Welcome to my practice, I have spent the last 25 years developing my chiropractic skills through continuing education and daily hands-on family practice. Utilizing a variety of techniques within my practice has allowed me to give patients many options in their treatment plans. I may use very traditional hands-on chiropractic adjustments or computerized Impulse IQ Chiropractic instrument adjustments, Myofascial Release, Laser Therapy and ultrasound. I look forward to helping you work through your current complaint in an effort to restore and optimize your health for the future. Dr. Meinzer is a member of the BC Chiropractic Assoc. and a registrant of the College of Chiropractors of BC.
Dr. Harold S. Meinzer was born and raised in temperate Winnipeg, Manitoba where the mosquitoes are large and the winters are cold. He attended the University of Manitoba for 4 years and with the encouragement of both his older brother Dr.Fred K. Meinzer and family Chiropractor decided to pursue a career in Chiropractic. After completing another 4 years of study he graduated from Life Chiropractic College in Atlanta Georgia and arrived in beautiful B.C. He began private practice with his older brother Dr. Fred K Meinzer in Aldergrove, and decided in late 1999 to open an office in Walnut Grove. Dr. Harold is currently studying and practicing Myofascial Release techniques which relate to repetitive strain injuries such as Carpal Tunnel syndrome, tennis & golfers elbow, and frozen shoulder. He has integrated the use of low and high level laser therapy into his clinics to decrease pain, inflammation and accelerate tissue healing. Dr. Harold has always been interested and active in sports, playing competitive soccer at both the Provincial select and U.S.A State select levels. Having a well rounded sports background gives Dr. Harold insight into the world of sports injuries and their treatment. Dr. Harold now stays active by snowboarding, rollerblading, windsurfing, playing hockey and the occasional travel adventure. He continues to study and attend seminars on a variety of topics to better serve his patients. His goal has been to create a Wellness Centre where practitioners share the common goal of treating and preventing musculoskeletal problems.
Patients select my services because I have successfully combined the fundamentals of chiropractic education with higher learning and more than 25 years of lifting/strength & stability coaching to create a fun and educational treatment experience for you. Integration of these ideologies has allowed me to identify and resolve some rather difficult cases in my career, which I very much enjoy. I utilize a wide variety of therapies beyond chiropractic adjustment that includes neuro-therapy, active muscle release, cupping, spinal decompression, class IV laser, cranio-sacral therapy and meridian therapy to name just a few. Please see my website for details: www.drjamiedougall.com. I also offer longer appointment sessions for those that require it. An accurate diagnosis is crucial to selecting the correct therapy(ies) and setting an optimal course of treatment. In addition to traditional orthopedic testing, I also employ muscle/functional testing and movement screens to carefully and quickly diagnose. I do my best to answer the 3 questions every patient wants to know: 1) What is it? 2) Can you fix it? 3) How long will it take? During the course of treatment I thoroughly explain the nature of your condition, as well as create a customized home care program that addresses any stability/mobility issues that might exist. This program can be used as a stand alone program or as an adjunct to your regular exercise/training routine. I look forward to meeting you. My patients are of all ages and from all walks of life. My office hours accommodate a range of work/school schedules. See you soon! (Thanks for reading all the way to the end...).
Registered Massage Therapist
Though born in Taiwan, I have spent the majority of my life here in the lower mainland. It is here where I was raised and it is here where i have chosen to put down roots. My BSc in Biology was done at UBC and it was there where I was first exposed to Ballroom Dancing. As someone who respects and admires human performance, becoming a competitive dancer came quite naturally to me. The precision, strength, timing and flexibility required was a constant challenge to which I devoted countless hours and over 15 years of my life. I quickly came to realize how critical a finely tuned body was to my performance on the dance floor when injury brought me to seek treatment from a Registered Massage Therapist. Having experienced the healing power of an RMT started me on my journey to where i am today. In 2012 I set aside dance and enrolled full time at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT) for their 3000 hour program. With a lot of hard work, sacrifice and the support of friends and family, my goal of becoming a Registered Massage Therapist was realized. Having a strong foundation to start from and constantly upgrading and expanding my training, my goal is to create a customized treatment plan for all my patients to speed recovery and allow them to return to their peak performance. In my spare time I attempt many different sports with questionable success. Some of the activities I can't seem to stay away from include volleyball, golf, badminton and I look forward to picking up competitive ballroom dancing again in the near future.
