Dr. Sarah Brise DC, BSc
Certified Strength and
Conditioning Specialist (NSCA CSCS)
Dr. Sarah Brise grew up in Prince George British Columbia. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Victoria. While at UVic Sarah played on the varsity volleyball team and was twice awarded CIS Academic All-Canadian. Sarah then attended Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto earning her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree in 2008. She is also a certified Active Release Techniques (A.R.T. ® ) provider and NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
Sarah believes in a holistic, patient-centered approach to health care, encouraging patients to take an active role in their health. As a chiropractor and kinesiologist, Sarah uses her fitness and rehab experience to design custom exercise and stretching programs for her patients, as well as using A.R.T. to treat muscle and ligament injuries, and chiropractic adjustments to encourage optimal joint function. She strives to provide quality health care to all patients, ranging from treatment of infants and toddlers to chiropractic care during pregnancy, treatment of athletic injuries, workplace injuries, and relief from everyday aches and pains.
Dr. Brise loves living in Kamloops, where the possibilities are endless for exploring the outdoors and pursuing an active lifestyle. Sarah has a wealth of experience in elite and recreational sports, including volleyball, soccer, downhill and cross-country skiing, marathon running, and triathlon. In recent years, Sarah enjoyed an 1800-mile cycling trip down the west coast, and in 2010 completed the Penticton Ironman triathlon.
Dr. Laura McCall DC, BSc
Dr. Laura McCall was born and raised in Kamloops, BC. After high school Laura attended TRU (UCC) and attained a Bachelor of Science degree. She worked summers with the TRU children’s science program, Eureka.
During this time Laura had her first Chiropractic treatment and received guidance and encouragement to pursue Chiropractics professionally. This took Laura to Toronto for four years where she completed her chiropractic education while also being a part time nanny to 3 children.
Having always been a Kamloopsian at heart, Laura quickly returned to Kamloops and started her practice at Aberdeen Chiropractic Clinic where she practiced for 6 years.
Wanting to give back to the community that has always supported her, Dr. McCall joined the Boogie the Bridge committee where she has been volunteering for the past 6 years. She is past President of the newly formed Boogie the Bridge non-profit society, which funds local charities for low income families.
Laura’s love of children has also led her to sit on the planning committee for the Power of Being a Girl annual YMCA conference, as well as her volunteer work with the local schools.
In keeping with healthy living, Dr McCall has personally maintained an active lifestyle through Run Club, Power Yoga, Pilates and hiking. She ran her first half marathon in Banff in September 2010.
Dr. McCall believes in a caring, active approach to patient care. By combining health education and chiropractic techniques with at home stretches and exercise programs, patients can take an active role in their own health and well being. Laura also utilizes many other health professionals in the treatment plans for her patients. To provide comprehensive, individualized, well rounded care, Dr McCall has developed professional relationships with various local practitioners to ensure that all aspects of her patients’ health are addressed and respected.
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Dr. Emily Middleton DC, BSc
Dr. Emily Middleton grew up in Iola, Kansas. After high school she attended Pittsburg State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree while also participating in track and field. In 2014 she obtained her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from University of Western States in Portland, Oregon.
Emily believes in a course of treatment that involves hands-on care as well as patient education and the patient taking an active role in their recovery. She combines Diversified chiropractic technique, instrument assisted soft tissue massage, as well as at home exercises and stretches tailored to each person’s individual needs to aide in improving quality of life.
Dr. Middleton spends much of her free time playing recreational volleyball and hiking local Kamloops trails. She looks forward to bringing a little bit of her own motivation and expertise to help residents of Kamloops live a healthy and active lifestyle.
Tania Jenson RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Tania was born and raised in Montreal. It was while she was visiting Whistler that she immediately felt at home in British Columbia. She spent three years enjoying this massive playground as an avid snowboarder and rock climber. It was then and there that she was first exposed the amazing benefits of therapeutic massage through personal injuries. Tania studied at the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy and since successful completion of the program & registration in October 2005, she has been working abroad.
It is her passion for well-being and healthy living that has been the driving force behind her personal journey of travel, life, and work. Tania managed her own clientele for the past five years in the south of France mostly within the yachting industry. Recently, she has gravitated back towards the area and experienced the last two winters working for Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing as a massage therapist.
She applies her knowledge and experience to customize all her treatments to meet the needs of each individual. Tania practices systemic deep tissue massage techniques to release any restrictions within the tissues. To compliment deep tissue work, she intersperses passive range of motion and stretching which she developed from Thai Massage training. Other skilled techniques of hers are myofascial and trigger point therapy. She also incorporates diaphragmatic breath work to facilitate the healing process and relaxation. She always explains and educates accordingly and again each treatment is tailored to meet individual needs.
Tania is excited to be joining the team at Kamloops Active Health and to start exploring the area for its outdoor possibilities. Also look for out for her as she begins teaching yoga in the community.
James McGettigan RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
James grew up in Terrace, British Columbia, where he enjoyed the Northern BC landscape, rock climbing, snowboarding/ski touring, hiking & mountain biking. From Terrace he moved to Vernon, BC where he attended the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy, and graduated from the 3-year program June 2007. He practiced first in the Vernon area, and in 2008 moved to the beautiful Kamloops area with his family where they are enjoying everything Kamloops has to offer.
James believes in giving his patients the best quality of care using research, continuing education and skill development. This ensures each and every patient receives personalized treatments to meet their healthcare needs. James also considers collaboration with other healthcare providers, patient education and a patients’ involvement in their own recovery to be very important parts of treatment protocols.
