Purity Heath and Wellness- Meet our Practitioners
Sandy Fenrich (Frew), Owner, Registered Massage Therapist
I can honestly say I am one of the few that love what I do.
I wish I could tell you that I was destined from the day I was born to be a Massage Therapist. That is not the case, it was simply through trial and error. I stumbled into this career, I started out working behind a desk after graduating from the Business Management Program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. I quickly found out that was not the job I was meant to do day in and day out for the rest of my life. I give great credit to those who do. And now, I have the great pleasure of helping improve the health of those who suffer from the very common case of "computer syndrome", amongst a variety of other chronic conditions, postural dysfunctions, and muscular imbalances.
After choosing to change my career path and go back to school, Massage Therapy was a recommendation from a family member. I looked into it and thought I would "give it a try". I then enrolled myself into the Lakeland College Massage Therapy Program. Little did I know then, how much of an impact this would have on my life. Over the sixteen year's I have be practicing my focus has been mainly on therapeutic massage, incorporating a variety of techniques such as: active release techniques, trigger point therapy, myofascial release techniques, muscle energy release techniques, as well as PNF and static stretching. I have learned so much, and made many changes to my own lifestyle. This career is a continuous learning curve, and I am blessed to be able to use my knowledge towards promoting overall health and well being.
Dr. Michael Burns, Owner, Chiropractor
Dr. Michael Burns grew up in Fredericton, New Brunswick where he attended the University of New Brunswick, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology in 2008. Dr. Burns then moved Ontario to attend the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, where he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in June 2012. While pursuing his degree at CMCC , Dr. Burns also completed the McMaster University’s medical acupuncture program and received training in Graston technique. He is certified in Functional Range Release, Kinesiotaping, IMS (intramuscular stimulation), ART (active release technique), and Graston.
Dr. Mikes’ approach to treatment focuses on the root of the problem- not only to alleviate the pain, but to ensure the injury is corrected long term. Often health care providers have one “tool” in their tool bag, often resulting in pain relief in some conditions but not others. Due to the wide range of skills and expertise Dr. Mike has, not only does he use the treatment which will best to alleviate the physical pain, but also to ensure the core of the injury is corrected.
Having been involved in sports his whole life, including playing baseball in the Canada Games in 2005, Dr. Burns has a special interest in treating and rehabilitating athletes. He has conducted numerous talks in the community regarding headaches and migraines and treats a significant number of elbow, knee, foot, ankle and wrists complaints daily. Due to his degree in Science in Kinesiology, Dr. Mike provides a well-rounded approach to healthcare, often treating muscles, joints and the nervous system together to get optimal results. In his free time he enjoys traveling and continues to play sports within the city.
If you have pain, Dr. Mike can help!
Cindy Tran, Naturopathic Doctor
Dr Cindy is a licensed Naturopathic health care physician. She is a dedicated Naturopathic doctor with a broad scope of practice. Although her training is in Naturopathic medicine, she believes in combining traditional healing methods with the most recent and up to date scientific research.
Getting people motivated about their health is her passion and her goal is to make changes in the way people think about health and changing the health care paradigm. Her clinical focus is on pain management, stress management and hormonal health but she has been trained to treat a multitude of general health concerns.
She is currently accepting new patients. Please see services under Naturopathic care to see the treatments she offers.
Vanessa Wilson, Registered Massage Therapist and Reiki
I have been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2001. Graduating from a small intimate class of 10 people, in an intensive 1000hr program. I then began pursuing a natural ability and understanding for human conditions of suffering, stress, various aliments of the body and the ability to heal from within with the power of touch, stillness and compassion. In 2004, I took a journey to Thailand for Traditional Thai massage, expanding my views of the body and mind. This adventure evolved my perception of reality and the power of mindfulness. I practiced Traditional Thai massage for 8 years, although I no longer practice the modality in its traditional form the elements of this practice still inspire my approach. My massage practice has been enlightening, transformative and I am forever grateful for this chance to serve my community. I've had a variety of experience/knowledge gained from practicing for 13 years, e.g., Motor Vehicle Accidents, Pre-post natal, sport and overuse injuries, arthritis and postural problems. The majority of my treatments focus on therapeutic/relaxation techniques, acupressure, deep tissue, trigger point therapy and elements of Thai massage. I have been included in the insurance changes (e.g., sunlife, blue cross) to be recognized as a 2200 hr initial training practitioner due to the length of my experience.
Jocelyn McCaw, Registered Massage Therapist
I have completed a 3000 hour Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy program through MaKami College. Currently a member of Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC). I have trained in Myo-fascial release, PNF stretching, Prenatal massage, Deep Tissue, Cupping, and Neuromuscular Therapy. I love educating my clients and giving them the proper tools to maintain and continue a healthy lifestyle.
