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Our Team

Chiropractors

Darcie Weglo

Pauline Thomas

Counsellor

Andrea Harrison

Massage Therapists

Alison Edmonds

Michaela Rempel

Kirsten Long

Gia Mowat

Sam Panter

Class Instructors

Paulina Monahan

Kristy Ware

Murray Wood

Chiropractors

Darcie Weglo Chiropractor BSc, DC

Dr. Darcie Weglo was born and raised in Vernon, BC and is thrilled to be serving her community through her chosen profession of Chiropractic.

Dr. Weglo graduated with distinction from University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She worked her final year in a Master’s Program before being accepted to the prestigious Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. She completed her rigorous and rewarding doctor of chiropractic degree with academic honors in 2011. She has worked as instructor at Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy, teaching massage therapists Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation.

During her chiropractic education and career, Dr. Weglo has had the great fortune to work with experts in many areas of chiropractic including sports chiropractic, radiology, foot and gait specialists, geriatrics, female care and general family practice. Darcie has heavily pursued continuing education in the areas of soft tissue therapy, functional rehabilitation and active therapy.  These areas of focus lend themselves well to individualized care, where the goal is to equip the patient with the tools necessary to help themselves prevent injury and optimize activities.

Darcie sees patients of all ages, but has a particular interest in working with seniors in maintaining athleticism through the ages, as well as athletes in the areas of injury prevention, rehabilitation, and performance enhancement.

Additional training and certifications held by Dr. Weglo include:

  • Activator®
  • Graston Technique®
  • ART®
  • Prague School to Athletic Development (Spine and Extremities- bridging the gap of rehabilitation to performance)
  • Functional Anatomical Palpation Seminars (FAP)

Pauline Thomas, BSc, DC

Dr Pauline Thomas was raised in Nanaimo BC., and has always had a love of sports, nutrition and the great outdoors. While growing up she played on several competitive soccer teams and ran high school track and field. She graduated from the University of Victoria in 2011 with a combined Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology (with Distinction) and then went on to earn a Doctor of Chiropractic with Magna Cum Laude and Dean’s List honours from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, ON.

Pauline has completed several additional courses in rehabilitation and soft tissue therapy including Athletic Movement Assessment, Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS Level 1), Sport Taping and Active Release Therapy (ART). For the past two years she has worked as a First Responder/Trainer for the Toronto Titans AAA hockey association, providing rink side care and concussion screening for young athletes. She has also provided first aid care/therapy at numerous sporting events including rugby matches, Midget and Junior A hockey tournaments, and most recently at the 2017 North American Indigenous Games.

Pauline has 10 years of experience working with children in recreational settings including sports camps, childminding, toddlers soccer and special needs programs. Having grown up in a culinary family, she has always been passionate about food and nutrition and would love to answer any questions you may have.

To keep busy in her spare time, Pauline enjoys playing soccer and hockey, going camping, hiking and fishing and baking up a storm. She loves a good mystery novel and has a soft spot for goats! Pauline is so excited to have relocated to the Okanagan, and would love to know about all your favourite places to explore!

Counsellor

Andrea Harrison, RPC, MPCC

Andrea Harrison is a Child, Youth, Family and Individual Counsellor and Parent Coach. She works with parents to create a positive and healthy environment within the home as well as parents and step-parents who are co-parenting after separation and divorce. Andrea also works with Children and Youth with any issues they are struggling with including anxiety, separation, behavioural issues, grief and loss, attachment and trauma. Her practice is generalized for individual where she supports adults working with anxiety, depression, self worth/esteem, grief and loss, trauma and significant life changes.

Andrea has been practicing in the field of counselling for over 10 years with extensive experience working with Children, Youth, Individuals and Families. She has also worked within the schools and family homes for many years providing intensive crisis family support for her clients. Check out Andrea’s Facebook Page: ‘Bring Parenting Back’.

As a Parent Coach Andrea has had the pleasure of working with hundreds of families over her years in practice, many which have been MCFD involved. She also supervises many new and seasoned counsellors within her association, The Canadian Professional Counsellors Association.

