Our blog connects our clients with our health and wellness practitioners, by providing informative and practical insights from our own personal health journeys. Welcome to our community of healers!

James D. McNeill

James is both a massage therapist and a manual osteopathic therapist, and has a passion for holistic health and an ambition to learn. He graduated in 2015 from MH Vicars School of Massage and again in 2020 from the Manual Osteopathic College of Canada (MOCC). He has recently retired from municipal government work as a civil engineering technologist for transportation and engineering services, and is excited to enter this next chapter of his career. James has completed his certification in the techniques level in Upledger craniosacral therapy (CST-T) after having studied extensively with the Upledger Institute (see here). He is also

Joanne Vachon

Joanne Vachon (also goes by the name Jo/Joey LaFaeye) started her healer journey as a massage therapist. She found that her massage skills were limited as she could only temporarily help her clients, so she sought out other modes of treatments. This path led her to the manual osteopathic therapy course at the MOCC in Edmonton. This course has awakened her mind to the multitude of treatment techniques, and she has found the techniques she currently uses to be more effective and helpful for her and to her clients. She has fallen in love with this treatment modality and is

Dhalia Dalit

Dhalia is passionate about massage therapy and how it can help you improve your life, stay healthy in your body and mind, and recover from injuries. It has been an important pillar of self-care for her and her family for years. After leaving her career in Early Childhood Development, she has recently graduated from Makami College and will also complete her Manual Osteopathic Therapy training next year. Her focus is on helping you relieve any pain you may be experiencing, and to relax and rejuvenate while on the table during your massage. When she is not working, Dhalia can be

Shantelle Wolanuk

  Shantelle is a confident, ethical, passionate and empathetic registered massage therapist who recently graduated from Vicars School of Massage Therapy. She strives on building a unique and individual treatment for each client she treats, using either therapeutic and/or relaxation techniques suited to their needs and goals. Shantelle is excited to continue her education, with such courses as Thai massage, cupping, and more continuing education on fascia (connective tissue). Knowledge is key! When she isn’t massaging, you can find her somewhere outdoors, whether it be fishing, camping or just sitting around the fire. She also loves preparing meals for her

Yani Onoza

Yani is a recent graduate of Makami College in Edmonton, and is energetic, motivated and passionate about helping clients to achieve their wellness goals. Her focus is deep tissue massages, which she finds to be the most effective for her clients. Yani is a very friendly and compassionate person, with experience in caring for individuals and their specific needs. She excels in deep tissue, cupping, sports massage, lymphatic drainage, relaxation, and hot stone massage. When she is not massaging, Yani can be found working at her other job as a Community Disability Practitioner at Robin Hood Association in Sherwood Park,

Lacey Supple

Lacey is a loving, intuitive soul that has a passion for helping others reach their fullest potential. She graduated from the 3000-hour Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy program at Makami College with awarded distinction in her class. Trained in a variety of healing modalities, she strives toward creating a space for clients to embody inward focus and foster mind, body, and spirit  balance. Her philosophy is that clients know themselves better than anyone, and that they are both their own, and her, best resource when it comes to successful treatment. Her areas of expertise include myofascial release, deep tissue techniques, Swedish,

Pamela Ripi-Allivellatore

Pamela is a registered massage therapist who recently graduated from Makami College in Edmonton, although her passion for healing and serving people is extensive. She has a background as a medical doctor in Argentina, specializing as a neonatologist. In 2014, when Pamela was in Argentina, she started to study holistic medicine. This is where she began to find the answers to why our bodies become sick with illness. This fueled her passion to further her skill set in training in traditional Chinese medicine, acupressure, reflexology and also aromatherapy. She is trained in many different massage techniques, such as deep tissue,


Marni Way

Owner/operator of Muscle Elements, Marni has has been a Registered Massage Therapist for over 19 years. After graduating from the Foothills College of Massage Therapy in Calgary, Alberta, she obtained employment with a prestigious spa located on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. After a few years of valuable experience working with talented therapists and challenged by seeing new clients daily, she headed back to Edmonton. Her passion lies in craniosacral therapy (CST), having trained with the Upledger Institute in several courses. After the death of her mother, she was determined to create a healing sanctuary, where mind and body

Erika Quiroga

Erika has a Bachelor of Science in nursing and is a graduate from MaKami College of Massage Therapy with over 2200 hours of massage experience. Currently, Erika specializes in deep-tissue massage therapy and swedish/relaxation massage therapy. She is currently enrolled in the Manual Osteopathic Therapy program in Edmonton. Erika finds massage therapy to be a rewarding profession as she is able to use her knowledge about health to help people feel better through holistic methods. Erika is able to incorporate her nursing background within the foundation of her massage therapy, allowing her to have a unique perspective when treating clients.


Melissa Newton

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