Dr. Cynthia Chan, D.C.
Dr. Cynthia Chan graduated with Cum Laude and Clinic Honours from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1997. In addition to completing a specialized ICPA course for adjusting infants, children and pregnant women, Dr. Chan is also certified in the Webster Technique for breech presentation. Dr. Chan is one of only four Toronto chiropractors with Advanced Proficiency certification in Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique (a low-force adjusting instrument). Dr. Chan has also studied acupuncture in Sri Lanka (1995), Beijing (2000) and several courses in Toronto. In addition to chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture, Dr. Chan prescribes foot orthotics to regulate foot mechanics and normalize gait patterns. In 2018 she will complete a life-coaching certificate with the Centre for Applied Neuroscience. To access Dr. Chan's coaching services please visit cynchancoaching.com.
Dr. Chan believes that chiropractic care is integral in overcoming injury, achieving optimal physical performance and sustaining wellness. She first experienced the healing effects of chiropractic and acupuncture at the age of 16. After receiving two weeks of treatment post ankle sprain, she was able to successfully dance in a scheduled performance. Dr. Chan's deep appreciation for the human body's form and function has its roots in her past training in ballet/modern dance, 10km running, tennis and now through her current physical activities: hi-intensity interval training, Ashtanga yoga, beach volleyball, cycling to the clinic (weather permitting!), and playing baseball with her son Desmond.
Dr. Chan's personal health regimen includes chiropractic adjustments on a weekly basis, acupuncture to boost the immune system, massage therapy to reduce repetitive strain and meditation.
8:00 - 1:15
Week 1 8:00-1:15
Week 2 11:30-3:15
Dr. Kristine A. Lyons, B.Sc.(H.K.), D.C.
Dr. Kristine Lyons graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1997. In 1992, prior to attending CMCC, Dr. Lyons completed her 4 year Bachelor of Science degree, with a specialization in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph.
Since graduating, Dr. Lyons has completed numerous Pediatric Chiropractic courses with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, learning various techniques to adjust pregnant women and children. She also completed an extensive 2-year Acupuncture course through the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, and currently incorporates acupuncture in her practice. In 2007, Dr. Lyons started incorporating the Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique (a low force adjusting instrument) into her practice and is now one of 4 Advanced Proficiency rated Chiropractors in Toronto.
As a strong believer in Chiropractic care as a natural approach to a healthier well-being, Dr. Lyons believes that Chiropractic care will keep people of all ages stronger, more agile and flexible. A healthy nervous system means that your body can function more optimally. A former Varsity Field Hockey player and an avid long distance runner ( having completed 7 Half Marathons and many 10 km races), Dr. Lyons also enjoys spinning, lifting weights, riding her bike to work, volunteering, reading, listening to pod casts and walking her dog Marlee.
Dr. Lyons’ philosophy on staying healthy includes a healthy mind and body. Dr Lyons meditates on a daily basis and includes Chiropractic care, Acupuncture, Massage therapy and Rolfing as part of her health routine.
Week 1 11:00-2:45
Week 2 8:30-1:15
Jenn Chretien, RMT
Jenn Chretien graduated from Sutherland-Chan teaching school and clinic in 2002. In her years of practice she has gained vast experience treating a variety of ailments and health problems. Incorporating treatment-focused techniques into a soothing and relaxing massage, she can effectively treat headaches, postural dysfunctions and chronic tension. Jenn is a passionate and understanding therapist who enjoys teaching her clients about their own health and wellness. She encourages them to ask questions and to get involved in their treatment process. In October 2016 she added Hot Stone Massage to her repetoire of techniques.
Since becoming a mother, Jenn is attuned to parental challenges and strives to help patients reduce stress and try to achieve a work-life balance. Jenn is trained in prenatal massage and can empathetically treat and care for expectant moms throughout all terms of pregnancy.
Katrine O'Reilly, RMT, Osteopathic Manual Practitioner
Katrine graduated form Elmcrest College of Applied Health Sciences in 2005. In 2006, Katrine enrolled at the Canadian College of Osteopathy where she has completed the 5 year class program and in 2016 she officially received her Osteopathic Manual Practitioner designation. Throughout her studies Katrine has learned many modalities; she uses a variety of techniques to complement massage therapy and to tailor a treatment to the specific needs of her patient. Katrine specializes in postural dysfunctions, TMJ dysfunction, visceral manipulation and cranial sacral therapy. Katrine's passion lies in finding the root of the problem and working with the patient not only in the treatment, but also giving meaningful home care to help sustain a feeling of well being.
