Welcome to Island Optimal Health & Performance

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Free Meet & Greet

Curious about a treatment and not sure where to start? Book a free 15-minute Meet & Greet to determine if the treatment and approach are a good fit for you. Please note that this is a quick conversation to determine fit only and not an initial assessment, which is required to begin treatment.


Chiropractic

If aching joints and muscle pain are keeping you from doing what you love, chiropractic treatment could be the remedy. At Island Optimal, our chiropractors work with you to diagnose the problem and develop an individualized treatment and management plan to help your body be at its best. Chiropractors are regulated, primary health care practitioners who have undergone over 4,500 hours of acad... Read More

If aching joints and muscle pain are keeping you from doing what you love, chiropractic treatment could be the remedy. At Island Optimal, our chiropractors work with you to diagnose the problem and develop an individualized treatment and management plan to help your body be at its best.

Chiropractors are regulated, primary health care practitioners who have undergone over 4,500 hours of academic and clinical education at a nationally accredited chiropractic college, after having completed a minimum of a bachelors degree of undergraduate university education. Chiropractic takes a drug-free, manual approach to health care through the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and subsequent prevention of conditions relating to the neurological, muscular and skeletal systems of the body.

We offer chiropractic care at both our Central and North clinic locations.


Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine.


Registered Massage Therapy

Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) in British Columbia are health care professionals committed to restoring and maintaining optimal health and pain-free function of the body. They are educated and trained to accurately assess and treat with techniques that include massage and manual therapy, joint mobilization, hydrotherapy, and rehabilitative exercise such as stretching, strengthening, po... Read More

Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) in British Columbia are health care professionals committed to restoring and maintaining optimal health and pain-free function of the body.

They are educated and trained to accurately assess and treat with techniques that include massage and manual therapy, joint mobilization, hydrotherapy, and rehabilitative exercise such as stretching, strengthening, postural exercise and patient education.

Massage Therapy is an effective approach to pain management and rehabilitation. RMTs are effective in treating and providing relief for a wide range of conditions such as migraine headaches, tendonitis, arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, as well as many other common conditions related to soft tissue and joint dysfunction.

We offer massage therapy at both our Central and North clinic locations.


Acupuncture

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), energy, or "Qi" (pronounced "chee") flows along specific pathways, or meridians, throughout the body. This constant flow of energy keeps the yin and yang forces balanced. However, if the flow of energy gets blocked, like water getting stuck behind a dam, the disruption can lead to pain, lack of function, or illness. Acupuncture therapy can releas... Read More

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), energy, or "Qi" (pronounced "chee") flows along specific pathways, or meridians, throughout the body. This constant flow of energy keeps the yin and yang forces balanced. However, if the flow of energy gets blocked, like water getting stuck behind a dam, the disruption can lead to pain, lack of function, or illness. Acupuncture therapy can release blocked Qi in the body and stimulate function, evoking the body’s natural healing response through various physiological processes.

Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture’s effects on the nervous system, endocrine and immune function, the cardiovascular system, and digestive health. It can release endorphins (the body’s natural pain-killers), manage inflammation by increasing local circulation, and modulate the immune system by increasing natural killer cells. By stimulating the body’s various internal healing mechanisms, acupuncture can help resolve pain, improve sleep, support digestive function, and improve overall health and well-being.

TCM involves acupuncture and herbal therapies to encourage natural healing. Acupuncture treatment involves insertion of very fine, sterile needles into the skin at specific points on the body to achieve a therapeutic effect. Needles are inserted on points located on a network of pathways connected to the function of internal organ systems, with the goal of restoring and maintaining balance. It is a safe and effective drug-free treatment, often used as an alternative to drugs or surgery. Relief may be obtained where conventional treatments have failed. Most people feel no or minimal discomfort as the fine needles are gently placed, and during and after treatments, patients usually report feeling very relaxed.


