Agnes Hombach, RCST®
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, 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.
Anne-Marie Pitre, RCST®
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, Reiki Master
Anne-Marie Pitre is a Registered Craniosacral Therapist and Reiki Master/Teacher.Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Anne-Marie grew up in a military family and developed the taste for travel and adventure at an early age. Much of her professional background is in Human Resources Management, having worked for a number of private sector businesses across Canada for over 20 years.
While always drawn to the healing arts, it wasn’t until 2010 that she began exploring in earnest, studying 1st, 2nd and 3rd (ART) Degree Reiki with Kathy Glover Scott, M.S.W., in Ottawa and further receiving certification as a Reiki Master from William Lee Rand in Seattle, WA in 2013. In 2017 she continued her study and attunement to higher degrees of Reiki (4th to 7th Degrees) with Kathy Glover Scott, M.S.W.
In 2013, while seeking treatment for chronic lower back/sciatic pain, Anne-Marie experienced firsthand this powerful therapy when she noticed a remarkable decrease in symptoms and increase in range of mobility after only one session! Astounded by the gentle nature of craniosacral and the incredible results, her dream was to learn the therapy, continue her own healing and help others. In 2017 Anne-Marie enrolled in the Body Intelligence Training of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist program in Vernon, BC and graduated in September 2018.
She is a registered therapist with the Pacific Association of Craniosacral Therapists (PACT) www.bcst.info
Today, Anne-Marie shares her passion for travel and motorcycles with her husband John, in the beautiful Okanagan, British Columbia.
Birte’s path to midwifery started in 1998 when she entered a 3 year midwifery program in Berlin, Germany, at a high volume women’s hospital. After her training, she worked as an employed midwife in two large, high-risk maternity wards in Berlin, with up to 3500 births a year. When not working in the hospitals, she did postpartum support in women’s homes.
A few years later she followed her Canadian husband to BC where she completed the ‘PLEA’ registration process (bridging program for foreign trained midwives) and became registered in BC in 2007. For her first year, she worked in Duncan with the Cowichan Midwifery Group. After that, she moved to Revelstoke where she opened Revelstoke’s first midwifery clinic in 2009, Mountain Midwifery Revelstoke. As a solo practitioner, her relationship with the ‘families’ was very close and she throughly enjoyed seeing the babies grow up in the community. Almost every family returned for their next pregnancy, which is the best compliment a midwife can ask for. Their two children, Nika and Oscar, were born during their time in Revelstoke.
After 8 years of working solo in a remote community, their family needed a change and so they moved to Vernon where she has worked for three years in shared care arrangements as Kalamalka Midwives & Vernon Midwifery. As Mountain Midwifery Vernon Birte is excited to be practicing within Tidal Elements, and also within an incredible healing arts community with some amazing midwives in the community that will be able to help her get some rest and breaks as well as holidays when needed.
One of Birte’s special interests and strengths is my breastfeeding support. As a new mother she struggled for the first month with breastfeeding, which made her aware of how hard it can be, and how alone a new mother can feel, without good, professional support. Birte has just started her training to become an IBCLC, international Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
To balance out my midwife life, Birte likes to go kick boxing, and loves canoeing and skiing. Her family is doing Taekwondo together, and she plays saxophone, when she has the time.
Birte is also a volunteer with ‘The Safe Motherhood Project’. With a very small group of healthcare providers, she travels to Guatemala annually to train traditional birth attendants (midwives with no formal training) in birthing skills, risk assessment and emergency skills, in rural areas. This is really an important part of her life as she had studied Spanish (and English) in Germany to become a teacher, before her life brought her to midwifery. She felt like the circle closed, and it makes her so happy to help her colleagues in Guatemala!
Cary Newman Szeps, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Cary Newman Szeps believes in finding balance in all aspects of life and wants to help you on your journey to discover the body’s innate ability to heal, move, overcome and release. This is a life long journey and no matter where you are on your path, Cary would love to help you take your next step.
Cary was born into a family dedicated to Holistic Healthcare and developing a well rounded life. Throughout his early life, Naturopaths, Massage Therapists, Chiropractors, holistic Dentists and Doctors of TCM were sought to help maintain balance in all aspects of life. This path of health and wellness was complemented by paying attention to food choices, exercise, connection and mindset.
As he approached adulthood he drifted into the allopathic sciences, attending University for Health Sciences with a concentration in Exercise Science. Throughout his studies Cary always felt there was something missing in the purely academic sciences and only after taking an elective in Holistic Healthcare did he rediscover the missing link buried in his roots.
After years of academia, Cary turned his focus to exploring and fell in love with the Rocky Mountains around Field, B.C. Pursuing his passions of snowboarding, rock climbing and backpacking, his journey then brought him to Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in Vernon, B.C.
Cary has explored a variety of techniques to develop his unique massage style, using his thorough understanding and respect of human anatomy and physiology combined with intuitive massage techniques. This combination encourages the mind body connection, facilitating your body’s recognition of its ever-changing state of equilibrium. This unique style incorporates indirect Myofascial techniques and listening to the subtle rhythms of the body to invite the rebalancing of movement and body position and to release tension that can cause musculoskeletal dysfunction and pain.
