About Keenan Health Centre
We believe that is more to your health than cold, hard facts. We treat each of our patients as an individual, and always keep your long-term health in mind. We offer an all-inclusive umbrella of care and have decades of combined experience in chiropractic, massage, and naturopathic therapies. Whether you have a recent injury or suffer from a chronic illness like IBS, we will never pressure you to take part in any of our therapies. We’re also glad to work with your existing medical doctor.
Meet Our Team
Dr. Dirk Keenan, DC
Dr. Dirk Keenan graduated from Carleton University, following which he graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College after completing the four-year Doctor of Chiropractic program. He has enjoyed a successful practice for over 30 years in Ottawa, taking over from his father, Dr. Bud Keenan, who was a pioneer in the chiropractic profession.
As a leader in the chiropractic community, Dr. Keenan has held various senior positions within national and provincial chiropractic associations. He is a former Ontario Governor for the Canadian Chiropractic Association, a former Director of the Ontario Chiropractic Association, and the former President of the Eastern Ontario Chiropractic Society. He was the founder and director of the Carlington Chiropractic Clinic, Ontario’s first free chiropractic clinic for the underprivileged, and a visiting lecturer at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine. Through Keenan Health Centre, Dr. Keenan also provides medical students the opportunity to observe chiropractic treatments in-clinic. In 2016, Dr. Keenan received the Chiropractor of the Year Award from the Ontario Chiropractic Association.
In addition to his full-time practice, extensive networking activities, and time with his family, Dr. Dirk Keenan enjoys outdoor sports, travelling and teaching.
Dr. Jan Dorrell, ND
Dr. Dorrell is an honours graduate of Carleton University and the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Ontario and is a well-recognized name in the natural health community in Ottawa. She has been a member of the Keenan Health Centre network for the past several years and is now part of our in-house team full-time.
Dr. Dorrell believes in health promotion through gentle, natural techniques in addition to lifestyle and nutrition. She leads an active lifestyle enjoying travel, hiking, camping, boating and time with her family and friends.
Dr. Chris Martin, DC
Doctor of Chiropractic
Dr. Chris Martin graduated from Carleton University with a degree in Science in 1975 and from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1978, after completing the four-year Doctor of Chiropractic program. He practiced for 34 years in British Columbia and served as president of the British Columbia Chiropractic Association from 1987 to 1989. Dr. Martin went on to become chairman of the Standards of Practice Committee of the College of Chiropractors of BC until 1998. In 1998, he was elected director of the Canadian Chiropractic Association and served as Chair of the Research Committee until 2006. Dr. Martin was elected to the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation in 2001 and continues to serve on this board as a director and past president. In 1991, Dr. Martin was awarded the William Lindsay Memorial Award for Chiropractic Excellence.
In 2013, Dr. Martin relocated his practice to Ottawa, where he originally grew up, to be closer to his family and grandchildren. Chris enjoys golf, tennis, cross-country skiing, and spending time at their cottage with his wife, children, and their four grandchildren.
Dr. Carlan Stants, DC
Dr. Stants is the Director of Assessment Services and a chiropractic specialist. He has over 20 years of clinical experience and spent 14 years as a professor of Orthopedics and Diagnosis at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. He is also the current President and Chair of the Education Committee of the Canadian Chiropractic College of Rehabilitation Sciences. Dr. Stants is responsible for the three-year educational program for Chiropractic Rehabilitation Specialists in Canada. He remains an active lecturer and a frequent guest speaker at conferences.
Dr. Richar Raigoza, DC
Doctor of Chiropractic
Dr. Richar Raigoza is a devoted Chiropractor passionate about optimizing patient recovery, prevention, and rehabilitation. His education includes Doctorate in Chiropractic, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a minor in Cognitive Science, and Contemporary Medical Acupuncture. Dr. Rich is passionate about helping anyone at any stage of their life, but has a special interest in sports related injuries and the aging population.
He has been certified in various assessment and treatment protocols such as Athletic Movement Assessment and Functional Range Releasing Technique. Common treatment methods include spinal and extremity manipulation, acupuncture, soft tissue therapy, instrument-assisted therapy, and others. He is a strong believer that each person and their clinical presentation is unique and his wide range of techniques allows him to personalize treatments to each individual.
Dr. Rich has many years of experience in weight-lifting, mixed martial arts, and other sports. He is an on-site therapist for OPDL soccer league in the Ottawa region. Dr. Rich is honored to be part of the Keenan Health Team and can provide care in both English and Spanish.
Omar Sahraoui, MSc PT, PhD
Omar has 27 years of experience, specializing in fascial manipulation, mobilization and release, Mulligan technique, Mackenzie technique and cupping. Omar has a special interest in soccer and other sport injuries.
Jamie Emery, PT
Jamie Emery is a registered physiotherapist who successfully completed a Masters of Physiotherapy degree from the University of Ottawa in 2016. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University in 2013. Jamie has experience treating clients using both intensive care and neurological rehabilitation. Conditions she has treated include cardio-respiratory issues, orthopedic problems, and sports-related injuries. In addition to working evenings at Keenan Health Centre, she works at the Hampton Wellness Centre.
