The White Birch Massage Therapy and Wellness was lovingly established in September 2013 by RMT, Merissa Mason. Our vision has always centred around creating a welcoming and relaxed environment thus allowing clients to fully heal their bodies. Word of our "cutie pie" clinic spread fast and the community support was nothing short of amazing. We quickly became the go-to place for aches/pains, injuries, an hour of quiet time and on top of that we always knew you by your name and face, not just your file. In 2014, we added a second treatment room and two more Registered Massage Therapists. In 2015, we grew again adding another two Registered Massage Therapists. In 2016 we nearly jumped over the moon after purchasing our building and solidifying our space in the community and allowing for yet another expansion. We are now open seven days per week and offer direct billing for most insurance companies.
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Merissa was born and raised in the Niagara area. After ten years of living state side and a rewarding career in the equine industry, Merissa made a life changing decision to pursue a career in Massage Therapy. This ultimately led her to London, Ontario where she graduated from the D'arcy Lane Massage Therapy program in 2011.
Properly helping others has been ingrained in the fabric of Merissa's existence as long as she can remember, so naturally she prides herself on going above and beyond for her clients. Merissa's passion for the profession comes through in her interactions with clients and in her treatments. She loves to connect with clients, creating a truly personalized session to reach each individual's goals. Whether she is helping to reintegrate mind with body, soothing chronic pain, or rehabilitating an injury, Merissa uses her considerable assessment and hands-on skills to provide the best care possible.
In her time away from the clinic Merissa is constantly striving towards slowing down the pace of everyday life. She enjoys time with her family, laughing continuously with her daughter, anything outdoors, meditation and hanging out with her horses.
Victoria was the first RMT to join The White Birch in 2014 after graduating from the Ontario College of Health and Technology. As a registered massage therapy with a Swedish Massage approach and enjoys creating a treatment that balances both critical thinking and intuition to address the root cause of your concerns. Her intention is to meet your needs and support you to find release, alignment and inner connection to enable you to live a more whole and balanced life. She has a tender heart for seniors and is always enthusiastic to formulate an appropriate treatment plan for persons living with chronic pain in the later stages of life.
Outside of her career as a Registered Massage Therapist you can find Victoria on camping adventures with her family, chasing after her brood of chickens and ducks or curled up with a good book in her favourite plaid flannel shirt.
Samantha graduated from Centennial College is 2014. She continued on to recieve her yoga teacher training in December 2014. Her most recent training took her to Ireland where she learned massage for working with kids diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Her goal is to finish up all the courses with The Liddle Kidz Foundation and specialize working with kids of all ages as well as a focus with prenatal massage. Samantha's current set of skills include swedish, prenatal, deep tissue and trigger point therapy massage. Samantha has a strong interest in helping her clients achieve their end goals be it rehabiliation or relaxation. When Samantha isn't working she's hiking with her dog, hitting up her mat for some yoga or travelling.
Jennifer Gooch RMT
Jennifer has been a Massage Therapist since 2012 and graduated with Honours from Trillium College in St. Catharines and joined The White Birch team in December 2016. Previous to her career in Massage Therapy, Jennifer worked as a Pharmacy Technician and knew it was time for a change. This led her back to school to pursue a career that would better enable her to help others. A strong believer in continuing education, Jennifer has additional training in Deep Tissue Massage , Indie Head Massage, MyoFascial Release, Reflexology, PreNatal Massage and Cupping. Jennifer uses a spectrum of pressures and techniques, depending on the needs of the individual and their intention for their treatment. She works mostly with the skeletal and fascial systems, and incorporates Swedish massage for neurological and metabolic benefits. Jennifer works with the body’s pace, and takes time to allow for the body to correct itself. She encourages clients to be engaged in their own treatments, and finds each client’s internal knowledge to be a great asset in the process.
Jennifer's other passions include crafting and spending quality time with her family. We are so thankful to have her a part of the TWB team.
Meghan joined The White Birch team March of 2017 after graduating from the Ontario College of Health and Technology. She has always been driven towards a profession in helping people and Massage Therapy was the perfect fit. Meghan is a compassionate, open-minded therapist that cares about her clients well-being and prioritizes their comfort in each and every treatment.
Meghan welcomes challenge and has a great respect for the human body and its intricacies. She is constantly amazed at it's complexity that is our vessel and is always keen to expand her knowledge.
Outside of the clinic setting you can find Meghan loving up on anything with four legs, in particular her own heard of dogs. Vested in her own personal health, Meghan is a avid runner, outdoors enthusiast and loves a good wine or beer tasting. Balance is always the key!
In December 2015, Leah walked through the front door of The White Birch and told Merissa she would be starting the following Monday. That is pretty much how things have gone from he get-go. Leah is generally the first face you see when you walk through our door, the voice on the other side of the telephone line and absolutely everything in between. She assists with insurance billing, booking appointments, yoga sign up and every other question. Leah is Merissa's right hand and lots of time her left as well. Basically to know Leah is to love Leah. With a previous career in the corporate world of banking and office cubical, Leah knew it was time to lighten up her stress (or so she thought) and jumped on board at The White Birch.
Her loyalty and commitment to our clinic has truly been such a gift. Without Leah we would have had a very hard time supporting the growth we have had in such a short time.
Beyond the 9-4, Leah is a passionate collector of mid-century modern furniture, has a wicked eye for unique fashion and loves a glass of JD on the rocks while flipping through a magazine. Her baking is to die for just don't ever ask her what's for dinner.
Kendall was born and raised in Chippawa. As a young lady, Kendall was a competitive gymnast and worked closely with her healthcare team to maintain her health and fitness. This inspired her to work in a profession helping others. Kendall attended the University of Windsor where she graduated with a Bachelor of Human Kinetics in 2015. During her degree she participated on the Lancer Varsity Track Team competing in pole vault. She then attended Mohawk College and obtained her diploma in Massage Therapy. Kendall is also certified to practice acupuncture.
As a Registered Massage Therapist Kendall is dedicated to supporting her clients in reaching their movement goals. Kendall has a passion for her work and looks forward to providing exceptional care to her clients at The White Birch.
Laura graduated from Sheridan College with a Bachelor's Degree in Applied Health Sciences, specialized in Athletic Therapy. She recently graduated from the accelerated Massage Therapy program at the Ontario College of Health and Technology. Laura has been working as an Athletic Therapist for 2 years, specializing in using exercise and manual treatments to help her athletes compete in top form. She has worked in multi disciplinary clinics, schools, as well as with hockey and rugby teams at varying competitive levels. She looks forward to meeting you at the clinic
Renata is a 2008 graduate from the Canadian Therapeutic College, Renata brings 12 years of experience the The White Birch team. Prior to that Renata attended a completed The Shiatsu School of Canada Program. Low back pain, sciatic pain, headaches, migraines, and frozen shoulder are some of her most loved issues to work with.