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Dr. Jeff Scholten

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In private practice in Calgary, Alberta, Canada since 2001, Dr. Jeff Scholten is a Board Certified Diplomate in Chiropractic Craniocervical Junction Procedures and is currently the only Canadian to hold the distinction of being a Fellow in Chiropractic Craniocervical Junction Procedures. He was selected as the Upper Cervical Chiropractor of the Year in 2015 by the International Chiropractic Association’s Council on Upper Cervical Care. His vision of a world in which the public is aware of the important health connection between the optimal function of their body and the proper function of their upper neck has inspired Dr. Scholten to devote significant time and attention to the development of his profession.

Originally earning a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 1996 from the University of Calgary, Dr. Scholten continued his studies graduating Magna Cum Laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2001. Dr. Scholten is currently completing a post-baccalaureate graduate level certificate program in Pain Management in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta.

During his professional training at Palmer College of Chiropractic, Dr. Scholten was inducted into the exclusive Vogt Society as recognition for exemplary personal leadership, was awarded with a Certificate of Recognition for Extraordinary Personal Action from the American Red Cross, received a Certificate of Merit for his role as an Anatomy Teaching Assistant, and earned a membership in Pi Tau Delta, an International Chiropractic Honor Society as a recognition of superior academic achievement.  During his time at the University of Calgary, he was granted a Jimmy Condon Athletic Scholarship to reward athletic and academic excellence. 

Dr. Scholten is an owner and serves as President of Upper Cervical Health Centers Inc., Vice-President of both the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) and the Upper Cervical Research Foundation (Canada) (UCRF(C)), and Chair of Upper Cervical Events, LLC. Dr. Scholten also serves as a member of the board of directors of the International Chiropractic Association’s Council on Upper Cervical Care, the Upper Cervical Research Foundation (UCRF), and the Ralph R. Gregory Memorial Foundation (Canada). Dr. Scholten is Past President of the International Chiropractic Association’s Council on Upper Cervical Care, past NUCCA Treasurer, a past chair of NUCCA’s fund-raising committee, a past chair of NUCCA’s corporate liaison committee, and served the UCRF on a special committee as liaison to the Canadian Institute of Natural and Integrative Medicine.

Dr. Scholten is the clinic director and owner of The Vital PostureTM Clinic and is a practice consultant that works privately with individual chiropractors and chiropractic organizations. An engaging public speaker, Dr. Scholten regularly presents to chiropractic and non-chiropractic audiences on health topics associated with the craniocervical junction, strategic planning, patient satisfaction policies, models for creating win-win clinical associateships, and professional relationship development. Dr. Scholten has organized a number of conferences focused on the business of chiropractic and currently is an active and founding organizer of the Upper Cervical eXperience, an annual seminar dedicated to collaboratively exploring topics in contemporary upper cervical chiropractic.   

In 2006, Dr. Scholten co-founded one of the chiropractic profession’s first Practice Based Research Networks (PBRN). A published researcher, he is engaged in clinical research with an interest in enhancing understanding and eventually predicting the likelihood of particular patient outcomes. Dr. Scholten was awarded a public research grant in 2012 to study the information acquired in the PBRN by the Canadian CAM Research Fund.  In 2012, he was awarded a Certificate of Merit in Clinical Research from the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association. 

Dr. Scholten originally considered a career in health care because he liked the idea of being able to spend his life contributing to his community by improving the quality of someone’s life. The amazing health benefits experienced by many family members through upper cervical chiropractic care led Dr. Scholten to pursue a career in chiropractic.  

On a personal note, whether sipping wine in the shadows of the Eiffel Tower or eating dim sum in Hong Kong, Jeff, Kira, and their two children, Chloe and Julia, enjoy traveling together to exciting destinations and sampling the local cuisine in their leisure time.

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Dr. Mylène Hopf


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Dr. Mylène Hopf has dedicated her career to helping people live a long, active, and energetic lifestyle free of pain. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Life Chiropractic College West in Northern California, Dr. Hopf joined the Vital Posture Clinic in 2010.

Being committed to providing the highest quality care and treatment means that Dr. Hopf continually furthers her education and knowledge, thus ensuring her clients receive the best service and care possible. Dr. Hopf has ongoing involvement with the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA), recently completed a certificate in Pain Management with the University of Alberta, is completing a 3-year Diplomate in Upper Cervical Procedures, and is actively engaged with both the Alberta and Saskatchewan Chiropractic Associations. She is also very involved with concussion management and awareness and is working towards providing appropriate training and education to other health care providers, sports association, trainers, coaches, and teachers to help control the high prevalence of this potentially devastating injury. 

As well as providing high-quality care to her Calgary based patients, Dr. Hopf also operates a satellite clinic in Regina to help her Saskatchewan patients obtain easier access to NUCCA care.

Dr. Trevor Hillard


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Dr. Trevor Hillard has been interested in chiropractic and health from a young age. Having struggled with illness throughout childhood, a keen interest and an early respect for the need to be proactive regarding health spurred Dr. Hillard towards proactive health alternatives. He first experienced NUCCA nearly ten years ago after family members had experienced excellent results with Dr. Scholten, and he was immediately inspired to focus his future career on these specific chiropractic procedures.

