Origin Wellness is a friendly and welcoming wellness clinic owned and operated by two Registered Massage Therapists, Yvonne Moir and Erin Kell Whitehead. We both have several years of experience working in healthcare clinics, spas, and other multidisciplinary environments, and decided to combine all the best elements of those spaces into our very own. It has been our privilege to take care of the East Danforth community since June 2014!
In 2015 we became host to Sarah Grammaticos, Naturopathic Doctor. Naturopathic medicine is the treatment and assessment of health concerns and symptoms through a comprehensive approach — complementary to the care you receive from your family doctor.
In July 2016 we expanded our clinic space, and now have 3 spacious and soothing treatment rooms. We are so excited to have such an incredible team, and we know that our patients will love the diversity of techniques and styles our RMTs offer!
Our approach to treatment is to assess conditions using proven techniques that are tailored to the individual needs of each of our patients. As evidence-based practitioners, we are passionate and enthusiastic about helping people feel better.
Our goal is to be proactive with your healthcare and to offer you resources for the management of pain, stress, digestive concerns, and other health issues. We want to help you improve the quality of your life through massage therapy, naturopathic medicine, remedial exercise, and self care.
In 2009 I graduated with honours from Elmcrest College of Applied Health Sciences and was registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. At school, my internships included treating athletes at the Toronto marathon and other sporting events; placements at North York General Hospital’s Labour & Delivery ward treating labouring and post-partum women and newborns; and at Rosalie Hall Young Parent Resource Centre treating young mothers and their infants. I also spearheaded and volunteered in Elmcrest’s mentorship program assisting students with assessments and treatments in their first term in the student massage clinic.
As an RMT in Ontario, I have been trained in Swedish massage, and combine these skills with many specific techniques such as trigger point therapy, myofascial release, joint play manipulations, hydrotherapy, and lymphatic drainage. I have experience treating many states of health including pregnancy, athletic and occupational overuse and fatigue, acute and chronic strains and sprains, postural conditions, surgical recovery, headaches, autism, edema, frozen shoulder, infant stress and digestive issues, and many more. I am also a Certified SpiderTech kinesiology tape Provider. SpiderTech tape-based therapeutic supports can be applied in tandem with your therapy to help reduce pain, support structures during healing, and stimulate improved function. Contact me for more details or to include application of SpiderTech tape at your next appointment.
Outside of my love of massage, I am also a mom, and enjoy cooking, exercising, and listening to music. Prior to massage school, I studied theatre and improv and worked in record stores for many years.
Our first meeting will include an intake and assessment to establish a safe and effective massage treatment plan. From there, I will work closely with you to determine your comfort level and preferred techniques, and to attain your short-term and long-term goals towards pain-free, healthy living! Keeping an open communication about your goals and responses to treatment are very important, and I will also provide exercises and post-treatment care to empower you to take charge in the healing process.
*Please note that Yvonne Moir is currently taking a short break from seeing patients at Origin Wellness to manage a healthy life-work balance. She has moved her massage practice to her studio in the Annex, and is happy to see existing patients at this location until she returns to Origin. If you’d like to book in with Yvonne, please email her at: email@example.com.
As a Registered Massage Therapist, my aim is to help you explore the root of your physical discomfort, to help eliminate the mechanical and emotional stresses that can aggravate the body, and to work with you in the development of healthy habits. My approach is based on my belief that the body is capable of healing itself – sometimes it just needs a helping hand!
I am a graduate of Elmcrest college, and I have been licensed with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, and a member of the Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario since 2009.
All of my treatments are tailored to the individual patient, so before we begin the massage, we will chat to review your health history, and make sure that the planned treatment is safe and effective. I may also choose to perform any suitable testing (including orthopedic testing), so we can narrow down the cause of your discomfort. My hands-on skills are a combination of swedish massage, joint mobilizations, gentle fascial techniques, muscle energy techniques, active myofascial release, and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) stretches. I also use hydrotherapy (heat or ice) whenever possible to boost the physiological response. I continually look for areas of the body that might be contributing to your discomfort, while receiving a relaxation-focused treatment. I will mention any feedback to you while we are working, or at the end if you prefer a quiet, disruption-free treatment. Mobility and posture can be related, so I may make recommendations after the treatment to help re-wire your body’s movement, or other homecare tips for pain relief.
