Meet Our Staff


Dr. Markus Thiel


Dr. Thiel has been serving Kelowna and the Okanagan community since 2001. During his 15 years of post-secondary education, he acquired the designations of Sports Therapist, Respiratory Therapist, and Doctor of Chiropractic.

Prior to becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Thiel practiced at Vancouver General Hospital Health Sciences Centre, the provincial trauma centre for British Columbia, as an attending Respiratory Therapist. His coverage included the ER, trauma units, and the various ICU's including spinal, cardiac, burn, and neurological units.

Prior to that, Dr. Thiel cycled South East Asia and trekked the Himalayas for 2 years. He attempted Mount Everest in 1987. He has 4 children and in 1995 he attended the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. In May of 2000, Dr. Thiel graduated and was granted a degree as a Doctor of Chiropractic. He has been in Kelowna ever since.

Christine Grusen


Chiropractic Assistant and Certified Laser Therapist

Christine was raised in Revelstoke, BC. Growing up she enjoyed a wide variety of all the outdoor amenities Revelstoke has to offer. Moving to Kelowna in 1998, she continues her love of outdoor activities like hiking with her dogs, biking, and most recently paddle boarding on our beautiful lakes.

Christine has been working with Thiel Chiropractic since 1999 as a Chiropractic Assistant, and Certified Laser Therapist.

She sees a wide variety of injuries and conditions coming into the clinic, and patients having full resolution on a daily basis. She has a genuine desire to help people achieve their health goals.

She brings a warm and inviting feeling to our office, and patients always look forward to the seasonal decorations and event draws that she puts together. She takes exceptional pride in caring for each and every patient.

Shelly Stephens

Medical Office Assistant

Shelly has been in Kelowna since 1989 and loves the Okanagan lifestyle. You can find her running, biking, swimming, and walking with her three boys: Larry, Scrappy, and Scooby. Shelly has worked in the customer service industry all her life. She has been a patient of Dr. Thiel's for many years and always had great results from Dr. Thiel's laser and chiropractic treatments. Shelly now enjoys being part of the team.


Sophia Parrill


Senior Laser Therapist


Sophia was born and raised in Richmond, BC, and was involved in a variety of activities growing up. She was in ballet for 12 years and also taught rock climbing for 7 years before moving up to Kelowna in 2013. Here, she completed her Bachelor's degree in Human Kinetics with a minor degree in Psychology. Prior to joining Okanagan Laser Solutions, Sophia worked as a Behaviour Intervention Counsellor with kids and adults with autism where she worked one-on-one with families and led summer camps for 4 years.

Sophia continues to stay updated with the latest research in laser therapy through biweekly BioFlex webinars and has completed an Advanced Training Course on the Lumbosacral Region.


Patricia Rambold


Our Massage Therapist, Patricia Rambold, graduated in 2000 from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. She has worked in several clinics as well as independently for 6 years before joining Thiel Chiropractic in December of 2009.

Pat uses a variety of modalities but is partial to myofascial therapy and deep tissue techniques to bring about change in the body.

Her focus is a whole-body approach to treatment.

Pat has recently finished advanced courses on integrated fascial techniques. These courses include craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, and some osteopathic techniques.