Board of Directors

Denise Armstrong

Board Member

Denise has been a student, practitioner, and educator in alternative health practices in Alberta since 1973. She joined the CMTCA Board in 2017.


Her interest in health and healing began as a dancer and yoga student. After initial pre-med studies, she decided to pursue her interests in traditional Chinese medicine, eastern philosophy, and Ayurvedic practices. In 1987 she became certified as a massage therapist. 


Denise continued studying and practicing massage therapy and became an educator 25 years ago. She continues to work toward elevating the profession through research, higher educational standards, and the pursuit of standards. In 1995 she developed, administered, and taught a competency-driven two-year program at Medicine Hat College, and she sat on the College Health Service and the Faculty Professional Development Committee.


In 2002 she joined the board of the Canadian Council of Massage Therapy Schools and served until 2010 as secretary and president. Her ongoing interest in accreditation for massage therapy programs led to her training with the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation in 2007.


Denise left teaching in 2014 when she moved back to Calgary and started working as a clinician and continuing education instructor. She continues to be active on a number of committees with the Massage Therapist Association of Alberta.

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.


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.


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



Sara Sexton

Board Member

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.

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