The TC-CMTA is currently comprised of representatives from three massage therapy associations in Alberta; The Massage Therapist Association of Alberta, The Natural Health Practitioners of Canada and The Remedial Massage Therapists Association.
Working together to create a higher standard
By joining together at the TC-CMTA, the three associations have embraced the opportunity to gain from their collective knowledge, member considerations and expertise.
Christy Kasur, RMT - President
Christy Kasur is a dedicated allied Healthcare professional with over 20 years experience in Massage Therapy. Her career began as a medical laboratory assistant then rapidly progressed into the field of Massage Therapy – graduating from the CES Massage Therapy program in 1997 and a two-year Massage Therapy program at Grant MacEwan College in 1999. Christy is a successful small business owner whose initial clinical practice operated for 10 years in a Medical Clinic focusing on the efficacy of massage therapy as a viable post-MVA treatment. Her practice then relocated to a Chiropractic Clinic for a subsequent 10 years.
In addition to her practice, Christy’s career has included critical roles on behalf of important organisations in the massage industry. She has sat as Chair of theMotor Vehicle Accident Insurance Task Force since 2005, acting as liaison to the Alberta Government, and holds a significant leadership role as President of the Transitional Council for the College of Massage Therapists of Alberta. Christy worked for Cengage Learning as a review editor on the comprehensive industry text book Theory & Practice of Massage Therapy by Mark Beck and is currently recognised as a Qualified Expert Witness in Massage Therapy providing opinion evidence in the Provincial Court of Alberta. Christy invests continuously in her professional development and is presently engaged in courses and workshops focused on issues related to the regulatory industry in Massage Therapy.
Christy’s commitment to excellence is demonstrated by her desire to continually expand her regulatory knowledge base and her acquired industry-specific skills which are an asset to future regulatory work in the profession of Massage Therapy.
Jessica Villeneuve, Vice President
Jessica Villeneuve graduated from CCMH in Cambridge ON in 2013 and successfully completed both practical and written certification examinations through the CMTO in her home province. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Massage Therapist Association of Alberta.
Jessica has been both an Instructor and Program Coordinator for massage therapy schools in Alberta, with her hope to bring the thorough and standardized training outcomes of Ontario to her current province. Previously, she has offered one on one continued tutoring for those wishing to complete certification exams in regulated provinces once finished school in Alberta. In addition, she is the creator of her own continuing education courses for health care providers, and contributes to online platform learning systems.
Same Stars Massage & Wellness, Jessica’s own company was founded on the ideal that massage should be accessible for every population. The company provides ethical care to palliative, disabled or special needs children and adults, and allows caregivers a platform to seek education on massage and its benefits.
With her experience in a regulated province, Jessica has been an active voice for this in her community, advocating for victims of sexual assault and misconduct. She has worked advising the public, health practitioners, law enforcement and educational institutions.
Jessica volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House in Calgary, with various oncology and palliative organizations and is an avid outdoor adventurist.
Meagan Dick, Secretary
Meagan started her education at the Mount Royal University in the Social Work diploma program. Her passion for working with people grew through her volunteer work at a woman’s shelter, but it wasn’t until she began school at the Alberta College of Massage Therapists in 2012 where she discovered her true calling.
Graduating in 2013, she started her own practice from home, eventually growing it enough to open a clinic at a medical centre. After various transitions, including working for two years at a busy Chiropractic clinic, she finds herself back working at her home office.
In an effort to better understand her Associations Board roles and procedure, Meagan joined in 2017 as Secretary of the RMTA and through hard work and dedication, quickly advanced into the role of President in 2018.
As Alberta moves towards regulation, Meagan proudly sits on the Transitional Council for the College of Massage Therapists of Alberta as Secretary in hopes of contributing in the advocation of Regulation of Massage Therapy in Alberta.
Kathy Watson, Government Relations Director
Kathy's work provides facts on complementary and alternative health to decision-makers whose policies, laws, and legislation impact the livelihoods, opportunities, and work environments of NHPC members.
