Rebecca Gorgitza, RMT


Why did you originally go to school for RMT? Is that still a career goal or something you've actualized?

I originally chose to do the massage diploma program because I had done some weekend courses in swedish massage, and I loved the hands-on component of learning. I also had acquaintances who were RMTs and seemed to have a very free lifestyle- able to move around and travel, and pursue other interests while still working

While I was in school, I envisioned myself as an RMT continuing the hands-on education through continuing ed courses. I also thought I would take time to do some locuming, and perhaps travel out of country and work.

As for the meshing of lifestyles and career: I have plenty of time to pursue other interests and activities. I’m in control of my own schedule, and can take time off to travel.  Finding work in BC seems to be easy- nearly anywhere I go seems to have need for new RMTs to join the community

What is the most memorable thing that stays with you from your school experience?

The personal friendships I made during those 2 years and professional network created by such a tight school community.  When I think back on my schooling experience, I don’t think so much about what I learned but how I learned it.  I came away from the experience with some very close friends who I keep in touch with, and also a network of colleagues who I know I can rely on to provide me with professional support.

How soon after boards did you find work?

I had set up interviews with clinics and spas in the area I wanted  to move to before I had completed my written board exams.  Within 1 month of completing exams, I had moved and I had a job in a spa as a spa practitioner. I continued working at that establishment for my first year as an RMT..... so I found work immediately after boards, really.

What work environment have you loved most? 

I most love environments where I am working with other people.  Both working in a spa where I was surrounded by registered and unregistered massage providers, and in a multidisciplinary clinic surrounded by all sorts of health professionals have been amazing experiences. 

What things have you done to develop your career/give back to the profession?

I have completed some continuing education courses and I have built up a network and reputation with professionals surrounding me...these things seemed to happen naturally!

I educate my clients as much as possible on the profession, and provide them with information about the CMTBC when appropriate. I uphold my boundaries. I strive to create a professional and strong reputation both for myself and for my profession. I also love to help new RMTs by sharing my knowledge and providing resources where possible, and to provide information for those who are considering following this career path!!

What advice would you give someone looking at joining the profession?

The training was some of the best and some of the hardest times of my life so far. I tell them to do their research before committing, but if they do follow through with the training: have fun! It’s fun and exciting to learn all the things you learn, and it’s rewarding to use that knowledge in practice.

To end it off... I am so happy that I chose this career path. 

Alex Rubner, RMT


Full Professional name:  Alexandra Rubner RMT

Grad year from OVCMT January 2014

 Where do work Twin Valley Wellness Clinic @Kamloops B.C.

Are you still practicing massage Yes of 5 years

 Where are some of the places you have practiced since your time at OVCMT currently still Kamloops

What does your Massage Therapy practice look like?  patient rehab mostly surrounding ICBC, WCB, chronic pain, pain management and sports rehab for endurance athletes of the Iron man/triathlon world

Do you have any fond memories of OVCMT you are willing to share: great hands on and real life experience with exposure to the internships and outreach programs. Practical classes were inspirational to get critical and creative with the knowledge learned in the academic classes and how to think outside the box. CTP 3 was the best for expanding our general knowledge. Neuroanatomy was by far my favourite academic class with Sheryl Hamilton; not just for her amazing personality and creative brain; but for a to be expected hard class, she made it so easy to understand and apply to our profession.

 In general, what are the best things about being a massage therapist? the best thing about being an RMT is seeing the progression of your patients in a positive environment. Teaching them about their injuries and getting them to take part in their own recovery and succeed.

Do you have anything you would like to say to someone considering massage therapy as a career choice?  best profession for people needing flexibility in their lives; for people who like to help others; for those who love biology/ anatomy/ and creative thinking.

Brock Williamson, RMT


Full Professional Name: Brock Williamson, RMT

Grad Year from OVCMT: August 2017

Where do you currently work: NuVista Chiropractic & Wellness in Penticton B.C

Are you still a practicing RMT: YES!

Where are some of the places you practiced since your time at OVCMT: Since passing board exams, I have only worked at NuVista Chiropractic & Wellness.

What does your Massage Therapy practice look like for you today: I work Monday to Friday in a multidisciplinary clinic with 4 chiropractors and 4 other RMTs. I like the multidisciplinary approach because it provides a diverse patient base and allows for intercommunication between therapists to discuss patient presentation and treatment plans for the best possible patient outcome. Modalities I tend to use consist of IASTM (Graston Technique), Neuromuscular Therapy & Active/Passive soft tissue release. 

Do you have any fond memories of OVCMT you are willing to share: I like that the school and class sizes are small because it allows for you to feel connected to your colleagues and instructors. The location of the school for me was perfect, I love that its downtown, walking distance to grocery stores, restaurants & coffee shops. For me, the local coffee shops (especially Triumph & Ratio) provided a great atmosphere to sit down and get some effective studying in. 

In general, what are the best things about being an RMT: Financial & Lifestyle Freedom!!! You can work as much or as little as you want & patients generally always look forward to their massage appointments! 

Do you have anything you would like to say to someone considering massage therapy as a career choice: It’s a tough program but with self discipline you can enter the workforce to an in demand career that hosts endless possibilities. Do it, you won’t regret it! 

Amber Panchyshyn, RMT


Full professional name: Amber Panchyshyn, Registered Massage Therapist

Grad year from OVCMT: 2014

Where do you currently work: I work out of a crossfit gym called Strong Hearts Fitness in Courtenay, BC 

Are you still a practicing RMTyes

Where are some of the places you have practiced since your time at OVCMT: At a massage clinic in Penticton, BC as well as a multidisciplinary clinic in Courtenay, BC 

What does your Massage Therapy practice look like for you today: I treat a lot of athletes, with chronic and sub acute injuries. Ages ranging from 16 to 87, but the majority between 30 - 55 years old.  I treat a lot of RCMP officers as well as nurses.  Both these professions need ongoing maintenance. 

