Dr Marc Nimchuk, DC, MSc
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.
Dr. Erica Volk, ND
Dr. Erica Volk is a naturopathic physician passionate about the mind-body connection in health and disease. As a general practitioner, her clinical practice includes treatment of a wide range of health complaints, particularly digestive issues, thyroid disease, hormonal imbalance including PMS and menopause, autoimmune disease, anxiety, depression, allergies, fatigue, insomnia, weight challenges, skin complaints, pediatrics, and neurodevelopmental challenges.
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.
Jenny Higgins, RMT
Jenny has been a Massage Therapist since 2013, and is passionate about her career choice and expanding her knowledge in the health field. She finds it fascinating to determine the underlying conditions of a client, and help them get back to doing the things they love!
Since graduating, Jenny has expanded her education in Visceral Manipulation, Rehabilitation of the pelvis, Advanced Clinical Reasoning & Practical Integration, and Manual lymphatic drainage.
She facilitates and encourages the recovery of her client’s health, helps them find optimal balance and stability and also empowers them with knowledge so they can reach their own goals with confidence and ease. Her style of massage is dependant on the client, going deep into musculature when needed and always with a flow that allows the body to relax.
Working under, and learning from Sports Therapists, Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, Chinese Medicinal Doctor’s, Physiotherapists, and Naturopathic Doctors, has significantly added to Jenny’s overall knowledge, skill set and passion for the human body, and human journey.
Jenny’s athletic background helps her understand both the inconvenience and importance of rehabilitation and likes to view therapy as an ongoing process to facilitate long-term health and living.
Travis Irmen, RMT
Registered massage Therapist
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 Fotsch, RMT
Ian McLaren, RMT
Ian graduated from Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in 2016 and is excited and passionate about bringing his skills and knowledge to others in the Kelowna community.
Ian has a deep drive to continue to learn and understand the importance of the mind-body connection. In addition to standard massage therapy techniques, Ian is able to integrate additional therapeutic methods from his experience as a 300-hour certified Kripalu Yoga instructor. He also holds many hours of training and experience in mindfulness practices such as Vipassana, open-focus, and SMART.
Providing a safe, and healing environment is of utmost importance for Ian and he tailors his sessions to each patient based on their own specific needs. Some of his favourite modalities include Deep Tissue, frictions, Fascial Release, Muscle Energy Technique, Swedish Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, and Craniosacral Techniques.
DeAnna Zein, BA Psych.
DeAnna Zein moved to Kelowna from Nelson BC with her two boys Damon and Dhillon in order to pursue her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Since then, she has completed her degree in Psychology at UBCO, her BCRPA group fitness training, BCRPA weight training certification, and CFES Personal Training Certificate. DeAnna’s most recent accomplishment is her graduation as a Registered Counselor from the Kelowna College of Professional Counseling.
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 recently graduated in December 2017 from the University of British Columbia Okanagan with her Bachelor of Human Kinetics. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, she came to Kelowna on a soccer scholarship to play on the University’s varsity “Heat” team. She also competed on the varsity cross-country team at the University. Sarah chose to specialize in Clinical Exercise Physiology during her degree and holds a minor in Psychology. With an interest in how the human body moves and heals, Momentum Health was a great asset in expanding Sarah’s knowledge through her final years in school. She completed her practicum placement here and has been an employee ever since.
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
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.
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