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There is no denying that our thoughts and mindset create our reality. Dionne Barnstable’s interest in personal development began when she was in university and in the last 5 years has increased immensely. As she has continued to learn more about the big impact of small changes and began implementing these into her own life, she started to truly see and feel the shift in her life. At the start of 2020, Dionne enrolled in a 10-month coaching certification program which skyrocketed her own personal growth and development and has provided her with the training, knowledge and tools to help others enhance their lives by shifting their mindset, perspective and reactions to life’s everyday obstacles.
Dionne’s approach focuses on using your breath and body cues to understand your emotions, identifying areas of your life that need a reset, how to manage stress and anxiety in a healthy and productive way, and how to pivot out of the spin and hustle of life into a life that provides you more time for the things you truly love to do.
Dionne Barnstable also has a Bachelor of Business Administration and she is a Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist. She enjoys being able to help her clients relax, heal and care for their own health and wellness.
There is no denying that our thoughts and mindset create our reality. Dionne Barnstable’s interes... Read More
Alix graduated from the Professional Institute of Massage Therapy in 2015. She specializes in therapeutic and deep tissue massage. and loves helping people and getting them back to the best quality of life they can have.
Alix grew up in The Pas, Manitoba and has always been active and loves trying as many sports as possible, with hockey being her favourite. She credits her older brother who has pushed her to be the best possible person, but is also the reason she grew up to be a goalie! After playing hockey for the University of Manitoba, she moved to Saskatoon and pursued her career in massage therapy.
>I love helping people, every person is so different and to me I treat each person as a new puzzle and I need to find the missing puzzle pieces to get you back to normal.
Throughout her career as a massage therapist, Alix has improved her client’s quality of life by listening to their complaints and figuring out where the problems are stemming from, then working from there.
Whenever Alix isn’t with massage clients, she loves hunting, fishing, and spending time outdoors!
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Brieanna Davidson graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2021 with a master’s degree in physical therapy. Her background is a Bachelor of Science in Animal Bioscience from the U of S. Her interests are orthopedics, neurological rehabilitation, geriatrics, and mobile therapy.
I take a functional approach to rehabilitation and believe it’s essential to treat the whole person, not just the injury/disease. I acknowledge that every client is unique and provide individualized treatment carefully considering age, injury, and previous activity level. I enjoy empowering my clients through education and providing tools for self-management. I am passionate about helping my clients get back to doing what they love to do regardless of the injury/disease they face.
When Brieanna isn’t in the clinic, she enjoys staying active while participating in spin classes and workout classes, hiking, playing ringette, softball, and beach volleyball. She also enjoys spending time in the garden, cooking, and checking out local coffee shops around Saskatoon.
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Amanda graduated from the Professional Institute of Massage Therapy with Honours of Distinction and Outstanding Academic Achievement. She has worked alongside a variety of health care professionals such as Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, and other RMTs and is thrilled to be part of the Lead team.
>“I was drawn to Lead because the integrate approach is unique in Saskatoon. Pilates and massage compliment one another very well.”
Amanda first likes to discuss goals with her clients and then works to establish an effective treatment plan that works for their individual needs.
She is certified in Deep Tissue Hot Stone Massage and Prenatal Massage. She also provides Deep Tissue Massage, Therapeutic Massage, Sports Massage and Relaxation Massage. She can also treat motor vehicle accident and workplace injuries.
Amanda graduated from the Professional Institute of Massage Therapy with Honours of Distinction a... Read More
Clayton’s life transitioned from working in industrial construction to massage therapy when he wanted to combine his passion for sports and the human body with his desire to help people. Competing at a high level in both wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has helped Clayton understand the mind of athletes and he easily relates to them when it comes to self-care. Knowing how body work like massage, chiropractic care, and physiotherapy can improve a competitor’s edge, Clayton was motivated to attend The Professional Institute Massage Therapy, where he graduated with distinction in 2019.
Clayton has found that providing massage therapy treatments offers him a great sense of relaxation and focus. He hopes he can bring this sensation to his clients, as he believes that all massage therapy should be coupled with some form of relaxation to allow his clients’ bodies to heal. He also understands the need to really listen to his clients during treatment and be sure they feel heard with regards to their wellness.
