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01/ Are You Ok?

Do you struggle with back pain, headaches, a weak immune system or poor digestion? Are you lacking the energy you need to get through your day? Are you frustrated that your doctors have been unable to help you?

We understand. It's not so much about the pain or discomfort - you’re tough right? It’s that it stops you from doing the things you need, want and love to do.

Like the back pain that zaps your energy and distracts you from your work and family, or those ’normal' headaches that make it so hard to focus and turns you into a ticking time bomb.

The worst part is not knowing. Not understanding what and why. It's no wonder you are frustrated.

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02/ What Options Do You Have?

There’s probably a drug or some therapy that could help reduce the discomfort and mask your problem so that you can continue along with what you want to do. And for some this can be very attractive. After all, who doesn't want a quick fix?

But that’s not you... you’re different. When you hear the fire alarm, you don’t rush to take the batteries out so the noise will stop. You don’t want to ignore the problem and hope for the best. You don’t want to rely on some pill to get through the day. Most importantly you refuse to accept that you have to suffer for the rest of your life.

Are your symptoms the REAL problem or just collateral damage?

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03/ What's The
Real Problem?

After helping thousands of people get results it’s become clear that problems like pain, headaches, low energy, indigestion and poor immune function are almost always secondary issues, NOT primary problems.

And, unlike traditional chiropractors, we are not interested in masking symptoms. At The Wellness Group we are experts in Neuro­-Structural Correction using the Life By Design Chiropractic MethodTM

Our comprehensive examination is focused on identifying core problems that are affecting you in ways you may notice or feel, but more importantly in ways that you likely have no idea about.

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04/ Extraordinary Results!

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05/ Got A Question?


How do I know I need a chiropractor?


What types of problems can chiropractic help me with?


What can I expect when I get there?


How long before I see results?


How many times will I have to come?


Once I go to a chiropractor, will I have to go forever?


How much will it cost?


Got your own question?

06/ Who Are We?

Dr. Michael Gibson

Meet Dr. Michael Gibson

Hey! I’m Dr. Michael Gibson -

And I love to help people who are struggling to regain their health… those people who desperately want to be healthier and are sick of the limitations and restrictions that their (insert your symptoms and conditions here) are putting on their lives.

But what I really excel at is showing people how to take their health and their lives to whole new levels… so not just digging them out of the current ‘hole’ that they're in, but to help them achieve a level of health, vibrancy, fitness and energy that most never thought was possible.

This passion comes from my own inner drive to be as healthy as I possibly can be… to live the longest healthiest life I can.

To be more specific I’m determined to live to a 110… and not just be alive, but be vibrant and active right to the end... out playing a round of golf, hiking at the lake, exploring this incredible world we live in... with nothing holding me back from doing anything and everything I want to do.

I’m constantly studying, learning and refining my strategies to help me fulfill the requirements I have to be healthy. And after using my own life and body as a guinea pig I love to share what works with everyone else.

And it doesn’t stop with my physical health, I apply the same drive to all areas of my life... I want to be the best parent, most productive entrepreneur, best friend, best chiropractor and best teacher I can be. I’m into the best of everything. And I love to help people who have the same drive to excel in all areas of their life.

And I know it all starts with health.

“Without my health everything else is meaningless.” - Unknown

I’ve been involved in the health industry for a long time - over 20 years now. I've been in private practice for over 11 (I feel old just typing that!)

It started with a Kinesiology degree at the University of Western Ontario, followed by Masters in Health Sciences and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees in sunny, and ridiculously humid Atlanta, Georgia.

I’m the co-creator of Life By Design… which I think is best described as: ‘your blueprint for an extraordinary life”… because that’s really what it is… a step-by-step guide to living the best life possible. And not only do I teach the principles to patients but I also teach Life By Design to other doctors around the world to help them be the best doctors they can be to the people in their community.

I own a supplement company focused on bringing to you the world’s highest quality and BEST TASTING fish oil on the planet.

I’m also the co-owner of CrossFit 613, which I can confidently say offers some of the highest quality coaching and exercise program design anywhere - which translates into incredible results for our clients.

