Dr. Cory Hewko is a licensed Chiropractor in British Columbia, Canada. After studying Kinesiology at the University of Alberta, he graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in San Jose, CA. He was an active member of the Palmer West Sports Council, where he helped promote Chiropractic in numerous sporting events across California’s Bay Area.
Cory is one of a few chiropractors in British Columbia that offer a combination of Chiropractic, Active Release Techniques® (ART®), Graston Technique®, Kinesiotaping®, Custom Orthotics and Nutritional supplementation. Utilizing ART, Dr. Hewko treated athletes’ soft tissue injuries in the week prior to the 2005 Kona Ironman World Championships.
Dr. Steve Piper recently moved to Vernon, BC to be closer to family and the beautiful, outdoor lifestyle. He spends time with his German Shorthaired Pointer, Finnigan, cruising the Okanagan Valley on many self-propelled adventures. He believes movement and active lifestyle is the key to longevity.
Steve is only one of two sport chiropractic fellows of the Royal College of Chiropractic Sport Sciences Canada in the Okanagan Valley and is a current member of the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS). His previous education includes a Bachelor of Science (honours) degree, Doctor of Chiropractic degree (graduated with clinic honours) and the prestigious sport sciences residency program at CMCC in Toronto. Dr. Steve is a published research author and has spoken at international conferences on chiropractic research. He continues to stay on the cutting edge of research through his own studies on knee injuries in rehabilitation sciences at the University of Alberta.
You can be assured, Steve takes an evidence informed approach to your health. He utilizes treatments including exercise, ART, Graston, Functional Range Conditioning, Complete Concussion Management protocol, manual therapy including adjustments, education, research and clinical experience working with high-level athletes to provide the best possible approach to maintaining your health. He has confidence in your movement.
Dr. Piper has worked closely with orthopedic surgeons and sport medicine doctors at the Edmonton Sport Institute. In addition, he created a sport practice at a busy elite training facility at Evolve Strength gym (home to many Edmonton based pro-athletes and weekend warriors). He is actively involved within the Canadian sport community as a chiropractor and as a therapist/strength coach. Previously, he worked as the therapist and strength coach for the men’s and woman’s varsity hockey teams at Brock University, and Ridley College in St. Catharines, Ontario, participated as medical/chiropractic staff at numerous Tae Kwon Do tournaments, Canadian National Track and Field Trials, CIAU Western Track finals, the Great White North Triathlon and the ITU World Triathlon Edmonton. More recently, Steve worked directly with Crossfit athletes in Vernon during the 2017 open. Whether you’re a weekend warrior, athlete or just looking to improve or your overall health, Steve can support your goals.
Debbie Jonasson is a registered acupuncturist, cupping therapist and Reiki practitioner. She is a member of the National Acupuncture Detoxiﬁcation Association (NADA) and the International Cupping Therapy Association.
Raised in the spectacular beauty of Northern Saskatchewan, she is grateful for a childhood spent roaming freely outdoors and the opportunity to just Be. To this day, she believes in the power of simplifying life as a way to gain clarity and peace.
The social problems evident in her childhood communities awakened compassion and a desire for a life of service. Though initially a veterinary technician, Debbie was always intrigued by Oriental medicine. She enrolled in the Alberta College of Acupuncture and TCM in 2008.
Colleen is a registered social worker, having earned her BA (Psychology), BSW, and MSW degrees from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver). Since graduating, she has worked for over 20 years as a counsellor in the health care field, and in private practice.
As a clinical social worker, Colleen has worked with individuals and families facing serious and often life-threatening health challenges. One of her areas of expertise is that of effective communication (with children and/or adults) when a family is experiencing a crisis (health, divorce, addiction, etc.) or the anticipated death of a loved one. In her private practice, Colleen has also worked with individuals and families. Particular areas of interest, in addition to general counselling, include women in life transitions (marriage, motherhood, divorce, menopause, etc.), mindfulness and addiction (food, alcohol, shopping, hoarding, etc.), and anxiety, depression, and grief (historical, anticipatory, and bereavement).
In addition to her academic and professional background, Colleen’s clinical counselling skills are informed by training in both MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction), and EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing). These two approaches used together have been shown through research to work very effectively and often more efficiently than using talk therapy alone. Colleen says of her counselling approach: “Clients bring their expertise and insight regarding the difficulties they face, and I bring my therapeutic training and experience, and together we work to alleviate the issues that challenge them. I encourage clients to ask questions, at any time, regarding my approach or technique — I am always more than happy to discuss these, and to modify them when necessary.”
Colleen has lived in Vernon for 20 years, and she is the mother of two sons who are currently attending university. Her life is further enriched by extended family, friends and hobbies, and she looks forward to her new role as part of the Vernon Active Health team!
