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|Dr. Sonya Nobbe, BScH, ND
Following completion of a 4 year degree in Biology at Queen’s University, Sonya completed another four years of professional graduate study at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, which is one of two schools in Canada eligible to grant the designation of Naturopathic Doctor (ND). She maintains membership with the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors, and is licensed by the provincial government’s Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy
Sonya regularly contributes health articles to various local and national publications. You may read some of her articles on her website here. Sonya has participated in several government healthcare initiatives, including Health Canada’s Health Professional Information on Climate Change Advisory Committee, and the South East Local Health Integration Network Citizen’s Panel on healthcare.
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Dr. Christina Vlahopoulos, BScH, ND, MPH (cand.)
Christina pursued her professional studies at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine soon after graduating from Laurentian University with a degree in Integrated Biology. Though Christina uses a wide variety of treatment modalities to address everything from the common cold to severe chronic conditions, she devotes some of her practice to women’s health, fertility, prenatal, and postnatal care. Christina is a doula and member of the Association of Perinatal Naturopathic Doctors. For 3 years she was a Childbirth Educator for Childbirth Kingston. She regularly contributes articles to local publications and speaks at local events about naturopathic approaches to healthcare. Please visit Dr. Christina’s website for more information: www.KingstonND.ca.
Christina is licensed by the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy and is a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors.
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|Dr. Jennifer W. Wheeler, BSc, ND
Following graduation from Queen’s University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and relevant work in the field, Jennifer began her career in healthcare at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Her naturopathic training includes additional certification in the administration of Parenteral (Intravenous) Therapy, which fills an important gap in healthcare in Kingston . She is extensively trained to provide primary health care to patients of all ages and conditions, and devotes some of her practice to the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Jennifer is licensed by the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy and is a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors. In addition to her practice at KIHC, she maintains a general family practice at the Perth Family Health Centre, and at the BodyKNEADS Health Centre in Kemptville.
|Dr. Gerann Murphy, BSc, ND
Gerann obtained her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in Vancouver, where her training was received under the widest scope of practice for naturopathic doctors in Canada. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in pre-medical sciences from McGill University in Montreal.
Passionate about providing comprehensive healthcare for people of all ages, Gerann practices family medicine at KIHC. Along with treating most health conditions, she also focuses on optimizing the health of her patients so that they remain well into the future.
Gerann is licensed, with high standards, to practice naturopathic medicine in both Ontario by the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy and British Columbia by the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia. She is also a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors.
When she’s not seeing patients, Gerann regularly gives talks on naturopathic medicine and contributes to research in her field. She is very happy to be home in Kingston accepting patients at her medical practice, and welcomes you to a complimentary consultation where you can meet her and ask her any questions you may have.
|Joel Ackerman, BSSc, RMT
Joel Ackerman is a graduate of the Sutherland Chan School of Massage Therapy in Toronto. In addition to offering relaxation massage, Joel is skilled in treating a variety of conditions, including trigger points, sports injuries, chronic pain syndromes, neurological disease, and pre- and post-surgical states. He has additional training in myofascial release, Shiatsu techniques, pregnancy massage, and Positional and Dynamic Release. Joel enjoys working with clients of all ages and stages of health, including seniors.
Joel believes strongly in the effectiveness of massage therapy when applied as part of an integrative approach to health. When appropriate, Joel will conduct functional testing and suggest home care stretching and strengthening exercises. He enjoys educating clients about their bodies and will work with you to support your health goals. To learn more about Joel and massage therapy, please visit Joel’s website, www.KingstonRMT.ca
Joel is registered by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO), maintains membership with the Ontario Massage Therapy Association (RMTAO), and is a registered provider for Veterans Affairs Canada. He welcomes you to contact him directly at JoelAckerman.RMT@gmail.com.
|Brooke Vlachos, RMT, BComm
Brooke Vlachos completed her massage therapy training at Trillium College here in Kingston and is thrilled to join the knowledgeable and supportive healthcare team at KIHC. She is pleased to offer therapeutic and relaxation massage providing focused treatments that are specifically tailored to each individual’s unique healthcare needs.
Brooke’s experiences working in the hospitality and tourism industry at high-end hotels and resorts in Canada and the Caribbean have helped her to understand, appreciate and anticipate the needs of each person she treats in order to provide the best possible treatment and recommendations.
Brooke is a trained yoga instructor and enjoys designing focused classes that cater to the needs of each individual student.
|Graham Wiltshire, CAT(C), CSCS, DOMP (Thesis Writer)
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Graham has been a Certified Athletic Therapist for 15 years, working in Kingston for the last 10 years. Recently, Graham completed his five years of course work and final examinations at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto. He is currently working on his thesis research "The efficacy of regional osteopathy on exercise tolerance and cardiac function of patients with atherosclerosis ", along with researchers from Queens University and the Kingston Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre. Graham is a member in good standing with the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association.
|Jocelyne Leyton, DOMP|
Jocelyne has had a long career in physical fitness, health and patient care services. She has studied at Queen’s University, the University of Western Ontario, the Upledger Institute, the Ontario Polarity Therapy Association, the Iyengar Institute in India, and the Omega Institute of New York. She is a past registered polarity practitioner, certified fitness teacher and certified yoga instructor. Jocelyne regularly teaches posture education and Mindfulness Meditation.
Jocelyne’s Osteopathic Manual Practice training includes 2 years of pre-osteopathy, 5 years of Traditional Osteopathy training and a research thesis, completed at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto. Jocelyne is a member of the Ontario Association of Osteopaths.
Jocelyne maintains a practice at KIHC and at her home on Amherst Island.
|Carol Belanger, BA (Biology), RM, BHS|
Carol brings more than 10 years of practical experience and studies to her healing modality and healthcare practice. Her Bachelor’s Degree and work in the field of Biology stimulated her interest in the mechanics of the human body and also encouraged her desire to live a healthy lifestyle in harmony with the natural environment. Her work with the provincial Ministry of Health brought an understanding of the need for reliable, responsible, integrated healthcare. Subsequent study of energy work through Reiki and the Barbara Brennan School of Healing expanded Carol’s interest considerably to develop an inclusive approach to overall health and well-being. Carol believes strongly in the benefits of complementing her energy work with a healing team to gain the integration of knowledge, strength, and support of various specialties for healing injuries, trauma, stress, and illness.
Carol’s skill as a health practitioner is supported by her certification and teaching experience in Yoga and Qigong, and she teaches Qigong classes at the clinic on a regular basis. She is also certified at the Master Teacher Level of Reiki and is a registered member of the International Association of Reiki Practitioners. Carol lives with her family on an organic farm in a peaceful setting in the Canadian Shield. Carol may be contacted directly at the clinic or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hon.BA, M.Ed, Ph.D(ABD)
Kaye-Lee Pantony completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at
University in Toronto, and graduate work in psychology at the
Toronto. She has been working as a psychotherapist with a diverse
since the early 1990s. She is a member of the Ontario Association of
Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists.
Kaye-Lee has an extensive background in mental health research through her work at The Clarke Institute of Psychiatry and Queen Street Mental Health Centre in Toronto. She also worked as a therapist at the Sexual Assault Centre in Brockville Ontario and as a crisis counselor for the
students at Queen’s University in Kingston.
Kaye-Lee has given numerous talks on mental health concerns and has written for a number of publications. In addition to her therapy practice she designs and runs ecourses and workshops on self development.
For more information about Kaye-Lee please visit www.kayeleepantony.ca
or contact her directly at email@example.com
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