And when I’m not helping others create ridiculous health, I’m living my own Life By Design, training hard at the gym, playing with my amazing kids and living a life of harmony with all the things I value most - experiences, travel, cottage time, and entrepreneurship.

I still enjoy hockey (I played varsity hockey at the University of Western Ontario) and like to think I still have a little of that old magic (if you’ve seen me play lately, pls don’t burst my bubble).

I absolutely love time at my family cottage.

I love philosophy - yes, I know what a geek - but I love thinking about my beliefs and then applying and checking them vs. reality. I love life hacks. I love learning, creating, and innovating. I think that’s why I’m the go to guy when my friends are stuck in questions of morality... I like to think that I always do what’s right, no matter what the consequences.

I love to read… and love the actual books… I love the feel of them and what they represent… ideas. I know, kinda weird, eh?!

If you’re dying to know more, here are 4 things you likely don’t know about me…

  • I love chocolate… especially right after breakfast.
  • I’m afraid of heights… and actively search out ways to break that fear… as long as it's not too high :)
  • I enjoy cutting the lawn… I like that I can immediately see the results of my effort and the tidiness of it… I also love the 1.5 hours of podcasts I can learn from while I do it.
  • I’m a productivity junkie… it’s a game I play with myself to see how much I can get done in less and less time... so that I can produce more…. and so I can create more free time to do the things that I value most.

Want to take your health and life to the next level?

Start the conversation by clicking HERE to book your complimentary consultation.

Dr. John MacPhee

Meet Dr. John MacPhee

Hi I'm Dr. John!

I love to work with people who are looking for a different solution to their health problem.

I love to help them see their problem through a different lens; one that is based on 20 years of studying and learning about the philosophy and science of building a healthy body.

I started my official education 16 years ago at the small-but-mighty StFX out in Nova Scotia (bonus points if you can name the town...) before transferring to McMaster University to complete my BSc in Kinesiology - this is where I developed my fascination - some might say infatuation - with what makes the body tick.

Looking to combine my growing interest with some adventure, my wife and I decided on Perth, Western Australia where I spent 4 years training at the state-of-the-art Murdoch University School of Chiropractic.

Along with the rigours of regular study, I also managed to attend over 25 extra-curricular seminars, conferences and courses to further my understanding of Chiropractic and it’s powerful role in restoring and maintaining optimum health.

My love of learning turned into a love of teaching and that’s what my clients seem to value most: my ability to help them understand so that they can make better choices when it comes to their health.

Today, I am the co-owner and chiropractor at The Wellness Group.

My passion for teaching continues to evolve and you can often find me in local businesses and community groups running workshops on everything from nutrition, exercise as well as improving productivity and workplace health.

And when I’m not busy working with my clients or out in the community teaching I can be found training hard at CrossFit 613, exploring Gatineau Park with my wife Michelle, or studying the latest research in my favourite cafes around Hintonburg.

If you’re dying to know more, here’s 5 random things you don’t know about me:

  • I actually grew up on PEI and have a family full of lobster fisherman.
  • I was raised a vegan and was vegetarian until 31 yrs (and now my fav food is bacon. What happened??)
  • In a former life I played bagpipes in a Celtic funk band called Slainte Mhath (weirdest band name I know - it's pronounced slawncha va). If you search hard enough you'll find some tracks online...
  • I have a secret guilty pleasure for children's fantasy books and have read the entire Harry Potter series several times... (and the Narnia books... and the Throne Of Glass books...)
  • Growing up my favorite sport was sailing and I spent most of my summers growing up exploring the East Coast from Newfoundland to Bermuda to Boston and most points in between!

Now it’s your turn. wondering if I can help? Click HERE to book your free consultation.

Dr. David Hawkes

Meet Dr. David Hawkes

Hey, I'm Dave.

I work with people who desperately want to get their health on track, but just don't know how or where to get started.

I give them the tools to get exactly what they want, which is more energy, less pain, and a much more extraordinary life for not just themselves, but their whole family.

