Sheila Baxter, R.N.
CEO, Registered Nurse
Laser Therapist, Clinical Nurse Instructor in Laser Therapy
Sheila Baxter has been a Registered Nurse since graduation in 1968 from the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, B.C., Canada. After three decades spanning psychiatry, intermediate care, brain and spinal surgery, post-operative recovery and paramedical nursing, she launched Western Canada's first Laser Centers for Health clinic in 1999. As Owner/Operator of the Laser Centers for Health group of treatment centres, she earned her certification from the Matrix Institute of Laser Therapy as a Clinical Nurse Instructor in Laser Therapy, holds the exclusive training and licensing rights for this copyright technology, and is legally permitted to train others anywhere in the world.
Sheila possesses more than 20 years' experience specializing in addiction treatment, therapy, and education. In 1989, as the co-founding member of CODES (Community Organization for Drug Education Services), she was honoured with an award for her tireless efforts to educate adults and teens about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. In the early nineties, she served as Vice Chair of the 14-bed Comox Valley Drug and Alcohol Recovery Centre, and lent her leadership and expertise to several other projects and committees for that centre. Her passion to free people from the grips of addiction, and her dedication to help people regain control and optimal health in their lives, has earned the LCH Technique™ the highest success rates for addiction and wellness treatments in Western Canada.
As a strong advocate for helping others, Sheila is most thankful for having a team of staff that works so well together, and that shares her passion.
Sheila cherishes every moment she has with her daughter and her grandson. Whenever there is time, she goes dancing, hiking, biking, kayaking, or to warm sunny places to relax on the beach.
Philip has been with Laser Centers for Health since July 2006. For many years a financial controller in industrial and commercial enterprises in his native England and in brief sojourns in South Africa and Scotland, Philip became a Canadian in 1984. He arrived on Vancouver Island with his family in 1997 to open his own accounting and bookkeeping practice. After the sale of his business, he was delighted to join Sheila Baxter and the staff at the very positive and forward-looking Laser Centers for Health.
Philip brings to the team a great deal of experience, both on the financial side and in overall business administration. He has had lifelong involvement with drama, reads a lot, and loves numbers.
Manager, Nanaimo Clinic & Certified Laser Technician
Shanyn Hughes joined the Laser Centers for Health team in March 2010. She is a Certified Laser Technician and Manager of the Laser Centers for Health clinic in Nanaimo, B.C., Canada.
From 2000 to 2008, Shanyn was co-owner of Elk Island Child and Youth Ranch in Alberta. This intensive therapeutic treatment facility for youth with behavioural and addiction issues included four properties on 142 acres, with 22 beds and 32 full- and part-time staff. Shanyn enhanced her counselling skills while co-facilitating marriage support and enrichment groups for a number of years.
Shanyn is extremely passionate about health and wellbeing, and finds it exhilarating to be part of such a great team. Every day, at the Laser Centers for Health Nanaimo clinic, Shanyn is rewarded with the opportunity to help others make major changes that improve their health and their lives. Clients often comment how encouraged, relaxed and empowered they feel after her treatments.
Having been happily married to husband Joel since 1990, and having raised four great children, building healthy relationships is a priority and passion for Shanyn, in both her work and personal lives. In her spare time, Shanyn loves interior decorating, gardening, yoga, and exploring the outdoors either on foot or in her kayak. Her favourite activity is spending time with her husband, kids, family, friends and her beloved dog.
Certified Laser Technician
Often one of the smiling faces that greet you at our Victoria clinic, Chelsea has a reputation with our clients for being warm, outgoing and professional.
Originally from Nanaimo, Chelsea studied Criminology and Physiology at Vancouver Island University before working at Nanaimo’s downtown methadone pharmacy and clinic. After moving to Victoria, she joined Laser Centers for Health and completed her training in laser therapy as a Certified Laser Technician. Along with her kind and gentle nature, Chelsea has the experience and training needed to help people with health issues and addictions. One of her favourite things about her role at LCH is hearing so many success stories from her clients, and knowing that she is helping people and their families in ways that will improve their lives forever.
Chelsea also adores animals and has spent many hours volunteering at the SPCA, animal hospitals and local animal shelters.