Rose and Sheryl would like to welcome you to White Rock Massage Therapy Clinic. In 1994, we graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in the same class. Who knew then that we would be partners in this clinic 20 years later!
Our team of therapists offers a variety of experience and expertise. Our multicultural and multilingual (French, Japanese, Mandarin, Hindi and English) team works together to create a welcoming environment for all. We encourage you to try treatments with more than one therapist, as we all have our own style and approach to the treatment.
Please take the time to read our biographies and choose a therapist(s) who you feel may best suit your needs.
Rose-Marie Newling, RMT, C.H.N.C.
I became interested in understanding the human kinetic structure after I had a reoccurring sports injury, which ultimately led me to a career as a massage therapist. I graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1994 and have since spent my time practicing in the White Rock/South Surrey area. In 2000, I became the owner-operator of the White Rock Massage Therapy Clinic, and then in 2014, I expanded the business to include Sheryl Hebb as co-owner.
My approach to treatment is to focus on creating balance through the soft tissue, to allow optimal joint function. This is achieved through different assessment tools and varied massage techniques that I have studied throughout my years of practice. Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Muscle Energy and Myofascial Release are a few of the techniques integrated into each hands-on treatment. Throughout my treatments, I find it helpful to inform patients of my findings, which assists in the patient’s self-awareness and ultimately to a greater body/mind connection. I also encourage patient involvement through remedial exercise.
Although I enjoy working to create balance through the physical structure, I have treated many different conditions over the years. My practice encompasses everything from stress relief to chronic illness, acute or chronic injury, and I have a special interest in Pre- and Postnatal Massage.
When I am not working with clients, I spend time with my family and friends. To create my own personal balance, I continue my interest in nutritional health, through growing food, gardening and cooking. I enjoy music, exercise and, when time permits, a good book.
Sheryl Hebb, RMT
Graduating from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in May 1994, I began practising as an RMT in July of the same year. 2018 will mark twenty four years of therapeutic massage work in my hands, mind, and body. I am still humbled by the power of touch.
As owner-operator of a clinic in Campbell River, BC for 16 years, I have developed many skills to effectively offer all aspects of client care. Moving to Halifax, Nova Scotia for 3 years was a family choice before returning to the Lower Mainland. I joined the ranks of White Rock Massage Therapy Clinic in 2013. Rose Newling and I became co-owners of the clinic in 2014.
It is my job to increase your awareness of what is happening in your body, to remind you that the body is one functional unit. I want you to be conscious of your movements and your repetitive strain issues. You are the “big tool” in your life. I will assist you in acquiring some “little tools” that can help you work in a more optimal fashion. I want you to move your body because it was designed to move.
Taking on the task of understanding a client’s non-optimal function is my primary goal. Unwinding the areas of tension throughout the body is my job. I believe in a systemic and balanced approach to therapy.
Whether you’re an “ironman” or a sedentary individual, the benefits of massage are multileveled. It helps get the cobwebs out, stretch the tissue and release toxins. Therapy can assist in repair of soft tissue by increasing circulation, augmenting the healing process and clearing the wastes of restoration. Explanation of your treatment allows you to understand the process. The degree of depth used is as required per unique need of each client.
I do like to practise deep systemic tissue massage. My goal is to change your situation and often deep work is an effective tool to shift your pain. This is not used on all clients — only on those who understand and appreciate the modality.
Jacinthe Fortin, RMT
I was born in Longueuil, Quebec. My first language is French. I have been passionately interested in health, healing and natural medicines for as long as I can remember, but it was when I did volunteer work in Somalia, Africa, that I became interested in touch therapies.
I moved to BC in 1985 and studied at West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Vancouver, graduating 1989. Professional development studies are an ongoing part of my profession. My post-graduate studies include Myofascial Therapy, muscle energy and Craniosacral Therapy. I am currently studying Osteopathy with the ‘Canadian College of Osteopathy’. For information, visit: www.osteopathy-canada.com/manual-osteopathy-philosophy.
I have been practicing at White Rock Massage Therapy Clinic since 1991. During my career as a Massage Therapist, I have taught relaxation massage workshops at British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). I have also worked as a clinic supervisor at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy and in one of their student outreach programs, ‘Friends for Life’, in downtown Vancouver.
