Karyn Hughes B.Sc.Soc, RMT
Karyn is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) and is licensed by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. In 2001, she graduated from the three year Massage Therapy program at Algonquin College and continues to teach the prenatal outreach part of the program. In 2014, she was nominated for a Birth Worker’s Award in Massage Therapy. Karyn has taken further training in:
- Barnes Myofascial Release techniques
- Pediatric myofascial release
- CranioSacral therapy (work with babies who have had birth trauma and feeding difficulties)
- Pelvic myofascial release
- Manual lymph drainage techniques
- And over 10 different courses relating to pregnancy massage
She has done specific work with pregnant moms in labour to help relieve pain and discomfort, has completed her training as a doula and has been honoured to have been asked to attend several births. Karyn’s focus is in pre and post natal massage and women’s health. In addition, she is working towards her International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) designation.
Karyn has extensive experience in Swedish massage, lymphatic drainage techniques, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, stretching and strengthening and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF). She also uses massage to help manage fibromyalgia, alleviate headaches and encourage recovery from injury. She likes to encourage clients to be pro-active in promoting their own health and well-being. Karyn enjoys working one-on-one with clients to provide customized care that fits their lifestyle.
Erin Marshall RMT
Erin is a graduate of Algonquin College’s Intensive Massage Therapy program. Within her program, Erin completed over a year of direct clinical experience in a variety of environments, including hospitals and rehabilitation centers, schools and community outreach programs. She also studied Sociology at Carleton University and has spent the past 15 years as a therapeutic foster parent to children and youth with a variety of special needs, including physical, behavioural, and mental health. She now enjoys being a biological mother to one, an adoptive mother to two, and a former foster mother to many!
Erin’s career interests include the role of massage in stress management, finding balance through therapeutic touch and integrating components of health and wellness for a variety of body types, individuals, and situations. She is also First Aid and CPR trained and bonded (over 20 years).
Toni Lanouette RMT / Doula
Toni was born and raised here in Ottawa. She graduated from the International Academy of Massage with Honors in 2001.
Toni has recently been trained in Myofascial Release by John F. Barnes. She is excited to share her newest passion with you. She has completed his Pediatric, Fascial Pelvis and Myofascial Release 1 and is already planning her next trip for more courses. Toni also regularly meets with an MFR study group. She is excited to learn more about this connective tissue and how it affects movement and pain in inflamed, injured or overused areas on the body.
Myofascial Release is a sustained slow pressure which helps to restore this tissue and can be used anywhere on the body to increase flexibility, reduce tension and pain. It can also return the individual to freedom of movement. By listening to the body and where the restrictions are holding, the therapist is able to provide each client with a personalized treatment each and every visit.
Toni is also trained in Lymphatic Drainage, Reflexology, Scapular Stretch and Rotator Cuff Release, Thermal Palms (a soft hot alternative to hot stones).
Toni feels honored in supporting families through transitions including prenatally and postnatally. She has enjoyed empowering her clients as a Doula since 2009. Toni is excited to meet new clients and to continue supporting her current clients following her from her home office. Her Massage Therapy approach is in treating the individual as a whole person… Mind, Body, and Spirit.
“You are your own captain of your ship. I can be your tour guide.”
Michele Lanigan RMT
Michele has been a Registered Massage Therapist since August 2010. She completed her schooling at Everest College in Ottawa and attended the University of Ottawa prior to that where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics.
She uses a wide variety of techniques throughout her treatments all dependent on your goals and what is needed to help you. Michele combines her experience as a Kinesiologist and as an RMT to provide comprehensive and client focused care.
Michele has done extra training in Craniosacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release through the Upledger Institute and has focused part of her career on those with special needs as well as childbirth. She has also taken courses in Hot Stone Massage, Indian Head Massage and Reiki Level 1. She has done training to become a Birth Doula through DONA International, taken a Childbirth Educator course and most recently has done extra training for Prenatal Massage.
In her spare time, Michele enjoys being with her family, gardening and attending births as a Doula.
Taryn Gauley RMT – has blue cross
Taryn is an Honours graduate from the Intensive Massage Therapy program at Algonquin College here in Ottawa. Since her graduation in 2013, she has been serving the Barrhaven community with therapeutic, deep tissue and pre/postnatal work.
