The CS Diploma in RMT program is led by a respected team of professional instructors who demand excellence in the application of techniques as well as in critical thinking. Practical training in both the student clinic and diverse outreach locations means that you are ensured every opportunity to apply and integrate your learning in a supervised setting.

Daedrian Backus, RMT Instructor, Clinical Program Coordinator

Dae Backus

Dae Backus,RMT, graduated with her Diploma in Massage Therapy in 2004. Dae taught in the RMT field since 2007 and is excited to be part of the Langara College RMT Program as both an instructor and as the Clinic Program Coordinator. Dae is currently working to completeher Bachelor of HealthSciences through Thompson Rivers University and takes as many post graduate courses as she can to stay current and involved in the industry. She owns a small practice in Coquitlam and enjoys working with a variety of clients and conditions including neurological disorders and chronic pain.

Annemarie Cote

After graduating and becoming a RMT in 1997, Annemarie Cote had the chance to work her dream job with Canadian Mountain Holiday (CMH) in one of their Helicopter skiing lodges. What a winter that was!
When the season was over, she decide to settle down in North Vancouver.  Annemarie enjoys working with a very diverse clientele, and has been teaching massage therapy since 2005.

Rhiannon Dawson

Rhiannon Dawson, BFA, RMT, is a graduate of both UBC and WCCMT (West Coast College of Massage Therapy). She has been in practice for 7 years, with a varied practice including focus on pre and post natal, rehabilitation, chronic pain, and stress reduction.  Passionate about learning, Rhiannon taught English overseas before becoming an RMT and has been teaching massage therapy for several years.  She is excited to be part of the RMT Diploma program at Langara College.

Ranjit Dhari, RN, BN, MSN, graduated from the University of Manitoba with her Bachelor of Nursing in 1980 and achieved her Masters of Science in Nursing from UBC in 2013.

Ms. Dhari is currently a lecturer in the undergraduate program of the UBC School of Nursing in courses focusing on Public Health, Population Health and Health Promotion. She has also facilitated students in clinical community settings. 

A long-time employee with Vancouver Coastal Health, Ms. Dhari has held various positions, including a leadership role as the Educator for Public Health Nurses in Vancouver communities. She is passionate about public health nursing, and received the CRNBC award of Excellence in Nursing Practice in 1995.

Jeanette Dobmeier

Jeanette Dobmeier, BSc, BHSc, RMT, SMT(C) has had a diverse educational background by graduating from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Minor in Psychology, the West Coast College of Massage Therapy and Thompson Rivers University. Jeanette has also completed an advanced certification in Sport Massage Therapy with the Canadian Sport Massage Therapist’s Association (CSMTA). Jeanette is currently serving on the National Board of Directors of the CSMTA as their Treasurer.

Jeanette has always been involved in sport in one way or another. Her many roles include a varsity athlete, coach, club founder and organizer, first aid attendant, athletic therapist and sport massage therapist. This diverse background has informed her passion for massage therapy and the role sport can play in everyday life. She has always strived to find a way to help all of her clients live pain-free and not only to achieve their goals but to excel, a passion she hopes to convey to her students. Learn more about Jeanette on her LinkedIn page:

Rick Girardeau

Rick Girardeau, BA, RMT, has been an RMT since March 2009, practicing in the downtown area of Vancouver.  He graduated from Massage Therapy, valedictorian of his class.  He has gained teaching experience as a Clinic Supervisor and TA in the area of Spinal Orthopaedics. In his spare time he has a regular yoga practice, volunteers in the community, enjoys running, hiking, cross-country skiing and weight training.

Heather Gittens

Heather Gittens, RMT is a Registered Massage Therapist who graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1997. Her ongoing, advanced, continuing education has included numerous courses over the past 15+ years, allowing Heather to focus in the fields of Craniosacral Therapy, Fascial Release Therapy & Visceral Manipulation. Visceral Manipulation is of particular interest as it is so profoundly effective in treatment for many common musculoskeletal issues, although not commonly thought of as originating from the organ or organ systems. Heather is committed to learning as well as educating and continues to study & teach within these areas.

