North Shore Women's Centre 

131 East 2nd St North Vancouver, BC, V7L 1C2

Phone: 604.984.6009 | Fax: 604.980.4661

info@northshorewomen.ca

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Practitioners & Program Volunteers

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Attaining a degree in philosophy in the 1970s Blanche has long held an interest in metaphysics and mysticism although it wasn't until the early 2000's that she was guided to study the Eastern practices of Acupressure and Qi Gong.  She has since been integrating Acupressure and Medical Qi Gong to work with clients who recognize the profound benefits of this type of work.  Like other branches of Chinese Medicine, Acupressure and Medical Qi Gong work on the meridian system - strengthening, clearing and balancing the flow of Qi in the body, the mind and the spirit.  When this flow is optimal one is healthy, happy and productive.

Blanche teaches Tai Chi and Qi Gong movement (forms of gentle exercise based on the principles of Chinese Medicine) in both North Vancouver and Burnaby. She is also an accomplished Martial Artist and a member in good standing of the British Columbia Acupressure Therapists' Association, The Foundation for Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure and the Institute for Medical Qi Gong.​

Blanche Boyce BA MMQ

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Erika is a registered physiotherapist working in private practice in North Vancouver and Vancouver. With a background in dance, Erika has a special interest in treating dancers and other performing artists. Through her work in this field, she discovered the specialty of clinical pilates and completed her pilates education through Body Control Pilates. She now incorporates pilates-based exercise programs into her physiotherapy treatments with clients. In her spare time Erika stays active with running, swimming, hiking and pilates and enjoys taking in dance performances throughout the city.

Erika Mayall

Kyla has been practicing as a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) in North Vancouver for over two years.

 

She is passionate about women's health and working with chronic pain. Kyla has a background in care-giving work, and a deep appreciation for yoga and meditation. She strives to bring a sense of calm and relaxation to her sessions, with a focus on holistic health, pain relief, and itegration. 

Kyla White

Serah completed her reflexology diploma training at the Pacific Institute of Reflexology in Vancouver, BC and is a member of the Reflexology Association of British Columbia.


Having lived in North Vancouver for almost 20 years, Serah’s primary occupation, since her early 20's, has been in music teaching, going on 25 years now.  Also, being a single-mother to two sons, now grown, she has many years of experience in single-parenthood, and the many challenges that go along with that role. 


After years of teaching music to children from her North Vancouver studio, she decided she would like to extend her knowledge into alternative health and decided to pursue reflexology training. This interest came about from her own personal search for better health, as she was diagnosed with CFS in 2009.  She believes this form of therapy can bring about improved health, and receiving the treatment herself many times from practitioners in the community, she personally experienced how beneficial reflexology can be.


Finding her own work in reflexology is a way of passing on a gift that at one time helped her with her own health issues in a time of crisis. In her free time, Serah enjoys Tai Chi, exploring new areas by car in southern B.C, as well as snow-shoeing and musical creativity. 

Serah Strandberg

April Chen, is a Registered Acupuncturist. She studied Acupuncture at PCU College of Holistic Medicine in BC and the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Ontario.  April also holds a B.B.A. in Finance. 


Growing up with Traditional Chinese Medicine as a regular part of her family health care, April was inspired to learn Acupuncture and TCM herself about 15 years ago, following a personal health issue that had great results with Acupuncture treatment.  Intrigued and inspired by this experience, April started reading and researching about Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, which led her to formally study Acupuncture. 


She has treated patients from 4 to 90 years old, for a variety of issues.  Two of the most common reasons for treatment are pain and stress, and April noticed that among different age group of patients, in various professions, pain and stress are growing problems.  She is particularly passionate about helping improve quality of life and reduce pain for Canadian military personnel (and veterans) and Breast Cancer patients. She see the great benefits Acupuncture brings, at the same time she is also motivated to find new ways to help her patients.


April combines mindfulness practice and TCM Acupuncture into Mindful Acupuncture, where she weaves mindfulness coaching into her treatment sessions.  Adding Mindfulness along with acupuncture has greater effects on depression, pain management, emotional wellbeing, and digestive difficulties. 


Besides Acupuncture and Mindfulness, April is also passionate about Tai Chi.  She was introduced to Chen’s Tai Chi 15 years ago and has been practicing every week for the last 10 years.  April has two rescue Dobermans who are a handful. They live with April in the North Shore, protecting her from squirrels, coyotes and bears. Connect with April on Facebook at Mindfulness Acupuncture, or email mountainsideacupuncture@gmail.com.

April Chen

Karen holds a MSc in Forensic Psychology from University of Surrey, UK, and a BSc Psychology from Birkbeck College (UCL) London, UK. 

Since moving to Vancouver in 2010, she has trained to be a HypnoBirthing Practitioner and subsequently qualified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist.A member of IMDHA (International Medical Dental and Hypnotherapy Association), as well as IATC (International Association of Counsellors and Therapists), Karen is excited to be offering Hypnotherapy to help in many aspects, including:

Chronic pain, stress, anxiety, depression, grief, weight management, smoking cessation, elimination of fears and phobias, increasing self-worth, self-esteem and self-confidence, sports performance, public speaking, and releasing negative thought patterns and behaviours. 

Karen Strongly believes in dealing with the emotional and physical aspects of what ails the body. Up to 75% of chronic pain is emotional, and working with the psycho-physical responses we produce, can help release that emotion in conjunction with any other therapies being used. Karen's favourite past times including running, hiking, skiing, and yoga when possible, but first and foremost is being out and about on the North Shore with her young family. 

Karen Woodfield

Lisa is a certified yoga teacher and has been practicing yoga for almost 20 years. Her passion is teaching Hatha Yoga with a focus on breath, mindfulness, and movement.

 

She creates a space for students to tap into their inner strength and beauty. Her teachings cultivate a healthy mind and body.

 

These teachings can be drawn upon in everyday living to achieve happiness, balance and serenity.

 

Lisa has lived in North Vancouver her entire life. She enjoys hiking, quilting and reading.

Lisa Earle

Natalia is a registered naturopathic doctor working on the North Shore. After completeing her degree at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, she went on to work at a women’s health clinic with a focus on fertility, pregnancy and post part health. This entailed helping patients with various aspects such as PMS, cycle regulation, anxiety, depression, weight changes, digestion, sleep and immune support. Most of the therapies used include diet and lifestyle counselling, acupuncture, botanicals, supplements, and homeopathy. She is passionate about helping people get control over their own health and strives to educate patients on how to feel confident in doing so.

Natalia lives on the North Shore with a young family and will also be practicing in both West and North Vancouver. To find out more, please visit www.nataliaytsma.com

Natalia Ytsma