Holistic health care in Vernon, BC
Your health is the home you live in.
A wholistic, multidisciplinary health team offering Physiotherapy, Chiropractic Care, Acupuncture, Kinesiology, Massage and Yoga.
Hi! We are Allie and Erin, owners of Habitat Health. We are dedicated to offering a welcoming space for holistic health care that encourages individual growth and cultivates community based connection.
Located in downtown Vernon, we are easily accessible for clients living in Lumby, Armstrong and Silverstar.
We aim to inspire our North Okanagan community by education and empowering others to embrace an active lifestyle and reconnect with themselves.
We whole-heartedly believe in nurturing the symbiotic link between individual health and environmental well-being within our habitat. We cultivate healing and personal growth through one-on-one manual therapy, movement therapy and elemental connection. We offer an inclusive, at home environment that enhances your holistic healing experience.
If you are:
Motivated by an adventurous, active lifestyle
Requiring treatment for pain or injury rehabilitation
Interested in education for foundational fitness
Focused on achieving lasting physical and mental well-being
Wanting to improve everyday habits and mobility
Looking to find a comfortable and inclusive health care space
Physiotherapy, Chiropractic Care, Acupuncture, Kinesiology, Massage and Yoga
Physiotherapists are licensed healthcare professionals who work autonomously and collaboratively alongside physicians and healthcare teams. With a patient-centred approach, physiotherapists use evidence-informed knowledge of rehabilitation sciences, anatomy, kinesiology and physiology to assess, treat, and manage pain, injuries, movement dysfunction, and chronic conditions. The goal of physiotherapy is to empower, promote independence and improve the quality of life for British Columbians across all ages and abilities.
ACUPUNCTURE ○ BEMER ○ CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY ○ ELECTROMAGNETIC THERAPY ○ EXERCISE PRESCRIPTION ○ FUNCTIONAL DRY NEEDLING ○ GUNN APPROACH ACUPUNCTURE ○ INTEGRATED SYSTEMS MODEL (ISM) ○ INTRA MUSCULAR STIMULATION ○ ISM ○ MANUAL THERAPY ○ MANUAL OSTEOPATHIC THERAPY ○ ORTHOPAEDIC LEVELS ○ OSTEOPATHY ○ PAEDIATRIC FITNESS ○ PAEDIATRIC PHYSIOTHERAPY ○ RED LIGHT ○ SPORTS THERAPY ○ STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING ○ THORACIC RING APPROACH ○ VESTIBULAR REHAB
Physio Active Play
Physio Active Play is a personalized rehabilitation program that is lead by your Physiotherapist and executed by one of our Kinesiologists. This program allows you to complete your prescribed exercises and ensures you are competent and educated on your movement needs. Active rehabilitation is imperative for overcoming acute injury, managing repetitive injury risk, and ensuring you continue to achieve all of your movement goals. You must first visit one of our licensed Physiotherapists prior to booking a Physio Active Play online.
If your life is disrupted due to back pain, neck pain, headaches, sprains or strains, or another problem involving your muscles, joints, and nervous system, chiropractic care can help you feel like yourself again. As spine, muscle, and nervous system experts, chiropractors provide qualified and effective treatment to promote health, alleviate pain and improve your quality of life. With a patient-centred approach, a combination of manual mobilizations, Active Release Technique, Graston Therapy, and advanced rehabilitative methods will be utilized during a typical visit.
ACTIVE RELEASE AND FUNCTIONAL RELEASE THERAPY ○ BEMER ○ DYNAMIC NEUROMUSCULAR STABILIZATION (DNS) ○ ELECTROMAGNETIC THERAPY ○ GAIT EVALUATION AND CUSTOM ORTHOTICS ○ GRASTON THERAPY ○ INSTRUMENT ASSISTED THERAPY ○ KINESIOTAPING ○ MANUAL CHIROPRACTIC CARE ○ MOVEMENT AND EXERCISE PRESCRIPTION ○ RED LIGHT ○ SPORTS NUTRITION ○ SPORTS THERAPY
TCM / Acupuncture
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient practice combining acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, and diet therapy.
After a TCM diagnosis has been made, the practitioner will use small needles to manipulate acupuncture points in an attempt to guide the body back to homeostasis and regain smooth flow and circulation throughout the body. Acupuncture can be used to prevent or overcome illnesses of both mind and body.
