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Dr. Aisha Manji, ND | Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Kendra Flock, ND | Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Emma Stokes, ND | Naturopathic Doctor

Jamie Salomans, RMT |Registered Massage Therapist with 2200 hours

Jamie completed her 2200 hour massage training with honours and is very passionate about bringing patient's back to good health. Her enthusiasm with natural healing has motivated many patients to take matters in their own hands and not let any conventional system dictate their treatments. She has worked in the health care system for many years and understands what it takes to provide good customer service. She is well versed in deep tissue, Swedish, myofascial techniques, pre-natal and relaxation massage.

Jamie is also trained and certified in Jade Stone Massage Therapy. Book your Jade Stone Massage with Jamie today and see all your stress and muscle tension melt away. 


Clinic Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday: 1:00PM - 8:00PM, Tuesday: 9:00AM - 4:00PM, Friday: 9:00AM - 1:00PM, alternating Saturdays: 10AM - 5PM


Melissa Schiffner | Office Administrator

Melissa graduated from the Medical Office Assistant program from Robertson College in 2016. She is kind and caring and pays special attention to patient's needs. She is an excellent communicator and a hard worker. 


Her life is surrounded by loving friends and family. During her free time, she enjoys going to concerts, exploring new activities and cooking. Her love for her cat truly shows her caring nature.

Massage Therapists


Naturopathic Doctors

Camille McCulloch, RMT |Registered Massage Therapist with 2200 hours

Camille takes great pride in her work as a massage therapist. She has been treating patients therapeutically since 2010 after her 2200 hours massage training. She has worked at many multi-disciplinary clinics in the past but recently found herself a new "home" at Essence Wellness. She finds it most rewarding when patients enjoy her massages, get better and keep coming back for more treatment. 


Clinic Hours: Tuesday: 4:00PM-8:00PM, Wednesday & Friday: 1:00PM - 8:00PM, Saturdays: 10:00AM - 5:00PM

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Office Administrative Staff

Dr. Yvonne Cheng, TCMD |Traditional Chinese Medical Doctor, Registered Acupuncturist

Dr. Yvonne Cheng is a recent graduate of Traditional Chinese Medicine and is excited to incorporate this ancient medicine into modern clinical practice. Following her studies in Canada, Dr. Yvonne completed a clinical internship at the Traditional Chinese Medicine Teaching Hospital in the Sichuan Province of China. During that time, she studied under the most prestigious Doctors focusing her practice on gynecology, fertility, cosmetic acupuncture, weight loss and neck and lumbar pain.


Drawing on the roots of Traditional Chinese Medicine, her goal is to guide your personal growth towards realizing your health and wellness potential. Her passion is focused on anti-aging and weight loss protocols that are natural and effective. Acupuncture can help you look and feel radiant from the inside out!


Dr. Yvonne is also one of few practitioners in Calgary that is trained in performing Qi Beauty Facials. For more information on Qi Beauty Facials, click here.


Clinic Hours: Monday: 2:30PM - 8:00PM, Tuesday - Friday: 9:00AM - 8:00PM, Saturday & Sunday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM 


Member of the College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta

Dr. Wei Tan, TCMD, RMT |Traditional Chinese Medical Doctor, Registered Massage Therapist

Dr. Wei Tan is a graduate of the Calgary College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. In addition to her four-year degree, she acquired clinic skills at reputable clinics in Calgary as well as an internship at the largest hospital in central China in Wuhan (Union Hospital). Wei is also dually licensed as a Registered Massage Therapist (direct billing can be done for Acupuncture and/or Massage).


Specializing in treating acute and chronic pain relief, sports injury, cold/flu, allergies, digestive disorders, women’s health, infertility, stress relief and emotional disorders, Dr. Wei is also a practitioner of Chinese herbology and prescribes herbal formulas that can treat conditions such as GERDS, cholecystitis, urinary tract infections, infertility, hormonal imbalances, eczema, and insomnia. Her techniques also include adjunct therapies such as Cupping, Tuina (Chinese massage), Acupressure, Gua Sha and TCM nutrition.


