Board of Directors

Sonia Lafleur

Interim President

I have been a massage therapist in Edmonton and area for over 16 years working mostly in chiropractic and Physiotherapy clinics. I specialize in integrated fascial release and complex orthopedic cases. My goal is to do clinical research and present my findings at the international fascial Congress.

Shantel Krawetz

Secretary

Shantel Krawetz is a Registered Massage Therapist who became a member of CMMOTA after graduating from the Professional Institute of Massage Therapy in 2017. Prior to becoming a Massage Therapist, Shantel was a Licensed Practical Nurse. She has always had a passion for helping clients live the best possible life. Her passion started at a young age of 4 years old when she was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous leukemia, being in and out of the health care system she knew she needed to do something to assist clients as they work towards their health goals. Shantel owns her own business in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan as well as works part time in Big River, Saskatchewan. She looks forward to expanding her knowledge via continuing education courses in the near future.

Ted Ghertsos

Treasurer

I completed my 2200 hour massage therapy program in Windsor, ON 2012. I then moved to Alberta and joined the CMMOTA as a member that same year. I hold a shiatsu certification as well as a hot stone massage therapy certification. I have practiced at well-established clinics and high end luxury spas over the past 5 years throughout Calgary and as far as Grande Prairie, AB. I have always been passionate about being in the health care profession and using my skills to help in recovery and well-being of clients. I believe our industry will only continue to grow over the coming years and I am happy to be part of a profession that is always changing in light of new research and information. I hope to learn much from our previous treasurer and bring the Remedial Massage Therapists Association and members to new heights as we push on toward full regulation in the province of Alberta. My desire is to bring my knowledge of coming from a regulated province for RMT’s in Ontario and applying this insight to help with this process in Alberta. I feel honored and privileged to be a part of this wonderful team and am excited for the transitions to come.

Herbert Longworth

Director

I have been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2012 and a Registered Manual Osteopathic Therapist since 2019. From 2014 until 2019, I held the position of Vice-President of the Alberta branch of the Canadian Sports Massage Therapists Association (CSMTA).

My past education also includes a Master’s Degree in Applied Science from University of Alberta and an Executive Business Management Certificate from the University of Calgary. Along my career path in complimentary health care, I also hold certifications as a Reiki Master/Teacher, Professional Fitness Trainer, National Sports Coach (NCCP Level 3), and advanced certification as a Therapeutic Cupping Instructor.

I have two main passions: teaching continuing education courses for health care professionals and working with athletes of all ages. I was honored to be on the medical teams as a therapist at the Canadian Olympic Track and Field Trials (2012), Canadian National Swim Finals (2012) and the World Cup Women’s Fastpitch Championships (2016). As Director with CMMOTA, I hope to apply my training and experience to contribute to the excellent work being done by CMMOTA.

Anna Steen

Interim Director

Anna Steen is so excited to have the opportunity to join us as interim director until the election in June. She graduated from the Alberta College of Massage Therapy with honours in 2017 and Graduated from the Manual Osteopathic College of Canada with Honours with distinction in 2019 and is now a practicing RMT and MOT in Calgary, AB. She is passionate about giving back and growing this industry and loves teaching others. She has taught first year Massage Therapy in the past and is currently working as a teaching assistant for MOCC. When she is not working, doing workshops, or reading anatomy books…She loves being in nature, and you can usually find her in the mountains, reading personal growth books, or dancing around the kitchen, trying a new recipe. If you see her out in the world, she loves meeting new people and would love if you said hi and introduced yourself!