Our Staff

Name: Christopher Chmiel
What he wanted to be when he grew up: Formula 1 Race Car Driver
Favourite junk food: Sour Cream & Bacon Ruffles Chips...mmmmmm
Worst childhood regret: Combing my hair
Position: Physiotherapist

How he got here:

After completing his undergraduate degree at University of Guelph where he graduated with Honours and received a Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences and a Bachelors of Nutritional Science, he continued his education in the United Kingdom at the Leeds Metropolitan University, where he completed a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy.

Throughout his 6 years of post-secondary education, Christopher has pursued his passion in human health and rehabilitation. Christopher has experience in Musculoskeletal, Neurological, Cardio-pulmonary, Sports and multisystem injuries/disorders. As a Physiotherapist, Christopher was able to work with professional athletes with the Toronto Football Club of the MLS and English Premiere League Burnley Football Club.

Pursuing up to date research and ongoing personal development through continuing education, Christopher is continually seeking advanced skills and training in the field to provide the best available treatments and rehabilitation to help you achieve your personal functional goals.

Christopher has recently completed the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture through McMaster University and is now a registered provider. Christopher is currently working toward his certification in Manual Therapy through the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and his certificate in Graston technique for myofascial conditions.

Christopher is motivated, upbeat and loves to work with a multidisciplinary team to help provide, motivate, and promote expert advise and treatment plans confidently to all patients, allowing them to achieve their own individualized goals.

Name: Dr. Jennifer Mclauchlan
What she wanted to be when she grew up: A car window washer at the gas station; a squeegie kid before it's time.
Favourite junk food: Chocolate flavoured almonds and I am a sucker for cookies
Worst childhood regret: Not being old enough to go "night skating" at the Sauble Beach outdoor roller rink when I was little. My brothers and sister were cool teenagers and would hang out there every night. By the time I was old enough, they tore it down and I never had the chance. They literally paved paradise and put up a parking lot.
Position: Chiropractor and B.E.S.T Master

How she got here:

Dr. Jennifer McLauchlan has been practicing in Georgetown since 2000. She attended McMaster University where she received her Bachelor of Kinesiology in 1995. She earned her Doctorate of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College in 2000, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Upon her return home to Canada, she further specialized her education, receiving a Fellowship from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association for her training with infants, children and expectant mothers. Dr. Jenn uses Diverisifed Technique, Activator Technique, and B.E.S.T. - an amazing energy medicine technique.

She is an Elite Master B.E.S.T. practitioner (Bio-Energetic Synchronization Technique) and has been treating patients with B.E.S.T. since 2006.

B.E.S.T. is a mind-body healing technique developed by Dr. M.T. Morter Jr. in 1970. It is a state-of-the-art system of health care that works towards balancing body/mind/memory/soul energy fields by removing interference between your body and the power that made your body. When this interference exists, symptoms develop and health deteriorates. Removing this interference allows the body to repair and rebuild your damaged, sometimes painful condition.

Dr. Jenn is commited to continuing her education and travels across North America accumulating hundreds of training hours so she is better able to serve her community. She focuses on family care and is happy to adjust all members of your family from infants to seniors.

Name: Dawit Addisu
What He Wanted To Be When He Grew Up: A professional soccer player.
Favourite Junk Food: no discrimination on junk...junk is junk! I eat burgers and fries occasionally, but not from fast food chain giants.
Worst Childhood Regret: none
Position: Lead Personal Trainer

How He Got Here:

I have played sports for most of my life. Being involved in sports helped me to understand the benefits of being healthy and fit. I learned that whatever goal we pursue in life, we want to achieve it while being heathy and fit. I have been a personal trainer for over 12 years now. I enjoy my work as it gives me pleasure to help people achieve their maximum fitness level and enjoy a high quality, healthy lifestyle.

My specialty is my focus on strength and conditioning, sports specifics as well as weight loss. My sessions are based on functional movements with high level of mobility. I joined energyXchange because it is where health and fitness is truly understood and serviced under one roof.

Name: Lynda Thompson
What She wanted to be when She grew up: A Nurse.
Favourite junk food: Chocolate.
Worst Childhood Regret: Letting my mom get my hair cut in a mushroom style haircut.
Position: Physiotherapy Assistant

How She Got Here:

Studying Sports and Exercise Sciences for one year allowed Lynda to recognise her passion for learning about the biomechanics of the human body. Thus she decided that a career in Physiotherapy was the path she would follow. She then went on to complete an undergraduate Bsc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom, in which she received First Class Honours. Lynda chose to incorporate her passion for travelling and determination to progress in her career by moving to Canada to find work and experience a new culture.
Lynda hopes to sit the Physiotherapy Competency Exam in the coming year and practice as a registered physiotherapist. She strives to progress as a physiotherapist assistant by keeping up to date with current advances in treatment options. Lynda is a hard-working and motivated individual whom throughout this year hopes to complete many courses that will broaden her knowledge and skills so that she can provide the best possible care for clients.

