Practitioners –


April Cockshutt


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.

Robert Helmer R.TCMP, R.Ac

Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Registered Acupuncturist

Rob Helmer specializes in the treatment of chronic, difficult to treat medical conditions that other doctors and alternative medicine providers are unable to help. His primary form of treatment to achieve this is customized Chinese herbal medicine formulas and acupuncture protocols. Rob’s recent research and subsequent published articles have focused on the area of insomnia due to the increase in mental-emotional health problems (anxiety and depression) since the beginning of the pandemic.

He originally graduated from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) school in Toronto 1998 and completed his Doctorate of Traditional Chinese Medicine at Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC.  To obtain doctorate level knowledge learned to read medical Chinese and spent many years translating Chinese medical journal articles into English to share with others.

He has completed clinical practice/internships in China (four times), Germany and USA.  Rob is currently a professor of Traditional Chinese Medicine at OCTCM in Toronto and has previously taught at a number of TCM schools in Canada and the US and also has developed and taught post-graduate courses on insomnia, pediatrics, asthma and dermatology based on his own clinical experience and research. Rob is a published author and has previously appeared in various TCM journals (including numerous times in the Journal of Chinese Medicine and The Lantern)  and published a book by Blue Poppy press in 2006 on the TCM treatment of pediatric bedwetting. Lastly, he has been a student of many well respected doctors of TCM over the years in different countries including Dr. David Lam in Toronto, Bob Flaws and TCM dermatologist Mazin Al-khafaji ( including working at his clinic in England.

Keegan Morris

Registered Massage Therapist

Keegan Morris graduated from Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy in
2017. He is in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.
Keegan has been certified in Dr. Wu’s Head Massage based on traditional Chinese
acupressure techniques through the Ontario College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
institute. For over three years, he has been a part of the amazing team of
practitioners at Zen & Tonic and thoroughly enjoys working with all of his diverse
Since a young age, Keegan has practiced martial arts and later, he embarked on a 14-
month journey to rural China to develop his skills in Shaolin Kungfu. They included
both soft and hard forms such as the Taichi, Qigong and sanda. As a result, Keegan
now brings a uniquely powerful healing touch to each session. His deeply relaxing
and effective RMT work has benefitted hundreds of clients over the years.

Dora Torok

Registered Massage Therapist

She has a versatile amount of techniques to make you feel loose, rejuvenated and most of all, feeling less pain!

She works well with finding a flow and understanding how much pressure is needed.

From your deep tissue massages, to her HOT stone massages that will help with sleep, muscle tension/pain, and boost your immunity! She always wants you to leave feeling miraculous.

Dora is very active and enjoys long bike rides, running, hiking, and yoga.

Fun Fact: Dora was a national champion in gymnastics/aerobics in Hungary.

Nathanael (Nate) Tsang BSCH.KIN, MSC.PT


Nathanael (Nate) Tsang is a graduate of the Masters of Physical Therapy program at Queen’s University (2015). Prior to this, he graduated with distinction with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Kinesiology degree, also from Queen’s University (2012).

Nate is an enthusiastic physiotherapist who utilizes a functional, comprehensive assessment approach to determine the cause of his patients’ condition. Being a competitive distance runner himself for ASICS Canada and his club team Pace and Mind, he has developed an expertise in treating runners of all levels, in addition to treating people who suffer from other common work-related or sports injuries. Nate’s treatments focus in on manual techniques, exercise-based rehabilitation, contemporary medical acupuncture, kinesio-taping, running shoe prescriptions, and patient education. Nate is the head lead for the Athlete’s Care Runner’s Program – a program designed with runners in mind for all levels – which is available at both of his clinics.

Daina Patel


Dr. Daina Patel is a chiropractor with a focus on chronic pain conditions as they relate to the spine.

Her mission is to help busy people go from having their pain dictate what they can or cannot do to being confident in their bodies and moving with ease through their day. Instead of focusing on temporary relief solutions, she focuses on a sustainable holistic approach to getting rid of pain naturally for long-term results that fit your lifestyle using a combination of chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue therapy, lifestyle and nutritional advice, as well as other modalities. She empowers people to make better health choices.

In addition to her practice, she also loves to spend time in the kitchen using all the tools and gadgets to make delicious food, especially to experiment and play around with recipes to make them healthier.

Join Our Newsletter