Kinesiology

Kinesiologists are human movement specialists who help you feel better, move better and live better. Kinesiologists provide exercise and movement programs tailored to your specific needs and goals, including injury prevention and rehabilitation, personal training services, and work with people with various needs and conditions. Injury Assessment and Rehabilitation Kinesiologists provid... Read More

Kinesiologists are human movement specialists who help you feel better, move better and live better. Kinesiologists provide exercise and movement programs tailored to your specific needs and goals, including injury prevention and rehabilitation, personal training services, and work with people with various needs and conditions.

Injury Assessment and Rehabilitation
Kinesiologists provide assessment and treatment services for the rehabilitation of people suffering from physical injuries sustained at work, in automobile collisions, in sports and other life activities. The primary service is active rehabilitation, which consists of the assessment of physical function followed by the implementation and progression of a specifically structured and individually tailored exercise program to enhance and promote the safe and dependable return to an individual’s regular life activities.

Exercise Therapy
Kinesiologists provide exercise and lifestyle-based services to enhance the lives of those suffering from chronic diseases or physical and neurological injuries, including chronic pain.


Personal Training


Fascial Stretch Therapist/Pain Care Yoga Therapist

A Fascial Stretch Therapist performed a table-based assisted gentle stretch technique. They manually moves and stretches your body in a non-painful method. FST helps to unwind glued or stiff connective tissue balancing the whole fascial network and body while promoting deep relaxation, increase of range of movement and flexibility.

Liz believes that Massage Therapy should be an active modality of recovery and that patients can and should be involved in this aspect of their self-care. Where possible, she tries to educate patients so that they leave each treatment with a better understanding of their bodies, functional movement and how to help themselves.

Liz has a special interest in postpartum care and chronic pain.

Liz is a graduate of the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy.

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Julie received her graduation diploma from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy for the 3000 hour Registered Massage Therapist program in 2011. After graduation Julie began her practice as a full time RMT and treated repeat clientele through her busy practice.

Julie’s treatments flow in a relaxing atmosphere with Swedish massage to release stress, myofascial release, deep tissue, trigger point release & stretching along with other therapeutic techniques depending on what presents.

In working with experienced teams of dedicated Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Kinesiologists, and other RMT’s, Julie has customized her treatments to work in harmony with the treatment plans for her clients.

Julie has experience in treating piriformis syndrome, whiplash injuries, postural overuse or imbalances, tendinitis, sports injuries, shoulder injuries, arthritis, chronic pain, plantar fasciitis, thoracic outlet syndrome, frozen shoulder, headaches and aches and pains associated with pregnancy.

Julie has taken additional elective courses in pregnancy massage and kinesio tape. She incorporates patient home care into her practice for those who require prolonged treatment at home.

On a personal note, Julie loves getting outside and staying active in her spare time with the gym and hiking. She loves camping and live music and has an interest in travel, visiting somewhere new every year

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What is your approach to practice?

I take an educational approach by teaching body awareness, fundamental movement patterns, and gait mechanics to my clients. I use strength and conditioning techniques to help everyone, regardless of athletic ability, return to and thrive in the activities they love. 

What are some of your specializations or interests in your practice?

Some of my interests include working with those who are new to exercise as well as Athletes, Runners, Youth, and Seniors.

What are you passionate about?

I got into coaching to help guide young men towards positive expressions of masculinity.

EDUCATION

University of Guelph: Honours Bachelors of Applied Science in Kinesiology with Distinction - 2020 Humber College: Fitness and Health Promotion Diploma - 2020 Mohawk College: Health, Wellness & Fitness Co-op Diploma - 2017

SPECIAL INTERESTS

Training beginners Post-rehabilitation rraining Running (road, trail, track, and team sport application) Athlete Strength & conditioning Youth Athletic Development

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

British Columbia Association of Kinesiology - Practicing Member

Canadian Kinesiology Alliance

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Jenna, graduated from the 3000 Hour Registered Massage Therapy program at West Coast College of Massage Therapy. This program is the most comprehensive study of soft tissue manipulation in North America. She is a member in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia, as well as a member of the Massage Therapists Association of BC.

Jenna’s treatments aim to alleviate stress and tension that builds up in the body’s soft tissue during physical activity. Her treatments promote the healing of minor injuries and can correct muscle imbalances. Modalities often incorporated are; trigger point therapy, myofascial release and swedish massage in addition to breath work.

