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Fortius Sport & Health is an integrated athlete development centre strengthened through philanthropy and focused on optimizing human performance for life.

Massage Therapists

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​We're proud that Fortius Sport & Health has attracted some of the leading names in sport and exercise medicine, working together as a fully integrated practitioner team. Our Fortius team works in tandem with our senior leadership and management to ensure integration, collaboration and innovation on multiple fronts.

 Our Team

 

 

Erin Reidhttp://www.fortiussport.com/OurTeam/TeamMembers/Pages/ErinReid.aspx<p>​​​​​Erin Reid is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) within the Fortius Institute. She has profound knowledge  in Sports Therapy and has years of experience working within sport. Reid’s interest in sport has taken her around the world, from the Paralympic games in Beijing 2008, to World Championships in Brazil, Britain, and Germany. Her clients range from amateur athletes (World Police and Fire Games 2009 and BC Senior Games 2009) to working with professional athletes from Major League Soccer and the Canadian Football League. She joins a large group of practitioners within the Fortius Institute that played a part in the Medical Services offering during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. Reid has worked with a number of Canadian National teams including Track & Field and Gymnastics and has worked with Paralympic athletes in Swimming, Dressage and Nordic.</p><p> </p><div> </div><h2>Education</h2><div><ul><li><p>Diploma in Massage Therapy, West Coast College of Massage Therapy, New Westminster, B.C. </p></li></ul></div><h2>Client CV</h2><div><ul><li><p>BC Lions, CFL</p></li><li><p>Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS</p></li><li><p>BC PGA</p></li><li><p>Para Swimming Canada</p></li><li><p>Para Dressage Canada</p></li><li><p>Para Nordic Canada</p></li><li><p>BC Senior Games</p></li><li><p>Davis Cup – Team Canada</p></li><li><p>National Gymnastics </p></li><li><p>National Track and Field </p></li><li><p>Burnaby Eagles, Aussie Rules Football</p></li></ul></div><h2>Professional Highlights</h2><ul><li><p>Carrying the Paralympic torch for the Vancouver 2010 games</p></li><li><p>Member of the Core Medical Team for Vancouver 2010 Olympics</p></li><li><p>Member of the Canadian Medical Team for the Beijing 2008 Paralympics</p></li><li><p>Massage Therapist for Fortius Sport & Health</p></li></ul><h2>Research Interests</h2><ul><li><p>Aquatic Therapy for Injury Recovery</p></li><li><p>Effects of Massage Therapy on performance and recovery in athletes</p></li><li><p>Pre and Post Natal Fitness</p></li><li><p>Injury Prevention </p></li></ul><h2>Professional Affiliations</h2><ul><li><p>Registered Massage Therapists Association of British Columbia​</p></li><li><p>Canadian Sports Massage Therapist Association</p></li></ul>
Anna Stechttp://www.fortiussport.com/OurTeam/TeamMembers/Pages/AnnaStec.aspx<p>​​​​​​​​​​Anna Stec joins the integrated practitioner team within the Fortius Institute as a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT).  She utilizes her knowledge of therapeutic massage, manual therapies and movement based interventions to restore the body to its optimal functioning.  She also draws upon her kinesiology experience to implement rehabilitative exercises and homecare for long lasting results.  She enjoys treating athletic populations of all ages and abilities, and enjoys the unique challenges each client presents with.   She has a particular interest in post surgical and scar tissue management, as well as sport performance and injury prevention in high level athletes. </p><p><br></p><p><br><br></p><h2>​Education</h2><ul><li><p>Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (Honours), Simon Fraser University<br></p></li><li><p>Diploma in Massage Therap​y, West Coast College of Massage Therapy<br></p></li></ul><p> </p><p></p><h2>Client CV​​</h2><ul><li><p>​Western Lacrosse Association</p></li><li><p>Endurance and downhill mountain bikers</p></li><li><p>PGA Tour Canada</p></li><li><p>National Hockey League</p></li><li><p>Ironman triathletes</p></li><li><p>​Marathon and ultra endurance runners</p></li></ul><p> </p><h2>Research Interests</h2><ul><li><p>Sport performance enhancement via massage therapy</p></li><li><p>Scar tissue management and treatment</p></li><li><p>Concussion management and treatment</p></li><li><p>Central nervous system reprogramming</p></li></ul><p>​ </p><h2>Professional Associations</h2><ul><li><p>​College of Massage Therapy of BC (CMTBC)</p></li><li><p>Canadian Sports Massage Therapy Association (CSMTA)</p></li><li><p>Registered Massage Therapists Association of British Columbia (RMTABC)<br></p></li><li><p>British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK)     ​<br></p></li></ul>
