At Waterdown Village Chiropractic & Wellness Group you will encounter our friendly and helpful staff. All of our practitioners have been hand picked for their expertise and quality of care in their fields. All of our staff pride themselves on their dedication to continuing education and actively attend both local, national and international seminars to bring you the best care possible. Whether you are coming for chiropractic care, physiotherapy, naturopathic care, massage therapy, prenatal or postnatal care, or counselling, you are in good hands.
- Massage Therapy
- Life Coaching
- Lactation Educator
Dr. Cheryl van der Mark B.SC., D.C., F.I.C.P.A.Family Chiropractor/Clinic Director
Dr. Cheryl van der Mark B.SC., D.C., F.I.C.P.A.
For more than 16 years, Dr. Cheryl van der Mark has been treating families just like yours in the GTA. Her family-focused approach to chiropractic care helps nurture comfort and trust with her patients. Dr. van der Mark is skilled in many different adjusting techniques including Diversified, Thompson and Activator. Her gentle patient-centred approach is paired with education to help her patients feel comfortable and relaxed.
In addition to her years of local clinical chiropractic expertise, Dr. van der Mark has international experience in directing teams of medical professionals including chiropractors, orthopaedic and plastic surgeons, general practitioners, medical specialists and dentists through her administration and development of a medical facility, outreach mobile medical clinics and surgical facility in Haiti. Dr. van der Mark continues to work with Service International Foundation to bring healthcare to impoverished families in Haiti. She is internationally recognized for her work in chiropractic and orthopaedics.
As a mother of 5, Dr. Cheryl has gained a true and inspired passion for treating pregnant women and children. This passion has resulted in her helping thousands of women experience more comfortable pregnancies and births. Dr. van der Mark is certified with the International Chiropractic Paediatric Association as a Fellow in Paediatrics and Pregnancy, is Webster technique certified and she is a leader in the GTA in paediatric chiropractic.
Dr. van der Mark, a graduate of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and is the recipient of the Heart and Hands Award that honours her passion, vitality and dedication to her patients and the field of chiropractic.
Dr. van der Mark is honoured to serve the communities of Waterdown, Burlington, Flamborough and Hamilton at Waterdown Village Chiropractic Group and is active in both the Waterdown and Burlington communities. She looks forward to working with you to achieve optimal health for you and your family.
Dr. Janice Oldham B.A., D.C.Family Chiropractor
Dr. Janice Oldham B.A., D.C.
Dr. Janice Oldham graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2008 and has treated families across the GTA for more than eight years. Dr. Janice has worked as a full-time locum chiropractor where she filled in for chiropractors who were away from their practices for any length of time. During this time Dr. Janice gained vast experience in various practice styles and chiropractic treatment techniques that she now brings with her to Waterdown Village Chiropractic Group.
Dr. Janice continuously seeks to broaden her skills and knowledge through continuing education on a range of topics. She is a member of the International Chiropractic Paediatric Association (ICPA) and is certified in the Webster Technique and has extensive experience working with pre-and post-natal patients. Dr. Janice is currently enrolled in a certification program to achieve her fellowship in paediatrics, which will further enhance her expertise in paediatric care.
Being a local Waterdown resident, Dr. Janice is excited to join a chiropractic practice that adheres to the same quality and treatment philosophies that are important to her. She is passionate about helping all patients and their families improve their quality of life through chiropractic care.
Dr. Taylor Thompson, B.Sc., D.C.Family Chiropractor
Dr. Taylor Thompson, B.Sc., D.C.
Dr. Taylor Thompson, originally from Lockport, NY, received her Bachelor of Science degree from Nazareth College of Rochester and completed her Doctorate of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, New York. She is a member of the International Chiropractic Paediatric Association, is certified in Webster Technique, and is currently working toward achieving her fellowship in paediatrics.
Dr. Taylor’s aspiration to become a chiropractor started from a young age, experiencing the benefits of chiropractic throughout her athletic career, while also seeing life changing results in her family members from treatment. Her care focuses on the person as a whole and considers all lifestyle factors of the individual patient.
When not in the office, Dr. Taylor enjoys hiking, playing soccer, and spending time with her family.
Dr. Lloyd DeCoff, B.Sc., D.C.Family Chiropractor
Dr. Lloyd DeCoff, B.Sc., D.C.
