About Me

 A Feature article was run on me and my career in Reflexology in the Montreal

    Gazette on Saturday May 26th. Click here to read the feature;  Gazette Article

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      My name is Joyce Stoliar Shanks (my maiden name was Stoliar ) and I am a complementary health practitioner or holistic therapist.

     I am a wife, a mom, a Reflexologist, and a second degree Reiki Practitioner. I am an energetic individual involved in many things including fundraising for charity, and trying very hard to leave this planet a better place, than when I arrived.

  For years my health has benefited greatly from the use and proper application of a variety of complementary and alternative medicine practices, also known as CAM and as a result I made it my priority in 2004, almost two years after the birth of my daughter to start training to become a practitioner myself.  

A future page on this site will go into detail on my personal experiences with CAM, but for the time being please bear with me as that is part of the “work in progress” on this site.

In January of 2008 in an effort to unite with other holistic practitioners in my community and to learn about their areas of expertise as well as create business relationships with them I created a local network called The West Island Complementary Health Alliance. We are practitioners and earth friendly businesses united to try and improve the health of the planet and the population, through learning, networking and disseminating information. You can read more about the network on this website or connect to WICHA through meetup.com. Membership through meetup.com is free, but to participate in the meetings and events there is an annual membership fee or drop in fee to attend.

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I can be reached by phone at 514-998-3863 for appointments or

information or by e-mail at  joyce@complementaryhealth.ca

Wishing you and yours good health, happiness and the time to enjoy them!

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My husband Ray and daughter Ayla are in this photo with me. I truly am blessed to have them by my side. They are the most important people in the world to me. Without their support   operating the clinic in our home would not  be possible.

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    For three years I have been participating in the Montreal Weekend to End Breast Cancer. I raised more than $ 10,000 dollars for the Montreal Jewish General Hospital Segal Cancer Center in my first two years. My fundraising for the event this year is off to a slow start, due to other commitments, however I fully intend  on raising enough funds to participate yet again. Should you wish to support me in this effort, please click on this pink ribbon to link to my sponsor page.

To understand a little more about my experiences and motivations for walking in the Weekend To End Breast Cancer here is the link to read an article that I was asked to write last year. It was submitted to Challenge Magazine a publication for The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. It was edited slightly for print, but this is how it ran.   The Weekend To End Breast Cancer

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