Aaron Ashehttp://www.fortiussport.com/OurTeam/TeamMembers/Pages/AaronAshe.aspx<p>​​​​​Aaron Ashe is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) within the practitioner team of the Fortius Institute. He has over a decade of experience in his field and has worked with a variety of clients. He has extensive experience in treating individuals for sport specific injuries, and provided recovery and regeneration massage for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC of Major League Soccer. Aaron is especially concerned with the management and prevention of injuries in his clients, using education to empower them to become proactive in their own wellness. He has also worked as a personal trainer and has taught for over six years in his various specialities at Vancouver College of Massage Therapy (of Utopia Academy) - a massage therapy college - teaching Anatomy & Physiology, Therapeutic Exercise and Joint Mobilizations. </p><p><strong></strong> </p><p> </p><h2>Education</h2><ul><li><p>Bachelor of Science (General Life Sciences, University of British Columbia)</p></li><li><p>Diploma in Massage Therapy, West Coast College of Massage Therapy</p></li></ul><h2>Roots</h2><ul><li><p>Mountain biking</p></li><li><p>Snowboarding</p></li><li><p>Golfing</p></li><li><p>Brazilian Jiu Jitsu</p></li><li><p>Boxing</p></li></ul><h2>Client CV</h2><ul><li><p>Vancouver Whitecaps FC, MLS</p></li><li><p>Martial arts/MMA competitors</p></li><li><p>Canadian National and Junior National Mountain bike racers</p></li><li><p>National team Ski (both downhill and cross-country) & Snowboard racers</p></li></ul><h2>Professional Highlights</h2><ul><li><p>Registered Massage Therapist, Legacies Sports Massage</p></li><li><p>Fitness center & martial arts RMT, Fitness World & Gracie Barra BJJ</p></li><li><p>Senior Instructor, Vancouver College of Massage Therapy (of Utopia Academy)​</p></li><li><p>Registered Massage Therapist, Fortius Sport & Health</p></li></ul><h2>Research Interests </h2><ul><li><p>Myofascial Pain Release for the Shoulder Complex</p></li><li><p>Injury rehabilitation and prevention​​</p></li></ul><div><h2>Professional Affiliations </h2><ul><li><p>Registered Massage Therapists Association of British Columbia<br></p></li><li><p>College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia <br></p></li><li><p>Canadian Sports Massage Therapists Association<br></p></li><li><p>Sports First Responder (Canadian Red Cross)​​</p></li></ul><span style="line-height:25.2000007629395px;"><br></span></div>
Adam Harrishttp://www.fortiussport.com/OurTeam/TeamMembers/Pages/Adam-Harris.aspx<p>Adam is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) within the practitioner team at Fortius. Adam's passion for massage therapy was formed while using massage therapy as part of his training recovery for ultra-marathon running. He found that his recovery improved after multi-hour training sessions, and in the subsequent years massage therapy has been vital to treating various overuse injuries and muscular imbalances that are commonplace in the running world.</p><p>Adam's practice focus ranges throughout a wide variety of subjects including endurance sport injuries/overuse injuries, sports related injuries, addressing and managing postural dysfunction, treating peripheral nerve compressions and lesions, and injury prevention through the use of massage for clients as they train and prepare for sporting events. Adam also has experience treating sore and tight patients associated with office work, pre and post-natal massage, spinal herniation's and facet locks, ACL/ MCL/LCL injuries.<br><br></p><h2>Education</h2><ul><li>Vancouver College of Massage Therapy<br></li></ul><h2>Roots</h2><ul><li><p>Hockey</p></li><li><p>Soccer</p></li><li><p>Cycling</p></li><li><p>Golf</p></li><li><p>Rock Climbing</p></li><li><p>Backcountry Skiing</p></li></ul><h2>Athletic History</h2><ul><li><p>Extensive trail and road running resume including two 100 mile mountain races, a self-supported 150km trail run, a 120km mountain race in Italy and numerous 100km, 50 mile and 50 km finishes with consistent podium and top ten finishes.<br></p></li></ul><h2>Continuing Education Interests</h2><ul><li><p>Myofascial Integration Techniques<br></p></li><li><p>Visceral Manipulation<br></p></li></ul>
