Dr. Colin Leis, B.Sc DC
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.
Dr. Colin 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. Charles Smith, B.Sc DC
Chiropractor • Functional Integrative Acupuncture
Dr. Charles was born and raised in Kitchener Waterloo. While growing up he was an avid athlete playing soccer for Waterloo Minor Soccer, doing track and field at Laurel Creek track club and football with KW flag football and the Twin City Predators. After high school he was recruited to the University of Guelph and played football for the Gryphons.
Throughout his time as an athlete he experienced multiple injuries and was exposed to many different therapies and different styles. It was from this that he has developed a style of treatment that is adaptable to a variety of conditions or injuries spanning workplace to sports and is unique for each person whom he treats.
Dr. Charles graduated from the University of Guelph with a degree in Human Kinetics in 2012. He went on to get his Doctor of Chiropractic from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2019. He has been certified in Functional Integrated Acupuncture and completed the Athletic Movement Assessment course for the upper limb.
Currently Dr. Charles continues to be active playing flag football and soccer in recreational leagues. While spending his spare time working out, reading, playing video games, and watching football and soccer.
Dr. Erika Holenski, B.Sc., ND
naturopath • clinic director
It is my philosophy that the human body has an innate healing system. This system 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. Then, I can provide ways to shift the body 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. However, she returned home to the KW area with her family where she has established personal and professional roots.
Erika is licensed with the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy and therefore 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 RMT
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. Steve has worked with many elite athletes in the KW Area, especially runners, such as the Boston/Chicago Marathoners, EndurRun Champions, and the weekend warriors.
Therefore, 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. Additionally, Steve has developed a great deal of respect and knowledge in the health industry.
In his practice as an RMT, 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. Additionally, some other treatments include trigger point therapy, myofascial release, remedial exercise, facilitated stretching, and strength exercises to help promote and help achieve your treatment goals.
Steve 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 in June 2014. She joined KW Health Connection in October of the same year. Laura is trained in traditional Swedish massage as well as Trigger Point Therapy, Fascial Release and Remedial Exercise.
Laura has always had an interest in the field of health. In 1997 she graduated from the University of Abertay, Dundee, Scotland with a BSc in Nursing (Mental Health). Soon after that, she realized that her interests lay in a more individualized, hands-on approach to healthcare. Therefore, in 1998 she went on to study Reflexology at the Scottish School of Reflexology. Laura was an active member of the Scottish Institute of Reflexology until moving to Canada in 2009. After sitting her Canadian equivalency exam, she enjoyed having her own reflexology business until going back to school for Massage Therapy.
However, Laura’s passion lies in the subtle work of CranioSacral Therapy – a gentle, non-invasive technique which releases restrictions in the body. CranioSacral Therapy works closely with the central nervous system to help the body self correct and heal. She holds certificates in CranioSacral 1 (CS1), CranioSacral 2 (CS2) and Somato-emotional Release 1 (SER1).
Additionally, Laura holds certificates in Sports Massage Therapy, Functional Chains and Neuro-Functional Assessment. She is a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO), the Reflexology Registration Council of Ontario (RRCO), as well as the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners (IAHP).
Laura enjoys being able to integrate all her various disciplines! She’s committed to developing her skills and techniques to offer her clients the best treatment to improve their health and well being.
Kellie Gies RMT
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 Waterloo Region. She has always had a passion for helping others to maintain a strong sense of health and wellness. This passion led her to the field of massage therapy where she continues to promote a healthy well-being 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. She remains up to date on latest and most beneficial techniques and strategies to best serve the needs and wants of all her clients.