Our Registered Massage Therapists
Kate Douglass, RMT
Owner and Clinic Director
Kate Douglass, RMT, graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1996 and has practiced on Vancouver's West Side ever since.
Her training consisted of two years (2,500 hours) of intense study of anatomy, physiology, clinical sciences, orthopaedic assessment and massage therapy techniques such as Swedish massage, Neuromuscular therapy, Trigger Point therapy, Fascial release, Hydrotherapy and sports injury massage.
In post-graduate work, she has studied Pregnancy massage, Muscle Energy techniques, and Myofascial release.
The main focus of her practice is on rehabilitative massage therapy and pregnancy massage, but she also has much training and experience in therapeutic exercise, sports injury massage, and relaxation massage.
Active in her profession, Kate volunteered as Secretary for the Board of the Massage Therapists' Association of BC for 4½ years before serving on the Board of the College of Massage Therapists of BC for 2 years.
Her lifelong passion for dance led her to branch out to a second career as a Zumba FitnessTM instructor. Find out more at www.zumbavancouver.ca
Joy Larsen, RMT, BCST
Joy Larsen, RMT's love of travel to developing countries was the catalyst for beginning her career in massage therapy. Working with street people in Kolkata, India Joy quickly learned that touch is the universal language and her experiences in India, Pakistan, Kenya and Uganda working with people living with leprosy and AIDS made a profound impact on her life. Returning to Vancouver, she enrolled in the 3000 hour massage therapy program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in New Westminster, BC, graduating in 2004. Read More
Jamie Stuart, RMT
Jamie Stuart, RMT, completed the 3,000 hour massage therapy program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2008. Jamie has experience in treating a variety of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions such as: back pain, repetitive strain, headaches, pregnancy, motor vehicle injuries, sports injuries and stress induced strain.
Jamie believes in a collaboration between therapist and patient to achieve discussed treatment goals. In efforts to achieve these goals she uses various modalities, including: Swedish, Trigger Point Release, Joint manipulation, Myofascial, and Muscle Energy Technique. Read More
Laurie Shaw, RMT
Laurie Shaw, RMT, graduated in 1992 from Sutherland-Chan Massage School in Toronto and is a BC Registered Massage Therapist.
She has a clinical approach in treatment. 15 minutes of the appointment time may include questions regarding your present condition and assessment through movement testing. Her primary technique is Trigger Point Therapy with moderate pressure. Other techniques used are joint play (increase range of motion and/or decrease pain at a joint), PNF - proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation and stretching. She may offer home care, a treatment plan or referral to other health care practitioners. Read More
Melanie Fedyk, RMT
Melanie Fedyk, RMT, completed her 3000 hours diploma in Massage Therapy from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy and has practiced in Vancouver since receiving her professional license.
Her interest in Massage Therapy developed as she completed training in sports science in Hong Kong where the focus was on skeletal/muscular systems, kinesiology, and nutrition. Read More
Mary Etey, RMT
Mary Etey, RMT, has been practicing massage therapy in Vancouver since graduating from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1996.
She is dedicated to lifelong professional development through continuing education courses and study with colleagues. Her post-graduate courses include Myofascial Release, Muscle Energy Technique, Strength, Balance and Stretching, Traditional Thai Massage, Post Mastectomy Care, and Research in Massage Therapy. Her research background in psychology assists in her analysis of research in massage therapy. Read More
Tina Elrick, RMT
Tina Elrick, RMT, graduated in 2013, from the 3000 hour massage therapy program at Vancouver College of Massage Therapy.
Although she utilizes deep techniques, Tina incorporates many modalities into her treatments, for she understands that no single technique works for every body in every treatment. These modalities include joint mobilizations, Muscle Energy Technique, Swedish massage, Myofascial Release, relaxation massage, as well as stretching and strengthening exercises. Read More