Matt Thompsonhttp://www.fortiussport.com/OurTeam/TeamMembers/Pages/MattThompson.aspx<p>​​​Matt Thompson is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) within the practitioner team of the Fortius Institute. Matt's passion for health and wellness began while playing elite level volleyball for the better part of a decade. He finished his volleyball career with 4 years of collegiate competition with the Loyalist Lancers men's volleyball team, playing an integral role in numerous provincial and national titles. Matt now competes extensively in trail running events ranging in distances from 25 km to over 100 miles. His primary clinical focus is working with endurance athletes ranging from elite world class ultra‑runners to the plethora of "weekend warriors" and recreational multi-sport athletes. Matt's commitment to you as a client is simple: Listen to your needs, assess the needs of your body and apply the knowledge he has gained to not only treat your body but empower you to improve your overall health and wellness.</p><p>​</p><h2>Education</h2><ul><li><p> West Coast College of Massage Therapy 3000-hour program<br><br></p></li></ul><h2>Athletic History</h2><ul><li><p>    Volleyball: Four years CCAA Loyalist Lancers men's team<br></p></li><li><p>    CCAA Academic All-Canadian<br></p></li><li><p>    Loyalist College Athlete of the Year<br></p></li><li><p>    Numerous trail running events including one 120 mile, one 100km, two 80km and three 50km ultramarathons  <br></p></li></ul><p><br></p><h2>Research Interests</h2><ul><li><p>    Massage therapy and its relation to performance recovery ​<br></p></li><li><p>    Overuse injury management with endurance athletes<br></p></li></ul><p><br></p><p></p>
Ashley Pagehttp://www.fortiussport.com/OurTeam/TeamMembers/Pages/AshleyPage.aspx<p><span style="line-height:25.2px;">Ashley Page is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) within the practitioner team of the Fortius Institute. </span>Ashley began her massage experience nine years ago as a spa therapist and four years ago decided to register in the massage therapy program at Utopia Academy. She graduated in August 2011. She has a wide range of experience working with clients who suffer from various conditions such as tendonitis, low back pain, all the way to multiple sclerosis and other neuromuscular conditions. Some of Ashley's favourite modalities to use are Graston technique, myofascial release and deep tissue. </p><p>As an advocate for preventative therapy, Ashley empowers her patients through education and encourages a proactive lifestyle. She enjoys the challenges of treating orthopaedic and systemic conditions and believes that massage therapy is essential for overall function. ​​</p><p>​<br></p><h2>​Education</h2><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><p>Vancouver College of Massage Therapy (of Utopia Academy)</p></li><li><p> Graston Technique M1 training​​</p></li></ul><div><h2>Roots </h2><ul><li><p>Kayaking <br></p></li><li><p>Weightlifting <br></p></li><li><p>Golfing <br></p></li><li><p>Hiking <br></p></li><li><p>Badminton ​<br></p></li></ul><h2>Client CV</h2><ul><li><p>Whitecaps FC, MLS<br></p></li><li><p>Pacific Coast Prep Basketball​​<br></p></li></ul><h2>Professional highlights​</h2><ul><li><p>RMT, YVR Airport rehabilitation<br></p></li><li><p>VCMT supervisor (of Utopia Academy) <br></p></li><li><p>RMT, Fortius Sport and Health <br></p></li></ul><h2>Research Interests</h2><ul><li><p>Post stroke rehabilitation<br></p></li><li><p>Effects of massage therapy for injury prevention and recovery in athletes  <br></p></li><li><p>Massage therapy for Pre and post natal ​<br></p></li></ul><h2>Professional Affiliations </h2><ul><li><p>RMTBC <br></p></li><li><p>SMTA ​<br></p></li></ul><br></div>
Vincent Lamhttp://www.fortiussport.com/OurTeam/TeamMembers/Pages/VincentLam.aspx<p>​​As part of the integrated practitioner team at Fortius Sport & Health, Registered Massage Therapist Vincent Lam brings over eight years of RMT experience in sports massage. Vincent holds his Diploma in Massage Therapy from West Coast College of Massage Therapy. Throughout his years of experience,  Vincent has had the opportunity to work with many Organizations and Teams such as the Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS), BC Lions (CFL), Canadian National Men's Field Hockey Team, Vancouver Giant's Hockey Club (WHL) and the PGA of BC. Vincent was also one of the multiple practitioners of the Fortius Institute to work as part of the medical team during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics! </p><p><br></p><p> </p><p><br></p><h2>Education</h2><ul><li><p>Diploma in Massage Therapy (Registered CMTBC & MTA 2007), West Coast College of Massage Therapy<br></p></li><li><p>Bachelor of Arts, Economics, Simon Fraser University<br></p></li></ul><h2>Roots</h2><ul><li><p>Ice Hockey<br></p></li><li><p>Soccer<br></p></li><li><p>Golf<br></p></li><li><p>Softball<br></p></li><li><p>Football<br></p></li></ul><h2>Client CV</h2><ul><li><p>Pan Am/Commonwealth Games Powerlifting <br></p></li><li><p>Vancouver Giants Hockey Club, WHL <br></p></li><li><p>Vancouver Whitecaps FC, MLS <br></p></li><li><p>BC Lions, CFL<br></p></li><li><p>Canadian National Men's Field Hockey Team<br></p></li><li><p>Varsity Swimming (UBC)<br></p></li><li><p>International Triathlon Union (ITU)​<br></p></li></ul><h2>Professional Highlights</h2><ul><li><p>Registered Massage Therapist for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC from 2006-present<br></p></li><li><p>Member of the Core Medical Team for Vancouver 2010 Olympics<br></p></li><li><p>Registered Massage Therapist, Fortius Sport & Health<br></p></li></ul><h2>Research Interests</h2><ul><li><p>Concussion Management and Treatment<br></p></li><li><p>Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)<br></p></li><li><p>Whiplash Injuries<br></p></li></ul><h2>Professional Affiliations</h2><ul><li><p>Canadian Sports Massage Therapy Association (CSMTA)</p></li><li><p>Registered Massage Therapists Association of British Columbia​​ (RMTABC)</p></li><li><p>College of Massage Therapy of BC (CMTBC)​<br></p></li></ul>
