While the building may be small it is rich in history and over the last 100 years always served as a community hub. In 1912 it housed the Steveston Telephone Exchange. People would visit the communications centre to make and receive calls prior to telephones being installed in homes. For a short time it became a private residence; however, it was eventually converted and served for nearly 20 years as the United Fishermen’s and Allied Worker’s Union office. Bill Rigby was the union’s first secretary treasurer and welfare director and it is in his honour that the building is officially named.
Satori’s Co-Directors Danielle Aldcorn and Dr. Sean Graham are quick to point out these facts, as this was what initially attracted them to the space. One of the first things you will spot is a vintage telephone on display in the waiting room, along with framed information about the past life of this fascinating structure. It always pleases them when people share stories from the past.
It all began in 2002 when they were hunting for a location to fulfil their dream of opening an integrative health centre. When they found the historic space for lease they immediately loved it and began renovating to create four treatment rooms from the previous open floor plan. Along with tasteful paint and décor choices, in February 2003 they opened for business.
They agree that some of the most satisfying aspects of their jobs include meeting new people and working to solve problems holistically. Another common thread is they are both eager to serve this community.
Ironically, without having discussed it together, they both came up with the business name Satori which means enlightenment in Japanese. Enlightenment is the light of truth and knowledge that frees the mind, body and spirit on the path to awareness. They thought this word was fitting both for the centre and also to honour Steveston’s Japanese fishing village roots.
Aldcorn began her career as a social worker and eventually opened her private practice as a registered clinical counsellor. Her work with children, youth and families includes issues such as anxiety, family conflict, social and behavioural concerns and autism. She facilitates communication, assertiveness, and self-awareness in clients to help them gain insight, solve problems, and cope with difficult situations.
With younger clients, Aldcorn uses a mixture of verbal and expressive therapies including games, art, journaling, music, stories, sand, and role-play.
Aldcorn is a long time Steve-stonite. She has been working in the community since the age of 12 when she began volunteering at Steveston Community Centre. She says she has come full circle working so close to her youthful stomping grounds.
Dr. Graham grew up in Richmond. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from UBC and graduated with his Doctorate of Chiropractic from the Southern California University of Health Sciences. He obtained fellowship status from the Royal Chiropractic College of Sport Sciences-Canada. He treats sports injuries, headaches, back, neck, joint, and chronic pain.
He is also the head chiropractor for the B.C. Lions football team. This partnership evolved from Dr. Graham’s former career as a professional CFL football player with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the B.C. Lions (he had the good fortune of winning the Grey Cup championship in 2000). While he always knew he wanted to go into the health care field, Dr. Graham credits his career to his years with the CFL where he learned the immediate benefit of holistic, hands on, rehabilitation therapies.
As time marched on they introduced collaborative like-minded practitioners including Dr. Kristian Frantzen (chiropractor), Melissa LeBlanc (registered dietitian), Lily Zhu (registered acupuncturist), Hannah Beard, Shawn Mercer and Wesley Skakun (registered massage therapists), and Bob Aldcorn (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction instructor). They are a true family business with Danielle Aldcorn’s mother Brenda Aldcorn also helping out with reception.
In addition to chiropractic, Drs. Graham and Frantzen provide ART (Active Release Techniques for the upper and lower body) and orthotics.
If you are looking to reduce stress, enhance clarity and creative thinking, improve communication skills and cultivate leadership and teamwork, inquire about Satori’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction courses, workshops and retreats.
Over the years the couple have found the fine balance between work and free time. Aldcorn is a published author of many young adult and new adult novels. Her next book titled “One Percenter,” releases February 23, 2015 under the pen name D.R. Graham. She has also been a columnist with The Richmond News for over a decade. Dr. Graham is an active member of the Rotary Club of Steveston; he coaches Hugh Boyd Secondary’s varsity football team and he is currently working toward earning his private pilot’s license.
What sets Satori apart? It exudes a genuine home-like feeling; in fact it is so relaxing and peaceful that people have been known to fall asleep in the lobby.
Appointments can be made by phone or online and new clients are always welcome. If 2015 is the year that you are looking for a chiropractor, counsellor, dietitian, acu-puncturist, massage therapist, or Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program drop by the little white house.
Satori Integrative Health Centre
12004 No. 1 Rd
Richmond BC V7E 1T4