Dr. Sharon Carruthers, B.Sc., D.C.

Chiropractor

Certified in Active Release Technique®, Graston Technique® and low intensity laser therapy.

Dr. Carruthers studied Science at University of Alberta and then graduated cum laude (2000) from Northwestern University of Health Sciences in Minneapolis. She owned a practice in Edmonton for six years before moving to Lethbridge in 2006. After being involved in two significant car accidents, Dr. Carruthers became interested in the treatment of soft tissue injuries. She pursued certification in Active Release Technique®, Graston Technique® and low intensity laser therapy.

In her spare time, Dr. Carruthers enjoys running, cycling, cooking and being a Mom to her two young and energetic kids. In 2015, she co-founded 100 Women Who Care, Lethbridge. This organization unites women to raise money for local charities and non-profits. Dr. Carruthers' mission is to raise over $200 000 and she is well on the way to achieving this goal. Dr. Carruthers has also served as a past Board member and school mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Lethbridge.

Dr. Kevin Nemeth, D.C.

Chiropractor

Certified in ART, Biomechanics, Graston, and Laser Therapy.

Dr. Kevin Nemeth studied pre-professional health sciences in Kansas City, MO. He then moved to Dallas, TX. where he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He has practiced in Lethbridge since 1996. In early 2003 his practice took a turn in a different direction when he certified in Active Release Technique. This popular and effective technique led to additional certifications in Graston Technique, and low intensity laser therapy. Over time his practice has expanded and evolved to form a very unique and exciting model of care. Dr. Nemeth also serves as the President and on the Board of Directors of Health First Franchising Corporation.

Dr. Nemeth recently completed a three year term for Alberta Health Services - Health Advisory Council. He was chair of the 2012 Alberta Summer Games mountain bike race and remains actively involved in the local cycling community. When he is not working, you can find Dr. Nemeth racing through the coulees on his mountain bike training for his next race.

Dr. Joe Nemeth, D.C.

Chiropractor

Dr. Joe Nemeth is a graduate of the Logan College of Chiropractic - St. Louis, Missouri. He started his career in Fernie, BC and several years later returned to his home in southern Alberta.

Dr Joe is passionate about chiropractic and natural health. He owned and operated a health food business for over 20 years. Dr. Joe inspired his son, two nephews and many others to become chiropractors.

In his spare time, Dr. Nemeth enjoys hiking, cycling and spending time with his family.

Dr. Grayson Michel, B.Sc., M. Sc., D.C.

Chiropractor

Certification in ART, Graston Technique, and low intensity laser therapy

Dr. Grayson completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Lethbridge. His passion for helping others led him to Portland, OR where he completed his Doctor of Chiropractic degree as well as a Masters degree in Sports and Exercise Science. Since starting in practice he has fed his thirst for knowledge by becoming certified in Active Release Technique®, Graston Technique® and low intensity laser therapy. Dr. Grayson also has a special interest in Spinal Decompression.

Dr. Grayson loves serving in the community; he volunteers as the team doctor for the LCI football team and is an active scout leader with a local venture scout troop. Dr. Michel was a past Director for the Board of the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce and served on the Next Generation Committee. In 2015 he had the amazing opportunity to treat athletes at the Pan American Games in Toronto.

When he’s not working or volunteering, Dr. Grayson loves spending time with his young family, enjoying the outdoors and developing his new interest of competing in triathlons.

Jillian Vanden Dungen, RMT

Massage Therapist

Jillian Vanden Dungen is a graduate from the Lethbridge College. Jillian graduated in 2011 and has experience in different therapeutic environments - including Physical Therapy and Chiropractic offices. She is also certified in hot stone massage. In her spare time Jillian enjoys curling up with a good book, spending time with her husband, and heading to the mountains with her family. Everyone who works with Jillian agrees that she is a hard worker, a good listener and a compassionate and caring therapist.

Shawn Whale, RMT

Massage Therapist

Shawn is a Registered Massage Therapist who graduated from the Lethbridge College in 2006. His experience includes working in upscale resorts and spas as well as clinical environments. His current focus is therapeutic - targeting the exact muscles and tissues that are causing pain.

Shawn likes to stay active and loves competitive Dragon Boat racing. You can also find him volunteering for the local running community at the annual Moonlight Run.

Why does Shawn love massage?
"The body is vastly complex, so helping people rid themselves of their physical ailments is both challenging and rewarding."

Sheila Janzen

Office Manager

Sheila earned her Administrative Assistant diploma in 1993 and started working at Health First in 2000. Sheila loves working with people and seeing them get better! In her free time, she loves to camp, run, scrap-book and scuba dive. You may find her getting into the dirt at the next local mud race!

Emma Lowry, RMT

Massage Therapist

Emma Lowry is a graduate of Lethbridge College from the 2200 hour Massage Therapy program and is certified in cupping. She loves to volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters and played collegiate basketball for the Lethbridge Kodiaks. Emma helped her basketball team win the 2017 National Championship and won the CCAA tournament first team all - star. Emma also enjoys snowboarding, cross fit, traveling and sewing. She loves spending time with family and friends.

What's the best thing about being a RMT at Health first? Emma explains, "I enjoy helping others and making them feel good about themselves. Massage therapy allows me to do just that. I take pleasure in knowing I have made a difference in the healing process and overall well-being of another."

Andrea Zwaagstra, RMT

Massage Therapist

Andrea first developed a passion for professional massage while working in the nursing field- so much so that she decided to shift careers.

She trained at Lethbridge College where she completed her final practicum with the U Of L swim team. Three of those athletes went on to compete in the Olympics in Rio. Andrea is also certified in Hot Stone massage.

She is enthusiastic about combining athletic, therapeutic and relaxation techniques in a friendly atmosphere. She especially enjoys traveling for further training and skills and aims to tailor her client's massage to their specific goals and needs.

Dr. Clarence Haitsma, D.C.

Chiropractor

I was a student at University of Calgary, 3rd year into my studies. I was involved in a car accident and began to suffer from terrible headaches. I went through the medical system for treatment and was told to take codeine and use ice packs.

Fortunately for me, about three weeks into this terrible headache, I met a Doctor of Chiropractic. After hearing my story he offered to help me. I knew that the codeine and ice wasn’t really helping, and after he briefly and simply explained what chiropractors did, I decided to begin chiropractic care.

To make a long story short the treatments, or adjustments, really helped and my headaches went away. Then, I decided what I wanted to do the rest of my life…help people get better. I attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.

I am an evidence based chiropractor. I have been in practice 40 years, first in central Alberta and now here in Lethbridge, located on the west side. I have always been interested in learning and applying updated methods in treatment. I am a Certified A.R.T Provider and Laser Therapy provider, this gives us a very proven way to better address your symptoms.

My wife, Veronica and I took a 3 year sabbatical and volunteered for church service first in Santiago, Chile and then New York City. When it was time to return to Canada we chose Lethbridge because our 4 beautiful grandchildren live here. We have fallen in love with Lethbridge, the sunshine, the clean air and the tremendous trail system we enjoy exploring. It's a wonderful community.

Megan Perepolkin, RMT

Massage Therapist

West and South Side Locations

Megan is a graduate of Lethbridge College, from the 2200 hour Massage Therapy program. She is originally from B.C., and enjoys mountain biking, spending time with family, hiking, and floating down a lazy river.

What’ s the best thing about being a RMT at Health First? " Helping people feel good about themselves, and getting them moving back to their normal rhythm."