Prior to becoming an RMT, I spent 3 years studying Jazz Performance as a baritone saxophonist at Humber College. Working with musicians is very rewarding for me, especially since I know how much of a challenge playing can be! I’m also a tap dancer who appreciates all styles of dance. Musicians and dancers are a special kind of athlete, and I’m very fascinated with these areas.
I am passionate about my work, and therefore continue to improve my understanding of the body by staying current on research, improving my hands-on skills with continuing education courses, and staying fascinated by life.
Karen is a graduate of the reputable Sutherland-Chan School & Teaching Clinic. Karen offers her clients focused care. She listens to her clients needs to provide an attentive and effective massage to compliment their health goals. Her massages can be restorative and relaxing while focusing on addressing acute or chronic muscle tension.
Karen employs a variety of massage therapy techniques to help relieve pain, stiffness, tension, promote relaxation, as well as, rehabilitate and maintain her clients physical function. Karen’s experience allows her to stabilize acute injuries, manage chronic ailments and facilitate the healing process. Karen regularly treats conditions such as TMJ dysfunction and pain caused by improper work ergonomics. She often helps to facilitate the physical changes that can develop during pregnancy through postpartum. During treatments, Karen uses a combination of deep Swedish massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, kinesiology taping, and passive stretch to get the best results. Karen most recently studied myofascial integration-postural alignment, pain science, and Reiki. She is committed to remaining current in her practice through continuing education and adopting new techniques.
Jennifer joins Origin Wellness with over 15 years of Massage Therapy experience. Graduating with honours recognition from the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy in 2001, she began her career with a strong framework of clinical and treatment knowledge and a passion for helping people achieve optimal wellness through hands-on healing.
As a result of these influences, Jennifer has created an intuitive, rhythmical style of massage which incorporates gliding and compressive techniques, pressure point therapy, stretching, traction, and deep breathing. Therapeutic touch with the intention of releasing the stress that builds up in the body and creates disease is the principle aim and focus of her work.
Jennifer is able to blend the strengths of both Eastern and Western therapies to develop a personalized, effective treatment plan. Drawing from her years of practical experience and specialized training, she will work with you to achieve your massage therapy goals, be it to reduce physical pain, decrease emotional stress/anxiety, promote health, or improve energetic or circulatory flow.
Jennifer is thrilled to be a part of the Origin Wellness team and to do the work she loves in her very own community. She looks forward to working with her long-time and new patients and will do her utmost, in the spirit of Metta, to create a massage therapy experience that nurtures both body and mind.
Emily started her professional body-work career in 1999 after graduating with honours from the 2,200 hour program at the Shiatsu School of Canada. From there, she was also certified as a Reflexologist, and in 2006 became a Registered Massage Therapist, graduating with honours from the Canadian Therapeutic College.
Emily also loves to provide Hara treatment (abdominal massage) upon request. Hara (“Sea of Ki”, or Life-Force, in Japanese) massage helps release deeper areas of tension, aids to treat the root of an illness, improves symptoms of poor digestion, insomnia, menstrual syndromes, and decreases stress and anxiety. It also helps to support conception by helping relax, reduce stress, and improving circulation to the reproductive meridians (energetic pathways).
With all these tools and years of experience, Emily’s caring hands provide a very nurturing and effective massage.
She’s excited to be part of the Origin Wellness team and — as a fellow east-ender— takes pride in working in the community.
Sarah is a graduate of the Centennial College Massage Therapy program, and is just beginning her career as an RMT. She is a compassionate, patient, and curious practitioner who is keen to share her enthusiasm for manual therapy with you.
