Learn from Qualified Experienced Instructors
Delivering great massage therapy courses requires great instruction. At CCMH our teaching staff is a key reason why our graduates are consistently prepared to succeed at the certification examinations in regulated provinces.
Many of our instructors are Massage Therapists with several years of clinical and teaching experience. In addition, all of our instructors have participate in an instructor development program and are motivated to ensure that their 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.
Jana Young, MT - Admissions Coordinator
Originally from New Brunswick, Jana moved to Nova Scotia in 2002, where she attended university prior to graduating with her Diploma in Massage Therapy in 2007. Having spent years working in the massage field alongside chiropractors, physiotherapists, kinesiologists, and other massage therapists, followed by years working as a chiropractic assistant, she has a keen understanding of the challenges and rewards facing massage therapists in Nova Scotia. Always a helper, Jana strives to take on the role of trusted advisor for new potential massage therapists as they enter the college. Her passion for the field of massage is infectious, and she hopes to pass that on.
When not at work, Jana enjoys working on creative projects, hiking, camping, and spending time with her husband, son, and the family dog.
To contact Jana, call 902.484.0158 or email [email protected].
Natasha Joyce, MT - Director of Education
Natasha, originally from Deer Lake, NL made the move to Halifax in 2009 after attending Memorial University. She enrolled in the Massage Therapy program at CCMH and graduated in 2011 with honours. Since graduating Natasha has practiced Massage Therapy full time at several Spa’s within the Halifax area as well as working with the Department of National Defense developing and managing the training program at the Shearwater Nautical Centre.
In 2011 Natasha joined the instructional team at CCMH. She became a teaching assistant and instructor for various courses such as Gross Anatomy and Palpation, Clinical Assessments and has supervised several student clinics and outreaches. In January 2018 Natasha accepted a full-time position as the Educational Director where she is working on curriculum development while still instructing classes and providing instructor support.
With her background as an Massage Therapist and a Lieutenant Navy in the Cadet Instructor Cadre, Natasha comes with much experience creating and delivering various types of programs and is very passionate about the instruction and delivery of the Massage Therapy Course.
To contact Natasha, call 902.484.2080 or email [email protected].
Sheri Paris, BSc, MT - 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 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 the Financial Aid Officer.
To contact Sheri, call 902.484.0188 or email [email protected].
Jennifer Stuart, BSc, MT - Executive Director
Jennifer Stuart is a 1993 graduate of the original CCMH campus once located in Sutton, Ontario. Upon completion of her diploma she successfully completed the certification exams with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. Jennifer also holds a Bachelor of Science degree is Biology and Chemistry from Acadia University. 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 with 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/onsite program and the regular programs at CCMH.
To contact Jenn, call 902.484.0145 or email [email protected].
Meghan Smith, MT - Clinical Practicum Coordinator
Meghan, originally from Liverpool, Nova Scotia, made the move to Halifax in 2003 when she attended Mount Saint Vincent University for 2 years for a Bachelor of Arts degree. While attending MSVU, Meghan participated on a Women's Varsity Volleyball team which peaked her interest in massage therapy after sustaining a couple of injuries. In 2005, Meghan decided to enroll in the 2 year Massage Therapy Program at CCMH with a focus in Sports Massage and Chronic Pain. After graduation, Meghan was hired at Nova Physiotherapy and worked there for 6 years, focusing on patients who had been in motor vehicle accidents or who had sports injuries, before starting a home based clinic in 2013.
Meghan joined the CCMH team in October 2009, starting out as a Teaching Assistant and Clinic Supervisor then in 2018 she took on a Lead Instructor role. In January 2019, she joined the administration team as the Clinic & Outreach Coordinator. In addition to practicing and teaching, she is still a competitive volleyball player, playing in local women and co-ed leagues & volunteers as a volleyball coach for a club volleyball team where she preps her team for nationals in Florida. 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 to do to maintain their treatment gains.
To contact Meghan, call 902.484.0108 or email [email protected].
Andrew Caissie, BSc, MT - 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. He is an instructor for Year 1 and Year 2 students.
Katie Carter, MT -Katie graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy with a specialization in Sports and Pregnancy Massage. Before attending CCMH, Katie was working on her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition at the University Of Prince Edward Island.
