Team

Most highly Credentialed and Experienced Instructors in Massage Therapy Schools in Halifax and Canada

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 Provincial Registration Examinations.

Many of our instructors are Massage Therapists with several years of clinical and teaching experience.  In addition, all of our instructors have participated in 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

Stacey Lewis, RMT – Director of Admissions & Marketing
Stacey is originally from Peterborough, Ontario. She moved to Halifax, NS by way of Moncton, NB a General Manager for a large retail corporation. In 2005 she decided to make a life change to study at CCMH and has not looked back since. Stacey graduated top of her class (with honours) and returned part-time to CCMH as a Teaching Assistant, Lead Instructor and a Student Outreach Supervisor.
Stacey ran a very successful Massage Therapy practice in Fall River, NS, until the fall of 2010, and decided to move with her husband to New Zealand and later Australia. While away overseas, Stacey quickly moved her way up to Head Manager of Health Care New Zealand, within her first year of employment.

In 2014, Stacey returned to Halifax, NS (husband and cats in tow), and joined the Administrative Team at CCMH, filling in for a maternity leave as the Director of Admissions & Marketing. Stacey knew she was where she belonged as soon as she stepped back through the college doors and was with her old team once again. Stacey is now the active Director of Admissions & Marketing as of October 2015.

As both a RMT and a Health Coach, Stacey is extremely passionate about the overall health of any patient. She is always open to discuss the merits of Massage Therapy as a profession, but also to work closely with student applicants to help them decide if becoming a RMT is what they would like to do as a career.

To contact Stacey, call 902.484.0158 or email halifax@collegeofmassage.com.

Sheri Christie, BSc,RMT- Financial Aid Officer
Sheri is a native of Bedford, Nova Scotia and an alumnus of St. Francis Xavier University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science with an Advanced Major in Biology.  In 2000, Sheri graduated with her Massage Therapy Diploma.  She practiced as a Registered Massage Therapist in both Ontario and Nova Scotia for 10 years prior to accepting a full-time position with CCMH Halifax.

Sheri began at CCMH in the summer of 2006 with the Introduction to Massage course and has continued as an instructor, teaching assistant and clinic supervisor, as well as helping to develop and instruct in the Online-Onsite Blended program.  In July 2009, she took on an administrative role in the admissions department as the Admissions Co-ordinator, then Admissions Director.  Sheri is currently enjoying her latest challenge as the Financial Aid Officer.

Sheri is always eager to engage interested persons in the merits of choosing CCMH as their vehicle to begin their journey towards a new and rewarding career as a Massage Therapist.

To contact Sheri, call 902.484.0188 or email faohalifax@collegeofmassage.com.

Angela Phillips, Cert Mgt (Open)- Clinic and Academic Coordinator
Ange joined CCMH in January 2010, coming from a purely administrative background, she holds a Professional Certificate in Management obtained through The Open University in the UK.  Ange works closely with all departments and assists students, faculty and staff to ensure the smooth operations of the facility.

Ange spent 20+ years working within the civil service, undertaking a variety of job roles and managing teams of up to 109 staff, before following her partner to Nova Scotia when he enrolled as a Mature Student with CCMH in 2008.  Having survived 2 years living with a student of the program she feels fully qualified to deal with just about anything that comes across her desk!

To contact Ange, call 902.484.2080 or email angelap@collegeofmassage.com.

Krista Smith – Clinic Coordinator
Krista was a long-time patient of CCMH who joined our team in January 2014. She has an honors degree in Medical Office Administration. Upon graduating, she began working in medical clinics where she took a great interest in helping patients. She learned many valuable tools required for maintaining excellent patient care.

Krista is the Clinic Coordinator here at CCMH and works closely with our patients to provide a wonderful experience at our student clinic. She sets up our clinic schedules for both students and patients and ensures the clinic runs smoothly.

As a patient, Krista knows and understands the benefits of massage therapy. She sees how valuable it has been for her own condition and encourages others to experience the benefits for themselves. Krista is very proud to be a member of our team!

