The StudioHealth Team

Dr. OMAR ELESSEILY – Chiropractor

Dr. Omar Elesseily was born and raised in Vancouver and attended Simon Fraser University majoring in Kinesiology. He completed his Chiropractic studies at Palmer College of Chiropractic West, located in California, where he worked in the microbiology department as a teacher’s assistant. After completing his studies and internship, he continued working in San Francisco and established himself in one of the top rehabilitation clinics in the Bay Area.

It is here that he concentrated his studies on chiropractic neurology and had the opportunity to work with a team of professionals including neurologists and orthopedic surgeons who looked after the San Francisco 49ers, as well as other top professional teams in the area.

Looking to bring that multi-disciplinary approach to health care back home, Dr. Omar returned to Vancouver to open StudioHealth -ChiroWorks – [Studio-West] in the westside of Vancouver in the Dunbar/Kerrisdale neighborhood. The goal was to provide an exceptional level of service matched with professional care by a team of exclusively selected practitioners who excel in their discipline. In 2014, a second clinic was opened in the heart of Vancouver on Main St. in the Mount Pleasant/Riley Park-Little Mountain neighborhood. StudioHeath -Main St- [Studio-East] was established to offer an equally exceptional level of service to our ever expanding patient base of friends and all those we consider family, as well as new first time patients.

Dr. Omar continues to advance patient care with the addition of Cold Laser Therapy (Low Level Laser Therapy) and Kinesio Taping (Sports Taping) at StudioHealth –ChiroWorks- among other numerous seminars and training undertaken. Dr. Omar’s interests include martial arts, cooking, traveling when he’s able to, golf and recently ice hockey.

Contact Dr. Omar Elesseily at [email protected]

Dr. ROBIN FERGUSON – Chiropractor

Dr. Robin Ferguson was born and raised in Langley, BC. She attended the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford for her undergraduate studies. She then went onto the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon to complete her Bachelors of Science in Human Biology and her Doctorate of Chiropractic. Dr Robin grew up playing rugby and is still actively involved in the sport. Her role is more behind the scenes and on the sidelines now. She spends many hours outside of the clinic working with the Surrey Beavers Rugby Club as their team trainer and team Chiropractor. She was lucky enough to be a part of their 2016-2017 Division One Provincial Championship. It is through her hands on experience with rugby the that Dr. Robin has had other opportunities in the sport open up for her, like working with the British Columbia Rugby League and travelling to Medellin, Colombia with the Dog River Howlers Rugby Tour.

Dr. Robin is passionate about chiropractic and what it has to offer the community. Dr. Robin is dedicated to providing the most effective chiropractic, rehabilitative, and wellness care available. She strongly believes in educating her patients and having them play an active role in their return to optimal health.

Dr. Robin uses diversified chiropractic technique in her practice. She also uses an array of other techniques and styles such as Graston soft tissue technique, myofascial release, pregnancy adjusting, kinesio-taping, MyoVision scan, and cold laser therapy.

In her spare time Dr. Robin enjoys travelling and exploring new places. She also enjoys supporting the local rugby teams and can often be found catching a game on the sidelines. She is an avid reader, gardener, and dog lover.

Contact Dr. Robin Ferguson at [email protected]

EWA CIECIERSKA – Registered Massage Therapist

Ewa was born in Poland and moved to Canada with her family at the age of six and grew up in the Lower Mainland. Growing up Ewa always had a fascination with the human body. She graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy intensive 3000 hour program and worked as a personal trainer part time all through school. Those skills now add greatly to her practice.

As a Registered Massage Therapist, Ewa feels incredibly grateful to be able to help others gain and maintain pain free range of motion. Her emphasis is on a team patient-therapist approach to health and enjoys teaching everyone she treats ways to be involved with home care exercises, stretches and hydrotherapy.

Outside of work Ewa spends her time exploring in the sunshine, reading in cozy coffee shops and whenever possible she loves traveling to new places to experience other cultures and meet new people. Friends and family are always around, as well as her cat Mylo.

Contact Ewa Ciecierska at [email protected]

CHRISTINE MIEMBAN – Registered Massage Therapist

Prior to becoming a RMT, Christine completed her Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree at the University of British Columbia. She worked as a kinesiologist, specializing in biomechanics, gait analysis, and orthotics, and did custom bracing for orthopaedic surgeons at the Joint Preservation Centre of BC. She then went on to graduate from Vancouver College of Massage Therapy’s 3000 hour program, where she earned top honours and is the 1st place recipient of the RMTBC’s Clinical Case Study Competition.

