Board of Directors

As the Director, Registration Services for the College of Massage Therapist of Ontario (CMTO), Valerie focuses on the administration of the registration regulation under the Massage Therapy Act, 1991. This includes providing policy support to CMTO’s Registration Committee and managing the development and administration of Ontario’s Registered Massage Therapist certification examinations. Before joining CMTO, Valerie was the Director, Professional Standards and Registrar for the Human Resources Professionals Association, and Associate Registrar for the College of Optometrists of Ontario.

 

In addition to her more than 10 years of leadership experience with professional regulators in Ontario, Valerie has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of Windsor and holds the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation.

 

Valerie joined the CMTCA Board in 2016.

Valerie Browne

Board Member

 

Kathy Davidson

Board Member

Kathy is a physiotherapist and independent consultant. With a Bachelor of Science in physical therapy, a Masters in rehabilitation therapy, and 20 years of clinical practice and administration in community-based paediatric rehabilitation, she provides consultant services with special interests in education accreditation, regulation of health professions, and evidence-based practice. Kathy joined the CMTCA Board in 2017

 

Kathy is the Executive Director of Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC) and a technical reviewer for the registrant competence assessment of the College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia. She has also been the program manager of the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education accreditation program. She is an adjunct professor in the Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Department of the University of British Columbia and teaches in the Master of Rehabilitation Science online program. In her role at PEAC, she was a member at large and later treasurer of the Association of Accrediting Agencies of Canada Board of Directors.

 

Her project experience includes accreditation standards development, policy development, environmental scans, and literature reviews. She has provided independent consulting services on  accreditation to the Assembly of Health Science Professions and the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science, and is completing a research project for Physiotherapy Alberta. She is a skilled writer and editor who provides editing services to Pandamoon Publishing.

 

Kathy consults from her home office in Summerland, British Columbia while enjoying the view of Okanagan Lake from her window.

 
 

Gabriel Flamminio completed his Bachelor of Human Kinetics from the University of Windsor and immediately followed that with a diploma in Massage Therapy from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy (Newmarket) in June of 1998. He would later go on to receive his Bachelor of Education (Adult Education) from Brock University in 2014. Gabriel joined the CMTCA Board in 2020.

Over the years, Gabriel has been involved in various executive boards (locally, provincially and nationally). His interests in areas within and outside of the field of massage therapy has driven him to participate in helping these institutions.

He has been involved in higher education for the better part of 18 years while continuing to practice massage therapy. He has had the pleasure of teaching many courses, both theoretical and practical, across a plethora of topics at several private and public institutions. Most recently, Gabriel is providing leadership to the massage therapy program at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario.

While teaching has certainly been a passion, Gabriel has had the pleasure of being a Registered Massage Therapist for over 21 years providing healthcare to many. He has a vast array of experiences in the field including, most notably, attending the 2016 Paralympic Games as part of the Team Canada medical staff for both Men’s and Women’s Wheelchair Basketball.

Personally, Gabriel has a dear love for spending time with his family and travelling to experience all that other cultures have to show him. Having seen places both near and far has provided the opportunity to appreciate all that the world has to offer.

 

Gabriel Flamminio

Board Member

 

Gordon brings a rich academic background and in-depth experience in the fields of education, credential recognition, and accreditation. He has been on the CMTCA Board since 2014.

 

In his role with the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists, he is responsible for the accreditation process for engineering and applied science technicians and technologists. He also serves as the executive director of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.

 

Prior to joining the board, Gordon was with the Council of Ministers of Education and the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials. He was also director of education with Engineers Canada, where he was charged with direct responsibility for the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board.

 

Gordon is a licensed professional engineer in Ontario and Quebec. He holds a Masters of Engineering in engineering management from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Engineering, mechanical and aeronautical from Carleton University.

Gordon Griffith

Vice Chair

 

Brandy Michelle John

Board Member

Brandy has been a Registered Massage Therapist for 18 years and is an active advocate for the profession, having been involved with organizations such as the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO), the Canadian Council of Massage Therapy Schools (CCMTS), and the Registered Massage Therapists of Ontario (RMTAO), among others. Brandy was a planning committee member with the CMTCA before joining the board in 2016.

