Our Philosophy - Integrated Care at all Levels
The human body is not a grouping of isolated systems. It is a complex and highly interconnected whole. Our interdisciplinary team works with that ‘whole’—the whole person—to restore physical, structural, emotional and energetic balance for sustained wellness and movement.
Integrated Team Approach
The MaxFit team includes integrated expertise from complementary and alternative health care as well as conventional western medicine. This insures that our patients get the best of all worlds and creates synergies between the various therapies that contribute to the best overall results for our patients. Our team approach provides a much larger tool box to work with and a broader range of experience to draw from. The MaxFit team becomes your resource for healing through our deep and diverse base of in-house knowledge and experience and our far reaching network of experts and friends.
At MaxFit we work with you as your guide, the leader of your integrated health care team. But it is you that is the centre of the treatment program because healing and health begin with you. The human body has an innate ability to heal itself and it is this power that we base our treatment strategy around. Our client-centered approach also allows us to truly hear your experience and make shared decisions.
We continually expand our knowledge base by conducting and participating in leading edge research in a broad range of topics across the integrated care model including human activity, movement wellness, mind/body medicine, and ergonomics. And we share our knowledge by acting as a community resource, a place where you can come for not only treatment, but information and education.
Dr. Wilbour Kelsick, Chiropractor
Dr. Kelsick is the founder
and spiritual core of the MaxFit Movement Institute. He
has been working with Canadian National and Olympic teams
as a member of the official medical staff for many years.
His education and experience position him perfectly for
this role. Dr. Kelsick’s network of colleagues and
friends, gathered in his more than 18 years as a health
practitioner, expands what he can offer. Dr. Kelsick received
his B. Sc. in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University,
his Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine from the Canadian Memorial
Chiropractic College and is a Fellow of the College of Chiropractic
Sports Sciences (Canada) and the College of Chiropractic
Rehabilitative Sciences (Canada).
Dr. Khaled Dossa, Chiropractor
Dr. Dossa graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College as a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine with Cum Laude and Clinical Honours. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University. Dr. Dossa earned several awards including The Excellence in Biomechanics Scholarship and the CMCC Students' Council award for his contribution to the student body. He believes in an active approach to health and is a certifed personal trainer and squash Canada coach. Dr. Dossa is currently pursuing his sports fellowship through the College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences and looks forward to helping you achieve your goals.
Dr. William Mackie, MD, Sport
Dr. Mackie brings to the MaxFit team
more than twenty years experience in the field of Sport
Medicine with a strong focus on injury prevention. He received
his MD from the University of British Columbia in 1976 and
holds a Bachelors (Magna cum Laude) and Master of Science
degree in Physiology of Exercise from the University of
Michigan. Dr. Mackie is a Fellow of the American College
of Sports Medicine and received the Diploma in Sport Medicine
from the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine. He works as
a Clinical Associate Professor at the UBC Faculty of Medicine
where he teaches medical students and residents in the area
of Sport Medicine. He has served on the Board of Directors
of Sport B.C. and the Sport Medicine Council of B.C., and
is the founder of the Section of Sport Medicine of the British
Columbia Medical Association. Dr. Mackie also brings a lifetime
of commitment to exercise and sport. He competed in NCAA
gymnastics, winning in 1970 as a member of the University
of Michigan gymnastics team, and represented Canada at the
1972 Olympics. He continues to train for and compete in
marathons and triathlons.
Karen Chow - Registered Physiotherapist
BSc(Kin), BScPT, RCAMT, Gunn IMS
Karen joins the team at MaxFit Movement Institute after moving to the Tri-City area with her family. She received her Bachelor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Toronto as well as a Kinesiology degree from Simon Fraser University. In addition, Karen has completed numerous post graduate courses specializing in manual therapy as well as Gunn IMS technique. She also has an extensive backgound as a competitive swimmer and this has led her to give back to the sport and become a Classifier in the sport of Paralympic Swimming for Swimming BC. Other interests include soccer, hockey, and other sports.
Randy Persad Registered Massage Therapist
Maxfit Movement Institute Centre for Integrative Health Care welcomes Randy Persad Registered Massage Therapist to its Integrative Health Care Team of practitioners. Randy brings over 20 years of clinical experience with advanced education and practice in Myofascial and Stretch Therapy. His preferred practice includes scar tissue management, sport injury rehabilitation, women’s health, and a special interest in stress management with breath education. [ Click here for full bio].
RN MAEd., Mind/Body Medicine
Gina brings to the MaxFit
team extensive experience in Mind/Body Medicine. An adjunct
professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of
British Columbia, Gina conducts clinical research in Mind/Body
programs. She currently coordinates the Mind/Body Program
for Breast Cancer funded by the Women’s Hospital,
Breast Cancer Foundation and the Hecht Foundation. Gina
previously established the Tzu Chi Institute for Complementary
and Alternative Medicine with its founder, Dr. Wah Jun Tze
and was Coordinator of its flagship Mind/Body Program. Gina’s
background in health care is extensive and broad based,
covering such diverse areas as personal development programs,
community and rural health, critical care, sexual therapy,
family practice, quality of work life and cultural diversity.
