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Meet the Clayton Park Chiropractic Centre Team

Clayton Park Chiropractic Centre team

Welcome! We’re so glad you’re here!

 


Chiropractor Halifax assistant, Kate Wong

Kate Wong, Chiropractic Assistant

By chance, I came across this job from a patient of Dr. Doug’s when finishing my maternity leave. I applied and had a long phone interview with Natasha during which time we immediately “clicked”. She had the same optimistic personality that I believe I have, and I knew that we would be two peas in a pod. After my second interview with Dr. Doug I knew that he would be a man that I would love to work for (and he is!)

Being a new mother, alternative methods of health care had become a new interest of mine when considering my daughter’s future health. Learning that chiropractic care could help with her sleeping habits (or lack thereof) and constipation issues turned me into an avid chiro cheerleader. Had I known about the benefits for pregnancy and newborns I would have been here as a patient a lot sooner!

The clinic has come to mean more to me than a just job. Not only am I benefitting from the knowledge so readily shared with me through all of the practitioners, but I have made incredible friendships with both staff and patients that mean a great deal to me.

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Chiropractor Halifax assistant Natasha

Natasha Hughes, Chiropractic Assistant

I grew up always loving people and thought I may pursue a nursing career, however the sight of blood made me faint, so I had to change my career path. My background is in the sales and service industry. I worked for a local newspaper for ten years and had started my own home business so that when our first daughter, Mackenzie came along in 1999 I could be a stay at home mom. We welcomed our second daughter, Kaitlyn in 2001.

I operated a home based day care for six years, which allowed me to be home with my girls. Raising my own children was always a top priority. Once the children were old enough to be on their own after school, I thought perhaps I would go outside my home to work again. The local golf course was hiring, so guess who became their new server? It was fun, I never considered it work and most of all, I loved the people.

Early spring 2014 a friend called to say she had interviewed for a job as a chiropractic assistant in the city. She said it was not for her but thought it could be great for me. With no medical experience and extremely limited knowledge of chiropractic care, I applied.

After a long phone conversation, followed by a lengthy interview I had the job. I quickly learned that chiropractic care can help anyone from an infant baby to the elderly. I absolutely fell in love with the holistic approach to health care.

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After three short months my best friend called to say her chiropractor was looking for someone at his clinic. She always had great things to say about “her chiropractor.” I sent my resume, had an interview with Julie when the clinic was on the Bedford Highway. I went in as a stranger, left with a hug, a new friend and a new job.

In August I came to the new clinic here at Kearney Lake to meet Dr. Doug. I knew immediately that he was the person I was meant to work with. His strong love of his family shone through along with a great relationship with his staff. Dr. Doug fixed my sciatica, plantar fasciitis and with regular adjustments keeps me feeling great. After two and a half years I love it here more every day than when I started. The patients are incredible and have become friends, my co-workers have become like family.

I believe by surrounding oneself with positive, happy people it creates a healthy mind, body and spirit. If you are a new patient or someone who has been a patient for years, you will always receive a warm greeting, we’ll know your name and you will have the very best of care.


Chiropractor Halifax fitness expert Ashley Howatt

Ashley Howatt, Kinesiologist/Personal Trainer

I have been active ever since I can remember. As a kid, I was riding bikes, running through the woods, or playing ball with the neighborhood kids. Throughout my school years I played intramurals and sports as often as I could, which led me in the direction of pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics with a minor in Health Sciences from St. Francis Xavier University.

I also graduated as a Certified Personal Trainer through the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiologists, which I still maintain, as well as through the Certified Professional Trainers Network. Most recently I have become a C.H.E.K. Exercise Coach through the C.H.E.K Institute and am recognized as a Level 1 EIMC (Exercise is Medicine Canada) Exercise Professional. I am also a certified Personal Trainer through Can-Fit-Pro, a level 1 Agatsu Certified Kettlebell Instructor, and am certified on TRX suspension training.

Throughout my years as an athlete, especially while playing tackle football for seven years, I have had numerous injuries, including a few major ones to my back. I firmly believe regular chiropractic care, massage therapy, and changing my workout routines to fix my posture, muscular imbalances, and by improving my core strength, has decreased my back pain immensely and prevented many other injuries.

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Since graduating from University, I have worked in a number of gyms, working my way up the ranks, and learning more and more every day. While working as a full-time Personal Trainer for seven years with GoodLife, I attended numerous courses and conferences to further my knowledge. I was presented with a number of awards, including Trainer of the Year in Nova Scotia, and was selected as one of the top 500 Employees in the company across the country four years in a row.

Helping my clients change their lives for the better through a holistic approach is very rewarding. Whether it be improving their strength and conditioning, mobility and posture, coaching them on healthy eating and healthy living, or helping them to move better and live pain free, has been so rewarding. I am passionate about helping people with my holistic approach to health and fitness and am very excited to be a part of the great team here at Clayton Park Chiropractic Centre! I look forward to meeting you!


Michelle Holmes Registered Massage Therapist & Osteopathic Practitioner (in study)

Michelle Holmes, Massage Therapist

Since I was a little girl, I have had a passion for helping people, so, in 2001, I graduated from the Canadian College of Natural Medicine and Massage Therapy as a Registered Massage Therapist.

