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.
Christopher Wallace, Dplm. ETB, CTTM, CAMT, CYT
Therapeutic Thai Yoga Massage, 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.”
Courtney Kafka, CBHT
Certified Bowen Therapist
Courtney’s journey started when she experienced a traumatic bike accident as a kid. After that accident, she dealt with headaches, backaches, and insomnia for years. Around the age of 17, the pain in her body led her to desperately seek a chiropractor. Although the Chiropractor helped to relieve some of the discomfort, the treatment did not resolve the issues causing the pain. Courtney was then introduced to an NST practitioner.
Not long after, many of the issues were resolved and the headaches dissipated. At that time, Courtney took up strength training to further help relieve the pain she felt and fix her posture issues. Courtney wanted to help others like herself, so in 2015, she started her studies to become a Personal Trainer.
Her pain journey did not end there. While working at a gym in Vancouver, she hurt her back and lost the range of motion she once had. She was diagnosed with Myofascial Tension, so she was recommended to see a Physiotherapist. After three months of treatment, her pain and range of motion did not improve.
Desperate, she tried to find another NST practitioner but there were none. Instead, she found a Bowen therapist. Curious, and desperate, she tried it. After three sessions, the pain had gone, and she had mobility in her back again.
She decided she needed to learn Bowen Therapy to help others like herself. She completed her training in June of 2018 and opened a practice in Kamloops, B.C, before she and her husband moved to Vernon in 2020.
When not working Courtney can be found working out in her living room and researching interesting aspects of the body.
“Courtney is an amazing detective. I always leave a Bowen therapy appointment with her feeling so much better than when I came in. She’s dedicated to helping your body heal itself and figuring out where the initial discomfort started so it can be addressed. I’d recommend Bowen therapy to anyone struggling.”
“Courtney is amazing. I went to see her for Bowen Therapy with a plethora of health concerns. To my surprise Courtney had a Bowen Therapy solution for all of them. She is very good for her explaining what she is doing throughout the process. She is also good for following up and checking in on you. She is very kind hearted and truly cares about the health and well-being of all her clients. I highly recommend her!”
Therapeutic Thai Yoga Massage, Deep Tissue Holistic Massage
Julie Roberts is an intuitive healer dedicated to helping people feel better and experience more ease and flow, inside and out. Since the early 2000s she has been drawn to holistic health, nutrition and yogic practices for her own personal development and healing. Julie is trained in a variety of services/modalities including massage therapy, myo-fascial release, trigger point release, hot stone massage, yoga and yoga therapy, Ayurvedic dosha specific massage, Northern Thai yoga massage and Jap-Sen (“nerve touch”) Thai massage, Reiki, colon hydrotherapy, Access Consciousness, EFT and ecstatic dance.
In 2007 she graduated from the massage therapy program at Mount Royal College in Calgary and shortly thereafter dove into studying Ayurveda and completing a 200 hour yoga teacher training. Since moving to the Okanagan in 2008 Julie has taught several styles of yoga, worked in healing clinics and spas, and taken numerous courses and training. Her style of bodywork integrates techniques/modalities to customize treatments. She is passionate about facilitating deep healing and always expanding knowledge through personal and professional development.
Julie finds space and freedom in dance and is an aerialist, flow artist/fire dancing performer. Inspired by all of the elements in nature and the magnificent BC landscape, she can be found on a beach soaking up the sun or skiing on the mountains enjoying all the Okanagan has to offer.
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, and is currently broadening her education to become an Osteopath through the Manual Osteopathic College of Canada. 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.
Certified Vibrational Sound Therapy Practitioner
Mary Jeffrey has been on a life long journey of personal and spiritual growth.
“My questions in life have always been WHY and HOW and then WHAT’S NEXT to make life different and more joyful.”
Most of Mary’s career was spent in the medical field in various technical specialties. One of those was as a Surgical Technician, where she was able to see inside the body and witness the brilliance of how it works. Viewing the body from that angle, combined with the inner knowing that each individual can be treated on a more holistic level, has always fascinated her.
Mary completed Kundalini Yoga teacher training in 2006, fostering even more enthusiasm in her to cultivate inner awareness, emotional healing, kindness, truth seeking, and interrelating with others on a deep personal level to really be seen.
“I feel so honoured that Vibrational Sound Therapy found me. During the Summer Solstice of 2019 I experienced a sound bath with Himalayan bowls and had such a profound experience that I knew I had to find out more. Within two months of that experience I was traveling to Seattle to take the certification course. After an interruption due to COVID I am now ready to share this deeply relaxing modality.”
Originally from Pennsylvania, Mary has also lived in Texas, Arizona, and Alberta, but for the past 25 years she has called Lake Country home. Mary enjoys yoga, kayaking, biking, gardening, and traveling.
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.
Sacha Schenker, RYT
Yoga Therapist in Training
15 years ago Sacha began her yoga journey, which has continued to inspire and improve her life. After completing her RYT 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2018, she soon started offering private yoga classes. Working independently with students allowed her to see the importance of offering guidance and movements that are unique to each student.
