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Therapists

Vitality Treatment Centre has several therapists on staff. In accordance with provincial regulation, all of our therapists are licensed and in good standing with their respective licensing bodies, the College of Massage Therapists of BC, College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC, and/or Certified Athletic Therapist Association.


Alison, RMT

Alison Sadler, BA, RMT

MODALITIES: Massage Therapy, Myofascial Release, Scar Tissue Release, Muscle Energy Technique

Alison is a Registered Massage Therapist who successfully completed the 3000 hour program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Victoria in 2009. In her work Alison focuses on releasing soft tissue restrictions, which allows for greater tissue mobility and flexibility. Improper movement patterns and immobility often affect the body as a whole, creating postural and muscle imbalances, which often lead to dysfunction and pain. The body has an inherent ability to heal and will constantly attempt to realign and restore balance on its own. It is important to encourage this self-healing ability through adding awareness and activities to our daily lives to support this equilibrium.

Alison's goal in treatment is to provide personalized care based on the patient's individual needs, and to assist them in achieving optimal health and function. She looks to treat the root of the dysfunction rather than just the symptoms to provide long term resolution. Alison encourages her patient's to be proactive in their healing process by educating them and customizing a home care regime that may include stretching, strengthening and remedial exercises to facilitate the recovery process.

Growing up in Victoria, she takes full advantage of living on the west coast by mountain biking, hiking, gardening and playing outdoors with her family. Alison has worked for Catalyst Sports massage at the Trans Rockies bike races, a seven day mountain bike race through the Rocky Mountains. She also works part time at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy as a clinic supervisor and teaching assistant.

Alison offers direct billing to some extended health service providers – ask for details.

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Christina Barker, RMT

Christina Barker, RMT

MODALITIES: Massage, Manual Lymph Drainage, General Swedish Massage, Hot Stone Massage

Christina graduated from Victoria's West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2013. She has since taken foot massage classes in Thailand and worked at a summer resort fishing lodge on Haida Gwaii. Christina is passionate about bringing her therapeutic knowledge to the table, creating individualized treatment plans and home exercises based on client wellness goals — assisting in the shift from pain and stress to mindful breathing and movement. Christina joined Vitality's dynamic team of therapists in 2014.

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Christine Grimes, RMT

Christine Grimes, RMT

Modalities: Massage Therapy, Myofascial Release

Christine Grimes RMT has developed a successful, evidence-based practice since graduating from Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic in 2012 and is starting a new practice in Victoria, welcoming new patients! As a therapist she is adaptive, focused, and compassionate and is determined to find the right pressure, pace, and treatment type for her patients. She generally uses Swedish techniques only where indicated or requested and tends towards using less oil for better traction to address deep fascial restriction, ischemic areas and trigger points drawing on her research, John Barnes Myofacial Release and structural integration approach.

A dedicated therapist, community member and life learner with over 10 years of meditation and yoga practice, 8 years of martial arts training, and ongoing personal and professional studies in psychology and health, Christine has become an excellent therapist. She is more than happy to talk with you before you make an appointment to answer any questions you might have! She has had great success treating nerve compression issues, tendonitis, managing chronic pain, headaches, whiplash, old injuries, rebalancing postural issues and helping ease symptoms of trauma. Christine is a Clinical Instructor at Victoria's West Coast College of Massage Therapy, holds a Bachelors degree in Fine Art, and is taking undergraduate and graduate level courses to deepen her understanding of health, working towards a post-graduate certificate in pain management.

While living on Salt Spring after graduation, she was involved in environmental and social justice work as a volunteer, governmental commissioner and NGO board member and is now volunteering in Victoria within the local sustainability movement. Christine sees health holistically, interconnected with our relationships, the environment, community, culture, and the individual psyche. She is especially interested in how we heal from trauma, recognising how our familial, personal and cultural histories can contribute to both our resilience and pain.

Christine offers direct billing to some extended health service providers – ask for details.

