Edward is from TSTCM (Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine) and graduate of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier University Kinesiology program. His passion for healing became apparent after having to live with an injury himself. Western medicine fell short, and so he began looking into alternative treatments. Through Acupuncture and Chinese medicine, he fully recovered, and it was clear that this was his calling. At Zen & Tonic, Edward combines western and eastern modalities to guide his clients toward health, both within the clinic and throughout their daily lives. He leads an active personal life, often involved in volleyball, basketball, obstacle course racing, disc jockey, and traveling.
April is a clinical herbalist and Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP). April graduated with honours from Sir Wilfrid Laurier University in International Business and Marketing. After working in corporate, she knew she hadn’t found her true calling. When she tried acupuncture and herbal medicine, however, she discovered something that she could truly believe in. Her passion is using pure, natural and holistic methods to help individuals reach their optimal health, as this is how she cured her own digestive complaints. April’s goal is to provide her clients with the tools and education needed to heal their underlying issues in order to lead a life full of energy, vitality and positivity for year to come. With the use of hand blended herbal remedies, supplementation, key nutritional and lifestyle changes, April partners with her clients to provide them the ongoing support they need to succeed! Outside of Zen & Tonic, April is an avid athlete, participating in a variety of adventure sports, including obstacle course racing, marathon running, and cyclocross. She also loves travelling the world and spending time with her partner and furry child, Mojito.
Carmina graduated from the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TSTCM) with honours. She is a registered member of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario. She has earned the certification to use Dr. Lucas’ patented Mei Zen cosmetic acupuncture system and is an educator and an advocate of continuing education and lifelong learning.
As a practitioner of TCM, Carmina’s approach to healing begins with caring and compassion, and respecting that each patient is unique. She follows the basic premise of TCM practice: “Treat the patient, not the disease” – meaning she treats the patient as a whole, restoring balance within the body, strengthening the person’s Qi (vital energy), thereby allowing the body to fight the disease naturally. Carmina has successfully treated patients with digestive disorders, gynecological disorders, stress related disorders, pains/aches, allergies, insomnia and as a former intern at the Dorothy Lea Hospice has experience in bereavement support and palliative care.
Keirstyn is a Doctor of Chiropractic and graduate of University of Ottawa with honours in Bachelor of Human Kinetics. She first became interested in chiropractic from injuries she sustained through dance and running. After graduation, Keirstyn worked at a sport recovery clinic, where one of her focuses was on pre and post concussion therapy. Keirstyn is very passionate about continuously learning, new skills and techniques in order to educate her patient and allow for them to feel autonomous when it comes to their health. She believes that collaboration between health care professions is key in order for the patient to receive the best care possible.
An important part of beginning treatment with Keirstyn is for both her and the patient to establish realistic goals for the future. Through soft tissue techniques (MRT – myofasical release therapy), joint mobilizations and adjustments, and rehabilitation exercises, she will take the time to help you feel your best and learn to keep you feeling that way.
When Keirstyn is not working she is training for triathlons. She enjoys being outside, spending time with friends, family and enjoys making others laugh!
James AppletonProfessional Race Athlete
After years of struggling with an old injury that often became aggravated during racing and top-intensity training, Zen & Tonic was not only able to identify a possible cause where many others had been at a loss, they also expertly applied their knowledge to create a temporary “stay” that instantly took pressure away from the area and allowed me to race worry-free. I can’t thank Zen & Tonic enough, nor recommend them any more highly.
April is so compassionate and thorough in her treatments. She really took the time to listen and try to understand the full picture of my health. I loved how she always sent me a follow up email with homework and checked in regularly to see how I was feeling. April’s extensive knowledge and her personal approach make her an amazing Holistic Nutritionist!
After years of digestive problems, Zen & Tonic restored the balance within weeks. So I kept coming back for any other complaint I had! I love how he listens carefully and always checks in during the week after the treatment so see how I’m feeling. Going to Zen & Tonic makes me feel supported and cared for. I would highly recommend it!
Conor StiefDisk Jockey
After years of being on my feet working, everything finally caught up to me and I began having lower back pain that would not go away. I came to Zen & Tonic for relief and he recommended I try acupuncture and…….. within the first 2 sessions I could feel my body beginning to heal and I immediately had less pain in my lower back and could perform longer and more effectively. Zen & Tonic is where its at!
Zen & Tonic’s Repair Salve was an incredible aid to me while recovering from a broken leg and ankle. Not only did it help fight swelling and encourage healing, it also soothed my irritated post-cast skin and smelled great, too. I can’t recommend it enough!
Jesse BruceFounder of One Academy
I saw Zen & Tonic after a nagging foot injury that left me unable to run and I was amazed how much better it felt even after just one treatment. It wasn’t long after that I was back doing what I love again. I’ve been a believer ever since! Zen & Tonic offers a professional service and a truly relaxing experience. I always leave feeling rejuvenated and feeling like a million bucks!
I am so happy I found Zen & Tonic! As a chiropractor, being able to create unique therapeutic salves enhances my patient’s therapy experience. April creates custom blends of essential oils and healing herbs to accelerate the recovery of my patients. From anti-inflammatory to wound-healing, she has created custom salves for all of my needs. I am able to customize the scent, thickness, and collaborate to create unique therapeutic blends.
I highly recommend working with Zen & Tonic to create your unique therapy products.”
As a marathoner and a triathlete, I’ve spent many years looking for the right type of treatment to keep me injury free. After seeing many types of specialists, I decided to try Zen & Tonic and it was a game changer. Their holistic approach to treatment has kept me healthy and active. The Zen & Tonic method is not a band-aid solution, but a long-term commitment to my overall wellness. I can’t recommend them enough!
Marie Claude-BouchardTeacher and athlete
I had pain in my shoulder for years due to a pinched nerve. I saw a lot of different therapist that told me they couldn’t do anything for me and tried different things that didn’t work, but Zen & Tonic was able to fix my shoulder. For the first time in years I was finally able to train without pain. Zen & Tonic genuinely care about you and your well-being. They want you to totally heal and be able to do what you enjoy doing. I recommend this service to everyone.
I had the pleasure to get treatments from Zen & Tonic a couple of times in my athletic career and it’s always been a great experience! Zen & Tonic has a different approach than all the other specialists and this is exactly what I’m looking for when I get my body treated. Not only do they provide awesome treatments with good results, but they also take time to explain how your body is reacting and give helpful and easy-to-apply recommendations on what to do next!