Do you have any fond memories of OVCMT you are willing to share:  Coming from being a snow bum before starting school I didn't realize what I had gotten myself into until I got my first Muskuloskeletal exam back!  I barely passed with a whopping 73% haha, needless to say I started studying a lot longer and harder and gave up my social life for a bit to up my grades.  It worked! 

In general, what are the best things about being an RMT:  Seeing results of work you have done and the relief the client feels during/after the massage.  And who wouldn't want a job where most people are happy and excited to see you and are grateful and relaxed when they leave!    Also, the best thing is I get to make my own schedule and work as much or as little as I want.  You have the freedom to go wherever you want and there will most likely never be a shortage of work for RMTs. 

Do you have anything you would like to say to the OV team who are celebrating their 25th anniversary?   Great job you guys!!  I cant wait to see where my practice will be in 20 years! 

Do you have anything you would like to say to someone considering massage therapy as a career choice:  Best career ever 

Andrea Jones, RMT


Professional name: Andrea Jones, RMT

Grad year from OVCMT:  2008

Where do you currently work:
Sorrento Chiropractic Wellness Clinic, Sorrento BC

Are you still a practicing RMT:
Yes, happily so! 

Where are some of the places you have practiced since your time at OVCMT:
Kamloops, Vernon, Blind Bay, Sorrento. Relatively local but in practices with Chiropractors, other RMT’s and Naturopathic doctors. 

What does your Massage Therapy practice look like for you today:
I run my own practice within a Chiropractic office with two Chiropractors and 2 other RMT’s. We are in quite a small area (the population is about 7,000) that has a very strong retirement and holiday/seasonal population. It is an incredibly busy practise for all of the practitioners and we all love working in such a small community. 

Do you have any fond memories of OVCMT you are willing to share:
My favorite memories of OVCMT are always centered around the feelings of community and family that the school exudes. I made some of my best friend at OVCMT and felt like I had really entered into a community centred profession.  

Any Career highlights you would like to share:
The career itself is the highlight for me. I have a job that doesn’t feel like a job (most of the time) but like a hobby and passion. I have gotten to work with amazing people and have been fortunate enough to get to go back to school as a massage instructor as well. In this profession we are lucky that we can say that our mentors become our colleagues. 

In general, what are the best things about being an RMT: 
The independence of this career is beyond expectations for me! I am in charge of my own practice and I get to go where I want with it. That is an unusual and wonderful thing. Plus, at the end of the day I can say that I tried my hardest to help people with their health care; that I tried to make a positive change. That, to me, is the most important part of the job. 

Do you have anything you would like to say to the OVCMT team who are celebrating their 25th anniversary:
I have attended a few post secondary institutions and none of them have the heart of OVCMT. I have never felt like I had an entire team invested in my future like I did when I was a student at OVCMT. Thank you to EVERYONE for giving me a career that I am proud to have. 

Do you have anything you would like to say to someone considering massage therapy as a career choice: 
If you are willing to work hard and put in the time you will spend the rest of your life being grateful you did. 

Catherine Christensen, RMT


Full professional name:  Catherine Christensen RMT

Grad year from OVCMT:  2008

Where do you currently work:  Your Calm Oasis 30th avenue, Vernon BC

Are you still a practicing RMT:  Yes indeed!

Where are some of the places you have practiced since your time at OVCMT:

Downtown Vernon, BX (East Hill), Seasons Salon & Spa on Okanagan Landing

What does your Massage Therapy practice look like for you today:

Focusing on helping people maintain, regain, or attain their personal goals with their physical health...which affects their mental, emotional, and social health. Enjoy working with people who have had puzzling symptoms & pain for some time, who benefit significantly with the Therapeutic Tx's I am able to provide thanks to the training I have received first from OVCMT, then subsequently from ongoing courses with outstanding instructors such as Ann Sleeper for Osteopathic Techniques, Sheryl Hamilton at OV, Paula Jaspar for Post Cesarean Section. Love the dramatic improvement in pain-free function my Clients experience with fascial techniques on scar tissue, the relief in their body when the cause of their discomfort is addressed.

Any Career highlights you would like to share:

Supervising at OVCMT is very rewarding work...very challenging as well. I have learned a lot about myself and how I can best help others. Great insights from Robynne Madill, Terry Francis, Kathleen Dubois, and Tina Windrem. *Had a very rewarding experience in the course I took with Paula Jaspar on Post Cesarean Section: was given excellent feedback from the Client I Tx'd in the last day of class regarding the benefits experienced from the Treatment I provided.

Do you have any fond memories of OVCMT you are willing to share:

Yes, I loved Lon Fraser's patient, consistent approach to helping us learn...he asked excellent questions to encourage our logical assessment and problem solving skills. Lots of red ink on our charting to guide us to become the best possible RMT'S we could be!

In general, what are the best things about being an RMT:

Love the challenges I am given with each of my Clients: it brings me deep satisfaction to be able to help the people I work with to find healing, relief, and regain the ability to do the things they love to do.

I love the freedom to focus on what truly inspires me, and to be able to make a profound, positive difference in the lives of the people I work with.

Do you have anything you would like to say to someone considering massage therapy as a career choice:

If you love learning about human anatomy and physiology, and want to be involved in helping others attain, regain, or maintain optimal health… Massage Therapy might just be for you. The profession is continually evolving, there is so much research that needs to be done, and learning is ongoing. This Career choice will require inner growth, emotional Intelligence, perseverance, determination, and consistent willingness to question assumptions. Incredibly worthwhile!

Debbie Neufeld, RMT, (now McLaughlin)


Full professional name: Debbie Neufeld (now McLaughlin), RMT

Grad year from OVCMT: 2014

Where do you currently work: OVCMT & Private Mobile Practice

Are you still a practicing RMT: Yes

Where are some of the places you have practiced since your time at OVCMT:

The Massage Clinic- Fort Nelson BC, Spa Ritual- Calgary AB, Cochrane Chiropractic- Cochrane AB,

OVCMT- Vernon BC

What does your Massage Therapy practice look like for you today:

I enjoy my private Mobile Massage business part time while I work at OVCMT 3 days/ week as the Clinical Coordinator :)

Do you have any fond memories of OVCMT you are willing to share:

Nothing specific jumps out, but I just loved our group! I have 5 amazing lifelong friends I made bonding over multiple all nighters studying for exams and we just had the best time here at OV!

