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Dannie-Lynn De Silva Piques is a positive and empathetic individual who has a passion for people, health and a sense of well-being.  After exploring the corporate world for sometime she felt compelled to expand her knowledge and help people in a more fulfilling manner. Being able to help people in a society where health and wellness is #1; massage therapy was the perfect choice! She attended the Ontario College of Health & Technology where she pursued her passion in massage therapy; and graduated with Honours. She has an incredible love for her work and is dedicated to helping others. Massage treatments are enhanced by incorporating the use of  DoTerra Essential Oils and a variety of techniques to suit bodies needs.  She also attended McMaster University for the Medical Acupuncture Program!  Being the owner of the clinic, she strives for each and every client that walks through the door be treated with above and beyond customer service. Dannie-Lynn’s intuitive and caring approach is applied toward each client and she feels very rewarded making a difference in your life!

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KRISTEN DSP/RMT & REFLEXOLOGY 

IMG_9807Kristen De Silva Piques is a very outgoing, caring person who has had a great deal of experience working with the public and patients at Vital link Wellness Centre. Kristen previously practiced as a Colon Hydrotherapist at Vital Link Wellness Center where she worked for 3 years. After years of practice Kristen wanted to expand her knowledge and understand the human body in greater detail. With Kristen’s motivation in 2014 she began her dream and started her path to become a massage therapist. Kristen’s way of treating is to find the root of the problem and use the array of specialized skills and techniques she is trained in and apply them to get the best results. Massage therapy, although very relaxing can be therapeutic and helpful for people with pain and discomfort.

 KATIE DICKEY/RMT

Katie Dickey is an energetic and positive individual who has a passion for helping others reach their greatest potential. Growing up Katie was Katie Dickey Headshotinvolved in many competitive sports including soccer, hockey, basketball and cross-country. Katie’s passion for sports and helping others led her to coach youth soccer both recreationally and competitively. Through her many years involved in sports and with athletes she experienced many injuries and thus her interest in injury rehabilitation and health and wellness flourished. This interest led Katie to attend Wilfrid Laurier University where she graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2020 with a concentration in Health and Rehabilitation and a minor in psychology. Katie continued her love for competitive sports throughout university as she played on the varsity women’s soccer team. Her passion for learning and wanting to make a positive impact on others led her to complete her Massage Therapy diploma from the Ontario College of Health and Technology in 2021. She hopes to be able to incorporate her athletic background and knowledge to improve the health and wellness of others.

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   DR. SHIYAMA HASSAN/NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR

Dr. Shiyama Hassan is an International Medical Graduate MD. After coming to Canada she has worked at McMaster Children’s Hospital as a clinical fellow. During this period she was registered with College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. She has also studied at Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto. She is a Licensed ND registered with College Of Naturopaths Of Ontario. She is a member of Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors and Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors.

Additional Training in Chemical Imbalances In The Brain:

When there is a chemical imbalance of the neurotransmitters in the brain, these neurotransmitters do not function well which can cause mood disorders like anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorders). From history and blood tests it is possible to know if there is chemical imbalance and appropriate treatment can be given.

Additional Training in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Methylation Issues:

Research shows that children with Autism spectrum disorders can have methylation issues, chemical imbalances and toxin accumulation etc, Identifying these and treating appropriately are crucial in improving quality of life and preventing complications.

Additional Training for Peripheral Nerve Entrapment And Acupuncture Methods:

Natural modalities of treatments have shown promising results in the treatment of chronic pain.

Additional Training in Facial rejuvenation and acupuncture:

Facial Rejuvenation works by improving blood flow to facial muscles and tissues, removes toxins, improves oxygenation to the skin cells, helps with collagen formation. Hence decreases formation of wrinkles on face, minimizes existing wrinkles, tighten the skin and improves skin tone, lifts saggy skin in a very natural way.

Additional Training in Reiki Energy Healing:

Dr. Hassan believes healing involves healing of the whole person; body, mind, and spiritual healing. Hence she may incorporate Reiki healing in her mode of treatment for those people who wish to incorporate Reiki.

Additional Testing in Ontario for Prescribing and Therapeutic

After passing the prescribing exam, now she is able to prescribe certain medications like Bioidentical Hormones (BHRT) and vitamin injections.

 

MATT DEBOERSAP/ OSTEOPATH

 

37e6fd96-4731-4c2a-a10f-f5a9018b4ab8Matt is an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner who graduated from the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy in 2020. Before this he went to Brock University in 2011 with a keen interest in both fitness and rehabilitation. He spent time during his undergrad volunteering at a physiotherapy clinic as well as working with seniors and athletes as a trainer. Immediately after graduating in 2015 he took a job as a Physiotherapy Support Personnel which he did until September 2018. During this time Matt came across Osteopathy and knew he wanted to pursue a career in it.

