We, the clinic co-founders, Dr. Kristin Heins, Naturopath and Dr. Jennifer Wise, Chiropractor have a clear vision: to create a comfortable environment where individuals and families wanting better health can feel empowered and motivated to reach their goals at any stage of life.
We continually enhance our skills through continuing education and make sure to include the areas of fertility, perinatal and pediatric care to serve your unique needs better.
Dr. Jennifer Wise is a family chiropractor with a holistic and integrated approach to caring for individuals in all stages of life. Having received chiropractic care as a child, Dr. Wise learned early on that the body had an incredible ability to heal itself. She has now made it her mission to help individuals and families in her community realize this ability in themselves.
Dr. Wise received a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree from the University of Western Ontario and completed her chiropractic studies at Life University in Atlanta, Georgia. She began her career in Atlanta, where she found her passion for pregnancy and pediatric chiropractic. She is also an active member of the Ontario Chiropractic Association (OCA) and Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA).
Dr. Wise has a special interest in care for infants and children as well as women during and after pregnancy. Her unique training in perinatal and pediatric chiropractic care through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) includes certification in Webster’s In-Utero Constraint Technique. She uses a variety of chiropractic techniques to enable her to tailor care to each patient’s unique needs.
To have Dr. Jennifer Wise speak to your workplace, class or group please email or phone the office for information.
Dr. Wise is now also accepting patients at Toronto Birth Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you would like to learn more about her practice or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please visit drjenniferwise.com.
Dr. Kristin Heins is a naturopathic doctor with a special interest in women’s health, mental health, pregnancy and postnatal care, infancy and pediatrics. She has spent over a decade using a compassionate approach to educating and motivating others to participate more actively in their health.
Enthusiasm for fitness and optimal living led Kristin, upon graduating from McGill University, to complete the four year doctor of naturopathic medicine program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). She has since then enriched her approach to treatment through education including lactation support, oncology, pregnancy care, childhood illness, mood disorders and addiction. She is currently studying psychotherapy through the Gestalt Institute of Toronto and offers individual psychotherapy sessions while under supervision starting Fall 2015. Dr Heins is currently also a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) and the Association of Perinatal Naturopathic Doctors (APND).
Individualized care is at the cornerstone of her practice and patients receive truly specialized treatments with Dr. Heins. She combines a blended approach to supporting the mental and physical well being of her patients and takes time to know and treat the whole person rather than only symptoms. This allows for care to be longer lasting and more effective.
Dr. Heins is a regular corporate lecturer and public speaker on health. To find out more about how naturopathic medicine or gestalt psychotherapy may be the right approach for you, please email, call the clinic or check out her phsychotherapy website at drkristinheins.com.
Dr. Chelsea Sherrington is a clinical and health psychologist with experience in prenatal and postpartum mental health, support around infertility and fertility treatment, and grief and bereavement following pregnancy loss and infant death. She also has a special interest in the intersection of physical and mental health, and works with patients and caregivers impacted by a range of medical concerns including chronic pain, bowel and pelvic disease, cancer, HIV, and life threatening illness. She also works more generally with people impacted by depression, anxiety, relationship stress, and major life transitions.
Dr. Sherrington is a warm, dynamic, and engaging therapist who uses an integrative approach which draws on acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), existential, and interpersonally based approaches. She works with adults, couples, and adolescents, and also provides clinical supervision to psychologists seeking licensure in Ontario.
Dr. Sherrington earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology, with a concentration in Primary Care Psychology. She is a registered psychologist in good standing with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.
Dr. Chaparro is a clinical psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario providing evidenced-based psychotherapy to young adults, adults, and couples in both English and Spanish. In a warm and confidential atmosphere, Dr. Chaparro treats different types of anxiety, depression (including peripartum mood concerns), bipolar presentations, trauma, grief, relationship difficulties, and problems with emotion regulation. For individuals, she uses a client-centred and strengths-based approach that incorporates cognitive behavioural interventions including CBT, DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy).
For couples, Dr. Chaparro has been training in the Gottman Method, an integrative and goal-oriented approach designed for couples who are seeking to improve the quality of their relationship. She has been working part-time at Thrive since 2015 and greatly enjoys the atmosphere of the clinic.
Dr. Chaparro obtained her masters and doctoral degree in Psychology at the University of Toronto. She has worked in a variety of settings including Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Lakeridge Health, McMaster University Wellness Centre, and she currently holds a position at Ryerson University's Centre for Student Development and Counselling.
For more information on Dr. Chaparro, visit her website www.mariachaparropsychotherapy.com
Dr. Cotler is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Ontario, Canada as well as in New York State. She holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Derner Institute for Psychological Studies in New York as well as a Post Graduate certification in Parent Infant Psychotherapy from Columbia University. Dr. Cotler provides therapy for children, adolescents and adults and is also involved in teaching mindfulness and mindful parenting at various locations around Toronto.
