Our Student Interns

Discover Our Team of Student Interns

Our team of student interns range from intermediate students who are just starting their clinical placement, to advanced students who are preparing to embark on their careers. They all provide fantastic treatments with a high level of care and professionalism. Click on a student to directly book with them, or go to our booking page to see the full schedule.

Elyse Lessard

Vancouver

Leah Duffield

Vancouver

Henry Ly

Chilliwack

Matthew Valliere

Vancouver

Parvinder Gill

Lower Mainland

Baha Poureslami

Indonesia

Erwin Yonathan

Aksay, Kazakhstan

Viktoriya Mazyavina

Maple Ridge

Marissa Stromnes

Richmond

Derek Shue

Vancouver

Vanessa Wirth

Vancouver

Maleen Olver

Surrey

Cyril Canaria

Edmonton

Enoch Lam

Richmond

Jorrel Dativo

Vancouver

Gayeon Nam

Port Moody

Caroline Vermette

Richmond

Jarren Bato

Vancouver

Duncan McInnes

Lacombe, Alberta

Josie Mcmillen

Tsawwassen

Brooke Elphick

Windsor, Ontario

Blair Ferriss

Vancouver

Sophie Brown

Regina

Jeannine Yuen

Delta

Mavio Wiebe

Vancouver

Amanda Chow

Vancouver

Erika Clou

Langley

Harris Teo

Vancouver

Alison Webb

Vancouver

Jacob Cho

Vancouver

Marie Herman

Vancouver

Stephanie Hunt

Vancouver

Jeffrey Wu

Vancouver

Victor Gao

Southend-On-Sea, England

Leah Baker

Vancouver

Joey Jung

Burnaby

Eric Mok

Surrey

Kevin Estillore

Abbotsford

Olivia Gebrewold

San Carlos, Philippines

Rowena Resuello

North Vancouver

Mackenzie Cross

Vancouver

Kenneth Sun

Mission

Kajal Kataria

Toronto

Glenn McGarroch

Yellowknife, NWT

Lucas Othmer

Brisbane, Australia

Dane Lawrence

Romania

Roxana Manolescu

China

Victoria Yang

Winnipeg

Chelsea Middleditch

Warsaw, Poland

Anna Celak

Maple Ridge

Brittan Jensen

Vancouver

Anya Kuling

Vancouver

James Wight

China

Yi Yun (Karina) Shi

Vancouver

May Guan

Vancouver

Jeremy Bariso

Coquitlam

Joseph Daou

Ottawa

Emma Childs

Main Land of China

Debbie (Xian) Lou

Lower Mainland

Blake Nargang

Burnaby

Brynn Abbott

Brazil

Tatiana Machado

Czech Republic

Iveta Drahosova

Vancouver

Alex Chan

Vancouver

Nathan Clarke

Vancouver

Jessica Smith

Vancouver

Carla Van Buekenhout

Vancouver

Mark Fowler

Vancouver

Isabelle Lee

Burnaby

Paul Binette

Winnipeg, MB

Christine Bersabe

Vancouver

Henry McKay

Surrey

Laurence Angelo Dyck

Burnaby

Jerry Ju

Gibsons, Canada

Kelsey MacDonald

Burnaby

Aeri Kim

Vancouver

Kaed Funk

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Tania Intaphan

Ottawa

Taylor Armstrong

Vancouver

Adam Xiao

Vancouver

Suji Kim

Vancouver

Jot Dhaliwal

Caracas, Venezuela

Elizabeth Caman

Calgary, Alberta

Nikole Kurtz

Philadelphia, USA

Alex Kuhlman

West Kootenay

Carli Planeta

Vancouver

Timea Gaiser

Shanxi, China

Jessica Zhang

Regina, SK

Erica Morsky

Vancouver

Ryan Goes

Waterford City, Ireland

David Twomey

Vancouver

Robyn Fashler

Parksville

Maria Strasky

Vancouver

Ben Purcell

Vancouver

Carlos Chang

Burnaby

Jared Quon

Guadalajara, Mexico

Peter Garcia Rodriguez

Vancouver

Gabrielle Roy

Vancouver

Celia Payne

Vancouver

Ashley Perron

Vancouver

Melanie Bishop

Burnaby

Priya Sharma

Burnaby

Alissa Vicente

Vancouver

Rebecca Chen

Vancouver

Adrian Hardjojo

Langley

Janie Bergquist

Pitt Meadows

Mitra Teimouri

Vancouver

Ayrelea Nimchuk

Langley

Brittany Zimmermann

Perth, Western Australia

Sarah Campion

Sofia, Bulgaria

Iveta Avramova

Winnipeg

David Verwey

Vancouver

Andi Fillion

Vancouver

Nichelle Au

Richmond

Karen Wang

Vancouver

Laura Contreras

Burnaby

Herman Chu

Vancouver

Mantana Singthonghorm

Vancouver

Janah Passave

Lower Mainland

Karissa Rowe

Squamish

Clair Fromme

Vancouver

Erin Heather

Vancouver

Jared Hubicka

Vancouver

Michaela McDermott

Richmond

Menghui (Frankie) Wang

Taiwan

McKayla Tsao

Vancouver

Kayla Fearnley

Winnipeg

Christie Klyne

Vancouver

Vincent Tang

Vancouver

Marko Vasic

Vancouver

Penelope Fraser

Vancouver

Ruby Jane Enorme

Winnipeg

Corey Chan

Montreal

Laura Bechard-Evans

Lower Mainland

Lauren Wong

Smithers, BC

Haley Witala

Abbotsford

Natasha Strong

Philippines

Greavinci Trongco

Vancouver

Matthew Rodrigueza

Port Moody

Cameron Amey

Lower Mainland

Amy Jensen

Vancouver

Michael Nelson

British Columbia

Deja Sheridan

Maple Ridge

Jessie Kielan

Ufa, Russia

Alexander Sasha Ledenev

Rossland, BC

Kenzie Pinotti

Santa Fe

Nicole Preswick

Vancouver

Lola Storey

Vancouver

Trisha Tan

Vancouver

Alli Smithdorf

Vancouver

Victoria Falcicchio

Vancouver

Igor Bugarinovic

Ukraine

Natalya Terzioglu

Vancouver

Brian Wong

Vancouver

Victoria Chong

Toronto

Elise Ardizzi

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Pannipa Kuanprasert

Vancouver

Sarbnoor Kaur

Vancouver

Simon Zhao

Vancouver

Kelly Lim

Surrey

Maria Nguyen

New Westminster

Heather Stephens

Nanaimo

Jackson James

Richmond

Kate Balen

Maple Ridge

Jaden Shanley

Vancouver

Curtis Wong

Seoul, Korea

Yoseph Jo

Burnaby

Rita Lin

Vancouver

Josiah Passave

Toyama, Japan

Masa Egami

Vancouver

Monica Choy

Burnaby

Jerry Yan

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Elyse Lessard

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Community Mental Health Work

Why do you want to be an RMT?

To continue to help people and to expand my knowledge of health and wellness from a holistic perspective.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

Being surrounded by so many curious and passionate people who come from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Vancouver

Leah Duffield

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before pursuing RMT, I graduated from the Hospitality Management program at VCC, spending the last 10 years in the hospitality industry. I have also been active in running, completing many half marathons.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I have always loved helping people and want a career where I can help people heal from their pain and stress.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I’ve enjoyed being able to connect with my classmates and the community that VCMT has.

Vancouver

Henry Ly

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Prior to enrolling into VCMT, I had experience working as a personal trainer and in sales.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I wanted to bridge my passion for health and fitness while being able to make a difference in people’s lives.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about VCMT is how encouraging and supportive everyone is.

Chilliwack

Matthew Valliere

Where are you from?

I am from Chilliwack.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to become an RMT because i enjoy helping people and enjoy working with my hands.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about VCMT is that you get to receive massages while in class.

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Vancouver

Parvinder Gill

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I was working at the airport and coaching basketball.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to help others feel better about themselves, and help with healing treating injuries.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

Everyone is really friendly and supportive.

Lower Mainland

Baha Poureslami

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Indonesia

Erwin Yonathan

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I studied business management and was working in accounting/finance field.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I’m interested in human body and how to help people with their pain.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I have an amazing and supportive cohort in VCMT. Instructors and staff are also very helpful and supportive.

Aksay, Kazakhstan

Viktoriya Mazyavina

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Business Administration.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I love the idea of using a holistic approach to improve the physical and mental well-being of people. It is the most rewarding part of helping those that are in pain, recovering from injury, or suffering from stress.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My classmates and instructors.

Maple Ridge

Marissa Stromnes

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before pursuing RMT I was a manager of a coffee shop, I worked in that industry for over 12 years.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to be an RMT so that I can provide one on one care and help people who are in pain.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I love the practical portions of the classes where we get to be hands on!

