Marla Waal Pilates Thuja Wellness

Marla Waal

Certified Pilates, ELDOA and Yoga Instructor

Marla began life as a professional dancer in 1990 after graduating from the Professional Ballet School of Les Grands Ballets Canadians. She joined Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal and was fortunate to travel the world performing in over 18 different countries. In 1994, she moved to the USA to join Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, finally returning to Canada in 1998.

Soon after returning to Canada Marla began to study and teach Yoga. Diving into many styles of yoga, from very gentle restorative to more athletic Ashtanga. After a few years of slowing down to have two children, Marla picked up her studies again. Studying and training in Dynamic Anatomy with Eric Franklin. Then training for several years in Pilates with Diane Miller at The Vancouver Pilates Centre. After discovering the ELDOA Method, Marla felt she had found an incredibly powerful tool to help people make big changes in their overall health. Marla is now one of only three Level 4 ELDOA Method Trainers in Vancouver.

Dr. Jane Peterson Chiropractor Thuja Wellness new

Dr. Jane Peterson


Dr. Jane Peterson was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was first introduced to chiropractic after suffering from a low back injury while playing NCAA Division 1 volleyball in Mississippi. The team’s chiropractor was able to effectively treat Dr. Jane’s low back pain, allowing her to play pain-free. This experience led to her interest in becoming a chiropractor with the goal of helping others. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree, Dr. Jane continued her studies at Southern California University of Health Sciences where she attained her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree with honours. Upon graduating she has been providing chiropractic care at a family wellness practice in both Winnipeg and Vancouver treating a wide range of patients including people of all ages from newborns to adolescents to adults, as well as athletes and pregnant women.

Dr. Jane is constantly striving to enhance her skills to provide optimum patient care by attending seminars and learning new techniques. Dr. Jane is certified in Webster technique and enjoys providing chiropractic care to women throughout their pregnancies. She is also certified in Graston Technique®, an instrument-assisted manual therapy technique to help decrease scar tissue and muscle adhesions; and RockTape, a functional movement kinesio-taping certification that is beneficial for reducing pain and inflammation as well as aiding in posture correction.

In her spare time, Dr. Jane plays volleyball, enjoys hiking, going to spin classes, trying out new workout classes, and spending time with family and friends. Dr. Jane is excited to join the Thuja Wellness team.

Kaitlin Newman - Osteopathy

Kaitlin Newman, B.App.Sc, M.Ost.

Osteopathic Practitioner

Kaitlin is an Australian Osteopathic Practitioner who offers holistic treatment and education for those suffering from pain and impairment. Her goal is to restore function in order to help people get back to doing the things they love. She graduated with a Masters of Osteopathy from Victoria University, Australia in 2014.
Kaitlin has a special interest in women’s health and offering an integrative and collaborative approach to healthcare. Her experience has included working in private practice as well as a hospital setting. She has worked with a wide variety of people and conditions from children to the elderly. She particularly enjoys working with women on their journey from preconception, throughout pregnancy and beyond.
She has a gentle structural approach to her treatment. She takes the time to hear her patient’s story and work with them to devise a treatment plan. Pleasure is taken in empowering others to take control of their own health as a practitioner’s role is to facilitate their journey.!

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Ila Casselman, M.Ost.Med

Osteopathic Practitioner & Owner of Thuja Wellness

Ila Casselman is an Osteopathic Practitioner and founder of Thuja Wellness.

Ila completed her Master's Degree in Osteopathic Medicine at Southern Cross University in 2012. She put herself through university by working as a massage therapist at the prestigious Gaia Retreat and Day Spa owned by Olivia Newton-John.

After Ila graduated she practiced Osteopathy for 3 years at Osteopath Central Australia where she developed her skills as a practitioner and business person.

In 2015, Ila moved to Vancouver. November 2015, she completed a Doula course and discovered her passion for birth and Unexplained Infertility. Ila now dedicates herself to helping couples become pregnant naturally while educating & empowering women about their bodies.

July 2016, Ila started practicing Osteopathy at Qi Integrated Health where she grew her practice in record time. Qi was a great place to work and Ila found her time there extremely valuable. She worked there for 3 years until she was able to open her own clinic.

Ila is currently the proud owner of Thuja Wellness. She opened its doors on August 6th, 2019 & looks forward to seeing you in there.

Dr Samantha Bowen, N.D

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Sam Bowen is a licensed naturopathic doctor serving the Vancouver area. She received a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion with Honours from Dalhousie University and continued on to complete four years of academic and clinical training at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. She also completed the Holistic Nutrition Certificate Program at the Pacific Rim College.

