Meet the MoveWell Team
Dr. Christopher Dewhirst
Dr. Chris Dewhirst, born in Grande Prairie Alberta, obtained his Bachelor of Physical Education in 2011 from the University of Alberta, and spent 11 years in Edmonton as a personal trainer and an instructor teaching students how to become personal trainers. He then decided to progress his education and attended the University of Western States where he obtained his Bachelors of Science in Human Biology and ultimately his Doctor of Chiropractic.
Dr. Dewhirst integrates chiropractic treatments with strength and conditioning principles, while also including concepts from FRC (Functional Range Conditioning) and PRI (Postural Restoration Institute) which emphasize the critical role of breathing and joint function in health. Employing Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) techniques and neurodynamics, he enhances patient well-being. With his experience in health and wellness, Dr. Dewhirst addresses root causes of musculoskeletal issues and helps enhance joint mobility and function, while also educating patients on how to understand and manage their pain. His integrated approach empowers patients to achieve pain-free movement, enhanced performance, and a better quality of life through chiropractic care.
Dr. Andrea Petersen
Dr. Petersen began seeing a chiropractor in Calgary at the age of 15 when she was a member of the Canadian Junior National Luge Team. She found relief from her injuries as well as improvement in her sport performance following chiropractic treatment. This was her inspiration for pursuing a career in chiropractic. She went on to study biological science at the University of Calgary, followed by the Doctor of Chiropractic program at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Upon graduating, she provided locum coverage in rural Alberta, and British Columbia. She went on to open a practice in Prince George, British Columbia while she served as Director of Northern Health Region on the BC Chiropractic Association Board of Directors. She now once again resides in Calgary, a decision made to be closer to family and to provide care in the community that she grew up in.
She has a keen interest in athletics and family wellness-based care. Her specialties include manual adjusting, soft tissue techniques, Shockwave therapy, Activator and Sigma-Pro instrument techniques (gentle low-force techniques used to improve joint function and decrease pain). Her mission is to help improve people's health and wellness through evidence-informed chiropractic care and advice.
Registered Massage Therapist
Mark was drawn to massage therapy because of his own active lifestyle. A lifelong athlete and former semi-professional soccer player who loves to hike, mountain bike, run, and ski, Mark noticed how massage therapy and chiropractic helped keep his body moving when he was competing. His sporting background is largely what inspired him to pursue a career as an RMT upon arriving in Canada with his wife in 2007. He enjoys the challenge of working with clients who have been in car accidents, have chronic pain, or repetitive strain injuries as well as helping prevent and treat injuries in professional and amateur athletes.
Mark believes in drawing from both his education and his own injury management to specifically tailor each session to the needs of the client. However, he also believes that healing comes from within and everyone should make it a priority to help themselves with effective home care involving stretching and hydrotherapy. He encourages his clients to seek out many healthcare options to find the formula that works for them. Prior to becoming a massage therapist, Mark had a successful career as an environmental scientist in his native Australia, including 7 years teaching in Australian universities. He took his 1st year of massage training at the Whistler School of Massage before completing a 2200 hour Massage Therapy diploma at MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy, where he also currently serves as an instructor.
Registered Massage Therapist & TCM Student
Fei began her studies in China where she finished her PhD in molecular biology in 2010. She completed her registered massage therapy studies after moving to Canada, and is currently in her third year of acupuncture studies at the Calgary College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. Her background in Chinese medicine has provided her with experience to address and understand the body's metabolism and how our symptoms are related to lifestyle and body mechanics. The theory “our body is a whole unit” has been leading her way to take care of her clients' health.
Her knowledge of Acupuncture and meridian enable her to combine massage with meridian, which helps regulate general health as well as musculoskeletal health. She specializes in meridian massage, hot stone massage, headaches, sciatic nerve pain and foot reflexology. She believes that the combination of Chinese medicine and western medicine is the best way to take care of yourself, and is looking forward to helping you improve your overall health and wellness.
Registered Massage Therapist
Anne began her career as a massage therapist over 10 years ago after moving from China where she was a teacher. She has a great passion for helping people, and uses a wide variety of techniques including deep tissue massage, prenatal massage, kinetic massage, cupping therapy, Indian head massage, hot stone massage, reflexology, and lymphatic drainage. Outside of work she enjoys dancing, hiking and traveling.
Dr. Alexandrea Simmonds
Registered Acupuncturist and Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Dr. Simmonds has been involved in holistic care from a young age. She graduated from the Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine with dual diplomas in Acupuncture and TCM. She enjoys treating many conditions including, digestive issues, acute and chronic pain, sports medicine, mental health, and so much more. Alex has also helped support many women through their health journeys - everything from menstruation to menopause. With her commitment to learning, she has completed training for Module 1 in Balance Method from Dr. Tan and Level 1 Heat Sensitive Moxibustion. She offers various ways to treat patients such as traditional needling, fire cupping, gua sha, electrical stimulation, and auricular treatments. She is happy to meet her future clients and collaborate with people in their healing journeys!