ACUPUNCTURE ○ DRY NEEDLING ○ CUPPING ○ ELECTROACUPUNCTURE ○ FEMALE HOLISTIC CARE ○ HEALTH COACH ○ HERBAL MEDICINE ○ MOTOR POINT ACUPUNCTURE ○ NATURAL THERAPY ○ RED LIGHT ○ SPORTS NUTRITION ○ SPORTS THERAPY ○ STRENGTH ASSESSMENT ○ TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
Kinesiology is the study of human movement. Our Kinesiologists work with you to develop personalized exercise programs designed to improve your strength, range of motion, and function. In Canada, Kinesiologists or Physiotherapist Assistants (PTAs) work with Physiotherapists to provide care for clients under the supervision of the Physiotherapist. PTAs can be involved in aspects of care such as supervised exercise, assisted mobilizations and stretches, or applying recovery modalities. This can help optimize recovery from injury, improve performance, and facilitate long-term, sustainable movement.
PAEDIATRIC FITNESS ○ PAEDIATRIC YOGA ○ PERSONAL TRAINING ○ PHYSICAL THERAPY ○ SPORTS THERAPY ○ STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING ○ STRENGTH TRAINING
Massage therapists are licensed healthcare professionals who work alongside our healthcare team to improve blood flow, myofascial gliding and facilitate the proper functioning of the body. They use myofascial release, Swedish massage, lymphatic drainage techniques and joint mobilization depending on the individual needs of the patient. These treatment techniques help to create a calm and comfortable space to rest, regenerate and heal. Our massage therapists communicate regularly with our team to ensure that we maintain a client centered approach and continuity of care.
JOINT MOBILIZATION ○ MYOFASCIAL RELEASE ○ NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY ○ SWEDISH MASSAGE
Yoga is an ancient Indian practice that has become very popular in the West. There are many aspects to a Yogic way of life. The practice of Yoga through Asanas (postures) creates a great path for personal growth and an opportunity for increased awareness, strength, balance, and relaxation in all areas of one's life.
Our Health Team
Providing well-rounded, individualized care.
Courtney De Vries
Courtney is an Okanagan local, who was raised in Kelowna and now calls Vernon her home. She completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology at UBC in 2013. She then went on to complete her Master’s in Physical Therapy at UBC in 2016 and has taken advanced functional dry needling and acupuncture training. She has taken further certifications in vestibular rehab (vertigo/dizziness) and manual therapy. She practices with The Integrated Systems Model which is an approach that provides an understanding of how all past injuries, posture and movement habits are linked and have contributed to an injury or condition.
Courtney is committed to providing the best care and support to patients, allowing them to return quickly to the lifestyle and activities that they enjoy most. She is passionate about inspiring, educating and empowering her clients to learn about their injury and give them tools to continue their healing journey at home. When she’s not at the clinic you can find her running the trails in Kal park and hiking with her dog, Bear.
I am a Nova Scotian turned BCite. I moved out for the mountains and outdoor sports. I am an outdoor enthusiast and I enjoy mountain biking (downhill and cross country), skate skiing, snowboarding, and trail running. I love the Okanagan because each season brings a new sport.
My specialty is manual therapy and using the Integrated Systems Model to figure out the root of a problem. I use that to ease discomfort and improve sports performance.
My goal is to ensure that my clientele can enjoy all that the Okanagan has to offer, whether walking the Rail Trail with grandkids or keeping up to their friends on a trail at Silverstar.
I am a Vancouverite turned Vernonite after moving to the Okanagan with my husband in 2007. Even though I was active in trail running and skiing while living in Vancouver, I became even more passionate for these outdoor pursuits since moving to Vernon.
I love being able to go out with my dogs and be in the mountains or forest within minutes to hike, trail run, or mountain bike. In the winter months my favourite activities are cross-country and downhill skiing. Most of my downhill skiing is with my husband who bombs around on a sit ski.
I have been practicing physiotherapy for some time now so I have a variety of treatment options to offer my clients. I often use a combination of manual therapy, dry needling (IMS and Acupuncture), and targeted exercise prescription (along with other soft tissue and manual techniques). I have a special interest in treating tendonopathies as well as doing vestibular rehab.
I believe that longevity in sport/activity (and life in general) can be achieved by identifying compensatory movement strategies and strength deficits early so that pain doesn’t become the barrier to participating and enjoying life.
My goal is to help my clients stay in “their game”, whatever that game may be.
I came to the Okanagan Valley in search of a healthy, adventurous, and joy-filled lifestyle. I believe our days should be filled with exploration through movement and connection to nature. I enjoy biking, running, skiing, paddling and making the most of our seasonal sports while enjoying the views.
My passion in sports and performance lead me to a career in manual therapy, where my goal is to work together with clients to alleviate pain and dysfunction, and empower continuous growth through movement and self-discovery.
