Everybody Deserves a Massage

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 is not just a luxury. It’s a way to a healthier, happier life.”
Annie Ospina - Registered Massage Therapist

Our Massage Therapy Team

Richard Phillips
RMT

Richard Phillips

Richard is originally from North Vancouver, BC where he studied for his RMT accreditation at the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. He has always had a special interest in health and wellness with a passion for helping his clients get back to a healthy and full life.

After graduation he went on to study Craniosacral Therapy, Management of TMJ (Jaw) Dysfunction, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, and Soft Tissue Release Technique. Through continuing his education, he gained and explored new knowledge about the underlying anatomy and physiology of the human body.

In his spare time, Richard likes to paddleboard, mountain bike, and motorcycle.

Patrick Renny
RMT

Patrick Renny

Patrick has a keen interest in uncovering the root cause of his patients’ problems and addressing them at their source. He then empowers his patients with coaching and guidance on how to manage and correct their condition on their own through effective homecare strategies. Relying on clinical experience and evidence-based research, Patrick uses massage therapy, but also works closely with each client’s healthcare team, including their physiotherapist, to ensure a timely and as complete recovery as possible.

Patrick has worked closely with clients of all ages suffering from a range of conditions, including:

  • Addiction recovery
  • Orthopaedic injuries at varying stages of recovery
  • Palliative care
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Postural dysfunction
  • Pre- and post-natal
  • Repetitive strain
  • Systemic illness

From Nova Scotia, Patrick relocated to western Canada in early adulthood driven by a love of snow sports. He enjoys skiing and snowboarding in Banff and at Whistler, as well as weightlifting, downhill-mountain biking, golf, hockey, and baseball. Patrick has worked as a BC whitewater raft guide and in resort/hotel management. He is trained in first aid and swift-water rescue.

A Vancouver College of Massage Therapy (VCMT) graduate and recipient of the VCMT Heart Award for Academic and Clinical Excellence, Patrick became a massage therapist because of a lifelong interest in working in health care and his own experiences recovering from injuries. He was also attracted to the profession because of a hereditary and progressive eye disease, which renders Patrick visually impaired.

Kristel Pearce
RMT

Kristel Pearce

Kristel is originally from North Vancouver, BC she is a graduate from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. Her background includes working in the high-tech field of 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 is experienced in 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 include Swedish, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, joint mobilization, muscle energy techniques, and lymphatic drainage.

In her spare time, Kristel enjoys reading, cooking, climbing, swimming, and spending time with her family.

Erin Frost
RMT

Erin Frost

Erin was born and raised on the North Shore. She graduated from the West Coast College of Massage therapy’s 3000-hour massage diploma program 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 major 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 uses a combination of deep Swedish, myofascial and trigger point release, muscle energy technique and joint play during her treatments.

When not at work she enjoys spending time in the outdoors be it hiking, trail running, skiing and snowshoeing. She also loves to travel.

Derek Sherk
RMT

Derek Sherk

Derek is originally from North Vancouver, BC where he graduated from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. Before following his passion to become an RMT he played varsity level soccer. He has worked in Pilates studios, gyms and clinics. Through all his experiences he has gained respect for working on the mind and body as a whole.

He has had experience treating sport and lifestyle-related injuries. He uses a variety of techniques including trigger point therapy, myofascial release, and deep tissue massage therapy. He puts a strong emphasis on teaching his patients exercises and self-care so that they have the tools to continue along their wellness journey.

He enjoys working with the other practitioners in the clinic allowing for his patients to get cross-modality care. When a patient gets treated by a physiotherapist or chiropractor, he works with the other therapist to develop a well-rounded treatment plan best suited to the patients’ needs.

In his spare time, Derek likes to work out, play soccer, hike, camp and always be active

Thomas Williams
RMT

Thomas Williams

Thomas is originally from Surrey, BC, he graduated from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. Post-graduation he released a case study on eye-strain related headaches and the benefits of Massage Therapy. Through this research, he gained tremendous experience in how to best deal with the different types of eye strain and headaches.

He is an extremely well-versed RMT who knows how to accommodate the pressure and intensity of his massage to best suit an individual’s needs. Working with patients who seek relaxation, deep tissue, sports massage, trigger point therapy, and myofascial release. He has had great success in treating and reducing muscle pain, limited range of motion, headaches, stress, strains, and sprains. He is a caring and genuine massage therapist, who is passionate about what he does and wants to see his clients follow their road to recovery.

