Board Members

2017-2018 Board of Directors

2017-2018 Board of Directors
Left to Right: Trish Cole, Allyson Billey, Shauna Schofield, Kim Moore, Pete Swales, Amanda Roth, Paulla Schmidt, Nikki Spence, Tanya Wagner
Missing: Sharon Bell

Board Member Biographies

Calgary, AB
kmoore@nhpcanada.org

Volunteer/Committee Experience

  • Easter Seals 24 hour Relay Race (2008)
  • Chair Massage for Cassie Campbell’s Road Hockey Tournament (2008)
  • Chair Massage for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) (2001)
  • Various Charitable Golf Tournaments (2000-2009)
  • Sports Massage for University of Calgary Gymnastics Competition (2000)
  • Chair Massage for Bethany Care Centre (2000)
  • Athletic Therapist for Red Deer and Calgary Minor Hockey Association (1995 – 2003)
  • Fitness instructor Kerby Centre (1998)

Type of Practice

  • Developed and continually expanding a Sole Proprietor of PROactive health and Wellness from 2000 to Present
  • Therapeutic Massage Therapy and Alternative Health

Education

  • Hot Stone Therapy Certificate
  • The Stone Company (Feb 2008)
  • Aromatherapy Certificate
  • Mount Royal College (April 2002)
  • Reflexology – Level 1&2 Certificates
  • Wildrose College of Natural Healing (June 2001)
  • Massage Therapy Certificate – 1000 Hour Program
  • Foothills College of Massage (Feb 2000)
  • Kinesiology Diploma – Health and Fitness Promotion Diploma
  • Red Deer College (May 1997)

Comments

As a long time massage therapist and member of NHPC, I have seen a great many changes in how  natural health practitioners have influenced society's approach to wellness. I believe that not only do  we have an impact through touch and treatment, but through education and promotion of improved  well being as well as prevention.

I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to work as a Board  of Director with NHPC and serve both current and future members in continuing to grow our  organization across the country.

Red Deer, AB
pswales@nhpcanada.org

Education

  • Calgary College of Holistic Massage Therapies (honours) - 1995
  • Discover the Coach Within seminar - 2009
  • Personal Best Seminars Facilitator Development program - 2009


Practice

Following his graduation in 1995, Pete founded Massage Above All Inc., a massage clinic located in Red Deer, AB., where he continues to practice today. In 2005, Massage Above All Inc. was the first to receive a David Thompson Regional Health Authority Seal of Approval.

Pete also volunteered as a trainer for the Red Deer Minor Hockey Midget AAA Hockey Club from 2002 to 2007. In 2009, he developed My Body Whisperer, a holistic modality that uses elements of several modalities to help clients experience self-healing.

Pete has shown commitment to mentoring the next generation of holistic practitioners by supervising practicum students from several schools of Massage Therapy since 2005. He has built a practicum-based graduate course intended to help massage therapists provide clients with a better experience. In 2013, he began assisting Red Deer College with the initial work of building a Massage Therapy program.

Edmonton, AB
abilley@nhpcanada.org

Education

  • Massage Therapy Diploma (honours) - 2007
  • Advanced Massage Therapy Diploma (honours) - 2008


Practice

Allyson's educational experience includes sports medicine, exercise science, and physiology. She has also been trained in nutrition, massage techniques, joint testing, and healthy lifestyle management consulting.

In 2008, Allyson began working as a senior massage therapist at the Callingwood Wellness Clinic in Edmonton, AB. She works in a one-on-one setting with clients, providing them with assessments, treatment plans, and customized educational tools.

Allyson opened her business, Allyson Billey Massage Therapy, in January 2012. Her clinic specializes in providing rehabilitative therapies for disease, injury, and motor vehicle accidents, as well as in therapeutic, sports, and deep tissue massage. She has worked with patients experiencing injuries, including trauma, chronic injuries, and motor vehicle accident injuries, as well as with patients diagnosed with illnesses such as asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Edmonton, AB
aroth@nhpcanada.org

Volunteer/Committee Experience

  • NHPC Credentials Committee (2013)
  • Membership Services Committee for College and Association of Acupuncturists  of Alberta (2010 -2012)
  • Coordinator of CAM providers for Kids with Cancer Society Resilience Events (2013)

Education

  • Acupuncture Program with Chinese Herbology Certificate (2009)
  • Archways Healing College - 1000 hour RMT course (2009)
  • NHPC CEE (2014)

Research

  • Pediatric Integrative Medicine Research Trial, Stollery Children's Hospital 2013-2015
  • Grant MacEwan College Acupuncture Research Trial 2009

Type of Practice

  • Partner and practitioner of acupuncture, massage therapy, and Chinese herbalist at Meridian Health Centre. Amanda's practice is focused on Women's Health and Fertility as well as Sports Medicine/Orthopedic Acupuncture.
  • Therapeutic Massage Therapy
  • Grant MacEwan University, Acupuncture Program, Instructor (2014 - Present)
  • Grant MacEwan University, Acupuncture Program, Clinic Assistant (2012 - Present)

Comments

Amanda is very excited to be a part of the NHPC Board as she feels like there is important work to be done advocating and promoting complementary and alternative health both on a provincial and federal level. Amanda is looking forward to contributing and being part of a large-scale movement towards better health for all.

