Hello! I’m Carol Korenowski, Registered Provisional Psychologist. I’m excited to join Energize and work with a team dedicated to whole person health. I believe mental and physical health are interconnected, and it’s important to consider how each affects the other. Struggling with physical pain or injury can affect your mental health, and your mental health influences how your body recovers and heals. My work integrates a mind, body, and emotion focus to help you understand your experiences, regulate, and create new ones.
A little about me – I’m a mother of three, and I love to read, cook, bike, and camp. I have worked in a variety of settings serving youth and adults through therapy, advocacy, education, assessment, and support. I graduated from the University of Calgary in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation. I finished my Master of Counselling at Gonzaga University in 2018. I am passionately committed to helping people participate in a process of healing and I prioritize creating a safe space for clients to be heard and seen. This happens both in the therapy room and online!
In response to COVID-19, many professionals transitioned to exclusively online work – me included. People had to adjust to receiving some health services online, or in other cases, unfortunately not receiving them at all. I am incredibly grateful I was still able to serve my clients, especially through the challenges of the pandemic. Counselling by phone or video is different in some ways – I have fewer visual cues and rely more on the client to share their experience with me. It can take time to get used to the screen and technology is not always perfect, but it does provide plenty of opportunities to practice patience, regulation, and empathy! However, the past few months have reminded me of a deeper truth- virtual therapy is still face-to-face, person-to-person work.
I have nurtured relationships with previous clients and built entirely new connections with people I’ve only met online. I can join with my clients in many of the same ways I used to - we share laughter and silence, joy and sorrow, challenges and successes, fear and courage, pain and comfort. My clients can show up in a space that is already familiar, and I am able to meet them wherever they are at. People have immediate access to their favorite objects and soothing rituals. Parents can access services without childcare, and youth can attend between classes. Virtual work also provides numerous other benefits including flexibility, continuity of care, no commute, time saved, as well as added privacy and convenience.
I would be honored to share space with anyone needing support and would love to chat about how I can help. Feel free to reach out today and see if virtual therapy might be a good fit for you!
Meet our newest friendly face, Dr. Nicole Barry DC! Dr. Nicole is an experienced chiropractor who can be found at both our south (Acadia/Willowpark) and north (Evanston) Calgary locations. Learn more and book an appointment with her here: https://energizehealth.ca/book-online.html
Hi! I'm Dr. Nicole! As a chiropractor, I believe the key to a happy and healthy life starts with motion. The way you move can not only affect how you perform activities, but also the perception of how your body feels. Our bodies were designed to move and I am passionate about helping people function at their best.
This is a principle I have grown to respect in both my professional and personal life, and the reason I became a chiropractor.
I graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology before completing my Doctor of Chiropractic in 2013 at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, Ontario. For the last seven years I have practiced in a variety of clinical settings and gained experience treating a wide scope of injuries. Whether you are a recreational runner, a busy mother, or working from home with a less than ideal set up, I strive to understand what your goals are and help you reach your full potential.
I am a big proponent that different bodies require different treatments. While most people associate chiropractic care with adjustments, this is just one of the tools in my toolbox. I like to use a combination of soft tissue therapies, adjustments, mobilizations, kinesiology taping, custom orthotics and rehabilitative exercises.
Many people traditionally seek my services for neck and low back pain, but I am also well trained to diagnose and treat other areas of the body such as shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and feet.Outside of the clinic, I love to stay active with an assortment of exercises. Whether it’s barre, pilates, weight-lifting, hiking or running outside, variety is the spice of life!
UPDATED JUNE 10, 2020
Our doors are open but it is anything but business as usual at Energize Health.
You may be wondering what changes have been made to our clinics since the government announcements that health care professionals may resume services. Here is a list of FAQs we hope you will find helpful.
Please note that the information below is subject to change as this is a constantly evolving situation. In the event of a discrepancy between this information and the directives of the provincial public health authorities, the directives of the provincial public health authorities take precedent.
Are you open?
Yes. Our clinics re-opened in early May for chiropractic (both locations) and physiotherapy (south location only) as part of Phase 1 of the government's Relaunch Strategy. Phase 2 begins June 12 and we will be resuming massage therapy, manual osteopathy and acupuncture services beginning June 15. Virtual appointments are also available for chiropractic, physio and psychology (a brand new discipline to the Energize Health practice).
Are you offering massage/ acupuncture/ manual osteopathy at this time?
These services will resume on June 15th. We will begin accepting appointment bookings for these services on June 11.
What measures is Energize Health taking to screen people for COVID-19?
