Our Team

Our Therapists

Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupunture Practitioners

Leanne Loughlin, R.TCMP, R.Ac., B.A. Psychology

Leanne Loughlin, the founder of Living Waters Therapies, is a registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Acupuncturist.  She graduated from the Toronto School of TCM in 2006 and is registered with College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario.  She has additional training in cosmetic acupuncture & skin care, fertility, as well as receiving her Doula training certificate in 2010. She has practiced in the Beaches and Leslieville for the past 12 years. You can see Leanne for many conditions. Her treatments range from treating stress and emotional imbalances, pain relief and injuries, headaches and migraines, irregular and painful periods, fertility and inducing labour, as well as many other imbalances and conditions.  Her treatments consists of a combination of acupuncture, tuina massage, cupping, moxibustion and Chinese herbal medicine.

Leanne offers facial cosmetic acupuncture and facial rejuvenation which is a safe alternative to help lift and firm the skin and effectively treat various skin conditions.  

Ashley Alton, R.TCMP, R.Ac., RH

Ashley Alton is a Registered TCM Practitioner and Registered Herbalist. She studied extensively for over five years at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Toronto, earning diplomas in Acupuncture and Eastern Herbal Medicine, as well as Traditional Herbalism. Ashley’s integrative approach to medicine incorporates her training in contemplative psychotherapy and mindfulness.  She designs integrative treatment plans for each one of her clients, drawing on a variety of tools including acupuncture, body work, cupping, moxabustion, herbal medicines, nutrition and lifestyle guidance. Ashley is skilled in the area of perinatal care, and also has experience working with chronic pain conditions, anxiety, addictions, digestive and endocrine disorders. 

Osteopathy Manual Therapy

Madeleine Cooper, RMT, CDT, D.O.M.P., D.Sc.O.

Madeleine is an osteopathic manual practitioner who graduated from the Canadian College of Osteopathy. With a background in massage therapy and 10 years of clinical experience, she also studied lymphatic drainage, resulting in her certification as a combined decongestive therapist. She has a formal and personal background in palliative care, having completed various courses and volunteer work on the subject. Madeleine also completed a thesis, concentrating on the effects of osteopathic manual practice during end of life care. Madeleine would describe her treatment approach as thoughtful, focused, thorough and deliberate.

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Brianne Lalande, RMT, D.O.MP (Osteopathy)

Brianne is a graduate of the five-year program at the Canadian College of Osteopathy (CCO) where she completed her thesis examining Osteopathy within the topic of Type 2 Diabetes and Indigenous populations in Canada. Brianne’s treatment approach is tailored to each individual and uses both cranial and biodynamic osteopathy as well as functional and structural approaches to treatment. Brianne’s goal is to help her clients find stillness and balance while helping them connect to their own inherent ability to heal. Brianne is a member of the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (OAO) and the College of Massage Therapy of Ontario (CMTO). She is committed to furthering her education and has additional training in Craniosacral Therapy, Myofascial Release, and Functional Range Release, in addition to completing the Neurofunctional Acupuncture certification course at McMaster University.

 

Life Skills Coaching for Grief and Trauma

Lynda-Ann La Barge

Lynda-Ann is a Certified Life Skills Coach, Registered Social Service Worker and Grief and Bereavement Counselor who brings her own personal experience with loss and recovery to her practice. She is also Certified in Mindful Awareness Stabilization Training, a mindful form of meditation, which she incorporates into her coaching method. Lynda-Ann’s treatment for grief is not exclusive of those who have lost someone to death. People living with terminal illness, going through a divorce, loss of a beloved pet, loss of friendship or living with an injury after a car accident may not be recognized as grieving as the loss is not as easily identified. Lynda-Ann’s client focused, compassionate approach to Grief Coaching and Personal Development seeks to understand and normalize grief. Through the exploration of the client’s unique experiences with symbolic and physical grief, clients can learn how to use their individual strengths to live with grief in a healthy way.