To contact Krista, call 902.832.3268 or email cliniccoordinator@collegeofmassage.com.

Jennifer Stuart, BSc,RMT- Executive Director
Jennifer Stuart is a 1993 graduate of the original CCMH campus once located in Sutton, Ontario.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree is Biology and Chemistry form Acadia University in Wolfville, NS.  Jenn is a native of Pictou, Nova Scotia and has strong roots in the Maritimes.

Her career has always been a balance of teaching and practicing massage therapy.  She began this career in Calgary, Alberta, where she practiced as a part of a multi-disciplinary team at a chronic pain research centre while providing instruction and curriculum development at four different private and community colleges in their Massage Therapy Diploma programs.

Jenn moved her family back to Nova Scotia in 1999 and she has been a member of the CCMH Halifax team since 2001.  She has been the owner of two successful clinics and officially ‘retired her hands’ in 2008. As well as being the Executive Director of CCMH Halifax, Jenn continues to provide instruction or assistance for a variety of courses both online and onsite.

To contact Jenn, call 902.484.0145 or email jenns@collegeofmassage.com.

Instructional Faculty

Jody Burbidge- Jody’s journey to becoming an RMT began with an Honours Bachelor of Physical and Heath Education, followed by a Registered Nursing Diploma.  Her nursing experiences range from orthopedic surgery, gastroenterology to home care.  In her quest for knowledge Jody returned to school to successfully complete a Massage Therapy Diploma in 2008.  After graduation, Jody started her own Massage Therapy business and in 2009 became an instructor at CCMH. Currently, she is an instructor and a Clinic Supervisor.  In 2010 given her love of animals and massage, Jody obtained her Certification in Equine Massage.

Andrew Caissie, BSc,RMT – Andrew has been providing massage therapy services to residents of the HRM since 1996.  He received his diploma in Massage Therapy from Foothills College of Massage Therapy (’96) and a Bachelor of Science – Psychology, from Saint Mary’s University. Andrew continued studies in sports massage and myofascial release, and has spent a great number of hours volunteering massage therapy services to sports teams and athletes. This work and experience has provided him with the skills and knowledge to treat some of Canada’s Olympic, Varsity and professional athletes.  Andrew joined the CCMH team in 2011.  Hi is an instructor for Year 1 students.

Sheena Commandeur, BKin,RMT- Sheena graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Victoria in 2006.  She worked for a number of years in personal care and rehabilitation for special needs teenagers.  In March 2013 she graduated from CCMH Halifax.  A member of MTANS, she now works full time as a massage therapist at Spryfield Physiotherapy and as an instructor at CCMH.

Ani Delice, RMT,SMT (cc)- Ani graduated from CCMH in 2010.  She has made sports and deep tissue massage her focus and is a certification candidate (CC) with the Canadian Sports Massage Therapy Association. Her clinical experience also includes recovery from motor vehicle accidents and rehabilitation massages.  Ani believes in contributing to the community and is a volunteer for Abilities in Motion (AIM), a fitness and recreation program for disabled adults through the YMCA of greater Halifax and Dartmouth.  She has had the privilege of working in a multidisciplinary clinic and is always looking for new knowledge and experience to become a better therapist and improve the quality of her patient care.  Ani joined CCMH in 2014 as a teaching assistant and clinic supervisor.

Annis Downey, RMT- Annis graduated from CCMH Halifax in 2006.  After graduating, she initially worked at a multidisciplinary clinic, she  now has a clinical practice out of her home.  Annis’ post-graduate studies have included courses in Craniosacral Therapy, Chinese Cupping and Acupuncture.  Annis joined the faculty at CCMH Halifax in 2008 as an assistant to a special needs student and has gone on to become a supervisor for Student Clinics and a teaching assistant in a variety of courses.