Jasmine McMurray has a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Adler University, Vancouver Campus. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors, and has over seven years' experience providing support, supervision and counselling to a wide variety of individuals. Jasmine has a passion for working with people and journeying with them as they find their own inner wisdom and strength, and come to a place of meaningful self-acceptance. She integrates a unique blend of three complementary therapeutic modalities: Person-Centred, Adlerian Psychodynamic, and Sensorimotor Therapy (Mind-Body). Her philosophy of the change process is holistic and integrative, and she believes that change happens when people are able to gain insight and find a sense of congruence between their internal and external experiences. Jasmine understands the importance of looking at the entire person, and acknowledging and celebrating that each individual is unique and diverse. Jasmine is a strong believer that the body holds many memories and much wisdom, and she knows that part of her work with people is to help them to get in touch with the messages inside. To learn more about her approach please visit her website at jasminemcmurray.com Along with her counselling practice Jasmine is also an adjunct faculty member with Adler University. During her instruction in class and individually, Jasmine provides guidance, encouragement, mentorship and supervision for the students as they are becoming new therapists. Jasmine feels a deep sense of gratitude for being able to work with the next generation of counsellors. “Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes” – Carl Jung
Fascial Stretch Therapist
Amy Laithwaite was born in Vancouver, Canada. Her interest in the human body started early with a fervent passion for dance. She received her formative dance training at the Coquitlam School of Ballet, Vancouver’s Arts Umbrella, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Amy then moved to Toronto to attend the National Ballet School. At the NBS Amy trained with such respected teachers as Glenn Gilmore, Mavis Staines, Deborah Bowes and Sorella Englund; and received her Cecchetti Associate Diploma and her three year Diploma from the NBS. Amy is an active member of the dance arts community in Vancouver. Amy discovered Fascial Stretch Therapy in 2012. As a Fascial Stretch Therapist (FST) Amy draws parallels from her work with dancers to her work with her stretch clients. In conjunction with the assisted stretching that forms the base of FST, Amy uses her lifetime of movement assessment to help her clients find their own balance point. Amy also studies and teaches techniques from renowned movement specialist Irene Dowd (currently on staff at Juilliard). These ‘Dowd Techniques’ help clients integrate the new range gained from FST. Both proprioceptively and practically new range of motion needs to be understood, strengthened and practiced in order to maintain it. Amy continues to develop her practice. Most recently she became certified in PR (Postural Repositioning). These techniques further re-enforce FST by helping clients to build strength and understanding in healthy movement pathways and positions. An FST session is comprised of three basic elements. First we will assess posture and movement, identifying restrictions. Next, clients indulge in some deep breathing and relaxation techniques while being moved through stretches designed to target their specific restrictions. Lastly, clients are carefully taught one or two simple ‘repositioning’ exercises to do at home, which will help re-enforce and progress our work on the table. A commonly asked question: Is it painful? No! Stretches are most effective when the body feels safe and comfortable. Experiencing pain excites the nervous system and puts you ‘on guard’. While some stretches definitely become intense, the level of sensation is kept respectfully within your comfort zone. FST feels fantastic.
We are pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Kevin Henke to our caring team of practitioners. He will be available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and alternate Saturdays. Dr. Henke has done locums in our clinic in the past and was very well liked by our patients. Dr. Henke has a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from SFU and a Doctorate in Chiropractic from Texas Chiropractic College in 1995. He currently runs his own clinic in Agassiz where he can be reached on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and alternate Saturdays. After many years of practice Dr. Henke has trained in a variety of techniques and works with patients to deliver the most effective care possible. Whether you are interested in performing at your optimum potential or you have specific symptoms that need to be addressed, Dr. Henke will take the time to discuss your concerns.
Dr. Marr was born in North Vancouver and moved to Walnut Grove when he was just six years old, where he attended both elementary school and high school. Dr. Marr completed Undergraduate and Chiropractic studies at Life University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was also a member of the Life University Skating Eagles ice hockey team. In his spare time, Dr. Marr enjoys staying active and playing many different sports including ice hockey, slo-pitch softball, golf, and frisbee golf, as well as going camping and snowboarding. Dr. Marr has been a member of the Thunderbird Wellness team since 2009. He utilizes an array of different chiropractic techniques in his practice including manual adjusting, drop table, activator/instrument adjusting, flexion and distraction, muscular release techniques as well as class 4/hot laser. Dr. Marr continues to stay up-to-date with current studies and research and is regularly attending seminars to learn new techniques. Dr. Marr treats patients of all ages as well as a wide variety of conditions. Dr. Marr is currently active in the community where he is a member of the Walnut Grove Business Association and one of the team chiropractors for the Langley Rivermen.