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Corinne Compton, RMT

Corinne Compton, RMT

MODALITIES: Massage Therapy, Scar Tissue Release

Corinne graduated from Okanagan College of Massage Therapy in 1997 and, after a travel hiatus, came back to Victoria to practice massage. Her interests are deep tissue release (trigger points), sports injury prevention/maintenance and over use injuries. Corinne joined the Vitality family in 2010.

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Elizabeth Anderson, RMT

Elizabeth (Anderson) Richard, RMT

MODALITIES: Massage Therapy, General Swedish Massage, Myofascial Release, Scar Tissue Release

Elizabeth was born and raised on Salt Spring Island and always had a passion for massage. After graduating from high school, she went directly to study massage at the West Coast Collage of Massage Therapy. She has worked in spas, a wellness center and started her own mobile business as a Registered Massage Therapist. Elizabeth has had the opportunity and experience of treating young children from the ages of 4 to 10 and she enjoys working with prenatal clients. Using a wide variety of therapeutic techniques including deep tissue, myofascial work, isolytic release, and trigger point therapy, Elizabeth ensures that each client receives a custom treatment tailored to his or her needs. On her downtime, you can find her curled up with a good book or spending time with her family.

Elizabeth offers direct billing to some extended health service providers – ask for details.

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Elvina Meret, RMT

Elvina Meret, RMT

Modalities: Massage Therapy, Myofascial Release, Cranialsacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, Scar Tissue Release

Elvina graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2009. Although her approach to massage therapy is multi-faceted; her main focus is myofascial release as well as incorporating cranial sacral therapy and visceral manipulation. Elvina is passionate about assisting patients as they work toward their goals for health and she believes that this is possible by supporting the body's innate ability to restore it's strength and balance in areas of injury and pain. Elvina attends courses on an ongoing basis that focus on myofascial release, cranial sacral therapy and visceral manipulation.

Elvina grew up in Victoria and moved to Vancouver to pursue a job in the film industry. After seven years of camera assisting in the busy, but fruitful Vancouver film industry, she started the Massage Therapy program in New West. She worked as an RMT in downtown Vancouver for 3.5 years before returning back home to the Victoria to be close to her family. Elvina enjoys playing badminton, hiking, gardening, and riding her bicycle. She is glad to be working at the Vitality Treatment Centre.

More info on Elvina Meret's website »

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Maegan Chase

Maegan Chase RMT

MODALITIES: Massage Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, Myofascial Release, Scar Tissue Release, Cranialsacral Therapy

Maegan graduated from the 3000 hour program at the Vancouver West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2006 and moved to Victoria in 2016. She has a broad skill set — including visceral (organ) manipulation, fascial and myofascial therapy, cranial sacral therapy and joint mobilizations — but is particularly passionate about visceral manipulation and scar tissue treatment. Maegan treats from a holistic perspective. With a detailed interview and assessment, she works with clients to determine and treat the cause of pain and physical challenges. On a bi-annual basis, Maegan returns to Vancouver to instruct students in advanced fascial techniques. She also shares her love for her work with the students in Victoria where she works as a clinic supervisor once a week.

Note: Maegan does not use oil or offer full body massage.

Organ restrictions or adhesions can contribute to, or be the cause of, musculoskeletal pain. This type of limitation can restrict ranges of motion, and can cause problems with organ function. Maegan uses her training in visceral manipulation to release the adhesions and therefore aid the body to return to normal function.

Maegan addresses scar tissue issues by using a combination of fascial modalities, movement, and visceral manipulations. These treatments can help to decrease pain, feelings of pulls, itchiness or tightness from the scar, and issues with restrictions to ranges of motion. All of these can occur from surgery, injuries, abdominal adhesions, or car accidents.

