I didn’t always want to be a massage therapist. In high school, health care jobs were not really on my radar, even if I did have an interest in biology and natural medicine.
In 1997 I moved from small-town Nova Scotia to Ottawa to do a degree in Biology and Physical Geography, which I completed in 2001. After finishing my degree, I ended up working as a medical assistant in a family doctor’s office, which exposed me to a range of health care occupations, including massage therapy. That’s when I made the decision to return to school to become a massage therapist. I graduated from the 3-year program at Algonquin College with honours in 2006 and wrote my provincial registration exams later that year.
While in school I continued to work in health care – I was a receptionist and assistant at a Long Term Care facility and also worked as a chiropractic assistant for a year. These jobs, in addition to my education, have given me a pretty well-rounded view of the medical system.
As a massage therapist I have treated a wide variety of conditions – everything from sports or repetitive strain injuries to chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia. I also understand the need for massages for stress relief! Additionally, I am an infant massage instructor and have lots of experience with prenatal massage.