As a graduate with honours from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy, Melissa began her career in Alberta where she specialized in working with pre/post natal clients as well as clients trying to conceive. Prior to becoming a Registered Massage Therapist Melissa offered services as a labour and delivery Doula, Reiki practitioner and Wholistic Therapist. Preferring to be closer to home and family she has returned to the Kitchener/Waterloo area!About Melissa
Claire is a graduate of Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy. She is a licensed massage therapist with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. While at school Claire studied pathology, anatomy, physiology, neurology, and many courses leading to an extensive in-depth knowledge of the human body.
Dr. Tara graduated with distinction from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. She went on to complete four years of extensive study at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College where she graduated cum laude and with clinic honours in 2015. Dr. Tara also holds certification in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University, and in Webster Technique from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.About Dr. Tara
A self-proclaimed “anatomy- geek”, Pam Lawson chose to follow her dream and graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in May 2018. With a passion for women’s and family health, she has seen first-hand the benefits of massage on those suffering from chronic pain, respiratory disease as well as digestive concerns. While in school, she built on her education with a placement with Trimesters prenatal course in Toronto, having the opportunity to work with high risk, post-partum and labouring mothers at Sunnybrook Hospital.About Pam
Kaitlin Coish is an enthusiastic and compassionate individual. Kaitlin has always wanted to be part of the Health Care profession since an early age, inspired from volunteering with emergency services. Kaitlin provided volunteer services in the health and rehabilitation of young athletes in many regional programs including the following: Waterloo Regional Police: Chicopee Outreach program,Waterloo District School Board - Competitive Women’s Volleyball, and the Troubled Youth program with the Kitchener Fire Department.
Suzie comes to Encompass Health and Wellness after a long career in this region’s Social Services sector; a compliment to her undergraduate studies in Social Behavioral Sciences and Special Education. She has vast experience in working with those affected by trauma, mental health, and addictions. She believes whole heartedly in “community” as a form of rehabilitation, and has dedicated herself to advocating for inclusion initiatives in our region. Suzie continues to work with individuals and their families with supportive needs, and volunteers with various local organizations.
I started my career working with athletes, mostly marathon runners to help prepare and maintain their training form, and those individuals working with the biggest cause of chronic postural habits; desk workers and helping to correct these stressors. I’ve combined techniques of therapeutic and sports massage including: trigger point therapy, deep & soft tissue release, facilitated stretching and passive movements to promote and further the client’s care.
Patti did her undergrad in her 40's and her Master's in her 50's (and contemplates a PhD in her 60's) and is a good example that it's never too late to learn and grow. Patti works with individuals and all the relationships in their lives. Relationships with themselves, partners, family, their environment or life itself.
Iven is a graduate of Tyndale University in Toronto and a registered psychotherapist with years of wide-ranging experiences providing psychotherapy to all ages. After finishing his master’s degree studying psychotherapy, he moved his family to the KW and has never looked back; calling it his home and loving what he does as he supports individuals in their mental wellness journey to thrive!
Nadia Qahwash graduated from York University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree and specialization in Kinesiology. Throughout her high school and undergraduate degree, Nadia adopted a passion for health, the human body and helping others around her reach their physical potential. Hoping to make an impact in her community she applied to the Physical Therapy program and was accepted to Queen’s University and graduated in the summer of 2016.
Aleta is a registered social worker (BSW, RSW), birth doula, prenatal yoga teacher and is completing her childbirth education training.