The Circle of Life Wellness Centre, (formerly known as the Peterborough Square Wellness Centre ) offers alternative and natural health care. Our clinic provides natural healthcare for the entire family since 2002. We have Naturopathic, Occupation therapy, Acupuncture, Massage, Thera laser treatment, Bowen / NST, Visceral manipulation, ElaSpa Transdermalportation Skin Treatment and Craniosacral Therapy.
Our goal is to help patients achieve maximum potential health through holistic care and education. We are located in a sunny, child friendly space in downtown Peterborough.
Dr. Wei-Wei Han, B.Sc. (Hons), N.D.
As a young child, Wei-Wei dreamt of healing and nurturing the sick. Being naturally drawn to the healing arts, Wei-Wei fulfilled her passion through 9 years of education that began with an Honours degree in science from The University of Toronto, culminating with Graduate studies at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.
In addition to training at the Naturopathic College, Wei-Wei’s passion for healing has led her to explore and seek out knowledge from various sources. She traveled to China and spent over 1,000 hours apprenticing with three famous traditional Chinese medical doctors. Furthermore each year she spends hundreds of hours attending seminars on various healing modalities. She has advanced training in Bowen Therapy and NST (Neurostructural Integration Technique), visceral manipulation, Bioset testing and an additional 10 years of advanced training in classical homeopathy.
As a mother of 2 kids, she is passionate about children’s wellness. She has lots of experience working with children on various kind of health conditions, ranging from acute illness, chronic conditions to allergies and ADHD.
The other clinic focus she has are low metabolism and thyroid conditions, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, lyme disease, TMJ problems, muscle skeletal injures, allergies, food intolerance, pregnancy, postpartum care and menopausal problems.
As a Naturopathic Doctor, Wei-Wei’s approach to treatment is individualized and eclectic. She draws from all aspects of the individual’s life in order to understand the cause of their suffering. She believes health is not the absence of disease, but the freedom to manifest potential. She understands that healing is a process – medicine is not just a science, an art and a philosophy, it is a way of living. She believes the ultimate goal of good medicine is to educate and empower people to make knowledgeable choices about their own health.
Nicole Hurley, Massage Therapist
After successfully completing the 3 year Massage Therapy program at Sir Sandford Fleming College here in Peterborough in 1998, Nicole moved back to her home & joined a busy clinic with 5 other R.M.T.’s in Simcoe, Ontario. There for 8 years she cared for a full time client base gaining much experience treating a wide variety of muscular skeletal conditions & soft tissue dysfunction.
Although practiced in many areas, Nicole became especially skilled in the treatment of chronic pain of the lumbar spine, shoulder girdle dysfunction & pain, respiratory conditions, pregnancy massage & disabilities associated with aging. She also continued her training with seminars on scapular stretch and rotator cuff release as well as advancing her skills with Trigger Point Therapy.
She returned to the Peterborough area in the fall of 2005 & has settled into her new clinic location at the Circle of Life Wellness Centre. There Nicole is looking forward to many years of client care.
Lynn Sansom, Occupational Therapist
Lynn Sansom joins the Circle of Life Wellness Centre, bringing over 30 years of experience in Occupational Therapy to the clinic. Her area of interest is primarily brain injury recovery. She has spent the past 18 years in the community working with adults recovering from strokes or accidents resulting in brain injuries of differing severities. In her ongoing Craniosacral training, she is impressed by the benefits that Craniosacral Therapy can provide as she believes it adds an element of enhanced coping and recovery. This non-invasive treatment uses light touch. The person receiving the treatment lies down and remains fully clothed. Touch is typically centred around the spine and head. During a session people may report feeling calmer. After a session they may report feeling better rested, with less “brain fog” and with more energy overall.
As a licensed Occupational Therapist, Lynn brings experience with stroke rehabilitation, orthopaedics, neurology, brain injury/concussion, anxiety and depression. In a session, she may ask about sleep quality habits and quality, sensory processing, movement challenges, thinking struggles as well as daily functional challenges. Specifically with brain injury recovery, she may address headache management, symptom tracking, energy conservation and fatigue management. Lynn has training in Motivational Interviewing; how to help people to make effective changes in their lives. She is very familiar with community resources. With a certificate in Paediatric Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) and a paediatric Craniosacral course, she has an interest in resuming her practice with children and their parents.
Having obtained a Bachelors of Science from Queen’s University in 1983, Lynn remains a lifelong learner. She completes regular ongoing professional education and continues to foster her networks within the community.
Lynn’s gentle sense of humour and creativity along with her training in Occupational Therapy provide a unique view of people’s functioning. Her goal is to listen to your day-to-day concerns and, using a blend of treatment approaches, to effect change for enhanced coping and recovery.
Dr. Darcy Maslen, N.D.
Like a lot people, naturopathic medicine was a completely new and unheard of medicine for me. Growing up, I was in and out of hospitals and doctors appointments due to a lot of kidney and bladder issues. For more than 20 years, I was used to taking antibiotics for my chronic bladder infections, and honestly only thought there were doctors, nurses and surgeons in the medical field. It wasn’t until I was in my early 20’s that I questioned “isn’t there a better way to go about this?”. I didn’t want to wait for another bladder infection, I wanted to prevent it. Skip forward to my last year at Laurier University where I had the fortunate opportunity to wander around a post-grad fair and The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine happened to be there. I instantly felt a connection upon reading the brochures and talking to the students and doctors that were representing CCNM. They described all the values about medicine that I resonated with: promoting wellness, natural preventions, getting to the root cause, and empowering the patient to heal themselves.
