Meet Health Centre of Milton’s Amazing Team

At Health Centre of Milton, we want to make sure everyone from our surrounding communities in Milton, Ontario, get the care they need to live happier, pain-free lives. One of the ways we plan on accomplishing this is by offering our communities a large team of professionals with a wide variety of skills.

You can learn more about our professionals by clicking on the following links:

Dr. Dan Chajka

Dr. Dan Chajka

HBSc, DC, DAc, Webster-Certified

Chiropractor

Dr. Dan Chajka, owner, chiropractor and acupuncture provider at the Health Centre of Milton was born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario. He pursued a bachelor of science degree from Brock University and went on to attend the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) from which he graduated as a doctor of chiropractic. In his final year of study, Dr. Chajka had two internship rotations at separate clinics. He started at the CMCC campus clinic, learning hands-on functional testing and rehabilitation from a clinician who holds his sports and rehabilitation fellowship designation. For his second rotation, these skills were put to the test as he was selected for a clinical internship at the Sherbourne Health Centre in southeast Toronto. Here, he gained substantial experience treating patients with a multitude of conditions and unique sets of challenges.

Shortly after graduating from CMCC, he took over for Dr. Houston at the Health Centre of Milton. Here, he has continued to learn about patient care and the new challenges of running his own practice. Dr. Chajka involves himself with the Milton community by speaking on a multitude of health-related topics, as well as donating goods and time to various charities. Every year, he hosts a charity BBQ for the Rick Jeffery Kids Foundation in Milton that raises money and awareness to help kids in need of funds to play in organized sports. Dr. Chajka sees this foundation worthy of his attention as he feels lucky to have played high school football and learned the importance of teamwork and dedication. His experience with sport and helping others played a significant role in his decision to become a chiropractor.

Dr. Chajka is passionate about chiropractic and the care of his patients. This is demonstrated through his unrelenting determination towards treatment of and education for his patients’ conditions. This philosophy of education allows his patients to understand not only how his treatment can help their current back pain, but how they can help themselves with preventative tools. He works with his patients as their teacher and teammate, striving to provide the components to live a longer, happier, healthier life.

Dr. Chajka feels fortunate to be able to work with his patients to witness the body’s healing ability. He continues to build on his education through courses in varied techniques of chiropractic care. In his spare time, he enjoys many outdoor activities, movies, and oddly enough, fixing things with his hands.

If you have more questions about chiropractic care, whether it’s for back pain, arthritis, or something else, we invite you to call the Health Centre of Milton to book a complimentary consultation with Dr. Dan today.

Dr. Sarah Chajka

Dr. Sarah Chajka

HBKin, DC, Webster-Certified

Chiropractor

Dr. Sarah Chajka, chiropractor, had an athletic upbringing that drove her to pursue a bachelor of kinesiology degree from McMaster University and later complete her doctor of chiropractic degree. At McMaster University, she learnt how to study and evaluate human movement and functional motor performance. During her time there, she gained excellent rehabilitation skills working at an OHIP physiotherapy clinic and at a private recreation facility. After many different volunteer opportunities, such as the MacWheelers Exercise program (which involves spinal cord injury rehabilitation), she developed an interest in the human spine and nervous system, which led to her studies at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC).

During her four-year doctorate of chiropractic (DC) degree at CMCC, Dr. Chajka solidified her knowledge of human biomechanics and therapeutic treatment options that revolved around neck and back pain and core strength. She graduated as a doctor of chiropractic with clinic honours.

Dr. Chajka believes that chiropractic care is beneficial to all. Her upbringing in an active family and her years of discipline from sport and dance, as well as witnessing the transformative effect of chiropractic treatment on all ages, have reinforced this belief. While working at the Health Centre of Milton, she has further developed her interest in preventative health and healing and has taken extra courses to give specialized attention to pregnancy and paediatrics. She enjoys giving back to the community and holds an infant massage class to new mothers in Milton to provide them with some of her tools and techniques to calm, soothe, and connect with their newborn.

If you have more questions about chiropractic care, whether it’s for pregnancy, back pain, arthritis or something else, we invite you to call the Health Centre of Milton to book a complimentary consultation with Dr. Sarah today.

Dr. Rebecca Patterson

Dr. Rebecca Patterson

BKin, DC, DAc, Webster-Certified

Chiropractor

Dr. Becky Patterson, chiropractor and acupuncture provider, graduated from York University with a bachelor of arts in kinesiology and health science. She received her doctor of chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto and her certification in contemporary medical acupuncture from McMaster University.

An accomplished contemporary dancer and ballerina, Dr. Patterson studied with the Professional Program of Contemporary Dance in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and the Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre in Toronto, Ontario. She remains actively involved in dance by offering master classes to young dancers and by helping young dancers recover from injuries and swiftly return to training and competition.

Dr. Patterson is an avid runner and run coach. She enjoys the challenge of helping runners reach their goals by optimizing performance, preventing future injury, and assisting with recovery strains and sprains.