Brad Ferguson, BSc, DC, FRCCSS(C) – Sports Specialist Chiropractor; Dr. Brad Ferguson completed his Bachelor of Science degree at Saint Francis Xavier University in 2008. Following this he graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto, Ontario in 2012, achieving cum laude and clinic honours designations.  Dr. Ferguson has furthered his education completing the Sports Sciences Residency Program at CMCC earning specialty in sports medicine. He is one of only three Fellows of the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada) in the Maritimes. Dr. Ferguson is also a certified medical acupuncture provider, certified strength and conditioning specialist and a Red Cross emergency first responder.  Dr. Ferguson has completed over 1500 on-field sports hours with various sports and has held head medical positions for the Canadian Touring Car Racing Series, Aurora Barbarians Rugby Club, Bedford Barons Major Bantam Hockey and Austrian World Cup Lacrosse. He participated in the Pan Am Games in Toronto as part of the medical staff. He has also held positions at several hospitals in the Toronto area including St. Michael’s, Mt. Sinai, Toronto Western, Humber River and St. Joseph’s hospitals.  In his spare time he enjoys being active playing hockey, golf and exploring hiking trails across the Maritimes and beyond.  Brad has been part of the CCMH faculty since 2015.

Shawn Foubert, RMT- Shawn began his journey as a primary care givers in Alberta.  In 2006, he moved to Ontario where he completed his massage therapy training.  In 2008 he moved back to Nova Scotia and became a member of MTANS and is a sitting Board Member and School Liaison between the association and recognized Massage Therapy Colleges in Nova Scotia.  He brings his experience of working in a variety of environments including physiotherapy clinics, wellness centres and spas, to CCMH Halifax.  He is a Reiki Master and a Certified Aromatherapist.  He has also completed courses in deep tissue massage, vacuum cupping, sports massage, Jade Stone massage, Indian Head massage and is a CPR/FIrst Aid instructor with Saint John Ambulance.  Shawn joined CCMH in 2014 as a clinic supervisor and teaching assistant.

Natasha Joyce, RMT- Natasha graduated from CCMH Halifax in 2011.  She is a member of MTANS and has been practicing at the Interlude Spa since she graduated.  In addition to practicing therapeutic Swedish Massage, she has experienced in other modalities such as cupping massage and various body treatments, she also has experience treating patients with neurological conditions having completed over 50 hours in the CCMH Neurological Conditions Community Clinic.  When Natasha isn’t massaging, she enjoys volunteering with the Sea Cadet program as a sailing instructor.  Natasha has been a key member of the CCMH faculty as a lead instructor, clinic supervisor, and teaching assistant since 2013.

Chris LeRue, RMT – Christopher (ICT ’02) has been an instructor at CCMH Halifax since 2005. Head of the Hydrotherapy department, he is the lead instructor for Manual Skills and Hydrotherapy, and is part of the instructional team for Treatments I & II.

Jillian Lewis, RMT – Originally from Cape Breton, Jillian graduated from the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy in 2011, where she specialized in Swedish massage and received certification in Neurological Community Clinic, where focus was on multiple sclerosis, spinal cord lesions and cerebral palsy. As part of her continuing education she recently completed a TMJ Mastery Course and has completed professional development in Neurological Inhibition of the Pelvis, Chinese Medicine Cupping, Guasha Level 1, Acupressure & Meridian Massage, Indian Head Massage, and Upper Limb & Cervical Spine Integration. In her down time, Jill enjoys hiking, reading, spending sunny days at the beach and playing with her puppies. Jill joined the CCMH faculty in 2015.

Alexandra Lynch, BA,RMT – Alexandra returned to school after a 10-year career in the health food industry and graduated from ICT Northumberland College in 1999. Since then she has practiced in Halifax in a variety of clinics as well as owning her own mobile massage business focusing on patients with neurological and chronic illness that limit mobility. She is a lifelong volunteer and has sat on the board of directors of The AIDS Coalition of NS where she continues to provide weekly massage to individuals with HIV/AIDS. She is also past president of the Massage Therapists Association of Nova Scotia. Alexandra has taught on and off for most of her career and enjoys imparting her passion for massage to the next generation. She keeps busy with one English husband, two adult daughters and two crazy cats!

