The Holistic Institute of Health and Fertility has a fantastic team of talented and experienced therapists who all have their own unique specialities
Ann Zee, Clinic Director, Registered Acupuncturist, DTCM, BCom, FABORM
The Holistic Institute of Health and Fertility is Ann’s vision for providing a model of collaborative alternative healthcare to Calgarians.
“Originally, I didn’t want to work with fertility issues. It scared me as I felt that I couldn’t really offer the help women/couples were looking for. However, the universe had different plans for me and my fertility case load began to steadily increase over the years. I didn’t advertise that I worked with fertility, nor had any literature about it. People just kept on showing up on my doorstep. In the last few years, I have found my greatest success to be working with other therapies in conjunction with the acupuncture/TCM. As everyone has different needs, putting together customized treatment plans just naturally evolved. Another very important area of practice that has emerged is prenatal care. Once our patients achieve conception, helping them (and baby) to remain healthy has been key.
My drive comes simply from my desire to be in service to others. I honestly do not know what else we are supposed to do here on this earth.”
Ann received her degree from the Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). During her career, Ann spent time abroad studying under famous Acupuncturist Dr. Anton Jarasurya at the South Colombo Teaching Hospital in Sri Lanka where, daily, she treated hundreds of locals with Acupuncture and TCM.
Over the years Ann has lent her time to volunteer activities including AIDS Calgary and the Calgary Women’s Center where she has sat on their governance board and taught workshops introducing the concept of TCM. Ann is a long time Provincial examiner with the Alberta College of Acupuncturists.
Ann also has her FABORM designation which means she is a Fellow with the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine.
“The ABORM has been formed by leading professionals in Oriental Reproductive Medicine who have come together voluntarily with a resolve to meet the patient and physician demand for a demonstration of knowledge of care in this field.” www.aborm.org
Registered AcupuncturistPlanetary Herbologist Acutonics® Healing System (Acupuncture without Needles)
North and South Location
After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Victoria, Gina Rino continued her education at the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Upon completing her exams to become a registered acupuncturist, Gina furthered her knowledge in holistic health by continuing studies in Eastern, Western and Ayurvedic herbology to become a Planetary Herbologist.
Gina specializes in Women’s Reproductive Health: from fertility challenges to pregnancy to menopause, life has a harmonious flow. As life changes, we learn to nourish the soul, balance the needs of self with others, and free ourselves of confusion. This journey leads us to a place of clearer wisdom. Gina uses acupuncture to treat physical, emotional, and psychological pain to help her patients find a new place of comfort, ease, and peace.
Gina also practices Acutonics®. The Acutonics® Healing System is referred to as sound therapy and acupuncture without needles. Acutonics® is perfect for people wanting to try acupuncture but are scared of needles, for children and the elderly, and for people looking to enhance and add another dimension to their wellness practice.
Gina is also a licensed esthetician, and possesses the skills and knowledge to blend both Western and Eastern beauty practices. She has a special appreciation and skill set for practicing Holistic Beauty Treatments, including Cosmetic Acupuncture. Cosmetic Acupuncture is a painless, non-surgical method of reducing the signs of the aging process. Gina has studied with Virginia Doran, the Western World’s premier Cosmetic Acupuncturist.
Educating and providing patients with the necessary resources to change their lives so they can take an active role in their own health and well being are the two pillars of empowerment that form the foundation of Gina’s healing practices.
Gina takes an integrative and dynamic approach to healing, tailoring treatments to the individual and the ever-changing needs of her patients.
Courteney Kenning, Registered Acupuncturist, DTCM, Herbalist, FABORM
I began my education with a degree in Natural Resource Science at TRU in Kamloops BC. The degree focused largely on plant identification which opened a door to Chinese Herbal Medicine. After receiving a successful acupuncture treatment while living in Taiwan my interest in Asian culture and medicine was ignited. I proceeded to finish the doctor program for Traditional Chinese Medicine at the PCU College of Holistic Medicine in Vancouver British Columbia.When I am not practicing Chinese Medicine I enjoy cross country skiing, biking and spending time with my amazing family. In this past year I have had the pleasure of embarking on the journey of motherhood. I am the proud mother of a 9 month old boy named Hastings. Hastings has taught me more about love in the last 9 months than I learned in my lifetime before his arrival
Christa Marx, Registered Acupuncturist, DTCM, Herbalist
Christa began her formal education in holistic medicine at the Wild Rose College of Natural Healing (1993), graduating from the program with a Master Herbalist and Wholistic Therapist diploma.
Her interest in women’s health grew when she studied under Susun Weed, author and herbalist in New York.
