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.

Dr Madeleine Levine, DC

Chiropractor

Madeleine's Bio

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.

Registered Massage Therapist

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.

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.

Sarah Vis

Sara Haylow (Vis), RMT, BSc

Registered Massage Therapist

Sara's Bio

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.

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Terry Downs, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

Terry's Bio
Throughout my life I have been active in sport and in life. Combined with my love of movement and the outdoors, I have challenged my body in ultra endurance multi-day stage racing, long distance cycling and Ironman triathlons. I have felt pain, discomfort and the physical limitations that my body was capable of. I learned first hand that taking care of myself was essential so that I could continue to enjoy all the activities and adventures I loved to do.

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.

Administration / Kinesiology

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Laurel Braun, BHK

Administration
Laurel's Bio
Laurel graduated from the University of British Columbia in spring 2020 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Kinetics with a focus in Clinical Exercise Physiology.

While taking a gap year to refocus on what she was passionate about, Laurel started weight training. Through this, she was inspired to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry. With an interest in helping people regain mobility, build strength, and reduce pain, Laurel completed her Exercise Science Diploma in southern Alberta before transferring to UBCO to complete her degree.

While completing her studies, Laurel completed a practicum placement at an exercise clinic for clients who experienced mobility issues and chronic ailments. She also completed a practicum placement at a CrossFit gym in Lethbridge which gave her the opportunity to work with a variety of clients ranging from those with mobility and exercise limitations to high-performance athletes. These experiences helped solidify her decision to work as a Kinesiologist.

When she is not in the clinic, you can find Laurel in the gym, spending time with her two dogs, or cooking and baking. Laurel believes that exercise and healthy lifestyle habits can be a great tool in regaining and improving mobility and strength in addition to chronic disease prevention and treatment. She is currently in the process of attaining her CEP certification.

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Kira Fearns, BHK

Administration
Kira's Bio
Originally from the Lower Mainland, Kira moved to Kelowna in 2016 to complete her Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree from the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Kira completed her degree with a specialization in clinical exercise physiology in the spring of 2020. She focuses her kinesiology practices on functional movement patterns and mobility training for safe return to work and play. Kira has experience working with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients at Kelowna General Hospital as well as research experience working with multiple concussion and post-concussion syndrome patients. 

Kira competed at high levels in both gymnastics and cheerleading and this is where her love and knowledge of human anatomy and physiology began. In her free time, Kira loves to adventure both locally and internationally and enjoys the amazing Okanagan landscapes through trail running, skiing, hiking and water sports.

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