We are still practicing enhanced safety procedures and requiring masks to be worn while in common areas of both clinics. Masks are recommended in treatment rooms. Please speak with your practitioner at the beginning of your appointment if you would like to discuss removing your mask during treatment. We thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions, please call 250-475-1522, or email office@acaciahealth.ca

Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese medicine and Acupuncture treats the patient, not the disease. Acupuncture has been used for well over 3000 years and is currently an integrated part of East Asian health care systems. An acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of very small, fine needles into specific spots (acupuncture points) on the body in order to facilitate healing. There are over 400 acupunctur... Read More

Traditional Chinese medicine and Acupuncture treats the patient, not the disease.

Acupuncture has been used for well over 3000 years and is currently an integrated part of East Asian health care systems. An acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of very small, fine needles into specific spots (acupuncture points) on the body in order to facilitate healing. There are over 400 acupuncture points on the body. The effect of the needles is multi-faceted:

Over the centuries, Chinese doctors have discovered correlations between stimulation of certain spots on the body and the subsequent increase or decrease in particular physiological and mental functions.
Needles affect the movement of an energy source called ‘qi’, which is stored along channels throughout the body. Qi is thought to be the foundation of life, and any interruption or insufficiency in this flow of Qi leads to disease.
Needles can treat local pain through breaking up fascial adhesions and release muscle trigger points. These actions result in the release of tension and relief of pain.

Jennifer Midlane also offers Neuroacupunture, which you can learn more about here: http://acaciahealth.ca/therapies/acupuncture/neuroacupunture/


Athletic Therapy

Using a sports medicine model of rehabilitation, Certified Athletic Therapists (CATs) provide immediate treatment to musculoskeletal injuries incurred from sports, recreation, daily activities or occupation and apply rehabilitation techniques to ensure a rapid return to work and play.[1] Much like Physiotherapy, Athletic Therapy focuses on prevention, immediate care, and reconditioning of mu... Read More

Using a sports medicine model of rehabilitation, Certified Athletic Therapists (CATs) provide immediate treatment to musculoskeletal injuries incurred from sports, recreation, daily activities or occupation and apply rehabilitation techniques to ensure a rapid return to work and play.[1]

Much like Physiotherapy, Athletic Therapy focuses on prevention, immediate care, and reconditioning of musculoskeletal injuries. CATs treat a wide range of patients, from children to seniors using various manual therapies, modalities, exercise prescription as well as bracing and taping.[2],

CATs have in-depth knowledge, education and training in the areas of the human musculoskeletal system, exercise physiology, biomechanics, and basic emergency care.


Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic is a primary contact health care profession with expert knowledge in spinal and musculoskeletal health. One of the largest primary contact health care professions in Canada, chiropractors treat approximately 4.5 million Canadians annually with drug free, non-invasive, hands-on care. Chiropractors assess disorders related to the nervous system, joints, and muscles of the spine and e... Read More

Chiropractic is a primary contact health care profession with expert knowledge in spinal and musculoskeletal health. One of the largest primary contact health care professions in Canada, chiropractors treat approximately 4.5 million Canadians annually with drug free, non-invasive, hands-on care. Chiropractors assess disorders related to the nervous system, joints, and muscles of the spine and extremities to provide a diagnosis and treatment of these disorders. Although well known for their adjusting, chiropractors also employ soft tissue treatment, rehabilitative exercise and education to help each individual’s needs. Adjustments are simply one tool of many that can be used based on a patient’s preference and needs. Care under a chiropractor involves your input and adjustments will never be used without full consent.


Kinesiology

As University-educated health professionals, Kinesiologists apply exercise and movement science to promote health and wellbeing; prevent, manage and rehabilitate injuries; treat illness and chronic disease; restore function, and optimize human performance in the workplace, clinical settings, sport and fitness. Kinesiologists are the only human movement specialists that use science and research ... Read More

As University-educated health professionals, Kinesiologists apply exercise and movement science to promote health and wellbeing; prevent, manage and rehabilitate injuries; treat illness and chronic disease; restore function, and optimize human performance in the workplace, clinical settings, sport and fitness. Kinesiologists are the only human movement specialists that use science and research to offer movement as medicine to any person with a health or fitness goal, who want a hands-on, personalized approach. Kinesiologists work with people of all ages, and physical abilities, in many settings, to help them achieve their health and wellness goals.


Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy plays a valuable role in today’s interdisciplinary, team-based, patient-centred approach to health care. Registered Massage therapists (RMTs) are healthcare professionals educated and trained to accurately assess and treat an array of conditions involving the body’s soft tissues and joints. The integrative nature of Acacia Health allows our RMTs to work closely with other hea... Read More

Massage Therapy plays a valuable role in today’s interdisciplinary, team-based, patient-centred approach to health care. Registered Massage therapists (RMTs) are healthcare professionals educated and trained to accurately assess and treat an array of conditions involving the body’s soft tissues and joints.

The integrative nature of Acacia Health allows our RMTs to work closely with other health providers to deliver the best results. They focus on treating both the symptoms and the underlying causes of pain and dysfunction.

Massage Therapy is an effective approach to pain management and rehabilitation, in addition to relieving stress to promote an overall feeling of relaxation. It can also improve circulation, assist with decreasing inflammation, and strengthen the immune system, which allows for a faster recovery from injuries.

For some clients, massage therapy is an integral part of their stress management regime. Others receive regular massage to treat chronic pain from past injuries or from repetitive strain in the workplace. Our Massage Therapists consider each client’s individual concerns and tailor treatments to suit their particular needs and therapeutic goals.


Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is an evidence-based practice of assessment, diagnosis and treatment utilizing soft tissue and manual techniques, such as joint mobilization, spinal manipulation, myofascial release and massage. Anchored in movement sciences, physiotherapy aims to enhance or restore function of multiple body systems. Other components of treatment include exercise prescription, education and erg... Read More

Physiotherapy is an evidence-based practice of assessment, diagnosis and treatment utilizing soft tissue and manual techniques, such as joint mobilization, spinal manipulation, myofascial release and massage. Anchored in movement sciences, physiotherapy aims to enhance or restore function of multiple body systems.

Other components of treatment include exercise prescription, education and ergonomic evaluation for all acute and chronic conditions that affect the neuromusculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory systems of the body.


Osteopathic Therapy

Osteopathic manual therapy focuses on the assessment and treatment of disorders of the body’s structure, whether it is related to the pelvis, peripheral joints, visceral organs, nervous systems, venous system or spine. Osteopathic manual therapists (OMPs) use manipulations to the joints or organs and gentle oscillatory movements to correct biomechanical dysfunctions that are related to neuromus... Read More

Osteopathic manual therapy focuses on the assessment and treatment of disorders of the body’s structure, whether it is related to the pelvis, peripheral joints, visceral organs, nervous systems, venous system or spine. Osteopathic manual therapists (OMPs) use manipulations to the joints or organs and gentle oscillatory movements to correct biomechanical dysfunctions that are related to neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Additionally, they will also provide advice regarding exercises, diet and lifestyle to augment the body’s own healing capabilities. By restoring proper mechanics to an area, the therapist allows for improved function to reduce pain and to restore normal activity.


Therapeutic Yoga Classes

Therapeutic yoga is about working with your individual body versus trying to make your body fit into each pose. Taught in a gentle workshop style that allows you to work within your limits. During each class, you will be guided through yoga poses (asana) and breath work (pranayama) with many variations offered to match experience levels or injuries. As class sizes are small (6 participants) the... Read More

Therapeutic yoga is about working with your individual body versus trying to make your body fit into each pose. Taught in a gentle workshop style that allows you to work within your limits. During each class, you will be guided through yoga poses (asana) and breath work (pranayama) with many variations offered to match experience levels or injuries. As class sizes are small (6 participants) the Yoga Therapist is able to provide individual attention to each participants specific needs.

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Diana Alvarez, R.Ac., graduated in 2009 with Diploma of Acupuncture from the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Victoria, B.C. and is a licensed acupuncturist registered with the CTCMA of BC. Raised in Ottawa, Diana worked in the film industry in Toronto for 17 years before deciding holistic medicine was the right area of work for her. Her personal experience with acupuncture began in 1993 and she has been fascinated with it ever since.

