Our Faculty

MOCC Instructors

Each MOCC module is instructed by a subject matter expert who specializes in the relevant field.

Janet Mwamburi

Janet Mwamburi, BSc, RMT, COTT, MOT

Registered Educator by Saskatchewan Ministry of Advanced Education

Role: Instructor & Subject Matter Expert

Janet is a Bachelor of Science Graduate from the University of Alberta: Augustana Faculty, a massage therapy graduate of Northern Institute of Massage Therapy and Alberta College of Massage Therapy, Calgary, Alberta. Janet has attained training in Osteoarticular Techniques; Myofascial Remodeling; Visceral Manipulation; Low Intensity Laser Therapy; Pregnancy Massage and Therapeutic Ball Release. She has also completed the Instructor Development Program and is certified in Basic American Sign Language. Janet became an instructor in 2012 and completed two NACC Instructor Development Programs. Janet feels very fortunate to have the opportunity to encourage manual osteopathic therapists-in-training as they pursue their dreams of helping others into health and wellness. If you asked Janet what the greatest highlight of her role is, she would say “Nothing excites me more than listening to budding practitioners talk about how their techniques effected lasting change and vastly improved their client’s quality of life. Nothing beats that!”

Blaine Skleryk

Blaine Skleryk, BSc, MSc, RMT, COTTI, DMO, CCSE

Registered Educator by Saskatchewan Advanced Education

Role: Instructor & Subject Matter Expert

Blaine is co-founder of LaserHealth® Solutions and lives in Calgary where he has worked in his busy practice since 2004 treating a variety of chronic and acute soft tissue and joint conditions.  Using a manual osteopathic approach Blaine has helped his clients find relief from chronic somatic dysfunction through a uniquely integrated approach, working to restore balance within many systems of the body.
Blaine is a Manual Osteopathic Therapist, a Registered Massage Therapist, an Onsen® Techniques Instructor, and a Certified Clinical Somatics Educator.  Blaine holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology (University of Waterloo,1982), and a Masters of Science in Biomechanics and Biomedical Sciences (University of Alberta, 1985). Prior to commencing his clinical practice, Blaine worked in gait assessment research at the University of Waterloo and the Human Performance Laboratory of the University of Calgary.
Blaine enjoys teaching the complicated subject matter of osteoarticular techniques in a simple and understandable way.

Darlene Diminutto

Darlene Diminutto, RMT, CST-T, BSc, CCSE, ERYT200

Registered Educator by Saskatchewan Advanced Education

Role: Instructor & Subject Matter Expert

Darlene graduated from the University of Toronto in 1986 with a degree in Human Physiology. In 1993, while working it the Foothills Hospital in The Cardiac Cath Lab, she took her first massage therapy class as a night course. Over her 25 years of massage therapy, Darlene has taken workshops in different osteopathic techniques and have woven them into her practice. “If I had known about Manual Osteopathic Therapy 20 years ago I would have taken the whole program!”. In 2010 Darlene enrolled in an Upledger Craniosacral class and was hooked. Realizing that bodywork did not have to be a battle between the client’s body and the therapist, that it could be cooperative work with the client’s innate healing knowledge leading the way, she has continued her studies in bodywork focusing on CranioSacral Therapy, fascial release techniques, Lymphatic Drainage Therapy and Somatic Education. Darlene is a certified CST from the Upledger Institute and is currently working toward certification in MLD from the Chikly Institute.
Darlene has studied Iyengar Yoga, Sivananda Yoga, Astanga Yoga, Anusara Yoga and Critical Alignment Therapy (CAT) Yoga. It was the therapy of the movements that attracted her attention and the different intentions that each style of yoga offered that expanded her learning.
It was through her yoga community that she was introduced to Somatics. After completing the “Myth of Aging” workshop and realizing that this was the “missing link” for her clients to heal fully, she signed up for the full clinical training. Today Darlene teaches Critical Alignment Therapy classes infused with Somatics and runs Somatic Movement workshops to facilitate the healing potential of movement that is within each of us. Darlene loves to be outside, cross county skiing in the winter and kayaking and hiking in the summer. She also plays badminton and has a serious addition to pickleball.