You can read more about Maegan's massage practice on her website, Chase Massage Therapy »

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Sabrina Lundquist

Sabrina Lundquist, B.Sc., RAc

MODALITIES: Acupuncture, Acupressure/Cupping

Sabrina is a Registered Acupuncturist with a passion for providing her clients with deeply relaxing treatments. While acupuncture and relaxation might seem an odd pairing, what could be more relaxing than having that nervous stomach or muscle knot unwind? Suffering nauseating migraines frequently as a child, Sabrina is particularly excited about how well and how fast acupuncture treats most headaches.

Sabrina Graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy’s Spa Practitioner Program in 2006 and provided massages at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe for over 5 years, Sabrina incorporates Swedish Massage, Lomi Lomi, Hot Stone and Aromatherapy in her hands on assessments and treatments.

Always curious about how things work and why, Sabrina earned a Diploma of Acupuncture from Pacific Rim College and a BSc. in Biology from the University of Victoria. She interviews each client, looking at current challenges, from a Traditional Chinese Medicine point of view and a biomedical perspective.

Sabrina loves dance and movement therapies from Foxtrot and Pilates to Poi Spinning and Tai Chi lessons. When not dancing Sabrina is often reading, playing board games or trying out new massages. Clients are offered useful advice for reducing pain and stress but not pressured to adopt habits that don't fit their lives. She offers 20 minute free consultations in person or by phone to anyone feeling curious or nervous.

More info: Sabrina Lundquist Acupuncture »

Sabrina offers direct billing to some extended health service providers – ask for details.

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Sanae Komuro, RMT

Sanae Komuro, RMT

MODALITIES: Massage Therapy, Hot Stone Massage, Scar Tissue Release

Sanae is a Registered Massage Therapist, graduated from West Coast College of Massage Therapy. Originally, she moved to Victoria from Japan in 1994 to study English. Sanae is a calm, dedicated and caring therapist, focused on treating a body as a whole with gentle yet specific techniques. Sanae feels privileged to join the team at Vitality.

"Touch is the essential ingredient of massage therapy. Touch is known to communicate a sense of caring. I see magic — almost a miracle — in having a goal to help the body heal itself and to increase health and well-being integrated with the academics of anatomy and body function. If, in a small way, I can assist in someone's personal life style choices that will lead to a better balanced life style, it will make my life-time choice worthwhile."

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Sandra Pol, B.Sc., RMT

Sandra Pol, B.Sc., RMT

MODALITIES: Massage Therapy, Myofascial Release, Scar Tissue Release (specializing in shoulders and hips)

Following the completion of her B.Sc. at UVic in 1994, Sandra graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in the summer of 2000. She has been practicing at a sports therapy clinic in Victoria and joined Vitality part-time in May of 2003. Sandra's approach to treatment focuses on Myofascial Release and Trigger Point Therapy. In her free time, she is an active kite-surfer and enjoys camping and running.

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Sarah Dogherty, BA, RMT

Sarah Dogherty, BA, RMT

MODALITIES: Massage Therapy, Myofascial Release, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Muscle Energy Technique

Sarah graduated West Coast College of Massage Therapy in April 2014. She is passionate about massage therapy and was excited to join the Vitality team in the spring of 2015.

Prior to her massage therapy education she spent four years in New Brunswick, at Mount Allison University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Sociology and a minor in English.

What she enjoys most about massage therapy is the wide spectrum of people she gets to meet and conditions she gets to treat. She understands the importance of treating each new client as a whole person and she loves the challenge of uncovering the root of dysfunction or pain, rather than simply treating symptomatically.

In her treatments she uses a combination of fascial work, muscle energy technique, trigger point therapy and passive and active movement in order to reduce pain, increase function and increase overall well-being.

She is well versed in a multitude of musculoskeletal and systemic conditions; however, she is particularly interested in treating chronic neck and low-back pain, tension headaches and stress and anxiety and TMJ dysfunction.

In her spare time Sarah enjoys running, hiking, yoga and reading.