Name: Alana Bentham
What She wanted to be when She grew up: A Professional Soccer Player
Favorite junk food: Salsa and Tostitos
Worst Childhood Regret: Accidentally kicking my gymnastic teacher in the face during a cartwheel-now I don't know how to do a cartwheel!
Position: Kinesiologist and Personal trainer

How she got here:

As a young child, I was always an active competitor in most sports- primarily soccer, volleyball, and track and field. My love for athletics and fitness has influenced my desire to pursue a degree in Kinesiology. After receiving my Bsc Honours in Kinesiology and Health Science at York University, I specialized in active rehabilitation and fitness. I also obtained my certification in Personal Training with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology.

Throughout my career thus far, I have worked with individuals one on one and in group settings. My main focus is to regain optimal physical conditioning, enhancing health, fitness and overall well-being for my clients. My passion for this industry has grown so much over the years and I am excited to be working with the team at energyXchange to help you achieve your lifestyle and fitness goals.

Name: Sonya Tanzos
What she wanted to be when she grew up: I wanted to be either a famous actress or a cashier.
Favourite Junk Food: Cheesecake!!! Or any cake for that matter.
Worst Childhood Regret: Standing too close to a propane heater, which lead to lighting my hair on fire.
Position: Kinesiologist and Personal Trainer

How She Got Here:

Sonya’s energetic nature lead her to become involved in athletics from a young age. She enjoyed various sports however, cross country and long distance running has been her passion. Sonya’s love for being active lead her to pursue an academic journey in Fitness and Health Science. Sonya has an Honours Degree in Kinesiology and Health Science and a Certificate in Fitness Assessment and Exercise Counselling from York University. Her certificate from York University gave her the opportunity to clinically work with a range of individuals from elite professional athletes to those who suffer from chronic disease and abnormalities. She also received an Advance Diploma in Fitness and Lifestyle Management from George Brown College, and is a certified Exercise Physiologist and Personal Trainer with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology.

Sonya’s goal is to guide her clients on the best path to optimal health, function and performance. Her treatment belief lies in challenging each client to commit to their health objectives, and to feel excited about the great gains in physical function that are possible for them. Sonya is thrilled to be part of the EnergyXchange team and wants to help you attain optimal physical function, overcome pain and injury, while helping you achieve your health goals.

Name: Salmaan Sayeed
What he wanted to be when he grew up: Spiderman
Favourite junk food: Dr. Pepper, Pizza, Gummy worms & Spicy Doritos
Worst childhood regret: Not playing more video games
Position: Kinesiologist

How he got here:

A competitive basketball player for several years, Sal stayed busy growing up playing many different sports and dedicating many hours to the gym. As a result he has always placed a strong emphasis on health and fitness. Constantly seeking new ways to train and condition the body to bring more functionality to our personal life and activities.

Earning a degree in Health and Education, has given Sal a unique perspective on empowering an individual to improve the health of a community. Inspired by his father to constantly improve the body and the mind, Sal became very passionate in his yoga practice. Working alongside Physiotherapists and Chiropractors, he was able to adapt yoga postures to suit the needs and limitations of different patients.

Sal aims to develop a specific series of postures and workouts that are designed to meet your personal goals and needs. With a strong emphasis on alignment and functionality his classes will help you overcome any obstacle keeping you from becoming active again.

Name: Colin Outram
What he wanted to be when he grew up: NHL hockey player
Favourite junk food: Chinese buffet
Worst childhood regret: Losing my shorts while learning to water ski
Position: Personal Trainer

How he got here:

My favourite childhood sports were ice hockey, mountain biking, and wrestling. At the age of 13, I began learning Chinese martial arts, tai chi and meditation. I was awarded the title of Instructor by the time I graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 1999. Through extensive clinical experience and training, I have developed a unique combination of Swedish and Oriental massage techniques, applied therapeutically to relieve pain promote wellness.

I am also a certified personal trainer. Whether you’re overweight or already fit, I will guide and challenge you to the next level of athleticism. Get ready to sweat buckets, face your greatest weaknesses and walk away a stronger person, both mentally and physically. Training includes a strategic program of cardio, functional training, body weight exercises, high-intensity intervals, boxing, core conditioning, resistance training, stretching, and nutritional support.

My personal interests include family and friends, reading, writing, music, neuro-linguistic programming, working out, ultimate fighting, yoga, and the great outdoors.

Name: Alexie Sara Johnson
What she wanted to be when she grew up: Astronaut
Favourite junk food: Burgers and fries!!
Worst childhood regret: Cutting my hair myself for several years
Position: Registered Massage Therapist

How she got here:

I first studied at OCAD majoring in sculpture and realized I loved creating/molding things with my hands. I was always interested in healthcare since my mom is a nurse and I love making people feel good and above all taking their pain away. So, I literally combined my loves of working with my hands, molding, sculpting, people and became a massage therapist. Nothing compares to being able to help people with my hands.

