Through the highest integrity, standards, values, and ethical discipline, we strive to become the preferred wellness clinic for both patients and practitioners alike.
We strive to give each and every patient the experience that the entire clinic team truly cares and works towards finding customized solutions. The terms “health” and “wellness” are defined based on the individual patient’s own needs, definitions, expectations, values and beliefs.
The clinic expression is based partly on the Scandinavian culture which calls for timeless modern designs and solutions uniquely merged with old traditions of togetherness, inclusivity and homey comfort – all in support of an atmosphere of thriving beyond surviving.
Enhanced Wellness Studio acknowledges the land we are on is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, the Mississauga, the Anishinabewaki, the Attiwonderonk, and the Haudenosaunee peoples, and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. We also acknowledge that Waterloo is covered by the Haldimand Treaty and Treaty 3, 1972.
The idea and concept of Enhanced Wellness Studio has been brewing for many years, but it took a sudden decision by a large corporate company decision to make it all a reality. Dr. Kenneth Stelsoe received only a few weeks noticed that his practice no longer had a home to operate out of. The decision was to either work for another clinic in the area, or to rush the opening of his own clinic. This was the "birth" of Enhanced Wellness Studio in the early summer of 2017.
Dr. Kenneth and our massage therapist, Angela Gibson, were already working together, and with Angela being put in the same predicament with the closure by the corporate company, she decided to join the startup clinic. For a few months and through the finishing touches of the clinic renovations, only Dr. Kenneth and Angela were seeing patients. Before the end of the year, a team of 4 practitioners were working in our clinic.
Fast forward to present time, we are now 6 practitioners covering 4 major regulated healthcare professions; Chiropractic, Naturopathy, Massage Therapy, and Social Work. Our journey has had many ups and downs, and ventured through the pandemic.
We strive to continue to evolve and adapt. We listed to the needs of our patients and practitioners. We remain open to suggestions and requests, while reserving the right to protect our clinic culture and focus. We following the emerging scientific evidence for best clinical practices and patient outcomes. Most importantly, we stay humble and grateful for our patients to trust us with their health and wellness needs and goals.
Aimee Paikera has been a practicing Registered Massage Therapist since 1997. She has practiced in Vancouver, GTA, and now Waterloo and worked with a wide variety of clientele. Aimee is passionate about her chosen career and attempts to approach the body by looking at it as a whole. Aimee feels massage is about listening to what the body says, educating her clients, and using her technical knowledge and skills to work with her clients towards their therapeutic goals. Aimee also enjoys incorporating Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, myofascial techniques, craniosacral techniques, and reiki into her sessions.
Outside of work, Aimee enjoys running, escape rooms, traveling, snorkeling, trying to be a competent gardener and now exploring KW and the surrounding areas!
As a Registered Massage Therapist since 2001, Angela continues to find joy and passion in the career she has chosen. She sees massage therapy as a combination of science, skill and art. In her years of treating, Angela has enjoyed so many facets of being an RMT. Her experiences in massage include, but are not limited to: pregnancy massage, baby massage, Esalen deep tissue, and Thai massage.
She has been honoured to work with the People with AIDS Foundation and has also worked in palliative care. Moreover, Angela continues to be the In-House Massage Therapist for Perimeter Institute here in Waterloo. Angela’s journey as a therapist has brought her here to work with such an exciting group of professionals, which includes Dr. Kenneth; a Chiropractor her clients are already familiar and comfortable with.
When Angela is not working, she is busy with family and friends in and around the Waterloo region.
Dr. Candice Esposito
Naturopathic and Functional Medicine
Dr. Candice Esposito is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and Functional Medicine Practitioner. She is inspired by her own personal transformation journey. When she couldn’t find answers through conventional medicine, she began to explore naturopathic, functional and lifestyle medicine and it dramatically changed her life.
