Local Practitioners


Carrie Johnsen at Red River Acupuncture

Carrie is a Registered Acupuncturist with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine           Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO) and received her training from the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Toronto. She is passionate about the health of people and the planet and has over 12 years of clinical experience providing complementary and holistic health care.


Dr. Leila Coulter at Healthy Family Wellness Centre

Dr. Coulter specializes in paediatric and prenatal chiropractic care. She also has certification in the Webster Technique for turning a breech baby.

Cornerstone Clinic

The chiropractors offer prenatal, postpartum, and infant chiropractic care, as well as acupuncture services. Their clinic has an integrated health team that also includes a massage therapist, naturopathic doctor, and registered dietician.

Dr. Carla Santin at Santin Chiropractic

Dr. Santin provides prenatal chiropractic care, which benefits such as:

    • Spine alignment that helps support weight gain and improves mobility
    • Decreased discomfort without medication
    • Healing of the strained pelvic area
    • Pelvic alignment that increases the chances of a natural birth
    • Before delivery, gentle chiropractic adjustments help improve joint function and relieve nerve pressure, which reduces pain and discomfort naturally – without medication.

Dr. Shaylin Prout at Northwoods Health Centre

Dr. Prout’s care typically focuses on providing the birthing parent with homework stretching and strengthening. She does soft tissue work in the clinic. When clinically appropriate, she provides gentle chiropractic adjustments to help balance and reduce stress on the body.

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy and Rehab

Evolve Physiotherapy

Emmanuelle Rousseau is a Registered Physiotherapist specializing in women’s health issues such as incontinence, urgency/frequency, pelvic or genital pain, and prolapse.

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Walser & Associates Physiotherapists

Ann-Marie Migay is a Registered Physiotherapist specializing in pelvic floor training, prenatal and postpartum exercise.

Pelvic floor Physiotherapy is a treatment for the relief of pelvic floor dysfunction. The pelvic floor includes muscles, nerves and connective tissues that support the pelvic floor and organs within the pelvis. Male, female and pediatric patients can benefit from pelvic floor physiotherapy.

Common problems associated with pelvic floor dysfunction:

    • Leaking when coughing, sneezing, laughing and exercising
    • Rushing to get to the washroom or a fear of leaking
    • Increased visits to the washroom
    • Pain in the low back, tailbone, abdomen, front of pelvis and externally down below
    • Feelings of heaviness, or bulging inside the vagina or rectum
    • Constipation
    • Difficulty with intercourse

Treatment begins with a detailed history and physical assessment including an internal examination. The assessment will evaluate posture, breathing, muscle strength and weakness and movement patterns. The internal examination will assess the internal integrity of the pelvis which is key to determining a diagnosis and treatment plan. Treatment of the pelvic floor can include: manual therapy; exercise such as kegels, reverse kegels; breathing techniques; biofeedback (a machine that lets you see your muscle contraction); acupuncture; and muscle stimulation to increase strength.

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Northern Physiotherapy

Susanna Puiras is a Registered Physiotherapist specializing in pelvic floor issues (weakness, tightness, unbalanced strength side-to-side) and bladder retraining.

Call to book an appointment (807) 344-8818

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Charis Centre

Marzana Bates is a Registered Physiotherapist and advanced myofascial release practitioner who has been providing exceptional holistic, hands on treatment here in Thunder Bay for over 26 years.

Call to book an appointment (807) 622-4774.

Alison Tjong Movement

Core & Pelvic Floor Restorative Exercise Instructor

Specialization in leaking urine (when running, sneezing, jumping, etc.), pelvic organ prolapse, diastasis recti, SI joint issues, back pain, a heavy sensation in your pelvic floor, painful intercourse, and bulging abdominals during exercise

Prenatal Program As your body shifts and grows during this very special time in your life, we can work together to help you find comfort and stay in tune with your body. You will also learn how to stay connected to your core and pelvic floor so that you can go into your birth with more confidence and have the tools for a better recovery postpartum.

Lactation Consultant

Lactation Consultants at the Maternity Centre

Call the Maternity Centre to book at (807) 684-6228.

Liana Pretto, Lactation Consultant

Phone: 807 684 6478

Email: prettol@tbh.net

Denise Ham, Lactation Consultant

Phone: 807 684-6478

Email: hamd@tbh.net

Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes: Breastfeeding classes are currently on hold. Our Lactation Consultant is available for 1:1 prenatal breastfeeding assistance by appointment only.

Bosom Buddies: All in-person group gatherings are on hold. In the meantime, classes will be available by Webex-on online class. Call or Email Lactation Consultant for more information.

Tongue and Lip Tie Release

Dr. Andrew Puksa

Book online or by calling (807) 345-7575

Infant Program

Dr. Voyle Bagley 

Book online or by calling (807) 346-1717


Lindsay Holmstrom

Birth Doula, Prenatal Classes, Rent a Birth Pool

Melanie Ollivier

Prenatal & Birth Doula, Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga, Breathwork

Lara Hollway

Labour, Birth and Postpartum Doula

Dominique McGoey

Birth Doula, Virtual Prenatal Classes

Stephanie Veltri, “Soul to Earth Doula”

Danielle, “Serephina Doula”

Postpartum Doula, Pregnancy Loss and Termination Support, Reiki, Circle of Security Parenting, Prenatal Yoga

The Doula Shop