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KRISTA BENSON

After 2 years of study at The International Academy of Massage, I successfully completed the 2304 hour intensive program which is comprised of theory, practical application & supervised clinical and outreach sessions. In the spring of 2012, I passed the provincial exam and became certified to practice in Ontario and am registered with the College of Massage Therapists.

Each person has different needs when seeking out massage therapy and each treatment plan is designed specifically to reach those goals.  By gaining a thorough understanding of your specific symptoms, health history, and desired results and by combining different techniques like Swedish massage, deep tissue therapy, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, PNF stretching, manual lymph drainage and joint play, I am able to help each person to restore pain-free range of motion, reduce muscle soreness, rehabilitate injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation and, in general, help you to feel better.

When I am not at work, I enjoy time with my family at home in the country.  My interests are very diverse and I enjoy many activities ranging from working with wood, welding or using machines to cooking and needle crafts.

LUKE CALLAGHAN

I graduated with honours and as Valedictorian from a 2 year condensed Massage Therapy program. I began my studies in Biomedical Science at uOttawa, after which I wanted to focus on anatomy and working with people hands on. That led me to the field of Massage Therapy. In addition to my school program I have worked with athletes of the Ottawa Senators Development Camp, The Canadian National Gymnastics Team, and have had Sports Massage and Therapeutic Ultrasound training.

I use a variety of techniques for my treatments in combination with Swedish techniques including:
-Myofascial Release to work on restricted connective tissue
-TMJ massage to treat jaw pain and headaches that lead to lack of sleep and chronic dysfunction
-Muscle Energy to mobilize stuck joints that can lead to back pain and headaches
-Therapuetic Ultrasound to treat damaged deep tissue and joints

Therapeutic effects and benefits of my treatments can include:
• Decrease muscle spasms, swelling, and inflammation
• Release of scar tissue and adhesions
• Increase mobility and joint movement
• Reduction of headaches, tension, trigger points (knots), anxiety, and stress
• Decreased pain in muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments
• Improved blood circulation and tissue healing/repair

Every day I work with Massage Therapy my passion for it grows stronger, working with people and providing therapeutic treatment is incredibly fulfilling for me. I look forward to working with you and to helping improve your quality of life.

SHARE DUGGAN

As someone who strives to maintain a healthy lifestyle, I was attracted to the field of Massage Therapy, as I believe regular massage treatments can help the body heal itself.

In 2005, after graduating with honours from the Massage Therapy program at CDI, I became registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.

I believe everyone can benefit from receiving massage, whether it is for stress-reduction and relaxation, to help recover from an overuse or athletic injury, to help alleviate pregnancy-related aches and pains, or to help manage the discomforts caused by prolonged sitting.

I incorporate a variety of techniques into my treatments, including Swedish massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, stretching, deep tissue, and lymph drainage. I am not a believer that a massage treatment must be painful in order to be effective.

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, staying active with my children, volunteering at their school, and running.

I look forward to meeting with you to determine how we can work together to get you, and keep you, feeling your best.

COLLEEN KENNY

I have been a Registered Massage Therapist licensed by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario since 2005 after graduating from CDI College.  I obtained a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of New Brunswick prior to completing the Massage Therapy Program.

My approach to achieving optimal health is using various massage techniques such as deep tissue, myofascial release. trigger point work, joint mobilization and remedial exercises for each individual client’s needs and for a variety of different conditions.  In 2007, I completed TMJ Mastery, a specialized course for treating individuals experiencing jaw pain.  Over my many years of practice, I have treated a great variety of conditions spanning relaxation for stress management, acute/chronic pain from sports injuries or repetitive strain, and motor vehicle accidents.  I also have significant experience in treating scar tissue resulting from injuries or major surgeries like c-sections.

When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family, my two dogs, playing hockey and running.

HOPE MAXTED

Since graduating from CDI College in 2002 I have worked in various clinical settings acquiring experience and knowledge in the assessment and treatment of the physical body and its dysfunctions. I continue my growth as a therapist with courses such as prenatal massage and myofascial release.

Massage offers a drug-free and personal approach to wellness based on the body’s natural ability to heal itself. By combining my training and experience I focus on developing client specific treatments, so that I not only offer relief of my client’s health related issues but also prevent them from returning. I can create effective therapeutic sessions for the variety of office workers, pregnant mothers, injured athletes and other individuals that I see everyday.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, spending time with my family and maintaining an active lifestyle.

TARA MCDONALD

Upon graduating with honours from Eastern College in 2007, I began practicing massage therapy in my hometown of St. John’s, Newfoundland. My personal interest in competitive athletics led me to focus on sports injuries. Since moving to Ottawa in 2010, I have had the opportunity to expand on the scope of my practice. Initially, I worked closely with an Osteopath and most recently in a multi-disciplinary clinic. My expertise include the following:

  • Stress management
  • Chronic headaches
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Pelvic dysfunction
  • Fibromyalgia
  • PNF stretching/isometric stretching/joint mobilization
  • Myofascial release
  • Trigger point therapy

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, cycling, squash, cross-training, hiking, and travelling. Its been my experience that successful treatment begins with a comprehensive health history, client specific treatment plan, and appropriate follow-up. I look forward to meeting with you.