Originally from Prince Edward Island, Katie was a competitive Synchronized swimmer. She swam competitively with the Charlottetown Naiads for 8 years, representing PEI in the 2011 Canada Winter games. In 2012 Katie and her team mates formed the first Synchronized swimming club at UPEI where she swam for three years and acted as President for two years. Katie still enjoys swimming today and continues competing at the Masters Level.
Katie has a passion for health and fitness and plans to become a certified Sports massage therapist
Amanda Crocker, MT- Amanda is a 2005 graduate from the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy. She has since worked as a full time therapist specializing in aromatherapy, hot stone, craniosacral and Reiki. With her experience in a spa setting, she believes that a client can receive therapeutic and deep tissue treatments while enjoying the sensory experience of a tranquil environment. She approaches each client with a kind heart and skilled hands. Her commitment to educating her clients has grown into a passion for health care education. She enjoys supporting and inspiring her students to fulfill their dreams.
Annis Downey, MT - Annis graduated in 2006 from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy (CCMH) with a 2200- hour course. Her career began in a multidisciplinary clinic and changed into a small self-run clinic out of her home. Annis' teaching career began in 2008 when she joined the faculty of CCMH as a tutor for a visually impaired student, continued on with clinic supervising, to a teaching assistant and now she is a full time lead instructor. Along with her passion to teach, she is dedicated to learning new techniques and treatments to add to her practice. She has completed many courses including training in Chinese and German Acupuncture, Gusha, RAPID Neuofascial Reset, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, and traditional Chinese Cupping. Her love to teach has also lead her to develop two continuing education courses which she teaches throughout the Atlantic provinces.
Alexandra Lynch, BA, MT - Alexandra graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with the BA in 1989 and ICT Northumberland College in 1999. Upon completion of her diploma, she successfully completed the certification exams with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. Since then, she has practiced in Halifax in a variety of clinics as well as owning her own mobile massage business focusing on the entertainment industry (film and music) and more recently, clients with neurological and chronic illness that limit mobility.
She is a lifelong volunteer, has sat on the board of directors of The AIDS Coalition of NS and since her graduation has provided monthly massage to individuals living with HIV/AIDS. She is also past president of The Massage Therapists Association of NS and was involved in the development of the national competency standards. Alexandra has taught on and off for most of her career and enjoys passing along her passion for massage to the next generation.
Margaret (Peg) McMartin, MT – 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.
Lindsay Smith, MT- Lindsay is a graduate of the Fast Track Program at CCMH- Halifax. After completing her diploma in 2013, she continued her academic studies through Thompson Rivers University and graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science in 2015. Lindsay's work in massage therapy has included rehabilitative settings and holistic healthcare centres, as well as adventures into the Costa Rican jungle for her Thai Yoga Therapy certification.
Lindsay's positive experiences with the instructors at CCMH inspired her to seek out teaching and mentorship roles soon after graduating university. She has taken on various instructional roles including Lead Course Instructor, Clinic Supervisor, and Teaching Assistant. She completed her certificate in Teaching Adults in 2017 and intends to further refine her skills in educating adults.
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.
Darya Zuychenko, MT, Acupuncturist- Working in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Darya is a member of the Massage Therapist’s Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS) and the Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Association of Nova Scotia (ATCMANS)Darya has been practicing massage therapy since 2014. Upon graduation from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy (CCMH), she was the recipient of the annual award from the Massage Therapist’s and Wholistic Practitioner’s Association of the Maritimes for displaying a practice based on an all encompassing wholistic approach for the care and treatment of her patients. Several months prior to her graduation, she completed her extra studies and became a Reiki Master Teacher in the Usui style of Reiki, incorporating the therapy into her practice, aiming to balance and connect deeply rooted energetic disorders with their physical counterparts. During her time at CCMH, Darya was becoming more interested in the treatment of internal conditions, which led to her application and acceptance to the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine to advance her studies in acupuncture. In 2016, Darya graduated as an acupuncturist from CCATCM, and began treating with these modalities. She loves working in a tight-knit health community, and with prolonged exposure and success with local osteopaths, she decided to enrol into the Collège d’Études Ostéopathiques to continue her education to become an Osteopath. In addition to her studies, she began working at CCMH in the fall of 2017 as a Teacher's Assistant and Clinic Supervisor.