilitation programs for people with workplace-related injuries ranging from back pain to post-surgical mobilization programs. There, he designed and implemented the first core strengthening protocol offered at WCB-Alberta for injured workers. He attended the University of Alberta for both his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and well as his Master’s in Health Promotion.
In addition to being a chiropractor, Dr. Nimchuk is also registered as a Certified Exercise Physiologist and he enjoys running, cycling, golf, skiing, ball hockey and trying to keep up with his better half Sheena, and their young kids.
Dr Madeleine Levine, DC
Dr. Madeleine Levine’s fascination with the human body began at a young age when she was a competitive dancer. She was intrigued with the movement of the human body and how all different structures were interrelated and interconnected. She was curious of the benefits of movement, exercise and physical activity while she was also aware of the negative consequences of injuries, which could be caused by certain movements. These interests led her to the University of British Columbia (UBC) where she was enrolled in the Bachelor of Kinesiology program for 3 years. After her third year at UBC, she was accepted to the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) where she was immersed in courses such as anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, orthopaedics, clinical diagnosis and radiology. After 4 years of study, Madeleine received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree, graduating Cum Laude, from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.
Dr. Madeleine is dedicated to the health and well-being of her patients. She uses evidence based chiropractic care to help patients minimize pain, maximize function and prevent injury. If you are suffering from an injury, increased pain or any difficulty in moving, Dr. Madeleine is here to assist you. With experience in both acute and chronic conditions such as neck and back pain, headaches, sprains and strains, postural imbalances and limited ranges of motion, Dr. Madeleine will work with you to find the cause of your problem and will be sure to deliver professional, caring and effective treatment to ease your concerns.
Outside of the clinic, you can find Dr. Madeleine practicing yoga, hiking with her golden retriever Rory, skiing in the winter months and enjoying all of the beauty that the Okanagan has to offer.
Registered Massage Therapist
Kelsey Garner, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Kelsey’s passion for Massage Therapy was sparked at a young age due to her interest in living an active and healthy lifestyle! Upon graduating from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Victoria, she made a huge move to a little town in Saskatchewan where she practiced for the past 3 years. Missing the mountains, warmer weather and lake country brought her back to BC, settling in Kelowna. Having family in the Okanagan meant almost every long weekend making the trip here from Quesnel BC when she lived while growing up. This city has always held a special place in her heart which made it an easy decision to finally call her forever home.
Fitness, happiness and health have always been top priorities in her life. Kelsey takes a special interest in deep tissue/sports massage, maternity, post mastectomy / myofascial release, headaches, neural compression syndromes (ex. sciatica) and joint issues. When indicated she incorporates kinesiology and sports taping into her treatments which she has advanced training in. She encourages her patients to be proactive in their recovery by educating them & customizing a home care plan including stretching, strengthening and remedial exercises.
Outside of the clinic Kelsey loves the outdoors, the gym/workout classes & any activity that involves bringing along her Miniature Dachshund “Sage”! Her passion for a healthy lifestyle reflects in her treatment plan to help get you living your best life! Kelsey’s treatment goals are to treat each patients condition successfully by getting to the root of the problem rather than just mask the presenting symptom.
Sara Haylow (Vis), RMT, BSc
Registered Massage Therapist
Sara has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Physiology and Anatomy from the University of Western Ontario and became a Strength and Conditioning Coach in 2011; working with a large variety of athletes ranging from no prior experience to highly competitive levels.
Sara loves making movement a centrepiece in her life. She spends a lot of her time playing various sports, doing functional movement and mobility practices and loves any and every hike she can set foot on!
She has an in-depth understanding of the complex and integrated systems of the human body, functional movement and human kinetics, and injury rehabilitation. Sara believes the majority of physical restrictions can be improved and corrected with a combination of hands-on treatment and movement re-patterning.
Sara uses a tailored approached for each patients’ unique lifestyle and enjoys focusing her RMT practice on injury rehabilitation, pain science and patient education about functional movement and the human body.
Terry Downs, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Incorporating massage therapy into my recovery and maintenance program assisted me in reducing the physical effects of training, recovering from injuries and the negative consequences of prolonged stress so that I could remain active and functional in my daily life.
I am passionate about helping others improve their physical well being. I view massage therapy as a partnership between therapist and client. Beginning with a thorough assessment; injuries, physical compensations and imbalances are evaluated. Based upon the goals of my clients and the nature of the physical limitation, a treatment plan is developed and implemented so that clients can return to their activities and daily lives with as little pain as possible.
In my free time you will find me in the outdoors volunteering with the Central Okanagan Search and Rescue, and training my certified Search and Rescue dog Chase with the BC Search Dog Association. As a trained NCCP Community Coach in cycling and triathlon, I enjoy coaching, leading cycling adventures and enjoy the many recreation activities of the Okanagan.
