Tidal Elements is home to over 20 practitioners and a wide variety of healing modalities: massage, bodywork, energy healing and holistic practices. For more information on the many wonderful modalities being offered out of our clinic, please check the modalities sub-sections of the website. Listed below are the wonderful practitioners that work out of our clinic space. In addition to the clinic we have a beautiful studio that classes and workshops are run out of; for more info on that and the practitioners offering classes in the studio check out the studio page.
Agnes Hombach, CST®
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Certified Shiatsu Therapist
Agnes Hombach is a registered Biodynamic Craniosacral therapist and certified Shiatsu therapist.
Her career in healthcare started in 1985 as an emergency paramedic for the BC Ambulance Service. Experiences in this field sparked her interest to pursue more holistically oriented healthcare studies.
In 2003 she completed her training as a certified Shiatsu therapist; and in 2008 graduated as a certified craniosacral therapist, both through Langara College in Vancouver.
Agnes was introduced to the biodynamic approach to craniosacral therapy during her studies, and completed the foundation training in March 2012 with Bodyintelligence in Vancouver.
After practicing in Vancouver and Vernon, Agnes enrolled in the Somatic Experience Professional training program to deepen her understanding of trauma and its effects on the nervous system. She completed her training in March 2015.
After attending the ‘Mothers, Babies and Children’ craniosacral post-grad seminar in June 2016, Agnes has extended her practice to include working with moms and babies.
Christopher Wallace, Dplm. ETB, CTTM, CAMT, CYT
Thai Massage, Ayurvedic Massage, Yoga Therapy, Integrative Energy Healing
Christopher Wallace is well trained in the healing traditions of Thai Massage, Ayurvedic Massage, Yoga Therapy & Integrative Energy Healing, holding certifications in all modalities and a Diploma of Eastern Therapies and Bodywork from Pacific Rim College. The impetus of his healing journey started with his own transformative healing process. In accessing the Eastern healing traditions, he found powerful ways to address his own ails; which yielded deeper purpose and meaning in his life. He provides clients with the best possible care he is capable of, and ensures a safe environment in which people can come to release their tensions. Being truly passionate about aiding in the alleviation of people’s distress, his intentions center on enhancing the client’s quality of life. An empathic, attentive, compassionate and sincere person, he brings a depth of presence and warmth to his sessions.
Christopher’s main modalities are Thai Massage and Ayurvedic Massage. Thai Massage is done fully clothed, and incorporates acupressure techniques with passive yogic stretching. This is performed on a massage floor-mat. It is a delightful and holistic approach to bodywork, relieving tension and creating greater ease within the body and mind. Ayurvedic Massage uses gliding oil massage techniques and the treatment of pressure points. The massage motions follow along main nerve pathways and energy lines of the body. Both these massage modalities may be complimented by assigned yoga techniques and/or energy healing for enhancement (at the client’s request). However, Yoga Therapy and/or Integrative Energy Healing may also be offered as stand-alone practices. His treatments are skillfully designed in response to the specific needs of the people who seek him out for therapeutic massage and healing support. There is an underlying holistic framework and integrative approach to the practices he uses.
“I invariably walk away from each session with Christopher with not only a blissed-out body, but also with a greatly expanded awareness of myself and my place in an often baffling world. I believe Christopher’s clarity of intent in his practice, coupled with his powerful healing intuition, provides an opportunity to have a truly holistic healing experience.”
“Christopher is a naturally gifted and very knowledgeable healer. He listens intently and respectfully responds to the needs of each individual through a multi-faceted treatment approach which is uniquely suited to that person. It is an honour and a rare privilege to be treated by this wise and compassionate soul.”
“Christopher has remarkable ability and intuition. As an actor, my voice plays an imperative role in my work. To be “on my voice” requires me to be “in my body”. My sessions with Christopher keep my body well-aligned and free of emotional and energetic blockages.”
Clair Convery, RYT 200
Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy
Clair moved to Vernon with her family in 2016, and they love the lifestyle that Vernon has to offer. Clair has worked in the healthcare field as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) for 12+ years in rural settings of BC and the Northwest Territories. She currently employed here, in Vernon, as a community care nurse.