Diana has had success in treating the following conditions: headaches, migraines, neck and shoulder pain, low back pain, sciatica, frozen shoulder, insomnia, plantar fasciitis, hip pain, anxiety, depression, grief, quitting smoking, immunity boosting, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, menopausal symptoms, reproductive and hormonal issues, digestive problems such as colitis and diverticulitis, side effects from radiation and chemotherapy, seasonal allergies and colds, stress from trauma and abuse.

Although her practice is specifically based upon acupuncture, the following may be incorporated: acupressure (using the same acupuncture points but without needles), cupping, heat therapy lamp, mild forms of electrical stimulation for the needles, ear acupuncture, magnets, and moxibustion and, when appropriate, Gua Sha (to help open up the fascia), and nutritional advice based upon TCM.

Diana enjoys being an urban bicyclist, the out of doors with walks and hikes, practices yoga and meditation, partakes in art classes, enjoys cooking and sharing food, sings with a local Victoria choir and still loves watching movies in her spare time.

Areas of study that Diana brings to better your experience with acupuncture are use of Master Tung’s points, Dr. Tan’s approach, Qi Gong, Kiiko Matsumoto’s Hara Diagnosis. Please see full list of educational credits below.

Kiiko Matsumoto, Japanese Acupuncture, Hara Diagnosis, March 2018 and July 2015

Ann Cecil-Sterman Sinew Channel Theory, March 2018

Access Consciousness Bars Certification, October 2017

Acupuncture for Low Back Pain, April 2017

Elisabeth Rochat de Vallee, Classical Chinese Medicine. Understanding the Eight Extraordinary Meridians, the Brain and the Five Spirits, November 2016

Master Tung Essential Acupuncture, March 2016

Suzanne Robidoux, Scalp Acupuncture, March 2015

The Ancient Art of Cupping, February 2015

Clinical Record Keeping, February 2015

Spring Forest Qi Gong, January 2014

Dr. Tan Acupuncture 1,2,3, May 2013 Accunect, October and December 2012

COMS, Canadian Oriental Medicine Symposium, Vancouver, 2008, 2012, 2015

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Please Note: Chelsea is currently requiring masks to be worn at all times in the treatment room and common areas in the clinic.

Voluntary Disclosure: Chelsea is maintaining a fully vaccinated status throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to practice evidence-based safety protocols at work and at home. Please note the absence of disclosure on a practitioner’s bio does not mean they are not vaccinated, but rather that they have chosen not to disclose in this manner.

Chelsea is a graduate of the Massage Therapy program at OVCMT in Vernon, BC. As a Registered Massage Therapist, her approach is attentive and sensitive to each client’s particular needs. She has developed an interest in the care of persistent pain conditions, trauma, and mental health in addition to perinatal and child/infant massage. Emphasis is placed on the creation of a safe space that is inclusive and welcoming. Chelsea believes that safe healing touch has a powerful role to play in our lives and she is continually thrilled and awed with the ability of the human body to adapt, to strengthen, and to heal.

Chelsea has found that treatment need not be painful to be effective and longer lasting results come when promoting and enhancing the body’s natural healing inclination. This is often achieved through a subtle approach with the goal of decreased pain and stress and an improvement in overall wellbeing.

Treatments are customized to the individual. Clients’ needs are addressed through a variety of techniques intended to achieve long-term health – whether that means relief from pain, rehabilitation after an injury or surgery, or assisting lifestyle and exercise goals. You will also be provided with a relevant homecare routine in the form of strengthening, stretching and/or habitual changes to facilitate your road to health. Chelsea encourages her clients to play an active role in this process, believing that the most effective therapy is a team effort.

For more info visit https://www.chelseabriscormt.com/

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Christina is a fully licensed Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner and Licensed Acupuncturist with the CTCMA of British Columbia. She is an extremely motivated and passionate health care professional with a vast knowledge base including; kinesiology, acupuncture, herbalism, cupping, nutrition, exercise science, athletic injuries, scalp acupuncture, trigger point injection therapy and kin taping. Inspired to integrate both Western and Eastern healthcare practices to create a more rounded, individualized whole body approach to healing and preventative medicine. 

