Practitioners

Mareike Buthmann, CHP

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.

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.!

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.

Dr. David Jeng, DTCM

Registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine & Registered Acupuncturist.

Dr. David Jeng is a Registered Doctor of TCM and a Registered Acupuncturist with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture of British Columbia (CTCMA of BC). Member of the British Columbia Association & Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Practitioners (ATCMA).
He began his training at the University of British Columbia, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Biochemistry. He then pursued post-graduate studies at Vancouver's International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and completed the five-year Doctorate Program. He also has extensive postgraduate training and experience in Chinese Reproductive Medicine and Gerontology.
David’s professional journey began at an early age when his father, a renowned Doctor of Gynaecology and Obstetrics In Taiwan, asked him to dedicate his life and career to integrating the best of eastern and western medicine. That early direction became a guiding force, leading him to map out an approach to medicine based on balance and harmony, and rooted in the belief that medicine should be focused on offering the best possible treatment for patients regardless of geographic divisions.
Since then, he had been fascinated with the Ancient Healing Arts and has immersed himself in numerous health-related work and volunteer opportunities. Today he enjoys helping with and has had clinical success in a variety of conditions including Infertility, pain management, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, neurological disorders, gastrointestinal issues, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety and stress, depression, and weight loss.
David believes that Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine represent a growing component of the overall healthcare system and is dedicated to offering the highest standards of integrated care, safety, comfort, and compassion.

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Ila Casselman, B.Clin.Sc, M.Ost.Med.

Owner, Osteopathic Practitioner

Ila Casselman gained her Masters of Osteopathic Medicine from Southern Cross University, Australia in 2012. Since becoming an Osteopathic Practitioner, Ila has helped and continues to help many people live active pain free lives. Her passion however, is to help women enhance their fertility, prepare for birth and recover postpartum.
Ila became a Doula through Wise Women Way of Birth in 2015. Although, Ila no longer practices as a Birth Doula, she felt compelled and drawn to help and support women with unexplained infertility, birth preparation and postpartum recovery.
Ila believes, true integrative medicine involves all medicine, Conventional as well as Complementary and Alternative. This belief and passion brought about the development of Thuja Wellness.

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Dr. Alexina Mehta, N.D

Naturopathic Physician

Dr Alexina Mehta gained her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. As an award-winning doctor, she has guided many to not just better health, but also peace of mind. In addition, she has done extensive studies in energy medicine in a wide variety of disciplines and currently mentors physicians and healthcare practitioners on how to be more holistic in their approach to medicine.

Dr Mehta is inspired by her work each day and is passionate to serve the health and well-being of others. She has a thriving practice in Kitsilano, Vancouver with a focus on family medicine, women’s health, hormone imbalances, pediatrics, digestive health, weight loss, sports performance, mind-body awareness and chronic disease. She brings an inspirational, uplifting, refreshing and innovative approach to natural medicine.

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Susan Polano

Massage Specialist

Susan Polano is the owner of Oceana Massage in Cross Town Vancouver. She is a certified and gifted body-worker who practices holistic massage. She has been practising in the health and wellness industry for over 11 years in Massage, Prenatal Care, Sports Massage, Reflexology, Lymphatic Drainage, and Aromatherapy. Susan is passionate about alternative health and the healing arts. She believes that the benefits of natural healing work alongside traditional scientific approaches. Drawing from her expertise in several modalities, Thermotherapy, Aromatherapy, Joint Release Movements, Shiatsu and Swedish Massage, Susan provides an intuitive, comforting and customized treatment with each massage. Her sessions not only stimulate the muscles and lymphatic system, but also create positive effects to the heart and mind that last long after the treatments are over.

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.

Judy Chee, R. TCMP

Registered TCM Practitioner

Judy Chee is a Registered TCM Practitioner and Acupuncturist in good standing with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncturist of BC (CTCMA). She has completed a 5 year diploma in the Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine program at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver and has also completed an internship at Tzu Chi Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan. She is a caring, intuitive and empathetic practitioner that has helped a countless number of people access their own innate abilities to heal themselves by using the ancient wisdom and modalities that Traditional Chinese Medicine has to offer. What Judy loves about this ancient traditional medicine is the fact that in TCM philosophies, there is an emphasis on prevention of illness by maintaining the balance of harmony within the body, mind, and spirit. Keeping this philosophy at heart, she has helped many people in the treatment and/ or the prevention of musculoskeletal traumas, digestion,
sleep, migraines, headaches, mental health disorders, and more. Her passion and focus lies in women’s health with treatments to support Gynecological issues, menopause symptoms, hormonal imbalance problems, urinary tract infections, fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum recovery. Acupuncture sessions with Judy will begin with a consultation where concerns, lifestyle habits, diet, and emotional well-being are talked about because TCM takes on the approach of treating the whole system rather than just the symptoms. Then treatment of one or more modalities of acupuncture, cupping, gua sha and moxibustion are utilized to address your main concerns and achieve balance in your body’s constitution. At times Chinese herbs may be prescribed if it is needed to enhance and support acupuncture treatments.