Chestermere Family Chiropractic has been serving local clients for over 15 years. We are the largest chiropractic office in Chestermere. Our exceptional staff is very professional and looks to maintain a high ethical standard, friendly service and complete client privacy.
There are 2 chiropractors within our clinic. Collectively, we have over 30 years of chiropractic experience.
Dr. Shannon Farnel BSc., DC
I grew up in New Brunswick and earned an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia in 1993. Since graduation, I proudly wear the well-known “X-ring”. I was introduced to chiropractic in my 20s as a means to relieve the near-constant back pain and headaches that had developed once I attended university. I soon discovered that my pain was a result of uncorrected physical trauma that had probably occurred in my childhood. That revelation has driven me to provide care to people of all ages and stages of life, from pregnant women and infants through to senior citizens. Following my first degree, I accepted a position as a Residence Manager in Hay River, NT, looking after the care and education of 18 students from a nearby Dene First Nation community. Chiropractic once again helped me, and I then decided that this profession was the perfect fit to help unite the mind and the body. I graduated in 1999 from the Doctor of Chiropractic program at CMCC in Toronto.
Upon graduation, I wanted to provide chiropractic to an area in need and started a practice in High Level and La Crete in Northern Alberta. The families in the area embraced chiropractic, and it was common to have a family of nine people in one adjustment room, all waiting their turn. I came to Chestermere in 2003 and have been at the same clinic since then, taking care of the lovely families in this community. I update my knowledge and techniques through yearly continuing education. I am also a member in good standing with the Canadian Chiropractic Association and the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors.
I am proud of the reputation I have earned for thoroughness, compassion and quality of care. I have helped get the Chestermere Chamber of Commerce off the ground, and I volunteer in the local community. I enjoy living in Chestermere with my family.
Dr. Tony Southwell, DC
Greetings, my name is Tony, and I am a chiropractor. I have been involved in healthcare for almost 35 years as a personal trainer, athletic therapist, paramedic and currently, a doctor of chiropractic.
My diverse experience and education have served as a lifelong clinical trial that has shaped my present philosophy on health, longevity, and finding balance, all of which are core to my practice as a chiropractor.
My philosophy is simple yet powerful: remove nerve interference, minimize physical discomfort, realign the body and provide education and guidance to empower you to live your life to its fullest.
I am continually studying and seeking out new techniques to ensure I have the best set of tools to work with. When appropriate, I will consult or refer to my list of trusted professional health and wellness specialists to ensure your needs are best served. I am completely committed to helping you get and stay well.
Outside the chiropractic office, I teach at a private pre-hospital education school, educating all levels of paramedic and ambulance professionals. I enjoy teaching and am grateful for any opportunity to share my health and wellness opinions, collected from my experience and diverse education.
Outside of work, I enjoy an active life spending as much time as possible riding one of my bicycles. I also enjoy hiking and have been a lifelong participant and fan of martial arts.
Mackenzie Schlang, RMT
After moving to Chestermere in 2010 to be closer to family, I made the decision to switch gears from my career in retail sales management to massage therapy and graduated from Mount Royal University in Calgary. I obtained my Diploma of Massage Therapy 2200 hours.
I have been practising as an RMT since the completion of my first year of University in 2012, specializing in relaxation/therapeutic massage, receiving hot/cold stone massage as a modality. I pride myself in meeting my clients’ needs and goals as well as coming up with effective treatment plans and rehabilitation programs that will help improve quality of life for individuals of all ages.
I like to spend time volunteering and providing treatments at different community events, such as The World’s Longest Hockey Game in Chestermere and the CIBC’s Run for the Cure. When I am not practising massage, I enjoy running and bike riding with my fur baby as well as travelling and adventuring with my husband. I enlist the help of a local personal trainer to keep myself tuned up for my physical job requirements, doing a variety of strength training and powerlifting routines.
Benita Lacey, RMT
After attempting multiple career paths, I finally found my niche - massage therapy. Once in the program I found out that it has been part of my family’s history and heritage for many years.
I graduated from MRU with a 2200-hour diploma.
I quickly found my personal philosophy within this field of work. I want my clients to move as effectively and efficiently as possible.
I believe that proper functional movement is key to a balanced body and life.
Having an injury that changed my way of thinking has aided me in changing the way I approach my clients. I am a certified level 1 Neurokinetic Therapist (NKT). This tool is just one of the ways I assess dysfunction or imbalances within the body. With that, education and continued learning are part of my daily routine.
My desire to share and grow within this profession has become a goal of mine. I am currently assistant teaching and supervising outreaches with MRU.
When I'm not in the clinic, I am usually spending time with family and being outdoors. My husband introduced me to mountain biking, and I am loving it.
Marie-Helene Dupere, RMT
For as long as I can remember, health and fitness have always been a big part of my life. As a child, I spent my days biking or swimming, recreationally and later competitively. I have also done Olympic weight lifting, power lifting, CrossFit, running, mountain biking, rowing and yoga. At age 16, I joined the Military Reserve Forces as an Infantry Soldier and deployed in 2010 for an 8-month mission in Afghanistan. I recently retired from the military after 10 years and moved here from New Brunswick.
As a Massage Therapist, my goal is to help clients recover, achieve and maintain a high level of performance throughout their daily activities. I completed my 2200-hour Therapeutic Massage Diploma with a 100-hour Sports Massage Certification from The Atlantic College of Therapeutic Massage. I also have a nutrition diploma.
My treatments include Sports Active Myofascial Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, and many other tools that are client specific. I strongly believe in continuing education and my practice is one that changes and grows, constantly adapting to new modalities and research and individualizing each treatment to better suit each person.
I look forward to seeing you in the clinic.
Cassie, Chiropractic Assistant
I have worked in this office since September, 2008. I have seen the many ways that chiropractic can help people. I am so happy to be a part of this team and enjoy seeing the patients realize the wonderful, healing benefits of chiropractic care and massage therapy.
I am here to help with any of your questions, the organization of appointment schedules, insurance/billing needs, and making you feel comfortable in our office.
Working the front desk gives me the opportunity to meet, greet and interact with so many great people as they come and go. I have a front row seat to watch the progress they make in this office. I have seen these changes in myself, my family, and patients of all ages, from newborn to elderly.
Anna, Office Assistant
My name is Anna! I joined the Chestermere Family Chiropractic team in June, 2015.
My love for chiropractic started when I graduated from Robertson College with my Medical Office Assistant Diploma and started working at North Kildonan Chiropractic in Winnipeg, MB. I was skeptical about chiropractic at first but the more I realized all of the wonderful benefits it offers, I decided to stay in this field.
I immigrated to Canada from Israel in 2008 with my husband and 2 sons. We received our Canadian Citizenship in November 2014.
I enjoy working at the front desk as it gives me the opportunity to meet many great people and see how chiropractic helps them in their daily lives.
In my spare time I enjoy cooking and travelling.
I look forward to seeing you in the office!