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. 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
Dr. Ma is a board-certified family physician who is passionate about preventative care centered in a holistic view of health and wellness. She attended post-secondary at the University of British Columbia with an Integrated Sciences degree in Psychology, Physiology and Nutrition and first established her specific interests in the neuropsychology of eating and eating behaviours. Her passions led her to complete her medical degree at UBC and family medicine residency at the University of Calgary where she furthered her understanding of a proactive approach to health.
In her family practice, Dr. Ma soon realized traditional medical education and the focus on treating chronic disease did not equip physicians and patients to instigate and maintain fundamental lifestyle changes. Through this, she decided to focus her practice in Weight Management and Mental Health in order to best facilitate an understanding of the true complexity of these undervalued fields. She recently obtained her diploma in Obesity Medicine through the American Board of Obesity Medicine in order to further her expertise.
Dr. Ma enjoys practicing yoga, mindfulness and indulging in her love of cooking and exploring restaurants. In her spare time, she travels between Calgary and Vancouver spending time with her loved ones.
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!
Talia was born and raised in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Growing up in a family of medical professionals, Talia has always had a passion for health care and helping others. She moved with her family to Calgary in 2008 and found her home to stay. Graduating from the LPN program at Bow Valley College in 2018, Talia has found a second home at Provital where she can continue to grow in her professional career.
In her free time, Talia enjoys spending time with family, kickboxing, yoga, and taking her dog, Pepper for fun adventures.
Shannon was born and raised in central Alberta and grew up on an acreage right next to her grandparents farm. She always knew she wanted to be a nurse and pursued a nursing career in 2009 and graduated as a Licensed Practical Nurse in 2010 from Columbia College in Calgary. She started out her career in a clinical setting which she enjoyed as she got the chance to get to know her patients and see them on a regular basis as well as work in the preventative side of healthcare. She has expanded her career into supportive living care and provided care to those struggling with dementia. She has since made her way back to the clinic environment as she enjoys working in a community setting as it allows her to develop regular therapeutic relationships with her patients.
In her free time, Shannon, enjoys the outdoors with her husband and dogchild, Burton. They can be found frequently exploring the mountains whether is it camping, fly fishing, hiking, snowmobiling or snowboarding. Shannon also loves to dedicate her time to her family too.
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.
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.
Born and raised in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Carolina received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics in 2000. She moved to Calgary in 2004 and completed a dietetic internship with the Calgary Health Region and obtained her registration with the College of Dietitians of Alberta in 2009.
Carolina has worked in different areas of nutrition including sales, nutrition education for kids and pregnant women, long term care, private practice and even owned her catering business. All of these activities provided Carolina with skills and experience that she uses in her daily life as a Dietitian.
Her biggest passion is healthy living and strongly believes that nutrition will help prevent and/or treat disease. She enjoys teaching clients to take control of their health through nutrition, making sustainable changes that fit their lifestyle, and create a plan together based on client’s personal goals, making people feel comfortable around food and trusting their ability to make good choices while enjoying food.
Carolina has vast experience in different areas of nutrition such as weight management, glycemic control, cardiovascular health, bone health, pregnancy, meal planning, trending diets, etc.
Carolina’s favorite food is arepas, a staple from Venezuela made of ground maize dough. She boosts up fiber by adding cooked broccoli, oats, cooked sweet potatoes, flax, chia or hemp hearts.
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.
Graduating Massage Therapy school with 2200 hours, Marie-Eve has developed her skill set and various techniques over the years. Initially attracted to massage therapy to provide pain relief and relaxation to clients, she quickly realized that a career in this field brought much more than that. Helping patients reach short-term, and long-term goals relating to their health, eventually leading to a better quality of life, is why Marie-Eve is passionate about what she does.
When she is not working, Marie-Eve can typically be found outdoors, travelling, or learning something new. As much as she loves giving massages, she also enjoys receiving them; in order to maintain proper care of her active body.
Brooke is originally from London, Ontario and moved to Calgary in 2003 in hopes of pursuing new adventures with her husband. Prior to her career in massage therapy she was a nursing attendant and all together has gained 15 years in the healthcare field. Brooke graduated in 2005 from the massage therapy program at Foothills College in Calgary and became a member of the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada. Owning her own massage therapy business at a senior wellness centre, Brooke has gained experience with clients of all ages. She is educated in a wide range of sports injuries and proficient in treating Motor Vehicle Accident injuries.
During her time off Brooke enjoys traveling, hiking, crafts, photography, and spending time with her family and friends.
Beth Backman completed the 2200 hour massage program at the MH Vicars Massage School in Calgary. She is a member in good standing with the Canadian Massage and Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association (CMMOTA). While completing the massage program Beth also completed the 5 year manual Osteopathy program at the Canadian School of Osteopathy (CSO) in Vancouver, BC. She is currently completing the research component of their program.