Since 2013, she has gained a specific interest in trauma and the effects it has on the body. Clair has taken additional training and acquired certifications in wellness to advance her knowledge of how to use the body as a healthy resource for resilience and healing. In 2015 she acquired her 200 YTT certification and has completed the Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma & Resilience program at Langara College. Clair has recently graduated from the 600 HR Yoga Therapy Certification Program from Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, offered out of Vancouver, BC. She intends to continue on the C-IAYT track, so that she can offer 8-week group programs and work with couples.
Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy facilitates the client’s authentic experience of body, mind and emotions in present time and space with the use of embodied mindfulness, breathwork, gentle somatic exploration, client-centered dialogue, and the cultivation of a trusting therapeutic relationship.Some of the benefits of receiving a 1:1 yoga therapy session include: improved ability to self-regulate the emotions of anxiety &/or depression, to help manage the imprints of trauma, to process grief, to cultivate ones’ own compassion for self and others, and to promote a deepened awareness of your own body’s meaning of well being. Yoga therapy is an excellent therapy on its own, or as a conjunctive therapy with other modalities.
“Neuroscience research shows that the only way we can change the way we feel is by becoming aware of our inner experience and learning to befriend what is going on inside of you.”
~ Bessel van der Kolk
“Through working with Clair I have been able to have deep and illuminating conversations with my body, offering priceless insight into my deeply held personal trauma. These are conversations I have never before been able to have even though I have spent years working with different methods and therapists. Clair has not only held a safe space for me and facilitated that meaningful communication within but also helped me find a new vocabulary with which to speak kindly to myself and that has made all the difference.”
Clair is available every Tuesday afternoon, and she offers free 30 minute consultations. Book your first session, and receive 15 % off.
Dominique Ring, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Dominique moved to British Columbia in 2011, and instantly fell in love with the outdoor lifestyle.
She studied at Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in Vernon. Her treatment sessions combine a variety of techniques including myofascial release, Swedish massage and joint mobilization. She focuses on promoting well being, restoring postural balance and client education.
Dominique, also instructs at OV College of Massage Therapy. She teaches courses in musculoskeletal anatomy, neuroanatomy, and research. She is inspired by the complexity of the body and its natural ability to heal.
In her free time, Dominique enjoys adventuring with her family, cooking and knitting.
Jamie is a certified Spa Therapist completing her training in 2014 from the Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage. Since then she has gained experience and added to her training at various spas throughout B.C, developing her techniques in Deep Tissue Massage and spa treatments. She is also certified in Hot Stone massage and Reflexology, offering Indian Head massage sessions and Relaxation facials as well.
Jamie practices Deep Flow Massage level 1, an innovative and alignment-based approach that allows her to connect and weave together a wide range of modalities. Each session is specifically designed for the client on the table from gentle relaxation to a more deep tissue approach.
Jamie also offers reflexology which is a fantastic alternative for those who do not like full body massage. Reflexology is used to calm the nervous system and can help gently stimulate the organs and endocrine system. Indian Head massage (IHM) originated in India. This style of Ayurvedic head massage promotes rejuvenation and relaxation of the whole being with an emphasis on the scalp and hair health. IHM helps to calm the nervous system addressing shoulder and neck tension as well. The practice can help relieve insomnia, headaches, eye strain and muscular tension while bringing more oxygen and nutrients to the brain through increased circulation. Jamie uses IHM techniques during her relaxation facials to help encourage nourishment to the surface of the skin.
Janine Goodwin, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Janine was first introduced to Massage Therapy after suffering from severe whiplash, following a motor vehicle accident. After experiencing the numerous benefits and pain relief from several massage treatments, she decided that she wanted to become an RMT. After many years of travel, and working in the tourism and food service industry, she finally decided to settle in Vernon, and graduated in 2006 from the 3 year Massage Therapy Program at the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy. In addition to her private massage therapy practice, Janine has also worked at OVCMT as a clinical outreach supervisor.