She teaches massage at triOS College and is a demonstrating tutor and examiner in acupuncture at McMaster University. Her massage therapy practice, A Balanced Body Therapy, was chosen as one of the top 10 in the area in 2016. Brandy also does acupuncture research at Ancaster Sports Medicine and is a member of the CMTO acupuncture advisory group. Her goal is to promote life-long learning and evidence-based treatment planning to provide best practice in care and further the massage therapy profession.

Brandy received her Honours Bachelor of Science from University of Toronto.  She also enjoys writing, reviewing, and publishing materials. She has been published in Massage Therapy Today, written chapters for Principles of Anatomy and Physiology, and reviewed textbooks for content and exam questions.

Andrew Lewarne has been an RMT for twenty- three years having graduated from the Sutherland School of Massage Therapy in 1997and has worked across the profession in several capacities. Andrew has worked in a variety of different business practice models and previously owned and operated his own clinic for 10 years. In an effort to give back to the profession Andrew served on the Board of Directors of the RMTAO as Vice Chair and was the Secretary of the CMTA for three years. Andrew jointed the CMTCA Board in 2020.

In addition to Andrew’s practice as a health professional, he has also had the opportunity to support the profession as the Examinations Officer for the College of Massage Therapists’ of Ontario (CMTO). In this role he provided significant contributions with respect to the development and delivery of the provincial entry to practice examination process. Further to this, he also provided credibility to the profession as an Expert Witness for the CMTO and law enforcement agencies both provincially and country wide.

Andrew’s interests are founded primarily in the development and credibility of RMTs. He instructed at Humber College in the Massage Therapy Program, focusing on ethics, codes of conduct, legislation, communication, and entrepreneurship. He has also worked with programs associated with the University of Toronto and the International Medical Graduate Program, collaborating with other health care practitioners as a member of the Cross-Cultural Communication Committee and the Inter-Professional Communication Committee. More recently he assumed the role of Executive Director of the RMTAO for five years and now works as the vice president of the Sutherland-Chan Professional Clinics in charge of Leadership and Franchise Development.

Andrew has been an avid supporter of the accreditation since its inception and is very excited to be a part of the critical development and delivery of the accreditation process championed by the CMTCA.

 

Andrew Lewarne

Board Member

 

Iain joined the CMTCA Board in 2014, coming from the education sector. He has been a faculty member at Georgian College since 2005. During his time at Georgian Iain has taken part in a variety of projects outside the classroom, including curriculum renewal, the incorporation of new interprofessional competencies, the development of a degree completion program, and faculty development. In the classroom his interests are in social media, educational technology, and bringing learners together.

 

His work on the board provides Iain with a chance to serve the massage therapy profession in a different capacity. Previously, he had worked with the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario when it was converting to a policy governance model. He sees accreditation as the logical next step in the advancement of the profession.       

 

Iain completed a Masters of Education in 2015 and continues to explore new areas of learning. He is taking courses in rehabilitation science at the University of British Columbia and in clinical education at the University of Edinburgh, and he aspires to share his learning with his peers.

Iain Robertson

Chair

 

After taking her training in Ontario, Sara became a Registered Massage Therapist in 1988. Sara has been a member of the CMTCA Board since 2014.

 

Sara has been actively involved with the Newfoundland and Labrador Massage Therapists’ Association (NLMTA) since its formation in 1989, and was the provincial representative at the Canadian Massage Therapist Alliance (CMTA) from 1990 to 2001. She has served on the provincial executive and the CMTA executive, and was the registrar for the College of Massage Therapists of Newfoundland and Labrador until 2009.

 

In 2011, Sara received her post-secondary teaching certificate from Memorial University in St John’s, Newfoundland. She continues to practice massage therapy and advocate for the profession, and, as a founding member, act as an honorary consultant to the NLMTA executive.

Sara Sexton

Board Member

 
 

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