Our Allied Health Team

The Allied Health team at Park Integrative Health cares deeply about ensuring that each client receives the best treatment they most need. Our practitioners work with each client, their medical doctors, and other PIH team members to ensure an integrative approach to each individuals journey to wellness.


Ashley Chisholm (she/her), R.AC., D.TCM, Chinese Medicinal Herbalist

Ashley graduated from MacEwan University’s Acupuncture program in 2014. After graduation, she began working with clients who had a multitude of ailments; however, it was her experience treating gynecological issues that lead her back to school to study Chinese Herbal Medicine. Ashley has since graduated from the Doctor of Chinese Medicine program at Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC and is a Registered Acupuncturist and Herbalist.
She has a special interest in the energetics of human emotions and how these interplay into disease, ailments, and suffering. She has worked with clients on a wide range of muscle-skeletal aches and pains, various diagnoses such as Colitis and MS, and is passionate about supporting clients through pregnancy and postpartum.
Ashley strives to use her skills in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine to heal all levels of a client’s being; physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, allowing clients to operate at their most optimal form. 

Please note: as Ashley prepares to take maternity leave from February 2023-January 2024, she will continue to accept Initial Herbal Consults but will not be taking on new Acupuncture clients.

Heather Gazley (she/her), R.AC.

Heather is the Lead Client Care Coordinator and the Director of Integrative Health at Park Integrative Health, and a Registered Acupuncturist. In a previous life she was an educator and holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta. She says, “I believe that every individual has the capacity to be well – it is my role to support their journey as they move toward a state of remembered wellness.”

Jennifer Kowerchuk (she/her), R.AC., FABORM

Jennifer is a registered acupuncturist specializing in women’s health and fertility. She graduated from the Grant MacEwan Acupuncture program in 2018 and immediately gravitated towards women’s health issues, specifically in helping women throughout their IVF/IUI journey.
After 10 successful years as a massage therapist, Jennifer has an expert knowledge of musculoskeletal inner workings. She employs a wide variety of modalities to treat her patients, including cupping therapy, moxibustion, guasha, electro-acupuncture, auricular acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.
In the spring of 2023, Jennifer will be completing her certification with ABORM (American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine).


Rana Abdelkarim (she/her), RMT, Reiki Practitioner

Rana is a trauma-informed healer who takes an intuitive approach to her treatments. Having trained in Reiki, Subconscious Imprinting Technique & Shamanic healing, she is fascinated by the interplay between our mental, emotional, and spiritual health and how these can manifest in the body as physical aches, pains and symptoms. She uses a blend of relaxation and therapeutic massage therapy techniques, as well as energy medicine tools, to cultivate treatments that allow her clients to explore and experience this interplay for themselves.
When she’s not in the clinic, you can find her out in nature, on walks with her dogs, reading, writing, or enjoying a delicious cup of coffee.

Sadie Dawn Friesen (she/her), RMT

Sadie has always found the human body fascinating. She is intrigued by its intricacy and innate ability to heal. This curiosity and wonder are what lead her to her studies as a Registered Massage Therapist and yoga instructor. Sadie has completed 550 hours of Yoga Teacher Training at Empowered Yoga and 2200 hours of Massage Therapy at MacEwan University. She has gone on to specialize in Myofascial Release and CrainoSacral Therapy.
Through her studies and experience, Sadie has a thorough understanding of how stress, pain, and a variety of physical conditions affect the body and body systems and it is her goal to help clients optimize function.

Tyla Hotte (she/her), RMT, MOT, Reiki Practitioner

Tyla is a Registered Massage Therapist and a passionate advocate of a healthy lifestyle. As a strong believer in natural methods to cure ailments, Tyla strives to continually educate herself in a myriad of different holistic practices and treats every client with an approach tailored to each individual’s needs. She specializes in Swedish/Relaxation, Therapeutic/Deep Tissue, Dynamic Myofascial Cupping, and Hot Stone, with techniques ranging from Trigger Point Therapy, ROM to Joint Play. She is focused on helping her clients work with natural elements in their lives to achieve greater balance and a state of wellness within the mind and body.

