Purity Heath and Wellness- Meet our Practitioners
Sandy Fenrich (Frew), Part Owner, Registered Massage Therapist
I can honestly say I am one of the few that love what I do.
I wish I could tell you that I was destined from the day I was born to be a Massage Therapist. That is not the case, it was simply through trial and error. I stumbled into this career, I started out working behind a desk after graduating from the Business Management Program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. I quickly found out that was not the job I was meant to do day in and day out for the rest of my life. I give great credit to those who do. And now, I have the great pleasure of helping improve the health of those who suffer from the very common case of "computer syndrome", amongst a variety of other chronic conditions, postural dysfunctions, and muscular imbalances.
After choosing to change my career path and go back to school, Massage Therapy was a recommendation from a family member. I looked into it and thought I would "give it a try". I then enrolled myself into the the Lakeland College Massage Therapy Program. Little did I know then, how much of an impact this would have on my life. Over the ten year's I have be practicing my focus has been mainly on therapeutic massage, incorporating a variety of techniques such as: active release techniques, trigger point therapy, myofascial release techniques, muscle energy release techniques, and PNF and static stretching. I have learned so much, and made many changes to my own lifestyle. This career is a continuous learning curve, and I am blessed to be able to use my knowledge towards promoting overall health and well being.
Dr. Michael Burns, Part Owner, Chiropractor
Dr. Michael Burns grew up in Fredericton, New Brunswick where he attended the University of New Brunswick, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology in 2008. Dr. Burns then moved Ontario to attend the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, where he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in June 2012. While pursuing his degree at CMCC , Dr. Burns also completed the McMaster University’s medical acupuncture program and received training in Graston technique. He is certified in Functional Range Release, Kinesiotaping, IMS (intramuscular stimulation), ART (active release technique), and Graston.
Dr. Mikes’ approach to treatment focuses on the root of the problem- not only to alleviate the pain, but to ensure the injury is corrected long term. Often health care providers have one “tool” in their tool bag, often resulting in pain relief in some conditions but not others. Due to the wide range of skills and expertise Dr. Mike has, not only does he use the treatment which will best to alleviate the physical pain, but also to ensure the core of the injury is corrected.
Having been involved in sports his whole life, including playing baseball in the Canada Games in 2005, Dr. Burns has a special interest in treating and rehabilitating athletes. He has conducted numerous talks in the community regarding headaches and migraines and treats a significant number of elbow, knee, foot, ankle and wrists complaints daily. Due to his degree in Science in Kinesiology, Dr. Mike provides a well-rounded approach to healthcare, often treating muscles, joints and the nervous system together to get optimal results. In his free time he enjoys traveling and continues to play sports within the city.
If you have pain, Dr. Mike can help!
Brittany Ortynski, Chiropractor
Vanessa Wilson, Registered Massage Therapist
have been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2001. Graduating from
a small intimate class of 10 people, in an intensive 1000hr program.
I then began pursuing a natural ability and understanding for human
conditions of suffering, stress, various aliments of the body and the
ability to heal from within with the power of touch, stillness and
compassion. In 2004, I took a journey to Thailand for
Traditional Thai massage, expanding my views of the body and mind.
This adventure evolved my perception of reality and the power of
mindfulness. I practiced Traditional Thai massage for 8 years, although I
no longer practice the modality in its traditional form the
elements of this practice still inspire my approach. My massage
practice has been enlightening, transformative and I am forever
grateful for this chance to serve my community. I've had a
variety of experience/knowledge gained from practicing for 13 years,
e.g., Motor Vehicle Accidents, Pre-post natal, sport and overuse
injuries, arthritis and postural problems. The majority of
my treatments focus on therapeutic/relaxation techniques,
acupressure, deep tissue, trigger point therapy and elements of Thai
massage. I have been included in the insurance changes
(e.g., sunlife, blue cross) to be recognized as a 2200 hr initial
training practitioner due to the length of my experience.
Jocelyn McCaw, Registered Massage Therapist
I have completed a 3000 hour Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy program through MaKami College. Currently a member of Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC). I have trained in Myo-fascial release, PNF stretching, Prenatal massage, Deep Tissue, Cupping, and Neuromuscular Therapy. I love educating my clients and giving them the proper tools to maintain and continue a healthy lifestyle.
Angie Cunningham, Registered Massage Therapist
I have been a registered massage therapist since 2010 and I am very passionate about helping people along on their healing journey. I love to educate my clients on how to achieve the release and overall health that massage provides. I specialize in deep tissue as well as prenatal massage.
Rosanna Flores, Registered Massage Therapist
(Hot Stone, Prenatal)
I was born in Venezuela and ever since I was a young girl, I have had a passion for helping others. I remember giving massages to my mother whenever her feet or legs were sore. One day I decided to pursue that passion and enrolled in the 3000 hour massage therapy program at Makami College in Edmonton, Alberta, and graduated in October 2016.
I'm a member of the Certified Registered Massage Therapist Association (CRMTA) and I have trained in Myo-fascial release, PNF stretching, Prenatal massage, Deep Tissue, Cupping, Neuromuscular Therapy, Hot Stone and many more.
When I'm away from work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, Hot Yoga and traveling.
