Meet the Team

Our team of practitioners is trained in various modalities. Each practitioner stays up-to-date with the latest research and treatment practices going well beyond provincial requirements. Whether it is chronic pain, PTSD, scoliosis, or managing high-stress, Island Integrative Health practitioners work with each client to create a comprehensive management program to aid in reaching their therapeutic goal.

RMT and Owner

Priya Ramash

Born and raised in Nanaimo, BC, Priya couldn’t think of a better place to start her RMT career.

Priya has worked with a variety of conditions, throughout school and her practice, and found herself particularly drawn towards working with patients with chronic pain, PTSD, athlete development, scoliosis and gastrointestinal dysfunction.

Priya has been in the fitness industry for over a decade and understands there is a physical and mental aspect to training. She loves working with health and wellness enthusiasts to aid in their performance and recovery.

She also has dealt with chronic pain for over 8 years and attributes her remission to the wonderful massage therapists she has worked with over the years. One of her primary goals is to help clients feel a sense of relief and she is dedicated to creating treatment/management plans to best suit each clients needs.

She uses a combination of Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, Myofascial Release, Swedish massage, Trigger Point Release and Hydrotherapy.

Priya is constantly learning and implementing more evidenced-based treatments to maximize therapeutic outcomes.

She is also extremely passionate about the human body and wants all her clients to reap the benefits of each treatment. After each appointment she will provide home care suggestions that will help to maintain and increase the benefits.

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Shelby Cates

Shelby was raised in Nanaimo, BC, and knew when she graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy, she wanted to return to Nanaimo to start her RMT career.

Since she was young, Shelby has always led an active life. She enjoys hiking, weight lifting and is passionate about working with like-minded individuals.

She uses a variety of techniques during each treatment to reach each client's specific concerns. Shelby uses the following techniques but is not limited to, Trigger Point Release, Myofascial Release, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, and Swedish Massage.

Upon request, home care can be provided to help maintain and increase the benefits of each treatment.

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Nico Bains

Nico is a graduate of the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. What drew her to the practice is its versatile nature. Nico is an advocate of both clinical and holistic approaches to medicine, and has witnessed the healing powers of massage therapy both personally and professionally. As a result, Nico takes the time to understand all her clients needs and recognizes that each treatment should be tailored to match the needs of the individual. Although qualified to work with various conditions, Nico is passionate about chronic pain management, injury rehabilitation and stress reduction. Nico believes that through massage therapy, individuals can effectively meet their health goals and feel more connected to their bodies.

Nico would also like to emphasize that creating a safe space for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ individuals is a priority in her practice.

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Sydney Pritchard

I was born and raised in Williams Lake. After attending University, traveling and much contemplation I decided to follow my passion and sign up for school to become a massage therapist. The human body has always interested me and I finally found a career that allows me to apply my interest to my work. Two grueling years later I graduated from VCMT. It was one of the best experiences I have ever had. It was the first time in my life I was able to work towards something I loved, with a group of like-minded individuals. My teachers promoted overall health, encouraging us to solve the problem instead of looking for short term answers. I believe that in order to function at an optimal level, healthy lifestyle choices and education are key. The courses I’ve taken since then have given me some amazing tools for assessment, treatment and prevention. Some of these courses include yoga therapy, barefoot training, sacral and facet treatment and infant massage. My main interest lies with the relationship between musculoskeletal injuries and the nervous system, and I tend to lean towards deep tissue massage, but am proficient in relaxation as well. I take a multidisciplinary approach to my practice, and to my own health, and I look forward to helping you achieve your goals.
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Sheila Carroll

Sheila graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy Program in Victoria in 2012. She is a passionate Registered Massage Therapist who continually encourages each client to heal by using a variety of modalities including Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, Muscle Energy, Active Release and Swedish Massage Techniques. She enjoys offering a variety of relaxation and therapeutic massage including treatment for tension headaches, repetitive strain injuries, injury rehabilitation and stress reduction. She practices guided breath work at times to enhance the experience and to help ease each client into deep relaxation. During your visit you will be given simple tools to help keep you feeling balanced. With years of experience as a yoga instructor and history as a dancer, her enthusiasm for working with the body has led her to a career in Massage Therapy. Whether she is catering to chronic pain symptoms, acute injuries, or to relaxation, she believes regular massage is helpful in achieving optimum health by increasing vitality and decreasing overall stress. Sheila’s calming nature will leave you feeling stress free with whole body relaxation.
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Tiffany Bowen

