Our Team

Meet our Team

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CHRISTINE GOSSE

Physiotherapist

 Usui Reiki Master

PT, BScPT, BScKin, CAFCI

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Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. She has been practicing physiotherapy and acupuncture for nearly 20 years.

Christine is a gifted clinician, using manual therapy, acupuncture and comprehensive exercise programs to help clients aged 3 months to 90+ years regain normal function in a warm, fun environment. A passionate client advocate, Christine frequently cross refers to complementary health professionals and holistic practitioners; has extensive knowledge of the healthcare resources available in our Region; and guides clients through the bureaucracy that is often involved in accessing health care.

Christine discovered the benefits of Reiki as she was searching for holistic methods to assist her child who is diagnosed with ADHD. The entire family has benefitted profoundly from Reiki, by guiding the recipient to handle stressful situations and emotions in a healthier manner, improving communication and harmony both at school and within the family.

Studying Reiki in order to benefit her child’s health, and to resolve her own feelings of professional corporate burnout has inspired Christine to expand her practice into a more holistic setting where aspects of the entire person (mind, body and spirit) may be addressed.

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NANCY BRUCE

Certified Emotional WEIGHT LOSS COACH, EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE PRACTITIONER, REGISTERED HOLISTIC NUTRITIONIST (RHN)

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My name is Nancy Bruce, a Food Freedom Coach and Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner. I am genuinely passionate about empowering women to cultivate self-love and a healthy relationship with food. My own journey involved overcoming my battle with emotional eating, and it wasn’t until I discovered the power of Emotional Freedom Technique, as well as other special tools, that everything changed. By uncovering my hidden beliefs, emotions and programming tied to food, I now “Eat with Freedom”, easily make healthy food choices and enjoy exercising.

 

I am dedicated to supporting women on their unique journey toward freedom with food, drawing from my own transformative experience. I’d love an opportunity to assist you on your journey so that, just like me, you can “Eat with Freedom” and easily make healthy food choices. Let’s work together to uncover and overcome barriers hindering your path to a healthier and more joyful relationship with food.

Amy Waters

Amy Waters

Pilates Instructor, ELDOA Level 1 & 2 Practitioner

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Pilates is my anchor. I’m a busy mom and movement allows me to ground and tune into myself when life gets chaotic.

 

In 2009 I was hit by a snowboarder and the accident left me in a lot of pain and my neck and shoulders were extremely weak. While at first skeptical, I started doing Pilates twice per week, saw immediate results and my pain decreased significantly!

 

Health and wellness have always been a huge part of my life, but nothing other than Pilates has provided me with a way to connect to my body and build functional strength that serves me on a daily basis.

 

As a movement educator, I am passionate about helping people meet their goals – but mainly I want to help people work through their pain, learn to trust their bodies, and live and love life with a fluidity that keeps them in tune to what their body is telling them.

 

Teaching and guiding people in their movement journey is a huge responsibility and I am happiest when a client comes in and says: “I was able to get out of bed without pain today.” It makes my heart happy when people have that AHA moment where they come back home to their body and learn to move it with an ease, grace and kindness!

 

Certification

Body Harmonics – Mat certification

Body Harmonics – Reformer certification

Oov Practitioner

ELDOA Level 1 and 2 Practitioner

Lynn

LYNN BARIBAULT

Intuitive Channel for Self & Business, Compassion Key Practitioner, Intuitive Oracle Card Reader, Channeling and Intuition Teacher, International Best Selling Author

