The RISE BC Team of Specialists

Monica Ander, TCM

Monica Ander, R.TCMP, R.Ac, has been in the field of health for 20 years. It all started when she completed a high school practicum as a fitness trainer at an all lady’s gym called “Spa Lady”, which pushed her to complete BCRPA fitness courses. She branched out eventually to work as a personal trainer in …  

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. …  

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 …