Our Team

Our Team

Most Highly Credentialed and Experienced Instructors in the Profession Today

Delivering great massage therapy classes requires great instructors. At WCCMT our exceptional teaching staff is the key reason why our graduates are consistently the most successful candidates writing CMTBC provincial board exams.

WCCMT’s instructional faculty are the most highly credentialed instructors in massage therapy schools in BC and Canada. Our instructors are Ph.D.s, MDs, Chiropractors and Naturopathic Physicians in Health Sciences, and hold at least a Masters degree for instruction in Human Sciences and of course are Registered Massage Therapists with several years of clinical and teaching experience in Clinical Sciences.

In addition, all of our instructors are experienced instructors who have completed an instructor development program and are familiar with and able to utilize the most effective modern educational tools and resources that an instructor will need to ensure that his or her students receive the best education possible.

Finally, it’s also all about attitude and our instructors are committed, caring and passionate teachers and lifelong learners eager to share their knowledge and skills with our students.

WCCMT New Westminster Administration

Keith Bootsma, RMT – Practical Education Advisor

Keith Bootsma is a WCCMT graduate with over nine years of clinical practice experience and over four years of teaching experience of senior-level course work prior to being promoted to the position of Practical Education Advisor for WCCMT, New Westminster.

Liz Burdeny – Admissions Coordinator

Liz  Burdeny is an experienced, accomplished and dedicated administrator who thrives in working with people and helping them reach their goals. She has an extensive background in the area of career training and career transition management and has assisted countless individuals in realizing their potential by finding the right career for them. Liz puts people first and is an excellent advisor and mentor for any candidate seeking to potentially explore the possibilities of an RMT career.

Mona Butler – Marketing and Admissions Operations Officer

Mona Butler has a Diploma in Journalism from Langara College and has a passion for Marketing and Communications. Her current position at WCCMT provides her with lots of opportunity to explore her passion as she supports the College in all of it’s marketing initiatives. In addition, Mona plays an integral role in supporting our admissions process.

Maria Clemente – Accounting Coordinator 

After her thirteen-year career as a chemical engineer in the Philippines, Maria decided it was time for a change of scenery (and weather) and moved to the best place on earth, British Columbia. She has boosted her skills with the completion of certificates in Professional Bookkeeping and Income Taxation and has  experience working with small businesses that demands accounting work as well as HRBlock.

Lori DeCou – Director of Operations

Lori DeCou is an accomplished executive with over 20 years’ experience leading organizations in the development and execution of strategic initiatives designed to achieve identified goals and objectives. With extensive background in change management, strategic communications and policy development Lori has worked in a variety of sectors, including retail and most recently regulatory health with both the College of Pharmacists for BC and Ontario.

Pauline Edwards, BSc, Linguistics – Student Services Coordinator 

Pauline Edwards holds a Bachelor of Science in Linguistics from the University of Victoria and is currently completing a diploma in Counseling Psychology from Clearmind International. She has extensive experience in administrative roles including work in post-secondary educational institutions supporting students with a variety of student service functions.

Milana Ivanovic – Administrative Support 

Debbie Lizée  – Clinic Administrator – Scheduling and Logistics

Deb Lizée has been with WCCMT for over thirteen years in various capacities including: Reception, Lead Receptionist, Assistant to the Clinic Manager and presently Clinic Administrator – Scheduling and Logistics. Deb brings excellence in multi-tasking, problem solving and as a favourite among students, faculty and staff alike, has a proven ability to build strong rapport through positive relationships that facilitate the College’s efforts to continuously foster a warm, caring and professional learning environment.

Tara Lowry – Clinic Administrator Marketing and Operations

Tara Lowry brings nearly 20 years of experience in the health and wellness industry as a fitness and wellness coach and mentor. Her most recent experience has been in a senior management role where she was responsible for the management and operations of several corporate fitness sites. Tara assists in the operations of our public intern clinic, curriculum delivery, and faculty recruitment and development.