Christina is committed to health and safety, taking great care in providing patients with personalized treatments. Areas of focus include; general practice, woman’s health, athletic injuries, concussions, neurological diseases, acute and chronic body pain, post-surgical scar therapy and mental health and addictions.   Christina completed a four-year Kinesiology degree from McGill University in Montreal followed by a a 5 year Dr. of Traditional Chinese Medicine diploma at Pacific Rim College in Victoria BC. Christina spent a semester studying Acupuncture and Herbs at Liaoning University in Shenyang China, completing daily hospital rotations focusing on neurology. After graduating from Pacific Rim College, Christina applied and was awarded a Canada-China Scholarship which allowed her to study Mandarin at Wuhan University in China in 2016.   Christina has spent the past two years working at a very busy multidisciplinary clinic in Dawson Creek BC. She is excited to continue her journey back in Victoria at Acacia Health.

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Prior to being a therapist, Kyle spent some time himself as a patient. After seeing several different therapists across several different modalities, he began to develop what would become a deep and enthusiastic interest in the human body and its systems, which ultimately led him to pursue a career in healthcare.

Kyle was born and raised in Victoria, when he’s not at work you can find him at the local climbing gym, running on nearby trails, at home working on a new skill/hobby or cooking up a nice meal. His enthusiasm has led him to develop overuse injuries in the past, which has taught him first-hand the importance of balance when taking on activities, and how to get back to doing what you love.

Whether you are seeking treatment for chronic pain, stress, a sport-related injury, general muscle stiffness or simply want to improve your current baseline, Kyle looks forward to helping you with your goals.

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Since graduating in 2012 from the 3000 hour program at the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy, I have been passionately assisting people along their unique health journeys and empowering people to embrace self-care. Within my experience, I have realized how much everything is intricately connected in our unique bodies and how it has the innate ability to heal itself in a peaceful state - each body system yearns for balance and the ability to flow in order to function optimally as a whole, healthy human being. I enjoy continuously expanding my knowledge base and techniques to better serve my patients and help you reach your health goals - whether it’s to improve stress levels, regulate sleep cycles, balance symptoms of a specific condition, or just to give yourself permission to pause.

Through authentically listening to your needs, conscious palpation and mindful yoga-based homecare, I combine a customized blend of therapies to holistically treat with care and intention. I receive great joy in connecting and being present with my patients, guiding and empowering you towards a higher quality of life and self acceptance.

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Growing up in Victoria, Diandra developed a strong passion for athletics that endures to this day. From a young age, she began receiving massage therapy treatment for pain and injury recovery. The notable benefits of massage therapy led her to seek treatment more routinely for general maintenance and preventative reasons. She was amazed by the significant increase in her body’s overall performance and well-being with more frequent visits. The power massage therapy has had for her physically and mentally for nearly two decades led her to pursue a career in this sector of health care.

Diandra takes great pride in recognizing every person has unique health care needs and should receive individualized treatment. She always strives to create a relaxing treatment environment and encourages open communication to best achieve every client’s goals. Even though she has an immense passion for sports, her greatest passion is to help anyone that chooses to enter her treatment room and leave them feeling better upon exiting. She uses massage techniques that encourage relaxation, while also facilitating therapeutic change. She navigates toward deep tissue general Swedish massage, as well as trigger point and pin and stretch techniques. Her passion for massage, healing and connection are intrinsically valuable to her practice of massage therapy.

Outside the clinic, she enjoys playing any recreational sport that involves a ball, hiking, cycling, and multi-day backpacking trips exploring Vancouver Island’s remote wilderness. Her previous degree in Education has inspired a small business of administering and coaching children’s soccer programs, which she loves doing part-time.

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As a Certified Athletic Therapist, Marina works with you in the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, whether acute or chronic.

She uses functional testing to guide an appropriate treatment. Treatments can include many modes of therapy including joint mobilizations as well as active and passive soft tissue techniques, and prescription of exercise as a therapeutic modality.