MELANIE PLANTE-AJAH

I began my practice as a Massage Therapist in 2007 after graduating from Algonquin College and I have loved working in the field since.  I have a wide range of experience including treating:

  • Pre-natal and post-natal women
  • People with chronic pain conditions including fibromyalgia
  • People in recovery from surgery
  • People who have job-related discomfort (ie. Back/shoulder/neck pain, carpel tunnel syndrome, etc.)
  • People dealing with stress
  • Athletes

In 2015, I began to study John F. Barnes Myofascial Release.  This type of work targets the fascial system which is what surrounds and supports every tissue in the body and connects you from head to toe.  This specific type of work targets adhesions in the fascial system that have developed over time from a variety of different stresses.  The technique involves using a gentle, sustained pressure to allow the adhered tissue to soften.  In combining traditional massage techniques and JFB Myofasical Release, I am able to more effectively treat the body as a whole.

I believe that massage therapy is important because it allows people to slow down and tune into what their body is trying to communicate to them to facilitate healing.  In the fast paced world that we live in, there is often not much time left to stop and take care of ourselves.

In my free time, I enjoy hiking with my dog, reading, yoga, playing ringette and spending time with my family.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you take a moment to reconnect with yourself.

MARK TANNIS

I have been an RMT since 2011, when I completed my three year training at Algonquin College. I offer treatments ranging from relaxation massage to treating specific injuries or conditions:

  • Muscle pain or tension
  • Sports or orthopedic injuries
  • Prenatal or post-natal massage
  • Stress or anxiety

I have experience working with diverse clientele (all ages) ranging from armchair athletes to elite athletes! I have a compassionate and caring approach to working with clients and am sensitive to clients with anxiety, body image, trauma and limited mobility. I work closely with clients to create a massage experience that is safe, therapeutic and assists with ongoing stress management.

I believe that everyone can benefit from Massage Therapy as it provides an opportunity to slow down, breathe, and restore the body and mind. I look forward to offering you exceptional massage therapy treatments that are tailored to meet your specific health conditions and goals.

In my life outside of massage therapy, I enjoy cooking, reading, biking, gaming and spending some down time with my adorable critters Sydney, Sam and Toby.

KAYLA VAILLANCOURT

In 2009 after graduating from the University of Ottawa in Health Sciences Human Kinetics I took a year off to work as a physiotherapist assistant only to discover my love for the field of physiotherapy. It was the following year where I completed my 2 year Masters program at the University of Ottawa in 2011.
Since graduating in 2011, I have worked in 2 multidisciplinary clinics which has allowed me to gain experience in working with a wide range of injuries from individuals involved in motor vehicle accidents to sport related injuries and the “i don’t know what caused it” type injuries. Furthermore, in 2014, I became credentialed in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy(MDT) or the “McKenzie method” which is a movement based assessment and treatment method which enables you to understand how to self-treat and prevent the pain from returning!
I strive on the ability to help you return to the “old you” by offering one-on-one (with the physio ONLY!) physiotherapy assessments and treatments through extended appointment times.
My postgraduate coursework includes the following:

 

Level 1 AA1: Foundations of anatomical Acupuncture 2012
McKenzie Part A: The Lumbar Spine 2012
McKenzie Part B: The Cervical & Thoracic Spine 2012
McKenzie Part C: Advanced Lumbar Spine & Extremities – Lower Limb 2013
McKenzie Part D: Advanced Cervical/Thoracic Spine & Extremities – Upper Limb 2013
MDT Clinical Skills Update Symposium: Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy 2014
McKenzie Institute Canada Credentialing Examination 2015
McKenzie Part E: Human Extremities 2015
SFMA Select Functional Movement System 2015
McKenzie Part E: Human Extremities (Audit) 2016
APTEI Advanced Upper Extremity Complex Certification Program 2016
Mulligan Upper Quadrant 2016

 

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family/friends, working out and of course keeping busy with my crazy and energetic Boxer pup, Ari!

LEAH HUTCHINSON WHITE

I have been an RMT since 2003 and I love my chosen profession more and more with each passing year.  I had, originally, started a career as a social worker after completing bachelor’s degrees in psychology and social work. I worked as a social worker for a short time and enjoyed it very much. I soon realized, however, that there was another helping profession even more suited to my personality and outlook on life.  Subsequently, I completed the Massage Therapy program with Honours and began my practice.

Massage therapy is an effective way to use the body’s natural ability to heal itself. It is useful for treating a large number of physical conditions and, just as importantly, to prevent them. Regular massage therapy treatments will help keep your body functioning at its optimal level. I am a firm believer that everyone can benefit from massage throughout their life. I see clients of all ages- from children to seniors. Using a client focused and comprehensive style of treatment planning, my goal is to tailor the massage therapy treatment to your individual needs. I strive for this whether you are looking for relaxation or therapeutic massage- or a combination of the two.

My favourite part of this work is having the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people. I consider it a privilege that clients allow me to be a part of their health care team. Outside of work, I am kept very busy chauffeuring my children from activity to activity.

JULIE WALTERS

Having graduated as a Registered Massage Therapist from the International Academy of Massage, I am skilled in Swedish massage and advanced techniques such as trigger point therapy, myofascial release, joint mobilizations and more.

My aim is to improve my client’s condition and work towards their goals, whether those goals are to improve function due to an injury, reduce stress-induced symptoms or increase relaxation. I believe that massage assists the body’s own healing process and am happy to aid this process and support my clients return to a state of well-being.

I look forward to continuing to learn and to expand my skill with set as an RMT with courses such as craniosacral therapy and temporomandibular joint dysfunction.

I am grateful to practice in such a calm, supportive clinic among excellent therapists and look forward to collaborating with you to reach your health and wellness goals.

 

 

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