Dr. Brian Schroeder, D.C.
Dr. Schroeder was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. He and his wife Cindy have four children. Through them, they have become very involved in dance, drama, gymnastics, judo and hockey here in Thunder Bay. Dr. Schroeder’s interest in natural medicine began in the early 1980’s with training and certification in Reflexology and Touch for Health. He attended Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C., in an honors program in kinesiology. In 1984 he moved to Toronto to begin chiropractic studies at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. While in school, he independently studied acupuncture, herbology and applied kinesiology. Dr. Schroeder moved to Thunder Bay in 1988 to start practicing chiropractic with Dr. Dan Gleeson, D.C., a diplomat in Applied Kinesiology. Dr. Schroeder has continued to further his education with training in acupuncture, homeopathy, nutrition, craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation Pettibon Spinal Biomechanics and electroacuscope. In 1993, Dr. Schroeder opened a new multi-disciplinary clinic, Natural Health & Chiropractic.
Dr. Nathan V. Benvenuto, B.Sc., DC
Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Dr. Benvenuto holds a Bachelor of Science (Biology) from Lakehead University and a Doctorate in Chiropractic, complete with Dean’s list and Clinical Honours from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. He is certified in Instrument-Assisted Soft-Tissue Mobilization (IASTM), Trigenics Shoulder Procedure, and an Integrated Therapeutics TM certified provider in spine, upper and lower limb. He provides Diversified Chiropractic in combination with joint mobilizations, manual release therapy (MRT) and a wide-range of pain/healing modalities
Throughout his career, Dr. Benvenuto has worked with a spectrum of athletes ranging from CIS to competitive/recreational youth. He has extensive ties in the local community throughout his years of playing competitive sports including soccer and football, as well as being an active volunteer for a variety of organizations within the community.
Dr. Benvenuto is happily accepting new patients at the Natural Health and Chiropractic Clinic.
Amber Gilbert, RMT
Dr. Brian Schroeder and the staff of the Natural Health & Chiropractic are thrilled to welcome Amber Gilbert RMT, Registered Massage Therapist, to our Health & Wellness Team. Amber has been in practice in Thunder Bay since graduating from the Massage Therapy program at Everest College in 2014, when she became a member of the College of Massage Therapist of Ontario. Amber likes to focus on therapeutic and rehabilitation goals in her massage work through Swedish massage techniques. She also has a special interest in working with headaches, back and neck pain and stress reduction. Amber invites everyone to visit her at Natural Health & Chiropractic at 817 Victoria Avenue East. Call today for an appointment at 622-HEAL (4325). Late appointments available!!
Patricia Arges, B.A., B.Ed., CBP
Patricia has been a practitioner of bioenergy therapies since 1996. Initially choosing Reiki as her focus, she completed an apprenticeship and became a Reiki Master, providing Reiki treatments and training others to become Reiki practitioners. In 2002, Patricia began training in The BodyTalk System, as she was drawn to the breadth of scope and effectiveness of BodyTalk. She completed her training, and became certified with the International BodyTalk Association and has been practising BodyTalk since that time. An enthusiastic proponent of BodyTalk, Patricia has completed the Advanced BodyTalk training modules and is training to become an instructor as well. Patricia also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Bachelor of Education degree and an Ontario Teacher’s certificate. She has been teaching in several different settings since 1984. Patricia maintains a growing BodyTalk practise, providing both hands on and remote/ distance treatments. She also coordinates BodyTalk training events in Thunder Bay.
Toni McDonald, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist
Toni McDonald was born here in Thunder Bay but has always had a curiosity and a passion for natural methods of healing. This curiosity had her venture to the West Coast a number of years back to search for methods to assist with her own personal healing journey. She grew up with sluggish digestion thinking nothing of it until it was pointed out that the cause of much of her discomfort over the years could be traced back to the gut. This inspired a new learning journey into the Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Body and it is there that she found out the vast importance of a healthy gut. Toni was introduced to the world of Colonic Irrigation and while not knowing just how comfortable she was with the idea of it, also knew steps needed to be taken to heal and maintain proper digestive health. After her first colonic she discovered quickly that the entire process was not as invasive as she thought, and that it was actually quite a comfortable and relieving process. A process that made her feel better than she had up to that point in her life, known that she could feel. Toni enrolled herself in the Certified Colon Hydrotherapy program through Prime Pacific Health Innovations in North Vancouver, British Columbia and graduated from this program in June 2008. Nine years later this passion continues and her belief in this therapy continues to be strong. She is very grateful that she can be in a position to provide this service to the Community of Thunder Bay.
Lori Kajutis, MLT
Lori was born and raised here in Thunder Bay. She received her Medical Laboratory Technologist diploma from the Thunder Bay Institute of Medical Technology in 1990. Lori joined our team in 2005 and performs our live blood analysis, urinalysis and blood grouping. Using a fresh drop of blood from the finger, Lori uses a darkfield microscope to examine the blood while it is alive. This makes it possible to see all the living components of the blood clearly, that would normally be destroyed by staining in conventional lab tests. A video camera and monitor are set up so that the patient can view the whole process. The examination of live blood is valuable for the early detection of serious health conditions.