Our Faculty

Calgary Campus

Renee Simons

Renee’s interest in human kinetics and functional muscle movement began with Kinesiology studies at Simon Fraser University (SFU). In 2004, she graduated from Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy completing a 3000hr program and is a member of the College of Massage Therapists of BC and the Remedial Massage Therapists of Alberta. Since becoming a Registered Massage Therapist, Renee has focused her post-graduate training and clinical practice around Myofascial Release and Visceral Manipulation techniques and is committed to providing patients with individualized treatments to discover and resolve the underlying reasons why they may have pain and dysfunction in their bodies. Teaching is a way for Renee to pay it forward and share her passion about massage therapy and mentor the next generation of therapists.

Email: simonsr@acmt.ca
Courses: Massage Therapy

Lucy Quach

Lucy graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Regina in 2009. After working for several years in marketing and advertising, she experienced the incredible benefits of alternative therapy and decided to ditch the marketing world to become a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner. Lucy’s growing interest in anatomy and physiology led her to ACMT where she earned her Massage Therapy diploma. She credits her success to her amazing instructors at the Calgary campus and to the students she now supervises for always keeping her on her toes.
When time permits, Lucy enjoys being in nature, watching hockey (Go Habs!), and playing poker.

Email: quachl@acmt.ca
Courses: Spa Massage Practitioner, Teachers Assistant

Ashley Taylor

Ashley graduated from Alberta College of Massage Therapy and subsequently became a teacher’s assistant with the school in September of 2014. Ashley enjoys a busy practice within McKenzie Towne Chiropractic where she has worked since 2013. She is committed to helping her clients to find effective ways to manage persistent pain and work towards their goals in healing. Her focus is in deep tissue massage facilitated by movement. She is passionate about education and is excited to continue to be in the classroom learning alongside the 2nd year students.

Email: ashley@acmt.ca
Courses: Academic Director

Michelle Major

Michelle is a Registered Massage Therapist and attended the Alberta College of Massage Therapy in Calgary. In her practice, she focuses on therapeutic (deep tissue), rehabilitation, along with relaxation techniques as she believes the body heals faster when relaxed and rested. She is also certified in reflexology to bring an extra level of expertise to her sessions.
Michelle believes that we all play a role in bringing our bodies into a state of well-being. She will release the tension, knots, and muscle stress for her clients as well as educate them on how to maintain and prevent further injury through exercises and stretching.

Email: majorm@acmt.ca
Courses: Clinic Supervisor

Antoinette Newell

Antoinette was born and raised in a small town in Alberta. She attended the University of Alberta and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education. Her love for sport kept her busy as an athletic trainer for various levels of hockey as well she coached basketball, volleyball and track and field. Antoinette graduated from the Alberta College of Massage Therapy with Distinction.
Antoinette loves spending time with her family and dogs and believes a healthy lifestyle starts outside. Antoinette spends as much time as possible outside either horseback riding, downhill skiing, kayaking, fishing or hiking, just to name a few favorites. Her favorite indulgence is chocolate ice cream.

Email: NewellA@acmt.ca
Courses: Teachers Assistant

Amanda Paszkowski

Amanda has always been fascinated by the human body. She began her career in health care in 2008 working as a Licensed Practical Nurse, in a variety of different inpatient settings. After personally experiencing the positive effects that massage and manual therapy can have on the body, Amanda graduated from Alberta College of Massage Therapy with honours with distinction.
Since graduating Amanda has been certified in orthopedic massage, dynamic cupping, fascial decompression, fascial body reading and is currently studying visceral manipulation and craniosacral therapy.
You can find Amanda both in the clinic and the classroom, where she thoroughly enjoys assisting and encouraging students on their learning journey.

Email: paszkowskia@acmt.ca
Courses: Student Support

Edmonton Campus

Terri Cuthill

Terri graduated from Alberta Massage Training in 2009 and became a teacher’s assistant in February 2010. She completed an online instructor course in November 2010. To add to her skills, Terri has taken a cranio sacral workshop, a jade stone workshop and standard first aid and level C CPR. Terri is an active member of the Remedial Massage Therapists Association, working out of a clinic in Sherwood Park during the week. Terri enjoys helping others, whether it’s working out a client’s knots or helping a student learn the body.

