Meet the Team

We are a holistic health clinic dedicated to helping people achieve optimal health and happiness.
Our goal is to make enhancing your wellness and beauty affordable, convenient and life changing.

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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.

Paul Archibald

We are happy to Welcome Paul Archibald to the team! Paul graduated in 2006 from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy (2280 hours) in Halifax, N.S. with certification in a comprehensive sports outreach program, and has been practicing as a Registered Massage Therapist ever since. Prior to becoming an RMT, he obtained a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree from the University of Saskatchewan and certification as a personal fitness trainer. Since 2006, Paul has worked at ski resorts, golf resorts, spas, clinics, and on the sports playing field treating various types of conditions including sports related injuries, overuse and chronic injuries, and postural and joint dysfunctions, just to name a few. While enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan, he was a member of the varsity cross country and track and field teams, competing at the CIS National championships three times. Presently, he trains for triathlons/Ironman and has competed in multiple
competitions. Paul’s knowledge as a massage therapist stems not only from his education and work experience but also from his own athletic experience. Paul is very passionate about helping people in their rehabilitation from injury and everyday aches and pains. He is also very dedicated to meeting the treatment goals of his patients through very specific and thorough treatment plans.

Andrea Gal
Andrea Gal

Andrea Gal is dedicated to restoring your body to optimum performance. She is adept at orthopaedic assessment, therapeutic massage, myofascial release, myofascial cupping, deep tissue massage, sports massage, and more. Andrea prides herself on effectively treating shoulder pain, shoulder injuries, neck pain, lower back pain, thoracic outlet syndrome, sciatic pain, plantar fasciitis, whiplash, and IT band friction syndrome.