3 things to know about how I practice:
1. I am passionate about supporting people in their quest for wellness – and only YOU can define “wellness” for yourself. I’ve worked with clients who have chronic pain, insomnia, mental health concerns, athletic injuries, and even birthing injuries – as you can imagine, each of these conditions might lead to some truly diverse definitions of “wellness”. Whether you’re seeking a better night’s sleep, new strategies for managing a chronic condition, or recovery from an injury, massage therapy can help, and I’d be happy to be part of your care team.
2. I believe strongly in the connection between mind and body. Call it holistic wellness, psychoneuroimmunology (what a mouthful!), or pain science, current research all points to a dynamic relationship between mental health, the nervous system, and how we experience our physical bodies. This is why I believe it’s essential to create a treatment space that feels safe and relaxing – a place where you can find ease, so your mind and body can both unwind. You can expect each of my treatments to include some element of relaxation, whether that looks like breathwork, guided imagery, craniosacral modalities, or dermoneuromodulation.
3. I recognize that no two people experience massage quite the same way. We each have a unique history with touch – for some, it has been a nourishing, affirming experience throughout their lives, while others may be working to re-introduce touch and re-educate the body to perceive touch as safe and positive. My background in trauma-informed care means I am well-equipped to meet each client where they are at. I am also passionate about creating safe space for the LGBTQIA2S+ community to access massage therapy.

*Please note that I do not offer deep tissue massage.

The details: My career in healthcare began in 2009, when I founded Flourishing Family Doula Care. My work included teaching prenatal classes, attending home and hospital births, providing prenatal and postpartum care, and offering breastfeeding counselling. I primarily worked with high-risk, vulnerable families. In 2013, I transitioned to laboratory work in both hospital (Nanaimo Regional General; Royal Jubilee) and outpatient settings. Through this career, I gained experience in trauma rooms, palliative care, intensive care, and psychiatric units. My patients ranged from neonatal to geriatric, and all age groups between. Working in the hospital, I witnessed the profound impact of even a brief moment of therapeutic touch; this led me to embark on the inspiring career change that brought me to Island Integrative Health. I hope to see you here!

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Reina Armstrong

Reina was introduced to the profession of massage therapy while working in the hospitality industry of the backcountry ski industry in the Kootenay region of British Columbia. In 2019, She went on to complete her diploma in Massage Therapy at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Victoria. Later serving the mountain communities of Squamish, Nelson, and Creston BC.

Reina loves the outdoors and being active in all ways. When she isn’t working, you can find her snowboarding, working out, biking, surfing, and practicing yoga. Integrating all aspects of a healthy mindset and lifestyle, indoors and out. ⁠

Reina believes a well rounded self care routine is invaluable for maintaining mental and physical wellbeing. She sees massage as a wonderful addition to an established routine or a great way to start one. Being fascinated by the effects massage has on tissue and the nervous system alike, she aims to facilitate recovery and ease the daily physical demands put upon our bodies.⁠

Reina approaches each client with empathy and compassion. She is dedicated to listening and understanding each client’s goals. She is able to assist clients in stress reduction, chronic and acute pain, athletic performance/recovery, and general well-being.

Reina is proficient in a variety of techniques including – Swedish massage, trigger point therapy, active release, myofascial release, passive/active stretching, joint mobilizations, and perinatal massage

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Takara Tompkins

Takara looks forward to holding space for her clients. She believes that the state of the parasympathetic system is powerful for rebalancing, restoring, and setting goals for the future. Takara’s main focus is to help you with your specific goals as well as help bring the body into a state of calming restoration. Each client’s state of calm is different and will present differently depending on their goals. Sleeping, chatter, laughter, heavy sighs, tears, and more can be the body’s way of releasing. Takara is here to assist in your healing journey and is prepared to help you with what suits your needs. If you require other/more care she will be happy to refer you to other wonderful staff here at Island Integrative Health or refer you to other health care professionals.

She enjoys a variety of techniques such as myofascial massage, general Swedish massage, trigger point work, the use of Instrument Assisted Soft tissue mobilization tools, and many others. With previous experience working in gyms, spas, and other health clinics. She has had the opportunity to help a variety of people with many different injuries, such as disc/ nerve problems, paraplegia, whiplash, headaches, migraines, frozen shoulder, strains, sprains, and everyday body stresses/ wear and tear. Each client has a different threshold for massage pressure and depth. She encourages you to let her know what pressure you usually enjoy, this way you can discuss what is best for your body from both the therapist and client’s perspective.

Takara looks forward to helping you in your wellness journey.

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Brooklyn Luison

Brooklyn Luison was born and raised in Kamloops BC, She moved to the island looking for an adventure and to find a place to settle down.

