Dr. Robin Van Der Mark
I entered Simon Fraser University for undergraduate pre-med studies in 1987. At the time, I knew little about chiropractic care. That all changed in second year when I suffered neck injuries in a car accident. My medical doctor prescribed medications which helped provide some relief but only for short periods of time. After several months of suffering I listened to the advice of some of my professors and several other students and sought the help of a chiropractor.
After a thorough history and examination, the chiropractor explained my injuries and recommended a plan of care. After a few months of regular care I was back to normal.
I spent the next year researching chiropractic care and was impressed with the drugless/natural methods it used to help people achieve better health. With my new understanding of chiropractic care, and because of how well it had worked for me, I altered my education plans and applied to Chiropractic College.
After completing a degree in Biochemistry at SFU, I entered the Canadian Chiropractic Memorial College in 1991 and graduated in 1995 with Academic and clinical honours.
Over the next several years I also completed the requirements and examinations to become a licensed Canadian certified clinical pedorthist.
I opened Elgin Chiropractic office in 1996. At that time chiropractic care was the only service offered at the clinic. In 2000, Dr. Mark Slater and I expanded the office to a multi-disciplinary health care clinic which included massage therapy, acupuncture, Chinese medicine and an orthotics clinic.
I was raised in Port Coquitlam and I still live in Port Coquitlam with my wife, Fiona, and 4 children. At present, my life revolves around the activities of my young busy family. I am actively involved in church activities and am a member of the Knights of Columbus. I enjoy exercising, reading and outdoor activities with the kids.
Dr. Mark Slater
Dr. Mark Slater, the co-founder of Elgin Chiropractic and Multi-disciplinary Care Center has been in full-time practice for over 10 years. He graduated from Western States Chiropractic College with Academic (Summa Cum Laude – highest honours) and Clinic Honours achieving a near perfect grade point average. Dr. Slater studied Kinesiology and Business Administration at Simon Fraser University prior to attending chiropractic college. While at S.F.U., Dr. Slater was a member of the Men’s Varsity Soccer Team for 4 years. During that time he also played for the U-23 Canadian National Soccer Team and the Vancouver 86ers Soccer Club.
As a chiropractor, Dr. Slater specializes in the treatment of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. Dr. Slater utilizes a well rounded approach to each condition ensuring results in a time effective manner. He enjoys spending time with each patient to ensure all of their needs are met. He has a keen interest in sports-related injuries and utilizes ultrasound, laser therapy and the latest soft tissue techniques to get his patients back to the activities that they love at the earliest possible moment. Dr. Slater has a very busy practice but always finds room to accommodate new patients.
Dr. Mark Slater is also a Certified Pedorthist. Combining his pedorthic and chiropractic knowledge puts Dr. Slater at the forefront of orthotic therapy. Dr. Slater combines state of the art computerized gait analysis tools along with observation and custom casting techniques to ensure that all of his prescription orthotic patients receive the most appropriate, up to date orthopedic appliance.
Dr. Slater grew up in Port Coquitlam and has a keen interest in athletics and enjoys fishing, boating and playing soccer in his spare time. Dr. Slater lives with his wife Kelli and two daughters in Pitt Meadows. He coaches an adult soccer team, both daughters’ soccer teams and he sits on the executive of Poco Euro-Rite Football Club (soccer) as Club Head Coach.
Dr. Lina Zheng
Dr. Zheng Graduated from Capital Medical University in 1983. She Studied western and Traditional Chinese medicine for eight years. As a physician, she practiced western and Traditional Chinese medicine in Xuanwu Hospital Capital Medical University, Beijing, China. Dr. Zheng Immigrated to Canada in 1998 and obtained her acupuncturist license in BC, Canada in 1999 and practiced TCM in Richmond and Vancouver, BC. Dr. Zheng opened a TCM clinic in Port Coquitlam, BC in 2001 and obtained the title of Doctor of TCM in 2003 in BC. She also became an instructor of TCM in Shanghai TCM college in Burnaby in 2003.
Dana Suzukovich, RMT
Dana Suzukovich is a graduate of the West Coast College of Massage Therapy.
She has been practicing since September of 1997. Prior to this she graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. She spends many fun hours of her life with her family of boys, spectating in their hockey, lacrosse and swimming as well as enjoying their everyday activities of life! On her own, she enjoys keeping active participating and competing in triathlon and women’s hockey. She loves helping a wide range of patients achieve or maintain their wellness goals.
Marina Vilker, RMT
Marina Vilker-Birchfield originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba moved to Ontario at 19 years of age to pursue a Massage Therapy certificate. Marina graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in Sutton, Ontario in 1992 and went on to write and pass both Ontario and British Columbia board examinations. She went on to become a Registered Massage Therapist in British Columbia.
Marina has experience with people from all walks of life from the young to the very elderly. She enjoys working with each individual’s health concerns whether it is an increasingly stressful lifestyle or the challenge of a physical condition. Marina works on a variety of musculoskeletal health conditions including acute and chronic conditions.
Marina is a caring individual that loves animals and nature. She enjoys an active and busy lifestyle and she is currently balancing the needs of her growing family and her growing massage therapy practice.
Ernie Nordquist, RMT
Ernie Nordquist, RMT, is a graduate of West Coast College of Massage
Therapy. After accessing and addressing the underlying causes of patients’ postural imbalances, Ernie will help restore their body to it’s normal functioning state. Ernie selects treatment techniques to suit each individuals needs. Such techniques include Myofascial, Muscle Energy, Swedish, Deep Tissue Techniques, Trigger Point Therapy, Joint Mobilization, Passive and Active Muscle Stretching and Strengthening. Ernie welcomes patients with various conditions such as Stress, Back and Neck Pain, Headaches, Whiplash, Overuse and Sports Injuries as well as general Relaxation. Ernie helps individuals reduce tension, restore postural imbalance, and to return them to a balanced and healthy lifestyle.