>“I believe stress and anxiety is just as harmful to the body as any muscular skeletal injury.”
In his off time, you’ll find Clayton practicing Jiu Jitsu and taking his dog to the dog park. He feels honoured to work at Lead, which he calls a one-stop shop for wellness.
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Shannon convocated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in Kinesiology in 2004. In 2006 she obtained her diploma from the Professional Institute of Massage Therapy. In addition, she is an Examiner for the Massage Therapists Association of Saskatchewan (MTAS).
Shannon has training in prenatal massage, relaxation massage, active release, deep tissue massage, therapeutic massage and sport massage. She has volunteered for numerous athletic organizations at the local, provincial and national level providing sideline coverage, taping and massage. Shannon has experience working with individuals with various conditions, including but not limited to: orthopaedic, neurological, and chronic pain.
Shannon’s practice focuses on working with clients to help them achieve their goals taking into account their specific individualized needs.
Shannon convocated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in Kinesiology in 2004. In 2... Read More
I played sports as a kid; mainly volleyball, badminton, and basketball. My childhood was not typical as my dad is a performer, so I grew up juggling, riding unicycles, and walking a tight wire. In High school I got into martial arts. This all led me to the health and fitness industry. I previously worked as a personal trainer and moved into Fascial Stretch Therapy three years ago.
>I love what I do because I truly enjoying helping people. Helping make a positive change in a person’s life is something I’m very passionate about. Throughout the years I’ve learned a lot to enable a better quality of life for myself, and I love sharing that knowledge with anyone who is interested!
My main areas of specialty are: functional posture and primal movement patterns, mobility, mindfulness/awareness, pain management, and overall well being. I improve my clients’ quality of life by restoring functional range of motion, increasing joint mobility (or stabilizing for the hypermobile), reducing pain, and improving performance. My focus is on long term sustainability so I put emphasis on teaching my clients how to maintain the progress we make in a session. I do that through teaching movement based stretching, foam rolling, muscles activation/strengthening, and corrective exercise.
I played sports as a kid; mainly volleyball, badminton, and basketball. My childhood was not typi... Read More
Jennifer LePage BSW, RSW
Please note that Jennifer is not accepting new clients at this time. If you wish to be added to her waitlist for when her schedule is able to open up again, please contact the clinic.
Jennifer has been working with Adult Mental Health and Addiction Services as a Mental Health Counsellor for 18 years. She spent 12 of those years working at the University of Saskatchewan Student Wellness center with an interdisciplinary team (nurses, doctors, psychiatrists, massage, chiropractor, and dietitian) doing counselling with university students of all ages.
>I love what I do. I am honoured to hear people’s experiences and be present with them when they make changes in their world to be their best selves. I am always inspired by the stories of resilience, strength, and love that flourish despite hardships and trauma.
Jennifer uses a variety of counselling methods to assist people in connecting with themselves, seeing their own worth, providing themselves permission to create boundaries based on their needs, and build positive relationships in their world. She believes that a large component of mental health is affected by our sleep, our eating, our movement, our connections, and our self-care.
Her specialties are Mental Health Social Work, Individual and Couples work, Mindfulness, Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss Counselling, ADHD, sexual abuse, eating disorders, and addictions counselling using Systems Theory, CBT, Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Strength Based Counselling.
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Jessie graduated from Professional Institute of massage therapy with distinction in 2014.
Her family calls her the “family doctor”. She loves to research and identify problems. This is the same with her massage clients. She will find out what is wrong, and if she can’t help, she will refer you to another modality. She really appreciates it when clients do their home care. Making that extra effort really does make the difference. The whole body is about balance, through massage you are healing spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. It’s not just “fixing tight muscles.”
>To me, the body is one large puzzle and each puzzle piece has such an important role. We need to remember to balance ourselves mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically in order for all those puzzle pieces to match up!
Jessie loves to work on pregnant moms. Family is very important to her and the connection between mom and baby is like no other. She is the proud mom of two little boys. She also offers myofascial cupping and deep tissue therapeutic massage. Clients are often surprised by her strength because she comes in such a tiny package!
