Dr. Gabrielle Steinberg

Dr. Gabrielle Steinberg

Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Nutrition, Craniosacral Therapy, Massage. Owner of Harmony Wellness Centre. Offers direct billing to Pacific Blue Cross

Specialties:
Injury and pain recovery
Chronic pain issues
Pregnancy and postpartum
Infertility and gynecological imbalances
Digestive and GI tract issues
Pediatrics (babies to teenagers)
Anxiety and stress management.

Dr. Gabrielle Steinberg has been working in health and wellness since 1998. Inspired to support people in their innate capacities to heal, she has studied a wide range of therapies in order to provide very comprehensive, holistic and supportive treatments.

Dr. Steinberg opened Harmony Wellness in 2007 with the vision of bringing together practitioners of different types in one place to provide clients with high levels of integrated health care.

She is a Doctor of Chinese medicine, Registered Acupuncturist, Holistic Nutritionist and Craniosacral Therapist. In order to provide her clients with expertise in manual therapies she has also studied and been certified in Shiatsu acupressure massage and reflexology, and has taken courses in deep tissue and fascial work as well as other forms of massage.

To complement the treatments, and always keeping in mind a person’s lifestyle, personal needs and constitution, food and lifestyle advice is given in an approachable and easily integrated way.

Gabrielle enjoys working with people of all ages with the goal of enhancing their performance in daily life - whether it be in sports settings or day to day activities.

Services aussi offerts en Francais.

Fabio Bocchetti

Fabio Bocchetti

Osteopathic Practitioner

Specialties:
- arthritis
- foot, ankle, hip, and knee pain
- back pain, neck pain, and sciatica
-hand, shoulder, and elbow pain
-headaches
-tennis and golfer’s elbow
-postural problems due to pregnancy, sports injury, driving or work strain, or digestive issues
-neuralgia

Fabio is a physiotherapist, trained in Brazil, with a 5 year specialization in osteopathic medicine. Fabio obtained his Osteopathic Practitioner registration and uses his training and experience to to identify the causes of many physical conditions and to restore the balance of the different tissues of the body. He has resided in Vancouver since 2016.

Fabio believes that the body has a remarkable ability to heal itself, and the role of any practitioner is simply to give it the tools to achieve it. The founder of Osteopathy, Andrew T. Still, once said "Find it, fix it, and leave it alone."

In his hometown of Rio de Janeiro, Fabio gained a lot of experience treating people from different age groups from kids to the elderly, and both professional and amateur athletes. He treats a vast array of complaints, not only restricted to sprains or muscle spasm, but also digestive issues, insomnia, and some types of headaches.

Services available in Portuguese. (Servicos tambem disponiveis em portugues.)

Mirka Foltynova

Mirka Foltynova

Registered Massage Therapist

Conditions treated:

Postural dysfunctions
Joint dysfunctions
Pain management
Overuse injuries
Sport injuries

Techniques used:

Myofascial release
Swedish techniques
Passive and active stretches
Joint mobilization
Trigger point release
Therapeutic exercises

Mirka has been practicing as a massage bodyworker for several years and more recently as a registered massage therapist. She has experience working with a wide range of clients.

Mirka is very enthusiastic about physical activity and helping people to return to their daily life activities. She combines massage therapy with therapeutic exercises to not only treat injury and pain but also prevent it.

Treatment is focused on patient’s goals like decreasing pain, improving postural muscle imbalances, helping with headaches as well as helping with physical limitations that can decrease joy of life. These goals are achieved by combining various massage methods such as deep or calming Swedish techniques, passive and active stretches, myofascial release, joint mobilization and various others.

Mirka works with every patient as an individual and she provides specific treatments to address each person’s needs.

She has a bachelor’s degree in sport science from Europe. She is very passionate about knowledge and she is continuously working on educating herself and keeping up with new approaches in massage therapy.

Mirka loves any physical activity and movement. She has been active and loving sports since she knew how to walk.

Chelsea Schille

Chelsea Schille

Registered Massage Therapist
- Offers Direct Billing for Pacific Blue Cross Clients

Specialties:
Mindful movement therapy
The Trager Approach
Stress management
Migraine and tension headaches
Nerve compression syndromes
Carpal tunnel
Sciatica
Chronic pain
Back pain
Pregnancy massage
Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Sports Injuries
Post surgery care

Chelsea started her career as a Registered Massage Therapist in 2012. Her fascination with the healing power of touch and the mind-body connection inspire her work as an RMT. Chelsea employs her Massage therapy education as well as her training in mindful movement therapy and pain science to support her patients with a variety of health concerns.

Her treatments generally combine passive movement, gentle techniques and specific applied pressure and movement to bring balance to the body. Chelsea aims to understand the root of your health concern and tailors a treatment plan including; massage therapy, home-care exercises and lifestyle suggestions to support your healing process. Current research in pain science, neuroscience and mindfulness inform her practice.