Michael O'Brien, RMT
Michael graduated from Northumberland College, Halifax, NS in 2006. After briefly working in his home province of Newfoundland, he moved to Toronto and began his studies at the Canadian College of Osteopathy. He has since completed 3 years of the 5 year class program. Much of what Michael has learned in the Manual Osteopathy program falls within the scope of practice of massage therapy. This gives him many additional tools to use when approaching his client’s concerns.
Whether you are looking for a relaxing full-body massage, or whether you have a specific issue that you would like addressed, Michael is eager to consult with you to tailor a treatment with your health goals in mind. Some of the modalities that Michael specializes in are: Swedish/deep tissue, pre-natal, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, cranial sacral therapy and muscle energy technique.
Lorraine Chretien, RMT
Lorraine received her first massage therapy diploma in Australia in 2008. She has since gained practical experience working at clinics, hospitals, spas, and on-site corporate events. Upon her return to Canada she fine-tuned her studies at Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching clinic and became an RMT in 2012.
As a result of her travels Lorraine has been influenced by both western and eastern approaches to wellness and healing. The influence of yoga is apparent in her style, often using dynamic movement in her treatment and maintaining a steady flow and rhythm at all times. She is certified in the NISA technique, which is the myofascial release of tension in the body to help realign and correct postural faults and help alleviate chronic pain disorders. She incorporates this technique amongst others to give her clients customized treatments to suit their goals.
Lorraine has experience treating many states of health including pregnancy, tension headaches, postural imbalances, acute/chronic strains and overuse injuries.
Jeffrey Freeman, RMT
Our newest team member and registered massage therapist, Jeffrey Freeman, practices standard and Thai reflexology as well as traditional Swedish massage. Jeffrey, a graduate of Kikkawa College, believes in approaching the body as a whole rather than segmented systems, in doing so he always seeks to find root cause of aches and pains. Prior to becoming an RMT Jeffrey worked in publishing, marketing & business development. Jeffrey attended Ryerson's Governance and Public Policy program.
Megan Kerik, RMT
Megan will be working at KWC while Lorraine Chretien is on Maternity Leave. She is a graduate of the Massage Therapy program at Sir Sanford Fleming College in Peterborough and is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.
Megan enjoys providing both relaxation and therapeutic massage and with over ten years of hands-on experience is dedicated to helping all of her clients achieve their personal wellness goals. Megan is trained in Swedish and therapeutic techniques to provide treatment for: acute and chronic injuries, sports injuries, lymphatic drainage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release and scare tissue treatment, pregnancy, and relaxation massage. Megan continues adding skills to her current knowledge base and takes courses in treatment techniques to better meet the individual health and wellness needs of her clients. Megan believes that ongoing communication is key to successfully achieving wellness goals. She works in partnership with her clients to achieve a treatment plan that is the most beneficial for them, including stretches and rehabilitation exercises to best achieve a healthy outcome.
Dr. Elisa Santiago, ND
Dr. Elisa Santiago first received her Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Guelph. Her passion in natural health, science and in education, led her to the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, where she graduated as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine in 2005.
During her education, she had worked with HIV/AIDS patients at Sherbourne Health Center, and also at the Aboriginal clinic at Anishnawbe Health Toronto. Dr. Santiago has also pursued additional education in Cosmetic Acupuncture and has traveled to Asia broadening her education in Acupuncture and Asian Medicine.
She has appeared on television (CP24–Wylde on Health) and continues to speak at educational seminars. She continues to travel to Kenya, Africa, as a Naturopathic Doctor, leading studies to decrease general illnesses and increase awareness of natural health.
Dr. Santiago is registered with the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy - Naturopathy and licensed to practice naturopathic medicine in the province of Ontario. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) and the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND).
Dr. Santiago enjoys her General Family Practice, working with patients of all ages and conditions with a special interest in Women’s health, Digestive health, and Skin health. Her passion is to promote wellness on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual, allowing her to recognize individual needs and to create personalized treatment plans.
Dr. Nicki Marksteiner, ND
Nicki graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine where she completed a clinical internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic, along with a naturopathic internship at the Anishnawbe Health Centre.
Nicki is a general practitioner with a focus on all things pelvic: pelvic floor therapy, digestion, women and men’s health from puberty to the twilight years.
