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Tuesday - Thursday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Friday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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Meet the Metrotown Chiropractic Team

Metrotown Chiropractic was founded February of 2000. Since its establishment, the clinic has been providing evidence-based health care to the surrounding community, and has built an excellent reputation. All of our practitioners strive to be professional, caring, compassionate, and patient-centered in the hopes of providing exceptional service to our patients.

Dr. Hafeez Merani, Chiropractor

Dr. Hafeez Merani (BKin, DC) graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) with Clinical Honours. During his tenure at CMCC, Hafeez displayed exemplary leadership as Students’ Council President and Class Valedictorian. He was awarded a number of accolades, including the Board of Governors’ Chair’s Award and Marilyn Phillips Award, both recognizing leadership and service to the student body, faculty relations, and helping to inform academic/fiscal policy at the college.


Hafeez received a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree from the University of British Columbia. Throughout his university career, Hafeez was a member of the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiologists and currently holds a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Hafeez is a certified Full Body Functional Anatomical Palpation (FAP) Provider, and has his M1 Training under the Graston Technique.


Hafeez believes strongly in community service, working for Simon Fraser University’s Men’s Hockey Team as their chiropractor from 2012 – 2014. Over the past two years, Hafeez has lectured students in the UBC Faculty of Medicine on the importance of collaboration between family physicians and chiropractors. He has also spoken at both the Best Buy and Translink head offices on the importance of ergonomics and prevention of musculoskeletal injuries. Hafeez currently works with the Canadian Chiropractic Examination Board as an examiner. He also is a board member for the Chiropractic College of British Columbia whose principal mandate is to protect the public. In his spare time, he enjoys weight training and mountain biking. Hafeez currently lives in Port Moody with his wife Hasina and daughter Lyla.


Please click here to view Dr. Merani’s curriculum vitae.

Dr. Moe Baloo, Chiropractor

Dr. Baloo (BSc, DC, MHA) obtained a Bachelor of Science in human biology from the University of Winnipeg and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2011, he completed the Master of Health Administration program at the University of British Columbia and currently serves as Vice-Chair for the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board.


After practicing full time for nearly 15 years, Dr. Baloo recently joined Providence Health Care as a Project Lead at St. Paul’s Hospital. Outside of work, Moe enjoys volunteering for a variety of local charities and organizations such as the World Partnership Walk, the Canadian College of Health Leaders, and Alumni UBC.

Dr. Hamid Tajbakhsh, Naturopathic Physician

Dr. Hamid Tajbakhsh, BSc., ND is a graduate of the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine and was awarded the institute’s academic excellence award. Dr. Hamid is also an alumnus of UBC graduating with a BSc. in biology along with a minor in psychology after being awarded an entrance scholarship into his program of studies.

Dr. Hamid also serves as an assessor to the Quality Assurance Committee of the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC) which is the regulating body for NDs in BC. Additionally, Dr. Hamid serves as adjunct clinical faculty at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine where he supervises senior naturopathic interns.

Dr. Hamid uses alternative medical testing and modalities to investigate and treat the root cause of his patients’ ailments. Tests can include conventional blood tests, genetic testing, hormonal testing, food sensitivity testing, etc. Treatment modalities used by Dr. Hamid include nutritional medicine, botanical medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, and Bowen therapy.

Dr. Hamid helps his patients with the following:


General Family Health and Wellness

  • Allergies
  • Stress alleviation and emotional health
  • Energy concerns
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Heart and circulation health
  • Brain and nervous system health
  • Autoimmune diseases


Digestive Concerns

  • Indigestion (e.g. bloating, gas, pain)
  • Food sensitivities
  • IBS (constipation and/or diarrhea)
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (e.g. Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis)


Chronic Pain and Discomfort

  • Trauma
  • Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • PMS

To learn more about naturopathic medicine or Dr. Hamid’s services please visit www.metrotownnaturopathic.com.


Rob Hemsworth, Registered Massage Therapist

During university, Mr. Rob Hemsworth (B.P.E, B.Ed., RMT, MRSC) developed a fascination with the human body; specifically how it is built, functions, and breaks down. As a result, Rob has devoted his working career to developing effective ways of restoring optimal function to the injured. Massage therapy has been the best medium Rob has used to pursue this endeavour.


Rob witnesses on a daily basis the complex nature of the body and has come to appreciate how different each patient is anatomically and functionally. Thus, Rob practises in an evidence-based manner which meets the specific demands of each individual and achieves maximal health benefits.


Rob is currently completing his Masters in Rehabilitation Science at UBC and is also an instructor at West Coast College of Massage Therapy.


Rob enjoys treating the following conditions:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Postural/repetitive strain injuries
  • Acute and chronic injuries
  • Work place injuries
  • Lower back injuries
  • Joint and nerve pathologies


Rob has the following interests:

  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Joint mobilization
  • Myofascial release
  • Sports Massage
  • Postural re-education
  • Muscle balancing


To visit Rob Hemsworth’s website, please click on the following link: www.metrotownmassagetherapy.com.

Ladan Mohammadi, Registered Acupuncturist

Ladan Mohammadi (R.Ac, Ph.D.) is a registered acupuncturist who graduated from the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver where she completed the Acupuncturist program and graduated at the top of her class. Ladan has also completed her Ph.D. in engineering at UBC.

Understanding how to rejuvenate and revitalize the body so it can function optimally has been Ladan’s goal. Ladan believes that despite natural processes of aging, genetic disposition, as well as various social and environmental stressors, our body and mind possess an innate potential to heal. Acupuncture can help stimulate this healing potential.

Acupuncture has effectively been used for acute and chronic pain such as in the treatment of:

Back pain, shoulder pain (e.g. frozen shoulder), knee pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, headaches, migraines, and sports injuries.


Acupuncture can also help with:

  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia 
  • Depression/anxiety 
  • Facial rejuvenation
  • Skin conditions
  • Digestive problems 
  • Menstrual issues and infertility 
  • Chronic cough
  • Cold/influenza 
  • And much more

Ladan is excited to make acupuncture painless and accessible to Burnaby families. As an acupuncturist, Ladan has a passion for educating her patients about the philosophy of acupuncture and traditional medicine in a clear and concise manner to allow her patients comfort, confidence, and involvement in their treatment and healing. Ladan helps her patients by providing individualized effective treatments which can include acupuncture, cupping, and lifestyle/dietary advice based on classical and traditional texts.

Natasha Ignjatovic, Office Manager

Born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia, Natasha moved to Canada with her husband Ivan over 20 years ago. They settled in Burnaby and are proud parents of Ana and Nikola.


Natasha’s educational background consists of an economics degree in Finance/Banking, and she has many years of experience in accounting and management. She and her husband have used these skills to establish a very successful company, Canforce Pest Control.


Natasha has a passion for community involvement, and has served on the Board of Directors at her church. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing in a Serbian Folk Ensemble, as well as spending quality time with her family and friends.


Natasha has worked at Metrotown Chiropractic as office manager for more than 10 years. She comes to work every day with a smile and ensures that each patient feels welcome and comfortable.

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