Our Story

Read about who we are and where we came from...

For more than 40 years, Dr. Stuart Donaldson, Ph.D., BCIA(SF), ABDA, founder and former director of Myosymmetries Calgary, changed the lives of over 7500 people suffering a wide assortment of ailments and disorders before passing away in April 2020. Through the combination of computerized technology and behavioural therapies, health and wellness have been improved to enhance physical and mental performance. Dr. Donaldson used unique biofeedback treatments with tremendous success for addressing concussions, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, depression and much more. His techniques and teachings are still being used in the clinic to improve the lives of our clients.

Stuart received his Ph.D. from the University of Calgary in 1989. His doctoral work was on the relationship of muscle activity as measured by surface electromyography (sEMG) to chronic pain. He utilized sEMG in studying myofascial pain and fibromyalgia. Unique in the psychophysiology field, he also studied the Quantitative Electroencephalogram (qEEG) and brainwave activity combining sEMG with EEG biofeedback producing a comprehensive theory involving neuroplasticity and fibromyalgia.

Stuart published extensively on both myofascial pain syndromes and fibromyalgia as well as concussions. In 1995 he won the American Journal of Pain Management Award for The Outstanding Contribution to the Interdisciplinary Pain Management Literature, for his work on sEMG, neck pain and headaches. The University of Alberta recognized his accomplishments in 2006 with an Alumni Honor Award. He served on the Board of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) and served as its president in 2015. Stuart traveled and lectured about his clinical work and research at conferences throughout North America and Europe for decades.

Many clients have struggled to find answers to their problems. With proper research-based assessment, our staff meets the clients’ needs to treat psychological or pain related challenges.

Dr. Donaldson published extensively over the years. A complete list can be found here.

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Experienced Team

Our staff has decades of combined experience in Biofeedback, Psychology, and Psychophysiology.
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Professional & Friendly Staff

We truly love what we do, and want to help improve your mental and physical health and wellness.
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Quantitative Assessment

We include concepts from cognitive neuroscience and data science practices in our assessment to understand the full picture of what is going on.
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Individualized Treatment

Our comprehensive assessments provide information to determine the best treatment plan for YOU.
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Free Phone Consultations

Not sure if Myosymmetries is the best choice for you? Give us a call for a free consultation over the phone!
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Various Conditions Addressed

Issues we address include post-concussion, depression, anxiety, closed head injury, ADD/ADHD, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, performance anxiety, brain fog, and more!

Our Process

1. Booking In
All appointments must be made over the phone. Call us to book in!
2. Basic Info
Once an appointment is made, we will send you an email with information about your appointment, along with some forms for you to fill out prior to coming in.
3. Intake
The first appointment is always a 30 minute Intake with one of our Psychologists to go over your history, symptoms, and reasons for booking.
4. qEEG
Quantitative electroencephalogram or brain map appointment. This is an assessment of the brain’s activity that is non-invasive and painless. For more information, see HERE.
5. Possible SEMG
If muscle, head, or neck pain is an issue, a Surface Electromyogram might be recommended. This is an assessment of the activity imbalances between various muscle pairs. We also assess for trigger points causing pain. It is an hour long appointment done by a Registered Massage Therapist (see Lisa’s profile here).
6. Analysis
Wait one to two weeks while we do an analysis on the data.
7. Data Review
One hour appointment to go over all the results and determine what the best treatment plan is for you!
8. Start Treatment
Treatment plans depend on what we see in the Data Review. See HERE for more information.

Meet Our Team

Mary Donaldson, BSc, MEd

CO-FOUNDER, OWNER, AND SENIOR NEUROTHERAPIST

Mary cofounded the Myosymmetries clinic with her late husband, Dr. Stuart Donaldson. She began her career as a teacher specializing in science and media and technology, and was also a learning coach. She became interested in alternate answers for children and adults with ADD/ADHD, and as a result, trained in neurotherapy and quantitative electroencephalography (qEEG).

Mary has studied with some of the foremost authorities in the world and has attended numerous international conferences in the field of biofeedback. With her husband, Dr. Stuart Donaldson, she conducted research and co-authored numerous papers. When not working at the clinic, she is an active volunteer at a local animal rescue and a sponsor or a small rural school in Mexico.

Sohel Shivji, BA, BSc, MPsy

REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST AND NEUROTHERPIST

Sohel is a Registered Psychologist who has worked in various different fields including high schools, addictions centers and Universities, and currently focuses in counselling and biofeedback. He specializes in concussion research, counselling and biofeedback, and has been working with Myosymmetries since 2017. When not working at Myosymmetries or the high schools, Sohel loves to play both soccer and quidditch and is always an athlete at heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Rozell, BA, MC

REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST
Chris has been supporting children, teens, and adults for almost 20 years, and currently focuses on counselling and biofeedback for various forms of anxiety and depression. He also uses neurofeedback to help children and adults with focusing challenges such as ADD/ADHD. Finally, he has extensive experience working with pain management, concussion, brain injuries, and developmental challenges, supporting individuals, parents, and caregivers.

Doneen Moran, BA, BCB-T

PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSISTANT

With interest in stress and the workings of the brain, Doneen was previously employed as Human Resources Manager for a large family practice medical clinic set in a complementary medicine centre. After additional training in neurotherapy and psychophysiology, and completing the requirements for board certification in biofeedback she became part of the Myosymmetries therapy team. Doneen enjoys teaching people about how their brain and body work together and finding ways to live better.

 

 

 

Kelsey Moss, BSc

NEUROTHERAPIST AND OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Kelsey completed her BSc in Psychology specializing in Brain and Cognition Sciences, and has experience volunteering in various research laboratories using electroencephalography and eye-tracking. Kelsey has also been involved with two different not-for-profit organizations assisting individuals and families impacted by traumatic brain injuries.

Since 2017, Kelsey has held various positions at Myosymmetries, working both in the office and remotely during her studies. She is passionate about helping clients feel and perform their best. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, and snowboarding, and finds it hard to pass up a good cup of coffee!

Clare L. Perry, RN

REGISTERED NURSE AND NEUROTHERAPIST

Clare has worked with Myosymmetries since 2017 as a Personal Assistant for Dr. Stuart Donaldson, a Neurotherapist, and a Research Assistant. She has 15 years of experience as a Registered Nurse in Alberta, specializing in Pediatric Neurosurgery, Oncology, and Palliative Care. Clare utilizes her knowledge in neuroscience, brain trauma, and mental health to advocate for our client’s and support them daily.

She is interested in learning about health promotion, disease prevention, and optimal wellness, and is in the process of completing her Comprehensive Holistic Nursing and Nurse Coaching Certificate. Outside of the clinic, Clare enjoys spending time with her family, hiking in the mountains, and reading.

Lisa Chepil, RMT

REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST

Lisa Chepil is an RMT with 2200hrs of base massage training. She is also specially trained in Rapid Neurofascial Reset, Craniosacral Therapy, myofascial release, prenatal and dynamic cupping. Lisa is proficient at catering the intensity of treatments from lighter holistic CranioSacral therapy to increasingly deep yet precise therapeutic massage and active release. She focuses on slow progressive pressure to release restricted held tension. She specializes both in working with individuals with chronic pain, athletes and enjoys working with people from various backgrounds. Some of Lisa’s distinctive techniques incorporate low grade joint mobilizations, traction and assisted stretching with myofascial techniques to release adhesions in the form of trigger points, fascial restrictions, ischemia and muscular guarding.