Marina truly values the significance of a safe and proper rehabilitation program, but equally as important is averting injuries by guiding you through apt movement techniques, exercise, and body and postural awareness as a lifestyle. She believes that both healing and injury prevention are multi-faceted tasks in which many variables can help shape a functional healthy body and mind. Marina also uses her understanding of the essential role of the mind during both these processes.

No matter what your goal may be, what kind of exerciser you are, or where your injury history may lay, Marina will help you reach your optimal level of performance and health by creating a plan that involves movement to prevent further injury and promote healing. She is dedicated to helping you achieve your best moving self by providing you with the tools needed to continue maintenance outside the clinic setting.

Education

Bachelor’s degree in Athletic and Exercise Therapy

Over 1200 hours of field and clinical placement experience with the following organizations: Camosun College AET Clinic, Parkway Physiotherapy & Performance Centre, Camosun College Chargers Women’s Basketball Team, Belmont Secondary Football Team, and Brentwood College female soccer and basketball teams.

Career

Certified athletic therapist at Crooks & Co. in North Vancouver from Aug. 2019-March 2020.

Lifestyle

Avid skier, surfer, cyclist, trail runner Open water diver Ex-competitive gymnast and volleyball player

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I am fully vaccinated. Please note the absence of disclosure on a practitioner’s bio does not mean they are not vaccinated, but rather that they have chosen not to disclose in this manner.

Aaron is passionate about musculoskeletal physiotherapy. He strives to provide a caring experience where the patient feels comfortable and supported in their journey to recovery. Aaron prides himself on being up-to-date on the latest scientific evidence and delivering evidence-based care in a way that the patient can relate to.

After recovering from chronic pain himself, Aaron has a special interest in caring for people with persistent and chronic pain.

Aaron earned a Master in Physiotherapy (MPT) degree from the University of Sydney, Australia in 2007. Prior to that, he graduated with a Bachelor degree in Exercise Science and Rehabilitation (first class honours) from the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Aaron has been a registered practicing physiotherapist throughout Australia, in New York City and in British Columbia, Canada.

Previously, Aaron enjoyed basketball, rowing, Mauy Thai, field hockey, swimming and dance. These days he enjoys running after his daughters and any other form of exercise he can find time for.

Services include:

Assessment and diagnosis of musculoskeletal injuries

Persistent and chronic pain rehabilitation

Motor vehicle accident rehabilitation

Sports injury rehabilitation

Clinical Pilates

Hands on therapies such as myofascial release techniques, trigger point therapy, joint mobilization and manipulation, deep tissue and gentle muscle relaxation techniques.

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Keja was drawn to the study of Massage Therapy after her life-long enthusiasm for playing team sports provided her with enough aches and injuries to know first-hand the positive impact of various forms of bodywork and complementary therapies. This fuelled a desire to understand the body and learn how to keep it functioning optimally. In 2006 she graduated from Sutherland-Chan School in Toronto ON and became a Registered Massage Therapist. After many fulfilling years working in the heart of downtown Toronto Keja moved west with her family - first to White Rock BC, and then to Victoria BC. In 2015 she transferred her RMT certification from Ontario to British Columbia.

In busy and stressful times it can be easy to put ourselves at the bottom of the list. Keja believes that Massage Therapy can be a great tool to help re-set the balance and achieve a deeper awareness of your body and its needs. Whether you have a physically challenging or sedentary job, are a weekend warrior or training for a big race, are in need of relaxation, stress relief, injury recovery, ease from pregnancy-related postural changes or have any other reason for seeking Massage Therapy, Keja will meet you where you are today and work with you to achieve your wellness and treatment goals. She approaches each person and treatment individually and applies a variety of techniques depending on your preferences and needs. This can range from Deep Tissue and Myofascial Release to the subtle touch of CranioSacral Therapy. She aims to always keep learning new ways to assist the body’s innate ability to heal and enjoys expanding her knowledge and skills through continuing education.

