Our Team

Our Team

Nicole Freesman, RMT, PID
Senior Education Administrator

WCCMT is proud to take its next giant step into the future of massage therapy education in B.C. with the appointment of Nicole Freesman, RMT, PID to the position of Executive Director and Senior Educational Administrator. Nicole is a graduate of WCCMT Victoria (2003) and has been a successful massage therapist, clinic owner and operator. She joined the team at WCCMT as a Clinic Supervisor in 2005, then a Primary Instructor in 2006. Shortly thereafter, given her capacity and passion in educational administration, was promoted to the position of Assistant Campus Director, followed by Campus Director and Curriculum Coordinator. In April of 2019 Nicole became the Assistant SEA in preparation to assume the reigns of educational leadership at WCCMT. Her leadership style and educational approach are strongly rooted in intrinsic motivation. Nicole strives to inspire people to connect to their passion and energy to help support and fuel their direction in life, whether it be education or massage. Her vision, integrity and commitment to the profession in B.C., will serve to foster recognition and respect for the important difference massage therapy care makes for the clients and the general public. Nicole hopes students leave the walls of WCCMT with a foundation of knowledge to begin their careers, but also an open mind that continues to grow and evolve.

Julie Taggart
Campus Director

Julie attended the WCCMT Victoria campus in the first class of the campus opening in 1999. She practiced as an RMT from 2002 through 2015, then moved into administration, which led her back to the WCCMT Victoria campus in 2018, now in the role of Campus Director. Julie is thrilled for her return to both the field of massage therapy and the vibrant Victoria campus. In her spare time, Julie has been working towards completion of a bachelor’s in health sciences.

Fran Blake, B.A., RMT
Clinic Coordinator

Fran originally trained and practiced Massage Therapy in Ontario before moving to the West Coast in 2004. After many years of hands-on practice, Fran now blends her time between her clients and being the Clinic Coordinator at WCCMT Victoria. Being with the students during their training keeps Fran going back to the books and helps to maintain a fresh perspective. Watching students have their “a-ha” moments when they start putting things together for themselves is a great reward. Fran still enjoys working in a small home-based practice as well, keeping her hands engaged and helping her clients. For her, it is the best of both worlds. In her spare time, Fran can be found enjoying the life of a west coaster- on her paddleboard, camping, hiking, and hanging with her dog.

Donna Legris
Receptionist & Administrative Assistant

Donna joined the WCCMT team in December 2017 as our Clinic Receptionist and brings years of reception and customer service experience with her. Originally from Alberta, she has worked in the medical and veterinary field. She also has worked as front desk concierge in another Victoria spa before joining us. Donna enjoys the daily interaction with all of our clinic clients and also with the students that are working in it as well.

Samantha Maegaard
Admissions & Operations Coordinator

Samantha has been a dedicated and enthusiastic long-time employee of WCCMT Victoria. She was first hired in September 2010 after graduating from WCCMT’s Spa Practitioner Program where she worked as the evening receptionist for approximately 6 years. In July of 2016, Samantha was promoted to Executive Assistant & Admissions Coordinator. Her tasks mainly included assisting prospective students in their efforts to become registered massage therapists and assisting the Executive Director with educational and operations related tasks. In February 2020, after 4 years as the Executive Assistant, Samantha was retitled to Admissions & Marketing Coordinator and soon afterwards in May 2020 received a promotion to Admissions & Operations Coordinator. In Samantha’s new role, she hopes to continue to empower prospective students to turn their dreams into reality by supporting their journey of personal growth and transformation as well as navigate the operations of WCCMT Victoria in her role of Operations Coordinator.

Christine Legris
Student Services Coordinator

Christine joined the WCCMT team in May 2021 as our Student Services Coordinator.  Originally from Alberta, she moved here to attend studies in Biology and Psychology at the University of Victoria, and then worked in the pet care and emergency veterinary industry. Having recently been a post-secondary student herself, Christine loves being able to support the students and their needs. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, painting, and exploring the island.

Hector Lopez Segarra
AV Technician and Administrative Support

Hector Joined the WCCMT team in November 2020 as an AV Technician and administration support. He obtained a Master of Arts in Humanities from the University of Victoria. Throughout his degree, he focused his studies on the burgeoning computational side of the humanities. Hector takes great pleasure in helping out the WCCMT staff, faculty, and students with any technical issues that may arise.

Jason Benjamin
Receptionist

Jason has been a long-time employee of WCCMT Victoria. You can typically find him managing our busy public intern clinic in the evenings and weekends. Jason likes listening to jazz music and riding his bike. He is a reliable pillar in the house that is WCCMT and we thank him for his years of service!

WCCMT Victoria Instructional Faculty

Airlie Longpre  R.M.T

Alana Zapletal  R.M.T.

Amie McColl  R.M.T.

Ayla Dinney  R.M.T.

Ben Woods    RMT, D.O.M.P., D.Sc.O

Blaire Pardee R.M.T.

Carmen Sima  M.Sc, Ph.D

Catrin Jones R.M.T

Chad Gottfried R.M.T

Christopher Frary  R.M.T.

Darcie Coles R.M.T.

Declynn Robertson-Hooper R.M.T

Dena McDonald R.M.T

Eric Vanderwekken  R.M.T.

Lisa Fletcher R.M.T

Fran Blake  R.M.T.

Hajer Mustafa BSc, MSc

Harry Kaari R.M.T

Hayley Moriarity  R.M.T

Jaime deMelo  N.D.

Jennifer Pendray R.M.T

Kate Coey R.M.T

Kelsey Matichuk  R.M.T

Kirsten Hammond R.M.T

Kristen Bradley  R.M.T

Kristy Elesko  R.M.T.

Leanne Teron R.M.T

Lindsay Campa R.M.T

Lisa Davies R.M.T.

Lysanne Lavigne R.M.T

Marc Jones R.M.T

Matthew Fleet  R.M.T.

Maximillian Vaclav R.M.T

Meagan Gwilt  R.M.T

Megan Rivard  R.M.T

Michelle Payne   ND

Nicole Freesman R.M.T, PID

Nichola Slade R.M.T

Paul Stephen R.M.T.

Renanta Brandes R.M.T.

Ryley Russell MA Experimental Psychology

Sam Low R.M.T

Sara Stamm R.M.T

Sean Payne DC, DIBCN

Shannon Dodson BS.C, D.C.

Steve Roland R.M.T.

Tanya Alton R.M.T.

Trisha Cardinal  R.M.T

Vanora Millar B.A. RMT

Wynona Put  R.M.T

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