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Meet the Essence Chiropractic Team

Angela Weber-Thompson, BSc. MSW RSW

Essence Chiropractic Therapist and Clinical Social Worker, Angela ThompsonTherapist and Clinical Social Worker

Angela doesn’t want practice members to waste another day feeling sad, stuck or overwhelmed. “I have 10-plus years of experience as a therapist/clinical social worker, and I would love to support you in transforming your goals into meaningful and long-lasting growth and change.” Angela exudes warmth and genuineness and knows that great therapy cannot happen without a strong relationship between client and therapist.

Assisting People of All Ages

Angela works with individuals, couples, and families across the lifespan and draws heavily on the following:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) techniques

She specialises in the management of anxiety and traumatic stress disorders, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and provides Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.

Education and Memberships

To prepare for her career, Angela earned a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2007. She is a registered member with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) as well as the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).

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Thyra Calvert, MSc, RPQ, CCC

Essence Chiropractic Psychotherapist, Thyra CalvertRegistered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

“Navigating our hectic world can be challenging on the best of days. I know from experience that it becomes even more complex when you or your loved one live with trauma, chronic pain, illness or disability.”

Thyra us passionate about bringing empathy, healing, and empowerment to individuals who navigate the world with, or are impacted by, pain, trauma, illness or disability. She helps her clients, who include children, adults, couples and families, to develop a more positive relationship with themselves and strengthen their relationships with others so that they may feel safe, valuable and whole.

Offering an Array of Approaches

As Thyra knows that no one approach works for all clients, she provides them with various methods. These include

  • Dialogic
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Her educational background consists of an MSc in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Guelph and a joint BA in Psychology and Sexuality, Marriage and Family studies from the University of Waterloo.

Cindy McKenzie

Essence Chiropractic Office Manager, Cindy McKenzieOffice Administrator

Cindy joined us in 2012 and is an essential part of the high quality care we offer. Cindy is the friendly face that greets all our new and existing patients and is fundamental to the day to day running of the office.

Cindy is very active in our community and has a large circle of friends with whom she loves to spend time. She is an avid runner and tennis player and she loves skiing and snowshoeing in the winter time.

Cindy has noticed massive improvements in her own health and well-being since starting care at Essence Chiropractic and is always happy to share her success story with others. She understands that attaining outstanding health is a process – it takes time and active participation. Cindy is funny, down to earth and her very nature puts people at ease and inspires them to live well too.

“I feel truly fortunate to be part of the Essence Chiropractic team! It has enhanced my health, my life and my overall well-being.” In her role at the practice, Cindy is responsible for answering the phone, scheduling appointments for our practice members and managing files.

Cindy has lived in the Waterloo community for most of her life except for four years at Brock University and a three-year stint in Windsor.

“Our office is incredibly welcoming, warm and safe. I will be the one greeting you upon arrival and will do everything in my power to give you the best experience possible.”

Heather Hendriks

Heather Hendriks, Chiropractic AssistantChiropractic Assistant

“It was through a referral for my own needs that I found Dr. Lisa. Living with burning pain day in and day out was taking its toll on me. After receiving care from Dr. Lisa, I could finally see and feel what I had been missing—a life without discomfort. It was that referral that changed my view of chiropractic and what it can do for everyone.”

In 2012, Heather started working for Dr. Lisa as a chiropractic assistant doing neurological stress assessments.

The Neuroinfiniti program allows Heather to work and learn with cutting-edge chiropractic technology. “It gives us a window into the body to gain a better understanding of what is going on with the brain and body and how it connects to the bigger picture of life.”

A Passion for Helping Others

Through working at Essence Chiropractic, Heather has grown in her knowledge of health, wellness and personal well-being. She is grateful to be a part of a community passionate about helping others, natural healing and reconnecting with our bodies and health.

Heather lives in Breslau with her husband Mike, their son Nevin and their English bulldog Thea.

Book an Appointment Today

Are you wondering how chiropractic care may benefit you? Contact us today to schedule a convenient appointment!

Essence Chiropractic Team | (519) 742-5440