Christine enjoys working with a variety of conditions but takes special interest in sports and orthopaedic conditions. She looks at the body as a whole and tailors her treatments to each individual. She utilizes a variety of techniques including myofascial release, trigger point release and neuromuscular technique. Having worked in the healthcare industry for a number of years, Christine knows the importance of working with different practitioners in order to achieve optimal health.

Sport and fitness have always been a part of Christine’s life. She currently plays volleyball in a women’s league and enjoys weight training, yoga and anything hockey related. She also enjoys playing the piano, reading, cooking and travelling.

Contact Christine Miemban at [email protected]

LEO CHEN – Registered Massage Therapist

Leo graduated in 2015 from the Registered Massage Therapy program at Vancouver Career College. During his time in school, he developed many skills and shared a genuine interest in myofascial techniques and joint mobilization techniques, which he now adapts to fit every patients’ needs specifically. He uses these varied approaches in a multi-disciplinary clinic to promote the recovery of each patient and to prolong the healing benefits that regular team-based maintenance can provide. With that being said, Leo is continuously expanding his repertoire of skills to treat a large variety of patients. His enthusiasm for learning has driven him to further his education by obtaining additional certifications in RockBlade IASTM techniques and soft tissue release techniques.

When Leo is not at work, he can be found spending quality time with his friends and family either walking around in the city or participating in fun activities. Along with his interest for the outdoors, Leo is an avid volleyball player and has a weakness for board games and the occasional video game. But no matter how hectic life can get, Leo will always make time for his motorcycle which is his favourite way to unwind.

Contact Leo Chen at [email protected]

COLLEEN BESTWICK – Registered Massage Therapist

Colleen was born in Northern BC but has lived in Vancouver since she was a toddler. Prior to being an RMT, Colleen has worked in the veterinary industry for nearly 15 years. Her passion for helping the community and being active has led her to pursue a career as a Registered Massage Therapist. Colleen graduated from the 3200-hour RMT program at Langara College. She  strongly believes that massage therapy can prove to be an excellent tool to help patients improve their quality of life and is very excited to be a part of the StudioHealth Team!

In her free time, you can find Colleen exploring Vancouver on her daily walks while listening to podcasts. She loves cooking and baking and is always on the hunt for her next favourite recipe. At home, Colleen loves to spend time snuggling with her three cats – Fling, Dina, and Pretzel!

Contact Colleen Bestwick at [email protected]

ROMAN PODOROZHNYI – Registered Massage Therapist

Roman completed the Registered Massage Therapy program at Langara College in addition to a diploma in Kinesiology. Roman has an amateur  boxing background and has competed across Eastern Europe for almost 10 years. Prior to becoming an RMT, he worked  as a personal trainer where he was able to help a variety of clients from different ages and backgrounds. Roman is excited to further his passion for health and wellness and helping others here at StudioHealth and can’t wait to meet everyone!




Contact Roman Podorozhnyi at [email protected]

ROYLAN SANTOS – Registered Massage Therapist

Roylan was born in the Philippines and moved to Canada when he was just 11 months old. Growing up, Roylan always had a fascination with exercise and the human body.

Roylan’s love for helping others improve their health and wellbeing has led to the pursuit of a career in healthcare as a Registered Massage Therapist. Roylan graduated from Langara College’s Registered Massage Therapy Program and has a background as a personal trainer where he utilizes his experience in his practice as an RMT. Outside of work, Roylan loves spending time at the gym to lift weights, trying out new restaurants around town, or watching a good show or anime at home with his dog, Goku. Roylan is thrilled to be a part of the StudioHealth Team and looks forward to seeing everyone!

Contact Roylan Santos at [email protected]

RONALD LAU – Registered Massage Therapist

Ronald was born in Hong Kong and moved to Vancouver at a young age. Taking advantage of Vancouver’s vast outdoor spaces, he was able to explore different activities and sports. With that, Ronald has recovered through many sports related injuries throughout his life. He was always fascinated by how the body heals itself so he decided to turn his passion about the human body into a career. Ronald graduated from Vancouver Career College’s Registered Massage Program. During his time as an RMT, he had the opportunity to treat a variety of conditions using different techniques to assist in the patient’s recovery. He is passionate about the health and wellbeing of others by addressing the symptoms but more importantly finding the root of the problem with open communication.

Outside of the clinic, Ronald enjoys a wide range of activities that Vancouver has to offer. He loves to go on hikes and walks along the seawall. He also plays in the community adult soccer league. Traveling is another hobby that he enjoys. Immersing in different cultures. he has been to over 30 cities in 10 different countries. However, Japan remains one of his favorite traveling destinations.
Ronald is fluent in English, Cantonese, Mandarin.

