Sophie Joyce, RMT, GT (C)

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)

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)

Vista Amiri, RMT

Vista 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, CDT

Miyuki 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)

Deborah Robison, RMT

Deborah is a graduate from Vancouver College of Massage Therapy who has alwayshad 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)

Andy Li, RMT

Andy graduated from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in 2017 in Vancouver, BC. Through this program he learned and treated various conditions ranging from musculoskeletal ailments to neurological issues.He tailors his treatments to each individuals' specific needs based on their presentation,history, and lifestyle.

Andy strongly believes that massage therapy plays an important role in preventative care, addressing potential issues before they become a concern...(Read More)

Mitchell Santaga, RMT

Mitchell graduated from the 2500 hour full-time program at The Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. His treatments focus on being therapeutically specific for each person, ranging from light Swedish techniques to deep myofascial and trigger point therapy. Mitchell’s ability to quickly assess and problem solve an individual’s unique needs set him apart from other therapists. He believes that although we are all made up from the same carbon-based material, everyone perceives pain and becomes injured in such diverse ways that it is important to listen to a person’s needs and concerns from treatment to treatment...(Read More)

Wendy Chen, RMT

Growing up as a musician and artist, Wendy always knew she would be working with her hands. With music and art as hobbies, she found her passion in massagetherapy and believes that massage is a form of self care which prepares the mind and body to achieve a higher goal both physically and psychologically.

She graduated from the 2500 hour full-time program at the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in Spring 2017 and since then has been providing massage services on a mobile basis and at local events such as Pitt Meadow Track Days. Her comforting and powerful touch gives massages that are simultaneouslyrelaxing and therapeutic....(Read More)