Dr. Julia Martorana BA, BSc., DC graduated from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 1997 with her Doctorate in Chiropractic and a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology. In 1997, Dr. Martorana received her certification in Chiropractic Radiology from Northwestern College of Chiropractic, and in 1997 earned a Certificate of Competency in the use of Radiographic Facilities and Equipment. In 1992, Dr. Martorana completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology from the University of Manitoba. Dr. Martorana is enrolled as a member of the British Columbia College of Chiropractors, British Columbia Chiropractic Association and Board of Chiropractic Examiners in the State of Minnesota, and a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She also obtained her CrossFit Level 1 Instructor Certification in 2009. Upon graduation, Dr. Martorana practiced in Minneapolis, Minnesota in a high volume clinic. It was here that she had the opportunity to work with professional athletes. Dr. Martorana dedicated a large part of her practice to athletes and sport-related injuries and worked with families, children, and infants. In 2000, she relocated to Victoria, BC, where she opened a multi-doctor, multi-disciplinary clinic. During the past 15 years, Dr. Martorana has operated a high volume practice focusing on evaluating and treating musculoskeletal related conditions, sports injuries, rehabilitation, injury management and prevention. During this time, Dr. Martorana has completed numerous seminars including Dr. Stuart McGill's Low Back Seminar and Somatic Senses Shoulder Rehabilitation.
Dr. Julia is also the proud mother of the worlds cutest and smartest little girl, Lola!
Dr. Robin Dunkley DC graduated from the University of Victoria with a B.Sc in Psychology (Hon). She completed her chiropractic studies at Western States Chiropractic College. Following graduation, she interned in Lima, Peru, where she encountered a variety of unique patients and refined her Spanish communication skills. Upon her return to North America, she worked in a busy rehabilitation clinic in Seattle, WA. In this clinical setting, the focus was on treating and providing rehabilitation to patients who had been involved in motor vehicle accidents, work related incidents and who had sustained sports injuries. Robin then returned to BC where she worked as a locum for several months prior to moving to Ireland to continue chiropractic care in a family practice. She has a particular interest in treating sports injuries as she is an avid runner and has participated in several triathlons. Her own athletic goals and injuries have given her valuable insight into the treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries as well as ways to improve athletic performance. She has completed 3 marathons and most recently finished a half ironman. She enjoys working with a diverse population of athletes and families, from weekend warriors to more competitive athletes.
Dr. Melissa Ko DC has recently joined the Back to Back team! She attended the University of Victoria with a Bachelors in Science, Double Major in Microbiology and Biology. She also has a Diploma in Music from The Royal Conservatory of Music. She completed her Chiropractic studies at the University of Western States in 2014. In her spare time away from work she loves travelling and trying new exotic foods, and enjoys any outdoor activities on the water and many styles of music. Her treatment styles have been said to be similar to Dr. Cindy's so she is a great fit for our office!
Dr. Amy Samcoe D.C. graduated from McGill University in 2003 with a BA in International Development Studies (Hons). Fuelled with a great desire to help people, she found a passionate outlet in Chiropractic while working as a chiropractic assistant. As a drugless and hands-on treatment option that could benefit so many at home and abroad, it was a perfect fit!
Dr. Amy attended the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto and graduated in 2009 with Clinic Honours. She did her internship at two external clinics in order to gain experience from a wide range of people and health issues. She was lucky enough to join the Back to back team for her first year in practice.
For the next five years, Dr. Amy moved throughout Canada to support her husband's dream of becoming an M.D. With the ultimate goal of returning to the Island, she provided locum services while her husband attended Medical School. One of the benefits of so much travel was being able to meet and work with a number of practitioners with just as many treatment styles to learn from.
Three kids and many provinces later, Dr. Amy is back in her and is happy to serve the local community and assist them with their health goals.
Dr. Kyle Morrison ND is our Naturopathic Doctor. Check-out Dr. Kyle's Naturopathic page here to learn more information.
