our team

Our qualified practitioners work closely as a team to provide you with a treatment plan specific to achieving your therapeutic goals.

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Charlene Waldner, RMT (she / her)

Sports Rehab - Relaxation - Deep Tissue - Muscle Energy Technique

Charlene graduated from the 3000 hour program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Victoria in 2012. Since then she has had the pleasure of working in a variety of spa and and clinic environments, as well as enthusiastically volunteering at many sporting events. She enjoys working with clients of all ages, including seniors and youth. As a lifelong athlete and fitness advocate, Charlene is passionate about educating clients in ways to stay injury-free, recover from sport related injuries, and maintain a healthy body. She also enjoys working with clients in office settings to help all those professional-sitters out there to stay injury-free on the job! For more information about Charlene, please check out her website!

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Darcie Coles, RMT (she / her)

Sports and Injury Rehab – Chronic and Acute Pain – Prophylactic and Supportive Taping – IASTM (Graston)

Darcie completed the 3000 hour Massage Therapy program at West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Victoria in 2011 and has since returned to join the faculty of WCCMT Victoria in 2016. She has volunteered with many sporting organizations and groups in both the capacity of an RMT, as well as an organizer, and has enjoyed working and traveling with local swim teams to competitive events, including Canadian Nationals and Olympic Qualifying Trails. She is a life-long learner and is continually seeks to better her understanding of the human body and the forces enacted on it that cause physical discomfort and limitations. Creating patient centered care is always her goal, and Darcie enjoys meeting patients where they are at and helping them meet their goals while build a deeper connection with their bodies. Her continuing education includes focus for athletic individuals and persistent pain cases, as well as technique specific courses such as prophylactic taping (Kinesio Taping), instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (Graston), Ligamentous Articular Strain Techniques, and functional weight training and rehabilitation. In her spare time, Darcie enjoys spending time with her friends and family, working with her dogs, dancing, kayaking, and one day returning to horseback riding.

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Derek Robinson, RMT, R.Kin  (he / him)

Trigger Point Release - Myofascial Release - Movement Rehabilitation

Derek is a 2019 graduate of the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Victoria, and a 2021 Kinesiology graduate from the university of the Fraser Valley. Derek provides both Massage Therapy and Kinesiology services at Absolute. His background in strength and conditioning allows him to utilize targeted exercise as an essential component of his treatments.

Derek enjoys being active as a mountain biker, hockey player and powerlifter. As a result of his active lifestyle, he has had the opportunity to rehabilitate many of his own injuries and is able to relate to those struggling with acute and chronic pain. Derek enjoys working with injuries of any nature, and also has special interest in working with those experiencing lower back pain. He is excited to bring his unique skill set to his practice at Absolute.

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Emily DeMontigny, RMT  (she / her)

Muscle Energy Technique - Joint Mobilization - Myofascial Release

Emily values the potential for change in each appointment and in each human being. A graduate of the 3000 hour program at West Coast College of Massage Therapy (New Westminster, BC) in 2002, she offers 14 years of experience in private practice. Emily has also worked as a Clinic Instructor for WCCMT and Vancouver Career College for 11 years. her continuing education includes craniosacral technique, lymphatic drainage, and end-range loading. Emily also enjoys working with clients experiencing constipation, chest restriction/tightness, and post-trauma cases. Personally, Emily enjoys community, music, great food, nature, and exercise. She is happy to join the multidisciplinary team at Absolute Therapy and be in beautiful Victoria, BC.

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Emily Mann, RMT  (she / her)

Deep Tissue - Relaxation - Trigger Point Therapy - Myofascial Release

Emily is a graduate from West Coast College of Massage Therapy 2200 hour program in Victoria. She enjoys working with a diverse group of clientele and values patient education. She encourages her clients to take an active role in their rehabilitative process while promoting a calming and supportive environment. In her free time you can find Emily exploring the local coffee shops and hiking trails. She also has an interest in human anatomy and physiology and is happy to share lots of informational tidbits or answer any questions you may have. She is excited to be at Absolute Therapy and plans to explore all the professional adventures the clinic has to offer.

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Ina Sembaliuk, Client Care Specialist (they / them)

A new addition at Absolute Therapy, Ina was born on a bathroom floor right here in our city! A true local that’s passionate about the quality of your care. Ina is the friendly face that greets you from behind the front desk. They are a third year student and currently in the Office Administration program at Camosun, with several years of client care experience. Ina loves to ensure a comfortable, inclusive, and accessible environment for all of our clients. Whether you need assistance with your appointment or just someone to chat with while you await your treatment, Ina is very happy to help!

