MEET THE TEAM
The People Who Care
This is the team that will get your life back on track and guide you through the recovery process. Our holistic approach in North Vancouver is always tailored and individualized to determine the underlying cause of your health concern, instead of just focusing on your symptoms.
At Active Therapy, we see the whole picture and seek to address the environmental, lifestyle, health, educational and psychological aspects of your ailment to help you get your life back.
MICHAL KAPIC MSc., DOMP
Owner - Manual Osteopath / Certified Rolfer™
Michal became a Manual Osteopath & Certified Rolfer due to personal experience with sports injuries and the recoveries that followed.
In Osteopathy and Rolfing Michal sees a unique process of soft tissue manipulation that balances and realigns the body by releasing tension and strain.
MICHAL KAPIC DOMP
Michal became a Manual Osteopath & Certified Rolfer due to personal experience with sports injuries and the recoveries that followed. From playing soccer and tennis at highly competitive levels to working as a ski instructor every winter, sport keeps him active and has always been a huge role in his everyday life. With the intensity of high-level sport, Michal contended with ongoing injuries and subsequent surgeries. From his personal injuries, he realized the role of physical health education in the prevention of further injuries. In Osteopathy and Rolfing, he sees a unique process of soft tissue manipulation that balances and realigns the body by releasing tension and strain. Michal’s treatment approach includes a variety of treatment tools including Rolfing Structural Integration for Fascia manipulation, Joint mobilization, CranioSacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, Neurodynamics (NDS) nerve treatment from Michael Shacklock, and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) according to Prof. Pavel Kolar from the world-renowned Prague School of Rehabilitation. Thanks to DNS, Michal’s focus is treating babies & children with developmental delays ( difficulties in crawling / delayed walking ) or spine issues like scoliosis/kyphosis or increase lordosis.
Michal has worked internationally in multi-disciplinary health centers, consulting with clients in the Czech Republic, USA, and New Zealand. In 2020, he opened a Multidisciplinary Clinic in North Vancouver where he sees his clients. Additionally, Michal can be found presenting workshops throughout the Vancouver area.
Michal came with his girlfriend to Canada in 2009 to work for the Czech Olympic Committee during the 2010 Vancouver winter Olympics. Michal now considers British Columbia his home, and when not working, he will be skiing, mountain biking, golfing, paddle boarding or playing tennis on the North Shore, or traveling abroad.
JANA KOLANKIEWICZOVA B.A.
Co - Owner & Clinic Manager
Jana is an office manager and co-owner of Active Therapy Clinic along with her spouse Michal. She has supported Michal since he started practising as a Rolfer & Manual Osteopath in 2014. Shortly after they together opened the clinic in June 2020, it became clear that the business needed her full-time attention. So, she left her career in aviation to become our Clinic’s Office Manager.
When you call or email, you’ll most likely speak to Jana. She’ll do her best to move things around to squeeze you in for a treatment. She always aims for the clients to have the best clinic experience possible and for the therapists to have a great workplace. Jana is an integral part of the clinic and its successful growth.
If not in the clinic, you can find her in the mountains training ski instructors in the winter. She loves sharing her passion for sports with her daughter and friends. Spending time outdoors is what energizes her and keeps her going.
DR. NAV DHINDSA BSc., ND
Growing up in this beautiful province Nav is proud to call home, Nav embarked on his professional journey with excitement and passion.
Nav is a passionate healer, and dedicated to helping his clients move through a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional transitions as a team in the most efficient way possible.
DR. Nav Dhindsa Bsc., ND
Growing up in this beautiful province I’m proud to call home, I embarked on my professional journey with excitement and passion. My education and training started at Simon Fraser University where I earned my BSc in health sciences. I then embarked on the four-year Naturopathic medical program through the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine where I completed approximately 4,200 hours of classroom hours and 1,200 clinical hours. I am determined to share my experience with my patients through a combination of service and education. I am a passionate healer and dedicated to helping my clients move through a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional transitions as a team in the most efficient way possible.
In addition to my practice in Burnaby, B.C. I work within the physical medicine program at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. I instruct Physical Medicine, a second-year class that covers orthopedic conditions and assessment techniques. In addition to my role as an instructor, I work as a teaching assistant for the third and fourth-year osseous manipulation classes where students are taught safe spinal adjustment techniques. I also supervise osseous manipulation open lab hours 1-2 days per week where students come to expand and refine the skills they have learned during class hours.