In his spare time, Thomas has done extensive traveling, living in countries like Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and visiting many others experiencing other cultures and the natural beauty of other countries. He also enjoys gaming and spending time with his beautiful god dog daughters. Even when he is extremely busy he always finds time to bake with mom and grandma learning from the best.

Martine Rouleau
RMT

Martine Rouleau

Martine is originally from Quebec but graduated from the highly acclaimed Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. She has worked in both Spa and Rehabilitation settings, so she is able to provide a broad range of massage therapy treatments. She is passionate about helping people recover from their health-related problems and getting them back to full and active lives.

In addition to being a Registered Massage Therapist, Martine is also a fully Registered Acupuncturist and enjoys helping people recover through this useful modality.

Martine has been living in the Sea to Sky corridor since 2012, where she can be close to nature and enjoy her many outdoor activities, which include skiing and hiking.

Nathan Lasseux
RMT

Nathan Lasseux

Nathan was born and raised in France, he graduated from West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2015. He enjoys working with a variety of people and conditions from tension headaches, postural restoration, Motor Vehicle Accidents, and chronic conditions.

His first experience with massage therapy began when he was dealing with numerous injuries while playing division 1 basketball in France during his teenage years. From this, he learned how important therapy and home care was to return to full playing capacity, but also how crucial regular treatment is for injury prevention and improved performance. He is a big believer in regular exercise, nutrition, and mind-body connection when dealing with and treating pain.

Nathan uses a combination of deep Swedish massage, myofascial release, trigger point release, and individualized home care exercises during his treatments.

When not at work, he enjoys the outdoors and being in nature, as well as playing sports or exercising. Traveling and discovering new cultures also are his passions.

Sarah Houtman
RMT

Sarah Houtman

Sarah is an advocate of massage therapy and self-care as a major player in
a wellness practice. She concentrates on the individual story each client
and body has to tell. She uses effective and focused treatment combined
with a calming atmosphere and presence. She uses a variety of techniques
which include: myofascial release, trigger point therapy, joint
mobilizations, deep tissue release, and active/passive stretching. She also
provides tailored home-care for each individual to continue moving
forward.

Sarah is able to assist you in the following:

– soft tissue injury and recovery
– postural imbalances and tension
– headaches and migraine recovery
– relaxation and decompression
– sinus pressure and inflammation
– jaw pain and dysfunction
– stress, anxiety, and sleep support
– pain referrals (TrP)
– strain, sprain, and tendinitis recovery

Carmen Merkel
RMT

Carmen Merkel

Carmen is a graduate of the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. She believes that manual therapy is a powerful tool in preventative mental and physical health care, and is honoured to support her patients where they are at on their health journey. Her yoga background has taught her the value of holding space and creating a supportive environment for all individuals.

She has a special interest in women’s health and has taken continuing education in chronic pain, pregnancy and female pelvic health. Carmen uses a variety of techniques to work with clients tissue, depending on their comfort and treatment goals, including myofascial release, deep tissue, Swedish massage and joint mobilizations.

Carmen is no stranger to overuse injuries having been an endurance athlete most of her life, competing in ultra trail running and marathon paddling events. Her true love is rock climbing and her favorite places on earth are remote alpine ridges.

Joanne Santos
RMT

Joanne Santos

Joanne is a proud graduate of West Coast College of Massage Therapy.

She would love to help alleviate stress, tension, pain, or help restore function, and make a difference to a person’s quality of life.

When she is not at work, you will find her hiking to waterfalls and viewpoints, taking pictures, traveling on a new adventure, or spending time with family.

Rob Parry
RMT

Rob Parry

After over a decade of working with non-profits, Rob graduated from VCMT’s Massage Therapy program with honors, receiving the school’s Heart Award for compassionate care.

He is passionate about reducing the physiological effects of stress, anxiety, postural imbalances, and physical exertion. His clinical experience includes working with herniations, muscle strains, delayed onset muscle soreness, chronic dislocations, neurological conditions, and much more. Rob takes pride in meeting each client’s individual treatment goals through careful assessment and clear, approachable communication.

When not in the clinic, Rob is likely running, swimming, reading, or playing tennis.

Riley Knowles
RMT

Riley Knowles

Riley is a proud graduate of Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. He is passionate about pain-free living and works with the client to achieve their unique treatment goals. This is done through careful assessment and tailored delivery of therapeutic techniques. He strongly believes in empowering his clients with practical home-care strategies, while nurturing genuine interest and appreciation for the human body.

Being quite active from a young age and having many years of experience in the Trades industry, Riley has always appreciated the beauty of physical work. Also, working within the Floating industry gave him a keen insight into the human nervous system and the mind-body connection. These experiences drew Riley to a rewarding career in massage therapy and now inform his practice.