Jessie graduated from Professional Institute of massage therapy with distinction in 2014. Her fa... Read More
Justine is not only a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, she is also an Elementary School Teacher and Wellness Advocate for doTerra essential oils.
Justine utilizes a combination of her formal education in holistic nutrition and her years spent working in health, the restaurant industry and with kids to be uniquely positioned to be able to offer meaningful consults, teachings, recipes and guidance to those looking to take full control of their health and happiness. She has a vast knowledge of cooking and recipe creating as well as meal planning for all dietary needs. You can see this passion on her Instagram page @paleogut.
>“Nourishing my body and mind is a huge passion of mine and I hope to inspire this excitement on others in an easy, enjoyable and attainable way.”
Justine loves being a Holistic Nutritionist because she knows how empowering it can feel when you have control of your own health. She loves supporting and guiding others to feel their very best. She is constantly brainstorming new recipes and finding new ways to balance her own body’s needs at a given time.
With her practice she wants to get to the root cause of an individual’s health concerns by considering their diet, lifestyle and their physical and mental being. It all starts from where you are. Empower yourself. And adjust habits and beliefs.
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Dr. Thomas Johnson
Dr. Thomas Johnson gained an interest in chiropractic care after injuries from sport led him to a chiropractor for treatment. Growing up, Tom enjoyed many sports and as a teen focused solely on motocross racing, where he competed at a national level. He continued his love of sport while attending the University of Regina. There, he was a national competitor in powerlifting. Once he completed his Bachelor of Kinesiology with a major in human kinetics, he was off to Toronto to the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.
As a chiropractor, Dr. Tom creates and teaches movement. This ranges from improving a patient’s ability to walk up and down stairs, to an athlete’s ability to maximize sport performance. The ability to aid patients in achieving their rehab or performance goals, provides a significant sense of fulfillment for Dr. Tom.
Dr. Tom uses a variety of therapeutic modalities including: spinal manipulative therapy/mobilization, Active Release Therapy, Functional Range Release, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, rehabilitation/exercise prescription and patient education.
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Dr. Rikki MacKenzie
Dr. Rikki MacKenzie has a passion for the human body and proper movement patterns, which makes her a perfect fit for our team at Lead. The overall goal of improving quality of life by movement fits in wonderfully with Dr. Rikki’s health philosophy.
As a graduate of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto with Magna Cum Laude and Clinic Honours distinctions, Dr. Rikki loves to take on the challenges and successes of her patients. She is originally from a farm outside of Prince Albert and was introduced to alternative medicine at an early age. She focuses on living a healthy, active lifestyle in Saskatoon with her husband, Dr. Alex, and their two sons.
Dr. Rikki MacKenzie uses a variety of techniques including hands on manipulation, drop table adjustments, instrument assisted manipulation and muscle work. She is also certified in Webster Technique—a specific chiropractic sacral analysis and diversified adjustment for all weight-bearing individuals.
Dr. Rikki’s Areas of Professional Interest include: - Family Care - Pregnancy and Children - Proper Movement Patterns
Everyone knows when Dr. Rikki is at Lead as her infectious laughter can be heard throughout the clinic! She provides a hands-on, holistic approach to your healthcare needs—schedule an appointment with her today.
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Dr. Lindsay Ludba
Lindsay graduated in 2013 from CMCC with clinic honours. She previously completed a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with distinction at the U of S where she worked with the Huskie teams as a student therapist.
Lindsay has a long history of working with athletes. She is drawn to people who want to perform at their best. She is passionate about improving the overall function of the body as a whole. Her main focus is on healthy mobility and movement, nutrition and lifestyle habits, and how stress affects the nervous system.
>I’m not going to pretend I know everything and I think that having a team of people to work with you towards your health goals will result in the best possible outcome.
Lindsay practices with a variety of chiropractic techniques including gentle adjustments for those who should avoid aggressive movements or prefer treatments that don’t involve “popping”. She also has a unique interest in complicated and chronic pain. If she can’t help you then she’ll work to find someone who will. She is excited to be a part of Lead’s integrated model. The positive and supportive environment is an excellent place for healing and growth.
Lindsay graduated in 2013 from CMCC with clinic honours. She previously completed a Bachelor of S... Read More
Chanel graduated from the Professional Institute of Massage Therapy in April 2022. She specializes in deep tissue treatments, relaxation massage, trigger point therapy and applications of hydrotherapy.
