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MTAM Instructors and Facilitators

JUMP TO:  Glen Bergeron | Sheila Bergman | Melanie Brohm | Shelly Bauer Ralph Irwin | Paul Kohlmeier | Susan Kos-Whicher | Evan Morgan | Deborah Romeyn | Tim St. Vincent | Nikita VizniakTori Webber | Moe Goguen | Pamela Fitch | Tricia Weidenbacher | Tami Laird | Offer Kuban | Joanne Carswell | Ruth Werner | Randy Persad | Dawna Smith | Jordan Pierson | Geoff Dumas | Jeffery Dalhouse | Gillian Grodzik

Evan Morgan, B.Comm.(Hons.)
I became a Sun Life Financial advisor in 2014 with the goal of helping people build a strategy for a successful financial future. That goal remains my top priority today. I'll help you realize your personal and financial goals with insurance solutions.Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to planning your financial future. I'm committed to helping people understand their best options so they can make informed choices.

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 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. 

Sheila Bergman, 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.

Shelly Bauer RMT
Shelly Bauer is a Registered Massage Therapist and former massage clinic owner. Her education began with earning a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg in 1998 and graduating with first-class standing from the Massage Therapy College of Manitoba (Evolve) in 2004. In 2005, she purchased a small 3 room massage therapy clinic. Over the next ten years Shelly grew her business to include two thriving massage clinics. In 2013 Shelly's hard work was recognized by the business community, and she was a finalist in the Women's Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Shelly has been a volunteer on the MTAM Board of Directors and was an instructor at Robertson College for 5 years. Currently Shelly maintains a small practice and works as a Practice Advisor and presenter for MTAM.

Tim St. Vincent
Tim is the Credit Counselling Society’s Financial Educator for Manitoba and Saskatchewan and is based out of Winnipeg. Tim has over 25 years experience in Financial Services and is a retired Certified Financial Planner (CFP). Tim has also completed the Canadian Securities Course (Hons.), has achieved his Certificate In Management (C.I.M.) Hons. and is a Certified Educator in Personal Finance (CEPF) Hons. Tim believes strongly in the power of education, planning and acting on your plan.

Jordan Pierson, CPA, CA
Jordan is a Chartered Professional Accountant and the Director of Education at Jensen CPA. In 2020, he co-founded the Online Wellness Institute with his wife Melissa. The Online Wellness Institute is an online platform containing evidence-based resources and online courses dedicated to the professional development of registered massage therapists ( Jordan has been working with RMTs for more than 10-years. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Mount Royal University, and his designation as a Chartered Professional Accountant from CPA Alberta. For 6-years he worked as an auditor and forensic accountant for one of the big four accounting firms. Prior to becoming a professional accountant, Jordan worked for 7-years at a major financial institution, where he gained extensive knowledge about banking and personal finance. He enjoys running marathons and spending time with his wife and 3 kids.

Moe Goguen
I began my career in the financial services industry in 1986 (Cape Breton) with London Life (residence in Winnipeg from 1992-2014) performing many roles in the 31 years I was there: advisor, manager, life product manager, and training manager. I then received a severance package in 2017 however still had a burning desire to continue my career in the industry so I began as an advisor with Sun Life in Dartmouth Nova Scotia May 2018, then Sales Manager July 2018 until July 2019. We decided we wanted to come back home to Winnipeg and I wanted to be an advisor here. I achieved many designations over the years: CLU (1997), CFP (2002), CH.F.C. (2002), CHS (2015). I also completed the CSC in 2004 and Branch Managers course in 2008.

Pamela Fitch, M. Ad. Ed., RMT 
Longtime Canadian educator, writer and massage therapist, Pamela Fitch helps therapists examine their professional practice, ethical and communicative challenges, with humour, openness and comfort. A committed educator, she has been recognized with several awards for teaching.

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 management 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. In 2018, Tricia completed the Advanced Program in Management, Leadership and Strategy through the University of Manitoba Asper School of Business Executive Program. Most recently, she has earned the position of Executive Director of the MTAM and is currently responsible for the daily operations of the organization. 

Tami Laird, RMT
Tami is the current President for the Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba and chaired the Insurance and Practice Management Committee for 5 years. With 17 years experience, Tami still enjoys working with and treating patients. A treatment with Tami includes not only therapeutic massage. Lymphatic Drainage, Craniosacral Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, Cupping and Laser Therapy are also tools she draws on during treatment.   

Offer Kuban, RMT
Offer graduated from Vancouver’s West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1991, and practiced in multidisciplinary settings for 10 years. A love of Classical music and Jazz brought the opportunity to be the primary RMT for VSO Music Director Maestro Sergiu Comissiona, as well as providing care to other musicians, performers, and artists. When life changed direction, he spent a 3-year hiatus living in Connecticut, traveling, writing and photographing around the Eastern Seaboard. During that time he studied to become a medical language specialist before returning to Canada to work as a registered medical transcriptionist for many years. His passion for wine later led to some courses with the International Sommelier Guild, and 5 years working in the food & wine industry. But the call to return to massage therapy was strong, and in early 2018 he passed MTAM’s Return to Practice Assessment, then became a Member and proud supporter of MTAM. Recruited to join the Insurance & Practice Management Committee, he is now its Chair and is also active on the Marketing/Communications Committee. Joining the Board of Directors in early 2019, that September he was honoured to take the role of First Vice President.