After graduating with a Diploma in 2004 from the Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACATCM). Christa studied Japanese acupuncture and Herbs with Dr. Miki Shima, OMD in San Francisco. Dr. Shima is a well known Japanese acupuncturist, author, and winner of the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine’s AAAOM lifetime achievement award.
In the last few years since starting her own family, Christa has dedicated most of her learning from teachers specializing in pregnancy, women’s health and fertility both professionally and personally integrating a multi-disciplinary approach to health before, during, and after pregnancy. Christa also draws on years of meditation and counselling training which have helped her relate to her patients.
Dr. Jennifer Doull, Registered Acupuncturist, DTCM, FABORM, NADA Certified
With over 10 year experience practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Dr. Doull is passionate about healthcare and working with people to achieve their health goals.
Jennifer began her education at Mount Royal University (formerly Mount Royal College) focusing on the medical sciences. Continuing on to study Traditional Chinese Medicine in Calgary at the Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine her passion for internal Medicine began to evolve. Jennifer completed her internship at the Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and its many affiliate hospitals. Upon returning home Jennifer continued to further her education interning with the late Dr. David Chu for an additional 5 years. Jennifer has been certified with the National Acupuncture Detox Association (NADA) and Jennifer recently completed a Fellowship with the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM).
Jennifer is especially interested in treating disorders of the endocrine system, digestive system and a wide range of stress disorders. She is passionate about helping couples optimize their fertility and conceive. She understands the many ways in which our modern life style especially chronic stress, toxicity and improper diet affects this ability. Jennifer has found acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine to be effective methods to help the body restore the proper functioning of its many complex systems.
Jennifer is a part of the wonderful team of practitioners at The Holistic Institute of Health and Fertility in Calgary, Alberta.
Ciara McNiff, Registered Acupuncturist, DTCM
North and South Location
Ciara’s passion for Chinese Medicine and traditional forms of healing began after university while volunteering in South America. Living there, she learned acupuncture, herbal medicine and massage from local healers. After eight months, Ciara returned to Canada to begin four years of study in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Victoria BC. During this time, Ciara worked as a massage therapist at a local spa.In 2006, Ciara moved to Calgary and began working as a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, incorporating both acupuncture and herbal medicine. Ciara has a special focus on women’s health, fertility (both male and female), pregnancy, birth, post- partum care and stress reduction.
As time passes, Ciara’s passion and respect for Chinese Medicine continues to grow. Each patient is unique and Ciara enjoys learning from her patients and creating specialized treatment plans for each individual. Challenges are met with enthusiasm as Ciara is excited to learn new techniques and delve deeper into traditional knowledge.
When Ciara is not working, you can find her with her three kids outside exploring, biking, skating or heading out to the mountains eating a snack that has vegetables snuck into it 🙂
Maya Hayashi, Registered Acupuncturist, DTCM
North and South Location
Maya realized her strong desire to help others after working in the dental field for three years. Feeling limited by how much she was able to personally help patients; she began to search for a better fit. Maya discovered Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture and knew it was her true calling.
She became a registered Acupuncturist through the College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta in 2012. Maya’s passion for Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine continues to grow and she is excited to use her knowledge and skill to bring healing to others.
Her goal as your Acupuncturist is to assist you to achieve and maintain a healthy balance and harmony for your body, mind and spirit and eliminate dis-ease. Her approach is gentle and she believes in total patient care. Specializing in women’s health and calming the mind from emotional stress, she will work with you to become more in tune and mindful of your body, moving towards a healthy and centered self.
Maya continues to evolve her understanding of TCM, and is grateful to serve others as an Acupuncturist. Maya has also completed the Meditation Instructor’s Course at the Willpower Institute and enjoys practicing Qi Gong. In her free time she loves hiking, swimming, camping and spending time with family and friends.
Lisa Baldwin, Registered Acupuncturist, DTCM
Since graduating from Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACATCM) in 2008 and completing international internships at, The China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing China and Open University, Colombo Sri Lanka, Lisa’s passion for learning has never stopped but is ignited by her commitment to support others.
Lisa believes that all of life’s triumphs and challenges are a valued part of our individual, as well as, our collective journey. All the people and experiences we meet along the way help guide us toward our true potential, develop empathy and gain acceptance no matter what it is we seek or what the outcome is. We can find the most authentic balance through teaching and learning from one another, having this openness creates trust, compassion and positive change in ourselves and others, this is one of lives greatest treasure.
Along her professional journey she has achieved specialized training and experience in treating Female and Male Fertility, Pre/Postnatal Care, Menopause, Hormone Imbalance, Anxiety, Depression, Autoimmune Conditions and a variety of Digestive Concerns.