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Hello, my name is Lynn Baribault, and I am an Intuitive Channeler for self and business, Certified Compassion Key Practitioner, Intuitive Oracle Card reader, and teacher of Channelling and Intuition classes. I am also an International Best Selling Author.
I offer a variety of healing sessions and classes at Lavender Lane Wellness Centre, including wisdom-filled Channelled sessions where my wonderful Spirit Guides share insights on main aspects of life, employment and/or relationships, family, help with discovering and working with spiritual guides, to name a few topics. These are interactive sessions where you also get to ask questions to help clarify your current life.
Do you need help growing and refocusing the direction, goals, and vision of your business? If so, then a Business Focused Channelling session is perfect for you! Spirit is always open to guide and answer questions. Topics discussed may vary, but may include fine tuning your business vision, your goals, the current or best location, issues you are faced with, growth, etc. A Business Channelling session is a very valuable tool to help define and strategize your business goals.
Other healing sessions that I provide for you to explore and consider include:
*The gentle, yet profound Compassion Key helps you heal wounds from your childhood which are sometimes linked to past lives. I guide you to heal deep inner-child wounds and to better understand the impact these have on your current life. The healed younger version is then integrated so you may feel more anchored in your current life.
*Intuitive Oracle Cards are an amazing tool to learn about your past, present and future. By connecting to the energy of your name, your energy field and oracle cards, I am able to share insights to assist you in accessing the support and guidance needed from Spirit at this time.
*Lastly, I teach Intuition, Oracle Cards, and Channelling classes. Being a trained teacher of 32 years experience, my classes are well organized and hands-on. We get to play with Spirit, share and learn. Your intuition is a great tool which is worthy of exploring and developing further. I also offer mentorship upon request.
I am an International Best Selling author as my chapter: “Am I Enough as I Am Now?” is featured in the beautiful anthology: “Perfectly I’MPerfect, where ordinary women share their stories of how they overcame extraordinary circumstances”. I am proud to be the sole Canadian author in this book. I am also the author of “How to Raise Your Children with Wisdom and Awareness”. A book to guide parents, guardians and anyone touched by the lives of children.
I continue to write and channel wisdom. My Cedar Wheel Oracle card deck is soon to be published. I am currently in the process of painting the visions given for each card. They will be available for sale at Lavender Lane in 2024.
I am also a certified Death Doula who is a person who accompanies individuals and their family after a terminal diagnosis has been received. End of life should be as planned and celebrated as most births are. I am grateful to be able to offer support to families after the person has crossed. Being able to hear, feel and see Spirit, I can share guidance and offer peace of mind, heart and soul.
I am truly blessed to be thoroughly supported by Spirit. It has been a long journey of trust and learning, but such a rewarding one as well. I am looking forward to meeting you and sharing my skills with you!
Originally from Quebec City, I am fully bilingual and offer my services in both English and French.
“Peace Within IS Peace Living”

Lisa

LISA O’GORMAN

CERTIFIED EFT PRACTITIONER, CERTIFIED TFWL COACH, CERTIFIED EXECUTIVE CHEF

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Hello, I am Lisa.  I was diagnosed with MS in 1998, after temporarily losing the vision in my right eye along with several balance issues and weird neurological issues.  After taking one look at my MRI, I had a renown optic neurologist tell me “You better start making your plans now”!    I was scared, mad as hell and basically a hot mess!  I was in my mid thirty’s, newly married and had a job that I loved.  My plans were to finish training for an upcoming adult national figure skating competition and I left his office that day on a mission to prove him wrong.

That was before the days of Dr. Google and I researched night and day to find out what I could do to help my body heal and reduce the symptoms I was experiencing with the goal of minimalizing further damage.  I was put on a course of drug therapy.  Some that I had to inject and other oral drugs.  I HATED needles, but got over that and did what my doctors recommended in addition to making several lifestyle changes that I am excited to share with you. I did have to withdraw from the competition that year, however the following year, I was able to compete and had the best skate of my life!

 

It was the combination of these lifestyle changes and the medications, that I was eventually in remission for so long that my doctor recommended that I come off of the drugs which I happily did.  I have been living symptom free for over 17 years and have a life beyond my wildest dreams from that day in 1998.  I can’t wait to meet you and help you with your journey!

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VICTORIA WOOLRIDGE

MANUAL OSTEOPATHIC PRACTITIONER, KINESIOLOGIST, PERSONAL TRAINER
 DOMP, B.KIN, MHK

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Victoria was born and raised in Central Newfoundland. She has always had a passion for health, wellness, and sport. This passion lead her to pursue an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology, which she completed in 2014 along with a Psychology minor and certificate in criminology. After completing her undergraduate studies, Victoria worked as the lead kinesiologist within a multidisciplinary clinic where she offered a variety of preventative and rehabilitative programs to private, motor-vehicle accident, and workers compensation clients. She also has over 5 years experience in biomechanics, ergonomics, and functional abilities testing.

