Meet The Team

Team

NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIAN

Dr. Christopher Halldorson, BA, ND

Dr. Christopher (Chris) Halldorson is a Naturopathic Doctor who believes that empowered patients enjoy the most success on the path towards wellness. Dr. Halldorson supports patients to overcome the obstacles to health and transition into a healthy, fulfilled lifestyle.

Dr. Halldorson completed his Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages at the University of Alberta Augustana Campus. He then completed his naturopathic medical training at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster.

Dr Halldorson takes an evidence informed approach in his treatments, synthesizing modern and traditional medicine. His scope of practice includes: Clinical Nutrition & Orthomolecular Medicine, Lifestyle Modification, Botanical Medicine, Traditional Asian Medicine (TAM) & Acupuncture, Clinical Counselling, Spinal Adjustments & Soft Tissue Work, Pharmaceutical Prescriptions, Orthopaedic Testing and Laboratory Analysis.

You can learn more about Dr. Halldorson on his website, drhalldorson.com

CHIROPRACTOR

Dr. Vincent J. Leering, BSc, DC

Dr. Leering grew up in Mississauga, Ontario and graduated from the University of Western Ontario.  He went on to Graduate from The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, Ontario in 1997.  He practiced in Waterloo, Ontario for thirteen years before moving to Kelowna in 2010.

He was distinguished to start his internship at the Wellesley-Central Hospital, a University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine teaching hospital.  He volunteered for many years assisting the Admission Committee at CMCC conducting admission interviews.  He was a past member of the Rotary Club.  And has been privileged to mentor many students and associates over the years.

As a student he was involved in community based programming for youth with The Boys and Girls Club and for years with Metro Toronto Housing Authority. Working alongside Third Space and all their initiatives meshes with his lifelong priorities of helping to contribute to his own community.

His practice approach is collaborative, evidence informed, and patient centred.  He utilizes many different treatment techniques and in most cases steers patients for their own active recovery, maintenance, and rehabilitation. He has specialized experience in delivering Shockwave Therapy, Orthotic prescription using gait scan, and instrument adjusting using the Activator tool.

Dr. Leering takes pride in his personable and professional approach and strives to deliver skilled care to his patients.  Put his twenty years of clinical experience to work for your care.

You can learn more about Dr. Leering on his website, drleering.com

REGISTERED ACUPUNCTURIST

Falko Kriel, RTCMP

Falko holds a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. This program includes extensive training in acupuncture, herbal medicine, food therapy, cupping, tuina, moxibustion, and qigong. He also trained as an acudetox specialist with the National Acupuncture Detox Association at Vancouver’s Onsite and Daytox programs. He has experience with a wide variety of health conditions such as pain management, sports injuries, chronic fatigue, insomnia, heart disease, autoimmune disorders, women’s health, and stroke rehabilitation. He also has a special interest in assisting clients restore their mental health, especially those suffering from stress, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.

Falko is dedicated to helping others to overcome any obstacles, whether in their health or personal lives. One of his passions in life is martial arts. He has over 15 years of experience, and founded Tiger Claw Kung Fu and Tai Chi to teach them to others. After a rare post-viral inflammation of the brain and spine left him paralyzed below the waist in his early 20s, martial arts and Chinese medicine helped restore him to full health. This experience inspired him to deepen his study of how acupuncture and Chinese medicine can awaken the body’s ability to heal itself.  You can learn more about Falko here.

PHYSIOTHERAPIST

Sheri Shelton, PT, MAT

Sheri brings over 20 years experience as a sports physiotherapist to Third Space Wellness. As the full time team therapist for the US Alpine Ski team for 5 years and 2002 Olympic team therapist, she has international experience with National team and professional athletes. With the knowledge of the importance of treating the individual as a “whole person”, Sheri passionately combines her experiences and training to offer an integrated approach to healing injuries and help people return to doing what they love.

Sheri is happy to call Kelowna her home, is a team therapist with the Canadian Freestyle Ski team, and believes in the power of integrating movement specialties of yoga, pilates and other methods of training with physiotherapy to help people achieve their goals.

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Tristaca Curley, MSc, RD

Tristaca has been a Registered Dietitian for 9 years. In addition to a Masters degree in Sports Nutrition, she also holds undergraduate degrees in kinesiology and nutrition. She is a member of the Sport Nutrition Advisory Council of Canada and has been a Sports Nutritionist for the Canada Winter Games, the National Coaching Institute, and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. Tristaca is a nationally recognized nutrition expert and has made over 100 media appearances in outlets including Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, Elle, CTV and CBC television. She is passionate about helping you achieve your health and nutrition goals, whether it be to improve performance, body composition, digestion, or energy, or to help with family meal planning and managing food intolerances.

REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST

Jayson Bates, RMT

Jayson is a graduate of the Vancouver Career College Massage Therapy program in Kelowna. Growing up Jayson participated in multiple team and individual sports at a competitive level, which lead him to become a RMT after seeing the benefits first hand. His first passion was football, playing until the Jr. level where he then moved on to pursue his education in kinesiology. The time spent in university helped to direct Jayson to Registered Massage Therapy. 

Jayson believes that proper assessment and treatment planning are integral in helping clients achieve their goals as no two clients are the same. With being born in the Okanagan Jayson takes pride in assisting clients in being able to enjoy all the valley has to offer.

REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST

Fiona Duncan

Fiona is a graduate of the registered massage therapy program at the Kelowna campus of Vancouver Career College. She grew up in England, but prior to going to college, spent six years travelling between Big White Ski Resort and the south island of New Zealand where she taught skiing and snowboarding. During this time, Fiona achieved many of her goals, but not without her own share of injuries. Experiencing these setbacks and undergoing various rehabilitation periods, Fiona realized the full potential and benefits of massage therapy. She knew it was the right career path for her.

In her practice, Fiona strives to help her patients overcome their physical setbacks through injury rehabilitation, posture realignment and reducing the symptoms of stress. A full assessment and personally tailored treatment plan will always be implemented. Fiona educates and empowers her patients to achieve their goals of health and wellbeing.

REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST

Sandra Mowat, RMT, B.Sc (Kin)

Sandra has been working as an RMT in Kelowna since 1994. Prior to going to Massage College, Sandra completed her Kinesiology degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax, N.S. Sandra taught at the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy for over 15 years and is presently an instructor and supervisor at the Vancouver Career College for Massage Therapy in Kelowna, BC.

Sandra feels client education and an appropriate assessment are integral to formulating a beneficial treatment plan. She enjoys all aspects of treatment oriented massage and encourages a comfortable rapport with her clients. Sandra finds the balance between teaching and her practice a welcome challenge.

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