Apart from Chinese Medicine, Lisa has worked in a variety of complementary and holistic fields including 14 years as a Registered Massage Therapist, Craniosacral Therapist, Yoga Instructor, Herbal Studies and Reiki.
Outside of work you can find her running after her young family, enjoying nature or doing plies at the barre studio.
Kimmy Berthelette, Registered Massage Therapist, RMT
North and South Location
Areas of Expertise:
Deep Tissue massage
Indian Head massage
Kimmy graduated from Wellington College in Winnipeg, MB with 2200 hours with the MTAA. She owned and operated a very busy mobile massage service in Winnipeg for 10 years which gave her a wide range of experience working many different kinds of people. Kimmy is truly passionate about massage therapy and believes that everyone should be treated equally. Kimmy really enjoys being a mom to her daughter Piper who is 8 years old. During her pregnancy with Piper, Kimmy had massage therapy, herbal remedies, acupuncture, chiropractic and a doula at Piper’s birth. Thanks to this integrated approach, it was a wonderful pregnancy and birthing experience.
Ramona Costa Massage, Registered Therapist, RMT
Areas of Expertise:
Deep Tissue massage
Ramona’s Background: Ramona has been offering therapeutic massage therapy for 5 years and loves providing intuitive, healing touch for her patients. She loves working with a prenatal patient base and has taken additional Doula training with DONA International to expand her prenatal care knowledge. Ramona has her 2200 hour designation aswell is trained in reiki, rain drop, hot stone, and reflexology treatments. “I have a daughter who is 10 years old who is my world, I love being a mom”
Karyn (Kathryn) Cato, Registered Massage Therapist, RMT
Areas of Expertise:
Deep Tissue massage
Karyn Cato BA, RMT After receiving her degree in Psychology from the University of Calgary, Karyn developed a keen interest in holistic health and the interrelation between psyche and body in regard to bioenergetic healing.She began to explore this through a wide range of courses and workshops with Wild Rose College in Calgary. She is a firm believer that the best therapies/medicine are those that support and work in harmony with each Being’s natural ability to heal the whole Self and maintain well being. Karyn has been practicing relaxation/therapeutic Massage Therapy since 2007 and is 2200 hour certified. In 2010, she traveled to Thailand, and received her levels I&II certification in Thai Massage at the Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai.She is also certified in Hot/Cold Stone Therapy and Shiatsu, is a Practical Herbalist and near completion for her designation as Master Herbalist.
Franca Perri, Registered Massage Therapist, RMT
Areas of Expertise:
Deep Tissue massage
Franca is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) with 12 years of therapeutic experience. She is passionate about the art of massage, self healing, and furthering her education in the field. Franca graduated from Mount Royal University’s esteemed massage therapy school and is registered with the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC) and licensed by the City of Calgary. She adores working with prenatal women as well all people in search of relief from aches, pains. Franca has also trained in Craniosacral techniques, Reiki and Shamanic energy healing.
Through her commitment to massage and education, she has acquired a wide range of specialties giving you many choices that best suit your needs.
“I promise to bring you the best professional care possible within my scope of practice, with full integrity.”
Kristen Hartung, Registered Massage Therapist, RMT
Areas of Expertise:
Deep Tissue massage
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities with a focus on education, Kristen decided instead to pursue a career in the field of health and wellness. Kristen received her 2200 hr designation in massage therapy as well obtained additional training in Pregnancy and Postnatal Massage care courses with Seminars for Health.
Kristen works with hot stone, Cyriax’s frictions and is currently studying therapeutic exercise. On her off days you can find her at a coffee shop reading a good book, or at the dog park with her dog Benji.
Heather Dumont, Registered Massage Therapist, RMT
Areas of Expertise:
Deep Tissue massage
Heather is a 2200hr Registered Massage Therapist. She started her journey in health and wellness in order to improve quality of life for others. Her treatment specialities include (but are not limited to) therapeutic/rehabilitative massage, myofascial release, and pre/post natal. Heather’s other passions include travel, animals, and the outdoors.
Dr. Teighen McLeod, Chiropractor
Teighen was born and raised in Calgary, playing all sports under the sun and on the snow. Her passion for activity and fascination of what the body was capable is what motivated her to study at the University of Calgary, graduating with a Bachelors of Kinesiology. She didn’t discover chiropractic until undergrad when she sought treatment for headaches upon recommendation from others. Although skeptical at first, she was impressed how helpful treatment was and after shadowing several chiropractors she decided it was the perfect blend of her interests and helping others.