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Stephanie Dempsey Kruger

Stephanie Dempsey Kruger, Certified Athletic Therapist / Manual Osteopathy Student

MODALITIES: Athletic Therapy

Stephanie is a Certified Athletic Therapist and Interim Practitioner of Manual Osteopathy with 17 years of experience in her field. She's a member of the Athletic Therapists Association of BC and the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association, as well as a student member of Osteopathy BC. Stephanie has worked in a wide variety of settings in several roles including private practice, Sport Med BC, the West Coast College of Massage Therapy, and at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, with several ventures nationally and overseas in support of military athletes.

As a result of Stephanie's formal education in the Athletic Therapy and Manual Osteopathy, she has a somewhat unique approach to assessing and treating each individual. As an Athletic Therapist she was taught to prevent, assess and rehabilitate injuries to the "container" (body's structure including bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues) while also recognizing injury or trauma to the internal organs. As an Interim Practitioner of Manual Osteopathy, Stephanie approaches the "container," including the cranium, in much greater detail AND assesses the "contents" of each person's body, such as the internal organs, viscera, nerves and blood vessels. As the human body is so comprehensive, Stephanie believes that addressing the container and the contents must go hand-in-hand in order for the cause of a grievance to possibly be identified and corrected, thereby improving bio-mechanical and physiological function of the body as a whole. The relationship between the container and its contents is always reciprocal.

Stephanie offers direct billing to some extended health service providers including Greenshield Canada, as an ATHLETIC THERAPIST – ask for details. Although Stephanie has completed the five-year-long curriculum at the Canadian School of Osteopathy, Manual Practice, in Vancouver, she still needs to conduct formal research and defend her thesis prior to earning her designation as a Manual Osteopathic Practitioner. As such, she still works under the designation of Certified Athletic Therapist. Athletic Therapy is covered by a number of insurance companies, but each policy varies. If you're relying on your extended health plan to pay a portion of your visit with Stephanie, please ensure that you have coverage for ATHLETIC THERAPY in your policy. Read more about insurance coverage of Athletic Therapy in BC.

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Susan Duckworth, RMT

Susan Duckworth, RMT // Owner

MODALITIES: General Swedish Massage, Myofascial Release, Scar Tissue Release, Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Susan started practicing full time at Vitality in November 2007. She also works part time at her alma mater the West Coast College of Massage Therapy as a clinic supervisor and teaching assistant. Providing a relaxing atmosphere, Susan works with moderate depth of pressure to release muscle tension and improve overall health. Special interests include Scar Tissue Release and Manual Lymphatic Drainage.

Susan graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Victoria and started practicing full time at Vitality in November 2007. Working with a light to moderate depth of pressure, she provides a therapeutic treatment to reduce stress and anxiety, rehabilitate soft tissue injuries, and reduce muscular tension and adhesions using general swedish massage and myofascial release modalities. As part of her post-operative care she is trained in Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) and Combined Decongestive Therapy using the Vodder MLD technique. Susan also worked part time as a teaching assistant and clinic supervisor at her alma mater, the West Coast College in Victoria. In her spare time Susan enjoys walking with her dog on the many beautiful hiking trails in the Victoria area.

Note: Susan does not do deep tissue massage.

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Susanne Hrynuik, BSc, RMT

Susanne (Hrynuik) Young, B.Sc., RMT

MODALITIES: Massage Therapy, Myofascial Release, Scar Tissue Release, Muscle Energy Technique

After completing her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Victoria, Susanne pursued a career as a research technician. She quickly realized that she wanted to be more involved in the personal aspect of healthcare. She attended the West Coast College of Massage Therapy and graduated in 2012 as a Registered Massage Therapist. Susanne believes that massage therapy is an integral part of healthcare and enjoys working with a wide variety of patients to help them reach their treatment goals. Susanne enjoys hiking, cycling and gardening in her spare time.

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Dr. Jan Lim

MODALITIES: Acupuncture

Jan is a Radiation Oncologist and Medical Acupuncturist. He obtained his medical degree in England and practices at a Victoria Hospital. Jan trained in Medical Acupuncture in 2000 under Dr. Steven Aung and works part-time at Vitality to treat Oncology patients.

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