Registered Massage Therapists

Karen Bercha, RMT

Karen graduated from Everest College of Business, Technology and Healthcare in June 2014. She is a positive and dedicated RMT who loves to focus on bringing balance back to muscle groups to improve posture, function and relieve discomfort. A skilled Hamilton massage therapist, she is flexible with the type of treatment provided – whether it be relaxation focus, deep tissue, Swedish techniques, trigger point Therapy, fascial release, stretching, etc. She works with clients to design a treatment that works best for them and will give advice for at-home care to continue improvement.

Jessica Woodhouse

Jessica Woodhouse, RMT

Jessica has always had a passion for helping others and an interest in the human body, which lead her to a career as a massage therapist.  She graduated from Mohawk College after extensive training in Swedish Massage, trigger point therapy, and myofascial release techniques. As a Hamilton RMT, she has experience treating a variety of clients from young athletes to retirees. Jessica looks forward to integrating these skills and experiences into treatment plans along with providing her clients with home care to ensure well-rounded results.  Jessica believes that everyone can benefit from massage therapy one way or another and should experience regular massage to promote an overall healthy wellbeing and lifestyle.

Jeanette Toy, RMT

Jeanette graduated from Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy with Honours in 2005. She is in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, and is a member of the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario. Jeanette has worked in various multi-disciplinary settings as well as the spa industry. She incorporates various techniques and modalities to create a unique therapy session to help restore balance to the body, that helps facilitate optimal tissue function. She provides treatments for individuals ranging in age as well as treatments for various conditions. Whether you are looking to relax, or have an injury/pain, Jeanette will be happy to customize a treatment plan for you.

It is Jeanette’s belief that every aspect of a person; mind, body and spirit will benefit from receiving massage therapy. Her interest in offering her clients a more holistic alternative approach to optimize their health has led her into following a passion for the ancient arts of healing. Jeanette enjoys more of a traditional holistic lifestyle herself and enjoys a variety of outdoor activities. Jeanette is committed to her growth as a Hamilton RMT, as well as a holistic practitioner to provide her clientele with the best treatments for their needs.

Jodie Millen, RMT

Jodie’s path of holistic health began seven years ago when she graduated from The Canadian Therapeutic College and became a member of The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).  Since then she has learned countless real-world lessons gained through experience working with a wide variety of different people and their equally different goals for good health and healing; everyone bringing their own unique story to the table (literally).

Jodie is a treatment-focused massage therapist.  This can mean sport injury, motor vehicle accident recovery, pregnancy massage, repetitive stress injury often seen from an office environment, or the “I woke up and can’t move, please fix me” type of emergency we all run into from time-to-time. Jodie uses a range of techniques including holistic applications such as essential oils and hydrotherapy, to myofascial release, muscle stripping, and stretching to name a few.  In order to help with healing, even after the treatment is over, Jodie is a big proponent of educating her clients on the stretches and strengthening exercises they can do on their own to help maintain the positive results from their treatment(s).  Jodie is a passionate Hamilton RMT practitioner with a strong focus on wellness of mind, body, and soul. When working with Jodie you should expect to feel encouraged and empowered to meet your health goals head-on.

Book in with Jodie to start in on your wellness journey today!

To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. -Buddha

Mallory Vezsenyi, RMT

Mallory’s passion for health and wellness was first sparked after sustaining an injury that she sought out massage therapy as a treatment. After realizing the benefits of massage therapy, Mallory was instantly drawn in a career path of helping others. Mallory studied kinesiology at Brock University before setting her sights on massage therapy at Lambton College in Sarnia. After completing 2200 hours of training, she was very excited to start her career path as a Registered Massage Therapist.

Mallory views massage therapy as a form of manual manipulative healing, and a health care professional will work with you to develop a specific treatment plan.  From her clinical experience as a Hamilton RMT, Mallory has treated a range of conditions from sports related injuries, to postural imbalances, and specific injuries including sprains, strains, dislocations, impinged nerves, low back and neck spasms, tendonitis, and headaches. After an initial assessment Mallory creates a treatment plan that suits your specific needs. She utilizes myofascial release techniques, trigger point therapy, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, remedial exercise, joint mobilizations and stretching in her treatments. Mallory strongly believes that regular massage is important in the maintenance of your overall health and wellness. It gives her such satisfaction and fulfillment in knowing at the end of the day she had made a difference in helping her clients feel healthier, mentally, and physically.

