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Meet Our Gibsons Wellness Centre Practitioners

A Wellness Centre in Gibsons That You Can Trust

At Gibsons Chiropractic, Health and Wellness Centre, we are proud to offer the following services to accelerate your healing (as an adjunct or stand-alone) to your chiropractic care.

Our total body wellness services include:

Read on to meet our Wellness Centre practitioners and learn more about the services they provide. And for more information or to schedule an appointment, contact your selected practitioner below.

Dr. Scott Russell DPM | Podiatrist

Dr. Scott Russell, Podiatrist

Dr. Scott Russell, Podiatrist

Dr. Russell will be offering his services to patients with podiatric complaints and conditions requiring both conservative and interventional treatment. He will soon be available for patient consultation a couple of days a month at  Gibsons Chiropractic, Health and Wellness Centre.

He has been in practice for 38 years. Dr. Russell is a graduate of the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine (now incorporated into Chicago Medical School). He completed his residency in both General and Surgical Podiatry at Vancouver General Hospital in conjunction with UBC Medical School. After his residency, he spent six years on the orthopedic surgical staff at St. Francis Hospital of New Jersey Medical Centre and on staff at Princeton University Medical Centre. Dr. Russell has practiced with the Seymour Health Centre in Vancouver for the past 28 years and as a Podiatry consultant for Medicentres of Canada in Alberta for the past 19 years. He is licensed to perform foot surgery by both the British Columbia and the Alberta Podiatric Medical Associations. He has passed the medical boards in the states of Vermont, Washington, and New Jersey as well as British Columbia and Alberta.

He routinely performs surgery for certain bunion deformities (medial eminence resection and hallux limitus repair), hammer toes, neuromas, subluxed metatarsals, fibromas and other benign lesions, ingrown toenails, fasciotomies, and heel spur resections. A big part of his practice involves treating orthopedic deformities and acute complaints of both children and adults with functional root method orthotics. He also administers cortisone injections and neurolysis injections for recalcitrant neuromas, fasciitis, capsulitis, and tendonitis.

Availability: Wednesdays (generally)

Patients can call for an appointment at (604) 886-7080.

Dr. Brian Davies BSc, ND | Naturopathic Medicine, Functional Medicine

Dr. Brian Davies

Dr. Brian Davies BSc, ND

As a graduate of the University of Victoria, Dr. Davies focused on nutritional biochemistry, biology, physiology and psychology with additional time and training as a volunteer with adolescents, geriatrics and patients of the Victoria Arthritis Society. Dr. Davies completed his post-graduate studies at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Ontario.
In addition to his training in Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Davies works in the area of functional medicine to support individualized treatment programs for his clients. Functional medicine uses laboratory based evaluations and other testing techniques to help determine the specific biochemical needs of a person. Functional medicine can consistently maximize medical treatment outcomes while minimizing treatment requirements to help clients save time and money achieving their health goals.

Dr. Brian Davies also practices primary and preventative family medicine in Vancouver, with special interests in hormonal, immune and gastrointestinal conditions. His focus is primarily on lifestyle modifications, with the addition of nutraceutical, botanical, homeopathic and pharmaceutical interventions as needed.

Dr. Davies has a strong belief that the body has the power to heal itself and that people’s lifestyles play a key role in health management. Dr. Davies will help to empower each individual person with new skills to achieve their health goals.
For more information on Dr. Davies and his practice, please visit his website here.
Availability: Saturdays

You can call his office 778-340-1114 or book an appointment through his separate online booking system here – be sure to select Gibsons as the location when you book!

Kirk Pleasant R.Ac. | Registered Acupuncturist

Kirk Pleasant R.Ac. Registered Acupunturist

Kirk Pleasant R.Ac. Registered Acupuncturist

Kirk has been a registered acupuncturist with the CTCMA of BC since 2006. He graduated from the International College of TCM in Vancouver after four years with diplomas in acupuncture, Chinese herbology, and as a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner. He has been the clinic director and a practicing acupuncturist in Vancouver at Balance Acupuncture & Massage since 2007. After living in Gibsons, BC for nearly three years, he has decided to bring his practice to the Sunshine Coast and is excited to begin treating patients at Gibsons Chiropractic, Health and Wellness Centre! Kirk’s treatments are very individually catered to each person’s needs, but overall he has a very gentle technique and works hard to explain what’s happening during each treatment. Conditions commonly seen are most pain syndromes – headaches, back, shoulder, neck pain, sports injuries, repetitive strain disorder, TMJ, and menstrual disorders, as well as common internal complaints such as insomnia, anxiety, depression, digestive problems, asthma, pregnancy related issues, fertility problems, etc.

In his spare time, Kirk enjoys being a member of the Gibson’s Volunteer Fire Department and raises Icelandic Sheep on his farm on North Road.