Dr. Lloyd DeCoff, formerly of Parkside Family Chiropractic, started providing health care to family members of all ages here in Waterdown 17 years ago. His goal was, and continues to be, to provide the highest quality of chiropractic care, and to optimize health, healing, and performance, in a friendly, comfortable and caring environment.
Dr. Lloyd joined Waterdown Village Chiropractic & Wellness Group in July 2019 when the nearby Fortino’s needed his space to accommodate their expansion. Rather than starting another independent clinic at a new location, Dr. Lloyd decided to join a well-established team that fostered a collaborative and patient-centred approach to wellness.
He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Laurentian University, with a major in Biochemistry. He then received his Doctor of Chiropractic at New York Chiropractic College in Senica, NY. He has completed many hours of additional training in chiropractic technique, paediatrics and pregnancy.
Committed to giving back to the community, Dr. Lloyd fulfills his commitment through educational health talks and volunteering with various organizations in the surrounding communities.
Dr. Lloyd loves to spend time with his four children and can often be found enjoying the great outdoors fishing, running, golfing, cycling, and playing baseball.
Dr. Carly Wendler B.A. SC., N.D.Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine / Acupuncture Provider / Lactation Educator
Dr. Carly Wendler B.A. SC., N.D.
Dr. Carly Wendler is a naturopathic doctor with a special interest and passion for family health and perinatal health (i.e. fertility, pregnancy, birth, and paediatrics). She completed her pre-medical studies at the University of Guelph earning an honours degree in Applied Human Nutrition. After an additional four years of postgraduate study, she graduated from The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto.
Dr. Carly regularly promotes informed choice for all individuals, couples, and families. She is a strong advocate for woman and baby centred care. In addition to her families, Dr. Carly warmly accepts all new patients of any age with any health care concern.
Dr. Wendler who has a passion for educating the public, hosts regular community workshops on a variety of health related topics, writes blogs and articles for her website, and is the host of Ask a Naturopathic Doctor for OhBaby! Magazine. She also hosts live webinar workshops for those in the community and abroad.
Dr. Carly has taught courses at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and was both a guest lecturer and Teaching Assistant at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She has published a Nutritional Pathology workbook which is used across Canada by those studying to become holistic nutritionists.
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Dr. Laura MacLeod, BScN, RN, NDDoctor of Naturopathic Medicine
Dr. Laura MacLeod, BScN, RN, ND
Dr. Laura MacLeod is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor who graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). Prior to Naturopathic Medicine, she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McMaster University. For the past seven years, she has cared for children and families as a pediatric Registered Nurse at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
As an older sister to three siblings, Laura knew from a young age that she was a natural caregiver and belonged in the healthcare field. Nursing provided her with a holistic and family-centered care framework that she was passionate about however knew she wanted something more. Following a back injury, Laura experienced for herself the missing piece; the importance of cultivating a healthy mind and body with stress management and self care, nourishing foods and exercise. This personal journey motivated her pursuit of a career focused on wellness, treating the whole person and empowering others with the knowledge and skill to lead their best lives.
Laura’s strong scientific background and passion for lifelong learning serve as an excellent foundation for naturopathic evidence-based patient care. With her years of experience in healthcare, Laura is uniquely qualified to collaborate with other practitioners involved in your care. Laura’s understanding and experience within the mainstream healthcare field and training in complementary alternative medicine can bring two seemingly separate worlds together for greater continuity of care. Trained in botanical medicine, traditional chinese medicine including acupuncture, homeopathy, nutrition and lifestyle counselling, Laura seeks to get to know you on a personal level and deliver individualized care that will work for you and your family. You can expect a safe, non-judgemental environment to collaborate on a sustainable and practical plan for better health and wellbeing.
As a proud feminist with a love of children, her interests have naturally centered around women’s and pediatric health, although she’s trained to treat all general health concerns. During her time at CCNM, she was selected to be an intern on the fertility and reproductive health focus shift and was involved in numerous pediatric events including co-facilitator for the Healthy Families Healthy Kids program at an Early Years Centre. Laura is also the co-author of an article featured in EcoParent magazine.
When Laura is not helping others on their health journey, she is spending time with her husband and golden retriever outdoors, moving her body with yoga, hiking and swimming, or travelling the world.