In my practice, I enjoy treating musculoskeletal/sports injuries in anyone from the full-time working weekend warrior to the athletes who want to get back to breaking their PRs. I want us to work together in determining the most effective treatment for you. We begin by going over your top health goals followed by a thorough medical history in order to gain an understanding of your day-to-day living and how it is affecting your health. With this foundation set, I will tailor a treatment plan aimed toward achieving your health goals. I use a variety of treatment methods including, but not limited to: IV therapy, prolotherapy injections, soft tissue massage, spinal adjustments, acupuncture (electrical stimulation available), nutrition and exercise counseling, and non-pharmaceutical supplements.
DR. ALEXINA MEHTA ND, BHK
Naturopathic Physician / Ayurveda Practitioner
Dr. Alexina Mehta, ND, BHK is inspired by her work each day and is passionate to serve the health and well-being of others.
Interestingly, her great grandfather, R.B. Lal Singh Mehta was on a team who discovered the oldest written book ever found on earth so far, called the Diamond Sutras. The book teaches about enlightenment and compassion.
DR. ALEXINA MEHTA ND, BHK
These teachings are an important part of Dr. Mehta’s life. She began her post-secondary education at Queens University where she studied Life Sciences and ran on the varsity cross country and track and field teams. She continued her undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics at the University of British Columbia and became a fitness expert at a young age. As a varsity cross country runner, she cultivated an attitude of perseverance and resilience which now contributes to her ability to support others in their health.
She holds a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, Honors training in Ayurveda, and is an award-winning doctor who has guided many to peace of mind as well as optimal health. Alexina has also conducted extensive multidisciplinary studies in energy medicine, Yoga, Pilates, Meditation, Transpersonal Psychology, and Pneuma Breathwork. She has a thriving practice with a focus on family health, women’s health, mind-body awareness, digestive health, detoxification, and chronic disease. Alexina brings an inspirational, uplifting, refreshing, and innovative approach to natural medicine. She regularly speaks at various events on health and wellness and she has written two books that are currently being published. Her hobbies include adventure travel, hiking, and organizing events that cultivate community.
MEHRDAD DARVISH MD(Iran), DOMP
Manual Osteopath / Orthopeadic Surgeon (Iran)
Mehrdad Darvish is an Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle, and Sports Injuries surgeon. Trained in Iran and Germany, he worked as the Senior Consultant Orthopaedics at National Olympic Committee of Iran.
Mehrdad moved to Vancouver, BC a few years ago and started practicing Manual Osteopathy.
MEHRDAD DARVISH MD(Iran), DOMP
Mehrdad Dervish, an orthopedic specialist from the University of Shahid Beheshti in Tehran, and a foot and ankle surgery, fracture and sports injury fellowship from Germany.
From 2012, Mehrdad became acquainted with the discipline of osteopathy. More than 25 years of experience in Orthopaedics works for him to diagnose properly and choose individualized treatment for every patient suffering from musculoskeletal, sports injury or chronic pain. All of which are achieved by using Craniosacral, Visceral, and other Osteopathic technics. He truly believes that Manual Osteopathy is the most effective and available treatment for chronic pains. These techniques can lower the cost of treatments for patients and eliminate potential dangers of surgery, such as infection and bleeding, anesthesia and hospitalization.
For more information about Mehrdad Darvish and his Osteopathy approach, please follow this link.
BRENT SCRIVNER RMT / CERTIFIED ROLFER™
Registered Massage Therapist / Certified Rolfer™
Brent became interested in studying the body with his introduction to Ashtanga Yoga. He was never interested in sports or fitness as a kid, but the invitation to pay close attention to his breath and movements on that mat sparked in him a growing passion for health and wellness.
Brent Scrivner RMT / CERTIFIED ROLFER
He believes that Rolfing SI is an excellent tool in meeting these challenges which he combines with his explorations of CranioSacral Therapy, Myoskeletal Alignment Technique, and Thai Massage. Brent sees every session as an opportunity to continue answering the question of what’s possible and how we can better remove the obstacles that stand in our way.
GRAHAM STAMPER RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Graham graduated top of his class from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1995. His analysis begins with an initial assessment where all previous medical conditions are reviewed along with range of motion testing.
Graham’s mentor is Armand Ayaltin, the developer of the Systemic Deep Tissue Therapy system of massage. Graham has also been an instructor with Armand. In this system, massage is based on the pattern of the musculoskeletal involvement in chronic or acute pain.
Graham Stamper RMT
Graham treats all patients – young, elderly, extreme athletes, weekend warriors, desk- jockeys and others in health professions. He uses a specially shaped pillow for the maximum comfort of his pregnant patients.
He’s happily married and the father of two sporty girls. When he’s not coaching soccer or field hockey, he’s busy as a ski instructor, instructing both locally and internationally. Graham also enjoys tennis, cycling and hiking.
