Our Talented Team

Below you will find our team members and their bios.  You can filter the list by type of “Service” provided, or by area of “Specialization”.

Dr. Ciara Buchan

Position: Registered Acupuncturist
Categories: Acupuncture, Anxiety, Cosmetic Acupuncture, Cupping, Cycle Health and PMS, Depression, Digestive Health, Electrostimulation, Facial Cupping, Facial Rejuvenation, Gua Sha, Insomnia and Sleep Health, Menopause, Migraines, Moxibustion, Pain Management, Pediatric Acupuncture, PTSD, Reiki, Stress

In a world that is constantly moving, in which we continually push ourselves to achieve more, do more, and be more, Dr. Buchan believes that a gentler approach with ourselves and our bodies will achieve an overall greater well-being, and that all else flows from there. Acupuncture is the modality she uses to help people explore and heal deeper issues within their bodies, opening up their capacity to truly thrive.

After working in the health and fitness industry as a Personal Fitness Trainer for many years, Dr. Buchan bore witness to the many patterns of roadblocks that clients can face in their quest for wellness. Working closely with her clients’ bodies for years she observed the undeniable and powerful energy the body has. This insight, coupled with her innate desire to help others attain a deeper level of physical, emotional, and mental healing, led her to become a certified Reiki Practitioner, Crystal Healer and Doctor of Acupuncture.

Dr. Buchan is widely known for her therapeutic touch, gentleness and compassionate approach. Her main treatment 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. Accomplished in the art of traditional Chinese medicine, she is able to assist with a myriad of ailments and disease states such as pain management, digestion, insomnia, and anxiety. Dr. Buchan has completed additional highly specialized, Cosmetic and Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture training from leading Oriental Medicine practitioners, and has also attained Subconscious Imprinting 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.


Education:

  • Diploma of Acupuncture (Dipl.Ac) Reeves College

Licensure:

  • RAc, College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAA)
Registered Acupuncturist

Dr. Ciara Buchan

In a world that is constantly moving, in which we...

Dr. Michell Winton, Registered Acupuncturist

Dr. Michelle Winton

Position: Registered Acupuncturist & Massage Therapist
Categories: Acupuncture, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Cupping, Cupping, Depression, Digestive Health, Electrostimulation, Gua Sha, Insomnia and Sleep Health, Massage Therapy, Migraines, Moxibustion, Musculoskeletal, Pregnancy, PTSD, Relaxation Massage, Seniors Health, Sports Injury, Stress, Therapeutic Massage

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:

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

Licensure:

  • RAc, College of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAA)
  • RMT, National Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC)
  • ACP, Alberta College of Paramedics
Dr. Michell Winton, Registered Acupuncturist
Registered Acupuncturist & Massage Therapist

Dr. Michelle Winton

Helping people comes naturally to Michelle! As a highly skilled...

Tammy Lalonde, CEO and Registered Acupuncturist

Dr. Tammy Lalonde

Position: CEO & Registered Acupuncturist
Categories: Acupuncture, Addictions, Administration, Allergies, Amputation (Phantom Limb), Anxiety, Auto-Immune Health, Back Pain, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Inflammatory Disease, Cupping, Cycle Health and PMS, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Health, Electrostimulation, Emotional Health, Fertility, Fibromyalgia, Functional Medicine, Gender Reassignment, Guillain-Barre, Herbal Medicine, HIV and AIDS, Insomnia and Sleep Health, Lupus, Men's Health, Menopause, Migraines, Moxibustion, Musculoskeletal, Myasthenia Gravis, Oncology, Pain Management, Post-Covid Syndrome, Pregnancy, Prostatitis, Psoriasis, PTSD, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sciatica, Seniors Health, Service, Sexual Dysfunction, Soft Tissue Injury, Specialization, Stress, Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ), Thyroid Disorders, Transgender and Non-Binary Health, Vasculitis, Whiplash, Women's Health

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:

  • Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM), American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
    • In progress with 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)
Tammy Lalonde, CEO and Registered Acupuncturist
CEO & Registered Acupuncturist

Dr. Tammy Lalonde

Caring for people is my passion and one of the...

Chauntelle McLennan, Nutritional Consultant and Personal Fitness Trainer

Chauntelle McLennan

Position: Clinic Manager
Categories: Administration, Nutritional Coaching, Personal Fitness Training

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
Chauntelle McLennan, Nutritional Consultant and Personal Fitness Trainer
Clinic Manager

Chauntelle McLennan

When it comes to fitness and nutrition balance is key....

Kristel Campbell, Registered Massage Therapist and Osteopath

Kristel Campbell

Position: Massage Therapist & Osteopath
Categories: Back Pain, Concusssion, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Cupping, Massage Therapy, Pregnancy, Rapid Neurofascial Reset (RMT), Relaxation Massage, Seniors Health, Therapeutic Massage, Traumatic Brain Injury, Visceral Manipulation, Whiplash

NOTE: 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.

Kristel Campbell, Registered Massage Therapist and Osteopath
Massage Therapist & Osteopath

Kristel Campbell

NOTE: On Maternity Leave Kristel loves helping people on their...

Daniel Lalonde, Head of Operations

Daniel Lalonde

Position: Head of Operations
Categories: Administration

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
Daniel Lalonde, Head of Operations
Head of Operations

Daniel Lalonde

Global healthcare and life science information systems executive with a...

