COVID-19 Protocol

Please note Active Integrative Medicine is not affected by lockdown closures. As an essential business, we are able to remain open, and we will continue to follow all safety protocols recommended by the Ministry of Health and our respective colleges.

Please reschedule your appointment if you OR someone in your household is experiencing signs and symptoms of COVID-19. We ask that you refrain from booking with us for at least 14 days.

Acupuncture

The goal of acupuncture is to correct imbalances in the flow of energy and restore health through stimulation. By inserting ultra-fine needles at precise points on the body, acupuncture can encourage improved mood and energy, reduced pain, and improved function in affected areas of the body.


Chiropractic

Chiropractic doctors use non-invasive, hands-on techniques to diagnose, treat and prevent disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints (musculoskeletal system). Treatment can include spinal manipulative therapy (SMT), therapeutic exercises, and other non-invasive therapies (e.g. myofascial release therapy, or instrument assisted soft tissue therapy), as well as nutritional,... Read More

Chiropractic doctors use non-invasive, hands-on techniques to diagnose, treat and prevent disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints (musculoskeletal system). Treatment can include spinal manipulative therapy (SMT), therapeutic exercises, and other non-invasive therapies (e.g. myofascial release therapy, or instrument assisted soft tissue therapy), as well as nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling.


Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is a highly effective hands-on manipulation of soft tissues including muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and joints. A variety of massage techniques are used to help release muscle tension, decrease pain, and increase range of motion which allows your body to relax, heal, and prevent further discomfort.


Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. Naturopathic medicine centres on treating the whole person. That is, Naturopathic Doctors will investigate all factors that may affect your health to understand the source of your health problem(s), thus, treating the root causes of illness, not just the symptoms.

Professional Focus

Dr. Cecilia has a wealth of experience treating various health conditions but has a special interest in treating: Women’s Health (from fertility to menopause), Digestive Health (IBS,Crohn’s,Colitis), Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia.

She employs a variety of treatment therapies to help support your body’s journey back to health including: nutrition and dietary supplements, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, and botanical medicine.

What You May Not Know

Dr. Cecilia’s journey towards becoming a naturopathic doctor was shaped from a young age. Both her parents were conventional medical doctors, who were also rooted in traditional medicine through their eastern heritage. Growing up, she learned about safe and effective natural therapies that help to restore health and optimize quality of life, thus, this is what led her into naturopathic medicine.

Aside from private practice, Dr. Cecilia also serves as a medical advisor to CanPrev Natural Health Products researching and formulating new natural health products. Dr. Cecilia is also a huge foodie and loves to cook. When she’s not practicing, she loves to cook up a storm for her family and friends!

Education

Registered Acupuncturist, 2014

Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Naturopathic Doctor, 2005

Bachelor of Science, Brandon University, 2000

Professional Focus Dr. Cecilia has a wealth of experience treating various health conditions but... Read More

Professional Focus

Jackelyn graduated from the Massage Therapy program at Trillium College in 2019. She has always been passionate about helping people. She has seen how much of a positive impact massage therapy can have on people’s lives, and how it can improve one’s overall health and wellness. She has watched injuries, medical conditions, illnesses, and stress greatly improve through massage, and wants to continue helping people recover from these. Jackelyn uses a variety of techniques including Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, relaxation techniques, and stretching to help treat each client’s individual needs.

What You May Not Know

Along with massage therapy, Jackelyn is also passionate about health and fitness and has her certification in personal training. A lot of her spare time is spent at the gym. She also enjoys playing soccer, going for hikes, and spending time with friends and family.

Education

Trillium College, Massage Therapy Program 2019

Professional Focus Jackelyn graduated from the Massage Therapy program at Trillium College in 20... Read More

Professional Focus

Melissa Lester has been practicing in the Pickering area offering a variety of services ranging from relaxation massages to treating acute and chronic injuries. Through years of experience, she has treated various health conditions ranging from anxiety/stress, chronic pain, arthritis, headaches, work related injuries, motor vehicle accident, sports injuries and many more. The treatments consist of a combination of Swedish massage techniques, active and passive stretching, deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy. Each treatment is customized to each individual patient to help them alleviate pain and tension as well as rehabilitate and maintain physical function.

