Tavia Wilson, Registered Massage Therapist
I have been working as a Registered Massage Therapist in Oakville since 2004. I am registered with the College of Massage Therapists’ of Ontario, a member of the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario, and soon to be a member of the Society for Oncology Massage.
There are so many aspects and benefits of Massage Therapy that I love. Being a part of a client’s recovery process, whether it be surgery, injury, cancer, stress, depression, etc. has been incredibly rewarding. That level of personal involvement continues to motivate me to learn a wider variety of techniques, and has in turn led to major advances in my clients’ health and well-being.
Over the years I have expanded my interest and knowledge in areas such as Oncology Massage, Sports Injury Therapy, and incorporating Spider Tech Tape with the treatment of injuries. With every course I take and implement into my practice, I have seen positive results for my clients. I am also better able to educate them on their current conditions, and can use more varied approaches to treatment and rehabilitation. I continue my commitment to study different conditions, approaches, and treatments every day and to use this knowledge to inform my clients, so that together as a team we can achieve their goals.
Chelsea Romany RMT, Personal Trainer
Chelsea Romany graduated with honours from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2015. During her education she completed a variety of athletic and hospital outreaches including placements at the University of Waterloo Athletic Department and Hospice Wellington in Guelph, ON. As an active person, who has been involved in sports since a young age, Chelsea understands the importance of properly treating your body.
Previously, she attended Humber College for Fitness and Health Promotion wanting to assist in the well being of others. Although she enjoyed what she was doing, Chelsea was driven to expand her knowledge and to help others further, which lead her into Massage Therapy. Having experienced injuries and rehabilitation herself, she found passion in helping others to overcome their limitations as well.
Through studying anatomy, biomechanics, pathologies and the effects massage has on the systems of the body, Chelsea has the goal of helping her clients obtain an optimal quality of life. By implementing modalities such as soft tissue manipulations and rehabilitation exercises, she is committed to encouraging a healthy and pain-free lifestyle for her clients. Chelsea continues learning in order to help her client’s manage stress, correct imbalances, and maintain a state of well-being while providing high quality treatments.
Dr. Lisa Vecchi, ND
My fascination with the field of naturopathic medicine originated when I was only ten years old. Suffering from digestive issues, I sought the help of various specialists. None of these doctors were able to “figure me out” and I was ultimately told that I would simply “grow out of it.” Upon my first visit with my ND, I learned that the source of my digestive issues was my sensitivity to a particular food. I eliminated the offending food and within a month I was a different kid.
This experience led to my interest in health sciences. I attended Queen’s University where I obtained an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Sciences with foci in Pharmacology and Toxicology. I proceeded to attend the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine – Canada’s only accredited school offering a 4-year Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program at the time.
Recognizing the uniqueness of every individual, my focus is on a personalized approach to healthcare. I utilize acupuncture, western and eastern botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, lifestyle counselling, and detoxification programs to help facilitate optimal health. Over the years I have also completed additional training in Cosmetic and Cellulite Acupuncture, Applied Kinesiology, Biotherapeutic Drainage and NAET.
Oakville has a reputation of being a healthy city with a vibrant population that enjoys an active and healthy lifestyle. It is my goal to provide the highest standard of Naturopathic medical care to Oakville and area residents in an environment that is comfortable and professional. I place a large emphasis on health education and empowering clients to make informed and healthy lifestyle decisions. My practice is focused on family health care with special interests in allergies, digestive health and pediatrics. I am a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors.
Dr. Alexandra Tarkowski
Dr. Alexandra holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences from McMaster University and graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College cum laude.
Dr. Alexandra considers a patient focused approach to her practice and uses a hands-on approach with patients. Through a detailed assessment of each patient, she uses an integrated model of functional and manual therapy, which focuses on incorporating the latest evidence based practices in manual medicine and rehabilitation. This includes techniques such as manual therapy, soft tissue therapy, acupuncture, rehabilitation exercises, joint manipulation, taping and patient education with a common goal of performance optimization. With over a decade of experience, Dr. Alexandra’s main objective is to get patients pain free, functional and active as soon as possible.