I strive to help people through some very trying times. Whether it is due to a motor vehicle accident, long suffering of chronic pain, emotional distress or any debilitating problem, I feel I can reach each individual’s needs and make a profound difference in all of my patients well being. Treating the cause of ones demise, it is important to tend to a person’s entire self, as body, mind and soul go hand in hand, and I hope to always be successful in healing and balancing all three.

I believe that I have an intuitive feel for people’s problems and would like to spend the rest of my life doing and caring for others, who need my help.

My passion for massage began when I was 19. My Great Grandmother was bedridden and suffered from emphysema. With her shortness of breath and poor circulation, it was necessary to promote better breathing. Unaware of what massage could do and void of the proper skills, I spent many hours trying to rub her back in the effort to facilitate the expulsion of her phlegm, aiding in better respiration. Due to the lack of circulation, I would then try my hands to her peripheral musculature hoping to increase her blood flow, bringing warmth to her arthritic frail hands.

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She was such a huge part of my world and to this day, with every patient that I treat, she is my true inspiration to unraveling the mystery of ones’ missing link, the completion of their healthy body, mind and soul.

I attended the Canadian College of Natural Medicine and Massage Therapy in Bedford. After a few years of being immersed in the work field, I chose to go back to school and retire myself from the retail business. The program entailed much more than what I ever imagined. It was so much more than just the massaging of muscles. The curriculum delivered a vast amount of knowledge that was obtained throughout our 2 year, 2200 hour program. It covered the physiology of our human machine, the pathology’s and diseases that could inflict people’s lives as well as being given an extensive grounding on the treatment based way of practicing. It taught me that you treat the person and not the disease. The faculty prided themselves on teaching this very diverse knowledge base, so that upon graduation we were prepared and confident to treat whatever challenge presented to our office, and I am.

Working with patients as a massage therapist is a very “hands- on- type” of profession and with that, I feel it is extremely important to be intuitive to each individual’s needs, as everyone is different.

I have had many instructors and people that have changed my life so I can be that tool to help people heal and enjoy their quality of life again. I owe many thanks to each and every person that was a part of my educational marathon. My journey to learn will never be complete, as we are always students to the medical field and the day I stop wanting to learn, is the day I will take my diploma off the wall and retire.

I aim to educate my patient’s on how to find their internal balance. It is extremely important that each and every person that enters my office is comfortable, as I believe the building of a strong rapport between patient and practitioner, is the beginning of their journey to good health. If they are not at ease with the therapist or with their treatment, their mission to self healing is basically futile.

The confidence and willingness to obtain knowledge of ones self is essential, as it is the road to a persons’ internal map. Once on this new path, one is able to practice proper new health habits and abort the old. This new path is essential to one’s good health, as I am just the catalyst in their journey to heal. What I find most fulfilling and soul-satisfying is to observe the smile on a patient’s face when they have obtained what internal balance, that they desired to achieve.

I grew up in a very loving, close knit family. It was very important to my parents that all four of their children were brought up with good morals and values. Many hours were spent teaching us the importance of respect, not only within our household but to all our elders and fellow mates. We were always encouraged to reach the sky and nothing was to be deemed impossible so long as hard work and dedication were practiced. I love and adore my parents and siblings beyond words and know in my heart that the person I have become is completely due to the consistent teachings and unconditional love that my parents nurtured us with from the time we entered this world. It was the sacrifice and unselfish nature of both my mom and dad, who have made me the person that I have become today.

As all little girls, I wanted to find the prince on that white horse to fulfill and complete my fairy tale but until last year, my glass slipper was unfounded. In my heart I yearned to find someone that held the same stoic characteristics and nature as my dad, who in my world is my male hero.

I met that man, the one every girl dreams of and I am the richest girl in the universe for it. Sharing much of the same passions and activities, time just passes too fast for the both of us, as every moment with he and my family are more precious than words could ever express.

I love to cook, so when planning out meals, we try and maintain a well balanced diet of lots of greens, adequate amounts of protein and fruits. We basically follow the Canada Food Guide as much as possible, followed with lots of water throughout the day.

We reside on a vast amount of land that requires a lot of attention, so daily, we find ourselves exhausted from the fresh air and fun outdoor chores that at the same time, allows us to sit back and admire our hard work. We have many trails to walk and we investigate new places on the weekend for hours at a time, meeting new neighbors and learning our surroundings at the same time. My family practice eating a well balanced eating plan as well, and they are all active incorporating exercise whenever possible.

I have the mind set that our body has the ability to heal itself. With proper care of the human machines that we are, I feel we build our own antibodies to what ails us and will be healthier in the end for it. As for antibiotics or over the counter pain relievers, I don’t take anything unless I’ve exhausted all other avenues. I feel there is a place for traditional medicine but it shouldn’t be abused and it’s not the only path to heal. Antibiotics certainly have their place in the health field and when necessary, it is the route that should be taken. I have the same line of thinking when it comes to over the counter medications. If all other alternative routes have been employed, then I will resort to taking the other path.

Thank you for taking the time to read a little about me. I hope to be fortunate enough to meet you in person and have you tell me about you and what makes you, you. Check out our link and feel free to email me so we can arrange a time to enter you onto your new journey, your path to health, to completely balancing your body, mind and soul.


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