The Thrive Team
Dr. Bryon Doerksen, BA(Adv.), DC
Dr. Bryon graduated with highest honours from Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California. Dr. Bryon graduated as the Salutatorian of his class. Initially, he was working towards a masters in psychology at the University of Manitoba, with plans of finishing a PhD. After meeting Chantelle at the U of M, and learning more about Chiropractic and its impact to health and the nerve system, he made an immediate shift in education. When Dr. Bryon is not caring for his patients, he enjoys fishing and camping in western Ontario.
Dr. Chantelle Doerksen, BSc, DC
Dr. Chantelle graduated with highest honours from Life Chiropractic College West in California, where she earned the great distinction of class Valedictorian. Prior to her move to California, Dr. Doerksen obtained a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Manitoba. After graduation, she and Dr. Bryon returned home to Manitoba and were married. Together, they created and opened the doors to Thrive. When away from the office, she enjoys cooking, camping and travelling to new destinations.
Both Dr.’s Bryon and Chantelle have travelled to Central America with the El Salvador Outreach Program of Life Chiropractic College West. There, they were able to provide chiropractic care to hundreds of people and educate them about the benefits of chiropractic. This opportunity allowed them to help people of all ages with a variety of health concerns.
Our Office Manager
‘MJ’ comes to the team at Thrive with a keen interest in the healthcare field. She has worked in different healthcare settings and enjoys the daily challenge that they offer. She enjoys helping people and building relationships with the patients. When away from the office, she enjoys spending time with family, weekends at the lake, trying out new recipes, and travelling.
Lovat Athletic Therapy
Samantha Lovat, CAT(C)
‘It is with great enthusiasm that I start my practice within the client focused office of Thrive Chiropractic. I look forward to collaborating with the brilliant minds of Dr. Chantelle and Dr. Bryon.
In 2015-2016, I was fortunate enough to work with the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger Cats and Ottawa Redblacks, where I have honed my manual therapy techniques; which have now become the focal point of my practice. After completing over 1200 hours of practical experience, I have fine tuned my craft in the following areas: fascial work, joint mobilizations, and the use of therapeutic exercise and modalities in rehabilitation. Additionally, I am certified in Acupuncture and enjoy offering this service as part of your customized Athletic Therapy treatments’- Sam
Tina Goutsos Athletic Therapy
Tina Goutsos, CAT(C)
Tina graduated from the University of Manitoba with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology specializing in athletic therapy in June of 2018. Later that month, she wrote the Canadian Athletic Therapy national exam where she passed to obtain her credentials as a Certified Athletic Therapist. During her studies, she completed over 1200 hands on practical hours split between clinical placements and field placements. She was fortunate enough to work with the University of Manitoba’s track and field team as their co head therapist while managing a full course load. During this placement, she was able to learn a lot about high impact and running injuries including foot pain, knee pain, and shin splints. Throughout her education, she has been able to improve her skills such as hands on techniques, being able to address and diagnosis musculoskeletal injuries, being able to create and adapt rehabilitation programs specific to the needs and demands of the patient, as well as her most valuable tool- which is being able to educate her patients. She has also taken a course on neuroproprioceptive taping (K-Tape) which can complement treatments. Tina is excited to be taking her acupuncture course starting September 2018 and offering it to her patients shortly after!
Physique Massage Therapy
Virginia E. Nagy, RMT
Virginia graduated from Wellington College of Remedial Massage Therapy in 2005. Following her passion for massage, shortly after graduation she began a self-employed business on Broadway focusing on children and adults with special needs, as well as contract work through physiotherapy clinics and health facilities. Virginia’s professional experiences in the years to follow nurtured her love of massage and healing. Continuing to work closely with others in her field, she began endeavors such as mentoring and teaching.
A particularly rewarding chapter was being asked to run an advanced student clinic for Wellington College of Remedial Massage Therapy where student therapists nurtured Virginia’s commitment to continuing education in massage therapy. She was also fortunate to be instrumental in setting up of one of the city’s top SPA where she spearheaded the operational activities and provided recommendations to senior management on strategic directions, policies and procedures, and health and safety regulations.
Virginia is devoted to educating her patients by incorporating rehabilitation exercises to be executed at home between appointments. She has a strong understanding of assessment and treatment which was reinforced while instructing the Exercise Concepts and Exercise Rehabilitation classes at Wellington College.
Outside of work Virginia spends time surrounded by her family and friends, usually involving biking, cross country skiing and water parks.