Her main desire is to help her clients find and correct the source of their problem with on-the-table therapy as well as solutions at home from stretching and strengthening to postural awareness. To do so, Taryn uses a combination of deep tissue, therapeutic, Swedish and trigger point work to decrease pain and to restore mobility and function. With a history in many different competitive sports, Taryn has experience in the rehabilitation process and in working with specific injuries as well as issues that may crop up years later. Her other massage passions are working to help decrease chronic headaches/migraines, and aid in decreasing prenatal pain.
Taryn is a Blue Cross member, a Hot Stone therapist and is working towards her certification in K-Tape(kinesiotaping) and Yoga Tune Up.
Alyson Abbott RMT
Alyson is a Registered Massage Therapist with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) since 2009. Alyson is from the 1000 Islands and came to Ottawa in 2006 for the Massage Therapy Program at Algonquin College. She is also an active member of the Registered Massage Therapy Association of Ontario (RMTAO).
Alyson has been practicing for almost a decade in various settings. Previously, she had 2 years of student clinical experience, and 1 year of student cooperative programs. In those placements, she worked with postpartum moms and babies in hospital, retired veterans, athletes, and clients with scars. Alyson has taken a hot stone and aromatherapy course, as well as Reiki Level 1.
Alyson enjoys using a variety of techniques and remedial exercise home care to suit the needs and goals of all her clients. She really enjoys creating treatment plans with her clients to achieve the best possible results together. She strives to make sure all her clients feel comfortable, safe and listened to. Alyson performs treatments from relaxation and tension relief, to working with challenged tissue and injuries. She has treated many conditions and issues over the course of her career so far.
Alyson hopes to continue to expand her knowledge, gain new skills and learn techniques throughout her career. As a new mom, in her spare time, she enjoys activities with her daughter and husband, time with family and friends, exploring the city and cooking.
Ruth Burnett-Cole BA RMT– has blue cross
Ruth graduated from Toronto’s Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic in 2001. Since that time she has lived and worked in a variety of settings ranging from small towns to large cities. She has enjoyed the different challenges that each new setting brings: from treating cowboys (and girls) in the Prairies, to working with downtown office workers, actors and opera singers; Ruth has had a wealth of experience.
She also completed a degree from the University of Toronto with a major in Religious Studies and a minor in Women’s Studies as well as a diploma in Addiction Counseling from George Brown College. Ruth strongly believes in treating the whole person – body, mind, spirit, and emotions. She has completed her Advanced Training in Craniosacral Massage, and additional training in Craniosacral Massage for the Jaw (TMJ).
Ruth has also completed training enabling her not only to do pre/post natal massage but to teach parents and caregivers how to massage their infants. She has extensive experience in working with clients who suffer from chronic pain resulting from any number of conditions including fibromyalgia and arthritis. She also has specialized training in providing massage for palliative clients; an end-of-life comfort measure which she feels honoured to offer.
In her free time, Ruth enjoys paper crafting including card making. She also enjoys swimming and kayaking – passions she hopes to regularly indulge in living so close to the Rideau and Ottawa Rivers. Ruth is excited to be part of the Barrhaven Women’s Clinic and looks forward to continuing her training in areas related to women’s health.
Tonya Gartshore Dipl S.T. RMT
Tonya has a diploma in Shiatsu Therapy from the Shiatsu School of Canada & Acupuncture Institute’s two-year Diploma program. Her love of Shiatsu and alternative therapies led her to study at Algonquin college in order to offer her clients the services of a regulated professional. A graduate of Algonquin College’s Massage Therapy Intensive program, she is an experienced therapist. As well as being a massage therapist, Tonya offers several therapies including: shiatsu, acupressure, Thai massage, reflexology and facial acupressure. All of these therapies can be offered as part of any massage therapy session.
Olivia Semenick RMT
Olivia is from Thunder Bay, Ontario and moved to Ottawa to begin her schooling in Massage Therapy at Algonquin College. She has had the opportunity of hands on experience in student clinic, as well as outreach. She has worked with athletes, children with disabilities, prenatal clients and a variety of clients in water massage. Olivia took an interest in prenatal massage during her final year of school and intends to pursue completing additional courses in prenatal massage. She also plans on taking courses in craniosacral therapy, muscle taping, as well as doula training. Olivia looks forward to continuous learning throughout her career and intends to cater to the goals of her clients; whether it’s relaxation or for an injury.
In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, paddle boarding, dancing, photography, and knitting.
Amelia Brunet RMT– has blue cross
Amelia Brunet is a Registered Massage Therapist in the province of Ontario.
