Robin Young, OMP
Osteopathic Manual Practitioner
Robin Young is an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner and the proud owner of Robin’s Nest Family Care. She attended the Canadian College of Osteopathy and completed her thesis in 2009. Following that Robin had her first child and started working on this vision that she had for a space for family care where a crying child was understood and siblings were welcomed. In October of 2015 Robin’s Nest’s doors were opened and a dream realized. Robin continues her education in fertility, pregnancy and pediatrics to keep up to date on the latest research to best help her patients’ concerns. She is very enthusiastic about her work and it is evident by the smile on her face.
Dr. Janine Buisman Wilcox, ND
Janine Buisman Wilcox is a Naturopathic Doctor, Guelph local, and Mom of three young kids. She is passionate about helping her patients get to the root of their health challenges so they have energy to enjoy life. She truly believes that health brings happiness. When we feel great, we can accomplish the things we want to in our school, work, family, friendships, and personal lives. When we feel poorly, the simple tasks of daily living can be a challenge. She works hard to guide her patients to a place where they are enjoying life and feeling good in their body: waking refreshed, managing stress, feeling nourished and energized, digesting well, experiencing mental clarity and happiness, and moving without pain.
Her approach is to keep things simple. She educates her patients so they understand what they are working towards and feel empowered to take their health into their own hands. Together they implement feasible dietary and lifestyle changes. She prescribes high quality herbal and nutrient supplements that are clinically proven as being effective for treating the condition or deficiency at hand. She uses acupuncture for some patients as a way to reduce pain, balance hormones, decrease stress, promote sleep and mental well-being, and provide relaxation. As a practitioner, she is constantly learning and researching to ensure that she is aware of the latest research and best practices in my field. Ultimately, the treatment revolves around her patients: their needs, goals, motivation and happiness.
Alana Sutherland, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Alana has been practicing as a registered massage therapist since her graduation from the two year program at Sutherland Chan School and Teaching Clinic in July 2001.
She has experience in both therapeutic and general relaxation massage including;
Labour support and instruction
Infant massage and instruction
Sports treatments (specifically runners, dancers & swimmers)
Headaches and migraines
Chronic pain management
Deep Tissue Therapy
Fascial Work (NISA – Neuromuscular Integration and Structural Alignment)
Hot stone therapy
Tania Archbold, IBCLC
Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
Tania is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Guelph in Molecular Biology and Genetics. She has always been fascinated about how the human body works.
Diane Doulin-Prouin, MSc
Live and Dry Blood Analysis
For as long as she can remember, Diane has had a keen interest in Biology. She attended Laurentian University and graduated with a B.Sc. Honours Degree in Biology and continued her studies at the University of Guelph graduating with a M.Sc. More recently she has completed several trainings in live and dry cell analysis using dark field microscopy. Diane’s interest in learning has not faded and she continues to attend training to increase her breadth of knowledge in the holistic world.
Erin Margetts Helkaa
Doula, Maternal Mental Health Specialist, WeeHands Instructor, Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist
Erin Margetts Helkaa is a qualified Labour and Postpartum Doula, as well as a Maternal Mental Health Specialist, Doula Trainer and Mentor, Childbirth Educator, WeeHands Instructor and Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist. With an honours degree, including a major in Psychology and minor in Child & Family Studies, Erin is passionate about all aspects involving the emotional and spiritual well-being of others. She worked in the mental health field for almost 12 years, supporting children and youth in care, developing, promoting and delivering mental health education programs/courses and facilitating groups.
Doula & Reiki Practitioner
Kinesiologist, Reiki, Myofascial Release and Functional Movement Screent, Osteopath in training
Gloria Leroy is a Registered Kinesiologist and attending her fifth year at the Canadian College of Osteopathy. Gloria holds a Baccalaureate in Science Honours Program from the University of Guelph, Level 2 Reiki certification, Myofascial Release and Functional Movement Screening Training. These studies sparked her interests to learn more and gave her the fundamentals to grasp the complexity of the human body. Her approach to therapy has evolved to be a facilitator to restore Health.
She is very excited about osteopathy and the positive benefits it has to offer. She lives in Guelph with her partner and almost two-year-old son. Gloria is pragmatic, honest, humane and a good listener.
Jessica is certified as a Biodynamic Craniosacral therapist (BCST) and is currently completing an advanced module specializing in childbirth and infants. Jessica found her way to the practice of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy through her own experience with healing.
Linda Campbell has always had an interest in health and wellness and was thrilled to discover Bowen therapy. After hearing of and experiencing the benefits of Bowen therapy she began her studies in Bowen “to figure out how it works”, by the end of the first day of training she was astounded by the impact Bowen therapy can have on the body and knew quite simply that people would truly benefit from such a gentle and effective treatment.