Cary is dedicated to your health and wellness and continues to study and learn more ways to rebalance and rediscover your healthy, pain free life!
Christopher Wallace, Dplm. ETB, CTTM, CAMT, CYT
Thai Massage Therapy, Ayurvedic Massage Therapy, Yoga Therapy, Integrative Energy Healing
Christopher Wallace works with 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.”
Jodie Willms, RMT
Registered Massage Therapy
Jodie Willms has been practising massage therapy since 2010 upon graduating from Okanagan Valley College Of Massage Therapy. She enjoys living in the okanagan because of the healthy lifestyle it has to offer. Jodie enjoys training with crossfit, hiking ,swimming in the lakes in the summers and getting up to the ski hills in the winter. Travelling as well as spending time with her family and friends are some of her favourite pastimes.
Jodie is passionate about the art of massage, and loves connecting with people through various techniques ranging from a simple de stressing relaxation massage to a deep tissue sports massage. She has been developing her skill set through various specialty training courses such as TMJ mastery (jaw muscle massage and manipulation), and deep tissue sports massage. Jodie enjoys working with expecting mothers and offers various pre-natal massage techniques as well as working with rehabilitation clients. She is looking forward to helping you achieve your personal goals and overall health and well being.
Lani Peters, RMT
Registered Massage Therapy, 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.
Rio Levan, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Rio first went to massage school on Maui, where she had a great time hitchhiking around and doing homework on beaches. After 7 years of relaxation massage, fast food and cleaning jobs, she went back to school at OVCMT, graduating from the 3 year program in 2011. Working mostly in the Okanagan ever since, Rio has spent the last couple years doing mobile massage, and is excited to be a part of the team at Tidal Elements now. Rio also works at OVCMT, supervising students in the Outreach Program.
In her practice, Rio incorporates a mix of Swedish massage, neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, muscle energy, trigger point therapy, TMJ, lomi lomi, visceral and CranioSacral Therapy (CST 1&2). Rio enjoys working with clients of all ages, and will adjust treatment style and pressure to your preference.
When not at work, Rio can be found snowboarding, riding bikes, hiking, and going to the beach with her two kids.
Shauna McGowan, RMT, RCST®
Registered Massage Therapist, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist
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!
Shauna Toponce, RMT
Registered Massage Therapy, 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.
Trixie Watt, RMT
Registered Massage Therapy, 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, RCST®, CHHP, Reiki Master
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, European Lymph Drainage Massage, Intuitive Massage, Reiki
After growing up in the wilds of northern BC, doing a lot of traveling and living for some time in the Edmonton area,
Zabrina moved to the Okanagan Valley in 2009 to attend a holistic health school in Kelowna, fell in love with the area and never left. In 2010 Zabrina chose Vernon as her home and began building her practice of bodywork and energy healing for horses and people. A lifetime horsewoman, her equine practice allows Zabrina to combine her love of helping horses with her passion for holistic healing, and also allows her many glorious days of driving around the beautiful Okanagan and beyond, while her people practice allows her to follow her path of supporting people in seeking health and healing. Zabrina is thrilled to now offer Biodynamic Craniosacral sessions at Tidal Elements, as she believes this modality has such a profound impact on the healing journey, and at helping us to live our best life. In her Intuitive sessions, Zabrina will custom develop a session based on client preference and which modalities come up as priority that day, for example a session may combine intuitive swedish massage and reflexology, or perhaps chakra balancing with reiki and emotional clearing, finishing with some tuning fork sound healing.
Zabrina is passionate about recognizing the roles of all our systems (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual) on our health and life, and also recognizing the gifts in an individual life experience, the resiliency of the physical body, and the magic and the mystery of the soul.
When not working Zabrina loves to practice hot yoga, hike, take care of her animals, study, get wonderful treatments from other practitioners, and enjoy the ride of life.
“Zabrina has a calm, gentle manner and voice that soothes a person even before her treatment begins. Her generosity of heart and genuine desire to help her clients is such a joy to experience. I appreciate her energy; her hands impart healing and soothing touch.”
“Recently I had my first Craniosacral Therapy session with Zabrina Barteaux. I was suffering with lower back pain and was finding it difficult to move my body. I could not bend over and walking was a struggle.The pain was all consuming. I had done what I know to help relieve pain; stretches, yoga, breathing, slow walking, swimming, resting, pain cream and nothing was working.
Zabrina is a healer, I believe. I came in bent over and in extreme pain. The hour I spent under Zabrinas healing hands was amazing! I felt shifts in my body; in my head, my back and my legs.The shifts were subtle and I would have missed them if I had not been paying attention to my body. I left Zabrina with no pain, able to walk, bend, skip if I wanted too. I was elated.
The shifts that happened were healing and of course necessary. This was 3 weeks ago and I continue to be pain free. If you have not tried this modality of treatment, I would strongly recommend Craniosacral Therapy. This I can say has been sustainable and healing.”