Our Story

For more than 30 years, Dr. Stuart Donaldson, Ph.D., BCIA(SF), ABDA, former director of Myosymmetries Calgary, changed the lives of over 7000 people suffering a wide assortment of ailments and disorders. 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 electromyographic (sEMG) techniques to chronic pain. He utilized sEMG in studying myofascial pain and fibromyalgia. Unique in the psychophysiology field, he also studied qEEG and brainwave activity combining sEMG with EEG biofeedback producing a comprehensive theory involving neural plasticity and fibromyalgia.

Stuart published extensively on both myofascial pain syndromes and fibromyalgia. In 1995 he won the American Journal of Pain Management Award entitled, The Outstanding Contribution to the Interdisciplinary Pain Management Literature, for his work on sEMG, neck pain and headaches. Stuart traveled and lectured about his clinical work and research throughout North America 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.

Our Process

  • Prior to an individual’s first visit, we ask for a list of medications and supplements you may be taking to ensure the assessment is not interfered with.
  • You will have half an hour to an hour interview with a therapist, covering details of the client’s concern, their history, onset of injury (how, when, where), lifestyle details, and other related issues.
  • You will then have a computerized brain assessment done, called a quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG). This instrument passively maps the electrical activity in the brain through non-invasive, painless electrodes placed on the client’s head.
  • If needed, the client will also have a surface electromyograph (SEMG), which assesses potential muscles that may be causing pain.
  • Wait about a week for the assessments to process.
  • You will then be asked to come in for another half an hour appointment with a therapist to review what was found and what types of treatments would be most effective. You will be given the choice if you want to receive the suggested treatment.
  • If you decide to commence with the treatment plan, you will be booked in. Each appointment is half an hour to an hour in length, and what is done depends on the client’s personalized treatment plan.

Through the combination of quantitative assessments, administered electrical stimulations, and individualized behavioural treatments, the rehabilitation process is optimized.

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Our Team

Doneen Moran

With interest in stress and the workings of the brain , Doneen was previously employed...

Kelsey Moss

Kelsey completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Victoria. ...

Chris Rozell

Chris has been supporting children, teens, and adults for almost 20 years, and currently...

Mary Donaldson

Mary started out her career as a teacher, enjoying several years of teaching ...

Clare Perry

Clare has practiced as a Registered Nurse in Alberta for the...

Lisa Chepil

Lisa Chepil is an RMT with 2200hrs of base massage training...

Sohel Shivji

Sohel is a Registered Provisional Psychologist who has been working with Myosymmetries since 2017...