Dr. Donovan Kreutzer was born and raised in a town south of Johannesburg, South Africa. He received his medical training at the University of Pretoria and moved back to his hometown in Vereeniging to complete his final internship year. Donovan was one of the first South African trained doctors to do a community service year in South Africa. This was an extremely enjoyable year as he was sent to a remote outpost near the Kruger National Park in South Africa. After completing this community service year, he stayed on for a further six months in the area and then decided to travel elsewhere.
Donovan moved to Canada in 2001 to pursue a passion of fly fishing. He had heard about a job posting in Outlook, Saskatchewan, through a recruitment agency and decided this would be a perfect opportunity to balance fly fishing and his career. After working in Outlook for six weeks, he had made the decision to stay. Donovan spent three years in Outlook Saskatchewan, where he met his wife, Tara. The couple moved to Calgary in 2004 and have been living happily here ever since. Donovan’s hobbies include fly fishing, photography and snowboarding. He also enjoys spending time with his family and his two young daughters.
Within our clinic, he strives to collaborate many different spheres of medicine and accessory services and in doing so, provide comprehensive health and preventative care to our patients.
Dr. Supriya Goyal obtained her medical degree back home in India, where she specialized in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In 1999, Supriya made the move to Canada, first arriving in Ottawa, Ontario. After completing her residency in 2006, she moved to Calgary with her young family to work as a family physician. Dr. Goyal’s love of family and friends initially motivated her career in the medical field.
Supriya’s passion for her job, combined with her empathetic nature and keen interest in women’s health (reproductive and menopausal health in particular), allows her to continually improve the wellbeing of all her patients. Despite having years of experience in the medical world, Dr. Goyal strives to learn and expand her knowledge in order to provide the utmost care for her patients. In her spare time, she enjoys creative pursuits such as painting and sketching as well as spending time with her family.
Dr. Mai Tran is a CCFP-certified family physician. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Molecular Genetics with First Class Honours at the University of Alberta (1998), before going on to graduate research in ophthalmology at the University of Alberta. Dr. Tran’s research resulted in a number of publications in the area of ocular genetics. Following her graduate research, Dr. Tran returned to the University of Calgary where she obtained her Doctor of Medicine Degree (2003) and completed a residency in Family Medicine (2005).
After her residency, Dr. Tran balanced a busy career as a family doctor in a seven-physician community family practice clinic, as a locum hospitalist at the Peter Lougheed Hospital, and as a rural locum physician covering the hospitals and emergency departments during the weekends. She eventually gravitated towards a career in Emergency Medicine and Urgent Care at the South Calgary Urgent Care Centre and then the Sheldon M. Chumir Urgent Care Center where she also acted as a preceptor to residents. Although she enjoyed the academic aspect, collegiality, and fast-paced nature of this type of medicine, she eventually decided to steer her career towards family practice again.
She is focused on providing excellent team-based primary care and prevention of disease to keep her patients out of the emergency and urgent care type settings that she used to work in. Dr. Tran is a member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Her favorite pastimes include travelling, hiking, skiing, reading, knitting, and spending time with her family.
Her Special Interests Include:
• Women’s Health
• IUD insertions
• Minor surgery – lumps and bumps
• Botox for Migraines
• Botox for Facial Rejuvenation
• Botox for TMJ and Hyperhidrosis *Injection fee applies
Dr. Brian Huang is a board-certified family physician with a medical practice profile consisting of hospital based in-patient medicine, urgent care, long term care and collaborative office-based family practice. Dr Huang currently works at the South Calgary Urgent Care Center, offering acute care services for less critical health problems that do not require the services of a full emergency room. Whilst working at the South Center Urgent care, Dr Huang works diligently and attentively to manage a variety of injuries and illnesses, from heart attacks to broken bones.
Dr Huang has extensive experience as a hospitalist working at Rockyview Hospital in Calgary from 2006-2013. This is a 200 plus bed program where family physicians with a special interest in hospital work do the majority of all acute medical admissions of the hospital on a 24/7 basis all-year round. These patients are mostly elderly with a multitude of complex, chronic medical conditions.