Joanne Carswell, BPE BMR-PT MClSc FCAMPT
Joanne Carswell began her education at the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Physical Education following that she completed her Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation – Physical Therapy. In 2001 Joanne completed her Advanced Orthopaedic Exam through the National Orthopaedic Division. In 2011 she completed a Masters of Clinical Science through Western University in London Ontario.
Joanne is the owner of Vista Place Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic and St Vital Physiotherapy Sports Injury Centre in Winnipeg, MB.
She is an instructor and an examiner for the National Orthopaedic Division for postgraduate physiotherapy courses and an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba School of Medical Rehabilitation.
Joanne has an interest in concussion assessment and management and in conjunction with this she attended Emory Institute for the Vestibular Competency Course and has been doing vestibular assessment and treatment.
Joanne is accredited to do acupuncture and dry needling for myofascial pain.


Ruth Werner, BCTMB
Ms. Werner is an educator, writer, and retired massage therapist with a passionate interest in massage therapy research and the role of bodywork for people who live with health challenges. Her groundbreaking textbook, A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology was first published in 1998, and is now in its 7th edition, published by Books of Discovery.  

Ruth is a columnist for Massage and Bodywork magazine and Massage New Zealand. She serves on several national and international volunteer committees, and teaches continuing education workshops in research and pathology all over the world. Ruth was honored with the AMTA Council of Schools Teacher of the Year Award for 2005. She was proud to serve the Massage Therapy Foundation as a Trustee from 2007 to 2017, and as President of the Foundation from 2010-2014.

Randy Persad, Dip. Pharm, RMT. MEd
Randy is a Health Educator, Curriculum Developer and a Happiness & Wellbeing Facilitator. He spent his early life in the Carribean and that is where the start of a pharmacy career began. Continuing and furthering his health care education as a professional registered massage therapist. Thirty years later, he is still learning and now shares the art of learning as an educator. Education lies at the heart of health and wellbeing and is a birthright for all. 

Dawna Smith 
Dawna is a bubbly, joyful, retired teacher, yoga instructor and RMT!
She absolutely loves yoga and have been doing yoga for 20 years.
For Dawna, Yoga is about how to live more consciously, the practice of yoga has helped her to deal with every aspect of life; joy, stress, sadness and deeply profound moments. Yoga challenges her to find calm in difficult holds and learn something from each posture that she can bring with her into her daily life.  She has found that Yoga also integrates very well into her Massage practice.

Dawna is currently in the Advanced Teacher Training program at Yoga Centre Winnipeg.

Geoff Dumas

Geoff is a recent graduate of Robertson College (Brandon Campus, 18 January 2019). He works exclusively at Dynamic Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic, but has worked in a small clinic setting and a spa setting. He believes that variety is valuable for perspective, perspective is valuable for interacting with people, and interacting with people is unavoidable for massage therapists - as it should be. That is to say this paradigm informs his practice. It also means he draws from experience in prior vocations; personal training (6y) and the infantry Canadian Armed Forces Base Shilo, MB (6y). When Geoff isn't treating, researching or walking to and from work, you could find him literally throwing his children around.

Jeffery Dalhouse RMT

After completing his studies at Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy in Toronto, and becoming a certified RMT in Ontario, Jeffery moved to Winnipeg in 2006 to begin clinical treatment. In 2010, Receiving Advanced Myofascial treatment from a colleague changed the course of Jeffery’s therapeutic career, and since then he has been practising Jenings Myofascial Release having completed his Jenings Masters Series training by the end of 2012.

Jeffery joined the MTAMs Research committee in 2013 in a continued pursuit to understand the complexities of connective tissue through Fascia Research. Since 2016 he has integrated Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) 
ProStym Stainless Steel Tools into his practise, with outstanding results, honing his skills by Volunteering as an RMT for the athletes in the 2017 Canada Summer Games, hosted by Winnipeg.

Now in his 15th year of practising Massage Therapy, Jeffery is the Chair of the Research Committee and sits on the MTAM Board of Directors, and has spent the past few years promoting Massage Therapy research literacy to other RMTs in Manitoba. Jeffery’s practise involves a safe, welcoming space to anyone, regardless of colour, race, gender preference or creed.In his spare time Jeffery can be found cooking in his kitchen for his family, tugging on socks with his dog Ruby, and exploring ancient cultures and civilizations. 

Gillian graduated from Evolve College of Massage Therapy in August, 2020. She began her career immediately, at Equilibrium Massage Therapy and Wellness Centre. There, she is apprenticing under Jeffrey, in the clinical application of Myofascial Release Technique (MRT).
Gillian is learning, little by little, how to read the tissue with more attention to areas of fascial densification - meaning, she feels with her hands where the tissue is stuck, bogged down, unyielding; and through the massage treatments she supports the fascia to soften and unhinge. When the layers of tissues in the body are able to glide along each other more smoothly, there is less tightness, tension and restriction.Breath cueing, creating a safe, warm and welcoming space, listening to each clients goals, and educating to the best of her ability, Gillian is dedicated to her client’s complete wellness.
She is also a yoga instructor, a supervisor at Evolve College of Massage Therapy and on the research committee of the MTAM (Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba). In her free time, she can be found flowing through the waves of life, living gratefully to her fullest, with her greatest pride and joy, her son, Ryder.