The original house was built in 1942 and it was owned by Norman and Gladys Fletcher. It was built with the help from relatives and the community, when only 191 people lived in Airdrie.
“I saw how the power of touch was so special. It was so incredible, so healing - mentally, physically and spiritually.”
– Dawnie McElligott, Owner
relax. Refresh. Reconnect.
Every summer I would spend a couple of weeks with my oldest sister who lived up north. She is 15 years older than me and had Rheumatoid Arthritis in both hips from when she was a child. She was “that” kid that walked funny at school. I would help her around her house and help out at her businesses. The summer I was 12 years old she took me to receive my first EVER massage, my first reflexology treatment and bought me my first pair of Birkenstock sandals. She swore by her massages and how much better they made her feel.
She was diagnosed with cervical cancer at the age of 24. Massage helped her get through her chemo and radiation treatments. She was in remission for 2 years, then came a double hip replacement only 8 days apart. Massage helped her recovery in a big way. Believe it or not then she was diagnosed with Lung Cancer. Many chemo treatments and operations to remove more and more lumps were to follow. Massage again helped her to feel better among all of this. She eventually lost her battle with Cancer at the age of 31, I was only 15.
I saw how the power of touch was so special. It was so incredible, so healing - mentally, physically and spiritually. Helping others came naturally to me so it seems fitting that I have built a business around that. As At Dawn Massage grew and was helping more and more to the point that I grew out of my home and needed to move into a bigger space. Hence how At Dawn Wellness came to be.
mind. body. soul.
People Behind It
RMT Dawnie McElligott
Started in 2005 in the school of NIMT (Northern Insititute of Massage Therapy) based out of Red Deer at the time. Certified in relaxation, Theraputic, Cancer, Cupping, Craniosacral 1, CS2, SER1 and Pre and Post natal.
Dawnie is married to her wonderful husband BJ and has 3 amazing children, Delia, Darien and Christian. During the winter months, you will find Dawnie in the arenas watching her kids play hockey. In the spring, summer and fall months she is trying to get to their trailer at the Shuswap.
RMT Brenda Beatty
Massage therapy has been a lifelong passion for her, 1992 was the beginning of her journey of helping clients heal and maintain their physical well being.
Other acheivements include being a proud wife and mother to 5 children, She is an LPN and, maintain a certificate to teach Childbirth Education. In her free time you can find her scouring yarn stores searching for more perfect sock projects.
RMT Alexa MacNeill
Is a Massage Therapy graduate of 2019, but has been treating clients from the public since 2016. When she was 5 years old, her grandmother used to get her to massage her shoulders for her when her arthritis would flare up, after being in the kitchen baking bread and buns all day. Alexa remembers her grandma telling her back then, that she should be a massage therapist when she grew up. That memory stayed with her as she was searching for a path to follow in the healthcare industry. This past summer she had the pleasure of treating that same grandmother for knee pain, and helping to ease her pain symptoms, once again, 20 years later.
When Alexa not investing time into massage therapy, she is hanging out with my two kids, creating art, or playing table top role playing games with friends.
Osteopathic Manual Therapist & CSEP-Certified Exercise Physiologist; BHK, dip.MT, DOMP, Proprioceptive-Deep Tendon Reflex (P-DTR) practitioner
If you are looking for someone to assist you in working towards better function and comfort, then Amy would love to partner with you in doing just that using holistic manual therapy. Amy works with your whole person to optimize your functioning and well-being. She considers all structures and connections in the body, working towards all moving in health. Her perspective includes bones and joints (including those of the skull), muscles, fascia, meninges (the tissues lining the spinal cord and cranium), organs and their attachments, nerves, blood and lymph vessels, and the inter-relationship among all these.
Amy has participated in sports since she was a kid and played 1 year of college volleyball. She’s a certified volleyball referee and coach in a few sports.
RMT Michelle Eddy
Michelle is a highly dedicated health and wellness practitioner who started her career as a Registered Massage Therapist in 2002. She continued this path as a part time educator of massage therapy while maintaining a heavy clientele in a medical clinic as well as in a spa setting.
She is a graduate from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN) and shares her knowledge and expertise with her clients, increasing their awareness of the benefits that nutrition has to offer our body, mind and overall health, while boosting their immune system.
Michelle is also a certified yoga instructor and is currently studying 'yoga therapy' to enhance individual treatment plans based on her client's needs.
Spending time with family and good friends and enjoying the outdoors are important components of life that she is most grateful for.
She applies her caring attitude and energy to help others develop a healthier lifestyle while increasing their confidence on the journey to well being!
