ila casselman osetopathy

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.

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.!

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.

Avery Artimowich, R.Ac

Registered Acupuncturist

Avery gently guides each patient towards achieving health goals through thoughtful listening, skillful needling and a compassionate heart. She believes that a customized diet and lifestyle practices along with treatments can profoundly awaken one's innate ability to heal.

Her special areas of interest include women’s health, mental health and facial rejuvenation acupuncture.

Mariana Carranza, R.Ac, CNP

Registered Acupuncturist & Certified Nutrition Practitioner

Mariana is a Registered Acupuncturist and Certified Nutrition Practitioner with a passion for blending ancient traditions and modern knowledge. She offers an integrative, heart-centered, and gentle approach to help her patients in their healing journeys.

Her practice is focused in menstrual health and gynecology, fertility, pregnancy and postpartum. She has experience helping couples conceive through assisted reproductive technology cycles (IUI and IVF).

For their relaxing and naturally rejuvenating results, she deeply enjoys giving cosmetic acupuncture and gua sha treatments. Her training and experience also include sports medicine, digestive health and mental wellness.

Mariana is an intuitive energy worker and has apprenticed with Indigenous healers for over 15 years.

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

Certified Holistic Nutritionist

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.

Dr. Jane Peterson Chiropractor Thuja Wellness new

Dr. Jane Peterson, DC (Hons)


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.

Marla Waal Pilates Thuja Wellness

Marla Waal, RYT

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.

Thuja Wellness Yoga Classes

Colleen McCrann, RYT 200

Yoga Instructor

A 240-hour certified yoga instructor and a trauma-informed kids yoga teacher, Colleen specializes in hatha yoga, meditation, and breathwork.

After travelling the world for several years, Colleen made her last stop in Vancouver 3 years ago and decided to make her dreams come true – to help people heal through the practice of yoga.

Colleen is passionate about making a world where people use meditation and holistic practices to connect their mind and body and see a better world.

Tempo Sabatier


Tempo is currently a student of massage therapy. She chose this path after witnessing the effects of and common misconceptions surrounding chronic pain within her family. She is motivated to educate and empower others, aspiring to make learning to understand and care for your own body accessible to more people.

Outside of school, she has completed courses learning to serve as a birth and end of life doula, as well as on the subjects of grief, trauma informed practice, and chronic pain. Her learning journey thus far has deepened her appreciation of how complex and multifaceted health and healing are, and how powerful simply pausing to be present in one’s own body can be.

As a body worker at Thuja Wellness, she offers relaxation-focused massage, using fluid, soothing techniques to calm the nervous system, and more specific work to relieve tension and discomfort in the body’s soft tissues. So far in school, she has enjoyed learning myofascial, trigger point, deep tissue, and other techniques.

Relaxation massage can be an impactful adjunctive therapy for patients receiving care from other Thuja practitioners.

Please note: Tempo is not yet a registered massage therapist, therefore treatments are not eligible to submit for insurance/extended health coverage.

Naomi Galiniski, RTCc


Naomi is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor Candidate (RTCc) with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada. She was educated through Clearmind International’s three-year transpersonal psychology program. Her therapeutic approach combines perspectives that include Family Systems Theory, Person-Centred, Gestalt, and Transpersonal orientations. Somatic practices also influence her.

Transpersonal therapy takes on a more holistic approach and looks at healing the mind, body, and spirit, emphasizing the spiritual aspects. Family Systems Theory is based on who you became in the family you grew up in. Somatic practices lend themselves well to healing trauma.

Naomi got inspired to become a psychotherapist through her own physical and spiritual crisis. She hit rock bottom at 30 from not feeling good enough and over-achieving, and it took her almost a decade to heal from the burnout, during which she did a lot of personal development work and healing trauma. She feels alive and is full of joy now.

Together with her, you will examine the patterns in your life that you may feel are ineffective, look at the beliefs that drive them, and explore new options. She holds a gentle and kind space and will meet you where you are.

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.