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. 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 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
Montana Aquino, RMT
Montana Aquino graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. She enjoyed the sports outreaches at UBC and Douglas College, and hopes to continue her practice working with athletes. She is also happy to provide treatments ranging from relaxation, to soft tissue injuries, to chronic pain. Her priority is making every client feel comfortable, and she achieves this by creating a therapeutic relationship built on mutual trust and respect. Montana’s focus will be to help you return to a healthy and functional lifestyle, through a well rounded treatment plan tailored to your individual needs and goals.
Christine Tenn, RMT
Christine has been a registered massage therapist for more than 7 years. Her love of science and passion for pain reduction led her to become a RMT. Christine uses a mélange of deep tissue, Swedish, Trigger Point release and fascial techniques. Other techniques that may be included are Cyriax friction, tapotement, Kinesio taping and lymphatic drainage. In her spare time, Christine enjoys reading medical journals, articles from the NIH and articles on the pathophysiology of diseases and related pharmacology. You will find Christine at the Vancouver Art Gallery oohing and aahing at the beautiful paintings of the Impressionism Masters or laughing hysterically as she makes her way down rapids while White Water rafting.
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.
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.