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.
Dr Sarah Creasor, DC
Dr. Sarah Creasor is a chiropractor from Parry Sound, Ontario. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Guelph, and then attended the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College where she received her Doctor of Chiropractic.
Sarah’s love for movement and the human body began at a young age through her participation in a variety of sports. She excelled in Nordic skiing and horseback riding which led her to compete in both sports at the varsity level. Sarah’s experience as an athlete gave her firsthand exposure to injury management, rehabilitation, and improving athletic performance. As an athlete, Sarah sought chiropractic care to help her deal with injuries and return to competition. This positive experience helped shape her career as a chiropractor.
Through training and clinical experience, Sarah has developed a well-rounded approach to treating both chronic and acute injuries. She employs a combination of hands-on therapy, such as manipulation, mobilization, and soft tissue therapy, along with exercise and lifestyle advice to help her patients. She works with each person to tailor a specific plan to help them achieve their fitness or lifestyle goals and get back to doing what they love.
Sarah has a deep love of the outdoors, and when not in clinic you can find her exploring local areas by foot, water, bike, or skis.
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.
Being involved in competitive sports since a young age, Sean was exposed to the benefits of manual therapy and functional strength training and how they could not only improve performance, but also work to prevent injury in his athletic endeavours by keeping his body balanced and mobile.
Sean believes that a combination of manual therapy and a simple, consistent functional movement practice can allow pretty much anyone to live a healthy, happy, pain-free life, while still pushing and striving to accomplish new physical milestones.
Graduating from the First College Massage Therapy Program in August 2023, Sean is eager and excited to share his knowledge, skills and passion for movement with his patients to give them the best care possible.
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
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.
Courtney Raja, BHK
Courtney graduated from the University of British Columbia Okanagan in May 2022 with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics with a specialization in Clinical Exercise Physiology.
She was born and raised in Kelowna and continues to appreciate the beautiful environment and many outdoor activities that this city has to offer. Growing up in the Okanagan allowed her to enjoy skiing in the winter months and exploring new places through camping in the summer months. Living a healthy and active lifestyle has always been important to her and is what drew her to study Human Kinetics. Throughout her education she learned how crucial movement is for physical and mental well-being and she looks forward to helping others connect with their bodies through movement and exercise as she begins her career in Kinesiology.
Courtney is continuing her education to pursue a career in Osteopathy to further her understanding of the holistic workings of the human body. Studying the manual practice of Osteopathy has been a dream of hers for many years and is excited to be finally beginning school. Her goal is to help others to feel less pain and to feel more comfortable in their bodies so that they can thrive in their day to day.