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Board of Directors
A member-elected, volunteer Board of Directors governs our association, providing it with financial and strategic oversight.
2023 to 2024 Board Members
Amanda Bach, NHPC President
Amanda has been an RMT since 2005, when the NHPC was AMTWP. Amanda has enriched her understanding and brought informed insight to her practice through studies of Traditional Thai Massage, Reflexology, Reiki, CranioSacral Therapy, IASTM and Dynamic Neuromuscular techniques.
As a small business owner, educator, facilitator and volunteer she hopes that her passion for the profession and continued education experience help to support and inspire others to seek wellness that works for them.
Alison Adams, NHPC Vice President
Alison Adams has been a massage therapist for 20 years and is a valued member of the NHPC community.
After graduating with honours from the MacKay Massage and Hydrotherapy program, Alison returned to the Yukon and opened Hand Prints Collective Wellness in Whitehorse in 2002. The Hand Prints Clinic currently has four RMTs and two holistic practitioners. Alison's focus for her clients and practitioners is creating a supportive and caring environment that encourages self growth.
In addition to her role on the Board of Directors, Alison is also the Chair of the NHPC's Ethics Committee. She finds this experience continues to deepen her understanding of the challenges in the alternative health field as well as the importance of effective communication and consistent professionalism.
Alison appreciates the NHPC’s inclusive membership recognizing over 60 modalities, with support for over 6,500 members in every province and territory.
In her spare time, Alison enjoys being active, travelling with her family and friends to recharge, and playing crib at any chance!
Andrew Walker, NHPC Treasurer
Andrew has been practising in the field of massage therapy since 2014, when he graduated with a 2200-hour diploma specializing in Orthopedic Massage and Assessment. Since then, he has taken additional courses in proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretching and myofascial cupping.
Andrew has a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education degree with a major in Physical Literacy from Mount Royal University. Andrew’s educational background has given him knowledge of how the body should be moving and helps him to identify the root causes of pain and restricted motion.
Andrew uses a blend of many different techniques to provide a unique massage treatment with the goal of helping clients live active, healthy, pain-free lives. He also has an extended network of other health care providers for referrals to further help his clients reach their health goals.
He shares that though everyone can benefit from massage, he has found much success working with certain populations, including office workers, nurses, other medical professional practitioners, and trades workers.
Andrew also enjoys working with anyone that is training for a fitness goal such as a marathon, 5K obstacle course race, or power lifting competitions.
Outside of massage therapy, Andrew enjoys spending time out in the mountains, playing on the tennis courts, or attempting to improve his golf game. Looking to grow his own business, Andrew joined the networking group BNI Excellence, to which he says has helped him immensely over his years of membership. He is also proud to be associated with Variety – the Children's Charity.
Laura Finley, NHPC Secretary
Laura has been a practising massage therapist since 2007, massage therapy instructor with MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy from 2011 to 2019, and previous NHPC Membership and Credentials Manager from 2007 to 2011.
Throughout her career, Laura has been a passionate voice in the Edmonton holistic health care community. Laura has volunteered and worked with a number of local organizations, such as WINGS of Providence and Stage Hands.
Her years at the NHPC were dedicated to improving the member experience and growing membership, as well as developing and implementing the NHPC Continued Competency Program, which still exists today.
Laura continues to develop her knowledge and skill set to help her clients as best she can, most recently achieving a Nutrition and Health Living Certificate with Cornell University in 2021.
Laura is excited at the prospect of rejoining the NHPC in this new capacity and looks forward to connecting with other members more deeply.
Debra Cookson, NHPC Director
Sherwood Park, AB
Education and Experience
Debra has been a member of the NHPC since 2001. She graduated from the Universal College of Reflexology in 1998 and Archways Healing College in 2010.
She practices massage therapy, reflexology, Thai massage, corporate chair massage, cupping, and aromatherapy.
Debra owns and operates the Academy of Reflexology and Massage, has facilitated several workshops, and has presented at numerous NHPC conferences.
Debra received the NHPC Volunteer of the Year Award in 2007. She has served on the Women's Wellness Committee in Strathcona County for 10 years and received the Client Services award from the Sherwood Park and District Chamber of Commerce in 2005.
Views on the Importance of Holistic Health Care
Mind, body, and spirit should be a complement in anyone's health care. Holistic health care involves all three and helps us navigate throughout our life's journey using different pathways, as every body is different.
Carrie Buzunis, NHPC Director
Carrie has worked in the Alberta health care industry for 20 years, with experience in nursing, emergency medical response, massage therapy, instruction, and program development.
Carrie enjoys staying busy and helping others achieve their potential through teaching a variety of holistic health care workshops. She is an active massage therapist, business owner of Airdrie Massage Pros, and medical screener for COVID-19.
In her spare time, Carrie strives to keep up with the latest information in massage therapy and health care through courses and readings.
Carrie has enjoyed using marketing and business skills to advance in her endeavours and is excited for the opportunity to apply these skills to the NHPC Board of Directors.
Trish Cole, NHPC Director
Trish has been a massage therapist since 2005 and has worked in a variety of settings, from thriving national spas to international athletic teams.
Trish looks to add value to the NHPC Board through her unique perspective and background working in a variety of fields in Alberta and Saskatchewan.She previously served on the 2016 NHPC Board of Directors and enjoyed the positive experience collaborating with other professionals.
Trish believes that regardless of the modality, one truth that stands out for her is to treat each individual body as simply that—individual. She believes there is not one single modality that conquers all, but a collaboration to treat the whole person will achieve the closest thing to homeostasis.
She looks forward to the opportunity to serve NHPC members on the Board and share her passion for holistic health care with others.
Sarah Chaisson, NHPC Director
Sarah brings a wide range of experience to the Board, from her work with Olympic-level teams to chiropractic clinics. She studied massage therapy at Calgary’s Mount Royal University and MH Vicars School of Massage.
Sarah is now the owner of The Well Clinic, which she operates from her home, offering Orthopedic assessments, treatment planning, and therapeutic massage.
She has keen diagnostic skills and intuitive healing touch, with a strong foundation in anatomy and physiology. She is comfortable and experienced in dealing appropriately with high stress situations and in both fast- and slow-paced environments.
After many years in the industry, Sarah gained a passion for research and an interest in regulation, with a desire to get involved with education.