Our Clinical Staff

Acupuncturists

Dr. Tammy Lalonde (CEO and Registered Acupuncturist)

Specializations: Pain Management, Emotional Health (Addictions Management, Anxiety, PTSD), Digestive Health, Women’s Health (Fertility and Pregnancy), Transgender and Non-Binary Health (Gender Reassignment), Oncology
Tammy Lalonde

Caring for people is my passion and one of the greatest callings life has to offer.  I am a seasoned Paramedic and Acupuncturist with extensive experience assisting patients as they cope with obvious and invisible injuries. I have been there for those in desperate medical, psychological or traumatic situations, delivered beautiful babies in vehicles parked along the side of the road, and administered care in such odd locations as on a domestic airliner at 30,000 feet or when flying emergency medevacs over Arabian desertscapes. I know full well how to care for those in true crisis but have also witnessed so many more whose illnesses and injuries could be traced back to their treatment of the body as a whole, whether through their diet, fitness levels, or neglect. As my career has evolved, so has my focus, which has shifted to helping a greater number of people early on to prevent minor issues from evolving into larger and costlier illnesses.  In my practice I have found a niche offering by pairing these strengths in emergency care and women’s health with the respected skills and techniques from top practitioners in oriental medicine. All care is focused on returning the body, mind, and spirit to a whole.

My academic preparation closely incorporates oriental medicine with Western healthcare. My passions build on natural strengths in highly stressful complex interactions, care management, and treatment of anxiety, depression and PTSD – particularly amongst Armed Forces and Emergency Services personnel. Within North America and the Middle East I have enjoyed a long standing career as a respected clinician, clinical educator, fire and emergency medical dispatcher.  I hold active licensure with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), the College of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAA) and the California Acupuncture Board.  I am a past Board Director with the Alberta Pain Society and a present member of the CAA Competence Committee.

Education:

  • In progress – Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM), American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
    • Spring 2022 anticipated completion
  • Master of Science (M.S.) – Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, cum laude, South Baylo University
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) – Holistic Science, South Baylo University
  • Diploma – Emergency Medical Technician (Paramedic), Augustana University

Licensure:

  • College of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAA)
  • California Acupuncture Board
  • National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
Seyed Abtahi

Dr. Seyed Abtahi (Registered Acupuncturist)

Having graduated with Honors in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Seyed is qualified as a Registered Acupuncturist with the College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAAA). Seyed also holds a Master of Science degree in Anesthesia as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. He is a certified Su Jok Acupuncturist (Korean style of acupuncture focusing on the palms of the feet and hands) from the International Su Jok Academy.

Seyed has over 10 years of experience in the delivery of complex care specializing in Anesthesia and also from having served as a University faculty member in Iran. He has developed and delivered course curriculums on the pathophysiology of medical diseases, intensive care, pediatric and gynecological disorders and medical surgical needs. Seyed strongly supports the integration of Eastern and Western medicine and is committed to helping people reach their utmost potential in their physical, mental and spiritual health, respecting each individual as a unique being. Seyed focuses on helping his patients understand why discomfort and disease manifest in their lives and also how to manage these in a balanced and holistic way. Seyed is very gentle and full of passion. His professional interest is to focus on a broad spectrum of health conditions, including chronic pain management, musculoskeletal pain, general health, digestive disorders, stress management, functional disorders, insomnia, emotional and psychological disorders, gynecological issues and auto-immune disease, among many other ailments. Seyed likes to incorporate different modalities to help his patients including clean needle technique, acupressure, tuina (Chinese massage ), gua sha, moxibustion, electro-stimulation, cupping, scalp and ear acupuncture. Seyed is happy to help you with any health concern you may wish to address.

Education:

  • Master of Science (MSc) in Anesthesia, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Nursing, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences
  • Diploma of Acupuncture (Dipl.Ac), Reeves College
  • Certificate of Su Jok Acupuncture, International Su Jok Therapy Association, Su Jok Academy
  • Certificate CPR Level C – AED, HCP from Canadian Red Cross

Licensure:

  • RAc, College and Association of Acupuncturists of
    Alberta (CAAA)
Ciara Buchan

Dr. Ciara Buchan (Registered Acupuncturist)

In a world that is constantly moving, in which we push ourselves constantly to achieve more, do more, be more… Ciara believes that a gentler approach with ourselves and our bodies will achieve greater well-being. All else flows from here.

Ciara became an Acupuncturist to help facilitate for others a deeper level of healing in the body that works on all levels – physical, emotional, and mental. After working in the health and fitness industry as a Personal Fitness Trainer for over 15 years, she saw a pattern of roadblocks that many clients faced.