Amelia believes that massage is a powerful tool that can improve the overall quality of life in important ways. By synthesizing information gathered through the client interview and assessment process she creates a balanced plan of care based on each clients’ unique needs and goals.
Amelia provides an open, respectful, and therapeutic environment to help clients plan and optimize their health and decrease impairments.
Always learning, she regularly enrolls in continuing education programs to stay current and gain new skills and techniques to improve the care her clients receive.
Member of: CMTO, RMTAO; honours graduate Algonquin College Massage Therapy Program.
Andrew has been a registered massage therapist since 2000. Since then he has been helping families in the Ottawa area relax, relieve stress and pain, and live healthier lives. With the use of traditional therapeutic and relaxation massage based on the Swedish massage principles and other techniques, he has been working on developing over the last 5 years. Andrew’s focus has been on putting together specific treatments for each individual that helps their body relax to speed up the healing process.
Andrew has further training in Tibetan Acupressure, Hot Stone, Lymphatic Drainage, Rotator Cuff & Scapular Stretch, Atlas & Axis Dysfunction to name a few. He enjoys working with a range of clientele from relaxation to sciatic pain, from tendonitis to headache release and anything in between including pre and post natal massage.
With many years in the practice of massage therapy Andrew has developed a keen sense of touch and intuition that helps him find the issues and a wide range of techniques to help decrease the tension and relieve the pain and discomfort associated with it. After you leave your appointment you may also receive information on stretches, exercises and how to improve your posture at home, work and while you sleep. Proper sleeping posture is very important for the health of your body.
Andrew is always happy to see new clients and looks forward to seeing you soon.
Brian Derby B.A. RMT – has blue cross
Brian Derby is a former Nationally Ranked Long Jumper who competed for Canada in 1992. After his B.A. from Queens University and traveling across Australia, Brian completed the Massage Therapy program at Algonquin College and earned his license in 2001.
Since becoming an R.M.T., Brian has taught the General Massage Course at Algonquin College and has done clinic supervision and orthopedic assessment through Kine Concept. He has earned certificates in Reiki level 1, Lymphatic therapy, reflexology, acupuncture level 1 IET level 1, EFT level 1 and orthobionomy.
Adding to Brian’s expertise in sports therapy and deep tissue massage, he has opened himself to four new skills linked to his passion for Energy Medicine.
Brian uses I.E.T (Integrative Energy Technique) and E.F.T (Emotional Freedom Technique) and Reiki to help his clients overcome specific barriers in their lives. It is a perfect adjunct to Massage Therapy and offers another tool for assisting his clients to achieve the best results for their physical health.
Using traditional Chinese Acupressure points and traditional Integrated Energy points, the results from your standard Massage Therapy treatments are amplified!
Find out more about how EFT, IET and Reiki can help you today.
Jasmine Lim RMT
Born and raised in Ottawa, Jasmine is a recent graduate of Algonquin College’s Massage Therapy (Intensive) program. She is a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) and the Registered Massage Therapy Association of Ontario (RMTAO).
Jasmine completed a Bachelor’s of Science (Honours) in Human Kinetics with a Minor in Music at the University of Ottawa. She became a Certified Exercise Physiologist with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP) in 2012 and remains an active member, as well as an Exercise is Medicine® Canada (EIMC) Recognized Exercise Professional Level 2.
Jasmine has experience working with clients who have a wide-range of conditions; such as scars, chronic pain, musculoskeletal conditions, stress/anxiety, and trigger points. She uses a variety of techniques during treatments, tailored to each individual client, including:
- Swedish massage techniques
- Myofascial techniques
- Manual lymph drainage techniques
- Indirect/direct fascial techniques
- Lower joint grade mobilizations
- Trigger point therapy
- Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF)
Jasmine enjoys working with children and athletes of all levels. She is enthusiastic and motivated to help clients achieve his or her treatment goals and is constantly looking to further her education and expand her skills. She is certified in using Kinesio Tape and Dynamic Tape. She is currently a therapist for Ottawa South United (OSU) OPDL competitive soccer teams and has worked with a variety of sports teams since 2011. Jasmine has also been a part of Bouge in Balance Athletic Therapy since 2011.
Outside of work, Jasmine is an avid long-distance runner and dragon boater, as well as a classically trained pianist. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching piano, spending time and eating lots with her family and friends, and of course, spoiling her baby nephews!
