CCMH Cambridge’s 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.
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 RMT’s. 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!
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.
Jennette comes to us from Niagra where she completed her Bachelor of Education, taught advanced secondary math and science courses, and also completed AQ courses to become a Guidance Specialist. She continues in this vein here at the college as Student Services. She enthusiastically engages with the students and provides support in many ares such as learning styles, peer-tutoring and direction to outside resources. Jennette assists in our student clinic with the scheduling of clients and helps to maintain the facility so that everything is in working order.
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.
Tyler Bredschneider, RMT, R.Kin, BSc Human Kinetics
Prior to attending CCMH Tyler completed a BSc in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph. During this time, he was a Guelph Gryphon varsity team member and elite level triathlete. Since graduating from CCMH he has used this diverse knowledge base and athletic background in his practice in the Waterloo area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Melissa Miller, RMT
Melissa graduated from CCMH in 2013 and began her career in a clinic focusing on fertility, pre and postnatal care alongside Acupuncturists, Chiropractors and Yoga Instructors in Calgary, Alberta. Currently she has a full time massage therapy practice in a Physiotherapy clinic downtown Kitchener. As of 2017 she joined the CCMH Cambridge Campus as a teaching assistant and clinic supervisor. Passionate about continued learning she is a certified Yoga instructor and pursues certification in Craniosacral Therapy and Touch for Health techniques.
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.
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.
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.
Lesley Rice, RMT
Lesley has been working as an RMT at Dynamic Approach Massage Therapy since graduating in 2015. Since then she has earned additional certificates in Heated Stone Massage, Pre/Post Natal and Infant Massage. Lesley volunteers in the community with the Nutrition for Learning Program as well as an RMT at Hopespring Cancer Support Centre.
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.
Jessica Sousa, RMT
Jessica graduated from CCMH in October 2001 and has been practicing since December 2001. Jessica began her profession working in Spa’s within the Cambridge area. She currently has a successful private practice. Jessica joined CCMH in January 2018 as a clinical/outreach Supervisor and has additional training in Cupping Massage, Hot Stone, Aromatherapy, Moblizations and Stretches of the spine and extremities, Indie Head Massage and has her 1st degree Usui Reiki. Jessica made it her main priority to create strong, lasting professional relations with her clients resulting in a nomination in 2010 for the Cambridge readers choice for Best Massage Therapist.
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.