Our Story

Recharge & Play Wellness Café began with a couple of moms looking to have a comfortable place where services could be provided while their children were close by. They saw a need in the community to create a space for both parents and kids where each can receive the treatment they need while also enjoying a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Whether you’re sipping a coffee, getting a day of pampering, or meeting up with a friend for a much needed playdate, Recharge & Play hits the spot!

Meet the Team

Our team provides cohesive treatments in order to support families through wellness.

Erin Clark

Massage Therapist & Co-Owner

Erin is a massage therapist with a passion for treating the whole family. She treats clients of all ages from just days to decades old.

She uses her postgraduate study of Craniosacral and myofascial work to release stubborn restrictions in the body. She is known for her work with infants, children and pre/peri/postnatal clients. She often uses acupressure, manual lymphatic and sinus drainage to help restore the body to health. Her skills come in especially handy for treating headaches and TMJ dysfunction including supporting families on their tongue tie journey.

She can also include Reiki in your treatment or feel free to book an entire Reiki session for a relaxing energy rebalancing treatment.

She has a heightened sense of palpation and quickly targets the areas causing pain to eliminate your discomfort.

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Sarah McQueen

Massage Therapist & Co-Owner

Sarah graduated from Sutherland Chan School and Teaching Clinic in Toronto in 2010. She integrates traditional Swedish massage with advanced muscle and connective tissue release, deep tissue massage, and trigger point therapy to help treat the root of the client’s problem. She also has experience with Lymphatic Drainage & TMJ treatments and oral restrictions in infants, children & adults.

Since becoming a RMT, Sarah has participated in the ‘Friends for Life Bike Rally’ on the Wellness team, treating both the cyclists and crew members during the 600km trek from Toronto to Montreal. She has continued her education by completing postgraduate studies in pregnancy massage, infant massage, Labour Support & craniosacral techniques.

Sarah believes that Massage Therapy can be a benefit to people of all ages, and is part of maintaining a sense of Well-being. She maintains the belief that through self care and education, clients are able to take control of their healing.

Sarah is currently not accepting new patients, and is ONLY accepting referrals directly from Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists. 

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Jennifer Lake – PossibilOT

Occupational Therapist

Jennifer is an Occupational Therapist who has been practicing in pediatrics in the Kitchener-Waterloo area for over ten years. She is a passionate advocate for her clients, someone who knows the resources of the community and actively collaborates with others.

Jennifer has an interest in sensory processing and sensory integration, works frequently with clients with an Autism diagnosis, and an interest in sleep-disordered breathing, it’s impact on feeding and swallowing and its relation to one’s ability to function well on a daily basis.

Jennifer is a mother of two, a resident of KW for twenty years and has volunteered with the Breastfeeding Buddies, Le Leche League KW and in teaching babywearing workshops.

For more information about Jennifer or Occupational Therapy, please click here!

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Erin Kalau

Massage Therapist

Erin Kalau provides family focused massage with a clinical approach. Erin’s original training is in kinesiology and sports injury management. She graduated in 2002 with a Honors B.Sc.Hk and a Diploma in Sports Injury Management from the University of Guelph and Sheridan college and became a Certified Athletic Therapist. She continued her schooling to become an RMT in 2005 and later a certified acupuncturist in 2009. She welcomes all ages from infants to seniors and tailors the treatment to meet each persons specific needs. She offers a diverse amount of techniques including deep tissue, prenatal, electrical modalities, musculoskeletal acupuncture and cupping. She looks forward to aiding you in improving your health!
 
Please note Acupuncture is billed under your massage therapy benefits.
 
Mobile Massage Therapy also available upon  request. Please contact Erin directly for further information.
 
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Erin and she’d be happy to assist.
 
