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 and registered psychotherapist (qualifying). She has a special interest in women’s health, mental health including trauma and addiction, pregnancy and postnatal care, infancy and pediatrics. She has spent over 12 years in private practice and uses a compassionate approach to educating and motivating others to participate more actively in their health, relationships and lives.
Enthusiasm for fitness and optimal living led Kristin 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 numerous education opportunities including lactation support, pregnancy care, childhood illness, mood disorders, emotional trauma and addiction. Over the last decade she has studied psychotherapy through the Gestalt Institute of Toronto and is registered to practice individual psychotherapy.
Individualized and holistic care is at the cornerstone of her practice - patients receive truly specialized treatments with Dr. Heins. She combines a blended approach to supporting the mental and physical well-being of her patients. This allows for care to be longer lasting and more effective.
Dr. Heins is a regular corporate lecturer, author and public speaker on health. To find out more about how naturopathic medicine or psychotherapy may be the right approach for you, please email, call the clinic or check out her personal 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.
For further information please visit: tanyacotlerphd.com
Dr. Lindsay Grieve is a family chiropractor who places a strong focus of her practice on women’s health, pre- and post-natal care and paediatrics. She believes no one is ever too young or too old to be adjusted.
In 2006 Dr. Grieve graduated from New York Chiropractic College with honours. She has been in practice since 2007 and encompasses a variety of techniques from diversified, Thompson, Activator, MC2 and Torque Release into her adjustment style.
Dr. Grieve's interest in chiropractic was ignited at a young age when she sought chiropractic care in her early teens to help with a multitude of symptoms, the most prominent one being her chronic headaches. After a few adjustments her health began to drastically improve which helped launch her passion for the profession.
She truly believes that health comes from within and focuses her practice on whole body wellness. Nutrition, exercise, stress reduction and a sound nervous system are key foundations she attests to making a healthier you. "I'm a firm believer that today's modern day lifestyle is very taxing on our systems, particularly our Nervous System, which is the powerhouse of the body. People often come into the office with a physical complaint but learn by going through the treatment process how important regular adjustments are for overall health and wellness."
Dr. Grieve is the proud mother to her son, Nikola. She was always a promotor of chiropractic during pregnancy but since experiencing it herself, she developed a new appreciation for the power of chiropractic care during this time. Not only does it help keep you more mobile and reduce common pregnancy systems, it also allows the growing baby all the room they need to move around freely in the uterus. Dr. Grieve is trained in the Webster Technique and has had the pleasure of helping many mothers find ease and comfort during their pregnancy.
In 2016 Dr. Lindsay went through her own personal health scare. She was diagnosed with a rare bone marrow disorder called Aplastic Anemia. The treatment required an intense round of chemotherapy, radiation and a bone marrow transplant, which she was lucky enough to receive from her sister. It was a taxing and gruelling year, a battle to say the least but she came out of it stronger than ever. Not only does she have a new appreciation for health but also an understanding of the challenges that come when your health is taken away from you.
Dr. Grieve is a passionate individual and loves to get out in the community and share her tips on health. If you’re looking for a speaker for your organization or group, please contact the office.
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
Theodora Noumtinis is a Registered Massage Therapist and a Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist. She began a career in Reflexology in 2006 which opened a new door for her in healthcare. Seeing the positive effects of this therapy in improving people’s health inspired her to further my education and pursue a career in the field of alternative therapies, to maximize her skills and better help improve and strengthen the well-being of others.
She studied Reflexology in 2006 and have been practicing this therapy since 2008. The idea that acupressure techniques stimulate a response in the body’s neurological system to promote balance in order for healing to take place intrigued her and lead her to further study complimentary fields. She studied Acupuncture therapy for 3 years at Shiatsu School of Canada and received her diploma in this field in 2012, and then moved onto studying Massage Therapy in 2015 at Sutherland Chan, graduating in 2016.
