CCMH Alumna Nicole Dagher couldn’t be happier than where she is now, saying “Massage Therapy is an amazing career and therapy.” For the past year, she has been working as a RMT at St. Andrews Chiropractic & Wellness, a Chiropractic/Multidisciplinary clinic where she gets to work with clients of all ages and with a variety of healthcare backgrounds.
Prior to starting at the clinic, Nicole was completing her Massage Therapy program at CCMH. Now 21 years old, she started at CCMH 6 months after she graduated from High School. While she was exploring her options, Nicole’s family and friends, knowing what a caring person she is, recommended that she consider going into healthcare, since a skill set in that area would be in high demand with an aging population. She listened to their advice and did some research, looking at several Massage Therapy schools and attended CCMH’s introductory weekend course. Nicole recalls, “I didn’t feel pressure to enrol, but once I took the weekend course, I loved it and enrolled.”
Coming to CCMH directly from high school, Nicole had to adjust to the intensity of the program. “I [also] didn’t come from a science background, which was a big challenge for me.” said Nicole, “It’s a challenging curriculum, but in the end it made me a better student and better practitioner.” Many of our students are in the same boat as Nicole, and she offers this advice: “Use the resources at CCMH – the library, the administration – and if you know you want to be a great RMT stick to what you’re doing in the program at CCMH.” She adds, “It can be very helpful to study in a group. Figure out how you learn best and go for it. Integrating a few different learning styles worked well for me. I needed everything that was practical to be explained with a picture, words and a demonstration.”
A challenging curriculum has not put a damper on Nicole’s passion for learning. In addition to her work, she wants to build on what she knows, saying “I would like to learn acupuncture and be able to implement it as an additional treatment for my clients.” She also takes the opportunity to educate her clientele, helping them with their active daily routines, for example giving them proper body mechanics so they can move and run better as well as recover faster and prevent any re-injury.
We are so happy to celebrate Nicole’s first year as a working RMT. We wish her all the best and look forward to staying in touch and hearing more about her experiences as a RMT.
CCMH Alumna Nicole Dagher, RMT works at St. Andrews Chiropractic & Wellness. We are so proud of Nicole and wish her all the best in her endeavours.
If you’d like to read more stories from our graduates, check out Jamie Lynn’s blog post on her background, CCMH journey, and bright future.