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Massage Therapists2020-02-21T15:28:03+00:00
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NICOLE FINLAYSON RMT, REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST

Nicole was born and raised on Vancouver Island. In 2013 she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Athletic and Exercise Therapy from Camosun College and went on to pursue a career as a strength and conditioning coach. With the desire to help people with a hands-on approach she completed her diploma from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in the summer of 2019.

Nicole is passionate about helping clients return to and continue the activities they love with confidence. Her treatments are evidence-based and incorporate a whole-body approach. Initial assessments are centered on creating a personalized plan to optimize each individual recovery.

Treatment modalities commonly incorporated into her practice include a range of passive and active techniques including: Swedish massage, trigger point pressure and pin and stretch. Treatments conclude with self-management strategies including exercise therapy and hydrotherapy recommendations.

In her spare time, you will find Nicole outdoors hiking, trail running, cycling and spending time with friends and family.

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SHELBY ROSE RMT, REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST

Shelby’s passion for massage therapy stems from her lifelong love of science and her desire to help others. Her thorough understanding of the human body allows her to assess and treat a wide variety of conditions confidently and effectively.

Shelby’s treatment style is very direct and sometimes requires frequent communication to ensure her patient’s comfort during intense techniques. She typically uses trigger point release, active and passive pin and stretch, low grade joint mobilizations, and Swedish massage techniques in her treatments. She is known for her use of deep pressure, however, she can adjust to meet each individual patient’s needs. Shelby believes that therapeutic exercise and stretching techniques are an important part of the healing process and carefully prescribes personalized home care to all of her patients.

When not practicing massage, Shelby spends most of her time riding horses, hiking with her dog, and working on completing a degree in health science.

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MICHAEL BARSS RMT, REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST

Michael graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2015. He has a passion for helping others maintain and elevate their health by reinforcing an active and healthy lifestyle. Michael works with each client’s individual needs to help them continue to perform activities at the level that helps bring them purpose and happiness in every day life. With structure and function in mind, Michael aims to help you bring balance into your life.

Michael’s interests include mountain biking, snowboarding, surfing, skim boarding, and hiking. Michael is always aiming to progress and gain a better understanding of the sports he loves so that he may treat his clients using a greater base of knowledge and understanding in clinic. Whether you are just beginning an active lifestyle or are an elite athlete, Michael will work with your goals and abilities moving forward together.

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MICHELLE BIRTWELL RMT, REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST

Michelle grew up in Kingston, Ontario and moved out west to pursue a degree of Human Kinetics from UBC. After graduating she worked for the next 6 years as a high performance Sport Analyst for the Canadian Sport Institute.

Switching gears, Michelle pursued a career as a Registered Massage Therapist and graduated in 2014 from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. There she discovered a new passion for helping clients through manual therapy. In her practice, Michelle focuses on deep tissue release and fascial techniques. When not massaging, Michelle trains and competes in Crossfit and loves to be outdoors. Michelle joined the Fix Selkirk team in February 2016.

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MORTON DENNIS RMT, REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST

Morton graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2008, completing the 3,000 hour program. He has been a registered member of the College of Massage Therapists of BC since April 2009.

Morton treats people with a wide range of concerns, including: sprains, strains or overuse injuries, chronic pain, digestive problems, systemic conditions such as arthritis and diabetes, headaches, ICBC claims, and more. He is motivated to help people achieve their best, whether that is recovery from an injury or maintaining a healthy body. Morton is an avid cyclist and dedicated father of two.

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ANITA SCHAUFELBUHL RMT, REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST

Anita graduated from the 3000 hour program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2007, and joined the Fix team in the fall of 2014.

She is known for her deep muscle work in her massage practice and integrates a modified trigger point therapy approach to her treatments. Areas of interest in her practice include neck and shoulder work, treating headaches, and treating forearm dysfunction such as carpal tunnel. She also has a strong interest in abdominal work for women’s health.

When not at Fix, Anita enjoys spending time with her family and handsome baby boys, gardening, playing ice hockey, and taking beautiful photos.

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DIANA BUCKLAND RMT, REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST

Diana became a registered massage therapist in November 2013 and is delighted to be a part of a profession that gives her great satisfaction while making a difference for others. She is a cyclist, a hiker and loves being out in the elements. Recently relocated to Victoria from the mainland, she and her partner are taking on boating as a new adventure.

