I believe in a collaborative approach to health. When you feel empowered and supported, you can start to take control of your health, well-being, and ultimate happiness. I don’t provide one-size fits all approaches, I provide strategies that are tailored to your individualized needs. We are all unique and we need medicine & support that reflects that individuality. My approach is always to discover the root cause of your concerns and work to resolve them. The foundation will always be diet and lifestyle with support from herbs, supplements, and acupuncture.
My journey to becoming a naturopathic doctor began when I started to experience digestive problems as a teenager. I was bloated and in pain on a regular basis and it started to affect my ability to show up fully in my life. After waiting months to see a specialist, I was diagnosed with IBS, told to manage my stress, and given no further advice or support. I felt dismissed and defeated but this kick-started my path to change this experience for myself and for others
I went on to pursue my Bachelor of Health Sciences at Western University. This is where I started to develop my passion for teaching and promoting health. It’s also where I started to make the connections that health was much more than pills and preventing disease. Health was about your happiness, your relationships, and your purpose and in order to get there we need to talk about your nutrition, your lifestyle, your sleep, your stress, and your movement. I felt that naturopathic medicine best reflected this approach and went on to earn my Doctor of Naturopathy from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. During my residency, I was chosen to be part of the Fibromyalgia & Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) focus shift where I learned how to manage complex chronic illnesses.
I have a special interest and clinical focus on digestive health, however I also support & treat mental health (anxiety, eating disorders), women’s health (fertility, PCOS, PMS, perimenopause, menopause), and chronic conditions (autoimmunity, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, eczema).
You can learn more about naturopathic medicine here or book a complementary meet & greet to learn more about how we can work together.
I believe in a collaborative approach to health. When you feel empowered and supported, you can s...
Helena is a physiotherapist who started her path to her career in her hometown of Waterloo. She completed her Bachelor of Health Sciences in 2015 at Wilfrid Laurier University, and then went on to Hamilton to further her studies with a MSc in Physiotherapy at McMaster University.
She also did rehabilitation placements and volunteering outside of Ontario, and outside of Canada, including Vancouver, B.C and Belgrade, Serbia.
After graduating and becoming a registered physiotherapist, she began working as an orthopedic therapist where she treated patients suffering from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. While she enjoyed every minute of it, she knew since school that she had a keen interest in women’s health and decided to complete courses specific to pelvic health physiotherapy. While continuing her education in pelvic health, she got pregnant with her daughter Emilia and took some time off to spend with her little one.
Now she enjoys working with patients who are looking for help in areas of physiotherapy related to a person’s pelvic floor. Often patients who come to her are unsure of pelvic physiotherapy and what it entails, but Helena loves to walk a patient through the entire pelvic program and explain just how it can benefit each individual. She adjusts her treatment sessions so each is specific to the individual’s own pace toward the road to recovery. After the first assessment with Helena, you will feel much better about pelvic health physiotherapy and how it can help!
Outside of work, Helena spends most of her time with her little family of three. Anything to do with a beach, Spanish music, and Salsa dancing is also on her free-time list of activities.
Helena is a physiotherapist who started her path to her career in her hometown of Waterloo. She c...
Andrew began working at LiveWell (previously known as Absolute Rehab Centre) in 2017 working as a physiotherapist assistant. Andrew now comes full circle as he returns as a licensed physiotherapy resident. He completed his Bachelor of International Business with a minor in German at Carleton University. He worked in the business field for a couple of years, though he remained passionate about health, fitness, and sport throughout, and even completed his Personal Training certification. He returned to York University to complete a Bachelor of Science, Honours in Kinesiology which was swiftly followed by completion of his Master of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. Throughout Andrew’s academic career, he has volunteered as a research assistant in a spine biomechanics lab at York University and has worked in the fitness centre of a private racquet and sports club in Mississauga.
Throughout his education, Andrew gained significant experience in orthopedics, along with other placements in neuro, cardiac post-operative, and ICU physiotherapy. Ultimately, his passion for orthopedics sparked him to pursue a career in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. In addition, his personal enjoyment of golf, hockey, and martial arts also inspires him to pursue further education specific to sport rehabilitation. Andrew aims to provide exceptional patient-centered care with comprehensive assessments and a balance of targeted manual therapy, tailored exercises, and patient education in order to provide patients with the tools they need to achieve their goals. In Andrew’s free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing golf, and travelling, with his favourite destinations being Edinburgh, Konstanz (Germany), and Budapest.
Andrew grew up just outside of Kitchener-Waterloo and is ecstatic to be back working within our community to deliver outstanding patient-centered care.
Andrew began working at LiveWell (previously known as Absolute Rehab Centre) in 2017 working as a...
Moni joined our physiotherapy team in February 2022. Moni started her physiotherapy career in India practicing in a variety of settings for over six years. She is passionate about working as a physiotherapist in Canada, and immigrated to Canada in 2020 to pursue her continued education and licensing in Ontario.
Moni believes a good physiotherapy session with her patients includes two things along with ‘hands-on’ physiotherapy. First, listening to every detail of how the pain or discomfort started or persists in order to be able to educate and treat the patient to achieve their goals. Second, giving space to patients to interact freely, particularly about their ‘home exercise program‘ because physiotherapy is not just a clinic session but a lifestyle.
Apart from physiotherapy, Moni is passionate about arts and crafts. She enjoys doing nail art and custom press on nails for the community in Waterloo-Kitchener. In her free time, Moni enjoys listening to spiritual podcasts, meditation, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Moni joined our physiotherapy team in February 2022. Moni started her physiotherapy career in Ind...
