Board Members

2018-2019 Board of Directors

Board Member Biographies

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.

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.

Barrhead, AB
sbell@nhpcanada.org

Sharon started off her working life in various fields, seemingly opposite to where she is now. She decided to combine her personal exploration with the world of complementary health, which is when she made the choice to become a massage therapist.

Sharon believes that massage therapy is an amazing hub of learning that bridges the scientific conventional wisdom of current medicine, while opening the doors to understanding the less understood areas of health.

She has completed training in a number of areas and has avidly explored personal interests and self learning in a variety of interconnected areas. In addition to a 2200-hour training program in massage therapy, she has training in reiki, energy work, and teaching yoga — just to name a few. She also spends a lot of time reading and exploring materials that further her understanding of those areas as well as others that interweave with her training.

Sharon currently splits her time between Westlock, AB, where she uses her massage therapy training to help the clients of a busy chiropractic clinic, and in Barrhead, AB, where she is building a holistic practice that offers a number of services like massage therapy, reiki, yoga, and others to help empower and assist her clients on their wellness journey.

Saskatoon, SK
twagner@nhpcanada.org

Volunteer/Committee Experience

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

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.

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 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.

Calgary, AB
pschmidt@nhpcanada.org

Volunteer Experience

  • Volunteer chair massage for MS and ALS runs - 2003 to Present)
  • Condo Board volunteer, handling many different tasks for residents - 2013 to 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.

Whitehorse, YT
aadams@nhpcanada.org

Education

  • MacKay Massage and Hydrotherapy School (honours)
  • John F. Barnes Myofascial Release- Level 2

Volunteer

  • Soccer coach
  • Fundraising for local gymnastics center
  • Elementary school council member

Type of Practice

Alison has been a massage therapist for 19 years. She is the owner of Hand Prints Collective Wellness in Whitehorse (formerly Hand Prints Massage Therapy), which operates seven days a week and employs three massage therapists and one osteopath.

Massage therapy opened the field of alternative health for Alison. Receiving treatments from many different modalities has a profound impact on her life. The wellness and awareness Alison continues to gain is something she is forever grateful for.

Alison loves being active with her kids, competing in running and road biking races, and making time for her newfound love of yin yoga.