Registered Massage Therapists

Alison Woodley, RMT

Alison has been practicing as an RMT since graduating from massage school in Vancouver in 2012. Alison grew up in Ontario, received her bachelor degree in Physical Education and Health from the University of Toronto, moved to BC in 2009 and hasn’t looked back. She moved to Vernon in the summer of 2016 with her young family so they could play in the lakes and the explore the mountains.

Alison loves to hike, canoe and you may see her biking into work. Alison’s passion for massage lies both in pediatrics and women’s health. Alison has taken post graduate courses in pediatrics to work with soft tissue and injury related pain as well as anxiety and other mental health related pain. She has also taken courses in working with children with autism and is an instructor in infant massage. It can truly be amazing how much tension children can build up within their bodies that massage can help release.

As part of every massage Alison likes to give tips and techniques that can be used at home, by caregivers or the children themselves, to help ease this tension on a daily basis. Women’s health is also a strong focus for Alison. She has taken courses in pre and post natal massage and breast massage. Pre and post natal (no matter how far past child birth you are) brings all new stresses to the body and Alison likes to focus on these areas by using a therapeutic approach to relaxation massage to both target specific areas of pain but also bring an overall feeling of well being. Incorporating both the abdomen and breasts into a massage is something Alison likes to focus on but can at first sound like an unexpected area of the body to work with. However, work done here can help with back pain, help with better breathing, improve c-section scars or other scarring and can help bring a full feeling of connection to the body and Alison is all about connecting the body together. Alison loves to chat about what she does or anything else body related, so please stop her while she’s flying around Creekside if you have any questions or are interested in learning more about what she does.

Michaela Rempel, RMT

Michaela was born in Prince George, BC. She moved to Vernon in 2014 to attend Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy. In 2016, she finished her diploma with both practical and academic achievement awards.

As an RMT, Michaela focuses on treatment of chronic pain and dysfunction with a slow and specific approach. Her treatments are incorporated with myofascial release, which can decrease pain and restore function in areas of chronic pain or longstanding injury.

Her areas of focus include rotator cuff injuries, low back pain, pelvic dysfunction, scar tissue, nerve impingements, headaches, and treatment of the diaphragm.

Michaela is passionate about continuing to understand the body and its process of healing. Soon, she hopes to pursue training in muscle energy techniques and visceral manipulation.

Kirsten Long, RMT

Kirsten is from Quesnel BC, where she spent a lot of time exploring outdoors and years of playing elite competitive volleyball. She moved to Vernon in 2015 to study Massage Therapy, and graduated from the program in December 2016.

Kirsten’s has thorough treatment style and prefers to work slowly and specifically into the affected area. Her massage treatments are combined with Myofascial Release to help give the affected areas a longer lasting result.

Treatment areas she enjoys working on as an RMT include TMJ, lower limb injuries, headaches, post surgical scarring and back pain.

She is excited to continue to learn and grow as a therapist. She is hoping to start the Craniosacral Therapy program in Vernon next spring, as well as seek additional training on TMJ work.

Gia Mowat, RMT, PTS, CYT

Gia grew up in London Ontario and Halifax, but she and her husband have made Coldstream their home. Gia has two grown children and she is an avid animal lover.

Gia’s fascination with the body has lead her to pursue several disciplines of manual theory. She’s attended Connecticut State University and the University of Western Ontario. She is a qualified personal trainer (FMS 1 and 2), and has over 20 years of experience as a yoga instructor (Certified 500 RYT Ashtanga Instructor). Additionally, she has acquired training in the modalities of therapeutic touch, reiki, and reflexology.

In resent years she pursued additional education to become an RMT, attending and graduating from OVCMT. As a RMT, Gia enjoys using a variety of massage techniques from myofascial to deep tissue. Gia is consistently looking for opportunities to become a more well-rounded practitioner, so in addition to her various other qualifications, she is currently attending osteopathy college.

