Purity Heath and Wellness- Meet our Practitioners
Sandy Fenrich (Frew), 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.
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, Neuromuscular Therapy, and Hot Stone. 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 for the past 5 years 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.
Heather Murdoch, Registered Massage Therapist
All my life I knew I wanted to be in the health and wellness field. I always had a passion for human anatomy, physical fitness, and simply taking great care of the body in a holistic way. So naturally, it made sense to go into Massage Therapy. I graduated from MaKami College in Edmonton, Alberta in 2014 as a Registered Massage Therapist. I love what I do! It's incredibly rewarding to me to see a client stepping out of a treatment room completely pain free and relaxed. I have experience with a variety of modalities, including: deep tissue, relaxation, myofascial release, lymphatic drainage, sports massage, neuromuscular therapy, and many more. Having a wide range of techniques makes me confident as a therapist to give the best possible care for each individual client. On my spare time I enjoy hiking, camping, running, walking my dog, and yoga.
Natalia Pastorino, Registered Massage Therapist
I completed the 3000 hour clinical massage therapy program at Makami College in 2016. I am currently a member of the Remedial Massage Therapist Association (RMTA). My interest in becoming a RMT stemmed from personally benefiting from massage therapy. Massage helped me overcome two MVA injuries. Such experiences motivated myself to learn how to help others prevent and recover from injuries and meet their goals. I believe that the body has an inherent ability to heal itself. My goal is to determine the underlying cause of the issue and focus in making corrections through clinical treatment and home care such as strengthening, exercise, stretching and hydrotherapy. My specialties are therapeutic massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, mayofascial release, joint mobilization, lymphatic drainage, cupping, hot stone therapy, Swedish relaxation massage and prenatal massage. My interests are traveling to warm countries, summer walks with my dog, Nala, dancing salsa and bachata, working out, yoga and obviously massage.
Angela Charuk, Registered Massage Therapist and Reflexologist
Angela graduated from Makami College with 3000 hours of training. She is a member of Remedial Massage Therapy Association (RMTA).
She has training in many different modalities such as sports massage, trigger point work, myofascial release, relaxation, theraputic and deep tissue massages.
She is looking forward to continuing on this path of healing others and is eager to further her knowledge by taking more courses.
Amy Hamaluk, Registered Massage Therapist
I have completed the 3000 hour Clinical Massage Therapy program at Makami College in 2017. I aim to bring a relaxing element to every treatment to help with reducing physical pain as well as mental stress.
With much experience dealing with whiplash injury and maintaining chronic pain, I hopes to help clients live a more comfortable and stress free life. Also experienced in pre/post natal massage, lymphatic drainage, relaxation, deep tissue and incorporating stretching throughout the treatment.
Rosanna Flores, Registered Massage Therapist
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
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 Papove, 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.
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.
Dr. Michael Burns, 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!
Dr. Balwinder Badhan, ND, DO, DO(MP), RTP, MBBS, C(Ped), Naturopath and Osteopath
- Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (Canada)
- IV therapy Certified Naturopathic Doctor (Canada & US)
- Mistletoe Injection certification (Canada)
- Doctor of Osteopathy (Spain)
- Osteopathic Manual Practitioner (Canada)
- Certified Pedorthist (Canada)
- Medical Doctor, Cardiac Physician (India)
- Registered Trigenics Practitioner (Canada)
- Certified in Fundamentals of Patient Care and Safety, Bow Valley College Calgary,
- Clear Communication for Health Care Professionals, Alberta Children Hospital.
Dr. Balwinder Badhan is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and Osteopathy, holds a Diploma in Manual Osteopathy from Canada and Medical degree from India. His passion is to integrate his extensive knowledge of Naturopathic Medicine and Osteopathy to help his patients treat their heart health concerns, Cancers, Hypertension, Diabetes, Obesity, Digestive issues, respiratory, Autoimmune disorders, Mental issues, Brain health, Joints pain/Body pain associated with musculoskeletal problems. Dr. Badhan’s passion and enthusiasm for health care could be observed from his extensive knowledge, skill and experience as Medical Doctor in India, Naturopathic doctor, Osteopath and Pedorthist in Canada and the use of great modalities like IV therapy, North American Botanical Medicines, Nutrition, Supplementation, Homeopathy, Chinese medicine, Physical Medicine, Acupuncture, Electro-stimulation, TENS, Hydrotherapy, LASER, Interferential Currents, Lifestyle modification, Exercises, Dietary changes, Joint manipulations, mobilizations, Soft tissue techniques he is using on his patients and the amazing results they get from each and every treatment.
Robyn Lepine, Certified Holistic Nutritionist
Each body is created differently and has unique nutritional requirements. Holistic nutritional consultants look at each of the body's systems as they relate to the whole and create customized plans to balance unique nutritional needs. Implementation will help to improve digestion, support detoxification, and balance hormones to optimize bodily function.
I am a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant and graduated of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. I will work with you to reach your health and wellness goals. Nutritional recommendations are developed based on your individual biochemical makeup, eating habits and lifestyle. A thorough assessment will be completed to discover system imbalances and possible nutrient deficiencies, and plans will be personalized to support the system as a whole. Plans include nutritional, lifestyle and supplemental recommendations, meal planning assistance, education and coaching. Interested in finding out how I can help you reach your goals? Book a complimentary Meet & Greet to discuss your path to success.
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.
Maria Hayes, Office Co-ordinator
Bio coming soon!