Dr. Huang is an experienced leader working with various groups and committees and as a hospital administrator. Previously, he was the continuing medical education (CME) coordinator for the Rockyview hospitalist group and eventually became the lead CME coordinator for all four hospitalist sites within Calgary. As part of his duties in the hospital and urgent care, Dr. Huang is also a preceptor for family medicine residents from the University of Calgary. “Teaching keeps me on my toes and I often learn as much from the residents as they do from me.”
• Complex, Chronic Conditions
• Acute Care
• Minor Surgical Procedures
• Mole Removals
• Geriatric Medicine
Dr. Van Essen is a CCFP – certified family physician. Her post-secondary education included attending Grant MacEwan Community College where she had the opportunity to play on the Women’s basketball team. She transferred to the University of Alberta to complete her Bachelor of Science degree (1999) and then relocated to Calgary and obtained her Doctor of Medicine degree (2003). Dr Van Essen completed her residency in Family Medicine in 2005 at the University of Calgary.
After her residency, Dr Van Essen focused her career on low-risk obstetrics and general family medicine. She currently provides labor and delivery services at the Rockyview General hospital and she is also actively involved in training medical students from the University of Calgary. Additionally, she provides care at the West Central Primary Care Network for patients needing acute care and semi urgent attention.
Dr van Essen has loved her career so far, but has now decided to steer her career towards family practice. She is excited to develop long term patient relationships with a focus on team based preventative care at Provital.
Dr van Essen is a member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, is a mother of two children and spends most of her free time at the hockey rink or sports arena. She enjoys staying active, creating new adventures through travelling and spending time with her family.
Her Special Interests include:
Pre-natal and post natal care
Interest in Children and Adolescent Care
General Family Practice for medicine, for all ages
Dr. Sandy Lahey B. Comm (Hons) MBBCH (SA) completed her post- graduate medical training in South Africa. She practiced as a family physician before she immigrated to Canada. She worked in rural Saskatchewan and rural British Columbia for about 10 years. In 2009 she moved to Cochrane , Alberta and opened her own practice . Dr Lahey enjoys reading , doing fitness boot camps and going for long walks.
She recently returned from New Zealand where she did a 5 month locum which she thoroughly enjoyed. Dr Lahey is passionate about her job and hopes that the years of experience she offers patients can help with their overall well-being. She is focused on excellent team-based care.
Dr. Margot Wilderdijk is very excited to be a part of our collaborative care team and she brings her emergency medicine as well as comprehensive, preventative care experience with her.
Dr. Wilderdijk completed her Bachelor’s degrees in Science and Education at the University of Alberta. After teaching high school for several years, she followed her interest and passion for medicine and completed her medical degree at the University of Calgary. She subsequently completed her residency in rural family medicine, and then worked as a rural family doctor and emergency physician in Viking, Camrose and Wetaskiwin, Alberta.
Dr. Wilderdijk has continued her expertise in educating others, and remains active in teaching with a focus on shared decision making with her patients within her practice. She has international medical experience, having worked in Taupo, New Zealand for a term, and has established herself in a collaborative family practice in Calgary since 2015. She has a special interest in cardiometabolic medicine including metabolic syndrome, dyslipidemia, diabetes and hypertension, but practices all areas of medicine from acute to chronic medical care. She focused on urology and orthopaedics during her early medical training and enjoys working with children and adolescents in her practice as well.
In addition to her medical practice, Dr. Wilderdijk enjoys spending time with her three young children, hiking in the Canadian Rockies and rowing with the Calgary Rowing Club.
• Cardiometabolic Care
• Diabetes and Hypertension
• Children & Adolescent Care
Since 1998, Dr. Helena Horsky has been practicing Chiropractic care in Calgary in a family and sports-based practice. A born and raised Calgarian, Helena completed undergraduate studies at the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, followed by a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Parker University. Helena attained her Doctorate of Chiropractic from Parker University in Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Horsky was a National level Figure Skater and maintains her involvement in sports through her love of golf, tennis, skiing and exercise. The love of sport, the desire for maintaining optimum health and the passion for helping people led her to becoming a Chiropractor. Helena continues to educate herself focusing on new developments, techniques and research in the field of Chiropractic, using this knowledge to help improve the well-being of her patients.
