Dr. Anita Gill, Danforth East Wellness

Coming Full Circle


It’s amazing how sometimes things come full circle! Dr. Anita Gill (she/her) is joining our clinic as a chiropractor two Saturdays a month beginning October 23, but she actually began her career as Dr. Katarina Bulat‘s very first associate over ten years ago!
Dr. Anita is an extremely talented chiropractor who graduated from New York Chiropractic College in 2006 Cum Laude. She has returned to Toronto after living in The Big Apple for five years. As a mother to three active girls and a 100lb puppy, Dr. Anita is well aware of the important role that chiropractic care plays in living each day mobile and pain free.  She incorporates nutritional counselling and physical exercises to help patients achieve their health goals, while working within their comfort levels. When she is not at work, she enjoys working out, spending quality time with her family and friends, and of course good food!
Currently Dr. Anita is prioritizing existing patients in the clinic, but is also open to seeing new patients who primarily have maintenance and wellness needs.

Dr. Anita is looking forward to being a key part in your journey to good health and well being!

Hot Stone Massage at Danforth East Wellness with Bonnie Jean Spillane

Hot Stone Massage!

We are pleased to welcome Bonnie Jean Spillane to our clinic where she will be using her skills as a registered massage therapist in providing Hot Stone Massage as a new service on offer!

A hot stone massage uses hot (basalt) stones to help soothe and soften muscular tension, prepare the musculature for deeper trigger point, myofascial and scar tissue work. It is excellent for chronic stages of healing, chronic pain, anxiety and stress. With certain bookings there is an option to add sound bath therapy. A variety of instruments including crystal and brass singing bowls, tuning forks and native flutes are used to create sounds. This helps to facilitate deep rest, relaxation and healing.

Bonnie is a Registered Massage Therapist who graduated from the Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy. She utilizes a holistic approach when working with each individual client, tailoring each massage to their specific needs.  Bonnie uses a variety of methods such as Swedish massage, myofascial release, trigger point release, deep tissue work, muscle energy techniques, hot stone and Thai massage.  She incorporates and weaves higher vibrational work into her sessions, as well using old healing wisdom of Reiki, meditation, sound baths, light work and crystalline energy. 

Bonnie has been analyzing and studying the body all of her life.  Her first love and career was dance, later transforming to become a group fitness, yoga instructor and personal trainer.  She has dedicated the past 35 years of her life working one-on-one with people in regard to their health, wellness, movement and meditation.  Bonnie feels comfortable with all demographics and ages, from the very young to the senior and elder population.  She has specialized training in the aging body in regard to strength, fall prevention, disease and pain management.  Bonnie is a mom of two and also understands the pregnant body very well.  She is here to support you through all the ebbs and flow of your life and your journey here on this earth.  She provides a safe haven where people can heal and feel comfortable in their skin again.  A homecoming to yourself, your body and your spirit.

Book in today to experience a phenomenal treatment for your body, with an extraordinary practitioner!

See you at the clinic very soon!

Pandemics are Bad for Your Mental Health

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a once-in-a-lifetime traumatic event is affecting our mental health, but many of us seem to feel that we aren’t coping as well as we should be.

Should. That’s a loaded word, isn’t it? We should be kinder, more patient parents. We should appreciate our partners more. We should eat healthier food, and exercise more, and be more productive at work. We should … well, the list is endless. And honestly? Beating yourself up because you aren’t meeting an imaginary standard isn’t the way to feel better.

Here’s what’s true about pandemic living and mental health.

1. We’ve lost our sense of security. Our routines are disrupted, we’ve lost household income, and some of us have lost loved ones. Even if we’ve been relatively unscathed, we’ve sat at home watching news reports of a fatal disease creeping ever closer to home. That’s a recipe for anxiety and depression.

2. Our support networks are disrupted. We haven’t been able to hug our friends or family. The people we rely on to support us through tough times are all going through the same experience and can’t lift us up the way they normally would. We feel isolated, even if we’re surrounded by people.

3. We are spending too much time with our spouses. Yes, I said it. We weren’t meant to be joined at the hip 24-7 to our romantic partners. Relationships thrive when we have space to appreciate them and fresh experiences to bring into them. It can be very disconcerting to realize that when you finally have time together, you spend it arguing.

4. We’ve reached the end of our ability to multi-task. We’re trying to work, homeschool our kids, and live our lives, all in the same physical space. And we feel like we aren’t succeeding at any of it.

5. We’re wondering if we want to go back to life exactly as it was. We miss normal life, except for the parts we don’t miss at all, and it feels overwhelming to contemplate returning to business as usual.

If any of this sounds familiar, congratulations: You’re completely normal.

Having said that, this is a terrific time to do some of the mental housekeeping that we put off when times are good, and we’re too busy to think about the inconvenient stuff: the fact that we don’t feel passionate about our work, or that we sometimes feel blue for weeks at a time and don’t really know why, or that we wish we could communicate better with the people we love.

