Jean-Paul Thuot, R.Ac, CST, KOHP
Registered Acupuncturist, Kruger Omni Healing Practitioner
What is your favorite vacation? way to relax?
- When we lived in Taiwan we traveled to Thailand a number of times. Lying on the white sand beach at our favourite family-run resort getting a massage is an experience I’d like to have over and over.
- I have a hard time with being late for an appointment.
- Animal. Definitely Animal.
- Not a fan of cleaning the bathroom. At the clinic I find it difficult to stay focused on charting my patient’s treatments after they’ve left.
- I leave my wallet in the car when I go to Lee Valley, or MEC, because it’s hard to maintain my self control in those stores.
- Fred Astaire’s “Cheek to Cheek”, and countless Bruce Cockburn songs. “No Woman No Cry” by Bob Marley will always get me singing, too. Van Morrison’s “Sweet Thing” and “Into the Mystic”
- Being greeted by my family when I come in the door.
- I have never been mistaken for a celebrity, but recently a random stranger told me I looked like Norm Macdonald. I wasn’t sure how to take that.
- When I was two years old we lived on farmland outside of Ottawa. I remember sitting on the back porch at night, listening to the whippoorwills calling to each other in the bush.
- My mom recently gave me a booklet I had made on the first day of Grade One. In it I said that I wanted to be a doctor when I grew up. I guess I’ve never really deviated from that desire.
- “I have found the missing link between higher ape and civilized human: it is us.” Konrad Lorenz, an Austrian zoologist. I like it because I can see we still have so far to go towards being truly civilized.
- I miss the feeling of how immense and mystical the world was. Sometimes that feeling comes back to me, but only in whiffs, like an old familiar smell on the breeze.
Favorite Muppet: Animal
Jenica Geisler R.Ac, KOHP
Registered Acupuncturist, Kruger Omni Healing Practitioner
What is your favourite way to relax?
I really love my space at home. I think my favourite way to relax is to enjoy the comforts of home on my couch, either with a book or a show I’m into watching -nothing to do, just unwind.
Any pet peeves?
Piling dirty dishes, definitely.
What celebrity do you get mistaken for?
I don’t think I have been mistaken for a celebrity before. Although, people have told me I look like Natalie Portman and I have a few pictures where I look a lot like Nelly Furtado. I’ve been told many times I have a doppleganger -but I have yet to meet them!
Where did you grow up and what was it like?
I grew up along the Skeena River. I was born in Smithers, BC, and shortly thereafter moved to Hazelton on a ranch where my neighbours were more than eye distance away. I have special memories of wild strawberry patches, playing with my brothers in the hay barn, feeding the horses, eating fresh fish that we caught that day, and running through the quicksand by the river. It was a part of my childhood I will forever be grateful for.
What is your earliest childhood memory?
I have a very good memory of the floor plan where I lived up in Smithers, which is amazing to me because I lived there only until I was three. I also have a vivid memory of wearing red gumboots, walking across our lawn in Hazelton, the morning of one of the first snow falls.
What did you want to be when you were little?
Once I took all my books and put library index cards in them so everyone had to “sign-out” my books if they wanted to borrow them. I guess I was an aspiring Librarian.
What is something you are really proud of and why?
My two brothers. They are outstanding, remarkable, and handsome human beings who bring a smile and balance to those around them.
What is your favorite way to vacation?
Family-get-aways. Hornby Island was always a favorite spot. I also love to adventure off somewhere new that I haven’t been before -whether that is somewhere local to BC I have yet to explore or some place far away.
What is your favorite time of day?
I am definitely a morning gal.
What is your favorite form of exercise?
Trail running and hiking.
What is your least favorite mode of transportation?
Hands down, the Greyhound night bus.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
If I could just wake up one morning and have some sort of special talent, I would be a professional dancer, of every type and style.
Favorite Muppet: Beeker
Emma Barker BA, R.Ac
1. What would be impossible for you to give up?
My side of the bed
2. What is your favourite…
Anywhere hot, sunny and cheap
…way to relax?
Swinging in a hammock
…time of day?
Whatever time the sun sets
…form of exercise?
Going downhill on my bike
3. If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Thai curries! Penang, Massaman, red, green, yellow… you name it
4. What sound do you love?
Thunderstorms from inside of a cabin
5. The best part of waking up is….
6. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
Too many, but for starters:
Groove Armada – At the River
Neil Young – Midnight on the Bay
Bonobo – Terrapin
7. What is one of your favorite quotes?
“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” – Author Unknown
8. What do you miss most about being a kid?
The awesome snacks. My fave was cinnamon toast, sliced into strips and dunked in hot chocolate. Can’t beat it.
Victor Pelz, B.Sc, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Please note: Victor is managing his appointments through his website. Please contact him directly, here. We are super pleased to have Victor here, and we’re sure you will be too!
Victor graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1997. After stints in Alberta and Chilliwack, he has been at the Apollo Clinic in Abbotsford for the past 12 years and has just relocated to Langford with his young family.
He focuses his practice around the orthopaedic assessment and treatment of work and motor vehicle accident related injuries, athletic injuries as well as day to day aches and pains. Victor uses myofascial and neurofascial release techniques and structural alignment to alleviate many different types of short and long term conditions that restrict activity and enjoyment of life.
In addition to being a Massage Therapist, Victor is also a Certified Life Coach. In his spare time he is an avid golfer, basketball player, poker player as well as playing the guitar and cooking.