Helena is extremely passionate about well-rounded treatment regimens and vitality for her patients. Her treatment approach focuses on evidence-based, individualized treatment plans that include a variety of techniques. Helena is proud to be a member of the team at Provital Health and Wellness and looks forward to the opportunity in providing a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach for her patients’ overall well-being.
Along with treating neck and back pain, Helena’s practice also includes treating the following areas and injuries:
Dr. Horsky uses a variety of techniques to treat these areas of concern including:
• Chiropractic: Diversified, Activator, Thompson, Gonstead, and spinal manipulation therapy (SMT) are just some of the techniques Dr. Horsky uses in her practice.
• Active Release Technique (ART): Movement-based technique to treat tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Often used for headaches, carpal tunnel, shin splints and other conditions.
• Instrument-assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM): Production of collagen is stimulated by triggering the inflammatory healing response over areas of abnormality, or restriction.
• Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS): Functional tools assess and activate the intrinsic spinal stabilizers to optimize movement, performance and rehabilitation. DNS is shown to be highly effective for both injury prevention and treating overuse injuries.
• KT Taping: Faster healing time stimulated by improved blood flow, lymphatic drainage and support to the injured area. KT Taping can provide pain relief without restricting range of motion before, during and/or after activity, for a variety of injuries.
• Exercise Rehabilitation: Appropriate at-home exercises, stretches and rolling techniques are given to an individual after assessment and diagnosis. Goals and routines will be discussed in order to reduce the risk of future injuries and promote continued healing.
Provital has partnered with pharmacist Amyn Kanjee of The Medicine Shoppe.
As a personal pharmacist, Amyn Kanjee is a knowledgeable, trusted and consistent part of your healthcare team. With direct communication between your pharmacist and your physicians, your health needs will be addressed and evaluated as a whole. Amyn ensures each patient receives therapeutic education, monitoring and feedback when it comes to their prescriptions and overall wellness.
Amyn offers with Provital, a health-focused, patient-centric approach to pharmacy including the following services:
• Prescription adaptation and additional prescribing
• Free prescription delivery
• Diabetes education and management provided by a Certified Diabetes Educator
• Medication reviews
• Compliance packaging
• Weight loss management
• Compression therapy by a Certified Compression Fitter
• Travel consultations
“As your Medicine Shoppe pharmacist, I do more than just fill your prescriptions – I help you make sense of the bigger health picture. I take the time to get to know you, understand your health needs and actively get involved in improving your well-being.”
In practice since 1994, Dr. Mark Plotnikoff is a Graduate from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Plotnikoff is the current owner of Center For Healthy Living, a multidisciplinary clinic in Calgary specializing in musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Plotnikoff’s special interest is foot and ankle disorders. He has over 20 years of clinical experience dealing with foot/ankle gait disorders. Dr. Plotnikoff explains that many issues such as flat feet, high arches, osteoarthritis, Achilles tendinitis, etc, can effect your feet, alter your gait pattern and lead to foot pain, knee pain, and even back pain. Custom made foot orthotics are a solution for foot and ankle disorders. You don’t have to live with sore painful feet, Dr. Plotnikoff can help.
Lauren graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and went on to complete a Master’s of Science in Physiotherapy in 2010. She moved to Calgary shortly after graduation and has worked in private practice for the last 10 years. Lauren completed her advanced diploma in manual and manipulative therapy in 2015 and became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy. She is licensed in medical acupuncture and a certified Gunn IMS practitioner through the University of British Columbia. Additionally, she has completed advanced training in vestibular rehabilitation and worked for 8 years as part of a multidisciplinary concussion clinic. Lauren obtained her Sport Physiotherapy Certificate in 2017 and became the first in Canada to graduate with a Sport Physiotherapy Diploma from the International Olympic Committee in 2018. She has also been a member of the Sport Physiotherapy Canada Executive Committee since 2018.
