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.

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. 

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!!

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.

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.