In general, what are the best things about being an RMT:

I love having interesting and challenging presenting patients who are like a puzzle to figure out, you never get bored!  It's the most rewarding feeling, watching someone you treat return to living life without pain.

Do you have anything you would like to say to the OV team who are celebrating their 25th anniversary?

Congrats on the National Accreditation and thank you for being dedicated to advancing our profession!

Do you have anything you would like to say to someone considering massage therapy as a career choice:

It's truly the best career you could have. You get to set your own hours, it's rewarding, and you never stop learning something new.

Kimberly S. Terrico, RMT


Full professional name:  Kimberly S. Terrico

Grad year from OVCMT:  2011

Where do you currently work:  Full Motion Massage Therapy, Salmon Arm B.C

Are you still a practicing RMT:  Yes

Where are some of the places you have practiced since your time at OVCMT:

Woodgrove Pines Clinic (Nanaimo)

Sonora Resort (Sonora Island)

Home clinic after having a baby

Various locums, Vernon B.C

What does your Massage Therapy practice look like for you today:

I treat a variety of patients, I like to focus on upper back and neck and relieving headaches. I plan to take courses in TMJ dysfunction.

Do you have any fond memories of OVCMT you are willing to share:

At OVCMT I loved all the staff and teachers, especially doing my practicum with Kathleen.

Any Career highlights you would like to share:

Not really at this time

In general, what are the best things about being an RMT:

The hours and schedules, and being able to take away peoples pain. Sometimes we are the last stop for people before surgery and sometimes we can prevent that.

Do you have anything you would like to say to the OV team who are celebrating their 25th anniversary?

Good luck.

Do you have anything you would like to say to someone considering massage therapy as a career choice:

It’s a great career choice if you want to take care of your body, it doesn’t seem to matter how many RMTs are out there, there is always a need.

Chelsea Brisco, RMT, BFA


Full professional name:  Chelsea Brisco, RMT, BFA

Grad year from OVCMT: 2014

Where do you currently work:  Westshore Massage Therapy, Langford BC

Are you still a practicing RMT:  Yes, currently part-time

Where are some of the places you have practiced since your time at OVCMT:

Vernon, Kelowna, Victoria BC, in a variety of clinics; multidisciplinary, chiropractic, and massage.

What does your Massage Therapy practice look like for you today:

I have found that I prefer to use a variety of modalities, in quite a range on the direct-indirect spectrum. I would say I focus on underlying dysfunction as a cause of current conditions, rather than just taking current signs and symptoms at face value. I have learned to fully believe in a collaborative approach with other therapies, and to never underestimate the importance of mindset when it comes to healing.

Do you have any fond memories of OVCMT you are willing to share:  the relationships with fellow students and the staff will always be something I value. Being in the February program start, there were a couple months in the summer that we basically had the school to ourselves. Building blanket forts at lunchtime was a favourite.

Any Career highlights you would like to share:  Any time I’ve had the opportunity to see immediate and/or dramatic results for a client because of something I did. Just as awesome is watching someone who was resigned to being in pain experience improvement, and seeing the change in outlook as they realize it’s still possible for their bodies to heal. I’ve also had the chance to help clients in sometimes surprising ways. Examples of this include drawing attention to precancerous moles, helping a client to get much-needed medical help for a UTI with kidney infection (suspected because of the nature of her back pain), etc.

In general, what are the best things about being an RMT:  We have the opportunity to help people in a very tangible way, and that is just the best feeling.

Do you have anything you would like to say to the OV team who are celebrating their 25th anniversary?  You guys continue to be an inspiration and source of wisdom, thank you so very much for being leaders of our community!

Do you have anything you would like to say to someone considering massage therapy as a career choice:  I would encourage that person to consider their motivations. It is possible to make a very good living in this career, but it won’t always be easy. To really connect with clients and have them entrust you with their care, you will have to find a way to give of yourself without losing sight of the separation between you. It is all too easy to get drawn in to someone else’s pain and take it on yourself, just as it is easy to get overconfident with successes. Stay stoked! Always be a student and Science Nerd, and that enthusiasm will translate into happy clients and a satisfying career. Best of luck!

Jada Muehlenberg, RMT


Why did you originally go to school for RMT?
I decided to go to school when I worked as a spa receptionist and soaked in the calm environment, amazing essential oils, happy floaty clients checking in and out.

It makes me want to know more, maybe osteopathy, maybe cranio sacral? 

What is the most memorable thing that stays with you from your school experience?
The people. The classmates, the snuggles, the tears, some incredibly inspiring instructors…and bell ringers. 

How soon after boards did you find work?
Immediately. In fact, I lined up work a couple months before even writing boards. I'm a planner. 

What work environment have you loved most?
I’ve been working in one clinic with 3 other therapists, a very busy well established clinic. I like that it's smaller and simpler. I like that it has been around a long time because it meant being booked solid right out the gates. 

What things have you done to develop your career/give back to the profession?
Still all so fresh, but trying to save up to further training in cranio sacral, and thinking about osteopathy as well in the future. I am currently teaching restorative yoga in the community, so that body awareness and healthy movement can be more affordable and accessible. 

What advice would you give someone looking at joining the profession?
Be prepared to put a lot of yourself aside. Some things have to "give" while in school, not everything, but some things. 

Also, sleep 8 hours a night NO MATTER what, no matter the stress or the exam. SLEEP. Always. 

I am still pinching myself every day that I am doing something I LOVE, the day goes by fast, I am challenged in my mind and body and I'm walking away with good money every day. It doesn't feel real yet. I feel so blessed. 