Email: cuthillt@acmt.ca
Courses: Massage Therapy, Spa Massage Practitioner

Janet Mwamburi

Janet is our Spa Massage Practitioner Instructor at the Calgary Campus. She 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. Her modalities of choice include: Low Intensity Laser Therapy; Onsen Techniques Therapy; Myofascial Remodeling; Visceral Manipulation; Pregnancy Massage and Therapeutic Ball Release.
She has also completed the Instructor Development Program and is certified in Basic American Sign Language. Janet feels very fortunate to have the opportunity to encourage 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 therapists talk about how their techniques effected lasting change and vastly improved their client’s quality of life. Nothing beats that!”

Email: jmwamburi@acmt.ca
Courses: Spa Massage Practitioner

Keenan Hollingsworth

Keenan is an RMT originally from Ontario. He moved to Red Deer January 2018 with his fiance, where he currently practices out of Collegiate Sports Medicine, and was lucky enough to be welcomed onto the ACMT team! He is also coaching the Red Deer Special Olympics Powerlifting team.

Keenan spent his time as an RMT in multidisciplinary clinics working primarily with patients with orthopedic injuries, MVAs, and other pain problems. Prior to becoming an RMT, he worked as a Personal Trainer and Strength & Conditioning coach, specializing in post-rehab work.

His biggest interests clinically are persistent pain, the science behind pain and rehabilitation, neurophysiology, and the biopsychosocial model. He is currently working on a degree in Human Sciences, with the intention of going into Physiotherapy. Keenan is very passionate about continued learning, He is very curious by nature, and looks forward to sharing that with the students of ACMT!

Email: hollingsworthk@acmt.ca
Courses: Massage Therapy

Ewa Mendez

Ewa supervises Student Clinic and teaches the SMP program in Edmonton. She has been practicing massage therapy since 2012 and she is very passionate about the industry. Ewa’s certifications include Reflexology, Hot Stones, Shiatsu, Waslawski technique and Myofascial Cupping. As a practitioner she believes in continuous learning about human body, strong communication with clients and utilizing available resources to reach treatment goals. Ewa feels privileged to have the opportunity to contribute to the education of new RMTs.

Email: mendeze@acmt.ca
Courses: Spa Massage Practitioner, Clinic Supervisor

Amanda Thomas

Amanda began her career in 2011 and began teaching with ACMT in 2016. Fascinated by the human body, she is pursuing the field of Manual Osteopathy to add to her Massage Therapy practice. In addition to instructing the Spa Massage Practitioner and Massage Therapy programs, Amanda is a clinic supervisor and the External Practicum Officer. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, being outside, and crafting.

Email: thomasa@acmt.ca
Courses: Massage Therapy, Spa Massage Practitioner, Teachers Assistant, Clinic Supervisor

Brittany Barnes

Brittany earned her Massage Therapy diploma in Newfoundland and now calls Fort McMurray her home. She is thrilled to have a career that allows her to help others. (Spoiler alert: it never gets old!) To provide the best treatments she can for her clients she is always seeking out new learning opportunities. Some of the additional courses she has completed include cupping, yoga, pregnancy, deep tissue and Thai-sport massage. In 2017 she also became a sport trainer. When not engulfed in all things massage, she is a hip-hop head who enjoys volunteering, browsing memes the gym and travelling. The future is bright for the Massage Therapy profession in Alberta. Her goal within ACMT is for each student to leave feeling confident in their skills and equipped to take care of themselves along their journey. It was way back during her own schooling that she fell in love with body work and she hopes to ignite that same passion in students. She is honoured to play a small role as they embark on what she believes is simply the best career ever – Massage Therapy.

Email: BarnesB@acmt.ca
Courses: Clinic Supervisor

Diana Beaumont

Diana Beaumont graduated from ACMT in June 2014. As an alumni she knows exactly how the students feel going through the process of working hard for their certifications. Diana worked as an RMT part-time with her own practice after graduation up until October of this year. Diana opened a clinic on the south side and recently got married. She has a beautiful 19 year old daughter.

Diana is one of the south side clinic supervisors and enjoys every minute spent with the students. She sees how much they improve with every hour of practical and loves showing them different ways to work the body to better the client’s experience.

