Dr. Denis Simons - Chiropractor, Clinic Director
Dr. Denis Simons graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon in March of 2000, where he received several awards of distinction. Dr. Simons moved to Calgary in the spring of 2000. He owned and operated Penny Lane Chiropractic and Health in the downtown core from 2001 until 2006 when he joined the Advantage Health group of clinics. An avid and once competitive skier Dr. Simons spent many years as a volunteer on the Lake Louise Ski Patrol and competed in several Big Mountain Competitions. For several years he enjoyed the opportunity to work and travel with the Canadian National Snowboarding team, treating several Olympic medalists along the way. His reputation consistently has travelling musicians and athletes requesting treatments as their travels bring them through Calgary.Dr. Simons continually attends seminars and courses to make sure he has the most current and relevant information and techniques. As a diversified chiropractic practitioner he utilizes manual chiropractic adjusting techniques, home exercise, and various soft tissue and stretching techniques to help his patients achieve their healthcare and wellness goals. Being a part of the multi-disciplinary team at Momentum Health allows him to refer and co-treat with physiotherapists, registered massage therapists, acupuncturists, naturopathic doctors and psychologists.As an OTZ trained chiropractor Dr. Denis Simons has been trained in the new groundbreaking chiropractic treatments for Frozen Shoulder Syndrome (aka Adhesive Capsulitis). This new treatment approach is providing sufferers of FSS often immediate and dramatic results. If you would like to learn more about this condition, or see actual patient before and after video, please visit www.frozenshouldertreatment.ca
Dr. Oksana Tcherbak - Chiropractor
Dr. Oksana Tcherbak earned her degree of Doctor of Chiropractic from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto in 2000. Her roots belong to Ukraine, where she was born and raised, and completed her first degree in Engineering of Civil Aviation. 1992 was a turning point in her life – the Soviet Union fell apart and as a result, the economic and political situation in her homeland did not promise any future to a new graduate engineer. The opportunity came to immigrate to Canada and she arrived to St. John’s Newfoundland on Canada Day in 1992. While attending a language school for new Canadians she became an active participant of YMCA as a staff member. Through her fitness training certification, Oksana was introduced to chiropractic. A healthy lifestyle based on holisms and wellness was a normal everyday life for her and her family in Ukraine. She grew up with regular physical activities, sports, seasonal and local nutrition. Starting her life in Canada and observing how so many people were making completely wrong life style choices, Dr. Oksana decided that chiropractic would allow her to reach out and teach others about simple health and wellness.Dr. Oksana has been practicing wellness chiropractic for 15 years in Saskatchewan and Alberta, helping people of all ages to achieve their optimum health. She constantly strives to guide her patients on how to handle their stress, increase their energy and improve their quality of life. In her practice, Dr. Oksana utilizes Manual Chiropractic Adjustment, Activator Method, Soft Tissue Therapy, Active Release Technique, Exercise and Postural recommendations. Her special interests are Custom Orthotics, Kinesio Taping and Ergonomics. She likes to take interdisciplinary approach in cooperation with other health professionals for treating and diagnosing patients. As a female professional, a supportive wife, and a proud mother of three daughters, Dr. Oksana is aware of the stress we are all facing in today’s society, but she strives to show that it is possible to maintain balance, handle the stress, be full of energy and enjoy life. You could spot her jogging with her stroller, engaging in Pilates or Yoga classes. She enjoys cooking, traveling, hiking in the Rockies and spending time with her family and friends. By keeping a balanced lifestyle, Dr. Oksana believes that she will help her patients to achieve the same. To her, the greatest part of being a chiropractor is seeing people make life changes as they regain their health. She truly believes that life and health come from within and the maintenance of health is far superior to the treatment of disease.
Carlee Anderson - Physiotherapist
Carlee is a graduate with a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta in 2015 and has also completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary in 2012. She has completed the Canadian Orthopedic upper quadrant course as well as her certification in Biomedical Dry Needling. She is also experienced with athletic taping/strapping and Kinesiotaping. Her clinical interests include SI joint dysfunction, acute low back pain, neck pain, TMJD, craniovertebral dysfunction and shoulder injuries. Growing up in Champion, AB, Carlee was involved in several sports at competitive and recreational levels as both an athlete and a coach. She is most passionate and experienced with figure skating, equestrian, volleyball and softball. She also has an avid interest in fitness and nutrition which keeps her committed to living her best and healthiest life. She looks forward to continuing to complete the CPA Orthopedic levels as well as becoming certified as a Sports Therapist. Carlee believes in taking a comprehensive approach to rehab in order to maximize your recovery and performance.
Alison Taylor - Coverage Physiotherapist
Alison is originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She received her undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Dalhousie university and followed that up with her Master’s of science in physiotherapy also at Dalhousie university. Alison has completed many post graduate courses including specialized running injury courses, shoulder courses, and manual therapy courses. Alison has also completed her Kinetacore Functional Dry Needling - Level 1 to help relieve pain and restore function. Alison has a passion for working with endurance athletes of any kind whether it be runners, swimmers, cyclists etc. Soft tissue injuries, repetitive strain injuries, and sports therapy are some of her specialties. Outside of work Alison is an avid runner herself and has completed 8 half marathons to date, most recently the Calgary half marathon in May! In the community She runs a youth running club at the local YMCA, has volunteered with the Alberta ballet, and volunteers at any sporting event possible. Alison will always strive to get the best results with her patients and is fully committed to returning her patients to a pain free and happy state!
