Marni graduated from Foothills College of Massage Therapy in Calgary, Alberta in 2004. She has also completed several courses through The Upledger Institute for Craniosacral Therapy (CST), and teaches courses on Access Bars consciousness.
Marni began her career in a prestigious spa and hotel in Vancouver Island as a Registered Massage Therapist, but was extensively trained in customer service and management. She came to realize that the best way to provide an exceptional client experience is to provide a supportive environment for therapists. She chose to found Muscle Elements in 2007 to create a holistic healing centre that provides the quality of care of a clinic, with the peace and tranquility of a spa.
Marni believes that for a person to be healthy and happy, all aspects of an individual need to be in harmony: physical, mental and spiritual. She supports her therapists to lead by example in working on their own holistic health and to always be learning so that they can better support their clients. Making small changes adds up to big results over time.
“I chose to become a Registered Massage Therapist because I felt it was my calling. When I was 7 years old, I used to massage my grandfather’s feet, who had Multiple Sclerosis, believing that I could help him walk again. It was inspiring when he could wiggle his toes!”
Dr. Jennifer Yee graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree from Western University in London, Ontario, as well as completed a Diploma of Naturopathic Medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Ontario. During her 4-year program, she completed her residencies at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic and at the Sherbourne Health Clinic, treating patients with HIV and AIDS.
Dr. Yee completed the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX), which is required to practice as a naturopathic doctor in North America, and is a licensed member of the government regulated College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA). She is a Certified Lactation Counsellor (CLC) and has completed additional education to support women’s health, men’s health, pediatric health, fertility support, pre-natal and birthing education, addictions support, neurological disorders, autoimmune disorders, and treating people with HIV and AIDS.
Dr. Yee comes from a long line of health care practitioners, both conventional and holistic, so the passion for helping people is in her blood. Growing up as a Chinese Canadian, she was very familiar with Traditional Chinese Medicine remedies.
Dr. Yee had always wanted to become a medical doctor. As a teenager, she suffered from chronic migraine headaches that were disruptive to her school and social life. After multiple visits to conventional medical doctors, she was disappointed that the only solution provided was pain suppressing medication for the rest of her life. She explored natural treatment options which successfully treated her migraines. That sparked her passion to study Naturopathic Medicine after university. She believes that symptoms are an externalized expression of what’s happening inside of the body, which provides us with information to find the root cause of imbalance in order to heal. Dr. Yee enjoys working at Muscle Elements because the team supports clients in the most complete and holistic way possible.
“As a naturopathic doctor, I firmly believe that health and wellness exists on a spectrum. Health does not simply mean to be alive but also to be your healthiest self – I work in collaboration with my patient to help them determine what health goals are most important to them and we can work on these goals one at a time or all of them at once.”
Carleen graduated from the MacEwan University Acupuncture program in 2006 and has been practicing as a Registered Acupuncturist (RAc.) since. She continued her education with courses with AcuSport Education & Sports Medicine Acupuncture and is also a Certified Lactation Counsellor (CLC). Over the past decade, she has focused on treating musculoskeletal health, mental health and wellness, endocrine disorders, pre- and post-natal care, birth, and fertility.
She works as a Registered Acupuncturist because she loves people and has always been drawn to helping others. She loves working at Muscle Elements because she works alongside a group of health professionals who are just as invested in helping others, and who get just as excited when they achieve progress with their clients. It makes coming to work very easy. Best of all, she can facilitate a person’s path to the understanding of their personal health through her own passion for health and wellness.
Carleen’s personal journey into natural health began in art school. She studied the inner workings of the body and movement, which inspired her to learn more. Her philosophy has evolved to empower people to feel in control of their personal wellness. Her practice allows her to educate her clients on their health so they can be empowered in their own healing. She provides compassionate care in a supportive environment to meet her patients’ physical and mental health and wellness needs.
“I firmly believe that collaborative medicine is the most integral part of true healing education is the root to health.”