Starting out as an assistant teacher at the West Coast College of Massage therapy in 2001, teaching quickly became a passion and soon thereafter Heather started to be the primary instructor for several courses at both beginner and advanced levels within the basic massage therapy program. During this time she also began and continues to teach Continuing Education workshops for massage therapists, physiotherapist & osteopaths as accredited by the CMT of BC.

In the fall of 2011, Heather began the process of starting up a new clinic, which opened in June 2012 as Bodhi Tree Wellness Centre.  The centre is a culmination of many years work, intention & influence that is a pure joy to bring into reality.

Tara Hedrich, RMT Instructor

Tara Hedrich

Tara Hedrich graduated from a Massage Therapy program in 2005, and was the recipient of the Joe Koscak Memorial Award and class co-valedictorian. Since graduation, she has been working at a multi-disciplinary clinic in Burnaby and enjoys working with colleagues to help patients improve their ability to function.

Treatment areas of interest include: Myofascial release, Trigger Point therapy, pre/post natal and TMJ dysfunction. Tara taught for several years in Massage Therapy and is excited to become part of the Langara team of RMT instructors.

Paula Jaspar

Paula Jaspar, MEd, RMTgraduated from West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1997, and completed a Masters of Education from Simon Fraser University in 2015.

In private practice since graduation, Paula’s focus was first in palliative care, and to find balance, she began a journey into birth work and women's health.  Her current area of practice is women's health, primarily working with women during the childbearing year (pregnancy, labour, birth, postpartum, complicated pregnancies and complicated postpartum and post cesarean section treatment).  

Her teaching has included local and international conferences, the Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage, WCCMT, Douglas College and women's health post graduate courses. Her work has been published in the International Journal of Massage and Bodywork, the DONA International Journal, the BC Massage Matters magazine, Today's Parent, Vancouver Sun, National Post and on Dr. Don's radio show.

She is inspired by the connections students can make when learning, both within themselves and their lived experiences, and finds her work highly rewarding.

Elli Klaus, RMT Instructor

Elli Klaus

Elli Klaus graduated from SFU (2000) and West Coast College (2006) and has experience treating a wide range of conditions and pathologies. Elli started her career with a heavy focus on athletic treatment (treating professional and amateur athletes) but has since broadened her spectrum of modalities and applications. Elli's passion for her career led her to teach Massage therapy in 2008 with a focus on Athletic and Spinal/Orthopedic Treatment, Clinical Assessment, as well as clinic instruction for an MS Inreach program and general clinic experience. In her spare time Elli loves to travel the world, walk her pugs, do yoga and run.

Dawn Leonard, RMT Instructor

Dawn Leonard

Dawn Leonard, RMT brings over 20-years of experience as a Registered Massage Therapist. She has a passion for education, and is completing her Provincial Instructors Diploma at Vancouver Community College. As an RMT Dawn sees a variety of clients with a focus on women’s health. She has spent many years educating women on breast heatlh and working with women undergoing breast cancer treatments. Dawn also teaches the Introduction to Massage Therapy course.

Jennifer O'Sullivan, BHSc, RMT RMT Program Coordinator

Jennifer O'Sullivan, RMT has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2003; she has maintained a varied clinical practice in the lower mainland since registering with the CMTBC. With an interest in furthering her education, she completed her Bachelor of Health Science through Thompson Rivers University in 2010. Jennifer joined Langara in 2012 and was instrumental in Langara’s decision to develop a massage therapy curriculum.

Randy Persad

Randy Persad, MEd, RMT, brings his diverse experience in the design and delivery of massage therapy curriculum to Langara’s Diploma in Registered Massage Therapy. The former Dean of Education of a massage therapy school, he is thrilled to bring his eclectic background and experiences in the health sciences and 20 years experience in the massage therapy profession to his role as an instructor and curriculum advisor at Langara. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Education (MEd) at Simon Fraser University BC.

Randy has a clinical practice in Port Moody, BC. and his preferred areas of practice include:

  • preventative health care and mental wellbeing
  • stress management, breath awareness and relaxation therapy
  • myofascial therapy for musculoskeletal rehabilitation, scar tissue management, respiratory health, and sports and athletic injuries
  • women’s health including pregnancy and post partum, C-Section scar rehabilitation, and pelvic floor muscular retraining

He embraces eastern vedantic practices of yoga, breath awareness and deep relaxation to maintain his health and spiritual balance.