Shane Rideout, Registered Massage Therapist and Reflexologist
(Cupping, Hot Stone, Prenatal)
I am originally from Stephenville Newfoundland, relocating to Alberta the summer of 2013 and new to the Edmonton area. I graduated from a 2200 hour program in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. I have a background in Wellness Centers and Spas and love blending styles as well as utilizing the tools I know to better fit the needs of my clients. From treatment oriented bodywork including (but not limited to) trigger point therapy, myofascial rerelease, muscle energy techniques (METs), active isolated stretching to more soothing relaxing Swedish massage. I have also completed training in Thai Massage, Thai foot reflexology, hot and cold stone massage, raindrop therapy, prenatal massage, chair massage, cupping therapy, sports massage and acupressure techniques which help provide deep relaxation. With a warm presence, smile and welcoming demeanor, I hope to always make my clients feel at ease. In my spare time, I love spending time with my puppy Reginald, gardening, camping, yoga, volunteering and contemplating the meaning of life's little wonders.
Kelli Zech, Registered Massage Therapist
Hermes Guillen, Registered Massage Therapist
I am originally from Venezuela, but I moved to Canada in 2003. I graduated from Alberta College of Massage Therapy in 2016; however, I have been practicing massage since 2011, when I first started to study Massage Therapy in London, ON. I was first interested in the idea of being able to help people heal; but now, massage therapy is who I am. I am knowledgeable with several therapeutic techniques, as well as sports massage, pre-natal, cupping, and more. When I’m not massaging, I like to spend my time with my family, or play video games with my wife.
Erin Donkervoort, Registered Massage Therapist
I was once told if you do something you love, you will never work another day in your life. It is true, and I am very thankful to be doing what I love!
I'm originally from London Ontario and I graduated from Medix College in in 2015. I am a Registered Massage Therapist and a member in good standing with the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada. (NHPC)
My clients experience relief from a wide range of conditions including migraine headaches, carpal tunnel, tendonitis, arthritis, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, chronic overuse injuries and other conditions related to soft tissue and joint dysfunction.
I'm fully trained and qualified to perform general Swedish massage, Hot Stone Therapy, medium-deep tissue massage, with specific techniques such as trigger point therapy, joint mobilizations, prenatal massage, myofascial release, therapeutic stretching, scar tissue release, and to recommend self-care strategies. I am very passionate about furthering my education and intend on expanding my knowledge of myofascial release techniques, physical assessments, athletic taping, acupuncture, pregnancy massage, and pain science. My focus, as a Massage Therapist, is on you and on your needs.
Mychaela Dionne, Registered Massage Therapist
Beckie Junkins, Registered Massage Therapist
I completed a 3000 hour advanced clinical massage therapy program through Makami College. With my previous career in addictions and mental health, and my experience in a sports injury clinic I believe I have not only the knowledge, but understanding and compassion for my clients’ well being.
I aim to develop a sustainable treatment plan based on each client’s goals and needs, by helping them make adjustments within their work, play or physical stressors in daily life to better their overall wellness.
I specialize in TMJ massage, Trigger Point Therapy, PNF Stretching, Prenatal Massage, GTO work, and Deep Tissue treatments.
Mu Chun Chen, Registered Acupuncturist and Registered Massage Therapist
Mu earned the Master's Degree in Anatomy. He had been an instructor in Taiwan's universities for more than 10 years. He also participated in the research of anti-cancer and treatment of diabetic neuropathy. He is qualified under the International License of Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor in China. Now he is a registered Acupuncturist in Alberta.
Mu is successful in treating the Metabolic syndrome (Hypertension, Diabetes, Weight control), Digestive conditions (dysentery, epigastralgia, abdominal pain), neuromuscular issues (sport injury, arthritis), headache, back pain, PMS, infertility, and insomnia. You are welcome to visit Mu, and reset your body to a healthy body.
Jerianne Hillestad, Reflexologist
My health and wellness career started at Purity Health & Wellness. I started as an office coordinator and grew very attached to the environment and the people. It is my home away from home. While working here I had the opportunity to talk to ALL the staff and clients. This influenced me to take my Yoga Teacher Training and later pointed me in the direction of Touch for Health and Reflexology.
I am a certified World Fusion Foot Reflexologist, this course was constructed to contain elements of reflexology from around the globe, places such as Europe, Egypt, Thai land, China and the Caribbean and more. Bringing together many different techniques. I am passionate about reflexology and how it affects ones overall well-being and am a firm believer that everyone should utilize its benefits.
When I am not Teaching Yoga or treating clients I am a full time Mom and when I get the time I love to practice yoga, meditate, hike, camp, just ultimately trying to spend as much time as I can in nature. If getting outside the city is not possible I still get to enjoy nature as I am overzealous plantswomen.
Chantal Laverdiere, Office Manager
I am very proud to be part of this amazing team! All my life, I have loved working and helping people. I have spent my entire career in administration and customer service; 4 years of which were within the health care industry. I love the environment and positive energy that surrounds this practice and every one in it!
Cathy Ivanc, Office Co-ordinator
I was welcomed to the team at Purity Health and Wellness in early fall of 2017 as a front office co-ordinator.
I am so proud and excited to be apart of a very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly team here at Purity Health and Wellness and can’t wait to make your experience at our clinic a positive one.
I strongly believe in living a healthy, happy, and active life in all that I do. I have lived in this beautiful community of Blackmud Creek for over 18 years now. Being so close to home allows me to walk or ride my bike to work. Something I have always wanted for my life work balance.
I am also a local artist and I have been given the amazing opportunity to be able to display my art here along with other talented artists.
Kayla Fenrich, Office Co-ordinator
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