Trudi completed the holistic health practitioner diploma before graduating from the Acupuncture program at Grant MacEwan University. Her passion for women’s health especially pregnancy and childbirth has driven her to continue her education in TCM with fertility, obstetrics and gynecology courses. In addition to her TCM modalities she is a trained birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator and certified Lactation Counselor (CLC). Trudi is also trained as an Access Bars practitioner and is working through her Craniosacral Therapy (CST) levels.
Trudi is passionate about all aspects of family health, and through the experience of having her own children, loves working with kids and is currently taking peadiatric training to enhance her practice.
When not working, Trudi enjoys reading, cooking and going on adventures with her son and daughter. She believes that a life of balance and moderation can support the healing process.
“Your potential is limitless, live life without boundaries and there are infinite possibilities.”
Liliana is a medical doctor graduate from the University of Colombia and specialized in Neural Therapy from the Juan N. Corpas University in Colombia. She is also a graduate of the massage therapy program from Makami College in Edmonton, Alberta. She completed a bio-coding certificate (level 1) from the Enric Corbera Institute in Spain. She then continued her education by completing the manual osteopath program from the National Manual Osteopathic College. She is also a lymphatic balancing therapist from the D’Ambrogio Institute and a Mercier Therapy specialist in gyno-visceral osteopathy from Chicago, U.S.
Liliana started her medical practice in Colombia, but started to experience severe abdominal pain that was caused by a large pelvic tumor. After months of pain, several visits to other doctors, and eventual surgery, the tumor was removed, which resulted in new pains that were never improved with conventional treatments. This lead her on a quest to learn more about holistic health and wellness. She completed a course on Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, which changed her views on the human body and the mind-body connection. Her vision was to learn how to stimulate the natural healing process of the body using her hands.
Liliana believes that health is a dynamic process that involves many factors: nutrition, exercise, positive thinking, and healthy relationships. She believes that since we are unique, health and wellness treatments need to be customized to the individual. She follows an integral approach in which she analyzes a client’s posture, the tension in their connective tissues, the mobility of the internal organs and their correlation with emotional stress, or possible epigenetic origin. She has observed that many women experience changes in the position of their uterus, bladder and pelvic bones after giving birth, which is not discussed by many conventional health care providers. This may also happen to men and women after some forms of surgery. She believes that manual osteopathy can be the missing link for many conditions that don’t improve using conventional treatments.
“I believe that we are all part of a larger reality that unifies us and connects us with the whole. Health would also be the way to relate to the whole and to understand that the whole affects us individually as well.”
JeeSun completed the manual osteopathic therapy program at the Manual Osteopathic College of Canada in Edmonton, Alberta in 2019. She also completed a 2,200-hour massage therapy diploma from the MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy in 2009. She has continued her education by studying stamina massage therapy, craniosacral therapy, myofascial cupping, and Physiokey training, a non-invasive neuro-stimulator for the treatment of acute and chronic pain.
JeeSun loves working at Muscle Elements because of the warm atmosphere and because of the leadership and mentorship of the founder, Marni Way. She grew up in South Korea where traditional Chinese medicine and conventional medicine co-exist in harmony. She learned that supporting the body as an integral unit could help regain its normal equilibrium of form and function, in health and strength. She believes that good health means that a person is well-balanced in all aspects: physical, biological, and psycho-social. Thus, health is true wealth.
“I have learned, witnessed and experienced that we can prevent and resolve some of our health concerns through therapeutic methods, such as massage and acupuncture, and I want to pass on my knowledge to my clients – a core value of mine and of Muscle Elements. I see myself as a facilitator who can encourage and assist people to take better care of themselves.”
*Amanda is currently on maternity leave.
Amanda graduated from Medicine Hat College with a Certificate of Massage Therapy in 2005. She has chosen to specialise in key therapy and has completed multiple physiokey courses over the past few years. She has found that utilising the physiokey, a non-invasive biofeedback device, in her treatments allows her to greatly increase the range of issues that she’s able to help with as a clinical massage therapist.
Amanda chose to become an RMT after completing her high school work experience in a local clinic. Between college and joining the team at Muscle Elements Amanda spent a few years in the Health and Safety world where she completed EMR training and she counts her favourite experience as her time in Paddle Prairie. She values her past and is passionate about her future. Working as a full time RMT in a unique and supportive clinic with exceptional patients allows her to approach each day with joy and gratitude.