Availability: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

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To book an appointment with Kirk, please call our office at (604) 886-7080 or book online.

Mike Fischer, RMT | Registered Massage Therapist

Mike Fischer

Mike Fischer, RMT

Mike is a 1993 grad of the West Coast College of Massage Therapy with advanced training in Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy, Sports Massage, Therapeutic Yoga as well as numerous other modalities.

With Mike’s combined training, he has created a therapeutic approach which treats the body as a whole to get to the root of symptoms.

He has found great success in treating a variety of acute as well as chronic conditions.

Availability: Monday – Friday

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For more information, visit www.mfrmt.com, or to book an appointment, please call our office at (604) 886-7080, book online, or send Mike an email.

Michelle Gatrill, RMT | Registered Massage Therapist

Michelle Gatrill, RMT

Michelle Gatrill, RMT

Michelle Gatrill has been a Registered Massage Therapist for over 10 years. Michelle graduated in 2005 from West Coast College of Massage Therapy. During her first year of practice, Michelle worked in a general practice setting and in 2006 she joined a clinic in Vancouver that had a very strong Prenatal and Postnatal focus.

In December 2015, Michelle and her family relocated to the Sunshine Coast. Michelle is extremely excited to be part of the Gibsons Chiropractic, Health and Wellness Centre team!

Michelle’s areas of interest are: prenatal and postnatal, headaches (migraines and tension), TMJD, anxiety, fibromyalgia, stress, overuse syndromes and chronic pain.

Michelle is passionate about the benefits of Massage Therapy and her goal is to provide comfort and support in a professional environment.

Availability: Monday – Thursday

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For more information, visit www.sunshinecoastmassagetherapy.com, or to book an appointment, please call our office at (604) 886-7080, book online, or send Michelle an email.

Heather Scheibal, RMT | Registered Massage Therapist

Heather Sheibal, RMT, BHK

Heather Sheibal, RMT, BHK

Heather graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2010 and returned as a principal instructor in 2012. Heather’s approach to treatment is individualized and her focus is to work with patients to improve their quality of life and facilitate their return to pain-free movement. She understands that there are many influences on the body and creates a Massage Therapy treatment plan that is specific to her patient’s needs and priorities. She draws on her years of experience treating various types of injuries and having worked through many sports-related and chronic overuse injuries herself. Heather’s patients benefit from her positive attitude and she encourages them to be active participants in their recovery. A variety of modalities may be used including Myofascial Release, Systemic Deep Tissue Therapy, Somatics, Active Release, Trigger Point Therapy, (IASTM) Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization and Swedish Massage. Heather’s patients also value her health-team oriented approach often referring to chiropractors, exercise rehabilitation experts and other professionals in the health care field to accelerate their recovery.

Availability: Monday – Wednesday (on a limited basis monthly)

For more information or to book an appointment, please call our office at (604) 886-7080.

Monica Gust RMT | Registered Massage Therapist

Monica Gust RMT

Monica Gust RMT

Monica has been an RMT since graduating from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1996 and has been practicing in downtown Vancouver since. She lives in North Vancouver but has been spending more and more time on the Sunshine Coast, so much so that she is now living and working here part time.
Right from the start of her education, Monica’s interest has been looking at the clients primary problem but not losing sight of the why, the how and more importantly, other possible contributing factors and past injuries. She has a large interest in posture and how it affects all systems of the body. There are many approaches to restoring balance, increasing function and relieving pain and she gravitates to fascial unwinding and active release. Monica’s education to date mostly includes courses in Osteopathy, Neural Therapy, Visceral Therapy and Cranial-Sacral Therapy. Her focus is to create balance and function in the body but also to educate the client with small changes to their lifestyle that could be contributing to their problem.

Availability: Tuesday

For more information, visit www.monicagust.com, or to book an appointment, please call our office at (604) 886-7080, or book online here.

Heidi Sheehan, MA, RCC | Registered Clinical Counsellor

Heidi Sheehan of Gibsons Chiropractic, Health and Wellness Centre in Gibsons

Heidi Sheehan, MA, RCC

Heidi is an experienced therapist with a compassionate, gentle, intuitive approach to healing – specializing in the treatment of trauma, depression, anxiety, stress and grief. She provides counselling to individuals of all ages, including children and youth, as well as couples and families.

Through Heidi’s effective person-centred methods, clients gain insight, experience an enhanced sense of purpose and meaning in their lives, and achieve a greater sense of well-being within themselves and in their relationships.

Heidi uses a variety of techniques including EMDR, sand tray and CBT.

For more information on Heidi and her practice, please visit: heidisheehan.com.

Availability: Monday – Friday
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For more information or to book an appointment, please contact Heidi directly:  call (604) 741-1775 or send an email.

