The RISE BC Team of Specialists

Dr. Joel Kailia, MD

Dr. Joel Kailia was born in Montreal, Quebec and grew up in Toronto. He received a Bachelor of Science from McGill University in physiology and psychology and a master’s degree from the University of Toronto in neuroscience and the study of pain. He trained in family medicine at UBC and shortly afterward moved to Nelson. …  

Natacha Perez

Natacha is a registered holistic nutritionist and a passionate self-taught chef. After graduating  from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in Calgary, she designed natural, wholesome foods for an organic grocery store in New Zealand, ran nutritional counselling practices in both Winnipeg and Calgary, and worked as a holistic chef for Mountain Waters Retreat in …  

Mary Houle, RMT

Mary Houle is an active member with the College of Massage Therapy of British Columbia. She has been practicing massage therapy for four years. After traveling and working in different countries and provinces Mary is eager to build up her massage therapy practice here in Nelson. Her training and schooling has always been health oriented …  

Andrea Wilson, R. TCM.P, B.A.Sc.

Andrea Wilson, R. TCM.P, B.A.Sc. Andrea completed her undergraduate degree in 1999, when she graduated from Queen’s University with a B.A.Sc. in geological engineering.  After a few years of engineering work, she felt incomplete and moved west to Golden, BC where she decided to study massage.  During her massage practise, she became increasingly curious about …  

Dr. Devon Christie, MD

Dr. Christie completed her Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences and Doctorate of Medicine at McMaster University. She then went on to study Rural Family Medicine through UBC. She has always been interested in uncovering the root causes of illness, which has led her to study a variety of further disciplines. She is a Certified Medical …  

Anna Topf, Kinesiologist

Anna Topf is a certified kinesiologist (a.k.a. ‘exercise therapist‘). She can help you identify the source of your body’s innate intelligence to heal from aches and pains through a series of tests, including the Functional Movement Screen and a CHEK postural analysis. Soreness is often caused by a number of issues resulting from muscle imbalances …  

Tara Emery, Chronic Pain Counsellor

Tara Emery’s main focus in supporting the healing process as a chronic pain counsellor at RISE BC is to create safety while remaining empathetic to her clients’ needs. Her passion for working in chronic pain as a somatic counsellor has developed through her own journey with pain. Tara believes in the need for holistic understanding …