Staff

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. 

Dr. Cheryl van der Mark B.SC., D.C., F.I.C.P.A.

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.

Dr. Cheryl van der Mark B.SC., D.C., F.I.C.P.A.

Family Chiropractor/Clinic Director

For more than 17 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.

AVAILABLE HOURS:
Mondays: 1:30pm-8:00pm
Wednesdays: 1:30am-8:00pm
Thursdays: 9:30am-3:30pm
Fridays: 9:30am-3:30pm

 

Dr. Janice Oldham B.A., D.C.

Dr. Janice Oldham B.A., D.C.

Family Chiropractor
Dr. Janice Oldham B.A., D.C.

Dr. Janice Oldham B.A., D.C.

Family Chiropractor

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.

AVAILABLE HOURS:
Tuesdays: 1:30pm-8:00pm
Wednesdays: 9:30am-2:30pm
Thursdays: 1:30pm-8:00pm
Saturdays: 9:00am-2:00pm

 

Dr. Taylor Thompson, B.Sc., D.C.

Dr. Taylor Thompson, B.Sc., D.C.

Family Chiropractor
Dr. Taylor Thompson, B.Sc., D.C.

Dr. Taylor Thompson, B.Sc., D.C.

Family Chiropractor

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.

AVAILABLE HOURS:
Mondays: 1:30pm-8:00pm
Tuesdays: 9:30am-3:30pm
Wednesdays: 2:30pm-8:00pm
Thursday: 9:30am-1:00pm
Fridays: 9:30am-3:30pm
Saturdays: 9:00am-2:00pm

 

 

Dr. Lloyd DeCoff, B.Sc., D.C.

Dr. Lloyd DeCoff, B.Sc., D.C.

Family Chiropractor
Dr. Lloyd DeCoff, B.Sc., D.C.

Dr. Lloyd DeCoff, B.Sc., D.C.

Family Chiropractor

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.

AVAILABLE HOURS: 
Mondays: 9:30am-1:30pm
Tuesdays: 9:30am-12:30pm and 3:30pm-6:30pm
Wednesdays: 9:30am-1:30pm
Thursdays: 3:30pm-6:30pm

 

 

Dr. Carly Wendler B.A. SC., N.D.

Dr. Carly Wendler B.A. SC., N.D.

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine / Lactation Educator
Dr. Carly Wendler B.A. SC., N.D.

Dr. Carly Wendler B.A. SC., N.D.

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine / Lactation Educator

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.

For more information on Dr. Carly, click here.

AVAILABLE HOURS:
Tuesdays: 10:00am-3:00pm and 6:00pm-8:00pm
Wednesdays: 10:00am-3:00pm
Thursdays: 10:00am-3:00pm
Fridays: 10:00am-3:00pm

 

Dr. Elena Zarifis, Bsc. (Hons), N.D.

Dr. Elena Zarifis, Bsc. (Hons), N.D.

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
Dr. Elena Zarifis, Bsc. (Hons), N.D.

Dr. Elena Zarifis, Bsc. (Hons), N.D.

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
Dr. Elena Zarifis is a fully licensed Naturopathic Doctor with a general practice, and a special interest in Gut , Brain , Thyroid and overall hormone health.  She commonly sees patients with digestive/gut, skin, mood, sleep, stress, energy or hormonal issues, as well as active individuals who are looking to optimize their health and performance.
Dr. Elena is passionate about helping people achieve better health , and believes that reaching your health goals should be done in a realistic and sustainable way.
After Graduating with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Guelph, Dr. Elena Z ND went on to complete an additional 4 years of post-graduate Naturopathic Medical studies at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, in Toronto, Ontario to obtain her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree.
She has additional licensing and certifications to provide B12 injections, Facial Rejuvenation and Cosmetic Acupuncture , Desiccated Thyroid prescriptions and more.
With an evidence-based practice, Dr. Elena Z ND focuses on using acupuncture, nutrition, botanical medicine, supplementation, lifestyle change, basic and comprehensive lab work , and the like in her practice.
When she is not working, you can find her in the garden, on the trails, in the kayak, with her fiancé and her family.

AVAILABLE HOURS:
Mondays: 1:30pm-8:00pm
Wednesdays: 3:30pm-8:00pm
Thursdays: 3:30pm-8:00pm

 

Karen Moreira B.Sc., MScPT

Karen Moreira B.Sc., MScPT

Registered Physiotherapist
Karen Moreira B.Sc., MScPT

Karen Moreira B.Sc., MScPT

Registered Physiotherapist

WVCWG is thrilled to have Karen Moreira, Physiotherapist, 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 as well as Acupuncture for the treatment of orthopaedic and sport-related injuries. She specializes in pelvic health physiotherapy and has completed level 1, 2, & 3 pelvic courses which is a great fit for our practice. Her continuing education courses in pelvic health has given her the qualifications to assess and treat conditions such as prolapse, incontinence, pelvic pain, diastasis recti (abdominal separation) and pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain. 