Clinic Hours: Monday: 9:00AM-12:00PM, 2:00PM - 8:00PM, Wednesday: 4:30 PM - 8:00PM, Saturday: 10:00AM - 1:00PM


Member of the College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta
Member of the Alberta Association of Traditional Chinese Medical Doctors
Member of the National Health Practitioners of Canada
Certified in Tuina Chinese Massage


Dr. Trudy Strasser, ND, RAc | Naturopathic Doctor, Registered Acupuncturist

Dr. Trudy Strasser offers a wide range of natural, alternative treatment options for pain management, aesthetic skin rejuvenation and overall good health.  She is a trained Acupuncturist as well as a Naturopathic Doctor (direct billing can be done for Acupuncture and Naturopathic insurance). 

Dr. Strasser worked for 15 years as a medical laboratory technologist. She uses conventional and specialized laboratory services to identify dysfunction and monitor the progress of disease. She believes in an integrated approach to medicine, combining her medical laboratory knowledge with alternative therapies.


Clinic Hours: Monday: 3:00PM - 8:00PM, Tuesday: 9:00AM - 3:00PM, Friday 1:00PM - 8:00PM and Saturday 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Member of Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors
Member of the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta
Member of the College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta
Certified in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, Mesotherapy, Prolotherapy, IV Therapy

Dr. Trudy Chim, BSc, ND | Naturopathic Doctor, Clinic Director

Dr. Trudy Chim graduated from the University of Calgary in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and went on to study Naturopathy at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. She graduated the program in 2007. Having been in the health industry for many years, Dr. Chim is passionate in working with people and guiding them on their path to wellness. Dr. Chim continually strives to better her knowledge by attending seminars and enrolling in advanced training. Her topics of special interest include weight loss and management, anti-aging therapies, infertility, skin conditions and natural medical esthetics. 


On her time off she enjoys traveling, cooking, wine tasting, skiing, golfing and spending good quality time with her family. Her philosophy in life is to "live life in balance."


Clinic Hours: Monday & Wednesday: 3:00PM - 8:00PM, Tuesdays: 10:00AM - 8:00PM

Member of Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors since 2007
Member of the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta since 2007
Certified in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, Microneedling, Mesotherapy, Biopuncture, Prolotherapy, Neural Therapy, PRP Therapy, IV Intravenous Therapy (PORT & PICC)

Kayla took some time off from our clinic to take on a nursing position in Saskatchewan this summer for more experience. The good news is that she will be back to offer massage services as of October 1st, 2017! Kayla completed her 2200 hours of massage training in 2010 and has over 7 years of experience. She likes to work out and keep fit for such a demanding job. During her time off, she likes to take her dog out for long walks and go to the mountains for more hiking.  


Clinic Hours: Monday: 9:00AM - 1:00PM, Thursday: 9:00AM - 1:00PM, Friday: 1:00PM - 8:00PM, Saturdays: 10AM - 5PM


Kayla Schuster, RMT, RN |Registered Massage Therapist with 2200 hours, Registered Nurse

Alexandra Nylen, RMT |Registered Massage Therapist with 2200 hours

Alexandra graduated with honours from MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy with 2200 hours. Her skill set includes deep tissue, Swedish, myofascial techniques, as well as cupping. She is passionate about helping her clients reach their long and short term health goals and improving their quality of life. Alexandra got into massage to be able to help people escape from the stresses of life, get relief from pain, and find a moment of peace. She enjoys getting a massage as much as giving one. During her free time she engages in a lot of outdoor activities and doing various crafts. Come see her to enhance your recovery and well-being!   