After earning his Master of Osteopathic Manipulative Sciences diploma from the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy, Mitch entered the health industry to explore his passion for helping people. Mitch has always felt like the human body is an incredible marvel of nature. It’s been this sense of awe and wonder that has brought him to the philosophy and science of Osteopathy where he can use the relationship between anatomy and physiology to help restore constitution and vitality to his patients; to help them self-heal, self-regulate and find the health that they have lost.
After earning his Master of Osteopathic Manipulative Sciences diploma from the Canadian Academy o...
At a young age, I was diagnosed with Asthma and allergies and was prescribed the “proper” medication at the time. This included two allergy shots per week, 3 allergy pills per day and a Ventolin inhaler to combat my asthma. As time went on I started to experience terrible stomach pains and eye irritations, which led to more eye drops and a steady dose of Pepto-Bismol.
One day I injured my lower back at work and went to visit a chiropractor. As he took my health history and learned a little about me he said something that I’ll never forget: “Do you think the cause of your allergies, asthma and stomach problems are due to a lack of medicine in your body?”
I’ll never forget that moment because it completely changed the way I looked at health. I then realized that my health was up to me and not dependent on anything else. The chiropractor went on to explain that he would align my spine so that my nervous system would be functioning properly, but it was also up to me to get proper rest, exercise and nutrition if I wanted to be functioning at 100%.
I realize now that health is about being proactive instead of reactive and that we have an amazing healthcare system that can help us through the tough times but we cannot rely on it to make us healthy. Health comes from within and it is up to us to take care of our own bodies. Needless to say with regular chiropractic adjustments, proper rest and exercise, my lower back pain has disappeared and I haven’t had the need to take any pharmaceutical medication in 15 years (knock on wood).
At a young age, I was diagnosed with Asthma and allergies and was prescribed the “proper” medicat...
Maggie graduated with honours from Trios College in 2021 and is in good standing with the CMTO. Maggie believes in the power of healing through massage, her focus is healing and wellness. Maggie provides a variety of Swedish techniques as well as some advanced techniques such as myofascial release, trigger point therapy, joint mobilizations and PNF stretching.
Maggie is very passionate about massage therapy, when she is not practicing she can be found enjoying the outdoors or binging a tv show with her fiancé and their cats
Maggie graduated with honours from Trios College in 2021 and is in good standing with the CMTO. M...
Stephanie graduated from the Ontario College of Health and Technology with a Diploma in Massage Therapy. In addition, she also graduated from Sheridan College with her Bachelors in Applied Health Science (Athletic Therapy).
Stephanie has, in the past, been actively involved in community sports as the Head Athletic Therapist with the KW Titans and Tri-City Outlaws. She continues to take courses to improve her treatment skills. Her latest courses have been around Pelvic Health and Visceral Manipulation. Her philosophy is to help every individual overcome their injury to allow them to return to an active lifestyle as soon as possible.
Away from the clinic, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her Old English Sheepdog Seamus, playing board games, reading a good book, and quality time with friends.
Stephanie graduated from the Ontario College of Health and Technology with a Diploma in Massage T...
Julie Schroth is a registered massage therapist with more than 12 years of massage therapy experience. She enjoys her work in a field where she is able to make a positive impact on the health and well-being of her clients.
Julie offers a balance between therapeutic, rehabilitative and relaxation massage therapy, based on client needs. She graduated from CCMH in Kitchener with honours and has furthered her studies in Headache treatment and management, and pregnancy massage
You are sure to find her space a safe, friendly and professional one.
Julie Schroth is a registered massage therapist with more than 12 years of massage therapy experi...
For years I personally suffered from back pain as a teenager in high school, if I really think about it I could never get comfortable sitting in a chair. Many teachers thought that I had an attention problem, but I just couldn’t get comfortable, I would sit up straight for a little while, then slouch down or lean on one side. When all else failed I would go for a washroom break. I was even tested for diabetes because of consistent washroom interruptions.
When I was 16, I injured my back in a hockey game that was so severe I was unable to move; the constant pain and discomfort scared my mother, who took me to a Chiropractor the next day. I remember crawling on my knees across the lawn to the office and then crawling through the busy waiting room. Fortunately for me, I didn’t have to wait in line, I was immediately taken to a treatment room, where the chiropractor hooked me up to a machine to help calm the muscles, and then preceded to “crack my back”. It was the most amazing thing I had ever experienced, I was able to get up immediately and walk out of the office without assistance and standing upright. I visited the chiropractor a few more times in the following couple of weeks and was excited to see that even the “normal everyday pain” that I had experienced for years was also starting to go away. A few more sports injuries and visits to the chiropractor and I soon realized that I wanted to become a chiropractor.
Nine years of post-secondary education later, I received my doctorate of Chiropractic from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas. A nice addition to the Bachelor of Science degree I received from the University of Waterloo. After all that “learning”, the phrase that sticks in my head the most was from a senior professor who told the graduating class to remember that “patients don’t read textbooks”. This idea has encouraged me to think outside the box when treating conditions that seem unusual or when treating patients with severe symptoms in the absence of any positive tests.
Beyond the walls of the Chiropractic Health Centre, I am a husband and a father of two beautiful girls. I am passionate about my deteriorating golf game and try to keep in shape with hockey, running and resistance training.
I have always had an interest in sports and physical fitness. I continue to maintain a regular resistance-training program and maintain cardiovascular fitness through sports and aerobic training. I also try to make good food choices. I’m not a fanatic, but I try to make healthy choices for my family. Everything in moderation is a great motto when it comes to your diet. I also receive weekly chiropractic treatments, not because I have any particular pain or injury, but because I want to perform at my best every day. Chiropractic adjustments keep my body flexible and the nervous system moving properly. Chiropractic is the fastest and easiest way to maintain my overall health.
Michael has his doctorate of Chiropractic from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas.
For years I personally suffered from back pain as a teenager in high school, if I really think ab...