who we are

our vision

Dr. Andrew Thomson and Dr. Steph Romero knew that Guelph would be the place they would call home after finishing chiropractic school.

Having grown up here, it didn’t take much for Steph to convince Andrew that there was something special about Guelph. From the strong sense of community to the unwavering support of local businesses, it was a no brainer. Realizing that there wasn’t a space that was quite the right fit to begin their careers, they decided to take the leap and create their own.

This is the beginning of our story but do we ever have a vision for what this space can become. We want to create a place where everyone feels welcome, a place where people come together to learn, connect + grow; a place you trust for your health and well-being.

Our vision is deeply rooted in community; our guiding light, our north star.

Not only do we aim to provide exceptional care, our mission is to educate, empower and elevate the health of our community.

function health and wellness

our team

We are healthcare professionals passionate about your health + wellness. By creating a team of practitioners from a variety of disciplines, we are able to work together to deliver best practice, evidence-based, individualized care. We all practice a bit differently and have various areas of interest but at the end of the day, we do what’s best for you.

We love what we do...and it shows!

meet team function

Dr. Andrew Thomson

Dr. Andrew Thomson

co-founder + chiropractor

A retired rugby player and forever athlete in life.
clinical interests: low back pain, chronic pain, athletic injuries
energetic, optimistic, curious

Dr. Steph Romero

Dr. Steph Romero

co-founder + chiropractor

Supporting your movement through life.
clinical interests: women’s health, family wellness, implementing lifelong healthy habits
kind, attentive, purposeful

Andrew’s drive to pursue a career in the healthcare field is very similar to that of many. With a background in competitive hockey and collegiate rugby, he experienced his fair share of muscle/joint injuries and concussions. 

The value he found from various health professionals was what allowed him to continue to perform day in and day out. While this is what led him towards his journey, it was on that journey where he discovered his true passion. His call to action – to encourage and empower his community to strive to be the happiest, and healthiest versions of themselves.

As a healthcare professional, Andrew’s main goal is to provide his community opportunities. Opportunities to be heard, to learn about the root cause of their pain/complaints, and ultimately the opportunity to heal. As a board-certified chiropractor, functional integrated acupuncture provider, and with supplementary training in functional neurological assessment, Andrew has the knowledge, practical experience, and resources to help you reach your goals. 

Aside from his practice, Andrew is most excited to develop, lead, and get involved in various community events and initiatives.

goal in progress: complete an ironman triathalon by 2030

fun fact: his favourite dog breed is a chihuahua

Dr. Steph Romero is excited to be in Guelph providing care to the community she grew up in.  With an active upbringing consisting of dancing and playing soccer, she developed an early fascination for the human body and cares deeply about healthy, active living. 

She obtained her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College prior to which, she completed her BSc in Kinesiology at Wilfrid Laurier University.  Throughout her schooling she was a group fitness instructor teaching bootcamps and spin classes where she witnessed firsthand, the transformative change both physically and mentally that is possible when people find joyful movement and a supportive community.

Her approach to care is simple: listen and learn.  Her treatment plans incorporate manual skills, mobility + exercise prescription as well as lifestyle considerations. When you work with Dr. Steph, she will equally be your teammate and biggest cheerleader to achieve your goals – whether that be managing headaches, limiting aches or pains, guiding proper movement, or even holding space for you to decompress from the stresses of life.

She believes that it is never too early or late to start prioritizing your health.  She enjoys working with women and girls throughout various stages of life to inspire, encourage and maintain joyful movement.  She wants you and your children to show up and grow up with confidence in their bodies and know how to take care of them. 

Outside of the clinic, Dr. Steph is a volunteer coach with Guelph Soccer and in her free time, you can likely find her riding her bike, on her yoga mat, working on her golf game or at the park with her chihuahua, Nori.

goal in progress: learning to do a handstand

fun fact: she doesn’t drink coffee – tea gal all the way

Emily De Silva Piques

Emily De Silva Piques

registered massage therapist

A pug-loving, anatomy nerd with a passion for fitness.
clinical interests: chronic pain, postural issues, muscle imbalances
spirited, intuitive, kind

Laura Dawkins

Laura Dawkins

registered massage therapist

An advocate of wellness for the mind + body.
clinical interests: postural imbalances, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome
compassionate, thoughtful, creative

Emily is a positive and energetic massage therapist with a passion for healing the human body. She is a graduate of the Ontario College of Health and Technology where she pursued her love for massage therapy and graduated with Honours. Emily has always strived for a career where she can use her knowledge and skills to help people recover and restore their bodies. 

