As a team, Dr. Wendy Carvalho-Ashby and Dr. Kevin Ashby strongly believe in empowering their patients and clients to a healthier way of life with 30+ years of combined clinical experience in evidence-based care, education, and dynamic training techniques. Hence, they appear regularly on Calgary’s City TV, CBC Living Calgary, they are contributing writers for Impact Magazine, conduct corporate seminars as experts on the topic of health and fitness.
Both Doctors continue to train for competitions as well as training others for their journey in the sport. Dr’s Wendy and Kevin Ashby are the co-founders and co-presidents of Natural Physique and Athletics Association (NPAA), and are actively involved in promoting health and fitness in the sport of natural bodybuilding. “As Doctors of Chiropractic, we take our position very seriously, we practice what we teach, and hope to help all of our patients achieve the best health practices possible”.
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Dr. Kevin Ashby
Dr. Kevin Ashby completed his Bachelor of Science in Cellular, Molecular, and Microbial Biology at the University of Calgary and obtained his degree in Chiropractic at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. During his studies in Toronto, he had the privilege of treating patients of all ages and backgrounds in various multidisciplinary settings. Additionally, Dr. Ashby obtained his certification in Active Release Techniques (ART) and in Certified Personal Training. Dr. Kevin Ashby is the Co-Director of Endurance on 8th Health Centre.
Health and wellness have always been an instrumental component of Dr. Ashby’s life. As a child diagnosed with Asthma, he participated in competitive ice hockey for seven years and later played and coached competitive basketball. Nowadays, he continues to stay active as a professional natural bodybuilder and one-half of the National/North American Pairs Champions (with his wife Dr. Carvalho-Ashby) with the World Natural Sports Organization. Dr. Ashby’s non-stop involvement in professional and recreational sports has helped him learn how to motivate others to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Kevin Ashby is the Co-Founder and Co-President of Natural Physique and Athletics Association (NPAA). He has been instrumental in helping grow the sport of natural bodybuilding in Alberta and British Columbia. Dr. Kevin Ashby feels privileged to share his beliefs in holistic health care and the promotion of wellness to people of all walks of life.
Dr. Wendy Carvalho-Ashby
Doctor of Chiropractic and Clinic Director
Dr. Wendy Carvalho-Ashby graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science degree (Honours) in Exercise and Health Physiology. Dr. Carvalho-Ashby later studied at U of C’s Human Performance Laboratory and earned a Master of Science degree from the faculty of Medicine (with a specialization in Joint Injury and Arthritis). Dr. Wendy Carvalho-Ashby obtained her degree in Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and is the Co-Director of Endurance on 8th Health Centre.
While attending University, Dr. Wendy Carvalho-Ashby began a coaching career as a NCCP level 2 gymnastics coach and trained gymnasts for over 10 years. Dr. Carvalho-Ashby has worked with many patients and athletes and has a great ability to connect with members from all age groups and backgrounds. In addition to practicing Chiropractic, Dr. Carvalho-Ashby became a Certified Personal Trainer. Dr. Carvalho-Ashby is very enthusiastic about combining her skills as a Doctor of Chiropractic and Certified Personal Trainer to efficiently rehabilitate her patients to a pre-injury state and help them to ultimately achieve their health, fitness and wellness goals.
In recent years, Dr. Wendy Carvalho-Ashby, added to her list of accomplishments by training for multiple fitness/figure competitions. Dr. Carvalho-Ashby is regarded as a Professional Figure World Champion as she has achieved a top three placing at the 2008 World Championships. Dr. Wendy Carvalho-Ashby and Dr. Kevin Ashby also hold titles as National and North American Pairs Bodybuilding Champions. Wendy is also the Co-Founder and Co-President of Natural Physique and Athletics Association (NPAA).
Dr. Limin Lo
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Dr. Limin Lo got her Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) degree in China in 1987. After graduating from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, she worked as a physician in one of the university hospital for 5 years. She obtained her acupuncture license in 1996 and practiced acupuncture, acupressure and Traditional Chinese Medicine in Alberta since then. She has worked as examiner for the provincial acupuncture registration exam for 10 years.
Practicing a combination of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dr. Limin Lo not only helps people with different kinds of pain and sports injuries, but also treats many internal disorders. Her special interests include women health, neurological problems, mental health and pain relief. She has successfully treated people with infertility, PMS, menopause syndromes, Bell’s palsy, headache, neuritis, peripheral nerve injuries, insomnia, depression, cervical spondylotic syndrome, sciatica, tendonitis, arthritis, smoking addiction, etc.
Dr. Glen Doan
Doctor of Chiropractic
Dr. Glen Doan completed his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto Ontario. Beforehand, he obtained an Honors Bachelor of Science in Life Science from McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario, having graduated with distinction as Summa Cum Laude.
Dr. Doan continually attends seminars and courses to ensure he utilizes the most current and relevant information and techniques. As a diversified chiropractic practitioner he utilizes manual chiropractic adjusting techniques, acupuncture/dryneedling, home exercise, Graston technique, and various soft tissue techniques to help his patients achieve their health and wellness goals.
Dr. Doan has experience with a wide range of patients including competitive athletes, weekend warriors, injured workers, family practice, motor vehicle accidents, aboriginal populations, and patients of all ages As a member of the multi-disciplinary team at Advantage Health Dr. Doan has the ability to refer and co-treat with physiotherapists, registered massage therapists, acupuncturists, naturopathic doctors and psychologists. Due to Dr. Doans’ unique combination of skills and setting, patients can expect an individualized treatment approach.
