Instructors

Instructors

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.

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 sacral 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.

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.

Daedrian Backus, RMT Instructor, Clinical Program Coordinator

Dae Backus

Dae Backus,RMT, graduated with her Diploma in Massage Therapy in 2004. Dae has 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 complete her Bachelor of Health Sciences through Thompson Rivers University. She enjoys learning, and completes as many post graduate courses as possible 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.

david-li-lam-imageDr. David Li Lam has taught Medical Sciences to both medical and nursing students in Cuba and the Republic of Yemen from 1986 to 1993. After moving to Canada in 1996, Dr. Lam brought his unique teaching style to several TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) schools in Vancouver. He joined Langara College in 1999. Dr. Lam has successfully helped students to  understand and apply western medical science paradigms to various alternative and complementary models of practice.

A core instructor in the Langara RMT program, Dr. Lam teaches academic subjects including: A&P (Anatomy & Physiology), Neurology, Pathology, and Integrated Care Management. He also teaches physical examination practices to Pharmacists, and teaches the A&P module for the Medical Aesthetics program.

  • Medical Doctor (MD) graduated in Havana, Cuba
  • First Degree Specialist in Human Anatomy
  • Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Dr.TCM)
  • Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

 

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, and loves sharing her passion with students interested in pursuing this field of study.

Ewa Ciecerska, RMT Instructor

Ewa graduated from the 3000 hour Registered Massage Therapy program at WCCMT in 2013. Ewa loves to work with people (young and old) from all walks of life in her busy family based practice in Vancouver. She has a particular interest in orthopaedic injuries and how massage therapy can play an important role in persistent pain managemen and loves continually learning through continuing education courses. Ewa’s excitement for learning led her to work at the Langara RMT program in the student clinic and as a TA. When not immersed at work, Ewa stays active and takes any chance there is to travel and explore the world. 

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:
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Jes Von Henzke, RMT Instructor

jes-vonhenzke-portraitJes Von Henzke graduated from the inaugural group of the Langara College RMT Program in 2015. After graduation, with nearly a decade of yoga teaching experience, she joined the faculty of the Yoga teacher training certificate program, developing and instructing the kinesiology componenet, and co-instructing the asana portion of the program. Jes runs her RMT practice out of a personal training facility in Vancouver, BC, where she is thrilled to help athletes achieve their goals. She has passion for helath and wellness, curiosity about human form and function, and eagerness to pass along her knowledge and insight. In her spare time, you can find Jes refining her strength and mobility movements at the gym, exploring the beaches and mountains of the world, or eating and laughing with her family and friends.

Josh Hergesheimer has been teaching college-level research courses since 2010. Josh graduated from the London School of Economics. He spent several years teaching at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy, and currently teaches as an instructor of research 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.

 

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 initially in palliative care. To find balance, she began exploring childbirth and women's health. Her current practice includes working with women during the childbearing year (pregnancy, labour, birth, postpartum, complicated pregnancies and complicated postpartum and post cesarean section treatment). Paula has taught at 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. Paula is inspired by the connections students can make when learning: within themselves, and their lived experience. She finds her work highly rewarding.

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 in health sciences, and 20 years experience in the massage therapy profession to his role as an instructor at Langara. 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. Randy embraces eastern vedantic practices of yoga, breath awareness and deep relaxation to maintain health and spiritual balance.

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 many 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 as a primary instructor for many years. Rhiannon is excited to be part of the RMT Diploma program at Langara College.

robert-hackwood-imageRobert Hackwood, a practicing RMT since 1992, has been teaching since 1994. He teaches and mentors Cranial Sacral Techniques (CST), TMJ seminars, Muscle Energy Technique (MET), Neuromuscular therapy (NMT), and Visceral Techniques. He has taught at a number of RMT colleges over the years as well. He loves studying and improving his skills in these areas as well as others. Robert has an inclusive approach to health, and looks at the individual as a complete being. Utilizing all his training to help restore homeostasis  each treatment can be very different from the last. He excels at helping the people that fall between the cracks in the medical system and figuring out the puzzle that is preventing that person from regaining their health. His training allows him to locate areas in the body that are requiring attention. Robert has been involved on a provincial level with the Provicincial licencing body, and was appointed to the Medical Services Commission Special Committee as the representative for Massage Therapy. He has written numerous articles on massage therapy, and given presentations to the massage therapy membership.

 

Shaina Loos, RMT Instructor

shaina-loos-imageShaina Loos attended the West Coast College of Massage Therapy's 3000 hour program and graduated in 2013. She has been practicing as a RMT for over many years, and has focussed her practice and post-graduate education on working with pre and post-natal women, and also trauma recovery.  Shaina's background as a yoga teacher also influences Shaina's approach to treatment. She is passionate about life-long learning, and supporting students to develop confidence, curiosity, and critical thinking skills. She joined the instructor team at Langara in 2018, and is honoured to be a part of the training of a new generation of therapists. 

 

stephanie-running-headshotStephanie Running is very proud to have been a part of Langara’s first class to graduate from Langara’s RMT Program in December 2015. During the Langara program she had an opportunity to work with athletes, persons with traumatic spinal cord injuries as well as the general public, including the elderly and hospice patients. She looks forward to expanding her knowledge base and meeting patients of every kind! Stephanie believes that finding the balance between therapeutic treatment and relaxation is paramount to creating the most effective health care plan for every patient. Stephanie looks forward to building her knowledge and giving back to the profession that she is so proud to be a part of!

 

Vesna Stajic, MD Instructor

vesna-stajic-headshotVesna Stajic, an MD (in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina) has practiced as Anesthesiologist from 1991 (Sarajevo-  Kladovo). She was the Head of the Anesthesiology and Post- surgery Intensive care and Trauma Unit for 10 years. After coming to Canada, Dr. Stajic was President and Educator at BC Multicultural Health Service Society in Vancouver from 2002 -2006. In 2004, Dr. Stajic became a specialist in Hyperbaric Oxygen–therapy and still practices at the Baro-Medical clinic in Burnaby, BC. She was the 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; Anatomy, Physiology; Pathology; Pharmacology/Medications; Surgery; and Biology courses at West Coast College of Massage Therapy. Vesna now teaches academic courses in the RMT Diploma program at Langara College.