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Meet Our Staff

An Essential Knead strives to offer excellent client centered care in a clean, friendly and professional environment.

We offer a dynamic group of Therapists who all work differently drawing from their diverse backgrounds. This helps to create our unique environment that Kitchener-Waterloo has grown to know and trust since 2011.

We will be closing both locations over the next several months but appointments continue to be accepted because nothing is happening right now!

Please see below for each Therapist and their respective hours: 

Wendy Louks, RMT (EAST clinic)

Wendy will be moving to her new location as of April 1st.  Details on where she will be (not far!) and to book with her are here:  wendylouksrmt.ca

Wendy’s hours (until the end of March):

Mondays: 10:00 – 8:00
Wednesdays: 2:30 – 6:00
Thursdays: 10:00 – 7:00
Saturdays: 9:00 – 3:00 (first 3 Saturdays of the month)

Julie Shawano, RMT

Julie is moving to Windsor at the end of February. 

Erin Basso, B.Kin., RMT (EAST clinic)

Erin will be continuing to work from the East clinic until May at a minimum.  When there is an update it will be reflected here and on FB/IG

I graduated from Sutherland-Chan School in Toronto in 2001 after completing my Bachelor of Kinesiology from McMaster University.  In my time at school I was able to take classes in anatomy, neurology, hydrotherapy, remedial exercise but also the more focused outreaches such as spinal cord injuries (at Lyndhurst Hospital) and high-risk pregnancy (at Women’s College Hospital).

Since moving to Kitchener, I have had the pleasure of working in all different settings from a spa, chiropractor clinic, physiotherapy clinic and multi-therapist clinic.

As a Therapist I treat adults for relaxation and in all stages of injury and rehabilitation. My approach is to work longer on an area of concern versus using deeper pressure (I do not do “deep tissue” work). I find my clients get optimal results with this approach with far less pain following the treatment.

Using my Kinesiology background we may discuss other areas of your life to determine why your pain is happening. These areas may include the pillow you use for sleeping and your sleeping positions, your shoes (do you need orthotics?), your work station and computer ergonomics for example. I love a challenge! Have you been to other therapists without success?

Erin’s hours:
Mondays: 9:30 – 9:00
Tuesdays: 9:30 – 2:00  and 6:00 – 9:00
Wednesdays: 9:30 – 2:00
Fridays: 9:30 – 1:00
Saturdays: 9:00 – 2:00


Bonnie Snyder, RMT

Bonnie will be leaving AEK at the end of February 2021 to join a new clinic in Waterloo: 
email: bonniesnyder.touchstone@gmail.com Cell phone (call or text): 519 444-4427
touchstonehealth.ca   to book with her after March 1st

Rachel Metherel, RMT (WEST clinic)

The West clinic is closing under our clinic name as of March 31st.  Rachel will be remaining in her current location but will be working under a new clinic name.  Details will be reflected here as soon as we know them.

Rachel’s hours (until March 31st):
Mondays: 3:00 – 9:00
Tuesdays: 9:00 – 2:00 and  3:00 – 9:00
Wednesdays: 3:00 – 9:00

Dan Weber, RMT, B.Sc. (Kin) (WEST clinic)

The West clinic is closing under our clinic name as of March 31st.  Dan will be remaining in his current location but will be working under a new clinic name.  Details will be reflected here as soon as we know them.

Dan’s hour (until March 31st):
Mondays &  Wednesdays: 9:00 – 2:00  &  3:00 – 9:00
Fridays:  3:00 – 9:00


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