Dr. Christie MacDonald always knew that she wanted to be in the health and wellness field. She discovered chiropractic after hearing a Chiropractor speak at a job fair, from then on she knew this was the career for her and never looked back. Dr. Christie graduated from Canadian Chiropractic Memorial College in 1997.
Along with adjusting people, Dr. Christie has completed her Animal Chiropractic course. She adjusts a variety of animals including dogs and horses. Dr. Christie is an animal lover and this allows her to combine her two passions, chiropractic and animals.
Dr. Christie spends her spare time on her acreage with her husband, Spencer,her son, Anders, and dog, Tux.
Dr. Ken Bergquist has been in practice since 1988. He was able to practice at Whitemud Crossing Chiropractors from 2009-2013 while also operating a company that eliminates injuries in the workplace. After taking a one year hiatus to shore up the industrial projects, Dr. Ken is happy to be back with the team at Whitemud Crossing Chiropractors. He sees patients several times a week and still has his hand in injury prevention within the workplace, allowing him to find a great balance. Dr. Ken looks forward each day to adding his energy to the clinic and to the patients we serve.
Dr. Melissa has always had a passion for health, but first discovered Chiropractic while working as a Chiropractic Assistant at Whitemud Crossing Chiropractors. She fell in love with the profession and decided she wanted to continue her education in order help and care for patients the way she saw them helped and cared for everyday. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition at the University of Alberta in 2010, then left for Dallas, Texas to go to chiropractic school. Dr. Melissa graduated from Parker University in 2013 and came back to Edmonton to rejoin the Whitemud Crossing Chiropractors family. In her free time away from the office, Dr. Melissa enjoys being active; particularly playing soccer and practicing yoga.
Dr. David Schippel was born and raised in Windsor Ontario and graduated from the University of Windsor in 1991. Dr. Dave earned his Doctor of Chiropractic from Logan College of Chiropractic in 1999. He practiced in Detroit, Michigan for a year before moving back to Windsor, Ontario to open his Chiropractic Rehab Clinic. Dr. Dave volunteered to be a team chiropractor for the Windsor AKO Fratman junior football club and the Essex 73's Junior.
Dr. Marty learned the power of chiropractic well before being a chiropractor!
While he was studying at the University of Manitoba to obtain his Bachelor of Science Degree, Dr. Marty decided to pursue a career in chiropractic after seeing how the profession helped his grandfather. His grandfather had a shoulder problem and had used the medical approach for assistance. After a number of medical doctor visits and invasive tests, they could not help him or figure out what was causing his pain. He finally decided to see a chiropractor after being very frustrated. The chiropractor corrected his shoulder problem and his pain was completely gone. This amazed Dr. Marty!
As Dr. Marty started to receive chiropractic care he noticed that he was rarely sick. When he was 20 years of age, he was very ill from a severe form of mononucleosis. Since then, Dr. Marty would seem to catch every cold or virus that was going around. As he got adjusted over time, his immune system became stronger than it had ever been before. He feels it gets better every year.
Before entering into Chiropractic College, he decided to observe his family's chiropractor treat his patients to learn more about what chiropractic practice is like. Dr. Marty could not believe how powerful the care was. He was amazed, listening to all of his chiropractor`s patients` success stories. Dr. Marty's entire family started to see his family chiropractor after he helped his Grandfather. Dr. Marty remembers one particular case where a woman had a drooping eyelid. The chiropractor adjusted her neck and the eyelid opened up immediately after. He saw how a pinched nerve from the spine can shut down any area of your body. That is how serious spinal misalignments can be, as they can disturb organ function.
In 1997, Dr. Marty graduated from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Bloomington, Minnesota. He feels that he received a very well-rounded education as his professors were a mixture of chiropractors, medical doctors, pharmacists, etc. It was a very intense four year program. Often, the public is not aware about how much education chiropractors receive.
Over the years Dr. Marty has gained a lot of clinical experience as he has worked in multiple clinical settings. He was the chiropractor for the Winnipeg Goldeyes Professional Baseball team for 2 years. He has worked on numerous athletes over the years, however, his practice is mainly a family one. He sees infants all the way to senior in their 80's and 90's.
Dr. Marty has 3 beautiful children, whom he has been adjusting since birth. His middle son had bowel issues in the past which was helped greatly from chiropractic. He feels the most proud to be a chiropractor when adjusting infants; this is because he can keep them healthy from the very beginning before any damage can build up in their spine.
"So, here I am today! I have been practicing for 20 years. I moved to Alberta to practice in 2006. All of my prior years as a Chiropractor were spent in my home city, Winnipeg."
Josh is the Shockwave Therapist at Whitemud Crossing Chiropractors. He graduated from Grant MacEwan University in June 2013. He is a Registered Massage Therapist with the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada and trained with Uran Berisha to become a Shockwave Therapist. Josh is a friendly lad and will do whatever he can to help you feel better and live your daily life without pain. He knows that knowledge is key and he is continually expanding his areas of expertise to be able to treat his clients in a more effective and efficient experience. Josh loves being able to use these skills with all clients and isn’t afraid to work with all kinds of aches and pains. He knows that every body can be worked on!