Some highlights from Keja’s post-graduate studies are: CranioSacral Therapy with Upledger (3 levels) and Robert Harris (advanced) NISA techniques (Neuromuscular Integration and Structural Alignment) TMJ (jaw joint) Dysfunction (for relief from jaw pain and headaches)

When she’s not working you’ll find Keja outdoors hiking, biking and paddle boarding or in the pottery studio.

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Initially born and raised in small town Saskatchewan, Owen moved to the west coast 10 years ago so he could explore this beautiful part of the world. He became involved in the wellness community for several years before deciding to study massage therapy. He graduated from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in December 2020.

Owen is passionate about the field of Massage Therapy and all that it has to offer, whether it be for recovery, maintenance or relaxation. He believes that human touch can have a powerful effect on helping the body to heal from physical and emotional trauma. He incorporates a variety of techniques into his treatments including Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, myofascial release and joint mobilizations.

In his spare time, Owen enjoys the outdoors, photography and befriending cats.

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Thiago Menon completed a 6 years program in Osteopathy at the Madrid School of Osteopathy, in 2018, he received his DO from IBO Brazilian Institute of Osteopathy. He had his own practice in Brazil where he had the opportunity to work with a wide range of patients of different ages and conditions. In 2017, he moved to Canada and worked in different locations in Richmond, Vancouver and Calgary. Originally, Thiago graduated as a Physiotherapist in 2004 in Brazil, but isn’t registered as a physiotherapist in Canada.

* Thiago is currently practicing as an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, and is not able to bill as physiotherapy.*

He has taken a special interest in athletes, as he worked as an Osteopathic Practitioner at Volleyball Maringa of the Super League in Brazil. In Vancouver, he had the opportunity to work with the Women’s Canadian National Volleyball Team during the summer season in 2018 and also with professional ballet dancers.

With a strong background for treating low back pain, headaches, disc hernias, migraines, torticollis, reflux, gastritis, and pediatric/infant care, Thiago uses a wide variety of techniques and skills that allow him to treat with compassion and he enthusiastically commits to the health and well-being of his patients.

Thiago is an active member of the Alberta Association of Osteopathic Manual Therapists (AAOMT) and Registro Brasileiro dos Osteopatas (DO MRO Br) and an active member of Osteopathy BC (Society for the Promotion of Manual Practice Osteopathy). AAOMT and Osteopathy BC are members of both the Canadian Federation of Osteopaths (CFO) and the Osteopathic International Alliance (OIA).

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I was born and raised in Victoria, BC. My passion for acupuncture and Chinese medicine started while I was healing from a traumatic car accident and brain injury. It was through acupuncture that I was able to fully recover, physically and mentally. From there, I wanted to learn more, so that I could share this healing medicine with our community.

In 2016 I graduated from Pacific Rim College and went on to complete licensing exams with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia. I have since focused my studies and training on helping those with neurological disorders, chronic and acute pain management, and gynaecology and obstetrics. I have completed training and become certified with the Neuroacupuncture Institute (NAI), and the Complete Concussion Management Institute (CCMI).

It is important to me to combine modern research and science with classic acupuncture theories for a truly unique perspective. My practice is inspired by my own recovery after injury, my journey through motherhood, and by observing the natural world. It is my intention to help anyone who comes to see me with compassionate care that is effective for their unique needs.

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Morsal completed her Masters in Physiotherapy at the University of Saskatchewan in 2018 with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. She strives to deliver client-centered care with a holistic approach.

“My interest in physiotherapy was directly related to the quality and quantity of time physiotherapists are able to spend with each client. When we are able to give space to actively listen to our client’s needs we are able to build a trusting partnership which facilitates the process of healing”.

With dedication to ongoing learning, she specializes in pelvic floor physiotherapy and is offering treatment for conditions such as urinary incontinence, pelvic girdle pain, and prenatal/ postnatal care. Morsal enjoys treating a variety of conditions such as general musculoskeletal injuries, TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction), persistent low back pain, and more.

In her free time, Morsal enjoys cooking, spending time outdoors alongside family and friends, and entertaining her two cats.