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Jordan Martindale, RMT (she / her)

Jordan is a graduate of the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Victoria. As a lifelong competitive athlete, Jordan believes passionately in the benefits of regular movement and self-care, as well as the positive effects of Massage Therapy. With her background and prior education in sport, Jordan loves working with an active population, and cites working with Rugby Canada as the highlight of her time at WCCMT. She aims to blend the scientific knowledge gained throughout her education with each client’s individual needs to develop a unique treatment plan for everyone she sees. 

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Jordon Pohl, RMT (he / him)

Deep tissue - Muscle Energy Techniques - Joint Mobilization - Relaxation

Jordon graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy here in Victoria. Having grown up in Victoria and spent 30 years truly connecting with the island community, Jordon is always looking for ways to give back and support this wonderful place he calls home. His background playing and coaching sports combined with a desire to help those in need helped encourage Jordon into the practice of Massage Therapy. Jordon loves to work with all demographics, from the general public to competitive athletes and has had lots of experience working with both. He enjoys spending his free time hiking the mountains and exploring the many beaches of the island and also loves to keep busy with a bass guitar or some other musical instrument in his hands.

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Ken Husband, RMT (he / him)

Deep Tissue Massage - Trigger Point Therapy - Myofascial Release - Relaxation Massage

 Ken graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Victoria, completing the 2200 hour RMT program. Growing up in the wild surroundings of Haida Gwaii, and spending the last 16 years in beautiful Victoria, Ken brings a laid-back island vibe to his treatment style. Having been a DJ for 20 years, his deep love for music is felt in the custom playlists he curates for his treatments. He has a competitive athletic background in basketball, bodybuilding competitions, amateur boxing, and running races. His hobbies include trail running, hiking, yoga, and road-tripping in his Delica campervan, "Alexander Supercamp".

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Kevin Thayer, RMT (he / him)

Registered Massage Therapy

 Kevin graduated from Victoria’s West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2021.  A lifelong athlete and explorer, Kevin finds joy and expression in movement.  A background in basketball, strength training, and swimming led him into a committed movement and meditation practice which sparked his interest in human anatomy, and ultimately Massage Therapy.  As a new and humble therapist, Kevin seeks to connect with clients through commonalities and a sense of community.  Kevin has found movement combined with periods of functional rest as a positive tool for both physical and mental growth, and he would like to work with you to facilitate your own sense of growth, whatever that may be.  Kevin’s current interests are ocean swims, martial arts, trail running and meditation.  After being shown so many healing and learning modalities throughout life by skilled and compassionate teachers, Kevin is inspired to share these skills with you through manual therapies and homecare.

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Kristy Elesko, BA, RMT (she / her)

Deep tissue - Abdominal Work - Relaxation treatments - Pre/Post-natal Care

Kristy joined Absolute Therapy as a graduate from WCCMT Victoria, where her work treating Chronic Whiplash Associated Disorder won a 2014 research award. Kristy gained valuable personal experience and motivation to pursue Massage Therapy following an injury after completing her first 5km race in 2011. She encourages her clients to recognize that small changes can have lifelong effects and that most of the everyday physical discomforts that we experience are both treatable and preventable. Whether you are recovering from injury, pursuing new physical challenges, dealing with chronic disablement, or trying to reduce your daily aches and pains, Kristy would like to help you on your path. She also offers mobile massage therapy services for new parents in the first 8 weeks after their baby's arrival. Recovering from birth and caring for a new infant can make traveling to the clinic difficult and Kristy endeavours to make massage accessible to parents during this time. When Kristy is not in the clinic, she enjoys learning to play the ukelele, singing in a choir, and hiking various coastal trails around southern Vancouver Island.

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Maria Brownlow, Yoga (she / her)

Mental Health and Well-Being – Chronic Pain – Neurological Conditions

Maria has been student of yoga for 10 years, and began teaching in 2016 after taking her first Yoga teacher training in Nepal. With training in traditional Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga she began training in therapeutic yoga to deepen her knowledge for working with those facing acute and chronic health conditions and how the practices of yoga can be adapted to suit the needs of anyone to promote wellbeing and health. She has a passion to incorporate yoga therapy as a part of an individual’s wellness and helping them uncover and achieve living life with more ease is possible no matter your physical or emotional place. She uses approaches like Yoga Nidra, Breath-work and targeted somatic movement and conditioning techniques from Yoga and Meditation. With a focus in working with Chronic Pain, Neurological Conditions and Mental Health, Maria is trained to work with clients with various injuries and conditions, and works with clients one-on-one as well as in small group series. She is excited to continue her career and teaching to Absolute Therapy.