Name: Kristoffer Kaldas
What he wanted to be when he grew up: Superman! But I was devastated when I found out I couldn't be Superman, well, at least literally.
Favourite junk food: Sour skittles and gummy bears mixed into a 1 litre 711 slushy. Ouch! Talk about a tummy ache.
Worst childhood regret: Not learning another language.
Positions: Registered Massage Therapist

How he got here:

At first, I didn't have concrete ideas towards my future ambitions like most people had. And then, in grade 10 phys-ed, I was introduced to the weight lifting course. From that point on, I rapidly developed a fascination with muscular anatomy, its functions limitations and possibilities. I had the fitness bug! Naturally, I followed my passion and was eagerly and constantly pursuing education in health industry. My first definitive accomplishment was obtaining my Canfitpro PTS certification in 2007 which led to my first PTS job at Premier Fitness.

There was no doubt that I had found my "Superman" calling. From there my continued interests in health brought me to a massage therapy introduction course, and just one day into it, I knew that this is how I wanted to help people indefinitely.

I graduated from Sutherland Chan in 2009 and became CMTO certified in 2010. I have been practicing as a RMT for 3 years now with experience in providing massage in both the serene relaxing spa and rehabilitative clinical setting.

Name: Marea Taylor
What she wanted to be when she grew up: Ballerina
Favourite junk food: Other people's popcorn
Worst childhood regret: Cutting my own bangs. This picture was taken one month after.
Position: Director of Branding & Marketing
How she got here:

My first real grown up job was working at the local gym at age 15 and I was hooked. Over 20 years later, health and wellness is still my first love. Looking back, its comical to think how much things have changed over the years, from the music to the outfits, to the routines...I can even recall when people thought yoga was a ‘here today gone tomorrow’ trend.

Back then, we didn’t fully realize how much everything was interconnected. Our nutrition to our quality of life, our mind to our health, the types of exercise we do to the way our body functions. 

So I began to study various older disciplines such as yoga, and Pilates and newer methods such as vibration training, all the while concentrating on the importance of functional training. 

Ultimately, this is how ‘energyXchange;the evolution of exercise’ slowly began to come to life. A place where everything works in sync, where your body is always treated as a whole and not as individual parts, and a place where your muscles are always kept guessing day after day.

It took twenty years...hope to see you soon. 

Name: Carri-Lynn Wannamaker
What she wanted to be when she grew up: A phys-ed teacher that Moonlights as a WNBA Pro
Favourite junk food: Pizza
Worst childhood regret: I may have had a rats tail that I absolutely loved
Position: Clinic Director

How she got here:

The journey began long ago. I was a pretty active kid growing up starting with ballet and t-ball (i guess my parents were trying to figure out if I was more girly or boyish...my ballet career lasted one season!) My love for sports continued into high school and eventually adulthood. The older I became, the less time I had, so sports had to become an important aspect of my life in order to allow for homework, friends, volunteering and a job. My involvement in sports exposed me to a vast variety of athletic injuries and the rehabilitation aspect was fascinating to me.

I graduated from the Physiotherapy Assistant Program in 1996 and moved on to Massage Therapy focusing largely on sports therapy. Since 1999 when I graduated from Sutherland-Chan, I have worked in a variety of settings. Sporting events, fitness facilities, hotels, spas, etc. I eventually ran my own Massage Therapy company managing other health care professionals and gained further knowledge surrounding the business side of health care. In 2007, I traded my business in for a life at home as a new mother. Although, I was grateful for the opportunity to be home, I was even more excited to begin working at energyXchange.

Balance is so important in life and energyXchange is a great example of that. Balancing workouts with preventative medicine and functional exercise to keep you on top of your game, in a community environment... who wouldn't want to be a part of that?! Welcome to the UN-GYM! Come and find your balance!

Name: Kier Loney
What she wanted to be when she grew up: A Singer
Favourite junk food: McChicken meals
Worst childhood regret: Allowing myself to grow up
Position: Director of Public Affairs & Wellness

How she got here:

Growing up I was always known as a dancer. I had been training since I was a little girl and it was the first thing that I was ever really passionate about. Something about telling a story through movement has always been really important to me, it is truly a universal language. I soon realized that I wanted more than to be a typical ballerina and took up singing, which I was not good at. Yet.

That's when I learned my first real lesson about getting what you want. You have to work for it. Training to be a professional singer/dancer isn't easy but one of the first things you will figure out is that your body is your temple. You get what you put in and the harder you work the more gratifying your results can be. Being at energyXchange allows me to push my body to its' limits and give my mind a peaceful break from the hustle of the city. I hope that EnergyXchange can do the same for you!

Name: Francis Taylor
What she wanted to be when she grew up: Rock Star
Favourite junk food: Beer!
Worst childhood regret: Letting my mother put a bow-tie on me
Position: Accountant

How he got here:

After failing 4th grade and almost failing out of high school, I decided money was where it's at, and pursued a career in accounting. I quickly learned that money could get you a lot of freedoms (a whole lot of music concerts).... and get you into some disaters. Balance is important, and thus... the accountant in me emerged!! I went on to graduate from Queens University with my MBA and entered the corporate world as an accountant. However I still appreciate the passion that goes into starting a small business and love to share my expertise any way I can.....oh and I really enjoy yoga!