CCMH Cambridges instructors are the most highly Credentialed and Experienced Instructors  in Massage Therapy Schools in Waterloo Region and London Ontario. 

Delivering great massage therapy courses requires great instruction. At CCMH our exceptional teaching staff is a key reason why our graduates are consistently successful candidates writing the Provincial Registration Examinations.

Many of our instructors hold advanced degrees in Health Sciences and are Registered Massage Therapists with several years of clinical and teaching experience.  In addition, all of our instructors have completed an instructor development program and are motivated to ensure that his or her students receive the best education possible.

Finally, it’s also about attitude and at CCMH, our faculty are committed, caring and compassionate lifelong learners eager to share their knowledge and skills with our students.

Administration Team

Anna Baker
Clinic Coordinator
Anna joined the CCMH Cambridge Team in September 2015. She holds a B.A. (Hons) in Geography and Environmental Management with a focus on Project Coordination and Management. Anna has worked as a Project Coordinator managing local and international programs all over the world and brings with her a passion and dedication to building community partnerships and working with the students to help them achieve their dreams of being healthcare professionals.

Terri Curtis
Terri  will with us at reception to cover Shannon’s maternity leave and look forward to having her talent with us for the upcoming year.  Born and raised in Guelph Terri enjoys spending time with her four grown nieces and two young great nieces.  Her main hobbies include going to the theatre and dinner with friends and driving the back roads of Ontario.  Her favourite saying is “Happy the person who can enjoy the scenery on a detour”.

Naomi Gies
Financial Aid Officer
Naomi has been with CCMH since 2000. She has been involved in many aspects of College administration and recently took over the position of Financial Aid Officer for the Cambridge campus. She works closely with all departments and assists students, faculty and staff to ensure the smooth operation of the facility.

Tatum Johnson, RMT
Director of Education
Tatum graduated from CCMH in 1999 and joined the College as an instructor and clinical/outreach supervisor in 2004. She enjoys both treating as a therapist and teaching fellow colleagues. Tatum has additional certifications in Fascia release, Pregnancy massage, Infant massage and Labour support as well as many years of experience supervising in Long term care facilities and working with youth athletes.  As a big believer in the therapeutic effects of massage therapy Tatum looks forward to helping you with all your educational needs both during your time at the college and continuing on into your practice.

Shannon MacDonald
Shannon is very happy to  see all the students pursue their dreams of becoming Massage Therapists.  Currently she is on maternity leave with her second child and we look forward to seeing her upon her return.  In the meantime we welcome her replacement Terri Curtis.

Teaching Faculty

Sean Baker, RMT
Sean graduated from CCMH in 2000. Since then, Sean has worked in both spa and clinical settings and currently has a successful private practice. In 2003, Sean became a clinical supervisor with CCMH sharing his experience and skills with future colleagues. He progressed from clinical supervisor to lead instructor in many of the practical classes that the college offers. To complement his skills, Sean has also completed training in Hot Stone Therapy.

Natalie Bencina, RMT
Natalie has been a teaching assistant with CCMH since 2005. She graduated from the Canadian Therapeutic College in 1999, and has since been certified in pre and post event sports massage and manual lymph drainage. She owns a successful practice, where she works closely with other health care professionals to ensure excellent care for her clients.

Dr. Alex Coulson, ND, BSc.
Alex is a board-certified Naturopathic Doctor, with a passion for human physiology. She graduated with a bachelor of science degree in Bio-Medicine and Nutraceuticals from the University of Guelph, and obtained her doctorate of Naturopathy from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Ont. In addition to teaching at the college, she currently runs a practice focusing in pain management and nutritional counselling.

Dr. John Crawford, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD (Path), DC (Hons), FRCCSS (C)
John graduated cum laude from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (1986). Previously, he completed an Honours BSc (Bacteriology & Immunology -1976) and an MSc (Microbiology & Immunology -1978), from the University of Western Ontario. Following a short leave in the Department of Pathology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, he went on to complete his Doctoral Thesis in Pathology at the University of Toronto Medical School (1983). Subsequent to his graduation from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Dr. Crawford completed the Fellowship programme of the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada). He is also certified in clinical acupuncture.

Over the past 37 years, he has lectured extensively in various schools, universities and colleges, the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and CMCC, where he holds designation as Associate Professor. He is the author of numerous publications. Dr. Crawford served on the roster of the Financial Services Commission of Ontario as a Clinical Assessor in several Designated Assessment Centres.

Laura Davey, RMT
Laura graduated from CCMH in March 2006 and has been practicing since July 2006 as a RMT.  She has a background in Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Shiatsu massage, reflexology and Neuro Linguistics. Laura started with the college in 2008 as a clinical supervisor and is now an instructor.