Cristian Salazar, RMT

I graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 1988.  I have worked in physiotherapy clinics, chiropractor offices, and in the spa industry. As a member of the Evolve team, I am privileged to work alongside other Hamilton RMT’s, as well as chiropractors and yoga instructors.

As a massage therapist, my primary concern is to help my clients to manage their daily aches and pains. I also help my clients trigger and manage their relaxation response.

Most of my clients come to my sessions hoping to decrease pain, and increase range of motion.  A brief examination of the health history and a review of the mechanism of injury are generally enough to predict a prognosis. Referral to other health practitioners might be recommended depending on the complexity of the injury.

Some clients come to my sessions for relaxation purposes. A popular form of relaxation massage is a Hot Stone Massage. The heat from the basalt stones is transferred to the skin directly, soothing hypertonic muscles, and allowing for a deeper form of relaxation. For severe or chronic stress, please consult your physician or if in need of a prescription for your extended health benefits.

The best compliment is a referral.  Please make your appointment through the front desk, or book online.

Rachel King, RMT

Rachel graduated from Trillium College in 2015. She became Registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and a member of the Massage Therapists Association of Ontario.

As a massage therapist, she enjoys working with a variety of clients to relieve pain and improve feelings of well being. Rachel uses gentle to deep pressure depending on individual needs and comfort, employing general Swedish massage techniques as well as targeted muscle release.  She ensures you feel comfortable and secure throughout the treatment, striving for you to feel better when you leave, as well as working towards long term goals.

She looks forward to meeting you!

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Madelyne Maingot, RMT

Madelyne hails from Grimsby, Ontario. Out of high school she accepted an offer of enrollment and scholarship to Queen’s University’s nursing science program, but ended up leaving to follow her dramatic arts passion. After completing an undergraduate degree with honours in Theatre Studies at York University, she earned her diploma for Registered Massage Therapy at Royal Canadian College of Massage Therapy in North York in 2016. In between her years of schooling,  Madelyne has explored various employment environments, such as group homes and community involvement programs for people with mental illness, coaching sailing and swimming, and stage management. These roles have imparted many of the qualities Madelyne displays now as a massage therapist. Her positive and nurturing disposition and love for body sciences drive her to rehabilitate and heal clients to the best of her ability.  She will almost always teach her clients something new to go home with so that they may be educated and invested in their own wellness journey. Here at Evolve Massage & Wellness, Madelyne hopes to contribute to an improved quality of life for her clients, and thanks you for your trust and consideration!

Massage therapist Amanda at evolve Massage

Amanda Hart-Evans, RMT

Amanda Hart-Evans is a Registered Massage Therapist who obtained her Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Science and Psychology and moved on to pursue massage therapy at Humber College.

Amanda believes in one on one communication with her clients to build a therapeutic relationship, and she creates unique and individualized treatment plans to obtain goals for carrying out daily activities. Amanda has an active approach to care by educating her clients about massage therapy and remedial exercise so they play a role in their treatments in order to maintain and prolong results.

Her practice applies a combination of relaxation and therapeutic methods to relieve chronic and acute pain and musculoskeletal injuries. Her interests include deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, pre- and post-natal massage, breast massage, infancy massage, and application of hydrotherapy techniques. Amanda’s goals are to obtain her certificate in manual lymphatic drainage, as well as provide support for labour as a Doula.

Deanna Registered Massage Therapist

Deanna Emmerson, RMT

In practice since 2013, Deanna is often called “the massage therapist who listens.”  Known for her unique style and methodical approach, her focus typically includes chronic conditions, pain syndromes, and prenatal massage treatments. Deanna’s targeted deep tissue treatments often focus primarily on long-standing complaints, while her prenatal treatments nurture your body through its many changes and give you an opportunity to enjoy some much needed rest. And if you want to relax, ask her about her signature scalp massage, which is always a client favourite!

jennifer corbin registered massage therapist

Jennifer Corbin, RMT

Jennifer has been a Registered Massage Therapist in Ontario since July 2012. She works with a light to moderate pressure, preferring to incorporate relaxation techniques into therapeutic treatments, and recognizing that physical pain is often connected to emotional stress. She enjoys helping people feel better both physically and emotionally, and has worked with people of all ages, from children as young as 9 years old to seniors citizens in their 80’s and 90’s.