Outside of the office Dr. Doan can be found mountain biking , rock climbing, downhill skiing, and enjoying the great outdoors in any way he can.
Dr. Shabnam Saran
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
Dr. Shabnam Saran received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. Prior, she received a golf scholarship to Sam Houston State University in Texas, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Biology.
Dr. Saran emphasizes individualized patient care and employs a variety of modalities in order to tailor treatment to her patient’s needs. She utilizes various modalities including clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, botanical medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy and injection therapies.
Dr. Saran is a member of the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta as well as the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, playing sports and most importantly spending time with family and friends.
Sandi is a graduate from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. Her extensive ongoing educational studies include medical Acupuncture and Manual Therapy. She has a Certification in Acupuncture through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute as well as a Diploma in Intermediate (Part A) Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy through the Canadian Academy of Manual Therapists.
Sandi has 30 years of clinical experience specializing in orthopaedics (musculoskeletal) and sport-related injuries. She believes in implementing a comprehensive integrated approach for treatment of musculoskeletal conditions such as manual therapy, acupuncture, functional & sport specific exercises, spinal stabilization, modalities, and taping to help her diverse clientele reach their specific goals.
Sandi is also certified as an Advanced Mat Stott Pilates Instructor, teaching many different types of classes and special populations such as Multi-level Mat Pilates, Pilates for Runners, Pilates for Golfers, Exercises and Back care, and Hip and Knee osteoarthritis exercise classes.
She has also pursued specialized training in Ergonomics, and enjoys consulting to different companies on Office Ergonomics to help those with problems such as neck, back, shoulders, elbows and/or wrist issues.
Sandi likes to lead an active lifestyle and enjoys hiking, cycling, and tennis. She is an avid runner and passionate about trail running
Rafael enrolled in post-university studies in Sports at the Federal University in Sao Paulo in 2005, was invited to be an assistant professor at Paulista University in 2007, and became Associated Professor by 2009. He taught classes of physiotherapy assessment and semiology, orthopedics/trauma and anatomy. In 2011, he was granted the title of Orthopedics and Trauma Physiotherapist Specialist by the Brazilian Physiotherapy Association (AFB) and finished his Master of Science in Cell and Structural Biology with emphasis in anatomy in 2013. His area of research was muscle biology and healing properties. He also worked in a public facility in Brazil as a Physiotherapist after being approved in a public contest for the position and had just left the job when he moved to Canada.
Rafael has treated patients with stroke, Parkinson, TBI and other neurological syndromes. He also has great experience with treating the geriatric population and those with various chronic diseases. Rafael’s treatments include dry needling, mulligan, and isostretching (postural techniques). Additionally, his strong manual and educational skills provide the best experience and results for his clients. In his spare time, Rafael spends time with his family and stays active with sports such as soccer and biking.
Heather has practiced as a Registered Massage Therapist for over 19 years. She is a 2200+ hour graduate from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy.
Her focus is working with clients suffering from soft tissue injuries and movement limitations. Over the years of her practice, she has experience treating various injuries, medical conditions, and stress related issues.
This includes helping professional and recreational athletes stay healthy and reach their fitness goals, as well as, corporate fitness and work rehabilitation.
Lynn "Lenny" Maerz
With 10+ years experience as a Registered Massage Therapist, Lenny focuses on providing treatments that are customized to each client and their specific needs. Her areas of treatment include MVA’s, chronic tension, rehabilitation, sport and repetitive strain injuries, and prenatal massage. Co-treating with multiple clinicians over the years has given Lenny significant exposure to a variety of therapies which enables her to customize your treatment plan to include other disciplines when needed in order to better assist you in reaching your treatment goals.
Born in Zimbabwe and raised in Calgary, Meeghan is a graduate of the Massage Therapy Program at Mount Royal University in 2005, and has also practiced in both the US and UK.
While competing in the sport of Gymnastics, Meeghan gained first-hand Massage and Physiotherapy experience while rehabilitating from various injuries, sparking her passion in pursuit of a career in health care.
Her passion and primary focus as an RMT is Myofascial Integration using a Myofascial Cupping technique. Having completed Continuing Education in Manual Lymphatic Drainage in 2012 at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia, Meeghan is passionate about educating her patients on this gentle but widely effective style of Massage.
Beyond Massage, Meeghan is a local Musician Singer/Songwriter and avid traveler having traveled to many countries and remote Islands in the world. She also enjoys reading and visiting Cafes and Restaurants in and around the city.
Being physically active has been an important part of Sam’s entire life. He has been involved in competitive martial arts for years competing across North America. He left martial arts to play volleyball for several years and eventually ended up on the Canada Junior Mens AA and then Senior Mens AA championship teams. Lifting weights had been introduced to him at a young age as well. It wasn’t until a few years after high school that he decided to turn his passion for being active to a profession by helping people attain their fitness goals. He is a CFT (certified fitness trainer) through International Sport Science Association, and is currently enrolled at the University of Manitoba – working towards kinesiology and physical education degree.
Raised in Portland, Oregon but Calgary is now home, Leah is a university graduate with excellent time management, organizational, and communication skills. Combined with a very warm personality, Leah consistently contributes to the relaxed and professional atmosphere at Endurance on 8th Health Centre.
She loves traveling, photography, as well as seeing new things. Leah is an absolute pleasure to be around since she enjoys working and being around positive and energetic people.