Coming from a holistic healing background, Sacha became interested in the traditional Indian healing practice of Ayurveda and how perfect health is a balance between body, mind & spirit. These experiences lead her to seek training and studies in Yoga Therapy. The goal of the yoga therapist is to take a holistic approach in seeing the individual as a whole person and focus on their unique needs or goals – whether those relate to decreasing symptoms of chronic pain, injury recovery, mental health, illness support, healthy aging, improving flexibility or overall well-being.
” As I continue my journey, my heart-based mission is to encourage anyone —regardless of age, size or accessibility— to embrace yoga and yoga therapy. I look forward to meeting you wherever you find yourself in your journey to healing and wellness. ”
An important part of Sacha’s Yoga Therapy training (IAYT) is completing case studies. Each study involves 4 sessions: a 1.5 hour intake discussion, a 1.5 hour physical and breathing practice, plus two additional 1 hour sessions. Every case study will be supervised by her instructor at the Yoga Therapy Institute in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Sara Magner, M. Ed.
Mental Health Counsellor
Sara Magner is a child and family counsellor, serving as a guide, mentor, and support for families facing struggles within their family system. This may be anything ranging from: struggles parenting behavioral children (ages 5-17), or managing anxiety, depression, or other trauma. She utilizes a style that differs from traditional approaches to facilitate lasting and internal changes in the youth and the family system. She uses a combined approach of Reality Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help clients. With combined experience in residential treatment facilities, behavioral analysis, trauma work, and clinical counseling, she is able to reach even the most challenging at-risk youth and struggling families.
Sara has a double-major in Psychology and Family Child Sciences from Florida State University and a Masters of Education in Counseling (M.Ed.) from Sul Ross State University. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trauma-focused therapy and uses this modality when it fits the need for the client. She has been helping families with crisis intervention since 2012. She has helped families transition into and out of and while attending residential treatment facilities, adjust to hard life situations in the home (e.g., new school, job, social group), assisted youth with drug/alcohol addiction, anxiety, depression, helped oppositional youth and compliance in the home, self-esteem issues, communication difficulties, and more. There is no limit to how counselling can help your family.
On a more personable note: Sara is originally from Miami, Florida, has lived in a variety of states in the United States and is a new comer to the Okanagan Valley (2021). She enjoys time with her family, being outdoors (hiking, kayaking, camping), and opportunities to practice self-care.
“Sara is an outstanding Counselor/Coach. I saw this firsthand for over a year as she worked with my niece and our family. She has a depth of understanding and exceptional ability to help people get to their foundation issues to create a positive healing process; and a special gift for working with people in their teen years. Sara does this work with grace, patience, humor and compassion.”
“We are so incredibly grateful for the guidance, patience and professionalism that Sara provided to our daughter and our family in the darkest hour of need. Our daughter had deep emotional struggles that tore our family apart for more than three years. We went through several therapists, behavioral hospitals, psychiatrists without any success. Sara was able to reach our daughter and help her identify her issues and give her the tools to overcome them. She was always attentive and responsive to not just our daughter’s needs, but to ours as well. Always there to give us strength and also comfort. Thanks to Sara, we got our daughter back!”
Shauna McGowan, RMT, RCST®
Registered Massage Therapist, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist
Shauna has been practicing massage for 10 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 has more recently continued her studies with courses in Neural Decompression and 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.
Victoria Jacob, RCST®
Registered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist
Victoria is fascinated to observe how life invites us to explore ever new chapters to deepen and expand. Many health journeys are these invitations to grow.
Victoria’s journey began in West Berlin, Germany. After school she worked with kids and families living in extreme poverty in and around Paris, France. She continued to do so back in Berlin as she decided to study education, anthropology and art therapy. Inspired by her yoga practice, Victoria wrote her Bachelors on art and embodiment and her Masters about the history of embodiment and the educational system. By then she was teaching in the context of an interdisciplinary research project and finished her PhD with honours on embodiment, peer culture and technology.
From this academic lifestyle in the wild years of Berlin during the Cold War, till after The Wall came down, Victoria moved to Armstrong, BC of all places to live with her shining husband, some happily un-behaving kids and all kinds of animals to root into the earth of this stunning land. She began to offer yoga and meditation classes and sessions for several healing modalities that she had gathered over the years. As cranio-sacral therapy found her, all these approaches weaved together in the biodynamic expression of emotionally integrated somatic healing, which she happens to love and adore so very much. She hopes to see you there!
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.
“I started seeing Zabrina in the Fall of 2020. (For Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy). She has helped me find my happy place again. I’m calmer, more grounded, and have way less pain in my joints. She is amazing! ”
“Zabrina has been and is the best therapist I have had. She welcomes questions and freely shares information that assisted in improving my health. Her knowledge of Lymphatic drainage massage has greatly reduced the fluid in my left arm. I also have her do reflexology once a month , which has improved my IBS symptoms to the point that I am able to eat all foods! I can not shout my praise enough for how Zabrina has helped me”
-Shirley R, “a 73 year old that had a lot to live for”