Registered Massage Therapy
Massage Therapy is one of the world’s oldest forms of healing. In fact, it shows up in medical texts dating back 4,000 years. By definition Massage Therapy involves the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, tendons, connective tissue, ligaments and joints.
Massage Therapy is effectively used to treat a wide range of medical conditions including occupational and posture related problems, accident related injuries, sports injuries, stress reduction, pregnancy related issues, headaches, and circulatory/lymph and nerve conditions.
All Avita Massage Therapists are Registered Massage Therapists and must be in good standing with the B.C. College of Massage Therapists. British Columbia shares the highest standards and qualifications in the world for it’s RMTs. Practitioners must also complete continuing education courses regularly.
Avita RMTs begin by finding out your goals and objectives in coming for treatment. They will then develop an effective treatment plan for meeting those goals, including homecare advice that will put more power into your hands for managing your own condition.
Massage therapy uses a wide range of techniques including: kneading, compression, vibration, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, friction, stretching, and employing movable or fixed pressure on an area. All with the intent of resolving the underlying problem, increasing blood flow and decreasing pain.
- Lower back pain
- Neck and Shoulder pain
- Headaches and Migraines
- Sports injuries
- Motor vehicle accident related injuries
- Stress relief
- Frozen shoulder
- Chronic work related or postural pain
- Repetitive strain injuries
Please note: Avita Health and Massage Therapy Center offers directing billing for massage therapy services for most extended health providers. This means that you only pay the portion (if any) not covered by your extended health plan. Let us handle your paperwork while you get better!
Devon graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. Prior to her career in Massage Therapy, Devon was both a yoga and Pilates instructor. She became interested in Massage Therapy as a result of working through her own sports related injuries and realizing its’ effectiveness in treating them.
When you book a Massage Therapy treatment with Devon you can expect:
- a review of your medical history
- an assessment of your condition
- treatment that includes evidence based techniques such as Swedish massage, myofascial release, trigger point release, joint mobilizations
- individualized treatment plan, including homecare
Devon encourages her patients to play an active role in their treatment in order to achieve optimal results. She enjoys teaching stretching and strengthening exercises and helping patients to find ways to implement therapeutic exercise into their day to day lives.
Devon also a keen interest in Women’s Health issues, specifically working with pre and post natal conditions and pelvic floor dysfunction. She gained practical experience at BC Women’s Hospital.
When Devon is not at the clinic, she enjoys hiking, trail running, skiing and mountain biking.
Kaitlyn Lutsenko RMT is a 2014 graduate of the 3000 hour program at the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy and has a comprehensive understanding of the application of massage.
Kaitlyn uses a variety of therapeutic techniques, which include: Deep tissue, Swedish, Myofascial Release and Neuromuscular Therapy. She is passionate about working with maternity and post-partum clients. In 2015, Kaitlyn attended an Iyengar yoga and Anatomy course where she learnt how yoga can be used to assess and treat musculoskeletal dysfunction. Kaitlyn is interested in pursuing further study in cranioscaral and osteopathic techniques. She is excited to be taking further training in women's health this coming year.
Thomas is a personable, positive, caring and genuine massage therapist, who is passionate about what he does. Thomas graduated from Vancouver College of Massage Therapy, achieving the Dean's List status every semester (achieving a 90% average or above) and receiving a scholarship for winning first place in a BC wide case study contest, post-graduation, for his case study paper on eye strain related headaches and Massage Therapy. He is a well-rounded RMT who knows how to accommodate the pressure and intensity of his massage to best suit an individual's needs. Working with patients who are in need of relaxation, deep tissue, sports massage, trigger point therapy and myofascial release alike and having great success treating for and reducing: muscle pain, limited range of motion, headaches, stress, strains and sprains, Thomas is a great choice to help you on your way to recovery.
Pursuing a long interest in health and wellness, Richard studied for his RMT accreditation at the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy.
Following graduation he has also studied Craniosacral Therapy, Management of TMJ (Jaw) Dysfunction, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, and Soft Tissue Release Technique. All of these have lead to a new curiosity
around the underlying anatomy and physiology of the human body, that he has recently explored in cadaver lab courses.
Richard has a passion for helping his clients get back to a healthy and full life.
Chloe Burlo is a graduate of Vancouver College of Massage Therapy (VCMT) and has her registration through the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia. Prior to attending VCMT she earned her Diploma in Human Kinetics from Capilano University.
Chloe has had the opportunity to work with a variety of patients during her practicum including sports injuries, high-risk pregnancy, post-natal care, postural dysfunction, neurological conditions, geriatrics and a variety of other conditions.
During her treatments, Chloe employs a variety of techniques including myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, trigger point therapy, joint mobilizations, stretches and Swedish massage. She believes in working with her patients to develop both short-term and long-term treatment goals and finding the best treatment plan for individuals.
Chloe is currently accepting new patients, and looks forward to working with you.