Kathy has a long history of sitting on nationally active boards, including the Canadian Capital Cities Organization, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, and the National Association for Municipal and Aboriginal Relations.
Kathy was on City Council for nine years and was Mayor of Whitehorse for six of those years. During her time in public office, she represented the city and territory as the guest of Premier MacDonald on trade missions to the United States and with Prime Minister Jean Chrétien on the Team Canada Trade Mission to Japan.
Melanie Hayden,RMT - Treasurer
After graduating from Mount Royal University’s Massage Therapy Program in 1996 Melanie and has worked in a corporate fitness center an integrative health care center and now has a part time practice out of her home where she specializes in women’s health and wellness.
Her passion for lifelong learning and technology lead her to co-found the World Massage Conference that was produced for over 11 years. WMC brings the top industry leaders from around the world together with students from around the world into a virtual classroom to learn treatments, techniques, ethics, business, research and self-care skills.
Over the past 18 years Melanie has taught many business classes throughout Canada and the United states. She was a featured speaker at the Beyond The Dura Upldeger Institute conference and the keynote speaker for the Massage Therapists Association of Nova Scotia and has taught classes for the NHPC.
Melanie was a volunteer board member and served as a Director, the Vice-President and the President of the NHPC over 6 years.
Melanie is a passionate advocate and leader in the massage profession and is excited and honored to support the transition of the profession in Alberta into the regulatory framework of professional healthcare providers.
Gina Hendrickson, Director
Gina is the Executive Director of the MTAA, with a focus on providing massage therapists with the most support possible. During this time she has been fortunate to have the opportunity to learn about the MTAA operations and the culture of our association. Gina compliments her MTAA knowledge with her previous experience in non-profits and with her amazing guest experience as a former WestJet employee.
Along with her qualifications, Gina brings with her a passion to help others by going above and beyond in everything that she does. As a recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award from the City of Airdrie, she knows very well the work it takes to make a non-profit successful. In addition to her previous experience, Gina brings her education in Human Resources, Computer Information Systems and Customer Service Excellence. Her leadership experience and her passion for helping others make her the perfect fit to help bring the profession of massage therapy in Alberta to a regulated status.
Heather Goddard, Director
Heather joined the RMTA team in early 2015. Her background in management has given her excellent interpersonal skills which assist with day to day operations. She began as the membership coordinator ensuring all applicants met or exceeded the RMTA’s educational requirements in massage therapy to process memberships into the Association. Over time, her responsibilities grew, and she was promoted to Executive Director. In 2017 she was a member of a school approval committee; which would assess new schools seeking accreditation in the province of Alberta. Currently she is a director of the Transitional Council for The College of Massage Therapists of Alberta. She is excited to be a part of the team of professionals to see massage therapy in the province of Alberta become regulated. In her personal time she enjoys spending time with her family, and is proud to be the mom of four amazing sons.
Jeremy Sayer, Director
Jeremy Sayer was appointed to the Transitional Council for the College of Massage Therapy of Alberta in March of 2019. He has been a member of the RMTA since 2013, and a full member since 2014 when he graduated from Alberta Massage Training. He has a passion for therapeutic massage and since graduation he has added both Cupping Therapy and Applied Reflexology to his ever-expanding knowledge base.
Jeremy also came to us with other great life experience, particularly on the political front where he served as a Councillor in local government from 2013 to 2017. Before becoming a massage therapist, he spent 5 years as an Operations Manager for a propane company following his graduation from College. He has a great passion for communication, a great dedication to learning, and a knack for knowledge.
Jeremy currently spends his days operating his own massage clinic and spending one day a week massaging seniors in a continuing care facility.
Jason dvorak, Director
Jason Dvorak is the owner of Infants to Athletes Massage Therapy located in Lethbridge, Alberta, where he works as a practitioner and educator. He graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy and is a member of the CMTBC, as well as the MTAA. Jason works with all age groups in injury rehabilitation, pain management, and patient education. After the traumatic birth of his daughter 7 years ago, Jason started to focus on newborn pain management and has been working towards advancing the understanding and knowledge base of the health and well being of infants related to treating birth shock and trauma.