Our Registered Massage Therapists
Conan Valyear, Registered Massage Therapist
Graduating from Georgian College in Barrie, ON, I’ve been a Registered Massage Therapist for 4 years whom seeks to determine the root cause of a problem. Information is power; so my initial consultation process is similar to that of a physiotherapist. Seeing what kind of limitations your body has through various simple tasks that are fine tuned to your lifestyle; translates to more complicated movements you might be performing on the job or during household activities that you may never be aware of.
I’m an aspiring competitive Mixed martial artist, I’ve been involved in wrestling, rugby, football, kick boxing, boxing and recently tennis. My lifestyle involves heavy weight lifting (Olympic lifting), Testing Fad diets and workout routines, TaeBo, educating myself on healing, supplements, nutrition, stretching and how to exercise with efficiency. I understand what massage therapy is; I have taken my profession, dissected it and kept techniques that have worked for my clients and removed techniques that haven’t helped. I’ve been a therapist for 4 years now and I’ll be forever evolving as a natural healer.
Loi Esengi, Registered Massage Therapist
Loi graduated from the Canadian College of Health Sciences and Technology in Windsor, Ontario. Her passion for sports and positive experience with massage therapy were defining influences in selecting a career as an RMT. Loi has an intense love and interest in the human body which also fueled her desire to become an RMT. Loi is also a sports manual therapist (cc) with the Canadian Sports Massage Therapist Associate and has experience working with SFU athletes as well as at a multidisciplinary sports medicine and Rehabilitation clinic.
Loi is trained in IASTM/Graston and will be getting her certification in fascial stretch therapy in the near future. She utilizes many manual techniques including trigger point therapy, soft tissue release, active release, neuromuscular re-education, myofascial work, deep tissue massage, and joint mobilization. Loi also incorporates fascia stretching into her treatments.
Loi grew up playing many sports, including soccer, track and field, participated in bodybuilding competitions. Playing in the top tier resulted in multiple sports injuries and working with her therapists convinced Loi that she wanted to help others in this way. Working with her massage therapist was especially rewarding. As an athlete, she has a very personal understanding of the requirements and demands of sports and the human body.
Antonino (Nino) Patane, Registered Massage Therapist
Nino Graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2019. Before that Nino was a Personal Trainer and Martial Artist for 3 and 8 years respectively. He is committed to gaining a comprehensive understanding of the human body to further enhance his learning and to give you the best possible treatment that he can provide. All this in the hopes that you feel better, get better, and stay better.
Nino is trained in a variety of different treatment modalities including Swedish massage, Trigger Point release, PNF Stretching, Deep Tissue Massage, and Cross Fiber Frictions. Using these modalities he creates a blend between relaxation and therapeutic massage customized to your needs. Although trained to treat a variety of conditions he excels in treating strains and sprains, tendonitis, and dealing with patients under high stress.
When not training or practicing massage Nino enjoys playing table top games and exploring the city for new and different kinds of food.
Andrew Wong, Registered Massage Therapist
Andrew is a Graduate of West Coast College of Massage Therapy in New Westminster, BC. Prior to studying massage therapy, he attended Simon Fraser University, majoring in Sciences with a background in Kinesiology and Health Sciences. Andrew is well versed in trigger point therapy, cross fibre frictions and active stretching. He also likes to apply deep tissue massage during treatments, as well as providing home-care consisting of stretching and or strengthening in order to restore the body and improve quality of life.
He has a great passion for sports, specifically hockey and soccer. He likes to keep active during his days off with going to the gym, hiking and playing soccer.
Jasmin Aphayvong, Registered Massage Therapist
Jasmin is a 2018 Graduate of the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy. She became a massage therapist to help people heal and feel better and molds her practice to each client’s specific needs. She is trained in a variety of modalities including deep tissue and pre-natal massage.