Cidalia Paiva, Ph.D. – Director of Accreditation

Dr. Cidalia Paiva holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Ethics and has been a pioneer and a leader in the massage therapy community in Canada for almost 30 years. Dr. Paiva is also North America’s foremost expert on the subject matter of Ethics and Professionalism. She is the author of four text books and over sixty articles published in both professional and trade journal magazines. Dr. Paiva believes in the efficacy of massage therapy, first-hand, as a patient of massage therapy and professionally as an advocate of the profession for the patients that we serve in British Columbia, Canada and Internationally.

Amy Van Sickle, R.M.T. – Curriculum Coordinator

Amy Van Sickle is a graduate of WCCMT and has been practicing as an RMT for the last 13 years. She began her instructing career at WCCMT in 2012, teaching classes that range across the spectrum of the entire RMT program. She recently completed her certificate in Training and Facilitation at the Justice Institute of B.C. and is looking forward to putting her skills into practice as the Curriculum Coordinator, supporting fellow instructors and RMT students through their academic journeys at WCCMT. In her spare time, Amy volunteers with the New West Police Victim Service Unit, and enjoys dabbling in amateur photography.

Pamela Espiritu – Part-time Receptionist

Maliha Jannat – Part-time Receptionist

Samantha Macaventa – Part-time Receptionist

Dawn Sawyer – Full-time Receptionist

WCCMT New Westminster Instructional Faculty

Alimohammadi, MajidPh.D.Academic Department
Amiri, VistaR.M.T.Clinic Department
Anderson, JacobR.M.T.Clinic Department
Bootsma, KeithR.M.T.Practical Department
Borlase, JoshuaR.M.T.Academic and Practical Departments
Boult, TycsonR.M.T.Clinic Department
Brise, JamesB.A., R.M.T.Academic and Practical Departments
Burrows, KristenR.M.T.Clinic Department
Bussiere, TinaR.M.T.Clinic Department
Caouette, DennisR.M.T.Clinic Department
Chen, CharleneR.M.T.Clinic Department
Chow, MelodyR.M.T.Clinic Department
DeCook, DianneR.M.T.Clinic Department
Delleman, Peter (Jake)R.M.T.Clinic and Practical Departments
Dina, JackR.M.T.Clinic and Practical Departments
Duff, EmmaR.M.T.Clinic Department
Evanoff, DanielleR.M.T.Clinic and Practical Departments
Fairbairn, Lee-ErinR.M.T.Clinic Department
Forst, RosemaryR.M.T.Clinic Department
Ghodousi, FaribaM.Sc.Academic Department
Granbois, NicolaR.M.T.Practical Department
Gulbransen, MelanieR.M.T.Clinic Department
Halliday, EmilyR.M.T.Clinic Department
Hemsworth, RobertR.M.T.Practical Department
Horng, AnneR.M.T.Clinic and Practical Departments
Howell, LaurenR.M.T.Clinic Department
Jackson, SharonR.M.T.Clinic Department
Johnston, PaulaR.M.T.Practical Department
Joseph, NancyPh.D.Academic Department
Karacay, OmerR.M.T.Practical Department
Klop, MeaganR.M.T.Clinic and Practical Departments
Kubas, ChristianR.M.T.Clinic Department
Kuehn, LalitaR.M.T.Clinic Department
Lagace, MarinaR.M.T.Clinic and Practical Departments
McCann, LindsayR.M.T.Practical Department
Main, LoriR.M.T.Clinic Department
Miki, ElisseR.M.T.Practical Department
Milne, Sara JayneR.M.T.Clinic Department
Niedjalski, BethanyR.M.T.Clinic Department
Oomen, TaylorR.M.T.Academic and Practical Departments
Ramaswamy, RajaR.M.T.Clinic Department
Roberts, EricaR.M.T.Clinic Department
Roza-Pereira, SeadonR.M.T.Practical Department
Sandher, JasonR.M.T.Clinic Department
Schweding, JenniferR.M.T.Clinic Department
Slauenwhite, JenniferR.M.T.Clinic Department
St. Laurent, DanielleR.M.T.Academic Department
Tam, DaveR.M.T.Clinic Department
Thorneloe, KevinR.M.T.Clinic and Practical Departments
Turic, BrankoM.D.Academic Department
Van Sickle, AmyR.M.T.Practical Department
Wong, RichardB.ScAcademic Department
Wu, ElanaR.M.T.Clinic Department