Chair - Josh Shaw
Josh began his career as a Massage Therapist in 2006 after completing a 3-year massage therapy program at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ont. Shortly after successfully challenging the CMTO registration exams, Josh moved to Calgary and immediately joined the MTAA.
His practice has seen him travel with various college sports teams as their onsite trainer and has allowed him to work with various CFL, NHL, and Olympic athletes. Josh has had the privilege of learning from numerous accomplished Athletic Therapists, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals.
Upon leaving the sport-specific scene, Josh began working in a Chiropractic clinic with the majority of his practice focused on motor vehicle accident rehabilitation and chronic pain. Due to a passion for teaching, he began instructing the Orthopedic Assessment course at CCMH – Foothills (Calgary) and continued to teach until shortly before the campus shut down. After 9 years of working in, and learning how to run a successful multidisciplinary clinic, Josh and his wife founded Energize Health in 2015. Under their guidance, Energize Health has since grown to become a well-respected multi-disciplinary health clinic that includes 2 locations in Calgary and employs over 24 people including chiropractors, physiotherapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists and manual osteopathic therapists.
In 2017 Josh was first elected to the MTAA board of directors where he served on the Leadership Committee. In April of 2019, Josh was elected by the board of directors to become the Chair of the board.
When not focused on helping patients, running two clinics and guiding the MTAA, Josh can usually be found playing with his two young children, dreaming of the day he can take long walks on the beach with his wife and attempting to more consistently hit the gym.
Vice-Chair - Jessica Villeneuve
Jessica Villeneuve graduated from CCMH in Cambridge ON in 2013 and successfully completed both practical and written certification examinations through the CMTO in her home province. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Massage Therapist Association of Alberta for 2 years, holding the position of Secretary-Treasurer for the last year, accepting the role of Vice-Chair this past November.
Jessica has been both an Instructor and Program Coordinator for massage therapy schools in Alberta and is the creator of her own continuing education courses for health care providers. Same Stars Massage & Wellness, Jessica’s own company was founded on the idea that massage should be accessible for every population. The company provides ethical care to palliative, disabled or special needs children and adults, and allows caregivers a platform to seek education on massage and its benefits. Jessica also holds a Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist title, completing various courses through the Liddle Kidz Foundation and hopes to bring Pediatric Massage to the Alberta Children’s Hospital in the near future.
Jessica has been an active voice for the regulation of massage therapy in Alberta and is currently the Vice President of the Transitional Council for the College of Massage Therapists of Alberta. She is proud to be a member and representative of the MTAA and is excited to aid the association’s growth and standards in the future!
Secretary-Treasurer - Mike Horne
Mike has been practicing Massage Therapy for over 15 years. He has been an instructor at Massage Therapy educational institutions since 2003 - in Nova Scotia at ICT Northumberland College in Halifax as well as CCMH Halifax before moving to Alberta where he has been an instructor at the CCMH Calgary campus as well as Mount Royal University in Calgary. Mike has been involved with many different sections of the profession ranging from working on cruise ships, land-based resorts in other countries, along with setting up a training academy in the UK for a cruise ship spa company. In his spare time, Mike has worked closely with the curriculum review group at Mount Royal University while establishing one of the largest holistic health clinics in Calgary.
Director - Denise Clark
Denise lives in rural central Alberta with her husband Doug and their 2 sons Benjamin and Jacob. Denise started her education at the Bel Rae Institute of Animal health Technology in 1999. She decided to change her focus from animals to humans and completed her 1-year Massage Therapy training in 2001 at the Alberta Institute of Massage. In 2006 Denise upgraded her Massage Therapy education to a 2200-hour Diploma and joined the MTAA in 2007. Denise has worked in a variety of settings including chiropractic clinics, in home and mobile massage, and is currently working at Vantage Physiotherapy Clinic in Ponoka. For the past 10 Year’s Denise has been involved with the Canadian Pro Rodeo Sport Medicine Team as a Massage Therapist. Along with her career in Massage Therapy Denise was the secretary of the Ponoka Elementary School Council, she sat on the Ponoka Economic Development Board as well as the Airport Development Board and has sat on the MTAA BOD for 2 years. Denise feels that being a part of the MTAA Board of Directors has enriched not only her career, but her personal life as well.
Director - Jason Dvorak
Jason Dvorak is the owner of Infants to Athletes Massage Therapy located in Lethbridge, Alberta, where he works as a practitioner and educator. He graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy and is an active Registrant of the CMTBC, as well as a member of the MTAA. Jason works with all age groups in injury rehabilitation, pain management, and patient education. After the traumatic birth of his daughter 7 years ago, Jason started to focus on newborn pain management and has been working towards advancing the understanding and knowledge base of the health and well being of infants related to treating birth shock and trauma.
Director - Lindsay Petersen
Lindsay grew up in a small town in Saskatchewan called Burstall and, upon graduating high school, headed to the “big city” of Medicine Hat to complete the Massage Therapy Diploma program at Medicine Hat College. During her time at MHC she was able to work with a broad range of demographics through the student clinic and the many community outreach programs available to students. Some of these included patients at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital in the Alzheimer’s, Psychiatric, and Long Term Care Units. Over the two year program, she was able to treat and learn from patients with a variety of physical and mental conditions, progressive diseases, and severely limited mobility. Additional practical experience with athletes in a wide range of environments, as well as time in a Chiropractic clinic, also provided invaluable learning opportunities prior to graduating in 2004.
On finishing the diploma program, Lindsay moved to Calgary and shortly thereafter opened her clinic (Therapeutic Massage Kneads Inc.) where she has been practising ever since. Over the last 15 years, Lindsay has had the privileged of working with many different RMT’s from across Alberta & BC. Additional training over the years has included many modalities such as k-taping, cupping and dermoneuromodulation. A fierce proponent of continued education, Lindsay is always looking for more opportunities to expand both her professional education and her practise in the future. Lindsay believes that being an RMT is a source of great pride and reward, and there isn’t a day where she isn’t thankful to be a part of such a wonderful profession.
Lindsay’s tenure with the MTAA began on graduation in 2004, when she chose to write the entry to practise exam and join the association right out of school. This decision was based on the belief that this association represents the very best RMT’s in the province, particularly as the conversation around regulation has continued over the last decade and a half. It is her belief that provincial regulation of Massage Therapy will bring an increase in both public and practitioner safety, a higher standard of education in massage therapy programs, and increased respect from fellow health care professionals as well as the general public. It is her hope that these changes occur before the end of her career! This hope for change in the profession and a desire to give back to an association that has supported her during her career is what drove Lindsay to join the Board of Directors earlier this year. She is excited to have the opportunity to meet and work with the membership as Chair of the Leadership Committee. The Board has some exciting things planned for the upcoming year, and Lindsay is thrilled to be part of this panel of talented RMT’s representing our members!
Director - Maher Kebbeh
Maher serves as the chair of the member services committee. He graduated with a diploma in Massage Therapy from Mount Royal University in 2018. Maher loves anything in the Rocky Mountains - especially hiking, camping & snowboarding.