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NDs

Naturopathic Doctors

Dr. Lisa Ghent, ND, Clinic Founder

 

**Please note: Only accepting new patients for the treatment areas listed. Approximate waiting time for new visits is 2-3 months. Please call the office to be added to the waitlist.

Naturopathic medicine is really close to my heart. It was my own ND that discovered why my husband and I were struggling to get and stay pregnant back when we wanted to start a family. Because of her, I now have three beautiful daughters. At that point, I already had a background in medicine (radiology), but I was so drawn to the idea of really listening to people’s stories and treating them holistically that I made the leap into naturopathic medicine. I am truly grateful to do what I do. There is no doubt that my calling is to care for others and help guide them towards health. I am an ally, and provide care for everyone. I am also  a Sexual Health Educator. 

Learn more about me and my practice at: www.drlisaghent.com

 

My credentials: I have a Bachelor of Science with honours from Athabasca University, and graduated as a naturopathic doctor from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. I am a member in good standing of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND), the British Columbia Naturopathic Association (BCNA), the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians (PedANP), the Endocrinology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (EndoANP), and am licensed by the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC). I am licensed to provide IV and injection therapies, heavy metal chelation, and I have prescriptive authority in BC. I have completed additional courses in pre- and post-natal care, pediatrics, obstetrics, hormone replacement therapy, mental health, and chelation. I completed my training to become a Certified Sexual Health Educator through Options for Sexual Health (SHEC program), and work as an educator through Swell Collective (www.swellco,.ca).

Dr. Lisa provides her services through Collaborative Wellness Inc, a healthcare corporation.

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Treatment Areas

Pediatrics

Conception and Fertility

Infertility, Assisted Reproduction Support

Pre- and Post-natal Care

Period Regulation

Cysts, Fibroids, or Polyps of the Ovaries, Uterus, Endometrium

Endometriosis

Pre- and Peri-Menopause

Menopause and Post-Menopause

Sexual Wellness: Vulvodynia, Vaginismus, Vaginal and Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus, Vaginal Dryness / Atrophy

STI Education and Testing

Inclusive Sexual Health Education for Teens

IV and Injections (incl Myers Cocktail)

Heavy Metal Chelation

RMTs

Registered Massage Therapy

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Treatment Areas

Concussions, Headaches

Fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, CFS

Stress & Anxiety

Pre- and Post-natal

Pain and Inflammation

Sports Injuries

Post-Surgical Breast Care

Pediatrics

Wednesday 9:15am - 2pm
Thursday 9am - 2pm
Friday 9:15am - 6pm
Every other Saturday 8am - 6pm
Cynthia Beatch, RMT
**Only accepting new patients to waiting list

Karate has always been an important part of my life. I remember growing up and my stepdad using massage therapy to help him with his karate practice. Initially when I started university I was taking business, but it didn't take long for me to know that wasn't the right fit for me. I remembered back to our family's experiencing with massage growing up and how much it helped and decided I wanted to help others in the same way.

I graduated in 2009 and have been working as a full time RMT ever since. I have taken continuing education courses in infant massage, ligamentous articular strain technique, and breast care, among others. I am actually one of very few massage therapists in BC that is qualified to provide post-surgical breast care. I am currently taking an IASTM (instrument assisted soft tissue manipulation) and can't wait to integrate it into my practice. I work with all people of all genders, ages, and abilities. I tailor treatments to specific needs, always keeping in mind the mental health benefits of touch therapies, since so many of the people I treat carry a lot of stress and tension from their jobs.

When I'm not working I love hanging out with my family, do karate, and sing.

My credentials: Graduated from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy when it was Utopia Academy. I am a member in good standing the BC College of Massage Therapy and the Registered Massage Therapy Association.

Kristina Tangaro, RMT
**Currently on maternity leave. Returning Nov 1, 2023.

I have always worked in careers that help others. Prior to training as an RMT I was a dental assistant for 10 years, and while I loved the job, I wanted to do more. Massage therapy interested me because I knew that I could help people get immediate relief of their pain and discomfort. Growing up sports were really important to me and I understood the importance of not just muscular strength, but agility and flexibility.

My style of massage therapy is to use medium to deep pressure to work out trigger points, as well as employing dynamic stretching of a muscle by taking it through its range of motion while proving appropriate pressure. I use heat to help loosen the muscles so that the experience is both effect and comfortable. I’m also known for sending patients home with stretching exercises specific for their body, which helps to speed up how quickly we can correct your muscular imbalances. 

 

When I’m not working you can find me outside doing all things active. I especially love to run. Being outdoors, especially with those closest to me, helps me to maintain balance and sanity in my busy life. 

My credentials: I graduated from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. I am a member in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of BC (CMTBC) and the Registered Massage Therapists Association of BC (RMTBC).

