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!
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.
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.
Kaitlin Coish is an enthusiastic and compassionate individual. Kaitlin has always wanted to be part of the Health Care professionsince 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.
Shannon completed her Foot Reflexology training in 2011 and decided to pursue a career as a Natural Wellness Practitioner. She then completed training in hand and ear Reflexology as well as Reiki.