She has always been passionate about healing the body in the most natural way and believes that there is a great connection between ones emotions and body tissue. "When one area of the body is in distress it in turn affects the whole body - physically, emotionally, spiritually, and psychologically".
Dr. Farah Dobani-Budhani received her doctorate from York University in the Clinical-Developmental Psychology program. She completed the research component of her doctoral work at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney Australia.
Dr. Dobani has been involved in the study and practice of mental health for over a decade. She has worked diligently with children and families to help resolve challenges as they present by promoting the strengths of each client, family, and system. She has refined a variety of intervention techniques including both structured and semi-structured behavioural methods as well as play based psychotherapy.
Dr. Dobani emphasizes the importance of a healthy attachment relationship and actively involves parent and child in both assessment and treatment. She has worked in a number of mental health settings offering child and parent-child psychotherapy from birth to adolescence, including Sick Kids Hospital, The Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and the Hincks-Dellcrest Center. Dr. Dobani has been trained in the Watch, Wait, and Wonder parent-infant/toddler treatment for children displaying mood, anxiety, and disruptive behaviours, as well as children whose parents struggle with challenges of their own (i.e. post-partum disorders, mood anxiety, and personality issues). Her interests and passion include treatment of children and adolescents presenting with oppositional behaviours, issues around gender identity, school refusal, and mood and anxiety. Dr. Dobani has vast experience in parent counselling which is often paired with the treatment of school-aged children.
Through Dr. Dobani’s varied geographic, cultural, and socio-economic experience, she has learned the importance of early intervention and the resolution of early life events and upholds this understanding in her practice.
Marine received her DOMP (Diploma of Osteopathy Manual Practitioner) from the Osteopathic College of Provence (COP) in France in 2017 after a 5 years training period.
She has a holistic approach to Osteopathy and adapts her treatment according to the patients unique needs. She practices visceral, cranio-sacral therapy and various joint techniques.
She has a special interest in care for children, newborns and pregnant women. Her graduation thesis studied postnatal treatment of mothers with breastfeeding issues. In her studies, she practiced cranial techniques with the goal of impacting lactation hormones to stimulate and regulate milk production. Very promising results were visible during these studies, which encouraged her to further pursue investigation of these techniques.
The range of her techniques is beneficial to all kind of patients. As an osteopath, she treats athletes who train and need maintenance care on a regular basis or are recovering from injuries. Her techniques are also very helpful in stress-management and various physical conditions, including chronic headaches.
She will welcome you in French and in English.
Beth Safarian is a physiotherapist with specialized training in pelvic health. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Western University, followed by her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from UofT. She has completed levels 1-3 of her pelvic health training, is certified in acupuncture, and has begun the process of completing her manual therapy levels through the Orthopaedic Division Level System.
She treats both men and women for a variety of orthopaedic and pelvic health conditions. Her patients seek treatment in several different stages of life, including: adolescence, pre-natal, pre-partum, postpartum, and post-menopausal. Beth’s holistic approach focuses on manual therapy, exercise prescription, and patient education to encourage her clients to take control of their health, and become actively involved in their rehabilitation.
She is fully registered, and in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, and is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in both the Orthopaedic and Women’s Health Divisions.
MVivian is a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario and provides individual counselling to adults. She obtained her Master's Degree in Counselling Psychology in 2002, when she began working in a private practice setting. She treats individuals who suffer from: depression, anxiety, chronic pain, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, grief, parenting issues, life transitions and anger management. In particular, she specializes in helping people who have difficulty coping after having been involved in car accidents or personal injuries.
Vivian applies principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness based principles, and client centered therapy. Together, she and her clients work to understand the thoughts, moods, emotions, and behaviours that are affected by life's stressors, and begin the process of learning how to cope and feel better.
Vivian is a member in good standing with the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists (OACCPP), as well as a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapsits of Ontario.
For further information about Vivian Hochmanovich, please visit her website: counsellingcenter.ca