About Central Park Chiropractic & Massage
Central Park Chiropractic and Massage is headed by Dr. Rupi Kaila. We are proud to offer a high level of care and knowledge through our practicing physician’s and RMT’s as well as our naturopath.
We invite you read the biographies of our staff members as well as call our office for any further questions or to book an appointment at (604) 439-1230.
Dr. Rupi Kaila B Sc, MSc, DC
Dr. Kaila grew up in Burnaby, BC and completed her doctorate in chiropractic at Western States Chiropractic, graduating with summa cum laude top honors, in 1998. She also obtained her Bachelors of Science after completing her undergraduate studies in Science at Simon Fraser University. Recently, Dr. Kaila completed her Master of Science in Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. Functional Medicine is a personalized, systems-oriented model that empowers patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working in collaboration to address the underlying causes of disease. The functional medicine approach to the treatment of chronic disease is one that is based not on one agent or modality as the curative or palliative solution. It is holistically centered on the principle that restoration of proper cellular metabolism, through reducing cumulative toxic load and oxidative stress to the body, will allow normalization of mitochondrial respiration, cellular energy production, and ultimately to a reduction of the signs and symptoms of chronic disease.
Dr. Kaila discovered chiropractic care after her father suffered acute low back pain and leg pain from a disc herniation. After watching him suffer from pain and being bed ridden for months, several doctors told him that his only option was surgery. Refusing to have surgery after several months he was carried into a chiropractors office by two of his friends and for the first time in months he was able to bear weight with the assistance of crutches. As he attended his chiropractic treatments Dr. Kaila was not only amazed at the results, but the entire profession as she watched her fathers problem resolve over the next couple of months.
Traditional chiropractic adjustments are combined with soft tissue therapy (including Active Release Technique) to improve the health of patients. To help prevent the recurrence of injuries and to maintain optimal health stretching and strengthening exercises are provided. Over the last 20 years of practice, Dr. Kaila has a diverse practice treating patients with sciatica, whiplash, sports injuries, pregnancy, scoliosis, disc herniation’s and much more. With her training in functional medicine her focus is to not treat diseases, but rather to treat the patient as a whole; some of who have diseases and some do not. In practice, I focus on the underlying physiology and restoring healthy function through nutrition and lifestyle changes.
Training in Orthotic Casting
Dr. Kaila received additional training in biomechanics of the feet and orthotic casting with The Orthotic Group. She currently uses TOG Gait Scan, an innovative diagnostic tool and digital casting device to analyze patient biomechanics and order custom orthotics and orthopedic shoes. Dr. Kaila is the one of the few physicians in the Lower Mainland treating patients with high energy Shockwave Therapy, a non-invasive surgical solution that accelerates the recovery from injured tissue. ESWT (Extracorpeal Shockwave Therapy) sends radial shock waves into bone or soft tissue, breaking up the scarring that has penetrated tendons and ligaments. Shock waves accelerate the healing process by stimulating the metabolism and enhancing the blood circulation. Damaged tissue gradually regenerates and eventually heals.
“ Without a properly functioning spine and nervous system, optimal health and life expression are impossible to achieve. We facilitate this through chiropractic treatment allowing the nervous system to function at its best to permit the body to heal itself and by encouraging healthy lifestyle choices through nutritional advice, exercise programs, and stress management techniques, helping patients balance mind, body and soul.” -Dr. Kaila
Desiree Salenga, RMT
Desiree Salenga is an registered massage therapy (RMT) graduate from West Coast College of Massage Therapy. During her time at school, she participated in many outreaches, which included Canucks Place Children’s Hospice, BC Woman’s Hospital, UBC track and field and the MS clinic at the college to name a few. She has experience treating a wide range of conditions but takes a particular interesting in low back pain and tension headaches. As part of her multi-focal practice, Desiree believes in educating her patients to encourage them to become active participants in their therapy. She also believes in working together with her patients other health care providers to meet their goals.
Taylor Oomen, RMT
Taylor believes in creating treatment plans that are specific and individual and is dedicated to treating your symptoms of pain and dysfunction, including the underlying causes. She has experience in athletic and soft tissue injury rehabilitation, pre and post natal work, MVA related injuries, muscle imbalances and postural concerns. Taylor is a RMT graduate from West Coast College of Massage Therapy’s 3000 hour program. She has had experience working at many outreaches, clinics, and events including UBC Varsity Athletics, BC Women’s Hospital, Vancouver General Hospital, Whistler Gran Fondo, Ride to Conquer Cancer, and local marathons. Her services include: Myofascial Release; Muscle Energy Techniques; Manual Lymph Drainage; Swedish Massage; PNF Stretching; Musculo-tendinous attachment release; Craniosacral Techniques; Postural Imbalances and Soft Tissue Rehabilitation. Along side her time spent at the clinic helping people achieve their optimal health and well being, Taylor has expanded her reach into teaching and volunteerism with the community. She loves to lead an active and healthy lifestyle as an athlete and outdoors enthusiast.