What You May Not Know

Over the years as a massage therapist, Melissa has come to realize the importance of continuing education to diversify and provide the best treatments possible. Melissa has completed training in hot stone massage, ultrasound therapy and additional courses in fitness and health. She is always looking to expand her approach with new techniques and complimentary therapies. When Melissa is not treating patients, she enjoys the outdoors, being active and spending time with her two children.

Education

Sir Sandford Fleming College, Massage Therapy program 2005

Fanshawe College, Fitness and Health

Professional Focus Melissa Lester has been practicing in the Pickering area offering a variety o... Read More

Professional Focus

Dr. Lester is devoted to the rehabilitation and prevention of musculoskeletal conditions. Whether you are a runner suffering from shin splints, an athlete in need of post-surgical rehab, or a weekend warrior with shoulder pain, he will take an evidence-based approach to your therapy and performance needs.

What You May Not Know

Since becoming a chiropractor, he has been serving the community of Pickering and the Durham Region as a healthcare professional. He has gained a vast amount of experience treating sports injuries as a team Doctor for various teams in the Durham Region.

As a chiropractor, he enjoys giving back to his profession. Dr. Lester has been an instructor at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) since 2009. This position allows him to engage with aspiring chiropractors by educating and mentoring the future of the profession. Dr. Lester’s role at CMCC has allowed him to evolve as an educator and a healthcare provider where he currently conducts research that helps shape the profession.

Education

Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Doctor of Chiropractic, 2009

Brock University, Masters of Science, 2005

Brock University, Bachelors of Kinesiology, 2003

Contemporary Acupuncture, McMaster University

Active Release Therapy

Graston Techniques

Professional Focus Dr. Lester is devoted to the rehabilitation and prevention of musculoskeletal... Read More

Professional Focus

Dr. Ostrander is an evidenced based practitioner who has experience in treating patients with both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions. She has a special interest in treating athletes of all levels with a focus in rehabilitation and prevention to enhance performance.

What You May Not Know 

Dr. Ostrander graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) and is a current Sports Sciences Resident at CMCC. As a resident, she will expand her knowledge and skills in the sports field, while learning alongside orthopedic surgeons and chiropractic sports specialists. Dr. Ostrander holds a teaching assistant position at the Chiropractic College, and she is completing sport focused research to further the profession.

Dr. Ostrander is a former competitive swimmer at the University level and swim coach at the North York Aquatic Club. She now currently competes in triathlons around Canada. Dr. Ostrander has experience working with youth and adolescents in multiple sports with a focus on strength and conditioning as well as optimal movement patterns and injury prevention.

Education

Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Doctor of Chiropractic, 2019

Chiropractic Sports Sciences Resident

Queen’s University, School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences - Bachelors of Science (Honours), 2014

Functional Integrated Acupuncture

Emergency First Responder, Canadian Red Cross

Professional Focus Dr. Ostrander is an evidenced based practitioner who has experience in treati... Read More

Professional Focus

Dr. Diane Peters has been practicing in the Durham Region for over 10 years and during that time based on votes, she was a two-time recipient of best naturopath in Ajax. Dr. Peters has successfully treated a variety of health conditions, including anxiety, depression, digestive issues, women’s health, and weight management. Her primary goal is to provide an exceptionally welcoming and caring environment for patients to achieve optimal health on all levels (physically, mentally, and spiritually). Services include, but are not limited to, nutritional and lifestyle counseling, botanical medicine, acupuncture, and more.

What You May Not Know

Dr. Peters’ quest to combine her love for nature and her natural inclination to connect with and help people live their best life, led her to pre-medical studies at McMaster University. The principles around naturopathic medicine, such as Using The Healing Power of Nature and Treating the whole person and the desire to learn more led to her enrollment at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Throughout her time as a naturopathic doctor, she has developed a greater appreciation for the tried and true traditional/folk remedies, which is supported by increasing numbers of current evidence-based studies on natural therapies.

Dr. Peters also has a great passion to create using the elements of the earth. Transforming wool into yarn by using her spinning wheel (yes like the one in the movie, Sleeping Beauty) and knitting it into a garment. So, it comes as no shock that she has a love of all things related to sheep. Do not be surprised if you see knitting needles or pictures or ornaments of sheep somewhere in the office!

Education

Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Naturopathic Doctor

Bachelor of Life Sciences, Honours, McMaster University

Professional Focus Dr. Diane Peters has been practicing in the Durham Region for over 10 years a... Read More

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