Meet the Lifetime Wellness Center Team
Dr. Jonathan Bekic, D.C.
Dr. Bekic graduated from Life University in 2014 with a Doctorate of Chiropractic Degree. While at Life University he was fortunate to study under some of the leading authorities in Thompson Terminal Point Technique as well as Activator Methods technique. These are the two of the most progressive and gentle chiropractic adjusting techniques.
Growing up in Windsor, Dr. Bekic has a passion for the community and a desire to serve and educate people about chiropractic care and living a lifestyle of wellness. He graduated from Sandwich Secondary School and it was there he discovered his passion and desire to be a chiropractor.
“Growing up I played sports all year round and if it wasn’t for my chiropractor there is no way I could have competed at an elite level or recover from injury so quickly. I was always amazed at the quality of care I received and how much faster I recovered than my teammates.”
Besides his passion for Chiropractic care, Dr. Bekic enjoys spending time with his family, his Church family, and exercising regularly. He is also a die-hard University of Michigan fan.
Dr. Kelly Upcott – Naturopathic Doctor
Dr. Kelly Upcott obtained her Bachelor of Science from the University of Windsor before graduating from the four-year naturopathic program at The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2003. Dr. Upcott uses nutrition, herbs, homeopathy, acupuncture, and lifestyle counselling in practice. She enjoys working with families and has a special interest in chronic inflammatory conditions, digestive disorders and women’s health issues. Kelly has published articles in the Metro and Windsor Body Magazine.
Focusing on prevention and the use of natural substances and treatments, Dr. Upcott’s aim is to stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself. Her primary goal is to address the root cause of illness, rather than simply to treat or suppress symptoms. Each patient is treated as a whole person and their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions are taken into account when diagnosing and developing a treatment plan.
“I believe it is the combination of the healing power of nature and scientific methods that makes naturopathic medicine an important system of medicine for today’s health care. Now, more than ever, naturopathic doctors are poised to play a significant role in addressing some of the critical issues facing our health care system in Ontario, including the shortage of family physicians and the over-prescribing of pharmaceutical drugs.”
For more information on naturopathic medicine and acupuncture please visit www.kellyupcottnd.com.
Andrea Balkwill, D.O.M.P. – Osteopathic Manual Practitioner
Andrea Balkwill obtained her Bachelor of Human Kinetics from the University of Windsor before graduating from a three year osteopathic program at The Southern Ontario College of Osteopathy in 2013. Andrea uses the osteopathic approach which is a holistic concept of medicine and healing to treat a wide variety of conditions.
Her goal is to address the body as a whole and treat all systems, rather than targeting the symptom alone. This allows the body to be put into an optimal position in which it can begin to heal itself. By addressing the root of the problem, it allows a freely moving body and ensures that all systems are free to heal themselves and work without dysfunction. This leads to a happy and healthy patient.
Andrea has a great passion and drive for manual therapy and healing. She uses many gentle techniques including, but not limited to, myofacial release, craniosacral therapy, and visceral manipulations. Her greatest joy is knowing that she is helping people to live a healthy and fulfilling life.
Teresa Culleton-Baluyot – Chiropractic Doctor
Teresa graduated from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas in 2004. She practiced for 4 years in Dallas before moving to Austin, Texas where she practiced with her brother in his Chiropractic Neurology Center. She is currently in the process of attaining her Canadian Chiropractic License.
Committed to family health, Teresa has advanced studies in Pediatrics and Women’s Health, as well as Functional Neurology. She has presented various workshops in Texas and in Essex County.
As the newest member of Lifetime Wellness Center team, she brings years of knowledge in health care for your whole family. She is also overseeing our newest service, Cold Laser Therapy.
She is excited to be a part in your journey to health!
Angie Armstrong – Registered Massage Therapist
Registered Massage Therapist
Combined Decongestive Therapist/ADP Authorizer
Manual Lymph Drainage
ACE Medicupping Practitioner
Angie is a Registered Massage Therapist and member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. In 2014 she completed advanced training with certification in the Dr. Vodder method of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT), offered by the internationally recognized Dr. Vodder School. Completion of this 160-hour intensive training program for health practitioners makes her one of approximately 1000 certified therapists in North America, currently certified to practice this specialized technique.
CDT enables Angie to manage patients with lymphedema and venous insufficiency edema, using a combination of Manual Lymph Drainage, Compression Bandaging, Exercise Therapy and Skin Care. This allows advanced care of patients with lymphedema, whether from surgery, radiation or congenital malformation, suitable venous oedemas, arthritic conditions, acute whiplash, recent surgery, migraines, etc. Angie is also an Authorizer Lymphedema Management Devices with the Assistive Device Program (ADP) of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Angie has expanded her practice to include Swedish Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release and is an ACE Medicupping practitioner. ACE Medicupping softens tight muscles, loosen adhesions and lifts connective tissue to bring hydration and blood flow to the tissues. It pulls inflammation and toxins toward the surface so that the skin and lymphatic system can readily eliminate them. Scar tissues often release quickly, despite the age of the injury or keloid tendencies.