My interest in Chinese medicine started for me when I was 10 years old, I had a very weak immune system and western medicine had thrown everything it had at me with little success. A family friend suggested we go see her Acupuncturist. After about 2 years of slow progression, I was no longer getting sick and had a strong immune system. At such a young age I had no idea how this would impact me later in life. I grew up playing sports and having a general interest in sports, performance, and health but never saw myself becoming a healthcare practitioner.
Next thing I knew I was graduating from the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences in 2017 as a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner.
Part of which included my final practicum in Kunming and Chengdu China. What an eye-opening experience it was to observe 50-100 cases a day under renowned doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Since then I have followed my true passion and continued to educate myself in orthopedic and sports acupuncture. This includes studying under some of the most prominent names in North America educating myself around movement, fascial lines, trigger and motor points, and the benefits of using electro-acupuncture to regulate the nervous system and muscles surrounding areas of pain and dysfunction.
I have been a registered TCM.P., R.Ac. in good standings with the CTCMA in British Columbia since 2019.
I am here to help you in whatever capacity I can, I will meet you where you are at and get you back to living life to its fullest.
Sarah is new to the Okanagan Valley. She moved from Calgary, where she completed a Kinesiology degree with Honours in concussion research. Sarah loves to use movement and breath work as a healing modality to help those around here. After practicing yoga consistently since the age of 20, Sarah completed her 200 hour yoga teacher certification and enjoys teaching the benefits yoga can bring to the body in day to day life.
You can find Sarah on her paddleboard any chance she gets and exploring local parks and trails on her days off. She’s excited to integrate her love of movement into your individual health journey.
Hello, I’m Penny and really excited about being a part of the Habitat Health Family! Yoga and a passion for wellness have been a part of my life for a very long time. My goal through Teaching is to help people create habits and practices that support a healthy, active, flexible and happy life as the years will come.
As a part of the Habitat team I share in the idea of Community Wellness and am constantly inspired to explore opportunities and expand the knowledge that will benefit others and myself through Yoga.
As well as scheduled classes, I am offering YOUGA – Private Yoga Sessions with Individuals, Couples, and Small Groups to help create a Yoga Practice that is specific to you. YOUGA – Yoga for Your Own Unique Gifts & Abilities!
Learning in this setting allows you to develop your Practice in a private and comfortable setting, learning postures and their modifications without distraction or comparison.
I believe that Everyone can benefit from having Yoga in their life!
We can help you with:
Achilles tendinitis ○ Achilles tendonopathy ○ ACL injury ○ Adductor tear ○ Ankle sprain ○ Anterior cruciate ligament injury ○ Autoimmune disease ○ Car accident ○ Carpal tunnel syndrome ○ Cervical radiculopathy ○ Collar bone fracture ○ Collar bone pain ○ Concussion ○ Concussion therapy ○ Conservative care ○ Disc herniation ○ Disc pain ○ Dizziness ○ Facet arthropathy ○ Fat pad syndrome ○ Femur fracture ○ Fibula fracture ○ Fracture ○ Frozen shoulder ○ Golfers elbow ○ Green stick fracture ○ Groin pull ○ Hamstring tear ○ Headache treatment ○ Headaches ○ Heel pain ○ Hip adjustments ○ Hip bursitis ○ Hip pain ○ Hip stiffness ○ Humerus fracture ○ Injury prevention ○ Intercostal neuralgia ○ IT band syndrome ○ Knee pain ○ Knee rehabilitation ○ Kyphosis ○ Lordosis ○ Low back pain ○ Lumbar disc compression ○ Lumbar disc injury ○ Lumbar disc sprain ○ Mental health ○ Metatarsalgia ○ Migraine ○ MTSS (shin splints) ○ Neck pain ○ Neck stiffness ○ Nerve entrapment ○ Orthotic prescription ○ Orthotic treatment ○ Orthotics ○ Osteoarthritis ○ Osteoporosis ○ Pain relief ○ Patella femoral pain ○ Plantar fasciitis ○ Post concussion symptoms ○ Post concussion syndrome ○ Repetitive stress injury ○ Prenatal and postnatal pregnancy care ○ Rheumatoid arthritis ○ Rotator cuff injury ○ Running injuries ○ Sciatica ○ Shin splints ○ Shoulder bursitis ○ Shoulder impingement ○ Shoulder strain ○ Sleep disturbance ○ Spinal stenosis ○ Sports injury prevention ○ Sprain ○ Strain ○ Stress fracture ○ Stress reduction ○ Stress relief ○ Tendinitis ○ Tendonopathy ○ Tennis elbow ○ Thoracic disc compression ○ Thoracic disc injury ○ Thoracic disc sprain ○ Thoracic outlet syndrome ○ Tibia fracture ○ TMJ ○ Ultra running injuries and prevention ○ Vertigo treatment ○ Whiplash ○ Wrist pain