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OUR TEAM

Our Team of Qualified Health Care Providers

All of our RMTs are trained in prenatal, deep tissue and relaxation massage.

Specialties are noted in our profiles.

LUCAS COUTO

Registered Massage Therapist, Clinic Co-Owner

Lucas is a skilled massage therapist, and enjoys focusing on sports massage, deep tissue and rehabilitation from injuries and surgeries. Combining therapeutic massage, cupping, and fascial release for great results.  Detailed exercises and stretches are key takeaways and help maintain the effect between massages.  Lucas is always looking for helpful modalities to increase the effectiveness of treatments.  Recently, he has added Hot Stone Massage to his toolkit - it's a must for stiff and sore muscles!

Lucas also has a degree in Psychology, and is fluent in both French and Portuguese.

DR. LALEH MAROUFI

Chiropractor, Registered Nutritionist & Yoga Teacher

Dr. Laleh specializes in functional neurology and has extensive experience treating knee & shoulder dysfunctions. She is an evidence-based chiropractor and follows the latest research to provide the most up to date treatments. She is also a registered nutritionist, certified in advanced medical nutrition and sports performance nutrition which she uses to provide adjunctive care to common medical conditions, weight loss management & sports performance advice.

Dr. Laleh is available for Custom Foot Orthotic Assessments using gait and foot analysis

ERIC HALL

Registered Massage Therapist

Eric is a graduate of Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy.  He comes to massage after seven years as a professional dancer.  Massage therapy has helped keep him moving throughout his dancing career.  His dance experience complements his qualities as a therapist, bringing an integrated knowledge of anatomy and the needs of dancers, as well as a meditative flow to his treatments.  Through his clinical experience Eric has also seen the benefits massage has brought to seniors and adults with developmental disabilities.  Eric is still performing and can be found teaching ballet to adults at both InStudio and The Fifth here in Toronto.

MARIA LEE SHENG SUN

Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Acupuncturist RTCMP

Lee Sheng is a licensed professional in the fields of Acupuncture, Tao Shiatsu Therapy, and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, and has been in private practice since 1993. She received diplomas in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine from the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, followed by hospital training at Shangdong University of T.C.M. and a certificate in Cosmetic Acupuncture/Herbal Medicine at the Beijing Institute of Acupuncture. Complementing this are graduate qualifications in both Zen Shiatsu and Tao Shiatsu in Canada and Japan. Subsequent training includes Japanese-style Reiki.
 

Lee has been a practitioner, workshop leader, and facilitator providing a compassionate, attentive and holistic approach to individual and corporate clients including many movie actors for 20 years. She has dealt with a variety of diseases and symptoms, including Pain and Stress management, injury related problems, and has treated menopausal-related issues.

Lee's Acupuncture treatments may combine various modalities, including Tuina Massage, Moxibustion, Gua Sha, and Cupping Therapy.

Visit her website: https://www.marialeeshengsun.com

CIARA WAIT

Registered Massage Therapist

Ciara brings eight years of treatment experience and exercise theory to her practice here at Annex RMT.  Using just the right mix of deep tissue work and fluid relaxation techniques, Ciara offers a comforting massage with results.  She is a proponent of regular massage as maintenance for the prevention of injury and management of pain - especially for people who find it difficult to fit self care into a busy schedule.   As a Mom, she is especially interested in massage for active kids and teenagers who can benefit from learning to communicate with an understanding adult, as well as addressing physical aches and pains.

KEVIN DASILVA

Registered Massage Therapist

Physiotherapy Resident

Kevin graduated from Sutherland-Chan in 2016 and has since been working as an RMT. He utilizes sports massage, deep tissue and general Swedish massage techniques regularly in his practice in combination with remedial exercises to effectively target and treat the cause of discomfort or pain rather than just treating the symptoms. He works closely with clients to address their specific goals, whether it be rehabilitation or relaxation!

 

Kevin graduated from Queen’s U. with a Master’s in Physiotherapy and is working towards becoming a fully licensed Physiotherapist. During his schooling Kevin has combined his knowledge of manual therapy with assessments and different modalities to treat athletes, geriatric patients, post-operative patients. He also has experience treating vestibular conditions including vertigo. Kevin believes in a holistic approach to healthcare and strives to get clients back to what they enjoy doing!

