MTAM Instructors and Facilitators

JUMP TO: Carla Foley Sheila Molloy | Byron BahniukDeborah RomeynMelanie BrohmSusan Kos-WhicherMorgan StewartPaul Kohlmeier | Tricia Weidenbacher | Glen Bergeron | Dr. Kathryn Sibley | Christine Dubyts | Diane Jacobs

Christine Dubyts

Christine Dubyts is an honors graduate in Marketing from the University of Manitoba faculty of Commerce. After graduating Christine had the opportunity to work with several successful marketing professionals in various industries including, printing & publishing, IT, and fashion/retail. 

In 1999 she launched Dubyts Communications, a full-service marketing and communications company offering consulting, internet marketing, branding, marketing strategy, web and graphic design to companies and associations across Canada.

As a speaker, trainer and consultant, Christine's passion is discovering an attribute each client can own and then helping them to live it and communicate it consistently and with purpose.

Christine was recognized by the Province of Manitoba as Business Woman of Distinction in 2013, chaired the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for two years and served on the executive of the Women Business Owners of Manitoba for seven years. She was a Judge for the Spirit of Winnipeg Awards for five years, facilitates classes at the Asper School of Business, Executive Education Centre, the Asper MBA program and has acted as an External Examiner for the Entrepreneurship Program at RRC.

Perseverance is her greatest attribute and she looks to the future with anticipation as technology and new talents challenge the way we communicate in the world today.

Dr. Kathryn Sibley 

Dr. Kathryn Sibley, or Kate as she is known, holds a Canada Research Chair in Integrated Knowledge Translation in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Manitoba. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, and cross-appointed in the College of Rehabilitation Sciences. She is also the Director of the Knowledge Translation platform at the Centre for Healthcare Innovation, a partnership between the U of M and Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.
Kate studies the process of linking research with practice in rehabilitation sciences, with a  focus on assessment and treatment of balance in populations at risk for falls. Kate holds a BSc in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo and graduate degrees in Rehabilitation and Medical Sciences from the University of Toronto. She also completed postdoctoral training in Knowledge Translation at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. 

Glen Bergeron PhD, CAT(C)

Glen is Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Health at The University of Winnipeg.  He has a BPE from University of Manitoba in 1973, an MSc from the University of Alberta in 1978 and a PhD from the University of Manitoba in 1993.  He certified with the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) in 1975.  He has been a member of the Canadian Medical Team for five Olympic Games and many other international games and world championships.  

Glen was a founding member of the Manitoba Athletic Therapists Association, the Sport Medicine Council of Manitoba the Manitoba Brain. Injury Association and former President of the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association.  He is currently the President of  the World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy.  He is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops.

Carla Foley RMT

Carla Foley is an Entrepreneur, Massage Therapist and Teacher. She has been in the Massage Therapy Industry for over 18 years. Carla is the proud owner of Advanced Massage Therapy and has 2 busy locations, and has recently sold her first Advanced Franchise.  Carla teaches Business and Pharmacology at Robertson College and also runs another successful company: Paternity Testing Centers of Canada. Carla has appeared on the Dragons Den, and is currently working on a reality TV show. A proponenet of Shopping and Supporting Local , Carla dedicates time to spread the word in addition to her regular volunteer hours mentoring young people to reach their goals and dreams.
Carla is an active member of EO ( Entrepreneur Organization) and has been nominated for The Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur of the Year for multiple years by the Women Business Owners of Manitoba (WBOM). Advanced Massage has been awarded Consumers Choice winner for Massage Therapy for the last few years, it has won the local Metro award for best Massage Clinic.  

Sheila Molloy BComm (Honours) with distinction, Diploma in Communication

For over 20 years, she has been the owner and principal consultant of Molloy & Associates, a strategy, marketing, and business development firm that works with clients in Canada and the USA. She contracted with the Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba as their Executive Director for almost 5 years. Sheila has also worked as an interim executive at the University of Manitoba’s Executive Education Centre, and projects with the University of Calgary, Red River College, as well as the Hill and Levene Schools of Business at the University of Regina. Years of experience creating business education courses, workshops and seminars, in combination with her entrepreneurial experience building and selling several companies over her career, gives Sheila a unique ability to create relevant and high-quality courses for Registered Massage Therapists. Sheila has a comprehensive understanding of post-secondary education, manufacturing, technology, marketing, not-for-profit, insurance and, of course, the massage therapy industry.

