Karyn Hughes B.Sc.Soc, RMT, IBCLC
Karyn is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) and is licensed by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. In 2001, she graduated from the Massage Therapy program at Algonquin College and continues to support the profession by teaching a specialized prenatal outreach to interested students in the program. In 2014, she was nominated for a Birth Worker’s Award in Massage Therapy and in 2019 won the RMT of the year award. As of January 2021, Karyn has officially earned her designation as an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant)
Karyn has taken further training in:
- CranioSacral therapy (for babies and beyond)
- Barnes Myofascial Release techniques
- Pediatric myofascial release (babies and beyond)
- 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 in 2009. She has been honoured to have been asked to attend several births. Karyn’s focus is in pre and post natal massage, women’s health, infants and children.
Karyn has extensive experience in Swedish massage, CranioSacral therapy, Myofascial Release, lymphatic drainage techniques, trigger point therapy, stretching and strengthening, and breast massage. 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.
Leah Nichol RMT
Leah is an active & enthusiatic young graduate from Algonquin College (2018). Throughout her time as a student, she successfully completed a variety of placements giving her a taste of the opportunities available in her chosen career. Placements such as: sports massage, prenatal massage, chronic illness & patients suffering from HIV. She took particular interest in prenatal massage & plans to further her skills in this area throughout her career.
She has recently become a new member of the College of Massage Therapist’s of Ontario (CMTO) & the Registered Massage Therapy Association of Ontario (RMTAO). Leah enjoys working with people of all ages & is willing & determined to ensure & focus on client centered care. She is a highly motivated individual eager to help her clients achieve their goals & is constantly looking to further her education & broaden her skill set. In the near future she is hoping to complete her cupping certification as well as obtaining her license as a dula.
In her spare time Leah enjoys anything that involves being outside & any excuse for some physical activity & fresh air. This winter she learned how to snowboard & can’t wait for next season to get back on the hills to sharpen her skills! Leah enjoys spending quality time with friends & family especially when it involves trying out the newest restaurant in town!
Mélanie Rousson-Liousfi RMT
Mélanie graduated from Algonquin College’s Massage Therapy Advanced Diploma program in 2020. While in school, she completed over 300 hours of hands-on training at the student clinic, treating various conditions, and outreach placements, dedicated to prenatal and sports massage, as well as helping clients suffering from chronic pain.
Mélanie is a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO), and the Registered Massage Therapy Association of Ontario (RMTAO).
She wants to help people recover from injuries and surgeries as well as ease pain and symptoms associated with chronic pain conditions. She plans to become a doula in order help decrease prenatal and postnatal discomfort, as well as provide assistance during labour to relieve pain.
Mélanie is fully bilingual in both French and English. She also has experience working with people that have varying degrees of visual impairments due to her previous 7 years working at the University of Ottawa Eye Institute and as a visual interpreter at Algonquin College.
She graduated with Honours from the veterinary technician program at Collège Boréal in 2008. She is also a Reiki Master and Practitioner since 2017.
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 the 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.
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 10 years in various settings. Previously, she has had 2 years of student clinical experience, and 1 year of student co-operative programs. In those placements, she worked with postpartum moms and babies in hospital, retired veterans, athletes, and 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. She performs treatments from relaxation and tension relief, to working with challenged tissue and injuries. Alyson 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. Alyson also believes in the power of a great relaxation treatment for general well-being. In her spare time, she enjoys family activities with her two kids and husband. Alyson also loves getting active, time with family and friends, exploring the city and cooking.
Josée Michaud Registeret Acupuncturist – has blue cross
Josée Michaud is a registered acupuncturist with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario. She graduated with Honors at the International Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Ottawa. She discovered acupuncture through her own health challenges and now she is dedicated to share with others the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She prides herself on providing holistic and individualized treatment for every patient. She treats a wide range of health issues and has an interest in pre and postnatal patient and also in pediatric acupuncture.
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!
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.
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
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.
Angela Hayward RMT
A Registered Massage Therapist since 2007, Angela brings with her a willingness to explore challenges and is at her best when using her critical thinking to assess a client’s condition. Angela has seen great results through Massage Therapy in particular with conditions such as TMJ syndrome, nerve lesions and enjoys the opportunity to treat families and children.
Angela graduated from the Massage Therapy program at Centennial College in Scarborough, Ontario in 2007. An Ottawa native, she sought the out of town experience and has since returned to develop her practice. Since graduating, she has worked in a home-based clinic and chiropractic office as well as a multidisciplinary clinic.
Touch and massage were always something that came naturally to Angela, so when she discovered Massage Therapy, she couldn’t resist joining the field. She treats a wide range of conditions with equal care, from stress relief to recovery from injury. The variable nature of Massage Therapy practice is one of the things that draws Angela to her work. She looks forward to expanding her practice into other holistic practices.
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 travelling and visiting new places when she can. Carly also enjoys learning new things and is currently looking to improve her cooking and baking skills.
Jen Works RMT
Jen graduated from Algonquin College in 2014 with a honours diploma in massage therapy.
Prior to this Jen completed a B.Sc degree (honours) in Human Kinetics from the University of
Jen’s interest in massage therapy comes from a love of sport and performance. It’s her goal to
help people be their best selves and allow them to do what they love. Jen’s experience includes
treatment of sport injuries, chronic pain, anxiety, as well as general relaxation. This experience
gives Jen a great understanding of various injuries and treatment techniques.
Outside of work, Jen loves spending time outdoors. You can find her either swimming, paddle
boarding, or playing with her two boys.