So here I am, a Naturopathic Doctor interesting in helping you achieve your health goals by providing you with personal, safe, and effective individualized care. I want people to know there are options out there not only to help treat conditions themselves, but to help mitigate side effects of medications. Simply put, we can work together to promote pro-health rather than just fight disease once you have it. Once you know your choices, then you can make better more informed decisions regarding your health and body.
One of my favourite things about being a Naturopathic Doctor is that there is always new and exciting research and information coming to light. This means I’m always trying to learn as much as I can. I’ve had extra training for Bowen Therapy, Laser Therapy, Bio-identical hormone therapy and Elapromed Skin Care treatments. I’ve also met the Prescribing Standard of Practice which allows me to offer bio-identical hormone therapy, desiccated thyroid extract, and Vitamin B12 injections to patients who may require these additional therapies.
Dr. Ashley Toomey, BSc, DC
Ashley is our newest addition to the Circle of Life Wellness Centre.
Ashley completed her Bachelor of Science in Human Kinesiology University of Guelph-Humber before completing her Chiropractic degree. After a family member was in a severe car accident, suffering from intense neck and back pain, she was inspired to pursue her Doctorate of Chiropractic (DC) at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto. She completed additional certifications in Functional Integrated Acupuncture (CMCC). And will soon be certified in Graston Technique® (an instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy treatment method), Ashley is currently certifying to provide Registered massage therapy as an adjunct to care. Ashley is currently furthering her knowledge in concussion management and low back pain during pregnancy to better serve her patients in the Peterborough area. She is a member of both the Ontario Chiropractic Association (OCA) and Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA). Ashley utilizes the best research evidence, her clinical expertise, and individual patient values and preferences to practice evidence based care.
Ashley is proficient in the use of diversified and drop-piece manipulative techniques, myofascial release and instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy, and rehabilitative and strengthening techniques. In addition, she has successfully incorporated methods such as acupressure for headaches, mindfulness meditation for stress, mirror-box therapy and nerve-flossing techniques for neurodynamic-related pain. Ashley is also a ski instructor and former swim instructor, using her sports experience to aid rehab. She is committed to helping her patients lead a healthy lifestyle.
When Ashley isn’t practicing you can usually find her enjoying the great outdoors or spending quality time with friends and family.
Lubna Nazarani, MS - Nutrition and Integrative Health CNS candidate
Lubna has long had a passion for nutrition and holistic wellness. After successfully using therapeutic nutrition principles to heal and improve health issues in her family, Lubna decided to pursue a degree in the field so that she could share the power of whole foods nutrition with others.
Lubna holds a Masters in Nutrition and Integrative Health from the Maryland University of Integrative Health, a leading academic institution in the United States for Integrative Health. It unites healing and wellness traditions with modern science-based research. She is currently working toward acquiring her experiential hours to become a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS). The CNS is the gold standard for advanced nutrition professionals since it requires candidates to hold a graduate degree in nutrition or medical sciences in order to qualify.
As the parent of three children, Lubna knows firsthand how foods can heal and hurt, how they can affect behavior, mood, focus and energy. Through integrative recommendations, Lubna wants children to maximize their potential for learning and social interactions while minimizing the impact of common childhood conditions such as allergies, ADHD, digestive issues, behaviour issues, etc.
Lubna is committed to empowering clients to take control of their health and well being through whole foods eating, natural supplements and lifestyle recommendations.
Jesse Gottlieb-Jacob, R. TCMP/R. Ac, Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner
I am very thankful to have had a long history with Chinese medicine. As a child I was brought to practitioners in rural monasteries as well as cramped offices downtown T.O. The formal study of Chinese medicine began at 19 years old. This has truly been a lifelong passion.
In 2007, I graduated from the 4-year Practitioner of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine program at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences in Nelson, BC. My schooling included rigorous training in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and tongue and pulse diagnosis. Most importantly, it gave perspective. A system that intricately understands what it means to be a human on this Earth, how to adapt to life’s many challenges, and how to find a place of virtue within.
While in Nelson, I took an opportunity to complete training in Neuro-Somatic therapy. A fascia based hands-on system rooted in Chinese tui na massage. This work was vital to raising my skill with acupuncture needles. The additional training added much to tactile understanding and tissue assessment.
Since 2000, I have been engaged in some form with qi gong and internal martial arts training including Chen style tai ji, six-harmony xin yi, and ba gua chuan. First as a student, then a devotee, and now a teacher. These are some of the most graceful and powerful methods of movement as well as some of the most impactful and nuanced techniques for preserving health and well being found in the historical record.
In 2008, I began clinical practice in Peterborough. My time here has given me a breadth of clinical experience. I work with wide variety of pain conditions as well as many other internal health issues concerning digestion, sleep, fertility, hormone regulation, gynaecology, oncology, respiration and circulation, detoxification, and mental health.
As a practitioner, I regularly update my skill base through seminars, lectures, and courses. I am always looking to provide more effective tools to meet the needs of my patients.
If you work with me you can expect a caregiver who will be clear and honest about treatment plans and expected outcomes. I will work diligently with you to achieve your health goals as efficiently as possible.