Lydia Juchli (she/her), RMT

Lydia is a Registered Massage Therapist, peer-reviewed published researcher, and Dean’s medal recipient from MacEwan University’s Massage Therapy Program. She is dedicated to providing her clients with bespoke treatments using a range of techniques including Swedish massage, myofascial work, hydrotherapy, trigger point work, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, joint mobilizations, muscle energy techniques, sports massage, and RAPID neurofascial reset. She tailors each treatment to meet the client’s needs. Her previous experience as a professional ballet dancer complements her training as it brings a deep understanding of the body’s movement and function and how to maintain and restore it. Outside of work, you can find Lydia enjoying time outdoors in the river valley with her family or exploring local markets and coffee shops. Lydia’s goal is to work with clients to restore function, alleviate pain, and relieve stress.

Synthia Lugo (she/her), RMT

Synthia graduated from the Advanced Massage Therapy program at Makami College in Edmonton, Alberta. She has been practicing massage therapy since 2017. Through the years she has developed an intuitive ability to assess the human body and treat it appropriately to address issues like lack of mobility, chronic pain, stress, sports injuries, bad posture, and others.
Synthia specializes in chronic muscle and joint pain, rehabilitation and recovery from injuries, and headache and migraine relief.

Heather Laplante (she/her), RMT

Heather is interested in massage therapy for all body types and has a keen interest in finding techniques that can provide relief to every client who comes into her practice.
Heather graduated from Sutherland Chan (Toronto est. 1978) and has been practicing massage therapy in Alberta since 2015. During each visit, she creates a goal with her client that may include deep tissue massage, treatment focus, and/or relaxation massage. Her favourite modalities include Swedish massage, cupping, heat, positional release (shortening muscles to work deeper with less discomfort), light joint mobilization and fascial release techniques. Heather can also provide massage for children and women in the prenatal stage of pregnancy.
With a Health Care Aide background and experience working with more complicated health conditions such as multiple sclerosis, strokes, spinal cord injuries, cognitive disabilities, autism, and clients with mobility or physical disabilities, she is able to adapt to provide massage to anyone who may want to utilize massage for their wellness.
Heather also offers short headache focus treatments using lighter modalities that focus on the upper body neck and head to provide tension relief and can be used as a headache maintenance tool. *NOTE: this offering is not recommended for those in an active migraine state.

Jadyn Waldner (she/her), RMT

Jadyn graduated from MacEwan University’s 2200-hour program in 2019. She also received her Cupping Certification that same year.
She is a professional, confident, and passionate massage therapist who aims to create the most beneficial and individualized treatment plan for each patient. She is experienced in working with a variety of patients and conditions, as well as being knowledgeable in an assortment of different massage techniques and treatments. She specializes in Prenatal, Relaxation/Swedish, Cupping, Trigger Point Therapy, Hydrotherapy, Cryotherapy and Therapeutic massage.
In her spare time, Jadyn strives to be an active person and enjoys many different activities such as snowboarding, soccer, music, camping, dancing, and hiking.


Shannon Bakken (she/her), R.N., Nurse Injector

Shannon is a Nurse Injector whose goal is to work alongside her patients to enhance their natural beauty and promote positive aging.
Shannon attended Red Deer College, where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) as a University of Alberta graduate in 2014. She began her career in the Pediatric ICU at the Stollery but shifted her passion to Medical Aesthetics in 2021, specializing in Anti-wrinkle and Dermal Filler treatments.
Education is extremely important to Shannon, and she prides herself on striving for excellence by continually participating in learning opportunities.  She is described as very precise with her treatments. Shannon is committed to guaranteeing a safe, comfortable, and result-oriented approach. She commits to answering all patient questions and explaining the entire treatment process to ensure a positive patient experience.
Shannon is happy to call Sherwood Park home with her husband, twin girls, and Goldendoodle Rudy.  When she is not working, you can usually find her being active or on a patio catching up and laughing with friends.
Shannon can’t wait to be a part of your journey to being the happiest, healthiest version of yourself.


