meet the experts
Dwayne is a manual osteopathic therapist who graduated in June 2015 from the National Manual Osteopathic College in Red Deer Alberta. Previous education achievements include a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Parker University in Dallas Texas and certificates as a Golf Fitness Instructor and a Kinesiotaping Practitioner. Dwayne’s international work experience has included Dallas, Texas and Melbourne, Australia, where he and his wife Debbie lived for ten years. The name Black Rock Therapies comes from the name of a seaside suburb of Melbourne, Australia.
Currently, Dwayne spends his working time between Black Rock Therapies and the Manual Osteopathic College of Canada where he is a subject matter expert and teaches the Involuntary Mechanism module. Teaching students the art form of manual osteopathic techniques is an interest that has elevated to become a passion.
Building the gentle touch of Manual Osteopathic techniques onto the foundation of a chiropractic education has given Dwayne a unique ability to individualize your care. From golf swings to weightlifting to gardening, Dwayne will help you do more of what you love to do.
Debbie is a Manual Osteopathic Therapist, graduate from the Manual Osteopathic College of Canada (MOCC) and our Senior Registered Massage Therapist, graduate from the Northern Institute of Massage Therapy (NIMT). She began her massage education in 2002 in Dallas, Texas and had the privilege to spend her internship in Irving, Texas. Additional training at the Australian Institute of Fitness resulted in the global recognition of a Certified Personal Trainer Level IV. The combination of Manual Osteopath, Massage Therapy and with the forward thinking of a personal trainer has given Debbie a unique perspective towards health, wellness and athletic performance.
Debbie’s additional training as a Manual Osteopathic Therapist has elevated her knowledge in understanding how the body functions as a whole. She welcomes new clients to experience what it means to live life without dysfunction. Helping you do more of what you love to do.
Jenn has over a decade of experience with team management and customer service. She is very excited to work with both the therapists and the front desk staff to create a comfortable and professional environment for our clients. She’s a loving wife and mom of 4 active children. She loves to travel and read in her spare time.
Marie has over 15 years experience in customer service, business ownership, sales and management. Her in-depth experience in customer service, along with her passion for health care is what makes her excited to be part of Black Rock Therapies premium clinic.
Marie was born and raised in Central Alberta. She has a loving family with 2 children. She has a passion for nutrition and health, photography, horses, travel and camping with her family.
Joan is a Registered Massage Therapist with a 2200-hour designation and is a member of good standing with the Canadian Massage and Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association. She believes in an integrated approach to helping clients reach their wellness goals, restoring balance through the inclusion of postural analysis and Lensen corrections. Her practice includes relaxation massage, myofascial trigger point therapy, myofascial cupping, joint mobilization, myofascial release, RAPID NeuroFascial reset-upper body, and manual lymphatic drainage. Clients can expect a relaxing and respectful environment where needs are carefully heard and assessments anchor the individualized treatment plan. Recommendations for client self-care are also provided. Her goal is for clients to move efficiently and enjoy life to its fullest.
If you’re a mover or are inspired to move more, then you know what its like to work hard yet struggle to physically move through life or fall short of your goals because of that nagging hindrance you feel in your body. By seeing you as a whole, Stephen can help identify areas related to your problem other than where it hurts, treat those relevant areas, and provide you with ways you can take control of your own body. When you’re not thinking about what holds you back, you’ll begin to know what pushes you forward; continually progressing through your goals, keeping up and surpassing your peers, and even inspiring others.
Education:Diploma of Manual Osteopathy – National Manual Osteopathic College Bachelor of Kinesiology – University of Alberta Functional Movement Screen (FMS1) Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA 1, SFMA 2) Craniosacral Therapy (CS1, CS2) – Upledger Institute Visceral Manipulation (VM1, VM2, VM4) – Barral Institute Total Body Balancing (TBB1, TBB2, TBB3) – D’Ambrogio Institute Total Body Lymphatic Balancing (TBLB1) – D’Ambrogio Institute Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT1, NKT2) – Neurokinetic Therapy Kinesio Taping (KT1, KT2, KT3) – Kinesio Taping Canada
Erin is a Registered Massage Therapist and Reflexologist graduate from Alberta Institute of Massage. She strives to understand her clients and to create a treatment plan to suit their unique needs. She is trained in Therapeutic Cupping, Reflexology, Relaxation, Deep Tissue, Orthopedic techniques, Pre/postnatal, Palliative, Bioflex Laser Therapy, TMJ Techniques, and, Soft Tissue Release. Erin was born and raised in Red Deer, Alberta. She is always looking to improve her personal growth through reading and podcasts.