Michael Majaess, DC – Dr. Michael Majaess (CMCC ’00)has over 15 years of professional experience in the chiropractic management of neuromusculoskeletal injuries. A certified Graston Technique® practitioner and an affiliate member of the College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences, Dr. Majaess serves as lead instructor and is involved with curriculum development for a variety of Year 1 courses.

Veronica Martinez, BSc,RMT – Veronica graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Psychology (’01), and then completed her diploma in Massage Therapy at the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy (’07). Veronica has completed post-graduate work in Sport Massage, Cupping Massage, and Craniosacral Therapy. A faculty member of CCMH Halifax since January 2009, Veronica brings her knowledge to the class as a teaching assistant and clinic supervisor.

Margaret (Peg) McMartin, RMT – Peg has been a practicing massage therapist in Halifax since 2000 (ICT ’00), and is an active member in good standing and volunteer for the Massage Therapists’ Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS). Peg also maintains an inactive membership with the College of Massage Therapists’ on Ontario (CMTO).  She blends a variety of Swedish Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, Suidoko, and Bowen techniques into her balanced treatment approach. She welcomes the challenge of assisting her clients to maintain a healthy approach to their self care. Peg joined the faculty of CCMH Halifax in 2005 and is an instructor and a Clinic Supervisor in the CCMH Student Intern Clinic.  An advocate for volunteerism, Peg has provided volunteer massage experiences at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Science Centre, Sunshine Room, since its inception seven years ago.  As well she has participated in various sporting events held in Halifax as both a massage therapist and volunteer.

Jeff Phillips, RMT – Jeff is an intuitive healer and fully qualified Reiki Master & Teacher. Following his emigration from the UK, Jeff studied massage therapy at CCMH Halifax (class of ’10), and his post-graduate studies include Craniosacral Therapy and Jade Stone Massage.  Joining the CCMH faculty in August 2010, Jeff began as a Student & Community Clinic Supervisor and has since added the roles of lead instructor and teaching assistant.

Tammy Purdy, RMT- Tammy is a graduate of Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy.  After graduating in 2003, she began working at a multidisciplinary clinic.  After six years of practice, Tammy brought her skills, which include a focus in temporomandibular joint treatments, to Halifax.  Tammy is currently a member of the Massage Therapists’ Association of Nova Scotia, where she is also a committee volunteer and has served as an examiner for their entrance exams.  As well, she maintains an inactive status with the College of Massage Therapists’ of Ontario.  Tammy joined the faculty of CCMH, as an instructor, in 2014.

Meghan Smith, RMT- Originally from Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Meghan graduated from CCMH in June 2007 where her focus was in Sports Massage and Chronic Pain conditions.  Meghan joined the Nova Physiotherapy Timberlea team in October 2007 where she focuses on motor vehicle accident patients as well as sports injuries.  Meghan’s goal with each client is not only to alleviate the cause of their symptoms but to also educate them on what they can do to maintain their treatment gains.  Meghan is a teaching assistant in many of the practical classes including Manual Skills & Treatments.  In addition to practicing and teaching, she is a competitive volleyball player where she has played for the Mount Saint Vincent University Mystics and she now plays in the local Halifax Regional Municipality women and co-ed leagues.

Arlene Tait, RMT- Arlene has diverse clinical experience in the massage field.  She has enjoyed both working in multi-discipline clinics along with physiotherapy, chiropractic, and naturopathic approaches to health, as well as an active role in teaching for over a decade in several provinces.  She currently practices at two clinics in the HRM.  Her post secondary education has led her to effectively address many athletic and therapeutic goals of her patients and helped direct her teaching abilities at CCMH.  Arlene is the lead instructor of 2nd year Manual Skills & Treatments classes.

Sarah Tanner, ND – Dr. Sarah Tanner is a licensed naturopathic doctor.  She owns and operates Natural Choices Health Care in Bedford where she has a diverse practice with clients of all ages but specializes in digestion, food intolerances, autoimmune conditions and women’s health. A graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto, Sarah also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax.  Dr. Tanner is a member of the Nova Scotia Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors. Dr. Tanner is the instructor for Research Literacy at CCMH Halifax and joined the College in 2007.

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