I’d love to help you chart a course for a future that’s less about what you should do and more about what you want to do. Let’s talk.

Kate

Counselling (Psychotherapy) Services Starting Soon!

We’re excited to be adding a new team member, along with psychotherapy services, at Danforth East Wellness! Kate Hilton, a therapist-in-training, will be seeing clients on Wednesdays and Thursdays, starting on June 16. Here’s the scoop on Kate and her practice.

Q: You’re a therapist-in-training. What does that mean?

A: It means that I’m partway through the process of becoming certified as a Registered Psychotherapist. In my case, it means that I’ve done three years of intensive training and am entering the clinical phase of my education. It also means that I’m required to discuss all of cases with my clinical supervisor (without identifying my clients, of course).

Q: Why did you pick Danforth East Wellness for your training site?

A: Because I’m a client! I love the staff at Danforth East Wellness and the whole mood at the clinic. I’m really happy to be able to spend more time there.

Q: Why should someone consider psychotherapy?

A: So many reasons! Maybe you’re struggling with anxiety and depression, like so many others during this pandemic. Maybe your relationship with your partner is under stress and you’d like to figure out why you keep having the same arguments and getting nowhere. Maybe you’re grappling with a life transition. Or maybe you just think that it’s time to get to know yourself better. There are as many reasons as there are people.

Q: Do you work in a particular modality?

A: I work in several. I have pursued specific training in Gestalt Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy, but my approach will depend on your goals for our work together. If you’d like to learn more about how I work, you can check out my website at katehiltontherapy.com.

Q: What do you do when you aren’t at the clinic?

A: The two big things are parenting and writing. I have three teenagers and a rescue dog (pictured above). And I’m a published novelist, so I always have at least one writing project on the go. My latest is a comedy called Better Luck Next Time.

Book a free 15minute phone call with Kate to explore how she may be able to help you navigate your daily life with more ease!

Danforth East Wellness, scar tissue release

Scar Tissue Release Therapy

Have you had surgery in the past? Do you have one coming up? Have you had a tendon strain like Achilles tendonitis in the past? Do you have plantar fasciitis or a rotator cuff strain? These are just a few of the conditions we are able to address with our microcurrent point stimulation Scar Tissue Release Therapy (STRT)! STRT is excellent for scars and scar tissue, which forms with injury to the skin. 

What are Scars?
Scars can be external or internal, resulting from wounds that have healed, accidents, or surgery. Scar tissue is thick and fibrous tissue that is generally less flexible than its surroundings. It is important to address scar tissue for a number of reasons:

  1. Scars can be a common cause of stress activation as they are shown to be involved in up-regulating the sympathetic nervous system.
  2. Internal adhesions from scars can cause pain and affect body functions, including hormone regulation.
  3. Circulation and lymph drainage can be impeded by scars.
  4. Emotional trauma and chronic pain can be associated with scar tissue.

How does STRT work?
STRT uses low level electrical impulses to stimulate cellular activity. It is generally completely painless – rarely, if anything, there’s a ‘tingle’ – and is Health and Canada FDA approved.
STRT reduces and fades scar tissue and reduces adhesions and restrictions in the body. This helps in a number of ways – reducing pain, normalizing sensation, decreasing stress on the body, improving muscle and organ function, improving blood flow and improving circulation. 


How do appointments work?
An initial appointment involves a history intake, examination and treatment as appropriate. Subsequent appointments are shorter in length and focus on treatments. The number of sessions needed depends on the depth and age of the scar tissue as well as how your body responds. Generally, we find that most individuals respond well within 3-5 sessions.


What types of conditions can be addressed by STRT?

  • Post-surgical scars of any kind (i.e. hip or knee replacement scars, C-section scars)
  • Childhood injury scars
  • Nerve irritation like carpal tunnel or other entrapments
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Acupuncture point stimulation for people frightened of needles

STRT is a therapy provided under Chiropractic care, and as such may be billed as a Chiropractic session. Connect with us if you have any questions about this wonderful therapy and whether it is appropriate for your condition. We look forward to speaking with you soon about how STRT can change your body!!!

Holiday and New Year Clinic Information

We know this year’s holidays are very different. That being said, we hope you are able to find some moments to connect with loved ones when unable to gather in person.

 

If you are in need of assistance over the holidays, please be assured that our schedules are up to date on the website. If you wish to connect with us, it is better through email as our phone messages will be checked less regularly.

 

There are some changes we are making in the New Year. There are fee increases for chiropractic, registered massage therapy and naturopathic care. With respect to our hours, Renee Long will be adding another clinical day per week on Fridays, Sarah Podolsky will extend her current clinical hours, Dr. Elisa Petricca will be adding clinical hours every other Friday, and Dr. Nicole DeYonge will be available at the clinic one Saturday per month.

 

We hope that you stay healthy and safe, and are able to enjoy some quiet moments of magic.