Richard Haweshttp://www.fortiussport.com/OurTeam/TeamMembers/Pages/RichardHawes.aspx<p>​​Richard Hawes​ is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) within the practitioner team of the Fortius Institute and has been an RMT since 1994. Throughout his career he has treated a patient population that has varied from professional athletes to hospice bound patients, from infant to aged and from all different walks of life. He has a special interest in treating athletes as a part of their training regime or in conjunction with other health care professionals. </p><p>Richard has been a part time Primary Instructor and teaching assistant at West Coast College of Massage Therapy for many years. He has taught Athletic/Sports massage, Remedial Exercise, Orthopedic Assessment and Treatment, Neurological Assessment and Treatment, Joint Mobilizations, Myology and more recently has been the lead instructor for the Consolidated Practice and Final Oral practical evaluation.</p><p>Over the years he has volunteered for several different community programs, sports teams and associations (including the Canadian Soccer Association, Cricket BC and Canada Cricket) as well as several private companies. In 2009 he initiated, and was Lead Therapist for the Massage Therapy program at The Ride to Conquer Cancer. </p><p>In his ​​leisure time he is very involved in coaching youth soccer and  is presently a staff coach with Fusion FC. He has also worked in the Vancouver Whitecaps Academy and is a Coach Facilitator with BC Soccer. He holds a National B license and is persuing his A license with both the CSA and UEFA. </p><h2>Education</h2><ul><li><p>BA degree in Sport Studies, Chichester University, England<br></p></li><li><p>Diploma in Registered Massage Therapy, West Coast College of Massage Therapy, Vancouver.<br></p></li></ul><h2>Client CV </h2><ul><li><p>Cricket BC,<br></p></li><li><p>Cricket Canada.<br></p></li><li><p>Canadian Soccer Association<br></p></li><li><p>Ride to Conquer Cancer<br></p></li><li><p>Vancouver Whitecaps<br></p></li></ul><h2>Athletic History</h2><ul><li><p>Soccer player both with amateur and professional clubs in England and Asia.<br></p></li><li><p>Captain of Cricket BC and Canadian National Team player<br></p></li><li><p>Previously on the Canadian Cricket Senior team selection panel<br></p></li></ul><h2>Research Interests</h2><ul><li><p> Massage Therapy protocols with athletes suffering from cancer<br></p></li><li><p>Post game/training Massage Therapy methodology with soccer players​<br></p></li></ul><p><br></p>
Lorraine Hardiehttp://www.fortiussport.com/OurTeam/TeamMembers/Pages/Lorraine-Hardie.aspx<p>​​​​Lorraine has been practicing as a Registered Massage Therapist since 2008.  With a combined interest in human anatomy and health, Lorraine was drawn to pursue a career in massage therapy.  She has continued her studies in anatomy and believes that having relevant knowledge of the human body provides a foundation for an effective and safe treatment.  She also has international experience working in Australia in post-operative care.  Lorraine has an interest in working with patients after various orthopaedic surgeries and knows the importance of physical rehab for optimal recovery.  This can include scar tissue management, manual lymphatic drainage and range of movement exercises.</p><p>Lorraine also has an interest in using myofascial release, deep tissue work, triggerpoint therapy and joint mobilizations to help realign the musculoskeletal structures.  She enjoys treating a range of athletes at all levels and has experience working in prenatal and post-partum care, as well as systemic and neurological conditions. <br> <br></p><h2>Research interests<br></h2><ul><li><p>Scar tissue and incision management<br></p></li><li><p>Lymphedema treatment after surgery <br></p></li><li><p>Injury prevention related to sports<br></p></li></ul><p><br></p><h2>Sports Interests<br></h2><div><ul><li><p>Hiking<br></p></li><li><p>Yoga<br></p></li><li><p>Half marathons<br></p></li></ul></div><div><br></div><div><h2>Education</h2></div><div><ul><li>Massage therapy diploma 3000 hour, West Coast College of Massage Therapy<br></li></ul></div><div><br></div><h2>Professional Associations<br></h2><div><ul><li><p>College of Massage Therapists of BC (CMTBC) </p></li><li><p>Australia Natural Therapist Association  (ANTA)​<br></p></li></ul></div><p><br></p>