Pemberton Valley Wellness

About

Passion. Experience. Diligence.

 

Our multi-disciplinary wellness team provides a holistic blend of Chiropractic, Registered Massage Therapy, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Acupuncture and Spa Therapy. With our many treatment options, we want to provide you and your family with the tools to help you live your best life everyday. We aim to provide a personalized team approach to your overall wellness and we are dedicated to helping you achieve your health and lifestyle goals.

Our Mission

To help people of all ages discover the full potential that comes from achieving great health. We aim to provide a healing experience through the holistic blend of Chiropractic, Registered Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Cranial Sacral Therapy, and Spa Therapy. We strive to maintain a healing and energetic environment for our patients, their friends, and family members. Our team is motivated to empower our patients and help them reach their ultimate health and wellness goals.

 

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We at Pemberton Valley Wellness know that finding the right Health Practitioner to treat you and your family you is a choice not to be taken lightly. That’s why we offer free consultations to walk you through your needs, the scope of your goals, and your budget.

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Our Team

 
 
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Clinic Owner, Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr. Shannon Paul

Dr. Paul is a 1997 graduate of Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. She has been in the Whistler-Pemberton area for 16 years and loves the family chiropractic practice she has developed.  She has been the owner of Pemberton Valley Wellness since 2008, and feels blessed to live in Pemberton.  When she isn’t at the office, you may catch Dr. Paul out with her husband and daughter having fun, running, skiing Blackcomb, hitting the mountain bike trails or maybe even waterskiing on Gates Lake!

Dr. Paul takes a particular interest in pediatrics and pregnancy. Educating the community about the importance of chiropractic for infants and children is one of Dr. Paul’s many goals. Ensuring that children have a healthy, mobile spine is essential for proper growth and development; it is as important as seeing the dentist and the eye doctor. Problems can be detected and corrected before they become a serious problem.

Chiropractic is safe and effective for kids of all ages!

 

Education

QUEENS UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Science, 1993

CANADIAN MEMORIAL CHIROPRACTIC COLLEGE
Doctor of Chiropractic, 1997

ONGOING EDUCATION
Ongoing education in chiropractic research, and pediatric care

Activities & Affiliations

• Growing Great Children, Co-Chair
• Pemberton and District Public Library's Parent Infant Drop-in, Health and pregnancy outreach speaker
• Skiing
• Camping
• Paddle Boarding
• LOVE being a mom to my daughter Mariya

 

 

 
The human body has the power to heal itself, but sometimes needs help putting that power into action!
 
 
 

 
 
 

Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr. Peggy Howard

Dr. Howard studied Biology at the University of Victoria and Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre before starting her chiropractic career at C.M.C.C. in Toronto, ON.  Human health, anatomy and physiology were her favorite subjects and when she combined that with a desire to work with her hands, she discovered a natural transition to chiropractic care.

During her clinical placement position at St. Michael’s Hospital in the downtown core, Dr. Howard developed a passion for wellness centered care including: exercise prescription,rehabilitation, nutrition and lifestyle coaching.  Implementing manual joint manipulation, and soft tissue techniques, Dr Howard is thrilled to offer a unique treatment plan for each of her patients.

With its stunning mountains and beautiful valley, Pemberton reminds her of her hometown of Smithers, B.C., and she knew she wanted to explore the community and culture from the moment she first visited.  She enjoys a variety of activities, including road biking, long distance running, cross country, back country and alpine skiing and hiking.

 

 

Education

CANADIAN MEMORIAL CHIROPRACTIC COLLEGE
Doctor of Chiropractic, 2015

 

Activities & Affiliations

   • Pemberton Lion's Club, Membership Director
   • Spud Valley Nordics, Cross Country Ski Coach
   • Rock Climbing
   • Hiking
   • Skiing
   • Camping

 

 
 

 
 
 

Registered Massage Therapist
R.m.t., c.p.m.t.

Cathy Benns

Cathy Benns first began her connection to massage early in life. Training as a competitive gymnast, she learned the many ways that the body can be stretched, strengthened and challenged. Massage came naturally to Cathy, as it was part of her daily competitive training regime. Giving and receiving massage helped to inspire her to further her understanding of the human body.