Richmond

Derek Shue

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I just graduated with a kinesiology diploma at Langara.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I was inspired by how RMTs are able to fix a body with just their hands and I wanted to obtain that same power.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My supportive classmates and the fruits that are supplied daily in the lounge.

Vancouver

Vanessa Wirth

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I was working in the commercial film industry for the past ten years.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I think massage is an avenue to not only greater physical, but mental wellbeing. The benefits are starting to gain wider recognition within our society.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing is the environment that is created amongst the students, which is one of helping and supporting one another rather than competition.

Vancouver

Maleen Olver

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I was and still am a personal trainer!

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to be able to provide healthcare for my community and make a safe space for fellow queer and trans folks especially those recovering from top surgery.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The hands on learning and the instructor to student ratio! We get a lot of 1 on 1 time with instructors.

Surrey

Cyril Canaria

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before I decided to pursue RMT, I was a full time personal trainer. Currently, I switched to being a part time personal trainer while doing the part time program at VCMT.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

Being a personal trainer during COVID in BC was not the best experience. As a result, I asked myself what can I do that would help me grow in the same field that I might really enjoy doing? After talking to some friends and doing research RMT felt like the right answer. I had a choice between going into policing since I majored in Criminology or pursuing RMT and I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The dynamic between this school and my experience with University is that the teachers actually care and want you to succeed. Every course being offered makes sense and I would use what I’m learning in real life. I also really like the fact that we have cohorts so we can get along with our classmates rather than a room of 300+ students that never interact with one another.

Edmonton

Enoch Lam

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I worked as a Physiotherapist Assistant and was also a Personal Trainer while studying Kinesiology and Health Sciences at SFU. I am also a basketball player and enjoy playing various sports in my free time.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I really like being around my classmates especially because everyone comes from diverse backgrounds and they are very supportive and helpful. Also the teachers are all very knowledgeable and easy to seek help from.

Richmond

Jorrel Dativo

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before pursuing RMT, I was in school attending the program of Kinesiology at Langara.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I chose to pursue RMT because I enjoy helping people relieve their pains and stresses.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about VCMT is the overwhelming support we receive from our peers.

Vancouver

Gayeon Nam

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I worked in the beauty industry. I have worked in a hair salon and I am currently working at a spa.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to truly understand patients’ issues and help them better with knowledge.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

VCMT has amazing instructors and cohorts. It also has a well-prepared and organized curriculum.

Port Moody

Caroline Vermette

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I worked as a screening officer at YVR.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to be an RMT because it’s a meaningful career.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My classmates. We started out as strangers, and now we are family.

Richmond

Jarren Bato

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I was pursuing an education in the field of Accounting.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

As an RMT, I will be able to help past, present, and future athletes maintain an ability to perform their desired sports, as well help others deal with and heal from injuries.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I enjoy how VCMT is a world on its own. Regardless of where you’ve come from, as long as you share in the desire and passion to help others in this field, then you will find your place here.

Vancouver

Duncan McInnes

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I have enjoyed 21 years in IT at a financial firm. RMT is an exciting next challenge in a career out from behind the desk!

Why do you want to be an RMT?

Massage therapy has absolutely been the most beneficial and effective treatment for my own healthcare. And what I’ve loved most in my career has been working one-on-one with diverse people, solving problems together and making their day to day lives better. I can’t imagine a more meaningful, positive fit.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

Our instructors are outstanding and accomplished, our cohorts filled with like-minded and driven individuals, and did you know there’s a Tacofino right downstairs? This is my happy place.

Lacombe, Alberta

Josie Mcmillen

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before starting my journey of becoming an RMT, I was teaching recreational dance to young children and competing on a hip hop dance team!

Why do you want to be an RMT?

Growing up as a competitive dancer I witnessed a lot of my peers suffering from injuries, and even suffered from a few myself! I quickly learnt the importance of taking care of your physical health, which led me to becoming interested in human anatomy and how it relates to athletics. I also just love connecting with people and it would be great to make a meaningful contribution to society!

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about VCMT is definitely the instructors and staff, they have an amazing attention to detail and are very supportive!

Tsawwassen

Brooke Elphick

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I graduated from UBC-O with a degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Psychology a few years ago. Since then I have spent much of my time travelling around the world!

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I wanted to pursue something that built upon my kinesiology background, and massage therapy felt like the perfect fit. After dealing with many injuries of my own, I benefited the most from massage and would love to be a helpful part of someone’s recovery journey.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The amount of support and community this school provides is unmatched. I feel very fortunate to learn from such knowledgeable instructors alongside an amazing group of classmates.

Windsor, Ontario

Blair Ferriss

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before pursuing my RMT license I was teaching group fitness classes at The Bar Method in Yaletown.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

My health history is complex, and over the years I have always found that staying active empowers me to feel strong. I want to become an RMT to help others reduce or altogether heal injuries that limit their ability to stay physically active.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I love how specific our training is—unlike other post secondary programs that include a lot of accessory information, at VCMT everything we learn is tailored to our career as an RMT. I’m also grateful to have such patient and knowledgable instructors.

Vancouver

Sophie Brown

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Previously I was in project management, and lucky to work in different cities in Canada and the USA.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to work directly with people in a way that improves their quality of life; massage therapy is a powerful tool for physical and mental health.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I’ve loved working towards a new career and learning with such a great group of classmates and instructors.

Regina

Jeannine Yuen

Where are you from?

Regina, SK.  Moved to Abbotsford in 2019.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

Growing up and doing high-performance martial arts, I was injured a lot. I want to be able to help people heal from their injuries quicker as well as being able to set my own schedule so I can one day open up a martial arts gym.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The people! Everyone is so kind and helpful. If you don’t know something in class the teachers and other students are always willing to help you understand the material better.

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Delta

Mavio Wiebe

Where are you from?

Delta, B.C.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

To help people feel as relaxed and pain-free as possible. I think everyone should be able to feel their best mentally and physically and I want to help people achieve that.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I enjoy learning about human anatomy & physiology so that I can better understand how and why our bodies function the way they do.

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Vancouver

Amanda Chow

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Prior to pursuing RMT, I obtained my undergraduate degree in Nutritional Sciences at McGill University. I also worked in customer service at the airport as well as with HealthLinkBC.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I’ve been fortunate enough to have been exposed to massage therapy at a young age and have felt benefits in my overall wellbeing. I hope to be able to extend to others a sense of relief from whatever pain or stress they may be experiencing, or just that little moment of peace that they might need.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The supportive and kind environment that my cohort as well as upperclass mates, teachers, and administrative staff have created is my favourite thing about VCMT and I’m grateful to be a part of it.

Vancouver

Erika Clou

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Prior to pursuing a career in Massage Therapy I was studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree at UBC and working at the front desk of a multidisciplinary health clinic.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to be an RMT because I want to help people feel more comfortable in their own bodies.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about VCMT is the ability to learn from a diverse group of experienced practitioners.

Langley

Harris Teo

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Prior to pursuing a career as an RMT, I worked at Rexall Drugstore as a Store Manager for the past 8 Years.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I am very passionate with health and wellness aside from that, I also love to be able to help other people to feel good about themselves.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

Friendly staff, instructors and students.

Vancouver

Alison Webb

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I was studying Psychology and working as a writer/editor.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I believe being an RMT will provide me an opportunity to work with clients who desire an avenue to access nervous system relaxation, stress reduction, and recovery from trauma.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about VCMT is the small class sizes.

Vancouver

Jacob Cho

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I attended CAPU and enrolled in their Human Kinetics Diploma program. From there I transferred to UBC to complete my Kinesiology degree while also playing on the UBC Mens varsity rugby team.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

Becoming an RMT will give me a sense of purpose and fulfillment in life by contributing to someone’s life and their goals whatever that may be. Being able to give the respite people need in our strenuous modern way of life, is something I want to offer to clients.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about VCMT is the various opportunities it presents you with. Whether it be making life long friends, how the school sets us students up for success or the fact that I get to travel downtown every week to get to school.

Vancouver

Marie Herman

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I’ve been lucky to dabble in many different careers. From cooking in tree planting camps, fishing lodges, and ski hills, to high rise window cleaning, and making bath bombs!

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I truly believe in the magic of massage and the healing power of positive touch. It brings me joy to be able to help people, and I want to make positive impacts on peoples lives.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I have the best classmates!

Vancouver

Stephanie Hunt

Where are you from?

I am from Vancouver, British Columbia.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I believe in the therapeutic process and results of massage therapy.  After experiencing the personal benefits and positive shifts in my own injury recovery I felt called to the profession to be able to help in other peoples recovery.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The passion and knowledge from the instructors.

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Vancouver

Jeffrey Wu

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before pursuing RMT, I graduated from the BKin program at UBC and have prior experience from working in active rehabilitation to elite athletes. I also made music beats for a little while too!