XSENIA D'ABRAMO BMR

Senior Physiotherapist, Neurokinetic Therapist
AiM Practitioner & Certified Acupuncture Provider

Xsenia takes a functional approach to care with hands-on therapy and movement based treatment being the primary focus. She incorporates Neurokinetic Therapy® among other functional assessment tools in order to best identify the root of the problem. Through a series of resequencing poor motor patterns, paired with exercise prescription, she is able to formulate a client specific treatment plan to most effectively help her clients meet their goals.

  

Xsenia is a graduate of the University of Manitoba – Bachelors of Medical Rehabilitation Physiotherapy and is committed to continuing education to keep up to date with the latest assessment and treatment techniques in order to provide the best quality of care for her clients.

 

She has experience treating multiple orthopaedic conditions, sports related injuries, pre & post-operative conditions, and neurological disorders. Having treated people of all ages and walks of life, she enjoys working with athletes, and in particular, loves working with lifters. 

Outside of work, Xsenia is passionate about powerlifting and has recently become certified in Pre-Script Level 1 - a comprehensive coaching course that incorporates the fundamentals of Mobility-Stability-Strength™ to optimize movement and prevent future injuries. She is also an avid soccer player, and has been playing for over 20 years. She loves to travel, cycle and enjoys all outdoors activities.

CHRISTINE THORNE

Registered Massage Therapist

Christine graduated with honours from Mohawk College’s Massage Therapy program. She has a special interest in treating low back pain, overuse and sport injuries, occupational injuries, and rehabbing post surgery.


She specializes in deep tissue, therapeutic massage, trigger point therapy and myo-fascial release, and uses a variety of techniques ranging from deep pressure to lighter techniques along with her extensive exercise knowledge to help clients in reaching their goals.


She is dedicated to life long learning and enjoys taking additional courses to improve her skills. She has currently taken courses in sacroiliac mobilizations,  shoulder and low back dysfunction.

 

Christine is especially interested in working with athletes to help them reach their performance goals and overcome their injuries. She has been the primary therapist for several Team Canada Powerlifting athletes. She is also an international level powerlifter and competitive horse back rider.

MELISSA DUNSEITH

Registered Massage Therapist & Certified Reflexologist

Melissa integrates reflexology and her extensive knowledge of massage therapy techniques in her treatments, including use of hot stones and Thai Massage. She completed her massage training at Kikkawa College in 2011 and holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology (1999) from McMaster University. She is currently studying Ayurvedic Medicine at the Centre for Ayurveda and Indian Systems of Healing in Toronto.

Melissa is also an avid Ultimate (Frisbee) competitor, participating in international tournaments throughout North America and Asia.

ANDEKA VUONG

Registered Acupuncturist

Andeka is a Registered Acupuncturist who earned her Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner advanced diploma from Humber College. She is also a member of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncturist of Ontario (CTCMPAO) in good standing.

 

Andeka is committed to creating a safe and healing space for her patients, and believes in using evidence-based practices and interprofessional collaboration to optimize patient-care. Each treatment she performs is individually catered to meet patients' needs, and is modified accordingly with each session! Andeka's clinical experience includes treating stress and anxiety, acute and chronic pain, digestive disorders, gynecology and insomnia. Along with acupuncture, Andeka is proficient in performing gua sha, cupping, moxibustion and tuina.

 

When not caring for patients, Andeka enjoys an active lifestyle! She spends her free time hiking, taking long walks and playing sports.

JOHNNY MINGLEI SHI

Registered Acupuncturist

With his solid knowledge of Meridian/Channel and Five Elements Theory, Johnny is able to provide accurate Chinese Medicine diagnoses from a patient’s complexion, pulse, tongue or birthday.

His Acupuncture Manipulation and Acupressure Technique is effective for chronic and debilitating issues, and provides a therapeutic alternative to the Western “medication-as-treatment" approach. He focuses on boosting a patient’s energy, easing joint pain, and reducing emotional stress in a timely manner. His treatments are effective for improving sleep quality, resolving digestive issues, relieving lower back pain and easing menstrual discomfort.

Johnny assesses his patients first by pulse diagnosis, followed by the Meridian system through Acupuncture or Acupressure to release the obstructions, promoting energy and blood circulation. He also provides Detox Scraping and Cupping therapy to help relieve joint pain, emotional troubles and internal organ issues. He may recommend dietary changes following the Chinese Medicine Nutrition system, and prescribe helpful exercises for patients to do on their own.