Having worked closely with clients’ bodies for years it became undeniable to her how powerful the energy of the body is, and this led Ciara to become a certified Reiki Practitioner and Crystal Healer prior to her becoming an Acupuncturist.

Acupuncture is a modality that helps people explore and heal deeper issues in their bodies, opening up the capacity to truly thrive.

Ciara has a passion for both Cosmetic and Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture and completed further extensive training under Acupuncturist Michelle Gellis who is a leading educator in this field. Ciara’s experience will also help you in a myriad of other issues, such as relieving pain, infertility, digestion, insomnia, and anxiety amongst others.

Her commitment with on-going education to offer the most to her patients also led her to complete her Subconscious Imprinting Practitioner Training certification. Subconscious Imprinting Technique is one of the most effective ways to discover and remove subconscious beliefs, decisions and patterns that are negatively influencing your health, relationships, and the way you show up in your life.

Ciara has a gentle and compassionate approach as a practitioner. Her main goal is to create an environment where all her clients feel comfortable and have an understanding of what is occurring within their body and why.

Note: At this time Ciara is not accepting fertility and pregnancy patients. 

Education:

  • Diploma of Acupuncture (Dipl.Ac) Reeves College

Licensure:

  • RAc, College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAAA)
Yoko Masuda

Yoko Masuda (Registered Acupuncturist)

Yoko received her acupuncture degree in Japan and after working at several clinics in Tokyo was offered a position as the acupuncturist with a Cirque du Soleil touring show. Over the last 18 years, she has gone on to travel the world while working on several other Cirque shows, earning the respect of an international group of both artists and staff. While she continues to work with athletes, she now enjoys seeing a more varied clientele.

She is dedicated to her craft and continues to take acupuncture courses in both Japan and Canada. She incorporates gentle needling, moxibustion (specific deep heat), therme (specific superficial heat) and cupping into her practice, depending on the needs of the client.

With a previous background in education (she is a former high school physical education teacher) and sport (she is a former member of the Japanese national rhythmic gymnastics team, competing internationally on numerous occasions), she has a unique combination of experience and skills.

She believes that the mind and the bodywork together in healing and advocates for a healthy lifestyle. She enjoys travelling, the outdoors, and spending time with her husband and 2 elementary-aged daughters.

Education:

  • Diploma of Acupuncture, Hanada College, Tokyo, Japan

Licensure:

  • RAc, College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAAA)

Dr. Michelle Winton (Registered Acupuncturist/Massage Therapist)

Specializations: Emotional Health (Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Insomnia), Digestive Health, Musculoskeletal Conditions

Helping people comes naturally to Michelle! As a highly skilled Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist, and Advanced Care Paramedic she is widely recognized for developing unique care plans which draw on her knowledge and therapeutic touch gained across each of these specialized disciplines. Having over twenty years of combined expertise in caring for her patients, Michelle has had a front row seat to observe how stress and emotion affect the mind and body. Complementing her acupuncture services at Red Leaf Wellness, Michelle offers a variety of therapeutic and relaxation massage therapies, including pregnancy massage, myofascial release and myofascial cupping.

Michelle began her health career as a massage therapist, graduating the 2200hr Massage Program at Macewan University in 2001. Being active in competitive sport in her youth, Michelle understood the benefits of massage on sport performance, recovery and injury prevention. She subsequently branched into emergency care and became an Advanced Care Paramedic where she was able to offer a calming presence in stressful, emergent situations. Michelle has always believed that soft skills, an extra moment spent with family, or a hand to hold on the way to the hospital, can be as healing as the specific medical interventions themselves. Working as a Paramedic Michelle saw, and began to question, how it is that people differ in disease and the aging process and why the same drug benefited one person, but not the other. Her lifelong learning journey had her begin to look for these answers in the time-tested practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture, thus kicking off another quest for knowledge at MacEwan University’s Acupuncture Program.

Education:

  • Certificate – Massage Therapy Grant MacEwan College
  • Diploma – Emergency Medical Technician (Paramedic) Honors standings. Augustana University
  • Diploma of Acupuncture Macewan University

Licensure:

  • RMT, National Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC)
  • ACP, Alberta College of Paramedics
  • Ac. College of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAA)

Massage Therapists / Osteopaths

Julie Kereliuk

Julie Kereliuk (Registered Massage Therapist)

Julie is a Registered Massage Therapist and graduate of MaKami College’s Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy program. She welcomes all age groups and physical challenges and caters to each person’s therapeutic needs.

