At BioHeal Ottawa, we will listen without prejudice to your health story.
At BioHeal Ottawa, we will undertake to bring you a detailed health recovery plan. We will work tirelessly to heal the terrain of your body which may be allowing disease states to take hold.
Our fundamental philosophy is to treat the cause of your illness and not just palliate your symptoms. In fact, we call ourselves health detectives. We find the missing pieces of the puzzle related to your health condition.
Dr. Marie is a Naturopathic doctor and co-founder of BioHeal Ottawa which opened in April, 2019. She graduated from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in 2005 and for the past decade was the senior ND at a local wellness clinic. Opening the BioHeal Ottawa clinic is a professional dream come true.
Grounded in general practice skills, Dr. Marie thinks of herself as somewhat of a health detective for chronic illnesses, specifically when it comes to figuring out the underlying causes of chronic illness. Within this field, she is particularly well known for her expertise in treating Lyme Disease.
Her willingness to freely share clinical pearls of wisdom among colleagues has led to her being a sought-after speaker at conferences. This, along with her professional reputation, lead to her being asked to be a recent author of a chapter within the Connie Strasheim’s ground-breaking book, New Paradigms in Lyme Disease.
It’s hard to improve on the Naturopathic refrain, “fix the terrain”, but this is the mission at the heart of Dr. Marie’s practice. She meets all her patients with the heartiest smile and an open mind.
Dr. Jesse Pierce, ND, Bsc., is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor who graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2007, and has been in practice in Ottawa since 2008. Dr. Jesse has a general family practice and has a special interest in treating complex chronic illness. She strives to provide an approach to your healthcare that is focused on you! The goal is to provide you with the information, resources, and motivation you need to get you back on the road to health.
Dr. Jesse’s approach is based on helping you understand the cause of your condition. By removing the cause and allowing your body to heal, you will improve your overall vitality. Dr. Pierce has been able to help many people overcome their symptoms and many types of illnesses such as Lyme and co-infections, auto-immune issues, severe acne, insomnia, digestive disturbances, anxiety and depression.
In addition to using lab reports and clinical examination, Dr. Jesse further employs the use of an assessment technique known as Auricular Medicine. This is an assessment tool to determine blockages that are preventing the body from healing.
In her practice she uses drainage, herbs, homeopathy, acupuncture, nutrition and lifestyle counselling as tools to facilitate change and improvements in her patient’s lives. More recently, Dr. Jesse has incorporated “neurofeedback” to help support optimal brain wellness (Learn about Neurofeedback here), as well as becoming a practitioner of the Elapromed system for naturopathic skin treatments (Learn about Elapromed here).
She is a member of both the Canadian association of Naturopathic Medicine and Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors.
Brigitte Martel has been a Registered Massage Therapist for 13 years. Having graduated from the International Academy of Massage Therapy, she takes a holistic approach to Massage Therapy and considers the whole body for each treatment by viewing painful areas as a symptom of compensation rather than the actual cause of pain. BioHeal Health detective perfectly describes Brigitte’s approach that analyzes the body and peels the layers of compensating tissues to get to the root cause of the pain and provide a more comprehensive and personalized treatment plan.
Brigitte’s additional training of Fascial Restructuring Manual Therapy techniqueaides people in their quest for a healthier lifestyle with a more therapeutic oriented approach. Having over a decade of experience treating a variety of people in different stages of healing which includes athletes, prenatal women and people with chronic/traumatic pain or injuries/surgeries, Brigitte focuses on injury prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.
Dr Erin Kasparek is a Naturopathic Doctor accepting patients in the Ottawa area. After graduating from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, she became a licensed practitioner with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO). She has further training in pediatric care, biomedical treatment for autism, bio-identical hormone prescribing, injection nutrient therapy, as well as doula training to support women in labour.
She believes that the body is like a puzzle, and investigating dietary factors, nutritional deficiencies, organ system function, hormonal health and lifestyle factors makes all the difference in finding the root. Addressing the root causes of symptoms allows for lasting resolution, empowerment through understanding the body’s signals and in promoting a feeling vitality and optimal wellness.
