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. Erica Volk, ND
She is an expert in natural, gentle, and minimally invasive therapies including clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, counseling, homeopathy, and conventional and specialized laboratory testing. Dr. Volk loves to be a “health detective” for her patients, always focusing on identifying and treating the root cause of disease. Her patients are provided education and tools to optimize their health outside of the clinic.
Dr. Volk is a board-certified, licensed naturopathic doctor with the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia and is a member in good standing with the British Columbia Naturopathic Association and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors. She completed advanced training in classical homeopathy through the New England School of Homeopathy (NESH) and is a candidate for fellowship with the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS). She is always expanding her skills and knowledge through ongoing continuing education requirements.
Prior to attending naturopathic medical school at the University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR (NUNM), Dr. Volk experienced chronic digestive issues that were not improved through conventional care. During her years in pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts in English honours at the University of Victoria, she stumbled upon the power of naturopathic medicine, which completely resolved her health issues. This experience sparked a passion for unlocking solutions to even the most stubborn health complaints, and she has been on a mission to help people feel their best ever since.
Tia Meise, RMT
Tia was born and raised in Kelowna, graduating from Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy 3000-hour program in January 2011. Over the years she has gained experience working at different clinics and has grown her practice extensively.
Tia has been dubbed the Deep Tissue Therapist of the clinic and is continually expanding her expertise through specialized courses. Some of her completed courses include Fascial Structure and Function of the Shoulder, Schweitzer’s Deep Tissue Therapy, and Infant Massage. She is also a Certified Core Confidence Instructor in relation to Pelvic Floor Dysfunction.
When she’s not elbow deep in a massage she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband whether it be camping, fishing, swimming, hiking, or walking their dog. With two little ones of her own, continuing her education in the pre and postnatal aspect of massage has become an interesting avenue she looks forward to exploring.
Tia brings a great energy to the clinic with an extensive knowledge of the human body, function, and correction. She encourages her clients to become active in their own health care, with important self-care techniques to do at home to continue their care post-treatment.
Shawna was born in Edmonton and attended The University of Alberta and Grant MacEwan College before moving to the Okanagan 13 years ago. She has developed a great sense of organization, administration, customer service, and managing skills through her career path. She has moved from working in restaurant management to owing an event planning business, called White Orchard Wedding for more than a decade. Shawna also owns a company called Okanagan Gift Boxes. Through Okanagan Gift Boxes Shawna creates beautiful boxes filled with local goodies.
Shawna has been a long-time patient of Momentum Health and Dr. Marc Nimchuk’s and was excited to join the team in 2017.
Shawna lives with her husband, Glenn, who are both involved with recreational sports in Kelowna. She plays volleyball, enjoys doing yoga, skiing, and participates in boot camp classes. Through being so active, Shawna understands how important it is to have your team of supportive healthcare professionals to keep you in your best condition possible.
Travis Irmen, RMT
Registered massage Therapist
He prefers to guide the body back to optimal alignment and balance by using Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy and a wide range of musculoskeletal techniques. He combines these modalities into a truly customized recipe for his clients to enjoy and reap the benefits from. He believes that “treatment doesn’t have to hurt to work” and uses his hands to feel exactly what the tissue needs before moving into lighter or deeper modalities.
Since graduating with honours, he has expanded his knowledge in Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy; a two-year training of cross-disciplinary studies in embryology, neurology, attachment psychology, and contemplative spiritual practice, as well as traditional anatomy and holistic somatics.
His clients appreciate his gentle, contagiously positive attitude and ease of knowledge in the health field, his ability to listen to their needs and provide safe, effective treatment and homecare.
Jadd Abboud, RAc.
This brought Jadd to Vancouver where he received a license to practice Acupuncture. This, in combination with his B.A. in Psychology is the culmination of over a decade of study. Now, as a licensed acupuncturist, Jadd has helped people with sleeping problems, digestive issues, migraines / headaches, menstrual problems, anxiety, skin problems and all sorts of body pain.
Throughout this journey, Jadd trained in cranial sacral therapy, a non- invasive, soothing therapy — and he typically incorporates this in his treatments to bring balance to the nervous system. Jadd has worked in the hospitality industry for most of his life. He understands the comfort and accommodation needed to make his patients feel at ease. He is attentive and careful to address needs in order to achieve his patient’s highest goals.
DeAnna Zein, BA Psych.
DeAnna specializes in helping individuals cope with anxiety, depression, PMDD, grief or loss, food addiction, and couples therapy. Over the course of her life, she has learned to overcome many of these obstacles, and is now passionate about helping others gain the tools that can help them cope with their daily lives. After overcoming her struggle with PMDD, she wants to help women who struggle with fluctuating moods, depression, anxiety, anger, and feelings of hopelessness in the days between ovulation and menstruation.
DeAnna uses an eclectic approach in her practice, depending on the needs of the client. While Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is beneficial for some clients, exploring past experiences (psychodynamic), and interpersonal therapy may be more beneficial for others.
In addition to the above specialties, DeAnna provides a confidential, non-judgmental setting in which individuals can share their daily struggles, and gain insight into their uncertainties while developing coping strategies for life’s daily hassles. She understands that making the decision to seek help can be a hard first step; she is here to help make that leap as comfortable as possible.
Sarah Coghlin, BHK / KIN
Sarah has had some wonderful volunteer opportunities during her time at University. Sarah had the opportunity to be involved with the JointEffort program at the University of Calgary. Here Sarah worked in small groups with individuals during their rehabilitation journey who had spinal cord/brain injuries, individuals preparing for hip and knee replacements, and individuals doing exercise rehabilitation post-surgery. More recently, Sarah has had the opportunity to volunteer with the Special Olympics ClubFit program that works with a variety of athletes, including the Special Olympics National soccer team. Here Sarah helps to improve athletes’ health and wellness, as well as improve their physical fitness levels through various training approaches.
With aspirations of becoming a Speech Language Pathologist or Physiotherapist with clinical populations, Sarah hopes to continue her education through a Master’s program in the near future.
Erin Brucker, BHK
Erin, growing up with the Okanagan lifestyle is no rookie to enjoying its beauty in physically active ways from running to soccer to kickboxing. Erin has been working as a kickboxing instructor at 30 Minute Hit for the past 2 years which has not only enhanced her physical abilities, but also allows her to encourage women to reach their fitness goals. Here she promotes health and well-being on a regular basis for. She loves this aspect of physical activity in being able to encourage and educate individuals on the importance of being active and would like to continue doing so in the future.
With a passion for exercise physiology and enhancing performance, Erin hopes to work with athletes in advancing their physical performance. She hopes to accomplish this goal with her continued studies in Exercise Physiology.