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!
I joined the Avita Team in 2014 after three years of study at the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy. I support a holistic approach to health and wellness and employ a variety of therapeutic techniques - some of which include: Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, and Neuromuscular Therapy. Because Women’s Health is an area of which I am passionate I am currently devoting more hours of my practice to focus on the care of women in their childbearing years. My goal is to provide support to women along their journey into motherhood. Facilitating a safe and comfortable space for each woman to be empowered to take hold of their own health and achieve their full potential.
Prenatal and Postpartum Self-Care
In their childbearing years, women experience tremendous changes physically, mentally and emotionally. Consequently, I have taken specific Prenatal and Postpartum training to treat women. I believe Massage Therapy is a vital component of self-care, benefiting women by relieving general muscular and joint ache and pains associated with pregnancy and childrearing. It encourages relaxation, digestion and improves sleep. After a cesarean section Massage Therapy can promote tissue health and repair; decrease discomfort, and release fascial tethering and limitations around the abdomen and pelvis due to post-cesarean scar tissue.
Therapeutic Breast Massage
I have also sought training for Therapeutic Breast Massage, which can help relieve breast tenderness and pain, breast congestion, clogged ducts or mastitis and even support lactation. Moreover, therapeutic breast massage can decrease pain and limitations that can occur post surgically from augmentations, mastectomies, and breast reconstruction.
Infant Massage Classes
**Please watch this site for notices about up and coming classes in Infant Massage which I will offer the North Shore! **
As we go through life, all of us experience many changes; self-discovery, growth, and sometimes injury or trauma. Each experience shapes who we are and molds our body to where it is today. It is my aim to support clients in whatever season they are in.
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.
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.
Treats concussions, post trauma and children.
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.
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.
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.
Marly has been working as an RMT since 2008 where she began her practice in Calgary, AB. Since graduation, she has been continuously expanding her knowledge by taking various related courses including Reflexology, CranioSacral therapy, and other alternative healthcare modalities.
Over the years, Marly has been incorporating her skills through working with many clients with diverse complaints- ranging from acute injuries to chronic pain conditions. She is now a registered therapist in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario and hopes to continue building her skills to successfully provide individualized treatments for each unique client that comes her way.
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 weight-lifting, 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 message 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
Andrea is a graduate of the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy (VCMT). Andrea’s background includes working on the other side of the clinic as a Health Care Coordinator which has given her an established background on what makes a clinic work. It was in her studying at BCIT that she was introduced to the basics of Anatomy and Physiology and had decided that she wanted to know more and have a more hands on approach to healing.
Growing up on the North Shore, Andrea competed in Figure skating for over 10 years and was always training off-ice in dance. She discovered her interest in health care and massage therapy after realising how much massage therapy helped her with the many injuries she succumbed to.
Along with her own experience and managing injuries, Andrea’s schooling has equipped her with the skills and knowledge to assess and treat many different conditions. She has been trained in techniques such as Swedish massage, myofascial release, trigger point release, active and passive release and joint mobilizations. Many of these techniques can be applied to varying sports related injuries, overuse syndromes and postural dysfunctions.
Marlo was inspired to become a Registered Massage Therapist through her own healing experiences with sport related injuries, and graduated from West Coast College of Massage Therapy's 20 month program. Looking at health and wellbeing through a holistic lense, she provides tailored treatments for each individual to help them achieve their goals.
Employing techniques such as myofascial release, trigger point therapy, deep tissue, joint mobilizations and Swedish massage, Marlo believes in providing immediate relief, and also finding the root of the problem to provide a long-term solution from pain and dysfunction.
Outside of work Marlo enjoys watching horse racing, being in nature with her dog Billie, playing board games, and trying out new recipes in the kitchen.
Mike’s passion is helping people live an active and healthy lifestyle. He works best as part of a multidisciplinary team providing holistic healthcare. Mike has a BSc Kinesiology degree specializing in active health and rehabilitation, supplemented by certifications in Personal Training and Functional Movement Systems – Level 2.
He has put his learning to use working with a wide variety of individuals including Active Rehab for ICBC clients, personal training for rehab/injury prevention, and overseeing the Heathy Hearts Program for cardiac rehab patients at the District of West Vancouver.
Ideal clients are people with injuries who want to be actively engaged in their rehabilitation process and/or clients who want to prevent injuries. To accomplish his therapeutic goals, he utilizes specific techniques including active release, neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, and targeted stretches/exercises.
In his free-time Mike enjoys hiking, rock climbing and playing soccer.
I graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2014 and have worked in a variety of different clinical, spa settings and Teacher Assistant in Vancouver Career College.
I bring balance, awareness and knowledge to my patients. treatments are focused, effective and a good balance of therapeutic and relaxation. I believes that through regular massage therapy treatment one can alleviate pain, improve posture and increase an overall sense of well being.
In addition to being RMT, I am an active individual with a personal passion for wellbeing and pursuing a healthy lifestyle with plenty of exercise gives me personal insight into the importance of living without pain, tension, or unnecessary stress. I aim to provide the kind of care for my patients that I would seek out for myself, in the event that pain or injury ever prevented me from enjoying the activities I love.
Tanner became interested in a career as an RMT after working with many different practitioners while healing his own injuries. He is a Graduate of the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. Tanner has a passion for helping people achieve pain free movement and an improved quality of life. He is a very active person himself, and draws from his own experience with injury as well as his schooling to succeed in helping his clients.
Tanner offers a wide variety of therapeutic techniques, including Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Release, joint mobilization, and active and passive techniques. During his spare time he enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, fishing
and spending time with friends and family.
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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.