Contact Ronald Lau at [email protected]

LISA DEAN – Registered Massage Therapist

Lisa was born in Penticton, British Columbia. After traveling and living in a few different places, Lisa moved to Squamish, BC at the beginning of 2015. She’s lived there for the past 7 years until moving to Vancouver to pursue her career path as a registered massage therapist. Lisa’s passionate about health and healing began by her own personal sport injuries that ultimately lead her to the discovery of massage therapy as a method of body recovery.

Outside of work and study, Lisa spends her time hiking in the mountains, skiing, walking her dog Daisy and traveling. Alongside that, Lisa values taking necessary rest and recovery days as an essential part of living in our busy world.

Contact Lisa Dean at [email protected]

REBECCA O’BRIEN – Registered Acupuncturist

Rebecca O’Brien grew up in Langley and Abbotsford. She studied a variety of subjects at the University of the Fraser Valley and graduated from the Graphic Design program before moving to Newfoundland. There she studied Acupuncture at Eastern College in historic downtown St. John’s before moving back to B.C. in 2011.

She uses acupuncture, cupping therapy, Tui Na massage and Traditional Chinese Medicine diet therapy to treat a variety of conditions and help fortify the body’s health. In addition to Traditional Chinese Medical therapies, she also often uses plant essences and Reiki to enhance your treatments.

Acupuncture is a holistic therapy that views a person as a whole being and addresses the root cause of an imbalance in the body. It treats the symptoms as well as the cause. Pain and mobility conditions are often addressed at the same time as stress, sleep, digestion, energy level and immune function issues. Rebecca also has experience treating fertility and pregnancy related issues such as cycle irregularity, morning sickness, breech baby, and labour preparation.

Rebecca’s interests and activities outside of healing include camping in all seasons, hiking, textile art, writing science fiction, and convincing her children they need to go to sleep at night.

Contact Rebecca O’Brien at [email protected]

CATHY GAO – Office Manager

Cathy is currently attending Simon Fraser University and is completing her Bachelor’s of Science degree focusing on Biomedical Physiology. Even at a young age, she knew the importance of balancing a healthy lifestyle regardless of how busy her everyday life is. By working alongside a group of practitioners, she hopes to learn all the tips and tricks that will allow her to help others in the near future. But in the meantime, Cathy is responsible for ensuring that your time here at Studiohealth is pleasant and welcoming while maintaining a comfortable environment for both practitioners and patients.

Whenever Cathy has free time, she enjoys going outside for fresh air. Most of her time is spent reading on the patio and walking around different parks with her friends and family. On top of all of that, she loves coffee hopping, exploring the city, and road trips with her loved ones.

Contact Cathy Gao at  [email protected]

ANNIE WANG – Office Manager

Annie has always valued the importance of having a healthy, balanced lifestyle, and she hopes to find that balance here alongside our practioners. In the meantime, Annie is responsible for ensuring that your time here at StudioHealth is pleasant and welcoming while maintaining a comfortable environment for both practioners and patients.

Outside of the clinic, she enjoys going out and being active. Most of her time is spent training in the gym, biking, and playing a variety of sports such as ultimate frisbee, volleyball, and pickleball. On top of all that, she loves trying new food around the city and going on adventures with friends and family.

Contact Annie Wang at [email protected]

JUSTINE MA – Receptionist

Justine completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology at The University of British Columbia and is hoping to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy in the near future. She has always valued living a healthy lifestyle, and strives to help others achieve the same. Justine is responsible for ensuring that your time here at Studiohealth is pleasant and welcoming while maintaining a comfortable environment for both practitioners and patients.

Outside of the clinic, Justine enjoys being outdoors and going for walks, taking fitness classes such as spin, boxing and pilates, and spending time with her friends and family. She also enjoys trying out new restaurants and cafes and travelling with her loved ones. Justine has been an integral part of the StudioHealth team and is looking forward to meeting everyone coming through the clinic.

Contact Justine Ma at [email protected]

CRYSTAL WONG – Receptionist

Crystal completed her Bachelor of Arts with a focus in Social and Developmental Psychology at Simon Fraser University. Crystal has always valued the importance of fostering a healthy and balanced lifestyle to promote positive mindset and developmental well-being. Crystal is responsible for ensuring that your time here at Studiohealth is pleasant and welcoming while maintaining a comfortable environment for both practioners and patients.

Outside of the clinic, Crystal enjoys being active by going to the gym and trying new fitness activities like pilates, spin, and boxing. She also enjoys meeting up with her friends and finding new restaurants to try. On top of that, she finds joy and fulfillment in expressing her creativity through various artistic mediums.

Contact Crystal Wong at [email protected]