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I hope to combine my previous experience and knowledge with the knowledge I am obtaining from VCMT to provide individuals with relief through manual techniques and exercise. There is no better feeling in the world than providing individuals with relief from any sort of pain and/or discomfort.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

It truly is a privilege to be around instructors and classmates filled with such juicy knowledge about the human body. I also really love applying concepts and theories learned in class, trying to ‘connect the dots’ of the body is insanely fun and rewarding to me!

Vancouver

Victor Gao

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I had just finished my degree in Kinesiology!

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I’ve always loved the rehabilitative sciences because of how drastically it can change the quality of life for people. Becoming a RMT would be the perfect facet of the field because I also enjoy doing physical work!

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The people, who are all super friendly, and come with such diverse backgrounds.

Southend-On-Sea, England

Leah Baker

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I graduated with a degree in American History and Literature, but once I moved to Canada, I worked as a manager for an independent toy store. I also took any opportunity to travel and most recently spent a year working and travelling around Australia.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I really love working with people and wanted to do it in a more meaningful way. I feel that becoming a RMT will allow me to help people feel better not just with big issues but also some of the smaller everyday aches and pains we so commonly live with.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My relationship my cohort has with each other, and the sense of community within VCMT. I also really enjoy the varied learning environments that different instructors bring to different subjects.

Vancouver

Joey Jung

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I worked at Kintec, New Balance, and Asics. Prior to those places, a lot of different retail stores and some hospitality.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

To spread the message of taking priority to care for your body for longevity; you only have one body for the rest of your life so why not set yourself up for less problems, if any, down the road.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about VCMT is the culture in the school; they have no other intentions but to set you up to be as successful as possible in the program so you can achieve this profession.

Burnaby

Eric Mok

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I was pursuing a degree in computer science, but decided to change my studies to focus more on kinesiology and eventually massage therapy.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to be an RMT so that my friends and family can rely on me when they feel discomfort and pain in their daily lives.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

Despite their busy schedules and multiple classes, the teachers always seem to find the time to respond to students and remember our names and personalities.

Surrey

Kevin Estillore

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I have worked as a Medical Laboratory Assistant for the last 8 years.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I have always been curious about RMT and what they do. After the weekend workshop I confirmed to myself that this is what I want to do.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

VCMT have smaller classes and I feel the instructors care about my education and my success.

Abbotsford

Olivia Gebrewold

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I was working as an Executive Assistant at a structural engineering firm. Before that, I was working in Ottawa on Parliament Hill as a Members Assistant to a Member of Parliament.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to be an RMT so I can practically help people, provide tangible care, and hopefully see meaningful improvement in peoples’ lives! I received this from my previous RMT and it inspired me to go to school to be able to provide others with the same care.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

It’s a tie between the instructors and my cohort of students. The instructors are incredible, knowledgeable and very helpful in the learning process and my cohort has become like family.

San Carlos, Philippines

Rowena Resuello

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before pursuing RMT, I worked as a Registered Pharmacy Technician with Interior Health and a small community pharmacy. I also took a course in Medical Office Assistant (MOA) and worked at a walk-in clinic in New Westminster, BC.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I’ve always wanted a career in health care. Being an RMT where I am able to make a difference and be part of people’s journey and injury rehabilitation and it is rewarding to see their healing process. Being able to make a positive impact on someone’s quality of life.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I enjoy listening and learning from our instructors, especially when sharing their knowledge and experience. I like the readiness to help I get from the staff and students and how the students support and help fellow students. I like the diverse environment and backgrounds of students and staff.

North Vancouver

Mackenzie Cross

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before starting at VCMT I was a competitive Irish dancer for over 20 years. This took me to many different places across the world and developed my love for travel. I also recently graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Kinesiology.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

As a dancer, I struggled with multiple injuries throughout my career. This exposed me to many different forms of treatments. Massage therapy was able to help me so much that it sparked a passion to do the same for others.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

VCMT really fosters a strong sense of community. I feel incredibly supported from instructors, admin, and other cohorts. In such a rigorous program I feel like they give us the support we need to succeed.

Vancouver

Kenneth Sun

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I graduated with a degree in Cognitive Systems at UBC earlier this year. During this time, I discovered yoga which I found to be a beautiful complement to a meditation practice in gaining awareness of my body.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I believe everyone carries a lifetime of experiences stored within the body, which may present itself as tension, pain or dysfunction. I am fascinated with the body’s natural ability to heal and want to help others find empowerment in their bodies through massage therapy.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about VCMT is the wide diversity of people with various backgrounds. I also love that VCMT is minutes away from coal harbour with the beautiful mountain ranges in the back.

Mission

Kajal Kataria

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I have a background in banking and administration prior to pursuing registered massage therapy.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I genuinely enjoy working with people and helping others. I wanted to pursue a career that has a lasting positive impact on the lives of others.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favorite thing about VCMT is the support and sense of community created through the students, faculty, and staff.

Toronto

Glenn McGarroch

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before I began my journey to becoming an RMT I was working as an electrician and an instrumentation and controls technician throughout British Columbia and Alberta.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to become an RMT because of my fascination with the intricate inner workings of the human body, and I would like to make a meaningful contribution to the wellness of the community I live in. It would also be great to be able to help people who are in pain, recovering from injuries, or experiencing stress.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about VCMT — besides it’s extremely convenient location — is the amazingly supportive faculty and staff. They do everything in their power to make sure that we are prepared for the road that lies ahead.

Yellowknife, NWT

Lucas Othmer

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I was working at a parkour gym and also working as a skate sharpening specialist.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

Dealing with the pain in my own body daily has led me here to hopefully help other people with their pain.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about VCMT is the strong sense of community and accessibility.

Brisbane, Australia

Dane Lawrence

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

At the age of 19, I became a Commercial Helicopter Pilot, flying for 6 years back home in Australia. I also spent a few years teaching Aerodynamics and other Aviation courses to the military as a Helicopter Theory Instructor. My most recent experience in the health and fitness industry extends back 7 years as a boxing coach and fitness trainer, managing gyms and fitness studios in Australia and Vancouver.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

Growing up, I was always playing some kind of sport, whether it was Australian football or soccer and have always been passionate about athletics. However, over the years I also experienced many injuries. The combination of passion and curiosity inspired me to become an RMT to help people achieve optimal athleticism and improve their functional movements.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

Apart from my awesome classmates, my favourite thing about VCMT is the knowledgeable and supportive instructors and staff. They go above and beyond to ensure we are not only ready for the RMT world but also give us the skills to be successful.

Romania

Roxana Manolescu

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before starting the massage therapy program I worked in the corporate world and I had the opportunity to travel extensively. I believe that movement is important for a healthy body and mind, and I have a regular Pilates practice.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

Having experienced different injuries over the years, I believe in the importance of manual therapy for the recovery and maintenance of an active body. As a massage student and future RMT I am honored to be a part of my clients’ health journey.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The school promotes an inclusive, challenging and fun learning by environment.

China

Victoria Yang

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Studying at Simon Fraser University.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

Helping people.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

Everything!

Winnipeg

Chelsea Middleditch

Where are you from?

Originally from Winnipeg, MB but grew up in Langley, BC.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to be an RMT because I believe that therapeutic touch can be very healing.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about VCMT is when they do hot dog days.

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Warsaw, Poland

Anna Celak

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I was a bodyworker for over 16 years, mostly in London, UK.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

It is my true calling. I want to help people feel better.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The people. A real sense of community and support.

Maple Ridge

Brittan Jensen

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I began post-secondary education for Psychiatric Nursing, while spending the rest of time working at dog daycares and boarding for the past few years.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I love learning about the human anatomy. I chose a path that allows me to use that passion to take better care of myself as well as help others improve and prioritize their own well being.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favorite thing about VCMT is being able to meet varieties of people and enjoy exploring downtown Vancouver with them.

Vancouver

Anya Kuling

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before pursuing RMT I worked in various retail jobs, travelled, and lived in different places.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to be an RMT because I want to work with people on a deeper level and make a difference in their lives.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about VCMT is definitely the people!

Vancouver

James Wight

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before starting my journey at VCMT, I worked in customer service for 11 years. I have explored education in Holistic Nutrition and enjoy learning about health and wellness in all forms.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to have a career with a foundation in helping others. By being an RMT, I hope every day feels equally rewarding, and I can make a positive change in my patients and those around me.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

VMCT provides the tools and environment to grow and thrive, and I feel nurtured by every staff faculty member. VCMT feels like a complete life path change, a welcome one.

China

Yi Yun (Karina) Shi

Where are you from?

I was born in China. I immigrated to Canada when I was teenage.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

Massage can help people with pain. I enjoy helping others.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I love VCMT because it provides friendly environment and the program prepares students to become excellent RMTs.

