I graduated from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy, one of the most highly regarded Massage Therapy schools in Canada. Throughout my studies, not only was I able to treat patients in the College’s student clinic, I was also fortunate enough to treat in a variety of other facilities, such as Ronald McDonald House for families with ill children, George Pearson Centre for adults with physical disabilities, Onsite drug detox facility, Royal Columbian Hospital, Positive Living Society for persons living with HIV/AIDS, and at events like the BMO Marathon. At these sites, I have gained experience treating a wide variety of patients ranging from office workers with postural pain to athletes, seniors, pregnant women, and people suffering from spinal cord and brain injuries.
I previously worked in retail management, but decided to move away from that to pursue a career in healthcare, which I have found to be my true calling. My background in customer service gives me a client-centred approach to Massage Therapy. Ultimately I chose to become an RMT because it combined my interest in healthcare with my passion for helping those in need.
My primary treatment goals include reducing the source of pain while maintaining patient comfort. My expertise includes Trigger Point Therapy, Lymph Drainage, Joint Mobilizations, Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Therapy, Pregnancy Massage, Swedish massage, in addition to muscle strengthening and stretching techniques. With these tools, I hope to not only eliminate discomfort but also provide a relaxing and healing experience.
One of the most rewarding experiences I have had in the field so far was at George Pearson Centre, which is a hospital specializing in brain and spinal cord injuries. I treated a patient with a neurological condition who had lost most of the range of motion in his arms years ago. I performed a combination of muscle stimulating, stretching and coordination techniques. After 4 weeks of treatment, the patient’s range of motion had improved to a level that he had not seen in years.
I truly believe that in order to be an effective therapist for my patients, I must set a good example and take care of myself mentally and physically. Outside of the clinic, I enjoy running, hiking, watching films (I also have a diploma in Film Studies!), listening to music, enjoying vegetarian cuisine and spending quality time with my fiancée.