Dr. Bowen’s approach to medicine is to provide evidence-based care that is personalized to meet the health needs of each patient. Through a comprehensive health history, physical exam assessments, and diagnostic lab testing, she strives to determine the underlying cause of disease in order to develop a holistic treatment plan. She believes in creating a safe
environment where patients feel supported and empowered to achieve their health goals.

Dr. Bowen offers a general practice that aims to support a wide range of health concerns such as mental health, fertility, immune support, digestive health, energy management, and many more. She provides a variety of treatment options such as botanical medicine, acupuncture, dietary counseling, nutraceuticals, injections, and IV therapy. She also holds pharmaceutical prescriptive authority in British Columbia.

Kelsey Bru, R.Ac

Registered Acupuncturist

Kelsey was first drawn to Traditional Chinese Medicine’s holistic approach to healing the mind and the body as one entity and to treat the cause of the disease rather than the symptoms. It is her passion to help others aim for optimal health and to educate her patients so they can ultimately be in charge of their health and wellness. She has a gentle approach and practices a more traditional style of Chinese Medicine using therapies such as acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, facial rejuvenation, and Gua Sha.

She is a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac) with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture of British Columbia (CTCMA of BC) and holds a Doctorate of Chinese Medicine. Additionally, she is a member of Acupuncturists Without Borders and volunteers her time in countries with a need for alternative medicine.

Kelsey has practiced in Taiwan at the Tzu Chi Buddhist Hospital where she was exposed to a wide variety of ailments such as acute and chronic pain, digestive problems, shingles, post-stroke, scoliosis, migraines and headaches, and mental imbalances such as depression, anxiety, and insomnia. Her passion lies within women’s health and gynecological issues but treats a wide array of ailments.

From the prairies originally she loves her west coast lifestyle and in her downtime you can find her at the beach with her SUP, playing recreational sports, hiking, skiing, and snowboarding, spending time with friends or enjoying the outdoors.

Mareike Buthmann, CHN, ROHP, RNCP, Metabolic Balance® Coach


Mareike Buthmann is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and owner of Empowerment Through Nutrition. For more than 5 years, she has been helping individuals and families with nutritional planning and meal preparation in the Vancouver Area. Mareike loves to teach her clients the importance of eating whole foods and balancing their diet for their optimal health.
Today, she would like to be that person, reminding you that your body has the power to heal itself with the right support.

In her practice, Mareike has been focusing on the connection between diet and female hormonal health. She believes that hormonal imbalance is not normal and has dedicated her life to learn various holistic practices and integrating them into her unique approach to elevate issues such as PMS, irregular cycles or heavy bleeding.

Mareike is passionate about helping people get to the root of their issue, move past it, and come back to a place of harmony. Her approach includes lifestyle changes, mindful practices, plant medicine and energy healing modalities. She creates a sacred space for you to learn and explore your own unique cyclical power and regain control over your Happiness and Life.

Loren Thompson, RPC-C

Registered Professional Counsellor, Reiki Master

Loren has been operating in private practice for the past 2 years and brings an integrative counselling approach. Loren uses models such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness CBT, Gestalt Therapy and Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP) and is registered through the Canadian Professional Counselling Association (CPCA). Loren brings a passion to help individuals, couples and families heal and thrive. Loren started counselling in her teens as a city youth counsellor in her home town of Rotorua, New Zealand and moved to Vancouver in 2018. Loren has travelled extensively and brings a multi-cultural collection of skills, knowledge and expertise. From her own personal journey through anxiety & depression Loren knows first hand what it is like to struggle and receive help. She offers a warm, welcoming, open & compassionate space. Her single goal to provide the environment conducive for healing, wholeness & greater self-awareness. Loren specializes in supporting women through pregnancy. Her mission is to help women have as many positive experiences through pregnancy, birth and into parenthood as possible. Being a mother herself she knows how important those positive experiences are on not only the Mothers wellbeing but all involved. Loren also holds the title of Reiki Master.

Meena Natt

Birth Doula

Meena fell in love with babies and expecting moms at the age of 16, when her sister had her first child. Since then, she has had the opportunity to care for many children. Her life’s purpose and commitment to helping others, has connected her with a career of becoming a Doula. Her goal is to educate women and help them connect with their inner strength, allowing them to gain confidence in their body’s ability to give birth. Meena’s well-rounded career background includes be Her style is one of soft spoken and gentle passion; she’ll make you feel at ease without even trying. She also has a lifetime of experience of caring for babies and children, so she’s a natural at nurturing any older children at births if needed. Prenatal visits with Meena are focused on how birth is a normal, physiological process. The goal is to provide accurate information so women can feel inspired to give birth without fear. The importance of informed consent is also covered as well as how to get a great start on breastfeeding.