DR. KATHLEEN MERCER
, B.Sc., N.D.
was born and raised in St. John’s Newfoundland. After receiving her first Bachelor of Science Degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland, she moved to Asia to teach English and travel. During this time Kathleen became interested in Chinese Medicine and decided to return to Canada and further her studies in Naturopathic Medicine. Already having chosen Medicine as a life path, Kathleen felt Naturopathic Medicine encompassed principles of health care that could complement conventional medicine including; prevention, do no harm, doctor as teacher, stimulate the bodies own vital force to do the healing, healing power of nature, patient as an individual, finding and treating the root cause of disease.
Kathleen graduated in 2000 from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine after 4 years of Naturopathic Medical Training. She held a successful and busy Practice in Orangeville Ontario for 3 years. Kathleen returned to Newfoundland in 2004 to become the first licensed Naturopathic Doctor on the island. Kathleen holds a Practice in St. John’s.
Kathleen has also been trained as a Doula and works as a birth support partner combining her Naturopathic training and her Doula training. Kathleen works with patients going through fertility support. Kathleen has been trained in Cranio-Sacral Therapy and incorporates it into her practice. Kathleen is a Yoga Teacher and obtained her Yoga Teacher’s qualifications with The Yoga Connection Teacher Training Course in Ontario. Kathleen sees Yoga as a healing art that goes hand in hand with Naturopathic principles.
Kathleen’s practice is a general practice seeing patients of all ages and circumstances. The modalities of Naturopathic Medicine include nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, hydrotherapy, and lifestyle counselling. Kathleen’s agenda incorporates many outreach projects to the public including talks, seminars, and community events.
DR. TANYA O’BRIEN
is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine who graduated in 2008 from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM), one of six accredited medical schools in North America offering four-years of formal studies in Naturopathic Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from St. Francis Xavier University where she discovered her passion for health and healing. Prior to CCNM, she worked with a Chinese Medicine Doctor as a nutritionist in Ontario where she learned the importance of helping people heal themselves. Her approach to health care is empowering and holistic. Beyond her training at CCNM, Dr. O’Brien has a clinical background working as a nutritionist. In practice she has worked with a diverse patient base, treating a multitude of physical and mental ailments. Upon returning to her roots in St. John’s, Dr. O’Brien began her practice in complementary medicine with a special interest in Women’s Health, Pediatric Care, Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine.
, FLS, RMT, SMT(cc)
After having completed a diploma in the
Fitness and Lifestyle Specialist program from CompuCollege in 2006, Rebecca
went on to graduate from the comprehensive and accredited 2200-hour ICT Schools
program in 2009 via CompuCollege, and has since been practicing in St. John
s as a registered member in good standing with the
College of Massage Therapists of Newfoundland and Labrador (CMTNL) and the
Newfoundland and Labrador Massage Therapy Association (NLMTA).
Rebecca believes the key to an
effective treatment plan is an individualized one designed based on assessment
and intake. She is well-versed in the assessment and treatment of repetitive
strain and postural dysfunction including carpal tunnel, tendonitis,
s elbow and tennis elbow) and plantar
Having worked in spa, clinic and
corporate settings, she has familiarized herself with different modalities and
treatment techniques for everything from relaxation to the treatment of Motor
Vehicle Collision injuries. She has also worked with sports teams, such as the
Elite Team at 8 Limb Muay Thai and with the HockeyNL High Performance Program.
In 2014, Rebecca began following her love of sports treatment by enrolling in
the International Sport Massage Diploma Program, followed closely by becoming a
certification candidate for the Sport Massage Therapist designation with the
Rebecca is trained in Swedish massage
techniques, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, and myofasical
techniques, as well as massage to help expectant mothers through
their pregnancy by offering prenatal care in all trimesters. She's done
certification courses in mechanical cupping, and most recently attended the
K-Taping Pro Course offered through the K-Taping Academy in Canada, both of
which she incorporates regularly into treatment plans as indicated.
Rebecca is committed to helping her
clients understand their in-clinic treatment as well as what they can do on
their own time to help speed the healing process and prevent re-injury.