During a treatment session, Janine utilizes many techniques and modalities, including Myofascial Release,Trigger Point Release, Swedish Massage, and Applied Somatics. She also believes that the benefits of Massage Therapy are greatly enhanced through client education, awareness through movement, and the development of a personalized self care plan. Janine also offers Direct billing.
Janine is currently completing her studies in Ayurvedic Medicine, and loves being a mom, hiking, doing yoga, and spending time in India.
Janelle Hardy, BA, MA, CHP
Hellerwork Structural Integration
Janelle is a Hellerwork Structural Integration practitioner. Through this process she helps people fix their posture and feel better in their bodies with a combination of deep tissue massage (myofascial release), movement education and emotional body awareness.
Her main focus is on taking people through the 11 session Structural Integration series which is beautifully designed to help relieve physical restrictions, pain and tension, while giving clients the tools they need to make and keep deep long lasting change in themselves and their bodies.
Janelle specializes in working with people who have injuries and pain due to physical labour (tradespeople, farmers, etc) and with highly sensitive, empathic women who are going through big change, transition and/or a grieving process in their lives.
A born and raised Yukoner, she’s happily making Vernon her home.
Janelle also leads a transformational memoir writing course called The Art of Personal Mythmaking. She offers this 4 month course twice a year, online. You can learn more by visiting www.janellehardy.com
You can learn more about Hellerwork Structural Integration here: www.timetorealign.com
“Janelle Hardy’s program changed my life regarding how I think about and how I move my body. As a farmer I have a physically demanding job that requires my body to function properly every day. Janelle helped show me how to move properly and be more thoughtful about the way I do things. I have recommended her to everyone I know who has had pain issues and they all love her. Thank You.”
Josiane Maillet, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
In 1999 Josiane’s career changed direction from studying Physics to enrolling at Massage Therapy College in Vernon, BC. That was the moment she was able to align her career with her passion for health and wellness. She has been practicing ever since. Massage therapy brings joy to her life. In the summer of 2018, she and her family returned to Vernon after 16 years. As an avid outdoor enthusiast and busy mother of 3 children, she aspires to teach them to be advocates for better health and to live an empowered life where they are the best version of themselves. She loves working with children and feels like they can hugely benefit from massage therapy. Curious and fascinated with our body’s inner landscape and healing abilities, she has continued her studies in Osteopathy (4th year student at the Canadian College of Osteopathy: Vancouver campus) and in Cellular Nutrition. Outside of her massage practice, she is a teaching assistant at O.V.C.M.T. as well as an entrepreneur collaborating with a local/global team of professionals promoting better lifestyle choices.
Her particular areas of interest include: Biomechanics, Cranial Osteopathy, the digestive system, TMJ dysfunction, neck/whiplash/post-concussion syndrome, working with children and families, pain science, the body in stress and trauma, and nutrition.
Her personal Interests include: guitar, singing, family time on & around water, meditation, cross-country skiing, trail running, watching her kids play soccer, and reading.
Josiane’s most valuable gift is that of caring. She deeply cares about her patients and their wellbeing. She strives to continually upgrade and challenge her knowledge and to “give back”. Josiane is accepting new patients and looks forward to working with you!
Katherine Reiber, RMT, RCST®
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
Note: Katherine is presently off from work due to an accident. We will change this status when she returns to work.
Katherine has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2003. She has been refining her skills with a technique called Craniosacral Therapy (CST) since 2007 under the mentorship of an osteopathic doctor. CST fascinated her with its ability to normalize the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhance the body’s ability to self-correct. She is certified in Craniosacral Levels 1 & 2 and SomatoEmotional Release 1 through The Upledger Institute. She has also completed a 2 year diploma program through Body Intelligence, making her a Registered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist®. Katherine has always enjoyed explaining about the body and how it works, so it was a natural progression when she began teaching practical classes at the local Massage Therapy College, OVCMT from 2008 to present. She believes teaching has been a wonderful partner in her learning process. Katherine also teaches a CST & MET course in Las Mulas, CHILE with her colleague Sheryl Hamilton, RMT. She has assisted in teaching the 2 year diploma program of Body Intelligence in Victoria, and is currently assisting with the training in Vernon as well.