Cathy comes with a wealth of experience and knowledge, and her educational credits alone boast her enthusiasm in healthcare and wellness.  Cathy studied Kinesiology at S.F.U., where she also completed her Health and Fitness Certificate, Aerobics Instructor Certificate and Personal Trainer Certificate before she continued on to the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy to study massage therapy. She has since furthered her studies in myofascial, cranial and viseral release to help treat the many sports injuries that presented in the office, and continues to seek further education in pediatric, prenatal, postnatal and family care.

Cathy loves to be able to walk to work and is proud to be a part of the Pemberton Valley Wellness Team. She enjoys the many activities that the valley offers, and continues to teach gymnastics. Cathy is happy to be raising her family in such a wonderfully supportive and connected community!

 

 Education

SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY
Health and Fitness Certificate, 1995

OKANAGAN VALLEY COLLEGE OF MASSAGE THERAPY
Massage Therapy Diploma (3000 Hour Program), 1999

Certifications and Continuing Education

•Nationally Certified Gymnastics Coach, 1990
•B.C.R.P.A., Exercise to Music Certification, 1995
•Sports First Aid, 1995
•Taping Level 1, Level 2
•Pregnancy and Beyond, 2000
•Pre and Postnatal Fitness 2004
•Myofascial Release, 2001, 2005
•Visceral Level 1, 2007
•Cranial, Visceral, Myofascial Release for Pelvis
•Paediatric Massage Certification, 2010
•Thai Pregnancy Massage Certification, 2012
•Labour Massage and Support, 2012
•Integrated Systems Model for Treating Women's Health 2015
•Mental Health and Massage Therapy, 2017

Activities & Affiliations

• Growing Great Children, Co-Chair
• Cops for Cancer Ride, Massage Therapist
• Pemberton Gymnastics, Coach
• BMX and Hockey Mom
• Pemberton and District Public Library's Parent Infant Drop-in, Volunteer Speaker
•C.M.T.B.C., Registered Massage Therapist

 

 
 

 
 
 
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Registered Massage Therapist
R.m.t.

Stephanie Lillico

Stephanie's path and passion for health and wellness began in Ottawa, where she studied Massage and Nutrition before moving to Nelson, BC to further her skills in a spa setting. Inspired to finish her Massage Therapy training, Stephanie completed the 3000 hour Registered Massage Therapy Diploma program at the Okanagan College of Massage Therapy in 2010.

Her treatment style is quite diverse, and she prides herself on being able to customize her treatment to suit each patient's needs.  Stephanie combines many different techniques including, but not limited to, myofascial therapy, neuro-muscular therapy, positional release, visceral work, cranial sacral therapy, reflexology, range of motion exercises, and active and passive stretching.

Stephanie is very adamant about involving her clients in the treatment process through education about lifestyle, posture, and teaching home care exercises such as stretching, strengthening and hydrotherapy.

Her passions include skiing, playing hockey, snowshoeing, hiking, mountain biking, personal fitness, yoga, nutrition and music.

 

Education

OKANAGAN VALLEY COLLEGE OF MASSAGE THERAPY
Registered Massage Therapist, 2010

 

Activities & Affiliations

•Hiking
•Skiing
•Snowmobiling
•Dirt Biking
•Painting
•Gardening

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Registered ACUPUNCTURIST

Chris Parsons


Chris Parsons has been practicing Acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine and Craniosacral therapy in Whistler since 2005 and in Pemberton since 2007. In his fourth year of study at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences, Chris travelled to Beijing, China, where he spent four months full time working under many highly experienced doctors at Tong Ren hospital. In working alongside the Masters of acupuncture, herbal medicine and massage, Chris gained a deep appreciation for the practical skills used daily, to great effect, in the hospital setting in China.  From chronic pain issues, stress, headaches/migraines, and prenatal care, Chris has worked with a variety of patients with diverse age and health levels, and has seen the benefits that Acupuncture is able to offer.  Along with his hands-on health and wellness practice, Chris has been teaching classes and seminars in Tai Chi and Qi Gong to various groups; educational Institutions, First Nations communities, seniors activity groups, community centres and private clients.

