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.
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.
Dr. Kevin will be moving with the office to the new office, ALDERBROOK Health and Wellness Centre on Monday May 14/18. 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 will be moving with the office to the new ALDERBROOK Health and Wellness Centre on Monday May 14/18. 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
Joshua will be moving to a new clinic in Willoughby sometime in the middle of May 2018. Keep you posted. 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 88Wellness 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
Lynda graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Vancouver B.C. (2500 hour program) in 1988. Over the past 29 years + she has taken numerous post graduate courses and along with her family practice has expanded her knowledge of the human body. Among these are: neuromuscular therapy (St. John Method), muscle balance and function, thermo therapy (hot/cold stone therapy), sports massage, muscle energy, craniosacral therapy, osteopathic technique, fascia release, dermoneuro modulation, and visceral manipulation. Lynda is committed to ongoing learning and educating others. She often refers to herself as an eternal student. She taught, nationally and internationally, for the St. John Institute of Neuromuscular Therapy for 10 years. Lynda’s approach to therapy focuses on both structure and function. You can expect your alignment to be assessed and corrected and manual massage Therapy techniques used that are appropriate for your presenting symptoms. Homecare will also be a part of your treatment plan. Prior to Massage Therapy, Lynda obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and her Master’s Degree in Lifestyle Management, from the University of British Columbia. She was a Lifestyle Coach and private trainer, as well as an athletic trainer for Varsity and National team athletes, before continuing on to study Massage Therapy. Lynda also has a private counselling practice. She graduated from the B.C. Institute of Focusing in 2004 and is registered with the Focusing Institute in New York as well as with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists in British Columbia. She is a certified Focusing-Oriented Therapist & Complex Trauma Counsellor and Trainer, as well as a Certifying Coordinator for the New York Institute of Focusing. She graduated from the Justice Institute of British Columbia in 2014 with a certificate in Aboriginal Focusing Oriented Therapy & Complex Trauma. Her gentle, implicit approach to counselling is client centered, and body centered. Her practice includes childhood and adult trauma, dreams, relationship issues, burn out, grief/loss, life transitions, separation and family court support. When not in the office, Lynda will be planning and leading adventure travel trips, skiing, hiking, golfing, running, cycling and just being in the outdoors.
Registered Massage Therapist
Please book through this link for Lesli's personal booking system and schedule.
Lesli has always been interested in health and wellness finding her way to massage therapy through her own personal healing journey. While recovering from injuries, massage therapy played a vital role in her return to health and wellness. This process has given her a greater appreciation and empathy for others who are experiencing their own struggles and challenges with their injuries and road to health.
A graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a B.A. in Psychology and a Diploma in Honors Standing in Physical Education, she enrolled in West Coast of Massage Therapy and never looked back. Since Lesli’s graduation in 1997, her passion for knowledge in this field has not wavered, leading her to postgraduate studies in a variety of areas:
- Cranial Sacral Therapy and Craniomandibular Orthopedics: effective for head trauma, headaches and TMJ/jaw problems
- Muscle Energy Technique: a gentle way to realign the pelvis, spine and ribs
- Visceral (organ) Manipulation: musculoskeletal pain, postural distortions and joint dysfunctions can stem from restrictions, adhesions with the organs, therefore, visceral manipulation is an important consideration for optimal health.
- Myofascial Therapy: releasing fascial adhesions and restrictions will allow greater ease of movement in the body, resulting in a decrease in discomfort, stiffness and pain as well as enhancing a greater sense of well being.
- Muscle Balance and Function Development: rehabilitation exercises
When does Lesli use one technique over another? That depends on the patient, and no two are alike. Lesli takes a holistic approach, considers your unique history, determines the cause and source of an issue, then works with you to help you meet your health and wellness goals.
In addition to her own practice, Lesli is also a teaching assistant for the following postgraduate courses: Cranial Therapy, Simply TMJ (joint) Dysfunction, Muscle Energy Technique for pelvis and spine, Osteopathic Technique and Postural Assessment.
When not having fun at work, Lesli enjoys pottery, curling, pilates and yoga, cross country skiing, knitting, and gardening
"Lesli has successfully seen me through both acute injuries with intensive treatment schedules as well as regular maintenance treatments to deal with aches and pains that build up from too much desk sitting. In each case, she listens, asks appropriate questions, and has a great eye for visual assessment to really get to the source of the problem (or problems!) presenting that day. She uses a variety of techniques, and even the subtle ones have left me with lasting results after a treatment. I would highly recommend her care - thanks Lesli!"
"Lesli Smith has treated my neck, back, shoulder and hip injuries that were caused by three separate 'rear-enders' starting in 2010 through 2013. I've recovered from most of my symptoms in large part due to Lesli's cranial sacral therapy treatments, massage therapy treatments and specific exercises she's recommended. I have found during sessions with Lesli that her wellness and health insights and her positive energy are helpful as well. Thank you for your great care Lesli!"
"Lesli has been integral to my healing and my health maintenance for many years. She has extraordinary skills in assessment and treatment and is very engaged in furthering these through ongoing education and seminars. She is interested and invested in each person that enters her practice."
Thanks so much
Registered Massage Therapist
Verna graduated from the West Coast college of Massage therapy in 1990. She is trained and experienced in Swedish Massage Therapy, Cranial Sacral Therapy and Muscle Energy Technique (MET). She has years of experience treating people of all ages. Her preventative and therapeutic practices include a special interest in neck, back and joint injuries. Verna’s approach to Therapy incorporates a variety of non-invasive techniques specific to each condition.
Other gentle modalities she uses are Strain/Counter Strain (opposite of stretching; resets short and painful muscles), Assisted Stretching and Mobilization with Movement (MWM is a painless modality used to correct faulty tracking in joints of the extremities). These techniques are especially effective for whiplash, headaches, overuse injuries, muscle spasm, temporal mandibular joint dysfunction (jaw pain), sciatica and many others. Verna's skills also include designing individual programs that facilitate muscular balance, correct biomechanics, and postural alignment. Verna is dedicated to treating her clients in a holistic manner and supporting them towards optimal health and well being.
• Graduated from West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1990
• Windwood Institute of Manual Therapy 1990-1995 (Craniopathy)
• Ongoing Post Graduate Studies: Muscle Energy Technique, Cranial Sacral Technique