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Vancouver

May Guan

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I graduated from the B.Kin program at UBC earlier this year and have worked as a Certified Personal Trainer. I also coach high school girls volleyball and love to play volleyball, hike, run, and cycle.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I’ve always had a keen interest in how the human body functions and the ways in which we can optimize movement, treat injuries, and/or address pain. I admire the intimacy and trust that RMTs share with their clients, along with the knowledge and hands-on skills to directly impact how people can feel (physically, mentally, emotionally, etc.) after their session.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I like how VCMT fosters a sense of community and support – whether it is from our classmates, students in upper years, the instructors or staff. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to share a class with a diverse group of people and learn / grow with each other.

Vancouver

Jeremy Bariso

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before pursing RMT, I was in the Kinesiology Diploma Program at Langara.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

Being an RMT allows me to help people in pain or improve performance or function in their everyday life, while also having the flexibility that this career offers.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The people at VCMT. Everyone here cares and wants you to become the best RMT.

Coquitlam

Joseph Daou

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before being in the RMT program, I was working with an organization helping young adults with developmental disabilities.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to help reduce and relieve people’s pain so they can get back to doing the things they love.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The supportive community and the great instructors!

Ottawa

Emma Childs

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

My last job was training new employees at a tech company, but I’ve worked in a number of different jobs!

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I’m working towards being an RMT because I’d like to help folks feel more relaxed and connected to their bodies. I’m looking forward to getting to know clients, and creating a treatment that addresses their needs.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

It’s a very supportive learning environment – I’ve learned so much from my teachers and classmates!

Main Land of China

Debbie (Xian) Lou

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Jewellery sales in Canada.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

Gain an in-depth knowledge of human body structure and pathology can help more patients with professional massage techniques.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The extraordinary quality of Vancouver College of Massage Therapy provides the exact academic environment I need for becoming an RMT.

Lower Mainland

Blake Nargang

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Burnaby

Brynn Abbott

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before this I was working in Acute care as a Rehabilitation Assistant carrying out Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy treatment plans and running exercise groups

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I’m excited to be my own practitoner and create treatment plans for my patients.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I love the practical components of classes.

Brazil

Tatiana Machado

Where are you from?

I’m originally from Brazil. I’ve been in Canada for 8 years and living in Harrison Hot Springs, B.C. for the last 4 years.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

Because I believe in the healing power of touch. I want to help people to heal and to relax. It’s amazing to know so much about the body and how we can affect it through massage therapy.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I like the philosophy of the school that wants us to succeed. Teachers are helpful and friendly. My classmates are incredible, always sharing studies and supporting each other.

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Czech Republic

Iveta Drahosova

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Working, traveling, but mostly skiing and biking in Whistler.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

It makes sense to me to help people and gives me opportunity to work independently, which is very important in my future career and life.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My cohort.

Vancouver

Alex Chan

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Professionally I was an optician. Personally a backyard mechanic and hobby sports enthusiast.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to be able to help people without being in the retail sector, as well as moving into a more stable career.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I love the classes, there very interesting and quite fun as well. Also I like my cohort quite a bit.

Vancouver

Nathan Clarke

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I was a full time Barista at Cafe Amarti.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I have a genuine love for people and want to be able to help those in need.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The culture. Everyone is so quick to be there for one another.

Vancouver

Jessica Smith

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I have a degree in Midwifery as well as a degree in Women’s Studies. I practiced as a midwife for a brief time in BC and I’m passionate about women’s health.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I love working with the public and improving health outcomes as well as promoting relaxation for folks seeking RMT care. The way that each treatment is personalized and is unique to each client provides a wonderful opportunity to be ever-learning and growing my practice.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The friendships and support from amongst my cohort and across cohorts.

Vancouver

Carla Van Buekenhout

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I graduated with a B.Kin from UBC and took extra courses in Psychology, Biology and Chemistry.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

Since I was a kid I have always had a desire to help people, especially in regards to health. I want to help facilitate healing for people who are on their journey to achieving their optimal level of health and wellbeing.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The community at VCMT is amazing. I love going into school every day and constantly having amazing interactions with students in all levels and teachers.

Vancouver

Mark Fowler

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I was spending time in the restaurant industry as a server and bartender before VCMT. Going even further back, I was an apprentice in the trade of refrigeration.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

My interest in human musculature, anatomy, and movement began in 2017 when I started working as a rock climbing coach for a local youth team. It has taken me until recently to realize how I could fuse my passions with my career in a way that can substantially benefit the lives of those I work with.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I value the sense of community at the school. There’s always the chance for anybody to talk to anybody.

Vancouver

Isabelle Lee

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Prior to attending VCMT, I was completing my undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of British Columbia. Throughout my undergraduate years, I also spent time volunteering at an assisted living center for seniors and disabled individuals.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

Being able to alleviate someone’s pain is a fascinating superpower, don’t you think?

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

For now, it’s the friends I’ve made over the first 4 months of the program. Let’s see if they are still my favourites after 16 months.

Burnaby

Paul Binette

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I was an independent subcontractor doing Steel Stud Framing and Drywall. I was also an amateur strength athlete competing in Strongman and Powerlifting prior to a back injury which changed the trajectory of my career.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I’ve lived the high mileage lifestyle and have a ton of experience with pain that arises from repetitive motion and hard training. I believe this real world personal experience with chronic pain and the improvement in quality of life that manual therapy has brought to me has influenced me to try to bring the same improvements in quality of life to others.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I appreciate how in depth the courses are. They really prepare you to begin your journey as a manual therapist at VCMT.

Winnipeg, MB

Christine Bersabe

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Prior to pursuing my education as an RMT, I graduated from Capilano University with an Arts & Entertainment Management Diploma. I have spent the past 10 years working in the Events Production & Live Entertainment Industry. I decided to go back to school to take on a new, and purposeful career that supports balance and wellness. Outside of my studies, you can find me camping by a lake, on a mountain hiking a new trail, paddle-boarding by the beach, or hitting pads at my muay thai gym! I’m a firm believer that exercise plays a key role in supporting my physical, emotional and mental strength.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

We all come from all different walks of life with different goals, outlooks, and experiences. If it is one thing we all share in common is wanting to better ourselves. As a future RMT, I’m passionate about helping others live and feel their best, and strive to help my patients realize their strengths and their limitations by first, helping them understand their bodies. My dedication to helping others improve their overall quality of life is inspired by my own journey of chronic pain and history of work-related stress.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite part about VCMT is the community. I’m fascinated by people’s experiences and it’s been inspiring to meet people of such diverse backgrounds and stories. It’s an incredible feeling to be supported by your peers, especially from various cohorts, as we all take on this daunting, yet exciting trajectory together.

Vancouver

Henry McKay

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I was an International level springboard diver competing across the world.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I love helping people. I found this in sport and now I want to help through Massage Therapy.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The supportive community that’s built with your classmates and instructors.

Surrey

Laurence Angelo Dyck

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I worked at a soap and candle supply store. I also wrote a book!

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to help others in a healing and impactful way, especially disadvantaged people and other lgbtq+ folks!

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The encouragement to succeed and practice patient-focused care.

Burnaby

Jerry Ju

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Work as a health care assistant.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to make a difference in life.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

Professionalism and great cohorts.

Gibsons, Canada

Kelsey MacDonald

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I’ve been cooking in different establishments along my way to my final home. From Bowen Island, to Horseshoe Bay, to the ferries and finally in Sechelt before deciding I loved where I was but not was I was doing.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I’m a big advocate for healthy body, healthy mind. I have seen first hand the difference an RMT can make in a persons life and I want to be able to provide that relief to those who need it.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The sense of community, it is a really welcoming and supportive environment that helps you every step of the way to become the best possible RMT you can be.

Burnaby

Aeri Kim

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I have a degree in international trading. I had a career as a sales assistant and also worked as an early childhood educator.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I’ve always been very interested and fascinated by how the human body functions. I want to be able to help people address their pain, injuries, limited range of motion, and all of the benefits of massage therapy. Because of weightlifting, I learned how RMTs can be very helpful and beneficial.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about VCMT is how helpful the instructors and students from all levels are. You’d really feel like everyone wants you to succeed.

Vancouver

Kaed Funk

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I was working as a cook full time and spending as much time with friends as possible.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I was really intrigued by massage and found it really interesting. I also would love to be able to help people for my job.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I like the small class sizes and I love being able to come to the city all the time.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Tania Intaphan

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I have been working as a Thai masseuse since 2018 and own my own home-based business providing Thai massage in The Maple ridge area.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

Learning is a never-ending journey. I want to combine the ancient knowledge of Thai massage with the modern knowledge of western massage in order to provide the best possible treatment for my clients/patients.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The curriculum at massage therapy school is usually demanding but exciting, yet VCMT staff & professors have always provided the best support throughout the journey. They want us to be successful and their actions reflect that value.

Ottawa

Taylor Armstrong

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before pursuing RMT I was a gardener. I gardened mostly residential properties in North and West Vancouver neighbourhoods.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

The main reason I am drawn to a career as an RMT is to promote and encourage the health goals of others.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about VCMT is the supportive atmosphere created by the staff and students that allows for an open and collaborative learning environment.