Dr. Alexandra is highly regarded for her results-driven approach both within her practice and with her corporate clients. Dr. Alexandra’s experience includes extensive corporate wellness planning. She has developed work specific musculoskeletal disorder prevention programs, custom corporate wellness programs and served as a Repetitive Strain Injury consultant at the Globe and Mail. Dr. Alexandra has worked with General Mills Canada, Canada Post, Baxter, Red Path Sugar, amongst others.
Klara Ric, Registered Massage Therapist, Combined Decongestive Therapist
Klara Ric is a graduate of York University with a degree in Bachelor of Arts with Honours. She also graduated from Humber College in the Massage Therapy program with Honours and is a member of the CMTO.
Klara is interested in integrating all aspects of her patient’s health in order to optimize their care. Her style of massage combines stretching and deep tissue techniques, and has an equal focus on relaxation. She believes in collaborative care with the patient so that each treatment and patient goal is achieved. She has experience working with a wide variety of patients, such as pregnancy, rehabilitation, palliative care and wellness. Klara has a special focus on working with people with post-surgical scars or other connective tissue issues. She is also on her way to become Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT) certified.
Catherine Cartwright, D.O.M.P Osteopathic Manual Practitioner
Catherine is an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner having completed her Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice in 2001 at the Canadian College of Osteopathy. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Honors Physical Education from the University of Western Ontario and her Diploma in Sports Injury Management from Sheridan College. Catherine began her Osteopathic studies while practicing as a Certified Athletic Therapist.
Catherine uses various osteopathic treatment techniques for a whole body, personalized approach. Her interest lies in the more subtle techniques that focus on the cranium, fluids and viscera (organs).
Catherine has decades of experience as a healthcare practitioner and her interest lies in empowering individuals to understand the multifaceted nature of themselves and how the mind, emotions and spirit impact upon our physical health.
Randy Foster, BPE, Dip SIM, CAT(C), Certified Athletic Therapist
Randy holds a degree in Physical Education from Brock University and graduated with Honours from Sheridan College’s Sports Injury Management program in 1994. He is a member of the Ontario Athletic Therapy Association (OATA) and the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) and holds the title of Certified Athletic Therapist.
During the 1993-94 hockey season Randy was an assistant therapist with the Toronto Maple Leafs and between 1994 and 1996 worked with the Canadian National Ski Team. In 1997 Randy was named the Head Therapist of the Canadian National Gymnastics Team. Spending eight years in that position, he attended four major games as a member of the Canadian Medical Team, including the 2003 Pan Am Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. In 2004 he joined the Toronto Argonauts, winning a Grey Cup with the team that year. Since 2007 Randy has been employed as the Head Therapist at Woodbine Race Track providing therapy to the jockeys.
In 2011 Randy developed the “RunSmart” program, which analyzes a runner’s biomechanics and training methods then provides personalized counseling sessions designed to help prevent running injuries before they happen. He continues to work with gymnasts, dancers and runners, as well as hockey, football and soccer players. His passion is education and believes that a client’s understanding of their injury is the key to effective recovery and the prevention of re-injury.
Carley Tougas – Registered Physiotherapist
Carley graduated from Brock University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and with a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy from McMaster University. During her time at Brock, Carley was a part of the Varsity Women’s Volleyball and Cross-Country team. After her personal experience in athletics and sports injuries, she discovered she had a strong passion for health care and helping others achieve their own rehabilitation goals. This led her to choose a career in physiotherapy.
Carley has an interest in musculoskeletal rehabilitation, geriatrics and women’s health. She is currently working towards completing her Manual Therapy Levels, as well as her Pelvic Health Introductory Courses in the New Year. She is originally from Northern Ontario and when it is not too cold, she loves to go visit her family and her dog. If Carley cannot be found in the clinic, you can be sure she is spending her time watching football, running, baking, hiking, knitting and playing volleyball.”