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Please note: Joanne Pady’s schedule is released on a monthly basis. Her schedule opens for booking at 3:00pm on the 1st of each month for the following month; for example, on December 1st at 3:00pm the following month (January) is open and live for booking. If the first falls on a weekend or holiday the schedule will be available the next business day.

Joanne Pady has been working with individuals and athletes for over 15 years and holds three professional designations; Certified Athletic Therapist (CATA), Certified Exercise Physiologist (CSEP), and Diplomate in Osteopathic Manual Practice. An education addict, she recently completed her Masters of Rehabilitation Science from the University of British Columbia.

Joanne has a special interest in musculoskeletal injuries, postural evaluation, rehabilitation, and sports injuries. She utilizes her wide range of therapeutic tools including manual therapy and osteopathic techniques. This includes craniosacral and visceral therapies as well as musculoskeletal and fascial techniques.

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A recent graduate of the West Coast College of Massage Therapy, Teressa is a compassionate, intuitive therapist who understands that life can be challenging. She understands how important it is to create a safe space for injuries to heal, a place to facilitate rest and calm anxieties to balance one’s wellbeing. She values each patient’s unique situation and strives to find the most meaningful approach in meeting their wellness needs and goals.

Teressa’s interests range from rehabilitation and athletic performance to stress reduction and managing acute and chronic conditions. She believes in three essential building blocks in supporting her patient’s wellness goals and their quality of life: tailored massage therapy, one’s body/mind connection, and an empowering homecare program.

Teressa’s treatment techniques include myofascial release, Swedish relaxation massage, nervous system integration, trigger point therapy, stretching, and active modalities. Teressa is here to help, whether it’s your first time visit or you are a long-term patient.

In her free time, Teressa loves spending time on the water paddling with local dragon boat and outrigger canoe teams, hiking, and planning adventures with family and friends.

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The most important aspect of care for Graham is to understand and treat the underlying cause of each patient’s symptoms. Through this approach, Graham creates long-term results. He focuses his practice on Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage including specialty techniques such as Muscle Energy, Myofascial Release, and Exercise Rehabilitation. He addresses each patient’s unique therapeutic needs by taking the time to completely assess their concerns and fully incorporate their therapeutic goals into every treatment. Graham has a special interest in the treatment of headaches, pelvic and lower-back pain, sports-related injuries, and chronic pain.

Graham gained extensive experience working locally in Victoria after graduating from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT) in 2005. He returned to the WCCMT as a teacher in 2008. This role expanded his anatomical and therapeutic knowledge, which is the foundation for diagnostics and treatment. Graham began his career with Acacia Health in 2007. Acacia’s collaborative approach to health and their sense of community have kept him inspired and passionate about his practice and promoting personal wellness.

Graham’s enthusiasm for sports medicine and working with athletes was sparked by an opportunity to provide therapeutic support for Canada’s national dive team. In 2008 he travelled to China to work with the members of Dive Canada during the Beijing FINA World Cup for diving. Since 2008 he has worked with several patients who have competed professionally in various IRONMAN and international Olympic events, helping them reach their full potential through the treatment of exercise-related injuries and preventative therapy.

One of Graham’s passions is cycling. He is an avid bike commuter who also loves to head out for big rides on the weekend. Philanthropy is also an area that Graham is extremely eager to be involved with. In addition to volunteering for local community events, Graham founded the Cycle of Life Tour. What started in 2011 as a 3,000 km solo bike ride from Alaska to Victoria in support of the Victoria Hospice, has evolved into an annual 200 km group cycling event. To date, the Cycle of Life Tour has raised nearly $1,000,000 dollars for hospice care on Vancouver Island. In 2017 Graham was awarded the Governor General Sovereign Medal for volunteers from his work with the Cycle of Life Tour.

Graham’s enthusiastic attitude towards the practice of massage therapy makes him a valuable asset to the massage therapy community and he is excited to share his passion and skill as part of the Acacia Health team.

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I have been practicing yoga since I was 16, when my brilliant mum put in me in a class hoping it would help my heart heal. Not only did I find my safe space on the mat, but I found my love of the human experience. I completed my first teacher training in 2010 and went on to complete a Yoga Therapy certification in 2014. As an avid student I have completed over 1000 hours of yoga specific training.