 

Looking forward to seeing you in the New Year!

 

Take care and be well until we see you next!!

 

The Danforth East Wellness Team

 

(Dr. Katarina Bulat, Dr. Elisa Petricca, Dr. Nicole DeYonge, Susan Tomkins, Sarah Podolsky, Renee Long)

Fully Open!

Yes, we are FULLY OPEN although stricter lockdown measures are effective Monday November 23, 2020 for a number of regions, including Toronto. All regulated health professionals are permitted to continue to provide in-person care. We are pleased to help you and your body cope with stressors during this turbulent time.
If you need any information about our covid protocols in addition to the information on our website, please feel free to reach out to us. We also  understand if you feel more comfortable rescheduling your appointment, and will see you when you are ready.
Be well until we see you next!
The Danforth East Wellness Team
(Dr. Katarina Bulat, Dr. Elisa Petricca, Dr. Nicole deYonge, Susan Tomkins, Sarah Podolsky, Renee Long)

Good Things

Covid has been a challenge for us all, but there are still good things to talk about! At Danforth East Wellness we have SO many wonderful things to tell you!

 

To start with, our main floor renovation is COMPLETE! You can enter through the main door now! Press the intercom screen to the left of the door and open it when you hear the door release. Have a seat in the reception area, kick off those shoes and get comfy, and one of the practitioners will greet you when they are able. The bathrooms are still downstairs and can be accessed through two staircases. There is a ton of room, so more of us can work at the same time, to provide more availability for much needed sessions. This has also expanded our clinic area to help ensure safer spacing during the pandemic.

 

We’ve added to the team! Craniosacral therapy is now available at the clinic, provided by the extremely talented Renee Long. Craniosacral therapy is a very gentle approach to pain and imbalance in the body. People of all stages of life respond well, and newborns in particular show wonderful results, with conditions like colic, tongue tie, flat head syndrome and breastfeeding issues. If you are interested in learning more, there are fuller descriptions on the website, and Renee would be more than pleased to answer your questions through email or a phone call. – As a reminder, the rest of the team is here to assist you as well, through chiropractic (Dr. Kat and Dr. Elisa), naturopathic (Dr. Nicole), registered massage therapy (Susan and Sarah) and acupuncture (Dr. Elisa and Dr. Nicole).

 

The last piece of good news to share at the moment, is that our protocols, PPE, and cleaning routines now feel just like part of our regular routines! If you need clarification or details about what we’re doing, please ask us. If there’s anything additional you need to feel comfortable in our space, please ask. We want you to feel at ease at the clinic!

 

Remember that you are not alone in this! We are all experiencing challenges with Covid that ebb and flow in intensity. At the clinic, we’re here as a resource to help you relieve some of those pressures and stressors, and are happy to help lift some of the burden.

 

We’re trying to figure out a way to do a safe, scheduled open house, but until then we hope to show you the new space at your appointment!

 

Thanks for letting us share our good news!!!

 

Be well, and take care, until we see you next!

 

The Danforth East Wellness Team

(Dr. Katarina Bulat, Dr. Elisa Petricca, Dr. Nicole deYonge, Susan Tomkins, Sarah Podolsky, Renee Long)

Registered Massage Therapy available again!

We are so excited to announce that as of Monday June 15, 2020 we have registered massage therapy available at the clinic once again!

Susan Tomkins will be in on Thursdays from 11-7 and every other Friday 11-7. We also have a new registered massage therapist, Sarah Podolsky, beginning on Mondays from 3:30-7:30. More information about Susan and Sarah can be found on our website.

A gentle reminder that 2hrs before each appointment a covid prescreening will be sent out to you through email. You will be asked to wash your hands after you enter the premises, and you are required to wear a mask in the clinic, as well as during treatment.

These are new times for us all and we know they are different. We are looking forward to navigating them together, and are excited to provide care for you again!

See you soon!

Susan and Sarah

Supporting each other!

Thank you so much for all of your outpourings of support for the clinic through this difficult time. We are very grateful to have such wonderful patients. Some of you have asked how you can continue to help and we’ve come up with a few ideas if you are interested and able.

  • Follow us on Facebook (Danforth East Wellness) and Instagram (@DanforthEastWellness), if you don’t already
  • Read and share our blogs and Facebook posts
  • Consider buying gift certificates for registered massage therapy (just a side note that they cannot be reimbursed by insurance companies)
  • Leave reviews for us on Facebook, Google and Yelp

To help support YOU through this time, please know that we are available for virtual appointments and consultations for any of your questions. Let us know if there is particular content you would like us to address in our blogs that would help you. Also, please know that if you DO happen to run into difficulties, our chiropractors are available for emergency only visits.

Take care and be well until we see you next,

 

The Danforth East Wellness Team

Dr. Katarina Bulat, Dr. Elisa Petricca, Dr. Nicole DeYonge, Susan Tomkins RMT