Thanks for checking out our bios! Here you will be able to get a glimpse of what our therapists are like, and what they specialize in and are passionate about. Over the last 7 years I have realized that massage therapy is about finding the right therapist for each person. It has been my dream to create a space that facilitates a ‘win win’ relationship. Simply put, I really want each person to find the therapist that suits their individual needs. I’ve tried to accomplish this by creating a safe welcoming space and choosing a pretty awesome and diverse staff that love what they do and truly care about their clients.
So please read on and find the best RMT for you!
B.A., R.M.T., Owner
This dream adventure started at the tail end of my 2nd year excursion in Asia. I was in a small village in northern Thailand in late 2003 taking a course. It was hot, and sadly there were political debates causing strife. The women teaching the course were lovely, welcoming and really care. It didn’t feel like they had to – it was simply their nature to. Regardless of the violence surrounding them, they nurtured and taught what they knew to be true with smiles, laughs and warm hands.
Years prior to this experience I was in a pretty bad car accident and riddled with pain. At that time Massage Therapy helped me enormously. I was able to move! So I didn’t view massage as a fluffy, phony or hollow job. I knew how powerful it could be, but it went deeper than that. There was something about the zone those women created. The atmosphere and environment just felt comfortable. I felt good just by being there and they felt good you were there too. It seemed as though everyone, even just for few moments, could leave the chaos outside and get into their bodies and just breathe.
It was about the fifth day into the course when my ‘eureka moment’ happened. Massage was what I was going to do and I knew I was going to create a space like that.
This new direction got me pretty pumped because I realized that helping people made me feel good too. It was just innate in me. From that day I was captivated and hell bent determined to make this dream come true. I wanted to be a therapist and create a zone I would want to spend time in. I wanted to create a zone that facilitated helping.
Since that eureka moment, I came back to Canada, went to school, graduated and worked in a few clinics. Then, in the winter of 2009, opened Grimsby Massage Therapy Clinic. Since its beginning, that idea of creating ‘win win’ relationships has been our mantra and our belief. This is how we choose staff, partners, suppliers… everything. It is why we feel it is important to find what makes you feel good. We hope we can provide that for you and wish you the best on your journey to find whatever it is that makes you feel good.
Julie is an honours graduate from Medix School for the Massage Therapy program. Prior to attending Medix, Julie attended Conestoga College and earned a diploma in 2005 for Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy. Julie does not only do the manual therapy but she will recommend self care tips and home care exercises. Julie has been working in the healthcare field for 7 years mainly as a physiotherapy assistant which has provided her with exceptional knowledge in rehabilitation.
Julie also has a background in fitness and recreation and she is a qualified personal trainer, lifeguard, and swim instructor. She has gained experience in many health care settings, including long term care, hospital, clinic, and in the community.
Lisa is an honours graduate of the Massage Therapy program at the Ontario College of Health and Technology in Stoney Creek. She also holds an Honours B.A. in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario. In between university and her massage therapy program, she spent time travelling the world, eventually settling in Dubai, United Arab Emirates for 7 years. Working abroad in a culturally diverse environment gave her invaluable life experience! Yet she always knew that something would lead her to return home. Massage Therapy was that thing. A career in a health care is what makes her tick.
Lisa has always been motivated by helping others to improve, whether through the recovery of injury or management of pain. Being able to be an integral part of helping clients reach their goals has been a very rewarding experience. Her schooling has made her a well rounded therapist. Clinical experience in the assessment of injuries, rehabilitation and a variety of massage techniques adds to her friendly approach. She is also certified in Indie Head Massage!
With over 12 years of international experience working abroad luxury cruise liners and 5 star properties in the Middle East, Anthony is very customer service oriented!
Graduating from Sir Sandford Fleming College in Peterborough, Anthony has held an active Massage Therapy registration with the CMTO since 2003. He began his professional career in 2003 when he opened the doors to his own practice with the Bobcaygeon Medical & Health Centre where he specialized in soft tissue manipulations, sports injuries and MVA’s.
With the desire to travel and diversify his professional career, Anthony was recruited by Steiner Transocean Ltd. where he left his practice to work abroad Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruise Line for 3 years. With the ‘travel bug’ still prevalent, Anthony and wife moved to the United Arab Emirates where he was acting managing director of leisure for 5 star spas and health clubs affiliated with the local Rotana resort chains.
With a little one on the way Anthony and wife moved back to Canada. His professional skills, knowledge, and class act attitude are the building blocks of his rejuvenating and relaxing treatments.
Malina is a graduate of Kikkawa College in Toronto. Over the past 12 years she has worked in a variety of massage therapy environments which have developed her skills from gentle relaxation to therapeutic treatments. She is certified in hot stone massage and reflexology. She has also rounded out her skills with training in myofascial release and deep tissue techniques. Malina, who is a native of Grimsby, worked and lived in the GTA but decided to settle her family and put roots in her home town.