She specializes in body centered health counseling and Lifespan
Integration. Her primary focus in practice is in helping
people learn to self regulate their health, to develop more
resilience and to engage in their lives more fully. (Click
here for full CV)
Robert Esmie, Running Programs
Robert "Blast Off" Esmie brings to the MaxFit team unparalleled running expertise. He is an Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champion with extensive experience as a motivational speaker and sports trainer. He was on the 4x100-metre relay team that took the gold for Canada at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, stunning the United States, which had dominated the event since its inception. Robert gained his nickname by having the words "blast off" shaved into the back of his head before the event. He was also on Canada's relay teams that won world championships in 1995 and '97. Additionally, Robert has had strong showings in the 60-, 100-, and 200-metre races at various events in Canada and abroad. Robert provides MaxFit patients with analysis and prescriptions for running technique as well as developing conditioning programs for running as it relates to any activity, a competitive sport or a social endeavour.
Lyle Povah, Musician, Sound and Wellness Practitioner
Lyle brings to the MaxFit team a unique approach to wellness and movement. He is a percussionist, singer, guitarist, children¹s entertainer, drum circle facilitator, and teacher with a special interest in African drumming. He travels throughout North America and Europe presenting at conferences, leading corporate team building sessions and bringing musical fun, wellness and learning to a wide variety of musical arenas, including health care centres, youth at risk programs, senior’s centres, schools, church groups, detention centres and community events. Lyle has shared music with kids at B.C.¹s Children¹s Hospital one day a week for the past fifteen years and regularly visits hospitals across Canada and the U.S. For the past 7 years, he has worked with the UBC Sauder School of Business and many corporate clients, leading management training and executive development programs. Lyle also leads the longest running weekly "drop in" Community Drum Circle in Canada, an intergenerational and intercultural musical event moving into its 10th year.
Carol Ranger, Registered Dietician, Nutritionist
Carol is recognized as a leader in the food and nutrition field. She brings extensive experience in using progressive frameworks in community health, individual counseling and mindfulness education. She works as a consultant with Springwell Nutrition Group and is the nutritionist at REACH Community Health Centre. Carol is active in the community as the co-chair of Vancouver Food Policy Council and in Capers Integrated Health Network. She holds a BA.Sc. in Human Nutrition from the University of Guelph and a professional internship at Vancouver Hospital in BC. She has also completed training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Centre for Mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Carol offers MaxFit clients a broad range of expertise covering the full spectrum of nutrition and food related issues. Her specialties are working with adults and children with weight challenges, sports nutrition, diabetes, food sensitivities and mindful eating. Carol uses a holistic approach, involving leading edge nutritional science, positive psychology, mindfulness and common sense to assist clients in their movement towards greater health.
Dr. Ronald Reichert, Naturopathic Medicine
MaxFit refers patients to Dr. Ronald G. Reichert, the Director of Naturopathic Medical Services at the Canadian Center for Functional Medicine in Coquitlam, B.C.. Since graduating from Bastyr University in 1989 with his degree in Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Reichert has focused on his private practice, writing and speaking on numerous health-related topics, and acting as an expert consultant to the natural products industry. His primary medical focus is on the delivery of integrative naturopathic medical approaches for a wide number of chronic health conditions including arthritis, asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, dementia, diabetes, disordered immunity, fibromyalgia, heart disease, and, inflammatory bowel problems.
Suzuki, Kinesiologist/Personal Trainer
Debbie brings to MaxFit
clients years of experience in developing personal training
programs. Injury rehabilitation, weight management, strength
and endurance training, sport specific training, physical
preparation programs for Police/Firefighter candidates are
some of her specialties. The combination of Debbie's professional
accomplishments and her personal background in competitive
and recreational distance running, aerobics, weight lifting,
marshal arts, yoga as well as being the mother of five children
establishes Debbie as a leader in the Fitness industry.
Debbie holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, is a
Member of the British Columbia Association of Kinesiology
and the Simon Fraser Aquatics Management Team. She is a
B.C. R.P.A certified group exercise instructor and a Certified
Studio cycling instructor. Debbie also shares her knowledge
and insight as a guest lecturer and motivational speaker
and is certified in C.P.R and First Aid.
Tan, Registered Acunpuncturist
Dr. Tan has more
than 20 years of experience in acupuncture, integrated Oriental
energy medicine. He is also a consultant on wellness and
optimum health nutritional supplements. In his 20 years
of practice he has had great success with immune system
wellness and treatment in areas such as cancer, lupus, diabetes
and chronic illness. Dr. Tan has also worked in the area
of rehabilitation with patients injured in motor vehicle
accidents and through sports. He graduated in 1986 from
the San Francisco College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Dr. Tan was a Clinical Research Practitioner in the Integrated
and Alternative Medicine Program at the Tzu Chi Institute
from 1998-2003 and Clinical Director and Instructor of Acupuncture
and Traditional Chinese Medicine at Langara College.
