The StudioHealth Team

Dr. OMAR ELESSEILY – Chiropractoromar

Dr. Omar Elesseily was born and raised in Vancouver and attended Simon Fraser University majoring in Kinesiology. He completed his Chiropractic studies at Palmer College of Chiropractic West, located in California, where he worked in the microbiology department as a teacher’s assistant. After completing his studies and internship, he continued working in San Francisco and established himself in one of the top rehabilitation clinics in the Bay Area.

It is here that he concentrated his studies on chiropractic neurology and had the opportunity to work with a team of professionals including neurologists and orthopedic surgeons who looked after the San Francisco 49ers, as well as other top professional teams in the area.

Looking to bring that multi-disciplinary approach to health care back home, Dr. Omar returned to Vancouver to open StudioHealth -ChiroWorks – [Studio-West] in the westside of Vancouver in the Dunbar/Kerrisdale neighborhood. The goal was to provide an exceptional level of service matched with professional care by a team of exclusively selected practitioners who excel in their discipline. In 2014, a second clinic was opened in the heart of Vancouver on Main St. in the Mount Pleasant/Riley Park-Little Mountain neighborhood. StudioHeath -Main St- [Studio-East] was established to offer an equally exceptional level of service to our ever expanding patient base of friends and all those we consider family, as well as new first time patients.

Dr. Omar continues to advance patient care with the addition of Cold Laser Therapy (Low Level Laser Therapy) and Kinesio Taping (Sports Taping) at StudioHealth –ChiroWorks- among other numerous seminars and training undertaken. Dr. Omar’s interests include martial arts, cooking, traveling when he’s able to, golf and recently ice hockey.

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Dr. ROBIN FERGUSON – Chiropractorrobin

Dr. Robin Ferguson was born and raised in Langley, BC. She attended the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford for her undergraduate studies completing her Bachelors of Science degree in Human Biology before attending the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon to complete her Doctorate of Chiropractic. During her time at Western States, Dr. Robin was active in student leadership, the student mentoring program, and in the sports medicine program. She interned at three outpatient clinics in the Portland area during her final year of chiropractic school, and has had the opportunity to work with several athletes at local marathons. Dr. Robin is trained in diversified chiropractic technique, Graston soft tissue technique, Kinesio-taping, MyoVision scan, and cold laser therapy.

Dr. Robin is passionate about chiropractic and what it has to offer the community. Dr. Robin is dedicated to providing the most effective chiropractic, rehabilitative, and wellness care available. She strongly believes in educating her patients and having them play an active role in their return to optimal health.

In her spare time Dr. Robin enjoys spending time exploring the many sights and hikes of Vancouver. She also enjoys supporting the local rugby teams and can often be found catching a game on the sidelines. She is an avid reader, baker and loves to travel.

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Dr. SANDEEP SANGRA - Naturopathic Doctor sandy

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Dr. Sandeep Sangra was born and raised on Vancouver Island surrounded by nature and it was during this early part of her life that she realized she wanted to work with alternative medicine.  Dr. Sangra attended the University of British Columbia where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree and went on to pursue her medical training at the CanadianCollege of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Ontario.

Dr. Sangra believes that the key to treating someone is to use “nature’s medicine” to resolve current symptoms and to focus on maintaining a balanced lifestyle to ensure long term health. Dr. Sangra is of the strong opinion that the health of the mind and body is interconnected and that the key to true health is to first recognize how they affect each other and next ensure that they are functioning optimally through a balanced lifestyle.  Dr. Sangra has developed an interest in children’s health issues due to the fact that two of her children were born with food sensitivities and has had a great deal of success with treating digestive issues of all age groups. Women today face many competing demands and challenges in trying to balance both their family and professional lives and, as a result, are experiencing adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalances, infertility and menopausal irregularities. Dr. Sangra has dealt with a number of patients who suffer from such conditions and is dedicated to helping them find a solution through natural alternatives.

Dr. Sangra takes pleasure in spending quality time with her three children.  Her main interests include rollerblading, swimming, painting and singing.

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EWA CIECIERSKA - Registered Massage Therapistewa

Ewa was born in Poland and moved to Canada with her family at the age of six and grew up in the Lower Mainland. Growing up Ewa always had a fascination with the human body. She graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy intensive 3000 hour program and worked as a personal trainer part time all through school. Those skills now add greatly to her practice.