“Healing and health are a lifelong journey that looks different for every single person (though nothing like the glossy magazine) and I’m here to support you as best as I am able. You are the only one with the power to choose your own adventures and, as we all know, with great power comes great responsibility. We each need to ask for help, sort the good advice from the not good advice, make choices that aren’t always fun (but are always worth it), and we certainly need to be kind to ourselves and thereby learn to be kind to each other. You are worth the work that makes your life the reward.”
Melissa completed the massage therapy program at Makami College and is a Registered Massage Therapist. She has also completed continuing education in deep tissue massage, fire cupping, relaxation and pre-natal massage.
Melissa loves working as a massage therapist because it provides her with an opportunity to help people and make them feel better. She’s worked in a seniors assisted-living home, providing compassionate care to our aging population. She loves working at Muscle Elements because it’s a supportive atmosphere with a great team that is passionate about helping others.
She believes in staying healthy and living an active lifestyle, as there’s no greater feeling than an energized body and sharp mind. This philosophy transcends into her work, as one of her favourite moments is in helping her clients alleviate their pain. Melissa believes that life is a gift, so it is important to enjoy every day.
“Keeping healthy and fit brought about my passion for health and wellness as it makes a person feel good and sharp. I am a naturally very caring and honest person, which helps me to provide the best care for my patients.”
Heather graduated from MacEwan University’s Massage Therapy program in 2005 and has continued her education by studying orthopedic and therapeutic massage, myofascial cupping, hot stone massage and deep tissue massage. She specializes in migraine and headache treatments, motor vehicle accident rehabilitation, and chronic pain.
Heather always knew that she wanted to work in health care, and she decided to study massage therapy as it allows her to spend more time with her clients treating the whole person. One of her favourite moments is seeing a client looking forward to their therapy and feeling rejuvenated at the end of her treatment. Heather loves working at Muscle Elements because the environment is supportive to her clients and to the team of therapists, which allows her to provide the best quality of care to her clients.
According to Heather, the key to health is a balance from within. A person’s body knows how to heal itself, which can be facilitated with supportive health and wellness treatments. Holistic health is achieved through daily habits of eating well, being active, breathing deeply, and smiling often. She also loves to bake cookies with her daughter!
“I absolutely love what I do, and my training and skills have taught me to get to the root of the issue and find the right solution for my patients.”
Deanna graduated from MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy’s 2200 hour program in 2016. She has also since obtained certificates for cupping, craniosacral therapy level 1 (CST 1), and pre- and post-natal massage.
Deanna loves the supportive atmosphere at Muscle Elements and is inspired by the compassionate therapists that are part of the team. She feels that the team deeply cares about each and every client, which strongly reflects her passion for health and wellness, as well as her love for helping others.
Deanna’s sister planted the seed of massage therapy very early in her life, flowering into a passion for helping others. Deanna believes that it’s essential to stay healthy and live an active lifestyle. A strong mind and a strong body are helpful to live a happy and well-balanced life.
“I have a passion for remedial massage therapy because I like to help people and relieve them of their pain. Knowing they progress is a wonderful feeling, for both myself and the patient.”
Sarah completed the 3,000-hour massage therapy program at Makami College in 2011 to become a Registered Massage Therapist. She specializes in manual lymphatic drainage, and has also taken the Access Bars course through Access Consciousness.
Sarah is inspired by the management team and the supportive therapists at Muscle Elements, who solely focus on doing what’s best for their clients.
Sarah believes in maintaining balance in body, mind and spirit.
“I chose to work in this profession for three reasons: my own health and wellness; because I am very interested in the science behind the body; and also, to help others. At Muscle Elements, I have been welcomed into a team with huge support system whose belief in self-care for its employees ensures we are always at our best for clients.”
Lauren began working at Muscle Elements as a Client Coordinator while she was still a student therapist. She completed the CDI College 2,200-hour massage therapy program and became a Registered Massage Therapist. She’s also completed continuing education in massage cupping, acupressure, reflexology, Access Bars training, facial rejuvenation and Physiokey therapy. She is interested in continuing her future education in craniosacral therapy, acupuncture and fascial stretch therapy.
