a vital part of your health care
a vital part of your health care
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 organizations, the College of Massage Therapists of BC, College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC, and/or Certified Athletic Therapist Association.
Your appointment time will consist of a consultation of your medical history, a physical assessment of your current condition or injury, the manual treatment, and payment.
It is with excitement that Vitality welcomes Gayle, who has eight years experience providing therapeutic massage and bio-dynamic craniosacral therapy. Your appointment will include therapeutic massage and craniosacral techniques to rehabilitate soft tissue and bony structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasm, and stress, promoting health and wellness.
Gayle will be a fully Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) this autumn making her fees eligible for partial/full reimbursement by extended health plans and ICBC.
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.
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.
As of April 30, 2019, Christina is away on Maternity Leave until Spring 2020.
Beginning in September 2019, Christine will have extended hours available every 2nd Sunday.
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.
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.
Locum for Maegan Chase as of March 5, 2018
Desiree graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2018. As an RMT, Desiree has extensive interest in Myofascial Release related to injuries and scar tissue, as well as systemic and neurological conditions. Her approach to treatment is to balance a stress reducing treatment with collaborative therapist-patient communication.
Beyond her work as an RMT, Desiree pursues creative goals as a visual artist and enjoys staying active through hiking, cycling, sailing, and yoga.
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.
Elvina graduated from the 3000 hour program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT) in New Westminster in 2009 and spent the first 4 years of her career working in Vancouver. Having grown up in Victoria, Elvina was happy to be back with family and working at the Vitality Treatment Centre since 2013.
Although her approach to massage therapy is multi-faceted, her practice focuses on craniosacral therapy, visceral (organ) manipulation, scar tissue release and myofascial release. Elvina believes in supporting the body's innate ability to restore balance by assisting the body in reconnecting to areas of adhesions and facial restriction that may be related to pain. Elvina is very passionate about education and these styles of treatment and thus continues to attend courses in these modalities on an ongoing basis. From to 2013 to 2014, Elvina worked at the Victoria campus of WCCMT as an intern clinic supervisor.
Jacqueline is perceptive, energetic and knowledgeable, bringing these qualities to each treatment. She really enjoys people and was drawn to massage therapy as a way to give others the ability to continue to enjoy the activities they love to do.
As an RMT, Jacqueline's goal is to get you out of pain as quickly as possible so you can move freely. In each treatment, you will work together to calm your nervous system first. Using a variety of massage techniques, Jacqueline will work to build back up the areas of your body where you have restricted movement and then work together with you to increase the mobility and function of your joints and muscles. This process will all blend together into a wonderful and enjoyable soothing massage! Each treatment will be tailored to your unique needs, welcoming your feedback in creating a feeling of safety and relaxation. Jacqueline will then offer movement exercises to incorporate into your everyday life to help you with your recovery.
Jacqueline graduated from Utopia Academy (now VCMT) in 2012 after working for 15 years as a professional sea kayak guide ranging from Haida Gwaii to Belize. She strongly believes therapeutic massage helps reconnect our bodies with our minds and she welcomes your feedback on that during treatments. Jacqueline is very excited to be moving from her long time practice in Vancouver over to the beautiful, ocean-surrounded city of Victoria!
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, craniosacral 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,
As a Registered Acupuncturist, Sabrina wants to help you relax and feel less pain. While acupuncture and relaxation might seem an odd pairing, what could be more relaxing than having that nervous stomach or muscle knot unwind? Sabrina had nauseating migraines frequently as a child and is particularly excited about how well and how fast acupuncture treats most headaches.
Sabrina worked at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe for over 10 years, and incorporated 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. Thus, each client is interviewed, 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. She balances solo time reading and trying out new massages with social time playing board games. Clients are offered useful advice for reducing pain and stress, but not pressured to adopt habits that don't fit their lives. Try a 20 minute free consultations in person or by phone if you are feeling curious or nervous.
More info: Sabrina Lundquist Acupuncture »
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."
Sandra completed the 3-Year 3000 hour program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2000. She practiced at a sports therapy clinic before joining Vitality in 2003. Before becoming a Registered Massage Therapist, Sandra graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Science double major in Biology and Psychology.
With over 18 years of experience, Sandra's clients say her compassionate, holistic and intuitive approach to healing make her a highly effective therapist. Sandra's approach to treatment has focused primarily on Myofascial Release and Trigger Point Therapy. In 2016 she started incorporating Craniosacral Therapy into her treatments.
Originally from the Netherlands, Sandra spent most of her childhood in Northern B.C. before moving to Victoria in 1989. She loves the West Coast and the lifestyle that living here offers. From kiteboarding to camping, she greatly values her time outdoors, often running, cycling, hiking, and, when time allows, road trips with her husband in their VW Westfalia.
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.
Stephanie is the Athletic Therapist here at Vitality Treatment Centre. Her practice focuses exclusively on manual therapies (i.e. hands-on assessment and treatment) rather than the use of electrical modalities or the creation of reconditioning programs. If you require exercise prescription and supervision, or reconditioning specific to your injury or condition, please ask and Stephanie will be happy to recommend a colleague to you.
Stephanie is a Certified Athletic Therapist 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 and in several roles including private practice for Sport Med BC, at 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 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" (the body's structure including bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues) while also recognizing injury or trauma to the internal organs. Now with extensive manual therapy training, Stephanie approaches the "container," including the cranium, in much greater detail AND assesses the positioning of the "contents", such as the internal organs, viscera, nerves and blood vessels, albeit externally. As the human body is so comprehensive, Stephanie believes that addressing your symptom(s) necessitates assessment of the container and the contents in order for the cause of your grievance(s) to possibly be identified and corrected, thereby improving biomechanical and physiological function of the body as a whole. The relationship between the container and its contents is always reciprocal.
Stephanie has completed the five-year-long curriculum at the Canadian School of Osteopathy, Manual Practice, in Vancouver, but needs to complete her formal research and defend her thesis prior to earning the designation of "Manual Osteopathic Practitioner". As such, she continues to practice with 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.
Susan graduated from the 3000 hour program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT) in Victoria in 2007 and started practicing full time at Vitality in November of that same year. In 2009, Susan furthered her skillset and education, becoming certified as a Manual Lymphatic Drainage therapist (MLD) at the Dr. Vodder School International in Victoria.
From 2010 to 2014 she returned to WCCMT Victoria as a teaching assistant and intern clinic supervisor. Susan enjoyed working at Vitality so much that in 2014 she took over ownership from Beth Atkinson, RMT. Susan strives to maintain the same caring and relaxing atmosphere created by Beth.
Susan's focus of practice is working with pre and post-operative patients using Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD). MLD is a very effective technique to help patients recover from surgeries such as hip or knee replacements, mastectomies or many other injuries that cause swelling. Working with a light to moderate depth of pressure, she provides a therapeutic treatment to reduce swelling and scar tissue that cause dysfunction in the tissues. Part of her treatment may involve general swedish techniques and myofascial release to rehabilitate soft tissue injuries, reduce stress and muscular tension. Susan is now introducing Craniosacral Therapy into her practice.
Please note: Susan does not offer deep tissue massage.
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.
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.