Meet the Board

Ashley Parsons RMT - President

From St. John's NL
How Long have you been on the board? Which roles have you taken so far?
I joined the board late 2015. Started as a Director, then Vice-President, and most recently have stepped into the President role.
For you, what’s the most important part of being on the board/part of the NLMTA?
Being involved. I've always liked knowing how things work, and I appreciate the opportunity to move the NLMTA forward, in a positive direction for all of it's members.
How long have you been an RMT?
I started working as a Registered Massage Therapist in September 2013
What do you love about the profession in general?
This is a great profession. I appreciate helping clients, and I love watching my own practice grow - gaining experience, constantly learning and accepting the challenges that go along with such a physical career.

Pat Mennie - Treasurer

From Tors Cove NL
How Long have you been on the board? Which roles have you taken so far?
I started in 2002 as a part-time Book Keeper, hired as Administrator in 2006 and have been the Treasurer for 10 years.
For you, what’s the most important part of being on the board/part of the NLMTA?
Aside from keeping the day to day business running efficiently, the most important part of my job is answering phone calls/replying to emails in a timely manner to either answer, or find the answer to the memberships questions. For me, the fun part is helping new therapists get started. It's very rewarding to encourage them, to see them start successful careers, and then to be here to assist them in any way I can, as their career progresses. My job, though not always easy is always rewarding and I'm proud to be a part of the NLMTA for so long.
What do you love about the profession in general?
In addition to working so closely with therapists, I receive Massage Therapy for various health reasons. I see the importance of this profession, as a client whose life is made better by the treatment I receive.

 

Caityln Hill RMT - Vice-President/Secretary

From Nova Scotia, living in St. John's since 2003
How Long have you been on the board? Which roles have you taken so far? Fall 2013
For you, what’s the most important part of being on the board/part of the NLMTA?
I like brainstorming, and I like seeing a big picture issue from both sides. For me, being physically present for discussions - for example by-law revisions - feels like a valuable contribution.
How long have you been an RMT?
I started working as an RMT in 2013, a few weeks before I started with the board!
What do you love about the profession in general?
I love the immediate, physiological responses that can happen during a treatment -- to see and feel a trigger point release is one of the great joys of my work! I love seeing a client improve over the course of a few months, and being a part of their recovery. I love the problem solving, and the small things you continue to learn everyday.

Caroyln Staple RMT - Director

From Newfoundland
How Long have you been on the board? Which roles have you taken so far?
I've been on the board since I became an RMT, May 2016.
For you, what’s the most important part of being on the board/part of the NLMTA?
I want to be on the ground level of being part of making changes and making the profession the best it can be on behalf of the members. Anything I can do to help promote our profession to the public through public awareness, to help promote our continuing education through facilitating workshops, as well as promoting our services to more rural areas that are in need/want of RMT's - these are my focus areas.
How long have you been an RMT? Since May 2016
What do you love about the profession in general?
Alleviating pain, helping to make people feel better after a treatment, both mentally and physically; empowering and educating people on their on role and ability to help themselves through lifestyle changes and specific home care.

Sara Lynn Gilbert RMT - Director

From Hopeall NL, calling Flatrock NL home these days.
How long have you been on the board? Which roles have you taken so far?
I joined the NLMTA board in November 2017 as a Director. As of February 2018, I've started a Continuing Education Committee.
What's the most important part of being on the board/part of the NLMTA?
The most important part of being on the board is contributing to the membership in a meaningful way. Advancing the NLMTA as an association we can all be proud of.
How long have you been an RMT?
I have been an RMT since December 2009
What do you love about the profession in general?
As a Registered Massage Therapist, I love the opportunity to help people. I love the days when I review a clients chart and ask how a particular pain has been..they respond,
"Oh, I forgot all about that!"
Priceless!

Denise Hapgood RMT - Director

How long have you been on the board? Which roles have you taken so far?
I joined the board at the AGM 2017. The role I have taken on is to be involved with the CMTA. I am also interested in helping with continuing education.
What's the most important part of being on the board/part of the NLMTA?
The most important part about being on the board is having a chance to be a voice for new graduates as I have only been practicing since 2016.
How long have you been an RMT?
I have been an RMT since September 2016
What do you love about the profession in general?
What I love about the profession is helping people and continuously learning. I am a big believer in education so all my clients get "homework". Home care is a part of every treatment. My background before becoming an RMT is personal training, group fitness and Pilates instructor. I am thrilled to be able to share knowledge with my clients every day.

Sara Sexton RMT - Consultant

From St. John's NL
How long have you been on the board? Which roles have you taken so far?
I have been a board member, Vice President, and President of the NLMTA. I've also been Registrar of the CMTNL, President and Vice President, plus CMTA Representative.
What's the most important part of being on the board/part of the NLMTA?
Currently I am a board member with the CMTCA, I think the best part of being involved is knowing what is developing in the picture, and contributing to that growth. I'm enjoying the role of collaborator at the provincial and national level.
How long have you been an RMT?
I have been an RMT since 1988.
What do you love about the profession in general?
I love the work of Massage Therapy because it makes a direct connection with people, to improve their well being. We are part of the orchestra that is made up of all things contributing to wellness.

Natasha Murthy - Director

From St. John's NL
How long have you been on the board? Which roles have you taken on so far?
I have a long history with the NLMTA and CMTNL. I was part of the NLMTA when we were writing the Act and Regulations and I was the first examination officer for the CMTNL. I'm not sure what I'll get involved with this time but I am looking forward to being a part of the NLMTA again, in 2018!
What's the most important part of being on the board/part of the NLMTA? The reason for joining the NLMTA Board is to help promote and protect our profession.
How long have you been an RMT?
I have been practicing since 1999.
What do you love about the profession in general?
My greatest love about this profession is providing safe space for clients.