Holistic health care in North Okanagan, BC
Your health is the home you live in.
A wholistic, multidisciplinary health team offering Physiotherapy, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Kinesiology, and Yoga.
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, Acupuncture, Kinesiology, 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.
Acupunture is the practice of stimulating certain points on the body with fine needles to alleviate pain or help treat various health conditions. Neuroanatomical Acupuncture bridges the gap between Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western medicine and acupuncture points that are chosen are based on the anatomy and physiology of the problems being treated.
The use of needles to release trigger points and restore optimal nerve firing and blood flow to an area of dysfunction.
Creating an exercise program that is unique to each patient.
INTEGRATED SYSTEMS MODEL
A school of thought that prioritizes movement dysfunction and helps restore function and reduce pain quickly. Learn more here: https://learnwithdianelee.com/the-integrated-systems-model/
Hands on approach to restoring the integrity of the joints, muscle, and fascia.
MANUAL OSTEOPATHIC THERAPY
The use of hands on techniques to treat the person as a whole and correct pain and dysfunction, whether headaches, digestive upset, or a sore knee.
Vestibular Rehabilitation (VR) is a specialized form of therapy intended to alleviate problems caused by the inner ear (vestibular system). It is an exercise-based program primarily designed to reduce vertigo and dizziness. A common form of vestibular dysfunction that is treated is called Benign Paroxysmal Postural Vertigo (or BPPV).
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.
MANUAL CHIROPRACTIC CARE
Gentle, hands-on joint mobilizations that increase range of motion, and reduce stiffness and pain. Chiropractic Sports Specialists diagnose and treat mechanical imbalances and dysfunctions in joints, muscles, and nerves.
ACTIVE RELEASE AND FUNCTIONAL RELEASE
Hands-on evaluation and treatment of the muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia and nerves. Addresses tightness, tissue texture, and movement to improve connective tissue integrity.
Instrument-assisted technique for mobilizing soft tissue, increasing blood flow and mobility in chronic and acute injuries.
Non-restrictive, hypoallergenic application applied to reduce pain and inflammation, control edema, and support acute muscular and fascia injury. Improves proprioception and range of motion to facilitate functional movement patterns following chronic injury.
MOVEMENT AND EXERCISE PRESCRIPTION
Using combined orthopaedic and movement based evaluations (such as SFMA), meaningful impairments in movement quality are identified. Personalized, goal-oriented movement and therapeutic exercises are then utilized to empower strong, balanced movement and play.
DYNAMIC NEUROMUSCULAR STABILIZATION (DNS)
A rehabilitative approach designed to restore and stabilize locomotor function. Activating the “Integrated Stabilization System” to achieve exciting levels of improved function and capacity. Based on the framework of developmental kinesiology, everywhere from first breath to first step is integrated to enhance patterns of stabilization, reduce joint and tissue overload, and improve dynamic movement or sports performance. Learn more here: https://www.rehabps.com/REHABILITATION/DNS.html
GAIT EVALUATION AND CUSTOM ORTHOTICS
Prescription devices promoting correct foot function and efficiency, utilized in combination with targeted exercise to improve gait mechanics and reduce various foot, hip, knee and back dysfunctions.
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.
Muscle tests are used to understand pain, dysfunction or injury. The Extore System is used to assess range of motion and test for muscle inhibition, This helps to determine the treatment plan approach.
MOTOR POINT ACUPUNCTURE
Acupuncture needles are used on motor points with an electrical impulse, to create contraction and relaxation of tight bands of muscle. This resets the muscle to its proper length.
Refers to inserting a fine needle into a painfully contracted muscle to create a local twitch response. Active trigger points create local or referred pain in the body, Dry needling decreases muscle contraction, improves flexibility, and decreases pain.
Electrical impulses can be added to inserted needles at different frequencies in order to modulate pain or improve muscular activation.
Cupping is used to decrease pain and increase tissue mobility. Oxygen is removed from the cup to create soft tissue decompression. This promotes blood flow, oxygen and nutrient delivery, and cellular repair. Metabolic by-products can be eliminated, restoring circulation and lymphatic flow.
BY way of providing physical substances to the body, herbal medicine can be prescribed as a single herb or combination of herbs which have a synergistic effect. Each herb or food has a specific energetic quality including thermogenic nature and the organ it affects.
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.
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!