RMT/CST Denise Gagne Williamson
After 30 + years as a school teacher, I chose to begin a different career path, and to follow my lifelong interest in helping people feel better physically. I became certified in Craniosacral therapy in 2018, and now, in 2020, have completed my training from Mount Royal University as a Registered Massage Therapist. I combine my experience in teaching with my training in pediatric Craniosacral therapy in working with children for learning, behavior and health issues. I also have a special interest in working with Seniors. I am very excited at being able to accompany you along your healing path. Outside of my work life, I have two adult children. My husband and I moved to Airdrie in 2017, and this is where I'm going to stay!
RMT Michelle Grasley
Michelle feels very blessed to have such a positive, rewarding career and to be part of her clients healing and long term care. Michelle can relate with great empathy and offer relief with techniques which include relaxation, deep tissue, CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki, Stress relief, TMJ massage, and Hot Stone Therapy.
Michelle loves being outside and staying active. She knows that in order to keep moving and feeling at her best, a healthy balance with life and health is very important.
Michelle Speranza BSc, DC
Dr. Speranza is an Upper Cervical Doctor of Chiropractic, a life-long student, and lover of nature and all things outdoors. She strives to create connection in communities through education and helping people find solutions to their health problems.
Originally from Calgary, Dr. Speranza completed her Bachelor of Science in Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Saskatchewan and went on to graduate summa cum laude with her Doctorate in Chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minnesota.
Upon returning to Calgary, she developed a passion for helping people suffering from dizziness and balance problems. Her goal is to help people get to the root of the issue so that they can understand what is happening in their body, return to doing the activities they love, and ultimately take back control of their health.
When she is not in the clinic you can find her out in the backcountry, on the bike trails, or out for a nature walk with her dog.
RMT Joel Green
Joel has completed his 3000 hour certification at Makami college in June of 2021. Primarily focusing on therapeutic deep tissue techniques he seeks to create positive change for his clients. After graduating university with a bachelors in sociology he found work in the oil and gas offices in downtown Calgary. Suffering an injury of his own and finding healing and support through massage therapy drove him to make a drastic career change. He applies his personal experience to facilitate and support his clients through the process of rehabilitation and healing. Using a wide variety of techniques such as cupping, myofascial release, muscle mobilization, and cross fiber frictioning he is committed to finding the right technique for the body at hand. Joel is always open to new ideas and is consistently learning and applying new knowledge to his practice.
In his spare time Joel stays active by practicing yoga, running, hiking, and weightlifting. On top of his active lifestyle he enjoys reading, competitive gaming, and socializing with friends over a good board game.
Magdalena Schlegel PT
Magdalena Schlegel MPT BKin
Physiotherapist, Pelvic Health Physiotherapist
Magdalena is a registered Physiotherapist and Pelvic Health Physiotherapist. She grew up in Airdrie and moved back in 2016 after completing her Masters of Physiotherapy program at the University of Saskatchewan in 2015. Previous to completing her Master’s program she completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology degree at the University of Calgary in 2010, and has been working in healthcare field ever since. During this time she also completed her Certified Exercise Specialist and Certified Exercise Physiologist certifications.
Since graduation from her Masters, she has gone on to pursue post graduate training in orthopaedics, manual therapy, dry needling, prevention and treatment of running injuries, and pelvic health including pregnancy-related pelvic gridle pain, and diastasis rectus abdominis (DRA).
She takes a whole-person approach to assessment and treatment, looking at all aspects of what might be contributing to a person’s symptoms or pain experience to get to the root issue, and then treating the whole-person, not just a body part. She believes that combining evidence based practice with strong clinical reasoning, and tailoring that to the person in front of you ultimately leads to the best outcomes. Her goal with every person she sees is to educate them about their bodies so that they feel empowered to take control of their health, and start moving or to get back to movements they love.
Magdalena is passionate about women’s health and getting people active especially after child birth. Whether you’re 6 weeks postpartum or 30+ years postpartum, helping people move with less pain and/or symptoms, is why she loves being a physiotherapist. Her passion for women’s health really grew after giving birth to her two daughters in 2016 and 2019. She believes all women have the right to make informed decisions about their bodies and birth experience, and to receive the care they need postpartum. She also has special interests in working with the dance and running communities.
When she’s not working, you can see her running or biking with her family around Airdrie, or at the yoga studio. She is a lover of the ballet and a previous dancer and dance teacher.
Inform. Empower. MOVE.
RMT Tamara Schendle
Tamara Jones graduated from Foothills College of Massage Therapy in 2003 with a full certification and top honors. She is a member in good standing of the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada.