She understands how crippling poor health can be and the physical, mental, emotional, and financial burden of feeling unwell. Her passion is to empower and guide as many patients as possible to get back their health and live the life they were meant to live. She is a firm believer that the patient is the doctor of the future.
Dr. Esposito has worked with hundreds of patients, delivered many powerful talks, and has also mentored other wellness practitioners.
Dr. Esposito loves spending time with family, most especially her two-year-old daughter, who inspires her every day.
Dr. Kenneth Stelsoe
Dr. Kenneth is a “new generation” style Doctor of Chiropractic using a wide range of evidence-informed therapies to the benefit of his chiropractic patients. Dr. Kenneth believes the key to optimal patient care and injury recovery is through thorough diagnosis and a comprehensive treatment plan. Not only are his treatment plans based on research and clinical experiences, but more importantly, they are based on patient preferences and individual goals.
Depending on the individual patient’s needs, Dr. Kenneth may recommend additional therapies in the form of naturopathy, massage therapy, nutritional counselling, or mental/emotional counselling. All these therapies we offer in-house. However, if a patient would benefit from therapies we do not have, we gladly refer patients to external specialists in the local community.
Apart from his primary focus to his patients, Dr. Kenneth is the clinic owner with all the administrative and management tasks that come with that. Dr. Kenneth is a member of the faculty of Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College where he teaches assessment and treatment techniques for chiropractic students. In his spare time, Dr. Kenneth spends time with his partner and son.
Erinn McCreath Frangakis
Erinn McCreath Frangakis is a Chiropractic Intern in her 4th and final year at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Waterloo where she obtained her Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree with a major in kinesiology and minor in rehabilitative sciences. Throughout her time at Waterloo, she met and shadowed Dr. Kenneth and quickly fell in love with the chiropractic profession.
Her goal with each treatment is to provide patients with the tools they need to live a healthy, active life. Her treatment style is similar to Dr. Kenneth’s, incorporating manipulation therapy, soft tissue therapy, and rehabilitation exercise therapy in her treatment plans. Erinn practices evidence-based, diversified chiropractic, pulling techniques from various styles depending on what suits the individual patient’s needs the most.
Erinn graduates in June and will become a fully licenced chiropractor in the fall of 2023. With her involvement in biomechanics research, Erinn is also pursuing her Master’s and Ph.D. at the University of Waterloo.
BSW, MSW, RSW
Guillermo obtained his Masters degree in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University and his Bachelors of Social Work degree at the University of Waterloo. He is both a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).
Guillermo has over six years of experience in working within the health care system focusing on providing mental health treatment for various mental health symptoms and disorders such as anxiety, depression, Substance Use, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Bi-polar, OCD, BPD, and PTSD, . Guillermo is adept in providing individual counselling, family therapy, and group therapy. In addition, Guillermo has been trained in various therapeutic modalities including but not limited to CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy), ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy), MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), and Family Systems Therapy.
Guillermo maintains a very open and kind approach to counselling and welcomes patients to cultivate deep enriching meaningful relationships with the people and experiences around them. Whether you are experiencing mental health distress, undergoing a challenging situation, experiencing chronic pain, or would like to talk about developing new qualities within yourself Guillermo looks forward to being a part of that journey with you.
BSW, MSW, RSW
Jessica is a registered social worker with years of experience working with diverse individuals and communities. She obtained her Bachelors of Social Work and Master of Social Work from Toronto Metropolitan University. Jessica is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Ontario Association of Social Workers.
Jessica has experience working with adults and children with diverse needs and various life challenges. Her practice focuses on working with individuals with lived experiences of trauma and mental health challenges including anxiety and depression. She has extensive experience working with individuals with trauma and experiences of marginalization from a client-centered, anti-oppressive approach. Jessica’s belief is that everyone’s journey to healing and recovery is unique. Her approach to counseling reflects this and focuses on working in partnership with clients in a way that is compassionate and emphasizes building on an individual’s strengths.