Registered Massage Therapy
Our passionate and experienced Registered Massage therapists have:
- 3000 hours of training, the highest standards in North America
- the education to recognize when a patient may need to see a doctor
- a regulatory body that ensures the public receives safe, ethical care
- mandatory, continuing education and upgrading
Desiree Salenga, RMT
Desiree Salenga is an registered massage therapy (RMT) graduate from West Coast College of Massage Therapy. During her time at school, she participated in many outreaches, which included Canucks Place Children’s Hospice, BC Woman’s Hospital, UBC track and field and the MS clinic at the college to name a few. She has experience treating a wide range of conditions but takes a particular interesting in low back pain and tension headaches. As part of her multi-focal practice, Desiree believes in educating her patients to encourage them to become active participants in their therapy. She also believes in working together with her patients other health care providers to meet their goals.
Madeline Chow, RMT
Madeline started her massage journey in 2008 as a body worker in a fiver-start hotel spa. After realizing how simple daily activities can cause different functional impairments to the body, her desire to gain knowledge of biomechanics sparked her interest and she decided to attend Vancouver College of Massage Therapy, where she would graduate from a 3000 hour program and become a Registered Massage Therapist. Madeline treats every patient with careful consideration and customizes her treatment plans according to her patient’s needs. She looks forward to working with new patients and building a treatment plan for a healthier you.
Sae Yamasaki, RMT
Sae completed her RMT education at Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. Prior to becoming an RMT, she had a decade of hands-on experience as a shiatsu therapist. She has worked with people of all shapes and sizes, from office workers to athletes to seniors in care homes. Whether the concern is stress reduction or pain relief, research shows that massage therapy is an effective optimizer of the body’s ability to heal and repair itself. Sae is a strong believer in this, and takes an orthopedic approach to understanding and treating the body, within its capabilities and limitations. Her proficiencies include a variety of corrective techniques, among which are myofascial, neuromuscular, PNF, and trigger point techniques, as well as joint mobilizations. Complementary to massage therapy is Sae’s years of experience as a residential care aid for adults with developmental disabilities and mental health conditions. Work aside, she is an animal-lover, a tea-snob, and is locally grown!
Mikayla Ritter, RMT
Mikayla Ritter graduated In August 2017 from the WCCMT with a diploma in massage therapy and received her official RMT designation in November 2017.
Mikayla previously worked as a lifeguard/swim coach in the Chilliwack Aquatic center, which also had a very busy RMT clinic. After talking with multiple people who were using massage therapy for rehabilitative purposes, Mikayla was intrigued about therapeutic approach of Massage Therapy. It was at this point that Mikayla took steps to achieve her goal in becoming an RMT; she just knew she wanted to be a part of this profession.
Mikayla likes to incorporate a variety of techniques in her treatment style; such as Swedish massage, trigger point release, myofascial, and stretching to name a few. Mikayla believes that our bodies have an incredible ability to heal on their own, and that massage therapy can help facilitate in this process.
Outside of the clinic, Mikayla enjoys staying active outdoors with hiking, snowshoeing, and running.