Lindsay has always has a passion for the health industry with a history in Life Science, personal training, varsity athletics, ultra marathon running, and a current successful career in Massage Therapy. She enthusiastically uses her knowledge and excellent care to enable clients to be more successful in all aspects of their professional, personal, and recreational lives. She believes that assessment, evidence-based manual therapy, and therapeutic exercise will allow each patient to reach their full potential and maintain healthy and active lifestyles.
She has a wide range of experience working with clients who suffer from various conditions such as overuse injuries, low back pain, postural dysfunctions, and headaches. She enjoys the unique challenges each client presents with. She has a particular interest in working with athletes and enjoys learning about the biomechanics and mechanism of injury in all different sports. Her goal to is to return the athlete to full function, with minimal interruption to training. As an athlete she has personally experienced and witnessed the benefits of massage therapy in injury treatment and prevention, and maintaining general health and wellbeing.
She uses active and passive forms of treatment such as trigger point release, passive and contractile myofascial release techniques, Ligamentous Articular Strain Techniques, Deep Systemic Treatments, instrument assisted techniques, and Kinesio taping to help each patient reach their goals.
Connor graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy, located in Toronto, Ontario. Prior to becoming a Registered Massage Therapist, he was a personal trainer who was devoted to helping his clients achieve their fitness goals and improve their lifestyle. Connor's strong interest in health and wellness catalyzed him to further pursue his career in healthcare.
As someone who lives and breathes personal fitness, Connor brings his knowledge of body mechanics, strength training and a motivational outlook to his registered massage therapy practice. He uses a variety of techniques to formulate the most effective treatment, specializing in deep tissue, sports massage, myo-fascial release and joint play. Connor also puts a tremendous emphasis on utilizing hydrotherapy and self care, along with remedial exercises to promote clients' wellness as it applies to their current physical condition.
Connor brings a unique intuitive perspective which enables him to provide clients with the best treatment approach to reach their personal health and fitness goals. He hopes his commitment, positivity and healthy way of life can serve to be a role model for his clients.
Certified in Providing:
- Adaptive Body Work Structural Integration - adaptivebodywork.com
- Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST)
- Acupressure/Shiatsu massage
- Active Myofascial Release
- Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
- Kinesiology Taping - RockTape®
- Strength training
Canfit pro personal training certification
NCCPT personal training certification
Professional sports experience includes:
- 2016 Olympic Game Trials – selected as Sports Massage Therapist for Richmond Rapid Men's National Swim Team
- 2016 - Burnaby Lake Rugby Club
I have been an RMT for several years. Have over 18 years experience as an RMT. I have worked in Multidisciplinary clinics here, as well as in the USA. Chiro, Acupuncture, Physio, Naturopathic MD, etc.
I had a practice for a few years with Dr.Z Strauts MD. He was an MD who believed in alternative medicine. I have worked in various settings in my massage therapy career which include medical clinics, multi disciplinary clinics, spas etc. I have worked several events as a therapist- Sports events( Olympics, etc.) Musical festivals, re working on orchestras of musicians, etc. Corporate events- massage for stressed out ceo, executives etc.
Have worked extensively on athletes in various settings and at the Olympics.
Volunteered in GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre in Vancouver.
Rehabilitation work. Like to work on Whiplash patients, etc. Love to do neck and head treatments, shoulders, etc
In my leisure time I am involved with various sports, therefore I have an appreciation for athletes and injuries. My leisure time in includes all my sports such as skiing, running, hiking, golfing, tennis, kayaking and dancing.
Annie Ospina graduated from West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT) and is registered through the College of Massage Therapists of BC. Before deciding to become an RMT, Annie graduated with a diploma in Motion Picture production from Capilano University.
During her practical experience at WCCMT, Annie worked on sports injuries, postural dysfunctions, pre-and post-natal care, neurological and geriatric conditions.
Annie incorporates many techniques into her treatments such as myofascial release, trigger point release, stretching, deep tissue, and joint mobilizations, as well as Swedish massage to encourage the healing process.
On her free time Annie enjoys playing board games, knitting, doing yoga, watching movies, and travelling the world.
Erin graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2005. She enjoys working with a variety of people/conditions from the weekend warrior to Iron Man competitors. Her first experience with alternative therapies began after being in a car accident as a child. She learned then how effective they were at helping her regain function and reduce pain. She likes to work with people to attain their goals and is a huge believer in the mind-body connection when it comes to pain.
Erin usually uses a combination of deep swedish, myofascial release, muscle energy technique/joint play during her treatments. She also has basic training in Dr. Vodder's manual lymphatic drainage so can help with the following: sprains, strains, contusions, post concussion, pre-surgery, venous insufficiency, skin conditions.
When not at work Erin enjoys playing in the outdoors including: hiking, road cycling, skiing, trail running, surfing, volleyball and tennis.
Lauren graduated from the Canadian Coast College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in Sutton, Ontario. In addition, Lauren received a Diploma in Medical Hydrotherapy from Bad Worishofen, Germany. Over the years, Lauren has worked as an instructor and administrator with West Coast College of Massage Therapy and Vancouver College of Massage Therapy.