She works with the nervous system and uses a variety of techniques that are focused on inducing a state of relaxation and reducing muscle tension. She approaches massage therapy with patience, intuition, and empathy, and focuses on each patient’s individual needs.

She is always striving towards her own highest levels of personal wellness through yoga, meditation, and high-intensity fitness, and enjoys reading and learning about all things self-care. Her knowledge of these topics combined with her qualifications as a massage therapist enable her to incorporate things like breathing, stretching, and muscle strengthening into her integrated approach to client care.

goal in progress: become a fascial stretch therapist by 2022

fun fact: her first job ever was as a pyro-technician

Laura is a welcoming presence with a dedication to helping clients restore movement and vitality. While obtaining her degree in both Psychology and Education at Nipissing University, she was introduced to chronic pain and its potential implications related to mental health. This fascination of the mind + body connection ultimately led her to earn a Massage Therapy diploma from Eastern College in 2018.

With a soothing touch, Laura is experienced in treating symptoms of conditions such as whiplash, frozen shoulder, sciatica, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel as well as daily strains on the body. An important part of her practice is educating clients of postural imbalances, remedial exercise, and general home-care to empower clients to take charge in their path to recovery. 

Ultimately Laura feels most centered and grounded amongst the Northern Ontario wilderness and strives to bring that same realm of relaxation into her treatment room.  If she’s not in treatment, you can find Laura listening to True Crime podcasts, making pottery, or cooking up a storm in the kitchen with a glass of wine. Laura is constantly on the search for thrift store finds where she can refurbish and restore!

goal in progress: become certified in hot stone massage

fun fact: has a polydactyl cat named Thumbs!

Dr. Sarah Thomson, ND

Dr. Sarah Thomson, ND

naturopathic doctor

Morning coffee on the dock is her happy place.
clinical interests: women’s health, fertility + pregnancy, digestion
caring, dedicated, relatable

Emma Sanson

Emma Sanson

yoga teacher

A creative, fun-loving kids movement instructor.
kind, compassionate, fun

Dr. Sarah is a Naturopathic Doctor on a mission to educate and empower women in all areas of their health! She has been in your shoes, frustrated and confused about where to go next for answers to her health concerns, which is when she found naturopathic medicine. She then knew she wanted to provide this type of care so that others could start finding the answers they’ve been looking for as well!

As a Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Sarah is equipped to address a wide variety of health concerns and has a clinical focus in women’s health. Working with women to balance their hormones, optimize fertility and provide support throughout pregnancy and beyond is her passion. Dr. Sarah ND also has a special interest in thyroid health, stress management, and digestive concerns.

Dr. Sarah ND completed her undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa, followed by Holistic Nutrition at The Institute of Holistic Nutrition. She then completed her naturopathic schooling at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, where she also completed internships at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic and Brampton Civic Hospital. During her clinical year, Dr. Sarah ND was selected as an intern for the fertility and reproductive health focus shift, where she gained invaluable experience working with individuals and couples looking to grow their families.

Regardless of where you are in your health journey, Dr. Sarah ND is excited to support you along the way!

goal in progress: complete additional training in facial rejuvenation acupuncture 

fun fact: she’s had the chance to meet Carrie Underwood and Sheryl Crow

Emma is a certified 200 hour RYT with a specialization in kids/teen yoga. Emma began practicing yoga in 2016 as a way to move and get connected with her community. Her practice quickly turned into a passion as she felt the results of the practice both physically and mentally.

Completing her kids training in 2017, Emma began teaching weekly kids classes at Power Yoga Canada. Emma loves the creativity and playfulness a kids class requires and started to bring in elements from her background as a dance teacher as well! She also is passionate about sharing the benefits of yoga to kids. Children experience the same emotions as adults do, but often are not provided with the proper tools to work through and understand these emotions. Emma’s classes provide children with a social emotional learning toolbox, to understand and manage their emotions, cultivate positive relationships with themselves and others, feel and show empathy, take responsibility, and set achievable goals.

Emma is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with a degree in Communications, and works at Well.ca. When she is not teaching yoga you can find her out for a hike with her two beagles or curled up with a good book!

goal in progress: learn to play the piano… again!

fun fact: I’ve been camping in almost all the provinces

clinic experience team

Meena Addison

Meena Addison

Peyton Seto

Peyton Seto

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We are always looking to connect with enthusiastic, hardworking, community-driven practitioners and people ready to grow professionally and personally.

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