Sheryl Hamilton

Sheryl Hamilton, BSc, RMT, RCST®

Registered Educator by Saskatchewan Advanced Education

Role: Instructor & Subject Matter Expert

Sheryl Hamilton has been in practice as an RMT since 1997, first in Toronto and then in Vancouver and now in Armstrong, BC. She has taught the anatomy and neuroanatomy components of massage therapy at both the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences in New York, NY and at OVCMT in Vernon, BC. Sheryl has been developing and teaching continuing education courses to massage therapists since 2012. Her own Continuing Education training includes Visceral Manipulation through the Barral Institute and Biodyamic Craniosacral Therapy training through Body Intelligence. Sheryl brings a passion for living anatomy and the process of healing to her teaching, to facilitate ease of understanding and application for students. Sheryl is also trained as a Spiritual Director. She lives in Armstrong with her husband, two sons, poodle Orion and tortoise Flower.

Gaelen Gibson

Gaelen Gibson, RMT

Role: Instructor

Gaelen graduated from Sutherland-Chan in 1995 and has been happily working in BC since. She went from exploring deep-tissue work into lighter more specific modalities as her hands became more sensitive and developed better proprioception. “Like many therapists, I explored a lot different manual therapy modalities. I took a visceral class with the Barral Institute and was hooked! It’s like I found a groove that fit with my perception of the work that I do and the world I live in. I’ve gone through most of their offered curriculum and became a TA for them, I loved helping other therapists ‘get’ the visceral component.” She re-developed and teaches an Introduction to Visceral class for Langara College’s RMT program and is super excited to share her love of visceral and the advanced visceral program with the students of MOCC.

Most of Gaelen’s practice involves visceral work of some sort, she loves working with women’s issues (lots of digestion and pelvic organs) as well as infants and children.

Tanya Simpson

Tanya Simpson, RMT, MOT

Registered Educator by Saskatchewan Advanced Education

Role: Instructor & Subject Matter Expert

Tanya is a Registered Massage Therapist and Manual Osteopathic Therapist who has practiced in both provinces. A graduate of the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2008; she developed an interest in fascia early in her career. This prompted her to pursue further study of fascia related techniques in the majority of the professional development courses she has taken. She continues to increase her expertise of fascia through studies and her practice.
Tanya currently has her own massage therapy/manual osteopathic therapy practice in Edmonton. She is excited for the opportunity to inspire other health care professionals on the importance of a healthy fascial system and teach methods to treat fascial dysfunction.

Tanya Simpson

Corbett McCabe, RMT, BA

Role: Instructor

Corbett graduated from Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in Vernon, BC in 2010. He is an RMT working at West Kelowna Massage Therapy and Wellness. Corbett’s practice focuses on Intergated Fascial Techniques, these include Myofascial, Cranial Sacral Therapy and Visceral treatment. He has completed much of his training as well as a 3 year IFT series under his mentor and friend Natale Rao. Although born and raised in the prairies he has greatly appreciated living in the Okanagan for the past 12 years. He feels that teaching and learning are always connected and they truly promote each other. Corbett is excited to assist other health care professionals in understanding and working with Fascia.


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Casey Grondahl – RMT, MOT

Instructor – Grande Prairie 

Casey Grondahl started her journey in the massage therapy industry in 2003, and since then has developed her career to include infant massage and doula. Since 2017 Casey has welcomed the role of instruction with the Alberta College of Massage a Therapy, and student clinic supervisor. In 2018, the opportunity arose to partake in the inaugural class of the Manual Osteopathic College of Canada, and the challenge was accepted with open arms. Receiving honours with distinction in the MOT course, Casey now embraces the role of Education Facilitator at the Grande Prairie campus. This is where Casey’s passion remains; in the classroom, sharing her passion for Massage Therapy and Manual Osteopathic Therapy.



Amanda Thomas

Amanda Thomas – RMT, MOT

Instructor – Edmonton

Amanda began her massage therapy career in 2011 and began teaching with ACMT in 2016. Fascinated by the human body, she added the field of Manual Osteopathic Therapy to her Massage Therapy practice in 2019. Amanda assists the MOCC program in addition to instructing the Spa Massage Practitioner and Massage Therapy programs with ACMT. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, being outside, and crafting.

 


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Pamela Fisher – RMT, MOT

Instructor – Edmonton

 

Pamela’s passion is to identify and relieve pain in the body and prevent any unnecessary disease. As a Manual Osteopathic Therapist as well as a Registered Massage Therapist, she believes that taking care of your body is critical for your physical, mental and emotional self. She loves the versatility that Osteopathic Therapy has given her, as well as the unique ability she has gained to work with each individual client, and create lasting results.