Kjara Brecknell, DOMP
Osteopathic Manual Practitioner
Kjara is excited to be joining the growing Tidal Team and is looking forward to expanding her practice in Vernon. As a current member of Osteopathy-BC her work is covered under many extended health plans that recognize Osteopathy.
Kjara began her career in health and wellness instructing in the fitness industry beginning in 1993. Then in 2002, some personal health concerns led her to begin studying Craniosacral Therapy. She was astonished at the results and developed a great passion for the concepts and for the work itself. Upon learning that Craniosacral Therapy was only a part of Osteopathic Medicine, she immediately enrolled in the BC School of Osteopathy-Vancouver and graduated 5 years later in 2009. All the while maintaining a Craniosacral practice in her home town of Salmon Arm. She presented her thesis in Montreal in 2011 and has since gone on to do some teaching in the field as well as for Equine Osteopathy. Kjara has post grad training in pediatric osteopathy and enjoys the opportunity to work with pregnant moms and infants as well as children of any age.
Kjara also enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking, biking, x-country skiing and trail riding with her horses. She also teaches Equine Assisted Learning programs.
Lani Peters, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist, Mechanical Craniosacral Sessions, Pre & Postnatal Massage
Lani has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2001 and is a graduate of the 3-year Massage Therapy Program at Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy. She has worked at OVCMT as an instructor and Clinical/Outreach supervisor since 2004. She currently instructs Massage Theory and Practical 1 and 2 and the Maternity Preparation course for the Year 1 students, supervises the Maternity Outreach practicum and is the Teacher Assistant for Infant Massage. Lani is very excited to be working at Tidal Elements Healing Arts Studio. Her preferred areas of practice are CranioSacral Therapy, Pre and Postnatal massage, Breast massage and Infant massage. She is certified in CranioSacral Therapy Level 1 and 2 through the Upledger Institute. When not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 children.
Lucille Riddle, HHP, BaPSP, TWP
Lucille received certification as a TimeWaver Practitioner in 2013 (TimeWaver Academy), as a Holistic Health Practitioner in 2015 (Vancouver Island College of Natural Wellness), and certification as a BioResonance According to Paul Schmidt Practitioner in 2017 (Paul Schmidt Academy of Learning). She has personally experienced illness and allergies that could not be recognized or assisted by conventional methods. Energetic healing modalities have proven very effective and she now practices computer-assisted BioEnergetic therapies combined with holistic healing methods. Lucille’s practice utilizes a safe, non-invasive, holistic healing approach with a focus on BioResonance therapy and frequency based modalities. BioResonance therapy using the
Rayonex Polar PS1000 tests for and desensitizes allergies, balances organs and tissues, stimulates the immune response as well as detoxifying environmental pollutants. The TimeWaver utilizes energy based hair analysis, further identifying energetic imbalances and nutritional deficiencies. Holistic Health Counseling services are also available to assist in developing a holistic, individualized plan towards self-regulation. Lucille is passionate about her work in this progressive area of energy-based therapies. She is excited to have the opportunity to offer these services to the Vernon area.
Relaxation Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Hot Stone Massage
Michelle’s fascination with the human condition started when she was 17 years old. Her biology teacher offered a special class field trip to a morgue and teaching hospital where she and her class mates took part in an autopsy of a 24 year old. During the learning process each organ was put on separate trays. It was the brain that struck Michelle when she held it; she was awed in that moment. Michelle is a true healing artist who fuses her 25 years experience of massage and art training into classes, play shops, and healthy living. Her healing nature is nurtured from the wild. She has been in love with nature since born and plays with gardens everywhere she has lived. she sees each spirit as a plant and knows much about many healing modalities.
