Who we are

Dr. Marina Uzelac, DC

Dr. Uzelac has extensively pursued her passion in the field of natural health and wellness. Suffering from various health ailments herself, Dr. Uzelac has spent the majority of her adult life seeking holistic options for treating those ailments. This passion for health and wellness led her to pursue a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario. She then obtained a diploma in massage therapy from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in Toronto. Dr. Uzelac then spent several years practicing as a successful Registered Massage Therapist. Always striving to improve, and recognizing that the human body is an intricate system that needs a multidisciplinary approach, she decided to pursue the study of Chiropractic. She attended Los Angeles College of Chiropractic at Southern California University of Health Sciences and earned her Doctorate of Chiropractic in 2006.

Dr. Uzelac fully believes that optimal health is finding a balance between all the body’s systems. When one system is out of balance, symptoms arise and Dr. Uzelac’s goal is to find the root of the problem and to correct these imbalances systematically through chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue treatment and nutritional testing and supplementation.

Optimal health and wellness takes time and dedication. Dr. Uzelac works with each patient to set achievable goals and implement a treatment plan.

When she’s not practicing Chiropractic, Dr. Uzelac loves to spend time with her two young sons as well as being physically active, and pursuing other hobbies such as music and dance.


Krista Budgell, RMT

Krista recently relocated to Victoria with her husband and two active teens, from Ontario, where she practised as a Registered Massage Therapist for over 20 years. She has worked with patients of all ages presenting with a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, including repetitive strain injuries, post-concussion syndrome, motor vehicle accidents, chronic neck and back pain, headaches and TMJ dysfunction.

Krista is trained in swedish technique, myofascial therapy, trigger point therapy and intra/extra oral TMJ techniques. In addition, she has training in craniosacral therapy and somatoemotional release therapy. She is compelled by the gentle, yet deeply profound effects of working with the craniosacral system to enhance the body’s innate healing mechanisms, to alleviate post traumatic pain and stress and to bolster the body’s resistance to disease. As an avid yoga practitioner and teacher for many years, Krista often incorporates dynamic methods of stretching and strengthening soft tissues, joint play techniques, meditation and breathwork into treatment and self-care protocols. She appreciates that each person is unique and strives to honour this by providing supportive, knowledgeable and effective treatments that are tailored to each person.

Krista offers direct billing to MSP, ICBC and extended health benefits and is enthusiastically accepting new patients.

Alexandra “Sasza” Zawisza, DTCM, R.Ac, MA, RCST

In 1997, seven years after my first encounter with Oriental Medicine, I began my own practice. Since then, the combination of current research and traditional medicine guides my ongoing learning. I’m fascinated by the complex ways in which we can create resilience and keep returning to and building Health that is both responsive and dynamic.

Whether your concern is physical, psychological-emotional, spiritual and/ or energetic, I think of myself as a facilitator who has developed skills to foster your innate ability to return to a healthy equilibrium. My practice is informed by the belief that _our beings are all equipped with the innate wisdom to heal ourselves_. Sometimes this ability is derailed by a perfect storm of stressors which can result in pain and Dis-Ease. The practice of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine+ offers a variety of effective approaches to help re-connect us with a dynamic Health, encouraging our true nature to take over and blossom! .

Over the decades, to develop my **skills and the modalities I practice**, I have studied a variety of different styles of acupuncture and treatment. Although I practice a predominately Japanese style of gentle, constitutional acupuncture, I also have extensive training in musculo-skeletal and Sports Medicine style needling. Regardless of the style of needling, treatment will often integrate body-, fascial- and/or lymphatic-work, Biodynamic CranioSacral Therapy, counseling and any of a variety of herbal traditions to support the overall treatment. **_For those who are shy of needles_**, the three alternatives of acupressure, or traditional teishin, or the current technology of cold-laser can each be effective alternatives. I also use Needles, teishin, cold laser, micro-current stimulation, E-moxa, **Cupping,**Gua sha, liniments and poultices, essential oils, TDP infrared heat lamp, moxa spray.

Whether your concern is acute, or chronic – or, there is an interest in deepening your exploration of health, I am honoured to be able to bring my attention and experience to facilitate your process.

I welcome new patients, and am registered and equally happy to work with ICBC claims as well as DND and DVA personnel.

Please feel welcomed to book an Introductory Session to see if the work we can do together may be a good fit for you.

Julia Alpini, RMT

Julia was born and raised on beautiful Vancouver Island. Her desire to be near the ocean and love of close-knit communities drew her to pursue her studies in Victoria. In 2014, she graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy.

As a registered massage therapist Julia finds it truly rewarding to play a part in her client’s healing process. Julia has worked with clients of all ages and conditions, be it for stress relief, improving mobility or recovering from injury. Her understanding of anatomy, the regulation of pressure and the importance of communication during your session will help her deliver the most effective treatment to relieve your pain and discomfort.When not at work you will find Julia out enjoying local events, such as music and food festivals, finding new places to explore locally or with a good book at her favourite cafe.

Katherine Eichenberger, RMT

Katherine has lived in Victoria most of her life and still appreciates the green spaces this city has to offer. On her days off she’s usually walking around her neighborhood listening to podcasts or learning a new hobby. She’s been practicing as a RMT for about 5 years now and still enjoys being able to increase her knowledge of the human body while applying practical skills to help you feel your best.