Meet the Doctors & Physical Therapists
Dr. Leo Lachowich, D.C.
"For years I suffered with headaches and was told that in many cases this is a temporary condition," explains Dr. Lachowich. "I heard testimonials on the radio how Dr. Johnson, a chiropractor, helped people with headaches and so I decided to see a chiropractor.
"It was a miracle. I'll never forget that first adjustment. It was as if a huge weight was suddenly lifted from my shoulders. That's when I decided I wanted to be a chiropractor."
Dr. Lachowich began his pre-chiropractic education at the University of Ottawa where he studied the basic sciences such as inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and biology, along with basic physiology and anatomy courses.
After completing his studies there, he was accepted to Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. During his four years at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, courses included biochemistry, a major emphasis on anatomy and human physiology, x-ray, diagnosis, chiropractic adjusting techniques and patient care in the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic Public Clinic. Dr. Lachowich returned to the Ottawa area to establish his practice after graduating in 1980.
"We love to see a patient's first experience," Dr. Lachowich said, smilling. "I still remember the wonderful feeling I had when I went to the chiropractor for the first time. It's my prerogative to create a wonderful experience for our patients. We explain everything in advance, answer questions and attempt to over-communicate. Patients appreciate that."
Dr. Lachowich and his wife Maria have one child, Tatyana, who also graduated from the University of Ottawa and the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, and who now practices alongside her father.
Dr. Tatyana S. Lachowich, D.C., B.Sc. (Hons)
Dr. Tatyana S. Lachowich, DC, B.Sc. (Hons) is a board-certified chiropractor in the province of Ontario with a special interest in working with families. She is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, provides acupuncture and orthotics as adjunctive therapy, and is a traditionally trained yoga teacher. Dr. Tatyana is the founder of Urban Panda Health and Wellness, a company created to help decrease chemical, physical and emotional stressors in the lives of families through health seminars, yoga classes and stress reduction workshops.
Dr. Lachowich graduated Cum Laude from the University of Ottawa in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree with a focus in Human Kinetics. She then went on to complete her Doctor of Chiropractic degree at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Before graduating with her doctorate in 2009 she was awarded two clinical internships at Anishnawbe Health Center and South Riverdale Community Health Center in Toronto.
Dr. Tatyana has a very personal reason for deciding to dedicate her life to helping families through chiropractic care. After a traumatic birth, she would not sleep, cried constantly and refused any source of nourishment. Like in many births, forceps and suction were used to help in the delivery process. This caused trauma to her neck and head. Desperate for a way to help Tatyana, her mother took her to a chiropractor. It was on this visit that tight muscles and a blocked cervical joint were located in her neck. It was after a chiropractic adjustment that she was able to latch and sleep through the night.
Dr. Tatyana offers a wide range of treatment styles including Diversified, Koren Specific Technique, muscle release therapy and instrument-assisted soft tissue treatment. She is also certified in Webster's technique, is licensed to perform acupuncture and can dispense custom-made orthotics.
She is also passionate about reaching out to workplaces to educate on health and wellness. She lectures on many topics, including ergonomics and tips to decrease workplace injury. She also offers group yoga and stretching classes. To book your educational workshop, yoga class or seminar, please contact Dr. Tatyana at [email protected] and please follow and like her on Facebook for complimentary health and wellness content.
Dr. Ed Semph, D.C.
Dr. Semph graduated from the Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, Iowa in 1986.
Canadian-born and raised in Kitchener, he practiced in Kitchener from 1987 to 1996. He then moved with his family to Ottawa, where he has been practicing chiropractic since.
"I first went to a chiro after an auto accident in my early twenties. I went the next day to one just down the street from where I lived. It seemed a natural thing to do. A couple of years later I decided to become a chiropractor."
Dr. Semph's Motto: Your goals are my goals for your health.
"Every day, you and I face physical, chemical and emotional stresses. The quality of our lives is based upon how well we adapt, overcome or rise above them. I evaluate, then create an individualized care plan that addresses these issues based on your age, condition, lifestyle and unique health goals. I propose that we go through, rather than around. That we use natural, rather than artificial. That we revitalize, rather than numb. That we release, rather than control."
Kisha Rasmussen, RMT
Kisha is a graduate of The Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2013. Her interest in massage began at an early age massaging a rheumatic Grandparent. It continued through an active lifestyle and lifelong passion for learning.
She specializes in prenatal, perinatal and postnatal treatments and teaches infant massage to new parents. Kisha loves to perform dynamic cupping and readily offers this modality as an alternative option to her clients. She has an interest in facial and Neuro- Muscular techniques but her true passion lies in pathology of all sorts. She has gained experience working with such conditions as Degenerative Disc Disorders, Tendinitis, Fibromyalgia, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Myasthenia Gravas, Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Hypertension, Diabetes, various stages and types of cancer, HIV/Aids, repetitive strain injuries and anxiety.
Kisha tailors each treatment to best suit client needs and will offer advice for self care between treatments. Her ultimate goal is for each client to improve overall general wellness and reduce muscle imbalance and pain.
When this Military wife, artist and mother isn't working or "Momming" she can usually be found curled up in a comfortable corner with her knitting or crochet.
Bao Phan, RMT
I have been in practice as a registered massage therapist since graduating from Everest College in 2012. After receiving my certification, I immediately started working at Merivale Chiropractic and Massage Clinic.
My clients range from professional athletes to the elderly. I treat everything from the top of the head (headaches) to the tips of the toes (bunions) and plenty in between; carpal tunnel, patellar tracking, tendonitis, bursitis, sprain, strains, hernias, whiplash, cramps, spasms, shin splints, TMJ, rotator cuff, and many other musculoskeletal injuries.
I have always had a passion for helping people. I decided that massage would be the perfect way for me to help people as I knew I would be able to help them in a way that would impact their bodies and their quality of life. I have not looked back once since beginning my journey as a massage therapist. I look forward to all the people I will treat and I look forward to meeting you.