Always with an open mind Jenna is enthusiastic about her work and thrives on providing clients with specific and focused massage therapy. She is forever a student of life and of her practice.

Jenna offers massage therapy at our North clinic location.

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Dr. Tierney Glenn DC, BSc HK, FMT

Dr. Tierney Glenn was born and raised in Nova Scotia, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics Degree from St. Francis Xavier University in 2011. Following this she spent 4 years in Toronto where she studied to become a Doctor of Chiropractic at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. She graduated from CMCC in 2015 and has been practicing chiropractic at multidisciplinary clinics across the country ever since. She began in Dartmouth Nova Scotia, moved to Toronto Ontario to work for a couple years, and has been working in Nanaimo for the past two years.

Dr. Glenn is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of her patients within the community. She uses a variety of treatment approaches including soft tissue therapy, joint manipulation and mobilization, modalities, Functional Movement Techniques (FMT) and rehabilitative exercises to impart evidence-based treatments. She has worked with all types of patient populations during her time in practice, from professional athletes to weekend warriors.

When not working, Tierney enjoys playing hockey and softball. She also loves running, hiking, archery, and walking her dog Gimli.

Dr. Tierney Glenn DC, BSc HK, FMT Dr. Tierney Glenn was born and raised in Nova Scotia, where sh... Read More

Alenna Langhorst is a Fascial Stretch Therapist with a background in sports and yoga therapeutics. She uses a holistic approach to assess and treat the whole person through Fascial Stretch Therapy, a table-based assisted manual stretch that uses traction, oscillation, and circumduction. Alenna’s pain goal of intention of her practice is to improve mobility through stretching the deep connective tissue, aka fascia.

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Carleen is currently on maternity leave and will be back to the Rutherford location in the new year. Please check in then to see when her start date will be.

Carleen completed her B.A. Degree in Sport, Health, and Physical Education at Vancouver Island University in 2017. Carleen is a recent graduate of the 2200 hour Massage Therapy Program at West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Victoria and plans on writing her board exams to obtain her Registered Massage Therapist Designation in the Spring. Until then, Carleen will be offering relaxation massage appointments. This is a great option for clients that do not have extended benefits, limited extended medical, or just needs a massage ASAP.

Carleen grew up with a strong passion for sports, specifically soccer. At a young age, Carleen suffered an injury that led her to stop playing. From there, Carleen has developed a love for helping people with their rehabilitation, health and wellness, and she has continued to be integrated with the soccer community. Carleen has coached soccer summer camps, coached U14/15 Ladysmith soccer team, and volunteered as a medical aid during the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Carleen has been on the island since 2010 and is proud to call it home. During her spare time she enjoys going on walks with her dog, strength training, camping, cooking, and trying new activities like mountain biking. Carleen strongly believes that everyone should integrate massage into their self-care routine due to the great benefits. Massage can help to reduce stress, modulate or decrease pain, and improve functionality.

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Dr. Graham Sigalet, ND is a graduate of the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine and started his practice in the Comox Valley. As a graduate of VIU and former Mariner, Dr. Graham is excited to expand his practice to serve Nanaimo.

Dr. Graham has always had a passion for medicine, health and nature. He provides holistic, patient centered, evidenced based naturopathic medical care. He has a general practice with a focus on gastrointestinal conditions, supportive cancer care, chronic pain, autoimmune conditions, hormonal health and regenerative injection techniques.

Naturopathic doctors are committed to helping patients uncover the root cause of their illness and ultimately, get patients back to optimal health. A visit with a naturopathic doctor includes a detailed history of your main concerns, a review of laboratory investigations, physical exam, as well as further diagnostic tests that may be necessary. Initial appointments and follow ups give patients the time to discuss their concerns in great detail. Treatment plans are varied and are dependent on the patient’s unique presentation. Naturopathic modalities include lifestyle modifications, acupuncture, counselling, nutrition, botanical medicine, injection therapies and pharmaceutical medication.