Lindsay Wallis, RMT


Why did you originally go to school for RMT?
I applied to school to become an RMT to help people around me.  I found it had made a big difference for friends and family in discomfort even just to have pressure on an area and the pain became more bearable.

What is the most memorable thing that stays with you from your school experience?
The most memorable part of school for me were the people. We had all come from different backgrounds and set out to achieve the same goal.  We had to endure the good times and the bad together and kept one another as strong as we could throughout it.

How soon after boards did you find work?
Before writing boards, I had contacted four clinics and had an initial phone interview.  While in Vancouver for our board exams, I had set up four, face-to-face interviews taking home one contract for a place I'd fallen in love with. Board exam results and "registration" were completed Thursday May 11th and I had my first day of work Tuesday May 16th.

What work environment have you loved most?
I have maintained my position as an independent contractor where I take all of my own billings and pay rent biweekly. I love that I am in control of my schedule and it keeps me on track with all my own books. 

What things have you done to develop your career/give back to the profession?
So far, the biggest thing for me has been to stay on top of continuing education opportunities in the area and to always make sure I am as familiar as I can be with my patients history.  I always want to be pushing myself to give the best treatment I can to everyone who comes through my door. 

What advice would you give someone looking at joining the profession?
To anyone looking to join the profession, be prepared to be pushed everyday to learn new things and have your mind blown with all of the information you can take in.  This program is different for everyone, the more time you can put into it, the more you will get out of it.

Ben Keith, RMT


Why did you originally go to school for RMT?
I went into this program because I'd had horrible quality of care from previous RMT's with regards to my elbow pain and one student who had just started second year made the pain go away in about 5 minutes...

What is the most memorable thing that stays with you from your school experience?
Most memorable? I honestly don't know how to answer that one accurately, struggle and success at the same time? 

How soon after boards did you find work?
We found work before we had finished writing our board exams, my practice took about 3 months before I had a full day scheduled but it's pretty consistent now.

What work environment have you loved most?
I do enjoy my work environment for the most part but I do keep to myself a lot even though I'm in a bigger clinic. I do find I have to be a lot more careful during treatment because of the higher volume of patients I have with more acute injuries. (I was always strong in my testing and retesting) but I haven't done much for peer trades yet, something to work towards.

What things have you done to develop your career/give back to the profession?
I done NKT level 1 and 2, Instrument assisted soft tissue manipulation...  That's honestly been the biggest help being new to the profession... not getting complacent with treatment modalities and continuing to read and learn.

What advice would you give someone looking at joining the profession?
I'm definitely happy, Dream come true.. well it's a not a half million dollar a year dog rescue (that other dream) but it's pretty darn good!!

Michelle Koch, RMT


Why did you originally go to school for RMT?
I originally decided to go as a stepping stone to something else. To have a well-paying job while I got a degree or something. Turns out, people love my work and I love the people I work with, so I'm currently not searching for any further career changes!

What is the most memorable thing that stays with you from your school experience?
The friends and relationships! Also the experience to work with an RMT. School was awesome, it was an amazing way to prep for boards and real life.

How soon after boards did you find work?
I was offered a job upon graduation from my work experience, so right away!

What work environment have you loved most?
I'm working at a spa-like hydrotherapy based clinic. Our patients say the therapy begins as soon as they walk through the front doors. I did not love hydrotherapy in school, but I'm SO happy doing it at work. The variety is great, anything else might feel like a step down after this!

What things have you done to develop your career/give back to the profession?
CEC's and booking in treatments with my boss once a month. I get treated and learn from her every time! I feel like my touch has developed immensely from that.

What advice would you give someone looking at joining the profession?
See if you can shadow an RMT on the job, just for a day. Fall in love with anatomy and the studying and work won't feel like work. 

I'm so happy where I'm at right now! I get to make my own hours that suit our family, and I feel like I landed in one of the best places to work in Vernon! I'm helping people, and realizing my passion for whole bodied wellness through many facets, more than just massage. OVCMT has helped me step right into that! It has seriously been life-changing, and I didn't even know it at the time. So grateful.

Christopher Elliot, RMT


Full professional name:  Christopher Elliot RMT

Grad year from OVCMT:  2014

Where do you currently work:  Sage Sport Institute, Kamloops BC

Are you still a practicing RMT:  yes

Where are some of the places you have practiced since your time at OVCMT:

Thrive Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic, Kamloops Integrated Wellness

What does your Massage Therapy practice look like for you today:

I work closely with the athletes and the medical staff for the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack Athletics program. We also have a orthopaedic surgeon on our staff which means I develop and implement treatment plans for quite a few of his patients pre and post operation.

Any Career highlights you would like to share:

Traveling with the Trans BC Enduro Mountain Bike Race crew and volunteering my time to work with athletes day after day for a week in 2016. Every spring since working at sage, I have the opportunity to work along side the athletic therapist of the BC Lions football team as they hold their spring training camp at the University.

In general, what are the best things about being an RMT:

Helping  people. Since working with the surgeon at our clinic it has offered me a true sense of job satisfaction as I get the opportunity to help someone who has had surgery with their healing process. By developing a treatment plan that helps them get from a wheelchair to walking and even running again without pain I have witnessed my clients rebound not just physically but mentally which to me has provided me with a great sense of job satisfaction as i feel i am making a difference in their lives.

Do you have anything you would like to say to the OV team who are celebrating their 25th anniversary?

Thank you,

Your hard work and dedication to the profession of massage therapy has paved the way for everyone that has followed you in choosing this amazing career. You have broken down barriers, and abolished stigmas that were once attached to the profession. You have carried this profession from what was once looked down on by the scientific and medical communities into a profession that is now recognized by those same communities as reliable, and effective means of care. This was done by your constant drive to push the profession forward with scientific research, an open mind and an unrelenting dedication to the profession as a whole. Becoming a massage therapist has provided me with many opportunities i would not have otherwise been offered and if it weren’t for you, these opportunities would have just been dreams that were likely unattainable. So for that, I once again thank you and hope I can continue to carry the same passion and dedication forward for another 25 years, inspiring others to following the same path you laid out for us, and hopefully we can continue to break down walls and expand this profession into something greater than it already is.