Eryn Price

Eryn Price RMT, IEHP graduated with honours from WCCMT in 2010 from the 3000 hour RMT program and has been teaching massage therapy since 2012. She also completed the 3 year Integrative Energy Healing program from Langara College in 2008, as well as being certified in Esoteric Soul Healing in 2005. She is a big believer in health wellness and lives her lifestyle to reflect that, incorporating daily exercise, meditation and time with loved ones as priorities, alongside a thriving massage therapy and energy work practice. Eryn is proud to be a new member of the Langara team, teaching practical skills in the clinical department to eager students at Langara College

Ann Sleeper, RMT Instructor

Ann Sleeper

Ann Sleeper became an RMT in 1981. She became interested in learning osteopathic techniques and concepts, and now uses Muscle Energy Technique, cranial technique, myofascial release and visceral manipulation in her practice. From 1990 to 2005, she regularly took continuing education courses at the Ursa Foundation in Edmonds, Washington. The Ursa Foundation offered courses on Muscle Energy Technique, Positional Release Technique and myofascial release to PTs and RMTS, taught by an osteopathic physician.

Ann has taught continuing education courses on Muscle Energy Technique and other techniques since the early 1990s. She has worked at several massage therapy schools providing short courses in Muscle Energy Technique and myofascial release. Ann was a member of the Board of the RMTs' licensing organization for four years in the 1980s and was on the Scope of Practice Committee for ten years.

Vesna Stajic, MD Instructor

 Vesna Stajic graduated as an MD in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a specialty in Anesthesia and Resuscitation (Serbia) and practiced as Anesthesiologist from 1991 (Sarajevo-  Kladovo). She was  Head of the Anesthesiology and Post- surgery Intensive care and Trauma Unit for 10 years (G.H. Kladovo, Serbia). After coming to Canada, Dr. Stajic was President and Educator at BC Multicultural Health  Service Society in Vancouver from 2002 -2006.

During 2004, Dr. Stajic became a Specialist in Hyperbaric oxygen–therapy (Long Beach Memorial Hospital -Dept. of Hyperbaric Medicine) and practiced as a Hyperbaric oxygen–therapy specialist at the Baro-Medical clinic in Burnaby, BC for 5 years. She was Research coordinator for the UBC Endocrinology department (CEMCOR) on a Progesterone double blind study from 2006 to 2010.

Dr. Stajic's teaching experience includes:  

  • Medical Instructor diploma in 1994 (Kladovo, Serbia)
  • Instructed and provided professional support to Medical doctors and Technicians.
  • Has taught Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Pharmacology/Medications, Surgery, and Biology courses at West Coast College of Massage Therapy (2004-2014)
  • Currently teaches academic courses in the RMT Diploma program at Langara College.


Martin Williams is a graduate of the 3000 hour Registered Massage Therapy program and a registrant of the College of Massage Therapy of British Columbia, since 2003. While in private practice, he has taught and developed curriculum for an accredited college of massage therapy and executed the anatomical illustrations for educational texts within the profession. Currently he is an instructor in Langara College’s Massage Therapy Program while he continues his career as a visual artist and Registered Massage Therapist.

Josh Hergesheimer has been teaching college-level research courses since 2010. He spent several years at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy, and currently works as an instructor at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. He has two post-graduate social science degrees, and has worked as a journalist, book editor and sheep farmer.


Erin Hannah, RMT Instructor

Erin Hannah graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy (2001). 

Her love of learning ignited, Erin continues to explore a variety of treatment modalities, with the predominate post-graduate courses based in osteopathy.  Her practice in Vancouver integrates myo-fascial release, craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, and trigger point techniques.  Throughout her career Erin has worked with a wide range of clients, with a special interest in supporting childbearing women and families before, during and after birth.  Erin incorporates her practice and knowlege of yoga, pilates and therapeutic movement to encourage clients towards healthier lifestyles and body awareness. 

Erin loves her work as a massage therapist, and is pleased to join the faculty and students at Langara.  Outside of massage therapy, Erin loves to run, practice yoga and spend time with her family travelling.