A lot of people that walk through our doors have some kind of ache or pain that they're struggling with - and while it's satisfying to help people overcome that struggle through chiropractic care, my real joy comes from watching our practice members experience the SIDE EFFECTS of chiropractic care i.e. more energy, better sleep, better digestion and less stress.

Sounds great eh?

When I was 16, I was on track to become a physiotherapist – I had always wanted to be in a position to help people, and physios had always helped me whenever I was injured and needed fixing.

It was at this time that my mum started seeing a chiropractor. She thought the same as most people, that she had a bad back and needed a chiropractor to fix it.

But then something crazy happened!

Her back got better – we were expecting that. But all sorts of other things started to change too! Her digestion got better, she got less cramps, and she no longer needed to get up in the middle of the night to go to the toilet.
She booked my brother and I in to get checked out too, and that experience changed my life forever. I was hooked on chiropractic.

I graduated with distinction from Murdoch University in 2013 and since then I've worked in private practices in Australia and Canada.

And when I'm not delivering world class chiropractic care and speaking at public and corporate events, you'll find me in the gym; either at CrossFit 613 or training in MMA; or on the couch with a hot cup of tea and a good book. :)

I love to travel, and have made trips to different parts of Australia, Indonesia, Thailand and India. The US and Europe are next on my list.

If you're dying to know more, here are 3 things you likely don't know about me...

  • I was born and bred in Perth, Western Australia (and no, that's not near Melbourne or Sydney). One fun fact about Perth is if you drill a hole through the Earth from Ottawa, you'll pop up about 100 Kms from Perth (so its actually just about the furthest place possible from Ottawa).
  • I know next to NOTHING about architecture, but I really like wandering around and looking at cool buildings, especially old buildings like churches or monasteries.
  • Despite never even SEEING snow until winter 2014, snowboarding is definitely one of my new favorite things. Even the prospect of shoveling my driveway every day isn't enough to put me off!

Are you ready to work with me? Click HERE to book a HERE consult to see how I can help.

Dr. Stephanie Deschenes

Meet Dr. Stephanie Deschenes

Growing up, I was taught that I was healthy if I didn’t get colds and generally felt good. I thought all I had to do to be healthy was eat well and stay away from fast food, that’s it! Easy, right?

Well it wasn’t that easy for me… As a teenager, I struggled with eating disorders. Counting calories and skipping meals was a regular occurrence. Although, I thought I was healthy, my energy levels went up and down like a roller coaster and I had no control over my mood swings.

At the same time, I was watching my family fall apart due to multiple health problems and to make matters even worse I was told by my high school biology teacher that because we shared DNA my future held the same suffering.

NO, thank you!

I refused to accept that this was true and became determined to dig deeper into what I wanted to do with my life and what I needed to do to achieve it.

I started researching and reading everything I could about health and I found myself devouring all things chiropractic. I remember reading about how the nervous system controls everything in your body. ‘Control’ and ‘nervous system’ were the two words that stayed in my mind … somehow I could finally have control over my body?

I became passionate about wanting to serve people in my community and to make a difference in their life by teaching them what real health was truly about. I wanted to show them that they could achieve the health that they'd always wanted.

For me, chiropractic school was the only choice, as I believed it would allow me to make the biggest health impact in people’s lives. I learned all of the intricate details about the importance of the nervous system and how your brain needs to communicate properly with the rest of your body in order for all the systems and muscles to function optimally.

I also learned that your body needs specific requirements in order to be healthy. I met amazing chiropractors and mentors who helped me understand the true meaning of health, the importance of real food, movement and healthy thinking and how it affects your body and your nervous system in ways you may notice, but also in many ways you don’t know about.

Of course, along the way I made a lot of changes myself and the results I experienced have been extraordinary! I finally got a chance to connect with my body and to appreciate it as it is. I ended up having more energy, fewer moods swings, better mobility of my spine, a clearer mind, and I was able to deal with stress better. I even started doing activities I never thought I would be able to do (like yoga and CrossFit)!

When I'm not busy delivering amazing chiropractic care and helping people get back on track with their health, you might find me in the kitchen (I really love to cook, and my friends often call me Julia Child because of all the recipes I come up with), or wandering around downtown looking for a new restaurant to try (I'm a bit of a foodie).

