At the Northwest Wellness Centre, we believe that our bodies are constantly being bombarded by continuous stress of varying degrees. This stress comes in three forms: physical stress, chemical stress and mental stress. Good health is lost when we can no longer handle the various forms of stress.
Our vision is to create a multi-discipline wellness centre in Grande Prairie that targets the three forms of stress. Our clients have access to a spectrum of services that target the physical, chemical and mental forms of stress. We have a collaborative team of providers with expertise in chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, craniosacral, nutrition, psychology and family counselling.
Our health care professionals are chosen for their abilities, love for their profession, compassion for the people that they serve, and the focused goal of reducing your stresses.
Dr. Jennifer Adams-Hessel is a graduate of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, Ontario. She established her practice with her husband, Dr. Brett Hessel in the towns of Fairview and Grimshaw, Alberta in 1994 and 2000 respectively. Practicing in smaller communities has allowed her to work with a wide range of patients and other health professionals to develop individualized and supportive treatments that address the underlying physical, chemical and mental stressors that attack our bodies. As a chiropractor, Dr. Jennifer Adams-Hessel utilizes a number of different therapies in her practice such as chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, soft tissue therapy, myofascial release, lifestyle counselling and nutritional supplementation when indicated. Dr. Adams-Hessel currently lives in Grande Prairie with her husband and their son. They enjoy alpine and cross country skiing in the winter, hiking and mountain biking in the summer. Dr. Adams-Hessel believes that it is an important responsibility to be of service to her community and is honoured to share her over 25 years of experience with her patients.
Dr. Brett Hessel DC graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto Ontario. Dr. Hessel has practiced with Dr. Adams-Hessel in the Peace Country since 1994. In 1998, Dr. Hessel earned his certificate in acupuncture from the Acupuncture Society of Canada (Acupuncture Canada). He has continued taking courses in Shanghai, China, Canada and the United States. As a chiropractor, Dr. Hessel enjoys combining different therapies in his practice such as chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, soft tissue therapy, exercise, and nutrition in treating his patients. Dr. Hessel’s goal is to help his patients address their physical, chemical and mental stressors in order to reduce pain and restore healthy function to the body. Dr. Hessel lived in Grande Prairie with his wife and son, and enjoys spending his free time in the outdoors hiking, mountain biking, skiing and taking photographs.
Sadie has worked as a Chiropractic Assistant for just under a decade now. Starting in BC and moving to Grande Prairie in the fall of 2017. Through her love of health and wellness, she has decided to pursue a career in Massage therapy and is currently attending college at ACMT here in Alberta. In her free time, she loves to play with her bulldogs Sol & Guin, create with her husband, cook and listen to vinyl.
Skylar grew up on a cattle farm in Hines Creek, AB. She now resides in Grande Prairie, AB with her husband after moving here in 2017. She enjoys camping and going on adventures with her two dogs, Riggz & Rukus. Skylar has struggled with degenerative disc disease and spinal issues at a very early age. In order to have optimal function, Chiropractic care and health and wellness have been a key aspect of her life. She finds joy in being able to help others take control of their own health and wellness.
Charlene Eckstrom is a child and family therapist, who was born and raised in the Grande Prairie area. Charlene has an undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta and her Master’s Degree from San Diego State University. Additionally, Charlene is a trained play therapist. Since graduating from University, Charlene has worked predominately with children and youth. Charlene’s area of expertise includes but not restricted to trauma, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, anger, grief and loss, parent-child conflict, abuse, and general coping issues. Recognizing that the child is part of a larger unit, Charlene will also work with the parents and family in order to improve and enhance this relationship. Utilizing a variety of therapeutic approaches, Charlene works with the client in meeting their needs and goals assisting them on their journey to a fulfilled and meaningful life. Charlene also conducts “voice of the child” interviews for custody related cases. Charlene has recently obtained her Level One Internal Family Systems Training and is working toward certification from Canadian Association for Play Therapy.
Prior to becoming a therapist, I began my education in Montreal at Concordia University where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Human Relations, Anthropology & Psychology. I went on to obtain my Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at McGill University in 2008. Shortly thereafter I moved out to Grande Prairie to start a new chapter of my life in the Peace Region.
I love yoga, sound baths, the Redwood Forrest, cooking, travelling, HGTV, trying different cuisines, people watching, furry animals, watching the sunrise & sunset, starry nights, witnessing growth, seeing the good in this world, spontaneous dance parties with my kids, and spending quality time with my wonderful husband of 15 years.