Traci Hoy, RMT


Full professional name: Traci Hoy, RMT

Grad year from OVCMT: 2012

Where do you currently work: Vernon Chiropractic & Massage

Are you still a practicing RMT: Yes!

Where are some of the places you have practiced since your time at OVCMT: Sparkling Hill, Arise Chiropractic, Tidal Elements, Silverstar, Crave, and Vernon Chiropractic.

What does your Massage Therapy practice look like for you today: My massage therapy practice is doing very well at VCAM. I have gained numerous regular clients, I treat a wide variety of conditions and I have constant flow in from new patients as well. I’m truly enjoying the time I spend at work and the people I treat. I’ve met so many amazing patients and I feel like I’m in a really good place professionally and practically. I tend to attract lots of maternity patients, mostly by word of mouth, I really enjoy that area of treatment! I also see a lot of patients with TMJ dysfunction or upper cervical pain as well. I feel like the years behind me practicing as an RMT I have learned so much more than I thought I would and I’ve really felt the most growth in my practical skills in the last 3 years exposing myself to more challenging cases, treating areas I used to be intimidated by, challenging myself in new ways to use different techniques and by of course continuing my learning. I love where I’m at.

Do you have any fond memories of OVCMT you are willing to share: A lot of fond memories came from the classmates I was lucky to have. I remember bonding really well, building personal relationships and being able to draw support from each other. I thought that was really special. The stronger memories I have are from practical classes, having something click for the first time is one of the best feelings. I loved Natale Rao’s MFR class, I still treat the scalenes with his techniques. I remember learning NMT from Doug Fairweather, those were some of my favourite classes. I also have a lot of memories working on projects for C&E with Pam and making videos with Oshi,Carissa,Zoe and Lauren for our presentations to get a good laugh.

Any Career highlights you would like to share: I recently began studying from Paula Jaspar’s many classes into “The Childbearing Year”, I started with Post Caesarean Section, and after having a csection myself I’m really excited to be able to offer those techniques and ideas to women seeking help. I dream about directing my practice into womens pre and post natal health, whatever that looks like. I feel passionate about it!

In general, what are the best things about being an RMT: Feeling like a professional, being confident in my knowledge. I love running my own hours and time and building it around my small family. I’ve loved the flexibility it has while balancing work and being a mother. I love the endlessness of opportunity, that theres always so much to learn and study and the job can grow and change. I love that there is opportunity to teach and supervise and step outside just practicing, I can see myself coming back around to that with older kids!

 Do you have anything you would like to say to the OV team who are celebrating their 25th anniversary? A serious congratulations, you carry with you the success stories of so many RMT’s before and after myself. You pointed me in a direction that I didn’t know I would love so much and I credit all the instructors there in my time that challenged me on a professional and personal level to be the best RMT and person I could be. OVCMT will carry on to be an amazing school for years to come and I’m always proud to say where I studied!

Do you have anything you would like to say to someone considering massage therapy as a career choice: Whenever people talk to me who are considering massage therapy as a career I end up selling it super hard and I usually annoyingly talk non stop about all the pros of the schooling and job. There are not enough good things to be said about OVCMT as a learning environment and then being an RMT. The job is fantastic, I am still passionate about my work, and I would say do it!!!

Jennifer McKay, RMT


Full professional name: Jennifer McKay, RMT

Grad year from OVCMT: 2009

Where do you currently work: 

The Porch Health & Wellness (my home office)

Are you still a practicing RMT: Yes

Where are some of the places you have practiced since your time at OVCMT:

Winfield Massage Therapy Clinic

Sun City Physiotherapy

What does your Massage Therapy practice look like for you today:

I work part time as I’m home with my two young kids most days.

I work mostly with women who have low back pain. 

Through assessment, treatment and home care exercises I help women get back to the sports and activities that they love. 

Do you have any fond memories of OVCMT you are willing to share:

During my time at OVCMT I made many great friends who I am still very close with today. 

School was challenging but the teachers helped make it fun and my friends and I pulled each other through. 

Any Career highlights you would like to share:

I’ve been able to work with a few sports teams and at a few events that have been great to be part of. 

In general, what are the best things about being an RMT:

When I initially chose Massage Therapy as a career I knew that I wanted to have a family down the road but didn’t want to have to spend long hours away from them, and I knew that with being a Massage Therapist I could make the hours I want and still make good money. I’m living that now and it’s amazing. 

I love how diverse the field is, and there’s always a new direction to take your practice if you want. 

Do you have anything you would like to say to the OV team who are celebrating their 25th anniversary?

Congratulations! 

The drive and determination of the team has gotten you to where you are today, and I know great things are in store for you as you continue to innovate and grow. 

Do you have anything you would like to say to someone considering massage therapy as a career choice:

Being a Massage Therapist is a very rewarding career. Helping people move from pain to unrestricted movement is amazing. It’s a very diverse field and you can take your practice anywhere you like. 

Kent Clark, RMT


Full professional name: Kent Clark RMT

Grad year from OVCMT:  1996

Where do work: Armstong and Enderby BC

Are you still practicing massage: Yes

What does your Massage Therapy practice look like?
30 hours a week, I work in Armstrong with a chiropractor and another RMT. I have my own space in Enderby, and work with another RMT there part time.

Any Career highlights you would like to share?
This is the best life decision I have made to date.

In general, what are the best things about being a massage therapist?
It is the most rewarding career I have worked in.

Anything you would like to say to OV on celebrating their anniversary? Great work!

Do you have anything you would like to say to someone considering massage therapy as a career choice:
Best thing you could consider doing. You are never too old to learn.