Joscelyn Rollins RMT
Joscelyn is very passionate about treating each client specific to their needs and strives to make a positive impact with each massage. Joscelyn has gained professional experience with specific scar treatments, deep tissue massage, lymphatic drainage techniques, working with joints, and trigger point therapy. She enjoys working with clients for relaxation, headaches, or specific injuries. Joscelyn is prepared for any type of challenge and aspires to exceed expectations. She has knowledge of many in-depth special tests that allow her to assess and target specific issues clients may be experiencing. Joscelyn has worked with clients who enjoy light pressure and specific deep pressure; she enjoys both types of treatments.
Joscelyn enjoys spending most of her time with her friends and family who mean the world to her. She spends a lot of time outdoors, in all seasons. Her personal hobbies include singing and dancing. As avid hockey fans, her and her family enjoy playing at home on the lake in the winter. Joscelyn believes in massage therapy and the power it has in benefiting clients in many different ways. She hopes to further educate herself within the upcoming years in different areas, to allow her to perform in a variety of areas and educate her clients!
Victoria Johnson RMT– has blue cross
Victoria is a graduate of Algonquin College and is registered through the College of Massage Therapist of Ontario.
She believes that health and wellness is a journey of support and learning, which is what she strives to accomplish. With her skills in deep tissue, sports massage, TMJ, trigger point therapy and manual lymph drainage, Victoria works to educate her clients, allowing them to reach their goals. She is also experienced in Scar Tissue Manipulation, myofascial release and will continue to become educated to further her skills.
Victoria has experience with pre/post natal massage and has been fortunate enough to provide labor support and attend a few births.
Victoria is a cycling enthusiast and uses two-wheel drive to move around the city during the summer months. Other than Massage Therapy, her passion is for painting and sketching, which she hopes to pursue further.
Megan McIntyre RMT– has blue cross
Megan graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Massage Therapy from Algonquin College. Throughout the years, Megan discovered that her passion for massage therapy provided an opportunity to help other people. She has gained experience in several different types of massage including Pregnancy, Sports massage, Lymphatic drainage, Connective tissue and aromatherapy. She enjoys working with a variety of clients and conditions and she is always up for a new challenge or experience. Her career builds on interpersonal skills that she wishes to continue to develop over the many years of her career. She is a highly energetic individual who is keen on getting people back to doing the things they love and feeling the way they want to feel. Megan enjoys a variety of activities to stimulate stress relief and happiness. Some of these activities include dancing, scuba diving, snow boarding, hiking, painting, and bowling.
Meaghan Anderton RMT, B.Sc.
Meaghan is a Registered Massage Therapist who graduated from Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic. During her studies, she had the opportunity to take part in specialty clinics including one at Sunnybrook Hospital; working with prenatal and postpartum patients of the High-Risk Obstetrics Unit. She also participated in a clinic at the Toronto General Hospital; working with pre and post-op patients of the Thoracic Surgery Unit. In addition, Meaghan has clinical experience in Swedish massage, sports massage, deep tissue, and myofascial release.
Meaghan has a B.Sc. in Integrated Science with a concentration in Health Science from Carleton University. She is also certified in CPR-C, Standard First Aid, and Automatic Defibrillation. She is a member of both the College of Massage Therapist of Ontario (CMTO) and the Registered Massage Therapist Association of Ontario (RMTAO).
Meaghan has recently moved back to Ottawa from Newmarket, where she grew up playing hockey and bouldering; two activities she still has a great passion for.
Stephanie Bergeron RMT – has blue cross
Stephanie graduated from the Algonquin College Massage Therapy Program and has been registered since 2004. She finds that being a Reiki practitioner as well as an RMT brings a quiet energy to her treatments to help facilitate relaxation (for the client too!). She believes that people need to be more open to listening to their intuition not only in their daily life but also within their own body. The time during your treatment can be a great place to start!
Stephanie has taken extra training for Prenatal Massage but also feels that infants and children should be given the opportunity to benefit from massage as well as adults. As an Infant Massage Instructor, she is available to teach parents/caregivers the techniques and benefits of infant massage. Stephanie has also completed (through the Upledger Institute):
- CranioSacral Therapy levels I & II
- SomatoEmotional Release level I & II
- CranioSacral for Pediatrics level I & II
- CranioSacral Therapy for Conception, Pregnancy, and Birthing
More recently, she has completed the Visceral Manipulation I (Abdomen I) course through The Barral Institute.
