Who We Are
Dr. Diva graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (Toronto) after completing her Honours Bachelors degree in Kinesiology and Health Sciences from York University. During her internship, she had the privilege of volunteering with Natural Doctors International (NDI), providing free naturopathic services and educating the residents of Ometepe Island, Nicaragua. Dr. Diva is a member of both the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors. Aside from her Naturopathic practice, she loves spending time with family, enjoying the outdoors and travelling.
Pierre graduated from the IFOGA in Avignon, France. He is trained in structural, functional, visceral, cranial, Jones (Strain-Counterstrain), Mitchell (muscular), GOT and pediatric Osteopathic treatment. He was also selected as part of the medical team for the motorcycle and ATV rally race “Raid Passion Désert – Morocco” in 2014. Pierre was always convinced of the mind-body-spirit relationship, and began his studies focusing on both physiotherapy and psychology. He began to understand the importance of the holistic approach to illness and disease. He discovered Osteopathy by attending a consultation, and it was a revelation! The overall management of patients as people, not symptoms – listening, caring, the proximity of the therapist, the self-healing concept and the potential of the practiced-hand – persuaded him to dedicate himself exclusively to the study of Osteopathy. With Paths to Vitality, Pierre hopes to work together with his patients to find the best way to recover from injury, live pain-free, maintain their health and gain confidence on their wellness journey!
Marinella completed a Master of Practice in Osteopathic Manipulative Sciences (M.OMSc) at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy following over a thousand hours of specialized training in areas including yoga therapeutics, prenatal health, rehabilitation, and advanced yoga practices. She merges the disciplines of osteopathy and body movement with rigour and skillful intuition. Her manual therapy sessions help heal, strengthen and optimize health and wellbeing. Her understanding and ability to assist body mechanics in relationship with movement, emotions, and experience is unequaled. Most importantly, she kindly guides patients to a self-care practice that is self-honouring and full of potential for transformation and discovery.
Carmina graduated from the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TSTCM), successfully completing a four year TCMP Diploma program with honours. She is a registered member of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario and is practised in the areas of acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, moxibustion, and Tui Na massage. Carmina has also traveled to Denver, CO to study under Dr. Martha Lucas, where she earned the certification to use Dr. Lucas’ patented Mei Zen cosmetic acupuncture system to treat patients for facial/neck rejuvenation and weight management. Carmina is an educator and an advocate of continuing education and lifelong learning. She’s a faculty member of her alma mater TSTCM where she teaches TCM theory classes and tutors TCM students preparing for their licensing exams. In clinic, Carmina teaches her patients how to use TCM for self care at home, providing them with tools like TCM diet and Qi gong to help prolong the effects of her treatments.
As a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Carmina’s approach to healing begins with caring and compassion, and respecting that each patient is unique. She follows the basic premise of TCM practice: “Treat the patient, not the disease” – meaning she treats the patient as a whole, restoring balance within the body, strengthening the person’s Qi (vital energy), thereby allowing the body to fight the disease naturally. Carmina has successfully treated patients with digestive disorders, gynecological disorders, stress related disorders, pains/aches, allergies, insomnia and as a former intern at the Dorothy Lea Hospice has experience in bereavement support and palliative care.
Stephanie’s educational journey started with Bachelor of Journalism at Ryerson University, leading her to an interest in learning about and understanding people’s stories. She uses this compassionate and understanding approach to coaching with all of her clients through fitness, nutrition and personal wellness. Her experience with training for sport performance and injury recovery led to an interest in long-term wellness, making her a great complement to our Osteopathic team. She is a certified Personal Training Specialist and Precision Nutrition Level 1 coach. She has a special interest in weight management, injury recovery, and stress & anxiety reduction through movement and good food!
Steph believes that healthy lifestyles are built on self-positive habits and attitudes, and having a support network when making beneficial changes in your life. Recommendations from your Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, Registered Massage Therapist or Naturopathic Doctor are excellent guidelines for reaching your health goals, but sometimes implementing those suggestions can be difficult. That’s where Steph comes in – your hands-on guide to living a happier, healthier lifestyle (and having fun in the process!) Learn more about Wellness Coaching here.
Flore Gallo, BSc (PT)
Flore graduated from the IFPEK, in France. After years of various experiences in France in public hospitals and medical clinics, she moved to Toronto in 2012. Flore is a Registered Physiotherapist with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.
In order to stay in touch with the most current practices and techniques, Flore has completed several continuing education certifications related to soft tissue release, musculoskeletal conditions and sport injuries. Her hospital background has allowed her the opportunity to work with numerous post-surgical patients and help move them towards recovery faster. She is experienced with post-operative protocols and rehabilitation programs.
Her treatment philosophy includes using manual therapy to restore joint mechanics and to correct movement dysfunction. She provides one-on-one treatment and develops exercise programs geared toward the individual level and goals of the patient. Flore has a strong focus on providing patients with the practical tools and knowledge to better understand their recovery process.
Bonnie Anderson, RN CON(C),CHPCN(C) Reiki Level 1 & 2
Bonnie has spent most of her life healing and caring for people throughout a 32-year nursing career. She graduated in 1987 with a Diploma in Nursing from Centennial College, initially focusing on General Internal Medicine and Geriatric Rehab before switching to Oncology and then settling into a rewarding experience in Palliative Care. She attained Certificates specializing in Oncology and Hospice/Palliative Care with the Canadian Nursing Association. Bonnie felt it becoming increasingly difficult to try to incorporate all modalities of healing while caring for her patients. This desire to care for patients using a more holistic approach was the driving force behind Bonnie’s early retirement from nursing in February of 2016.
She is now excited to start on a new journey of healing and caring via complementary modalities such as Reiki, Chakra balancing and Spiritual Healing which she has been practising since 2006. She is currently exploring other complementary healing therapies such as the use of crystals and essential oils. It’s Bonnie’s life purpose is to promote healing on all levels, and to provide a relaxing and calming experience for everyone.
Christina’s experience demonstrates her ability to use a variety of counselling approaches with a diverse group of clients. Christina graduated with a Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Western Ontario before moving to England and practicing for four years in mental health, addictions and working with older adults. Christina returned to Toronto where she worked as an addictions counsellor on a mental health team while concurrently completing her Masters of Social Work at York University. Christina is now the Professional Practice Chief of Social Work at a centre which focuses on care of older adults and their caregivers. She has also taught two courses for new clinicians titled “Introduction to Counselling” through the Institute for Lifecourse and Aging.
Christina is a registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and is on the provincial board of directors for the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Christina has dedicated her professional career to exploring how people make and sustain change in their lives. Christina is an inherently empathetic person who is passionate about helping others to achieve their goals. Learn more about her and book an appointment here.