When booking their first appointment our new patients often have one of our therapists in mind, the name passed on by friends or family. If they are not sure, our receptionist will ask the nature of the injury and preferred therapeutic approach (sports &/or acupuncture, Cranial Sacral, etc.) to assist placing the patients with the most appropriate practitioner.
"It is most important to us that our patients feel they are in good hands and can enjoy the whole healing process. We are blest with a wealth of diverse expertise and share our knowledge with each other freely. Our patients have told us they feel well cared for from the moment they enter our door. That is very satisfying."
Aisha Bonnie Sawchuk
Aisha completed her 3 year Acupuncture Diploma at Oshio College in Victoria in 2011. Previous to that she had worked in the mental health field after completing her BA in Psychology.
She has taught Qi Gong and Mindfulness Meditation for Stress Reducation, and has continued specialized training in healing modalities that complement acupuncture such as Craniosacral therapy, NADA protocol ear acupuncture for trauma and addiction treatment, Jin Shin Do style Acupressure, Scalp Acupuncture for neurological and psychosomatic disorders, Neuropuncture, and Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture.
In addition to being a health practitioner Aisha is a proud grandmother, and sings and plays acoustic guitar in a duo with her husband, and she has a passion for cooking and vegetable gardening in her backyard.
Cheryl received her B.Sc. Biology from the University of Manitoba, then her B.Sc. P.T. from UBC in 1996. After working in a variety of clinical practices in the lower mainland Cheryl joined the Yarrow team in 2004. She has competed at the highest level of Triathlon (Sprint and Ironman), Duathlon , 10K, and marathon. She placed 6th when representing Canada in the 2008 World Duathlon Championships.
Cheryl is a very hands on physiotherapist, using a head to toe approach, including Kinetic Link Training exercises. By combining her extensive experience and winning training techniques she has built a reputation as a leading sports physiotherapist.
Wendy Gott, BScPT, Registered Acupuncturist
Wendy received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Virginia in 1971. She completed her Medical Acupuncture training from CAFCI in 2005 and obtained her Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncturist License in 2011.
Along with a wealth of experience she gained in varied therapeutic settings in the western US and BC, she has extensive training from leading experts in Musculo-skeletal injuries. She joined our team part time in 2007 and quickly developed a faithful following. In recent years, Wendy has added to her extensive repertoire with advanced training in Stroke Rehabilitation and acupuncture application specific to neurological patients.
David has been studying a technique called Craniosacral Therapy since 2009. This technique, derived out of Osteopathic medicine, involves light manipulation of the many joints from the head to the feet restoring normal central nervous system distribution throughout the body. Restrictions of movement can occur at many different levels including joints, fascia (connective tissue), organs, blood vessels and even at the cellular level. David uses his knowledge of anatomy in combination with senses of perceptions to help restore movement at all these. This can be incredibly helpful for those suffering from traumatic injuries seen in whiplash to more tension type problems such as Temporomandibular dysfunction (Jaw Pain) or headaches, abnormal movement patterns that may even originate from the birthing process. Most people describe feeling a sense of whole body wellbeing and deep relaxation after a treatment. In the spring of 2018, David will have completed his certificate of further studies in Visionary Craniosacral work which will mark a 5 year process of in depth study in the treatment tool.
David's fees for Craniosacral therapy have slightly increased, starting at $80 for 45 minutes of treatment with a sliding scale depending on length of time and other circumstances.
Lorraine received her BScPT from University of Alberta in 1987, with specialty training in Sports Physiotherapy. She has been practising Cranial Sacral Therapy since 1989 and completed Certification in Medical Acupuncture from University of Alberta in 1997. She gained extensive clinical experience working in the hospitals of Victoria and New Westminster. Lorraine completed her studies of Pelvic Muscle Imbalance, using Diane Lee's assessment and treatment technique, in 2009.
Lorraine joined the Yarrow team in 2005 and became the owner in 2007. Since this time she has endeavoured to nurture a calm and caring place of health and recovery in the heart of downtown Victoria.