Vancouver

Adam Xiao

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Prior to pursuing RMT, I took a variety of science courses in university and I found human anatomy and physiology interested me the most.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

Being a RMT will be a stimulating and exciting career because every person I meet will be a unique individual. I would love to learn about you and come up with a plan that is tailored just for you.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I enjoy the lectures from experienced and knowledgeable instructors at VCMT, also the admin group. The admin group possesses a growth mentality because they always listen and adapt to student’s needs.

Vancouver

Suji Kim

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Prior to this program I have been working as a Pilates instructor.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

Learning more Manual Therapy helps client and ICBC claims

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

Very organized, Nice Location, Part time program

Vancouver

Jot Dhaliwal

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I worked as a sales manager for massage products.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I have been seeing RMTs regularly for a decade to manage my pain. I want to help others deal with their pain and hopefully even help heal their pain so that no one has to suffer unnecessarily.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The instructors are so helpful and caring and the courses are so hands on and useful.

Caracas, Venezuela

Elizabeth Caman

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I was an Industrial Designer and competitive swimmer in Venezuela.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I love to help people and I am very fond of exercise and sports and thus I know how painful and limiting injuries can be. Because our health is extremely important, always, I want to be part of this community that can provide relief and physical well-being to others.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I like how VCMT promotes a healthy environment and how that contributes to create family-like relationships. I enjoy very much how our teachers care for and support us while passing on their knowledge.

Calgary, Alberta

Nikole Kurtz

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before pursuing RMT, I was teaching cardio kickboxing, which I still teach on the side part time. I also tried working in construction and began operating self-erect and tower cranes.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to be part of helping people regain their best quality of life. All walks of life and all people deserve to feel their best, being an RMT is a great way to help people achieve that.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about VCMT are the people. The group of people I get to learn and grow with everyday have a passion and care for others that is hard to match.

Philadelphia, USA

Alex Kuhlman

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

My work involved labour union organizing and administrative work.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to offer a safe and accessible healing space to my community members who are queer, disabled, and neurodivergent. My goal is to offer safe, accessible, and patient-centered body work for marginalized people who face barriers to accessing bodywork and healthcare. I am very passionate and interested in the human body and how it works, and I am excited to share what I am learning with you!

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I appreciate my classmates’ eagerness to help each other learn.

West Kootenay

Carli Planeta

Where are you from?

Carli moved to Vancouver (Coast Salish Territory) from the West Kootenay (Sinixt Territory) 3 years ago. She is passionate about facilitating and maintaining health and healing both in herself and others. Her favourite part of studying to become an RMT at VCMT is the dedication to a scientific based approach to healing and to ability to share this education through therapeutic touch.

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Vancouver

Timea Gaiser

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I was working in the service industry and lived in several countries before arriving in Vancouver. After raising my family here I’m excited to start my career as an RMT.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I was always fascinated how our mental and physical health is connected, and I see massage therapy as a bridge healing the whole human being. I’m very interested in working towards helping people get better in both aspects and build a practice treating physical pain and alleviating stress.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I love the community of caring people, both instructors, administration and students! I see them bringing their best to school and try to give back and support each other, which I’m happy to be a part of.

Shanxi, China

Jessica Zhang

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I worked in an dental clinic as an assistant store manager.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to try my best to help people and I hope I can stay fit by being a RMT.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I love all my classmates! They are the best!

Regina, SK

Erica Morsky

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Prior to starting my journey as an RMT, I owned and operated a small pre-school with my best friend. I have also worked as a stylist, photographer and makeup artist.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I decided to become an RMT because of my desire and passion to help and work with individuals who are experiencing pain in their lives. I also have a keen interest in anatomy and athletics, having grown up playing several sports. I was ready for a change in careers, and being an RMT feels like the perfect fit for me!

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about VCMT is the amazing supportive community and friends that I have made thus far!

Vancouver

Ryan Goes

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before pursuing a career as a massage therapist, I was working in the wonderful world of architecture.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I wanted to become a massage therapist because I enjoy working closely with other to achieve their goals with a focus on health and relaxation.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about VCMT are the people!

Waterford City, Ireland

David Twomey

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I have been a personal trainer for 10 + years. I have also been doing deep tissue sports massage 5 + years. When I’m not at the gym lifting heavy weights and breaking world records, you can find me hiking various mountains with my Golden Retriever named Echo.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

Training myself and others has always been important to me. Being an RMT will allow me to help others recover faster and more thoroughly so they can get back to the gym and train hard.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I love all the lecturers. They give us lots of hands on practice, cool new techniques, and they make sure their modules overlap with the other modules of the semester for better learning.

Vancouver

Robyn Fashler

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Prior to pursuing massage therapy, I was working in office furniture sales. I am grateful for my experience in this industry as it introduced me to ergonomics which was a stepping stone on my way to massage therapy.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I am passionate about wellness, embodiment, and healthy movement. I am eager to be in a profession where I can help others to explore, experience, and expand on these topics in their own bodies.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

Full immersion of the program and teachers from various healthcare professions.

Parksville

Maria Strasky

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before deciding to pursue RMT, I graduated from UBC’s Computer Engineering program, and worked for four years as a software engineer. Outside of work, I spent my time taking dance classes and exploring Vancouver.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I discovered that I want a career where I can work with people to help them heal from pain and stress. Because of dance, I’ve experienced how much RMTs can help with healing and preventing injuries, and with how our bodies hold on to physical stress.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

So far, my favourite thing about VCMT has been connecting with my classmates and the community in the school.

Vancouver

Ben Purcell

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before VCMT I was working as an artist and a gardener.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

My experiences being treated by RMTs had a profoundly positive impact on my life. My goal is to help create those experiences for others.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

All my lovely classmates and also how many great massages I receive.

Vancouver

Carlos Chang

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Burnaby

Jared Quon

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before pursuing RMT, I was completing a Bachelor of Science Kinesiology Major degree at Simon Fraser university in the Active Health and Rehabilitation Concentration. During my schooling I was fortunate to be able to work and volunteer as a student kinesiology, athlete health liaison (similar to athletic trainer), and high school sports coach.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to be able to be in a position where I can help someone relax and forget about their pain for just a small moment. Pain is something that everyone deals with and I just want to do whatever I can to help alleviate a little bit of that burden from them.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I think my favorite thing about VCMT is my cohort and classmates. It was very intimidating being put into a classroom with people from all different walks in life but within a matter of weeks these people have become my second family.

Guadalajara, Mexico

Peter Garcia Rodriguez

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before taking the RMT program at VCMT, I studied architecture and interior design. After three years working for BC Hydro, I decided to pursue my passion for massage therapy.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to become an RMT because helping people is a passion of mine, and as a massage therapist, I know I can make a positive impact in people’s life by providing an invaluable service to patients suffering pain, recovering from injuries, or experiencing stress.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

What I like the most about VCMT is the immeasurable feeling of support that teachers and students provide to everyone going through this program.

Vancouver

Gabrielle Roy

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before pursuing RMT, I graduated with my Kinesiology degree and was working as a personal trainer and fitness class instructor. I have a passion for sports and resistance training.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I have always had a passion for health and wellness. Being an RMT I can help patients achieve optimal wellness through preventative and rehabilitative treatments. I am excited to be able to help patients get back to doing the things they love.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about VCMT is the people. Everyone at the school is so excited about the future career we are all pursuing together, the community is the best part.

Vancouver

Celia Payne

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I studied massage therapy and began Naturopathic medicine studies in NZ before coming to Canada, where I have continued my interests by learning CranioSacral Therapy and practicing yoga.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I love helping people through the modalities of manual therapy. If someone is complaining of an ache or pain – I am drawn to and hope I can help in a positive way.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I love the team spirit of support and enthusiasm at VCMT. Instructors are engaging and know each individual student by name.

Vancouver

Ashley Perron

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before deciding to pursue RMT, I graduated from UBC’s Biochemistry program, and worked for two and a half years as an analytical chemist. Outside of work, I enjoyed making and selling artwork.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to be an RMT because it allows me to have a positive impact on people’s lives by helping them work towards their wellness goals.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about VCMT is the warm community. There is an incredible left of support from students in all levels as well as from the instructors.

Vancouver

Melanie Bishop

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I graduated from the Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage in 2016 and for the past five years have been practising as a bodyworker at the Willow Stream Spa in the Fairmont Pacific Rim. I have also worked as a birth doula and am passionate about health care and helping the community through my work.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I am excited to further my knowledge and skills through the RMT program.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about VCMT is the amazing community of students and instructors coming from all different backgrounds offering so much knowledge and unique perspectives.

Burnaby

Priya Sharma

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

For the past few years, I was working as a nurse on the surgical unit at St Paul’s hospital. More recently, I have been at various Covid-19 testing and vaccine sites throughout Vancouver since the start of the pandemic.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

Helping others has always been a passion for me and by becoming an RMT, I hope to bring a more holistic approach to health promotion by using the effects of massage therapy in managing pain and mental health.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The staff, instructors, and students from every level have been nothing but supportive since I started the program here at VCMT!