Sae Yamasaki, RMT
Sae completed her RMT education at Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. Prior to becoming an RMT, she had a decade of hands-on experience as a shiatsu therapist. She has worked with people of all shapes and sizes, from office workers to athletes to seniors in care homes. Whether the concern is stress reduction or pain relief, research shows that massage therapy is an effective optimizer of the body’s ability to heal and repair itself. Sae is a strong believer in this, and takes an orthopedic approach to understanding and treating the body, within its capabilities and limitations. Her proficiencies include a variety of corrective techniques, among which are myofascial, neuromuscular, PNF, and trigger point techniques, as well as joint mobilizations. Complementary to massage therapy is Sae’s years of experience as a residential care aid for adults with developmental disabilities and mental health conditions. Work aside, she is an animal-lover, a tea-snob, and is locally grown!
Mikayla Ritter, RMT
Mikayla Ritter graduated In August 2017 from the WCCMT with a diploma in massage therapy and received her official RMT designation in November 2017.
Mikayla previously worked as a lifeguard/swim coach in the Chilliwack Aquatic center, which also had a very busy RMT clinic. After talking with multiple people who were using massage therapy for rehabilitative purposes, Mikayla was intrigued about therapeutic approach of Massage Therapy. It was at this point that Mikayla took steps to achieve her goal in becoming an RMT; she just knew she wanted to be a part of this profession.
Mikayla likes to incorporate a variety of techniques in her treatment style; such as Swedish massage, trigger point release, myofascial, and stretching to name a few. Mikayla believes that our bodies have an incredible ability to heal on their own, and that massage therapy can help facilitate in this process.
Outside of the clinic, Mikayla enjoys staying active outdoors with hiking, snowshoeing, and running.
Rod Santos, ND
Dr. Santos holds a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and a B.Sc. in microbiology from UBC. He has been trained by the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM/ISCT) for chelation therapy and by International Oxidative Medicine Association for ozone, ultraviolet, and hydrogen peroxide therapies.
Dr. Santos received additional training in Intravenous Vitamin-mineral therapy, Chelation therapy, Ozone medicine, Mesotherapy and Prolotherapy. Dr Santos was individually trained in Mesotherapy by Dr. Roman Chubaty MD, A.C.S.M., A.A.A.M., L.M.C.C., A.C.F.P., The top North American expert on Meso-Lipotherapy and President and founder of the International Meso-Lipotherapy Society , Dr. Chubaty trained under Dr. Jacques Le Coz, MD in Paris, France and Dr. Patricia Rittes, MD in Sao Paulo, Brazil. These modalities are not taught in Naturopathic Medical school but rather are usually taught by MDs in the United States. Dr. Santos has found that these innovative therapies have profound therapeutic value, especially when combined with traditional Naturopathic treatments.
Complete health histories, diet diaries, symptom charts, reviewing past medical records, physical examinations and comprehensive baseline blood tests (or specialty lab tests), are all standard tools in Dr. Santos’s assessment and evaluation of a patient.
“I believe that a collaborative approach of MDs, NDs, DCs and other health care practitioners is the best form of medicine. That way the patient can benefit from the strengths from each discipline of medicine. I support practitioners working together for the benefit of the patient and I refer my patients to any other practitioner that I feel will be helpful in their particular case.”
– Dr. Santos
Custom Orthotics Available at Central Park Chiropractic and Massage!
Are you interested in purchasing custom orthotics? See the doctors at Central Park Chiropractic and Massage today! We use a state of the art computer hardware and software GaitScan system that helps us analyze your feet.
Learn how orthotics can help alleviate heel pain, achilles tendonitis, corns, metatarsalgia, sesamoiditis, ankle sprains, flat feet, neuroma, tendonitis, arch pain, pronation, top of the foot pain, bunions, knee pain, shin pain, and toe pain. Orthotics may also eliminate posture problems and foot and leg pain. For a full view of all the orthopaedic shoes we offer please click here or call our office at 604-439-1230.