Some of the techniques James uses in his practice are: Myofascial Release, deep tissue massage, Swedish Massage, active/passive stretching, trigger point release, active/passive musculoskeletal release, joint mobilizations, and corrective taping.
James serves on various committees for the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC). He served as vice president during 2009, and was the president of the organization from 2010 to 2013. The CMTBC is the regulatory body for BC RMT's, and it acts on behalf of all British Columbians to ensure registered massage therapists always deliver safe and effective treatments.
James is happy to be working with a wonderful group of professionals at Kamloops Active Health and looks forward to continuing to explore the Kamloops area and all its outdoor adventures with his wife and two sons. He strives to consistently provide high quality healthcare for the citizens of Kamloops. See you out there!
Jason Morrison RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Jason was born in Kamloops B.C. He was raised on Morrison Ranches in Knutsford for the majority of his childhood. In 1989 the Morrisons sold their ranch in which Jason was the 4th generation and ventured into the outskirts of the city for the remainder of his childhood.
In his teens Jason showed an interest in massage therapy. Having a family member with chronic headaches and back pain, Jason would massage their neck and back to relieve their pain. The feeling and sense of reward in helping others is what brought Jason to massage therapy at a young age.
In order to put himself through school, he had many different jobs from landscaping to rock scaling, but always with his mind on massage therapy.
Along with massage, health and wellness has always been an important part of his life. Weight training and cardiovascular training have helped him to continue full time practice as a massage therapist for over 8 years.
Jason graduated from the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in 2004. During this time he had the opportunity to work on university athletes, the Vancouver Canucks, and has since continued working with athletes from Thompson Rivers University and Olympics athletes as well.
Jason’s most outstanding accomplishment has been his marriage to his beautiful wife Stephanie, and his two adorable and wonderful daughters. As a devoted father he enjoys spending the majority of his time with his family, engaging in various outdoor activities at their rustic cabin outside of Kamloops.
Jason’s approach is one based on complete assessments, treatment plans and follow-up homecare such as strengthening and stretching programs based on the patient’s needs. The ability to get to the root of his patient’s problem, not just treating symptoms, is extremely important.
In joining the team at Kamloops Active Health, he hopes to contribute to what is an already stellar reputation both in quality of treatments and friendly, comfortable atmosphere.
Lonna Neill RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Lonna has just recently moved to Kamloops and is thrilled to join the practice at Kamloops Active Health.
Lonna moved from Northern Manitoba in 2007 to pursue her career as a massage therapist. Studying at the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy, she graduated in the spring of 2009. While attending massage college she worked at a spa and enjoyed helping others through relaxation exercises. While she found that type of massage greatly beneficial, it did not always get to the root of her client's problem. After graduating she stayed on at the spa where her knowledge and experience allowed her to help her clients further as a Registered Massage Therapist.
Having now moved to Kamloops, Lonna is accepting new clients at Kamloops Active Health. Says Lonna, "I am already enjoying the community and cannot wait to start another chapter in my life".
Lonna performs an in-depth assessment of all clients to help determine the cause of dysfunction or pain and help them on their path to wellness. She is passionate about her work and thoroughly enjoys helping others.
Treatment Options Include: 30, 45, 60, or 90 minute Therapeutic Massage.
Treatments almost always include some type of home care exercises or stretches so you can further your health between visits.
Lonna's goal is to help her clients achieve their goals – whether decreasing pain, overcoming an injury/aliment, or de-stressing their body. If you have a specific condition, want to prevent injury, maintain health, or decrease tension, a Registered Massage Therapist may be the right choice for you.
Ayla Scholz RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Ayla Scholz grew up in a variety of places including Austria and a remote northern BC trapline. She graduated from Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in 2013 and had been in Kamloops since 2014.
Outside of work, Ayla's passions are focused mainly around horses and getting out of town to hike, camp, and travel. She has worked in various aspects of the horse industry ranging from racetrack to ploughing match and has completed an equine movement and massage therapy certification.
Ayla is fascinated with the human body and is a firm believer in massage as an effective form of healing and preventative medicine which works to bring the body to its optimal functional state. She believes in working with, not on, her clients to help achieve a body that has freedom of movement, is strong, balanced, aligned, pain free and resilient. To do this, she incorporates techniques such as myofascial release, muscle energy, swedish massage, positional release, visceral manipulation and craniosacral techniques as well as giving appropriate exercises and homecare. She is always amazed at how each client can teach her something new and looks forward to continue learning throughout her career.
Coral Nast, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Coral is originally from Metchosin, a coastal village west of Victoria. She graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2009, completing the 3000 hour course. Before joining Kamloops Active Health in February 2017, Coral worked in Lillooet and Whitehorse. Currently, she also treats patients in Lytton one day every two weeks.
Coral strives to offer thorough therapeutic massage treatment, investigating the root cause of a client's symptoms. Your treatment may include assessment, myo-fascial stretching, deep tissue massage including muscle stripping and trigger point release, contract-relax, stretching and strengthening, joint mobilizations, and muscle energy technique for the spinal and pelvic joints. Appropriate home care suggestions are also given to promote patient understanding, participation and furthering of your treatment goals.
Very recently, Coral and her husband hiked for six months, completing the 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail in the eastern United States. Plans for another long-distance hike are most-likely inevitable! Eager for regular exercise and a firm believer that the human body is made to move, she hikes as much as she can in the Greater Kamloops area and beyond. She is also an avid gardener, naturalist, and southern Appalachian old-time musician.