The Innate Wellness team is a group of compassionate, professional and dedicated health care providers working together to support and empower you, enable healing and guide you to a better state of wellness.
Dr. Angelina RiopelCo-Founder and Naturopathic Doctor
Dr. Angelina Riopel is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Ontario (2009). Angelina began her studies in Melbourne, Australia at the Melbourne College of Natural Medicine obtaining a degree in health sciences, specializing in naturopathy. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) and the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND).
Angelina has practiced in both Edmonton and Toronto and has treated everything from simple digestive issues to complex terminal illnesses. She has trained extensively in the use of IV Therapy for acute and chronic disease, and has a special interest in women’s health, fertility, hormonal imbalances, chronic fatigue and digestive health.
By working through her own undiagnosed health concerns at a young age, Angelina learned the importance of listening to the body. She believes that the body is constantly communicating through symptoms, letting us know when we are in and out of balance. She is passionate about working with individuals to achieve internal balance and optimal health through mastering the basics of healthy living.
Dr. Kathleen ReganCo-Founder and Naturopathic Doctor
Dr. Kathleen Regan believes that health begins with how and what we eat. Her primary clinical focus is nutrition. She integrates her experience with clinical and traditional nutrition to help patients create programs and healthy habits one step at a time. Kathleen also takes a hands-on approach to health concerns by integrating acupuncture and cranial sacral techniques. These therapies allow her to listen to the body and facilitate healing through relaxation of the nervous system. She finds that this approach can be helpful for a range of conditions including digestive concerns, autoimmune conditions, respiratory conditions, hormonal balance, fertility, chronic fatigue, chronic pain/injury, headaches, and stress management. Kathleen maintains a naturopathic family practice with a special interest in women’s health, family planning, fertility, prenatal wellness, pregnancy, holistic family health care and pediatric care.
Kathleen completed her naturopathic training at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto in 2009 and is a registered member of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario. She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Toronto in Research Psychology.
Dr. Keara Taylor is passionate about helping her patients live their best life, which she believes can only be achieved when they feel their best. Her mission is to make healthy living uncomplicated and accessible, helping her patients be the most vibrant version of themselves. Her treatment approach is to uncover the root cause of illness, and use gentle, natural, yet evidence based means to bring the body back into balance. Her aim is to empower her patients, providing them with practical knowledge and assistance to enable them to connect with their bodies and take charge of their own health. She treats a variety of conditions, and has a special interest in women’s health, hormonal balance, digestion, stress management, weight loss, and pre and post natal care.
Keara is a Naturopathic Doctor licensed to practice in Ontario. She is registered with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO) and is a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) and the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND). She received her four year post-graduate Doctor of Naturopathy degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM).
Dr. Jonathan Cartile has a wide range of practice experience that spans 10 years and 3 continents. For the past 8 years he has worked as the head chiropractor at two busy clinics in Newcastle, England. Prior to this he complete his Chiropractic Degree at MacQuarie Univeristy in Sydney, Australia. He is originally from Toronto and completed his Bachelor of Science at the University of Western Ontario. He has recently returned to Canada and joined the Innate Health Centre. He is a member of the General Chiropractic Council of the UK and the Ontario College of Chiropractors.
Dr. Cartile takes a holistic approach to chiropractic medicine and encourages his patients to make healthy lifestyle choices through education and treatment recommendations. He also believes that a healthy nervous system is an integral part of allowing the body to reach optimal function. Dr. Cartile has completed additional training in Sacro Occipital Technique. SOT is a comprehensive, gentle and innovative technique of chiropractic medicine that looks at the causes of the problems, not just the symptoms. SOT is a complete body technique with cranial adjustments, organ releases, all the way down to toes. Dr. Cartile has a special interest and has devoted a significant amount of training in pediatric and pregnancy care to create a well-rounded family practice.
Emily Carr-LockeRegistered Massage Therapist
Emily Carr-Locke is a Registered Massage Therapist. She graduated from Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic where she gained clinical experience working with clients in different settings and with many different needs and treatment goals. Emily works with different techniques including Swedish Relaxation Massage, Therapeutic & Deep Tissue massage, Prenatal Massage and Pediatric Massage. Emily is currently completing training as a Certified Doula and currently offers concurrent massage and doula care during pregnancy.