Jen works with clients experiencing muscular pain usually from physical overuse such as nurses, PSW’s, and people who work in the service industry, such as waiters and waitresses, and hair stylists. She also treats clients who are suffering from work related stress (office workers, sales reps), family life, and day-to-day activities.

Tina

Tina Nopper, RMT

Tina completed her Massage Therapy diploma at OCHT (Ontario College of Health and Technology) in 2013. Tina has been involved in the outreach program for Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice and McMaster Children’s Hospital. She enjoys the challenge of helping her patients reach their goals while working with each individual to create a specific treatment plan.

A Hamilton RMT, Tina’s approach to treatment incorporates a variety of gentle and deep techniques such as swedish massage, trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage, joint play and fascial work. Her therapeutic treatments are beneficial to a wide variety of clients including pregnant women and those suffering from headaches, neck and back pain, chronic discomfort, sciatica, arthritis, limited joint movement and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) to name a few.

Tina’s passion for helping people feel better is apparent in the treatments she provides as a Registered Massage Therapist.

Chiropractors

Dr. Carolyn Pokoradi, chiropractor at evolve Massage & Wellness

Dr. Carolyn Pokoradi

Following her graduation from the University of Waterloo, where she obtained an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, Carolyn completed her Doctor of Chiropractic degree at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2014, graduating Summa Cum Laude with Clinic Honours. She holds additional certifications in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University, Fascial Movement Taping, and Webster Technique through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, which is a specific protocol for the treatment of pelvic dysfunction in pregnant females.

Carolyn provides comprehensive chiropractic care to people of all ages that experience muscle and joint pain. Treatments are individually tailored for each patient, but may include chiropractic manipulation of joints of the back or extremities to restore proper movement and alignment, soft tissue therapy to reduce muscle pain and tightness, rehabilitative exercises to regain normal function, and/or muscle taping to provide support and stability to injured muscles and joints.

Due to her previous work experience as an ergonomist, Carolyn has a special interest in biomechanics and ergonomics. Accordingly, she enjoys providing simple and beneficial modifications to work and home activities in order to prevent overuse injuries or to assist workers on modified duties.

Stacy

Dr. Stacy Newbigging

Dr. Newbigging is an evidenced-based chiropractor that strives to deliver chiropractic care of the highest quality to all her patients. She uses a variety of techniques including, spinal manipulation, acupuncture, soft tissue therapy and rehabilitation exercises to help reduce pain and improve function.

Dr. Newbigging graduated from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree specializing in Movement Science, where she had the privilege of playing varsity basketball for four seasons. Dr. Newbigging achieved her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto and graduated with clinic honours. During her time at CMCC Dr. Newbigging also completed studies in contemporary medical acupuncture at McMaster University.

Outside of the clinic Dr. Newbigging enjoys sports of all kinds, coaching basketball and spending time hiking and camping with her family.

Yoga Instructors

Christine Ferguson

Christine began her yoga journey in 2007 and immediately realized its healing powers. Not long
after, she immersed herself into an intense two-year Georgian College yoga certification
program. Her love of yoga has deepened through the study of philosophy and theory of yoga
and she continues to study the many different disciplines of yoga. Christine believes that asana
practice is not only a way to live a healthier lifestyle but also to bring one closer to one’s true
self.
Christine is also certified Restorative Yoga with Hot Stone and certified Pre Natal and Yoga Birth
Method Instructor.

Daniele Dagenais

As a Certified Hatha-Vinyasa (always exploring a deeper practice in astanga yoga) and a Reiki Practitioner I believe the  most valuable lesson that yoga teaches me is to accept each person and thing as it is: my yoga practice, challenges, celebrations, friends, strangers and myself. We are all whole and complete exactly as we are, with flaws, talents, mistakes, successes, and so on. Life is a metaphor on and off our mats, and when we look deeper, we find new answers and rewards through unique perspectives. In the strangest places, we can find answers to questions we didn’t even know we’d been looking for!

I’d love to share my yoga practice with you, exploring deeper into what yoga has to offer, and to watch as your practice translates from your mat to your life. Practice does not mean perfection; it simply means growing from one moment to the next, into places from which we can flourish into the best versions of ourselves.

Kat Sewell

Kat is a meditation instructor, reiki practitioner, and internationally certified yoga instructor. She completed her 200 hour teacher training in Rishikesh, India where she studied both Hatha and Astanga yoga. As a strong believer in the power of art, nature, and community she believes by connecting with your supreme sense on a regular basis through asana, pranayama, and meditation you are able to identify your true self.