 

Victoria recently completed the DOMP program through National Academy of Osteopathy in Toronto and is excited to offer Manual Osteopathy. She believes that in order to achieve optimal health, the root causes of dysfunction must be addressed.

Brian Banks

Brian Banks
Reiki Master/Teacher – Medium

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I have always been in the people business and a little over 10 years ago, I became attracted to exploring Reiki.   Intuition led to my connection with Marilyn Mayberry, who is a gifted yoga instructor and Reiki Master. You would think I then moved quickly into helping as many people as possible, but what actually transpired was a slow awakening of my connection to REIKI.  I gained experience with the power of Reiki as I helped my family members and friends.

By 2019, my yearning to respect and grow my spiritual side intensified.  I completed my certification with Reiki level 2 and Master Teacher level as well.

My Reiki practice and knowledge grew and then COVID 19 happened.  While a pandemic may sound discouraging, this was a time of awakening and my appetite to learn had increased exponentially.

Then I met Lana Zilinski of the “Hawk and I“ and had a reading by Lana  (which was a kick in the pants to get going) and then Lana became a very much valued mentor and teacher to me.  I completed all four levels of mediumship, which has opened a new world for me to help people heal, grow and move forward in life.

Who I am and what I do is a result of meeting and experiencing the work, teaching and influence of these amazing women and many others in my life who encouraged me to continue on my path to help others.

Shannon

Shannon Thompson
SOCIAL WORK THERAPY & NEUROPTIMAL® NEUROFEEDBACK

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Allow us to introduce Shannon, a seasoned social worker with a decade of dedicated experience in both therapy and community work. Her genuine aspiration is to establish a sanctuary where clients are free to express themselves without the fear of judgment.

Leveraging her extensive background as a registered social worker, yoga instructor, NeurOptimal® basic trainer, and life coach, Shannon is resolutely devoted to aiding individuals in achieving more fulfilling lives by alleviating the burdens of thoughts and behaviors that impede happiness and overall well-being.

With a deep appreciation for yoga and complementary healing practices, coupled with an unwavering belief in the potential of the human spirit, Shannon creates a nurturing environment.

Through her training, Shannon merges principles from CBT, ACT, Attachment Theory, and mindfulness, empowering clients to gain profound self-insight and cultivate inner peace. Whether confronted with anxiety, depression, relationship complexities, or personal stagnation, Shannon stands as a steadfast ally, helping you identify strengths, work through challenges, and guiding you toward embracing your inherent wisdom within.

Shannon, herself has personally experienced NeurOptimal® and the flexibility and resilience it brings. She found that NeurOptimal® helped her central nervous system function more optimally. She’s thrilled to share this opportunity with others, providing a caring and compassionate space for their growth and well-being.”

 

SOCIAL WORK THERAPY & NEUROPTIMAL® NEUROFEEDBACK”
Social work therapy involves the use of a range of evidence-based practices to help individuals overcome mental health challenges, cope with life’s difficulties, and improve their overall well-being. Social workers in Ontario are trained to address a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship problems, and addiction. They work collaboratively with their clients to develop personalized treatment plans that are tailored to their specific needs and goals. Social workers also provide support and guidance to help their clients navigate the complexities of the healthcare system, access community resources, and build resilience. Overall, social work therapy in Ontario is a compassionate, client-centered approach that empowers individuals to achieve their full potential.

Chelsea

Chelsea-Anne Woolridge

Certified Music Therapist MMT, MTA, BMT

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Chelsea-Anne Woolridge, originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, now lives and practices as a Certified Music Therapist within Waterloo Region. She holds a Bachelor of Music Therapy degree from Acadia University, as well as a Master of Music Therapy from Wilfrid Laurier University.

In her work, Chelsea-Anne fosters growth and well-being by bringing a wealth of knowledge and a passion for using music as a therapeutic. Having a strong foundation of the principles of music therapy and development, she holds an approach to music therapy that integrates music into the practice of achieving developmental milestones for individuals of all ages.