Tamara has a passion for her career as a Massage Therapist, making all her patients feel at ease. With knowledge in human anatomy, physiology and pathology she performs each massage in a scientific manner for therapeutic results, assuring she has an understanding of each client’s personal needs.
Tamara has now been practicing for years and loves every moment of it. She takes great pride in having a job that she can help people every day. When she is not at work she is either exploring another country or planning her next trip! She also loves being outside running or doing any activity as much as possible.
Dr. Candice Staniek ND
Dr. Candice Staniek is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor who graduated from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. She offers modalities which include: nutrition, herbal medicine, spiritual counselling/coaching, physical medicine, homeopathy, dural attachment therapy, and neural therapy.
Dr. Candice has experience with various forms of psychotherapy and is currently pursuing specialized training in Family Constellation. Other modalities include breathing, meditation and visualizations. She has worked with a variety of clients in the past given her background in management and internal auditing services.
In her practice, Dr. Candice takes special care in listening to your His/Her-Story to truly understand your concerns. Her out-of-the box thinking allows for deeper, more individualized care.
Dr. Candice’s practice includes primary care in addition to emphasis on gut issues, pain management (i.e. migraines, headaches, scar injections), and psychosocial concerns.
To learn more about Dr. Candice Staniek please visit www.drcandicestaniek.com
RMT Joanne (Jo) Petley
After graduating with top honours in January 2022, Jo has a passion for helping people feel their best. Whether that is an hour relaxation massage from the daily stresses of life, to help heal an injury or just to maintain the your wellbeing.
Jo and her family emigrated here from the UK, 8 years ago and now called Airdrie our home. They have adapted to all Alberta throws at us, including the extreme weather.
She is excited to start hery journey in massage therapy at At Dawn Wellness, and hope to continue to learn and grow as a therapist.
RMT Katherine (Kat) Schneider
Katherine has been a practicing RMT since she graduated in 2017 from MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy.
With each treatment, her goal is to tailor the session to your specific needs. To achieve this, she utilizes a combination of techniques as unique as each body is. She is especially talented with hitting those tricky trigger points! To add something special to your treatment, you can also request one of the other modalities she is certified in: hot stone therapy and myofascial cupping.
During your treatment feel free to pick her brain on personal training, weight loss and some basic nutrition. She also loves hearing your knowledge on any topic as she is always looking to learn new things.
Katherine is married to her amazing husband Jon, and has 4 priceless children, Adria, Maximillian, Alexius, and Jaxson. In her spare time, she loves reading, baking, and challenging herself to learn new things.
RMT Riley Loucks
B.A.Kin, Manual Therapy(RMT)
Riley has a Bachelors of Kinesiology from the University of Lethbridge and my 2200 hr massage therapy from Alberta Institute of Massage.
After going through many injuries from his years of playing hockey and lacrosse he decided he wanted to help people of all ages not deal with daily pain. he enjoy getting to the root of the problem and helping people for the long term.
Riley specializes in therapeutic, sports, dynamic cupping and Neurofascial Reset massage modalities.
In his free time you can find him on the boat, golf course or ski hill, camping with family and still attempting to play some lacrosse and hockey.
Jeff Whitehead MSW RCSW CMAT CSAT
I am excited for the opportunity to work with you! Research suggests that the relationship you
have with your therapist is one of the most important factors in a positive treatment outcome.
My therapeutic approach starts with establishing a an environment of safety, acceptance, and
trust; a place of curiosity and exploration where your burdens may be lightened. I am skilled at
gently providing support and practical feedback; to help clients effectively address personal life
challenges they are committed to conquering.
I am a Registered Clinical Social Worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers, and a
Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist with the
International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals. Over the past many years I have
worked in a variety of clinical settings throughout Southern Alberta treating mental health,
addictions, and relationship issues with individuals, families and groups.
I'm no stranger to the twists and turns of life and describe myself as an interactive, strengths
based therapist. I draw upon a solid foundation of personal experience, clinical wisdom, and
evidence based therapy modalities. Approaches I use include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,
Solution Focused Therapy, psychodynamic therapy, Narrative Techniques, Motivational
Interviewing, Gottman Couples Therapy, and the Carnes task based model of addiction
treatment, to offer highly personalized services to each client. I am also trained in the use of
Accelerated Resolution Therapy, a breakthrough evidence based approach for the treatment of
trauma recovery and related mental health issues.
I have been married to my wonderful wife for 20 years, and together we love spending time with
our 4 children. I love playing and watching sports, riding motorcycles, playing guitar, time with
friends, and learning.
Where to find us
520, 1st avenue
Just relax, I’ve got your back! (and legs, and arms, shoulders, hands, and feet.
– At Dawn Wellness