MTAM Instructors and Facilitators

JUMP TO:  Byron Bahniuk | Glen Bergeron | Sheila Bergman | Melanie Brohm  Christy Cook | Micheal HardingRalph Irwin | Paul Kohlmeier | Susan Kos-Whicher | Robert LibbeyEvan Morgan | Chad ReimerDeborah Romeyn | Nikita VizniakTori Webber | Terry Davison


Evan Morgan
Since 2014, Evan Morgan has been an Advisor with Sun Life Financial. In 2016, Evan was named by Sun Life as a Top 50 up-and-coming Advisor in Manitoba / Western Ontario. Evan helps a variety of clients, including Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs), in creating their financial roadmap. Evan takes pride in simplifying the sometimes complicated details of finance. He uses easy-to-understand language to help individuals make informed decisions. His easy-going manner is complemented by his passion for financial planning. Evan graduated in the top 10% of his class from the Asper School of Business with his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree with a focus in Finance. 


Chad Reimer 

Chad is a Manager at M Group Chartered Professional Accountants LLP.  He specializes in helping entrepreneurs and professionals make better business decisions and save money on tax. Chad joined M Group in 2013 and obtained his CPA in 2017. Chad is currently enrolled in the CPA Canada’s In Depth Tax Course and is a past winner of the William G. Eamer FCPA, FCA Public Accounting Award.


Christy Cook RMT
Christy is an entrepreneur and Registered Massage Therapist. She graduated from the Massage Therapy College of Manitoba in 2004 and helped build a successful clinic partnership over the next 10 years before making the move to a thriving solo practice. Along with Christy’s massage therapy experience she also brings office administration experience and over 30 years of client service experience to her most recent role as Education & Event Manager for the Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba.

Christy enjoys mentoring her colleagues, helping them succeed in their practices and assisting members in meeting their professional development goals.


Ralph Irwin
In 1997, Ralph joined London Life as a Financial Security Advisor. From 2000-2002, he undertook the role of the Retirement & Investment Services Manager, assisting London Life representatives in Manitoba & Thunder Bay to develop investment portfolios for their clients. In 2002, he returned to the field as an Advisor, incorporating his practice in early 2009. Ralph is the President of Cascade Financial Group Inc.

Ralph’s financial planning philosophy is to first educate his clients regarding the strategies & products that are available to them, & then to take a common-sense approach to determine a prioritized game plan to assist them to reach their financial security goals.


Tori Webber 
Tori Webber started 1st Choice First Aid and CPR in 2004 after working as a paramedic and seeing the need for the public to be able to respond to emergency situations before professional help arrived.  "There were many calls that I went to that bystanders, if they had been trained and felt comfortable would have helped the person in need especially when it was a family member or a friend and they felt helpless not knowing what to do."   

My goal for my company is to provide the best training experience possible!  

 

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.

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.

Nikita Vizniak

Dr. Nikita Vizniak (aka ‘Dr. Nik’), BSc, DC, ERYT, RMT is an author, clinician and professor of clinical cadaver anatomy, exercise therapy, orthopedics and a globally recognized subject matter expert. He is a practitioner at prohealthclinics.com and has authored many texbooks, youtube videos and CE courses used around the world; including the best-selling Muscle Manual, Orthopedic Assessment Yoga Book, among others. Dr. Vizniak loves teaching and empowering students with results based practical content – Anatomy is the foundation of his work. 

Robert Libbey RMT
Robert believes that effective management and resolution of conditions is best accomplished through evidence informed practice incorporating continued education, experience and patient education. His main passion is to educate, elevate & challenge massage therapists to think differently about how they can perform to their highest potential, to improve the quality of life of their patients. He has a passion for advancing education, encouraging innovation in our manual skills and inspiring our profession to achieve a greater vision and sense of purpose.
A constant learner, Robert has studied Ligamentous Articular Strain Techniques for almost 20yrs and continues to research and advance the techniques. Robert teaches throughout Canada and internationally.


Byron Bahniuk
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), and completed the Basic Remedial Massage Program. Byron was the first person in Manitoba to hold certification in Athletic Therapy and Massage Therapy. To complement these certifications, Byron has also obtained additional education and skills in Muscle Energy Techniques, Soft Tissue Release, Myofascial Release Techniques and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Taping. 
Currently Byron is a clinical Certified Athletic Therapist and Registered Massage Therapist at the Bison Athletic Therapy Centre and the head Certified Athletic Therapist for the Track and field, cross country, swimming, women’s soccer and golf teams at the University of Manitoba. 
In addition to the teams he works with, Byron is currently pursuing his Masters in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management at the University of Manitoba.


Sheila Bergman, WC(Hon) , RMT

Sheila’s advancement of the massage therapy field began at graduation in 1995, when she started instructing at Wellington College of Remedial Massage Therapies Inc. In 2000, her efforts were awarded with an honorarium from the College for her dedication and devotion to the field of massage therapy.

In 1999, Sheila’s passion for working with the elderly began at the Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg Inc. where she gained invaluable experience working with residents of the home until 2009. During her time at Middlechurch, she represented massage therapy on the Palliative Care Team from 2001 - 2007 and was the Chair from 2005 – 2007. Sheila continued to present and educate many medical professionals at events such as the Hospice & Palliative Care Annual Conference, the Long Term Care Conference as well as many individual personal care homes.

Her love of the massage therapy field goes well beyond her personal practice. Sheila served on the Board of Directors for MTAM from 2007 – 2009 and sat on the Education Committee. In 2012, Sheila was presented with the Award of Merit from the MTAM, for her contribution to the massage therapy field and continues to wholeheartedly advance and educate the entire medical field with her palliative care and education expertise. In 2016, Sheila was a part of the Standards Advisory Committee for the development of the standards for the Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation, and went on to join the team of site surveyors to accredit massage therapy schools across Canada.


Terry Davison, CEO of Juvonno
 

Terry Davison, is the Founder and President of Juvonno. Juvonno was founded in 2002 in Terry's hometown of Winnipeg Manitoba. Today, Juvonno supports thousands of users and hundreds of businesses between two software services - Juvonno and MEHD.  Both platforms deliver powerful business management software solutions. MEHD serves the home medical equipment market and Juvonno is trusted by private health practices to run their entire clinic online.