Adriana is a Massage Therapist who graduated from the Wholistic Health Training and Research Center here in Edmonton. Her career actually started 14 years ago in Baja California where she received her Nurse Diploma from the Mexican Red Cross. Adriana working in the hospital as a Registered Nurse in Mazatlan, Mexico for 6 years before she decided to change her career, so she went back to school and graduated with her first Massage Therapist Diploma in Mexico.
Adriana loves her career and treats all her clients with love, respect and professionalism. Her philosophy is that the human body can heal itself and she can facilitate the natural healing process. When she gives a massage, she treats the entire body, not just the area where the client is experiencing pain. A massage is more than just for relaxation, the massage helps to maintain our body functions and it helps us get through our daily activities.
The massage also helps to create a better hormonal balance and helps to stimulate the lymphatic system and eliminate toxins. The massage also helps to tone, stretch, and smooth muscle tissue, promotes blood circulation and helps to lose weight.
She offers the following massage technique treatments for all her clients:
On a personal note, Adriana loves working out, jogging, yoga, and living the healthy lifestyle by eating properly. Nutrition is very important to her. Adriana is a vegan and takes great care for the planet and the animals on this earth.
"I look forward to help you feel better and to improve your overall health."
Maribel graduated from Makami College with 3000 hours, where she learned and practiced many different massage therapy treatments and techniques. Some of her favourite techniques include general swedish massage, myofascial release, manual lymph drainage, trigger point therapy, and joint mobilization. Maribel also enjoys helping patients with self-care tips and remedial exercises to help them continue their care at home. She provides excellent treatments to a wide variety of patients; providing relief to patients suffering with strains/sprains, tendonitis, whiplash, frozen shoulder, and osteoarthritis.
Sharleen has been a Registered Massage Therapist for 10 years. Although most of her comprehensive training and experience has been focused on rehabilitation and posture correction, she also appreciates the power of a relaxation massage. She uses a variety of techniques, however has found that a fusion of Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, and Joint Mobilizations has been favoured over the years. Finding the right combination for each individual client is one of the main reasons being an RMT continues to be a fun and rewarding career for Sharleen. Currently, she is in school at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition for a Certification in Holistic Nutrition.
In addition to 2200 hours of massage training with a Level II in Sports Massage, she has a Reiki Master Certification, has obtained Craniosacral Level II and also provides continuing education for Aromatherapy.
Xiaobo joined the Whitemud Crossing Chiropractors team as a Certified Acupuncturist in 2010. She trained in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medical Science in China, graduating in 1990. Xiaobo came to Edmonton in 2006, completed her Certification of Acupuncture Safety and became a Registered Acupuncturist in Alberta. She has extensive experience in Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments along with experience with various pain, sports injuries and musculoskeletal complaints.
Lisa re-joined the team at Whitemud Crossing Chiropractors in January 2010. When the opportunity to come back as a Chiropractic Assistant came up, she jumped at the chance as she found she missed the clinic and the patients. She has completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in English Literature. With this background, she pursued her interest in Educational Tourism working in a variety of places, including The Legislature and The Tyrrell Museum. Once she discovered chiropractic, she realized that was in alignment with her health care philosophies and wanted to educate people about how it can help them. Lisa is committed to creating an environment where patients can "get well and stay well". In her spare time, Lisa can be found outside hiking or with her nose in a book.
Posture is another one of Lisa's passions, she runs free posture classes where patients are shown exercises to help strengthen their posture and hold their adjustments, every second Monday night.
Chalice joined our team in the fall 2017. Hired for a temporary position, she discovered quickly how much she loved the atmosphere and the patients in the clinic. So was overjoyed when given the opportunity to stay on.
Chalice has enjoyed the benefits of Chiropractic since high school. Her children have all had the good fortune of being adjusted since they were just a few hours old. When she is not in the office Chalice is out taking pictures or enjoying time with her husband and three teen children.
Melissa has joined our family as a Chiropractic Assistant. Having a passion for Natural Health and Well-Being, she loves being a part of our clinic and coming in each day. Melissa has a gentle spirit, a very big heart, and is looking forward to building her knowledge of Holistic Health. Melissa is a strong advocate for Chiropractic care and has been benefiting from regular treatments. Her busy life keeps her active and enthusiastic with many interests, but if you were to ask her what her favourite thing in life is, she would have to say it is being a mother.
Talisa was raised and still lives on a farm outside of the city. She has a great love for animals, the outdoors, and spending time with her large family. She keeps an active lifestyle by spending a lot of her spare time on the ice, as she is a competitive figure skater. Talisa graduated from Grant MacEwan University in 2013 with a Diploma in Travel and Tourism, which she puts to good us as she travels to as many destinations as possible around the world. Talisa is happy to join the staff at Whitemud Crossing Chiropractors as it is such a warm and welcoming environment where the main focus is helping people feel their best, which is something she looks forward to every single day.
Rebecca moved to Edmonton in 2015. From a young age, she had been fascinated with science and how the body worked, deciding to pursue a career in the medical field she went to college to study medical office administration. After graduating college with honours she joined us at Whitemud Crossing Chiropractors as a chiropractic assistant. Since joining the team, Rebecca has seen the benefits of chiropractic care through patients and through personal experience. After suffering for years with debilitating headaches every day she has finally found relief thanks to regular adjustments. On her days off Rebecca can be found outside or on the water enjoying what life has to offer. She also spends time creating art, teaching others about essential oils, and hanging out with her cat Mango whom she adopted in 2017.