Brooke started Harbour Health with a vision of a gathering place for a multitude of varied healthcare practitioners to come together and share their passion for health and wellness with the community and with each other under one roof. Brooke graduated from the 3000 hour RMT program at West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Victoria in 2004 and has been practicing in Ucluelet ever since. She has built up knowledge in a variety of areas including pre/post natal massage therapy, soft tissue and sports injuries as well as repetitive strain and postural dysfunction. Massage therapy is a succesful treatment for repetitive strain injuries like tendinitis, rotator cuff dysfunction, wrist and elbow pathologies, low back pain, knee and foot pain as well as headaches, sports injuries and general stress. Brooke uses modalities such as myofascial release, trigger point release, muscle stripping, joint mobilizations along with therapeutic exercises and stretching routines to create a personal treatment plan for each individual. When not working, Brooke can be found running the beautiful trails of Ucluelet or hanging about with her 2 kids and dog at the beach!
Chelsea knows through personal experience how difficult it can be to figure out what optimal nutrition is. For many years, she tried on a variety of diets, exercise regimes and beliefs around food that never achieved her desired result long term leaving her frustrated and feeling like a failure each time a new endeavor didn’t work out. She noticed she was consistently feeding an extreme pattern that kept her feeling stuck in the same loop of mental and physical symptoms like acne, bloating, food intolerance, depression, anxiety and fatigue (to name a few) but she didn’t yet have the insight to find a new way. After leaving her hometown, Port Alberni, she travelled to Victoria where she completed a 5 Elements Acupressure Diploma, a 200hr yoga teacher training and a 3 year full-time comprehensive Holistic Nutrition Diploma. She began to understand that “optimal nutrition” is personal, extends beyond food and changes as we grow and change. After a couple of years in practice Chelsea has discovered that weaving together nutritional guidance, education about bodily systems and how to notice internal and external cues gives her clients the power to make choices rather than follow a rigid plan that is all consuming and unsustainable. With Chelsea, you will experience a safe space of non-judgment and firm encouragement to get you the results you desire. She has been known to be unconventional in her approach and relies on a blend of biomedical science, folk medicines, personal experience and a niche for metaphors to support her sessions. It’s not always easy or straightforward sifting through our relationship to food and our body and the work is ongoing and can feel messy. Chelsea firmly believes that it is much more exhausting living in opposition with food and her body than to use that energy to explore and liberate with education, curiosity, support and connection. Today, Chelsea is not consistently symptom free but rather knows how to stabilize when the symptoms arise- this is what she teaches in her practice. Chelsea has worked with a variety of people who live with arthritis, debilitating allergies, Crohn’s Disease, digestive symptoms, addiction, mental health imbalances, food intolerances, toxic relationship with food and more. She has also created personalized health plans for a variety of folx looking to reach a certain outcome and presented health and wellness information in group settings.
Acupuncture, Naturopathic Medicine
Dr. Claire Wilson is a board certified Naturopathic Physician providing primary care to families and individuals of all ages. Although maintaining a general, family focussed practice, Dr. Wilson has a specific interest in women’s and hormone health, autoimmune conditions, and sports injury or chronic pain rehabilitation. A graduate of the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in British Columbia, Dr. Wilson is certified in IV therapy, prescriptive authority, and regenerative injection techniques including prolotherapy and platelet rich plasma injection therapy. Dr. Wilson is dedicated to practicing from a patient-centered philosophy. This entails individualized care, evidence-based therapeutics, and consistent patient education. What initially drew her to Naturopathic medicine was its ability to marry science with a broad scope of treatment options, and apply this to each unique patient through a holistic lens. She believes strongly in an interdisciplinary approach wherein the patient is always informed, aware, and is highly involved in their journey towards a sustainable state of health. Aside from Naturopathic medicine, Dr. Wilson is also a 500hr Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor, an avid surfer, and an outdoor enthusiast. Having recently relocated from her previous practice in Fernie, BC, she is very excited to spend more time on British Columbia’s beautiful West coast. Dr. Wilson looks forward to caring for the community of Tofino and Ucluelet.