Julie has extensive experience in treating many different work and play injuries throughout their various stages of healing – from motor vehicle accident’s (MVAs), sporting, or workplace injuries, her goals are to improve each client’s quality of life, increase their range of motion and assist them to remain pain free while rehabilitating. She works with acute and chronic conditions alike, focusing on maintaining muscle balance and in creating a healthier version of you.

The majority of Julie’s experience has been in a clinical setting and with the use of therapeutic massage. Julie has also worked with the Edmonton Eskimos football team training camp and recovery clinic where she gained high exposure to the treatment of acute musculoskeletal injuries.

When developing an individualized treatment plan Julie utilizes a variety of techniques including therapeutic massage, deep tissue massage, preventative injury massage, TMJD, Rapid Neurofascial Reset (RMT), Microcurrent Point Stimulation (MPS) scar tissue release therapy, Lymphatic drainage, relaxation massage and/or cupping. Her experience working with seniors, professional athletes, and those living with cancer has taught her how to further refine her approach and techniques for these speciality groups.

In her spare time she enjoys training for 10K races, likes to walk in nature, hike, swim, row and play golf. She also likes crafting of all kinds and photography. 

Education:

  • Massage Therapy, MaKami College

Licensure:

  • RMT, Massage Therapist Association of Alberta
Galina Sivert

Galina Sivert (Registered Massage Therapist, Nutritional Consultant, Transformational Life Coach)

Galina is a Personal Trainer, Massage Therapist, Nutritional Consultant, Health Breathwork Facilitator and a Transformational Life Coach. She has spent the last 15 years on a deep journey of personal growth and self – transformation. This has led her to studying various schools of thoughts, techniques and modalities. She artfully weaves all of her life’s wisdom, skills and learnings to create a multi-dimensional experience of healing and transformation. She is here to empower you, teach you, and hold you at every turn of becoming physically, mentally, and spiritually aligned. She cannot wait to meet you and help you feel your best.

Education:

  • Massage Therapy, Royal Canadian College of Massage Therapy
  • Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant, Canadian School of Natural Nutrition

Licensure:

  • NHPC, Natural Health Practitioners of Canada
Karen Menshik

Karen Menshik (Registered Massage Therapist). Note: independent contractor

Karen’s career as a lifelong learner began in 1989. A passion for the art of massage would ignite her path on becoming diversified in a wide range of holistic therapies. She received her Massage Therapy designation from MacEwan University in 1990 and also had the pleasure of certifying in Thailand as a meditation instructor under Master Teacher Luangphor Viriyang Sirintharo.

In 2011 her travels took her to Chicago and Florida to train with Aaron L Mattes who specializes in activated isolated stretching. She is a great believer in empowering people to tap into themselves to improve and sustain their quality of life. Karen has a wealth of knowledge in the areas of Massage Therapy, Hypnotherapy and Reiki and facilitates these healing methods through individual sessions and workshops. Karen had a full-time wellness practice in Edmonton from 1990 to 2018. She decided to honor her countryside and sold her home in Westmount and thrives while living on 30 acres of land just 60 minutes NW of Edmonton .On Karen’s farm she enjoys sharing her oasis and raises gypsy horses and sheep. Still a piece of her heart is in Westmount where she looks forward to sharing her light and skills with you at Red Leaf Wellness.

Education:

  • Massage Therapy, Macewan University

Licensure:

  • NHPC, Natural Health Practitioners of Canada
Kristel Campbell

Kristel Campbell (Registered Massage Therapist). Note: presently on maternity leave.

Kristel loves helping people on their wellness journey and, through massage therapy, she has witnessed the impact healing touch plays within holistic care. Kristel studied massage therapy at Mount Royal University in 2003 and has been practicing in different clinical settings for the past 15 years. Over the course of her career she has experienced just how connected the body really is.  Wanting to expand her knowledge and skill sets she returned back to university studies. In 2016 she attended the National Manual Osteopathic College in Red Deer, Alberta where her studies focused on utilizing all available modern manual medicine techniques to assess injury and diseases of muscles, bones, joints, organs and nerves.

Kristel uses her massage therapy skills, focusing on fascial release, visceral manipulation, cupping and craniosacral therapy to help her clients return back to being able to accomplish the things they love doing and to live in as pain free a manner as possible.

Kristel likes to treat a wide variety of neurovascular, musculoskeletal, and obstetrical syndromes such as low back/pelvic pain, traumatic brain injury (TBI), concussions, whiplash, pregnancy, temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, structural and posture improvements.  Her focus is on chronic care and rehabilitation.

