I am a registered massage therapist and provider of contemporary medical / neurofunctional acupuncture.  I graduated from Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy at the top of my class  and work there as an instructor.  I also completed the McMaster University Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program.   


My approach is to listen to my patients and work with them  to try to understand what could be causing or contributing to their discomfort, so we can agree on the best treatment plan.  This includes considering neurological, biomechanical, physiological, social, and emotional  factors.​

Helping my patients feel better may involve a relaxation-based treatment and/or a therapeutic focus on a specific issue such as a sports injury or chronic pain. 


Although I treat a variety of patients, I have a particular interest in sports massage and have treated athletes in clinic and at a wide range of events, including the Toronto Marathon, the Invictus Games, and the Masters Indigenous Games. I am a Certification Candidate of the Canadian Sports Massage Therapy Association (CSMTA-CC).  My interest in sports massage is inspired by my own passion for cycling, rock climbing, hiking, ice skating, and kayaking.




Massage therapy  is typically used for relaxation and to treat the soft tissues of the body, that is, muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints. The effects of manual therapies like massage are mainly via the nervous system (1).   Massage affects the skin's  thousands of nerve endings per square centimetre (2).    By touching the skin, massage is effectively touching the brain (3).  Massage doesn't just feel good, it has been proven to help reduce anxiety and depression, as well as decrease pain and improve sleep (4,5,6).


Contemporary Medical Acupuncture (also known as Neurofunctional Acupuncture) is a powerful therapy that is based on the latest scientific understanding of the human body. It uses fine, solid acupuncture needles inserted into the skin and underlying tissue to stimulate nerves at specific anatomical sites such as:

  • where they leave the spinal cord,

  • where they are bundled with blood vessels,

  • in muscles, and

  • at joints.


Many of these sites correspond with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture points.  The needles are stimulated manually or with electricity in order to therapeutically modulate the nervous system.  This can help increase relaxation, reduce pain, and strengthen muscles (7,8,9).

Using acupuncture with massage can result in more effective therapy and reduce the number of treatments needed.


As your massage therapist, I will listen carefully to your specific concerns, clinically assess your soft tissues and range of motion, and design a treatment to help you meet your individual therapeutic goals or needs. Depending on your issues and preferences, the treatment may include:

  • myo-fascial techniques

  • general Swedish massage

  • dermoneuromodulation

  • deep tissue massage

  • sports massage

  • stretching

  • joint mobilization

  • lymph drainage

  • contemporary medical / neurofunctional acupuncture

Following treatment, I will offer recommendations for self-care and therapeutic exercises so that you can retain the treatment benefits and recover faster.


Toronto Bodyworks

Wednesdays:  2 pm - 8 pm

Thursdays:  2 pm - 8 pm

Saturdays:  9:30 am - 2:15 pm

30 Duncan St., Suite 102  │ 416.593.5644


My Home

Tuesdays: 2 pm - 9 pm

Other availability varies

For existing patients, friends, contacts, and referrals.


Near Lansdowne Subway Station

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