DRAHOMIRA PALESOVA RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Drahomira (Dada) believes that therapeutic massage is a great tool for helping patients with pain reduction, healing, and relaxation, which, in turn, leads to good health maintenance and injury prevention. She learned to look at the body as a whole unit and look for the origin of the problem rather then treating only the symptoms.
Drahomira Palesova RMT
Dada has learned a lot about her body through sustaining small injuries and then watching the healing process take over. She has found that her passion for sport has helped her to understand her personal needs for self-care and it is this appreciation of the benefits associated with the maintenance of general well-being that she would like to share with other sporting enthusiasts.
Enjoyment of the outdoor experience has been a big part of her life. She enjoys skiing, rock-climbing, mountaineering, hiking, running, paddle boarding. Her secondary passion in the field wellness lies is in nutrition and understanding body and mind as a whole complex.
Dada’s graduation from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in 2016 grew out of her keen interest in anatomy and physiology which started her down the path to massage therapy, and never stopped exploring further more to myofascial and visceral manipulations.
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Myofascial Release Therapy
- Visceral manipulation
- Sports Massage
- Swedish Massage Therapy
- Prenatal Massage Therapy
- Post Traumatic Care Therapy
MEGAN THOM RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Megan has a background in personal training, competitive bodybuilding, and the wellness industry for 10 years. Her experiences with various physical therapies after a motor vehicle accident led her to gain insight and a deeper understanding of the body. Megan approaches each patient with empathy, active listening, and application of current medical knowledge. She is passionate about providing supportive education as part of her continuity of care for her patients.
SAMUEL PETERS RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Samuel is a graduate of the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. Massage Therapy is important to Samuel because he has seen the positive effect it can have on a person’s life with his own eyes.
Samuel Peters NON-Registered Massage Therapist
Samuel worked as an intern Massage Therapist at his school and treated patients recovering from injuries, various neurological, and systemic conditions, athletes, and people of all ages and cultural backgrounds. This reinforced his notion that everyone deserves excellent healthcare.
Before treatment with Samuel, you can expect him to assess your current condition, and compare it with how you’ve felt in the past and where you would like to be. Samuel is proficient in manipulating fascia, providing deep tissue massage, manipulating joints, and General Swedish Massage. He is very patient and calculated, and will do everything he can to ensure you have a great massage and that you experience relief from your symptoms.
Outside of his interest in massage Samuel spends his time reading, going for trail walks around North Vancouver, practicing Jiu-Jitsu, and dancing as often as he can. He loves his family and was inspired to go into healthcare by his mother, who practiced as a nurse for 30 years.
Dr. CRAIG WEBB TCM
Acupuncturist & Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Dr. Webb has a broad range of experience and has treated elite athletes, including triathletes and skiers, and members of the B.C. Lions and Vancouver Canucks franchises. He has worked in hospitals and workplace environments. He can accommodate home visits as well as treatments at his private practice. What has impressed him the most in his observations with recovery, is that given the right environment and process, our bodies can overcome many seemingly challenging obstacles to facilitate impressive improvement from illness, injury, acute, and chronic pain.
Dr. Craig Webb TCM
He’s a great communicator and listens to the concerns of his patients, offering assurance and solutions. What greatly aids Craig in his understanding of his patients is that he has himself, experienced a long journey of recovery from a serious car accident and other injuries in his past.
If you haven’t tried acupuncture therapies, please give them a try because they are safe and have no side effects. Acupuncture calms the nervous system and subsequently pauses the release of cortisol, our chief stress hormone. Too much stress and subsequent cortisol can be a cause of headaches, anxiety and depression, weight gain, heart disease, memory and concentration problems, trouble with digestion, and insomnia.
Dr. Webb currently splits his time working with us at Active Therapy Clinic in North Vancouver near Lions Gate Hospital and as the lead acupuncturist at the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction for Provincial Health Services.
JANA CIMERMANOVA DCH
Classical Homeopath / Belvaspata healing / Spiritual and Intuitive guidance
A healing session with Classical Homeopath Jana Cimermanova consists of addressing any kind of deficiency, disharmony or imbalance of the system which maybe causing dis-ease.
True service is to empower the individual to help him/her find the new strength or help to activate a pure potential.
Jana Cimermanova DCH
All major and minor discordances can be changed by fine tuning the instrument itself. Jana has the ability to see beyond the appearances which allows her to fully express the articulation of the moment’s potential according to Infinite Intent.
Jana utilizes different tools that help to restore the health. For example: Whenever dis-ease is present, a lack of harmonious frequencies is also present in the body. Well selected homeopathic remedy can restore harmonious frequencies in the body and can therefore restore health.