Registered Massage Therapist
Registered Massage Therapist
Janelle Petrescue is a Registered Massage Therapist and has been practicing since 2008. Janelle’s interest in the body began during her undergrad at Trinity Western University. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Kinetics, she continued on to study Therapeutic Massage as a means to put her knowledge to practical use. She is a graduate of the 3000 hour program from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in New Westminster, B.C. Janelle is a member of the Massage Therapists Association of BC and remains in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of B.C. Janelle is continually amazed and intrigued with the human body, more specifically how we heal, and how we function in the presence of various stressors. Through her own experiences, as well as within her practice, she continues to see first hand how physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual stressors can manifest symptoms throughout our bodies. She considers massage therapy to play a strategic roll in assisting with the management of stress and pain. Janelle believes health education is essential for fostering proactive health care and wellness. She recognizes the importance of coming along side her patients to encourage and empower them in their health journeys. She enjoys challenging her patients to tune in and become more aware of their bodies. The human body is an incredible masterpiece and communicates with us if we would take the time to listen.
Registered Massage Therapist
Jolie is a 2012 spring graduate of the highly respected West Coast College of Massage Therapy. During her practicum, she had the opportunity to work with a broad base of patients, including people suffering with nerve damage, disabling diseases, sports injuries and just plain old life stress! Who doesn't have neck and shoulder computer related stress these days?? Jolie's focus is to help restore patient's health and joy for life by recognizing their individual needs and goals. She will be using a large spectrum of modalities, including Myofascial Release, Muscle Energy technique and Peripheral Neuromuscular Facilitation. There is often an emphasis on homecare and positive lifestyle changes to assist patients in making long lasting improvements to their health. Jolie is a Registered member of the College of Massage Therapists BC
Registered Acupuncturist and Herbalist
Dr. Lenti-Jones is originally from Vancouver and lucky enough to have grown up surrounded by a multi-cultural environment. From an early age he developed a strong interest in Chinese culture, an interest which would eventually lead him to his career in Chinese medicine. Immersion in the art and science of Chinese martial arts and meditation laid the ground work to understanding Chinese thought and the subtleties of Traditional chinese Medicine or TCM. TCM is a medical system whose profound logic and gentle methods have transformed countless lives throughout it’s long history. TCM emphasizes accurate diagnosis of the root condition through pulse and tongue diagnosis, and implements the correct adjustments to the body’s organs and energy through the use of acupuncture and herbal medicines. Joshua studied at the International College of Chinese Medicine in Vancouver. He completed his 5 year program with an internship at the An Hui TCM Hospital in He Fei, China. The hospital experience in China broadened his scope of practice in the realization that most health conditions can be treated successfully with TCM. Being an apprentice under Dr. Tong Nian Zhou, a master of traditional methods augmented Joshua’s formal education and provided a more in depth perspective of the ancient Chinese arts of PULSE and TONGUE diagnosis, critical elements in assessing the true condition of the body. Joshua is now a Registered Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Herbalist having graduated in 2005. He is now practicing at the Aldergrove Wellness Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as at the Walnut Grove Thunderbird Wellness Centre on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. He is dedicated to providing exceptional service and results to the communities he practices in and would love to be part of making health happen for you.