Dr. Patterson has recently welcomed her first child to the world and has experienced firsthand the benefits of chiropractic care for the pre- and post-natal period for both mom and baby. As a result, she takes special interest in the treatment of young families, pregnancy, and paediatrics.

She is committed to providing high-quality care to her patients, improving their physical well-being and improving their capacity to participate fully in life.

If you have more questions about chiropractic care whether it’s for back pain, arthritis or something else, we invite you to call the Health Centre of Milton to book a complimentary consultation with Dr. Becky today.

Nicole Weishar

Nicole Weishar

BSc HBKin, MScPT

Physiotherapist

Nicole Weishar, physio and acupuncture provider, started her education at the University of Waterloo where she completed her undergraduate degree with a bachelor of science in honours kinesiology. Nicole has an extensive background and keen interest in sports, including participation in competitive fast pitch and various non-competitive sports. Combining her interests with her solid foundation of human kinetics, Nicole decided to further her knowledge in physiotherapy and rehabilitation by setting a goal to become a physical therapist. In 2010, she accomplished her goal and graduated from Queen’s University with a master of science degree in physical therapy.

Since then, Nicole has spent her time practicing in a busy physiotherapy clinic in Kitchener, Ontario. Nicole’s constant journey to pursue the best possible evidence-based care for her patients drives her to continue her education in sports therapy, acupuncture, rehabilitation exercises, and manual therapy. As a result of her drive, she has become an excellent physical therapist and to date, has completed several post-graduate courses, including Level 1 Manual Therapy, McKenzie MDT Part A- Lumbar Spine and Level 1 Acupuncture through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada. She is a current member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and its Orthopaedic Division.

Nicole’s treatment philosophy includes a focus on patient goals and helping them achieve their highest health potential through an approach that includes hands-on patient-centered care along with active physiotherapy techniques. She enjoys being a part of the Health Centre of Milton’s team and working with other health care professionals!

If you have more questions about physiotherapy or physio care and your rehabilitation, we invite you to call the Health Centre of Milton to book a complimentary consultation with Nicole today.

Mario Wadie

Mario Wadie

BSc H.Kin, MScPT

Resident Physiotherapist

Mario Wadie, physiotherapist and acupuncture provider, graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree from McMaster University. He chose to further his education and completed his Masters of Science in Physiotherapy, again at McMaster University. 


Mario has always had a passion for athletics and participated in many sports growing up. Most notably, he participated in competitive basketball at the varsity high school level, in his past life in Dubai. This, combined with his passion and interest in human anatomy and biomechanics, as well as a passion to help others, landed Mario where he is today.


Mario has additional training and a diverse skill set including soft-tissue release, K-taping, and basic acupuncture techniques which he hopes to advance along with the pursuit of additional manual therapy courses. Mario believes in incorporating an evidence-based approach combining manual therapy as well as exercise into his treatment sessions.In his free time, Mario keeps busy by playing the guitar and weight-training at the gym, among other  hobbies and interests.


If you have more questions about physiotherapy or physio care and your rehabilitation, we invite you to call the Health Centre of Milton to book a complimentary consultation with Nicole today.

Dr. Tanya Lee

Dr. Tanya Lee

HBSc, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

As a naturopath and acupuncture provider with a strong foundation in biochemistry and integrative functional medicine, Dr. Tanya Lee's goal is to educate and empower her patients by helping them understand their body and health.


Dr. Lee received her Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences in 2005 from McMaster University, with a minor in history. She went on to receive her degree in naturopathic medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2009, one of the only two accredited schools in Canada. She is currently a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors. Dr. Lee is certified to practise under the governing body of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario. She has written and passed the Therapeutics Prescribing Examination that is required in order for naturopathic doctors to prescribe medications, such as bioidentical hormones, and provide injectable therapies.


Dr. Lee provides evidence-based treatment approaches geared towards strengthening the body to help overcome health concerns and achieve health goals. Her integrative approach to medicine blends knowledge from biomedical sciences, botanical medicine, nutritional science and traditional Chinese medicine to find the most accurate diagnosis and effective treatment based on a patient’s individual health. Dr. Lee has been practising in both Toronto and Milton, Ontario, since 2010 and has been voted one of “Milton’s Favourite Naturopaths” in the growing Milton community every year since 2013.


Dr. Lee has a special interest in the area of immunology and how the immune system influences many other systems in the body, such as the digestive system and mental health. This interest has led to her constant pursuit to expand her knowledge in this area at institutions such as the University of Toronto, Institute of Functional Medicine and a number of integrative medical conferences to help further understand the intricacies of the immune system. Dr. Lee has experience in treating a wide variety of autoimmune conditions and other immune system conditions, such as asthma, eczema and allergies.


During her one-year internship at Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic, Dr. Lee was selected to be on a competitive pediatric shift, increasing her skills, knowledge and exposure to pediatric patients. Since then, pediatrics has been made a special focus in her practice. Dr. Lee is certified as Defeat Autism Now! Doctor (Level I), providing her with extensive training and knowledge in the care of children with autistic spectrum disorders.