Sam Deiaco, RMT
Sam earned a diploma in Massage Therapy from Sir Sanford Fleming College in 1999 before going on to Concordia University and graduating with a Bachelor of Science, Honours in 2003. He joined CCMH in 2005 as a clinical supervisor and is currently the supervisor for the Multiple Sclerosis Society outreach.

Dianna Douglas, RMT
Dianna has been an Instructor and Teaching Assistant at CCMH since 2002. She leads the Massage Theory & Techniques course in Term 1 as well as the Introduction to Massage Prerequisite course. She graduated from D’Arcy Lane Institute in 1999 and presently runs a private practice in Waterloo.

Lynn Elias
Lynn is a 2011 graduate of the MT program at CCMH Cambridge campus. As a former medical librarian, and a health food store manager, she brings a wealth of knowledge to her role at CCMH.  She is a vibrant member of our team and is happy helping the students navigate the program.

Cathleen Ellis, RMT
Cathleen has been a Teaching Assistant and clinical supervisor at CCMH since 2006. She graduated from CCMH in 2002 and has been practicing at the Belmont Centre for Physical Medicine in Kitchener since 2004. Specializing in deep tissue massage therapy, Cathleen’s treatment focus is within the rehabilitation sector and sports related injuries.

Patrizia Facchini, RMT
Patrizia has been a massage therapist since 1999, and has a multi-disciplinary practice in Guelph where her areas of focus are Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Palliative Care, Pregnancy massage and Infant massage. She became certified at the Dr. Vodder School for Manual Lymphatic Drainage in 2000, and also has her second level of Cranial Sacral Therapy through the Upledger Institute. She is currently working on a certificate as Nutritional Consultant with the Edison Institute of Nutrition.

Rebecca Fittante, RMT
Rebecca graduated from the CCMH Cambridge campus in 2010 and has built a busy practice in Kitchener since then. She has additional training with myofasical release, peri- natal, cupping and hot stone massage.

Drew Galpin, B.A.
Health, fitness and performance are an integral part of Drew’s daily life, which brought him to the field of manual therapy. After completing his B.A. in Kinesiology at WLU and becoming a Registered Kinesiologist in 2013, he went on to become a CCMH Cambridge graduate, and is a 2018 D.O.(MP) Candidate at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto. Drew has spent time working with a multitude of clients; from those dealing with chronic injuries and pain, to weekend warriors and fitness enthusiasts. His diversity of training, coupled with an interest in pain science and education, has lead to exploration of biomechanical efficiency and neurological balance as keys to help regain function and health.

Rachel Hobson, RMT
Rachel comes from a multi-disciplinary clinical background, working in her field alongside Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Acupuncturists, Kinesiologists, Athletic Therapists, Medical Doctors, & Registered Massage Therapists. In addition to her commitments in teaching, she maintains a busy clinical case load at Target Therapeutics in Kitchener.
Rachel began teaching at CCMH in 2011, presently in the capacity of Clinic Supervisor, Teaching Assistant, Outreach Supervisor, & Lead Instructor. Each week, Rachel coordinates the CCMH student massage program at Hospice Wellington in Guelph, where treatments are provided for palliative residents, primary caregivers, and those who are grieving.
Continuing education and courses Rachel has completed include: advanced assessment, Schweitzer’s deep tissue therapy, myofascial release, muscle energy technique, positional release, strain-counterstrain, & mobilization of the spine and extremities.
Rachel is presently enrolled at Brock University for a certificate/degree program in Adult Education.

Rob Hufgart, D.O.M.P, RMT
Rob has been an RMT since 1997, and in the fall of that year he founded Integrative Therapeutics, a rehabilitative Massage Therapy clinic in Cambridge. In 1999 he took a teaching position at CCMH, and since that time has taught Orthopedic Assessments, Anatomy, Synthesis and Palpations. After completing a five-year program at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in 2007, and completing his thesis, Rob is now an Osteopath. Presently Rob continues to teach, lectures in post-graduate courses for Massage Therapists and at the Canadian College of Osteopathy.

Ian Kangaloo, BSc. RMT
Ian graduated from CCMH in 2006after obtaining a degree in Physics from the University of Western Ontario. He returned to the CCMH team in 2011 as a clinic supervisor and instructor. Ian practices with Dynamic Approach Massage Therapy in Kitchener.

Richard Leal, BSc, RMT
Richard Leal graduated from CCMH in 2006 and has been practicing in Cambridge. He also graduated from The University of Western Ontario in 2005 with a B.A. in Kinesiology. In April 2012, Richard completed a five year program at the Canadian College of Osteopathy and is currently a Thesis writer. He started at CCMH in 2012 as a Teaching Assistant as well as assisting with OSCE Prep.