Dr. Graham is registered through the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia. He is also a member of the British Columbia Naturopathic Association (BCNA) and Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND). He holds certifications in prescriptive authority, intravenous therapies, ozone therapy and phototherapy.

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Fitness has always been a part of Lesley’s life. Her passion for sport led her to a Bachelor of Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia. She began personal training in 1998 and since then has coached, trained, and educated her clients in established studios, at schools and as a part of medical teams.

Lesley specializes in functional and rehabilitative training with her focus on chronic conditions and long-term injuries. She works closely with our chiropractors, physiotherapists and massage therapists as well as doctors to develop a therapy plan for each individual that can help you with rehabilitation and prevention, chronic disease treatment, and preventative maintenance of your health and well-being.

Living and training on Bowen Island, Gabriola and now on the “big island” in Lantzville, she is no stranger to island living. Lesley, her husband and three children love the community that comes with living on an island and are excited to have found themselves in such a beautiful part of the world. The ocean and mountains provide the perfect playground.

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Ozge Stephen is a Registered Acupuncturist in good standing with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia.

Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, Ozge comes from a family that believes food and laughter to be the best medicines. Upon migrating to Canada in 2007, Ozge studied Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Victoria, where she found herself curious about healing in relation to other aspects of our human experience. She was introduced to Acupuncture in 2013 following a personal injury, and knew this was the answer to her questions. In 2017, Ozge graduated from Pacific Rim College with a Diploma in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Ozge is also a full-spectrum doula and a member of the Nesting Doula Collective, where she works to provide accessible pregnancy care to BIPOC communities on Vancouver Island.

As an Acupuncturist, Ozge draws from all aspects of her education and background to offer a holistic approach to healing. Alongside acupuncture, her treatments include various Traditional Chinese Medicine modalities including: cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, shi liao (dietary therapy), and lifestyle counselling. Ozge treats a variety of conditions, including but not limited to: insomnia, psycho-emotional disharmonies (ie.anxiety, depression), musculoskeletal concerns, menstrual irregularities, chronic pain, and digestive issues. She has additional training in reproductive health, and is honoured to be a part of people’s conception, pregnancy, and postpartum journeys.

We all have an innate ability to heal. Ozge intends to provide a safe place for her clients, where they feel heard and seen, and are reminded that we all deserve to move through life with ease.

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Paul Stephen is a Registered Massage Therapist in good standing with the College of Massage Therapy of British Columbia. He graduated from the 3000 hour Massage Therapy program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Victoria, BC.

Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Paul developed a deep respect for community and the natural world, as well as the harmony that can exist between the two. His career as a Massage Therapist stems from a passion for health care, balance and wellness that he believes everyone has the potential to achieve.

Paul relies on detailed case histories, orthopaedic testing and hands-on assessment to develop a treatment plan unique to the needs and goals of each of his patients. He utilizes a combination of Swedish massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Muscle Energy Technique, Positional Release, Myofascial Release and Hot Stone Therapy in order to provide a range of treatment options to every patient. At the end of each treatment, Paul advises his patients on therapeutic stretching and exercise, and works to identify lifestyle factors that may be influencing his patients pain and dysfunction. In addition to his clinical practice, Paul has taught at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy since 2015.

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Man-Yee is a Naturopathic Doctor with over 15 years of experience who strives for her patients to feel heard, to feel supported, and to feel empowered in their journey to better health.

She has a special interest in stress management, chronic pain management, digestive health, women’s health (e.g. fertility, menstrual pain, etc) and epigenetics. She treats mainly with foundational naturopathic modalities of nutrition, botanical medicine, Chinese medicine (herbs, acupuncture, cupping), physical medicine, and counselling.

EDUCATION: Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine: Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine – 2005 University of British Columbia: Bachelor of Science, General Biology – 2001

CERTIFICATIONS Naturopathic Advanced Life Support (NALS) – Aug 2021 Health Provider CPR – 2020 recertified Certified Fitter for Compression Therapy - 2015 Acupuncture (TCM) – 2005 (ongoing continuing education)

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