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Natalie Hawthorne, CAT(C), R.Kin, BAET (she / her)

Sports Injury Rehab - Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization - Core Conditioning - Concussion Testing - Dancer Specific Rehab

Natalie graduated from Camosun College with a Bachelor's degree in Athletic and Exercise Therapy, and is certified as a Certified Athletic Therapist through the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association. She also holds a designation as a Practicing Kinesiologist through the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists. Natalie enjoys working with a wide variety of clients, and also has an extensive background working with high performance athletes (including rugby, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, football and volleyball), industrial workers and dancers. Natalie has also had the opportunity of working with clients with spinal cord injuries, MS, and Parkinson's Disease.

* Natalie is currently taking a break from her private practice at Absolute Therapy to focus on her family life.  She hopes to return to the clinic in 2022.

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Randi Hunter, CAT(C) (she / her)

Randi is excited to be joining the Absolute team to complement Natalie's availability as she returns from her maternity leave. She graduated from Camosun College with a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic and Exercise Therapy in 2017. She is a Certified Athletic Therapist through the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association. Since her graduation Randi has had the pleasure of working with many different high performance and recreational athletes (including rugby, soccer, hockey, basketball, rowing). Over the last 2 years Randi has been working directly with the BC Rugby Youth Elite 7’s series as well as other contracts with BC Rugby, University of Victoria and Rugby Canada. She is delighted to grow and refine her skills in the clinic with Absolute.

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Rebecca Tranter, RMT (she / her)

Sports massage - Deep Tissue - Myofascial Release - Relaxation 

 

Rebecca is a graduate from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy 2200 hour program in Victoria. She enjoys working with clients from all walks of life, and has special interest in working with athletes or helping clients return to athletic routines post-injury. From a young age Rebecca has always felt the importance of movement as part of wellness in life, and patient involvement and movement are often included as part of her treatment approach. She loves learning about the mind/body connection, and is excited to embark on her career as an RMT to continue to learn and help people every day.  In her spare time Rebecca can be found in the gym, coaching or taking part in Crossfit classes, exploring the island, playing a game of crib or reading a good book. 

 

*At present Rebecca is taking a break from her practice to begin her new adventures in motherhood.

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Sandra Rutz, RMT (she / her)

Deep Pressure Work/Hold Techniques - Trigger Point Therapy - Circulation Management - Relaxation

Sandra completed the 2200 hour Massage Therapy program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2018. Since graduating, she has developed a sixth sense for finding and releasing chronically tight muscles by using a combination of slow, deep pressure work with trigger point therapy. Sandra enjoys working with chronic back, neck and shoulder pain, and believes that Massage Therapy, stretching and exercise helps to improve quality of life.

When not in the clinic, Sandra enjoys being a new mom to her beautiful daughter, going for walks, cooking and baking, and watching movies with her husband.

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Sam Dalke, RMT (she / her)

Trigger Point Therapy - Myofascial Release - Deep Tissue Techniques - Stress Management

 

Sam is a graduate from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy here in Victoria. Through her massage practice, Sam endeavours to understand the underlying cause of each person’s condition. She is passionate about helping her clients reach their health goals with the use of assessment and comprehensive treatment planning. Sam has special interest in the treatment of overuse/ repetitive strain injuries and headaches, and strongly believes massage can help improve one’s quality of life, both physically and emotionally. When Sam is not massaging, she can be found biking, hiking and exploring all this wonderful island has to offer.

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Tiffany Pelletier, RMT (she / her)

Graston Technique - Myofascial Release - Postural and Sports Rehab

Tiffany has been practicing as a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) since early 2006. Since her successful completion of the Massage Therapy program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy, she has worked in a variety of integrated health clinics here in Victoria, as well as in New Zealand. In 2010 Tiffany was pleased to open Absolute Therapy. Tiffany strives to continually share her commitment to creating positive lifestyle changes through her practice and the workshops she provides in the community. She enjoys working with a variety of clientele and is passionate about educating about the wonders of massage.

 

*At present Tiffany is taking a break from her public practice to continue with other adventures.

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Rosie

The Absolute team is thrilled to welcome our new team mascot, the adorable Rosie! Being new to the team, Rosie is still learning the ropes at Absolute but is certain to win you over with her enthusiasm. She is currently in training to become a Certified Therapy Dog, and in her off-time can be found playing with other puppies at the dog park, chasing toys or enjoying a good snooze. She looks forward to making Absolute Therapy a relaxing environment for all of our wonderful clients and can't wait to meet you soon!