Debbie Leland, RMT
Recently celebrating her 20th year of practicing Massage Therapy, Debbie Leland has been an Instructor and Teaching Assistant at CCMH since 2007. She graduated from Sutherland Chan Massage School in 1993 and has been in continuous practise in Cambridge since that time. She graduated from Conestoga College with a certificate in Teacher/Trainer of Adults in 2006.  A clinical focus of combining Contemporary Medical Acupuncture and a variety of Energy Modalities along with Massage Therapy is an interest of hers, and has created a passion for life long education in all areas of her personal and professional life.

Dave Morgan, DC
Dave has been teaching at CCMH since 2000. He holds a Biochemistry degree from the University of Waterloo and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life West Chiropractic College in California. In addition to teaching, Dr. Dave is in private practice in Kitchener at the Belmont Natural Health Centre; a multidisciplinary clinic including naturopathic, chiropractic and massage therapy practitioners.

Lynlee Nicholson, RMT
Lynlee graduated from CCMH in 2012 and has since run her own Massage Therapy practice in Guelph.  Lynlee treats a wide range of concerns including new and old sports injuries, chronic pain, stress management and pre and post natal health.  After completing additional training in Pelvic Health, Lynlee has partnered with midwives and pelvic floor physiotherapists in Guelph to raise awareness, educate and assist individuals as they rehabilitate after pregnancy and/or pelvic floor dysfunction.  Lynlee has a strong desire to help her clients understand their own body and how it functions, in order to improve their self care and overall wellness.  It is this desire to teach and share that brings Lynlee back to CCMH and she is excited to educate and learn from the students and staff at CCMH.

Thomas (T.J.) Paterson, RMT
Thomas graduated from CCMH in 2005. Over the past year Thomas has been working in a physiotherapy clinic predominantly treating MVA clients. He joined the CCMH team in 2007 as a clinic supervisor to begin his journey into teaching massage therapy.

Sara Penney, RMT
Sara graduated from CCMH in 2011 and has worked in a variety of spas and clinics since then. Currently she is practicing in a Kitchener based clinic as she completes her thesis in Osteopathy. Sara works with a wide range of clients including physical rehab, post surgery, pre natal, geriatric and paediatrics. As a TA at CCMH, she enjoys passing on practical knowledge in treatment classes as well as the student clinic.

Alexander Pessoa, B.Ph.Ed., B.Ed., DC
Alex joined CCMH as an instructor in 2008. He graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2003, and also has a Bachelor of Education, and Bachelor of Physical and Health Education from the University of Toronto. After graduating, Alex spent a year working at clinics in Brazil, helping to educate the population and serve the less fortunate, helping them to take better control of their health. Since 2004, he has run a successful private practice, and along with his massage therapist, has treated the athletes of the Rogers Cup Tennis Doubles Tour. He is also the head chiropractor for the Cambridge Bulldogs Ball Hockey Club, and the St. Mary’s Monarchs Ice Hockey Team. Alex is also currently participating in research on mountain biking and running in rural cities, and the impact and dangers associated with these activities throughout Ontario.

Steve P. Richtaritsch, RMT
Steve graduated in June 2009 from CCMH Cambridge Campus.  He works at a multi-disciplinary clinic in downtown Kitchener. Previously Steve has practiced at a gym, from home, and at a retirement home. He continues to do various outreaches with his clinic such as running events and other sporting events, a continuation of the passion he gained from the outreaches at CCMH. Steve has additional certification in Deep Tissue Massage and Facial Release. Joining the faculty at CCMH in January 2012 as an instructor/supervisor he truly enjoys working with the students were he can pass on the knowledge that he has gained in his years of practice.

Vassily Salytchev, RMT
Vassily was born in Podolsk Russia, just outside of Moscow where he graduated from Moscow District University of Physical Education and Training. He emigrated to Canada in 1992 and graduated from CCMH in 1997. Vassily joined CCMH as an instructor in 2006 where he is the lead instructor for our Hydrotherapy course at the Cambridge campus and also acts as a clinic/outreach supervisor. As an RMT, he is employed with a rehabilitation centre.

Patrick Stiles, RMT
Patrick graduated in 2007 and has been practicing in Guelph ever since. He is the head of “Guelph Sports Massage”, which operates within the multidisciplinary clinic “Wellington Ortho & Rehab” (official clinic of the Guelph Storm). Patrick has focused on deep tissue, sports massage and Active Release Techniques throughout his continuing education and practice. Outside of the busy clinic life, Patrick was involved with the Toronto 2015 PanAm Games, a highlight of which was treating Cycling Canada track athletes who brought home several gold medals in Milton. He also works and travels with Wrestling Canada. Last but not least, he has experience working with many professional casts of live theatre, as well as providing on-set massage and first aid to Canada’s top dancers on the TV show “The Next Step”. Patrick is excited to join the teaching faculty at CCMH as a TA and supervisor for the wrestling outreach at the UofG.

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