Therapists

Acupuncturists

Massage Therapists

Specialty

Heather Bracken, H.H.P., R. Ac.

Owner, Acupuncturist, Holistic Health & Reiki Practitioner

🙝 Mental & Emotional Health

🙝 Women’s Health, including Cycle Regulation, Fertility, Pregnancy, Postpartum, Perimenopause and Menopause

🙝 Chakra-Based Acupuncture and Reiki Exploration

“As a practitioner of Holistic Health, I feel my life’s purpose is to encourage and hold space for personal awareness and self-discovery to arise in my patients by holding them accountable to their hopes and dreams for a more fulfilling and healthy life.”

By promoting an attitude of internal awareness, personal discovery and self-care, it is her ambition to support others in achieving their goals and reach their highest potential on all levels.  

With over 6 years of combined educational studies at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta and two diploma programs under her belt, Heather is certified as a Registered Acupuncturist, Holistic Health Practitioner (specializing in Western Herbology) and Reiki Master. Having practiced in the alternative healthcare field for over 15 consecutive years, Heather works in combining her modalities to create unique and specialized treatment sessions for each one of her patients.

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Heather’s mantra serves as her life’s purpose; to encourage, support and empower individuals along their chosen path towards better health and well-being by facilitating the body’s natural ability to heal. By promoting an attitude of internal awareness, personal discovery and self-care, it is her ambition to support others in achieving their goals and reach their highest potential on all levels.

Heather believes that disease is not to be viewed as a conditional life sentence, but rather as an imbalance within the mind, body and Spirit that can be corrected and brought back into a state of balance and harmony.

One of the foundational components of Heather’s practice is the study of neuroscience and neuroplasticity aka: the inner workings of the nervous system and the inherent ability of neurons (or nerve cells in the brain) to adapt to injury, disease or disharmony such as chronic stress, addiction, anxiety, depression, etc… by restructuring and rewiring themselves to stimulate healing and recovery. With enough willingness, perseverance and dedication, it is Heather’s unwavering belief that the ability to heal is always possible.

Heather’s areas of specialization include Mental Health, Metabolic Disorders, Gynecology/ Obstetrics and Esoteric (Chakra-Based and Spirituality-Minded) Acupuncture.

Kiera Gadallah, R. Ac

Registered Acupuncturist

🙝 Women’s Reproductive Health

🙝 Mental Health

🙝 Digestive Disorders

“I believe that lifestyle, diet, and emotional health are the driving force to a healthy life. When one aspect is out of balance the natural ebb and flow within us is disrupted. I wants to create a safe space to allow harmony and balance back into our busy lives.” 

Kiera believes lifestyle, diet, and emotional health are the driving force to a healthy life. When one aspect is out of balance the natural ebb and flow within us is disrupted. She wants to create a safe space to allow harmony and balance back into our busy lives.

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Kiera recently graduated from the Acupuncture Program at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, AB. Throughout studying Traditional Chinese Medicine for the past three years, she has taken a special interest in women’s health, mental health, and digestive disorders.

Kiera supports individuals in connecting with their mind, body, and spirit. She is passionate about helping patients navigate the ever-changing aspects of their lives while maintaining harmony and balance within.

Outside of the clinic, Kiera can be found with her nose in a book, camping and kayaking, and exploring the outdoors with her dog Freddy.

Ashey Porter, R. Ac.

Registered Acupuncturist, Reiki Practitioner

 

🙝 Women’s Reproductive Health including Cycle Regulation, Fertility Pregnancy, Postpartum, Perimenopause and Menopause

🙝 Mental health issues, such as Stress, Anxiety and Depression

🙝 Digestive Health & Pain Management

“I believe all treatments (related to skin care or body work) should be a blend of relaxation & therapeutic properties. I strive to work with clients to create effective treatment plans to meet (and exceed) their health & wellness goals. I am passionate about using quality products and my past experience to provide personalized treatments specific to each individual.”

While studying for her Bachelor of Arts and majoring in philosophy, Ashley quickly became fascinated by the ancient Chinese culture and its holistic view of healing. She has always been an intuitive person, and so her journey in energy healing began. This led her to completing MacEwan University’s Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine program, where she grew her passion for healing and energy medicine. Furthermore, she is a certified Usui Reiki Master and loves to incorporate Reiki and sound therapy into her treatments. She utilizes acupuncture, cupping, auricular therapy, Tui Na, moxibustion, gua sha, electro-stimulation, nutritional advice, visualization, Reiki and sound therapy to gently guide the body back into a natural state of balance.

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Ashley has a special passion for treating all aspects of Women’s Health, including fertility, pregnancy and post-partum care, menstrual health, pain management, mental health and digestive ailments. Ashley provides her patients with the care, knowledge and support they need to achieve optimal health, while embracing the concept of mind, body and spirit connection. It is her goal to empower her patients to discover their own natural healing capabilities.

Samantha Mertler, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist, Chi Nei Tsang Practitioner

🙝 Therapeutic and Relaxation Massage

🙝 Abdominal Massage with a focus on surgical scarring and painful menstruation

🙝 Pre/Post Natal Massage

“My passion is to help clients get curious about their bodies. To explore, learn and connect with parts of themselves that they have tuned, or numbed out.”

Samantha completed 2200hrs of training from MH Vicars in 2016. After training in both Therapeutic and Swedish techniques, Samantha then expanded her practice to include Fire Cupping and Chi Nei Tsang.