Kristel loves to learn from and experience other regions.  She has travelled around the world for work, studies, and personal growth.  She grew up in small town Saskatchewan and has lived in Calgary, Halifax and Edmonton. Kristel also enjoys spending time with her great dane Odin.

Education:

  • Mount Royal University
  • National Manual Osteopathic College

Licensure:

  • RMT, Massage Therapist Association of Alberta
  • NHPC, Natural Health Practitioners of Canada
  • NMOS, National Manual Osteopathic Society

Nutritional Consultants

Aly Daly

Aly Daly (Administrative Assistant, Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant, and
Certified Yoga Instructor)

With over a decade of administrative experience in the wellness industry, Aly has continually had the privilege to see the life changing shifts that happen when individuals invest in their own wellness. Aly’s affinity for wellness began on her yoga mat where she discovered the healing that can be experienced when one reconnects with their innermost self. Observing how transformational yoga can be has inspired her to share it with others. In 2013 she began her teaching journey in a 200-Hour Hatha Yoga program facilitated at Yoga Within in Edmonton. Since then, she has completed yoga training programs for Ashtanga, Yin, Purna, and Ayurvedic Wellness. In 2016 Aly graduated from The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and has since weaved the wisdom of nutrition into both her personal and professional pursuits.

When Aly is not on the yoga mat, she can be found blissing out with self-care rituals or snuggled up with her cats and a good book. Aly is passionate about holding space for others to feel safe and to cultivate self-love. This love is what regenerates, nourishes and heals the deepest parts of us so that we may feel the abundance that has always been present, fully connected and harmoniously experiencing the magic of each moment as we ebb and flow within the natural rhythm of the universe.

Education:

  • CERT – Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant
  • CERT – 700-Hour Yoga Instructor

Licensure:

  • C.H.N.C, Canadian School of Natural Nutrition
  • RYT, Yoga Association of Alberta
Chauntelle McLennan

Chauntelle McLennan (Clinic Manager, Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant and Personal Fitness Trainer)

When it comes to fitness and nutrition balance is key. Whether you’re new to fitness and looking to shed those extra few pounds or a fitness junky looking for something new to push yourself to the next level, I can and would love to help you.

I am a C.H.N.C. for short. Otherwise known as a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant which I obtained from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. I am also a Personal Fitness Trainer and Certified Culinary Nutrition Expert. I make all of my food plans custom to your specific needs and goals. My passion is to help guide people to live the most active and healthy lifestyle as they possibly can.

My passion for health and fitness, coupled with my desire to help people live the best quality of life possible led me to becoming a certified personal trainer. I strongly believe in leading an active lifestyle, balancing all the compulsory components of wellness.   I have extensive experience leading group training sessions as well as personal home workouts.

Education:

  • CERT – Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant
  • CERT – Personal Fitness Trainer, CanFitPro
  • CERT – Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Emergency Services Academy

Licensure:

  • C.H.N.C, Canadian School of Natural Nutrition
  • PTS, CanFitPro

Our Support Staff

Sarah Zuchotzki

Sarah Zuchotzki (Administrative Assistant)

Sarah comes from a community aid background where she worked with individuals with disabilities and she was drawn to our clinic for the personalized practice that we offer in ensuring that all of our patients get the best treatment!

She enjoys getting to meet all of our patients here at Red Leaf Wellness and getting to witness first hand on how our Practitioners improve the lives of our patients. You’ll find her contagious smile at the front desk and ready to help you with whatever you need.

In Sarah’s spare time she is mostly outdoors walking her cute as a button puppy, hiking, snowboarding and being out with her close friends, aka small cohort. Sarah is a sincere, caring person who enjoys helping others and making them smile and laugh.

Daniel Lalonde

Daniel Lalonde (Head of Operations)

Global healthcare and life science information systems executive with a complimentary clinical background. I support all aspects of clinical and business operations for Red Leaf Wellness overseeing marketing, information management, privacy, business development, outreach, and evaluating future growth.

Education:

  • Master of Laws (LLM) – University of Toronto
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) – University of Alberta
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) – Dalhousie University
  • DIPL – Applied Information Technology, Information Technology Institute
  • DIPL – Emergency Medical Technician (Paramedic), Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
  • CERT – Firefighter Level I and II

Licensure:

  • PMP, Project Management Institute
  • ITIL, Axelos Global Best Practice
  • Lean Greenbelt for Healthcare, Institute of Industrial Engineers
  • REMT-P, Alberta College of Paramedics