While undergoing her training, Sarah found herself in a variety of treatment environments, from treating athletes at the Pan-Am Centre, to supporting patients manage their chemotherapy-related discomfort and stress at Scarborough General’s Oncology unit. Sarah also very much enjoyed working with caregivers and infants at the Malvern Resource Centre.
From years of working in a high-paced service industry and reception work, Sarah has learned firsthand how important a work-life balance is to maintain. Sarah hopes to share this knowledge with her patient-base by giving home care exercises as part of her treatment planning, and providing a safe, quiet space during treatment to help you decompress from your hectic day-to-day life.
Andrea is a Registered Massage Therapist who joined Origin Wellness in 2017, bringing with her over 14 years of massage experience. She has honed her skills in a high-end spa environment and enjoys creating a calm welcoming atmosphere with the intent of helping clients destress and relax from the anxieties of life.
As a mother of two young children, Andrea appreciates the emotional and physical stresses that are encountered by other parents and enjoys working with families at all stages. Andrea has extensive experience providing prenatal and postpartum massages as well as helping clients manage the physical tensions manifested by those caring for dependent family members.
Andrea believes health, happiness, and balance are key aspects to achieving a fulfilled life. She enjoys being active by going to the gym, practicing yoga and playing beach volleyball. She has travelled extensively and is intrigued in the ways that different cultures have used bodywork to bring health and balance to their communities.
Andrea’s primary massage principle is to be client-centered, listening to her client’s verbal and nonverbal cues to achieve the best treatment outcome. Her treatments range from mild to firm pressure, depending on the client’s needs and requests. She uses a variety of Swedish massage techniques to decrease muscle tension and to support the body’s healing processes. She is excited to be working in the east Danforth community with its eclectic mix of small businesses, families, and friendly neighbours.
Caroline graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2007, where she enjoyed hands-on placements at Toronto rehab hospital working with stroke and brain injury patients, and treating runners at Toronto-area marathons.
As a new mother, she has a special interest in supporting patients throughout pregnancy and post-partum care and has extensive experience helping clients realign their bodies and adjust to the varying demands of caring for young children. Caroline is also a part of the LGBTQ community and specializes in supporting postoperative recovery, including Top-surgery, and self-care for a diverse client base.
Assisting clients to obtain a reduction in stress and promoting a state of relaxation and wellness is what Caroline excels at. She looks forward to meeting you and working with you to achieve your health and wellness goals!
Dr. Sarah Grammaticos is a licensed and board certified Naturopathic Doctor recognized by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario. Sarah’s interest in health and wellness stems from a lifelong need to know more about how the human body works. She was the kid with her nose buried in the medical dictionary, and she approaches each patient case with the same zest for learning. Her goal as a doctor is first and foremost to listen before sharing her knowledge with you, so that you walk out the door feeling informed and empowered to make optimal well-being a part of your daily routine.
Following her graduation from Queen’s University Sarah completed her four year post-graduate training at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. As part of her clinical education she completed a year long rotation at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic, the largest teaching clinic of its kind in North America. During her internship she was fortunate enough to spend two terms at the Sherbourne Health Centre and Parkdale Community Health Centre providing critical health care to underserved populations in collaboration with medical doctors and nurse practitioners.
As a primary care practitioner Sarah is trained to assess and address both the acute and chronic care needs of a diverse population. She has a special interest in digestive health, stress management and role of hormones on mental and reproductive health. She is particularly interested in helping patients navigate the transition periods of adolescence, pregnancy and menopause. Sarah also has extensive experience treating pain and uses a number of therapies to complement the treatments you are already receiving at Origin Wellness.
Sarah supports an evidence-based, integrative model for health care and is happy to collaborate with a variety of practitioners to help you meet your health goals. She is consistently updating her skill sets through continuing education in order to better serve her community.
She is a member in good standing of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors and Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors. Sarah grew up in East York and is thrilled to be going back to her roots on the Danforth at Origin Wellness.