|About - Association Contacts||The RMTAO is a not-for-profit organization that is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who are members of the profession of massage therapy. The day-to-day operations of the Association are managed by a staff of three full time employee and one part-time employee.|
The Board is also responsible for setting governing policies for the organization and establishing position statements on matters of importance impacting the profession.
To contact members of the Board of Directors on strategic matters or to let your views be known on issues facing the profession of massage therapy, please e-mail the RMTAO at email@example.com, or write the RMTAO Office. You may also contact members of the Board of Directors at the e-mail addresses noted below or, if they have made their contact information public, in the RMTAO On-line Member Directory. All communication sent to the RMTAO Board of Directors are filed by members of the Board with the RMTAO Office in accordance with record retention policies of the organization.
The Members of the 2018 Board of Directors are:
Krystin Bokalo, BAHSc., CAT(C), RMT
Chair of the Board
Krystin has been practicing massage therapy since graduating from the Ontario College of Health and Technology in 2009. Before this, she obtained her Bachelor of Applied Health Sciences in Athletic Therapy from Sheridan College.
Krystin joined the RMTAO in 2009 and has worked at several multidisciplinary clinics in Burlington and Georgetown, which complement her interest in sports injuries. She also has a strong background in insurance, particularly MVAs, and has previously worked with a company that assesses accident benefits claimants.
Jennifer Hewitt, RMT
Jennifer joined the RMTAO in 2005 as a student member. After graduating from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2007 she has been working within a busy rehab setting as well as running a home-based clinic: RMT4HLTH Massage Clinic.
In addition to completing her massage therapy diploma, Jenn has also completed the OBIA brain injury basics course, Tracey Walton’s oncology massage therapy course and received the RMTAO Certificate of Excellence in Assessment.
Jenn is passionate about her field and dedicated to her community. She volunteers time as a member of the Georgian College Massage Therapy Program Advisory Committee and is the coordinator for the Barrie Community Based Network. Jenn is also the instructor of the WSIB portion of the RMTAO course: Insurance Reimbursements for RMTs – a course designed to help RMTs navigate the WSIB system.
Victoria Johnson, RMT
Since entering the profession, Victoria has taken on a teaching role. She has dedicated herself to educating both her clients and the public about the benefits of Massage Therapy. That role has enabled her to provide one-on-one training with current and future Massage Therapy students.
The clinic she works for has many other therapists and Victoria has focused on implementing monthly CEU events there. This allows her colleagues to collaborate in learning and reviewing Massage Techniques while also encouraging teamwork.
Victoria believes that education is an important task for RMTs, and will advocate transparency between the profession and the public. She hopes to bring new ideas and will work hard to be of service to RMT’s across the province.
Darren Nixon, RMT
Darren graduated from Sutherland-Chan in 1997. He started out at a home based clinic, but has been working at Hespeler Chiropractic Clinic since 2000. He also has a long relationship with the Community Living Association in Cambridge and does regular outcall work for them, treating people with physical and cognitive disabilities. This is something which brings him great professional and personal satisfaction.
Darren joined the provincial association, then known as the OMTA, shortly after graduating. He was involved with the Waterloo Region chapter of RMTs until 2003, serving the last two years as president. Darren has missed being involved in advocacy work and is excited to be involved in a new chapter with the RMTAO.
Melanie Levesque (Henry-Hayden), BSc, RMT, MBA
Melanie runs a home-based massage therapy practice, treating diverse populations of clients with various pathological conditions. Melanie is also employed full-time at Conestoga College, where she manages an Inter-professional team of health professionals that support the curricular activities of Conestoga’s health sciences programs.
Melanie has a passion for healthcare, and her experience in organizational planning, strategy identification, and stakeholder engagement have led to her volunteer position as a board member of Traverse Independence, as well as the RMTAO. Melanie enjoys supporting change initiatives within the context of healthcare, and engaging in strategies that make impactful outcomes. As such, she is excited to work with the amazing and dynamic RMTAO Board of Directors.
Stacey Shipwright, BA(Hons), RMT
Stacey is interested in and participates in massage therapy research. She is the author and co-author of a number of papers including a chapter in the book Massage Therapy: Integrating Research and Practice.
As well as an advanced diploma in Massage Therapy, Stacey has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy with an emphasis in applied ethics from Trent University.
Darren T. Stevens, BPHE, MA, RMT
With a strong passion for the profession of massage therapy, Darren is a proud graduate of Centennial College and has been practicing since 2002. Having worked with varsity sports teams and in many other settings, he is always looking for new experiences within the profession. Darren is excited to be involved with the RMTAO Board of Directors and looks forward to learning as much as he can to assist in elevating the profession of Massage Therapy.
Mary Tzianas, RMT, RRPr
Mary graduated from ICT Northumberland College in 2003. She has worked in different locations in the spa industry and more recently at Hespeler Community Chiropractic Centre.
For several years, Mary also worked at Sun Life Financial's head office as a Business Solutions Consultant where she worked closely with subject matter experts to identify and create process improvements. This involved examining existing documentation and making appropriate updates that complied with new and innovative technologies (ie – Telus Health e-claim procedures).
This experience at Sun Life Financial impressed upon her the need in any situation to express ideas and goals clearly, and the difference that clear and concise communication can make in furthering professional relationships and achieving goals. Massage therapy has done and continues to do wonderful things for practitioners and patients alike, and Mary is happy to be serving on the RMTAO board where she can apply her knowledge and further the vision for this amazing profession.
The RMTAO exists in order to advance the massage therapy profession in Ontario. Improvements in the ability of Registered Massage Therapists to provide quality care will improve the health of the people of Ontario whom the profession serves.
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