Chanel grew up in Melfort where she played and coached volleyball throughout high school. After her own experience as an athlete and coach, Chanel was drawn to learn more about the body and functional movement and moved to Saskatoon to attend the U of S College of Kinesiology before finding her passion and transitioning into massage therapy. Knowing the benefits of massage therapy in alleviating her chronic migraines, she knew she could help others experience the same relief.
“I love seeing positive change for my clients in every aspect – physical, mental and emotional.”
Starting out as a patient, Chanel was drawn to Lead because of the vibrant dynamic and the many opportunities it provides clients to discover and achieve their wellness goals through the integrated approach. Chanel was also inspired to learn more about Lead when a Lead Pilates Instructor taught and spoke to her class at the U of S, sharing her journey and how Pilates had changed her life.
Chanel believes that understanding and aligning with client’s goals is important to supporting and assisting them in achieving them and she strives to bring an encouraging, welcoming, positive energy to every treatment. She is grateful and appreciative to have the opportunity to give her clients the relief and benefit of massage that she experienced as an athlete and when dealing with chronic migraines.
When she is not treating clients, Chanel is spending time with her 2 cats and dog, or visiting her family back in Melfort. Chanel also loves cooking and baking and is always on the lookout for new recipes.
Chanel graduated from the Professional Institute of Massage Therapy in April 2022. She specialize... Read More
Jessica grew up in the small town of Forestburg, Alberta. She started her occupational therapy journey as an Occupational/Physical Therapy assistant 6 years ago. As she worked full time as an OTA/PTA she continued to pursue her dream of becoming an Occupational Therapist.
Jessica completed her degree in Community Rehabilitation at the University of Calgary and Masters of Science in occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta. Jessica currently works with a wide range of clientele with varying developmental, physical, sensory, and emotional needs with the Saskatchewan Health Region. She enjoys working with clients in all walks of life and enabling occupation with them. Jessica was drawn to Lead by the atmosphere and the people of Lead.
In her spare time, Jessica enjoys playing sports, spending time at the lake, bagging peaks, and a variety of outdoor activities including rock climbing, downhill skiing, paddle boarding, and spending time with family and friends.
Jessica grew up in the small town of Forestburg, Alberta. She started her occupational therapy jo... Read More
Nicole graduated from the Professional Institute of Massage with great distinction in April 2022. She has a passion for Thai, intraoral, neck and relaxation massage.
Nicole was introduced to the idea of healing touch by her grandmother who practiced Reiki. Growing up she would use massage to comfort and help people in her life. She has a background in pharmacy but always knew she had a passion for massage. Nicole has taken various Thai massage course prior to becoming a registered massage therapist.
>“I love massage because of the trust and connection I build with people. Helping people to become the best version of themselves is such a joyful experience.”
Offering her clients compassionate therapeutic touch to alleviate their aches and pains, Nicole works to set and achieve meaningful goals for individualized care with each and every client.
Nicole loves to spend time with her husband and two rescue cats, and enjoys tending to her yard and garden in her free time.
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Janine always knew she wanted to be a Massage Therapist. Her dad has been a practicing RMT for over 20 years. Janine followed in his footsteps and completed her massage therapy diploma program in 2011 from the Professional Institute of Massage Therapy in Saskatoon.
>“I’ve been treated since I was a kid and find it so beneficial for all stages of life.”
Janine specializes in therapeutic, deep tissue, Swedish/relaxation and prenatal treatments. She also believes in promoting self-care, proper body mechanics and home care to her clients to prolong the benefits of their treatments. She loves hearing and seeing the results of her clients that receive regular treatments.
Janine always knew she wanted to be a Massage Therapist. Her dad has been a practicing RMT for ov... Read More
Michelle has been working in healthcare for the past 20 years. She graduated from Medicine Hat College with a Physical Therapy Assistant Diploma in 1999, and continues today to work as a Therapy Assistant supporting patients with their physical and occupational therapy goals. In 2007, she expanded her skills and knowledge with a Massage Therapy Diploma from the Western College Remedial Massage Therapy in Regina.