*60 minute Video sessions available weekends-Please email with your time preference

(30 minute introductory session is free)

Registered Massage Therapists

David Yuke, RMT

Style: Therapeutic, deep tissue, trigger point and sports massage

Pressure Range: Moderate/deep to very deep tissue

David graduated from Centennial College in 2001 and has been practicing massage therapy in the Beaches and now in Leslieville since that time. His dedication to his clients, his intuitive treatments, his extensive knowledge of remedial exercise and his ability to teach clients about self care has earned David a strong following. Although David has the ability to use a broad range of modalities for treatments, he specializes in deep tissue massage and trigger point work.

Laura DeHaan, RMT

Laura is a graduate of Sutherland-Chan and has worked in settings from spa to corporate to the floors of friends’ homes. With nearly a decade of experience training in the Russian martial art of Systema, Laura brings a unique perspective to the treatment of pain and the importance of maintaining relaxation and proper breathing – no matter what! With additional training in reflexology, Laura uses her broad knowledge of techniques both strong and subtle to adapt her treatments according to her client’s needs, and encourages communication to ensure the treatment is the best it can be.  

Jerry Angeles, RMT

Jerry is a graduate from Kikkawa College (2013) and is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).  He integrates different modalities of therapy into his treatments such as Swedish massage, deep tissue and myofascial release along with his intuitive touch to help people reconnect with their bodies.  Jerry is a firm believer in the many benefits of massage therapy from the actual physical recovery to the overall mental and emotional wellness a massage treatment can provide.  Jerry is very passionate about his work and his abilities to bring comfort, reduce pain and increase the speed of recovery to all of his clients alike, regardless of the original reason for treatment.

 

“Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”  ― Bruce Lee

Arly Dewan, RMT

Style: Relaxation and Craniosacral option

Pressure Range: Light to medium 

Arly is a graduate of Kikkowa College. She is a Registered Massage Therapist and a CranioSacral Therapist.

She is trained in Swedish and Prenatal Massage along with extensive training and experience with CranioSacral work. 

Arly became a RMT, CST because of a physical connection that can be created with a client through manual practice that allows a client to take a path of self healing with an understanding of their bodies. To co-operatively work together towards a common goal of an effective, specific and unique treatment for each individual.

Arly’s experience as an athlete in sports as diverse as Hoop dancing to competing on the Women’s Premier  World Dragon boat team has given her an intimate knowledge of therapeutic rehab.

 

Tom He (RMT)

 

Tom (Goudong) He, RMT

Style: Deep tissue and tension releasing style treatment with Chinese and Thai massage influences

Pressure Range: Moderate to very deep tissue

Tom (Goudong) has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since January 2019.  His massage style is a blend of muscle-specific trigger point techniques with deep flowing relaxing Swedish, Traditional Chinese Meridian Massage and Thai techniques. He loves working with clients to alleviate pain and bring relief to acute or chronic discomfort.  By adjusting each massage to the individual client, he will provide a very specific massage for your needs.

 

Julie Moore, RMT 

Style: Long Swedish stokes with fascial work, reflexology and gentle joint mobilization. Offers Cupping.

Pressure Range: Light to moderate  

Julie entered the field of Massage Therapy in 2006 after working several years in social services and experiencing the physical and emotional effects of work-related stress. Massage Therapy was one of the things that kept her feeling calm during that stressful time and she wanted to be able to help share that benefit with others.

Her treatments take an individualized approach depending on each client’s needs. She has taken additional courses in pregnancy massage, infant massage, myofascial release, reflexology, cupping, and acupressure. While Julie has treated a wide array of conditions over the years she has a particular interest in helping those dealing with the effects from stress and anxiety, insomnia, headaches, pregnancy, and general muscle-related aches, pains, and tension

Josh Gillies, RMT, B.Kin 

Josh is a RMT who graduated from Kikkawa College in 2021. He specializes in Swedish and deep tissue massage and uses his strong and sensitive touch to locate and address pain. He emphasizes open communication with his clients to ensure constant comfort and so that treatments fit each individual’s specific needs. With a background in Kinesiology and training, Josh utilizes his movement expertise to educate clients on postural imbalances and remedial exercise to promote a healthy, active lifestyle.

