Occupational Therapist

Philip holds a Bachelor of Science Degree, in Psychology, from Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a Gerontology Graduate Certificate, from Loyalist College, in Belleville, Ontario, and a Geriatric Certificate Accredited by McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario. Additionally, he served as a Medic in the Canadian Armed Forces Medical Services for 18 years.

Over the past nine (9) years, I have undergone advanced training in Biostimulation using microcurrent to treat my clients. I have training in Cranial Suture Release, Post-Concussion Therapy, Auricular Treatment, Certified Scar Release Therapy, Microcurrent Point Stimulation, and Vagal Nerve Stimulation (Approved by Health Canada for Covid-19 ARDS). I am an Assistant Educator (4 years) with the Centre for Pain and Stress Research, in Toronto, the developers of the Dolphin Neurostim device.

At Victoria Wellness, we understand the importance of mental health. The use of microcurrent has been proven to aid in the successful treatment of anxiety, depression, PTSD, insomnia, and substance abuse by encouraging the body to switch from the upregulated Sympathetic mode (Fight or Flight) to the healing parasympathetic mode (Rest and Digest). A low vagal tone indicates that your Vagus Nerve isn’t functioning as it should. This may lead to a heightened Stress Response which becomes chronic, possibly leading to depression, anxiety, gut issues, and inflammation within the body. Researchers discovered a positive feedback loop between high vagal tone, positive emotions, and good physical health. The more you increase your vagal tone, the more your physical and mental health will improve (and vice versa). The vagal response reduces STRESS!

I look forward to the opportunity to demonstrate the power of microcurrent and its positive effect on your body and mind to place you into a better frame of mind to absorb the teachings you’ll undertake at Victoria Wellness & Residential Mental Health Centre.