Byron Bahniuk CAT(C)

Byron is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Physical Education (1998). He became a Certified Athletic Therapist in December, 2000, then attended the Wellington College of Remedial Massage Therapy Inc. (2002). He is currently pursuing Graduate Studies at the University of Manitoba. Over previous years, Byron has gained his clinical experience from his employment at:  Pan Am Clinic (casting tech), Associated Rehab Consultants of Canada – Athletic Therapy, The Balance Point – Athletic Therapy, Therapy & Herbal Alliance – Athletic Therapy, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation Management (U of M) – sessional instructor, Bison Athletic Therapy Centre – Athletic Therapy, Team Canada Women’s Volleyball – Athletic Therapy.

Deborah Romeyn RMT

Deborah is an instructor and practitioner of massage therapy, with a special interest and expertise in Wellness Education and Training and has recently completed the Mental Health First Aid Basic instructor training. With over thirty years of experience as a teacher and facilitator, her workshops offer a mix of information and practical activities that promote wellness with a fair dose of humour and fun.

Susan Kos-Whicher B.A., RMT

Susan believes that honest attention to professional boundaries will result in a win-win for health care provider’s and their clients. She candidly inspires massage therapists and allied health care professionals to think about common sense ideas. Susan comes with 30 years of experience in the field of massage therapy. She has a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology form York University in Toronto (1986), is a graduate of Sutherland Chan Massage Therapy School and Teaching Clinic (1988), a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO), and an active member of the Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba. She has taught at the Professional Institute of Massage Therapy 1993 – 2001. Susan has a private practice and is an independent contractor working with the MTAM assisting with practice management, creating and teaching boundary courses and investigating complaints.

Melanie Brohm B.Sc., RMT

Melanie is a lifelong learner.  Before starting her career in Massage Therapy, Melanie tutored pre-medical sciences while studying at the University of Manitoba.  After graduation, Melanie successfully challenged the Ontario board exam and is a member of the CMTO.  She held multiple positions for 9 years at the Professional Institute of Massage Therapy including Instructor, Clinic Supervisor and Clinic Co-ordinator.  Melanie also served on the MTAM Board of Directors for 4 years as a Director at Large, 1st Vice President and Head of Complaints and Discipline.  Currently, Melanie is a Practice Advisor, guest lecturer on craniomandibular conditions and has a full time practice.  Melanie has travelled across Canada and the US to further her education.

Paul Kohlmeier BPE, RMT, R.Ac. 

Paul has 20 years of health care experience, as a massage therapist, an acupuncturist and a teacher, as well as 20 years as a business owner and 9 years on the Board of the MTAM. Watching students make mistakes, taking complaints from patients as a business owner, and hearing Complaints & Discipline reports at Board meetings, he keeps refining work processes, seeking to make them better, safer and more ethically sound.

Tricia Weidenbacher RMT

Tricia Weidenbacher is a Registered Massage Therapist and entrepreneur who has run a successful health care practice for over 20 years. Tricia cultivated her leadership and professional skills in food service beginning as a baker and moving quickly to Assistant General Manager before making the jump to massage therapy in 1996.  In 2013, Tricia decided to enhance her business health care career accepting the position of Education Coordinator for the Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba She elevated and expanded this role to Education & Event Manager managing the professional development program for over 1100 massage therapists across Manitoba and developing education courses that are relevant for health care practitioners.  Most recently, she has earned the position of Managing Director of the MTAM and is currently transitioning to become responsible for the daily operations of the organization. Tricia is known to her friends and colleagues as a focused, positive, fair and compassionate  person — which all enhance her ability to make wildly interesting Tiki drinks.

Morgan Stewart, BComm (Honours), Diploma in Business Administration

Vice President, Marketing at 24-7 Intouch. As VP of Marketing, Morgan is a self-admitted Millenial and responsible for 24-7 Intouch's internal and external branding, product development, lead generation and employee communications. She is an advocate for the company culture, innovation and transparency in new business acquisitions. Morgan joined 24-7 Intouch 2011 and has held various positions within marketing, customer experience and sales operations. Her capabilities in CRM administration and development, as well as digital marketing and sales, has made her an asset to their leadership team. Morgan holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) in Marketing and International Business from University of Manitoba, along with a diploma in Business Administration from Red River College.

Diane Jacobs PT

Diane Jacobs has been a physiotherapist since 1971 (U. of Sask.) and a lifelong learner. She focused on learning manual therapy techniques in the 1980's, opened a solo practice in 1994, and never looked back. For the last 20 years she has worked to make manual therapy make more sense in terms of pain science; although we are taught to be operators on tissue, in fact we achieve better results by standing back a bit, and interacting with people and their nervous systems. She decided to call her new approach, DermoNeuroModulating. In 2016 she published a book by the same name. 
From 2005 to 2009 she helped establish the Canadian Physiotherapy Association's Pain Science Division. She is active online, helping to moderate SomaSimple, an online discussion forum for therapists, and several facebook pages. She writes a blog called HumanAntiGravitySuit.