As part of our new processes, we are required to pre-screen individuals for symptoms of COVID-19 at the time of booking appointments, and upon their arrival to the clinic. Our staff is also required to pre-screen themselves for symptoms prior to arriving to work and upon arrival to work. People with symptoms of COVID-19 are recommended to self-isolate and contact 811, and are not able to attend the clinic for a period of 10 days or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. This includes patients and staff alike.
Am I required to wear a mask to my appointment?
The Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) is now recommending people wear masks in public when a distance of 2 m can not be maintained. For that reason we recommend you wear a clean mask to your appointment if you have one. Free masks are available at participating drive-thru locations. The CMOH has not madated the use of masks by patients receiving treatment therefore you are not required to wear your mask during your appointment, however you are welcome to wear a mask for the duration of your appointment if that is most comfortable for you.
Will my clinician wear a mask?
Yes, your clinician will be wearing a medical mask for the entire duration of your visit. A condition of returning to practice is the proper use of PPE for all staff and clinicians and this includes continuous masking of our clinicians while providing services.
What about hand hygiene?
You will be required to sanitize your hands upon arrival, using hand sanitizer at our front desk.
You will also be required to sanitize your hands prior to touching our payment system at the end of your appointment. In the interest of reducing the need to touch the payment system, the maximum for tap payments has been increased and tap is the preferred method of payment. We are also able to securely keep your credit card on file and can process payment that way.
You will be encouraged to sanitize your hands prior to leaving the clinic.
Can I bring someone to my appointment?
To reduce the number of people in the clinic at one time, we are asking patients to attend their appointments alone, if possible. If a patient needs or wants to have someone attend their appointment with them (a parent, guardian, caregiver etc) that person will be asked COVID-19 screening questions, will be asked to provide their name and contact information, and will be required to sanitize their hands.
What time should I arrive to my appointment?
In the interest of reducing the number of unnecessary close interactions, we ask that you please remain in your vehicle or outside the clinic until a couple minutes before the scheduled start time of your appointment. We will be doing our absolute best to run right on schedule, just as we always have.
What other changes will I see in the clinics?
Our reception areas look quite different. We have:
- Plexi-glass barriers on the desks
- Removed many of the high touch surfaces and items including reception furniture, brochures, literature, and children’s toys. A clean chair will be made readily available to those who are uncomfortable standing however there will be little to no wait time as we do our absolute best to run right on schedule.
- All surfaces people touch are disinfected with medical grade disinfectant several times throughout the day, minimum. Many surfaces and items are disinfected after each use including all treatment surfaces, equipment, pens and payment systems.
- Our staff will be wearing PPE including masks
- Our regular disinfection procedures for treatment surfaces and equipment remain essentially unchanged as we have always thoroughly sanitized these items with medical grade disinfectant between each and every use. Our thorough sanitizing procedures reduce the risk of any transfer of illness from an a-symptomatic or pre-symptomatic person to other individuals.
Your safety and the safety of our team is our top priority. Things will look and be a bit different at our clinics for the foreseeable future but we look forward to continuing to help you achieve your health goals during these unusual and challenging times.
If you have any additional questions please contact us – we are always happy to help. If you would like to access treatment but are high risk for severe outcomes from illness, or have any other concerns, please contact us. We are happy to make additional accommodations to further ensure the safety and comfort of our patients.
Acupuncture therapy has been a well-known part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) since ancient times dating back at least 3000 yrs. However, for anyone new to the realm of holistic medicine, this practice can seem quite the mystery. How can inserting needles into the skin possibly make a person feel better and where's the proof?
In short, acupuncture is a safe, minimally invasive technique that stimulates nerve-rich areas of the skin surface in order to influence organs, tissues, glands and various functions of the body. In a world where people are searching in earnest for safe alternatives to prescription drugs, acupuncture, well-known for its minimal side-effects, is a very compelling therapy to consider...and the evidence that it actually works is piling up.