Jamie is passionate about helping patients improve their quality of life so they can return to the activities they love. She takes a very active approach to treating each of her patients, creating individualized programs and empowering each person to become involved in their own rehabilitation journey. Jamie is dedicated to pursuing post-graduate education courses and staying up to date on the latest evidence-based practice to provide the best possible care for her patients.
In her spare time, Jamie has been very involved in the tennis community in the Ottawa region over the last several years. She is a tennis player herself and enjoys living an active, healthy lifestyle. She also enjoys travelling, volunteering, reading and (of course) chocolate. Her goal is to establish a positive and welcoming environment in the clinic and to always greet you with a smile.
Liam Birkwood, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Liam Birkwood is a registered massage therapist who graduated from Algonquin College’s Massage Therapy program. Liam likes to help others live a stress-free, pain-free lifestyle, which is also one of the many benefits of massage therapy. His practice includes sports massage, injury rehabilitation and stress relief as well as other modalities. Liam is now a Graston technique provider and is incorporating this technique into his practice.
While his favourite sport to play is rugby, he is an avid and enthusiastic fan of all sports. Liam describes himself as approachable, open, and easy to talk to. He looks forward to meeting new people and making a positive difference in their lives!
Robyn MacRae, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Robyn’s education is founded on an in-depth understanding of anatomy. In 2009, she successfully completed her training as a registered massage therapist from L’Institut Kiné-Concept in Montreal. She is passionate about helping people overcome injury, pain and dysfunction to maintain a healthy state. Her treatments combine Swedish massage with trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage and stretching. She has a quiet, empathetic and calming presence that helps you relax while receiving the individualized care you need.
Robyn enjoys spending free time outdoors with her family—fishing, ATV-ing, swimming, hiking and skiing.
Virginia Spencer, R.H.N., NNCP
Registered Holistic Nutritionist
Virginia is a registered holistic nutritionist with over a decade of experience working in lifestyle and nutrition counselling. She graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN) with honours and holds their Advanced Cognitive Support Certificate. Additionally, Virginia is a Certified Lifestyle Educator with Metagenics and a graduate of the Algonquin College Management Studies program. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Holistic Nutrition Professionals and the CSNN Alumni Association. Virginia is passionate about teaching nutrition to everyone and has over 20 years of experience mentoring and coaching individuals in her role as a manager. She works in general practice with a focus on cognitive support, longevity, metabolic support and traditional and ancestral diets.
In her spare time, Virginia can be found on her bike, in her hiking shoes, or in a tent enjoying fresh air and outdoor exercise.
Virginia is available for speaking engagements and corporate wellness programs.
Nicole Fodor, R.H.N.
Nicole is a registered holistic nutritionist and graduate of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. Although she is not currently practicing as a nutritionist, she is passionate about wellness and committed to helping others achieve their health goals. She does this at Keenan Health Centre by gently guiding our patients, assisting our practitioner team, and helping the clinic run smoothly. She enjoys her work and you are sure to see her with a smile on her face.
In her free time, Nicole enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities. She can be found cycling (the better way to commute!), backpacking, camping, canoeing, hiking, diving, rock/ice climbing, snowboarding and back-country skiing. When she's not outdoors, she loves to cuddle with her cat, care for her plant babies, and experiment with various brews and kitchen concoctions.
Heather graduated from a medical office administration program with honours and is passionate about helping others heal. She does this by making sure the clinic runs smoothly and helping clients feel at ease. She believes in the power of laughter and community, and she thoroughly enjoys her work. To Heather, a good day is helping others smile.
Heather loves stand-up comedy, hot sauce, getting riled up about the Senators, trick and agility training with her lovely dog, Jade, and volunteering with local dog rescues to help promote adoption.
Jayme-lynn Riopelle, R.H.N.
Jayme-lynn is a graduate of Carleton University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She developed a passion for holistic nutrition in 2016 and decided to pursue that passion professionally, beginning her journey at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, where she recently graduated as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist.
Jayme-lynn is a joy to connect with, eager to learn and an active member of her community. Jayme-lynn can be found spending her free time at the cottage wakeboarding in the summer, snowboarding the slopes in the winter, testing out new recipes in the kitchen and walking her puppy, Rudy.
Corey Hazell, R.H.N.
Corey is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and a graduate of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and a Certified Personal Trainer. He is passionate about health and fitness and finds fulfillment in helping clients with their goals. He does this at Keenan Health Centre by welcoming patients and assisting our practitioner team.
Corey enjoys being active whether it be playing hockey and football or going to the gym. He likes being in the kitchen, trying new recipes and he loves dogs.
Our highly-trained and motivated professionals devote themselves to helping our patients and the community as a whole achieve their optimal health. We accomplish this in three ways.
- We improve nerve function by targeting the nerves with multi-layered programs of care.
- We provide exemplary care. We are patient-focused and efficient.
- We work with our patients to develop several strategies designed to power them to achieve their health goals.
We have long-standing roots in our community. We’ve established them through health research, leadership, and collaboration with our peers. Our experience allows us to provide our community with a perspective unique among health providers. We continue to push our employees to develop and broaden their education and skill set.