Ashley DiTomaso
RMT

Ashley DiTomaso

My name is Ashley Di Tomaso and I've been a registered massage therapist since 2014. I was born and raised in Burnaby and moved to North Vancouver in 2017. Growing up I was always fascinated with the human body and knew I wanted a career in health care. I graduated from STMC in 2006 and went to Langara College where I took Human Kinetics for 3 years. In 2011 I applied and was accepted to West Coast College of Massage Therapy. I did the 20 month/5 term program and graduated in December 2013, wrote my board exams in 2014 and became an RMT. My passion for massage therapy all started when I was young, I played competitive soccer and our team had the privilege of having an RMT. I would receive treatments from our RMT and saw first hand the benefits of receiving massage therapy since I suffered from shin splints. I knew then I wanted to become an RMT. My other passion and the most important one to me is helping people, I knew I wanted my career to be about others and for others. Being an RMT is a very fulfilling and rewarding job for me, if I can make my patient's day better by providing a great massage treatment to help their needs and pain go away then I’ve accomplished my goal. I love what I do, I love working with the human body and I love helping others. I hope to provide the best massage therapy treatments for you and your needs!

Fun facts about me: I love to hike and go 4x4ing/camping, being in nature is so wonderful. I love to read/play board games and have no TV days. I just became an Aunt for the first time in 2019 and have an amazing nephew named Kai. Family and friends are very important to me. I’m a HUGE sports fan and LOVE the Vancouver Canucks I don't miss one game. I enjoy watching all types of sports. My favourite teams are Seattle Seahawks and Vancouver Canucks!

Jenna Pickell
RMT

Jenna Pickell

As a Registered Massage Therapist, Jenna is dedicated to helping you reach your rehab and wellness goals. She is committed to empowering you with the tools to lead a healthier lifestyle. With a previous career in the spa industry as an esthetician, Jenna brings a unique element to massage therapy. She creates a safe space for you to wind down, relax and heal. Jenna focuses on patient comfort while seamlessly weaving in therapeutic techniques. Her treatments are customized to YOUR specific needs using deep tissue, neuromuscular, active release, and joint mobilizations. She believes that collaboration and patient education will give you the confidence and motivation to be successful.

Jenna was raised on Vancouver Island, where she attended Vancouver Island University to receive certification as an Esthetician. There, she discovered her passion for massage as a therapy. She relocated to Vancouver and completed her qualifications at the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy.

Her interest in cultures and adventure has taken her to thirteen countries so far and she hopes to add to the list. At anytime, you may find Jenna in the mountains hiking with friends, cycling, sailing, or at the beach.

Susan Bosch
RMT

Susan Bosch

Originally from South Africa, Susan pursued a career in finance for several years, until her desire to help others live their best life and her own experiences in recovering from sporting injuries led to her interest in therapeutic massage. She graduated from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in 2020.

Susan is passionate about partnering with her patients in their journey back to a healthy, active life. She’s a firm believer in treating the whole person, not only their condition, and takes time to hear her patients’ story in order to better understand what treatment will best suit them.

Starting with a comprehensive assessment and employing a variety of modalities including neuromuscular and Swedish techniques, fascial and trigger point release, PNF stretching and joint mobilization, Susan enjoys the challenge of treating different types of pain and injury and helping patients achieve their goals.

Outside of the clinic Susan thrives on long-distance running, loves spending time in the mountains hiking and camping, and carries a book with her wherever she goes.

Massage Therapist Rates

At Avita Health and Massage Therapy Clinic in North Vancouver, we take pride in delivering premium care at competitive prices. If you have an extended health plan, you may also receive partial coverage for your massage. We direct bill most extended health plans, including for Massage Therapy. Our Massage Therapy rates are below and include GST.

Service Duration Cost
Massage Therapy30 Minutes$70.00
Massage Therapy60 Minutes$120.00
Massage Therapy90 Minutes$180.00

Hear from our clients

  • Professional yet relaxing. All the RMTs I have used are great.

    - Amanda S
  • Clean facilities. Staff has always been attentive to my needs. I always feel very relaxed when leaving. I really enjoyed my massage with Marley last time. Great location. I can’t wait for my next visit!

    - Jamie R
  • Great staff. I have been for massage and chiro and both were great experiences. Will be returning for sure.

    - Brent S
  • I had a therapy massage because I was facing some pain and shoulder pain. The massage was really good, and I felt relieved from the pain. The receptionists were very polite and thoughtful. In general, it was a great experience. I’ll definitely return for more!

    - Gabi L

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