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 the Lakeland College Massage Therapy Program. Little did I know then, how much of an impact this would have on my life. Over the fourteen 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, and 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!
Brittany Ortynski, Chiropractor
Growing up in Edmonton I was involved in sports such as hockey, fastball, volleyball, and basketball, and always knew I wanted to have a career where i could work on the human body and continue to help people engage in the activities they love to do. I graduated from the University of Alberta with a bachelors in kinesiology, and proceeded to move to Portland Oregon to get my Doctor of Chiropractic from University of Western States.
I have developed many different techniques over the years such as Smart Tools certification for muscle and fascial release, Kinesiotaping, Chiropractic manipulation, and many exercise rehabilitation options. I have also had the fortunate opportunity of attending Phillips Snells “Fix Your Own Back” course, and Greg Lehmans “Reconciling Pain Science”.
By utilizing an integrative therapy approach, I strive to resolve the root cause of pain, whatever the issue may be, in order to help alleviate and restore overall physical well being. I understand that every person is unique and I want to work with each individual to find a treatment plan that suits their needs.
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
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, tigger points, myofascial release, joint mobilization, cupping, and prenatal massage.
In my spare time I like to spend time with my family and friends and staying active.
Hermes Guillen, Registered Massage Therapist
(Cupping, Prenatal, Hot Stone)
I am originally from Venezuela, but I moved to Canada in 2003. I graduated from Alberta College of Massage Therapy in 2016; however, I have been practicing massage since 2011, when I first started to study Massage Therapy in London, ON. I was first interested in the idea of being able to help people heal; but now, massage therapy is who I am. I am knowledgeable with several therapeutic techniques, as well as sports massage, pre-natal, cupping, and more. When I’m not massaging, I like to spend my time with my family, or play video games with my wife.
Erin Donkervoort, Registered Massage Therapist
(Prenatal, Hot Stone)
I was once told if you do something you love, you will never work another day in your life. It is true, and I am very thankful to be doing what I love!
I'm originally from London Ontario and I graduated from Medix College in in 2015. I am a Registered Massage Therapist and a member in good standing with the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada. (NHPC)
My clients experience relief from a wide range of conditions including migraine headaches, carpal tunnel, tendonitis, arthritis, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, chronic overuse injuries and other conditions related to soft tissue and joint dysfunction.
I'm fully trained and qualified to perform general Swedish massage, Hot Stone Therapy, medium-deep tissue massage, with specific techniques such as trigger point therapy, joint mobilizations, prenatal massage, myofascial release, therapeutic stretching, scar tissue release, and to recommend self-care strategies. I am very passionate about furthering my education and intend on expanding my knowledge of myofascial release techniques, physical assessments, athletic taping, acupuncture, pregnancy massage, and pain science. My focus, as a Massage Therapist, is on you and on your needs.
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.
Heather Shaw, BA, Registered Massage Therapist
(Prenatal, Hot Stone)
Heather graduated from the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy's 2280 hour Massage Therapy Diploma Program in 2013. Her approach to massage is therapeutic in nature and she works with the client to determine what approach will best suit their needs. Heather views her job as a massage therapist as offering people an opportunity to heal, helping them return to their daily activities and face new challenges. She does not feel that therapeutic massage precludes relaxation, since stress reduction is a major factor in healing, and aims to provide a comfortable experience for each client. Heather enjoys working with a multidisciplinary team health practitioners to create treatment plans for her clients. She is trained in Swedish, Deep Tissue/Sports, Relaxation, and Prenatal Massage. Treatment plans for
Hydrotherapy applications, TMJ, Stretching/Strengthening, and Fascial Techniques. Heather looks forward to pursuing additional massage therapy training to better help her clients. Heather is a member in good standing with the Canadian Massage & Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association (CMMOTA).
Mu Chun Chen, Registered Acupuncturist and Registered Massage Therapist
(Cupping, Laser Acupuncture)
Mu earned the Master's Degree in Anatomy. He had been an instructor in Taiwan's universities for more than 10 years. He also participated in the research of anti-cancer and treatment of diabetic neuropathy. He is qualified under the International License of Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor in China. Now he is a registered Acupuncturist in Alberta.
Mu is successful in treating the Metabolic syndrome (Hypertension, Diabetes, Weight control), Digestive conditions (dysentery, epigastralgia, abdominal pain), neuromuscular issues (sport injury, arthritis), headache, back pain, PMS, infertility, and insomnia. You are welcome to visit Mu, and reset your body to a healthy body.
Jerianne Hillestad, Reflexologist
My health and wellness career started at Purity Health & Wellness. I started as an office coordinator and grew very attached to the environment and the people. It is my home away from home. While working here I had the opportunity to talk to ALL the staff and clients. This influenced me to take my Yoga Teacher Training and later pointed me in the direction of Touch for Health and Reflexology.
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 the Caribbean and more. Bringing together many different techniques. I am passionate about reflexology and how it affects ones overall well-being and am a firm believer that everyone should utilize its benefits.
When I am not Teaching Yoga or treating clients I am a full time Mom and when I get the time I love to practice yoga, meditate, hike, camp, just ultimately trying to spend as much time as I can in nature. If getting outside the city is not possible I still get to enjoy nature as I am overzealous plantswomen.
Mehvash Qureshi, Nurse Practitioner - Botox
Mehvash graduated from the University of Alberta in 2006 and began her career in nursing as a Registered Nurse in critical care. She then earned her Master's degree in 2013 and began her practice as a Nurse Practitioner in internal medicine. Mehvash currently maintains a practice in critical care, and is also a certified Neuromodulator (Botox) prescriber and injector where she specializes in cosmetic, as well as therapeutic Botox for Migraines, Hyperhidrosis, and Bruxism.
Cathy Ivanc, Office Manager
I was welcomed to the team at Purity Health and Wellness in early fall of 2017 as a front office co-ordinator. In November of 2019 I became the Office Manager, a very important role I am so honoured and excited to receive.
I am so proud and excited to be apart of a very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly team here at Purity Health and Wellness and can’t wait to make your experience at our clinic a positive one.
I strongly believe in living a healthy, happy, and active life in all that I do. I have lived in this beautiful community of Blackmud Creek for over 18 years now. Being so close to home allows me to walk or ride my bike to work. Something I have always wanted for my life work balance.
I am also a local artist and I have been given the amazing opportunity to be able to display my art here along with other talented artists.
Kayla Fennrich, Office Co-ordinator
I started working for Purity Health and Wellness as a front-end co-ordinator on December 2018. I am finishing my last year of High School and I am currently working towards my commercial pilots licence. I enjoy my job and look forward to new challenges that may come my way.
Wendy Davies, Office Co-ordinator
I joined the team at Purity Health and Wellness in November 2019. I obtained an Office Administration and Accounting diploma in 2001, my Bachelor of Arts in 2018, and I am currently undertaking my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology.
I love working here with a team of professionals who believe as strongly as I do in total wellness and the connection between physical and mental health. But most importantly, I thoroughly enjoy getting to know all of our wonderful clients.