As 2014 draws to a close, the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy is proud to celebrate twenty years of dedication to providing quality massage therapy training in Vernon, BC. OVCMT’s dynamic community of educators, staff and students has fostered an environment of mutual support and professional skill development. Here are just a few of the reasons OVCMT is an ideal place for prospective RMTs to build a foundation for successful careers in massage therapy.
OVCMT is proud to be the first therapeutic massage program to be accredited in British Columbia. What started off as a small school run by several registered massage therapists has grown into a full-fledged college with practicum students and accomplished alumni who treat thousands of patients every year. The OVCMT vision began with operator and founder Doug Fairweather, a graduate of psychology from Carleton University, registered RMT, and former certified Canadian Athletic Therapist. Our faculty of RMTs, medical doctors, and physiotherapists and are dedicated to providing the highest possible standards of MT training. OVCMT’s history is deeply rooted in its mission to provide a dynamic, supportive and positive environment where students develop the knowledge skills and professionalism essential to becoming Registered Massage Therapists.
With twenty years of successful alumni, OVCMT has made its mark in the city of Vernon and the province of BC as a superior institution for massage therapy training. Students come from across the province and the country to learn from OVCMT’s expert instructors. Graduates have gone on to pursue rewarding positions in clinics, run their own practices, and even travel the world with Olympic teams as sports therapists. In 2012, OVCMT received the Community Supporter of the Year Award from the Vernon Chamber of Commerce.
Canada’s dedication to providing superior healthcare means that becoming an RMT offers more career options today than ever before. The long-lasting potential of a massage therapy career in Canada is exemplified by OVCMT’s agreement with Thompson Rivers University, whereby many OVCMT graduates have applied their credits towards a Bachelor of Health Science degree. This option allows RMTs to build additional healthcare training on a solid foundation of massage therapy education, thereby advancing their expertise and expanding their career opportunities. In addition to the partnership with TRU, OVCMT also offers a series of continuing education workshops for RMTs, approved by the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia.
For its 20th anniversary celebration, OVCMT hosted several workshops ranging from Assessment, Treatment and Documentation of the Pelvic Complex to Cervical Spine Thoracic Outlet: An Osteopathic Approach. RMT and OVCMT alumni Tracey Hamilton attended the event and praised the workshops for helping enhance her knowledge and improve her practice:
“I enjoyed the hands-on practice and practical application. I have already incorporated the techniques learned in this workshop into my practice.”
OVCMT is known for its commitment to providing students with a thorough underpinning of theoretical and practical knowledge - and belief in lifelong learning through its continuing education workshops. The professional success of OVCMT graduates predicts a fruitful future ahead for the college as a valuable contributor to improved health for all Canadians.