Clinic Hours: Tuesday  & Friday: 1:00PM - 8:00PM, Wednesday: 9:00AM - 1:00PM, Alternating Saturdays: 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Angela Lantano, RMT |Registered Massage Therapist with 3000 hours

Angela has a passion to help people, which prompted me for her career in massage therapy. With a 3000 hours under her belt and years of experience, you can rest easy knowing you're in good hands. She incorporates relaxation massage in with myofascial release, deep tissue work, and trigger point therapy. When you combine these different techniquesm, it makes for a relaxing yet effective massage. She plans to learn more modalities in the near future to better her treatments for all her patients. She can assure you only the best from her.


Clinic Hours: Monday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM, Tuesday: 9:00AM - 1:00PM, Sunday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Dr. Aisha Manji has always had a strong belief that true healing goes beyond the physical manifestations of disease, to also encompass the emotional and spiritual components of a person. She graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto in 2008 with a special interest in homeopathy and facial rejuvenation acupuncture/cupping.


In her practice, she enjoys helping women look and feel great naturally from the inside out. Her area of focus is on the skin-gut connection, thyroid disease and female hormone conditions. On her time off, she enjoys traveling, practices yoga and meditation and enjoys hiking in the Rockies.


Clinic Hours: Monday & Wednesday: 9:00AM - 3:00PM, Alternating Sundays: 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Member of Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors since 2009
Member of the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta since 2009
Certified in IV Therapy, Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, Facial Cupping, Biopuncture



Dr. Kendra Flock graduated from Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in Vancouver. As a competitive soccer player for most of her life, Dr. Flock knows first hand the importance and value of feeling your best. Dr. Flock has a focus in anti-aging, naturopathic aesthetics, weight loss, skin health and hormonal concerns. 


Dr. Flock grew up in the Marda Loop area, so she is thrilled to be able to give back to her community. 


Clinic Hours: Wednesday: 12:00PM - 8:00PM, Thursday: 9:00AM - 1:30PM, 3:30PM - 8:00PM, Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM, Saturday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM, Alternating Sundays: 10:00AM - 5:00PM


Member of Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors
Member of the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta
Certified in IV therapy, Ozone therapy, Prolotherapy, Neural Therapy, Mesotherapy, PRP Microneedling

After receiving her Bachelor degree at the University of Calgary, Dr. Stokes attended the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, where she completed the intensive four-year Naturopathic Medicine program. She returned to Calgary in 2012. Her special interests are in restorative endocrinology - treating patients with hormone imbalances such as thyroid conditions, PCOS, menstrual issues, as well as preconception health care and infertility. She also has a large interest in skin conditions and natural anti-aging.


Dr. Stokes is extremely passionate about working with patients to help them better understand their health and its role in providing an empowered and superior quality of life. 


Clinic Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 1:30PM - 8:00PM, Alternating Sundays: 10:00AM - 5:00PM


Member of Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors since 2012
Member of the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta since 2012
Certified in IV therapy, Neural therapy

Melanie Hamilton, RMT |Registered Massage Therapist with 3000 hours

Melanie is a very experienced massage therapist with over 3000 hours of massage training. She is an organized and high energy therapist. Her practice style focuses on Sports and Deep Tissue Therapeutic Massage, Trigger Point Therapy and Prenatal Massage.


During her free time, Melanie likes to work out and train her body for optimal strength for massage. She also loves spending time with all her kids and bake cookies with them. 


Clinic Hours: Monday: 5:00PM - 8:00PM, Wednesday & Friday: 9:00AM - 1:00PM, Sunday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Chelsy Royal | Office Administrator

Chelsy is a very outgoing and spontaneous young lady. She loves travelling and spending time with her beautiful family. Chelsy graduated from Cosmopolitan Make-up Artistry College in 2012 and in her spare time she does freelance makeup and love making people look and feel good.


She loves the simple things in life like reading a good book, eating fresh fruit and listening to the rain. Most of all, she finds it comforting when she can be surrounded by positive people and the ones she loves.