Avenida Wellness

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Dr. Verna Mackey

Avenida Wellness was opened by Dr. Mackey in 1992 in Calgary after she had practiced in Saskatoon and Toronto. Dr. Mackey is an experienced health care professional with a wealth of knowledge and education. She is dedicated to patient care and is honoured to have the opportunity and the ability to help people regain or maintain optimal health.

Dr. Mackey started her health care career as a Registered Nurse in charge of a 40-bed acute care medical teaching unit in Regina at the tender age of 23. During that time she earned a degree in psychology at the University of Regina. She subsequently graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto and did post-graduate work in Advanced Diagnostics and Clinical Procedures at the Physicians’ Academy in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Mackey’s commitment to healing has led her to train continuously in procedures and techniques to broaden her healing abilities.

Dr. Jackie Fairbourn
Dr. Jackie Fairbourn

Dr. Fairbourn began her pre-medical education at Mount Royal College here in Calgary and at the University of Victoria where she studied the basic sciences such as inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and biology along with basic physiology and anatomy courses. After completing her study there, she was accepted at Palmer College of Chiropractic in San Jose, California.

During her four years at Palmer, courses included biochemistry, a major emphasis on anatomy and human physiology, x-ray, diagnosis, chiropractic adjusting techniques and patient care in the Palmer College Public Clinic. Although it was not in our curriculum, I was fortunate to learn Applied Kinesiology (muscle testing) which I was very passionate about. It is a method of gaining information from the body to detect with laser beam focus exactly where a problem is and how to most effectively treat it. She was excited to share this skill with my future patients.

After graduating in 2002, Dr. Fairbourn returned to the Calgary area to establish her chiropractic practice. She genuinely believes in the principles of alternative healing which is that the body can heal itself when there is no interference. This interference such as emotional stress, toxins, nutritional deficiencies and physical stress can be reduced to allow the body to heal itself. With this strong belief, Dr. Fairbourn uses a variety of techniques to thoroughly assess and treat her patients. “We see profound changes in health with our holistic approach,” says Dr. Fairbourn.

Dr. Fairbourn has two beautiful children, Gracie and Jackson. They were born naturally and had their first chiropractic adjustment hours after birth. (If that sounds interesting, be sure to ask Dr. Fairbourn to explain.)

For more information, please visit Dr. Fairbourn’s website.

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Brandi Ellsworth

Brandi Ellsworth is a chiropractic assistant and laser therapist at Avenida Wellness.