Stefanie Kuhlmann graduated from the Ontario College of Health and Technology in May of 2009. She was registered shortly after and began work at a family oriented chiropractic clinic in the Niagara Falls area, where the primary patient base was pregnant women and new moms.
Then in November 2010, Stefanie relocated to Kitchener and began work at a massage therapy and acupuncture clinic. Depending on the scenario, Stefanie typically integrates acupuncture into a massage therapy session so that both modalities are utilized and there is also less importance placed on Qi (Ch-ee) and more on evidence based findings.
Since starting her career, Stefanie has gained hands on experience, not only in acupuncture but also with prenatal massage. Stefanie has also become very familiar with providing treatment for short and long term pain brought about by acute injuries and chronic stressors such as poor posture, repetitive motion and workplace ergonomics. She is also rather passionate about providing treatment for headache/migraines.
Osteopath – Manual Practitioner
Vladimir Savvateikin is a former competitive athlete, his passion in sport and extensive knowledge of the human anatomy help him achieve great results in his practice. He earned his Bachelor Degree in Physical Education in 1987.
As an Osteopath, Registered Massage Therapist and Certified Personal Trainer he spent thousands of hours working in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, health and sports clubs with patients of all ages.
He strongly believe that the human body is a complete unit and a self-regulating and self-healing mechanism. With comprehensive knowledge of body mechanics and decades of hands-on experience he helps many people restore their complete body function.
Samantha studied Kinesiology at the University of Western in London, where she then studied to become a licensed R.M.T. Her many years of practice has allowed her to become especially valuable in health care. Samantha is extremely personable and will make anyone feel at ease in her presence. She makes it her mission to have you leave Grimsby Massage feeling relaxed and rejuvenated! She is capable of a 2/5 to a 5/5 on the strength scale. She is excellent for those looking for a way to unwind and loosen up.
On her free time, Samantha plays softball over the weekends. She also is an avid gym goer. By remaining active and participating in various sports, she is always full of energy which she is able to put towards massage!
Growing up in Asia, she originally started off as an accountant in China; however she soon realized her strengths lay else where. Yanan found massage therapy and realized it is a career that plays on her abilities which allows her to shine! She moved to Canada four years ago, and is fluent in both Mandarin and English.
Yanan is the strong silent type. She is eager to show off her R.M.T. skills to the clients here at the Grimsby Massage Therapy Clinic. On a 1-5 pressure scale (5 being the deepest pressure), Yanan can do anywhere from a 2 to a 5. Even though she is small, her power is mighty!
B.A. Kin (Hons), RMT, R.Kin, CAT(C), Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Provider
Valerie graduated from York University with a Specialized Honours Bachelor degree in Kinesiology and Health Sciences as well as a Certificate in Athletic Therapy. She then earned her Diploma in Massage Therapy from the Ontario College of Health and Technology, and her Contemporary Medical Acupuncture certification from McMaster University.
Valerie has also completed additional certifications in Soft Tissue Release, Stretch Therapy and Kinesotaping. Throughout the years she has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of populations including weekend warriors, minor and provincial league football, hockey, soccer and rugby players, cheerleaders, gymnasts, professional dancers, OHL, CFL and NHL athletes.
She is currently enrolled at the Canadian College of Osteopathy working towards her Diploma in Osteopathy.
Valerie believes in the body’s natural ability to self regulate and heal itself. Her treatments aim to restore function and balance to the body by treating the causes of pain and dysfunction.
Madelyne grew up here in Grimsby. Split between her love for theatre and her interest in health care, she accepted an offer and small scholarship to the the Bachelor of Nursing Science at Queen’s University but after one year, she left to complete a full degree (Bachelor of Arts with Honours) in Theatre Studies at York University.Following her graduation, she explored various employment environments, such as group homes and community involvement programs for people with mental illness, coaching sailing, and retail/sales. This time away from school and personal development brought her back to health care ultimately.
Madelyne’s positive and nurturing disposition and love for body sciences made Massage Therapy the perfect choice for her professional path forward! As a new RMT, Madelyne is grateful to have the opportunity to rehabilitate and heal. A lifelong passion for the sport of sailing has taken her all across Canada as an instructor over the last 9 years. She is now a Learning Facilitator for Sail Canada, evaluating and mentoring young, incoming instructors and coaches. Here at Grimsby Massage Therapy Clinic, Madelyne hopes to contribute to an improved quality of life for her clients, and thanks you for your trust and consideration!
- Services and Providers
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- Saying goodbye to Diana
We would like to regretfully inform you that Diana Bridges, Licensed Acupuncturist, will no longer be working with us. We can only wish her the best of luck in her future challenges. We will be looking to replace Diana in the near future.
- Welcome Madelyne to our team!
Grimsby Massage Therapy Clinic would like to officially welcome R.M.T Madelyne Maingot to our team! Madelyne is an awesome addition to our already incredible team of massage therapists and practitioners. Book an appointment with Madelyne today by visiting our website or calling the clinic at 905-309-8694.