Shelley Schroeder RMT
I became a massage therapist back in 2002.
After a few years of practice, I began to wonder if this really was the career for me. I took a break from the profession for a few years. I worked in several different jobs, in a call center, on a loading dock, in retail, and as a personal trainer. I discovered that what I enjoyed about being a trainer were the same things I enjoyed about being a massage therapist, and that I truly missed the ability to help people the way I could as a massage therapist.
In 2009, I satisfied the requirements of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, and became a Registered Massage Therapist once again. I found that this time around I had more passion for the profession. I used the knowledge I had gained about what others experience in the workplace to provide better treatment than I could have without that knowledge. I still see adult patients and I value their trust in my abilities to help them with headaches, frozen shoulder, muscle pain, or other soft tissue dysfunctions. I then discovered how much I enjoy working with children and decided to seek out specific education about treatment for children.
It was then that the proverbial lightning struck!
THIS! This is what I am meant to be doing. I feel it and see it every time I work with a new child, and I am able to help them with whatever their reason for seeking treatment may be. With every course I take, the more at home I feel. I really have discovered where I am supposed to be professionally.
Working with children is incredibly special. They are not just small versions of adults, they are still developing in many ways and need to be supported and treated in an age appropriate and developmentally appropriate manner. I have become a Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist through the Liddlekidz Foundation under the personal tutelage of Globally Recognized instructor Tina Allen. I have expanded my knowledge base as well, having taken the Advanced course, dealing more specifically with children with special health considerations, as well as massage for pediatric oncology and infant massage instruction.
When I am not treating patients or advocating for massage therapy for children, I am spending time with my husband Dave, and son Grayson in the great outdoors. We live on acreage outside the city, and it keeps us busy.
Bree Bouvier Gervais RMT
I began my career as a Registered Massage Therapist just over 10 years ago. What sparked my passion for this profession were my own injuries as a competitive dancer and deep desire to know more about how to recover. As I started treating patients I became more interested in certain aspects of treatment.
First I dove into Deep Tissue Therapy. This is where I learnt how to reach the deepest layers of tension hidden within the body. I know this might sound painful, but I promise it’s not! Over the many years of treating patients I’ve found this technique to be one of the most effective at treating chronic pain.
The next facet of my fascination in this field came CranioSacral Therapy. I first learned about this treatment when I experienced a car accident myself and required treatment. I was astonished with just how gentle yet effective of a technique this was and needed to learn and apply it ASAP to my patients. Concussions, birth traumas, falls and collisions that place an impact on and through the body have a great response to this kind of treatment. I have not met a person yet who could not benefit from this technique!
Lastly, I have some experience with Myofascial Release, Visceral Manipulation and Accupressure as extra accompaniments to my treatments that have further enhanced my work as an RMT.
I’m happily married to my husband Patrick! We have a beautiful son named Boston, and in my spare time (ha!) I enrich my mind and body in yoga and learning to garden
I look forward to working with you!
Bree Bouvier Gervais RMT
Jenna Hansen Childminder Extraordinaire
Hello, my name is Jenna. I’m a young, unique and funky mother to 3 amazing and busy little boys. I’ve spent the last 8 years being a stay at home mom whom organizes and juggles everything family and home related. I am a constant volunteer at my kids’ school and am friends with many of the students as well as most of the staff. I love reading, and have an artistic side and am not afraid to get down on the floor and play! I am trained in CPR and First Aid and have completed all checks required to work with little people. I look forward to entertaining and occupying your little one(s) while you take the needed time to relax and unwind in the qualified hands of our massage therapists.
Celine Lamarche Childminder Extraordinaire
Hi, I’m Celine. I’m fully bilingual – French and English and I’m a 21 year old Early Childhood Education student. I’ve just started my second year at Algonquin College. I’ve completed one placement working with toddlers and I absolutely believe I’ve chosen the right field for myself.
After high school, I went straight into university for Biochemistry which I loved in high school. Unfortunately, my love for that field did not continue after high school. I found it so difficult to complete my work because I truly was not passionate about what I was learning and found it incredibly dry and tiring. After 2 years, I finally decided to switch my sights to a field I had always found interesting, which is Early Childhood Education. My first year at Algonquin College just confirmed what I had thought about the field and I couldn’t be happier to have switched.
During my small amount of free time, I’m spending time with my family and friends. Traveling is another one of my passions. This summer, my boyfriend and I camped for a week in Fundy National Park in New Brunswick for Canada’s 150th anniversary. We traveled around New Brunswick to see Hopewell Rocks, which was amazing. I’ve also been to London and Canterbury in England and Paris, Vimy Ridge, Versailles, Normandy in France. My dream place to visit is Vatican City, Italy.