Registered Massage Therapist
Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Alanna moved to British Columbia in 2009 to pursue a career in the health care field. Since becoming a Registered Massage Therapist, she has gained valuable clinical experience by working alongside other health care professionals and is passionate in helping a diverse patient base ranging from desk workers to professional and amateur athletes to palliative care needs of adults and children. She has been successful in providing relief for a wide range of conditions such as migraine headaches, whiplash, tendonitis, arthritis, torticollis, frozen shoulder, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, as well as many other common conditions related to soft tissue and joint dysfunction. “I am constantly humbled and grateful to be a part of improving the quality of another’s life”. Alanna believes that “every individual will present differently with a different history and their treatment should be based on assessing the whole person. I try my best to listen to the patients concerns so I can identify and eliminate the root cause of those symptoms in the most safe and effective way”. Utilizing a clinical treatment approach which includes assessment, history intake, patient education, physical rehabilitation, combined with massage as essential elements in the treatment and prevention of injury. She looks forward to creating an individualized treatment plan to help you achieve your health and wellness goals! Academics:
- 2011 West Coast College of Massage Therapy Graduate of the 3000 hour program
- 2012 CMTBC Registered Massage Therapist
- Member of the Massage Therapists Association of BC
- Member of the College of Massage Therapists of BC
- Currently completing a Health Science degree
- 2013 Certified Function Range Release Spine Provider
- 2013 Recertified CPR Level “C” and AED
- 2012, 2013 Seasons with the CFL’s B.C Lions Football Club
- 2013 Davis Cup of Tennis
- 2011 Vancouver Marathon
- 2010 Osoyoos Half Iron Man Competition
- 2013, 2014 Canuck Place Children’s Hospice Volunteer
Registered Massage Therapy
Victor graduated from the 2200 hour program of the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2015. During his clinical training he volunteered with the Vancouver Whitecaps, the Vancouver Friends for Life Society and through West Coasts outreach programs Victor worked extensively with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's and Cerebral Palsy. He has experience dealing with the health care concerns of a wide array of patients from office workers to athletes and injuries ranging from moderate to life changing. Victor's mechanical background lends itself well to his understanding of the body and the stresses involved in injury. He employ's a variety of techniques including stretch, myofascial, trigger point release, joint mobilization and general swedish in his practice in order to aid recovery. Therapeutic exercise also features prominently in his practice as he believes the prevention of future injury to be as important as rehabilitation. Born in British Columbia, when not in clinic Victor can often be found exploring one of our provinces lakes in his kayak or hiking one of its many mountain trails. Time not spent enjoying nature is typically spent with family and friends or enjoying a cup of tea and a good book.
Registered Massage Therapy
Born and raised in Langley BC, Janelle McVeigh is a graduate of the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. Janelle has a 20-year background in dance and competitive cheerleading and decided to pursue a career in the health care field after undergoing treatment and benefiting from massage therapy and chiropractic. Janelle is fascinated with the inner workings of the human body. Not only does the connectivity of all the structures within the body amaze Janelle, but, so does the connectivity between physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. It is important to Janelle to work with her patients to better understand how all of these factors together impact each individual’s symptomatic presentation. Janelle uses these insights and connections to aid in healing and is committed to providing patients with optimal health and wellness. In her spare time Janelle enjoys traveling, snowboarding, swimming, biking, rollerblading and baking. She would love to work with you and help you achieve your unique health and wellness goals.
Fascial Stretch Therapist
Carolyn Schmidt is in a long term relationship with human movement. As a Stretch Therapist and Movement Educator, Carolyn brings a lifetime of experience, passion and curiosity to each session with her clients.
Carolyn began dancing as a young child and received her formal training from renowned institutions including the School of Alberta Ballet and The Ailey School in New York City. Her professional dance career has taken her to the USA, Europe and Australia where she has performed, taught and studied with diverse dance professionals from around the globe. Carolyn continues to teach dance in the Vancouver area and is active in artistic projects and dance education initiatives.
Carolyn completed her Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) training in Arizona with Ann and Chris Fredrick, the creators of the method. Carolyn also has training in kinesiology, Pilates and Alexander technique - which educates people to use their bodies in more effective ways, greatly improving posture, daily movement and awareness of self.
In a Stretch Therapy session, clients will experience 3 phases: Assessment, treatment (the stretching) and education. First, clients posture and movement will be assessed, then restrictions will be identified. Next, restrictions will be worked on through a series of slow, deep, waving stretches performed on a table which work to create length and space in the body. At the end of the session, clients movement will be re-assessed and self-stretch exercises will be prescribed to enhance the work accomplished during the session. Clients can wear comfortable athletic type clothing and be prepared to leave feeling long, light and free. Make sure to drink plenty of water!
Registered Massage Therapist
Luca completed the 3000 hour RMT training program with over 550 hour clinical hours at the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. , Luca's clinical training practice took place in a diverse range of hospitals and care facilities in the lower mainland.
The focus of Luca’s studies and training have been to develop skills in the assessment and treatment of soft tissue and repetitive stress injuries with myofascial techniques. Myofascial techniques treat muscles and connective tissue of the body to rehabilitate them by promoting their mobility, flexibility, and health. These techniques help the client in recovering physical activity and performance.
Luca is a member and graduate of the Fascial Manipulation Association (Associazione Manipolazione Fasciale), based in Italy, having completed his Level 1 Fascial Manipulation studies.
Luca believes wellness activities such as yoga, pilates, tai chi, cycling, aquafit, and swimming can be beneficial for improving the body’s strength, balance, mobility, and stability. He has practiced these forms of activity and also enjoys running, cycling, free weights, and circuit training, believing that staying active provides for a higher quality of life and more effective recovery from injury.