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Treatment Areas

Concussions, Headaches

Sports Injuries and Rehab

Stress & Anxiety

Pre- and Post-natal

Pain and Inflammation

Chronic Pain

TMJ Dysfunction

Body Worker

Non-Registered Massage Therapist

We're often asked what the difference is between an RMT and a non-registered massage therapist. Non-registered massage therapists are not regulated practitioners, and in some clinics they're called Body Workers. Their goal is to help people with relaxation and prevention, not with treatment of specific medical conditions, though the treatments provided may help someone with medical problems. Services provided by a non-registered massage therapist will not be covered by extended health plans including health spending accounts, however they will be eligible through a wellness account.

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Services Provided

Reflexology

Relaxation and deep tissue massage

Lymphatic drainage

Scalp acupressure

(with or without hot oil)

Tyree Hunter
***Accepting new clients

Over the years I have worn many different hats, but I am always drawn back to the healing arts. I trained in therapeutic massage at the PCU College of Holistic Medicine in Burnaby, BC, and have worked as a holistic body worker for many years at various spas and clinics throughout the lower mainland. I was born and raised in South Delta, which is what drew me to Collaborative Wellness - coming back to my roots both in terms of finding a home to help others and because of the clinic's community focus. 

I have studied in a number of different manual therapies including relaxation and deep tissue massage, reflexology, lymphatic drainage, acupressure, and aromatherapy. One of my strengths is being able to tune into the energy of others' and using different types of massage, help to ease the body to a place of balance. 

Fun fact - I created a body care line that was sold across Canada. I formulated products that were effective but also eco-friendly, cruelty-free, and clean. I still love to use my knowledge of formulating and my aromatherapy background to create oils, creams, and serums. 

Pedorthist (Custom Orthotics & Braces)

Orthotics
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Treatment Areas

Kids and Adults

Low back, hip, knee, ankle, or foot pain

Custom Orthotics

Custom Ankle and Knee Braces

Sport/Performance Support/Injuries

Leg Length Discrepancies

Fallen Arches

Scoliosis

Plantar Fasciitis

Casey Bjorgum, Certified Pedorthist
**Accepting new patients

 

From a young age, I have always been a sports enthusiast. As a spectator and participant, I immersed myself in anything and everything.  As I entered University, I knew that human biomechanics and sports injuries were of specific interest to me. My family has been in the knee bracing industry since 1980, which undoubtedly helped direct me to both pedorthics and knee bracing. I have experience in and enjoy assessing individuals of all ages and activity levels, especially athletes ranging from professional to weekend warriors.  Over the years I have assessed members of the Vancouver Canucks, Vancouver Giants, BC Lions, and Vancouver Whitecaps.  Regardless of one's activity level, I truly believe an integrated approach is key in addressing soft tissue injuries. I now work with West Coast Pedorthics and we are thrilled to have a new Ladner location.

More information about West Coast Pedorthics:  www.westcoastpedorthics.ca

 

I have a Bachelor of Human Kinetics from The University of British Columbia, and am a Certified Pedorthist (Canada) and Certified Pedorthic Technician (Canada).  I am a member in good standing with the College of Pedorthics, and the Pedorthic Association of Canada.

Monday 8:30am - 5pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 2pm
Some Saturday's (see booking page)
Chiropractic

Chiropractic Doctor

Dr. Sereena Uppal, DC
**Accepting new patients

 

I always knew I wanted to help others through their healing journeys. Becoming a chiropractor resonated with me because I loved the philosophy and science behind it. To me, being a chiropractor is so much more than manual adjustments. It’s really not just about the ‘cracking.’ I create a safe space that honours your mental, physical, and emotional health. I use a number of techniques to help you relax throughout the treatment, in order to get the most effective results. This can include the use of stretching, active release, heat, massage devices, or laser. Manual adjustments are done using my hands or an activator, and nothing is done without your consent. For example, if you’re not comfortable having your neck adjusted, I will use other methods to help correct alignment in that area.

 

I have been working in Ladner for almost 8 years, and although I live in Vancouver, I have grown to love this community. I’m excited about joining the team at Collaborative Wellness because I believe so strongly in their collaborative and caring approach with patients. I help people of all genders, abilities, and ages (with the exception of babies), including pre- and post-natal care. Most people that come to see me have pain, and my focus is to help you become pain free as quickly as possible, and then give you the tools you need to help you stay pain free. Common things I treat are neck and back pain, headaches and migraines, knee, ankle, and foot pain, vertigo and dizziness, arthritic pain, decreased mobility, nerve pain, poor posture, pelvic pain, and leg length discrepancies. I also work at Rize Fitness in Vancouver and there I focus heavily on sports rehab. 