To pursue his passion in becoming a NUCCA practitioner, Dr. Hillard completed his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Lethbridge.  He followed that by graduating Magna Cum Laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic – one of only a few chiropractic colleges with the resources to allow NUCCA to be practiced clinically during the final four semesters of school. 

Dr. Hillard is fully trained in the NUCCA procedures with a primary interest in serving patients with headaches, specifically migraines.  Having watched many in his family, as well as himself, suffer from migraines before discovering NUCCA, Dr. Hillard developed a deep respect for the relationship between migraine pain and imbalances in the head and neck region.  He believes strongly in the need for a dedicated practitioner to address this vital and complex area. 

While at Palmer College, Trevor completed the NUCCA elective early enough in his schooling to enable him to audit it a second time which further enhanced his understanding of the procedures. Trevor was highly engaged in the NUCCA club at Palmer College, eventually elected President, and contributed to his fellow student’s knowledge of NUCCA by instructing or co-instructing the majority of twice weekly club meetings during his final three semesters at college. 

When you can tear him away from treating neck imbalances, Trevor is equally passionate about old cars; in his downtime you can often find him under the hood of a car or trolling the junkyard.  Happy to be back in his hometown of Calgary, he also enjoys playing squash, biking or hiking with his wife Audina.

Dr. Michelle Speranza

MichelleMichelle has long held a passion for serving her community and promoting a healthy, active lifestyle. It was during her undergraduate degree that she was introduced to Chiropractic and drawn to learn more about the intricacies of the body’s innate healing ability. After graduating with a BSc with Distinction in Anatomy and Cell Biology from the University of Saskatchewan, she moved to Minnesota to pursue her Doctorate of Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences University.

Throughout her studies, Michelle became intrigued by the complex relationship between the upper cervical spine and the nervous system and the overall impact this region has on one’s health and ability to function. She began to focus on studying and learning the NUCCA procedure and continues to enhance her knowledge of this specialized technique.

While at Northwestern, she was actively engaged in participating and leading several student clubs and organizations and became President of the NUCCA Club during her final two trimesters. For her final preceptorship, Michelle was fortunate enough to be able to return to Calgary and intern at The Vital Posture Clinic.

Michelle graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 2016. During her time there she was awarded a Steward of Chiropractic Award and Student Leadership Award for her involvement on campus and in the community.

Michelle is excited to join the team at The Vital Posture Clinic and to serve her home community of Calgary. She brings with her a passion for educating her patients and empowering them with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions regarding their health. Her mission is to help others optimize their quality of life, enabling them to do activities they love in a pain free fashion.

In her spare time Michelle volunteers to teach Tae Kwon-Do with the Tecumseh Tae Kwon-Do Club, enjoys being active in the outdoors, and loves to travel the world and experience different cultures.

Ashley - Communications Coordinator

Ashley 2016Ashley grew up in Calgary and received a Business Administration Diploma with a Marketing Major from S.A.I.T. She began working in this office in early 2011 and is responsible for the public relations side of the practice. When she’s not upfront interacting with patients, she is busy prepping in-office shows, social media posts, and building the clinic’s online presence. Ashley takes a great interest in improving the patient experience by making sure the office’s décor and environment are inviting and warm. She enjoys both the opportunity to utilize her creativity as well as interacting with our patients.

When not at the clinic Ashley is likely working out, walking her dogs, or planning her next trip to Europe. 

Joscelyne - Project Coordinator

lowresDSC_6263_JoscJoscelyne was born and raised in Calgary and loves living so close to the mountains. She began working at the Vital Posture Clinic in 2010 and brings her breadth of organizational skills to the team by helping make the behind the scenes processes run smoothly. She loves interacting with patients and helping to ensure each individual receives excellent care and attention.

After previously completing her Iynegar Yoga Certification, Joscelyne switched gears and is now working towards a Business Administration Management diploma. Joscelyne intends on completing her business degree with a focus in management/sustainability, with a future goal of obtaining her MBA. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering in the community, exploring the mountains, and contemplating which country she'd like to explore next. 

Leah - Operations Coordinator

LeahLeah was born and raised in Calgary and is grateful to have most of her immediate family and friends close by. Leah is an avid sports fan and enjoys playing sports, or simply watching the on TV – her goal is to watch every type of major sporting event live!

Leah’s weekends are spent sharing laughs with friends, having fun outdoors with her dog Pepper, or heading to the mountains to enjoy the scenery and do some hiking.

Tammy - Controller

Tammy 2016Tammy is originally from Calgary but now calls Airdrie home. She joined this office in the spring of 2013 and has 14 years of experience in the health care field. She has a passion for helping people and enjoys the opportunities to interact with the babies and children that come to our office. Tammy is also responsible for the bookkeeping and budgeting of the clinic.

Tammy is married with 2 grown daughters; her spare time usually involves sports - whether it’s watching a hockey game, one of her daughter’s soccer or basketball games, or playing softball herself. She loves getting out into the sun, spending time with family and friends, and heading out of the city for some fun and relaxation. Tammy is also currently learning sign language to be able to communicate with the deaf community.