Julie Kereliuk, Registered Massage Therapist

Julie Kereliuk

Position: Massage Therapist
Categories: Anxiety, Back Pain, Cupping, Lymphatic Drainage, Massage Therapy, Microcurrent Point Stimulation (MPS), Musculoskeletal, Oncology, Pain Management, Rapid Neurofascial Reset (RMT), Relaxation Massage, Seniors Health, Soft Tissue Injury, Sports Injury, Stress, Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ), Therapeutic Massage

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
Julie Kereliuk, Registered Massage Therapist
Massage Therapist

Julie Kereliuk

Julie is a Registered Massage Therapist and graduate of MaKami...

Yoko Masuda, Registered Acupuncturist

Yoko Masuda

Position: Registered Acupuncturist
Categories: Acupuncture, Addictions, Amputation (Phantom Limb), Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Back Pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue, Cupping, Depression, Electrostimulation, Emotional Health, Gua Sha, Insomnia and Sleep Health, Migraines, Moxibustion, Musculoskeletal, PTSD, Soft Tissue Injury, Sports Injury, Stress, Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ), Whiplash

Yoko Masuda is a master practitioner – skilled in the rare craft of Japanese style acupuncture – where she incorporates and tailors gentle needling, moxibustion (specific deep heat), therme (specific superficial heat) and cupping into her treatment plans. These skills, as well as her reputation for delivering tangible results, make her a sought-after provider, especially in the areas of pain management, sports injuries, orthopaedic injuries and emotional health. Yoko firmly believes that the mind and the body are intertwined in healing and she continually advocates for a healthy lifestyle alongside of the care she provides.

Yoko received her acupuncture degree in Japan and, after working at several clinics in Tokyo, she accepted a staff acupuncturist position with the world renowned Cirque du Soleil touring show. For nearly twenty years, she went on to travel the far reaches of the globe, working on several other productions, and earning the respect of an international group of artists, staff and athletes before eventually selecting Edmonton for her permanent clinical practice. As a former high school physical education teacher, and also as an alumnus of the Japanese national rhythmic gymnastics team (where she competed internationally on numerous occasions), she has amassed an impressive background in sports therapy and physical education, uniquely positioning her to address all manner of orthopedic and performance related concerns.

Outside of work, Yoko enjoys travelling, the outdoors, and spending time with her husband and two elementary-aged daughters.


Education:

  • Diploma of Acupuncture, Hanada College, Tokyo, Japan

Licensure:

  • RAc, College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAA)
Yoko Masuda, Registered Acupuncturist
Registered Acupuncturist

Yoko Masuda

Yoko Masuda is a master practitioner – skilled in the...

Dr. Seyed Abtahi, Registered Acupuncturist

Dr. Seyed Abtahi

Position: Registered Acupuncturist
Categories: Acupuncture, Allergies, Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Anxiety, Back Pain, Bells Palsy, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), Cerebrovascular Accident (Stroke), Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Inflammatory Disease, Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI), Cupping, Dementia, Diabetes, Electrostimulation, Epilepsy, Fibromyalgia, Gua Sha, Guillain-Barre, Herbal Medicine, HIV and AIDS, Insomnia and Sleep Health, Lupus, Men's Health, Migraines, Moxibustion, Multiple Sclerosis, Myasthenia Gravis, Neurological Health, Parkinsons, Post-Covid Syndrome, Prostatitis, Psoriasis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sciatica, Seniors Health, Sensory Disorders, Sexual Dysfunction, Shingles, Speech Disorders, Thyroid Disorders, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Vasculitis, Whiplash

Dr. Abtahi is a well-respected and sought-after clinician who firmly believes that the greatest personal wealth an individual can have is good health. In his clinical practice, Seyed is known for addressing highly complex medical conditions with a gentle, empathetic, soft touch, and also for taking the time to translate into simple terms what may be going within each body system. His focus is on helping patients not only understand why discomfort and disease manifest in convoluted ways, but also in helping them develop balanced and holistic treatment plans to better guide their health journey.

Seyed is an avid life-long learner and researcher, always striving to understand the evolving intersections of classical Eastern and modern Western medicine. There is no doubt he has deep expertise in the delivery of complex care – he was a distinguished faculty member for several Universities and academic institutions in Iran, where he leveraged his graduate anesthesia and pain management studies to develop and deliver course curriculums for future generations of clinicians. He lectured widely on topics such as the pathophysiology of medical diseases, intensive care, pediatric and gynecological disorders and medical surgical needs. It was during this tenure that Seyed also discovered a natural curiosity for complementary medicine, as he was able to see the profound impacts it would have on helping people reach better levels of physical, mental and spiritual fitness.

His professional interests tend towards a broad spectrum of ailments, 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 others. Seyed likes to incorporate different modalities to help his patients including acupressure, tuina (Chinese massage), gua sha, moxibustion, electro-stimulation, cupping, scalp and ear acupuncture.

Seyed holds a Master of Science degree in Anesthesia, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. He is an honors graduate of the Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture program at Reeves College and is fully qualified with the College of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAA). He is also a certified Su Jok Acupuncturist from the International Su Jok Academy, which is a highly specialized style of Korean acupuncture with a unique focus on those treatment patterns involving the palm and foot.


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)
Dr. Seyed Abtahi, Registered Acupuncturist
Registered Acupuncturist

Dr. Seyed Abtahi

Dr. Abtahi is a well-respected and sought-after clinician who firmly...

Galina Sivert, Registered Massage Therapist

Galina Sivert

Position: Massage Therapist
Categories: Anxiety, Back Pain, Cupping, Health Breathwork Facilitiator, Massage Therapy, Nutritional Coaching, Pain Management, Personal Fitness Training, Relaxation Massage, Soft Tissue Injury, Stress, Therapeutic Massage, Transformational Life Coaching

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
Galina Sivert, Registered Massage Therapist
Massage Therapist

Galina Sivert

Galina is a Personal Trainer, Massage Therapist, Nutritional Consultant, Health...