Dr Stefan Rabnett TCM, RAc is a registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC (CTCMA). A Vancouver native, he graduated from Simon Fraser University in 1995 and used the subsequent four plus years to travel abroad and contemplate the varying approaches to human health and wellness. In 2000 Dr Stefan decided it was time to study Acupuncture and moved to Victoria to attend the Canadian College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. After 3 years of study Dr Stefan became a Registered Acupuncturist. He continued his studies to become a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (Licensed Herbalist) in 2004 and successfully challenged British Columbia's first ever Dr. of Traditional Chinese Medicine in exam in 2005. Dr Stefan enjoys treating all levels of imbalance within patients. He recognizes that each patient is unique: some require a purely physical approach, while others are best served by addressing the deeper underlying themes permeating the entire mind / body system. Dr Stefan has trained in various Sports Medicine approaches, as well as several disciplines of "Five Element Acupuncture" to accompany his training in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Dr. Stefan maintains a strong interest and knowledge of herbal medicines and has managed to source the highest quality formulas for use in the clinic. Dr. Stefan prides himself in finding the right technique for each patient and uses other modalities, such as Acutonics, Laser, Magnet Therapy, and Reconnective Healing to ensure that regardless of the patient's age and level of imbalance, a comfortable and effective treatment plan can be established.
Gwen Cole RMT, R.Ac is a member of the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia, as well as the Massage Therapists Association of British Columbia. She graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapists, in Victoria BC in December 2002. Gwen has been practicing in BC since 2004, upon returning from Alberta where she was registered with the Association of Massage therapists and Holistic Practitioners in 2003. To date Gwen has worked with hundreds of clients whose ages run from pre-teen to geriatric; who have suffered from varying ranges of injuries and dysfunctions from daily aches and pains, common strains and sprains, to post surgical conditions, as well as numerous cases including work with ICBC, DVA and WCB cases. Gwen's education was very thorough 3000 hour program that trained her to work with several different modalities to ensure that clients are being given the most complete care possible. Some of these courses include Myofascial, Craniosacral, Visceral Manipulation, Reiki, Muscle Energy Technique, Joint Mobilizations, Muscle Testing and Gait Assessment. With a combination of any of the aforementioned Gwen is able to feel confident in her assessments, treatment and rehabilitation skills. Her volunteer work includes working with the 24hr Relay, Run for the Cure, the Royal Victoria Marathon and has been involved in group talks with Running Room group talks. Gwen has completed a number of post-graduate certificates covering areas of Manual Lymph Drainage, Elite Sports Massage, Thai Massage and Somatic Neuromuscular Integration. She is currently attending the Canadian College of Chinese Medicine to study Acupuncture. This will allow Gwen to continue working with her patients with a new view on keeping the body in Balance.
Jennifer Graham, R.M.T. Since graduating from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2009, Jennifer has been working closely with her patients to help them achieve and maintain optimal function in the body. Through a variety of techniques such as trigger point therapy, myofascial release and muscle energy, Jennifer provides an effective and individualized treatment for her patients. Jennifer has treated a variety of conditions including headaches, athletic injuries, whiplash and stress management. Her room is equipped with a pregnancy massage table for the comfort of her pre and postnatal patients. Jennifer is passionate about Massage Therapy and strives to help her patients reach their individualized healthcare goals.
Samantha Anderson R.M.T. lived on the westside of Kelowna for most of her life and then moved to Victoria at the age of 20.
Samantha began working at Back to Back in 2008. After assisting Dr. Julia and being emerged in the industry for 2 years she realized that she wanted to pursue a career in Massage Therapy.
Samantha has lots of experience and enjoys treating a variety of musculoskeletal and myofascial issues with a variety of patients. She uses techniques that aid in stress relief, tension reduction and increasing range of motion or mobility.
Samantha has a great passion for Massage Therapy and is always looking to advance herself in practice and improving abilities through other training modalities like Kinesio taping. Having worked at Back to Back for 7 years she feels like the staff are her extended family and she really enjoys coming to work everyday!