When I have extra time I enjoy training and running with my dog, Cache, training in kickboxing/Muay Thai, and being outdoors regardless of the season.
Rosanna Flores, Registered Massage Therapist
(Hot Stone, Prenatal)
I was born in Venezuela and ever since I was a young girl, I have had a passion for helping others. I remember giving massages to my mother whenever her feet or legs were sore. One day I decided to pursue that passion and enrolled in the 3000 hour massage therapy program at Makami College in Edmonton, Alberta, and graduated in October 2016.
I'm a member of the Certified Registered Massage Therapist Association (CRMTA) and I have trained in Myo-fascial release, PNF stretching, Prenatal massage, Deep Tissue, Cupping, Neuromuscular Therapy, Hot Stone and many more.
When I'm away from work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, Hot Yoga and traveling.
Kelli Zech, Registered Massage Therapist
(Prenatal) ****Severe Lavender Allergy****
I have completed the 3000 hours of training from Makami College. I’m very passionate about helping people to achieve their goals in the healing process. I’m a member of the certified registered massage therapist association (NHPC). My specialties are therapeutic massage, deep tissue, joint mobilization, cupping, and prenatal massage.
In my spare time I like to spend time with my family and friends and staying active.
Beckie Junkins, Registered Massage Therapist
I completed a 3000 hour advanced clinical massage therapy program through Makami College. With my previous career in addictions and mental health, and my experience in a sports injury clinic I believe I have not only the knowledge, but understanding and compassion for my clients’ well being.
I aim to develop a sustainable treatment plan based on each client’s goals and needs, by helping them make adjustments within their work, play or physical stressors in daily life to better their overall wellness.
I specialize in TMJ massage, Trigger Point Therapy, PNF Stretching, Prenatal Massage, GTO work, and Deep Tissue treatments.
Janet Law, Registered Massage Therapist
Meet Janet, a Registered Massage Therapist of 22 years, who recently relocated to Alberta from Ontario.
Janet is a graduate of the Massage Therapy Program at Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology, and a member of a regulatory body of Regulated Health Care Professionals, and now a member of the Massage Therapy Association of Alberta, with 2200 hours of education.
Providing individual care and professionalism, Janet's approach to your wellness begins with orthopedic and muscle testing, blood pressure monitoring, followed by a therapeutic deep tissue treatment. Her strengths are targeting rotator cuff and shoulder injuries, sciatic pain, and piriformis syndrome. However, Janet is adverse in many therapeutic treatments from TMJ, headaches, tendonitis to plantar fasciitis.
Janet continues her education as she has acquired 100 hours of acupuncture at McMaster University Health Sciences program, as well as First Degree Reiki, and can incorporate hot stones and athletic taping into your deep tissue massage treatment plan. Prenatal and postnatal treatments are available, as well as treating new born to seniors.
Apart from her clinical practice, Janet is also a Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist and an equestrian herself riding 3-4 times a week. If she's not riding her Paint, Ramsey, she's out hiking, walking the dog, mountain biking or attending horse shows and rodeos.
For your holistic approach to wellness, Janet is looking forward to helping you through your journey of care.
David Vadon, Registered Massage Therapist
David has a special interest in deep tissue, passive stretching and fascial release Massage Therapy techniques. David uses a variety of manual techniques to help release musculoskeletal knots, in return helping to reduce your pain symptoms and range of motion restrictions.
Davids approach in Massage Therapy is a combination of relaxation, therapeutic and deep tissue massage technique application.
When David is not massaging, he is spending his free time cooking or outdoors somewhere.
Patricia Dika, Registered Acupuncturist
Trish is a graduate from the MacEwan University Acupuncture program (CAA) and has been in practice since
2019. After graduation Trish has continued to expand her knowledge and techniques through continuing
education courses, including a 30 hour program in Tuina (therapeutic Chinese massage).
Trish is passionate about Traditional Chinese Medicine and focuses her practice on holistic healing:
mind, body and spirit. She focuses on not only treating symptoms but also address the root of
disharmony and disease while getting to know you individually.
Trish has a special interest in women's health concerns. Many women suffer unnecessarily from
problems such as painful periods, symptoms of menopause, and postpartum difficulties.
Traditional Chinese Medicine can be very successful in helping alleviate any discomfort you are
experiencing with these and other concerns!
In her practice Trish incorporates a variety of modalities including:
- Fire cupping
- Wet/bleeding cupping
- Electro acupuncture
- Auricular/ear acupuncture
- Acutonics (activating acupoints with sound)
- Moxibustion and Guasha
Outside the OfficeTrish is a born and raised Edmontonian and has a special appreciation for the hidden beauty in our River Valley. When she is not in the clinic you can find her taking her dog for a long walk or spending time with her friends and family.