Sarah Maetche - Kinesiologist
Sarah is currently finishing her Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology. She aspires to begin schooling for her Masters of Physiotherapy Degree in the upcoming future. Sarah is also eager to further her learning indefinitely throughout her career in the healthcare industry. Her special interests are in neurological and orthopedic rehabilitation. She also believes in utilizing preventative healthcare opportunities as a step toward a happier and healthier future. Outside her work and studies Sarah enjoys camping, photography, and spending time with her family.
Dr. Katie Coombs, ND - Naturopathic Doctor
Dr. Katie believes that naturopathic medicine brings together the worlds of conventional medicine and the power of nature. After completing her undergraduate degree in Biology at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, her passion eventually led her to Vancouver to study Naturopathic Medicine; a medicine that blends evidence-based science with natural forms of medicine to deliver health care. Dr. Katie then received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in Vancouver, BC.Dr. Katie is licensed through College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA) and College of Naturopathic Physicians in British Columbia (CNPBC) and is a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND). As a naturopathic doctor, Dr. Katie is trained in diagnostic testing, physical exams, botanical medicine, pharmacology, homeopathy, nutrition and orthomolecular medicine, spinal manipulations and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is also board certified in heavy metal chelation, advanced IV therapies, acupuncture, minor surgery, and also practices craniosacral therapy. She is interested in general family medicine, focusing on hormonal health, digestive disorders, food allergies, depression, anxiety, stress management, insomnia, and autoimmune conditions. When not working with patients, you will find Dr. Katie mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding, or traveling around the world with her husband. A love of nature is a part of all aspects of her life both in and out of the clinic setting.For more information please visit: www.calgarynaturopathicdoctor.org
Jade Dye - Registered Massage Therapist
Jade is a Massage Therapist registered with the NHPC, and is a fully certified, 2200 hour trained, RMT. She's dedicated to her patients, and arranges her treatments to fit their individual needs and requirements. Jade feels strongly that relaxation should be an integral component of all massage treatments. She's committed to creating a comfortable, and safe environment for her patients.
Each massage with Jade will include a short, Hot Stone massage for the neck, shoulders, and face, as well as a scalp massage. While Jade is skilled in various techniques to treat a variety of symptoms, her specialties are: headaches, neck and shoulder pain, TMJ disorders, and low back pain.
Sarah Bowland - Registered Massage Therapist
After finishing her bachelor degree in Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University, Sarah Bowland decided to return to school for massage therapy at the Professional Institute of Massage Therapy. Within her training, Sarah learned many different techniques such as Swedish massage, myo-fascial release, relaxation massage and pre-natal massage. Sarah has completed two levels of Cranio-Sacral Therapy and has plans to go further into exploring this exciting modality. She has done workshops in Rain Drop therapy as well. She loves cold weather, crocheting and dogs.
Katya Heinrich - Registered Massage Therapist
Katya is fully licensed Massage Therapist and finishes her advanced 3000 hour program in December 2016 at MaKami college in Calgary. In addition to massage, Katya completed her Reiki Master certification in 2016. Katya believes that massage has a definite psychological effect. The theory of therapeutic massage is scientific, but the actual application of this theory is an art that includes the meaning of healing, touch sensitivity, penetration, and intuition. This is a unique way of communicating without words, by sharing energy, enjoying relaxation and mental calm. Having high demand in deep tissue massage, Katya also includes relaxation, hot stone, TMJ massage, cupping, myofascial release and PNF stretches in her practice. She also uses acupressure points for the scalp and neck to provide maximum relaxation at the end of each session.
Andrea Padamattummel- Office Manager
Andrea was born and raised in Calgary. She has worked with Momentum Health previously in 2011 until 2013. The positive and developmental environment of Momentum Health brought her back to the team in 2016. Her experience brings excellent customer service, dedication and creating a transformational experience. She has years of customer service experience and a degree in Fashion Merchandising. Prior to returning to Momentum Health & Evidence Sport and Spinal, Andrea was working as Visual Manger for Ralph Lauren. Andrea is excited to bring her creativity and enthusiasm to the Momentum Health Westbrook team.
Megan Berg - Office Administrator
Megan is excited to join the team at Momentum Health Westbrook and learn as much as she can regarding all aspects of the healthcare industry. For the past year she has been travelling around Australia and Southeast Asia and is happy to be back at her home base, Calgary. Megan brings her many years of experience in both customer service and administration to this new roll Previously she worked in the Oil & Gas Industry, obtaining her Petroleum Land Administration with Honours Certificate from S.A.I.T. and attending Bisset School of Business at Mount Royal University. Megan is enrolled in open studies at the University of Calgary for winter 2017 and plans to work toward a degree in Psychology while working at Momentum. She plans to further her education in the healthcare industry after acquiring her degree. She is obsessed with yoga and tries to get out to the mountains to snowboard as much as she can in the winter.