Suzanne EvansRegistered Massage Therapist
Suzanne Evans, RMT is a graduate of the Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy where her practical clinic experience included sports massage, seniors’ massage, pre- & post-surgery massage at Toronto General Hospital, pregnancy massage, and a headaches and concussions clinic. Suzanne is a Registered Massage Therapist in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and a member of the Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario.
She believes that one of the many benefits of massage therapy is to increase awareness of your own body – which many of us lose through the stresses of everyday life. Awareness can be the first step in rehabilitation and healing.
Suzanne will develop a treatment plan unique to your needs and goals. In her treatment, she will incorporate fluid Swedish techniques, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, Thai massage and muscle energy techniques, as needed. After the treatment, the plan will include takeaways such as stretches, strengthening and hydrotherapy to help you maintain your health and wellness.
Elizabeth JohnRegistered Massage Therapist
Elizabeth is passionate about her clients well-being; and cares deeply about their physical wellness. She used massage therapy and was intrigued by how much it helped with her overall health in a short period of time. This led her to pursue a career in Massage Therapy. Her main focus is on relieving general muscle tension caused by repetitive strain & muscle overuse by utilizing a combination of Swedish as well as Deep Tissue Massage, Stretching & Trigger Point Therapy techniques.
Elizabeth holds a Bachelors Degree in Physiotherapy (Foreign Trained) & recently graduated from the Royal Canadian College (RCC) and is a registered member of the College of the Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).
Jessica da SilvaRegistered Massage Therapist
Jessica da Silva graduated from The Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy and became registered as a Registered Massage Therapist with the CMTO in 2019.
She has personally experienced first hand the benefits massage therapy has to offer and grew a passion for it ever since.
In her practice she likes to incorporate a variety of techniques and modalities including Swedish massage, Aromatherapy, Deep tissue, and Trigger Point Therapy as well as working with each individual client to encourage ergonomic activity in their day to day lives.
Her treatments are focused on increasing circulation and decreasing sympathetic nervous system firing which promotes digestion and relaxation and is comfortable with both light and deep pressure depending on clients preference.
Xianmin YuRegistered Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Registered Acupuncturist & Registered Massage Therapist
Xianmin is a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Registered Acupuncturist and Registered Massage Therapist in Ontario. He has a strong foundation in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. He obtained his Masters Degree at Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Bachelor Degree at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. He also obtained his Masters Degree in Kinesiology at Western University. With a combination of both western medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine, he is well prepared to provide health services including Chinese herbs and formulas, acupuncture, cupping (including sliding cupping), magnetic pellet pressing, and massage therapy.
His clinical experience includes the treatment all kinds of pain, some internal medical issues (e.g., dizziness, tinnitus, overweight, gastrointestinal disorder, etc.), some gynecological disorders (e.g., dysmenorrhea, perimenopausal syndrome, irregular menstruation, infertility, etc.), and emotional fluctuation (e.g., stress & strain, insomnia, easily irritated, easily get tired, etc.), and is specialized in treating urinary incontinence. He keeps his knowledge of TCM up to date and is grateful to still have a strong working connection with his former supervisor and colleges. He is a member of The College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario in good standing.
As a Registered Massage Therapist, Xianmin utilizes various techniques including Swedish Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue pressure, Stretching and Traction. His goal is to help clients relieve pain, regain muscle function, reduce stress, and provide a level of relaxation. He is skilled at using massage therapeutic methods to help his clients manage all kinds of muscle tension and restriction, i.e., neck and shoulder pain, upper and lower back pain, sciatic pain, etc. He is a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario in good standing.
Marie-Ange V-F Cherchel likes to be attentive to each patient and their story in order to provide the best treatment plan. She is passionate about the opportunity to work with a like-minded team of practitioners. Marie-Ange has worked with a wide variety of conditions and since her graduation, she has taken additional courses in obstetrics, pediatric care and Kinesio Taping. She has also studied Asian manual therapies including Thai Yoga Massage and Qi Nei Tsang. She has a special interest in the treatment of sciatica, wrist pain including carpal tunnel syndrome, hip and lower back pain, ankle pain, Temporal Mandibular Joint Disorders (TMJDs) and TMJD related headaches.
