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Our Staff

In Alphabetical Order
(click names for bio & contact info)

Alex Bovkis - Yoga
Dr. Melanie Chan - Chiropractor
Lorraine Caruso - Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
Christine Gaddye - Registered Massage Therapy
Dr. Pradeep Kumar - Meditation
Karyn Lambert - Reflexologist, RRPr.
Dr. Jim Lamontagne - Chiropractor
Andrea Liss - Counselling
Donna Lue Reise - Lymph & Foot Care
Brenda McCafferty - Centre Coordinator
Iveta Morin - Registered Massage Therapy
Denis Rheault - Registered Massage Therapy
Melissa Smith - Tai Chi
Valerie Spironello - Counselling
Laura Stokoe - Nutritionist
Kim Thompson - Personal Trainer
 

Alex Bovkis - Yoga

Alex Bovkis is a Hatha yoga teacher. Blending gentle restorative techniques with stimulating vinyasas, Alex places particular emphasis on mindfulness in her work. The role of witness is central to the yogic way of life; simply noticing shifts in bodily sensations, without analysis or judgment, can prove enormously beneficial to personal growth and peace of mind. It is in this vein that Alex endeavours to create an atmosphere of absolute permission, patience and acceptance in her classes, enabling each present to take things at their own pace.

(See also Yoga)

Website: www.ShantiYogaInHamilton.com
Email: info@shantiyogainhamilton.com
Tel: 905-777-9642

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Lorraine Caruso - BSc (Hons), MSW, ND

Lorraine’s approach as a Naturopathic Doctor integrates her knowledge of gentle and effective therapies with her passion for facilitating lasting change and healing in the lives of her patients. In her work with you, Lorraine helps you identify the factors and obstacles to healing to help you better navigate the journey towards optimal health. Relying on the art and science of Naturopathic Medicine, Lorraine supports you in successfully building changes in your life based on the principles of treating the whole person, honouring the innate healing power of the body/mind and providing individualized, compassionate care.

Lorraine works alongside the superb health professionals at The Regent Health Centre happily serving the Locke Street and wider Hamilton community with thorough and compassionate Naturopathic Medical care. Entering her 10th year of practice since graduating from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2002, Lorraine also obtained her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto and her Bachelor of Science Degree (Honours) from McMaster University. Her previous experiences including working as a yoga instructor, personal counsellor, and emergency room hospital social worker. Leisure time for Lorraine includes watching movies (and discussing them afterward), practicing being in the moment in yoga class, reading cookbooks for inspiration and then cooking nourishing food (that strives to be delicious), and plenty of fun-time with her family.

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Dr. Melanie Chan, B.Sc., D.C. - Chiropractor

Dr. Melanie Chan lives with her husband Ron, her three children and her new puppy in Stoney Creek. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at the University of Calgary in 2000, and continued her education with a post-graduate diploma in Athletic Therapy. Dr. Melanie graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2006 and was the proud recipient of the 2007 Erika and Albert Langer Memorial Award. In 2007, Dr. Melanie completed her acupuncture training at McMaster University.

Dr. Melanie spent several years working as an athletic therapist for college and university athletic teams in various sports such as basketball, soccer and track & field. She maintains an avid interest in treating athletic injuries.

Dr. Melanie runs a family-oriented practice and treats patients of all ages. She is looking forward to meeting with you to discuss how to achieve your optimum level of health.

Email: dr.melaniechan@gmail.com

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Christine Gaddye - Massage Therapist

Christine Gaddye is the Registered Massage Therapist at the Regent Health Centre and has been practicing since 2000. She is registered by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) and is a member of the Ontario Massage Therapists Association (OMTA).

She specializes in: Deep Tissue Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, Pre-Natal Massage and also offers Relaxation Massage Treatments.

Some of her techniques include: Soft Tissue Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial & Connective Tissue Release, Joint Play & Mobilizations, Craniosacral Techniques, Muscle Energy and Swedish Massage Techniques.