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 likes to work out, go on hikes and listen to Spanish music.

AVAILABLE HOURS:
Tuesdays: 5:00pm-8:00pm
Thursdays: 5:00pm-8:00pm

 

Mike Wadie B.Sc., MScPT

Mike Wadie B.Sc., MScPT

Registered Physiotherapist
Mike Wadie B.Sc., MScPT

Mike Wadie B.Sc., MScPT

Registered Physiotherapist

Mike Wadie, Registered Physiotherapist, completed his education at McMaster University, where he received both his Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and his Masters of Science in Physiotherapy. Since graduation, he has gone on to complete additional hands-on courses in soft-tissue release, acupuncture and k-taping; and plans to complete training in concussion and vestibular rehabilitation in the very near future.

Mike’s treatment approach relies heavily on hands-on techniques such as soft-tissue release, joint mobilization, and PNF stretching. He also regularly incorporates acupuncture when needed.

Away from the clinic, you can find Mike watching the NBA-champion Raptors, Leafs and Blue Jays. He also loves to stay active himself, whether that’s playing basketball, cycling, hiking or challenging himself with new workouts. He also has a strong passion for traveling and learning languages, which he can talk about for hours!

As such, Mike is conversational in French and Egyptian Arabic and happy to provide you with services in these languages.

AVAILABLE HOURS:
Mondays: 1:30pm-8:00pm
Tuesdays: 1:30pm-8:00pm
Wednesdays: 12:00pm-8:00pm
Thursdays: 9:30am-5:30pm
Fridays: 9:30am-3:30pm

 

Kristi Smith, RMT

Kristi Smith, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist
Kristi Smith, RMT

Kristi Smith, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

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.

AVAILABLE HOURS:
Tuesdays: 3:00pm-8:00pm
Wednesdays: 3:00pm-8:00pm
Thursdays: 3:00pm-8:00pm
Saturdays: 9:15am-2:15pm

Zach Poole, RMT, FRCm

Zach Poole, RMT, FRCm

Registered Massage Therapist
Zach Poole, RMT, FRCm

Zach Poole, RMT, FRCm

Registered Massage Therapist

A graduate of Mohawk College, Zach is a Registered Massage Therapist, Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist and Personal Trainer. He is passionate about working with clients looking to live their life with the freedom and confidence to do everything and anything, knowing that their body is capable.  Registered Massage Therapy can be a vital part of your treatment plan to achieving optimal health.

With more than eight years working with athletes, and personally competing in weight lifting since 2013, Zach focuses on the importance of daily movement as a cornerstone to living a healthy life. His approach is individually tailored to each client's needs and overall health goals. With a passion for learning, Zach draws on different techniques ranging from relaxation to rehabilitation and movement exercises. Ask him about CARs for your joints!

Born and raised in Dundas, Zach enjoys cycling, hiking and eating sushi!

AVAILABLE HOURS:
Wednesdays: 9:30am to 1:00pm

 

 

Nicole Meades

Nicole Meades

Registered Massage Therapist
Nicole Meades

Nicole Meades

Registered Massage Therapist
Registered Massage Therapist

Nicole is one of our amazing registered massage therapists here at the Waterdown Village Chiropractic & Wellness Group (WVCWG). Having graduated in 2007 from Sutherland Chan School and Teaching Clinic, Nicole feels very passionate about massage therapy and believes it can relax us, inspire us and help us feel more supported in life.

In addition to her special interest area in prenatal and post-natal treatment, child and infant massage, Nicole welcomes all members of the family to her massage therapy practice. You will often find Nicole giving guidance in breathwork and body awareness as well as stretches, ideas and tips for self-care before you leave.

Nicole is so grateful to have the opportunity to support women and families within our community providing client centered care within the strong group of caring professionals at WVCWG.