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Karen Moreira B.Sc., MScPTRegistered Physiotherapist
Karen Moreira B.Sc., MScPT
WVCWG is thrilled to have Karen Moreira, Physiotherapy Resident, as part of the growing team. Karen received her Bachelors of Science from the University of Toronto, followed by her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from McMaster University. Karen has had training in Soft Tissue Release Manual Therapy for the treatment of orthopaedic and sport-related injuries. She has a special interest in Pelvic Health Physiotherapy and has completed her Level 1 pelvic course, which is a great fit for our practice. She continues to pursue continuing education courses in pelvic health.
Karen’s holistic assessment and treatment approach focuses on patient education, mind-body wellness, exercise prescription and manual therapy. Karen is committed to empowering her clients and giving them the necessary tools to manage their symptoms and meet their goals, whatever they may be!
She is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish and is very excited to be involved in the community. In her spare time, Karen enjoys practicing yoga, hiking and reading a good book.
Amanda Holmes, RMTRegistered Massage Therapist / Doula / Hypnobirthing Educator
Amanda Holmes, RMT
WVCG is thrilled to have Amanda Holmes, Registered Massage Therapist, as part of the team! Amanda graduated from Centennial College’s Advanced Massage Therapy Program in 2012 and is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. Amanda has also recently completed her advanced training in pre-natal massage therapy and infant massage. In addition, she is qualified to teach infant massage to caregivers. She has also recently received her training as a labour support provider/Doula and is certified as a HypnoBirthing Educator.
Over the course of her career, Amanda has dedicated her time to working with a variety of clients in areas such as, family care, sports injury, palliative care and geriatrics. She earned recognition from the 2015 and 2016 Burlington Readers’ Choice Awards as one of the city’s top Massage Therapists. She brings a diverse skill set and has worked within clinical, athletic, rehabilitation and relaxation settings. Amanda’s skills range from Deep Tissue massage, Swedish and Relaxation massage, sports massage, pre-natal massage and infant massage.
Amanda is dedicated to helping our clients achieve whole body health through registered massage therapy whether as an individual treatment or part of a consolidated wellness journey.
Kristi Smith, RMTRegistered Massage Therapist
Kristi Smith, RMT
Hey WVCG Community, we’d like to introduce Kristi Smith, Registered Massage Therapist to you! This might be the best introduction you will have all year long. Kristi graduated from Canadian Therapeutic College in 2008 and has been working in both Waterdown and Miton ever since. You may have recently noticed that she was named Diamond Winner in this year’s Flamborough Review Readers’ Choice Awards.
Over the course of her career, Kristi bring a diverse skill set and has worked within clinical, athletic, rehabilitation and relaxation settings. Her skills range from Deep Tissue massage, Swedish and Relaxation massage, sports massage and pre-natal massage.
Ask Kristi for more details about her history and vision toward bringing health and relaxation to her clients.
Farzad Mirzaei, B.Sc.Registered Massage Therapist
Farzad Mirzaei, B.Sc.
Farzad holds a bachelor's degree in natural science and graduated from Ontario College of Health and Technology with a passion for improving the quality of life for his clients. He provides clients with a wide range of manual therapy techniques, such as myofascial release, deep tissue and relaxation massage, trigger point therapy, pin and stretch, and stretching techniques. He regularly makes use of his strong understanding of patient rehabilitation by providing remedial exercise and home care stretching/strengthening techniques.
Sharon EldridgeRegistered Massage Therapy
Sharon is a registered massage therapist who has graduated from The Ontario College of Health and Technology. Having been a primary caregiver for a person of a disability, caring is at her core. She is adaptable and intuitive, which makes your treatment custom and suited based on your individual needs. Her passion for healing is proven while working with her clients to reach their highest level of health through their treatments. Sharon is always eager to learn and advance her skill set.
Juli FyfeCertified Life Coach
Juli Fyfe is a professionally trained and ICF accredited Life Coach. Juli’s warm and caring nature instantly creates a safe space for exploration, planning, & reflection, helping people change and move forward in the direction they wish to explore. Partnering with her clients, Juli supports them and helps foster awareness of their life situations which empowers choice. She strategizes with clients so they can make the changes needed to improve the quality of life they are seeking.