Hi, my name is Shannon Erickson. I have been working with the Northwest Wellness Centre for over seven years. I recently got married this past July to my loving husband Brian, and we have just purchased our first vehicle. I have been very busy with Special Olympics Curling for the last two years and have had the opportunity to compete in a number of Bonspiels. Last winter I competed in the Winter Games in Calgary as a curler. When I am not curling, I enjoy singing and playing the keyboard.
My name is Sandra Roy and I am from New Brunswick, I grew up in Quebec City. I am a RMT specializing in CranioSacral therapy (CST) and Lymphatic Drainage. I obtained my massage therapy License here in Grande Prairie at the Prairie Training Institute in 2005. In 2013-2015 I went through a series of exams to become certified with both these modalities. The Schools in which I study CrainoSacral therapy are the Upledger Institute, The Academy of Lymphatic Studies, and the Chikly Institute. I am passionate about helping people discover their own ability to heal. I have personally been receiving CST and Lymphatic Drainage for over 25 years and I attribute my good health to these therapies. Both modalities are “hands on” light-touch approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and wellness. The CST approach works with bones, muscle, fascia, nerves, lymphatic fluid to access the parasympathic nervous system that is crucial in helping the body to relax and heal. I also work with the lymphatic system which is the first line of defence in our bodies. The lymphatic system is often compromised by the physical, chemical and mental stresses that we are exposed to on a daily basis. Restoring movement of the lymphatic fluid will help reduce swelling and restore function of the immune system. I so look forward to assisting you in your healing. For more info please go to www.iahp.com/Sandra-Roy.
Carla completed her Master of Arts Education with a major in counselling from San Diego State University. Carla is also a Registered Social Worker in the Province of Alberta. Carla was born and raised in Grande Prairie and is actively involved with a variety of groups and organizations throughout the region. Carla is a Family Therapist who specializes in child and family counselling. Carla’s area of expertise includes but not restricted to trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, anger, self-esteem, parent child conflict, all areas of abuse and general coping issues. Using an integrated approach to therapy Carla will work with the client to develop a treatment plan designed to deal with their problem in a caring healthy and healing manner. Carla uses a variety of therapeutic techniques in her practice and always strives to reach the goals of the client in a manner that suits the individual. Carla has recently obtained her Level One Internal Family Systems Training and is working toward certification from Canadian Association for Play Therapy.
Eja is the resident therapy dog who works closely with Carla in assisting her clients. Eja enjoys helping her client’s counselling needs, long walks and dog treats. Eja works with a wide variety of human clients, but confesses that working with cats is challenging.
Amber is a registered massage therapist as well as a foot reflexologist. She has experience working with clients who have problems with frozen shoulders, tension headaches, migraine headaches and tempromandibular joint (TMJ) issues. Amber enjoys helping clients experiencing sciatica and low back pain to feel better. Her intention is to promote wellness and reduce stress. Amber’s hobbies include biking and hikes in the forest regardless of the weather. When the sun is shining, Amber enjoys spending time by the river.
Toni loves spending time with her family and is an avid Oilers fan. She is a graduate from the Northern Institute of Massage Therapy (now called MCG Career College) with 2200 hours of training. Not only is Toni able to perform relaxation and deep tissue massage; she specializes in dynamic cupping, trigger point therapy and LensenTM – an osteoarticular technique. She really enjoys getting to know her clients and strives to achieve full mobility and eliminate pain with the right program in place.
Kristie was born and raised in the peace country. She is a graduate from the Alberta Massage Institute with 2,200 hours here in Grande Prairie and is passionate about helping others. With training in relaxation, deep tissue, prenatal, infant, PNF stretching and trigger point therapy she is abet help a variety of clients. She enjoys outdoor activities, especially camping with her young family and sports. Kristie would like to thank her clients that have been supporting her from the beginning!
Kassaundra is an Alberta and Ontario educated Registered Massage Therapist. She completed her Ontario training originally in Barrie, Ontario in 2012, and then attended Alberta College of Massage Therapy here in Grande Prairie in 2018. Kassaundra is trained in deep tissue, trigger point therapy, relaxation, myofascial release, TMJ treatments and prenatal massage with plans of continuing education in her field. When not at work you can find Kass out with her dogs, near a river or lake, playing softball or in the gym! She has trained in powerlifting and bodybuilding for years and has a passion for being apart of the holistic healing process.
Jane comes to our office with 21 years’ front desk experience in the health care field. Originally from Ontario she moved to Alberta in 2013 to be closer to family, especially her grandchildren she tells us. She enjoys working with the public and assisting them as best she can. Her love of the outdoors includes hiking, biking, skiing and walking her dog.