Judy Barta, RMT, CHC


Full professional name: Judy Barta RMT

Grad year from OVCMT:  1996

Where do work: From home in Kelowna B.C

Are you still practicing massage: Yes

Where are some of the places you have practiced since your time at OVCMT:
Spas, Clinics and Home. I built one of the first multidisciplinary clinics in Kelowna in 2001.

What does your Massage Therapy practice look like?
Amazing. Working from home makes the most out of my time and money. Comma Life is the cherry on the top of the sundae.

Do you have any fond memories of OVCMT you are willing to share:
I was student number 3 or 4? Crazy to be a part of the first grad class, we were a fun bunch.

Any Career highlights you would like to share?
Building a spa was an adventure. It was also the first of my businesses that I sold.

In general, what are the best things about being a massage therapist?
Healthy Environment, Good money, Helping clients live healthy lives.

Anything you would like to say to OV on their 25th anniversary? Congratulations! I am so proud to be the product of this amazing school.

Do you have anything you would like to say to someone considering massage therapy as a career choice? Do it! And check out www.commalife.ca

Jenny Higgins, RMT


Full professional name: Jenny Higgins, RMT

Grad year from OVCMT: 2013

Where do you currently work: Pemberton Valley Wellness

Are you still a practicing RMT: 100%

Where are some of the places you have practiced since your time at OVCMT:
Baldface Catskiing Lodge (Nelson) Engelfeild Fishing Lodge (Queen Charlotte Island) Momentum Health (Kelowna), Pemberton Valley Wellness

What does your Massage Therapy practice look like for you today:
I start my day at one, so I can have enough time to go skiing and walk my dog. I see 5 clients a day, 4 days a week. I love that I get to facilitate and encourage the recovery of each of my client’s health with various massage modalities I have picked up along my career. I try to help my clients find optimal balance and stability within their bodies while empowering them with knowledge so they can reach their own goals with confidence and ease. My style of massage is dependent on the client and injury at hand, going deep into musculature when needed, always with a flow that allows the body to relax.

Do you have any fond memories of OVCMT you are willing to share:

I met four of my best friends to this day at OVCMT. We studied together, laughed together, cried together, lived together, played together and now work together. too many memories. 


Any Career highlights you would like to share:
Working with a famous woman that I'm not allowed to share her name....

 

Working with Travis Irmen, RMT at the addictions outreach program at OVCMT

Cat skiing as a "tip" for a massage with amazing athletes.

Working with those amazing athletes and their team of heath care professionals

In general, what are the best things about being an RMT:
I love that being a RMT, you get to dictate your own life. you have full control of the hours of your day, the money you bring in, and what you want your practice to look like.. Everyone you see in a day, whether they are in chronic pain, optimal physical ability, acute pain, babies, pregnant woman, stressed out people... they are happy to see you. And there even happier when they walk out the door feeling better then when they came in and being one step closer to their physical or mental goals.

Do you have anything you would like to say to the OV team who are celebrating their 25th anniversary?

Retire already! Word on the street is it’s a blast!!!!

Thank you for your hard work:)

Do you have anything you would like to say to someone considering massage therapy as a career choice:
you will want to pull out your hair. you will want to quit, you will one day finish. and one day you will be so grateful you did it.

 

Melodie Edgeson, RMT, Essential Care


Full professional name: Melodie Edgeson RMT, Essential Care
Grad year from OVCMT:  1997
Where do work: Home
Are you still practicing massage: Currently inactive status with MTAA
Where are some of the places you have practiced since your time at OVCMT:
Yellowknife massage clinic, Calgary ABTH chiropractic clinic, Calgary Essential Care, Cochrane Saltwater Spa, Cochrane home based clinic.
What does your Massage Therapy practice look like?
Inactive 
Do you have any fond memories of OVCMT you are willing to share:
Friends, I made great friends.
Any Career highlights you would like to share?
Lifetime clients
In general, what are the best things about being a massage therapist?
Sharing the care.
Do you have anything you would like to say to the OV team who are celebrating their 25th anniversary?

Congrats!
Do you have anything you would like to say to someone considering massage therapy as a career choice:
Be dedicated. Truly understand compassion and respect for humanity.

Luke Gowdy, RMT


Full Professional Name: Luke Gowdy

Grad Year from OVCMT: 2012

Current Clinic: painPRO Therapeutics in Vancouver BC 

Am I still Practicing: Yes

Where have I practiced: One Resort, One Clinic

What does my practice look like today? I work in a multidisciplinary clinic with other RMTs and Chiropractors. We have multiple locations and there are Kinesiologists and Physiotherapists at some of the other ones. 

Memories of OVCMT: My best memory of OVCMT was being done of course! But in all honesty, my time at OVCMT was very special. I think our particular class was extra special. We were all friends throughout the whole process. I didn't realize how special that was until it was over. I knew I was in the right place at the right time for me. There is something about sharing that space with people within that learning environment. I am very grateful for my time there. 

Career Highlights - Well I paid off my student loan last year. That was definitely a highlight. I highly recommend doing that! Oh and if you go the Student Loan route please for all that is good in this world, put something toward that principle now! But in all honesty... this career has afforded me the flexibility to be home with my baby. It's amazing. That's the most forefront perk for me in this moment! And the relationships I've been able to foster through this work are priceless. It's a blessing to be part of someone's healing...and the better part of their day!

Best things about being an RMT: Aside from what I said above.... FLEXIBILITY! Oh and it's very rewarding! Did I mention that?

To the 25 year team: Thanks for everything you do! Please celebrate yourselves!

To someone considering the program: Do you like helping people? Do you mind using your gift of touch to bless, encourage, heal, and inspire others? Are you compassionate? Ok this is for you!

That pic is me and my son....he wouldn't be here if it wasn't for OVCMT! ( and a few other key things...) 

Nicolas Faucher, RMT


Full professional name:  Nicolas Faucher RMT

Grad year from OVCMT: 2015

Where do you currently work:  Mountain Waters, Nelson

Are you still a practicing RMT: Yes

Where are some of the places you have practiced since your time at OVCMT:

Body Works, Salmon Arm

Tidal Elements, Vernon

What does your Massage Therapy practice look like for you today:

12-15 clients a week while teaching. Some relaxation massages but receiving many clients looking for treatments.

