Chiropractors

Dr. Michael Stochmal

Currently off on medical leave. Dr Smythe is providing locum service.

Dr. Michael Stochmal enjoys serving patients:

  • helping them find relief by identifying and reducing the threat of different stressors
  • guiding them through rehabilitation (to stabilize where the benefits of care endure)
  • inspiring performance in improving capacities.

Dr. Stochmal is an Adjunct Faculty member of the University of Western States, a preceptor to a Student Chiropractic Intern as they finish their required clinical hours for licensure.  He is conversant in French.  He was chiropractor for team Michelle Stilwell, Olympic gold medal wheelchair athlete.  Dr. Stochmal has attended the care of geriatric patients at Malaspina Gardens (a residential care facility) in Nanaimo.  He graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, ON in 1993. During his schooling he was part of the nursing team on the adolescent ward of Hugh MacMillan Rehabilitation Centre (a paediatric orthopaedic hospital).

Dr. Seth Harper-Heir

Dr. Seth Harper-Heir graduated from the University of Western States in Portland, OR with a Doctor of Chiropractic and Bachelor of Science in Human Biology. He is certified in Active Release Technique (ART) and has experience with personal training and strength conditioning.

Having grown up in the mountains surrounding Hinton, Alberta, Seth developed a passion for the outdoors. This passion resulted in many trips to the chiropractor and an appreciation for this specialized care.

Dr. Harper-Heir provides patients with a comprehensive treatment approach, with the goal to empower patients to feel and be their best. He enjoys working with patients of all ages from young children, to pregnant women, to athletes, and geriatrics. Therapies provided include: manual adjusting, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM), electrotherapies, ART, Tailored Rehabilitation Programs, and use of a Chiropractic Adjusting Tool (CAT).

In Portland, Dr. Harper-Heir had the opportunity to work at a variety of clinics and community events where he treated a wide range of patients.

Seth currently enjoys many activities including: volleyball, climbing, mountain biking, skiing, and surfing. Most of all he loves hiking with his family, and has been known to chase his son up and down Parksville beach on sunny days.

Dr. Karin Mattern

Dr. Mattern came to Canada in 1968 from a small town in western New York State, with a degree in Fine Art from the University of Buffalo.

After working several years in the UBC Library and then as a “lady logger” in Sayward and Kelsey Bay, she went back to school in Toronto to become a Chiropractor in 1977.

Since graduating in 1981, Dr. Mattern has been in full time practice in Nanaimo.

She loves to sing and is a member of Camerata Singers, as well as a member of Nanaimo Daybreak Rotary and the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Mattern’s focus is evidence-based chiropractic for the whole family, from pediatrics to geriatrics. You are never too young or too old to benefit from Chiropractic.

Dr. Logan Smythe

Dr. Smythe will be providing locum service for Dr. Michael Stochmal’s patients while he is recovering from a shoulder injury.

Logan is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic with a bachelor’s degree in human biology registered with the Chiropractic College of British Columbia, and the Canadian Chiropractic Association. At the University of Western States, Logan received scientific evidence-based training in the diagnosis and management of condition of the spine, nervous system, musculature, and skeletal structure.
Logan’s comprehensive treatment considers your specific goals, limitations, and any fears you may have about your condition. He believes in a full body approach to chiropractic care and thorough examination to determine limitations in movement, joint mobility, and dysfunctions that can contribute to injuries and pain. By using movement screening, palpation, and clinical decision making he will help you determine your best course of treatment. He provides spinal and extremity manipulation with hands-on adjustments and instrument adjusting techniques. Along with joint manipulation, he uses soft tissue techniques incorporated into the treatment and is certified in Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation (IASTM) through Hawk Grips.

Logan is a strong believer in the power of movement and strength. When he is not working, he loves to explore the many scenic landscapes and trails of Salt Spring Island with his wife and three children. He believes family and fitness are pillars of health and can often be found working on weight training or cardiovascular fitness in his spare time.