Teighen graduated from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto and has since practiced in Calgary working with all ages from newborns to late 90s. She thoroughly enjoys working with everyone, however found it particularly rewarding working with pre and post natal women to ease the pains associated with changes during and after pregnancy, as well as the resilient (and adorable) little ones. Her keen interest in the pregnancy and pediatric population lead her to pursue additional education in the field. She is a member of the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association), and trained in Webster technique.
Teighen uses hands-on techniques and patient education in order to treat the injured area, address the underlying causes and optimize wellness. Treatments are modified, gentle and individual based on your preferences, the concern or injury, and previous experiences.
Dr. Amy Graf, Chiropractor
Dr. Amy Graf has always valued family relationships. Growing up in Northwest Calgary she spent a lot of time skiing, hiking, and camping with her family. She has always enjoyed being active and promoting health and wellness.
After completing her Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary she pursued her dream of becoming a Chiropractor. Dr. Amy graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic West, in San Jose, California, where she discovered her passion for treating growing families. She is a member of the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association), and has acquired her Webster Technique certification, which is a specific analysis and adjustment to reduce joint dysfunction and restore proper neuro-biomechanical function in pregnant patients.
Dr. Amy understands that injuries can be frustrating and it is her goal to get moms back to feeling their best. Whether you want to pick up your kids or your laundry basket without pain, or perhaps you’re interested in getting your stride back in the sports you love, Dr. Amy is able to help using a variety of techniques ranging from low-force instrument/table assisted to gentle manual adjustments. For pediatric patients, a gentle mobilization using a fingertip pressure is all that’s needed.
In her spare time, Dr. Amy loves to escape to the mountains whenever she can. She particularly enjoys skiing, hiking, spin classes and travelling. Spending quality time with her husband Kevin and their families is cherished above all.
Dr. Shaunessy Keita, Chiropractor
As a mother of two incredible girls, Dr. Keita has a strong passion to ensure that their generation grows up happier and healthier than her own. Through chiropractic care, Dr. Keita strives to promote healthy lifestyles in children and families.
Dr. Keita received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto and her Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) degree from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa. Dr. Keita is licenced through the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors and is a member of the Canadian Chiropractic Association.
Corinne Langford, Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist
In 2004, Corinne completed her introductory pelvic health course and completed a practicum with an established Pelvic Health Physiotherapy program in Calgary. She was moved by the profound impact her mentors had on their clients and this ignited an ongoing passion for pelvic health. Since then, she has actively pursued professional orthopaedic and pelvic floor skill development, courses and mentorship.
However, her deepest learning has come from her clients, who continue to inspire her to grow and develop further skills and understanding. Corinne works to increase awareness by presenting and advocating for pelvic health physiotherapy to physicians and nurses.
She has taught pelvic health classes through Alberta Health Services, enjoys mentoring physiotherapists new to pelvic health and is grateful for the opportunity to work as a lab assistant for Pelvic Health Solutions. Corinne is pursuing ongoing training in the field of yoga therapy, and loves to blend this approach into her treatment plan as she helps guide her clients in their pursuit for strength, mindfulness, and pain management & relief.
Theresa Barrett, AB Registered Midwife
Midwifery has been an important part of Theresa’s life. Besides being born at home through the gentle hands of a midwife in West Africa, Theresa has always had a fondness for the emotional, spiritual and physical components of childbirth. A Registered Midwife in the Province of Alberta since 2004 and has travelled with hundreds of women on their birthing journey.
Theresa started her education at the U of C obtaining a Bio Science Degree; then began midwifery education at the University of Brighton in the UK and finally graduated from the Seattle Midwifery School in Washington State. She completed her international practicum on the beautiful island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean.
Theresa has spent 4 years as the Membership Director and Insurance Representative of the Alberta Association of Midwives. She is also a Council Member of the College of Midwives of Alberta (CMA), acting as the Treasurer and Chair of the Conduct and Competency Committee. Theresa has been married for 8 years and is the mother 2 great boys who always seem to keep her on her toes.
To contact Theresa: www.birthpartnershipmidwives.com Sage Passages Midwives (pager) 403.214.1844
Amy Martin, Yoga Teacher
Areas of Expertise: Prenatal and Postnatal YogaMom and BabyFertilityCurvy
I took my very first yoga class after the birth of my daughter. My body felt so foreign to me and many other forms of activity felt discouraging and frustrating. That very first yoga class changed the course of my entire life and I am forever grateful to the friend who suggested I give it a try.