Do you have any fond memories of OVCMT you are willing to share:

Not particularly. I did have fond memories, but it's more the feeling of it than remembering specific parts.

Any Career highlights you would like to share:

Flexibility, demand, freedom, fun, mentally stimulating, many branches for further development personally and professionally

In general, what are the best things about being an RMT:

See above

Do you have anything you would like to say to the OV team who are celebrating their 25th anniversary?

Congrats! Miss you all!

Do you have anything you would like to say to someone considering massage therapy as a career choice:

It's a great career. The program is great and if you're looking for flexibility and diversity, it's a perfect one for it.

Nicole Gnadt, RMT


Full professional name: Nicole Gnadt RMT
Grad year from OVCMT:  2016
Where do work: I work at Mikelson Chiropractic and Crave Massage in Vernon B.C
Are you still practicing massage: Yes
Where are some of the places you have practiced since your time at OVCMT:
I have also worked for Suncity Physio in Kelowna.
What does your Massage Therapy practice look like?
My practice does not feel like work at all. I do anywhere from relaxation massage to sports.
Do you have any fond memories of OVCMT you are willing to share:
I loved going to all the outreach programs. School was definitely hard work.

 Any Career highlights you would like to share?
I get to meet new people every day. I have also had the opportunity to see what working in a spa is like.
In general, what are the best things about being a massage therapist?
It does not feel like work at all for me and I have had some pretty rough jobs, ex house framer. I get to pick my own hours and days and perks of working in a spa is the employee discount! Self care!
Do you have anything you would like to say to someone considering massage therapy as a career choice:
This career and school was such a surprise as it fell into my lap one day and I never thought this would be my career in a million years, but I took the chance and the school took a chance on accepting me and I can only say wonderful things about it. If you are considering this school go for it! It will take a lot of hard work but in the end it’s such a wonderful career.

Tracey Hamilton, RMT


Full professional name:  Tracey Hamilton, RMT

Grad year from OVCMT:  2014

Where do you currently work:  Kelowna - home based

Are you still a practicing RMT:  yes

Where are some of the places you have practiced since your time at OVCMT:

Tidal Elements (Vernon)

 Drop-in at City of Kelowna, West Kelowna Detachment, City of West Kelowna, Chair Massage lots of places - volunteered & paid at walks, businesses, etc

What does your Massage Therapy practice look like for you today:

I am a certified CranioSacral Therapist and over half my clients come for this treatment modality; I also work with many clients with concussions.

Do you have any fond memories of OVCMT you are willing to share:

I enjoyed my 2 1/2 yrs at OVCMT - not sure anything in particular stands out. I appreciated the supportive and innovated instructors

Any Career highlights you would like to share:

Being a part of a team to help people with concussions has been very rewarding.

In general, what are the best things about being an RMT:

I love the challenges of helping people feel better & using creativity to that end; The clients make the job worthwhile. I like that you can create what your life will look like at the same time that you are providing a much needed service.

Do you have anything you would like to say to the OV team who are celebrating their 25th anniversary?

Congratulations on a job well done and providing communities with well educated and respectful colleagues

Do you have anything you would like to say to someone considering massage therapy as a career choice:

It is worth the effect, work and sacrifice of going to school and becoming educated to help people feel better.

Nicole Twa, RMT


Full professional name:  Nicole Twa RMT

Grad year from OVCMT:  1997

Where do you currently work:  Lifemark Physiotherapy, a national healthcare company. Edmonton, Alberta

Are you still a practicing RMT:  Yes

Where are some of the places you have practiced since your time at OVCMT:

Upon graduation I practiced with Tamara Danzter at Kalamalka Physiotherapy, The national altitude training centre at Silver Star, in my own private practice, Altitude Massage Therapy in Golden B.C, then Dubai and Abu Dhabi in Untied Arab Emirates. Here I also worked as a swimming teacher and coach for 2 private schools.

What does your Massage Therapy practice look like for you today:

My practice today is mainly physical rehabilitation following motor vehicle collision and/or work place injury and prevention.

Do you have any fond memories of OVCMT you are willing to share:

I have so many fond memories of OVCMT including Kate’s cartoon dramas of classroom life!

In general, what are the best things about being an RMT:

One of the best things about being an RMT is the people. Being a positive part of their everyday life.

Do you have anything you would like to say to the OV team who are celebrating their 25th anniversary?

Congratulations OV team on your 25th anniversary.

Nissa Cochran, RMT


Full professional name: Nissa Cochran RMT

Grad year: sept. 2015

Work: The Clinic Therapeutic Massage Kelowna BC

Practicing: Yes I am a practicing RMT and love my career

Places worked: Valeo Clinic in Kelowna, Nalu Wellness in Lake Country, Granby River Healing(proprietor) in Grand Forks BC.

What does your practice Look like: My passion lies in empowering my patients to take back control of their health. To begin my sessions I am intuiting, imagining and listening to my patients to be able to attend to their bodies calling. During the treatment I am releasing, reawakening and activating original patterns of wholeness. To complete the session we take a few minutes to discuss the moments the patients will take to re-establish their wholeness.

Fondest memory: Its hard to pinpoint one memory from my time spent at school. The highlight was the amazing support I received from the teachers, facilitators and peers while I walked and sometimes stumbled on my journey to becoming the RMT I am today.

Highlights from career: When patients have that ‘Aha’ moment and start putting into effect what their body needs daily to maintain their wellness. 

Best things about being an RMT: For me it comes down to my belief and love of the healing power of touch and being able to offer effective, natural remedies for many different ailments. 

Say to 25th anv. Colleagues: Thank you so much for the dedication and hard work you put into building Massage Therapy what it is today. 