Marie-Ange studied osteopathy in the United Kingdom at the University College of Osteopathy and completed her post graduate studies in France; she is trained in structural, visceral and cranial sacral styles of osteopathy. She moved to Canada in 2015 where she joined the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners. She is fluent in French, English and Spanish.
Lise FitzsimmonsRegistered Psychotherapist (Virtual Consults Only)
Lise Fitzsimmons is a Registered Psychotherapist and has worked in the mental health field for over 18 years in various capacities. She specializes in working with adults experiencing difficulties with substance abuse, addictions, trauma, anxiety, depression, life transitions, and relationship issues. Lise is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Trauma Informed Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy.
Lise is passionate about supporting people on their mental health journey. Her goal is to empower clients to tap into their own self-awareness and help them build and leverage their strengths by inviting them to be actively involved in their journey. She believes in creating a strong alliance and connection with clients that is based on support and trust. Lise is registered with the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), and has a master’s degree in Psychology.
Elspeth’s goal is to help you enhance your self-knowledge and navigate your life with a greater sense of connection and peace. She truly believes that the answers to most of our challenges can be found within ourselves. Elspeth’s role as a therapist is to create a warm and non-judgemental space, to listen deeply and with compassion and to bring a gentle and genuine curiosity to your story.
Whether you are facing a specific issue or stressor, recurring thoughts or behaviours that impact your wellbeing, or hoping to explore your career direction or personal relationships, Elspeth will work with you, using the therapeutic approaches that are most appropriate, to discover, or rediscover, the most authentic, best version of yourself.
Elspeth’s personal journey over the past decade has shown me the power of self-awareness and understanding as well as the “the curious paradox … that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” (Carl R. Rogers). Elspeth would be honoured to support you in your own journey. She practices with a focus on Life transitions, Depression, Anxiety, Interpersonal relationships (friendships, family, romantic), Dealing with loss, change and uncertainty, Self-esteem and Burnout.
Etsuko IkedaReiki Master
Etsuko moved to Canada from Tokyo, Japan in 2016. She has been practicing Usui Reiki, along with other energy healing methods, since 2011. Etsuko mainly practices Jikiden Reiki, an authentic Japanese Reiki that has not been modified by other cultures or healing methods. Jikiden Reiki is one of the oldest forms of Reiki closest to the original teachings of Dr. Usui.
Prior to her time as a Reiki practitioner, Etsuko worked as a Registered Nurse in Tokyo for more than 20 years. Her work experience as an RN was varied having spent time in ER, heart surgery, brain surgery and psychiatry medicine etc. As a result of her extensive experience in health services and her Reiki training, Etsuko believes that optimal health can be obtained by bringing into balance the physical, emotional and spiritual in each of us. She carries this belief into her own personal life with her regular practice of yoga and Tai Chi.
Reiki can be described as a wave of positive light energy, channelled through the practitioner through gentle hands-on touch. It is universal energy that goes to the source of resistance and reminds us of who we are at our core essence. Etsuko Ikeda is a very positive and compassionate healer (for humans and animals alike). As an active volunteer for SPCA she also espouses Reiki for animals.
Sonja Smiljanic, BA, NNCP is a certified Holistic Nutritionist who graduated from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in 2018. Sonja is a member in good standing with the Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners
Sonja believes that building a trusting relationship with one’s body is one of the best foundations for supporting optimal health. By teaching clients how to read the signs that the body gives through symptoms, Sonja helps clients become more in tune with their bodies so that trust can be developed over time. She aims to keep the focus of her nutrition consultation and coaching on sustainable and positive nutrition, where the emphasis is on finding a balance between what foods should be consumed and what foods should be avoided. Sonja’s nutrition and supplement protocols are individualized to each client with great care. Her aim is to incorporate each client’s personal preferences balanced with professional recommendations to support optimal wellbeing. Nutrition consultation can help with a number of things including digestion and gut health, weight management, skin challenges and conditions, energy, meal preparation, and more. Sonja also enjoys providing clients with consultation on toxic-free living at home, and green beauty. As a Holistic Nutritionist she aims to operate from core values of trust, education, community, accessibility, and support.