Massage can bring you back to your authentic self. The skin is the largest organ, it has the capacity to feed the nervous system the key integrative knowledge linking the body to your mind. Michelle’s
25 years of experience in the field combines knowledge from many models of massage. This combined experience and vast knowledge include subtle energies and physical structures to alignment our intricate human anatomy. Having studied cranial sacral, myofascial release techniques and bilateral realignment, she will help relax you and bring more balance to your being.
Michelle is trained in art from a few disciplines, via fine arts programs at U of M and advertising art , and her many years of playing with colour as an interior designer/manager within fine furnishings and decor. In the last five years she has introduced art as “expressive healing time well spent”. Michelle also teaches art to those who have acquired brain injury and recently hosts Mandela Moments and Power Pieces Art filled work / play shops , watch for more of her inspiring colour filled classes. Find her accomplishment in art through her creative writing on a blog linked to social change through ART.
Sarah Leslie, RMT
Visceral Massage, Therapeutic Massage, Peri-natal massage, Breast massage and Infant massage, Reiki Level 1
Sarah has had a lifelong passion for knowledge and a desire to help people in a holistic manner, this naturally led her to study massage therapy. She has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2015, and is eagerly awaiting her chance to continue her studies in visceral manipulation in the fall of 2016. With her main interest being in Womyn’s health, she provides therapeutic massage, peri-natal massage, breast massage and infant massage. She has also received her Reiki Level 1 certificate and is looking forward to expanding her skills in this modality. Sarah believes in being a facilitator for her client’s healing journeys, trusting the innate knowledge we have in our bodies, as we are our own healers.
Sarah enthusiastically joined the Tidal Team in the summer of 2015 and has been helping with the various workshops that are held at the space. She also hosts some of her own workshops that are centred around movement meditation therapy (ie: JusDance and A Tidal Full Moon Medicine). Please feel free to review our events calendar for details at:
“I have had the pleasure of working with Sarah for six sessions so far. In this time I have found Sarah completely professional as well as caring and loving. She has helped with my whiplash and a herniated disc in the lower lumbar and also has given me exercises to do to maintain. As well as helping with my physical difficulties Sarah has helped in relieving somatic memories from post traumatic stress disorder. I highly recommend Sarah as she is not only gifted at her profession she is also gifted as an empath .Sarah has helped to show
me how to maintain a better physical form as well as helping my spiritual growth .”
Shauna McGowan, RMT, RCST®
Registered Massage Therapist, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
Shauna has been practicing massage for 7 years after completing 3000 hours with Okanagan College of Massage Therapy in 2011. Accepting a massage position with a local Heli-ski company was a dream after graduation. Skiing and being in the mountains feels magical and complete. In 2012 Shauna embarked on a trip to South East Asia where she toured 5000 kms by bike through 5 countries. While overseas she obtained her level 1 Thai Massage in Chang Mai, Thailand. In 2014 life took a turn in a different direction when a serious health issue was diagnosed. Health was placed front stage and during this time Shauna embraced many natural and holistic healing modalities to help bring the body back into balance and health. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy was a major influence in her healing journey and she had many profound and deep experiences while receiving sessions. The biggest was learning that health is always present even when we are experiencing illness. In November 2017 Shauna became a Registered Biodynamic Craniosacral therapist after completing a 2 year part time diploma program through Body Intelligence. She wrote the BC registration board exams and became a Registered Massage Therapist in British Columbia December 2017. Helping with intuition and skill of massage she has taken Reiki levels 1 and 2 and has enjoyed studying Ayurvedic medicine – yoga’s sister science and one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems. Shauna’s passion is to live life to its fullest, bring ease to life, smile and laugh a lot!
Contact 250-306-9283 to book a session today
Shauna Toponce, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist, Visceral Therapy, Mechanical Craniosacral Sessions
Shauna’s journey into the health care profession began with her initial training as a Spa Therapist through Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in 2004. She had the opportunity to develop her skills in Spa and Health Resort environments and after a short break from practicing massage, she decided to further her education and completed the remainder of the Massage Therapy program in 2011.