Registered Massage Therapist
Colin is a graduate of the 3000 hour program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in New Westminster, and has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2002.
Colin has experience treating a variety of conditions including: headaches, musculoskeletal injuries, chronic pain, chronic tension, tendinitis, and multiple sclerosis to name a few.
Colin strives to create a calm nurturing space. After an assessment he will tailor a treatment that may include: Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Release, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) and Systemic Deep Tissue Therapy (SDTT) followed by homecare specific to the individual.
Flexible, friendly, and outside-the-box, Danielle adores the outdoors and has a passion for finding balance in life. Danielle puts her heart and soul into everything she does, and having worked many physically-demanding jobs in the past, she is dedicated to finding long term solutions to foster a well-functioning body. From Hairstylists to Nurses, Landscapers to Concert Pianists, Danielle focuses on creating goals for her clients that are practical and can be easily integrated into their lives. She believes that pain-free living is far from impossible, whether at home, at the gym, or in the workplace!
Megan is convinced that being a registered massage therapist is the best job ever and believes that doing what you love is the greatest gift that you can give to the world.
Megan was born and raised on Vancouver Island and feels blessed to still call it home. She is a 2012 graduate of the West Coast College of Massage Therapy’s 3,000-hour RMT program and is a member in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia. She has taken a wide spectrum of continuing education courses focused on the treatment of athletic injuries, soft tissue damage from motor vehicle accidents, TMJ dysfunction, tension headaches, low-back pain, repetitive strain injuries, as well as pre and post natal care.
Her philosophy is to treat the body as a whole, addressing both the symptoms and underlying cause of dysfunction in order to decrease both physical and emotional stress. Her intention with each treatment is to acknowledge the intelligence of the body, and to work with it, not against it. She often incorporates trigger point therapy, muscle energy techniques, joint mobilizations, myo-fascial release and facilitated stretching into her practice. Megan hopes that you leave each session with a solid understanding of what’s currently going on in your body, why it’s happening and what you can do to prevent it in the future.
Outside of the treatment room, Megan enjoys road trips, destination marathon races, strengthening her yoga practice, volunteering with Pacific Rim Hospice and going for beach walks with her golden retriever, Bailey. She strongly believes in the integration of other therapies, such as physiotherapy, acupuncture and chiropractic care for optimal results. She’s very enthusiastic about self care and believes its absolutely essential in becoming the healthiest version of yourself. Megan is grateful for the opportunity to share her knowledge with the community and looks forward to being a part of your health care plan!
BHK MPhtySt, Registered Physical Therapist
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Tash grew up in Calgary and graduated with a Master’s of Physiotherapy Studies from the University of Queensland, Australia in 2016. After graduating she moved to New Zealand where she gained valuable skills in many areas of Physiotherapy, working in both private practice and acute care hospitals. In 2019 she returned to BC and lived in Vancouver where she continued to build upon her skills. In need of a change of pace Tash decided to move to Vancouver Island in 2020 and base herself on the idyllic West Coast. Tash values a strong, healthy body and lifestyle to maintain her outdoor activities. She loves spending time in the mountains or beaches; surfing, skiing, trail running/ hiking and doing yoga. Her treatment repertoire includes: Manual therapy, exercise therapy, concussion management, neuro and cardiac rehabilitation and education. Tash is passionate about hearing your story and helping you maintain or return to the activities and lifestyle that you enjoy.
Tessa first experienced the effects of acupuncture when she sustained a sports injury to her back. She was blown away by the soothing effects of the needles and cups, and would fall asleep on the table during most sessions. Soon after, she was back on the wrestling mats competing and from then the medicine took root in her mind. Studying acupuncture called to her not only for its multifaceted perspectives on health but also as an avenue to explore her heritage.
Now, having graduated from Pacific Rim College in Victoria, she is eager to share this mode of medicine with her patients. She looks forward to working collaboratively with them and is honored for the opportunity to hold space for healing and growth.