Burnaby

Alissa Vicente

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Running a Personal Training business called Kinetic Focus and working as a bodyworker doing Fascial Stretch Therapy.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to be an RMT so I can help individuals learn how to move and be active without pain and to help each client better understand their body in regards to injury prevention, improving range of motion and regulating their nervous system.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The community here is so helpful and positive. I always have a fun and feel supported by my classmates and by the staff members.

Vancouver

Rebecca Chen

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I was working as an admin staff at university.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

Massage Therapy was a very effective treatment for my injuries which made me want to pursue it as my career and help people.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

It is like a big family where everyone helps each other to succeed in the profession.

Vancouver

Adrian Hardjojo

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I graduated with a Nutrition degree from UBC, and worked as a personal trainer.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

My goal is to improve people’s lives through pain management, strengthening, and education.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The sense of being part of a community and the people I work with everyday!

Langley

Janie Bergquist

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Prior to pursuing RMT school, I was working as a Special Education Assistant for the Langley School District. Outside of work, I spend my time with my two daughters, Camila and Talyia.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I decided to become an RMT because of my desire and passion to help others improve their emotional and physical health.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favorite thing about VCMT is the learning environment. All of the staff and students are supportive, friendly, and make the entire process fun and enjoyable.

Pitt Meadows

Mitra Teimouri

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Prior to VCMT I was studying Sport Science at Douglas College while working part time and training during my free time.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

My goal is to be a health care practitioner that people can trust and feel comfortable knowing that someone will listen with no judgement at all.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about the college is the sense of community and support. I also love the board that’s filled with positive quotes and affirmations which I always find enlightening.

Vancouver

Ayrelea Nimchuk

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Previously, I worked on my family’s small farm and enjoyed working outside in the sunshine.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I’ve always found the human body to be interesting and wanted to pursue studies that were related. Along with an interest in the human body, massaging my friends and family was something I always enjoyed which gave me the desire to pursue RMT as a career.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favorite thing about VCMT is probably the community and care the staff and students have for one another.

Langley

Brittany Zimmermann

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before pursuing RMT I was on maternity leave with my second daughter. Prior to that I was working at Skechers as a store Manager and had been working in retail for close to ten years.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I was inspired by my experience with RMT during pre and post natal treatments which really helped me during my pregnancies. I want to be able to help other people in the same way.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The small class sizes that allow for more interaction with class mates and instructors during lectures.

Perth, Western Australia

Sarah Campion

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I was a Professional Tennis Coach in Australia while I gained my Bachelor of Preventive Health and Personal Training certification. Since moving to Canada 3 years ago I fell in love with the mountain lifestyle, specifically in Whistler. I gained my CASI level 1 Snowboard Instructor certification and worked in the hospitality and childcare industries.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I have always been passionate about preventive health, fitness and community development, however, I had not yet discovered my specific career path to follow. I am thrilled to have finally found my passion in Massage Therapy and I am beyond excited to support the wider community in there physical and/or mental health journeys.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

For me the VCMT community feels like home! From day one the students, instructors and administration have offered me immense support towards my journey in becoming an RMT. I have also greatly valued extending my knowledge in such a rewarding learning environment and I can’t wait to share this with you!

Sofia, Bulgaria

Iveta Avramova

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I have a degree in Psychology and an MBA in Global Hospitality Management. I have always loved doing work that makes people smile. While working, I maintained a highly active lifestyle including cycling, running, hiking, triathlon training, and yoga as a way of staying healthy and strong (mentally and physically).

Why do you want to be an RMT?

When COVID hit the Hospitality and Tourism industry in 2020 I knew it was time for a change. I wanted to be involved in work that facilitates the emotional and physical health of others and RMT seemed like the perfect fit!

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I love that I meet people who come from very different backgrounds who offer diverse perspectives and ideas. I am also fascinated by the body’s ability to heal given the right tools.

Winnipeg

David Verwey

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

A graduate from the University of Manitoba and UBC, I have spent the last 25+ years working in the construction, design and real estate industries in both the residential and commercial sectors. I am also a certified Reiki Master and have enjoyed working with people on a deeper, more personal level.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

Becoming an RMT has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. I had an opportunity to pivot my career path and follow my dreams, and I couldn’t let that pass me by. I’m SO grateful that I took that leap of faith as one area that tends to unite all of us at some point in our chaotic lives is stress, pain and bodily dysfunction. If I can assist in managing any part of that, well…I can’t think of anything more rewarding and fulfilling as a career!

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

Learning about the human body has been a fascinating adventure – the more I learn, the more I WANT to learn! And on top of that, I have found a new adopted family of classmates at VCMT that that been incredibly supportive, and have made this adventure more fun than I ever could have anticipated.

Vancouver

Andi Fillion

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before attending VCMT I was living in London, UK – working in the fitness industry.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I love connecting with people! That was the biggest drive of pursuing this career. It’s always been a passion of mine to help others.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My lovely cohort! They are a second family to me now.

Vancouver

Nichelle Au

Where are you from?

Vancouver, B.C.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I always had a passion for helping others both emotionally and physically. I decided to pursue RMT to make a positive difference in others’ lives.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The supportive community and instructors.

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Richmond

Karen Wang

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Prior to pursuing RMT, I had received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a Minor in Psychology and was a Business Development Consultant within the Automotive Industry.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to be a RMT so I can possibly help alleviate any ongoing pain, discomfort, or stress an individual may be experiencing through the use of manual therapy and be able to make a positive change in their life.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I would say my favourite thing about VCMT is the people!

Vancouver

Laura Contreras

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Personal and group fitness trainer, vet assistant and youth worker.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to help people live a life where their pain, conditions, and injuries are manageable, so they can enjoy their daily activities. I also want to help people understand and be get more in tune with their bodies and feel empowered to improve their health.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I really like how supportive and knowledgeable the teachers and staff are. I also really like the activities the school has to keep us motivated in our studying.

Burnaby

Herman Chu

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I graduated with a degree in nutritional sciences at UBC.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

My past injuries from basketball and weightlifting inspired me to help other through the rehabilitation process.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite things about VCMT are the instructors and students.

Vancouver

Mantana Singthonghorm

Where are you from?

Bangkok, Thailand.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I used to get massages all the time and it always makes me feel better. I want to pass this on to other people and help them as well.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

Everything! It’s very intensive, but I like all my teachers and classmates! I truly feel every day I progress a little bit more towards my goals.

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Vancouver

Janah Passave

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before pursuing RMT i was in school at Langara college taking health science courses.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to be an RMT because i like the idea that you can help somebody greatly just through massage.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about VCMT is the way they keep you accountable and give you help whenever you need it through teachers as well as other students.

Lower Mainland

Karissa Rowe

Where are you from?

Lower Mainland.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I have benefited from the work of talented RMTs addressing various issues and injuries over the years. I want to be able to offer similar help and healing as an RMT one day.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I love studying a topic that makes me use my brain in a whole new way. Thinking through how the body moves and which muscles might be causing a certain action, response, or pain has been both a “stretch” and an adventure!

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Squamish

Clair Fromme

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I worked in visual marketing for a year (store front displays and designs). I studied Architecture at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to feel engaged in my career with a variety of challenges and opportunities for learning. As well as I hope to leave a positive impact on peoples lives, and healing careers are a meaningful way to do so!

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My cohort is amazing, it feels like a group of long time friends even though its only been a few months. We are very supportive and inclusive with one another.

Vancouver

Erin Heather

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I worked in telecom, and lead learn to run clinics

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to do something that brings people comfort. I hope to help people improve their day to day lives and if they’re suffering, I hope to help them suffer less.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My classmates and the supportive dynamic that we have built together. Coming back to school to become and RMT was exciting, but doing it with this group of humans is making it an even more exceptional experience.

Vancouver

Jared Hubicka

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I was pursuing a career as an actor. Now I’m trying something else!

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to become a valuable member of my community. The human body is fascinating to me; I’m excited to expand, share and apply my knowledge to those who need it!

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

VCMT is a very welcoming place for learning. I’m always happy to have the opportunity to spend time with my incredible classmates and instructors.

Vancouver

Michaela McDermott

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Taking Biology at KPU and working as a receptionist at a multidisciplinary clinic.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to be an RMT because I love anatomy and I believe everyone should have access to informative health care. My goal is to help inspire people to become an advocate for their own bodies.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about VCMT is how loving and supporting both the staff and students are. Everyone is so knowledgeable and are such unique characters.