Angie looks forward to meeting and working with you. For more information or if you have questions on Angie’s specific techniques you can email her or visit her at http://angiearmstrongmassagetherapy.com.
Melanie Hesketh – Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Live Cell Analyst
Melanie has a strong passion for wellness and nutritional health. She is a Graduate of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.
As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, wife, and mother of two teenage sons, Melanie understands the demands of balancing a harmonious family life while maintaining healthy eating habits. Her practice specializes in Weight Management, Live Blood Analysis, Detoxification and Lifestyle Coaching. She is Windsor/Essex County’s ONLY Certified Metabolic Balance® Coach, Europe’s #1 all-natural weight loss program. You’ll frequently hear her on the Lynne Martin Show, Experts on Call or at corporate talks and wellness workshops in the community.
She passionately works with clients to help successfully build and maintain nutritional and emotional well- being. Her goal is to help educate, inspire, motivate and to aid all clients to achieve an abundance of health and well-being.
“As a patient of Dr. Prince, I found this office to be so beneficial to myself and my family, that it has changed my life. My path to wellness began when I was a patient. I then changed my career so I could work in the office and pursued a certificate in Holistic Nutrition. I am very passionate about Chiropractic and Wellness, and I strive to give every patient a positive and educational experience.” To learn more about Nutritional Counseling, click here.
Jennifer Stancato – New Patient Advocate
Jennifer has been with Lifetime Wellness for over 8 years. When she started she was new to chiropractic but had been a chronic migraine sufferer, missing countless days of work and valuable family time. After being adjusted regularly her migraines drastically decreased and her quality of life expanded dramatically.
Jennifer is the first to sit with the new patients and review their health history. Because of her experience she can put at ease common misconceptions about chiropractic and share how it has benefited her life.
Jennifer is also in charge of all of our office activities and promotions. She puts the “fun” injection into our routine!
Karen Cousineau – Chiropractic Assistant
When Karen started here at Lifetime Wellness Center she was new to chiropractic care but frequently experienced migraines and nausea that would not allow her to function to her full capacity. After being adjusted and using her cervical roll regularly her migraines have substantially decreased and life is that much more enjoyable. “I love that this office has provided a drug free way for patients like myself to overcome challenges like chronic migraines.”
Karen is the first face you see when walking through our doors at Lifetime Wellness Center. Her calm and warm personality, is a perfect fit as part of the Lifetime Wellness Center team. She is more than happy to answer your questions, book your appointments and guide you in the right direction to make the best choice for your wellness needs. Karen believes that everyone deserves balance in their lives and chiropractic care is one of the best ways of attaining balance. The most rewarding part of her day is witnessing the health of the patients improve as they continue their prescribe wellness treatment plans.
Michelle Weglarz, MSW, RSW – Individual and Relationship Counselling
Michelle Weglarz, M.S.W., R.S.W, is a Clinical Social Worker who is providing counselling at Lifetime Wellness Center. However, you do not have to be a patient here to receive counselling. You can just call Michelle directly to inquire about services.
Counselling involves a relationship between a client and a trained professional that focuses on the client’s concerns and/or problems. Michelle has been practicing for ten years as a Social Worker and has training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness, as well as various other techniques and therapies. CBT can help you to change how you think (cognitive) and what you do (behaviour) to help you feel better. The focus is on current problems and difficulties in order to improve your current state of mind.
If you are experiencing any of the following, you may want to consider counselling: general stress, relationship problems, career or work stress, anxiety/worry, depression, panic attacks, low self-esteem, family problems, abuse, poor body image, grief, or other life stresses.
If you have any questions about counselling, or want to set up an appointment with Michelle, please call her directly at 519-817-2993.
Dr. Kaitlin Martinello – Naturopathic Doctor
Kaitlin is a recent graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and newest member of the Lifetime Wellness Centre Team. Prior to becoming a Naturopathic Doctor, she completed four years of study to obtain an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of Windsor.
Kaitlin is passionate about optimizing the health of her patients through her integrative approach of developing the most individualized treatments while incorporating best practice and science to address the root cause of disease. She is an advocate for patients, employing a collaborative approach with other practitioners, and strongly believes in empowering her patients through health education.
She enjoys working with patients with a variety of acute and chronic health concerns, and has a special interest in mental health, endocrine disorders, and women’s health and fertility.
“Health is not just about treating the symptoms of disease. Health is an aspect of our wellbeing that allows us to live the most fulfilling and gratifying life. It starts with optimizing our physical, mental and spiritual selves in the absence of disease”.