Having prior experience delivering developmental groups, Chelsea-Anne is committed to creating a nurturing and inclusive environment where clients can embark on a musical journey of self-discovery, communication, and skill-building. Grounded in evidence-based practices, group sessions are tailored to address the specific developmental needs of each participant group, each recognizing unique strengths and goals areas.

Chelsea-Anne is dedicated to supporting individuals on their path to wellness, using music as a dynamic and engaging medium for personal and developmental growth. Whether working with children, adolescents, or adults, she strives to create a harmonious space that encourages self-expression, social connection, and the use of developmental skills.

Nancy Darlene

Nancy Darlene
B.A, Intuitive Artist, Reiki Master, Integrated Energy Therapy Practitioner

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I am an Intuitive Artist. My interest and flare for art started at a young age. During high school, I thrived in the arts: graduating with honours, awards, and an art scholarship for continuing education in art.

I pursued by interest and graduated from the University of Waterloo with Honours, majoring in Fine Art. My life as a mom and career woman overtook my artistic endeavours after university.

Later, however, after a dark period in my life…
I couldn’t help but dig deeper and return to my roots. I was raised with strong spiritual beliefs which is the backbone of my work.

I began drawing as a means of letting go. Not worried about the outcome and not drawing anything in particular. I was creating, simply for the reason of not thinking and shutting my brain off. Unknowingly, I started creating intuitively from my heart. No longer feeling compelled to make images that were geared toward pleasing someone else. I was releasing what was in my soul— it was very healing!
I found that animals, people, faces, angelic beings, and many symbolic images would appear, all evoking a message, a feeling, and an emotion.

I have retired from my full time political career to produce art that provides healing as we journey through life.

Intuitive Artist creating Healing Art.

Brandi

Brandi Vanee
Intuitive Healer, Culinary Nutrition Expert, Holistic Wellness Coach & Health Advocate

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I am an Intuitive Healer, Culinary Nutrition Expert, Holistic Wellness Coach & Health Advocate.

 

I have been helping family, friends and clients in their homes, guiding them through health issues and assisting them to live healthier lives for years.

 

After experiencing my own life threatening health crises, I went through a transformation. This evolution drove my passion to learn, teach and inspire other people. I have studied Anatomy & Physiology, Massage Therapy, Herbology, Holistic Nutrition, Reiki and Energy Healing, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Holistic Wellness Coaching, and more.

 

 

 

I have proudly completed the Certified Culinary Nutrition Expert Program (graduating with honors), and the Certified Intuitive Healer course, which covers multiple modalities.

 

With these programs, and the additional studies and experiences I’ve had over the years, I have been able to combine and develop my own modality which I call Hands On Emotional Release. It is a combination of massage therapy techniques with intuitive healing and muscle testing to get to the root causes of pain or tension and helps to allow the release of trapped emotions.

 

I have been able to successfully increase the range of motion and mobility of clients by using this modality, which has also increased their confidence in their abilities. It’s amazing what can happen when you’re no longer standing in your own way!

 

I am always open for a chat. If you are interested in working together, I’d love to meet and explore what inspires YOU to nourish your own body, mind, heart, and soul.

 

Below I share my personal journey, as I feel it is important for you to understand why health and nourishment of the body, mind, heart, and soul is so important to me.

 

My personal health journey:

 

When I was nine years old, I would wake up in the middle of the night with pain in my stomach. I thought these were hunger pains, so I would have a quick snack, the pain would go away, and I would go back to bed. This continued occasionally for a few months, then became more frequent, and eventually started happening during the day as well. My parents took me to a doctor who brushed it off as indigestion that would go away on its own.

 

Over the next few years, this went from occasional to frequent to daily. The symptoms evolved to include severe heartburn, waking up at night, choking, gagging, and a searing pain in my entire abdomen. It became too painful to eat. Blood tests, x-rays, a barium swallow, and an ultrasound later, the conclusion was gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). I was given a prescription for medication and sent home. I experienced some relief, but not enough. A few months later, there was a news story about an athletic girl my age who died of a heart attack caused by the same medication I had been prescribed. I stopped taking it that day.