Treatments are crafted with an open mind and a holistic style that reflects your needs. Whether it is soothing your nervous system using
Relaxation Massage, tackling old injuries, or working with chronic tension through the use of Therapeutic Massage and Fire Cupping, Samantha’s diverse skill set has got you covered. Samantha also specializes in Chi Nei Tsang, an abdominal-base massage that deepens internal awareness and addresses issues related to the abdomen such as digestive disorders, endometriosis, scarring, etc…

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Samantha is most interested in the interplay between stress, emotions, posture habits, energy and pain within our bodies, getting curious around aspects in which her clients numb out, or when they have a habit of staying entirely in their mind during the day.

Reading and learning about trauma, somatics, focused awareness practices, Traditional Chinese Medicine theory and energy work is what
constantly evolves her practice.

Out of the clinic you can find Samantha with her four kids, gardening/earthing or reading.

Lisa Wheeler, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist, Trained Esthetician

🙝 Myofascial work

🙝 Active inhibition techniques/Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation

🙝 Esthetician & Skincare Specialist

“I believe all treatments (related to skin care or body work) should be a blend of relaxation & therapeutic properties. I strive to work with clients to create effective treatment plans to meet (and exceed) their health & wellness goals. I am passionate about using quality products and my past experience to provide personalized treatments specific to each individual.”

As a Graduate from M.H. Vicars, Lisa works closely with her patients to support them in reaching their personal health and wellness goals. In utilizing her growing list of massage techniques and various treatment modalities, Lisa offers her patients a therapeutic approach paired with continuing assessment and homecare practices, which work towards helping her clients achieve pain relief in and outside of the treatment room.

Lisa has also been a trained esthetician for over a decade, having graduated from the European Institute of Esthetics in 2011. Lisa’s education then brought her to work with the world-renowned skincare brand Aveda for 6 years, eventually working as the Team Lead at the Edmonton Aveda Academy on Whyte Avenue.

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Along with offering Therapeutic Massage, Lisa has also customized specialized skincare services through our clinic using the all-natural, all-organic brand Communion Botanicals, based out of Nelson, B.C. Not only does Lisa offer luxurious facials through The Garden, but she has also created a unique and highly coveted blend of Therapeutic Massage and Skincare Combinations, bringing a relaxed and spa-like vibe to our clinic space.

Away from a therapeutic setting, Lisa can often be found camping, hiking, taking online

history/paleontology courses and taking continuing education courses to remain a dedicated therapist.

Emely Cook, Emotional and Metaphysical Kinesiology

Emely is a student doing her practicum hours with us at The Garden.
She is currently looking for practice clients to participate in a free kinesiology balance – available on select Sundays of every month.
If you would like to book a session or get more information, please connect with Emely at emelcowa@gmail.com.
“A great freedom lies within when we choose to step through all the stories that are holding us back. My deepest desire is to support clients through kinesiology to shift, clear and release blocks and stresses from the inner realm. We can then create space to rise into alignment with who we truly desire to be.”
Kinesiology is a holistic treatment modality that uses biofeedback/muscle testing via the nerve pathways and meridian systems to tap into the subconscious mind to clear stress and imbalances within the body. Our subconscious mind is where we hold our patterns, beliefs and behaviours which runs a majority of our daily lives. When we tap into this and gently lean into the wisdom of the body we can give it space to speak. Essentially, we are shifting and clearing at a subtle energetic level to bring the body back into balance and harmony.
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Kinesiology can assist in physical, mental, emotion and spiritual stresses. A few examples are:
– Anxiety, over-thinking, worry
– Clearing limiting beliefs
– Self-sabotage
– Connecting to your truth/purpose
– Body acceptance
– Increase self-worth, self-confidence
– Feeling stuck
– and much more!
Throughout the session, a variety of different remedies are used to clear depending on what your body tests up for. Your body innately knows what you need! Some remedies include:
– Acupressure points
– Essential Oils
– Sound healing
– Oracle cards
– Color therapy
– Clearing spray
– Flower Essences
– Nature
As we begin to shift layers and clear energetic space, we can invite new/aligned energy, beliefs, and thoughts to take place. It is a beautiful, gentle approach to healing from the inside out.

Kelley Mitchell, M.Ed

Registered Psychologist, CHT

🙝 Mindfulness, supporting mind/body connection, self-esteem, self-compassion

🙝 Depression, anxiety, stress/tension, trauma

🙝 Interpersonal relationships, work-life balance & life transitions

“My focus is supporting individuals in growing self-acceptance, compassion, and confidence, which ultimately lead to personal empowerment.”

Through a holistic psychology, mindfulness, and body-aware approach, Kelley supports you in experimenting with creating the life you desire, one choice at a time. Within the collaborative therapeutic relationship, she honours your internal wisdom and creativity, which are central in guiding your self-discovery and healing.

Kelley loves helping people discover and step into their authentic selves. You work as a team to help you transform behaviours, thoughts, and beliefs that limit you. Kelley can help you learn how to set healthy boundaries, learn how to say yes or no while remaining connected to yourself, and learn how to speak up for yourself while honouring your relationships with others.

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The ultimate goal of this kind of therapy is the discovery of the possible, the transformation of limiting self-imposed beliefs, and the empowerment which results from new freedom and new options.

Angela Skaley

Marketing & Digital Director

Angela works with The Garden as marketing director, website creatrix and doing anything digital. 

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