 

When I’m not working I like to walk or cycle the seawall, spend time with my family, and sometimes just get lost in a book at my favourite local café. 

Learn more about my practice at:  https://druppalchiropractic.com/

 

My credentials: I studied biology and kinesiology, before transitioning to the Western States Chiropractic College where I got my Doctor of Chiropractic degree. I am also a member in good standing with the Canadian Chiropractic Association.

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Treatment Areas

Neck and back pain

Pelvic and hip pain

Knee, ankle and foot pain

Vertigo and dizziness

Headaches and migraines

Arthritic pain

Nerve pain

Poor posture

Decreased mobility

Leg length discrepancies

Musculoskeletal injuries

Tuesday 10am - 6pm
Wednesday 2:30 - 7pm
Thursday 10
am - 6pm

Registered Acupuncture

Acupuncture
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Treatment Areas

Nausea & Vomiting of Pregnancy

Low back/pelvic/coccyx pain in Pregnancy

Conception, Fertility

Infertility

Assisted Reproduction Support
Threatened Miscarriage

Breech and Posterior babies

Pre-labour Preparation

Peri- and Post-Natal Support
Hormone Balancing

Alyssa Huang, BKin, RAc
**Only accepting new patients for the treatment areas listed.

 

When women become pregnant, often they experience a roller coaster of emotions - elation, worry, excitement, guilt.  Tack on symptoms they are told "are just a part of pregnancy", and they end up suffering in silence. My passion lies in holding space for these women so that they can experience each pregnancy in the most comfortable, safe way possible.  I practice a gentle style of acupuncture, and it is of utmost importance that my patients are comfortable (yes, I use the specialized pillows that enable you to lie face-down throughout all stages of pregnancy)!  I am especially passionate about helping women through higher-risk pregnancies, communicating with your birth team, managing symptoms, and helping the mama to manage anxiety.  For non-pregnant patients I also practice facial acupuncture - a natural approach to slowing down the aging process in a gentle way with no risks or side-effects (because we've all had sleepless nights!). 

 

While not working, I am chasing my two young boys around (and constantly making them snacks).

 

My Credentials:  I have a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Calgary, and graduated as an acupuncturist from the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver. I am a Registered Acupuncturist in good standing with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia (CTCMA).  I studied Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture for Face, Neck, and Abdomen, and went to New York to study Constitutional Facial Acupuncture with Mary Elizabeth Wakefield. I have learned from some of the most prominent female acupuncturists/researchers in obstetrical acupuncture including Dr. Debra Betts, Dr. Claudia Citkovitz, Dr. Kate Levett, Sarah Budd, and Zena Kocher.  I have attended an intensive led by Claudia at Langone Hospital in New York, working with labouring women.  I have attended additional prenatal/postpartum courses by renowned midwife/acupuncturist Raven Lang, Yvonne Farrell, Laura Elrich and many others.  I coach couples and birthing professionals on acupressure use for pain relief during labour.  I have also have extra education in sports medicine. 

Sunday 10am - 4:15pm
Wednesday 8am - 2pm
Thursday 8am - 2pm

Clinical Counselling

Counselling
Arvinder Grewal
**Accepting new patients

 

I have over 20 years of experience in the mental health field. In addition to my private practice at Collaborative Wellness, I am currently working as a clinical counsellor in the Primary Care Network of Richmond, part of Vancouver Coastal Health. I have also worked as a concurrent disorders counsellor in the Provincial Youth Concurrent Disorders Program and the Heartwood Centre for Women at BC Children's and Women's Hospital. Additionally, I've worked at the Mood Disorders Clinic at UBC Hospital, and in the Reproductive Mental Health Clinic at BC Women's Hospital. 

I spend time creating a safe, comfortable and trusting relationship with my clients. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is very important in helping clients discuss their issues and being supported to reach their counselling goals. I believe that clients are the experts of their life and that I understand their life experiences so that I can support the client in making practical and attainable changes.

I use various approaches when working with clients as I believe everyone is individual and that the therapy must fit the client, not the client fit the therapy. I work from a client-centred approach and the therapeutic approaches I use the most are motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and solution-focused therapy. I am flexible in working with the client and finding an approach that aids in a collaborative client-therapist relationship.

 

My credentials: I am a Certified Clinical Counsellor with the Canadian
Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

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Treatment Areas

Youth and Adults

Depression, Anxiety, OCD

Self-Esteem

Substance Use

Family & Marital Issues including Couples Counselling

Domestic Violence

Grief

Concurrent Disorders (mental health concerns and substance use together)

Cross-Cultural Issues

School Concerns, ADHD

Saturday 9am - 2pm
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Karen Bolan, Office Manager
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