She believes that healing in unique to the individual, based on their personal health journey. She utilizes a combination of clinical and holistic treatments to help her clients achieve positive changes in their body. She loves working at Muscle Elements alongside many compassionate and skilled practitioners in a collaborative atmosphere. This team-based approach allows her to provide a well-rounded foundation for her practice.
Lauren believes that holistic health involves practicing wellness, rather than treating symptoms by engaging in self-care. Once a person learns how to practice self-care, they are able to give more of themselves to others and to pursue what they love.
“Growing up, I always had a fascination for the human body and its ability to adapt, grow and for its resiliency. Being in a health-centered field is an incredible privilege as I love working with people and helping them develop and achieve a unique goal for their health.”
Katherine has completed the 3,000-hour massage therapy program at Makami College. She’s also completed several continuing education courses, such as orthopaedic massage, neuromuscular certification, myofascial, as well as fire and vacuum cupping. She is also in the process of completing an Acupuncture Diploma from Reeves College, graduating in 2020.
Katherine is passionate about helping others and educating her clients on the importance of self-care and injury prevention. She’s passionate about preventative medicine, learning about holistic healing from her grandmother’s natural remedies and cures. She loves working at Muscle Elements because of the collaborative team environment and the focus on professional development and education.
Katherine believes that optimal health and wellness is achieved by finding a balance in all things in life. She advocates education to prevent illness and disease and believes that leading a healthy and meaningful life is realized through education, prevention and self-care.
“Self-care is essential in order to live a long, happy and healthy life. Take time each day for yourself and for your body.”
Crystal completed the Alberta College of Massage Therapy program. Since then, she has also studied dynamic cupping, pregnancy and post-natal massage, as well as Access Bars. She completed an oncology massage program in March 2019 to help treat her clients that are going through cancer treatments.
After meeting with Marni, the founder of Muscle Elements, and her team of health and wellness professionals, Crystal felt excited to join the team. She’s confident that she can grow and learn so much from Muscle Elements and her team of colleagues, offering her clients the best quality of care.
Health and wellness is an essential part of her life, as it affects everything. For her, holistic health includes the body, mind, emotional and spiritual well-being. If something is out of balance, clients will feel it within their body. Learning to listen to the wisdom of our bodies helps facilitate our own inner healing. Every person faces challenges in their lives, from struggling with depression and anxiety, feeling insecure about body image or weight, managing stress and dealing with physical and mental pain. Crystal provides a safe space for her clients to leave their stress at the door, and become open to allow the healing to begin.
“I have become a registered massage therapist because I love the knowledge and science behind it; I enjoy making a difference in someone’s day, and because it’s what suits me.”
Jackie is one of the client coordinators at Muscle Elements. She is a Registered Massage Therapist and has a diploma in Business Administration.
After a life-changing event in her family, Jackie decided to make a career change and joined the Muscle Elements team. With experience as a Registered Massage Therapist and administrative background, it made her a great fit. She loves working at Muscle Elements because there are a variety of practitioners that specialize and have a passion in various modalities. All of them work together to provide the clients with the best treatments that they can, and they all work cohesively to create safe and effective treatment plans.
Through personal growth, Jackie’s inward reflection has helped her become more aware of herself and creating balance in a healthy mind, body and soul. With effective self-care, she has been able to evolve in her own health and wellness.
“With my experience as a registered massage therapist, I want our clients to know that they can trust in the recommendations given with guiding them to find the best practitioner based on their ability to assist the patient during their health and wellness journey.”
Theresa comes from a background of varied customer service and public service roles, including reception and admin support, day-home provider, community support worker for disabled adults, caterer and cafeteria manager.
In search of her own healing, Theresa has sought out many different types of treatment and found that new options are always being presented. That is what eventually led her to the front desk at Muscle Elements. She has discovered that this journey of self-improvement is ongoing and there is no end to the amount of healing and self-discovery that can be found. She believes that the body already knows how to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind. Being in the great outdoors among nature, wildlife and sunshine is her favourite way to do this. Especially when she is with her husband and sons.
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