We are looking forward to partnering with you and exploring what is possible for you and your health.

Cindy McKenzie and Dr. Lisa Simpson McQuarrie are committed
to helping you and your family create sustainable health and vitality.

What most people experience is:


Better ability to handle stress

One great side effect is the capacity to handle stress better – this is something we can all benefit from.


Better brain function

This shows up in a myriad of ways such as more focus, deeper sleep, better concentration, improved balance, better digestion, well the list goes on and on.  A healthier brain improves every body function.


More life enjoyment

If we can handle stress better, have less pain and get an upgrade in brain function, life gets more enjoyable!
  • I love that I am treated as a whole person, with genuine care.  I now have a greater ability to process emotional issues.  Chiropractic keeps my body healthier and stronger  than it would be without.  I am able to offer my children this kind of care from birth, which has numerous benefits.

    Theresa K
  • I experience physical and emotional changes within minutes of entrainment.  It keeps my health and spine in excellent physical condition.  How have I benefited?  Almost complete elimination of back pain.  Only under conditions of unusual strain do I experience minor pain.  NSA is gentle with almost miraculous quick effects on any back pain and amazing long term effects on health.

    Peter S
  • I love the gentle and painless treatment.I am a calmer and happier person to live with now that I am able to deal with stress more effectively.

    Sandy G
  • I have experienced increased well-being, vitality, balance and less pain.  People have noticed my overall well-being and general good heartedness.

    Linda H

Contact us! We look forward to hearing from you

Email us or give us a call – 519.742.5440

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The Essence Chiropractic team


Dr. Lisa Simpson McQuarrie


I feel truly blessed to be a Wellness Doctor.  It seems like every person who walks through our doors is seeking a better life, a healthier body, greater ease and less discomfort.  I am thrilled to be able to offer the latest cutting edge techniques to help empower these people to realize their inborn potential!  Every one comes in with their solution for healing within them, we just work to release it.

I received an Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph and then I attended the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto and graduated in 1998. Since then I have immersed myself in the study of mind-body healing, stress and its effects on the nervous system and brain function, and ultimately creating wellness.  Wellness doesn’t happen passively – you must take action and engage on all levels!

I have a passion for wellness; authentic living; creating sustainable health and for living as lightly and with as much compassion as we can.  I am grateful to be able to inspire and empower others to live with vitality, passion and purpose!

I also love meditating, being in nature, hiking, running and exploring our world. I love real food, natural living, family and community.

I live in downtown Kitchener with my wonderful husband Scott and exceptionally cute daughter Anna.


Cindy McKenzie

Office Administrator

I feel truly fortunate to be part of the Essence Chiropractic Team for the last 5 years! It has enhanced my health, my life and my overall well-being.

I have lived in the KW community for most of my life with the exception of 4 years at Brock University and 3-year jaunt to Windsor.

Our office at Essence Chiropractic is incredibly welcoming, warm and safe. I will be the one greeting you upon arrival and will do everything in my power to give you the best experience possible.

I look forward to assisting you on your own path to Wellness


Heather Hendriks

Chiropractic Assistant

It was through a referral for my own needs that I found Dr. Lisa. Living with burning pain day in and day out was taking its toll on me. After receiving care from Dr. Lisa I could finally see and feel what I had been missing – a life without discomfort. It was that referral that changed my view of Chiropractic and what it can do for everyone.

In 2012, I started working for Dr Lisa as a Chiropractic Assistant doing neurological stress assessments.

The Neuroinfiniti program allows me to work and learn with cutting edge technology in Chiropractic. It gives us a window into the body to gain a better understanding of what is going on with the brain and body and how it connects to the bigger picture of life.

Through working at Essence Chiropractic I have grown my own knowledge of health, wellness and personal well-being. I am grateful to be a part of a community passionate about helping others, natural healing and reconnecting with our bodies and health.

I live in Breslau with my husband Mike, our English bulldog Thea and our son Nevin.

Also here to serve you


Angela Weber-Thompson, BSc. MSW RSW

Therapist and Clinical Social Worker

Don’t waste another day feeling sad, stuck, or overwhelmed. I have 10+ years of experience as a therapist/clinical social worker and I would love to support you in transforming your goals into meaningful and long-lasting growth and change.  I exude warmth and genuineness and I know that great therapy cannot happen without a strong relationship between client and therapist.

I work with individuals, couples, and families across the lifespan and draw heavily on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) techniques. I specialize in the treatment of anxiety and traumatic stress disorders, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and provide Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.

I received my Master of Social Work (MSW) from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2007 and am a registered member with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) as well as the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).

To learn more please visit my website, www.headsandheartspsychotherapy.ca


Thyra Calvert, MSc, RPQ, CCC

Navigating our hectic world can be challenging on the best of days. I know from experience that it becomes even more complex when you or your loved one lives with trauma, chronic pain, illness, or disability.

My passion is bringing empathy, healing, and empowerment to individuals who navigate the world with, or are impacted by, pain, trauma, illness, or disability. Simply put, I help my clients, who include children, adults, couples, and families, to develop a more positive relationship with themselves and strengthen their relationships with others so that they may feel safe, valuable, and whole.

I know that there is no one approach that works for all clients. As such, I have been trained to work with clients using different approaches including: Dialogic, Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and more.

My educational background includes an MSc in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Guelph and a joint BA in Psychology and Sexuality, Marriage and Family studies from the University of Waterloo.

To learn more, visit my website and book your session today!

Contact us!

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Business Hours

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Closed Friday-Sunday


1 519.742.5440


60 Bridgeport Road East

Suite 202

Waterloo Ontario

N2J 2J9