Practitioners

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.

Dr. Ashley Toomey, BSc, DC

CHIROPRACTOR

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.

Cleidemar Teani, MA, Registered Psychotherapist

Specialized in Person Centered Approach (PCA), had eight years experience in Brazil as a Registered Psychologist in private practice and 20 years in Canada applying the principles of PCA to other fields through employment as psychometrist. Becoming a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario in 2015 and seen the role PCA has played in changing many lives in the direction of a healthier and more fulfilling existence, has become motivated to continue with this professional practice, now joining the Circle of Life Wellness Centre.

As a PCA psychotherapist, she believes in the healing ability of her clients, in the wisdom of the human organism and its tendency to move in a forward constructive direction; and that this process can be catalyzed by a therapeutic relationship founded on empathy, respect and authenticity. Among others, PCA is known for help in promoting closer agreement between the client's idealized and actual selves, in lowering levels of defensiveness, in promoting more positive and comfortable interpersonal relationships and in increasing the capacity to experience and express feelings at the time they occur. Most of her therapeutic work has been with clients experiencing diverse levels of stress, anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, impulsivity, self-esteem issues, grief issues, personal identity issues, development issues, emotional issues involved in addictions and emotional difficulties in general.

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