The dominant modalities used in Stephanie’s practice are Massage Therapy and CranioSacral Therapy. CranioSacral Therapy can be used on all ages of clientele (even newborns!) and for a multitude of issues including chronic pain, musculoskeletal imbalances, dealing with stress and anxiety, pregnancy and post-pregnancy care, breastfeeding problems, and more!
With so many modalities still to be learned, she never ceases to be amazed at the many levels of healing that are possible.
Kimberly Bold B.Sc. Kinesiology, RMT
Kim graduated from Algonquin College in 2004, with an honors diploma in massage therapy. Prior to this Kim completed her Honors B.Sc in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario. Since her graduation, she has had the opportunity to practice in Canada and overseas in both a physiotherapy and group massage environment.
Kim has been a member of the part-time faculty at Algonquin College since 2006, where she has had the opportunity to impart her knowledge and love of massage to the students in the public clinics.
Kim works with her clients to develop a treatment plan based on the client’s goals using a variety of techniques including:
- Swedish massage
- Lymphatic drainage
- Myofascial release
- Trigger point therapy
- Pregnancy massage for expecting moms
Clients are usually prescribed home care in the form of stretching, strengthening or hydrotherapy to complement the massage.
Carly McCooeye RMT – has blue cross
Carly is a Registered Massage Therapist with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, and graduate from the three year Massage Therapy program at Algonquin College. Carly is a firm believer in therapeutic touch. She feels that massage therapy can encourage her clients to become more in tune with their bodies’ health and needs. Carly has experience with:
- Pregnancy massage
- Infant massage
- Specific scar treatments
- Swedish massage
- Deep tissue massage
- Treating clients with special needs
She is also certified in CPR and First Aid by St. Johns Ambulance.
Carly focuses on providing a unique experience for her clients. This is done by providing full interviewing, thorough assessments, and working with the client to establish goals and create flexible and tangible treatment plans. Carly has experience with many different conditions and can create individual plans to suit each client. Promoting relaxation and relief of pain is an important goal in each and every treatment plan. Carly can help this happen through various massage techniques such as: lymphatic drainage, neuromuscular techniques, trigger point therapy, various stretching techniques and hydrotherapy modalities. In the future, Carly hopes to take more massage related courses to be able to help even more clients in new ways.
- Lymphatic drainage
- Neuromuscular techniques
- Trigger point therapy
- Various stretching techniques
- Hydrotherapy modalities
In the future, Carly hopes to take more massage related courses to be able to help even more clients in new ways.
In her spare time, Carly enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and spending time at the cottage with her friends and family. She enjoys traveling and visiting new places when she can. Carly also enjoys learning new things and is currently looking to improve her cooking and baking skills.
Erin Whyte RMT
Erin Whyte has been a Registered Massage Therapist for close to ten years and is committed to providing a space where clients can step away from the everyday pressures of the day. Her approach to treatment is clinical and holistic. She is just as skilled in treating a sprained ankle as she is worn down spirits! This blend of skills allows her clients to experience deep relaxation as well as healing and relief from physical discomfort.
Erin’s main passion is being involved in the healing process with victims of abuse and individuals with PTSD. She strongly believes that the power of touch integrated with the principles of consent, trust, and boundaries can be a wholly empowering experience in allowing individuals to form a healthy relationship with touch where it may have been otherwise absent or negative. Her “Safe Hands” sessions are designed to complement individuals in treatment with talk therapists.
While not in the treatment room, Erin enjoys finding both adventure and grounding in nature. She is most happy paddling her kayak, finding new campsites and sipping wine by the light of the fire and the stars.
Sydney Crawford RMT
Sydney graduated from the Massage Therapy Program at Algonquin College with an advanced diploma and is continuing her education by taking a Fitness and Health Promotion program in an effort to become a personal trainer. With these two professions, she believes she can have a thorough understanding of the human body and help people reach their health and wellness goals. Pain relief, client education, and client centered care are key aspects to her treatments. She is energetic, friendly, and passionate about caring for others and helping them understand and maintain healthy lifestyles.
Sydney can offer a wide variety of massage treatments, but her focus has been on myofascial release, deep tissue, posture correction, relieving joint stiffness, correcting whiplash and ultimately promoting relaxation. When she is not studying or giving massages, she loves to maintain a healthy lifestyle through fitness, freestyle skiing, experimenting with food, and exploring the wilderness.