Email: HansenD@acmt.ca
Courses: Spa Massage Practitioner, Clinic Supervisor

Mitchell Anderson

After spending most of his career working in warehouses and industrial service shops, Mitch had accumulated his fair share of over-use injuries. A sad reality of labour-intensive industries is when someone gets injured, they are told to “walk it off” and “don’t complain, everyone’s back hurts”. Determined to break from this toxic culture, he enrolled in ACMT in 2017 and graduated honours with distinction in 2019. His goal was to give people afflicted with these injuries a higher quality of life through treatment, education, and most importantly, empathy. He does this by operating a practice adjacent to the industrial complex where he used to work. Mitch fell in love with the high energy atmosphere of the classroom, and jumped at the opportunity to inspire other like minded individuals looking to make the leap to Massage Therapy.

Email: AndersonM@acmt.ca
Courses: Massage Therapy, Clinic Supervisor

Carrie McFetridge

As someone naturally drawn to helping people, Carrie left her photography career to pursue Massage Therapy and Manual Osteopathic Therapy. In her clinical practice and in the classroom, her style appeals to both right and left brain dominant people. She loves following a creative, intuitive approach and then backing it up with physiological connections. Even more than that, she loves teaching others about their bodies and how they can feel their best. Carrie has a strong passion for Craniosacral Therapy and continues to take additional courses to further her education. In her spare time, you can find her exploring nature with her children and labradoodle, out on the water kayaking, or teaching herself cello.

Email: mcfetridgec@acmt.ca
Courses: Student Support

Emilaine Santos

Emilaine is a Registered Massage Therapist, Student of Manual Osteopathic Therapy and Reiki Practitioner. She is a graduate of Alberta College of Massage Therapy and studying at the Manual Osteopathic College of Canada.
Emilaine’s outlook of life is optimistic which drives her passion for people and the love for her family. She practices and trains in Karate, enjoys yoga, loves trying new activities and staying active. She loves the scenery of the mountains and enjoys hiking, camping, and simply spending time outdoors.

Emilaine strongly believes and advocates for holistic health and wellness enhancing a life of balance. Her goal is to facilitate healing and restoration, while educating and empowering clients on improving their general wellbeing.
She is so excited and honored to be joining the ACMT faculty as Student Support and hopes to inspire and encourage students on their journey to becoming RMTs!

Email: santose@acmt.ca
Courses: Student Support

Fort McMurray Campus

KayLeigh Farrell

Kayleigh graduated from Northumberland College in Halifax Nova Scotia in 2008. After successful completion of CMTO board exams Kayleigh began a practice focused on complex rehabilitative care. Kayleigh is immensely passionate about educating but also puts great importance on her own continued growth as a professional. She has received additional training in myofascial release, deep tissue massage, sport massage therapy, post surgical care and most recently holistic nutrition.
Email: kfarrell@acmt.ca
Courses: Massage Therapy, Spa Massage Practitioner

Debbie Bodoano

Debbie graduated from the 2200 hour program and is fully certified to provide Swedish, Therapeutic, Hot Stone Massage and Reiki Energy Bodywork. She has been providing Massage Therapy Services since 2009. Currently completing training in Aromatherapy Essential Oils Certification and Shamanic Healing, Debbie continues to broaden her scope of practice. In May of 2017 she will certified in Soft cupping therapies. She is committed to providing services that help people relax mind, body and spirit, provide relief from the pain of injuries and stress, and encourage good overall health and wellness. Debbie teaches the Spa Massage Program and Massage Therapy Program at the Fort McMurray campus.
“I feel a profound gratitude to be in this profession and to practice massage therapy. I am truly blessed to be in a career where I can integrate what I do, with who I am, what I feel and where I want to be in life; whole, happy and in harmony with my beliefs.”
Email: dbodoano@acmt.ca
Courses: Massage Therapy, Spa Massage Practitioner

Sarah Hennessey

Sarah is from Newfoundland but is loving life in Alberta. Her inspiration to become a massage therapist came from many injuries and massage sessions. She really enjoys being able to helping others. Sarah graduated in 2011 from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy campus in Halifax. From there she completed the CMTNL certification examinations. For the past 6 years Sarah has been working in Northern Alberta and loving it! She finds great passion in client care and rehabilitation of all forms. She always practices with an open mind and understand that every treatment could be different from the last. She has completed many continuing education courses over the years, some of her favorites would include working with fascia and prenatal! When Sarah isn’t working you can find her with her family!
Email: HennesseyS@acmt.ca
Courses: Massage Therapy