Tim Yeomans, MD, Integrative Medicine
Dr. Tim Yeomans is a leader in the field of Integrative
Medicine. His working experience has included 8 years in
the Queen Charlotte Islands, several months in India, sixteen
years in private full service general practice in Vancouver,
and 5 years associated with the Tzu Chi Institute. At the
Tzu Chi Institute, Dr. Yeomans developed the ‘Integrated
Functional Assessment’ tool that helps gain an understanding
of patients from biochemical, physiological, emotional and
spiritual perspectives, to see why the body is not functioning
well or why it is producing symptoms. Dr. Yeomans received
his MD from the University of British Columbia in 1976.
Since 2002 he has been heard on CBC’s BC Almanac radio
program as a regular guest and expert Integrative Physician.
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Yonemoto, Golf Specific Trainer
Kendal provides MaxFit
with golf specific training and assessments. He is a class
“A” certified teaching professional. Kendal
trains athletes using a wide range of training methods from
postural correction to Olympic lifting, sprinting and biofeedback.
He also provides stress reduction for wellness and performance
Biofeedback systems provide coaches with information which
is relevant in preparing their athletes. Various applications
provide information on the athlete’s level of preparation;
aerobic, anaerobic and alactic capacities, reaction rate,
sensori-motor tone, and power outputs. To properly periodize
a program, coaches and athletes can benefit from non-invasive,
time efficient assessment tools that allow the athlete to
push the performance envelop and reduce the incidence of
over-training and injury. Assess, don't guess!
Takeuchi – Yoga Therapist
Tanya has practiced various styles of yoga for over 20 years
including Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Hatha, and is passionate
about holistic health, spirituality and fulfilling one’s
potential. Her teaching style reflects her studies of mind/body
disciplines such as dance, qi gong and movement therapy,
integrating breathing techniques, body awareness and alignment.
Tanya is best known for her warm, supportive and creative
approach to helping students enjoy being in their bodies.
Prior to returning to Vancouver, Tanya received her teacher
certification from the Downward Dog Yoga Centre in Toronto,
after completing an intensive two year training program.
Tanya immensely enjoys teaching on both an athletic and
rehabilitative level, and works with adults of all ages
and bodies in addition to those facing health issues. During
the summer of 2003, Tanya was chosen to represent Nike Toronto
for several high profile and large scale athletic events.
Ron Stewart – Yoga Instructor
Ron Stewart has been practicing Yoga since 1998, In 2005 he received his teacher training certificate through Kate Potter. His yoga classes are informed by a 21 year career as a professional Dance Artist which has included training in body practices such as Pilates, Gyrotonics®, Tia Chi, Qi Gong, and Body Mind Centering®, as well as traditional contemporary and classical dance techniques.
Judy Chambers RNCP, CPT - Registered Nutritionist
Judy is a graduate of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, a professional member of the International Organization of Nutritional Consultants and an Internationally Certified Personal Trainer. As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Judy focuses on natural living as a dynamic evolving path. Her refreshing approach is integrative and sustainable, incorporating the essential and diverse aspects of wellness into her powerful therapeutic and energetic programs.
Judy uses principles and assessment techniques from Traditional Chinese Medicine, along side a careful analysis of modern Western science and an innate sensibility. Judy’s diverse offerings include skillfully crafted nutrition programs, delicious whole foods cooking classes and personal fitness training. Her passion is research, education and activism in the field of nutrition, food preparation and wholesome living!
Alissa Martin - Yoga Instructor
Alissa has spent most of her life in, and around, Port Moody and is passionate about serving her community through Yoga. With over 10 years experience in fitness, her journey led her to yoga 6 years ago. She now teaches Hatha, Hatha Flow, Restorative, Prenatal, Postnatal, and Kids Yoga. She enjoys working one-on-one with clients as well as in a class setting. The connection of mind, body, emotions, and spirit that can be found through yoga is what inspires her to share it with others and to choose Yoga Therapy as her next modality. She has a caring attitude and genuine desire to help others experience a new level of well-being.
Maria Morano - Personal Trainer
Maria's for the outdoors is integrated in her fitness activities.She enjoys jogging, cycling, field hockey, hiking, walking, backpacking and snowshoeing. This passion led her to pursue a career in Kinesiology and related certifications including Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Certified Exercise Physiologist. These tools and personal experience enhance her scope of practice as a Kinesiologist, Personal Trainer, Athletic Trainer and Nordic Walking instructor. She has designed and implemented programs for injury rehabilitation, sport specific training, strength training, and fitness training. Maria has also worked with teams that have participated in national events including BC Amateur Hockey Association for Women’s Hockey, Western Women’s Hockey League and BC Lacrosse Association.