Our Therapists

Jason Joly, RMT

Jason graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1997 and started practicing as an RMT the same year.

Jason was introduced to massage therapy after a downhill skiing accident left him with a neck injury as a teenager.  Massage was a critical part of Jason’s rehab from whiplash and quickly became his career aspiration.

Jason takes a holistic approach to health and wellness, combining clinical assessment and treatment with a strong focus on homecare and lifestyle recommendations tailored to each patient’s individual needs.  His approach has helped patients with a wide variety of conditions such as whiplash, low back pain, scoliosis, tendonopathies, sports injuries and headaches.

He has volunteered in  a wide variety of aspects in Massage Therapy including power-lifting, marathons, cycling races, rodeos, bodybuilding competitions, local fundraisers and mentored in-clinic interns from OVCMT (Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy) from 2000-2006.

Since becoming an RMT, Jason’s goal has been to run a clinic that reflected his professional values and his approach to patient care.  Riverside Massage Therapy is the realization of that goal.

Damon Marchand, RMT

Damon has been practicing in Port Coquitlam ever since graduating as an RMT from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1997.

Damon discovered massage therapy in his teens as a way to deal with the sprains, strains and pains that came with two of his favourite pursuits: hockey and basketball.  He is passionate about helping people with their posture and structure as well as their overall health and wellness.  He has also completed post-graduate training in massage therapy techniques to help people with the treatment and prevention of  soft tissue injuries of anyone from pregnant women to injured workers and from weekend warriors to high performance athletes.

In addition to treating patients, pursuing advanced training in massage and being co-owner of Riverside Massage Therapy, Damon is committed to advancing the profession of massage therapy; serving as President of the Board of Directors for the Massage Therapists’ Association of BC since 2004 and serving one term as President of the Canadian Massage Therapy Alliance (2005 to 2007).

Laura Johnson, RMT

Growing up as a competitive gymnast in the Tri-Cities, Laura realized the power of massage therapy to prevent and treat injuries at an early age.  She graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2005 and has been practicing in Port Coquitlam ever since.

Laura works with each of her patients to achieve a healthy lifestyle free from the restrictions of pain and injury.  She has developed effective, patient-focused treatment plans for conditions ranging from Temporal-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) syndrome and tendonitis to workplace and sports injuries.

In addition to treating patients and the meeting the demands of being co-owner of Riverside Massage Therapy, Laura is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science through Thompson Rivers University.

Felix Lee, RMT

Felix was born and raised in South Korea.  After resident training in Yonsei University Hospital (aka Severance Hospital), he worked as a family physician in Chuncheon City for 15 years including 3 years of serving in the army.  In 2008 he moved to Canada and studied massage therapy at WCCMT (West Coast College of Massage Therapy), then he passed the provincial board exam with an outstanding performance.

He is interested in myofascial release including contractile myofascial release, joint mobilization, and muscle energy techniques.  He likes treating orthopedic conditions such as postural faults and sports injury management.  He is also well versed in and can deal with a variety of systemic conditions with his past career as a family physician.

Additionally, Felix is an experienced endurance sports athlete.  He has participated in many sports events including 2 times of Ironman, 4 times of 100km ultramarathon, 26 times of full course marathon in Korea, and 4 times of Half-Ironman in Canada which made him interested in sports injury management.  He is presently planning to take part in Ironman Canada in 2013.

Sarah Lalonde (nee Stroud), RMT

Sarah has always been intrigued with the body and how it functions.  She pursued a Bachelors of Kinesiology from the University of the Fraser Valley, graduating in 2008. After working as a kinesiologist for two years, Sarah wanted to take her career a step further with massage therapy, graduating  from West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2012.

She has had experience with many different conditions, ranging from Tension Headaches to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.  Also, she has worked in many different setting such as Canucks Place, Friends for Life, BC Woman’s Hospital, VGH Burn unit, Grand Fondo Bike Ride, Wheels to Heal, and a Multiple Sclerosis clinic.

Sarah believes homecare that is customized to each patient’s individual lifestyle is an important tool in achieving treatment goals.

Valentin Oleinik, RMT

Valentin Oleinik is a graduate from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. Despite being the youngest member of his class, he was chosen to represent his peers as the valedictorian which was an experience he will cherish forever.

Throughout the 3000 hour program, Valentin volunteered his time working with children at Canucks Place, Varsity athletes at the University of British Columbia, and working in the burns, plastic and trauma unit at the Vancouver General Hospital. Thanks to experiences like these, he has the confidence and skill set to work with any age group, as well as any condition.

Growing up, he was speaking three languages by the time he was a teen, (Russian, English and French), so communication has always been one of his major strengths. Valentin was lucky enough to have the chance to spend a majority of his adolescent life volunteering within his community, which has formed him into an empathetic and genuine human being. He believes that reading scientific articles and studies, is the best way to stay up to date with the constantly growing world of medical science.

Although his family and career are both very important to him, some of his hobbies include exploring the outdoors, playing sports, working with children, enjoying or preparing a delicious meal and most of all, playing a variety of musical instruments.

Gina DiMenna, RMT

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Taryn Gibson, RMT

Taryn Gibson graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2014 and became a RMT the following year. She spent the first few years of her career working in Maple Ridge, where she also lives.

Taryn was introduced to massage therapy as a young teen after a trampoline incident left her with a broken arm and chronic headaches.
She has a special interest in treating the compensatory aches and pains related to broken bones and immobility. She also enjoys treating general aches and pains such as Acute or Chronic Low Back Pain, Neck and Shoulder Pain or Stiffness, and Pregnancy related issues. Taryn is experienced in treating patients with a variety of medical conditions including Whiplash, Concussions, Migraines, Sciatica, Multiple Sclerosis, Frozen Shoulder and Fibromyalgia.

Taryn lives an active life and enjoys walks with her dogs, hiking, fishing and gardening. That being said, she also enjoys binge watching Netflix from time to time. She often spends time on Vancouver Island and in Kamloops visiting family. Taryn understands the value in being able to do the activities you enjoy and strives to get you back to your activity, whatever that may be, as soon as possible.

Roger Yip, RMT

Roger graduated from Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in 2015 where he was an honour roll student and voted class valedictorian. Previously practicing in a massage therapy and chiropractic clinic in Vancouver, he now calls Port Coquitlam home and is proud to join the Riverside Massage Therapy team. Roger has a passion for helping people and has experience treating a wide range of patients from kids to seniors and people living with various conditions. He has had the opportunity to treat patients in a variety of facilities such as Ronald McDonald House, George Pearson Centre, Onsite drug detox facility, Royal Columbian Hospital, Positive Living Society, and at events like the BMO Marathon.

His expertise includes Trigger Point Therapy, Lymph Drainage, Joint Mobilizations, Myofascial Release, Sports Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, Prenatal Massage, Swedish Massage, in addition to muscle strengthening and stretching techniques. With these tools, he hopes to not only eliminate discomfort but also provide a relaxing and healing experience.

Roger believes that in order to be an effective therapist for his patients, he must set a good example and take care of himself mentally and physically. Outside of the clinic, he enjoys hiking, travelling, watching films (he also has a diploma in Film Studies!), listening to music, eating vegetarian cuisine and spending quality time with his fiancée.

Kyla Beck, RMT

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