Jun Kang, Registered Massage Therapist
Jun graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy here in British Columbia. He truly understands the importance of well-being and how his profession contributes to longevity filled with abundant health. His personal experience in competitive sports including golf, basketball, and Judo has offered him great lessons in rehabilitation and conditioning. Jun also has a keen interest in fitness and weightlifting. He is an experienced personal trainer with a Sports Science Diploma. Whether you are looking for therapeutic work or simply looking for maintenance, Jun has the knowledge and dedication to help you achieve your goals.
Jun treats a range of patients including health-care workers and varsity athletes providing him valuable experience in dealing with a diverse range of conditions such as headaches, frozen shoulder, shoulder impingement, chronic hip/lower back pain, and sport related injuries.
Outside of work, Jun enjoys going for hikes, runs, and playing golf.
Julianna Bouwers, Registered Massage Therapist
Julianna graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. In previous years, she was a varsity wrestler and studied sciences and kinesiology at the University of the Fraser Valley. Her passion for sports medicine and interest in the human body led to her pursue a career in massage therapy.
Julianna’s massage treatment incorporates a variety of modalities to help reduce pain and promote relaxation. These methods include general Swedish massage techniques, hot stone treatments, sports massage, gentle stretching and deep breathing exercises. She has experience working with patients with a wide variety of injuries and conditions such as repetitive strains and sprains, postural dysfunction, pain from high-stress jobs, and neurological disorders.
The goal in the treatment room is to help educate patients to make active changes to their lifestyle and empower them to take control of their own health. Julianna wishes to inspire as many people as she can to live a healthy, happy, functional life.
Edward Lu, Registered Massage Therapist
Growing up as an active individual, Edward suffered from multiple injuries through his involvement in sports. In order to better understand the causes and treatment of pain and injuries, he obtained a Doctorate of Chiropractic, Bachelor of Kinesiology and a Diploma in Massage Therapy.
Having worked with individuals ranging from desk workers to professional athletes, Edward incorporates various techniques such as myofascial release, trigger point therapy and deep tissue massage into his treatments, adapting to the client’s needs.
Outside of the clinic, you’ll find Edward playing golf and volleyball as well as going to the mountains to hike and snowboard.
Anastasios (Tasso) Koutsopodiotis, Registered Massage Therapist
Anastasios (Tasso) is a graduate from West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT), completing his program in August 2021. Anastasios can be described as dedicated, hard working, friendly, and genuine. With a passion for helping others and the human body, he approaches his patients with care and problem solving skills to address their needs utilizing multiple techniques such as myofascial release, trigger point release and joint mobilizations to provide the best treatment possible while growing as a healthcare practitioner.
If he’s not in the clinic, you can find him in the gym, mountain biking, or playing a variety of games.
Julius Pinera, Registered Massage Therapist
Julius is a graduate from West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2021. He has previous background in Kinesiology from Langara College and utilizes the knowledge from both his Kinesiology diploma and skills learned from WCCMT to tailor a treatment plan for you. Julius has always had a fascination with anatomy, the human body, how it functions and helping others reach their full potential. Massage therapy seemed a natural fit for his strengths and passion. He has experience in sports massage, pre and post natal massage, working with people with spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis and other gender or age related disorders and injuries. His treatments utilize various techniques such as trigger point therapy, fascial release, active release technique, joint mobilizations and couples that with his knowledge of stretching and exercise to create an optimal plan for your needs.
Victor Huang, Registered Massage Therapist
Victor graduated from West Coast College of Massage Therapy. Victor studied Kinesiology at Capilano University where he sparked his passion for human anatomy. He then went into Massage Therapy to further develop his knowledge in assisting clients with their rehabilitation process to encourage optimal movement in their day to day lives.
Going through many injuries throughout his life, Victor understands the process of recovery. He focuses on solving the root of the problem instead of always treating the symptoms. The techniques utilized in his treatments include Swedish Massage, Muscle Stripping, Trigger Point Release, and Pin and Stretch.
Victor has a great passion for sports, especially basketball. He loves to stay active during his off days which includes weight lifting.