Johnny looks forward to providing his patients with a detailed, customized treatment plan to reach their optimal health goals.

NATASHA SANSONE

Certified Pilates Instructor

Natasha is an enthusiastic Pilates instructor who loves to share her passion to help people improve habitual movement patterns.

 

Certified through STOTT Pilates, she strives to teach people how to better connect to their bodies, while improving posture, flexibility and strengthening the spine and joints.

 

Open to all levels, Natasha's classes are focused and challenging that incorporate the core principles of classic Pilates with innovative contemporary techniques. Your mat Pilates sessions of guided exercises will be specific to your needs, and goals.

ELENA KUTOVAYA

Registered Massage Therapist

Elena  graduated with honours  from ICT Kikkawa College of Massage Therapy  in 2010. She is a member in good standing of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).

She is proficient with different massage treatments, including Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, reflexology, sports massage, shiatsu, hot-stone and cupping massage.  She has experience treating a variety of issues including whiplash, frozen shoulder, TMJ, and sciatic nerve compression.

 

She likes to incorporate various techniques in her treatment such as myofascial release, cupping massage, reflexology, elements from Thai Massage, and techniques such as trigger point release and active release to achieve maximum benefits for her clients.

 

Elena is especially interested in providing relaxation massages to clients to help with chronic stress, anxiety and headaches. She has completed first level of Reiki and incorporates energy healing techniques and aromatherapy in her practice. Elena’s treatment is specific and individualized, and, because she is a firm believer in self-care, she provides stretches and exercises to complement the treatment.

 

Prior to becoming an RMT in Canada, Elena worked in Russia as a nurse and provided therapeutic massage to her clients for over 6 years.

GILLIAN LEE NICHOLAS

Registered Massage Therapist

Gillian is a holistic therapist specializing in Swedish massage and excelling in deep tissue musculoskeletal manipulations, myo-fascial techniques, active release therapy and sports massage. She has had experience working with athletic teams, motor vehicle victims, rehabilitation clients, chronic stress and pain clients and those just wishing to relax and melt away.

JASPER EMPSON

Registered Massage Therapist

Jasper became an RMT after graduating from Sutherland Chan in 2019, pursuing a career in helping people to understand their bodies and comfortably interact with their physical environments.

 

He has been an aerial circus artist and instructor since 2012, which is where his passion for movement and safely exceeding ‘normal limits’ comes from. His goal is to help optimize his clients' bodily experience by combining soft tissue work with specific training.

 

Jasper is looking forward to growing his experience and understanding while helping people along the way.  

CAPRICE BOISVERT

Alexander Technique 

Caprice Boisvert is a teacher of the Alexander Technique, the Pilates Method, and Kripalu Yoga. She has a keen interest in anatomy, biomechanics, and how the body is designed to move. She has experience with scoliosis, hip & knee replacement, tendonitis (RSI), Parkinson’s, stenosis and cerebral palsy. Click to watch Caprice working with a patient with PD

Caprice has practiced Alexander Technique since 2003.  She trained with Susan Sinclair in Toronto and qualified as a teacher in 2012. During her training, she worked with Martha Fertman (Philadelphia), Sakiko Ishitsubo (Tokyo), Rosa Luisa Rossi (Zurich), and Peter Nobes (London). She is a teaching member of ATI (Alexander Technique International). Caprice has completed some post-graduate work with Paul Versteeg and Tessa Marwick (Amsterdam). She is also studying how to combine Cranio-Sacral Therapy with Alexander Technique with Elke Mastwijk (Amsterdam).

Caprice has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto.

HEIDI SCOTT

Pedorthist  C. Ped (C)

Heidi Scott, found herself driven toward a career in pedorthics after gaining experience early on working with mobility challenged children. After founding HealthQuest in 1995, she operated as an independent health supply business in Newfoundland and Labrador. After 20 years of building the now well-known and respected HealthQuest, Heidi sold her business and relocated to Ontario. There, she works as an independent vendor licensee with the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Heidi provides personalized, start-to-finish care for your foot and lower limb pain, starting with a biomechanical and gait analysis to assess your orthotics needs. Follow up appointments and adjustments are included in your orthotics package.

Email us for an appointment: info@annexrmt.com

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