Outside of PROVITAL, Lauren works as a contractor for the Canadian Sports Institute Calgary and was the medical lead for the Canadian National Luge Team from 2015-2018. She attended over 25 world cup competitions, 2 world championships and the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. Prior to working with luge, Lauren had the opportunity to travel with the Canadian Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team for the 2015 Para Pan American games and 2016 World ParaVolley Championships. Following the 2018 Olympic Games, Lauren has taken on a new challenge as the medical lead and physiotherapist for the national long track speed skating program. She is currently supporting the team leading into the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.
Lindsay is a Licensed Practical Nurse, having graduated from Bow Valley College in April 2016. She is not a stranger to post-secondary education as she explored her options through general studies at Mount Royal University and the University of Saskatchewan. Lindsay decided to become a nurse because of the impact she is able to make on the lives of those she encounters. She enjoys working in a community setting because she gets to see some of the same patients on a regular basis.
In her spare time, Lindsay loves spending time outdoors! Her and her partner often take their Goldendoodle “Piper” out to Canmore or Banff to enjoy all that the mountains have to offer. Lindsay also enjoys staying fit by attending fitness classes, spin class being her favorite!
Katie was born in rural BC, but has lived in Calgary since she was 11 years old. Immediately after high school, she attended the University of New Brunswick where she studied English. Having to abruptly discontinue her cross country education due to unforeseen health issues, Katie rediscovered her love of medicine, which led her to complete the Medical Laboratory Assistant certificate at SAIT in 2013. She proudly worked as a pediatric phlebotomist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital for 5+ years. Katie went on to complete her Licensed Practical Nurse diploma in 2017 and has worked in adolescent mental health ever since. While working with children is her passion, Katie is thrilled to have joined the Provital team where she can care for people of all ages.
Katie spends most of her spare time with her family. She volunteers with the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) as a dog caregiver and is a private dog walker. She also works part time as a photographer with her main specialties being landscapes, family portraits, and weddings.
Morgan is a Licensed Practical Nurse who graduated from Bow Valley College in April 2020. She started her nursing career working at the rural acute care unit at the Drumheller Health Centre, providing nursing care and covid relief. After working in the hospital for a year, Morgan realized her passion was to work within the community. She is passionate about primary and preventative care. She loves the relationships she is able to build with her patients, and loves providing kind and sympathetic care.
In her free time, Morgan and her husband enjoy spending time quading and dirt biking out on their family farm together. Before nursing, Morgan went to school for interior design and loves spending time doing various home improvement projects.
Born in England, Trudy moved to Australia with her family as a child, though she has recently become a permanent resident of Canada and now calls Calgary home. Trudy was highly competitive during her youth, participating in a variety of sports including field hockey, surf life saving, as well as karate and soccer at a national level. Studying at the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health at The University of Western Australia, Trudy completed her Bachelor degree in 1997 before going on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma of Science in Exercise Rehabilitation and then her Masters Degree.
Her career progressed from junior sport instruction to becoming a gym trainer and manager, and later an Exercise Physiologist providing exercise rehabilitation to worker’s compensation clientele. Trudy went on to spend over nine years working in remote Western Australia as both a health and wellness consultant and an injury management advisor for a leading worldwide natural resource company. Trudy continues to enjoy her karate training and international travel, but now also likes hiking and snow-shoeing in the mountains.
• Health and Wellness Consultant
• Injury Management
Born and raised in Vereeniging, South Africa, Brandon has always had a strong passion for athletics and physical fitness. Competing in tennis, squash and track and field throughout his life, he has continued to maintain an active lifestyle. Graduating from the University of Pretoria in 2001, Brandon received Honours in a Bachelor of Bio Kinetics.
Avid not only about helping others improve their physical fitness, Brandon devotes much of his time in the gym maintaining his own physical strength and endurance. When his mind is not focused on fitness, he enjoys spending time with his family (including three hairless cats) and exploring his passion for helicopters.
• Strength and Endurance Training
• Athletic Performance Training
• Weight Loss
Magnus LoboCertified Athletic Specialist also working with Weight Management Physician
Born and raised in Saudi Arabia, Magnus has seen his career develop through international opportunities in the United States, China, and Canada. Magnus played soccer throughout his childhood and participated in several sports making him a well-rounded sports enthusiast. It was only until his boarding school days in Pennsylvania that he was drawn to American football. He played as a safety into university at East Stroudsburg in PA, where he also received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in 2011 and 2012. As a graduate student he served as a Seasonal Athletic Trainer for the New York Jets and the Head Athletic Trainer with the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks.