Areas of treatment specialities include: neck, shoulder, and carpal tunnel issues. Lauren has training in myofascial techniques, hydrotherapy, swedish massage, trigger points, postural awareness, and rehab exercises. Lauren continues to practice as a part-time RMT and is also a Special Education Teacher with the Surrey School District. Lauren has a passion for road cycling after completing her first Grand Fondo Bike Race last year. Other interests include: hiking, swimming, travelling, cooking, learning new languages, and wine tasting.
Oliver graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT) following a degree in Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia (UBC). His experiences working with varsity sports teams as a student athletic trainer in his final year at UBC led him to explore massage therapy as further education and a career.
Oliver enjoys treating a wide variety of injuries, orthopaedic and systemic conditions, and discussing treatment goals with patients to understand what he can do to improve the state of those in to see him as best he can. He seeks to accomplish the treatment goals discussed with his patients in the most relaxing, pain-free way possible.
He draws on experiences throughout his time in post-secondary education working with patients living with spinal cord injury and other neurological conditions, a variety of lifelong disorders, postural inefficiencies and chronic illness to develop an understanding as to why and how he can use massage therapy to help improve their quality of life.
In-treatment, Oliver utilizes techniques including Swedish massage, trigger point and myofascial release, joint mobilizations and neuromuscular techniques to achieve treatment goals outlined with his patients.
Oliver grew up in the lower mainland area and enjoys a variety of sports and activities such as soccer, golf and tennis, as well as furthering his knowledge in health and wellness as it relates to the human body.
Michelle is a graduate of the West Coast College of Massage Therapy, and became an RMT in November of 2015. She developed her passion for massage therapy after looking for a career change where she could help those in pain and combine that with her interest in human kinetics and function. Massage therapy allows her to help her clients feel comfortable and capable in their body, and helps them reach their healthcare goals through Swedish massage, trigger point therapy, joint mobilization, stretching, fascial work and muscular energy technique.
In her spare time she can be found kayaking on a lake or in the ocean, or hiking up a mountain to go camping.
Kristel Pearce is a graduate from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy (VCMT). Kristel's background includes working in the high-tech field in human resources and a BA in Psychology. She discovered her interest in health care and massage therapy after realizing how much massage had helped her with a repetitive strain injury.
Kristel enjoys treating a wide variety of people and conditions and has experience with pregnancy massage, geriatrics, neurological conditions, postural dysfunction, repetitive strain injuries and other Orthopedic conditions. She employs a variety of techniques in her treatment plan based on individual needs which includes Swedish, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, joint mobilization, muscle energy techniques and lymphatic drainage.
In her spare time Kristel enjoys reading, cooking, climbing, snowboarding, swimming and scuba diving.
Kyla is a graduate of the West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT). Her past work as a caregiver for a quadriplegic individual and her passion for health and exercise inspired her to become an RMT.
In her treatments she focuses on compassionate and patient centered care, creating individually tailored sessions that are in line with her patients goals. She strives to educate her patients and to deliver helpful and relevant home care. She utilizes a variety of techniques including Swedish massage, sustained and neuromuscular stretching, trigger point therapy, neuromuscular therapy, joint mobilizations, and myofascial release.
yla has six months of experience in Swedish relaxation massage from working at a Spa as a masseuse prior to registration giving her a solid foundation in techniques to encourage relaxation and a state of well being. She also gained experienced during her educational practicums with sports injuries, high risk pregnancy, multiple sclerosis, geriatrics, Spinal cord injuries, chronic illnesses and postural conditions.
Kyla grew up on the gulf islands and enjoys hiking, swimming, biking, dancing, camping, running and yoga.
Emma graduated from Vancouver College of Massage Therapy (VCMT) and currently lives on Vancouver's North Shore. She originally grew up in England before moving to Whistler, B.C. five years ago to ski and work prior to becoming a massage therapist.
Emma has worked with a variety of different conditions such as high-risk pregnancies, nerve impingements, spinal cord injuries, tendinitis, sprains & strains, and postural dysfunctions. She has also volunteered at sports events such as Ironman, Whistler, to provide post-event sports massage.
Throughout her treatments, Emma uses a range of techniques including Swedish massage, myofascial release, neuromuscular techniques, trigger point release, and both active and passive stretching.
In her spare time , she enjoys reading and travelling, as well as staying active by hiking, skiing , swimming and going to the gym.
Emma will be happy to work with you to better understand and treat your condition and develop short and long-term treatment goals. She is currently accepting new patients and looks forward to meeting you.
Derek Sherk RMT has experience treating several sport and lifestyle related injuries. He uses a variety of techniques including trigger point therapy, myofascial release and deep tissue massage therapy. Derek puts a strong emphasis on teaching his patients exercises and self care to improve their overall health. If patients are being treated by a physio or chiro at avita, Derek will work with these health care professionals to develop a treatment plan best suited to the patients' needs.
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Personal Health Number (PHN)
As per the BC College of Massage Therapists and the Standard for Patient Records, please be advised that we now require a Personal Health Number (PHN) for RMT massage services . Please provide this number (also known as your Care Card) when you call to schedule your appointment or at the time of your treatment – thank you.