Her areas of special interest include:
- pelvic floor therapy: pelvic pain, post-partum pain and dysfunction, prolapse, interstitial cystitis, overactive bladder, fecal and urinary incontinence
- digestive health: IBS, food sensitivities, acid reflux, weight loss
- endocrine health: diabetes, thyroid issues, PCOS, adrenal fatigue
- women's health: menstrual issues, PMS, fertility, pregnancy support, menopause
- men's health: fertility, erectile dysfunction
- cardiovascular health: hypertension, dyslipidemia (high cholesterol)
- other obstacles: migraines, stress, fatigue, insomnia, acne, eczema, sciatica
- cosmetic acupuncture
Amrit Singh, R.Ac
Amrit Singh has been studying and practicing acupuncture for 10 years. She began her journey by completing a Diploma of Acupuncture at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Toronto, after which she extended her studies in Beijing, Tokyo, San Francisco, New York and London, UK. Often referred to as “The Bay St. Acupuncturist," Amrit has been helping patients in Toronto’s Financial District surpass their personal health goals and actualize the optimal versions of themselves. She has helped many executives and leaders in the financial district with everything from painful sports injuries and stress management, to issues with fertility & digestive concerns.
Amrit apprenticed with the internationally recognized Acupuncturist & Educator of the famous Kiiko Matsumoto style, Takamasa Tsurusaki R.Ac; and through this apprenticeship she honed her abilities in a style of Acupuncture known for its precise diagnosis, gentle needling techniques and its blending of western medical principles with eastern ideologies for quick and effective results.
Amrit further diversified her training by studying Cosmetic Acupuncture and Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture internationally, in addition to completing The Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship program in the U.S. with Whitfield Reaves who for almost 40 years has been a leader in Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Acupuncture.
She enjoys working with her patients on all levels, from making lifestyle and nutritional recommendations to answering her patient’s questions during treatments. “I want my patients to feel comfortable and have an understanding of what is occurring with their body and why. I truly believe this is an important step towards better health.”
Amrit is a fully insured, Registered Acupuncturist with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO) and is certified in Clean Needle Technique. She is also an Instructor teaching a number of courses on Acupuncture techniques, Cosmetic Acupuncture & Practice Management in Toronto. If you have any questions, or would like to book a 15-minute complimentary consultation, you can reach Amrit Singh at email@example.com or 416.662.0564.
Tim Roode, Structural Integrator
Tim Roode practices the Ida P. Rolf Method of Structural Integration and he believes it is the most effective means to achieving postural balance and physical awareness. It is through this balance and awareness, triggered by skillful tissue manipulation, that an individual can radically change his or her fundamental ease of movement.
Tim finds that his clients' responses range from "I feel different in my body" to "I can do things that I was never able to do before”. Those are the positive effects of Rolfing. Clients approach Tim with everyday stress, accident-generated discomfort and chronic pain issues from both occupational and unknown sources. The client-specific process begins with a thorough explanation of the kind of treatment appropriate, and the number of visits most suitable to the circumstances.
Initially graduating in 1996 from the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Tim specialized in sports massage and deep tissue therapy, and in 2000 he received his certification from the Guild of Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado. In 2006, Tim completed the Advanced Rolf Certification.
Tim has been featured in the Boston Magazine, Boston Globe, Boston Herald and the Improper Bostonian. Tim took part in a landmark American Health Institute funded clinical trial, evaluating the effect of structural integration on back pain. Positive results of the study were published by Eric Jacobson in the journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 2015.
Shernell, Chiropractic Technician
Shernell started with KWC in 2005 as a Chiropractic Technician. With several years experience in the Administrative department, Shernell's primary focus is to enhance patient satisfaction while maintaining a pleasant and professional atmosphere. She is a friendly, dynamic person who believes in the natural approach to good health.
Meagan, Chiropractic Technician
Meagan is a BFA Dance Alumni from York University. Since graduating in 2011 she has become increasingly interested in the benefits of a holistic health approach to attain an optimal lifestyle. During the summer of 2014 Meagan became a certified yoga instructor through YogaTree's teacher training program. This has enabled her to share the gifts of yoga with students across Toronto and the GTA. Meagan enjoys being a member of a workplace that aims to facilitate's people's well-being. She feels fortunate that in her role of Chiropractic Technician she is able to incorporate her passions for helping people and health. When she's not at the clinic you can find Meagan exploring the city, practicing yoga at a local studio or dancing up a storm.
Brooke, Chiropractic Technician
Brooke is our newest administrative staff member to join the clinic. She has many years experience working in the hospitality industry and is looking forward to the change in career working at KWC.