No matter what time of day, I am always up to play volleyball (I just love it !), I can totally loose track of time when it comes to arts and crafts and a cup of tea with a great book is always a good way to end my day.

I am so excited to take what I know and share it! My purpose is to help you understand the importance of your nervous system and how to make sure it's working at 100% so you can be as healthy as possible and live the happy, fulfilling life you dream about.

Want to learn how to make that life a reality?

Start the conversation by clicking HERE to book your complimentary consultation.

Lynne Brennan

Meet Lynne Brennan

Hi, I’m Lynne!

I am a wife and mother of 2 beautiful healthy boys.  My family is my world and I am filled with gratitude for the life we have.

I believe we are all meant to live a happy, healthy life full of vitality for our ENTIRE life...  I think far too many people believe that their health will naturally deteriorate as we age.

I devour information on nutrition, movement and a positive mental attitude.  This is something I have been passionate about since I can remember.

So... when I walked into The Wellness Group 5+ years ago, I instantly felt ‘at home’; surrounded by like-minded people.  I am lucky enough to not only work with and learn from these awesome people but also be supported in my choices.  My values are anything but ‘status quo’!

We are about TRUE HEALTH CARE and I am thrilled and honoured to share this with others.

A huge bonus to working at The Wellness Group has been the opportunity to have my entire family and I under consistent chiropractic care.  Our health has been fantastic ever since we started... especially our superb immune systems... annual sneezes and sniffles are now a thing of the past!

Most of all I love the interaction with our practice members.  I have been in a service position for many years and love to make people’s day with a genuine smile and outstanding service.

See you soon!

Hannah Poole

Meet Hannah-Poole

Hi there, I’m Hannah Poole.

I love to serve people who hunger to balance body, mind and soul and nothing gives me greater joy than helping someone revitalize their entire life through building a stronger connection between their brain and body.

 As someone who lives with several chronic illnesses, working at The Wellness Group has redeemed the relationship I have with my body; I am now able to find joy in movement and marvel at the amazing ability my body has to heal itself.

My background includes a B.A. in social anthropology, diploma in counselling and I am also 3rd Degree Reiki practitioner! I love utilizing Reiki as it is very a gentle healing technique that can have an extraordinary impact on many levels.

I am also an avid comic art fan and have attended every Ottawa Comic Convention since its inaugural year of 2012.

I really look forward to meeting you in person and working with you to achieve YOUR extraordinary life.

Carolyn Sandor Weston

Meet Carolyn Sandor Weston

Hi, I’m Carolyn!

I was about 4 hours old the first time I was checked and adjusted by a Chiropractor...who just happened to be my father. 

As kids, my brothers and I thought it was so cool to visit him at his office, lie down on the adjusting tables and have our Dad focus on just us, telling us all about our amazing bodies and all that we were designed to do. 

Then, as a teenager, I got to work in his office and really get to meet the people who had entrusted my Dad to make their everyday a better day. 

I got to see people in all stages of care; those who arrived in pain and were scared they would never feel vibrant again to those who had grown to understand that visiting their Chiropractor was ultimately about maximizing the health of their nervous system that in turn created a vibrant state of being... how powerful is that?!  J

In a time when western medicine and pharmaceuticals were on a rise and not too many people even knew what a chiropractor “did”, my father knew he made differences in people lives and was proud to be different. 

Naturally, my daughter and son were checked and adjusted within days of their births.  I knew I was not only giving them the best starts to their tiny new lives then but now, at 18 years and 15 years, I am confident they will make the care of their spines and nervous systems withe them as they venture into their adult lives.

I am crazy proud of my family of 4. We all strive to be our best in what we do; in our relationships, work, education, art, music, and sports (we are all Black Belts in Taekwon Do!) and know that we owe much of our success to having a clear and fully functioning nervous system. 

Today, I get to carry this incredible knowledge forward and share it not only with my family and friends but also with ALL our Practice Members at The Wellness Group! 

I look forward to meeting you!

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