Brie Walker has been a Personal Fitness Trainer for 20 years. After graduating from NAIT in 2001 with her Diploma, her passion for helping people with their health and wellness has been a lifelong journey of learning and growing. She has been a certified movement specialist and group fitness instructor for 15 years. Certified in many different modalities of fitness training with numerous tools to help clients in all aspects; from sports specific to rehabilitation from injury and recreational athletes who just want to stay active as they age.
Each client has been a great hands on learning experience for how different bodies move and are each uniquely designed. Wanting more knowledge with a wider scope of practice. She decided that massage therapy with a focus in the Lensen Technique would be a great fit for the ability to help people feel well and balanced over all. Working on structural limitations will make learning how to use your body more effective and allow pain to stay away indefinitely. Brie wants to teach people to have more body awareness and balance.
Shawna was born in Regina but spent most of her years in Calgary raising three incredible children while running the front end of a busy Sports Medicine Clinic. She moved to Red Deer in 2018 to join her amazing new husband and loves travelling, working out and hiking in nature. Shawna is excited to be part of the outstanding Black Rock team and is looking forward to welcoming you to our Clinic!
Sydney is a graduate of Alberta Institute of Massage 2200 hour program. She specializes in deep tissue massage and helping the body relax. She is also trained in Therapeutic Cupping, Reiki, Kinetic Massage and Bioflex laser. She was drawn to massage for the natural ability to release muscle tension, reduce stress and increase mobility.
When not in the clinic, Sydney is rescuing animals and fostering puppies! She is a bit of a travel bug too! Sydney is very excited to be a part of the Black Rock Therapy team!
Chere is a registered Massage Therapist with 12 years experience. Initially graduating her first year in 2008 she went on to retake her first year and second year with M.H. Vicars in Calgary, receiving a 2200hr Diploma in 2013 for Remedial Massage Therapy. Chere has a passion for continued education and has helped her clients with modalities such as Traditional Chinese Fire Cupping, Integrated Manual Therapy and Kinetic Massage, to name a few. Chere’s desire is to ensure she is able to target your soft tissue issues with everything in her toolbox.
When she isn’t massaging, Chere enjoys spending time with her family and friends, crafting, traveling, self-development and the occasional trip to the mountains. Her future plans are to take up a hiking trip, and to see the East Coast, and exploring new areas of massage education.
Karin has lived in Red Deer since she was 5 years old. She is amazed by the growth of Red Deer through the years and yet how it still feels like a small town. She is a mother to 3 grown children whom all still live in Red Deer and she loves spending her free time with family and friends and especially her grand daughter. Growing a large vegetable garden yearly is her passion and adding one different vegetable to see if it can grown in Central Alberta keeps this passion alive. Having an acreage home gives her the opportunity to enjoy nature and keep dirt under her nails.
I was born and raised in Red Deer with family roots in Saskatchewan. My passions in life include music, family and outdoor adventures. Whether it is hiking, fishing, rock climbing, backpacking or canoeing, I truly love spending time in nature. I am a recognized Survival Instructor having completed a five-year program that included countless hours of field experience.
I always knew I wanted a career that would allow me to help people with a hands-on approach. Being hands-on and making a difference is where I have always wanted to be. It wasn’t until I stumbled upon Massage therapy, that I felt as if I was on the right path/direction. Looking to the future, I plan to continue my education in the field of osteopathic therapy, as well as cranial sacral therapy.
I am an Honours graduate of the Alberta Institute of Massage where I have been practicing in their public clinic for the last two years. I am so excited and proud to be a member of Black Rock Therapies. I look forward to meeting you all and getting a chance to work together.
My name is Jacinta Barrett. I grew up in Rocky Mountain House and am from a large family. I was a Physiotherapist Aid before becoming a Manual Osteopathic therapist. I enjoy anything to do with the outdoors especially hiking and kayaking. What makes me most passionate about practicing as an Osteopathic therapist is the fact that I am able to walk along side my clients on their journey of regaining their overall health and wellness. I specialize in the musculoskeletal alignment of the body with special focus on the sacrum.
I am happy to be a part of the Black Rock Therapies team and I strive to assist each individual client achieve their goals.