Pam-Ryks-Paquette

Pam Ryks-Paquette – RMT, MOT

Instructor – Edmonton

Pam has been a holistic health practitioner since 1999 when she began her career as a Reflexologist through the Reflexology Association of Canada. Her educational journey continued as she then attended MH Vicars School of Massage and became a Registered Massage Therapist in 2007.  Over the years, learning more of how our body functions has never taken a back seat as she has taken many continuing education courses. A passion was ignited when she engaged herself in the Visceral Manipulation courses through the Barral Institute.  That enthusiasm lead her to the Manual Osteopathic College of Canada and she’s now a practicing Manual Osteopathic Therapist.
Pam loves what she does.  Satisfaction and  joy comes from seeing her patients achieve optimum health and vitality.  For years she worked out of a multi disciplinary clinic but  has recently reopened her private practice. Pam is looking forward to assisting other practitioners succeed with their passion.  She lives just outside of St Albert with her husband, two sons and her fur babies.


Debbie Manary

Debbie Manary – RMT, MOT

Instructor – Red Deer

Debbie is a Manual Osteopathic Therapist who graduated from the Manual Osteopathic College of Canada (MOCC) and a Senior Registered Massage Therapist at Black Rock Therapies in Red Deer. She began her massage education in 2002 in Dallas, Texas and had the privilege to spend her internship in Irving, Texas. Additional training at the Australian Institute of Fitness resulted in the global recognition of a Certified Personal Trainer Level IV. The combination of Manual Osteopathic Therapy, Massage Therapy, and personal training has given Debbie a unique perspective towards health, wellness and athletic performance. Debbie is very excited to be part of the MOCC team.




Correnna Keats – MOT

Instructor – Edmonton





Anna Steen – RMT, MOT

Instructor – Calgary

 

 





Tammy Letendre – RMT, MOT

Registered Educator by Saskatchewan Advanced Education

Instructor – Edmonton &  Lloydminster

Tammy is ACMT & MOCC Alumni. She is working as a RMT/MOT in Lloydminster and uses her new advanced education with every client. Excited to be helping others succeed on their path to becoming a Manual Osteopathic Therapist at the Lloydminster campus. Teaching isn’t new to Tammy, as she taught swimming lessons for 17 years in Lloydminster, Vermilion, Saskatoon and Penticton. She loves helping others to succeed, be it her clients or students.




Ashton Klassen – RMT, MOT

Registered Educator by Saskatchewan Advanced Education

InstructorRegina

Ashton graduated from MOCC in 2019 following a direct enrollment from graduating massage therapy. He practices full time in Saskatoon. He will be pursuing further in myofascial and visceral manipulation. Ashton’s treatment follows the path of reintroducing lost movement within the dysfunctional area. Ashton has a love for educating through facilitation of healing. He looks forward to spreading his love for learning with others and helping others view dysfunction differently.

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Nina Poole – MOT

Instructor – Calgary

Graduated from National Manual Osteopathic College in 2016. Nina is passionate about whole person wellness, not just physically but emotionally and spiritually as well.Nina’s fascination with the human body has led her to do a lot of work with emotional and physical trauma and how these things can lead to chronic pain. She works with re-regulating the nervous system to bring balance back into people’s systems. Client education is a priority in each session so that clients understand what is happening in their body.





Renata Warkentin, RMT, MOT

Instructor –  Vernon and Vancouver

Renata moved to Canada in 1988 and worked in Winnipeg as a Physio assistant for many years. She always was interested in the rehabilitation side of healing, and enrolled at and graduated from ACMT in January of 2018 as a fully licensed RMT. Renata had a very successful practice working at a physiotherapy clinic in Edmonton, and supervising with ACMT. When Renata learned about Osteopathy and the MOCC program, she knew that this was the next step in her career. She absolutely loves being a Manual Osteopathic Therapist, and all that comes with it. Renata is now in the process of opening her own Osteo clinic in North Vancouver while teaching with MOCC.



