The Matraea Centre, founded by Registered Midwives Kate Koyote and Selina Boily, fulfils their shared vision of providing inclusive, integrated health care services in a collaborative care model—all under one roof. As mothers themselves (to 7 children between them) and as midwives working locally since 2001, they saw an opportunity to create a community resource for local families: one that incorporated elements of education and informed choice as complements to conventional medical care, and that would provide those alternative health care services for families and individuals of all ages. As active leaders in their careers as midwives–each served terms as President of the Midwives’ Association of BC–having subsequently settled in “rural” BC, they found themselves uniquely positioned to create an idealized, centre-based model of their own in a supportive local community.
The Matraea Centre opened its doors on March 1st, 2011. Now celebrating its 5thAnniversary, it continues to “embrace wellness, family, and community,” providing excellence in integrative health care from its location in the Heart of Downtown Duncan at 170 Craig St., directly opposite City Hall., as well as serving as a platform for community building and change-making alongside its network of local partners like the Cowichan Intercultural Society, Cowichan Women Against Violence, One Billion Rising Cowichan, etc..
After selling their vision for the Centre to local partners Nika Stafford and Juergen Suelzle (of JS Plumbing Ltd) amongst others; then purchasing, gutting and renovating the former 1923 BC Telephone Co. building, their shared vision continues to play out today. The Centre is home to Naturopathic Medicine, Acupuncture, Clinical Counselling, Massage Therapy, and Tax Accounting; all anchored by the Cowichan Midwifery Group, a six-woman strong midwifery practice that accounts for nearly 50% of all the births in the Cowichan Valley. The Centre’s Retail boutique, Matraea Mercantile continues to offer natural essentials for Pregnancy and Birth, and is currently undergoing a facelift, re-integrating the Matraea proprietary brand of products to focus more on essential and complementary products designed to solve problems for conscientious new moms and dads, while at the same time integrating on-site packaging and fulfillment of its Matraea products to expanding markets across Canada, the US, and—recently–Asia.
At the outset, and at its heart, Matraea was designed with community in mind. From our purpose-built stroller and wheelchair access ramp, through our slate of extra-ordinary allied health-care practitioners to our intimate classroom space offering Pre-natal classes, pre and post-natal yoga—with “flexible availability” for rentals for gatherings of all kinds—we invite you to come and visit us. Like us on Facebook, or visit www.matcentre.ca. orwww.matraea.com Call 1 844 MAT-RAEA for room booking availability or to access our directory of services.
List of Services
Naturopathy: Rikst Attema, ND, M. Sc.
Cowichan Valley Acupuncture: Denise D’Fantis, B.A. R.Ac., D.T.C.M.
The Cowichan Midwifery Group
Swarn Leung, M.A., R.C.C. Registered Clinical Counsellor
Heart Matters , Family Counselling, Heather Ferguson, M.A.
Reflections Retreat, Massage Therapy and Body Talk, Christy Greenwood, CBP
Rebecca Christofferson, Counselling and Art Therapy, R.C.C.
Amanda Slydell, Tax Preparer Extraodinaire
Matraea Trading Ltd.