Holistic health care in Vernon, BC
Your health is the home you live in.
A wholistic, multidisciplinary health team offering Physiotherapy, Chiropractic Care, Acupuncture, Massage and Kinesiology.
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
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
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
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.
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
Registered Massage Therapy
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
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 direct one-on-one supervision of the Physiotherapist. PTAs can be involved in aspects of care such as supervised exercise, assisted mobilizations and stretches, and 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
Physio Active Play
Physio Active Play is a personalized rehabilitation program that is lead by your Physiotherapist. 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 complete an Initial Assessment with one of our licensed Physiotherapists prior to booking a Physio Active Play online.
Our Health Team
Providing well-rounded, individualized care.
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.
Courtney De Vries
I am an Okanagan local, raised in Kelowna and now calling Vernon home. I completed my Bachelor of Kinesiology at UBC in 2013 then went on to complete a Master’s in Physical Therapy at UBC in 2016. I have taken advanced functional dry needling and acupuncture training, as well as further certifications in vestibular rehab (vertigo/dizziness) and manual therapy. I practice 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.
I am committed to providing the best care and support to my patients, allowing you to return quickly to the lifestyle and activities that you enjoy most. I am passionate about inspiring, educating and empowering my clients to learn about their injury and give you tools to continue your healing journey at home. When not at the clinic you can find me running the trails in Kal park and hiking with my dog, Bear.
Chiropractor and Kinesiologist
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.
I am excited to join the team at Habitat health to work alongside and collaborate with a well-rounded group of holistic practitioners. I relocated to Coldstream with my family in 2020 in search of a more balanced lifestyle surrounded by nature. So far, we have not
After a decade of practice, being a chiropractor continues to bring so much joy to my life. I love being part of my patient’s health journey and am always looking for new ways to inspire and motivate even the most challenging cases.
I enjoy working with people of all ages and I have a special interest and extra training in pre/postnatal, pediatric and family wellness care. I have worked closely with the La Leche league, midwives and lactation consultants over the past several years. I am an active member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) and Webster Technique Certified.
My treatment style utilizes several different techniques and is dependant on patient preference and what I believe will help you attain your goals. I generally use a combination of gentle traditional chiropractic adjustments and drop table adjustments topped off with some soft tissue work or cranial work. I am trained in Active Release Technique and Graston technique. Fun fact – I am certified in animal chiropractic and have spent several years adjusting horses and dogs. Humans aren’t the only ones that benefit from chiropractic care!
Registered Massage Therapy
I am thrilled to be joining the dynamic team at Habitat Health. My education and passion for holistic healthcare span numerous decades and populations. While I have an extensive background and training in women’s health and trauma informed practise, at this time it is my hope to support clients of all ages, genders, shapes and sizes in cultivating health and wellness. I am an advocate of personal embodiment and have found massage therapy to be highly beneficial. My philosophy is that we are better together and so I look forward to being part of your circle of support in achieving optimal health.
As an RMT I assist individuals in finding awareness, ease and freedom in their bodies through the tools of massage therapy. I will collaborate with you to understand your concerns and goals and offer assessment and treatment that is focused on offering you relief. My approach can be soft or deep depending on what is preferred. As I work with the soft tissues of your body I will respect the needs of your nervous system and encourage you to integrate the work we do through breath awareness. Some of the techniques I use include Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Therapy, Deep Tissue, Swedish Massage, Manual Lymph Drainage, Joint Mobilisations and Muscle Energy Techniques. You will be offered home care strategies to support your recovery and maximise beneficial outcomes. I believe healing can happen when we commit to offering our bodies time and attention.
I am grateful to have called the Okanagan Valley home for over 20 years and respectfully acknowledge that I am privileged to work, play and raise my family in the unceded traditional territories of the Okanagan/Syilx peoples.
I am new to the Okanagan Valley in 2021 to join the Habitat Health team. I moved from Calgary, where I completed a Kinesiology degree with Honours in concussion research. I love to use movement and breath work as a healing modality to help those around her heal and activate their full potential. After practicing yoga consistently since the age of 20, I completed a 200 hour yoga teacher certification and enjoy teaching the benefits yoga can bring to the body in day to day life.
You can find me on my paddleboard any chance I get and exploring local parks and trails on my days off. I am excited to integrate my passion of movement and ease into your individual health journey.
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
Within our habitat, you can expect consistent demonstration of our core values.
3406 28th Ave.
Vernon, BC, V1T 1W9
We respectfully acknowledge that we have the privilege to play, practise and grow on the unceded territories of the Syilx (Okanagan) Nation.