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 doctor’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. A Director for the B.C. Chiropractic Association, 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 doctor’s 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
Christina Nguyen, RMT
Christina Nguyen graduated from the Registered Massage Therapy program at West Coast College of Massage Therapy. Christina is a fitness enthusiast that enjoys participating in powerlifting. This hobby has inspired her to pursue a hands-on career in massage therapy. Christina focuses on developing patient centered goals and creating a thorough individual treatment plan for each patient as everyone’s body is different. In her treatments she uses a variety of massage therapy techniques including deep tissue massage, trigger point release, PNF stretching, joint mobilization and Swedish massage.
Kayle Zapanta, RMT
Kayle, a Registered Massage Therapist, graduated from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. She is passionate in helping people and has a desire to gain a greater understanding of the health and wellness of the body. In this day and age, people are unaware of the various stresses in their daily lives that puts a toll on their bodies. She believes massage therapy can help these people protect, restore, and maintain their bodies. After personally seeing the benefits of massage treatments in herself and in family/friends, she decided to pursue this career path.
She believes the comfort and health of the client is the highest priority. It is important to her that every treatment is personalized, reflecting the lifestyle and activities of each of her clients, ensuring that the treatments provided will be as beneficial as possible. In the treatment room, she will be performing an assessment prior to creating a better/safe treatment plan for the clients. The techniques that she will be using can vary from Swedish, myofascial release, joint mobilization, and active/passive stretches depending on the client’s needs. After every treatment, she educates the clients on self-care to increase their recovery time, as well as prevent future injury.
In her spare time she loves to dance, listen to music, watch Kdramas, play volleyball, and hang out with her family and friends. She also loves to travel and learn different types of languages and cultures.
Cristy Harvey Sanchez, RMT
Cristy is a Registered Massage Therapist with CMTBC, she graduated from The Alberta College of Massage Therapy (2019) and The Utah College of Massage Therapy (2004). She has completed over 2200 hours of training & all regulated exams required to be a massage therapist in BC. She is a member of The Canadian Massage and Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association (CMMOTA) and registered with The College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC). She has trained and worked in world-class spas on Crystal Cruise ships. She completed deep structural work training at The Rolfing Institute in Boulder, CO where she completed Unit 1 in Rolfing/Structural Integration. With over 15 years of experience, Cristy has treated all different types of health conditions such as; neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches, tennis and golfer’s elbow, car accident injuries, lower back pain, sciatica, hip pain, arthritis, sports injuries, TMJ disorders, computer-related injuries, pregnancy-related symptoms and many other aches, pains and joint stiffness.
Cristy’s desire is to eliminate tension through her therapeutic and caring touch. She enjoys incorporating all the different techniques and modalities to create a relaxing and therapeutic massage
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.