She graduated from Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in Vernon, BC in 2020 and is excited to continue her practice in Nanaimo. She uses a variety of techniques that include IASTM (instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization), TMJ work, and fascial techniques. She is interested in working with and learning more about pre/post-natal, pediatric, infant massage, and sports injuries. She has taken continuing education courses in labor birth and delivery techniques, post-Cesarean section treatment, and IASTM. In the near future, she is interested in expanding her knowledge even more in such areas.

She believes that Massage Therapy can be a tool that helps with your mind-body

connection and injury prevention in day to day life. She is a friendly and supportive therapist and

loves to get to know the patient at hand and uses massage as a tool to help you thrive.

Continuing Education Courses taken:

-Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) Principles Lower Body (7hr) (Back, hip, thigh, gastrosoleus, plantar fascia)(July 2021)

-Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) Principles Upper Body (7hr) (Back, neck, shoulder, forearm, carpal tunnel) (July 2021)

-Labour, Birth and Postpartum (14PE) With Paula Jaspar (Oct 2021)

(topics of labour preparation, labour, delivery. As well as the common complaints, drug usage, positioning and attending a birth. Assessment and treatment of common presentations in the postpartum period. Contraindications and precautions also addressed during this course. )

- Post Cesarean Section with Paula Jaspar (14PE) (May 2022)

(how to work with cesarean sections scars specifically, helping the body move with less restriction)

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Charlotte Mah

Soon after Charlotte completed her degree in Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia in 2013, she moved to Vancouver Island to begin her career.

Since then, she has enjoyed helping clients from all walks of life achieve their physical wellness goals. Charlotte is passionate about learning and has done courses in acupuncture, functional dry needling, manual therapy, Neurokinetic Therapy, vestibular rehabilitation, ultrasound biofeedback, and persistent pain. She has a keen interest in Women's health, in particular, the treatment of incontinence, pelvic pain, and pelvic floor dysfunction. More recently, she has learned how to look at persistent pain or recurring injuries through a functional neurology lens, with the goal of addressing the underlying cause of dysfunction. Her treatment approach combines manual therapy, needling techniques, education, movement re-training, and exercise prescription.

One of Charlotte's favourite things about living in Nanaimo is how easy it is to access the many amazing trails, beaches, climbing crags, and nearby islands. As a physiotherapist, she is most excited about getting to know her clients and supporting them in getting back to the things that they love!

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Morgan Laboucane

Morgan is a Registered Acupuncturist with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia (CTCMA). She is a 2020 Graduate from the Diploma of Acupuncture from Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC. Morgan first experienced acupuncture herself as a teen, noticing the profound effects while being treated for multiple sports injuries, mental health, and digestion issues. Years later decided to pursue it professionally as she wanted to share and help others experience and discover the holistic approach to improving their health and wellbeing. Coming from a Cree/Metis background she honours her cultural and spiritual roots. Morgan loved how Traditional Chinese medicine was also deeply rooted in mind, body, spirit, and holistic healing. Some of her keen interests include treating gynecological health issues, digestion, emotional wellbeing, headaches, and overall stress. The approach of her practice is to be that guide to help facilitate a patient's natural healing process within an open and inclusive space for individuals to be heard, decompress and flourish into their most authentic selves. Outside of the clinic, she loves to be out hiking, or by the water, and visiting with friends and family.
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Registered Reflexologist

Lise Rivard

Lise is a Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist in good standing with the Reflexology Association of Canada. She began her career studies in Toronto, Ontario in 2006 with Foot Reflexology and patient feedback was so positive Lise was inspired to pursue further study in Hand Reflexology in 2008 and Ear Reflexology in 2010. In 2019, Lise became Certified in Reflexology for Cancer Survivors and in 2020 Certification in Advanced Circulation for Lower Leg. Lise is a truly gifted practitioner who includes ScalarWave Lasers in her treatments. The combination of Reflexology and ScalarWave Lasers enhances healing potential and pain relief, making her sessions a memorable experience. Having a session with Lise you may experience some singing bowls, crystals and all sorts of healing tools.

Reflexology is a natural, healing art, based on the principles of reflexes in the feet, hand and ears, which correspond to every area, gland and organ of the body. Through application of pressure on these reflexes, Reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural function of the related areas in the body. Reflexology is like a “tune-up” for the body. What is a cold laser?

The QuantumWave cold laser is a certified medical device approved by Health Canada and the FDA for pain relief, inflammation, arthritis, circulation, and the relaxation of tissue. The lasers have ScalarWave technology built into them, which provides unique features that assist with one’s healing. Cold lasers are also known as low level or soft laser. These lasers do not produce heat and therefor are used safely and painlessly.

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