Kim Graduated from a 2200 hour Massage
Therapy program in Ontario in 2006, leaving Newfoundland to pursue this career
as Newfoundland didn’t currently have a program. She then upgraded to a
3000 hour program to be able to work in British Columbia. She has been
practicing in St. John’s since 2011 as a Registered Massage Therapist in good
standing with the College of Massage Therapists of Newfoundland and Labrador
(CMTNL) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Massage Therapy Association (NLMTA).
Kim has worked in a variety of settings
from spas to large multidisciplinary clinics. Working side by side with
chiropractors, acupuncturists, yoga instructors, doctors, and physiotherapists
she has been able to learn and thrive though the knowledge gained from these
Kim has taken many courses over the
years and is now a certified Hand and Foot Reflexologist. She is also trained
in Indian Head Massage and well as Mechanical Cupping. She is well versed in
motor vehicle accident treatments, though she most enjoys treating cervical
spine dysfunction, as well as pre and post-natal women.
She is very excited about expanding her
knowledge and experience with Winterholme Wellness. She can’t wait to start
helping you with any and all things that seem to be ailing you.
Anna Callahan was born and raised in St
John’s Newfoundland. As an athletic person, her interest in health and wellness
has been ongoing. After studying French at Memorial University for a few years,
she decided to pursue her interests in healing. Since switching her studies to
Massage Therapy, Anna has not looked back, graduating from Eastern College in
2014 and becoming a Registered Therapist in 2015.
Anna is excited to work in a
multifaceted clinic with a client based approach such as Winterholme. Anna is
trained in General Swedish Massage, trigger point release, fascial techniques
and deep tissue massage and looks forward to learning new techniques to add to
her skill set.
Anna believes that health starts with
being aware of your body and being open to trying new things to find what works
for you. She believes that a healthy body takes a full commitment from
the therapist and the client.
When she is not treating clients Anna
enjoys being active. Her passions right now are hiking with her dog, climbing
and swing dancing.
COLETTE HICKS, RMT
Colette Hicks has been practicing as a
Registered Massage Therapist for eight years, having graduated from
Northumberland College in Halifax, NL in 2008. While in school, Colette was a student
representative for the massage Therapist Association of Nova Scotia, where she
attended multiple conferences and acted as a voice for the student body. She is
currently a member in good standing with the CMTNL and NLMTA.
During her years as a RMT she has
completed training in pregnancy and infant massage, reflexology, myofascial
treatments, and sports therapy.
Colette has a passion for client care
and loves helping her clients achieve their goals. She has attended sports
events where she was the active massage therapist for the participating teams.
She has worked with many clients who have been in motor vehicle accidents and
is very knowledgeable in musculoskeletal pain management and recovery.
Colette has recently completed her
third year of social work at Memorial University. She is hoping to work in
chronic pain therapy once she has completed her degree, while incorporating her
massage therapy skills and knowledge to further help her clients.
Carolyn is an honors graduate, having
earned a diploma in Massage Therapy from Academy Canada Career College. She is
a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Massage Therapy Association and also
sits on the Board for the Association, and is registered with the College of Massage
Therapists of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Carolyn believes that massage therapy
can benefit anyone, whether you have an acute injury, a chronic condition or
need to relax and reduce stress. She has experience treating clients of all
ages and body types, including infants, children, pregnant woman, athletes and
seniors. Carolyn encourages client education by helping clients understand
their treatments and promotes an active home care program to help boost their
Denise graduated from
the Massage Therapy program at Academy Canada in 2016, and is a Registered
Massage Therapist as a member of the CMTNL and NLMTA. She also completed
the Recreation Management program at CONA in 2016.
Denise worked as a personal
trainer for over 20 years. Having moved up into Management roles and further
away from interacting with people and their goals, she decided to pursue
becoming a massage therapist, having experienced the benefits personally from
receiving treatments for 10+ years.
Denise has increased her
training by taking courses in additional modalities to use during treatments,
including Mechanical Cupping through All Points and Stuart Therapies Myofascial
She is also a Stott
Pilates Instructor, and holds certifications through CanFitPro as Group Fitness
Leader and Personal Trainer.
Already having a good
knowledge base of anatomy and biomechanics before completing her MT program,
Denise believes her experience as a trainer will certainly benefit clients. She
has a lot of experience with return to function injuries as a trainer, and can
educate clients in how to reach specific results with home care.