Linda is a certified Bowen Practitioner and has continued her studies with courses in Bowen for Chronic Conditions, Specialized Procedures level 1 and is currently completing her case studies leading to certification in Reflexology.
Linda and her husband are new to the Guelph area after relocating to be closer to their daughter, son-in-law and grandson. They are currently renovating a house in the Riverdale area of Guelph, where they live with their dog, cat and multiple fish.
Natasha is a Holistic Nutrtionist and mother to a bouncing baby boy. She is passionate about helping women and their families live healthy happy lives. Her goal is to help educate and empower others so that they can take control of their health and well-being. Through natural nutrition consulting and the use of evidence based research, Natasha creates unique plans to address the bio-individuality of each her clients. Incorporating the power of whole foods, she makes it simple for you to know what to eat and has a special love for plant-based/vegetarian eating. By creating a holisitic health plan that honours the physical, emotional, environmental & spiritual aspects of life, she will help you stay accountable by providing support, motivation and inspiration for whatever you would like to achieve. Also holding a Bachelor of Commerce, in Human Resources and having worked in this field for 7 years, Natasha is also passionate and knowledgeable about what it takes to get the job from resume and interview prep to making a full career transition. She believes that you should never settle in life and to always pursue your dreams!
Nir Saar, R.Ac
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine have been regulated in Ontario since April 2013. The regulating body is: The College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO).
Nir has been a member of the CTCMPAO since 2013 and has been practicing Acupuncture since 2009.
(If you have private insurance there is a good chance that acupuncture that is performed by a Registered Acupuncturist will be covered by your insurance.)
Nir takes the gentle approach to acupuncture using ultra-fine needles, coupled with precise palpation skills to create a calming and effective therapeutic effect. He practices acupuncture in the context of Traditional Chinese Medicine using Classic styles of acupuncture and newer styles of acupuncture according to the client’s symptoms and needs.
Nir has a background of treating clients using bodywork (Shiatsu Massage, Tuina Massage, he also studied Osteopathy for one year) and as he progressed with his acupuncture skills, he uses mostly acupuncture in his practice with great results.
Nir focuses his practice on the treatment of pain, structural conditions, neurological conditions (post stroke rehabilitation), women’s health, men’s health and stress reduction.
Acupuncture can be helpful in the treatment of pain and structural conditions, digestive issues, stress and certain chronic health conditions. Nir finds that receiving acupuncture can be beneficial on many levels. When used by a skilled practitioner acupuncture is a systemic treatment that works with your entire body to help it self regulate.
Receiving regular acupuncture treatments can help promote your health, create better awareness to health and provide tools for personal growth and life style changes.
Danielle Cullimore, R.Ac
Danielle, Registered Acupucturist (R.Ac.), works side by side with her patients to help them thrive. Her goal is to help reduce physical and emotional pain, so that her patients can live their lives as joyfully as possible. After receiving a transformative set of acupuncture treatments 8 years ago, Danielle experienced the power of acupuncture first-hand in alleviating pain, helping to resolve an injury, and at the same time, assisting in the grieving process. Empowered and inspired by the comprehensiveness of this medicine, she shortly thereafter began her training in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine so that she could be of service to others seeking help with physical, emotional and mental health challenges.
In addition to acupuncture, your treatment may include Tuina massage, guasha and/or cupping, nutritional and lifestyle counsel, depending on what best suits you and your needs. A gentle and intuitive practitioner and an attentive and empathetic listener, Danielle loves introducing people to their first acupuncture and invites her patients to become active participants in healing and balancing process. She is also passionate about Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture, which includes personalized treatments to balance the body, as well as a lifting facial protocol.
As an active member of the CTCMPAO, Danielle provides Registered Acupuncture receipts for insurance plans and for tax purposes.
Danielle works in the following areas:
· Acute injury/pain and chronic pain
· Seasonal colds/allergies
· Digestive issues
· Sleep issues/insomnia
· Low motivation
· Reproductive health (fertility, menstrual issues, sexual health, pregnancy, pre-and post-pregnancy care, post-partum)
· Facial rejuvenation acupuncture
Danielle has pursued additional training in Acupuncture for Sports Injury, Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, and special treatments for Menstrual Issues. Her training in acupuncture builds upon her post-secondary education, where she earned an MA in the field of Medical Anthropology with special interest in female reproductive health. Outside of the clinic, Danielle strives to spend as much time outdoors as possible and enjoys canoeing, camping, hiking, and exploring with her family and friends. She also likes to adventure into inner space, through meditation, yoga and qi gong.