My teaching style is a blend of hatha and therapeutic yoga. Hatha yoga is a broad term simply referring to combining breath with poses. Many styles of yoga we are familiar with fall under hatha yoga (ashtanga, yin, vinyasa, etc). Therapeutic yoga goes deeper into anatomy with the understanding that although our parts are the same, each person is built differently.

I firmly believe that yoga shouldn’t be about whether you can touch your toes or how you look on the mat, but rather about finding an understanding of your own unique body and how it flows. It is important for me to meet people where they are at on any given day and as such prefer smaller class sizes or one on one teaching.

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Ryan graduated from the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in November of 2021.

He went on to successfully write the CMTBC’s board exams in April of 2022, and achieved his professional designation as an RMT this past May. When he’s not at work you’ll find Ryan out hiking the rain forest trails, fishing, camping and kayaking off remote coastal beaches, and cooking up delicious feasts for his family and friends here in beautiful Victoria BC.

As a Registered Massage Therapist Ryan is thoroughly engaged with his clients as they work together to develop personalized treatment plans centred around their individual rehabilitation goals. His treatment style focuses on myofascial assessment, deep tissue and trigger point therapy, as well as neuromuscular rehabilitation techniques that are coupled with elements of traditional Swedish and relaxation massage. His gentle but firm pressure makes him the perfect candidate to help perspective clients with common musculoskeletal associated conditions like headaches, soft tissue injuries, restricted range of motion around joints, scar tissue mobilization, pre and post-natal treatments, spots associated massage as well as providing relief from general aches and pains.

When you book your massage with Ryan, each appointment consists of a brief intake interview where he’ll ask a few questions in order to better understand your expectations for treatment that day. From there he will conduct a few orthopaedic tests which are designed to help determine which muscles or joints may be contributing to your condition, followed by your massage treatment, and ending with advice on therapeutic exercise and hydrotherapy that can help speed up the recovery process.

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Emma has been a practicing kinesiologist since her graduation from the University of Victoria in 2018, along with teaching group fitness (spin classes and bootcamps), and working as a personal trainer. She takes a holistic approach with her clients, viewing them as a whole human being, not just an injury.

In her clinical practice, she has worked with a variety of clients from teenagers to people in their nineties; people recovering from and/or preparing for surgery, rehabilitating sports injuries, helping people return to work post-injury, and adapting sedentary lifestyles to include more movement. Emma believes that movement should be an enjoyable addition to life and not a chore to put on the to-do list. Her passion is helping others find the joy in living a healthy, active lifestyle.

Emma has been an athlete her whole life, from competitive swimming to rowing to triathlons, and now to anything that sparks joy (running and cycling being the main ones). She is currently working on her Masters of Counselling and cannot wait to merge her knowledge of the human body and movement with a mental health lens.

If you’ve been in a car accident, are recovering from an injury, or just looking for a better grasp on your physical fitness, book an appointment with Emma today.

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Dr. Will’s goal is to help others improve their overall health and quality of life by using a variety of hands-on Chiropractic techniques, rehabilitation education and giving lifestyle advice to his patients.

Whatever goal you have in mind, Dr. Will will work with you to create an individualized plan that is specific to you. He enjoys caring for families, athletes and people of all ages who want to get back to living a happier and healthier lifestyle.

As a teenager, Dr. Will first experienced chiropractic care due to low back pain from a growth spurt and sports-related injuries. With the relief he received, it sparked his interest in pursuing chiropractic as a career.

Dr. Will completed his Bachelor of Kinesiology Degree at the University of the Fraser Valley. Dr. Will then played Professional Lacrosse for the Buffalo Bandits of the National Lacrosse League before attending Palmer College of Chiropractic West in San Jose, California where he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic with Cum Laude Honors.

Outside of the clinic, you can find Dr. Will enjoying the outdoors by hiking, camping, golfing, and disc golfing as well as getting involved in the community through coaching. Dr. Will grew up in Langley, British Columbia and has recently moved to Vancouver Island.

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