 

My symptoms rapidly returned, with the addition of vomiting in my sleep. I started consuming meal replacement shakes and smoothies instead of solid food in an effort to make it as easy to digest as possible. I lost a lot of weight and looked sickly.

 

While coping with the pain, I became extremely depressed and anxious. My grades suffered, I ran away from home, and even contemplated suicide.

 

This emotional rollercoaster continued throughout my teens, my first pregnancy, and into my young adult life. I went through numerous doctors, specialists, tests, and even laparoscopic surgery in my search for answers. Doctors first told me I had endometriosis and would never be able to carry a baby to full term again, which was devastating for me at age 19. Then they ruled that out in favour of a diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and that there was no cure and I would have to live for the rest of my life with these symptoms.

 

 

 

All this was before I was twenty years old.

 

 

 

I tried to cope with it through a variety of over-the-counter antacids, lots of water, avoiding certain foods, or sometimes not eating at all. I slept almost upright or in a chair every night so I didn’t wake up choking and vomiting.

 

Then, I experienced the most pain I have ever had in my life (yes, even more than natural childbirth) – PANCREATITIS.

 

I remember turning to my husband and son in the emergency room, telling them how much I loved them and saying goodbye because I believed I was going to die that day.

 

I spent the next five days in the hospital, hooked up to IV fluids, and not allowed to consume food to allow my body to heal.

 

Despite following all of the advice from the multitude of doctors and dietitians, I ended up with pancreatitis twice more after that.

 

Finally, I saw a doctor who was more nutritionally aware than most. He suggested I try being vegetarian to see if it made a difference. Within a month, my symptoms started drastically improving. They were still there, but certainly much more manageable than before. I could finally sleep lying down again.

 

 

 

When I became pregnant with my second son, the symptoms at night returned and quickly became unmanageable. Not wanting to return to the medications and over the counter remedies that only dealt with symptoms, I began studying and trying herbal remedies. To everyone’s surprise, I felt complete relief for the first time in years, but only if I took them every day. I continued learning about herbs and started making my own remedies for my family. I also dove deeper into learning about nutrition.

 

It was during this time that I met a Holistic Nutritionist and Intuitive Healer. Through her, I finally discovered what had been causing my symptoms – I had food allergies and sensitivities.  It turns out this was what caused not only the GERD and abdominal pain, but also my childhood asthmatic symptoms.

 

Through muscle testing, we discovered that my body lacks the enzymes to digest animal proteins and to break down lipids. Within two weeks of visiting her and altering my diet, I was completely symptom free, without medications or herbs, for what felt like the first time in my life. She later became my instructor for the Intuitive Healer course.

 

More recently, I underwent a plant medicine journey, with guidance, which has really helped me focus on what is truly important in life, health, and how I can assist others to reach their health goals.

 

Through my own research, intuition, and with the help of a personal trainer, I am rebuilding a strong, healthy body by working out and going to the gym, practicing regular meditation and mindfulness, self healing, intermittent fasting, and consuming plant based meals.

 

This is how I keep myself healthy and nourished – body, mind, heart and soul.

Heather Reeves

Heather Reeves
Restorative Yoga Workshops

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I am Heather of Heather Reeves Yoga and I have been teaching and healing since 1995. I feel strongly that Yoga is a very complex yet wonderful healing modality and use it to meet each individual where they are at.  I encourage individuals to get quiet and listen to their own innate wisdom so they may embrace optimal health and well-being.  

 

I practice in Mount Forest, Ontario at Renew Life Therapies. My favorite students to serve are women.  Helping them to prioritize their health and well being through the  art of yoga and meditation.  They come to Yoga for a time out, to mindfully move their  bodies, taking time to “tune out” the distractions of life and tune into the innate wisdom within. 

 

I teach a range of yoga classes from active flows to gentle restorative sessions, incorporating the practice of yin, therapeutic yoga, functional movement, myofascial release and meditation. I also offer one on one sessions to tailor your practice to what your body and mind need. I also travel to provide workshops on various yoga and meditation  topics.  

 As a RMT and ERYT 500 Yoga teacher I offer  a unique  blend of knowledge and skill to my yoga classes and workshops.