Magnus then took his skills to Wingate University in North Carolina, working as an Associate Athletic Trainer and Adjunct Professor. He developed a passion for continued learning and teaching clinical proficiencies to students and athletes. He later took on a role as an Ambassador for the Athletic Training profession, developing positions in the international school community in China and other parts of Asia.
Magnus now resides in Calgary with his wife Jasmine. They are both avid hikers and challenge the ski slopes in the national parks.
With a background in genetics and research, Nadja completed her bachelor’s degree in nutrition sciences, at the university of Ottawa, in 2019.
Nadja has worked in various areas of dietetics, including private practice, long term care and education.
Being very receptive and sensitive to every client’s specific needs, beliefs, and levels of understanding, she practices very personalized dietetics. Clients are taken care of in a holistic manner, considering their specific objectives and their readiness to implement change.
Nadja has a proven ability to create a quick report, putting clients at ease, allowing a very thorough assessment, a client-centered plan and a very tight follow-up and monitoring of the progress.
Her expertise is in digestive health, gut microbiota, mental health, menopause, diabetes type 2, glycemic control, kidney disease, malnutrition, weight management, osteoporosis, arthritis, high blood pressure, dyslipidemia, gout, chronic fatigue, and others.
Kristen was born and raised in the small town of Belle River, Ontario. There she completed her 2200-hour Massage Therapy Diploma at the Canadian College of Health Sciences & Technology (CMTO) in 2008. Kristen decided to make the move to Calgary in 2009, to start a new chapter in her life. She joined the Massage Therapists Association of Alberta (MTAA) and began working in spas, before moving on to a Sports Clinic. After working in an athletic-focused world, Kristen transitioned to Provital in 2011, eager to join a collaborative, wellness environment.
Kristen likes to stay healthy by working out, attending spin class and playing with her dog, Copper. When she has time to relax, Kristen enjoys spending time out on the water; fishing and boating. In her spare time, Kristen finds herself volunteering for a variety of organizations including the Canadian Cancer Society.
Elisabeth graduated from MH vicars 2200-hour massage therapy program in Calgary. She is an active member with The Canadian Massage & Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association. Elisabeth got into massage after seeing first hand how it can help with rehabilitation after having an injury/ surgery, as well with easing pain and discomfort from a busy lifestyle.
Elisabeth believes in working with her patients to achieve their short and long-term goals by listening to their concerns, assessing their physical condition and providing an individualized treatment plan.
Elisabeth is skilled in a variety techniques which she likes to incorporate throughout each of her treatments.
Outside of work Elisabeth can be found exploring the outdoors with her family, learning new things and seeing new places.
Born and raised in Mexico City. Israel graduated in 2019 from MaKami College where he invested 2 years in an Advanced Massage Therapy Program. He achieved a 3000 hours diploma and once he got his full certification, he started working right away as a Registered Massage Therapist.
During his hard work as a RMT, Israel was gaining experience where he was able to understand patients needs and expectations. Now, he is able to provide a treatment to a wide variety of conditions such are injuries due to overuse and chronic pain, whiplash, plantar fasciitis, piriformis syndrome and others. Israel is an active member of the Certified Registered Massage Therapist Association holding a good standing since 2018.
Additionally, Israel enjoys spending time with his young family by cooking, playing board games, laughing out loud, walking around Calgary and area, also discovering new restaurants. Israel performs the following therapies:
Samantha was born and raised in beautiful Venezuela where she engaged in medical studies. She moved to Calgary, where she completed her 3000 hour Advanced Medical Massage Therapy program at Makami College, Calgary in 2017. Samantha was an anatomy, physiology and massage therapy tutor and Lead Pathology instructor at Makami College. She joined the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC) and started working for spas, prenatal massage clinics and sports massage clinics. She is trained in Prenatal and postnatal massage, Fascia sciences, Dynamic Cupping and Manual Lymphatic Drainage.