Shawna Benoit (she/her), Registered Psychologist

Shawna Benoit is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and a member of the Psychologists Association of Alberta. Shawna has 14 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults in the area of psychological health and wellness. Her passion is working with children and their families to better understand strengths and challenges that play into the search for wellness. Shawna supports individuals, children and families in the areas of anxiety, depression, adjustment, loss/change, social skills, emotional development, regulation, behaviour and parenting.
She has extensive knowledge of social-emotional and behavioural intervention, training in play therapy and a love for skills training programs for parents and their children. Shawna’s clinical training is primarily based in cognitive behavioural therapy, however, she draws from a number of approaches including Solution-Focused Therapy, Play Therapy and Trauma-Informed Practice. Shawna also specializes in psychoeducational assessment of children with learning challenges, intellectual delays, emotional difficulties, behavioural difficulties and developmental delays.

Jennifer Benson (she/her), M.A., Registered Provisional Psychologist

Jen obtained her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Alberta. She creates a safe space where her clients can cultivate self-awareness, develop insights, explore different ways of navigating life challenges, and learn new coping strategies to make positive change.
Jen genuinely cares about her clients, is non-judgemental, relatable, and empathetic. Her counselling style is collaborative, engaging, and feedback orientated. Jen practices from a strength-based, trauma-informed, client-centred approach and utilizes various techniques that best suit her clients’ needs. She has experience working with a wide range of concerns, including trauma, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, and life transitions. Jen also provides EMDR therapy, an evidence-based treatment, that is found to be effective for processing trauma and other presenting concerns. Please note: Jen works with clients who are 18+.

Nikki Featherstone (she/her), Psychotherapist /Clinical Therapist

Nikki Featherstone is a registered Art Psychotherapist and Reiki II practitioner who enjoys lifelong passions for art, healing, spirituality, cats, trees, and the sacredness of the everyday. She provides clinical counselling with and without artmaking, holds a designation as a Registered Canadian Art Therapist, and is a member of the Association of Counselling Therapy of Alberta. Her therapeutic approach is Feminist, Anti-Oppressive, Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed, and Spiritually Integrated. Nikki specializes in including the spiritual components of the human experience and welcomes all faiths and/or spiritual traditions. She also offers non-clinical Soul Coaching sessions, which may include ceremony and ritual support, Reiki and drum energetic healing, shadow work, and/or guided spiritual journeys and meditations.
Nikki creates and holds space in a way that allows each person to be exactly who they are, held in non-judgement and acceptance. She openly identifies as a queer woman with many intersecting identities, which deepens her capacity in holding space for populations that face systemic oppression. She works with ages 12 years+ and although she supports a variety of humans in their healing, she has a deep connection to working with adolescent girls, women/femme identified adults, as well as other noted populations: SWs, queer, 2SLGBTQ+, poly/non-monogamous couples and families; minority faith groups (i.e., paganism, eclectic spiritual faith traditions); men/male-identified adults working through cultural programming.
“When I walk with you alongside your healing journey, I will create space that is deeply compassionate, filled with kindness, validation, and radical acceptance, while also modelling healthy boundaries and secure self-attachment. Acting as Guide, I am honoured to be a part of your journey in finding the holistic health that is right for your unique Spirit.”

Ashley Gazley (she/her), Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW

Ashley has been a Registered Social Worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers since 2014 after achieving her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Calgary. She has since obtained her Master of Social Work with Clinical Specialization and is in the process of becoming a candidate with the ACSW’s Clinical Registry. Ashley has worked across a wide range of practice environments, including rehabilitative medicine, community mental health, and correctional health, predominantly with adult clients.
Ashley describes herself as a humanistic, psychodynamic, attachment-based practitioner who holds sacred the influences of the past on our present day. Her therapeutic approach is person-centered, yet recognizes that humans belong to and live within numerous complex systems that influence their overall health and well-being. Ashley has worked with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, emotional regulation difficulties, life transitions, adjustment concerns, and other significant mental illnesses, including concurrent disorders.
She is particularly interested in the ways in which attachment relationships, family of origin, and trauma impacts an individual’s ability to be in relationship with the Self and with others. Ashley pulls from a number of therapeutic modalities to best address the concerns of her clients and has recently completed training in EMDR.

Nicole Hurst Radke (she/her), Registered Provisional Psychologist, M.Ed.

