Our Team

Our Therapists

Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture Practitioners

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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.  

Kshitija (Tija) Horiguchi, R.Ac.

Kshitija has 6+ years of experience in the healthcare industry in Japan and Canada.
Her focus is on addressing the root causes of imbalance and not simply treating the symptoms. By combining a few different modalities like Japanese Acupuncture, Tui Na (Chinese Massage) Cupping, Guasha and moxibustion, she tries to bring the best experience possible and help people create healthy habits and lasting change beyond the treatment room.  Kshitija is very passionate about health and wellness and aims to help her patient reach their health goals.  She dedicates herself to a lifelong learning journey to become the best practitioner to provide the best treatment for as many people as possible.

 

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. 

*away on maternity leave

Osteopathy Manual Therapy

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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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Registered Massage Therapists

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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.

Courtney Cyr, RMT

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

Pressure Range: Light relaxation to deep tissue

Courtney Cyr, RMT Courtney has always been fascinated with movement, exercise and studying the human body. In 2017, she graduated Brock University, with a degree in Physical Education and shortly after, began work directly under body specialists at an integrated health clinic. Through this experience, she developed a strong interest in massage therapy and completed her studies at Georgian College, becoming a Registered Massage Therapist in 2022. Courtney loves to incorporate all of her knowledge into each session, offering her patients both manual therapy and exercise prescriptions as a way to heal and restore their body back to its optimal function. Courtney takes pride in empowering and educating her clients on the inner workings of their body and takes the time to help each client understand how to build long term and lasting changes so that they can live a pain-free and vibrant life.

 

 Jerry Angeles, RMT

Style: Relaxation to moderate/deep tissue Swedish massage

Pressure Range: Light, moderate to moderate/deep

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

Erik Sorensen, RMT

Style:  Relaxation, Deep Tissue, Swedish Massage with Trigger Point therapy, Fascia techniques, Hydrotherapy or Aromatherapy Pressure Range

Pressure Range: Light to Deep Tissue 

*Mask required 

Erik is a graduate of Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy (2015). Erik’s massage therapy treatments are aimed at achieving your specific needs, whether that is to improve your health, relieve tension and stress or rehabilitate from injury. Erik uses a client-centered approach to learn your challenges, needs and goals to deliver rejuvenating treatments with exceptional therapeutic results.

Prior to embarking on his career in massage therapy, Erik worked in several roles and capacities – from physical labour to sales and consulting. He understands and can appreciate the demands that workplaces, injuries, stress, and pre-existing conditions can place on your body, posture, joints and muscles. It is his goal to provide you with relief of pain and discomfort and help you develop a plan that will improve your state of well-being. 

Yoo Jeong (Grace) Choi, RMT 

Style: Relaxation to deep tissue Swedish massage with Trigger point therapy

Pressure Range: Light, moderate to moderate/deep tissue

Yoo Jeong is a lifelong learner with a deep interest in health and wellness. After graduating from Pharma Medical Science College in 2021, she became a Registered Massage Therapist with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).

She practices Swedish massage, joint mobilization, deep tissue pressure, range of motion, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, frictions, remedial exercises to locate, assess, and address pain. Yoo Jeong believes that communication is key to providing her clients a positive, therapeutic experience.

Josh Gillies, RMT, B.Kin 

Style: Relaxation to deep tissue Swedish massage and Sports massage

Pressure Range: Light, moderate to deep tissue

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.

Salvatore Spatafora, RMT

I see with my hands

Hear with my skin

Smell with my brain

And touch with my heart.

-Page Patterson

Style: Relaxation to moderate/deep tissue Swedish massage and Craniosacral 

Pressure Range: Light, moderate to moderate/deep tissue

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.

 

Non Registered Massage Services (*not covered by insurance)

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What’s the Difference Between a Registered Massage Therapist and a Masseuse?

 A masseuse or masseur may not claim to perform massage therapy but can provide a relaxation massage or a massage service. Their background and training may vary considerably. For example: they may be an aesthetician who incorporates massage into their services, or they may have taken a weekend course in some form of body work, or they may have completed RMT training but chosen not to pursue a career in massage therapy. A masseuse/masseur can provide a receipt for income tax purposes only.

 

Laura DeHaan, Masseuse

Pressure Range: Light to moderate relaxation

*Mask Required

Laura DeHaan is a former RMT from Sutherland-Chan. After 15 years of providing massage therapy, she is choosing the slower life and focusing on performing massages intended to make you fall asleep –  the most natural form of the body’s recovery from pain and stress. She continues to mask up during her massages and appreciates her clients doing the same.

Massage Services:

30 minutes Hands and Feet Massage,

60 minutes Head, Hands and Feet Massage

60 minutes Full Body Relaxation Massage + add essential oil available

90 minutes Full Body Relaxation Massage + add essential oil available

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.

 

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 Tuesdays 5pm-8pm (can be booked online)

(30 minute introductory session is free)

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.