Adam Mulford BHK, BACK, MOT

Education Facilitator  –  Vancouver

Adam’s education includes a Bachelor of Human Kinetics (BHK) in Exercise Science with a minor in early childhood development and sports nutrition from the University of British Colombia and a post-graduate degree in Osteopathy Manual Practice (DOMP) from the Manual Osteopathic College of Canada. Adam has always been involved in fitness from a young up-and-coming athlete, to a highly competitive one and now a self-proclaimed Weekend Warrior. He has used his sports experience in hockey, lacrosse
and skiing to train athletes in these areas at a highly competitive level. Adam has also trained national level track athletes and personally qualified for ‘World’s Toughest Mudder’. Adam has always been involved in fitness from a young up-and-coming athlete, to a highly competitive one and now a self-proclaimed Weekend Warrior. He has used his sports experience in hockey, lacrosse
and skiing to train athletes in these areas at a highly competitive level. Adam has also trained national level track athletes and personally qualified for ‘World’s Toughest Mudder’.




James Wendland BHK, MOT, MHK, PK

Instructor –  Vancouver and Vernon

His background in the human body began in sports as a child where he performed competitively in soccer, baseball, swimming, and rugby.

While at college in 1998 he took a Kinesiology course and found my passion. Working with others to maximize performance and aide injury management/rehabilitation.

In 2003 he founded Kinesiologists.ca and ran this business till 2010 when new ownership took over. He has also had the joy of owning/operating fitness centres, most notably the Whistler Creek Athletic Club from 2008-2011. The Olympics were an incredible experience and the teams that trained out of the facility were eye opening to assist with. From Germany to Russia to France etc. The winter sport athletes showed what performance can be.

His teaching and instructing of future Kinesiologists during my roles as an Instructor at CapilanoU, UBC, Quest University, and as a sessional instructor here in Kelowna at UBC Okanagan, has involved an abundance of course offerings further enhancing my knowledge and understanding of human physiology and development.



Natalia Strelnikova, DOMP, BA

Education Facilitator  –  Calgary

Natalia Strelnikova is a Manual Osteopathic Graduate since 2020 and has worked for WWC Wellness Calgary, OsteoHealth Calgary and Docere Wellness Clinic at present.

Natalia became an Education Facilitator at the Calgary Campus in April 2023.




Ryan Staal MOT

Education Facilitator  –  Calgary

Ryan Staal has been a Manual Osteopathic Therapist since March 2022 and finished with honours with distinction. He comes from a small town called Stettler and has lived in Calgary for 3 years now! Ryan loves to get out and enjoy all that downtown Calgary has to offer since he is still relatively new to the area. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, listening to live music, playing tennis, and watching star wars movies! His goal is to deliver an individually tailored experience that will empower his students to live a more fulfilling and impactful life. Ryan works at creating strong bonds with his students to give them support but also support their independence in their journey in becoming the next generation of MOTs!



Dr. Linsay Sunderland

Chiropractor, B.Sc, Kin, ART, MOT

Instructor –  Calgary, Red Deer and Grande Prairie

Dr. Linsay Sunderland utilizes a diversified technique and is certified in Active Release Techniques, Graston Techniques, and KT taping systems.

A graduate of the University of Calgary with a BSc. in Kinesiology in 2004, Dr. Sunderland completed her doctorate of chiropractic medicine at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto in 2009.

Dr. Sunderland has been a full-time family practitioner in Calgary for the last nine years, with a special focus on treating dance injury and strength and power sports.

A former power-lifter and figure competitor, Dr. Sunderland enjoys music, travel and being active in the outdoors. Her goals in practice are to help patients reach their optimal health by restoring function, providing a compassionate ear and healing hands.



Christine Findlay

MOT

Education Facilitator – Grande Prairie

As a Registered Manual Osteopathic Therapist, Certified Holistic Nutrition Practitioner, Certified Stott Pilates® Instructor, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Registered Yoga Teacher RYT 500®️Christine helps clients restore optimal health and wellness through a multi faceted, balanced, holistic approach that includes hands-on therapy, mind-body movement, and nutrition.



Jordana Yuen-Jung

RMT, B.Sc, MOT

Instructor – Edmonton, Red Deer and Vancouver

Jordana Yuen-Jung is a Manual Osteopathic Therapist and Registered Massage Therapist at Reflect Wellness. In 2016, she received her Massage Therapy diploma from Western College of Remedial Massage Therapy in Regina and in 2020 she completed her diploma of Manual Osteopathic Therapy from the Manual Osteopathic College of Canada.