(See also Massage Therapy)

Contact Christine Gaddye R.M.T.
Tel: 905-523-4999
Email: info@regenthealthcentre.ca

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Dr. Pradeep Kumar, MD (India), DAc

Dr. Pradeep trained as a pediatrician in India, and worked in the field of
community health in the Himalayan foothills of north India for over twelve
years. Later, he trained as an acupuncturist in Sri Lanka and Canada. At
present, he has a private practice in acupuncture in Hamilton, as well as
teaching acupuncture at McMaster University. He and his wife Karen, who also works with, both studied at the Mind-Body Medical Institute at Harvard University. Pradeep has a particular interest in meditation practice and its role in healing.

Tel: 905-526-8910
Email: samagra@mail2web.com

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Karyn Lambert, Reflexologist, RRPr.

Foot & Hand Reflexology, Paraffin Wax Treatment, Reiki Treatment

Tel: 289-682-8635
reflexingthesole@gmail.com

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Dr. Jim Lamontagne, B.Sc., D.C. - Chiropractor

Dr. Jim Lamontagne and his wife Cindy live in Hamilton Ontario. He attended McMaster University and graduated from The National College of Chiropractic in Chicago Illinois in 1982. Dr. Jim has had a chiropractic practice in Hamilton for over twenty five years.

Dr. Jim's experience includes working with Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the Hamilton Seekers Volleyball Club, Hamilton Olympic Track and Field athletes, and he was chosen to be on the Canadian Medical Team for the 2003 Pan-American Games in Santo Domingo.

He is a mentor for The Wellwood Cancer Support Center and is on the Board of Directors for Sport Hamilton.

Dr. Jim is licensed and trained on the "Pro-Adjuster" Computerized Treatment System, where he was featured on CH TV's Health Watch.

Dr. Jim looks forward to meeting with you one on one to discuss you and your family's health needs.

(Also see Chiropractic)

Tel: 905-523-4999
Email: info@regenthealthcentre.ca

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Andrea Liss - Counselling

Andrea Liss, MSW, RSW, is a registered Social Worker. She operates Locke Psychotherapy, a private counselling practice for young adults and adults. Andrea obtained her master's degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and her bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto.

In addition to her private practice which she operates out of the Regent Health Centre, she is also on staff at McMaster University at McMaster Family Practice, an academic family health team. Andrea is actively involved in teaching health care professionals at McMaster University in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences as well as the Department of Family Medicine.

(Also see Counselling)

Phone: 905-525-0810
Fax: 905 523 9994
Email: info@regenthealthcentre.ca
 

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Donna Lue Reise - Lymph & Foot Care

Donna Lue Reise RN, MLD Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist
Donna is a registered nurse, trained in advanced and diabetic foot care. She is certified with the Dr. Vodder School of North America in Manual Lymph Drainage and Lymphedema Therapy (1999) and is certified in compression garment fitting.

Donna is a member of the College of Nurses of Ontario, the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, Ontario Nurses in Independent Practice, the Lymphovenous Association of Ontario, and is an additional author and therapist for the DELTA Study, Juravinski Cancer Centre, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

(See also Lymph & Foot Care)

Tel: 905-385-3176
Fax: 905-383-0086
Email: donnalue.reise@sympatico.ca

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Brenda McCafferty

Brenda McCafferty coordinates the activities at the Regent Health Centre. She's a juggler, a multi-tasker, and on top of it all, she organizes the running club. Contact her for more info about that. She'll have you convinced you can do it!

Tel: 905-523-4999
Email: info@regenthealthcentre.ca

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Iveta Morin - Registered Massage Therapy

Iveta Morin has been practising as a Registered Massage Therapist since 2001. Her first two years were spent working for a clinic specializing in clients with injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents. She then established her own clinic called Advanced Healing Massage Therapy Clinic, where she spent a wonderful five years. In 2005, she was awarded the Reader's Choice Award from the Hamilton Spectator for "Most Popular Massage Therapist". Iveta is very excited to join the amazing team of therapists at the Regent Health Centre, where she complements her massage therapy treatment with hot stone as well as paraffin hands and feet treatment to free patients of their muscular tension and enhance relaxation and well-being.