Fast forward a few years, a 200 hour teacher training, a Prenatal and a Kids yoga teacher training and I’m now doing what I love everyday- meeting and guiding wonderful new people on their own journey to betterment through yoga. Yoga will transform you both physically and mentally. Through yoga I realized the fears I had holding me back in life were nothing more than thoughts in my head- how I choose to react to these thoughts is what really makes the difference. After my yoga teacher trainings I went on to do what I’d been too fearful to do before- I became a Birth Doula and am now serving many wonderful women on their journeys to motherhood.
“I am so grateful to have added the Holistic Institute of Health & Fertility to my teaching schedule. This is truly a place of healing that welcomes everyone!”
Ja’net Barchard-Smith, RYT, MScE, Yoga Teacher
Areas of Expertise: Prenatal and Postnatal YogaMom and BabyFertility Ja Net completed her Yoga Teacher training through Trinity Yoga in 2005, and has specialized training in Yoga for Pregnancy and Beyond, as well as Anatomy and Therapeutic Applications of Yoga.Since 2007,she studies and teaches in the tradition of Sri Krishnamacharya and his son Sri T.K.V. Desikachar. This approach to Yoga has been referred to as Viniyoga, which refers to the application of Yoga to suit the students needs rather than a one-size fits all approach.
Candace DeFreitas-Stephenson, Yoga Instructor
Candace started her yoga practise over a decade ago, being drawn back to the mat during times of stress. She realized yoga was helping to create balance in her life. After experiencing two miscarriages and turning to yoga as part of her healing process, Candace knew she was meant to get her yoga teaching certification.
Candace loves teaching Prenatal, Yin Yang, Yin, Restorative and Vinyasa Flow Yoga, believing strongly in the power of an awesome Savasana. One of her favourite aspects of being a yoga teacher is building a practise to work for each individual, and the continuous learning process which comes with it. Each person in a yoga class is at a different place in their yoga journey and she is so honoured to be a part of it.
Eliza Arentewicz, Yoga Instructor
Eliza took her first yoga class in 2000. She was instantly intrigued and inspired, and still is, so many years later. Early on, she realized that one day, she would become a yoga teacher; she wanted to share her passion for yoga with others.
Yoga became an instrumental part of her life; it got her through two pregnancies and helped her recover physically and emotionally, following these enormous changes in her life. In 2015, she took her 200 hour and therapeutic yoga training and now truly enjoys sharing yoga with others, of all age-groups. For Eliza, watching bodies move and creating a space where one may allow oneself to instill compassion, acceptance, ease and tranquility for themselves is amazing.
“It is a privilege to teach at The Holistic Institute of Health and Fertility; in such a caring atmosphere.”
Ashley Findlay, Yoga Instructor
Ashley’s journey to becoming a yoga instructor started after attending her first hot yoga class. “I was hooked instantly to the mental, physical and spiritual challenge and the more I practiced the more I wanted to practice.“
After graduating and working in a corporate environment Ashley found that a desk was not for her.
“I attended hot yoga teacher training with Kim McMullen and found my calling. Teaching yoga allows me to help people understand the mind body connection and how it affects their health, while giving me the opportunity to be a lifelong student.”
Courtney Simmonds, Yoga Instructor
Courtney was introduced to yoga in 2010 after breaking her back and pelvis in a snowboarding accident. It was suggested to her that yoga could be a beneficial way to rehabilitate her injury and calm her mind from the trauma. She fell in love with the mind, body connection! In 2012 she decided to take her 200hr Yoga teacher training and has been practicing/ teaching ever since.
Learning to accept your body as it changes each day and not passing judgment on it is a big part of Courtney’s personal practice.
Terri Ciavardini, Yoga Instructor
Terri loves yoga, coffee and dogs. She embodies vinyasa flow, prenatal and is yin yoga trained. Terri is passionate about connecting to the body, linking breath and posture and believes in modifications and honouring what’s best for your body.
“I’ve seen first hand what yoga can do for those suffering with anxiety and depression. I want to reach as many people as I can with the message of yoga. There is a practice for you, whether it looks like meditation, mindful activities or asana in all its forms.”
Stepanie Fisher, Yoga Instructor
Steph is a funny, bubbly, energetic mother of three who likes to keep it real both on and off the mat. As a self professed “recovering A-type” Steph creates a climate of kindness, compassion and personal accountability in each class that she teaches. Steph loves to learn new things, and is constantly looking for new adventures. She is a RYT200, and has her Pre/Post Natal 85 hours, Barre training, B.Ed, and is a former Roots of Empathy teacher. Currently Steph is training as a Traditional 26 instructor, and has aspirations to be a Post Natal doula. If she is not teaching, Steph is practicing, and if she isn’t practicing, Steph is wrangling in her three red heads, running local races, eating yummy food, making playlists, reading, camping, drinking wine, or maintaining her title of “Scrabble Champion” at home.