My belief is that each individual person is unique and comes to me with a unique set of symptoms and history, and treatment needs to be adapted to each individual, at each visit. I carefully gather my patient’s information, their history, do postural assessment, and perform tests and palpation assessments. I develop a treatment plan based on the findings as well as my sense of what the body is communicating to me. My goal is to help correct dysfunctions, release tension in tissue, to increase circulation, to relieve pain, increase mobility, bring balance into the body, help bring a sense of ease and relaxation. I often instruct my patients in specific movement and/or stretches to do at home.
When I am not at work, I enjoy visiting with friends and family. I love the arts, music, theatre and going to the movies. I like to take part in different fitness activities like spinning, Pilates and yoga. I enjoy being outdoors, hiking, skiing, walking my dog and gardening in my community garden, where I find peace, quiet and rejuvenation.
Toshi Hasegawa, RMT
I emigrated from Japan in 1991. As I sought to become a health care practitioner, I decided to take a 3,000-hour course from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. Since becoming an RMT in the year 2000, I served many communities in the Lower Mainland and instructed future massage therapists at a massage therapy college over the span of 10 years. I began practising in South Surrey and White Rock in 2003.
During my youth, I was trained in a few forms of martial arts which taught me the basic principles of physical disciplines. These experiences made a strong impact on my belief system of how physical health should be maintained.
To me, the keyword is “balance”. It applies to any aspect of science and all elements in our daily lives. It also reflects how I perform manual therapy.
My main treatment approach is the restoration of the kinetic alignment system from the soft tissue standpoint. Throughout my practical experiences and ongoing education, I have developed my own unique assessment and treatment methods in order to address many symptomatic soft-tissue conditions.
During each session, I ask my patients to become involved in every aspect of their treatment process. I believe that providing a thorough explanation of the condition to the patient is an essential key to a successful outcome.
Christa Olson, RMT
I developed an interest in Massage Therapy after seeing its benefits in treating a close friend with chronic dislocation and muscle damage in the shoulder joint. I started young, just shortly after high school, and received my registration in 2008. Since then I have practiced in many clinics throughout the Lower Mainland and interior of BC as a locum, finally settling for the last two years practicing in Richmond, BC and now White Rock, BC. I have worked together with Chiropractors, Naturopaths, Acupuncturists, Clinic Counsellors, and Massage Therapists in both clinical and spa settings. But now I am fortunate enough to work in a clinic with not only highly experienced RMTs but also one of my closest friends from college.
I have focused much of my post-graduate education on Myofascial Release and the benefits of working with the connective tissue while looking at the body as a whole, considering all aspects so as to treat holistically, not just symptomatically. My goal in practice is to facilitate the healing process and educate my patients on how to maintain balance in their bodies through homecare and minor adjustments to everyday habits.
I have treated people from all walks of life: mothers to be, children, professional athletes, weekend warriors, persons with chronic illness, acute injury, repetitive stress injuries, systemic conditions and more. With each person I see, my aim is to assess and create an individual treatment plan catered not only to the condition presented but also the lifestyle of the individual. Having worked with numerous professionals within the health care field, I am aware of when it is best for the patient to consider complementary treatment styles from other therapists or medical professionals. My goal is to see that you receive the best and most effective treatment possible.
My main modalities of treatment include Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue and Swedish Massage, Active and Passive Stretching, Joint Mobilization and patient education on homecare.
Although I am at work frequently, I try to create balance in my life with such things as skiing, reading, travel and music. If your iPod has a great playlist, feel free to bring it along to your treatment! I love hearing new music and old standards, and if it creates a stress-free environment for you in treatment, all the better.
Wenli Yan, RMT
After studying for more than two years, I completed an intensive 3000-hour massage therapy program at West Coast College of Massage Therapy, and I became an RMT in November 2014.
My first language is Mandarin, but I also speak Cantonese. I was a physician in China for 14 years, and those experiences as a physician still bring smiles to my face when I am looking back. I felt so happy that I could use my knowledge to help people get back to their well-being. After I moved to Canada in 2006, I still want to do related work to help people in need; as a result, I decided to choose massage therapist for my beloved career.