Iveta believes that Massage Therapy has more than just therapeutic benefits. It can bring you to a "grounded place", where you can be feeling instead of thinking. From this "place", you can rediscover deeper connections and healing energies inside you.

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Denis Rheault - Registered Massage Therapy

Denis Rheault is a Registered Massage Therapist who specializes in deep tissue massage and sports injuries. He is a graduate of Sutherland-Chan Massage School and Teaching Clinic where he attained a thorough foundation in subjects such as anatomy, pathophysiology, neurology and the theory and practice of musculoskeletal and other systemic dysfunctions.

Denis individually tailors each treatment in order to meet his clients' needs, and can include Swedish massage techniques, deep tissue manipulations, trigger point therapy and myofascial release.

Denis is licensed by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and is also a member of the Ontario Massage Therapists Association.

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Valerie Spironello - Counselling

Valerie Spironello, MSW, RSW, a registered social worker, has a private practice offering wellness counselling. She assists others in dealing with life’s challenges in a holistic manner looking at "whole-person" health.

She uses talk therapy along with complementary/alternative practices such as visualization, meditation, nutrition and energy techniques to assist people who are interested in health of body, mind and spirit.
She has a special interest and is trained to assist those in the 'helping profession' to identify and create plans to address Compassion Fatigue.

Along with individual sessions, Valerie runs meditation classes, wellness courses and retreats, and teaches meditative and transformative self-healing techniques (please refer to website).

In addition to her private practice, Valerie teaches health care professionals through the Department of Family Medicine and the Michael G. Degroote School of Medicine at McMaster University. (Also see Counselling)

Phone: 905-730-0754
Email: valerie@choosewellness.ca

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Laura Stokoe - Holistic Nutritionist

As of July 18th, Laura Stokoe will be starting her Holistic Nutrition practice at the Regent Health Centre. Laura will be replacing Joanne Malar while she is on her maternity leave and will continue to be a permanent addition to our staff.

Laura Stokoe is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner. She is a graduate of the Institute of Holistic Nutrition (IHN) in Toronto.

Tel: 289-260-6225
Email: laura@gotohealth.ca

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Kim Thompson CPTN-CPT

Kim Thompson has been motivating people to reach their best in the health and wellness industry for the past 18 years . Kim is a certified personal trainer and pilates instructor who specialises in fitness programs and classes for women entering the prime of their lives. During her career in the non-profit fitness industry Kim has developed programs for bone and post-cardiac rehab heart health, taught fitness theory at Mohawk College and more recently helped to bring the “Encore” breast cancer exercise program to Hamilton.

Since 2000 Kim has been a very active board member of the Hamilton Chapter of Osteoporosis Canada. She has been the recipient of the “Backbone Award “ from Osteoporosis Canada in 2004 and 2008 for her volunteer contributions to the Chapter as the Chairperson in addition to raising funds and event planning . Kim also enjoys public speaking around bone health, fit and vibrant lifestyles and corporate wellness presentations. In 2003 Kim was nominated “Woman of the Year” for her contribution to volunteerism in her community.

Kim is very passionate about approaching fitness from a whole person perspective. Her clients are encouraged to reach their goals through careful investigation and individual program planning. She firmly believes you have two doctors working for you at all times your right and left foot!

Kim has a very active family, a husband who runs and is also passionate about fitness, two adult children who are both attending university. She looks forward to having the opportunity to meeting with you to discuss taking time to invest in your health, to make yourself the best possible you for the years ahead!

Tel:  905-929-2001
Email: kim@vitalitysourcefitness.ca

 

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