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.
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.
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.
Registered Massage Therapist
Dan Dakin, RMT
Dan is a recent graduate of the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy and the newest addition to
the Momentum team. He is very excited to be joining us and looks forward to providing excellent care to our patients! He is a passionate believer in the effectiveness of massage for natural healing of a wide range of conditions and to maintain overall wellness.
Dan grew up in Nanaimo but moved to the Okanagan in 2012 because he and his wife loved the area and were always sad when it was time to leave! When he is not treating patients, Dan takes full advantage of the Okanagan lifestyle and enjoys hiking with his wife, playing chess with his son, cooking (he is a serious cook and baker), working out, swimming, practising Kung Fu or indulging his passion for classic movies!
Dan’s approach to treatment is to recognize and respect the body’s own innate, self-healing ability and sees massage as a way to awaken and facilitate that ability. He uses a wide variety of techniques to assess and treat all kinds of conditions such as musculoskeletal pain, thoracic outlet syndrome, frozen shoulder, headaches, lumbago, pre and post-natal and much more for patients of all ages. Dan’s patients enjoy his affable, personable demeanour, his effort to make every massage a relaxing, stress-relieving experience and his knack for creating innovate, realistic home care people can actually do. He is looking forward to meeting you and assisting you on your journey to wellness!
Sherysse Hayward, RMT
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
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
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.
Dr Erica Volk, ND
Dr. Erica Volk completed her training in Portland, Oregon at the National University of Natural Medicine, one of the leading accredited institutions for naturopathic medical education in North America. Trained as a primary care provider, her education included clinic rotations in cardiopulmonary medicine, environmental medicine, gastrointestinal health, addictions, pediatrics, transgender medicine, women’s health, mental health, and intravenous nutrient therapy. She has also 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 Paediatric Special Needs (MAPS). She is a certified and licensed naturopathic doctor in good standing with the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia, and is certified in Prescriptive Authority in British Columbia. She is a member of the British Columbia Naturopathic Association (BCNA) and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND). Before opening her practice in the Okanagan in 2017, Dr. Volk worked in Portland, Oregon both as a primary care provider in a general practice and in a unique practice focusing on paediatrics with special needs—a demographic about which she is passionate due to having a beloved older brother with Down syndrome. Committed to advocating for and supporting all vulnerable populations, Dr. Volk is also honoured to have worked with seniors in the Okanagan, providing daily living support. Dr. Volk is happy to have returned to her hometown of Kelowna, British Columbia to connect with her roots and support residents of all ages, abilities, and walks of life in the beautiful Okanagan.
Identify and treat the cause is one of the foundational principles of naturopathic medicine that resonates profoundly with Dr. Volk. After struggling with digestive problems since childhood, her life was forever changed after a meeting with a physician trained in functional medicine who not only treated her symptoms but also took the time and effort to uncover their underlying cause. Using natural methods, Dr. Volk was quickly able to eliminate her chronic ailments and resume a normal, healthy life—an outcome she had been told was impossible. After experiencing the simplicity and effectiveness of naturopathic medicine, she became passionate about the power of natural medicine and became dedicated to preventing unnecessary suffering in others. She went on to pursue a doctorate in naturopathic medicine during which she learned that all health issues have one or more treatable underlying cause. Thus began Dr. Volk’s mission to be a “health detective” for others who are similarly looking for answers. She is committed to supporting the emotional, physical and spiritual well-being of her patients and she firmly believes that the role of doctor is not to dictate treatment plans but to guide, teach, and support patients while respecting their unique values and preferences.
Prior to studying naturopathic medicine, Dr. Volk completed a Bachelor of Arts in English Honours at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia, where she wrote her thesis on Harry Potter—a project she heartily enjoyed. In her spare time, Dr. Volk enjoys tap dancing, hiking, yoga, cross-country skiing, reading, cooking, spending time with friends and family, and being a “crazy auntie” to her three nieces and nephew.
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.