Amy Grifal just recently walked across the stage and is on her way to the Board Exams. She balanced school life with family life (husband and child) across her 5 terms at WCCMT New West and is here to reflect on what got her through the last 20 months, including how taking the free Bio Prep course before the program helped her! [Read more…]
Thank you to our videographer Michael Lylyk, our alumni Omer, Danielle, Nazila and Jeff, all our students who participated, and WCCMT instructor Dr. Vizniak for making this testimonial video possible!
We talked with Erica Roberts, a graduated from WCCMT New Westminster, who is currently studying to take her board exams about what’s next for her post-graduation.
What made you decide to go into massage therapy?
I decided to pursue massage therapy because I wanted a career that allowed me to help people, gave me the freedom to work where and when I want, and encourages people within the profession to continuously further their knowledge and skills throughout their career.
What do you like the most about doing massage?
I enjoy working one on one with people. No other health care profession allows for so much hands on time. This enables me to get to know my patients and give them the best care possible.
Why did you pick WCCMT?
I chose WCCMT because of their reputation as a school and the quality of their teachers.
What was your favourite part about being at the college?
The teachers are the best part about this school. They are passionate about what they teach and go above and beyond to help students succeed.
What is your post-graduation -and board exam- plan?
My classmates and I have mapped out a study plan for the 8 weeks leading up to our board exam. After, I plan to work and travel.
What kind of employment options are you looking at?
I want to work in a clinic where therapists support one another to accomplish the best patient care.
Is there a type of massage/treatment method that you would focus on?
Ideally, I would like to work with athletes. Either in a clinic or with a sports team.
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of joining the program?
Do your research! Talk to students who have completed the program as well as students who are currently enrolled. My advice would be to form a study group with classmates, ask your teachers lots of questions and have fun. Overall, be ready for an intense and challenging 20 months
Thanks to Erica for sharing her experiences with us! Want to share your story? Contact [email protected] to be featured in our blog. As always, WCCMT would love to see you on LinkedIn, our New Westminster Facebook Page or our WCCMT/CCMH Facebook Page so you can stay connected with our community.
Kevin Breiter believes in the value of ongoing and thorough education. We spoke to him about his time at WCCMT and what he believes should be the future for the Massage industry.
Which campus did you study at?
Which courses did you enjoy most? The least?
My favourite courses were neuro-science and OPs. My least favourite courses were… neuro-science and OPs!
How did your journey lead you to WCCMT?
I was doing several things before i became an RMT; most striking was that I wanted to be an ER nurse. UBC and Douglas College of BC had accepted my initial application. I was assigned a waiting list number in 2001 it was a two year waiting period.
After various construction and trades positions, I had achieved both the required grades and finances to attend. Both UBC and Douglas College lost my applications after the two year waiting period. Soon after, I very literally ran into the New Westminster WCCMT sandwich board sign (BHAM!) on East Columbia (have to keep that head up!).
I was enrolled within the week. It took me two years and one week to start my journey at WCCMT.
What do you love about being an RMT?
Being an RMT is awesome due to our advanced manual skills and medical training. This unique blend of education allows the practitioner to help nearly every stage of humanity (and even animals!). How cool is that!
I can say the manual therapies have always been a loved past time. I was the kid who would treat his family and friends via Massage and TRP release even at a very young age. I just had a knack for it.
My talent turned into a professional career before I knew it; I can say work has never felt like work to me – just awesome feeling!
What advice can you offer to new Massage students and future RMTs?
In my experience, budding RMTs need to know firstly the education. You can’t fake knowledge in your practice. Everyday you have to keep the pedal down on studying and embrace life-long learning. Otherwise it’s all a “poke and hope” event and no one within the Canadian health profession will respect that therapeutic intent.
How do you envision the future of our industry?
Within the therapeutic sports manual medicine profession, I see the future as an advancement in both education and demand. The profession needs to be a five year majors program, that way we RMTs are level with most other professions in the healthcare system.
Demand will increase as science and research continues to demonstrate effects of manual therapeutic medicine. As public opinion drives our profession even high among extended benefit insurance, our future is looking very bright indeed.
What do you think needs improvement in our industry?
The common misconception of alternative healthcare is still that we are uneducated body workers. (I mean no slander to body workers with this example). Without advanced educational programs, other healthcare professionals continue to look down at Massage.
Thanks to Kevin for sharing his insights on the future of massage! Want to share your story? Contact [email protected] to be featured in our blog. As always, WCCMT would love to see you on LinkedIn, our New Westminster Facebook Page or our WCCMT/CCMH Facebook Page so you can stay connected with our community.
Another WCCMT first.
On Saturday October 8, 2016, WCCMT provided its first free CEU workshop forWCCMT alumni.
Booked to capacity; our CEU workshop was a resounding success!
Our ground-breaking workshop was provided by sister school alumni Robert Libbey, RMT who taught at WCCMT from 2001-2008 and who has created a very successful postgraduate career teaching Ligamentous Articular Strain Techniques across Canada since 2010.
Robert has a passion for advancing education and encouraging innovation in massage therapy. He has focused that passion on the effective treatment of ligaments and structural alignment and has made many invaluable contributions to the profession following his heart and his passion.
Robert Libby makes a difference in people’s lives through patient care, education, continuing education and a passion to evolve the profession.
Here is what one of the attendee’s had to say about the event:
“The CEU Workshop was awesome. I really enjoyed the way Mr. Libbey presented the material and techniques. It was a fascinating approach to posture that probably will not only change my approach to treating posture, but my approach to all therapeutic interventions moving forward as an RMT. Thank you WCCMT for providing this amazing service.” – Kevin Thorneloe
A big thank you to Robert Libbey for coming to the college to share his knowledge with our alumni! Want to share your story? Contact [email protected] to be featured in our blog. As always, WCCMT would love to see you on LinkedIn, our New Westminster Facebook Page or our WCCMT/CCMH Facebook Page so you can stay connected with our community. Visit lastsite.ca for free newsletters, videos, updated research articles and online training.