With over 20 years of practical experience in the martial and healing arts, Chris believes that the combination of self treatment through daily movement practices such as Tai Chi, Qi Gong and the ever popular Yoga, along with hands-on treatments such as Acupuncture, is the path to health and longevity.  Passionate about helping others find their highest potential in health and life, Chris strives to provide the tools and methods for his clients to expand their understanding and trust in the wisdom and natural healing potential of the body.
 

Education

Bachelor of Science of Natural Health (Honors), 1998

ACADEMY OF CLASSICAL ORIENTAL MEDICINE
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Degree (3600 hour program), 2005

Continuing Education and Experience

•Tong Ren Hospital in Beijing, China, Herbal Medicine, Acupuncturist and Therapeutic Massage Therpaist, 2005
 

Activities & Affiliations

•Qi Gong Instructor
•Registered Acupuncturist
•Community Acupuncture for local Seniors, First Nations, and Education institutions.
•Mountain Biking
•Tai Chi
•Jiu Jitsu
•Skateboarding
•Skiing and Snowboarding

 

 
 

 
 
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ESTHETICIAN
(EMINENCE ORGANIC SKIN CARE)

Erin Worrod

Growing up in Pemberton, B.C., Erin has always had an appreciation for the outdoors and nature. She is continuously involved in our wonderful community, always aiming to bring nature and people together whether it be through connecting people with wonderful plants for their garden in the springtime as The Plant Lady, or through skin and nail health with her esthetic services.

Erin is our in-clinic esthetician and Eminence Organic Skin Care Representative; a top of the line organic and bio-dynamically grown skin care line from Hungary.  Erin brings with her a wealth of plant knowledge, wellness expertise, and a calming and positive presence to fully treat not only your skin health, but your body, mind and spirit as well.

Education

BLANCHE MACDONALD
Certified Esthetician, 2007

Activities & Affiliations

•Eminence Organic Skin Care, Esthetician
•Gardener
•Dog Mom
 

 

 
 

 
 

 

CHIROPRACTIC OFFICE MANAGER

Brooke Meeker

Brooke was born and raised in Ontario, but the call of the mountains brought her to BC in 1997, and she hasn’t looked back! She and her husband moved to Pemberton in 2009 after the arrival of their first son, and it immediately felt like home.

Brooke has spent the last 8 years raising her two boys, and enjoying the mountains to the fullest as an avid skier and mountain biker.

 
 

Education

UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO
B.A. Sociology, 1997

Activities & Affiliations

•Mountain Biking
•Skiing
•Yoga
Secretary of the Signal Hill PAC

 

 

 
 
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CHIROPRACTIC OFFICE ASSISTANT

Franzi Schnyder

After graduating from The University of Zurich, Switzerland, Franzi worked in Radio-Therapy for 13 years, during which time she attended several workshops pertaining to Naturopathy, which interested her very much.

Franzi enjoys gardening, crafting, nature photography, mushrooming, berry picking, camping and everything that the great outdoors has to offer her. Franzi has a passion for traveling and on one of her adventures, she found herself in Mount Currie, BC, where she happened to then meet her partner. In 2004, Franzi made the move to Pemberton and has been here ever since.

 

 
 

 

 

Activities & Affiliations

•Gardening
•Traveling

 

 

 
 
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WEB DESIGNER, GRAPHICS DESIGNER, SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETER

Kalmia Hockin

Sadly, Kalmia no longer lives in beautiful Pemberton, B.C., as she has relocated to the Lower Mainland to return to school, however she works with the clinic remotely, handling our online needs.

She has interests in traveling, art in all of its formats, jiu jitsu, books, reading, records, as well as natural medicine practices.

 
 

Education

UNIVERSITY OF THE FRASER VALLEY
 Theatre Arts Diploma, 2009

 

Continuing Education

•Over 64 Credits in English, Art History and Theatre

Activities & Affiliations

•Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

•Reading, Cooking, Eating