Sylvia Cust, MA, RCC, SRT | Registered Clinical Counsellor, Somatic Psychotherapist, and Self-Regulation Therapist

Sylvia Cust at Gibsons Chiropractic, Health and Wellness Centre in Gibsons

Sylvia Cust, MA, RCC, SRT

Sylvia’s relational model uses somatic empathy, attunement and right brain healing strategies, not primarily verbal processes for transforming developmental and shock trauma.

With her Métis heritage, Sylvia is sensitive and aware of the context of Aboriginal issues and concerns. Her practice is inclusive of diverse cultures and sexual orientation.

She provides individual and couples therapy and facilitates after-suicide-support groups. Specializing in trauma and acute and chronic stress. Issues include: relational crisis, depression, anxiety, sudden loss and spiritual and chronic pain.

Sylvia brings proven skills and radiant energy in helping adults transform major life challenges into opportunities for renewal, connection and growth.

“My approach is integrative, transformative and body-centred. I use the practices of connected learning and self-regulation, the neurobiology of trauma and attachment, and the ancient wisdom of earth-based traditions.”

Availability: Thursdays only 

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For more information, please visit Sylvia’s website: somaticpsychotherapy.ca.
To book an appointment, please contact Sylvia directly: call (604) 886-4845 or send an email.

Michael McLaughlin, RTC | Registered Therapeutic Counsellor

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Michael McLaughlin

Michael provides person-centred counselling for individuals and couples. He uses a variety of counselling approaches, including person-centred, Adlerian, Gestalt, CBT, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction.

Michael assists with issues of relationships, anger management, life crises, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and trauma. He specializes in substance and behavioural addictions. He is the Executive Director of the Centre For Healthy Internet Use, which provides counselling for digital dependencies and public education on learning and development issues.

His approach is integrative, attending to the psychological, physical and spiritual (quality of life) health of the whole person.

Availability: Wednesday afternoons and some evenings

For more information, please visit www.renewalcounselling.net. Please call: (778) 508-9559 to book an appointment or book online here.

Lori Edwards TCTSY-F | BA-CYC | RYT 500 | Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Practitioner


Lori Edwards TCTSY-F, BA-CYC

Lori brings a wealth of education and experience in Child and Youth Care, Mental Health and Addictions, and Therapeutic Yoga to her profession. Along with her lived experience, these areas have united in the specialization of Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY), an adjunct Trauma Treatment developed for Complex Trauma. With personal experience, years of dedicated study, and being witness to deep shifts in clients’ self-awareness, Lori can attest to the profound healing possible with this empowering practice. Through a strengths-based lens, Lori is compassionate and authentic, while holding space for transformation in all of its shapes and forms. As an Active Associate of the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute, Lori is connected to leaders and practitioners in the field of trauma treatment across the globe.Lori is delighted to bring EmpowerYoga TCTSY to the community of Gibsons Chiropractic, Health and Wellness Centre and the Sunshine Coast and grateful for the opportunity to share this subtle, yet significant practice with her clients and colleagues.

Availability: Wednesdays only
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For more about Lori and EmpowerYoga, or more information on Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga, please visit www.empoweryoga.ca, or contact Lori directly at lori@empoweryoga.caTo book an appointment, please call our office at (604) 886-7080, book online, or send Lori an email.

Lynn Mackay, RCSHom, BSc, SCCD, DCH | Classical Homeopathy

Lynn Mackay at Gibsons Chiropractic, Health and Wellness Centre in Gibsons

Lynn Mackay, RCSHom, BSc, SCCD, DCH

25 years experience supporting health with children, families and individuals.

Classical Homeopath

Your health history and current health symptoms on physical, mental and emotional levels lead me to a Homeopathic constitutional remedy that will assist your holistic body to regain it’s natural healthy state.

This opens up new growth on all levels as your body, mind and spirit can now flourish.

Chronic problems such as arthritis, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, digestion problems, migraines, menopause, PMS, allergies, UTI’s, skin rashes, to name a few, can improve and disappear in many cases never to return.

Flus, colds, coughs, fevers, infections, surgeries and dental work can all be assisted and supported by acute homeopathic remedies.

PresentChild® Translator
Experience for yourself what children tell us about our lives. This method provides a core solution for parents and their children. The child is a powerful healing force in a family.Children are the perfect remedy for their parents and the cured parent is the perfect remedy for the child. The story a parent tells about the child’s problems when ‘translated’ strikes a chord for the parent that enables healing to take place within the parent and the child. The process is simple and remarkably precise.The PresentChild® Method was developed by Janita Venema. For more information, please visit the website at presentchild.com.

Availability: Fridays only

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Book an appointment onlineFor more information, please visit lynnmackaypresentchild.com or contact Lynn directly: call or text (604) 741-7691, or send an email.

Contact your Gibsons Wellness Centre Practitioners today!