Natasha Ramlall

Natasha Ramlall EPP-1, CHC, CLC

CERTIFIED TRAUMA-INFORMED MIND-BODY HEALTH COACH

IAOTH ACCREDITED EMBODIED PROCESSING PRACTITIONER – LEVEL I

DANCE ALCHEMY FACILITATOR, YOGABREATH COACH & WELLNESS RETREAT LEADER

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My name is Natasha and I work with individuals who feel stuck in physical, mental or emotional suffering. I help you get to the root of your pain, so you can finally get relief and move beyond your trauma whether you knew it was there or not. I also lead in person embodied dance sessions and wellness retreats to create spaces where we can all feel more human and allow individual and collective healing to happen. My third hat finds me helping newcomers to Canada learn English and settle in the Kitchener-Waterloo area where I am based.

My offerings are supported by certifications in Health and Life Coaching; Trauma-Informed Coaching; Embodied Processing Level 1; YogaBreath Coaching and Dance Alchemy facilitation.

I hope to contribute by creating safe and authentic containers for transformation, and through the process, inspire us all to live life more grounded, present, balanced, and whole.

Fran Garton

Fran Garton M.A, M.Ed.

 Pain Reduction Coach, Qigong and Meditation Instructor

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Fran Garton is a QiGong and Meditation Instructor, Pain Reduction Coach, Body-Positive Personal Trainer, Fibromyalgia Warrior, Author and Speaker who helps women who desperately want to live pain-free. She teaches clients to identify triggers, reduce stress + set boundaries with easy-to-implement mindset, movement + nutrition strategies. QiGong and Meditation have been instrumental in allowing Fran to minimize inflammation and start living again! Fran is passionate about helping people find a love of movement and wellness while listening to and honouring their bodies.

Sandra Wilson

Sandra Wilson
Children’s Book Author – Workshop Facilitator

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I am Author Sandra Wilson, children’s author and educator and founder of the Kindness Kangaroo Project. I have spent over 35 years working with children in some capacity; as a leader in Scouting and Guiding, as a tutor, as a drama teacher, as a homeschooler, in clubs and even in my education centre. For the last five years I have been working with children to create books. I have worked in classrooms, daycares and with other groups as part of the Kindness Kangaroo Project and together, these children and I have created nearly 40 picture books that embrace inclusion, acceptance, kindness and friendship.

With all my books I am looking to empower and inspire children and get the conversation started on topics like emotions (Emotional Animal Alphabet series), the environment (Super Kids Save the World series), bullies (The Unpleasant Pirates series), grief (The Feeling Empty series) and more.

I believe that words have power and we can use them to promote goodness in the world. We can offer them to children to inspire them, to empower them and to help express themselves. Stories are gifts that can be handed down, they are ways we can connect to what is happening in the world, to our feelings and those of others and to encourage us to do our best. I write stories with kids and for kids with the hope of showing them the magic of creativity to inspire and to empower.

I believe that children are our future and we must nurture them and help them grow. Guide them gently on their own path. Then support them and watch them go. I believe we need to teach them what matters – like compassion, understanding and more.
We need to make sure they are comfortable to talk and that we always have an open door.

I want children to know that no matter what chaos has swirled, I believe in the power they have inside to make a difference in this world.

Denise

DENISE OUELLETTE

REGISTERED HOLISTIC NUTRITIONIST

Bri

BRI Phoenix

Energy Alchemist, Medium, Mystic, Consciousness Coach, Animal Communicator

Cheryl

CHERYL NIETUPSKI

Intuitive Healing Facilitator

Rhonda Fowler

RHONDA FOWLER

 RYT200 Yoga Instructor, Certified Chair Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master & Energy Healing Practitioner

At Lavender Lane Wellness Centre we integrate healthcare professionals with holistic practitioners to provide comprehensive care for mind, body, and spirit, all under one roof. We are a dedicated team providing high-quality services to improve performance in every aspect of life. Our goal is to assist every member of our community to attain a life of peace and abundance, to help clients exceed their functional goals, to help build strong-minded and healthy families and communities – all in a warm, empathetic, and friendly environment.

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