An Integrative Approach for Empowered Birth

Integrative Prenatal Course at Two Rivers Health

To all the beautiful pregnant mamas out there wondering and worrying about child birth: Join Dr. Antoinette Falco (ND, Doula), Dr. Alyssa Shepherd (DC, Doula) and Doula Christa VanderVelde for a four week long seminar series to help prep you in mind-body & soul to birth your little bundle of bliss with information and empowerment.   Over the span of these four classes, our empowered birth experts Dr. Antoinette, Dr. Alyssa and Doula Christa will teach you about: Pain What is it? What is its purpose? How can you decrease pain? How can you use pain to your advantage? Mindset How your thoughts, beliefs, emotions and expectations influence your birth experience, and how to leverage these things to your advantage … Read More

Scoliosis – the “Zig” in Your Child’s Spine

Many of my adult patients tell me in the first visit that they have a ‘curve in their spine’, or if they are lingo-savvy, a ‘scoliosis’. Often this is something they’ve been told briefly and don’t fully understand. At this point, the dialogue typically ensues that usually a scoliotic curve in an adult is nothing to worry about and doesn’t need to be monitored. However this is not the case with children and teenagers. A scoliotic curve in a child or teenager can change, sometimes extremely rapidly, over the course of months to years, potentially impacting performance, function, pain levels and health. Spinal scoliosis in children and teenagers do need to be monitored, and your chiropractor is the perfect person … Read More

What Is Chiropractic Wellness Care?

Chiropractor Guelph

Dr. Alyssa Shepherd DC Sick care vs. Health care When patients come to see me, I always explain the two phases of care: symptom care (a.k.a. chiropractic acute care) or supportive and preventive care (i.e. “chiropractic wellness care”). Most people start in acute care – they have a symptom that they want to be resolved, such as headaches. This model is akin to sick care, in that you have a physical issue that you need addressed and resolved. It’s analogous to seeing your MD when you get an infection. Once the symptom is resolved, people can choose to move into a supportive and preventative care phase in order to optimize their function and prevent symptoms of pain and dysfunction from … Read More

New Treatment Options? What to Do About F.E.A.R. (False Evidence Appearing Real!)

Dr. Alyssa Shepherd DC, Guelph Chiropractor Fear – we all have at least one, more often, many – spiders, snakes, heights, chiropractors… Wait – WHAT?! Yes, you read that right, for many people, chiropractic and chiropractic adjustments are a scary thing to think about. I’ve found this to be particularly true if you fall into the category of having had a negative experience with a chiropractor or adjustment, you’ve never seen a chiropractor and don’t know how this system of care helps your body to heal, or no one has ever taken the time to share with you how chiropractors can help get you, or your baby or child, back to being healthy and truly thriving. The interesting thing about … Read More

4 Signs You Could Have Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue

Fatigue. Overwhelm. Anxiety. Exhaustion. Depression. These are some of the most common concerns we hear from smart, capable, proactive, otherwise healthy women (and men) in our practice. If you can relate to these awful experiences that steal your quality of life, your energy, motivation, even your personality!!…you’re not alone. Adrenal fatigue – basically a condition where your stress tolerance and stamina-producing system just can’t keep up, is extremely common in modern life. Having dealt with all of the above, it’s a real passion of mine to be able to help other high-achieving, heart-based women hear from their body’s innate wisdom so they can actually turn these symptoms around. If there are some tell-tale signs it’s time to ask your doctor … Read More

Acupuncturist Wanted: Fertility, Pregnancy & Women’s Health

Acupuncturist Guelph

If you’re a self-motivated, team-oriented Registered Acupuncturist with a special interest in fertility and pregnancy care, we could be a great fit! Two Rivers Health is a vibrant new integrative family clinic situated in the beautifully restored Forsythe-Hepburn building, just steps from downtown Guelph, St. James’ Park, and Guelph General Hospital. We’re growing our Acupuncture program particularly within our fertility focus, and are currently accepting applications for one full time practitioner position. Two Rivers Health Team Your supportive and positive team of colleagues includes two naturopathic doctors, two massage therapists, speech-language pathologist, chiropractor, osteopath, counsellor, NLP practitioner, physiotherapist, and birth doulas. The owner of the clinic is dually registered as both a naturopathic doctor (ND) and registered acupuncturist (RAc). We … Read More

How Women Grow, Heal & Thrive

I’m hearing a message loud & clear, from women in Guelph + globally. Smart, conscious, inspiring woman, I hear that you want more energy so you can achieve more in your family and work life, more clarity so you can be productive, present and passionate like you know you’re here to be, and more ease and joy in your life so you can enjoy your family and personal time. I am hearing you when you say you feel stressed, down, irritable, and anxious. When you feel down & discouraged when you’re caught up in the comparison trap. When everything just feels super hard. Like all women, you want to know you’re not alone. Good News: You’re Not Alone The female brain is wired for connection. We … Read More