Belem is a graduate from the Manual Osteopathic College of Canada with over 10 years experience in the manual therapy field. In 2010 she received her Advanced Therapeutic Massage diploma from the Northern Institute of Massage Therapy (NIMT) in Red Deer, and since then she has continued to expand her skills by learning different modalities such as CranioSacral Therapy and Somato Emotional Release, with further training in Pediatric treatment (Upledger Institute), Visceral Manipulation (Barral Institute), Total Body Balancing (D’Ambrogio Institute), Body Talk (IBA) and TMJ Dysfunction (FNFT).
Belem is also a Certified Yoga and Meditation Teacher (E-RTY 200) and a Reiki Master/Teacher (Usui Shiki Ryoho) which contributes to the holistic approach that she provides for her clients. Currently, she is taking her Somatic Experiencing training, a body-oriented trauma healing method developed by Dr. Peter Levine. Strongly believing in the body’s ability to heal and self-regulate, she is passionate about helping her clients find balance and improve their well-being by using a blend of different modalities.
Belem is from Mexico and has lived in Canada for over 15 years. She enjoys reading and spending time in nature with her husband and two boys.
Courtney grew up in a small town Innisfail, AB. Her kind-hearted, approachable nature connects her to everyone she meets. She values making every client feel welcome at Black Rock Therapies and making an impact on their day. Outside the clinic she spends her time studying in her last year of Pharmacy Technician at RDP.
I was born in BC but moved to Red Deer area when I was 8 and it’s been my home ever since. My family and I have a Doberman that has taught us to love being outdoors, we all love hiking, walking and camping. We can also be found on any open water kayaking in the summer months.
Before we had our kids, I was an ophthalmic assistant. I’ve always had a passion for helping people get to their best health. After children, I decided to find a new skill that was more flexible for my family and I and that is when I discovered a new passion in Massage Therapy.
I graduated from Alberta Institute of Massage in May of 2020 and have been practicing in a clinic setting since March 2019.
What makes me especially passionate about my job is seeing measurable differences in my clients healing, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing people finding new balance and happiness in their lives.
I would consider myself a specialist in deeper tissue treatments, as well as therapeutic, prenatal, and sports massage. I am eager to start learning new modalities in the coming months.
I started working with Black Rock Therapies in June of 2020 and have quickly found the excitement in being part of a team who enjoys trading skills and learning from each other. We have an amazing opportunity to learn from many different specialists in all sorts of modalities so we can better serve our clients everyday.
Manual Osteopath Therapist
Raven grew up near Eckville, AB. While working in the oilfield running heavy equipment, she acted on her passion for massage therapy in January 2019. Raven graduated from MCG Career College (formerly known as Northern Institute of Massage Therapy) in June 2020 with Advanced Therapeutic Massage and Lensen certification. After finishing massage school she continued her training by receiving Reflexology & Cupping certifications. Raven has recently completed the Manual Osteopathic Program at the Manual Osteopathic College of Canada in early March 2022.
Manual Osteopathy includes: Ostoarticulations, Myofascial Release, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Craniosacral and Visceral Manipulation. She will now be available as both a Registered Massage Therapist and Manual Osteopathic Therapist.
Raven enjoys performing therapeutic massages with the inclusion of Lensen. As for Manual Osteopathy, she enjoys fascial work and visceral (organ) manipulation.
Angela graduated from the Northern Institute of Massage therapy in 2015. She loves her job as a massage therapist and being able to help her clients feel their best. Whether that be providing relief from physical pain with therepeutic work, or just a relaxing massage to help with the daily stresses of life.
When Angela is not in the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her husband, her two children, and her dogs. Getting outdoors as a family is one of her favorite things to do in her spare time. Nature walks, fishing, and exploring new places are at the top of the list.
Following a break after the birth of her second child, Angela is very excited to be part of the Black Rock Therapies team once again, and is looking forward to expanding her skills and knowledge to help treat her clients as best she can.
Tanyse was born and raised in the small town of Sanford, Manitoba – located just outside of Winnipeg. She moved to Alberta in 2005 and has never looked back! When not working, she can be found spending time with her daughter, relaxing or hiking in the mountains or in the kitchen baking. She is so excited to be a part of the Black Rock Therapies family and can’t wait to see you all!
