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Kitchener, Ontario
N2B 2B1
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Our RMT Team

A Natural Alternative has a great team of dedicated RMTs. We believe we can play an important role in helping our patient's lead healthy, active lives. We promote well-being by easing discomfort, encouraging relaxation and endorsing vitality.

The RMTs at A Natural Alternative are health professionals with extensive experience and credentials. Registered Massage Therapists in Ontario are regulated health professionals requiring 2-3 years of training and over 2,200 hours to acquire certification from a recognized school. In addition, many of our RMTs have special certifications, so your custom treatment plan may include various types of massage and alternative therapies.

Read more about our Team below.

Ann Starr - ann@anaturalalternative.ca
Ann has been an RMT since 1995 and has additional certification as a myofascial release instructor and practitioner. Ann also enjoys pregnancy massage and baby massage instruction. "I work on clientele of all ages and walks of life," she says, "but with three kids of my own, I have a lot of hands-on experience helping kids and providing pregnancy massage."

Ann often uses her myofascial release training for postural realignment. "I find it's an effective treatment to help my clients remain active and pain free," she says.

In addition to massage, Ann is the owner/operator of the clinic, a mom of three, and enjoys jogging and hiking.

 

Kathryn Schneider - kschneider@anaturalalternative.ca
Kathryn Schneider is an RMT with 25 years of experience working with people of all ages from infants to the elderly; chronic illness to elite athletes. With a passion for learning, she enjoys working with patients that have struggled with complex issues, chronic disorders, movement dysfunction, and more.

Having successfully completed 5 years of study at the Canadian College of Osteopathy, she is currently finishing her thesis on manual osteopathic treatment and pelvic floor dysfunction in women.

As a mom of two, her spare time is spent as an educator, mediator, taxi driver, and cheerleader along with her husband, and pup, Sofie.

Instagram: @stillmovingkw

 

Kristin Mills - kmills@anaturalalternative.ca
Kristin graduated from Brock University in 2008 obtaining an Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology Degree; with her passion and focus during this time being in Biomechanics and Sports Injury. Immediately following graduation, she enrolled in the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy to which she graduated as a Registered Massage Therapist in mid-2010. Through her education, she has been exposed to extensive clinical experience working with athletes and individuals with repetitive stress injuries.

"I find great satisfaction in working with patients to strive towards a healthy and active lifestyle," says Kristin. "I concentrate on back and shoulder massage, but gain fulfilment through any treatment that can improve my client's quality of life."

In her spare time, Kristin enjoys numerous outdoor activities, travelling and keeping in touch with friends.

 

Heather Gray - hgray@anaturalalternative.ca
Heather graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Biotechnology from McMaster in 2005. Over the next 12 years, she worked in biomedical sciences as a research technician. During her time in a laboratory environment, Heather discovered she wanted to have a more personal connection to her work and to people. "I decided to take the plunge and go back to school," says Heather. "Massage therapy allows me to remain in health care, but gives me the chance to make a hands-on difference to the wellbeing of my clients."

Heather graduated from the Registered Massage Therapy program at Sir Fleming College in 2019 and is excited to further her training by exploring different modalities. Currently, her approach incorporates rhythmical mobilizations and myofascial release to help decrease muscle tension and improve range of motion.

 

Abbi Hartley - ahartley@anaturalalternative.ca
Abbi received her RMT certification in 2020, but her interest in the benefits of massage began much earlier. After a back injury in 2018, Abbi tried many methods to find pain relief but wasn’t very successful until she found massage therapy. “The therapist was able to significantly decrease my pain with one treatment,” says Abbi. “It really inspired me and that’s what drew me to massage therapy – the chance to help others with pain management and healing.”

Abbi combines relaxation and deep tissue techniques – Swedish and myofascial – to give clients the best of both worlds. She is particularly interested in getting to the root of a client's pain or discomfort, and employing massage, stretching and home care suggestions to help clients resume activities and get back to enjoying life. In the future, Abbi is interested in expanding her skills to include pregnancy and infant massage.

In her spare time, Abbi enjoys reading, outdoor activities, and time with friends and family. She’s also a budding photographer and fashion enthusiast.

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