I received my Massage Therapy diploma with Cum Laude distinction, after completing a 2200 hr program at Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy, Toronto, in 2014. My education consisted of courses including anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, orthopedic assessment, remedial exercise and treatment based massage, to name a few.
After completing my board exams with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario that same year, I began down my path as a healthcare professional treating the public with Massage Therapy in both private practice and multidisciplinary clinics.
As I have found myself seeking out opportunities to work with people throughout my life, serving the public has been a direction I naturally move towards. With a background of over 25 years working with children, I’ve worked with people in various times in their lives; from preschool children and thier families, elementary and high-school aged youth, expecting parents to older adults. Office workers, labourers, athletes, dancers, newcomers to Canada, teachers, parents, people in their pregnancy and postpartum stages, those dealing with chronic pain, people going through chemotherapy, those looking for some solace in their day or week (or month), those receiving palliative care, those who stand many hours, factory workers, have all managed to find their way to my massage table.
I believe clients should feel safe, comfortable and free to ask any questions they have around their care to help them better understand and feel empowered to make informed treatment choices. This is a crucial component of my practice, along with the assessment, treatments themselves, treatment plans and remedial exercise I provide for clients to complete between appointments. I am thoroughly committed to the clients in my care and very much enjoy my work.
Continuing Education & Events
Trained in Swedish massage, as a life learner, I’m continuously taking courses of interest to further my skills and better support my client’s rehabilitation from injury or pain. The following are some of my recent studies and events I attended.
*Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminar, The Lower Body, with Walt Fritz PT. Discussed assessments and practiced myofascial release to reduce pain specifically for the lower body.
*Therapeutic Ultrasound. Completed a course and examination in the use of ultrasound as a therapeutic tool.
*Dying In Good Hands. Theory and Practical Massage for People Who Are Disabled, Elderly, or Terminally Ill. Addressed particular physical concerns this population of people and their caregivers have, both theoretically and practically in class, long-term living institutions, palliative care facilities and home visits. Gained teaching skills; how to instruct loved ones and caregivers on the immediate needs of the dying, through the power of touch.
*Trimesters; Massage Therapy for Pregnancy. Both an in class component and in the high-risk pregnancy ward at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Hospital. Treated mothers who were in pre labour and post labour. Special attention to individual woman’s conditions, treatment contraindications and modifications were made.
*School fundraiser. Provided chair massage to students in elementary school, high-school and their communities helping to raise money for their schools.
*Treated clients living in housing designated for people with a low income, living with HIV/AIDS, people who are transitioning from homelessness, recovering from addictions, and older adults.
*Covenant House. Canada’s largest shelter for homeless youth aged 16-24. Provided chair massage for clients with a variety of muscle and neurological challenges.
*Wheelchair Relay Race. Treated athletes pre and post race. Some athletes were treated while sitting in their wheelchairs and other athletes on the massage table.
*Walk For A Cure. Treated mostly women who had fundraised and walked to raise money for Breast Cancer Research. Each person had a story to share. Treated a variety of sore overused muscles and muscle spasms.
What to Expect at Your First Treatment
*Your first treatment will begin with a welcome.
*If not completed ahead of time, you’ll be given a health history form and possibly insurance provider information form to fill in. This is done during your initial visit only and updated yearly or if anything changes in your health.
*We will go over your health history together and have a discussion around your treatment goals.
*I will conduct a complementary (often brief, not always) initial assessment to better understand your situation and discuss my findings with you.
*A recommendation will be offered for that day’s treatment and a treatment plan going forward, if necessary. We will discuss any questions or concerns you have and augment your treatment accordingly.
*When ready, I will ask for your consent to treat you.
*You’ll be given privacy to undress to your comfort level and get on the massage table between the sheets and begin to relax. I’ll wait until you are ready before returning and will then give you the discussed massage therapy treatment checking in with you making sure I’m working within your comfort. At any point you are able to change or stop your treatment.
*When your treatment is completed I will once again leave, giving you time to redress before I return to discuss how you are feeling and give you remedial exercise as needed.
*We will discuss if there is a need for future treatments and book your next appointment if necessary.
*You may choose to process your payment before or after your treatment.
*Please allow at least 30 minutes more in your schedule, beyond your treatment time booked for your first appointment to accommodate your complementary assessment.
*Future treatments will include a more brief check in around your progress since your last visit, treatment goals, my recommendation and discussion prior to starting your massage.
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