Samantha keeps busy with spin class, yoga, hiking, paddle boarding. She also loves martial arts, she is a blackbelt in Karate, and reading a good book. In her spare time, she studies for her medical career while volunteering for Red Cross Canada.
Gia recently completed her 3000 hr RMT diploma and has been practicing for over a year. She continues to fine tune her skills to provide effective treatments in collaboration with her patients’ goals. She seeks to educate and support clients to find long term benefits and brings a wide array of techniques to the table! Her approach includes a focus on the mind-body connection present during massage and brings the balance of mindfulness and therapeutic application to her treatments.
In her personal time, Gia loves getting out into nature. running all year round, rollerblading and hiking in the summers and snowshoeing in the winters, or going up to spend time on her parents farm. Her practice of mindfulness is also a personal quest and she practices yoga every day. She has also taken over a decade of professional and personal development and continues to find opportunities to expand her knowledge and skill base in all areas of life.
Joel has completed his 3000 hour certification at Makami college in June of 2021. Primarily focusing on therapeutic deep tissue techniques he seeks to create positive change for his clients. After graduating university with a bachelors in sociology he found work in the oil and gas offices in downtown Calgary. Suffering an injury of his own and finding healing and support through massage therapy drove him to make a drastic career change. He applies his personal experience to facilitate and support his clients through the process of rehabilitation and healing. Using a wide variety of techniques such as cupping, myofascial release, muscle mobilization, and cross fiber frictioning he is committed to finding the right technique for the body at hand. Joel is always open to new ideas and is consistently learning and applying new knowledge to his practice.
In his spare time Joel stays active by practicing yoga, running, hiking, and weightlifting. On top of his active lifestyle he enjoys reading, competitive gaming, and socializing with friends over a good board game.
Andreas is a Registered Massage Therapist who received his training from the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in Vernon, BC. He employs a myofascial approach for prevention and treatment of injury, so that clients can continue or return to doing the things they love as quickly as possible.
Andreas is still fairly new to Calgary and is keen to use his skill set to help new clients in the area to achieve their goals. Whether your goal is being able to walk around the block without pain or finishing an Ironman, Andreas will put his best effort into helping you along the way.
Andreas enjoys recreational running, hiking, soccer and table tennis. He also likes to play board games and takes an interest in ancient history. So, whether you’re coming in for Andreas’ skill as a massage therapist or to get an opinion on a historical event, Andreas is always glad to help!
Karen was born and raised here in Calgary. She moved to Victoria, B.C where she completed two undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Child and Youth Studies at the University of Victoria. Her connections to family and friends brought her back to the prairies, where she completed her Masters in the Counselling Psychology Program at the University of Calgary. Since graduating, she has worked in a variety of community agencies, providing services to families, children, adolescents, individuals, couples and groups. In 2009, Karen became fully registered as a Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists.
In her personal life, Karen enjoys staying active through skiing, camping and hiking. She loves music, watching old movies and weekly Italian dinners with her in-laws. She finds meaning in her relationships to her husband and two daughters, as well as family and friends. Karen is enthusiastic about her work with clients and the multidisciplinary and collaborative model offered at Provital.
• Relationship dynamics
• Children’s Therapy
• Anxiety and Insecurity
• Grief and Loss
• Emotional Development
• Attachment-based Therapy
• Narrative Therapy
• Humanistic Therapy
Born and raised in Calgary, Joanna studied Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary and pursued a graduate degree in the United States. Afterwards, she pursued a clinical residency in eating disorders and became registered as a psychologist in Alberta. Since then, running a business and working in multiple settings such as primary care, EFAP programs, and specialized grief and chronic pain programs allowed her additional opportunities to live out her passion and pursuit of excellence in providing collaborative and multidisciplinary care. She also values her role in serving as an Ethics Examiner for the College of Alberta Psychologists and teaches and supervises undergraduate and graduate counselling students.
In her personal life she enjoys spending time with family and friends and playing squash on a local interclub league. In her free time, you can find her walking in the outdoors, traveling, sampling the diverse cuisines of the city or curled up with a good book.