Nicole is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and is a member of the Psychologists Association of Alberta. Nicole has a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Honour’s Psychology from MacEwan University.
Nicole is rooted in a client-centered approach and draws from other evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy. She provides a gentle approach and works collaboratively to help clients navigate problems and achieve their goals. She believes that it takes strength to reach out and ensures she is always providing a safe place for clients to explore their concerns. Nicole is non-judgmental, empathetic, genuine, and welcomes clients from the LGBTQ2S+ community.
Nicole has experience in working with individuals experiencing emotional distress caused by suicidal ideation, domestic violence, abuse, and grief through her work on distress lines and non-profit information and referral lines. She also has experience in working with clients who have anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem concerns, perfectionism, relationship concerns, phobias, and OCD through her work in a university counselling center.

Ally Oladele (she/her), Registered Psychologist

Ally is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists, is a member of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta, and has a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology through Athabasca University. Ally works from a collaborative approach, drawing on person-centered, existential, and Gestalt therapies while implementing strategies from other therapies to support clients in meeting their goals.
She enjoys working with all ages and sorts of clients; however, she is particularly focused on addressing issues with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and life transitions. Ally focuses on building a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients while creating a safe and non-judgmental therapeutic environment. Ally truly believes in the potential that each person has to overcome adversity, to heal, and to see change.

*Ally is currently working Wednesdays and only accepting virtual appointments at this time*

Amy Wolgemuth (she/her), Registered Psychologist

Amy is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists, is a member of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta, and has a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. Amy’s counselling approach is client-centred, attachment-based, and trauma-informed. In her work with clients of all ages she draws on strategies from numerous therapeutic approaches to help her clients reach their goals, find meaning and purpose in their circumstances, connect to their inner strength and wisdom, and achieve overall wellness.
Amy works with adults, couples, and children ages 4 and up. Amy has experience working with addictions, ADHD, depression, anxiety and stress management, communication and conflict resolution, emotional regulation, grief and loss, health and medical issues, life transitions (including divorce and separation), OCD, parenting, personal development and growth, PTSD and trauma, relationship issues, self-esteem and self-compassion. Amy believes in the strength of a strong therapeutic relationship and brings empathy, authenticity, positivity, and a non-judgmental acceptance to her relationship with clients.


Nancy Bisson (she/her) CHNC, B.Pharm

Nancy is a pharmacist certified in Holistic Nutrition.  She graduated, as a pharmacist in 2006 from Laval University in Quebec City.  In 2019, she obtained her Diploma in Natural Nutrition from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and became a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant (CHNC).  Nancy truly believes that medications can treat diseases and save lives, but that it is through personalized lifestyle interventions and by addressing the root cause of health issues that we can achieve lifelong wellness.
Having experienced thyroid and hormone imbalance herself, Nancy is passionate about thyroid and hormone health.  She has also worked with clients who have a wide range of conditions, including digestive issues, food sensitivities and allergies, low energy levels, stress, and immune system strengthening. Nancy will help you achieve your health goals through personalized dietary, supplementation and lifestyle recommendations. A lifelong learner, she is currently working on becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator.

Laura Harris, RD

Laura graduated from the University of Alberta Nutrition and Food Science Program and completed the Integrative Dietetic Internship in 2016. She has worked alongside allied health teams in primary care, including Park Integrative Health since 2018. As a Registered Dietitian, Laura translates scientific research into practical, client-centred recommendations. She aims to provide clarity on misconceptions around nutrition and simplify eating for her clients.
Laura takes a non-diet, intuitive eating approach to nutrition counselling. She focuses on healing or preserving the relationship with food, honouring hunger and respecting fullness. She recognizes there is more to health than the number on the scale and encourages clients to be kind to themselves and respect their bodies. Laura is dedicated to her clients and passionate about supporting them with their nutrition and integrative health goals.

Ardelle Viau (she/her), Intuitive Eating Coach, CHNC

Ardelle’s approach is highly individualized and rooted in intuitive eating, mindfulness, self-compassion, and the principles of Health at Every Size (HAES). As an intuitive eating coach and Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant, she will help you cultivate a healthy relationship with both food and your body without trying to control your weight. She focuses on all aspects of health–including food, movement, stress management, coping skills, sleep habits, and more. She will help you learn how, what, and when to eat based on your body’s own internal cues of hunger, satisfaction, and fullness, rather than external cues like diets, food rules, or meal plans.
Using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, she will explore your food beliefs, behaviours, and internal self-talk while delving deep into what food means to you. She’ll help you raise awareness of the emotions behind your food choices, challenge negative thought patterns, and start to create more positive patterns and behaviours. She offers a compassionate, non-judgemental, body-positive, and weight-inclusive coaching environment, to help turn your food obsession into food freedom.