>“My approach is intuitive, working with adapting different techniques depending on how the body is responding during a session.”
Michelle enjoys meeting people and hearing their stories. She feels deeply privileged to be allowed into their personal space, and to be of service to provide options for their challenges. She likes to meet clients where they are at and empower them to find their best quality of life.
Michelle has been working in healthcare for the past 20 years. She graduated from Medicine Hat Co... Read More
Samantha graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2018 with a Master of Physical Therapy. Prior to that, she completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science with minors in Coaching and Leadership at Dickinson State University where she played collegiate softball.
Samantha is interested in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and will be pursuing further training in orthopaedic manual and manipulative skills. Due to her extensive involvement in athletics of all kinds, Samantha understands the impact physical activity can have on quality of life, she is passionate about helping clients from all walks of life reach their goals for both fitness and function.
Samantha is committed to client advocacy and providing care to underserved populations, she is excited to be offering mobile physiotherapy services both in Saskatoon, as well in in rural communities between Saskatoon and Davidson.
When she is not in the clinic, Samantha enjoys staying active, coaching youth softball, and teaching learn to skate classes.
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Dr. Willow Johnson (Langille) ND
Dr. Willow Johnson (Langille) ND graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Ontario, where she completed her four-year, full time medical training to become a licensed Naturopathic Doctor. This included a twelve-month clinical internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic and the Brampton Naturopathic Clinic within the Brampton Civic Hospital. During her clinical year, she was selected for a specialty shift focusing on the treatment of complex, chronic conditions such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.
Dr. Johnson (Langille) ND is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor with the the Saskatchewan Association of Naturopathic Practitioners and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors.
As part of her care, Dr. Johnson (Langille) ND completes diagnostic assessments, including physical exams and blood tests, and provides collaborative and individualized treatment plans that include clinical nutrition and supplementation, diet and lifestyle counselling, botanical medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, physical medicine and bodywork, homeopathy, and/ or hydrotherapy.
Dr. Willow Johnson (Langille) ND graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Canadian College of Naturopat... Read More
Dr. Alex MacKenzie
Dr. Alex MacKenzie began his journey as a baseball player for Team Ontario where he found his passion for improving and pushing the level of the human potential. He then attended Canisius College, an NCAA Division I school, where he continued towards his goals of professional baseball. An injury along his journey brought him to chiropractic care where he discovered his new passion.
Alex graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto in 2013 and shortly after moved to Saskatoon to begin his practice. Although not originally from Saskatchewan, Dr. Alex has fallen in love with the prairies and enjoys exploring our province with his wife, Dr. Rikki, and his sons. When he is not helping patients, he can be found exercising, enjoying the outdoors or sipping on a good cup of coffee with the rest of his family (Dr. Tom and Dr. Willow ND included!).
As a chiropractor, he loves to help everyone from the highest-level athlete to the person who just wants to get through the crazy busy work week in avoiding common injuries and performing at the next level.
Dr. Alex uses a variety of techniques including hands on manipulation, drop table adjustments, instrument assisted manipulation and muscle work. He also has a passion for exercise prescription and athletic rehabilitation.
Dr. Alex’s areas of professional interest:
- Sports Performance
- Family Care
- Exercise Prescription
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Dr. Janea Wright
Dr. Janea Wright ND is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor with the Saskatchewan Association of Naturopathic Practitioners and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy and Cell Biology from the U of S. Her 4-year, full-time medical training was completed at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in Vancouver, BC.
Dr. Janea is also a mom boss. She gave birth to her first son just a week after she graduated from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, writing national and provincial board exams to become a licensed Naturopathic Doctor just three weeks later. For the next five years, her family of three moved around the world—including Russia, Kazakhstan, and Sweden—before moving back home to Saskatoon last year where her second son was born. During this time, she expanded her knowledge about gut health, mental health, pregnancy, postpartum, and children’s health, both from personal experience and continuing medical education.
>“One of the greatest parts of my job is helping patients feel like themselves again.”
At a young age, Janea was diagnosed with a rare genetic type of diabetes. This led to her introduction to naturopathic medicine. From that experience she learned how important proper nutrition and exercise is for our bodies. It also fuelled her passion to become a Naturopathic Doctor.