AVAILABLE HOURS:

Monday: 9:30am – 2:30pm
Tuesday: 9:30am – 2:30pm
Wednesday: 9:30am – 2:30pm
Thursday: 9:30am – 2:30pm
Friday: 9:00am – 3:30pm

Brent Martens CAT(C), RMT, R.Kin

Brent Martens CAT(C), RMT, R.Kin

Registered Massage Therapist
Brent Martens CAT(C), RMT, R.Kin

Brent Martens CAT(C), RMT, R.Kin

Registered Massage Therapist
Registered Massage Therapist | Certified Athletic Therapist | Registered Kinesiologist

Brent is a Registered Massage Therapist, Certified Athletic Therapist and a Registered Kinesiologist with a passion for helping people live a pain free life. He is very honoured to be providing care for the greater Waterdown community in coordination with the other practitioners at WVCWG! In addition to his over 10 years of experience, he has also completed his Functional Movement Screening, Soft Tissue Release certification, and Fascial Distortion Model certification. Brent is experienced in providing thorough assessments and treatments of musculoskeletal injuries, sport related injuries, post-operative procedures and provides pregnancy care.

Whether it’s helping to find the root cause of a chronic issue, recovering from an acute injury, or just relaxing after a tough day, Brent blends techniques learned through each profession to help his clients achieve a greater sense of well-being. He individually tailors treatment programs using massage therapy, manual therapy techniques and rehabilitative exercises to allow for a safe and rapid return to work, sport, and life.

AVAILABLE HOURS:
Monday: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Tuesday 9:30am – 2:30pm
Wednesday 1:30am – 8:00pm
Thursday 9:30am – 2:30pm
Friday 10:00am – 4:00pm

Amber Syme

Amber Syme

Wellness Assistant
Amber Syme

Amber Syme

Wellness Assistant

As a graduate of the University of Guelph, Amber is always excited to share her passion for health and wellness with the Waterdown Community. With a strong desire to help others, she loves supporting the team and our clients at WVCWG!

Amber spends her personal time enjoying the outdoors, physical activity and quality time with her baby nephews. She enjoys getting to know each of our wonderful clients in the clinic and providing excellent service for all your administrative needs.

Emma Paczay

Emma Paczay

Wellness Health Assistant
Emma Paczay

Emma Paczay

Wellness Health Assistant

Emma grew up in Waterdown and loves working in our family-oriented clinic! You will know Emma by her smile, whether you are here for your first visit or are a regular  client, she makes everyone feel welcome. Emma has years of experience as one of our Wellness Health Assistants and works hard to make your experience here as pleasant as possible. She is efficient in answering any questions you might have and is excellent in finding the right appointment times for you. Emma loves to spend time with her family and friends.

Carrie Winterstein

Carrie Winterstein

Office Manager
Carrie Winterstein

Carrie Winterstein

Office Manager

As a mom of 2 young boys, Carrie appreciates the importance of including good health and wellness into her family’s life. She is thrilled to be a part of a team that offers just that and who thrives to support optimal health for everyone within her Waterdown community!

Carrie has over 15 years of administrative, HR and Management experience and uses her strengths in both administration and as a leader when managing the WVCWG clinic. She excels in a fast-paced environment where she can support her team and offer exceptional customer care to our patients. If you have any questions or concerns, Carrie is here to assist you!

Shelby Gowland

Shelby Gowland

Office Manager (On Mat Leave)
Shelby Gowland

Shelby Gowland

Office Manager (On Mat Leave)

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 family member. Shelby has over 16 years of customer service experience and has experience in health office administration holding her certification in Office Administration for Health and Medical Services. Shelby leads our team of Wellness Health Assistants and she administrates all aspects of our busy clinic. Should you have any questions regarding your care at our WVCWG, Shelby is happy to help!

Patty van der Mark

Patty van der Mark

Wellness Health Assistant
Patty van der Mark

Patty van der Mark

Wellness Health Assistant

Patty values helping others improve their quality of life and is committed to connecting you to our wellness services, and preventative health care plans. You will recognize Patty for her compassion and kindness when coming for your care at WVCWG. She holds a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Western Ontario and practiced as a Physiotherapist for 15 years. Patty is passionate about adding CPTG essential oils into her wellness lifestyle and she is always happy to answer any of your questions!

Rachel Anderson

Rachel Anderson

Wellness Health Assistant
Rachel Anderson

Rachel Anderson

Wellness Health Assistant

Rachel loves being a part of our WVCWG team and has 15+ years of experience in the health care industry. Rachel is very passionate about living and breathing a healthy and positive lifestyle. From mud runs and interval training to hiking the Grand Canyon, Rachel enjoys many adventures that promote an overall sense of health wellness. Anyone who has met Rachel will agree she is a high energy, upbeat and positive person who is eager to make your experience with us hassle free!

Maya Clapperton

Maya Clapperton

Wellness Health Assistant
Maya Clapperton

Maya Clapperton

Wellness Health Assistant
Sara VanDyk

Sara VanDyk

Wellness Health Assistant
Sara VanDyk

Sara VanDyk

Wellness Health Assistant