 

LISA NUGENT/OSTEOPATH

IMG_8972Lisa Nugent is no stranger to Vital Link. In 2009, she came in for an appointment and knew she wanted to be a part of the team. A week later she answered a job posting for an Office Manager and joined Vital Link. Lisa has always had an interest in health and wellness. She comes from a family involved in competitive sports and enjoys watching her two girls compete and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

After years of clinic management, her admiration of Osteopathic Manual Practice grew and she decided to return to school to follow her passion.

“I have watched various practitioners working in a clinic setting treat patients who experienced life-changing treatments. People of all ages, health issues and traumas found relief when no one else was able to help them— I wanted to be part of that!”

Lisa completed her 4 years of schooling at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy earning her degree of Master in Practice of Osteopathic Manual Sciences.

Lisa has a keen interest in educating families about the importance of Osteopathic treatment from birth onwards. She has continued her education through various pediatric courses and is excited to share her knowledge.

Additional Paediatric Courses:

Tethered Oral Tissues (Lip and Tongue Ties) ~~ Dr. Malisa Gambacorta, B.A., B.A. (Hons), B.Sc., M.Sc., D.D.S.

Treating Pregnancy ~~ Terra Nicolle, M.OMSc., RMT, PFT

Assessing Pregnancy ~~ Terra Nicolle, M.OMSc., RMT, PFT

Birth and Its Mechanics of Injury ~~ Dr. Dustin Costescu, OB-Gyn, Hamilton Health Sciences

Treating Babies Pediatric Apprenticeship ~~ Dr. Jonathan Evans, Osteopath, Australia

Personal Tutoring and Pediatric Shadowing ~~ Joanne Lynne, M.OMSc., B.Sc.

CAROLE DE SILVA PIQUES/OSTEOPATH

IMG_9804 With the Love of learning, she began further Studies and became a Registered Massage therapist, and Active Release Provider. Carole worked in a clinical setting, providing health care to her patients. She did this with passion. After practising for 4 years as a Registered massage Therapist, she proceeded into an intense Osteopathic program. She continued her practice and studied Osteopathy at the same time. After completing her program at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy and Holistic Health Sciences she began to practice and loves it.

Carole has had the opportunity to educate the public by speaking about various subjects about health and fitness. Being in the health care profession has helped Carole become a strong, compassionate, caring person, her flourishing practise demonstrates this.

Carole takes a personal interest in her client’s health and life. Carole believes that Health is a state of mind. She encourages positive self image and instils her passion to all she meets, she does this with a smile.

 MELISSA LAWLER/OSTEOPATH

IMG_9064From a young age, Melissa has been heavily involved in sports and physical activities, as she got older human health/well-being and the study of anatomy and physiology became part of her interests. Melissa attended Brock University for Physical Education and Kinesiology and studied the complexities of the human body and how it works. Suffering from back pain and digestive issues, Melissa received her first Osteopathic treatment while in her final year of university and immediately knew that this would be her next step in her education. Melissa has a positive outlook on health and believes that the body is a self-healing and self-regulating mechanism. Following these principles and integrating the body, mind and soul, Melissa looks forward to continuously sharing her passion for Osteopathy and serving the community to the best of her ability.

Vijaya Kantipuly: Counsellor (BS MSW RSW)

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Vijaya Kantipuly’s counselling philosophy is to provide a strength-based and cultural sensitivity perspective to clients. Vijaya’s extensive professional background allows her to treat clients who have had experiences with mental health, relationships issues, anxiety, depression, and Trauma (physical, mental, and sexual). Her clients appreciate her personalized approach in believing and recognizing client’s strengths and their unique qualities working through collaboration.

Specialities: Relationships, Anxiety, Depression, Addictions, Stress, Anger management, Divorce, Parenting, Eating disorders, OCD, Grief/Loss, and Brain Injury (Concussion).

Modalities: CBT, DBT, Solution Focused, MI, ACT, and Trauma Focused

Ages: Adolescents Age 12 +, Adults, and couples.

 

TARA PASHER/CERTIFIED HERBALIST

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Tara Pasher is a Certified Master Herbalist who assists clients by determining the cause of their health conditions. For Tara to help you with your health condition, you would have to book an appointment for a complete computerized health evaluation. Tara understands that dealing with a client’s health is much more than just a diagnosis of disease. Rather, each client is a unique individual dealing with health imbalances that have manifested and within whom this manifestation can be reversed. The body has the natural ability to heal itself. Tara is eager to assist each client by creating a plan to utilize customized liquid herbal tinctures, specific diet suggestions, and homeopathic medicine, combined with other therapies to help your body reach optimal health and wellbeing.