Kim Hanson (she/her), Registered Occupational Therapist

Kim graduated from the University of Alberta in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and has had a diversified career path since that time that includes both adult and pediatric populations.
Kim has specialized in PTSD, Mental Health, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Disability and Accommodations, Life balance, Neurodiversity, as well as Physical and Cognitive Impairments.
Kim works with the individual to build a balanced, meaningful life no matter the barrier or obstacle, accounting for all the environmental, sensory, cognitive/mental, spiritual, cultural and individual influences to create the ideal client-centred therapy journey.
 Areas of interest include Long Covid (PCS), Chronic conditions and their impacts on whole-life functioning, Transgender/LGBTQ2S+, Neurodiversity, Diversity and Inclusion, Bullying, Complex/Rare and Chronic Health Conditions, and PTSD.

Shamala Manilall (she/her), Registered Occupational Therapist and Yoga Teacher

Shamala holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and is registered with the Alberta College of Occupational Therapists. She is also a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance(international) and Yoga Alliance Canada. Shamala holds memberships with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and the Society of Alberta Occupational Therapists. She has over 25 years of experience working as an Occupational Therapist and has recently integrated yoga into her treatment protocol.
She supports individuals by increasing their engagement and participation in meaningful daily life activities following a decline in health and well-being. Services provided include, analysis of life skills, attention to self-care, energy conservation (goal setting, planning, pacing), psychosocial intervention (anxiety, depression, trauma and effects of Long COVID), sensory processing challenges, regulation, and more.
Shamala is certified in the Safe and Sound Protocol (Regulation), Sensory Processing Disorders, Neurodevelopment Treatment and Techniques and Trauma-Informed Yoga. She believes that all individuals can participate with satisfaction in their life roles when they are able to choose supports and strategies to meet their unique needs.


Meghan Guydash (she/her), Physiotherapist

Meghan graduated from the University of Alberta with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 2011, and now thrives on collaborating with clients to develop effective treatment plans.  Over the past 10+ years, Meghan has developed extensive experience working with clients of a wide range of ages and backgrounds for a variety of health and wellness issues.
Her treatment style starts with educating clients, as she strongly believes that understanding your injury or ailment helps you to treat it more effectively.  Meghan also uses a variety of treatment techniques, including manual therapy, exercise prescription, dry needling/IMS, shockwave, cupping, and Graston.  She is passionate about working with clients to find the best treatment approach for their individual needs.
Meghan is a certified Pelvic Health Therapist treating all gender identity pelvic health issues. She has also done training to treat vestibular conditions and TMJ disorders.  In her spare time, Meghan loves spending time with her family, running her kids to their various sports, and walking her dogs.

Sarah Pletsch (she/her), Physiotherapist

Sarah began working as a physiotherapist after graduating from the University of Alberta in 2009.  She gained invaluable clinical experience working in a hospital setting, treating individuals with neurological conditions, spinal cord injuries, stroke and autoimmune disorders. Given the many benefits of electrical stimulation for individuals with nerve injury, she has incorporated and promoted electrical stimulation to assist in neurological rehabilitation.
In 2012, Sarah completed the Medical Acupuncture Program from the University of Alberta and has since worked to incorporate a holistic approach in her treatment plans.  After personally experiencing how improper breathing can affect one’s overall health, she became passionate about all things breathing.  She now aims to help others learn how to breathe in ways to maximize their health and well-being.
In addition to her 14+ years of experience as a skilled physiotherapist, Sarah has received certification in Medical Acupuncture and Bradcliff Breathing Method, has become a HeartMathCertified Practitioner, and is certified in Menopause Transition, Manual Therapy for Vagal Function, Electrical Stimulation and holds an Explain Pain Certificate.
Sarah works with individuals 4 years and older, offering wellness, respiratory, neurological and general physiotherapy.
She has a special interest in helping individuals manage anxiety, autoimmune disorders, arthritis, asthma, long COVID, menopause transition, pain, stress, sleep and neurological conditions.