As a Registered Massage Therapist, Ewa feels incredibly grateful to be able to help others gain and maintain pain free range of motion. Her emphasis is on a team patient-therapist approach to health and enjoys teaching everyone she treats ways to be involved with home care exercises, stretches and hydrotherapy.

Outside of work Ewa spends her time exploring in the sunshine, reading in cozy coffee shops and whenever possible she loves traveling to new places to experience other cultures and meet new people. Friends and family are always around, as well as her cat Mylo.

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DANITA BARNES - Registered Massage Therapistdanita

Danita grew up in Vancouver and had a love for playing sports which inspired her to pursue her education at Simon Fraser University. She began learning more about the human body and how it works through studying Kinesiology and furthered her interest by becoming a certified Hatha and Power yoga instructor. This adventure into learning about movement only grew her desire to work more with the body in a therapeutic sense. She went on to graduate from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy and won an RMTBC clinical case study award based on Massage Therapy’s effects on a downhill mountain bikers performance.

While completing her program, Danita took special interest in volunteering her time at special events such as the Whislter Gran Fondo. She believes strongly in the benefits of preventative treatment, working to help keep the body functioning to its fullest potential and helping to prevent injuries before they may occur. She believes that massage therapy can be one of the many great tools a patient can use for both recovery and injury prevention.

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PAUL JOHNSON - Registered Massage Therapist


Paul grew up in Langley and now lives in beautiful Vancouver. He graduated from the Langara 3200 hour RMT program. He enjoys volunteering at events such as the KneeKnacker trail running marathon, the provincial swimming finals at UBC and other sporting events. Paul works with a diverse population such as elderly patients, pre-natal, post-natal and high level athletes.

While Paul sees the importance of promoting relaxation in each of his treatments, he also puts emphasis on treating specific conditions with therapeutic massage. He employs a variation of techniques in his treatment to find the modality that works for each individual patient. Paul thrives in a multi-disciplinary clinic and enjoys working with a team of like-minded practitioners who are all working towards a goal of healing and optimizing each patients’ health.

In his spare time, Paul enjoys many outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing, skiing and camping but his real passion is martial arts. Paul has been training in martial arts since he was thirteen years old and continues to train at a competitive level today. He has competed at provincial and national level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and kickboxing tournaments.

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LINDSEY AIL – Registered Massage Therapist


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Lindsey Ail graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Victoria in 2005. After receiving her diploma, Lindsey spent six months traveling, gaining a deeper appreciation for the world and people around her. Upon her return to Canada, she joined a world-renowned spa in Whistler treating a variety of athletes from novice skiers and boarders to seasoned pros.

Lindsey feels very lucky to be practicing in Vancouver, sharing her knowledge and experience with clients at StudioHealth, and embracing more opportunities for learning and growth. Lindsey is drawn to Massage Therapy because of its ability to dance between science and intuition-both parts coming together to create a complete treatment.

Lindsey uses Myofascial Release and Trigger Point Therapy along with other various techniques tailored to the individuals’ needs and health goals. Most importantly, Lindsey believes that education, along with regular maintenance, is the key to patients achieving lasting effects on their road to recovery from pain or in their aspiration for better health. To accomplish this she uses remedial exercises, stretches, and personalized self-management techniques.

In her spare time, Lindsey takes pleasure in reading, cooking, skiing, and traveling. All these activities help promote balance and well-being in her life, a goal she passionately strives for.

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CHRISTINE MIEMBAN - Registered Massage Therapistchristine

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Prior to becoming a RMT, Christine completed her Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree at the University of British Columbia. She worked as a kinesiologist, specializing in biomechanics, gait analysis, and orthotics, and did custom bracing for orthopaedic surgeons at the Joint Preservation Centre of BC. She then went on to graduate from Vancouver College of Massage Therapy’s 3000 hour program, where she earned top honours and is the 1st place recipient of the RMTBC’s Clinical Case Study Competition.

Christine enjoys working with a variety of conditions but takes special interest in sports and orthopaedic conditions. She looks at the body as a whole and tailors her treatments to each individual. She utilizes a variety of techniques including myofascial release, trigger point release and neuromuscular technique. Having worked in the healthcare industry for a number of years, Christine knows the importance of working with different practitioners in order to achieve optimal health.