She loves to practice yoga and go on hikes with her puppy Murphy in her spare time.
Bryce Goddard R.M.T. graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapists in 2012.
Jennifer Watson R.M.T. - Jennifer has worked with the back to back family since 2016 when she graduated with a Diploma in Massage Therapy from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy here in Victoria. Jenn is an island raised girl, born in Duncan and grew up in Cobble Hill. In 2014 she moved to Victoria to start her education in massage therapy. She chose this career because, as a youngster, she was a competitive athlete, and massage therapy treatment helped her tremendously when she experienced a variety of injuries. She enjoys working with patients suffering from all types of injuries/ ailments and especially enjoys working with athletes. Jennifer enjoys staying busy, which includes exploring the outdoors, field hockey, football, cats, baking, and pizza!
Camille Ottenhof, BSc.Kin, CAT(C) is a Certified Athletic Therapist at Colwood Back to Back in Victoria, British Columbia. Camille grew up in Kingston, Ontario playing every sport she could find. Camille graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics (cum laude) from the University of Ottawa in 2005. During University, Camille worked as a Personal Trainer and at an orthopaedic bracing company. Camille competed and won a spot with Young Professionals International where she was sponsored to coordinate a rec centre at a college in New Zealand. Upon returning to Canada, Camille attended Mount Royal University in Calgary where she graduated in 2007 with a certificate in Athletic Therapy. She completed her national exam and certified as an Athletic Therapist in 2008. Camille has been involved with numerous national and provincial sports teams such as Rugby Canada, BC Rugby, Rugby Alberta and Softball Canada. Camille has strong ties with Camosun College’s Athletic Therapy program and has mentored students since 2009. Additionally, Camille has sat on the Board of Directors for Athletic Therapists Association of British Columbia, and is currently a member of a strategic task force. She has a special interest in sports injuries, motor vehicle accident rehabilitation, exercise prescription for new or elderly exercisers, pre and post-surgical rehab and spinal rehabilitation. Camille is constantly updating her manual therapy skills and uses soft-tissue release, Mulligan Technique, muscle energy technique, massage and Kinesiotaping amongst others. Camille has lived on Vancouver Island since 2008 and appreciates all the outdoor activities available. She has run two full marathons and three half marathons. When Camille is not working, she loves to travel and walk her giant Newfoundland dog.
We are excited to announce that Camille will be on maternity leave until November 2017! Congratulations to Camille and her husband!
Charlotte Michael, CATA©, BPE, Associate Diploma- Kinesiology, CPT© - Over the last six years my educational experiences have included studying at Red Deer College graduating with a diploma in Kinesiology, following that a degree in Bachelor of Physical Education and Recreation majoring in sports performance from the University of Alberta, and finally a degree in Bachelor of Athletic and Exercise Therapy from Camosun College. I continue to grow and learn each and every day to further my knowledge to help benefit my clients in achieving their fitness or rehabilitation goals.
Experiences gained through my studies were specific to my area of interest and skill set, which was focused on working with teams both in field and in clinic. The skill that I have acquired through working with the Men’s Basketball at RDC and the Bears Football program at the UofA, where both programs allowed me to gain an interest in this area of athletic therapy which allowed me to find the career I am currently in. Furthermore, other program involvement includes Rugby Canada with the men’s national seven’s and fifteen’s programs, BAAA hockey, team Alberta lacrosse and junior lacrosse programs, along with many other volunteer positions at tournaments and events. I am currently the Head Athletic Therapist with the VI Raiders Jr Football team in Nanaimo and am helping with various teams located in the greater Victoria area.
Clinical experiences come from Colligate Sports medicine Clinic in Red Deer, AB, and Back to Back in Colwood, BC. The focus of my skill set was on assessments and the use of modalities and exercise rehabilitation. Through my time management, organization, and client focused work, along with my interpersonal communication skills, my practice is able to help individual clients meet their rehabilitation goals through realistic timeframes. My knowledge gained from being athlete allows me to understand the stresses and pressures felt by an athlete or even a weekend warrior to return to their passion or sport. The years of playing sports and competing have allowed me to develop the drive to help others achieve their goals no matter what they are through hands on exercise or rehabilitation programing designed to meet the individuals specific needs.