Over the past 20 years, there have been over 13,000 studies conducted across the globe in 60 countries, including hundreds of meta-analyses summarizing the results of thousands of human and animal studies.1 The clinical areas that have been studied include pain, cancer, pregnancy, stroke, mood disorders, sleep disorders and inflammation, among many others. In 2014 the entire literature base was summarized by the Australian Department of Veteran Affairs).2 This was followed by a landmark review in 2017 called The Acupuncture Evidence Project which determined that acupuncture demonstrates moderate to strong evidence of effectiveness in the treatment of 46 conditions and is considered safe in the hands of properly trained practitioners. 3 In this review the strongest evidence was shown for migraine prophylaxis, headache, chronic low back pain, allergic rhinitis, knee osteoarthritis, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, post-operative nausea and vomiting and post-operative pain.A research studies of how acupuncture compares to other treatments in head to head analysis include :
- 2013 meta-analysis comparing treatments for osteoarthritis of the knee found that acupuncture out-performed exercise, sham acupuncture, and weight-loss. 4
- 2015 meta-analysis comparing treatments for shoulder impingement syndrome (all along with exercise) found that acupuncture outperformed 17 interventions such as steroid injection, NSAIDs, and ultrasound therapy. 5
- 2016 comparison of 20 treatments for sciatica concluded that acupuncture was 2nd most effective after the use of biological agents, outperforming epidurals, disc surgery, manipulation, opioids, exercise, and a procedure called radio-frequency denervation. 6
- 2018 meta-analysis concluded that acupuncture was more effective than drugs for treatment of chronic constipation, with fewer side-effects. 7
Concerning acupuncture for chronic pain, the Archives of Internal Medicine published a meta-analysis which reviewed 4 chronic pain conditions: back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, chronic headache, and shoulder pain, and concluded that "acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain and is therefore a reasonable referral option". 8 Additionally, a review published in Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology summarized acupuncture as being "effective, safe, and cost-effective for treating several chronic pain conditions when performed by well-trained healthcare professionals. 9
Many of my clients ask what acupuncture is good for, and the list is long! Naturally the first thing that comes to mind is pain, but there is so much more...
The NCCIH (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health) 10, notes that acupuncture has been proven to help in cases of:
- low back pain
- neck pain
- knee pain
- headache and migraine
In 2003, the World Health Organization (WHO) listed a number of conditions in which they say acupuncture has been proven effective. 11 These include:
- high and low blood pressure
- chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
- some gastric conditions, including peptic ulcer
- painful periods
- allergic rhinitis
- facial pain
- morning sickness
- rheumatoid arthritis
- tennis elbow
- dental pain
- reducing the risk of stroke
- inducing labor
Other conditions for which the WHO say that acupuncture may help but more evidence is needed include:
- post-operative convalescence
- substance, tobacco and alcohol dependence
- spine pain
- stiff neck
- vascular dementia
- whooping cough, or pertussis
- Tourette's syndrome
- may help treat a number of infections, including some urinary tract infections and epidemic hemorrhagic fever.
(For a more extensive list of the WHO recommendations pls refer to : 12 )
It is important to note, however, that the WHO points out that “only national health authorities can determine the diseases, symptoms, and conditions for which acupuncture treatment can be recommended.” Equally important is that the NCCIH advise people not to use acupuncture instead of seeing a conventional health care provider, and this is sage advice all around that I always encourage in my practice.
All together, this strong scientific support and global endorsement is impressive and helpful for patients in the context of a healthcare system where many treatments lack evidence for their use. Acupuncture is also considered cost-effective for a number of conditions where evidence is available and carries minimal side-effects. Patients and medical professionals alike can be confident that the recommendation of acupuncture for many patients is a safe, cost-effective, and evidence-based recommendation.
- Ma Y, Dong M, Zhou K, et al. Publication Trends in Acupuncture Research: A 20-Year Bibliometric Analysis Based on PubMed. PLoS ONE 2016;11
- Hempel S, Taylor SL, Solloway MR, et al. Evidence Map of Acupuncture. Washington (DC): : Department of Veterans Affairs 2014
- The Acupuncture Evidence Project – A Comparative Literature Review 2017 – Acupuncture.org.au. 2017;1–81.
- Corbett MS, Rice SJC, Madurasinghe V, et al. Acupuncture and other physical treatments for the relief of pain due to osteoarthritis of the knee: network meta-analysis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage 2013;21:1290–8.
- Dong W, Goost H, Lin X-B, et al. Treatments for shoulder impingement syndrome: a PRISMA systematic review and network meta-analysis. Medicine (Baltimore) 2015;94
- Lewis R, FLCOM NHWPF, PhD AJS, et al. Comparative clinical effectiveness of management strategies for sciatica: systematic review and network meta-analyses. The Spine Journal 2015;15:1461–77.
- Zhu L, Ma Y, Deng X. Comparison of acupuncture and other drugs for chronic constipation: A network meta-analysis. PLoS ONE 2018;13
- Vickers, A. J., Cronin, A. M., Maschino, A. C., Lewith, G., MacPherson, H., Foster, N. E., et al. (2012). Acupuncture for Chronic Pain. Archives of Internal Medicine, 172(19), 1444.
- Yin, C., Buchheit, T. E., & Park, J. J. (2017). Acupuncture for chronic pain: an update and critical overview. Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
- Acupuncture: In depth. (2017, February 21)
- Chmielnicki, B. (2003). Evidence-based acupuncture WHO official position
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