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.
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.
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 wife.
Kyla Beck, RMT
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Nicole Jago, RMT
Nicole Jago graduated from West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2014.
Nicole believes that massage is an effective, safe and enjoyable way to treat a variety of musculoskeletal injuries that addresses the body as a whole.
She uses numerous techniques based on the needs of each patient, including Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Technique, Trigger Point Release, Neurokinetic Therapy, joint mobilization therapy, Swedish Massage and assisted stretching. Nicole has also completed pre-natal courses and finds the importance of supporting all stages of pregnancy.
To achieve optimal pain relief, Nicole will support your health goals by showing you informed stretches, hydrotherapy instructions and exercises.
In her free time, Nicole enjoys being with her dog Bella, hiking, running and yoga.
Kelly Tansley, RMT, B. Kin
Kelly is a graduate from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT) 2200 hour program. During her time at WCCMT she gained extensive experience working in the student clinic treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions.
Prior to massage therapy, Kelly received her bachelors degree in Kinesiology and worked as a Kinesiologist implementing exercise programs for patients. Kelly has also been very active in the athletic community having worked with the Simon Fraser University Men’s Hockey team, the Langley Thunder Sr. A Lacrosse team, & Scotland Lacrosse.
Kelly strives to individualize treatment plans to help patients achieve their specific treatment goals and to get them back to doing the things they love. She believes that a combination of massage therapy and a good home care program can help improve the patients condition and also allow the patient to be actively involved in their healing process. Kelly is proficient in performing deep tissue massage and incorporates many different techniques into treatment some of which include trigger point therapy, active and passive stretching, myofascial release, & joint mobilizations. Kelly also recently became level 1 certified in Fascial Stretch TherapyTM which is a unique system of table-based assisted stretching that takes a global approach to the body & movement to help improve flexibility, mobility, strength, performance, and reduce pain.
Kevin Chang, RMT
Kevin graduated from Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in 2019, fulfilling a long-time goal to be a Registered Massage Therapist. He has successfully treated diverse patients from many age ranges and walks of life, through such organizations as Ronald McDonald House, The Aids Walk, and St. George’s Senior School sports teams.
Committed to evidence-based treatments, Kevin is committed to continually expanding his skills through continuing education classes, furthering his ability to provide optimal care.