Joanna provides expert care for adults and adolescents, individuals and couples. Some of the therapies and presenting concerns Joanna has received advanced training in include:
• CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy)
• DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)
• Person Centered Practice
• Eating Disorders / Body Image / Emotional Eating
• Health Psychology (Chronic Pain)
• Grief and Loss
• Anxiety / Depression
• Relationship Dynamics (including intimacy disorders such as sex addiction)
• EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)
Katie is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree (Psychology) at the University College of the Cariboo, and her Masters Degree (Counselling Psychology) from the University of Victoria. She has worked as a therapist for over 15 years, both in BC where she was born and raised, and now here in Alberta. She has worked in a variety of settings with children, teens, individuals, couples and groups.
Katie believes that you are the expert on your own life, and whether you are working to heal from a past trauma, trying to improve your relationship skills, overcome struggles with anxiety or depression, increase your sense of self-worth, dealing with a loss, or just working to find yourself again…you’re not alone and she would love to help you. Katie brings an authentic and warm approach to her work and collaborates with clients to identify their individual goals and to find the best way possible to support those goals.
Some of the areas that Katie has training and experience in include:
Maria was born and raised in Calgary. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Calgary in 2002. In 2014, she completed a Masters of Counselling Degree and, soon after, became a Registered Psychologist.
Maria’s extensive work work experience has allowed her to develop skills in a broad range of areas, including crisis counselling, urgent care, inpatient unit, home and school based mental health, nonprofit, and community based mental health. Her experience includes working with children, teens, adults, and families.
Therapeutic modalities that Maria utilizes include:
• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
• Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
• Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)
• Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
• Foundations of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
• Attachment Theory
Some areas that Maria has training and experience include:
• Emotional regulation
• Life transitions and adjustment
Sammy was born and raised in Calgary and holds a Master of Science from the University of Calgary. She became a Registered Psychologist in 2016. She has worked in non-profit organizations and in private practice, providing counselling to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She practices from a narrative therapy lens while drawing on cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and play-based interventions.
Sammy values relationships, people’s stories, and people’s strengths. When the stories we tell about ourselves and our relationships are not helping us live the life we want to, pursuing change by writing new stories can be beneficial. She believes you are the expert in your own life and will work collaboratively with you and your family to support your personal and relational growth. Sammy appreciates the multidisciplinary and holistic care offered at Provital, as she believes health includes your emotional, mental, relational, spiritual, and physical needs.
Personal wellbeing and growth
Divorce, separation, and co-parenting
Emotional regulation, behavioral concerns, mental health, and trauma in children and adolescents
I care deeply for my clients and strive to establish a meaningful relationship with each one. I endeavor to empower you to believe in yourself; resolution is imminent the moment you start believing in yourself. I will equip you with the tools and strategies you need to face your emotions, ground yourself, heal old traumas, and achieve your goals.
Not only do I hold both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in psychology, but I’ve been a student of the human mind for as long as I can remember. In addition to clinical psychotherapy, my fascination has led me to study mindfulness, hypnosis, and even shamanism across three continents. This lifelong pursuit has exposed me to diverse cultures, people, and ideas. As a consequence, I gradually cultivated a habit of perceiving each client in all their uniqueness. This client-centred approach guides all my therapeutic interventions.
I draw from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Humanistic Therapy, and Internal Family System.
Stanislav has worked with adults and children of varying ages and cultural backgrounds, presenting with diverse issues and conditions. Some areas that Stanislav has training and experience include:
Melissa was born and raised in Saskatchewan where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan in 2001. She then moved to Alberta where she received her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Lethbridge in 2005. Melissa worked for ten years as a junior and senior high school teacher before completing her Master of Education degree in School and Applied Child Psychology in 2016 from the University of Calgary. Melissa has experience in psychoeducational assessment as well as counselling children, adolescents, and adults in community, non-profit, and private practice settings.
Melissa believes in the importance of the therapeutic relationship between therapist and client. She utilizes an integrative, client-centered approach to counselling with a foundation in evidenced-based practices, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Humanistic Therapy. She is currently working towards an advanced diploma in art therapy and has completed trainings in mindfulness, internal family systems, narrative therapy, and play therapy. Melissa provides a safe, nonjudgmental, and supportive environment to help her clients work towards achieving growth and positive change.
