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.

 

adrienne-jackman-imagePracticing since 2006, Adrienne Jackman has a wide reach of professional experience. From luxury spas to private sport clinics, her approach to massage has evolved to include both orthopedic and petrissage techniques. Within a single treatment the intention is to affect an impactful change in the body, while creating a sense of relaxation for her client.

Since that time she has enjoyed a career primarily focused on rehabilitative treatment, working with boxers and MMA fighters; soccer, baseball, and football players; competitive bodybuilders and triathletes; as well as weekend warriors and so-called 'desk jockeys'. In keeping with her practice, she has grown adept at orthopedic assessment and therapeutic exercise. Adrienne believes accurate assessment is the first step in treatment, while therapeutic exercise paves the road to recovery.

Since completing her education in 2005, her Continuing Education has spanned from rehabilitation of Spinal Cord Injuries, to Osteopathic Mobilizations and Fascial Release, to Movement and Exercise Therapy.

She is excited and honoured to be included on the Langara team.

Ann Sleep, 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.

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 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.

david-li-lam-imageDr. David Li Lam, From 1986 to 1993, Dr. Lam taught Medical Sciences to medical and nursing students in both Cuba and the Republic of Yemen.

After moving to Canada, Dr. Lam brought his unique teaching style to several TCM Colleges in Vancouver (since 1996) and to the Langara College (since 1999). Dr. Lam has successfully assisted students understand and apply western medical sciences paradigms to different alternative and complementary models of practice.

 At the Langara College RMT program, Dr. Lam is currently teaching academic subjects including A&P, Neurology, Pathology and Care Management. He also teaches Physical Examination practices to Pharmacists and 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.

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.

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.

 

 

Ewa Ciecerska, RMT Instructor

Ewa graduated from the 3000 hour Registered Massage Therapy program at WCCMT in 2013. Ewa loves to work with people from all walks of life, young and old, 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 graduate 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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

robert-hackwood-imageRobert Hackwood has been a practicing RMT since 1992 and 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 several different courses at different RMT colleges over the years as well. He is constantly studying and improving his skills in these areas as well as others.

 

Robert has an inclusive approach to health. He looks at the individual as a complete being. Utilizing all his training to help restore homeostasis (balance to the whole body on all levels) each treatment may 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 see and feel a person’s body to help locate the areas that are requiring attention.

 

He has sat on the licencing body of the profession and was appointed to the Medical Services Commission Special Committee for Massage Therapy. He has written articles on massage therapy and given presentations to the massage therapy membership.

 

Shaina Loos, RMT Instructor

shaina-loos-imageShaina 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 5 years, and has focussed her practice and post-graduate education on working with pre and post-natal bodies and trauma recovery.  Her background as a yoga teacher also informs Shaina's approach to treatment.  Shaina is passionate about life-long learning, and supporting students to develop their 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 is very proud to have been a part of Langara’s first class to graduate from Langara’s Registered Massage Therapy program. She acquired her RMT diploma in December of 2015 and passed her board exams the following spring. During the program she had an opportunity to work with athletes, those 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 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.