Jordana is a lifelong learner and is always curious about the human body and how differing manual modalities/therapies/techniques can benefit her clientele. She approaches the body intuitively and holistically, aiding your body to heal itself. She takes special interest in the neurovascular system (nervous system and blood flow) and how life events integrate into the body. Using a combination of joint mobilization, Visceral Manipulation, Myofascial Release, CranioSacral Therapy and Rapid Neurofascial Reset, Jordana tailors treatments to address your specific needs.



Jordan Belanger

RMT, MOT

Education Facilitator – Edmonton

Jordan graduated from the Alberta College of Massage Therapy and the Manual Osteopathic College of Canada, both with Honours with Distinction, and is part of MOCC’s faculty.

Jordan is passionate about helping others and enjoys finding creative ways to help people within her massage practice. She uses her extensive knowledge to create client-centered treatments to increase circulation, relaxation, and help with those stubborn aches and pains.



Russell Dale

RMT, MOT

Student Support – Edmonton

Russell Dale graduated from a 3000-hour massage therapy program with distinct honors in both the theory and practical portions of the program. He also graduated from the Manual Osteopathic College of Canada with Distinct Honors.

He has an appreciable amount of experience successfully treating people of a wide variety. Anybody from the common person to weekend warriors, professional athletes, and more! He has made an impact in the recovery of a multitude of conditions/complaints from strains, pains, and more serious ailments.

His passion for helping people has come from a young age. Growing up he was no stranger to injuries and managing them from sports/martial arts. This led him to become a massage therapist and ultimately a Manual Osteopathic Therapist.



Brett Mitchell

RMT, MOT, B.Sc

Education Facilitator – Regina

Registered Educator by Saskatchewan Ministry of Advanced Education

Massage therapy is Brett Mitchell’s second passion first having graduated with a master’s degree in music in 2016. Since that time he has been full-time faculty at Briercrest College in the music department.

In 2018 Brett chose to follow in his mother’s footsteps (or handprints, maybe) and registered for ACMT, PCMT’s sister school in Alberta, to start a career in massage therapy. Brett graduated with his 2200 hour diploma from the ACMT Lloydminster campus in 2020 and has built a thriving massage therapy business in the small town of Caronport, Saskatchewan. Brett is registered with MTAS and has certifications in SFH Dynamic Cupping and RAPID Neurofascial Reset. He is excited to be a part of the PCMT family as it has changed his life in profound and positive ways.



Bethany Antonowitsch

RMT, MOT, B.Sc

Education Facilitator – Regina

Registered Educator by Saskatchewan Ministry of Advanced Education

Bethany Antonowitsch has been working with the human body for many years. She started her career as a paramedic in 2009 where she has been caring for others, their health and their lives ever since.

In 2018 she chose to make a lateral shift in her career to massage therapy where she can care for the health and wellness of her clients in new and effective ways. She further pursed Manual Osteopathic Therapy and graduated with Distinct Honours. She remains excited to share her wealth of experience about the human body as an Instructor.



Kathryn Belsher

RMT, MOT, Somatics Educator

Instructor – Calgary



Nadege Aymonin

RMT, MOT

Education Facilitator – Calgary

Nadege has a strong background in the fitness industry, having taught a wide variety of fitness and yoga classes for almost 10 years, constantly looking to learn and take new courses, broadening her skills and knowledge to share with her students.

Her passion for functional rehabilitation lead her to study massage therapy and she uses her expertise in fitness into her massage practice by mixing techniques like cupping, breath work and stretches to restore the ability to move and allow everyone to reach their fullest and highest potential.

Graduated from MOCC as a Manual Osteopathic Therapist which includes craniosacral therapy, osteoarticulations, manual lymphatic therapy, visceral manipulations.



Kara Prigotzke

RMT, MOT, CHN

Instructor – Calgary

​If you’ve been in search of a practitioner that takes your pain as seriously as you do, search no further. My unique approach to chronic pain is multi-faceted. With triple designations and an intense passion for sharing knowledge with others, my aim is to help others get to the root of their problems, inside and out.

​​I am constantly updating my skill set with three modalities and registrations to uphold, so I am usually always up to something new. I love to provide clients with an educational approach in all that I do and genuinely enjoy catching up on the newest research in the holistic & manual therapy industries.



Emilaine Santos

RMT, MOT

Instructor – Edmonton

Emilaine is a graduate of ACMT and MOCC and has been teaching for the last year 3 years.

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