Meet the Staff

  • Dr.
    Colin Leis, B.Sc

    chiropractor • clinic director • FR© provider Trained Provider of the Shift Concussion Management Program

    Dr. Colin Leis graduated from the University of Waterloo with his honours BSc. specializing in Kinesiology. He later graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College with his Doctor of Chiropractic. He uses his tools of manual medicine to analyze and correct functional imbalances and the resulting pain or discomfort in your musculoskeletal system. Dr. Colin has completed courses in Active Release Therapy ©, and is certified in Functional Anatomic Palpation© and Functional Range Release©. In addition, he completed training to become a certified Shift Concussion Management© provider.

    From Athletic and Workplace Injury to Motor Vehicle Injury or general wellness, Dr. Leis will blend neurologic and orthopedic testing with functional anatomical assessment to form a specific diagnosis. He believes the more specific you can be with your diagnosis, the more specific your treatment plan will be, and the faster your body will be able to function optimally and pain free!

  • Dr.
    Erika Holenski,
    B.Sc., ND

    naturopath • clinic director

    It is my philosophy that the human body has an innate healing system that can fight infections, and correct deficiencies and other imbalances. The body, however, can be overwhelmed and not be able to restore harmony. When this occurs the body communicates to us through negative signs and symptoms.

    Using patient history, physical exam and diagnostic tools I am able to see where the body’s imbalances lie and provide ways to shift it back to equilibrium. Together with the patient we develop a plan of action to overcome these obstacles to cure and stimulate the body’s natural healing system.

    Dr. Erika Holenski graduated from the University of Guelph, with her BSc., specializing in Nutrition. Her increasing interest in natural healing led her to the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine where she received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. After graduation she and her family moved to sunny Okanagan Valley where she maintained a diverse family practice for 3 years. She has returned home to the KW area with her family where she is excited to establish roots in both her personal and professional life.

    Erika is licensed with the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy and holds memberships with the Ontario Association of Naturopaths (OAND), the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND), and the British Columbia Naturopathic Association (BCNA) She enjoys having a diverse family practice and looks forward to guiding all of her patients on the path of wellness.

  • Steve Richtaritsch

    Registered Massage Therapist

    CCMH Faculty – Athletic Therapy Supervisor

    Deep Tissue Specialist

    Steve P. Richtaritsch graduated from The Canadian College of Massage & Hydro Therapy in Cambridge, Ontario in June 2009 and has earned his RMT & Can-Fit Pro Certifications. Since then, he has been with us at KW Health, an instructor at CCMH since 2011, and continues developing his passion for healing and rehabbing his clients. During his time spent at CCMH, he developed a passion in athletic therapy where he now is the Athletic Supervisor for CCMH and has worked with many elite athletes in the KW Area, especially runners, as he works with Boston/Chicago Marathoners, EndurRun Champions, and the weekend warriors. You can always catch Steve and the KW Health Staff at every Waterloo Running Series Event. His clinical expertise has prepared him to work with a variety of sport injuries, overuse injuries, nerve compression syndromes, joint dysfunctions, and postural dysfunctions. Steve has developed a great deal of respect and knowledge in the health industry.

    In his practice as a Registered Massage Therapist, Steve specializes in General Swedish massage techniques along with Schweitzer’s Deep Tissue Therapy. He also offers Hydrotherapy in the form of Body Wraps, Paraffin Wax, and now Hot Stone Therapy. Steve has his Accessibility Course training, so he also welcomes everyone that needs therapy. Other treatments provided are trigger point therapy, myofascial release, remedial exercise, facilitated stretching, and strength exercises to help promote and help achieve your treatment goals. He is here to help our clients achieve a better understanding of their own personal health and he is always available to answer questions that pertain to his field.

  • Laura Doig
    BSc, RMT, RRPr

    Registered Massage Therapist

    Registered Reflexology Practitioner

    Laura graduated with honours from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy, Cambridge, Ontario. She is trained in traditional Swedish massage, as well as Trigger Point Therapy and remedial exercise. She is very excited to start her career in Massage Therapy with the team at KW Health Connection.

    With 17 years in the health field, Laura began her career back in Scotland. A real interest in the body and how it works led her into nursing and she graduated from the University of Abertay, Dundee, Scotland in 1997 with a BSc in Nursing (mental health) and registered as an RMN.

    Soon after qualifying, Laura realized that she would rather take a more hands on approach to healthcare and in 1998 went on to study Reflexology at the Scottish School of Reflexology where she graduated a year later. She was an active member of the Scottish Institute of Reflexology until she moved to Canada in 2009 and has since graduated with a Canadian certificate in Reflexology. Here she successfully continued her Reflexology practice with her own company 'Live Better with Reflexology' through which she met other alternative therapists and discovered Massage Therapy.

    Along with Massage and Reflexology, Laura also offers CranioSacral Therapy - a gentle, non-invasive technique which releases restrictions in the body. It works closely with the central nervous system to help the body self correct and heal.

    Laura looks forward to being able to integrate all her various disciplines and continue to develop her skills and techniques to be able to offer her clients the best treatment to improve their health and well being.

    Laura is a member of the College of Massage Therapists Of Ontario (CMTO), the Reflexology Registration Council of Ontario (RRCO) and the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners (IAHP). She also holds certificates in First Aid and Accessibility Customer Service.

  • Kellie Gies

    Registered Massage Therapist

    Kellie graduated from The Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in Cambridge, Ontario.

    Kellie has worked for 17 years in the social services field helping children and families within with Waterloo Region. She has always had a passion for helping others to maintain a strong sense of health and wellness, which led her to the field of massage therapy in order to continue to promote a healthy wellbeing in all clients through the mind-body connection.

    Kellie is experienced in General Swedish massage whether for relaxation or meeting specific client needs. She has training in Trigger Point Therapy, Hydrotherapy, Remedial Exercise and Myofascial Release Techniques. She is also trained in CranioSacral Therapy 1.

    Kellie is eager to continue her educational journey in the field of massage therapy to remain up to date on latest and most beneficial techniques and strategies to best serve the needs and wants of all her clients.