Nisha Mills

In 2004, Nisha graduated from College of the North Atlantic’s Physiotherapy Assistant Program. For the next 10 years, she worked in a variety of rehab settings, including pediatrics and stroke rehab. After having children, Nisha realized that massage therapy would be a great way for her to continue helping people in physical rehabilitation while having more time to spend with her family. In 2019, she graduated from Alberta College of Massage Therapy with Distinction, and began instructing in 2020. Nisha loves spending time with her family, either hiking, camping, swimming, cycling, or snowmobiling.
Email: MillsN@acmt.ca
Courses: Spa Massage Practitioner

Grande Prairie Campus

Nikki Surka

Nikki graduated from AMT in 2012. She worked in a busy clinic in Grande Prairie during her training and for a couple years after, before starting her own successful home based business, The Art of Healing. Her modalities include Swedish Relaxation, Deep Tussue Theraputic Massage, Prenatal massage, Myofascial Release, Myofascial Cupping and Jade Stone Massage.

Courses: Spa Massage Practitioner, Teachers Assistant, Clinic Supervisor

Casey Russell

Casey completed her therapeutic massage training at the Alberta Institute of Massage Therapy in February, 2003. After graduating she went on to take the doula training and infant massage program in Calgary. Since then she has owned and operated Kneaded or Knot Massage Therapy in the Grande Prairie area. She looks forward to many years of teaching and helping to shape the future of Massage Therapy.

Email: russellc@acmt.ca
Courses: Massage Therapy, Teachers Assistant

Barbara Lowe

Barb graduated from AMT in 2013 and has been employed with ACMT since 2015 in various positions. She is the local owner and operator of BALY Therapeutic Massage in Grande Prairie since May 2018. Barb is a proud mother of 4 and grandmother of 2.

Email: Loweb@acmt.ca
Courses: Spa Massage Practitioner

Tonya Dueck

Tonya Dueck, RMT studied and completed her 2200 hour Massage Therapy training in Edmonton, AB at MH VICARS School of Massage. She started her massage career in 2014, while also starting her practice in a busy clinic while finishing her second year of school. She has worked along side physiotherapists, chiropractors, psychologists, reflexologists, and family and child Counselors. Tonya is certified to practice myofascial and fire cupping, as well as specialized in working with elite athletes and sports massage therapy.

Email: DueckT@acmt.ca
Courses: Teachers Assistant, Clinic Supervisor

Victoria Wiebe

Victoria graduated from the ACMT program and has been a practising RMT in Grande Prairie AB since 2019. In order to improve her knowledge and massage practice she also has graduated from MOCC program. In order to further aid in the health and well being of her clients, she also has specialized in Dynamic cupping, Jade Stone, FMT advanced Kinesiology tapping, and FMT IASTM. Victoria loves learning and enjoys every opportunity to assist others in there educational journey.

Email: wiebev@acmt.ca
Courses: Student Support

Lloydminster Campus

Pam Walker

Pamela received a diploma in business administration and is a certified Educational Assistant. She took massage therapy training through Lakeland College in 2010. Since then Pamela has been working full time in a spa, and recently made the change to work from home. Pamela started assistant teaching with Alberta Massage Training in September 2014. She loves helping people to feel better and live healthier lives. Pamela looks forward to continuing learning new things and passing that knowledge on to others. Pam is a substitute Teaching Assistant and Clinic Supervisor.

Email: pwalker@acmt.ca
Courses: Massage Therapy, Spa Massage Practitioner, Clinic Supervisor

Erin Walker

Erin has been a Massage Therapist since 2000. She graduated from Northern Institute of Massage and currently works from her home. Erin was the head of the Massage Therapy Department at Lakeland College for 2 years and has been teaching with Alberta College of Massage Therapy since 2012. Erin has pursued other modalities as well, including: Jade Stone Massage, Level 1 and 2 Thai Massage, Traditional and Thai Foot Reflexology, Raindrop Therapy, Myofascial Cupping, Pregnancy and Infant Massage, and Doula Training. Erin enjoys working with students and watching them learn and become confident to begin their own careers in the natural health field.