Puqi (Amber) Dai, Registered Acupuncturist
Puqi’s journey with Traditional Chinese Medicine began in childhood. She was born premature and her grandfather, who is a herbalist and acupuncturist, started to work with increasing her immunity and digestive system. This included regulating her diet, acupressure and tuina.
As Puqi went into high school her interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) increased and she started to read ancient Chinese Medical texts such as the Yellow Emperor Interior Classic, and Godden Mirror Of Medicine.
Before moving to Canada Puqi received a bachelor Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Guiyang, China and practiced for a few years, treating thousands of patients, in the top affiliated hospital of Guiyang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Puqi was working as an acupuncturist at downtown Monica Patt Acupuncture, now she’s moving to the south side of town. Her love for Traditional Chinese Medicine led her to enroll in the MacEwan Acupuncture program so she could continue to practice and bring traditional elements to her practice in a different culture. She is a Registered Acupuncturist with the College of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAA). Her passion and experience have made her an excellent acupuncturist and herbal practitioner.
She has a special interest in treating pain by using both traditional acupuncture, and motor points;
- Digestive system diseases including:
- Acupuncture help with weight issue;
- Inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) both constipation and diarrhea dominant
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
- Chronic functional constipation and diarrhea
- Gynecology: unexplained fertility, Irregular period, period pain;
- Japanese style cosmetic acupuncture and facial massage;
Anything modern medicine cannot treat properly you may find a chance here to get symptoms release with her. Her traditional techniques, passion and experience have made her an excellent acupuncturist and herbal practitioner.
Jerianne Hillestad, Massage Therapist, Reflexologist and Reiki
My health and wellness career started at Purity Health & Wellness. I started as an office coordinator and grew very attached to the environment. It is my home away from home. This influenced me to take my Holistical Yoga Teacher Training and later pointed me in the direction of Touch for Health, Reflexology, Reiki and then Massage therapy.
I am a certified World Fusion Foot Reflexologist, this course was constructed to contain elements of reflexology from around the globe, places such as Europe, Egypt, Thai land, China and more. Bringing together many different techniques. I am passionate about reflexology and how it affects ones overall well-being. I have earned my first and second degree reiki certifications, and continue to have a daily reiki practice, working towards my Reiki Master third degree certification.
I received my Massage Therapy diploma July 2022. I am passionate about massage therapy, I was the top student in my class, also achieving honors. I can do orthopedic massage, relaxation, deep tissue, sports massage, pregnancy massage, and I have my certification for K- taping.
When I am not treating clients, I am a full time Mom and when I get the time I love to cook, bake, meditate, do yoga, hike, camp and ultimately try to spend as much time as I can in nature.
Kate Turner, Registered Massage Therapist
I am a registered massage therapist with a 3000 hour advanced clinical massage therapy diploma. I use a variety of techniques in my practise including deep tissue massage, relaxing effleurage, myfascial release, lymphatic drainage, GTO release, hot towel compression and much more. I especially enjoy working on the neck, shoulders, hands & feet and I believe massage therapy is one of the safest and most natural ways to promote healing and reduce pain and stress in the body. I am always continuing my education to include more modalities and knowledge into my practise and I am very passionate about giving people the care they need to help them thrive.
Brooke Weinrich, Registered Massage Therapist
Just getting started; I graduated from the 2200-hour massage therapy program at MacEwan University this past June of 2022. Having always felt drawn to a career in health and wellness with a desire to help and heal, I believe I have found my niche in massage therapy. I am trained in Swedish relaxation, therapeutic and deep tissue massage as well as myofascial release, PNF stretching, and trigger point therapy. I aim to provide a personalized and effective treatment by tailoring every session to my client’s individual health and wellness needs and goals. In addition, my highest priority is to provide a safe, comfortable, and inclusive space within my treatment room. When I am not working, I enjoy travelling to new places, being outside, and spending time with my friends, family, and kitties.
Stephen McPhee, Manual Osteopath
While pursuing his Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of Alberta, and competing as an
injury prone track and field athlete, Stephen learned the importance of therapy in his life. He
noticed it wasn’t just for the benefit of performance, but firstly for benefit of ones health. Fast
forward to coaching in the same sport, Stephen wanted to be able to implement real time therapy
alongside their training sessions. He thus began his education in Manual Osteopathy at the
National Manual Osteopathic College and has been practicing since 2017.