Jennifer Chester

Jenn’s journey has taken her from a yoga enthusiast who found her centre through the practices of yoga. Yoga has helped her to heal, balance life, practice patience, restored her faith, and brought her peace. She started as a student eager to be a part of the yoga community, to yoga studio parking lot attendant, studio cleaner, desk staff and eventually teacher and manager. She has learned the skies the limit when it comes to pursuing your dreams and expanding what you believe to be possible for yourself!

It was during one 30 day challenge where she fell madly in love with yoga again. She has completed her 200hr Hatha-Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training through De La Sol Yoga. It is this excitement and passion that creates the foundation for each and every one of her yoga classes that she teaches. Students will be equally challenged and nurtured. Her contagious enthusiasm is bound to light your own fire of passion for this life-changing practice.

Her favourite pose is Adho Mukha Vrksasana (handstand) as it makes her feel energized as she reaps the benefits of the inversion and feels alive, free and powerful! It helps her feel light and brings calmness to her mind.

Erica Evans

Erica first came to her mat at the age of 19. She loved the feeling of connecting the mind and body as well as the relaxing state she felt after her first practice. She took a yoga break to travel the world and upon her return in 2007 she reconnected to her practice. Recently graduated from De La Sol YTT 200 hour program, Erica has also been certified in Restorative Yoga as well as Children’s Yoga. She also has Reiki Levels 1 & 2 certified. Erica enjoys a variety of types of yoga and recently has taken her practice to senior centre’s to teach Chair Yoga. She finds this not only rewarding but also something she looks forward to each and every week.

Through the practice of yoga, Erica has gained the immense knowledge and understanding of the mind and body connection and it’s importance in not only her practice but also every day life. Erica’s favorite pose is “Dancer’s pose” or in Sanskrit “Natarajasana.” This pose makes her feel balanced, strong and graceful.

Alanna Folsom, yoga instructor at evolve Massage & Wellness

Alanna Folsom

Alanna completed her 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training course in June 2013 at Freedom Yoga. She has taught people of all ages, from babies and children to seniors. She has experience teaching people with physical and learning disabilities. She leads group and individual practices.

Alanna began her yoga practice at 13 after taking her first class with friends at a local studio. What first captured her attention was how much fun she could have while practicing as well as the way yoga made her feel. She began practicing seriously at the age of 20 after completing her BA in Health Studies. Along the way she also acquired her Aesthetics Certificate from LubaMera, Level 1 Master Pedicurist & Level 2 Infection Control Certificates from the North American School of Podology and Canfit Pro Personal Training Certificate.

Mark Dunlop

Emerged into martial arts at a young age, Mark developed a strong sense of discipline, love for movement and expression of the self through moving arts.

After attaining his 2nd degree black belt in the style of HapKiDo and grew his martial arts skills, he realized that he would need to find a yin to his yang. Martial arts are great for many things but they are aggressive in nature. Incorporating yoga into his life was the perfect addition to continue the growth of his soul in a peaceful way. The love of physical arts through mindful movements had just found its perfect counterbalance.

After 10 years of yoga practice, Mark took initiative in 2014 and found the De La Sol Yoga family where he received his 200 hour Hatha-Vinyasa Yoga certificate.  He has since, expanded his training in Suspension yoga, restorative yoga and into holistic health.

Mark continues to practice to find new levels of mindfulness, focus and body-mind awareness. He loves to invert and balance on his hands. But also has a great respect of the yin style practices to let the body rest and release tension. His favorite posture is crow, because… for him, it works as a metaphor of life.. Life is about balance and everything is in your hands.

Namasté

Reiki Therapist

Mark Dunlop

From a young age, I was fascinated by special abilities demonstrated by ancient monks, ninjas and anyone that had magical properties described in movies and fairytales. I became curious to know what humans are capable of.

After obtaining a second degree black belt in the Korean martial art HapKiDo and graduating from a 200 hour yoga teacher training, I knew that I belonged in the world of health and wellness.

Certification at the C.H.E.K. institute as a holistic lifestyle coach in 2014. I was taught healing techniques from pendulum dowsing and basic reiki principles.

I feel in love with the profound physical, mental, emotional and spiritual effect energy healing had to offer for my clients. This lead me to obtain my first and second Usui reiki attunement in 2016.

The journey has not disappointed! I am filled with excitement as there’s still so much more to learn as skill and knowledge grows.