About Us

Our beautiful wellness centre is located in the heart of the Headwaters region and offers the feeling of coming home. We believe that the journey to health begins with how you feel inside and out. Our centre reflects that. We offer you a community, a family and a place to come home to when you need it the most. We want you to feel your best so you can get back to leading a wholesome and fulfilling life.

We are a family of heart centred practitioners, healers and teachers that are deeply passionate about connecting body, mind and soul. At Headwaters Wellness our focus is on YOU. We care compassionately about all aspect of your wellness. True healing goes just beyond the physical and we are here to support your journey.

Headwaters Wellness is nestled in Alton, in the Hills of the Headwaters, surrounded by rolling hills, abundant rivers and waterfalls. Alton is a charming little village surrounded by the communities of Orangeville, Erin, Hillsburgh,Caledon Village, Belfountain & Inglewood.

Osteopathic Manual Practitioner 

Natalie Kipling

Nat Kipling, H. B.Kin, MOMSc

Nat Kipling is an Osteopathic Manual Therapist.  In fall 2015, Nat brought Headwaters Wellness to life with the intention of making it much more than a wellness clinic. The goal was to create a place that brings love and light to the healing process and emphasize the positive side of health…. “wellness”.

Nat fell in love with osteopathy many years ago and took the leap to return to school after it helped her eldest daughters colic. The premise of Osteopathy is to use gentle body work to facilitate the bodies own healing capacity (how mother nature intended). Nat brings a soulful approach to her practice and understands that healing is much deeper than just physical. She is dedicated to inspiring and empowering others to find health from within and lead a fulfilling life. Her goal with each treatment is to connect body to soul.

Nat is happy to call Alton her home and believes in the power of community. She fell in love with the community so much she decided to plant further roots here and open the doors to Headwaters Wellness. This decision has enabled her to be close to her young family as they grow and give back to the community. When she is not working she loves spending time with her family close to nature, especially on the water.

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Registered Social Worker

Kate Pugh

Kate Pugh is a registered Social Worker and has been in the field for over 19 years.  Even as a young child Kate was drawn to helping others though difficult moments and challenging life circumstance.   She obtained a Bachelor of Social Work at McMaster University in 2000 and went on to obtain her Masters of Social Work at the University of Toronto in 2004.  Kate grew up in Dufferin and return to the area with her family a few years ago.  She enjoys walks in the many beautiful nature trails in Dufferin and Caledon and practices yoga.  She sees these activities as key to her own healing and wellness.

Over the years Kate has worked for a number of social service agencies and has assisted individuals and families with a variety of difficulties.  These experiences aid her in her knowledge of resources available to those she meets with as well as in her understanding of the variety of challenges people can be confronted with.   Kate offers compassion and seeks to aid her clients explore their circumstance through keen listening and by asking skillful/thought provoking questions.  It is her hope that the experience will help her clients continue to adapt, grow and flourish.

Lifelong learning is important to Kate and she regularly looks for opportunities to expand her knowledge and skillset.  She has also worked as a trainer and Supervisor.

Kate draws from a number of different therapeutic approaches mainly Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Attachment theory, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness and Trauma Informed.

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Yoga Instructors


Fae Budden

Fae received her 350 hour certification from East to West Yoga in 2013. Her lifelong passion for ceremony, wellness and spirit has been an ideal match for teaching yoga. Her background as a healthcare provider gives a professional and intuitive sense of the body.  Her belief  in a balanced approach to the practice influences her classes with both active flow and passive restorative elements. Fae’s future plans include certification as a Therapeutic Yoga Specialist, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, and furthering her training in Therapeutic Touch.   Always safe, sometimes humorous,  Fae’s classes provide compassionate care to the body mind and spirit.


Sam Shepherd 

Sam Shepherd is a wife, small business owner and mother of 4. She founded Escarpment Outdoor Adventures with her husband Dave in 1996. Together it has been their mission to help clients balance mind, body and spirit through a mindful connection to themselves and nature. She wholeheartedly believes in yoga as a way of life, yoga is so much more than postures and breath work. Using this holistic philosophy, Sam incorporates mindfulness, meditation, breath work and yoga postures into each class. She especially enjoys teaching children the importance of mindfulness and compassion through meditation and yoga.

Sam is an outdoor enthusiast – a passion she shares with her family, friends and students. As the owner and operator of Escarpment Outdoor Adventures, she brings the joy of rock climbing, yoga and meditation to students of all ages across Southern Ontario. Her love for teaching comes from her time with EOA and as an avid yoga practitioner she has taken her natural abilities for teaching and brought them to the yoga studio. When Sam isn’t practicing yoga, meditation or teaching those around her, she is with her husband and four boys on outdoor adventures – canoe tripping, mountaineering, hiking and exploring.

Sam is a certified Reiki practitioner and has studied at the world renowned Nosara Yoga Institute. Sam is honoured to offer the NYI teachings and traditions to her students. She is someone you can laugh with and someone you can lean on for support and this support transcends into the classroom where she continuously supports her students of meditation, mindfulness and yoga – helping them find a practice that is meaningful and inspired; a practice that is for everyBODY.

Mary Kay Amos

Mary-Kay has been in the fitness and recreation industry for over 25 years.  Her working life has taken her on quite a journey from Managing Fitness Clubs, to owning her own Personal Training Company to teaching First Aid, CPR, and Lifeguarding to owning and directing her own children’s camp for the past 17 years to teaching fitness and yoga on the side.  Her career has provided her with the opportunity to live her passion.  Mary-Kay was certified to teach yoga at 5 Elements Pilates and Yoga with Michelle Cormack in 2007.  She has taken additional training in Pre and Post Natal Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Kirtan, and Meditation and continues to take courses to add to her base of knowledge.