Gia and her husband Sam Mowat run the elite athletic training school TOTAL APPROACH – Strength and Conditioning. Both have a passion for helping top athletes achieve their greatest potential in their chosen sport.

Samantha Panter, RMT

From Haida Gwaii, Samantha (Sam) Panter successfully completed the registered massage therapy program at the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy (OVCMT) in 2006. Sam’s passion for learning has led her to pursue several avenues of career enhancement. Along with her background in Science obtained at the Thompson Rivers University, she has picked up additional training and techniques in Visceral Manipulation, Applied Somatics, Osteopathic Techniques, Myofascial Mobilization, and Pregnancy/Maternity Massage.

Sam has a wide range of experience working with infants, professional athletes, weekend warriors, office and construction workers as well as retirees will be put to good use for your therapy.

She has many interest out side of her chosen career, but the thing she is most passionate about is family and community. When having an appointment with her, she may gush over her beautiful baby daughter and lovely wife!

Class Instructors

Paulina Monahan

Paulina teaches yoga here at Creekside. She teaches our Kids’ Yoga and our Yoga Combo class. Paulina is not only a certified yoga instructor with a passion for healthy living, but she has also taught children’s music programs for over 25 years.

She is wonderful with children and adults alike, and has additional training in relaxation techniques to help people work through their stress and anxiety. Her goal with every class is to help people discover themselves through movement.

Pelvic Floor /Core Coach, and Personal Trainer

Kristy Ware

Kristy has recently moved to the Okanagan from Vancouver. Kristy has been in the health and fitness industry for the past 10 years and she is a specialist in Pelvic Floor Health, Strength Trainer, Nutrition Coach, and Older Adult Trainer.

After suffering a severe back injury in 2011 Kristy quickly learned that she really was not invincible and that she could not just push her body beyond it’s limits as she had most of her life. She began learning and researching how to heal from slipped discs, the power of positivity, self-love and that she indeed had a pelvic floor and it was in need of strengthening.

A recovered “gym rat”, her mission is to encourage women to regain their strength, love their bodies and rewrite their stories. The most important for Kristy wants to pass on to her clients, is making self-care a part of their every day; celebrating each win and proof progress, no matter how small.

When Kristy isn’t working, you can find her being active outdoors with her family. She loves the outdoors and lives every season to the fullest – snowshoeing, skating, biking, swimming and kayaking! She also enjoys trying new healthy recipes, or playing Lego with her 4 year old son.

Pedorthist

Murray Wood

Murray Wood is a Pedorthist and former owner and operator of Thomas Wood Pedorthic Clinic
in Orillia, Ontario. In recent years decided to move out West and join Marie Catherine at The
Sole Mate and eventually join our team at Creekside. He brings with him over 35 years of
experience and expertise in the foot and footwear industry. He began his career in the family
specialty orthopedic footwear business where he developed a strong foundation of knowledge
of feet and footwear. This coupled with his seemingly endless supply of energy and passion for
his Pedorthic work has propelled him into some impressive roles in the Pedorthic world. He
helped to create the Canadian Prescription Footwear Association, and was instrumental in
developing the educational and ethical standards of today as the first president of the
Pedorthic Association of Canada.

His deep appreciation for health and understanding of athleticism makes him the first choice
for referrals by physicians and athletes in Ontario. He implements an important yet often
overlooked aspect of stretching and strengthening programs for hip, core, foot and the lower
limb in the treatment of foot pathologies. Personally, he has an extensive athletic background
competing in Ironman triathlons, ultra distance running, mountain, road and cycle cross racing,
paddle board racing and a deep passion for Nordic skiing and holds a level 3 CANSI instructor
designation. He truly understands the loads an athlete puts on the system and how to best
manage pain and discomfort, allowing athletes to get back to the sports they love.

His love for pedorthic and deep appreciation for a healthy lifestyle made British Columbia a
logical choice when Murray was looking to branch out. Murray brings his enthusiasm, passion
and pedorthic expertise and we are lucky to have him!