Dave Warbeck CMT- Biography under construction.
Karena Crumpler, Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist - Hello! My name is Karena and I have recently joined the Back to Back team as a Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist. I have been out of the workforce for 9 years raising my two boys, Owen & Max.
I graduated from Camosun College with my Criminal Justice Diploma and was keen to work with kids in rehabilitation and restorative justice programs. That was until I had kids and plans changed.
My oldest was born with complex medical needs and I have spent the better part of time trying to find a balance for him and our family. With the medical interventions and therapy required we found we were missing a very important component: the ability to rest & repair. That is when I found Reflexology. It has been a great complementary health module.
I completed my Foot Reflexology course and training with the Reflexology Association of Canada in 2014. I mainly worked on friends and family and volunteered at Jeneece Place giving treatments to parents in need of self-care. I am also on the Reflexology Association of BC’s Board of Directors.
I have recently completed a Multireflexology Course called Dien Chan Fascial Reflexology. It is a unique method using the principals of TCM, Acupuncture, and Reflexology on the face. It has dual benefits for health and beauty!
I look forward to treating you with a foot reflexology session, a therapeutic beauty fascial, fascial reflexology, or a detoxifying cellulite treatment!
Shantelle Kelly, Yoga Instructor - I’ve been working with Back to Back off and on for about 8 years as a receptionist to start and then this lead to me becoming a Chiropractic Assistant. I am also a recent graduate and instructor from Ajna yoga’s 240hr Yoga Teacher Training Program in 2016. I have been practicing yoga on a regular basis for many years and am excited to start teaching and growing more as a yoga teacher. My training involves teaching Hatha, Hatha flow, and restorative yoga but I’m eager to expand my knowledge of yoga by continuing to take workshops. I first started yoga as a gentle way to increase my strength and to help with my stress and anxiety but soon found that yoga provided me with so much more. Yoga has brought a tremendous amount of balance of mind, body, and spirit into my life and most importantly yoga has helped me to find my self-worth and my compassion towards myself and others. Yoga can provide you with many tools, not only to use in your practice but in your everyday life as well. This practice is a journey of self-discovery, and I am forever learning and growing. I'm excited to share this practice with others and to potentially spark your own journey through yoga, and to allow the teachings within yourself to unfold and guide you. Come join me with an open mind and a willingness to learn and grow together.
Heidi Tonc, Exercise Physiologist - G’day mate! If you haven’t already seen me around the Colwood Back to Back clinic, I am Heidi Tonc - the girl from down-under (Australia). Where dingos are our pets, we travel by kangaroos and live off the sun rays and barbys.
At the start of this year I moved to Canada on a 2 year working visa to live the ultimate dream of working and travelling a new country. I am working at Dave and Julia’s super clinic as an Exercise Physiologist, an chiropractor assistant and providing spinalmed decompression services.
Don't know what an Exercise Physiologist (EP) is? It's a four year University Bachelor Degree that provides me with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the body physiological response in regards to exercise. Ideally an EP implements exercise as a preventive strategy for all types of disease, disorder and/or condition to establish and sustain functional independence. I have a Level 1 Sports Trainer background which has led me to work with multiple sporting teams such as, biking, basketball, AFL and hockey to deliver strengthening, conditioning and rehabilitation services.
I am a friendly, positive and outdoor person that loves to go on an adventure. My current hobbies and interests are to persuade are exploring all the new hikes and waterfalls on the island and progressively master the skill of mountain bike riding.
So, next time when you see me at the clinic, say G’day and ask if I have any new battle wounds from biking. See ya later mate!
We are sad to announce that Cindy Matthew DC has recently moved to California with her husband and baby girl Anya.