Furthermore, Dr. Lee has extensive training in biochemistry and pharmacology, which benefits patients in her ability to assess and treat hormone-related conditions and prescribed bio-identical hormones when indicated.


Aside from her practice, Dr. Lee enjoys spending time outside. Spring and summer are spent camping, canoeing, and foraging our Ontario forests for medicinal and edible herbs and mushrooms. Dr. Lee loves to stay active by cycling, running, and practicing yoga. Dr. Lee also keeps her right brain activated through playing music. Dr. Lee admits that she is still trying to master the whole work-life balance thing and strives to help her patients achieve similar goals. She believes that we can learn to live healthy and happy while still shamelessly enjoying the indulgences life has to offer.

Dr. Melissa Bucking

Dr. Melissa Bucking

HBSc, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Melissa Bucking, naturopath and acupuncture provider, believes in educating and empowering patients to achieve their health goals. She is dedicated to providing care that supports the whole body for safe and long-term results. Every treatment plan is tailored to your specific needs and goals!


Dr. Bucking received her Bachelor of Health Science from Western University where she learned about health as a whole and all the social, economic, physiological, and psychological variables that impact it. It became apparent to her that health should focus on treating the whole person rather than simply managing symptoms. Dr. Bucking received her Doctor of Naturopathy at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). She continues to be passionate about education and health promotion.


Dr. Bucking has a general practice, treating all ages and a variety of different conditions. She has a special interest in brain health and women’s health. During her year as an intern, she was chosen for a competitive focus shift on fibromyalgia and myalgic encephalomyelitis, which has provided her with additional training in treating these conditions and managing complex diseases.


Outside of the clinic, you can find Melissa caught up in a good book, hiking along the escarpment, or trying out a new recipe.


If you have more questions about naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, herbal supplements, or any other alternative medicine, we invite you to call the Health Centre of Milton to book a complimentary consultation with our naturopath today.



Gail Hamilton

Gail Hamilton

RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

Gail Hamilton has been registered with the College of Massage Therapists since 2000, shortly after graduating from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy with honours.

She enjoys working alongside other healthcare providers — chiropractors, physical therapists, naturopathic doctors, and acupuncturists. Having recently moved to Milton, she was eager to move her practice to the Health Centre of Milton.

Gail has expanded her skills as a massage therapist and is proficient in deep tissue massage, pregnancy massage, infant massage, and hot stone massage therapy.

Her goal, as a massage therapist, is to provide treatments that are tailored to the individual needs of the patient and educate them on how to best resolve their issues and promote optimal health.

If you have more questions about any of our massage therapy services such as deep tissue massage, pregnancy massage, hot stone massage, or aromatherapy, we invite you to call the Health Centre of Milton to talk with the front desk staff for more information.

Iana Mardar

Iana Mardar

RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

In addition to having trained in traditional massage, Iana is trained to provide hot stone massage, alternating between using the stones to massage your body or manually massaging an area after the stones have warmed the muscles.

Lesley Rasmussen

Lesley Rasmussen

RMT, SMT(cc)

Registered Massage Therapist

Lesley Rasmussen received her massage therapy diploma from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy with an additional certificate in sports massage in 2016. She became registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario shortly after her graduation.

Lesley is a long-distance triathlete who has completed over 15 Ironman distance races. She is a 3x qualifier of the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii and 4x Boston Marathon finisher and has also qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship.

In addition to training, Lesley is a busy mom to teenagers, Eleanor and Ethan, and twin boys, Griffin and Oliver. Her personal background drives her passion to work with families and athletes of all levels and abilities.

She provides deep tissue, sports, and relaxation treatments using a variety of techniques and hydrotherapy modalities.

Matthew Richardson

Matthew Richardson

Registered Acupuncturist

Registered Acupuncturist, Matthew Richardson, joined our team at Health Centre of Milton in November 2014 after moving to Milton from Toronto.

Matthew has over 10 years of experience with traditional chinese medicine and acupuncture. As well as practicing at the Health Center of Milton, he currently provides palliative care at Dorothy Ley Hospice, is an instructor at the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and has been a teacher and therapist for students with learning disabilities for six years.

In addition to his acupuncture practice, Matthew has pursued martial arts since childhood and has a deep knowledge of body movements, body system interactions, breathing exercises, and philosophies that affect how the body performs, suffers from stress, and heals itself.

Matthew has developed a successful and integrated approach to treating injuries and diseases by stimulating the body’s natural healing responses. He believes strongly in approaching the body with the minimal amount of intervention for the most results. His unique background allows for the treatment of the whole body and root causes of imbalances that lead to injury, not just the symptoms.

If you have more questions about any of our acupuncture services, such as cosmetic acupuncture, acupuncture for aches and pains, or acupuncture for overall health issues, we invite you to call the Health Centre of Milton to talk with the front desk staff for more information.

Sheri

Sheri

Office Manager

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