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About Us

About Us

At Coastal Chiropractic, you will receive treatment from a team of experienced practitioners focused on resolving your specific concerns. Whether it may be a recent injury, chronic injury, general wellness, or combination of all three, our team will develop a treatment plan designed to improve your condition and overall health. We take the time to listen to your health goals and examine factors that may be limiting your success.

Our Team

Headshot: Gerry Phelps

Dr. Gerard Phelps

Dr. Gerard (“Gerry”) Phelps completed his undergraduate (B.Sc.) training at the University of Guelph, Ontario, majoring in molecular biology and genetics and minoring in biomedical science. After graduating in 1991, he worked as a research assistant at the University of Guelph for two and a half years.

Gerry then decided that his true calling was learning more about the human body and helping people achieve their optimal health potential. Chiropractic was the perfect fit for the type of healthcare that he wanted to practice. After four years of study he graduated in 1998, as a Doctor of Chiropractic, from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto.

Dr. Phelps believes that no one profession has all the answers to the myriad of health problems that affect us, even if one were to only consider just the neuromusculoskeletal realm that chiropractic is a part of. A multi-disciplinary evidence -based approach to healthcare takes this into account and gives the patient the best chance of achieving their health goals. Chiropractic fits into this multi-disciplinary approach and has an important role to play. The effective treatment of a particular condition, by any practitioner, is contingent on accurately determining which patients one can help with a particular set of treatment “tools” and which ones should be referred to someone else.

Gerry's approach to each patient begins with a detailed history and examination aimed to arrive at as specific a diagnosis of the patient's presenting complaint as is possible. When deemed clinically needed imaging will be requested via the patient's medical doctor. Once the cause of the patient's problem is identified then the most appropriate and best treatment course is recommended. Practitioners that work with neuromusculoskeletal problems should equip themselves with the most effective techniques based on the current state of knowledge. To this end, Gerry's “arsenal” includes:

  • spinal manipulative therapy and graded mobilizations
  • various soft tissue release techniques (Dr. Phelps is a fully certified Functional Range Release® Practitioner)
  • Class IV laser therapy, electrotherapy
  • individualized rehabilitative exercise that seeks to restore functional mobility in his patients
  • ergonomic/lifestyle advice

Gerry lives an active lifestyle and tries to practice what he preaches to his patients. He is an avid tennis player and a self- described “gym rat.” Gerry and his wife, Heather, moved to Victoria in 1999 and have made it their home. They have two boys that are their pride and joy. The happy family of four can often be seen hiking their very “energetic” Australian Shepherd “Rocket” on the trails around our beautiful city.

Headshot: Christy Mader

Christy Mader

Christy is a Registered Massage Therapist with a diverse education and training background. She received her Bachelor of Science with honours from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and graduated as valedictorian at the Massage Therapy College of Manitoba in 2006. She was the massage therapist for the Canadian National Ultimate Frisbee team in 2016.

As a sports enthusiast, Christy enjoys sport at the recreational and competitive level. These pursuits include, adventure racing, rock climbing, and competitive Ultimate Frisbee. She won the Canadian National Championship for Ultimate Frisbee in 2003, 2009, and 2015; winning the finals MVP award in 2009. Christy has competed in five World Championship for Ultimate, with a 2nd place finish in 2004 and a 3rd place finish in 2016. With 21 years of experience competing in high-level sports, she understands the demands of training and recovering from injury and uses this knowledge to help her clients learn how to rehab and get stronger.

After doing advanced coursework in the Integrated Systems Model, Christy takes an assessment-based approach that looks at the whole body to treat structural problems in both athletes and non-athletes, and gets to the root of the problem by finding the source of dysfunction and pain. By using muscle energy technique (MET), working with Fascia on the deep and superficial levels, joint mobilizations, and a variety of massage techniques, function can be restored. Christy’s passion for helping people feel their best is evident throughout her work.

When Christy isn’t training or working, she spends time with her husband, two energetic young boys, and her rescue dog.


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