Richmond

Menghui (Frankie) Wang

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Menghui Wang (Frankie) being a Physiotherapist since 2010 , who completed his bachelor degree of Anatomy and Development at the University of Endinburgh and obtained his Master of Physiotherapy degree at Endinburgh University in Scotland, UK. Menghui Wang (Frankie) also obtained several special certification since 2012, such as Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Certification, Functional Movement Screen Lv1,Lv2,Lv3, Posture restoration (PRI), Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM), Active Release Techniques, Kinesio-Tape, Graston Technique manual therapy, Dynamic Movement system (DMS).

Why do you want to be an RMT?

Menghui Wang (Frankie) has a passion for living and promoting a healthy active lifestyle and believes that each patient has their own unique experiences that shape them, including their injuries. With this knowledge, he will design a treatment program that is specific to each patient utilizing a combination of manual therapy, individualized exercise prescription, and education. Menghui Wang (Frankie) has a special interest in treating shoulder related injuries such as sport or work-related overuse tendinopathy injuries. Menghui Wang (Frankie) will endeavor to get you back to moving, working, playing, and feeling your best.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The study environment was fantastic.

Taiwan

McKayla Tsao

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I worked in the hospitality industry and things changed after Covid hit. I realized I need to step out my comfort zone and grow, and acquire some profession that can make my future brighter.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

Currently I work at an RMT clinic as a receptionist, seeing clients come in with pain and leave with smile makes me want to help people like my coworkers do. It is the turning point for me to purse this career.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

Whenever I have questions, everyone is nice and willing to help without hesitation. I am grateful I can be part of the VCMTer to purse the same goal.

Vancouver

Kayla Fearnley

Where are you from?

I’m from Vancouver.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to be an RMT because I’m passionate about helping people and I find the human body very complex and Interesting to study. Additionally I chose RMT because your forever learning. I to see a unique individual everyday.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about VCMT is the support from not only teachers but students. Everyone at the schools so passionate about helping each other succeed and it’s very comforting.

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Winnipeg

Christie Klyne

Where are you from?

Born in Winnipeg, MB but have been living in Vancouver, BC for 11 years.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

To help those in pain, recovering from injury, or suffering from stress, and to improve a individuals quality of movement/ function within their daily life.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The passion of subject and dedication to our success from the teachers.

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Vancouver

Vincent Tang

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I was a personal trainer with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology prior to becoming an RMT.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to be an RMT because I want people to live their lives without the physical limitations of pain and stress.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite aspect about VCMT are their instructors, they really want you to succeed and always are there to help you understand academic and practical skills.

Vancouver

Marko Vasic

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before pursuing a career as a Massage Therapist, I was working towards attaining a degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I wanted a career in which I was able to help others manage pain and improve their health and longevity while also having a good work life balance, and I felt that a career as an RMT was the right choice for me to be able to achieve these goals.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favorite thing about VCMT would probably have to be the sense of community, everyone is so tight knit and everyone, including students and instructors, want you to excel and become the best RMT you can be.

Vancouver

Penelope Fraser

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before coming to VCMT I was working as an Adoption Coordinator at a local animal shelter.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I would like to become an RMT so I can provide people with the same detailed care I was given by my practitioners in the past. I also enjoy learning about the complexity of human body and how I can influence positive change.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The students and the instructors are all extraordinarily kind and hard working. The collaborative environment makes each day at school both fun and motivating.

Vancouver

Ruby Jane Enorme

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before pursuing Massage Therapy program, I was taking my prerequisites for Nursing program in Langara.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

RMT is a well known profession in health care so I decided to pursue a career as RMT.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about VCMT is my amazing cohort.

Winnipeg

Corey Chan

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I graduated with a Criminology degree and took many kin courses throughout my time in university. Once I graduated, I started pursuing a career in firefighting and ultimately realized the path was not meant for me.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I wanted to pursue a career where I am passionate and have the opportunity to affect positive change in this world. Whether it is a small positive change in one persons life or positive change on a global scale, it all adds up!

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

By far the people and my classmates are my favourite things about VCMT.

Montreal

Laura Bechard-Evans

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I have a master’s degree in psychiatric research from McGill University. I have spent the majority of my career behind a computer without the opportunity to connect with people. When I am not studying, I am in the mountains on my bike, skiing the slopes of Whislter, alpine touring, hiking or doing yoga.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to be able to help people that experience stress/anxiety to relax and unwind in my presence during our therapy sessions. I am also very interested in working with athletic individuals who have experienced injuries such as concussions, fractures, sprains/strains, etc.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I love my classmates and the community of VCMT. Everyone is there to support each other to learn and succeed.

Lower Mainland

Lauren Wong

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Smithers, BC

Haley Witala

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I was attending school at Camosun College before I backpacked around Australia for two years. Since moving to Vancouver, I’ve been enjoying the great outdoors. Hiking and paddle boarding are my favourite activities.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to become a RMT so that I’ll have a fulfilling career that I’m passionate about. I want to be able to help people improve their quality of life by decreasing pain, recovering from an injury and reducing stress.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The support network we have between the staff, students and instructors is my favourite thing. The location is also great and I enjoy going for walks with classmates at lunch.

Abbotsford

Natasha Strong

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before coming to VCMT I was working as a softscape foreman for a landscaping company.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

The biggest reason why I chose to become an RMT is because I love working with people and the idea of improving their mental and physical well being using a holistic approach.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I love how supportive the teachers and other students are.

Philippines

Greavinci Trongco

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I worked as a licensed Physical Therapist in the Philippines before moving to Canada.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to become an RMT because I want to pursue my goal and dream of helping people in managing their pain, maintaining a balanced lifestyle and improving their performance through effective massage techniques, general conditioning exercises and wholistic approach to therapy.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

What I like most about VCMT is their comprehensive and effective training program to help students become an excellent RMT in thr future.

Vancouver

Matthew Rodrigueza

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before pursuing RMT, I had just completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of British Columbia. I’m currently part of a dragon boat team that paddles out of False Creek!

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I have a keen interest in anatomy and physiology. Pursuing massage therapy has given me an amazing opportunity to apply my knowledge to provide individuals with relief for their pain and stress. I find joy in knowing that I’ve helped others in a positive way.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about VCMT is the sense of community the school provides. I’m very grateful and excited to continue growing with my colleagues personally and professionally.

Port Moody

Cameron Amey

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I worked in landscaping for 3 years, and then moved on to working in sales for 3 years.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

To learn about the body and help my patients feel their best!

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My classmates, and all the wonderful people here.

Lower Mainland

Amy Jensen

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Vancouver

Michael Nelson

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I was working as a Community Support Worker.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I like helping people and working with my hands.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The teachers are engaging.

British Columbia

Deja Sheridan

Where are you from?

I’m from B.C, Canada.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I believe that when you focus on self care, you can achieve anything you want to.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

Being surrounded by like minded individuals who are fascinated by what the human body can do.

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Maple Ridge

Jessie Kielan

Where are you from?

Maple Ridge, B.C.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I love the human body and how unique everybody’s story is. I want to be a part of peoples recovery and help them understand their body in more depth.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I’ve met an amazing group of people and instructors, everyone is very welcoming and supportive of each other.

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Ufa, Russia

Alexander Sasha Ledenev

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Previously I worked in customer service and always wanted to understand more about the human body and biomechanics.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I believe that balance in the body and ease of movement can support well-being and improve life quality. I am excited to be able to help people to feel better.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I am grateful for the VCMT’s instructors, who are highly experienced healthcare professionals. They patiently teach us with sincere care and enthusiasm.

Rossland, BC

Kenzie Pinotti

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I spent time outdoors exploring the coast since I had just moved from the Kootenays.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I was inspired to become an RMT by the RMT’s in my family. I have a great appreciation for the positive impact they inflicted on others, and I want to do the same!

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

So far, how close the cohorts get, and the great sense of community.

Santa Fe

Nicole Preswick

Where are you from?

I moved to Vancouver 5 years ago from Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I have always wanted to work in the healthcare industry. Becoming an RMT will allow me to help people in my community and help me to further my education and grow as an RMT.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I enjoy learning in a small classroom setting. The teachers are very committed to creating an environment to prepare us to become successful RMT’s.

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Vancouver

Lola Storey

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I spent the last 10 years studying visual art and art history, establishing a pottery studio, teaching youth and people with disabilities, obtaining yoga and meditation teacher trainings, working for 3-7 months a year in the bush in forestry, travelling…basically many hobbies and pursuits that feed my learning, joy, and connection!

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I asked myself, “how do I want to show up in the world?”, and my answer is to work with the community, to inspiring a sense of connection to self and others, empathy, pain-free movement, and love and gratitude.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I enjoy the camaraderie of the students and staff. Everyone wants everyone to grow and succeed, so the environment feels fun and empowering!

Vancouver

Trisha Tan

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before pursuing RMT, I studied Biomedical Physiology at Simon Fraser University.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I have always had a passion for helping others live a healthy balanced lifestyle!

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The sense of community, and everyone’s willingness to help each other out.

Vancouver

Alli Smithdorf

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Yoga teacher.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to help people heal themselves.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The people!