Dr. Janea’s goal with patients is to help them optimize their health so they can thrive in everyday activities. It is important to her that her patients feel heard and supported. In order to attain optimal health, it is important that not only the symptoms are treated but that the root cause of the problem is also addressed. Dr. Janea considers herself a personal health detective, investigating your health concerns through an in-depth medical history, indicated physical exams, and diagnostic laboratory testing. Each and every body is unique which is why it is so important to individualize treatment plans for each patient. Treatment can include a combination of various evidence based traditional and/or conventional therapies.
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Diane Murza graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 1997. She has taken numerous post-graduate courses in orthopedics and chronic pain. She is Gunn IMS/dry needling certified through the University of British Columbia. She is a graduate of the Integrated Systems Model (ISM) series and heavily incorporates this holistic approach into her practice.
Diane has significant experience treating clients with a wide array of conditions from work-related injuries, motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries and fractures to post-mastectomy and perinatal pain. She has a special interest in treating persistent pain conditions and particularly enjoys working with children and youth.
Through a fusion of myofascial techniques, joint mobilization, dry needling, postural re-education, and core/movement retraining, Diane helps clients of all walks of life discover more functional and pain-free living. Diane speaks French fluently.
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Charlene convocated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 2008. Her post graduate designations include acupuncture through the Acupuncture Canada (CAFCI), Gunn IMS through the University of British Columbia (CGIMS), Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy (Cert Sport PT), ImPACT Trained Physical Therapist for concussion management, and Manual Therapy (Level 3) through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Orthopaedic Division.
Charlene has experience working with individuals with various conditions, from orthopaedic, neurological, chronic pain, and more. She has worked with multiple sports, such as football, gymnastics, soccer, hockey, rugby, and wrestling. Charlene is a Sessional Lecturer at the School of Physical Therapy at the University of Saskatchewan. She has been an educational speaker on topics such as rheumatologic conditions, injury prevention, taping/tensoring, and concussions.
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Samantha graduated from the Professional Institute of Massage Therapist in April of 2021. She specializes in relaxation, deep tissue, and myofascial cupping.
Samantha grew up in Saskatoon and loved playing all sports, especially hockey and wrestling. After attending Walter Murray Collegiate where she was a trainer for both the junior and senior football teams, she decided that a career in massage therapy was for her. As an active member of her community, Samantha decided to combine her love of sport and movement and her desire to help patients improve their quality of life.
Samantha was drawn to Lead because of their wide variety of specialties offered and the opportunity to collaborate with other therapists within the building.
Samantha’s favourite part of being a massage therapist is being able to connect with her clients, helping them improve their quality of life, and watching them grow alongside herself.
I feel that massage therapy is not only physical but mental, and your body holds your stress within itself. Providing a safe, welcoming environment inside of the treatment rooms helps create trust between therapist and client. Having a judgment-free zone makes it easier to understand issues, assess, and finally treat the body as a whole.
When she is not treating clients at Lead, Samantha loves spending time at the lake with her family and playing with her crazy puppy, Luna.
Samantha graduated from the Professional Institute of Massage Therapist in April of 2021. She spe... Read More
Jessica graduated from the Professional Institute of Massage Therapy in 2022 and has a special interest in manual lymphatic drainage and relaxation massage. She also enjoys myofascial and deep tissue work during her massage treatments.
After spending most of her life in Battleford, Jessica moved to Saskatoon in 2018. She worked for 8 years in early childhood education, before deciding to change directions and pursue a career in massage therapy which is a perfect fit for her love of anatomy. Jessica chose massage therapy because she loved the idea of helping the body find its way back to a state of balance, whether its guiding muscles back into a more relaxed position or simply holding space for someone who needs it.
>There’s a quote I love that says “your hands are an extension of your heart,” and though it was written in regards to painting, I feel that there’s no better way to describe my approach to massage therapy.
Jessica loves helping clients improve their quality of life by calming the nervous system, easing acute and chronic pain, helping heal injuries, and educating them on how to manage their conditions on their own, after and in between treatments. She also prides herself on creating a room that is a safe space for everyone whether it be in terms of pain tolerance, boundaries, or emotions coming to the surface. Jessica loves massage therapy because she can “totally geek out” about anatomy, share human connection, and pass along the true magic of self-love and self-care, all at the same time!
