Dr. Brodie Nadeau, Chiropractor

Dr. Brodie Nadeau's interest in health care began with an Undergraduate degree in Microbiology & Immunology from Western University which then transitioned into Graduate education at the University of Toronto in a Cancer Research laboratory in the field of Molecular & Medical Genetics.  While appreciative of the great importance of this line of work, Dr. Brodie desired to be on the front lines of health care where he could positively impact people's lives more directly.

Talking with members of the profession and drawing on his own chiropractic experiences Dr. Brodie knew a career as a chiropractor would be an amazing life experience.  He graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2007, as a classmate of Dr. Dee.

Originally from small-town Ontario where he was the owner and operator of a multidisciplinary health care clinic, Dr. Brodie decided to make the move to Nelson after many enjoyable visits where he was inspired by the commitment to healthy living by its citizens.  As someone who has always enjoyed being physically active, Dr. Brodie is excited to offer his expertise to help keep Nelsonites mobile in their places of work, sport, and pleasure.

Dr. Dee Anne Gelinas, Chiropractor

Dr. Dee Anne Nadeau was born and raised in Nelson, BC. After graduating high school, she went on to complete her degree in Human Kinetics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.  Having always had a passion for studying anatomy and physiology of the body, Dr. Dee knew she wanted to pursue a career in the health care field and this first degree was merely a stepping stone to something she always dreamed of.

With careful deliberation and research, and recalling her experience with a skilled sports practitioner who helped her through all of her own personal sports injuries while in Vancouver, Dr. Dee decided on the field of Chiropractic.

In 2003, Dr. Dee moved to Toronto to attend the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Pursuing a strong interest in sports medicine and nutrition, Dr. Dee dedicated herself to taking extra courses along the way to specialize in sports therapy. Soon after graduating in 2007, an opportunity opened up in Nelson and she made the journey back home to practice. With her own love and passion for sports, water, and the outdoors Dr. Dee could not be happier to be back in Nelson doing what she loves to do.

Stu McDonald, Physiotherapist

Stu McDonald was born and raised in Nelson, BC. A calling for growth and education landed him in New Zealand where he finished at the top of his class in Physiotherapy. Stu worked primarily with the athletic population treating "weekend warriors" to professional athletes in Auckland. After the birth of their daughter, Meiwah, Stu and his wife Lisa moved back to the Kootenays. He is now practicing in Nelson and is excited to give back to the community that raised and nurtured him.

Stu believes in a holistic practice that incorporates exercise rehabilitation, manual-therapy including dry needling, and education. Most importantly, Stu believes in staying evidence-informed, meaning your treatment will be based on the most current literature and best practice in Physiotherapy.

Stu's presence allows for an even more diverse range of therapeutic options under one roof with ease of interpractitioner communication and collaboration which we expect will serve your health interests well.

Kristie Elliot, RMT

Kristie Elliot grew up in Ottawa and studied Kinesiology at Lakehead Univeristy. Upon graduating she moved west to pursue a career in Massage Therapy inspired by a fascination of the human body through movement.

She graduated with the 3000 hour program from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2005. After a 7-year stint at Moveo Sport and Rehabilitation Centre in North Vancouver, Kristie settled into the Kootenays. Kristie offers individual programs to obtain optimal function through soft tissue work, joint mobilization, assessment, exercise, and patient education in a caring environment.

Kristie's passion lies in trail running and she loves treating runners both through their normal training and during injury recovery. She has taken several courses related to running injuries and has volunteered at several trail running races providing post race massages. Away from the clinic she will continue to explore the mountains of the West Kootenays and the surrounding biking trails for running opportunities. She also looks forward to finishing up their fixer-upper home and developing her gardening interests.

Lila Taylor, RMT

Lila Taylor is a true Kootenay girl born at the end of the road in Johnsons Landing. Lila comes from a family of massage therapists, but it wasn't until taking a massage course in Thailand after high school that she became passionate about massage therapy. Lila graduated from Okanagan School of Massage Therapy in 2013, and has since done courses in osteopathic and fascial techniques as well as therapeutic exercise for the spine.

Through listening to the body and thoughtful communication, Lila enjoys building relationships with her clients and assisting them in their specific goals. She loves working with clients to alleviate pain and bring relief to issues of chronic discomfort and is always blown away at how the client's body is able to heal and utilizes her expertise to assist in the healing process.

When her husband isn't roping her into renovation projects, Lila finds her self most happy at home and adventuring in the outdoors. She is an avid hiker, skier and prefers to spend most of her time outside with her dogs..

Kristin Ditzel, Acupuncturist

Kristin Ditzel comes to Vitality with an extensive background in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Her intuitive and caring qualities naturally led her to study this ancient art of medicine. Kristin studied acupuncture in Ontario, completing the registered acupuncture course in 2002.

After receiving her education in Ontario, she moved to Nelson to complete her studies, where she graduated in 2010 with a Diploma in the Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine offered through The Academy of Classical Chinese Medicine. Her deep belief in holistic care began over 15 years ago when she began studying aspects such as Reiki, Aromatherapy and Therapeutic Touch. She has also trained extensively in Scenar (a biofeedback device that delivers pain relief and cell replenishment), offering deep tissue repair and non-surgical face lifts.

Kristin’s insightful and caring ways are reflected in her application not only of acupuncture, but also through Tui Na (Chinese Medical Massage), fascia release, reflexology and Scenar. She deeply believes that healing and living pain-free is possible for all of her clients and she imparts her belief with deep kindness and compassion. Kristin lives in Nelson with her husband and their two beautiful and spirited children.

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