Saskatoon, SK
twagner@nhpcanada.org

Volunteer/Committee Experience

  • Northern Lights Bluegrass Festival and Music Camp 2005–2015, On site massage therapist
  • Saskatoon Comic and Entertainment Expo 2013–2015, Media Guest Services
  • Saskatoon Jazz Society/SK Jazz Festival 2009–2015, Volunteer
  • SK Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured  2007–2013, Complimentary treatments for clients and caregivers
  • NHPC Awareness Week Events 2010–2014, Volunteer- complimentary treatments
  • NHPC Fall Convention Saskatoon 2009, Volunteer
  • Ness Creek Cultural and Recreational Society 1997–2001, Board Member, Coordinator

Type of Practice

I am a Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, Educator, Entrepreneur, and Coach, so I split my time between two businesses.  The first being Hearthstone Therapies, a home-based, therapeutic massage and bodywork practice, which fulfils my spirit and nurtures my love of people and continuous learning. It is truly my passion and makes it easy to go to work each day knowing that there is the potential to learn something from each and every client.

The second is Foundations Professional Development Resources, a personal /business resource company that provides a variety of workshops on management skills and solutions, business mentoring and coaching, and my own Reiki apprenticeships. Through Foundations, I also help other practitioners develop their own workshops and help them navigate submission for continuing education credentialing for various organizations. This feeds my analytical/practical side and exercises my brain to come up with creative and practical solutions for the clients’ issues, concerns and goals.

I am looking forward to my time with the Board of the NHPC, and hope to bring my experience as a therapist, an educator, and an entrepreneur/businessperson to serve the membership to the best of my abilities.

Calgary, AB
pschmidt@nhpcanada.org

Volunteer Experience

  • Volunteer chair massage for MS and ALS runs (2003-Present)
  • Condo board volunteer, handling many different tasks for residents (2013-2014)
  • Calgary food bank volunteer

Education

  • Blanche MacDonald School: Makeup and Artistry Certificate
  • Zeneba School of Esthetics: Esthetic Diploma
  • University of Calgary: Kinesiology Degree
  • Mount Royal College: Registered Massage Therapy Diploma.
  • Continued Education through NHPC courses: Hot Stone, Thai Massage, Bamboo Massage, Cupping, and Reflexology.

Type of Practice

  • Working at the Mantra Wellness Centre as a contracted RM. (2012-Present)
  • Currently the owner and operator of her business, Unity Massage and Beauty (2009-Present)

Comments

Paulla is extremely excited to be on the Board of Directors at the NHPC during this critical time in the massage and holistic health industry.

She is looking forward to bringing her unique mix of expertise to help and encourage all members as the NHPC embarks on a thrilling time in massage therapy history.

Winnipeg, MB
nspence@nhpcanada.org

Education/Experience

  • Bachelor of Physical Education – University of Manitoba 1997
  • Massage Therapy Diploma (2200hours) – Massage Therapy College of Manitoba - 2002
  • Instructor/Supervisor – Massage Therapy College of Manitoba 2002-present
  • Director – Massage Therapy College of Manitoba 2015-present

Type of Practice

Nikki began her massage therapy career working at a local spa. This was a great way for her to gain more confidence and skills as a recently graduated therapist.

She then moved her practice to the Athletic Therapy Centre at the University of Winnipeg, where she was able enough to treat students, professors, university athletes, and the public.

Working daily with Athletic Therapists and students she was rewarded by learning new assessment and treatment techniques and sharing her knowledge of massage therapy with them. After starting a family, Nikki moved her practice to her home where she continues to work today. 

Her current position at the Massage Therapy College of Manitoba allows her to be immersed in the world of massage therapy and ignites her passion for this profession and its many gifts everyday.

Comments

Nikki spends all the time she can with her family and friends at the lake in beautiful Pinawa, MB.  Her passions include running and biking with her energetic dog, Mojo, and watching her kids play their various sporting activities.

She is grateful to be a part of the NHPC community and is excited to be involved with the evolution of this wonderful profession.

Winnipeg, MB
sschofield@nhpcanada.org

Education

  • Foothills College of Massage Therapy - 2007
  • Advanced Myofascial Release, Lumbo-Pelvic Region - 2008

Volunteer Experience

  • Winnipeg Wellness Expo 2015 - volunteered complimentary massage treatments
  • Winnipeg Folk Music Festival - 2012 to 2014
  • Calgary Folk Music Festival - 2006 to 2008

Type of Practice

As the owner and operator of Shauna Schofield Mobile Massage, Shauna is dedicated to offering convenient, high quality therapeutic massage services in offices, hospitals, and private homes. She is committed to providing hands on treatment to individuals who may not otherwise have access to care.

Comments

Shauna knows she can use her experience to be an effective educator and guide to greater self-awareness and health maintenance for members and their clients.

She is excited to be member of the Board of Directors where she can bring her skills and knowledge to the advancement of the holistic health in a way that can have a positive influence on the public and the health care community.

Saskatoon, SK
tcole@nhpcanada.org

Education

  • Professional Institute of Massage Therapy (Diploma) - 2005
  • Professional Institute of Massage Therapy (Sport Training and Therapy Diploma) - 2005
  • Canadian Sport Safety Program SMSCS (Sport Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan) requirements: sport first aid, sport taping, sports CPR - 2005

Type of Practice

Trish began her massage therapy career by taking over her professor's business after completing her diploma.

Since then, she has worked at chiropractic and physiotherapy clinics, the top rated spa in Canada, and even worked under the trainer for the Calgary Stampeders. 

Although Trish took some time away from practising massage, that time allowed her to gain a full perspective of what her true talents and passions were. Using this outlook, she now practises massage therapy full time and is the owner and operator of Kaizen Therapeutic Massage.

Comments

Trish has encountered many experiences professionally, and she is hoping to bring that irreplaceable knowledge to her role on the Board of Directors at the NHPC. Being a self-employed practitioner, Trish hopes to bring that experience and determination to her responsibilities.

She is extremely excited to bring her passion for massage therapy and other modalities to an important role within her association.