Shauna’s treatment style combines a variety of techniques, including Myofascial Release, Joint Mobilizations, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, Trigger Point Release and CranioSacral. She holds her Certification in Upledger CranioSacral Therapy Level 1 and will soon be continuing studies in Visceral Manipulation. Treatments are tailored to the individual and are geared towards finding the root cause of dysfunction while providing support to the nervous system to encourage a deeper healing process.
When she is not at work, Shauna enjoys cooking, yoga, paddle boarding and exploring local hiking trails and when she is not participating in those activities, she enjoys frequenting local farmers markets and artisan shops so she can best appreciate what her region has to offer.
Tonya Godin, RP/RT-CRA
Holistic Counselling, Certified Birthing Doula, Reiki Master, Hawaiian Massage, Intuitive Readings.
“I am merely listening, through a heart centered way, to you, your body’s story and your ancestors stories. All else falls into place within the beautiful!! I look forward to working/walking alongside you as your amazing transformation unfolds.”-Tonya
Tonya is a Seer and a vessel of Intuitive healing. As you sit with her or lay upon her LomiLomi table, she is listening to your body and seeing your authentic soul self. The true you emerges from under all the layers of programming and false notions.
If you are looking for a truly open-hearted/transformative experience from the cellular level upwards, then come spend time with this practitioner of the Hawaiian healing arts. She specializes in transitions and support. (Some reasons people have requested her: birthing & pregnancy, passing (dying transitions), trauma, womb healings and spiritual rebirthing). Tonya loves people heart forward, knowing this is her gift.
She has been a regular guest on Voice America & BBS Radio with Paula Vail (Reiki-wisdom birthing, frequency upgrades, Why I’m so happy www.bbsradio.com/whyamisohappy) Recently she was on Tyhson Banighen’s Podcast Wellness Show (Sacred Child) (I-Tunes, You-Tube) Tonya also has several published freelance articles on Spiritual Health and Holistic Wellness, (Sedona Magazine and Now Agora and Reiki News Magazine).
She is a certified Birthing Doula, Reiki Master, LomiLomi and Laulima Practitioner (Hawaiian Traditional Healing).
“Thank you!! I soooo appreciated your wonderful healing hands! Just finished meditating. I am open to the universe.”
“Thank you, thank you, thank you! Words alone cannot express the Gratitude I feel for the gift you bestowed upon me. To you and your ancestors my heart-felt thank you. Two consecutive pain free days and renewed energy. Wow!! Namaste”
“So amazing meeting you dear Tonya. Looking in your eyes I lost myself and found all the rest. Much Love & Light”
Trixie Watt, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist, Myofascial Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Relaxation Massage
Trixie was born and raised in beautiful British Columbia. Her passion for wellness and helping others led her to pursue a career in traditional healthcare in 2011. She also began working for Kindale Developmental Association as a Community Support Worker in early 2013 and continues to work there part-time. This experience has made her comfortable with working with individuals of all diverse ability and adapting treatments as needed.
In 2014, Trixie was inspired by a patient to further her education and switch to alternate modalities of facilitating wellness and registered for school at OVCMT where she graduated in August of 2016 and became registered with the College of Massage Therapists of BC.
Trixie uses her past experience and her passion for supporting people with disabilities or chronic pain and illness into a specialized career in Massage Therapy. She is interested in continuing to study how massage can be used as a natural wellness tool for people suffering from various health issues. Her empathic nature, experience as a care worker, and education in Massage Therapy have built her into a well rounded health care professional.
Zabrina Barteaux, CHHP
Relaxation Massage, European Lymph Drainage Massage, Reflexology, Reiki Level 2, Emotional Clearing Technique
Zabrina Barteaux is a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner through the Canadian Institute of Health and Healing (2010) and a Certified Equine Massage Therapist through the Art of Equine Massage in Colorado (2006). Since 2010 Zabrina has been living and working in the Okanagan, offering the different modalities she has trained in to people and horses all over the valley.
Zabrina is passionate about looking at the roles of all our bodies: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual on our health and our experiences in this life.