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.

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Not only do we aim to provide exceptional care, we aim to educate, to empower, and to elevate those around us.

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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!

Our Team

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

Guelph born and raised, she is SO happy to be home.
clinical interests: women’s health, pregnancy, and post-partum
kind, purposeful, 5 ft powerhouse

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

Steph 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. This and the ability to build connections with those around her is why she loves being a chiropractor.

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.  In addition to her studies, Dr. Romero has been a fitness instructor for over 8 years; allowing her to first-hand witness transformative change both physically and mentally.

Her ability to make people feel welcomed is her superpower. Her energy is contagious and it is clear that she deeply cares about her patients.  Her approach to care is simple, listen and learn.  With various tools in her tool belt, she will make it her mission to find what works best for you. Don’t be fooled by her petite frame, she isn’t afraid of a challenge and attacks things head-on.

She hopes to build a unique clinical experience at function where a strong sense of community is fostered and patients are empowered in their health. She looks forward to welcoming you to her “happy place” and hopes it becomes yours as well.

goal in progress: run a half marathon by the end of 2022

fun fact: enjoys cheddar cheese with peanut butter

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!

Rebecca Carrie Yorkden-Chamberlain

Rebecca Carrie Yorkden-Chamberlain

registered massage therapist

A compassionate mama who enjoys holding space for relaxation.
Clinical interests: postpartum, stress + anxiety, chronic tension
calm, kind, intuitive

Golda Vallester

Golda Vallester

yoga teacher + registered nurse

A husky-loving frontliner and movement enthusiast.
Clinical interests: pre-hab mobility, chronic pain, back pain
lighthearted, empathetic, passionate

As a new mother, Rebecca knows first-hand what postpartum parents are feeling. She combines her experience working with perinatal clients and her in-depth knowledge of the body’s nervous and muscular systems to offer you clinically-based relaxation. Rebecca uses intentional, intuitive and calming techniques to help activate your parasympathetic nervous system, moving your body’s operating system from “fight or flight” to “rest and digest”. 

Rebecca is also trained as a certified labour and postpartum doula. She is passionate about sharing self-care techniques needed to promote muscular balance and relaxation. Rebecca believes she can positively affect her community by supporting the individuals within it, one treatment at a time. By decreasing stress and chronic tension, we can all start to feel better and have a higher capacity for compassion.

Outside of the clinic, Rebecca loves to spend her time being present with her family, going for dog walks in nature and crafting.

goal in progress: incorporate Gua Sha techniques into her practice by 2022

fun fact: she enjoys making yarn on a spinning wheel

Golda graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree in 2016. She has been in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario and is a member of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario. She began her nursing career balancing between Charge Nurse in LTC and working in Acute Medicine Unit. She transitioned two years later into Critical Cardiac Care Unit and is now currently working in the Intensive Care Unit. She has been a member of Hamilton Health Sciences Shine Nursing Wellness Champion Committee since 2019 and continues to promote wellness programs via yoga classes. 

Golda first discovered yoga in 2011 and quickly fell in love with the practice. She completed her 200-hour teacher training with Pranalife Yoga in 2019. She quickly integrated her passion for yoga into healthcare utilizing her strengths in physical anatomy and connected mind and body experience together to create an 8-week program through mindful movement classes. She noticed healthcare workers often neglected their own health and function until they began to experience breakdown and/or pain. When we are restricted in our body movements, not only does this negatively affect our physical health but also our mental health as well. 

Outside of her practice, Golda is passionate about health and wellness in her own life. She adores her husky-shepherd dog and loves to go on long walks, hikes, and runs together. 

goal in progress: hosting a yoga retreat while travel nursing

fun fact: Absolutely LOVES anything peppermint

Emma Sanson

Emma Sanson

yoga teacher

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

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

join our team

interested in being a part of team function?

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

Specifically: physiotherapists, naturopathic doctors, registered dieticians, holistic or functional nutritionists, psychotherapists and fitness professionals (yoga or pilates instructors, personal trainers).

If this is speaking to you, please fill out this application form.