Her approach to massage is client-centred; listening is one of the most valuable skills she can provide and she enjoys collaborating with patients to come up with ongoing home-care goals that are simple and applicable to their daily lives. Conditions she has experience treating include general body tension and aches, sports and repetitive strain injuries, stress and chronic pain conditions, pre and post natal, scar tissue, neurological conditions including MS and cerebral palsy, and arthritis. She is particularly interest in treating hand, foot, neck and shoulder complaints and injuries and her treatment style has a strong focus on myofascial release using trigger point therapy and passive/active stretching techniques. She looks forward to treating you!

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ELSPETH FINLAY RMT, REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST

**February 2020: Please note that Elspeth is currently on maternity leave and will be returning to her practice in 2021.  Elspeth graduated from The West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2017 and has done additional training in Myofascial Release, Dermoneuromodulation, and various exercise modalities. She loves working with people of all ages, health histories and backgrounds. She prioritizes giving individualized treatments based each patient’s unique goals. She aims to help relieve specific symptoms as well as addressing underlying patterns of strain or imbalance.

Elspeth has a special interest in helping people with systemic health concerns such as respiratory, autoimmune and neurological issues, and chronic pain. With a background as a competitive tennis player, she appreciates how effective manual therapy can be at supporting athletic performance, and helping to prevent and resolve chronic injuries.

She values working in collaboration with a multidisciplinary health care team to provide thorough and consistent care to each person. Elspeth requests that patients bring exercise clothing (such as loose shorts and a sports bra) to their sessions, so that movement can be incorporated into the treatment as needed.

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CHRISTOPHER ROLLEMAN RMT, REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST

Chris is a graduate of WCCMT Victoria's August 2016 class. His journey towards massage therapy is rooted in a passion for seeing others grow, aiding with performance & recovery, and guiding his patients towards body awareness through movement. With this in mind, his approach to treatment comes from both holistic and structural points of view to meet individual patient needs and goals. Chris modalities include, but are not limited to: Swedish massage, deep tissue, myofascial & isolytic release, muscle energy, and joint mobilizations.

When not seeing patients, Chris spends his time studying music, hiking, performance training, and community building.

Please note: Some of Chris' treatment techniques are completed clothed. For this reason, he prefers his patients to show up in athletic wear, shorts or a loose fit t-shirt for ease of movement.

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RACHEL ANDERSON RMT, REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST

Rachel’s massage style is nurturing and intuitive.

As a recent graduate of Victoria’s West Coast College of Massage Therapy, Rachel has a special interest in the latest theories in pain-science, and is particularly skillful in addressing the whole nervous system when treating acute or chronic pain.

Rachel has an innate understanding of the body in motion. With more than 20 years of training, teaching and performing as a contemporary dancer, she’s a resourceful and encouraging teacher of both strength and flexibility exercises.

Rachel understands the benefits of a healthcare team and is committed to client-centered care to help you achieve your health goals.

Born and raised in Victoria, she has a strong love of nature is always eager to be outdoors whether hiking, swimming or biking. She feel’s so lucky to be raising her family with her fiancé in this beautiful city.

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TROY TAYLOR RMT, REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST

Troy Taylor, RMT is a graduate of the West Coast College of Massage Therapy program and is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of BC. Troy has also studied at the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado and he became a Certified Rolfer in 2012. During his studies at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy, Troy had the opportunity to work with Canadian athletes at the Canadian Sports Institute at PISE.

Troy believes in patient-centered care and adjusts each treatment to meet clients’ individual goals and needs. He enjoys working with his clients to help decrease pain, increase mobility, create balance and promote ease of movement. His therapeutic treatments often focus on deep tissue and fascial techniques. Troy’s training as a Rolfer influences his massage therapy practice, and many of his treatments include active movement techniques that involve client participation.

When not seeing patients, Troy enjoys cycling, running, yoga, time with family and going to the beach with his dog.

Please note: Treatments are often performed while side-lying, sitting and standing. Because of this, Troy asks that you arrive at your treatment with gym wear, swimwear or shorts and a loose t-shirt.

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KAREN OLYNYK RMT, REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST

Massage therapy first entered Karen’s life through her passion and love of running. She became increasingly fascinated with the complex workings of the human body, growing a keen interest in why we experience common injuries, aches and pains, and how to prevent them from happening in the first place.

She believes Massage Therapy can be an extremely effective tool in reducing tension and pain, as well as restoring and maintaining optimal mobility so you can continue doing whatever it is you love to do.
She strives to discover the root of the problem and create an individualized treatment plan to best suit your current condition and needs. She also believes in educating clients with postural awareness, proper work place biomechanics, stretching and/or strengthening exercises to enhance your daily living.

Commonly used modalities include deep tissue and isolytic release, joint mobilizations, myofascial and muscle energy techniques.

To have established a career working with her hands and providing health care in the most natural state is something she finds extremely fulfilling and so grateful to have found.

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