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Dr. Leila Coulter DC, HBK

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Dr. Leila Coulter is married and has two beautiful daughters and twin boys. She graduated from the Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology program at Lakehead University in 1998, and was awarded the Dean Braun Medal for the highest academic achievement in the graduating class. She continued her education at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Coulter graduated from the Doctor of Chiropractic program, summa cum laude, in 2002. She also completed post-graduate training in pediatric and prenatal chiropractic care with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Through this program, she attained a fellowship with the ICPA, as well as certification in the Webster Technique. Dr. Coulter is certified in Kinesio-taping and has pursued additional training in craniosacral therapy.

Dr. Coulter has also taken advanced training in concussion management protocols, and is a Trained Provider of the Shift Concussion Management Program.


“I believe that you should live life to its fullest. And you can only do that when your body is working at its fullest potential, without interference. My goal for you is to help you reach that optimum potential so you can live life fully. When your body is not working the way it was intended to work, it affects all aspects of your life, from work, to recreational activities, to athletic performance, to being able to get down on the floor and play with your kids. Chiropractic care can help you live life better.”

Dr. Leila Coulter, DC, HBK


Sharlene Bolt, RMT

Sharlene graduated from Everest College in July of 2008 and has been practicing since November of the same year. She has always lived in Thunder Bay, and enjoys the local scenery and events. Having grown up in the Vickers Park area, she is ecstatic that work has brought her back into her old neighbourhood. Sharlene has completed additional training in Myofascial Release for various regions of the body, including the extremities. She is also certified in Active Release Technique (ART) for the upper extremity. Sharlene has completed specialized training in Pregnancy massage through the Trimesters course. She is extremely grateful to continue to have a career in treating individuals throughout various stages of their lives and looks forward to practicing for many more years to come.


Dr. Lisa Klymenko, DC

Dr. Lisa Klymenko graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minneapolis in 1990. She eagerly returned home to Thunder Bay to practice , and has remained there ever since. She is a member of both the Ontario and Canadian Chiropractic Associations. She believes that treating the entire body and integrating a multidisciplinary approach are the best ways to achieve healthy living. Dr. Klymenko is excited to be working in what used to be the original Spence clinic, a vital piece of Thunder Bay�s history. In her spare time she enjoys modern dance and photography.




Shelby Ecclestone, RMT

Shelby graduated from the massage therapy program at Georgian College in April 2012, and has since been practicing as an RMT in Thunder Bay. She grew up in Mount Albert, ON just outside of Toronto. After graduation, she moved to her partner's hometown, Thunder Bay, to pursue a career in massage therapy.

She has always known she wanted to get into the profession of helping others, and learned quickly the wide variety of benefits massage therapy can provide.

Shelby has spent the last few years working out of the Westfort Wellness centre here in Thunder Bay, and has taken a special interest in Deep Tissue treatments, sports injury rehabilitation as well as pre- and post-natal massage. Shelby is confident in her skills, and welcomes new opportunities to help expand her knowledge and experience.

In her spare time Shelby enjoys the outdoors, live music and spending time with friends and family. She is very excited about joining Healthy Families Wellness Centre and is currently welcoming new patients to her practice!


Dr. Kristy Towell, DC, BSc.

Dr. Towell and her husband were both born and raised in Thunder Bay and are happy to now be raising their own family in their beloved hometown. In 2003 Dr. Towell graduated, with First Class Standing, from Lakehead University with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Biology. She then continued her education in Minneapolis, MN at Northwestern Chiropractic College where she earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree with an additional certification in Acupuncture.

Dr. Towell has vast experience and expertise in the area of nutrition and fitness and is a Nationally Qualified IFBB/CBBF Figure Athlete, representing the Ontario Physique Association. She is a healthy lifestyle coach and has helped hundreds of people achieve their goals in the areas of weight loss, health, and fitness.





Kimberly Traverse, BSc. Nutrition, N.D.

Kimberly has completed her studies at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and is licensed as a Naturopathic Doctor. She received her BSc. in Human Nutrition at the University of Manitoba in 2009 where she was actively involved in community nutrition programs. In Winnipeg she also studied yoga for 2 years under Shauna Ellerby at the Yoga Centre Winnipeg, where she received her yoga teaching certification. Kimberly is happy to have returned to her hometown of Thunder Bay with a personal mission to contribute to wellness within the community. She owns Aevi Naturopathic, a private naturopathic practice here at Healthy Families Wellness Centre. Look out for her monthly health column, Superior Health in the Chronicle Journal for trending and seasonal health topics. She has a special interest in treating women’s health issues, promoting pregnancy wellness, cosmetic acupuncture, weight management, diabetes, mood disorders and digestive complaints. In her spare time she enjoys outdoor social activities, reading and practicing yoga.





Brooke Thistle, RMT

Brooke grew up in Amherstburg, Ontario and moved to London, Ontario to pursue an education in massage therapy. She graduated in 2017 from Fanshawe College, moved to Thunder Bay and is delighted to begin her career with Healthy Families. Brooke has volunteered at a variety of events and clinics and has gained valuable experience from each of these opportunities. She has a special interest in pre- and postnatal massage, infant and child massage, and fascial release techniques. She is looking forward to working with these patient populations as she continues to expand her experience in these areas.

Brooke is passionate about helping people find relief from pain and improving their day-to-day lives and is excited to help as many people as possible start living their lives to the fullest.