Dr. Gohar Sheikh is the Director and driving force behind Elign Health Centre. The concept for a clinic based on this unified approach to “Chiro Health” grew naturally out of his long and successful practice.
Dr. Sheikh has distinguished himself since his earliest training. After studying Human Biology (Honors) at McMaster University, Dr. Sheikh was accepted to early admission at Toronto ‘s prestigious Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. He attained his Doctorate of Chiropractic and also received the coveted Dr. Ron King Award for clinical excellence. Dr. Sheikh also volunteered Medical Services with the World Health Organisation in Sri Lanka, during height of Civil War. While there, he was certified in Traditional Acupuncture and Homeopathy from the International Institute of Medicine.
In the mid 1990’s, Dr. Sheikh first began private practice in East Vancouver, moving it later to Broadway & Cambie, and finally to Burnaby. Dr. Sheikh has had the privilege and pleasure of serving not just individuals but their entire families, from students to business leaders, amateur and pro athletes, newborns and seniors, as well as expectant moms.
While operating his practice, Dr. Sheikh has rigorously maintained his own ongoing education, keeping up with the latest developments in Chiropractic and related fields. With many leading experts and authorities, he has studied extensively in Applied Kinesiology, Torque Release Technique, Activator Methods, Cranio-sacral and Chiropractic Biophysics Techniques. This ongoing study enables Dr. Sheikh and his team to provide the individualized care that best suits each practice member.
This continued learning goes in both directions: Dr. Sheikh has taught workshops and lectures throughout Greater Vancouver and been a featured speaker with Anthony Robbins, Fitness World, Plaza 500 Hotel, Canadian Justice Institute, and numerous Community Events. He has been featured covering holistic health and related matters in local media, newspapers and on television. Dr. Sheikh has appeared as a regular feature on Vancouver Television and as Health & Wellness Expert for CTV Vancouver.
Since 1996, Dr. Sheikh has worked extensively with the Vancouver Film Industry. Working in both a consulting capacity and direct treatment, his clients have included actors, directors, producers, stunt experts, support staff and special effects people. His name has appeared in the credits for numerous films.
Dr. Sheikh’s passion is his family and his community. He lives on the North Shore with his lovely wife and 3 children Bilal, Qasim and Maryam. He has competed in various downhill and cross country mountain bike events, including the Canada Cup, and enjoys travelling, camping, hiking, and teaching.
Alain Dalida is a Certified Laser Therapist. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in the Philippines, majoring in Physical Therapy.
Before coming to Canada in 2011, Alain worked in an acute care hospital in Florida and also in an outpatient clinic as a Physical Therapist. He would go on to be promoted to Department Director later on.
Alain first started working with Dr. Sheikh in the April of 2012 and got his laser certification with Biolfex Systems for Low Level Intensity Laser Therapy.
In his spare time, he enjoys road cycling and cross-country mountain biking.
Roberto Car graduated from Simon Fraser University in the Summer of 2015 with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Kinesiology and a focus in active health and rehabilitation.
He actively volunteered in the physiotherapy department while at SFU and eventually became a part of the SFU wrestling team as a first responder and a team therapist.
After SFU, he continued on to become a Certified Kinesiologist as well as a Certified Laser Therapist, which lead him to join Dr. Sheikh’s team in early 2016.
In his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer, and participating in various sports, which lead him to volunteer with the Burnaby Lake Rugby club as a Kinesiologist. Roberto was responsible for preparing athletes for games and tending to injuries.
Vanessa de Rooy graduated from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in 2014 and has been part of the Elign team ever since.
Vanessa believes that massage is an effective and enjoyable way to treat a variety of musculoskeletal injuries and address the body as a whole. She uses numerous techniques based on the needs of each patient, including myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, neuromuscular technique, Neurokinetic therapy, Swedish massage and assisted stretching.
In her free time, Vanessa enjoys hiking, biking and crossfit-style classes at her favourite gym.
Hamed Amiri is the Centre Coordinator at Elign Centre. He was brought on to the team to handle clinic operations and to implement new marketing initiatives.
He attended Simon Fraser University and received his Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science. His studies included public policy, international relations, and urban planning.
Hamed has always had a passion to help people and hear their stories. He was a Board Member for three years at Richmond Addiction Services Society, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing expertise in preventing and treating addictions in the community.
During his time at SFU, Hamed switched career paths and decided to go into marketing, in particular digital media. Hamed has done work for a number of influential brands, including 604 Now, The Terry Fox Foundation, TEDxStanleyPark, Kijiji, and the Vancouver Aquarium.
In his free time, Hamed enjoys to spend time with his family, go hiking, play basketball, and catch up on his favourite sports teams.
Sophie Liu is a Licensed Acupuncturist and graduated from Central College in New Westminster in 2015.
Prior to studying acupuncture, Sophie earned her Bachelor of Arts from China.
She believes optimal health is best achieved integrating Eastern and Western medicine. Sophie specializes in digestive issues and pain relief and strongly believes in the body’s natural ability to heal itself with some help from acupuncture.