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Neha Panchal

Massage Therapist

Neha Panchal graduated from Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy in Cambridge, in 2019. She has always had a knack for education & continued learning and thus gained some experience in pregnancy massage, treating a variety of pre & post-natal clients (some who had high-risk pregnancies too!) She likes to integrate Swedish massage with tissue release, trigger point therapy and movement therapy to address each individual’s concern. Other techniques she likes to incorporate in her practice are: Deep diaphragmatic breathing, passive and/or active stretching, fascia, joint mobilizations and deep tissue massage. Throughout her training and practice of nearly 2 years, she has gained experience treating clients with TMJ treatments, and infant massage therapy as well.
Having a passion for labour support and pregnancy, she has completed workshops and courses for Labour Support and Becoming a Doula/RMT.

Sports massage is an area of massage therapy which still excites her. She has volunteered and worked with some athletes, including a wrestling team.

While at work, she tries her best to ensure clients feel they are in a safe & relaxing environment by engaging them in their own treatment plan so they feel confident in their approach to be a better version of themselves. She continues to grow and strive to be a better therapist by seeking further education and learning from other healthcare professionals as well.

In her time off, she loves to spend time travelling, exploring, hiking and camping, swimming, dancing, playing badminton or just going out for a drive. She believes nature helps the body’s inherent ability to heal itself and thus encourages everyone to be a part of the nature around them.

 
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Jessie Hesch, M.S.W., RSW – Treefrog Counselling

Registered Social Worker

Jessie holds a Master of Social Work degree, has additional training in working with infants, children and families and is currently completing the requirements for certification as a Certified Play Therapist.

Through the activity of play Jessie helps children to make sense of difficult life experiences (e.g. divorce, death of a loved one) and navigate the big feelings (e.g. anxiety, anger, sadness) that are often at the root of challenging behaviour. Jessie supports children and their caregivers become more able to cope with how they are feeling, develop insight, emotional intelligence and confidence. Play is a child’s natural way of communicating; we can explore various issues they might find difficult to express in other ways.

Some of the common challenges that bring families to counselling include:

Parenting young children (0-6)
Anxiety 
Attention Difficulties
Discipline 
Divorce, Fostering, and Adoption 
Frustration/Aggression
Resistance and Opposition 
School Issues (bullying, peer relationships, academically)
Sensitive Kids and Special Needs 

Jessie works with both the parents and the children to understand and address the roots of the problem, and interpret the behaviour with insight into the underlying emotions, in order to impact lasting change. Jessie believesthat the parent-child relationship is the foundation of children’s mental wellness. You are what your child needs. Let me help you build on that foundation.

For more information about Jessie or Child and Family Therapy, please click here! Or email Jessie@treefrogcounselling.com

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Dr. Sarah Connors, ND

Naturopathic Doctor & Doula

Ever since she was a child she has wanted to help others with their health. Her stuffed animals and siblings were her first ‘patients’, treated mostly with care, her fisher-price medical kit, and more toilet paper for bandages than her mother would have liked. Later, volunteering at her home town hospital gave her a real love for working with families, as she had the privilege to assist patients from all walks of life. Pairing this realization with the natural approach of Naturopathic Medicine, helping people start and raise their families naturally just made sense to her.

 

She completed an Honours Bachelor of Science in Health Studies with a minor in Psychology at the University of Waterloo, prior to attending the four year Naturopathic Medicine program offered by the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). This program is a rigorous combination of fundamental science and Naturopathic modality training. The first two years are predominantly spent studying the basic sciences (eg. Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, etc.) combined with learning the various specific tools of Naturopathic Medicine (eg. Botanical Medicine, Nutrition, Lifestyle modification, Homeopathy, etc.).

She has several areas of interest including: General Family Health, Pediatrics, Women’s Health, Aboriginal health, and Mind-Body Medicine.

She also has experience working with women and their partners as a Birth Doula. She’s thoroughly enjoyed helping mothers and fathers to prepare for the arrival of their little ones, by providing full support before, during and after labour.  She received training specifically in Pediatric Care during her clinical internship at the Robert Shad Naturopathic Clinic, where she regularly saw children, ages ranging from newborn to 18 years of age. She also worked with the Aboriginal population at the Naturopathic satellite clinic out of Anishnawbe Health Toronto for four months of her clinical internship.

She is a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND). 

