Dr. Annie Gervais, chiropractor
Dr. Annie Gervais was born and raised in a small town in the heart of Québec. At 16 years of age, she knew that she would pursue chiropractic as a career. Having experienced it as a patient, she felt very strongly about its philosophy and lifestyle. She enrolled in a Bachelor of science at McMaster University before moving on to Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) for chiropractic studies. Dr. Annie Gervais graduated with clinical honours in 1996. She started her career as a chiropractor doing locum work for a clinic in northern Ontario, and then opened her own practice with Dr. Shawn Bulger, D.C. in Renfrew in 1997.
Dr. Annie Gervais proudly says that she still absolutely loves being a chiropractor!
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Dr. Shawn Bulger, chiropractor
Dr. Shawn Bulger was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and grew-up in the small northern town of Cochrane. He attended Queen’s University and received his Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences in 1991. In 1995, he graduated with a four year Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College with academic and clinical honours.In 1997, Dr. Shawn Bulger opened his practice in Renfrew, Ontario, in partnership with Dr. Annie Gervais, D.C. He is a member of the Ontario Chiropractic Association, Canadian Chiropractic Association, College of Chiropractors of Ontario, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, and has been an active member of the Renfrew Rotary Club since 2000.
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Mrs Melissa MacLeod, registered massage therapist
Melissa was born and raised in Woodstock until her family moved to a dairy farm near Cobden in 2003. Growing up, Melissa was very active in the farming community. She was in 4-H for 11 years and made it to the Royal Winter Fair many times. She graduated from Sir Sanford Fleming in Peterborough in 2011, and worked as a massage therapist in a physiotherapy clinic for several years. Melissa joined Renfrew Family Chiropractic in September 2017 and is very happy working with her new team. She enjoys working with other health care providers to improve their mutual patients’ health. She is a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) and of the Registered Massage Therapy Association of Ontario (RMTAO). Melissa loves the career path she has chosen and enjoys working with clients to improve their health. Our clinic has the capacity to direct bill for her massage therapy services for the following: veterans affairs department, WSIB, and motor vehicle insurance as well as most clients’ benefits plans. She incorporates various fascial techniques, therapeutic cupping, and deep tissue work in her clients’ treatments. Although she offers registered relaxation massages, she excels at therapeutic massage therapy. Aside from her love for massage therapy, Melissa continues to help on her parents’ farm. She loves being outdoors with animals. Melissa plays a variety of sports all year-round, including hockey and ball, and practices yoga regularly to keep fit.
Miss Kaylie Lacourse, registered massage therapist
Kaylie was born and raised in the small town of Griffith just outside of Renfrew. Growing up, Kaylie always enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, fishing, four wheeling, snowmobiling and spending time with family and friends. She enjoyed most sports throughout high school before obtaining a sports related injury in grade 10, where she then received Registered Massage Therapy sessions for treatment that eventually brought her back to 100%. This was the kick off to the start of her interest in becoming a RMT. She graduated from Algonquin College Ottawa in the spring/summer of 2018, and joined the Renfrew Family Chiropractic team in September 2018. She has since continued building her career by taking a Complete Decongesitive Therapy (CDT) course in Nashville of summer 2019. Kaylie is interested in taking many more courses to better her career in the future such as aromatherapy, acupuncture, hot stone therapy and potentially osteopath. She is a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO), Registered Massage Therapy Association of Ontario (RMTAO), and The Lymphedema Association of Ontario (LAO). Kaylie loves the career path she has chosen and enjoys working with clients to improve their quality of life in the clinical setting. She incorporates many techniques such as deep tissue work, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, manual lymphatic drainage and relaxation. Kaylie looks forward to her many years serving the community as a Registered Massage Therapist.
Sara Carter, registered massage therapist
Sara was born and raised in the small town of Almonte Ontario. After high school she moved to Ottawa to pursue a career in medical esthetics. After many years in this industry, Sara wanted a change and decided to enroll in the Massage Therapy program at the International Academy of Massage in Ottawa. Sara graduated top of her class from this program and has been registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario since July of 2016. Sara has taken continual education in fascial restructuring, myofascial cupping therapy, and deep tissue techniques. Her focus is in deep tissue therapy and providing a holistic approach to realigning the body.
Sara has recently moved back to the Pakenham area and is really enjoying the peace and quiet compared to the bustling city. On her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, reading about true crime, and cooking.
Mrs Jane Newberry, office manager
Jane was born and raised in Renfrew, Ontario.
She graduated with a Medical Office Administration Diploma from St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario.
Shortly after graduating she moved back to the area and has worked as a Medical Office Manager for the past 22 years.You may recognize Jane’s familiar face as she welcomes you to the clinic.
She will assist you with your office needs such as booking appointments, billing and answering questions you may have.
She will make you feel at home
with her friendly, compassionate manner and will try her best to make sure you leave your appointment with a positive experience. When Jane is not at the office you will most likely find her spending time outdoors with family and friends. She enjoys activities such as boating, downhill skiing, skating, snowmobiling and cheering on her son’s local hockey team.
Mrs. Wendy Narezny, part-time receptionist
Wendy is our newest team member. You will meet her at the front desk, where she has been working part time, since 2012. When not at the office, she is also employed as a caregiver for Dr. Shawn Bulger and Dr. Annie Gervais’ two children. She has spent most of her working career with children and she has done a wonderful job in this position with the Bulger/Gervais family since 2005. Wendy brings attention to detail and enthusiasm to the clinic and she is enjoying the new opportunities and challenges that come with her new role in the clinic. In her spare time, Wendy enjoys Zumba, horseback riding, travelling with her husband, and spending family time with her grown children and grandchild.
Mrs. Kathy Dagg, casual/part time receptionist
In 1997, Kathy joined the practice after a customer service career with Bell Canada. She received the Ontario Chiropractic Association Certification of Excellence in Programme Management Procedures. Kathy manages the office, efficiently handles all billing, ensures your comfort during your visits and can help with your MVA, WSIB, and Extended Health Care billing. She is an active community volunteer and fundraiser. Kathy co-founded the Really Cool Initiatives Theatre Group and has been Producer/Director for six successful productions. In 2013, Kathy lead the drive to revitalize LAFT Players and bring them into the Really Cool family. She works diligently to ensure that local amateur theatre will thrive in our community and is proud that Really Cool Initiatives has been able to support local health care charities since 2001.
Mrs Jennifer Freymond, full-time receptionist
Jennifer was born and raised in the town of Cambridge, ON. She attended McMaster University and received her Honours of Kinesiology in 2002. Since graduating Jennifer has had a wide variety of work experience in both physiotherapy and chiropractic clinics and is a registered member of the College of Kinesiology and member of the Ontario Kinesiology Association. She has also had the role of Office
Manager in an insurance office and accounting practice in Bancroft. Jennifer moved with her husband and two sons to Renfrew in November 2018. Her family loves their new community! Jennifer looks forward to getting to know the patients of Renfrew Family Chiropractic and is thankful to be part of an amazing team!
Miss Alexia Bulger, part time receptionist
Many of our patients have seen Alexia grow up over the years. She started helping with filing and laundry at a young age, and has been working as a part time receptionist since 2018. While she has several passions including music, science, and skiing, she is pursuing a career in the health care field. Alexia is happy to be a part of the professional team here at Renfrew Family Chiropractic, not just “the family”, and enjoys interacting with our patients in that capacity.
What Our Patients Say …
“I am so grateful that you can bill my insurance directly. It makes chiropractic care so much more affordable for my family!” – Pamela