I am a Registered Massage Therapist and have also been incredibly fortunate to continue my training in various other modalities: Integrated Body Psychotherapy, Ortho-Bionomy(student of), Craniosacral Therapy, Neural Manipulation, Visceral Work, Lymph Drainage, Somatic Practice (Kathy L, Kain), Somatic Experiencing (Trauma work developed by Peter Levine). My massage practice incorporates all of my learning and training, creating a wonderfully relaxing healing experience. Every individual who enters my room has different outcomes from their treatment. I work with my clients to develop a specific treatment plan and assist them in moving towards health and balance.
Personally, I love to spend time with my family and grandchildren as well as enjoy traveling to experience other cultures, landscapes and food. We have a place up north where I spend much time in the outdoors.
I look forward to meeting and working with you.
Advanced Massage Therapist
Kandis was born in Red Deer, and grew up in and around Drayton Valley. Her first degree after high school was a Bachelor of Arts in Theology with Intercultural Studies. This time brought her to the nation of Ukraine 5 times, working with orphaned and street children. She also served with an international elections team to Ukraine in 2004 during the orange revolution as the youngest member on the team. She has a vast resume under her belt from retail, food services, admin, IT, dental, and recently student mentor for the year 1 class at ACMT.
When not working, Kandis spends her time with her family, and enjoys the occasional golf game. She loves working elections on all levels, volunteering in her faith community, and continuing her education. She graduated from ACMT in 2020 as an RMT, and just finished her degree in Manual Osteopathic Therapy from MOCC in March 2021. She is excited to meet new clients and to help people out of pain. Other modalities she offers is cupping and is a certified level 2 TMJ therapist.
“I’ve always wanted to be a part of something medical in my career. I’ve watched too many people in pain, and if I can help them even 10% then I’ve done my part” Losing too many family members to cancer, and watching others suffer from osteoarthritis, MS, fibromyalgia, and migraines, this motivated her to pursue more in depth training and knowledge. “I will never stop learning!”
Registered Massage Therapist
Growing up in Medicine Hat, Shennaya moved to Red Deer in the summer of 2020 to study massage therapy and manual osteopathy. Besides enjoying time with her 5 year old daughter Kyla, Shennaya is passionate about running, yoga and hitting the gym. These are the activities that make her feel the most like herself.
Working at Black Rock Therapies is a perfect match for her professionally as she loves what she does and is passionate about her client’s health and wellbeing. Helping them reach their treatment goals, whether pain relief or simply relaxation is her mission.
When Shennaya is not at work, her hobbies and interests include beadwork, painting and henna art. She LOVES art. It is such a big part of her life that art is really what makes her who she is. Now she is excited to practice the art of both massage therapy and manual osteopathy.
“I am looking forward to meeting you and working with you as your therapist,” she says with a smile.
Janelle is a Registered Massage Therapist, graduated with honors from the Alberta Institute of Massage in 2021. She has received training in relaxation, therapeutic, prenatal, sports massage, as well as certification in dynamic myofascial cupping and foot reflexology. Janelle is also a reiki master practitioner, and incorporates her energy work into all of her treatments, with the intention of facilitating positive outcomes for all of her clients.
At home, she enjoys cooking, gardening, art and connecting with nature. She lives on her family’s multi-generational farm just outside of Red Deer with her loving husband and son, with whom she loves to spend time outdoors, whether it’s tending the yard, going for a swim, or heading out on a camping adventure.
Janelle was born and raised in Red Deer, and feels deeply connected with the community. She is very excited to welcome new clients and to share her energy, passion and skills to assist them on their health journey.
Allison has been a Massage Therapist since 2016. She completed the 2200 hour program at Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in Vernon. She worked in a multidisciplinary clinic where she obtained experience treating pre and post op surgeries, pregnancy, trigger points, headaches, myofascial syndromes, deep tissue, motor vehicle accident injuries, overuse injuries and many different sports related injuries.
Allison is new to Alberta, and is looking forward to all the new opportunities Red Deer offers. When not massaging, Allison loves to spend time with her family and hike with her Yellow Lab. Allison is excited to have the opportunity to work at Black Rock Therapies and looks forward to helping her clients on their journey to health and wellness.
Jess was born and raised on a buffalo farm in Rimbey, Alberta. She now resides in small town Penhold with her husband to raise her family of two boys. Jess spends most of her time at the cold rink cheering on her boys from the stands, and participating as the music mom pumping up all the kids during the game! After hockey season is over, she enjoys and supports her boys in the next sport of their choice, as well as hobbies such as dancing, playing guitar, and of course karaoke!