Kristi Millner, B.Sc., RMT
Kristi has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2006, after attending WCCMT in Victoria. She joined Madrona that year, the following year took over the practice as clinic owner. Since then she has expanded the practice to include 3 more RMT’s. She finds her career extremely gratifying and is always amazed with what Massage Therapy can do for people.
In her years of practice and continuing education she has applied a variety of different methods, including Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Release, Swedish and Pregnancy Massage to name a few. She strongly believes that the effects of massage therapy are cumulative and help with preventative measures. People become more “body aware” once they start taking better care of themselves and reduce bad postural and lifestyle habits.
Kristi loves yoga, running, photography, the great outdoors, her dogs and having a healthy lifestyle because as she says “you only get one body and you need to take care of it”. You may often see her being walked by one or both of her Weimaraners (Liezl and Rex) around the streets and beautiful parks of Sidney.
Lorna Nicolson, RMT
Lorna graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2010 and has worked as an RMT both overseas as well as locally ever since. She also taught at the College part time for two years before going on Mat Leave and loved the opportunity of being able to share her knowledge and experience with the next generation of practitioners.
Lorna uses a wide variety of techniques in her treatments, the combination of which depends on each patient’s needs and goals. Lorna’s focus is to treat with a holistic approach, addressing compensatory issues as well as bringing increased awareness to the body. She treats every patient thoughtfully and specifically, promoting healthy movement and self-healing. Lorna believes that the relationship between each person and their own body is crucial for a positive treatment outcome, and is here to help to facilitate that relationship and to aid in bringing it to a place of healthy living. Lorna’s treatments are deeply therapeutic and at the same time bring a relaxing sense of calm, which she finds even more important for her patients in these uncertain times than ever before.
Lorna is returning to work part time after having her second baby, and is excited to be joining the team at Madrona now that she lives on the beautiful Saanich Peninsula. When not at work, Lorna spends her time exploring the local parks and beaches with her boys, learning to grow food in her garden, and making music with her family.
Sharon Martin, RMT
Sharon joined the clinic in February 2017 after moving to Sidney with her family. Check out Sharon's bio on her website http://www.massageworksbc.com
Emma Gannon, RMT
Emma graduated from the 2,200 hour Massage Therapy program at WCCMT Victoria in April 2019. She sparked her passion for Massage Therapy at UVic while studying human anatomy. She has been dedicated to martial arts for over a decade, which has also led her down the path of understanding the human body, biomechanics and the connection between the mind and body. Raised in Sidney, she adores the peninsula and the beauty of Vancouver Island and is very excited to be building her career and serving her home town and aspires to make a positive contribution to the Massage Therapy profession.
Shae Skands, RMT
Shae has been an RMT in good standing with CMTBC since 2017. Her approach to treatment is inclusive and educational using a variety of techniques such as biodynamic myofascial mobilization, passive and active stretching, and joint mobilization, while addressing nervous system integration of each individualized approach. She has focused her practice on working with pregnant bodies, weekend warriors, chronic pain patients, desk workers, as well as general relaxation for wellbeing. She has pursued further education in pregnancy massage, biodynamic myofascial mobilization, and pain science, and involves home care in each treatment with the goal of achieving longer lasting symptom relief. Shae lives on Galiano Island and enjoys spending time with her partner and little one, walking their dog along the island trails, or working with wood on small projects. She’s looking forward to exploring Sidney and seeing you in the treatment room.
Jessica Nielsen, RMT