Sophie Joyce, RMT, GT (C)Sophie Joyce, RMT, GT

Sophie realized at a young age that she was meant to work with her hands. She knew she was not cut out for desk work - all that sitting would drive her crazy! After a few years waitressing (okay, maybe more than a few), she went through BCIT's Women in Trades program, and discovered she had a knack for plumbing.

But as much as she enjoyed working with her hands in this capacity, it still wasn't a perfect fit.

A chance conversation about massage school with a friend ........... (Read more)

Martina Duengen, RMTMartina Duengen, RMT

Martina graduated from Utopia Academy's 3000 hour Registered Massage Therapy Program in Vancouver, BC. Her graduating case study, which focused on the use of myofascial release therapy to decrease the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, was awarded second place by the Massage Therapists' Association of BC in the summer 2012 competition.

Prior to massage therapy Martina enjoyed an active lifestyle in Whistler snowboarding, hiking, dirt biking, and pursing a love of the outdoors. With these activities ...... (Read more)

Dennis Caouette, RMT, GT (C)

Columbia Integrated Health Centre is excited to announce that Dennis Caouette, RMT has joined our cadre of therapists and clinicians. Dennis brings with him a wealth of experience. He has been practicing massage therapy for over 20 years, both as a therapist and educator. Many of his patients say that he has an engaging personality that allows them to feel at ease. His former students say that he is a "knowledgeable and inspiring instructor."

Dennis completed his training in Sutton, Ontario at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy and over the course of his career has taken numerous continuing education workshops in a variety of techniques such as Myofascial Release, Systemic Deep Tissue therapy, ...... (Read more)

Aya Kihara, RMT, GT (C)Aya Kihara, RMT, GT

Ayako Kihara was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, however she has spent an extensive amount of time living and studying in Canada. She is passionate about helping people and has a strong belief that massage therapy plays an important role in a healthy life style and can affect someone's quality of life, both short term and long term.

Having completed 3000 hours of practical and theoretical training at Utopia Academy, BC in 2011, She is a licensed Registered Massage Therapist from College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia. Her competencies include applying modalities such as ...... (Read more)

Michelle Range, RMT

Michelle Range, RMT

Michelle is a graduate from The Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. Through this program she was exposed to many conditions and ailments in treating the patients at the school and as an area of interest, she researched and did a dissertation on the positive effects of massage therapy in helping manage irritable bowel syndrome. She gained a lot of valuable experience from ...... (Read more)

Shawn Cheng, RMT, GT (C)Shawn Cheng, RMT, GT

Shawn first began studying the human body in the Human Kinetics Program at the University of British Columbia. While he did not know at the time what his career would shape into, Shawn always knew he wanted to work with the human body. His background and foundation in health sciences, physical education, dance, and a desire to help others eventually led him towards the path of massage therapy.

Shawn graduated in 2012 from Utopia Academy's 3000 hour Registered Massage Therapy Program in Vancouver, BC. Shawn's approach to therapy involves a good balance of relaxation and therapeutic techniques to create a calm and relaxing, yet effective treatment. Shawn utilizes a variety of techniques including...... (Read more)

Sorrel Adams, RMT

Sorrel’s interest in massage therapy came from a fascination with the science behind it and the complexities of the human body.

She has received her Bachelor’s degree from Simon Fraser University, U.S. National Certification in Massage Therapy through Washington State, and is licensed as a Registered Massage Therapist in BC.

She graduated from the 3000 hour program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy, where she had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of conditions at numerous outreaches including GF Strong, Burns and Plastics unit at VGH, Royal City Manor, Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion, Canuck Place, South Granville Seniors Centre, as well as Pre-natal, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Fibromyalgia, Cerebral Palsy, Chronic Fatigue and Scleroderma in-reaches......(Read more)

Vista Amiri, RMTVista Amiri, RMT

Vista is a 2010 graduate of West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT) with the 3000 hour program and an instructor and clinic supervisor at WCCMT.
She is also registered with CMTBC and RMTBC.

Vista (pronounced Veesta) incorporates a variety of techniques such as trigger point release, myofascial release, joint mobilization, musculo-tendinious attachment release, muscles energy technique, passive and active stretching as well as...(Read more)

Miyuki Numata, RMT, MLD, CDTMiyuki Numata, RMT, MLD, CDT

Miyuki is a graduate of the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy and is passionate about supporting her patient’s recovery process from the most vulnerable stages to one of full health. That passion led her to attain a full certification of the Vodder Method of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT).

MLD is a gentle, rhythmic massage technique that stretches the skin in specific directions to increase lymphatic flow. MLD can assists the body to heal more quickly from injuries by......(Read more)

Jennica Flodin, RMT

Jennica is a graduate of Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. Prior to her education in massage therapy she spent the majority of her years travelling abroad as a professional dancer. Her previous career introduced her to a wide range of manual therapy and with that a specific interest in injury rehabilitation, prevention and overall body awareness.

With training in myofascial release, joint mobilization, swedish massage, neuromuscular therapy, PNF stretching, trigger point release therapy, orthopedic, neurological and systemic conditions a truly unique treatment plan is given to each individual that enters her treatment room. (Read more)

Deborah Robison, RMT

Deborah is a graduate from Vancouver College of Massage Therapy who has always had an interest in health sciences and wellness. Equipt with an extensive knowledge of the human body, she is passionate about helping people of all ages with acute and chronic conditions.

She has a special interest in postural education, pain relief, relaxation, myofascial therapy, neurological conditions, women's health, therapeutic exercise and rehabilitation.

She takes time to... (Read More)

Evan Moskowec, RMT

Evan has always had an interest in working in the health care field helping people. With a previous dream of becoming a paramedic, he switched gears to become a Massage Therapist and could not be happier.

He is a graduate of the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy trained in swedish massage, trigger point therapy, sports massage, myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, as well as... (Read More)

Richelle Seki, RMT

Richelle graduated from Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in 2016 with over 500 hours of practical experience.

Prior to massage, Richelle has been keenly interested in human anatomy for many years through her practice as a Yoga teacher and a personal trainer. She is still active and continues to...(Read More)