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.
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.
Kendra Ellison, RMT
Kendra Ellison graduated and received her advanced diploma in Massage Therapy in 2014 from Sir Sandford Fleming College in Peterborough. She spent the first few years of her career working in a clinic in Oshawa building a large clientele. She opened her own practice in Spring 2018 in Oshawa and continues to treat many of her long term clients there a couple of days each week.
Kendra enjoys working in a multidisciplinary setting where she can contribute to a team approach, working together with other health care practitioners to achieve optimal health and wellness for each client. She has a passion for the field and enjoys providing deep tissue or relaxation massage, whether for maintenance of health or treatment of acute or chronic conditions.
Kendra looks forward to continuing her career in Massage Therapy by joining the King West Chiropractic team and offering her skills and experience in the treatment of their clients.
Mackenzie Brydon, RMT
Mackenzie graduated from The Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2016. After many hours of experience in both spa and clinical settings, her approach to Massage Therapy strives to blend soothing relaxation with the therapeutic effects of a deep tissue treatment. Mackenzie is dedicated to her client’s well-being, and recommends treatment plans to fit each individual’s specific needs.
With a special interest in myofascial release, perinatal massage, TMJ dysfunction, sinusitis/sinus congestion, tension headaches, chronic pain, and many others, she is thrilled to be a member of the King West Chiropractic team.
Katrine O'Reilly, Osteopathic Manual Practitioner
Katrine O’Reilly has been a therapeutic manual practitioner for 14 years. She started her career as an RMT and graduating from the Osteopathic program at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in 2015. Katrine strives to bring balance to the body and physical well-being to the individual. Osteopathy not only treats pain, it also helps to find the cause of discomfort through assessment, hands-on palpation and treatment along with home care recommendations. Katrine continues to pursue additional education, giving her diverse skills to help with chronic pain, TMJ issues, concussion syndrome, stress maintenance and more. Please contact the clinic to find out if Osteopathy is right for you.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 416.662.0564.
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.