Juli is experienced with coaching in areas such as relationships, stress, trauma, career choices, confidence, grief/loss, parenting and families where mental health issues play a part. Juli helps those with anxiety and/or depression to move forward within a coach supported environment.
In addition to her life coaching, Juli has spent the last 22 years in the corporate world leading performance and learning initiatives which have had lasting and profound beneficial impact on the organizations and on the employees. Her curiosity and ability to partner for results has contributed to the success of several Local (Canadian) and Global Leaders.
Juli also has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and is currently furthering her education by completing her Masters of Arts Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University.
Lyndsay SheinWellness Health Assistant & Team Lead
Lyndsay comes to us from the Registered Massage Therapy world with more than 5 years of experience in the health care industry and another 15 years in customer service. Her commitment to ensuring her patients meet their health care goals makes her the ideal advocate for our patients looking to pursue a proactive health care regime.
Her passion for wellness came through her early introduction to martial arts and the need to keep her body in “fighting” form. A lifelong patient of chiropractic, Lyndsay is a great point of reference for any and all questions.
Lyndsay is available to answer all your questions and ensure that your experience with our clinic is always a good one. Her outgoing and friendly nature make her an asset to the entire WVCG family.
Emma PaczayWellness Health Assistant
Emma greets everyone with a smile, whether you are here for your first visit or are a returning client. Emma started at the clinic as a co-op student, after which she joined the team on a temporary and part-time basis. WVCWG realized what an asset she was to the clinic and brought her on as a full-time member of the team. Emma works hard to make your experience here as pleasant as possible. She will help accommodate your schedule when booking/rebooking any of the services at the clinic and answer any questions you might have. Emma grew up in Waterdown and loves working in this family-oriented clinic.
Shelby GowlandWellness Health Assistant
As one of the newest members to join our front desk team, Shelby is excited to be working at a clinic, and with a team, that shares her wellness values! Shelby has always preferred a natural and holistic approach to healthcare and is thrilled to support practitioners working together to find optimal health solutions for each and every patient. Shelby comes to us with 15 years of customer service experience, as well as almost 2 years in health office administration, and a certificate in Office Administration for Health and Medical Services.
Shelby believes that great health begins with whole foods and an active lifestyle. She loves to cook and practices yoga regularly. Should you have any questions or require assistance, Shelby is happy to help!
Patty van der MarkWellness Health Assistant
Patty van der Mark
Patty, graduated from the University of Western Ontario where she acquired her degree in Physical Therapy. She went on to practise Physiotherapy for 15 years as well as spending several years working as a Community Care Access Centre Case Manager in Burlington. As such, she values helping others improve their quality of life and is committed to connecting you to our wellness services, and preventative health care plans.
She is always happy to answer any of your questions! When she is not at WVCG, Patty is educating on the value of adding CPTG essential oils into a wellness lifestyle. She believes CPTG essential oils are a simple yet effective key tools one can implement to achieve a higher state of overall wellness, support mood, stress and reduce toxic load.
Patty lives locally with her family, and if she’s not in the clinic or sharing information on essential oils, you might find her out hiking, skiing, in a yoga class, at the arena, or enjoying time with friends.
Caitlin GurmanWellness Health Assistant
Caitlin is ready to assist you in all your booking and scheduling needs. Caitlin is passionate about helping others and is here to assist you with any questions you may have about our services and practitioners. You will find Caitlin to be efficient and friendly from the moment you call the office. She prides herself on giving you the individual attention you deserve.
Caitlin is committed to helping our clients maintain happy, healthy lives! She comes with years of health and wellness experience and practices it on a daily basis. Caitlin would like you to experience the life changing difference chiropractic, naturopathic medicine and massage therapy can have for you.
Danielle ParneyMarketing Communications Consultant
Danielle is an integral part of our WVCG Family, as a Chiropractic Health Assistant and our Team Lead, she is available to help you and your family find wellness solutions that meet your needs. Her friendly and welcoming nature will ensure you receive the utmost in professional care during every visit and interaction you have with our Group.
A seasoned communications specialist, Danielle will also create and deliver ongoing and meaningful communication, keeping you updated on all clinic and wellness news. Whether through our Social Media sites (Facebook and Twitter) or more traditional means, it is important to us that you have the most up-to-date and relevant information for your wellness journey.