Born in Nairobi Kenya, and growing up in London, England, Rakhi has roots all over the world. She graduated in Business and Finance in 1993 in the UK, which allowed her to pursue a career in Business Marketing in the entertainment industry, before moving to Canada in 1996 with her husband. After arriving in Calgary, she worked for a finance company for 3 years and then left to start a family.
Rakhi is a loving mother to three beautiful children. While raising her three children she impressively continued to work part-time as an accounting administrator for various companies and organisations, as well as manage her husband’s corporation since 1997.
Rakhi can be described as a highly-organised and creative individual, with a diverse skill-set. She is passionate about healthcare and helping patients with theirs and Provital has enabled her to do so.
Born and raised in Edmonton, AB. Chantel always showed her incredible love for people through her friends and family. Chantel spent most of her school years competing in dance, starting with ballet when she was only 4 years old. While succeeding in her passion of dance, winning medals and trophies, Chantel managed to also stay focused on her academics. While continuing her education, Chantel showed her ambition and desire to enter the work force by starting her employment path at the early age of 15.
Extremely people oriented, Chantel’s career aspirations always surrounded Customer Service, Sales, and Administration. Chantel’s organized demeanor allows her to explore her determination and efficiency to provide the best healthcare possible to Provital’s patients. When not behind the Provital desk Chantel enjoys outdoor activities, working out, dancing, yoga and reading.
A born and raised Calgarian, Lindsay has taken opportunities to live in Edmonton as well as Australia, but has made her way back to her hometown. Taking a Bachelors of Science, majoring in Biology, Lindsay has often found herself being drawn to the health or medical field. She has worked in positions at Veterinarian clinics, pharmacies, as well as Medical clinics. Lindsay also pursued and completed a Diploma of Design and Photography at MacEwan University.
Outside of the office, Lindsay is often spending time with her family or out walking her dog. She enjoys photography and hikes in the mountains amongst other hobbies.
Simran (Simmi) was born and raised in Calgary and recently graduated from Rundle College in 2018. She is currently studying towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Calgary. Her part-time job at Provital has developed her sense of responsibility towards patient confidentiality and she is a natural communicator which helps her to understand and reassure everyone she speaks to.
Simmi is particularly interested in the areas where psychology and health connect, whether that’s understanding the psychological and emotional aspects of illness or looking at the evidence of how social isolation and depression are connected. Ultimately, she is fascinated by the reasons behind different behaviours.
In her spare time, Simmi enjoys playing the guitar, drawing and sketching. She is grateful to have a close-knit family and enjoys spending quality time with them.
Jessica graduated from CDI College in 2009 with a Diploma for Medical Administrative Assistant. She has worked for public, private and non for profit medical companies through out her career. You will find Jessica at the front reception desk answering phones, greeting, and helping patients with their appointment bookings. Her compassion and commitment for patients has always been her top priority while developing and maintaining great relationships.
When Jessica is not at work, you can find her tending to her vegetable and flower gardens. She enjoys rafting down the rivers and soaking up the Calgary sunshine. During the winter months, she loves to bake with her family or cozy up with her two dogs and watch a good documentary.
Born and raised in Calgary, AB. Throughout her school years, Emma showed continued interest in learning, animals and extra curricular activities including school band and choir. Taking such a keen interest in music lead her to learn various types of brass instruments and even guitar. Emma entered the work force at the early age of 15, working in various retail establishments and worked her way into Health and Wellness clinics as a receptionist, where she excelled and was looking for the next step. In 2021 she enrolled in the Medical Office Assistant program at SAIT and graduated with flying colors, thus kickstarting her career in the medical field. Emma’s organized demeanor has allowed her to strive through many administrative roles and allows her to continue learning and growing within the clinic at Provital. Emma’s career aspirations always surrounded helping others and though jobs have changed throughout the years, she has always worked hard to ensure patients feel heard, seen and understood.
Away from the office, Emma enjoys spending time with friends and family as well as trying new restaurants and continuing to learn about personal development and the mind and body through conferences and audiobooks. In the next few years, Emma hopes to be able to travel as well as keep growing her mind and skill set.