Viktoria (Amanda) Dunker

Nicole Argentieri, RMT

Style: Relaxation to Deep tissue with the option of Fascial Stretch Therapy

Pressure Range: Light to medium deep tissue

Nicole developed an intuitive healing approach, with holistic health in mind, inspired by my own journey in self healing much of my chronic pain, trauma, asthma, allergies, mental health and more. This path has pushed her to seek answers beyond the rigid sources of knowledge in our current state of modern western healthcare. Every day she is reminded about how deeply layered and complex the human body is, intertwined with our mental and spiritual state. You cannot treat one without addressing the other. Everything is connected and her goal is to help facilitate a healthy integration of the body, mind and spirit.

Aside from her passion for bodywork and continuing education, she has a fashion design and fine arts background and absolutely love to cook. Other interests include hiking, esoteric studies, mythology, psychology, philosophy, meditation, dance, strength training and other forms of movement disciplines.

 

Salvatore Spatafora, RMT

I see with my hands

Hear with my skin

Smell with my brain

And touch with my heart.

-Page Patterson

Salvatore Spatafora has been practicing as a Registered Massage Therapist for 10+ years and continues to care for people with his hands. His professional practice holds the possibility for change as sacred ground for clients to traverse in their own way. Compassionate and open-hearted his therapeutic approach to wellness balances technical discernment with intuitive perception. In this way the inherent intelligence of the body is honored and mobilizes inner guidance to unwind soft tissue restrictions and optimize health. He brings a grounded masculine presence into the treatment room (Mountain Energy) and co-creates a sacred container to meet Clients exactly where they need to be met. In treatment, highly developed palpation skills respond with exact pressure in the place of maximum therapeutic benefit. Salvatore utilizes a number of modalities and techniques to facilitate deep relief and emotional well-being: Craniosacral therapy, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Medical Qi Gong, Spinal Mobilizations and Stretching.

Salvatore specializes in a visionary approach to Craniosacral Therapy. In 2015 he was awarded a Diploma in Visionary Craniosacral Bodywork by the internationally recognized Osteopath, Hugh Milne. The rigorous, multi-level training encouraged technical and intuitive understanding of cranial anatomy and subtle dynamics of the Cranial System. A typical treatment employs a gentle touch of 5g or less to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system and mobilize restorative resources in the body. The head, spine, pelvis, sacrum are traditional places of importance but any part of the body is a potential place of contact. Tissue is pushed, pulled or held in place. Some of the conditions treated include: Headaches/Migraines, Pre/Post Pregnancy, Grinding/Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, Sacroiliac Misalignments/Sciatica, Postural Asymmetry, Eye/Vision Problems, Concussion/Whiplash, Hearing Loss/Tinnitus, Sinusitis, Bell’s Palsy, Fibromyalgia and Digestive Disorders.

 

Facial Stretch Therapy & Pilates

Roselby Rodriguez, FST Therapist, Certified Pilates Instructor, Healthy Eating and Wellness Coach

Being a Pilates teacher for 7 years, Roselby provides further assistance in obtaining mind-body awareness by using Fascial Stretch Therapy ™ to help unlock joint tension due to restrictive fascia around the muscles.  She certified with Stretch to Win Institute, the leaders and creators of this fantastic technique, and has seen remarkable improvements on clients mobility, flexibility, and neural dynamics.

 

Roselby also brings her natural talent for fluid movement to the Pilates work. After years of training in classical ballet and traditional Venezuelan dance, she found Pilates and certified with Movement for Health in 2004 and Vivian Nickles in 2006 and the Pink Ribbon Program for Breast Cancer Survivors in 2008. Her warmth and personalized approach to teaching and stretching makes her endearing.

 

Esthetics & Waxing

Carol Contant, Esthetician Advanced Skin Therapist, Hair Removal Waxing/ Laser, Eyelash Artist, Makeup Artist

We are so happy to welcome back Carol Contant to Living Waters. Carol started with us when we first opened in 2011 and brought in our favourite Skin Care line, Eminence Organics that we still carry today.  Carol Attended PEBEC School of Esthetics and completed her international CIDESCO diploma, with honours, in 2005. Having extensive knowledge of skin care, has also helped her in establishing, expert European waxing techniques.