After years of working in landscaping construction creating and installing greenroofs and high end residential gardens while globetrotting, Rayne’s passion for working with her hands has taken a different role. Having recently graduated from the Okanagan Valley College Of Massage Therapy, Rayne is excited to be joining the team here at Vernon Active Health. Rayne’s style of massage is very similar to that of Lydia Put and she enjoys working with various modalities to help speed people along their path to better health, relaxation and to help decrease pain to increase quality of life. She enjoys implementing techniques such as Myofascial release, Trigger Point Therapy, Swedish Massage, NMT and is interested in continuing her education with courses on Soft Tissue Release.
When Rayne is not working she enjoys hiking her 3 pups, skiing, backcountry camping, refinishing furniture, riding her dual sport motorcycle and her latest adventure is coaching rock climbing to children at her partner’s rock climbing gym here in Vernon.
Tim is a local Vernon boy who was raised in the Okanagan. He graduated from Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in 2009. After a brief frozen stint in Alberta, he found his way back to Vernon where he enjoys all the active outdoors the Okanagan has to offer from cycling to snowboarding. Tim also loves cross-fit, boxing and running this experience helps him understands how the body moves and its various injuries.
Tim tries to combine a thorough assessment with massage therapy to help each client. He believes regular treatment can help deal with the day to day problems and even prevent injury. Tim decided to move to Vernon Active Health because he believes in a team approach and never turns down an offer to further his knowledge, this happens naturally when working with such a diverse group of professionals.
Evan Wylie is a graduate from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics. Evan grew up in Vernon, BC, and knew from a young age that this was the place he wanted to be. He has played various sports throughout his life, with his main focus being football and rugby. His years of schooling and playing team sports have given him a great appreciation for exercise and the benefits it can provide to both the mind and body.
In his years of performing strenuous sports activities, Evan developed a passion for resistance training and the desire to maintain a strong and healthy body. The advantages of resistance training go much farther than your performance in the weight room and have a drastic effect on our activities of daily living. Evan specializes in adapting resistance exercises to meet your needs and personalize a program that works best for you and your body.
While growing up in a very sports influenced family, Alisha learned the importance of using massage therapy as a great rehab technique for injuries at a young age. After knowing she wanted to help people Alisha attended and graduated from Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in 2014.
While using various massage techniques as well as always continuously learning new advancements in massage therapy, the techniques she uses are myofascial release, contemporary cupping, trigger point release, Swedish massage and kinesiotaping. She strives to help her clients reach and maintain a pain free life, along with injury prevention and stress relief.
Alisha also practices Joga, yoga, and is passionate about health and wellness.
Kornelia Matysiak is a Registered Physiotherapist of Polish origins. In 2001 she graduated from the Physical Therapy program at the Academy of Physical Education in Wroclaw, Poland. Shortly after, she chose Canada to become her new home.
Kornelia uses a holistic approach to treating human body and is delighted to join a multidisciplinary team focused on the wellness of every individual that comes through the door. In simple words, together we are smarter than any one of us. Her approach to a physiotherapy session is mainly hands-on, using various soft tissue and joint mobilization techniques, helping release pain, as well as assisting in setting short and long term goals regarding personal health.
As a mother of four, Kornelia understands and emphasizes on the importance of self care.
Leading active and healthy life, finding some joy and gratitude in simple things every day, and connecting with like-minded positive people can prevent caregiver’s burnout and lead onto a path of real wellness.
Her areas of focus are rehabilitation after injury and after surgery, promoting spinal health, and bringing more awareness to mental causes of physical ailments. Kornelia welcomes clients of all ages and enjoys working with children and families.
Jolaine is a outgoing, happy personality who is extremely grateful to be working with the awesome team at Vernon Active Health.
She was born in the rolling hills of central Alberta and considers herself lucky to have grown up on the beautiful Shuswap Lake.
You can find her hiking, boating, picnicking, playing tennis, cruising with the local car clubs, shopping or enjoying the food & live entertainment at some of the great venues in the Okanagan.
Have an Awesome day! It was great to meet you!
Tanya’s passion for yoga parallels her bounding passion for life. Her journey began eight years ago when she first stepped onto a yoga mat. Throughout all of life’s transitions yoga has remained a constant place of sanctuary – as both a place to connect and a place to release. Since completing her 200 HR Teacher Training with Pam Radar and Dustin Handley at Shift Power Yoga, Tanya has been living the practice and using the tools influenced by the Baptiste Style of Yoga and Methodology.
These tools have challenged her to look inward, to find her own power, and ultimately to shine both on and off the mat. Through music, fluid movement and conscious breath, her class will encourage you to look inward and shine in the same way. Tanya’s infectious personality, commitment to her work and an unquenchable thirst for growth in herself and those around her all add up to one thing – classes that are empowering, and fun.
Bev is a certified Quantum Biofeedback Technician since 2006, from the Natural Therapies Certification Board. I can’t say how much I love helping people find their happy/healthy center. I am a stained glass and fused glass artist. I love Yoga and staying active.
“Embrace your desires for Health and Happiness”
3123-31st Ave, Vernon, BC