Massage as a career choice: Being an RMT can be an extremely rewarding career and if you have a strong desire to create a space that allows people to heal then this is absolutely the profession for you!

Nissa Trollope, RMT, Reiki Master


Full professional name: Nissa Trollope, Registered Massage Therapist, Reiki Master Teacher, Empowerment Life Coach

Grad year from OVCMT: June 1997

 Where do you currently work: London, ON., Canada

Are you still a practicing RMT: Yes Where are some of the places you have practiced since your time at OVCMT: Vernon, BC; Victoria, BC; Nelson BC; Kelowna, BC; Anakiwa, New Zealand; Komoka, ON. Canada

What does your Massage Therapy practice look like for you today: I now treat 3 people per day 3 days per week (1 hr. - 2 hr. sessions) which includes massage therapy techniques such as muscle energy, advanced trigger point, scapular stretch and rotator cuff release, myofascial release, somato-emotional release, craniosacral, Reiki, Esalen deep tissue, and neuromuscular therapy. My career also encompasses Reiki teaching, holistic healing and empowerment life coaching.

 Do you have any fond memories of OVCMT you are willing to share: Everything about it! The dedicated head and teachers… the diverse personalities of the students… getting a massage almost every day… being in ‘awe’ with learning about the human body… the sky diving free-fall to celebrate graduation!

Any Career highlights you would like to share: Starting a locum business after certification. Starting and growing a successful holistic healing centre and then selling it after 10 years.

In general, what are the best things about being an RMT: I enjoy seeing people leave happy, grateful and relaxed. The freedom in it: travelling, endless courses to learn. The creative problem solving involved.

 Do you have anything you would like to say to the OV team who are celebrating their 25th anniversary? Great work OV Team! I am happy I chose you guys over the Vancouver school! I took a chance with you being new, but the heart and soul you all put into raising qualified R.M.T.’s is commendable! You’ve worked hard and deserve the best! I am grateful! Cheers to another 25 years!

 Do you have anything you would like to say to someone considering massage therapy as a career choice: Massage Therapy is a rewarding career. Take many post graduate courses, pace yourself, watch your body mechanics and do a lot of self care.

Ruth Delisle, RMT


Full professional name:  Ruth Delisle, RMT

Grad year from OVCMT:  2016

Where do you currently work:  Back to Health Registered Massage Therapy Invermere BC

Are you still a practicing RMT:  Yes

Where are some of the places you have practiced since your time at OVCMT:

Pure Massage(spa), New West Wellness (locum), Peak Wellness, Amethyst Healing Retreat (locum), Brix Chiropractic (locum), Chatter Creek Catskiing Lodge, Back to Health Registered Massage Therapist (self-employed)

What does your Massage Therapy practice look like for you today:

I am currently renting a space out of a chiropractic clinic. I run my own business and it great because I have a lot of flexibility. I started in September 2018, and now its December 2018, and I have been just about fully booked for the last month! I am in a small town, and its amazing the referrals once a few people come then they tell their friends and family and so on.

Any Career highlights you would like to share:

I love this career because I am helping people and making a difference. Its amazing when I see patients recover from injury; knowing that I was able to help facilitate the healing process. I had a patient come in the other day, that I’ve been seeing for just over a month, and she was grinning. She said something along the lines of: I have no pain. The switch from when they started is unbelievable, from feeling depressed and in chronic pain to being able to return to working out and improved quality of life. That makes this job so rewarding!

In general, what are the best things about being an RMT:

I love the flexibility. The different options for career like seasonal lodge work, clinical work, spa work, so much variety.  And helping people is huge!

Do you have anything you would like to say to the OV team who are celebrating their 25th anniversary?

Thank you so much for your support to all the students at OVCMT. It means a lot to know that you care about every individual student and want to see them succeed.

Do you have anything you would like to say to someone considering massage therapy as a career choice:

This program is not for the faint of heart. You should be prepared to put your life on hold for 2 years. Also, be prepared to make self care a priority in your life; staying fit and emotionally in good health. This is very important, so that you avoid burnout. I love that this career forces me to eat healthy and exercise in order to be at my best. It keeps me in check! Massage therapy is a very rewarding career!

Terry Francis, RMT


Full professional name:   Terry Francis, RMT

Grad year from OVCMT: 1997

Where do you currently work: OVCMT and Home-based Practice in Armstrong, BC

Are you still a practicing RMT: Yes, part-time

Where are some of the places you have practiced since your time at OVCMT?                           Spallumcheen Therapeutic Massage and Armstrong Chiropractic and Massage

What does your Massage Therapy practice look like for you today:

I feel very fortunate to be able to practice part-time and work at OVCMT part-time.  The variety has kept me going strong in the profession for over 20 years.  It is a privilege to work with the clients that see me for Massage Therapy and to work with the students at OVCMT.  I’m constantly challenged to learn and grow.  

Do you have any fond memories of OVCMT you are willing to share:

The best memories of OVCMT are, without a doubt, the people including staff, students and clients.  Each person adds their unique talent or personality to the college.  I think it would be nice to remember some of the past staff with a poster at the 25th celebration and maybe a few words about their contribution or a memory. 

Any Career highlights you would like to share:

The 1st college in Canada to Receive a three year accreditation from the CMTCA ( Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation.

Attending the training to be a Surveyor for the CMTCA.  It was very interesting to learn about what the other Colleges in the Country were doing and to visit some of the campuses in Ontario. 

In general, what are the best things about being an RMT:

The best things about being an RMT are that you get to help people on a daily basis, the flexibility in your schedule and the variety of ways you can apply your skills. 

Do you have anything you would like to say to the OV team who are celebrating their 25th anniversary?

25 awesome years, Congratulations!  This is an amazing team of people who work hard to support our student’s success. 

Do you have anything you would like to say to someone considering massage therapy as a career choice:

Society today may be less focused on human interaction, but massage therapy can bring that connection back to both therapists and clients in a positive and healthy way.   If you enjoy working with people and helping them this is the right profession for you.  Go for it!