Acupuncture

Jadd Abboud, RAc.

Registered Accupuncturist
Jadd's Bio
A few years ago Jadd suffered from insomnia while working two jobs and going to school. He averaged 2-3 hours of sleep a night. Although Jadd believes that allopathic medicine has its place, he was not a fan of pharmaceuticals for insomnia. He tried a myriad of alternative philosophies with no luck. Then a friend recommended acupuncture. Exhausted, Jadd walked into the clinic and explained the situation. He was skeptical. How can sticking needles in the feet help sleep? That night Jadd slept 5 hours and after 3 treatments, he was sleeping 7 hours every night without waking once and has been sleeping great ever since. Jadd was a firm believer and needed to know more. Jadd began to study alternative medicine, quickly becoming a Natural Health Practitioner at the Alternative Medicine College of Canada. He continued down this path receiving a doctorate in Oriental medicine over the next 5 years.

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.

Chiropractic

Dr Marc Nimchuk, DC, MSc

Chiropractor

Marc's Bio
Originally from Edmonton, Dr. Nimchuk started his Kelowna chiropractic practice in 2008. Dr. Nimchuk is one of a few full body certified Active Release Technique practitioners in the Okanagan Valley. He has worked with athletes ranging from weekend warriors to Olympic champions and brings the same philosophy and treatment approach to every patient. In addition to ART, Dr. Nimchuk employs many different chiropractic techniques including manual and instrument adjusting. He values active rehabilitation and implements exercises into his patient’s treatment plan to help minimize pain and return them to full function, faster.

 

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.

Kinesiology

Madison Playfair, KIN

Kinesioligist & Office Manager
Madison's Bio

Madison recently graduated in April 2019 from the University of British Columbia with her Bachelor of Human Kinetics. Originally from Fort St James, British Columbia, she came to Kelowna to complete her degree. During her time at UBCO, she specialized in Clinical Exercise Physiology and holds a minor in Psychology.

Madison previously volunteered with Phoenix Health, assisting in exercise classes for clients whom suffer from Osteoporosis, Muscular Atrophy, stroke, and other diseases of aging. She also brings her energy to coaching youth soccer in her free time. When she is not in the clinic you can find her enjoying the outdoors with her friends and family – running, hiking, camping, and skiing during the winter months.

With a passion for health and exercise and an interest in how the human body moves and heals, Momentum Health was a great fit. Madison recognizes the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to health care and is excited to share her knowledge with others. She hopes to continue her education through a Master’s Program in the near future.

Erin Brucker, BHK

Kinesiologist & Patient Co-ordinator
Erin's Bio
Born and raised in Kelowna, Erin decided to stick around and is currently headed into her fourth year in the Human Kinetics program at the University of British Columbia, and plans to graduate in June 2019 with a focus in Clinical Exercise Physiology. She has developed an in-depth knowledge in exercise physiology and exercise prescription. In her final year she will be assisting the Cross-Country Team as their Student Trainer which she hopes will be a great opportunity to apply her knowledge and experience her degree in a different way. Erin completed her practicum here at Momentum and plans to continue to work here throughout the school year.

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.

Registered Massage Therapist

Sherysse Hayward, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist
Sherysse's Bio
Graduating from the 3000-hour program at Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in 2007 Sherysse has spent the over last decade working with a variety of different injuries and patients. Over the last few years, however, she has directed her practice more so towards treating athletic based injuries. To greater understand how to aide in these athlete’s recoveries she has expanded her knowledge base by taking courses in strength and rehabilitation, as well as working side by side with Certified Strength and Conditioning Coaches, and Kinesiologists. This has given her a better understanding of how the body moves, and how to treat its dysfunctions and imbalances. Her focus always shifting based on the needs of the patient she has directed her practice to incorporate more of a neuromuscular approach to address chronic pain issues and nervous system dysfunctions. Not always the student, Sherysse has spent time in the classroom as a teacher at Vancouver Career College sharing her knowledge she has gained throughout her years of practice with the future of massage therapy. Although she enjoys treating athletes of all competitive levels she recognizes the importance in treating every patient and addressing the body as a whole in the picture of wellness educating on the importance self-care and maintaining an active lifestyle.

Growing up in Kelowna, Sherysse has played a variety of different sports and maintains a healthy lifestyle. She currently plays softball, volleyball, enjoys weight lifting, hiking, and being outdoors. A busy mother of two busy boys, she understands the importance of treating imbalances and maintaining strength so that she can keep up with them, and her sports.

Tia Meise, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist
Tia's Bio

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.

Travis Irmen, RMT

Registered massage Therapist

Travis' Bio
Travis graduated the 3000-hour Massage Therapy program from the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in 2013 and has since practiced in both Winfield and Kelowna.

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.

Kelsey Garner, RMT

Registered massage Therapist

Kelsey's Bio

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.

Administration

Shawna Gray

Patient Care Co-ordinator
Shawna's Bio

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.

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