My training at WCCMT was very practical; therefore I had the opportunity to practice all the techniques in the school clinic and various outreach programs. I have worked with both pre- and postnatal women, athletes, and those suffering from stress, pain or overuse injuries.
As a massage therapist, I try my best to make sure that my treatments are based on clients’ needs. I employ Swedish massage, deep tissue therapy, myofascial release, trigger point therapy and stretching in my treatments to achieve the best results. I also provide homecare exercises to help people become more aware of their bodies, giving them advice to prevent further injuries.
Rick Chiu, RMT
I have been a marathon runner for many years and finished 14 BMO Vancouver Marathons. The determination, discipline and patience required to train for a marathon race helped me power through 2 years of grueling studies at the Utopia Academy Faculty of Massage Therapy and I became an RMT in 2012.
After working 4 years as an RMT in Richmond, it's time for me to move back to South Surrey where I call home for 14 years. White Rock Massage Clinic is the perfect place for me to continue my practice in helping people to relieve their pain without the use of medication. Deep tissue techniques, myofascial release, muscle energy techniques, PNF stretching and Swedish relaxation are some of my favourite modalities. I also provide home care exercise and stretches for my patients when necessary. I have treated many ICBC motor vehicle accident injuries and chronic back and neck pain in collaboration with a chiropractor.
I was born in Hong Kong and have been living in Surrey for 30 years. I am able to communicate with my patients in English, Cantonese and Mandarin to better serve their needs.
At home, I am a dedicated do-it-yourselfer and handyman. I fix broken household items like washer, microwave oven, cars to name a few. My spare time is mostly spent in marathon training, trail running, hiking, skiing and watching sunsets at Crescent Beach.
Malena Findler, RMT
I am a graduate of CDI College’s Registered Massage Therapy program, looking forward to starting my new career with White Rock Massage Therapy Clinic. I found my love for massage therapy at a young age; as a young athlete, I played various sports as well as did horseback riding full time. Being active from a young age, I found myself having lots of back problems and muscle soreness. Massage therapy has helped me throughout my life, and I am excited to help many people as well.
I look forward to working with a variety of patients in the treatment of all sorts of conditions. My spare time is usually spent at the barn with my two horses. I currently barrel race most weekends, as well as ride grand entry at the Cloverdale Rodeo.
Kristin MacDonald, RMT
After graduating from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Kinetics in 2001, I travelled overseas to Ireland and the UK. It was a Sports Massage certificate course at Bedford College in Bedford England, which was the catalyst to my journey as a massage therapist. I remember the exact moment I fell in love with massage and the ability to play a supporting role in a patient’s journey to optimal function, health, and wellbeing. After completing the program in the UK, I returned to Canada to pursue and complete the 3000 hr massage therapy program. Graduating from Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in 2006, and Registering with the College of Massage Therapy of BC. I have been practicing since, out of several clinics around the lower mainland.
I enjoy working with a variety of patients and have had experience working with sports teams (Vernon Vipers Hockey & Bedford Blues Rugby), individual athletes, weekend warriors, geriatrics, cancer patients, pregnancy, infants, and children.
I treat and tailor a massage therapy session depending on how a patient presents, drawing from several modalities. My practice consists of Myofascial release, Trigger Point release, Cranial Sacral, Visceral Manipulation, Deep Tissue, Swedish Techniques, Sports Massage, and Pregnancy Massage.
I like to include home care and some minor adjustments or suggestions to one's daily living in your treatment session. I feel the more you understand your body and how it works, the more it empowers you to take an active role in your health journey.
When I am not working, I love spending time with my husband, Dave, family, friends, and our pup - Henry! I enjoy yoga, hiking, camping, paddle boarding, gardening, reiki, and reading. I am currently pursuing my Yoga Teacher Training.
Registered Massage Therapists (RMT) in BC have the highest educational standards in North America. Our therapists have completed the required 3000-hour program, with extensive training in pathology, neurology, anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, clinical sciences and remedial exercise.
After completing the 3-year program, graduates must successfully pass the board exams set by the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC). RMTs are licensed under the Health Professions Act and governed by the CMTBC, which ensures that the public receives safe and ethical care by establishing and enforcing standards of education and quality of practice by all RMTs. All RMTs are required to maintain continued education with post-graduate studies.