After graduating Stephen has taken further education in visceral manipulation (VM1, VM2,
VM4), craniosacral therapy (CS1, CS2), Functional Movement Screen (FMS1), Selective
Functional Movement Assessment ( SFMA1, SFMA2), Total Body Balancing (TBB1, TBB2,
TBB3), Lymphatic Balancing (TBLB1), Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT1, NKT2), and Kinesio
Taping (KT1, KT2, KT3).
A session with Stephen will typically be a head to toe assessment, breaking down posture and
movement patterns, and getting an overall map of the tension that is currently existing in your
body. Sensorimotor testing is used to ask your body to identify the main structural stressors that
are contributing to your pain or discomfort ( the area identified sometimes quite distant from is
ailing you). This helps us determine if we need specific treatment to an area of your body or if
we will generalize our treatment to a broader region. Treatment can be quite varied depending on
wether we find the issue to be muscle, bone, joint, nerve, vascular or fluid dynamics, and the
type of adaptation these tissues are in. Finally, you will typically have some post treatment care
to do that continues the therapeutic affects of our treatment after you leave the clinic.
In his spare time, Stephen is usually working on the never ending renovations on his house or
learning to skateboard.When you’re not thinking about what holds you back, you’ll begin to know what pulls you forward.
Spencer Carless, Chiropractor
Dr. Spencer Carless grew up in Red Deer, Alberta where his interests in sports, physical fitness, and rehab all started. Dr. Spencer has seen the benefit of chiropractic care for many various injuries but the main one being a lumbar disc injury that took him out of physical activity for a while due to pain. Through rehab, education, and an individual-specific tailored approach he was able to have the best idea on how to live despite injury and still enjoy doing the things he loves to do, rather than wait until the pain subsides. This guides how Dr. Spencer treats his patients and their rehab journey. Having an injury does not mean stop doing the things we love, rather alter the way we do those things so that we can slowly build back up to doing it at 110%! His approach entails treating you as a unique individual and not just an injury. Having worked as a strength and conditioning coach previously Dr. Spencer recognizes the importance of exercise and movement in reaching your pain-free goals faster. Dr. Spencer also uses spinal and extremity manipulation, manual release therapy, Neuro mobilization, injury management education, vestibular repositioning, and more along with patient specific strengthening exercises to get you out of pain and then one step further, so it doesn’t come back.
Dr. Spencer was a collegiate volleyball player at Concordia University of Edmonton and continued to coach with the Men’s volleyball program at Concordia until 2018. Dr. Spencer later transferred and currently holds a BSc in Kinesiology from the University of Alberta and a BSc in Human Biology and a Doctor of Chiropractic from the University of Western States in Portland Oregon. Dr. Spencer graduated from UWS in 2022.
Come see Dr. Spencer to get moving better!
Ally McConnell, Office Manager
I joined the team at Purity Health and Wellness in June 2020. The main thing that has always driven me in life is helping others, whether physically, mentally, or just putting a smile on someone's face. I am overjoyed to work with such a fantastic team that strives to better the health of others and work in an environment that radiates genuine warmth and care. I currently have my diploma in child and youth services and have gone through nursing school to become an LPN for the past year. In my free time, I love spending time with my family and friends, binge-watching sitcoms and being at home or in the outdoors with my dogs. I can’t wait to see and meet all of you in the clinic.
Tiesha Fraser, Office Co-ordinator
Bio coming soon!
Kassandra Nyenhuis, Office Co-ordinator
I just recently joined the team at Purity Health and Wellness and I'm jazzed! I played basketball and rugby in high school where I have had many injuries due to the positions I played. I am fascinated by how the mind and body interact in the healing process. This in turn has inspired me to get degrees in Psychology. I'm currently working on my BA at Concordia for a major in Psychology and minor in Sociology. I hope to continue and get my MA, PhD, and PsyD for a career in research. For now I am super excited to meet everyone and help people get what they need to heal.
Korall Hurtubise, Office Co-ordinator
I am super excited to be able to be apart of your healing journey. I am currently in University and doing it online through the United States. I am working towards my bachelors of Kinesiology. I hope to use my degree in Kinesiology one day to become a chiropractor. When I am not at work, I am usually busy catching up on my studies. I am a big outdoorsy person and enjoy being out at my cabin or helping around my boyfriends farm.
Amber McClintock, Office Co-ordinator
I re-joined the team at Purity Heath & Wellness in 2019. It was a great place the first time (2015) and it's even better now! I love working in such a fun environment surrounded by friendly people. It brings me great joy to welcome clients and make sure they have a positive experience at the clinic. When I'm not at work I'm usually hanging out with my husband & my cat, binge watching a new show, playing board games with friends or watching F1 racing! I look forward to seeing you all in the clinic!