Dr. Amanda is a speaker, mentor and a neuro chiropractor. She was originally trained in the traditional chiropractic techniques and now focuses on neuro-optimization.
Dr. Amanda uses revolutionary approaches that are gentle, light touch and specific, to correct neuro abnormality and in turn, optimize your body’s ability to heal itself. One technique often used is Network Spinal Analysis of which she holds the highest level of certification. Other approaches include breathing exercises, personal empowerment workshops as well as lifestyle and nutritional counselling.
As a speaker, Dr. Amanda presents to corporations and local small businesses on topics related to health and wellness.
In her spare time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her family and friends, a daily movement practice, meditation and reading and writing in her journal.
Bryce is the co-founder and Clinic Director of BioHeal Ottawa. In addition to office duties, Bryce oversees many of the therapeutic services related to pain relief and detoxification. He has a deep knowledge of all of the therapies that BioHeal offers but has truly comprehensive knowledge of many energetic therapies including FSM (Frequency Specific Microcurrent) and PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field therapy). He and Dr Marie have worked in tandem since 2013 dealing with clients facing complex chronic illnesses. In 2019, Bryce received training, and began offering services, in Neurofeedback Training. He is forever reviewing new therapies to add to BioHeal’s suite of therapeutic modalities in effort that will help future patients heal faster. He has also attained his level II of his Autonomic Response Testing (ART) technique from Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, plus he incorporated neurotherapy (by way of the Crosby Cam system) with raining from, the late, Dr Robert Kidd.
Vice President, Operations at BioHeal Ottawa
YaWen is the backbone of our operations, holding the fort together allowing the practitioners to do what they do best. She works with patients, manages the staff and operations, and provides the first smile when you walk through the door. She’s our Oracle … the all-seeing, all-knowing conductor of the operational side of BioHeal Ottawa.
Many patients who first come to BioHeal Ottawa, have a common complaint of how unflattering they feel their skin tone and quality is after years of taking pharmaceuticals. BioHeal Ottawa now offers a naturopathic skin treatment for those wishing to address this. Deja Zakss is BioHeal Ottawa's lead ElaPro system Skin Specialist and can help lead you to feeling rejuvenated.
Karine Vaillancourt is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and a Metabolic Balance Coach. She graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2016 and completed her certification for Metabolic Balance in 2018. Karine also completed some coaching on intuitive eating and can help you identify what type of eater you are and guide you into becoming a more intuitive and balanced eater.
She has learned that nutrition is so much more than just the food we eat. For Karine nutrition is a way of life, a way to feed not only your body but to understand that you really are what you eat. Food is information and we need to learn how and where to get that proper information that our body needs. Everybody is unique when it comes to nutrition and her goal is to help people achieve a better lifestyle by making better food choices and realizing that food is not just fuel but has the power to heal.
Karine is an avid weightlifter and overall, active person. She loves food, a good coffee, and a good laugh. She is passionate about nutrition and is ready to improve people’s lives one nutrient at a time.
Jessica Parkes is a Holistic Nutritionist who is interested in more than what you eat – she cares about your environment, lifestyle, history, beliefs, emotions, and what makes you laugh. She wants to know not only how you digest food but also information, situations, and life itself.
After over a decade of communications and business management consulting, Jessica discovered her passion for nutrition and healing. She views symptoms as the body’s way of signaling that there is imbalance. Jessica teaches her clients to connect the mind with bodily responses while using nutrition as a powerful tool for restoring balance and prevention.
Jessica also has 2 young daughters and is well versed in nutrition throughout the infant, toddler, and childhood years, as well as how to feed a family. She offers profound experience in self-healing and the power of the mind with respect to the physical state. Her approach is empathetic, non-judgmental, and kind. Her passion for understanding everything about you is a driving force that will help you achieve positive change.
Jessica Parkes studied at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition (IHN), earning the designation of Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP), and is a member of the Canadian Association of Natural Nutrition Practitioners, providing the designation of Natural Nutrition – Clinical Practitioner (NNCP). But the learning never stops! Jessica continues to take courses through the Continuing Education program at IHN and other avenues. She also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Bishop’s University where she graduated in 2004.