Prior to massage therapy Beth worked as a pharmacist in Saskatchewan, Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta. She has lived in most provinces and territories in Canada and loves to canoe, hike and camp in Northwestern Ontario, Northern Saskatchewan, Yukon and Alberta. Beth is also an avid rower, passionate vegetable gardener, recreational cyclist and loves teaching Pilates, yoga and ELDOA ®.
Beth’s interests are in helping clients maintain mobility and improve function. She enjoys working with older adults and helping them maintain optimal health. She employs techniques such as
Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) ®
Manual osteopathic techniques such as Muscle Energy, General Osteopathic Technique (GOT)
Kathy began her studies in the Health and Wellness Industry in 2001. She completed the Wholistic Practitioner Program at Metro College in Edmonton and in 2006, she went on to graduate from Foothills College of Massage and Turner Institute of Orthopedic Massage in Calgary.
Kathy uses a broad range of massage techniques and modalities to provide therapeutic benefits for a wide variety of conditions. She enjoys working in partnership with her clients to achieve the best possible results and together tailor a suitable treatment plan.
Kathy grew up in Edmonton and then moved to Montreal to study professional Theatre. She enjoys working with her local community Theatre group. Her volunteer work includes, Acting and Directing and behind the scenes work, in a variety of plays and musicals.
Emily completed her 3000 hour clinical massage therapy program in 2018, at Makami College in Calgary. Having trained with a focus on orthopedic conditions and their treatment. Through her practice she has discovered a passion for healing the body through manual therapy. Emily offers a variety of treatment types, ranging from traditional relaxation and deep tissue, to more clinical cupping and myofascial release. She is also trained in modalities such as pre and post natal care and lymphatic drainage. Emily practices with a focus on postural care, adjusting techniques as needed to keep your body functioning at its most optimal state so you can be pain free.
In her free time, Emily is focused on health and wellness. With an interest in nutrition and physical health, she enjoys exercise, hiking and the outdoors.
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, laugh out loud, walking around Calgary area and discovering new restaurants.
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
Madelene completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Masters of Education specializing in Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary. She has been a Registered Psychologist since 1998 and has worked for a post-secondary institution, an Employee Assistance Program, several non-profit organizations, and a health care setting.
Madelene enjoys collaborating with other health professionals, as she believes in a holistic approach to mental health that includes physical, spiritual, and relational well-being. She works eclectically, drawing primarily (but not exclusively) from EMDR, trauma-focused, and person-centered theories. As the daughter of an elderly father, Madelene has recently developed an interest in working with seniors and their families to assist them with accessing resources, managing transitions, and supporting their mental and physical well-being.
Madelene understands that it can be difficult for people to reach out for help, especially when they are uncertain about how and where to start. Her goal is to provide an encouraging and empathic environment to assist clients on their journey towards personal healing and growth.
In her spare time, Madelene enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking, reading, gardening, and cycling.
Some of the areas that Madelene has training and experience include:
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
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.
Brandy is a born and raised Calgarian. She has also lived in British Columbia and Ontario throughout her life. Brandy has always loved working, in which she had her first job at the age of 12, being employed at a kid’s indoor playground as a ‘Party Coach’. Brandy then went on to graduate from Bow Valley College in 2010 with her Medical Office Assistant certificate and has been working at a medical clinic up until the time she joined the Provital Team.
In her spare time Brandy quite often will be out of the city on trail rides with her fiancé in their Jeep or hiking in the mountains. She likes to be surrounded by family and friends, as well as spending time with her cat and dog.
Brittney was born and raised in Medicine Hat, AB. And decided to move to Calgary for better work opportunities and big city living, when she was 19 years old. Having mostly retail jobs, Brittney ended up getting an opportunity to work as reception. Which was her first office job ever and a huge learning opportunity. Enjoying the direction of career choice, she continued to grow her Receptionist and Administration career and has since gained immense experiences in a variety of fields. Now adding Medical to the list! Brittney is extremely hardworking, eager to learn and strives to be the best she can be, with any work opportunity. Being a compassionate person, she understands the importance of customer service and makes sure she is devoting her time to making clients, customers and patients experience, a wonderful one!
In her spare time, she is learning to play piano, going to yoga classes and working part time at a yoga studio, meeting up with friends and walking her dog, Indie.
Gardener, artist and researcher, Chantal is happy to be a singular part of the solid administrative team at Provital.
Interested in humanities, Chantal uses her administrative role to connect with patients professionally and personally. What inspires her most about working at Provital is the holistic approach to meeting patients’ needs. Chantal’s specialised background in administration has contributed to her success at Provital, allowing her to enthusiastically to engage with patients in order to have their needs appropriately addressed. Her professional experiences include positions with the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, as well as local non-profit arts organizations and commercial art galleries.
Chantal is interested in art as historic research, namely through archives, as they describe histories that are both social and personal. Her favourite flower is the prairie crocus, as it acts as a signifier that winter is over and spring has begun.
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.