What is mindful movement therapy?
Chelsea offers a form of mindful movement therapy informed by her study of The Trager Approach. Through passive and active movement, shimmering and jostling of limbs, and inviting sensations of ease, comfort and lengthening, new possibilities of freedom and relaxation are communicated to the body to facilitate change at the level of the nervous system. For more information about The Trager Approach visit: www.trager.ca

Continuing Education:
2018: Work as a Teachers’ Assistant and Clinic Instructor at VCC, Lecture: Understanding Pain: From Biology to Clinical Care;
2017: Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Level One;
2016: The Trager Approach Level Two, Work as a Teachers’ Assistant and Clinic Instructor at VCC;
2015 and Prior: The Trager Approach Level One, RMTBC Pain Management Conference, Pain and Nociception Research Course

Jeff Gabert

Jeff Gabert

Registered Massage Therapist
- Offers Direct Billing to Pacific Blue Cross, Great West Life, Manulife, Sun Life and others

Specialties:
Chronic pain and fatigue
Patients dealing with arthritis
Sports massage
Injury rehabilitation

Jeff Gabert is a graduate of the inaugural massage therapy program at Langara College. Throughout the program he was fortunate to work with diverse populations and benefited from the knowledge shared by fantastic teachers and fellow RMT’s.

Jeff has a special interest in treating chronic pain and fatigue, particularly those dealing with arthritis. He regularly leads talks and workshops for the Arthritis Society dealing with coping skills and tips for pain management.

Another area of interest for Jeff is sports massage and injury rehabilitation. Jeff seeks to aid the body in its natural healing process and help clients implement a home-care program that will facilitate their recovery. By employing a variety of massage techniques including: Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial release, joint mobilizations and muscle energy; Jeff creates a unique and client centred massage treatment.

Outside of massage, Jeff enjoys cycling the seawall, weight training, playing music and a weekly trivia night. “I look forward to meeting you and working together.”

Laara Chodura

Laara Chodura

Registered Massage Therapist
- Offers Direct Billing for Pacific Blue Cross Clients

Specialties:
Swedish massage
Repetitive strain injuries
Pain management
Systemic deep tissue therapy
Connective tissue/myofascial release
Relaxation and stress management

Laara graduated in 1992 from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Vancouver and has been registered with the College of Massage Therapists of BC since then.
For ten years, she was a member of the Integrative Naturopathic Medical Centre team where she was an RMT providing health care for Ballet BC.

The whole body is interconnected and Laara uses several massage techniques leveraging a mind-body connection of healing and healthy living. Laara has taken many personal development seminars at The Haven, a centre for transformative learning on Gabriola Island and has incorporated some of their somatic approaches into her massage treatments.

"Laara speaks with her hands" and looks forward to serving you at Harmony Wellness Centre.

Dawn Leonard

Dawn Leonard

Registered Massage Therapist - Offers direct billing to Pacific Blue Cross

Specialties:
Breast Health
Breast Massage
Lymphatic Drainage
Myofascial Release
Pregnancy Massage
Posture Improvement

Dawn is an instructor at Langara College in the Registered Massage Therapy Program. Her desire to teach began while completing her Provincial Instructor Diploma at Vancouver Community College.

Dawn is a graduate of West Coast College of Massage Therapy with over 20 years experience. She is also an instructor at Langara College in the registered massage therapy program and is currently completing her masters of education at Simon Fraser University.

Dawn’s main focus in her practice is breast health; this includes supporting individuals through breast cancer treatments, breast augmentation (reduction, implants and top surgery), as well as general support for breast health.

Breast massage therapy benefits:
• Pre and post surgery (augmentation or cancer related)
• Comfort and support during lactation and breast-feeding • Pain reduction related to PMS symptoms
• Increasing circulation and lymphatic drainage in breast tissue
• Breast cancer support
• Increasing individuals awareness around breast tissue health
• Education to decrease anxiety around breast cancer

Gillian Andersen

Gillian Andersen

Registered Massage Therapist - Offers direct billing to Pacific Blue Cross

Specialties:
Swedish, deep tissue
Myofascial release
Trigger point therapy
Joint mobilization
Stretching and therapeutic exercise

Gillian Andersen, RMT graduated from the 3000 hour Registered Massage Therapy Program at The West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2007. She uses a variety of therapeutic massage techniques, including: Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, joint mobilizations, as well as stretching and therapeutic exercise. She also enjoys doing pregnancy massage (both pre and post-natal) and has completed continuing education in this area.

Gillian is passionate about massage and she is committed to working with her clients to help them achieve a pain-free, balanced and healthy life. She tailors her treatments, using specific techniques to suit each individual client’s needs and understands the importance of addressing the root of the pain and dysfunction rather than just treating the symptoms alone. She is inspired by a strong desire to make a difference in the quality of her clients’ lives through increasing mobility and providing an overall sense of relaxation and well-being.

Outside the treatment room, Gillian is passionate about spending time outdoors with her two kids, camping, kayaking, hiking, and downhill skiing.