Sport and fitness have always been a part of Christine’s life. She currently plays volleyball in a women’s league and enjoys weight training, yoga and anything hockey related. She also enjoys playing the piano, reading, cooking and travelling.

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REBECCA O’BRIEN - Registered Acupuncturistrebecca

Rebecca O’Brien grew up in Langley and Abbotsford. She studied a variety of subjects at the University of the Fraser Valley and graduated from the Graphic Design program before moving to Newfoundland. There she studied Acupuncture at Eastern College in historic downtown St. John’s before moving back to B.C. in 2011.

She uses acupuncture, cupping therapy, Tui Na massage and Traditional Chinese Medicine diet therapy to treat a variety of conditions and help fortify the body’s health. In addition to Traditional Chinese Medical therapies, she also often uses plant essences and Reiki to enhance your treatments.

Acupuncture is a holistic therapy that views a person as a whole being and addresses the root cause of an imbalance in the body. It treats the symptoms as well as the cause. Pain and mobility conditions are often addressed at the same time as stress, sleep, digestion, energy level and immune function issues. Rebecca also has experience treating fertility and pregnancy related issues such as cycle irregularity, morning sickness, breech baby, and labour preparation.

Rebecca’s interests and activities outside of healing include camping in all seasons, hiking, textile art, writing science fiction, and convincing her children they need to go to sleep at night.

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KIMBERLEY LAI – Office Managerkimmy

Kimberley is the warm and friendly face welcoming you to StudioHealth –ChiroWorks-. She is an essential part of the StudioHealth team, managing office administration and ensuring exceptional patient care. Kimberley is a strong believer in holistic health and nutrition, and maintaining a balanced lifestyle. She completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Food, Nutrition and Health with Honours at the University of British Columbia. Kimberley has a wealth of knowledge about alternative health care and is trained in Cold Laser Therapy.

In addition, Kimberley has played a significant role in building StudioHealth East on Main Street from the very beginning while managing the original StudioHealth West location on Collingwood Street. In her spare time, Kimberley enjoys travelling, practicing yoga, trying new healthy recipes, and staying active. Above all, she loves spending quality time with her friends and family.

Contact Kimberley directly if you have any questions or comments regarding StudioHealth.

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MILICA PALINIC– Receptionist


Milica Palinic attends the University of British Columbia and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a Minor in Law and Society, with the aim of law school. Although she is not in the health discipline, Milica understands the value of leading a healthy lifestyle and loves working with a team of practitioners who work towards the goal of improving the health and well-being of every patient together. She makes sure that your visit to StudioHealth is comfortable and welcoming, and is responsible for maintaining patient care.

In her spare time and on those treasured sunny Vancouver days, you’ll find Milica playing softball with her friends. If it’s raining, she is at the gym or attending yoga. She also works as Vice-President Policy for her Students’ Association, drafting policies to improve the Political Science Department, or writing seemingly endless papers.

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KATHLINA WHATLEY– ReceptionistINV130911SH-64

Kathlina Whatley attended Kwantlen Polytechnic University and is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing. She is extremely motivated to help others in their health and wellness, and ensures that your visit to StudioHealth is comfortable and welcoming. Kathlina is responsible for maintaining patient care and the organization of clinic events.

During Kathlina’s spare time, she volunteers at a care home and is involved with outdoor activities such as bike riding, going for walks and spending time at the beach.
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DALVIN NARWAL– Receptionistdalvin

Dalvin has a passion for health and wellness and from an early age understood the importance of a well-rounded approach to healing. For this reason, following her graduation from UBC with a Bachelor of Science, she began pursuing medicine at Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. As she is working towards her graduation, Dalvin has been working closely with StudioHealth practitioners and patients, learning the ins and outs of clinical practice. She is excited to begin working alongside the integrative team that is StudioHealth upon graduation!

In her spare time you will find Dalvin with family and friends creating memories to last a lifetime! She enjoys spending her time outdoors and squeezes in travel whenever her schedule allows. If she isn’t outdoors, she is inside taking in the diverse cuisine Vancouver has to offer!

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