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.

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.

Lisa Day RMT - Director

From Dildo, NL
How long have you been on the board? Which roles have you taken on so far?
I was welcomed aboard in 2019! It's a great opportunity to be involved with the NLMTA and help make the profession an amazing one for both clients and colleagues. I'd also like to see our profession travel to remote/rural areas to share the experience of what we do and also be involved in continuing education.
What's the most important part of being on the board/part of the NLMTA?
I'd like to contribute in a way that really matters.
How long have you been an RMT?
Since May 2018
What do you love about the profession in general?
I love getting the opportunity to help people and assist in their healing. Making a difference in someone's life is an absolute honor.

Deirdre Baker RMT - Director

From Gilliam's NL
How long have you been on the board? Which roles have you taken on so far?
After practicing massage therapy for 18 years I have just joined the NLMTA.  I'm not sure what exactly my position entails or truly what I'm known as - how exciting!)
What's the most important part of being on the board/part of the NLMTA?
I am so impressed with the professionalism and knowledge the members of the NLMTA possess and hope to help educate the members within our profession exactly what the NLMTA does and how strong and hard working this group of individuals is.  I can't wait to start working along side this great group of individuals.
How long have you been an RMT?
I've been practicing for 18 years!
What do you love about the profession in general?
I love absolutely everything about my profession. I enjoy helping clients achieve their treatment goals and hearing their success stories. I enjoy learning new things, modalities and conditions and passing along knowledge or helpful tips I have learned over the years.  

Michelle Geldart RMT - Director

From Conception Bay South
How long have you been on the board? Which roles have you taken on so far?
I am a new member to the board in 2021 and am open to exploring what areas are needing help and am willing to dive in head first to get the job done.
What's the most important part of being on the board/part of the NLMTA?
The most important thing for me to be on the board is to be a loud and proud voice for our members and always trying to put the profession first. I think it is important to keep our members up to date and I'm excited to see what I can offer to our board as a director.
How long have you been an RMT?
I have been an active working RMT for over 17 years now having graduated from ICT Northumberland College in 2006. I spent most of my time practicing in Nova Scotia but am excited to be back in my home province. Massage Therapy is and has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember.
What do you love about the profession in general?
What I love the most about this profession is that it always keeps me on my toes. You never have a lazy day at work and I love the daily challenges that comes with the job. I am also very interested in education for clients to be able to live a healthy, active life.