Dr. Paul Attalla B.PE. D.C.


Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Dr. Attalla headed west to Vancouver to the University of British Columbia where in 1995 he graduated with a Bachelor of Physical Education with a specialty in Exercise Science.  Completing his Doctor of Chiropractic Studies from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon in 1999, he spent a year in Squamish before moving to Fernie in 2001, where he opened his successful chiropractic practice, Fernie Chiropractic Inc. Constantly expanding his education is a passion of Dr. Attalla’s  and in 2010 he completed extensive training in the Graston technique, becoming a certified practitioner. In 2015 Dr. Attalla became certified in Kinesio taping.2017 brought Dr. Attalla to New York, where he became a certified instructor in Foundation Training.

Health and fitness is at  the core of Dr. Attalla’s practice. An accomplished high endurance athlete, Dr. Attalla can provide a unique understanding when treating the residents of the Elk Valley, where a diverse variety of recreational activities are available at our doorstep. Dr. Attalla leads a very active lifestyle and in his free time you can find him mountain biking, skiing or volunteering his time by helping to expand Fernie’s extensive trail system. Dr. Attalla is a co-founder the the Fernie Ghostrider Adventure Camp, a week long outdoor camp for kids.



Dr. Jill Snell D.C. ICCSP

Jill was born the second in a line of 5 children in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. After graduating with a bachelor of Commerce degree (Accounting) from the University of Calgary in 1990, she spent 3 years public practice accounting with Deloitte & Touche and received the designation of Chartered Accountant.

Following a fall roller skating at age 12 and following some serious deconditioning when she started University and ice skating, Jill discovered first hand the benefits of chiropractic care. Although it was not until she started practicing as an accountant and found the best part of her day was at the start at her chiropractor's office that it became clear that a career change was in order. With this she packed her bags and moved to upstate New York to enroll in the degree program at New York Chiropractic College.

Jill graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1997 and moved back to Calgary to run her own practice for 7 years, cross continent commuting for most of it to see her partner. Finally in 2005, she decided to take her passions and skills to her family's homeland and practice in the UK until 2011, working in North Central London during most of that period.

With extensive background in all aspects of family practice, she is delighted now to be permanently based in Fernie, her new home. jill has pursued advanced training in sports training and injury rehabilitation with a special interest in soft tissue injuries. Jill has experience with many extremity and spinal conditions and especially enjoys the challenge of working with children and  and adults in the realm of rehabilitation  and performance optimization. She has completed further training in SOT, Activator, chiropractic rehabilitation, Active Release Techniques, Graston technique and became a certified Kinesiotaping Instructor in 2008.  During her time in the UK she completed a 10-session program in Chiropractic Neurology at the Medical Education Centre, Solihull Hospital and became a certified Kinesiotaping Instructor in 2008. In 2015 she received her International Chiropractic Sports Sciences Practicioner designation. She continues to update her skills regularly and continues to teach internationally. In her spare time you can find Jill traveling, attending pilates class or following one of her new passions for photography, golf and cycling.



Meet our Friends at Fernie Athletic Therapy



Sport Injury Rehabilitation - Custom Foot Orthotics - Athletic Therapy

Kayla Boger BSc (Kin), BAHSc, CAT(C)

Growing up in Leduc, Alberta, Kayla always had a passion for sports. She ran competitively with the Leduc Track Club for 12 years and played high school volleyball and basketball. She attended the University of Alberta and graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. It was during these 4 years where Kayla discovered a passion for working with athletes and teams and became interested in sport injuries and rehabilitation. She went on to pursue her  Athletic Therapy degree at Sheridan College and graduated in 2009 and successfully completed her certification in July 2009, becoming a Certified Athletic Therapist (CAT(C))


Kayla joined Fernie Athletic Therapy and the Fernie Ghostriders team in October of 2009  and has never looked back.


Kayla has advanced her education .

Highlights of Kayla's career thus far include traveling to Nova Scotia with Team BC high school football in 2011, Jasper 7's Rugby tournament and of course working with the Ghostriders.


Outside of  of Fernie Athletic Therapy Kayla enjoys everything this beautiful valley has to offer, in particular trail running, crossfit, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, camping,hiking, biking and most recently fishing.






Heather Lewis BPE, CAT(C)


While still in high school, Heather took a Athletic First Aid and Taping and Strapping course through the Sport Medicine Council of Alberta and used her new skills to help her high school women's rugby team. She was hooked.


Heather has been a Certified Athletic Therapist (CAT(C)) since 2002 after completing a combined Bachelor of Physical Education/Advanced  Certificate in Athletic Therapy Degree program offered through the University of Alberta and Mount Royal College.


It was a dream come true to open Fernie's first Athletic Therapy Clinic in the fall of 2006. Prior to moving to Fernie in 2005, Heather worked in Edmonton, AB as the Medical Coordinator for the 2005 World Masters Games and a clinical Athletic Therapist at MorMed Therapies in Sherwood Park, AB. Winter 2005 she worked in Fernie as a dispatcher at Fernie Alpine Resort and used her Advanced First Aid Skills and Athletic Therapy knowledge to asses the carnage that rolled into the First Aid room.


Heather has spent many years "working on the sidelines/on the bench" and consulting for numerous teams, clubs and events. Examples include hockey, football, lacrosse, gymnastics, skiing and snowboarding, track and field and Rugby. Fernie Athletic Therapy has been the "Official Clinic of the Fernie Ghostriders" since 2007. More recently, Heather enjoys keeping the Elk Valley's local athletes injury  free as they train for their races, events and games such as Bloomsday, Wasa Triathlon, Elkford Triathlon, TR3 and the Elk Valley Bulls Rugby Football Club.


In her spare time Heather likes to hike, mountain bike, snowboard and play women's hockey.  She and her husband adore their two daughters Penny and Rachel and experiencing the outdoors with them!