Email: ewalker@acmt.ca
Courses: Massage Therapy

Kelly McGilvery

Kelly graduated from Alberta massage training in 2013 at the Lloydminster campus. She started her career at a spa in downtown Maidstone Sk. Kelly then continued her massage career from her home in the evenings after her full time day job. After a year of building up her clients she opened her own business in Maidstone. Kelly now has a full clientele and is passionate about her career along with growing her knowledge in the field . She has continued her education and strengthened her practice in structural assessment and alignment , reflexology as well as myofacial cupping.
As a first year TA of the Swedish massage program kelly enjoys to teach with hands on experience as well as teaching about anatomy and techniques of massage.

Email: kmcgilvery@acmt.ca
Courses: Spa Massage Practitioner, Teachers Assistant

Shauna Rempel

Shauna Rempel has been teaching Massage Therapy for Alberta College of Massage Therapy for the past 9 years. She really enjoys watching students learn, grow and succeed. Shauna Graduated from The Northern institute of Massage and became a Registered Massage therapist in 1997. Since then she has worked out of her home as well as in a clinical setting and enjoys aspects of both. Shauna also has a Medical Office Assistant degree as well as many Massage related courses including myo-fascial release, therapeutic ball release, spinal touch, management of soft tissues of spine and lower extremities, neuromuscular therapy-advanced clinical massage. Shauna believes in the benefits of massage therapy, in natural health and healing the body as a whole.

Email: srempel@acmt.ca
Courses: Spa Massage Practitioner

Katherine DuBeau

Katherine is a Clinic Supervisor at the Lloydminster campus. She graduated from Alberta College of Massage Therapy, and officially became an RMT in 2013. Since which time she has completed courses in Myofascial Cupping, Onsen level 1 and 2, Pregnancy and Postnatal Massage, and First and Second degree Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Ryoho. She has her practice set up out of her home, but has also worked in spa and clinic settings. Katherine also has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta with a double major in Human Ecology and Marketing. She is very passionate about massage therapy and the positive effects on the body. She loves learning new modalities and growing as a therapist.

Email: kdubeau@acmt.ca
Courses: Clinic Supervisor

Michelle Spornitz

Michelle graduated from MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy in 2003. She worked in Marwayne, Alberta for 3 years and then took time off to have 2 children. In March 2011, she started massaging at Better Your Body Therapy in Lloydminster, until June 2014. In July, 2014, she ventured out on my own and opened Healing Hands Massage & Reflexology and has been there ever since. Being a massage therapist has given her the flexibility to work around very busy kids’ schedules. She has loved every minute of being able to help people to feel better and help in the process of their healing.

Email: flewellm@acmt.ca
Courses: Teachers Assistant, Clinic Supervisor

Tammy Letendre

Tammy is an ACMT Alumni, graduating from the Lloydminster campus. She is currently enrolled with the Manual Osteopathic College of Canada, and will complete in March 2020. And is working as a massage therapist at Alta- Sask Wellness, Lloydminster location, in the Servus Sports Center. Teaching isn’t new to Tammy, as she taught swimming lessons for 17 years in Lloydminster, Vermilion, Saskatoon and Penticton. She loves helping others, be it her clients or students to succeed.

Email: letendret@acmt.ca
Courses: Teachers Assistant, Clinic Supervisor

Red Deer Campus

Kara Idland

Kara started her Massage Therapy career right out of High School and absolutely fell in love. She excelled in the classroom and is now thrilled to be able to share her passion with students. In her free time she likes to go to the gym, snowboard and travel.

Email: idlandk@acmt.ca
Courses: Teachers Assistant, Clinic Supervisor

Courtney Troniak

Courtney has been an RMT for five years. She has always been interested in anatomy and sport therapy because her mom was also a therapist for 20+ years. She has a small business she runs out of her house.
Courtney holds degrees in both History and English as well as a masters in Education.
Courtney teaches part time at an outreach high school and spends her spare time gardening. In the winter months, she reads and sews a lot. She has two cats and is an auntie to 8 humans.

Email: TroniakC@acmt.ca
Courses: Spa Massage Practitioner

Jennifer Kroetch

Jen graduated from ACMT in 2020 and the MOCC program in 2021, she currently has her own practice in Sylvan Lake where she lives with her three kids. She has a true passion for elevating the health and wellness of all people and loves to share her experiences with new massage therapy students. When she’s not working you’ll find her at the beach with her kids, paddle boarding, hiking, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

Email: kroetchj@acmt.ca
Courses: Clinic Supervisor