Vancouver

Victoria Falcicchio

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Victoria has an undergraduate degree from SFU in health science where she majored in Kinesiology and minored in Gerontology. For the past 8 years she has been working one on one with people in clinical settings, gym settings and private sessions as a Kinesiologist to help her clients move better and feel great.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

Combining her knowledge of Kinesiology with Massage, Victoria is excited to learn even more skills that allow her to connect on a deeper level with her clients and help move them forward with their recovery.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

VCMT goes the extra mile in ensuring their students are well looked after and really enjoying their time while also delivering very hard expectations that will ensure a passing grade for the board exams.

Vancouver

Igor Bugarinovic

Where are you from?

Vancouver, BC.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

After working as a personal trainer for ten years, I found that many people have aches and pains that prevent them from moving well and realizing their optimal performance. When I first discovered foam rolling as a form of therapeutic self-massage, I was instantly intrigued and wanted to learn more. I then took courses to further improve my knowledge of myofascial release, including Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST). After trying some of these techniques on clients and getting excellent results and feedback, I realized that I am very interested in learning a more complete system that would allow me to assess and treat clients more thoroughly. My goal is to be able to integrate personal training, massage therapy, and homecare modalities for clients that would allow them to function at their peak performance.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The best thing about VCMT is that the faculty truly cares about the students, and wants us to succeed at the highest level. 

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Ukraine

Natalya Terzioglu

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I have been working as a laboratory technician in the hospital for many years.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I have experienced the benefits of massage and want to help others relax and ease their aches and pains.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

VCMT has great friendly teachers with a lot of knowledge.

Vancouver

Brian Wong

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

My favorite thing about VCMT is being part of a passionate community of people who share a common purpose.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

As an RMT, I hope to help others prevent future health issues and achieve a better quality of life.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

After graduating from UBC, I had the opportunity to work in the health field for 3 years before deciding to specialize in massage therapy.

Vancouver

Victoria Chong

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before pursuing RMT, I worked full time in a Multidisciplinary Physiotherapy clinic.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

Growing up, I have lived a healthy and active lifestyle, and have always wanted to pursue a career that encourages and promotes something that I am passionate about. What also drives me in pursuing this field is my interest in the human body and its mechanics!

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

VCMT is a highly supportive and welcoming environment. I feel like it enables me reach my full potential as an RMT.

Toronto

Elise Ardizzi

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I was working in the film industry as a 2nd camera assistant

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want a career that makes a positive, long lasting change for people. I take pride in helping others relieve pain they are experiencing, or assisting them achieve the goals they may have. In my massage treatments I like to focus on the face, head, neck and feet, as I believe these areas are typically over looked. I welcome queer, non-binary folk as I am apart of the community myself 🙂

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

VCMT has created a stable, supportive, all-inclusive learning environment in which students have the chance to excel and learn from professionals who work directly in the industry, and I aspire to be just like them.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Pannipa Kuanprasert

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I was working as a body worker, and a banquet server as a part-time.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

Massage therapy is my passion. I would like to share my abilities and knowledge to people who need me.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I enjoy the classes and the cohort. I like surrounding by people who have the same interests and passions.

Vancouver

Sarbnoor Kaur

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I graduated from University of the Fraser Valley in 2020 and started a full time job at an Optometry.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to help people heal and bring a positive change in their lives.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about VCMT is my amazing cohort.

Vancouver

Simon Zhao

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Studying Kinesiology @ UBC.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

To be able to help people with their musculoskeletal problems while also developing the skillset to give amazing, relaxing massages to people who just want to be amazed and relaxed by a massage.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The nice, tightknit community, along with very supportive and kind professors/lecturers.

Vancouver

Kelly Lim

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before pursuing RMT, I graduated with a degree in International Business, had a long career as an international flight attendant and served the public as a 911 police emergency operator.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I really discovered the benefits of massage therapy when it helped me heal after car accidents, concussions, and sports injuries. I’ve always been fascinated about how things work and look forward to combining my knowledge of the body as a student-RMT in helping others achieve their wellness goals.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

Studying at VCMT, you really feel like everyone wants you to succeed. You’re not competing against your classmates but, in fact, your cohort feels like a second family because everyone is there for each other.

Surrey

Maria Nguyen

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I used to work as a customer care representative and billing coordinator.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I enjoy working with my hands and desired a more meaningful career where I can make a positive impact in another persons life.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about VCMT is the schools cohort community. Since our end goal is the same, classmates and even higher grades helps out one another so we can all succeed together.

New Westminster

Heather Stephens

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before I began my journey to become an RMT, I had gone to school to become a Veterinary Office assistant, then became a professional dog groomer in 2014. After many years working with animals, a career working with people seems like the best step forward!

Why do you want to be an RMT?

After many years helping animals I wanted to pursue a career where I can affect positive change to the people I encounter. After experiencing the healing hands of other RMTs I knew I wanted to do the same for others in the community!

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I love my classmates and the community around VCMT! Everyone is there for a common goal, and everyone is so supportive!

Nanaimo

Jackson James

Where are you from?

Originally I’m from Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to be able to help people directly with their problems, while also being able to have some flexibility with my schedule to have a good work/life balance!

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

So far it’s been the classmates in my cohort. It’s nice to have such a strong group of students to go through the program with.

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Richmond

Kate Balen

Where are you from?

I am from Richmond, B.C.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

As an athlete, I have always been fascinated by body mechanics, recovery and performance. RMTs have helped me deal with previous injuries and enhance my training, I have also see how massage therapy can help people heal from accidents, surgeries and manage stress. I want to be an RMT so I can help others the way my RMT’s have helped me.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about VCMT is the community. All of the students in all levels of the program are welcoming, kind and excited to see each other succeed. I also enjoy the practical aspect of the classes because I feel like I get lots of practice and am able to stay engaged.

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Maple Ridge

Jaden Shanley

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I was a coach at Studeo gyms.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I was so positively impacted by my RMT growing up and I want to be that person for others.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about VCMT is the welcoming staff and the community of the school.

Vancouver

Curtis Wong

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

After graduating from Spa Therapy School, I was hired as a body worker for a private massage spa in Kitsilano and have been working at the same place since. I have been actively practicing chair massages, foot massages, and body massages.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I enjoy the satisfaction of problem solving as well as coming up with long term solutions to relieve physical/mental pain and stress. I also want to place more focus and improve in my clinical knowledge of massage.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

The people and learning environment has a very positive and encouraging atmosphere. It is also only a 10 minute walk away from a Jollibee.

Seoul, Korea

Yoseph Jo

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before pursuing RMT, I studied Biomedical Physiology at Simon Fraser University.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I want to become an RMT to positively contribute to the societal health and wellness. Also, I want to work towards helping people to live a stress-free and pain-free life.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favorite thing about VCMT is my cohort and instructors. All of them are very kind and loving, always there to help when help is needed.

Burnaby

Rita Lin

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I have a background in dance and graduated from the UVIC psychology program this past year.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

Spending some time away from dance made me realize how much I enjoy staying active and would want a job where I don’t have to sit at a desk all day. I’ve always been passionate about helping others and have experienced first hand how RMT’s can have a positive impact on people’s lives.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about VCMT is how supportive and helpful the staff, instructors, and all the students are. Whether they be my own classmates or the upper levels everyone is always encouraging and helpful, really wanting you to succeed and excel in the program.

Vancouver

Josiah Passave

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

2nd year electrician.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

Love what the job entails including the people and environment.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

Favourite part would definitely be the faculty and students.

Toyama, Japan

Masa Egami

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Prior to joining this program, I had been in the hospitality industry for over 15 years. I enjoyed working at a hotel welcoming the guests from all over the world.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

As an avid soccer player and sports enthusiast, I have developed a keen interest in the human body from being injured countless times. Experience with injury rehabilitation inspired me to pursue a rewarding career which will allow me to assist people to maintain and improve their quality of life.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

I find that everyone at the school including administration, instructors, senior students, and my classmates are extremely helpful and supportive. I feel fortunate that I get to share my struggles and accomplishments with an amazing group of people.

Vancouver

Monica Choy

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

I was a chef prior to pursuing RMT.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I would like to help people be their best selves by improving mobility and circulation through massage therapy.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

VCMT cares and prepares me for success.

Burnaby

Jerry Yan

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What were you doing before pursuing RMT?

Before pursuing RMT, i graduated the B.Kin program at UBC and was working at Amazon as an Injury Prevention Specialist. I use to play collegiate volleyball for Douglas College and i’m currently training and competing regularly in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Why do you want to be an RMT?

I am interested in learning more about how the human body functions, different pathologies and ways massage therapists are able to treat and address these conditions. I hope to combine my previous knowledge and experiences with the education from VCMT to help others with their rehabilitation process or just improve their overall daily living.

What is your favourite thing about VCMT?

My favourite thing about VCMT has to be the instructors and the students. Everyone is very helpful and friendly.