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Aliesha Dittrich, B.S.W., RSW – Magnolia Counselling Services

Registered Social Worker

Ali holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and has additional training, in working with children and families, through her Child and Youth Worker Diploma. She is currently completing requirements for obtaining the Child and Youth Mental Health certificate through Laurier University.

Ali is passionate about working with individuals, and their families, and has done so in a variety of different settings over the last ten years.

Through a focus in strength-based, client-centered practice, she strives to empower individuals and assist them in recognizing personal strengths and building on feelings of self worth.

She believes change occurs when people are given the support they need to draw on their own strengths. In providing an environment of compassion and guidance Ali’s focus is to help individuals and families overcome obstacles to move forward and thrive.

Areas of focus:

*Anxiety
*Behavioural Concerns
*Children and Adolescents
*Coping Skills
*Depression
*Emotional Self-Regulation
*Parenting
*Peer Relationships
*School issues
*Self esteem
*Stress management

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Melanie Thomas

Nutritionist

Melanie is a Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner — aka, a Nutritionist. She’s shared her expertise and clinical insights with thousands of clients in a one-on-one setting helping them to meet their goals, reverse disease-processes, reclaim vitality, and guiding them toward optimal wellness.

In addition to her work as a clinical nutritionist, she’s also a Black Walnut Toastmaster. She enjoys pairing together her public speaking skills and nutrition knowledge to educate folks in their workplaces or at community events.

When she is not at work, she often delights in time spent with her granddaughter, reading the latest nutrition-related book, or travelling throughout North America and Europe with her husband of 25 years.

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Marjan Ghavipisheh, PT

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist

Marjan is a Registered Physiotherapist and a member in good standing of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. Marjan graduated from university in Iran with a Master of Science degree in physiotherapy. She has more than 10 years of experience in various fields of Physical Therapy.

Marjan is dedicated and passionate towards patient oriented care. As an accomplished life-time learner, she has a very diverse and valuable set of skills in her clinical practice. She has experience in treating a wide variety of patients with orthopedic, musculoskeletal, and pelvic floor conditions.
Marjan is specialized in manual therapy techniques and mainly uses hands-on techniques to create a highly effective therapeutic experience by combining advanced manual therapy techniques with other therapeutic modalities including acupuncture, exercise therapy, and education to ensure that patients leave every session feeling excited about the gains in physical function that are possible for them.

Moreover, over the years Marjan has developed a passion for treating different pelvic dysfunctions in female patients. She has completed the necessary courses to become a Pelvic Physiotherapist. Her extensive orthopedic and pelvic health training in combination with her vast clinical experience offers a unique approach for individuals dealing with pelvic dysfunctions including incontinency, prolapse, and pregnancy issues, pelvic pain and so forth.

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Alexandria Patton, DOMP

Osteopathic Manual Practitioner

Alex began her education in a different field- criminology and psychology. She received her Bachelor of Arts at Laurier University, majoring in Criminology and minoring in Psychology. Alex was first drawn to Osteopathy after being treated. She was in awe of the unique powers of Osteopathy and needed to understand how it worked. After studying Osteopathy for 4 years at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy, she received her Masters in Practice Diploma in Osteopathic Manipulative Sciences (M. OMSc.). Now Alex wants to bring the health and vitality she has learned and received to her patients!

Alex is in good standing with the Ontario Osteopathic Association (OOA), a subset of Osteopathy Canada (OSTCAN), and her services are covered through all major insurance providers.

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Shannon Burke, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

Shannon is an RMT who is passionate about helping people recognize and reach their health goals, improve their quality of life, and to feel happily embodied. She believes all types of massage, from relaxation to treatment-based and beyond, can work towards these aims.

Shannon has experience in pregnancy massage, lymphatic drainage, relaxation massage, Swedish massage, stretching techniques, joint mobilizations, targeted release treatments, stretching and mobilizing fascia, hot stone treatments, treatment of migraines, and treatment of scoliosis. Although these are her areas of experience, Shannon will work with you towards any health goal and accommodate any treatment preferences you may have. She accepts patients of any age, and parents of children are welcome to sit in on appointments. Shannon is available for appointments on Tuesday mornings.

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