Dr. Cotler brings over a decade of experience working with infants, children, adolescents, adults, and families. In particular, Dr. Cotler places major emphasis on the primary attachment relationship between a child and his or her caregiver and emphasizes early intervention when possible by working with parent(s) and their infants/children (ages 0-4). Dr. Cotler’s clinical work is supported by her doctoral research and thesis, which focused on the primary attachment relationship formed between a child and parent and the importance of this relationship in emotion regulation, and how one connects, feels and thinks about themselves and others. Dr. Cotler has published a number of works on the motive to connect to others and its implications in the real world.
Dr. Cotler’s practice focuses on helping adults struggling with depression, anxiety, and relational trauma. She is trained in using Mindfulness, CBT, DBT, CRAFT and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and integrates these various approaches in the effort to tailor to the individual’s specific needs. With parents and/or their children, Dr. Cotler treats a wide range of difficulties including emotional, behavioral, eating and sleeping issues through integrating her training in Wait, Watch and Wonder, Parent-Infant Psychotherapy and Play Therapy. Dr. Cotler has worked at various levels of the mental health system in emergency room, inpatient and outpatient community hospital settings as well as in school headstart and community based not for profit programs to hone her psychotherapy skills an her work history allows her to work with individuals with various mental health needs.
For further information please visit: tanyacotlerphd.com
Dr. Danny Muller (also known by her pediatric patients as "Dr. D") is a family chiropractor with a special focus on female, prenatal, postpartum and pediatric care. As a mother of two (home birth assisted by midwives) she received chiropractic treatment during pregnancy, which helped her realize the importance of chiropractic care, not only for the mommies-to-be but for the babies as well. She also received chiropractic care during labour in her second pregnancy, which was helpful in reducing low back and pelvic pain, joint stiffness, and assisting on achieving a successful homebirth.
A graduate from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, she had previously received a Bachelor of Science degree in her home country, Brazil. Dr. D is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), where she is enrolled in the Pediatric Certification Program (CACCP). She is certified in Webster Technique - a specific chiropractic analysis and gentle adjustment technique, which aims to restore sacral/pelvic alignment therefore reducing the risks of an abnormal progress in labour, increasing the rates of a normal vertex fetal position, reducing labour pain and increasing the cervical dilation rate.
Dr. D believes that the inter-professional collaboration between chiropractors and midwives/ob-gyns offers excellent benefits towards prenatal, postpartum and infant care. Her goal is to promote the best health care for her patients, helping them achieve a successful and natural birth.
Amy Gildner has been a registered physiotherapist since graduating from University of Toronto’s Master of Physical Therapy program in 2013. Amy has an active approach to therapy, which includes manual (“hands on”) treatment, acupuncture, and exercises to expedite patient’s recovery.
Amy specializes in women’s health, including pregnancy and postnatal care. She is licensed to practice pelvic floor physiotherapy, including internal exams and treatment on women. She is also a licensed acupuncture provider and pilates instructor. Amy provides detailed and individualized treatments for all of her patients and is a firm believer in preventative care.
Ligaya Esguerra is a Registered Massage Therapist who graduated from Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic in 2009. She has since worked in multidisciplinary environments, such as Chiropractic and Physiotherapy clinics as well as fertility and pre-natal care clinics.
She performs deep tissue massage for both therapeutic and relaxation purposes, utilizing a variety of techniques from acupressure to advanced myofascial work to help alleviate her clients’ discomfort. She believes massage can be a valuable tool for treating injuries, coping with occupational stresses and chronic pain, as well increasing overall relaxation.
Ligaya also treats and supports women in all stages of pregnancy and post-partum. Being a mother herself has given her a deeper insight into the stresses that women’s bodies endure. She believes strongly that the ‘nurturing’ mother needs to be nurtured herself. She is also interested in expanding into more infant and pediatric massage and is working on her certification in pediatric massage.
Brazilian born Guiomar Campbell has had an outstanding career in Toronto as a lead expert, writer and instructor in women's health, writer, instructor. She is compassionate, intuitive, vibrant, dynamic with many years of experience dealing with women's wellness, from pre-conception to birth. She combines her acupuncture, shiatsu and reiki practices to provide woman pre-conception, in pregnancy and postpartum with truly unique and holistic body treatment.
She also offers doula services and labour and support services so please inquire if interested for your birth.
Guiomar received her degree in nursing and obstetrics from the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil, and since in Canada has received a diploma in acupuncture and shiatsu at the Shiatsu School of Canada and completed ongoing natural therapy education including reiki and energy- based modalities.
She is a registered acupuncturist and member in good standing of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO).
For more information and detail on service provision please see www.lotusartswellness.com