Emily Bissonnette, RMT, BA (Hons), BHSc
Registered Massage Therapist
Emily is originally from Kamloops, BC, but moved to the Okanagan in 1997. Growing up and participating in competitive gymnastics taught her the importance of musculoskeletal health at an early age. This experience progressed into an interest in health and wellness. By 2011, she completed the 3000-hour massage therapy diploma from the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy. After 5 years of practice, she went back to school again and completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Psychology. Emily has worked in multidisciplinary clinics, supervised Massage Therapy students, and conducted research.
All these experiences have helped her to understand how to provide client-centered care using an individualized, yet systematic approach. Techniques that Emily utilizes during her treatments may include Swedish massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, neuromuscular therapy, stretching, and/or joint mobilizations. She will also provide you with some education and homecare to empower you on your health journey.
Anna Carter, RMT
Anna completed 3 years of Human Kinetics at Okanagan College and The University of British Columbia Okanagan before she enrolled in to the massage therapy program. During her time at Okanagan College she played 2 years of post secondary basketball in which an injury cut her season short. Over the years of playing basketball Anna recognized how important it was to deal with an injury instead of continuously playing through them and making them worse which sparked her interest in massage therapy.
Being an athlete has been a major part of her life, whether she be on a court playing basketball or in the gym lifting weights, driving her passion to work with the athletic population and help people get back to the things that they love to do.
When she’s not in the clinic, you can find Anna at CrossFit or weightlifting, playing women’s league basketball, outside hiking or camping as well as spending time around horses.
Sandra Thies, RD
My name is Sandra and I am a Registered Dietitian and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. I am a huge proponent of intuitive eating and health at every size, and the learning I’ve done in these areas has guided my values and given me direction towards the kind of practitioner I want to become. I am a personal trainer and have my specialization in perinatal fitness (before, during, and after pregnancy), and I believe in accessibility and inclusivity when it comes to sweat sessions. I am intrigued with the intersections between movement and nutrition, and there’s a big gap there that needs to be filled.
I absolutely love getting to know people and being able to share the expertise I have in these areas, and I find that everyone can benefit from one or all the 10 pillars of intuitive eating – not all of them are about food… surprise.
I still struggle some days with body image and saying no to diet culture, and it’s not something that you can conquer in one month or even one year, I’ve been working on my own personal struggles in these areas since I was in middle school. My personal experiences have a huge impact on the way I want to practice in the future and the kinds of messages I want to spread to others. I like to approach body image from a place of body neutrality and weight inclusivity.
Through my own personal experience as well as my education, I help women find peace with food, movement, and their bodies. I help incorporate mindful movement and gentle nutrition strategies that help women get and stay well, in a way that is enjoyable and doable long term. I approach health with a preventative and sustainable lens, and while encouraging joyful movement and taking steps away from diet culture, ultimately, I am your support to lean on.
Administration / Kinesiology
Laurel Braun, BHK
While taking a gap year to refocus on what she was passionate about, Laurel started weight training. Through this, she was inspired to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry. With an interest in helping people regain mobility, build strength, and reduce pain, Laurel completed her Exercise Science Diploma in southern Alberta before transferring to UBCO to complete her degree.
While completing her studies, Laurel completed a practicum placement at an exercise clinic for clients who experienced mobility issues and chronic ailments. She also completed a practicum placement at a CrossFit gym in Lethbridge which gave her the opportunity to work with a variety of clients ranging from those with mobility and exercise limitations to high-performance athletes. These experiences helped solidify her decision to work as a Kinesiologist.
When she is not in the clinic, you can find Laurel in the gym, spending time with her two dogs, or cooking and baking. Laurel believes that exercise and healthy lifestyle habits can be a great tool in regaining and improving mobility and strength in addition to chronic disease prevention and treatment. She is currently in the process of attaining her CEP certification.
Emily Wasylyniuk, BHK
Growing up in small town Alberta, sports kept Emily busy from a young age through to her University career. Hockey, ringette, field hockey, volleyball, and track and field were just a few of the sports through which she found her appreciation for the human body and how it moves, heals, and performs. She is a firm believer that “movement is medicine” and that finding the right movement prescription for every individual has countless benefits on physical and mental wellbeing. Her special interest in musculoskeletal rehabilitation was sparked through her work supporting individuals with acquired traumatic brain injury at Connect Communities in Lake Country.
When not working at Momentum you will find Emily snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or living in the ice rink with the rest of the Kelowna Ringette community in the winter months. In the summer months you can find Emily on any of the beautiful trails in Kelowna for a run, hike, or mountain bike or camping in the backcountry.