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Meet our Registered Massage Therapists

Kaitlyn Wengler, RMT Lead

Kaitlyn graduated from the massage therapy program at The Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning and has completed an advanced training certification in the Dr. Vodder method of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT). Drawn to the profession for its healing capabilities, she believes that massage presents a foundation for rehabilitation, exercise education, health maintenance, and wellness. Through soft tissue manipulation, trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage, and manual lymph drainage, she works to provide a comprehensive and well-rounded treatment specific to each individual.

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Kaitlyn values a patient-centered care approach to all treatments and utilizes massage therapy to assist and optimize the health and wellness of her patients. She has experience treating patients with edema, tendonitis, chronic back and neck pain, rheumatic arthritis, headaches, neuropathies, pregnancy and postpartum etc. Along with providing a therapeutic treatment, Kaitlyn has a strong passion for educating patients in safe and effective home care and remedial exercises. Outside of work, Kaitlyn loves staying active and participates in various recreational activities including hockey. She also enjoys trying new cooking/baking recipes and spending time with friends and family.

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Robbie Gillies, RMT

Robbie GilliesRobbie graduated from Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy after completing a four-year undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at Queen’s University. Robbie grew up in Toronto and competed in soccer and running at a provincial level. Through his own sport-related injuries, Robbie has developed a keen interest in the processes that lead us back to a strong physical and mental state. He is passionate about helping to make these processes as smooth, positive, and efficient as possible. Robbie sees massage therapy as an integral part of the maintenance and journey towards health and wellness. Throughout his massage therapy studies, Robbie has had clinical experience working with athletes, seniors, people at different stages of pregnancy, those who were bedridden post-surgery, suffering from multiple sclerosis, and most often, adults and students who spend many hours sitting at a desk.

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By working with the person, Robbie develops his treatment plans with the patient’s goals as a primary focus. Through his knowledge of anatomy, pain referral patterns, postural compensatory patterns, and orthopaedic testing, Robbie is quick to determine palpable areas where tension and pain reside and originate. He achieves relief using masterful pressure and technique sequences that include myofascial release, deep tissue manual therapy, trigger point techniques, dynamic release techniques, joint mobilizations, and general Swedish massage. He takes his patient’s needs and preferences into consideration and adapts his treatments to best suit each individual. Aside from massage therapy and kinesiology-related interests, Robbie is an avid traveler and adventurer who gets a thrill out of exploring nature and making connections with people. He loves all kinds of music and enjoys jamming with friends and strangers. He also has a passion for teaching and has spent time educating and having open discussions with youth about mental, sexual, and physical health.

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Brenda De Silva, RMT

Brenda De Silva, RMTBrenda has over 10 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. Having worked through her own personal struggles through exercise, nutrition, and meditation, she experienced first-hand the impact a healthy lifestyle can have on an individual’s overall well-being. She decided to combine her love of health and fitness with her passion for self-development and spiritual growth.

Brenda has an extensive background in personal training, working as a personal trainer for 10 years in boutique and corporate gyms. In 2013 she became a certified Reiki Practitioner and Master and in 2014 she became a Fascial Stretch Therapist®. By 2017 she had completed her Level 3 Fascial Stretch Therapy Fitness certification and became a Level 1 Fascial Stretch Therapy® Instructor with Stretch to Win™ Canada.

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In 2019 Brenda successfully completed the Massage Therapy Program at Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy. She is excited to apply her newfound skills, knowledge and techniques to her treatments, providing a fluid, holistic and intuitive approach to her sessions catered to her clients’ needs.

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Salvatore Spatafora, B. Arch, RMT, VCSB

I see with my hands
Hear with my skin
Smell with my brain
And touch with my heart.
– Page Patterson

Salvatore unofficially began to care for people as a young Architect. He completed a Bachelor of Architecture Degree in 1998. Improving the lives of people, he designed interior spaces, custom furniture and industrial design objects for a decade. At midlife, Salvatore received a dream that changed everything. He answered the call and returned to school as an adult. In 2009, he received a Diploma in Massage Therapy from Kikkawa College. Artful hands transitioned into therapeutic hands and at last, design found its maturity in the Architecture of the body.

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Salvatore officially began to care for people as a Registered Massage Therapist. In good standing with the CMTO for 12+ years, his professional practice holds the possibility of change as holy ground for clients to traverse in their own way. Guided by the wisdom of the body, he co-creates a sacred container to meet clients exactly where they need to be met. Compassionate and open-hearted his therapeutic approach to wellness balances technical discernment with intuitive perception. In this way, Salvatore listens to the inherent intelligence of the body when unwinding soft tissue restrictions.

He utilizes a number of modalities and techniques to provide deep relief and emotional well-being for his clients, namely Craniosacral therapy, Myofascial Release, Medical Qi Gong, Suikodo, Spinal Mobilizations, Deep Tissue Therapy and Trigger Point Therapy.

Specializing in a Visionary approach to Craniosacral Therapy, Salvatore was awarded a Diploma in Visionary Craniosacral Bodywork, in 2015, by the internationally recognized Osteopath, Hugh Milne. The rigorous, multi-level training established an in-depth understanding of the Craniosacral System and consciously prepared Salvatore to value both technical knowledge and intuitive mastery. The teaching mantra was simple, Open the Heart, Clear the Mind, Free the Body.

Enamored with the beauty of this world Salvatore is a life-long learner. Deeply invested in self-care practices that expand his capacity for joy, curiosity of life and body awareness he loves Dream Journaling, Japanese Calligraphy, Tenkoku workshops, daily Medical Qi Gong, walking trails and cooking adventures infused with global spices.

Craniosacral Therapy

This unique healing modality applies a gentle, meditative contact of 5g or less pressure to interrupt the fight or flight cycle and activates the rest and digest response of the nervous system. The self-healing mechanisms of the immune system are called into action to distribute resources to where they are needed and restore natural rhythms of the body. Tissue is either pushed, pulled or held in place with traditional hand contacts made at the pelvis, sacrum, spine and cranium, but any part of the body can be valuable place of stored information. Clients often report a deep sense of relief with an added quality of witnessing their body change as it is changing. Performed without oil, clients are encouraged to attend sessions in loose clothing (t-shirt and shorts).
Some of the conditions treated include: Headaches/Migraines, Pre/Post Pregnancy, Grinding/Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, Sacroiliac Misalignments/Sciatica, Postural Asymmetry, Eye/Vision Problems, Concussion/Whiplash Injuries, Hearing Loss/Tinnitus, Sinusitis, Bell’s Palsy, Fibromyalgia, Depression and Digestive Disorders.

Craniosacral Massage

As the name suggests, this blended treatment combines the best of Craniosacral Therapy with Swedish Massage. Tailored to the needs of the client hand contacts are made along the pelvis, sacrum, spine and/cranium to reduce the muscle tension in a given area. Intended as an introduction to the gentle, meditative touch of Craniosacral Therapy, clients can expect to experience a qualitative change in muscle tone and feel a sense of deep relief.

We looking forward to helping you and meeting your goals. Contact Us today at (416) 489-0077!

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