When Jessica isn’t with clients she enjoys gardening, hiking with her wife and their dogs, and baking (ask her about her award-winning strawberry peach pie!).
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Briana was very active growing up. She played many sports, including competitive ringette for over 20 years! During those years, she helped her teammates with impromptu massage treatments, which led to Briana to complete her formal massage training in 2005.
In 2012, Briana started training in the John F Barnes Approach to Myofascial Release (MFR). The approach made so much sense to her. It resolved her own persistent pain and changed her practice forever. She now exclusively offers Myofascial Release treatments.
>“Since switching my practice to MFR, I am loving the opportunity to work with clients who have suffered with persistent (and sometimes unexplained) pain and seeing an ease and lightness return to their life.”
Briana is excited to be a part of the Lead team because of the multidisciplinary, therapeutic offerings it has for clients, the warm and welcoming atmosphere, and the potential for practitioner partnerships to be formed!
Myofascial Release is a safe and effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle but firm sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions created by trauma, inflammatory responses and/or surgical procedures.
Each MFR Treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils or creams. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia. Please come to your appointments with clean, lotion free skin.
Briana was very active growing up. She played many sports, including competitive ringette for ove... Read More
Jessica completed her Massage & Hydrotherapy program at McKay Career Training in Saskatoon in 2015. She went on to do some freelance massage in Saskatoon and surrounding areas before joining Nomad Therapies in May of 2015. Jessica is trained in several types of massage including Swedish, trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage, prenatal massage, and relaxation massage. She prides herself in her capacity to tailor each massage to the needs and conditions of her client.
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Deanna graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2019 with a Masters of Physical Therapy with Great Distinction. She was awarded The N.W. Tymchyshyn Memorial Award, presented to the graduate with the greatest clinical proficiency. Prior to that, she completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology (minor Kinesiology) with Distinction at the University of Regina, while playing for the Cougars Soccer team and coaching youth soccer.
Deanna has a keen interest in both orthopaedic and neurological rehabilitation, as well as paediatrics, vestibular rehabilitation and exercise programming. She looks forward to continuing her education in these areas.
Deanna enjoys working with individuals across the lifespan and strives to provide the tools that her clients need to achieve their goals. She emphasizes individualized care through client education, movement analysis and exercise rehabilitation. She believes in facilitating her clients rehabilitation process to help them reach their potential and maximize their quality of life.
In her spare time, Deanna enjoys running and staying active. She travels whenever possible and is currently busy at home with a new puppy.
Deanna graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2019 with a Masters of Physical Therapy w... Read More
Amy Porter BA, MPT
Amy has been a physiotherapist for 7 years. She graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2014 with an undergrad in psychology. Amy was drawn to physiotherapy by the potential to help people live fuller lives, in particular, individuals with neurological challenges. She was attracted to Nomad because of their philosophy of accessibility to therapy, meeting clients where it’s most comfortable for them.
Amy’s specialities are neurological disorders in children and adults, in particular, Cerebral Palsy, Trisomy 21, Stroke, Brain Injury, Developmental Delay, and Spina Bifida.
When Amy is not treating clients, she loves listening to music, travelling, and visiting local zoos. She is a kind heart who fosters cats from the SCAT and her favourite holiday is Halloween. Winning costume contests is her specialty!
Amy has been a physiotherapist for 7 years. She graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2014... Read More
Kaylie graduated from The Professional Institute of Massage Therapy in 2011 and has worked in both clinical and spa settings. She believes massage is more than physical, it really has the power to relieve mental stress from everyday life.
>“I find my clients that are the most successful in their treatments/rehabilitation/recovery/relaxation have a team of people in their corner.”
Being able to work with other massage therapists, physiotherapists and chiropractors is a winning formula for Kaylie and her clients’ wellbeing. Her treatments range from deep tissue therapeutic treatments to relaxation. She likes to provide clients with not only relief during their appointment but many forms of home care to ensure that they feel great all the time.
Kaylie graduated from The Professional Institute of Massage Therapy in 2011 and has worked in bot... Read More
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