Sue McCook, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Sue is a registered massage therapist and mother of three busy kids. As a recent graduate from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy (CCMH) in Cambridge, she is pleased to be able to offer a massage treatments that will benefit a wide range of concerns. She has had the opportunity to treat a diverse population of clients, including athletes, people in palliative care and their caregivers, children, people with traumatic brain injuries, emergency room nurses, pregnant women, those living with chronic pain, and people who are busy, stressed and tired! Her goal is to improve her clients’ overall wellbeing, and their sense of ease and comfort as they go about their everyday lives.
Nicole Meades, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Nicole is a registered massage therapist, having graduated From Sutherland-Chan in 2007. She is quite passionate about Massage therapy, feeling truly called to work with people in this way. Nicole Has her reiki level one, and some introductory training at the cranial sacral therapy center in Toronto. She has experience treating a wide range of conditions with massage as well as the effects of the common condition being, in a prolonged state of ‘fight or flight’ otherwise known as ‘stressed out!’
Nicole has explored mental health, anxiety, depression, PTSD and trauma and their translation into the body in courses/workshops and in continual personal study. A particular passion and excited interest also lies in pregnancy and the way it shapes a woman’s body and life as a whole. Because of this Nicole has considerable experience working with clients pre and post pregnancy, providing support for the changing bodies and excited hearts of these women and their families in a safe, quiet space where they can rest comfortably without interruption. The presence of a knowledgeable, non-judgmental, well trained body worker can relieve discomfort on a physical level as well as provide steady, calm support throughout the healing process. Our lives are often rushed, strained, pushed and pulled, uncomfortable and uncertain. Nicole aims to provide a space people can be themselves, heal, rest, stretch and unwind, within a standard massage treatment. It is all connected.
Dr. Robin Urekar, ND
Dr. Robin Urekar is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor welcoming patients from the Guelph area to her general family practice.
After completing an honours degree in Biomedical Biology at Laurentian University, Robin pursued her naturopathic medical studies at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. She is a member of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario, the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors, and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors.
As a Naturopathic Doctor, Robin works with patients to address their health goals through comprehensive assessment leading to the root cause of their complaints. Combining a strong knowledge of the power and safety of natural therapies with evidence based medicine; she assists her patients in combining natural and conventional medicines, as well as patients looking for alternatives.
Robin has a general family practice, with a special interest in complementary cancer care, digestive concerns, weight loss, fertility, pre and postnatal support, and women’s health.
Clinical Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Jessica Barnes is a Clinical Social Worker, a Student Postpartum Doula, and Mom to a busy one year-old son. With over ten years of experience working with parents and families during difficult times, Jessica brings a compassionate, non-judgemental approach to helping clients plan for birth, and work through times of crises during post-partum, separation and divorce, or just the challenges of life.
She views wellness from a holistic perspective and is dedicated to helping others improve their family’s well-being through better individual health, stronger couple relationships, and child-focused parenting that comes from a place of compassion.
Jessica graduated from the University of Toronto with her Master of Social Work. For the past six years she has worked in the fields of child welfare and custody and access assessments. Jessica has completed training in the following areas; trauma, attachment, parenting after divorce, parent coaching, Emotion Focused Couples Therapy, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Parenting Capacity Assessments, and Maternal Mental Health.
Clinical Social Worker and Counsellor, MSW, RSW
Evan is a Clinical Social Worker who felt called to therapeutic and healing work after a number of transformative healing and spiritual experiences, which began over twelve years ago. Along this journey, Evan has become deeply committed to supporting the inner work and healing of others. What distinguishes Evan’s work from others in the field of counselling and psychotherapy is a body-oriented approach. Evan is trained in a sophisticated trauma healing model called Somatic Experiencing (SE). SE takes the therapeutic work from an exclusively “talk therapy” approach, and focuses it in the experience of the body. SE offers a physiological understanding of trauma and stress, as well as other common mental health challenges, such as depression and anxiety. SE focuses its work in the nervous system, supporting it to come into balance which results in a deeper sense of safety, calm, and vitality. SE understands that the nervous system is inherently self-healing. Consider an example from the animal kingdom: It has been observed that a deer, after escaping danger, will literally “shake off” the left-over fight/flight energies that mobilized in its body to keep it alive. This “shaking off” restores its’ nervous system to balance, safety and calm alertness. For us humans, our challenge is that our intelligent brains have the ability to override these natural healing mechanisms. SE takes a physiological approach by focusing its attention in the nervous system to invite the instinctual, and sometimes unconscious, fight, flight, and freeze responses to fully, safely, and slowly complete and resolve.