Dawn joined CCMH in March 2018. She brings 11 years of experience working with people of all ages, supporting their individual needs in an educational setting. Passionate about helping, Dawn eagerly joins us as the bridge between our students and community Healthcare Facilitator opportunities.
Val comes to CCMH from a family of RMTs. She has extensive experience with working in the Medical Field. Her professional profile involves doing Medical Reception and Office Administration for RMT Clinics, Family Practices and Walk-In Clinics. She has a passion for working in the medical field, and helping people along the way!
Robyn Ellis, RMT
Robyn has been an RMT since 2006. Her clinical experience is primarily based in multidisciplinary clinics working cooperatively with Naturopaths, Chiropractors, Mental Healthcare Counsellors and other Health Care Practitioners.
A proud graduate of CCMH, Robyn began her teaching career at CCMH-Cambridge in 2015 as a clinical supervisor and teaching assistant and now is a lead instructor as well as the Admissions Coordinator. She finds that the puzzle-like intricacies of clinical assessment, the physical involvement of massage therapy treatment, and the complimentary effects of hydrotherapy and therapeutic exercise offer a great platform for client focused physical awareness and education. A teacher to the very core, Robyn looks forward to engaging and supporting her students during their time at CCMH.
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.
Fatima Martins, RMT
Fatima graduated from CCMH in 2004. She has practiced in spas, clinics, a retirement home and now runs her own private practice providing massage therapy, hot stone massage, therapeutic cupping and reflexology. Fatima’s passion for human anatomy lead her to the sport of bodybuilding. She is so proud to be a part of the CCMH team, to give back to the students all the knowledge and experience she has retained over the years.
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.
Thomas Black, RMT
Thomas grew up playing competitive sports such as basketball, cross country and ultimate frisbee, the latter competing at National and International levels in 2008 and 2010. Injuries at a young age led him to seek treatments with an RMT. Upon receiving treatment, he found great results and was able to get back to the activities and sports he wanted. Now, Thomas wanting to return the favour, is giving back with a focus on deep tissue, chronic pain, sports and relaxation massage. Thomas is currently enrolled in a Manual Osteopathy course.
Christopher Burgard, RMT, BHK, CMA(acu)
Prior to becoming a RMT, Chris completed his undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Windsor; Shortly then after, working as Kinesiologist for five years. Chris also completed both the Massage Therapy program at Mohawk College as well as the McMaster Contemporary Medical Acupuncture program. Currently he has a practise focusing on performance and rehabilitation.
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.
Amber-Leigh Durand, RMT
Amber-Leigh went to Westervelt College in London, Ontario for massage therapy where she graduated in 2012, and was soon thereafter Registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. Since then, she has been working at the Clinton Chiropractic and Wellness Centre providing massage therapy. Amber-Leigh focuses on rehabilitation and therapeutic massage. She has extensive experience working with MVA clients that have sustained minor or major injuries help get back to normal daily life. Amber-Leigh has also recently been providing cupping massage therapy in her practice to encourage the healing process for her clients.
Since 2016, Amber-Leigh has been working at the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy in Cambridge, Ontario. Her positions have varied from clinic/outreach supervisor, to teaching assistant, and now she is a lead instructor for the two Professional Practice Courses offered at the College. She enjoys her teaching position and the ability to impact new and upcoming massage therapists to grow their skills and knowledge.
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.
Drew Galpin, B.A. Kin., RMT, D.O.(MP), D.Sc.O.
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.
Kate Hann, RMT
Kate graduated from CCMH in 2016 and has since been working in a multidisciplinary rehabilitation clinic in Waterloo, where she deals with a wide array of treatment focuses from relaxation to injury rehab. She returned to CCMH as a Teaching Assistant and Clinical Supervisor in January of 2019.
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.
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.
Debbie Leland, RMT
Recently celebrating her 25th 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 practice 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.
Krystal Mayer-Raymond, RMT
Krystal Mayer-Raymond has been a faculty member at CCMH since 2011 teaching, course writing, and supervising in clinic and outreaches. She is a graduate of CCMH Toronto, class 2006 and loves the CCMH team. Krystal has worked with all levels of athletes, motor vehicle patients, pregnant and postnatal clients, as well as infants, children and those in palliative care. She is excited to be a faculty member at the Cambridge campus sharing her professional experiences with the student body.
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.
Jillian Pasher, RMT
Jill has been enjoying working for herself as a traveling Massage Therapist since she graduated from CCMH and passed her board exams in 2015. She enjoyed her experience at CCMH and feels she has a lot to offer the students by sharing her struggles and rewarding experiences with them, so she returned to be a TA and Clinic Supervisor. Jill truly loves what she does and enjoys helping the students to become the best they can for their future as an RMT.
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.
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.
Adam Snook, RMT, B.Sc. HK
Adams foundation for wellness was built from his Undergraduate Degree in Human Kinetics he achieved from the University of Guelph. His understanding of human anatomy and physiology led him to become a Healthcare provider as a Registered Massage Therapist. Adam concurrently works as a Personal Trainer and regards therapeutic exercise as an integral element of his treatment. He takes a holistic approach to wellness; combining elements of soft tissue manipulation, movement, and stress reduction techniques. Adam is currently a Teaching Assistant and Outreach Supervisor.
Dana Sotornik, MSc
Prior to becoming a Research Literacy Instructor at CCMH, Dana Sotornik completed her MSc at University of Waterloo & BSC at Wilfrid Laurier University in Biology. Dana is passionate about teaching in the field of Biological Sciences and motivating and inspiring students about research.
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.
Ravara Van Vliet, RMT
Ravara is an RMT who is very passionate about her profession. In 2001, she graduated from Sutherland-Chan in Toronto. She strives to provide the best quality Massage Therapy for her patients. Ravara has a very diverse clinical practice treating in the areas of cancer support, neurological disorders, AIDS/HIV support, post surgical and injury rehabilitation, and relaxation. She also has specific advanced training in theracupping/vacupressure, hot stone therapy, hydrotherapy and aromatherapy.
In 2010, Ravara branched out into Massage Therapy education while maintaining her practice. She has found this extremely rewarding. It is a challenge that allows her to be very active in the profession. It keeps her sharp as a therapist to share her experience with students. Ravara currently teaches at CCMH (Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy)
Ravara truly loves what she does and feels very lucky to be an active part in patient health and wellness.