About Us

Our Fabulous Teams

All of the staff at Family Center Therapeutics are recognized professionals in their fields: registered massage therapy, counselling, lactation support, and education. We all strive to provide education, inclusivity, comfort and care during your visit to our clinic.



Our Massage Therapy Team


RMT Availability

Bio

Shaina’s calling to care for others started early. As a child, she loved babies and animals, and with three younger siblings, she was always mama’s helper with the little ones. This gift for nurturing others planted the seed to hold space for people via massage therapy. Even her first career as a chef focused on nourishment with healthy food. A back injury in Shaina’s early 20’s turned into chronic back pain, and led her to many therapies in a quest to heal herself. Massage and yoga were the practices that helped the most, and Shaina followed these paths to become both a massage therapist and a yoga teacher. She attended the West Coast College of Massage in New Westminster, graduating in 2013, and has been practicing in Vancouver since then. During massage school, and in her practice afterwards, she noticed that some clients responded well to massage and healed quickly, but other people, including herself, had chronic tension and pain that was only helped temporarily by massage. Through a variety of professional training and her own healing journey, Shaina has found that chronic tension and pain responds to a reassuring and gentle hands-on approach, with the addition of mindful movement and focused breathing. This way of working allows holding patterns to unwind naturally, and helps the nervous system settle and release stress. Shaina’s massage practice aims to create a safe and welcoming space for all people, and she works slowly and mindfully, encouraging feedback and communication. She combines Swedish Massage, Trigger Point Release, Myofacsial Release, assisted stretching, and guided breathing and relaxation. She enjoys working with pregnant and post-partum parents, those recovering from car accidents and other physical trauma, chronic pain and headaches, and anyone who is curious about feeling ease in their body.

Shaina works every Wednesday 9:30am- 1:30pm and Friday 9:30am-4:30pm

 

Testimonial

“I had the pleasure of experiencing Somatic work with Shaina. The combination of massage to bring the physical body into a relaxed state and then the deeper somatic touch work was a benefit to me working through some physical/emotional trauma I experienced in my past. Shaina provided a safe and comfortable place to express and experience healing work in a very unique and effective way. After my sessions with Shaina I always felt calm and ready for the day. The pain seemed to subside miraculously and lasted for quite some time. Every session brought greater peace and relief. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to experience what Shaina has to offer. I would recommend this work to anyone looking for relief from pain and trauma.” – Leah Austin, business owner and mom


RMT Availability

Bio

Rebekka has been fascinated by alternative healing arts from a young age, learning from her mother how to use herbal medicine and poultices for ailments and minor illnesses. After giving birth to her first child at home with a doula and midwife, her interest in women’s health was ignited and she took the birth doula training at Douglas College. Rebekka supported a handful of women and their partners through their birth experiences before taking some time to travel abroad extensively with her family. After giving birth to her second child, her interest for supporting people on their paths of healing was sparked again, and she completed her schooling at the Vancouver School of Massage Therapy (VCMT). Rebekka started her career as an RMT in 2016. It is her goal to support her clients in healing injuries as well as providing space for relaxation and peace from daily stresses. She has experience working with children and teenagers, and enjoys working with people during pregnancy and post-partum. In her practice she uses a combination of manual techniques such as myofascial release, neuromuscular tenchniques, muscle energy techniques, trigger point release, joint mobilization, Swedish relaxation massage, as well as manual lymph drainage techniques.

Rebekka works every Monday 9:45am – 1:30pm, Thursday 9:30am – 4pm and Friday 9:15am – 2pm

Testimonials

“Amazing experience! Rebekka’s approach was very professional and caring. She asked many questions to understand what my body needed at that moment. I was able to understand more about scar tissue and how you can work on it to prevent more pain. The space makes you feel that they really want to focus on your body and help you to release tension. I can’t wait to my next appointment!” – Paola Q. C. “Hi Rebekka, I’m writing this to offer you my appreciation for the treatments I’ve received recently. Not knowing if they would be helpful beyond the immediate release of painful tensions has turned to considerable surprise. The loss of range of motion that restricted painfully many everyday activities has begun to improve. The often great discomfort stretching my arm has begun to ease, and reaching , as when closing a car door or picking up things doing dishes and cooking is much improved. The overall discomfort in my upper back has lessened noticeably too, especially around the shoulder blades where you have been working. I like that you offer your perspective on what you find and your willingness to listen to my comments about what is happening for me, and that you let me know what you want to work on in response to my comments. I’m really pleased with these changes since receiving the treatments and want to continue hoping for further improvements.” – Willie “I saw Rebekka for recurring pain in my shoulder, from which I had been suffering for 10 years. Rebekka is extremely thorough and professional. She took care and time during our consult to determine possible causes for my pain and discussed options with me really clearly. The following massages dealt with the issue better than any treatment I had sought out in the 10 years prior. Rebekka is an excellent massage therapist and I have no issue with recommending her whole heartedly. My shoulder has never been as bad again, and if I need to see a massage therapist for it ever again I will absolutely choose to see her.” – Caitlin Hertzcarrick

Shaina Loos

Shaina’s calling to care for others started early. As a child, she loved babies and animals, and with three younger siblings, she was always mama’s helper with the little ones. This gift for nurturing others planted the seed to hold space for people via massage therapy. Even her first career as a chef focused on nourishment with healthy food. A back injury in Shaina’s early 20’s turned into chronic back pain, and led her to many therapies in a quest to heal herself. Massage and yoga were the practices that helped the most, and Shaina followed these paths to become both a massage therapist and a yoga teacher. She attended the West Coast College of Massage in New Westminster, graduating in 2013, and has been practicing in Vancouver since then. During massage school, and in her practice afterwards, she noticed that some clients responded well to massage and healed quickly, but other people, including herself, had chronic tension and pain that was only helped temporarily by massage. Through a variety of professional training and her own healing journey, Shaina has found that chronic tension and pain responds to a reassuring and gentle hands-on approach, with the addition of mindful movement and focused breathing. This way of working allows holding patterns to unwind naturally, and helps the nervous system settle and release stress. Shaina’s massage practice aims to create a safe and welcoming space for all people, and she works slowly and mindfully, encouraging feedback and communication. She combines Swedish Massage, Trigger Point Release, Myofacsial Release, assisted stretching, and guided breathing and relaxation. She enjoys working with pregnant and post-partum parents, those recovering from car accidents and other physical trauma, chronic pain and headaches, and anyone who is curious about feeling ease in their body.

Shaina works every Wednesday 9:30am- 1:30pm and Friday 9:30am-4:30pm

 

Testimonial

“I had the pleasure of experiencing Somatic work with Shaina. The combination of massage to bring the physical body into a relaxed state and then the deeper somatic touch work was a benefit to me working through some physical/emotional trauma I experienced in my past. Shaina provided a safe and comfortable place to express and experience healing work in a very unique and effective way. After my sessions with Shaina I always felt calm and ready for the day. The pain seemed to subside miraculously and lasted for quite some time. Every session brought greater peace and relief. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to experience what Shaina has to offer. I would recommend this work to anyone looking for relief from pain and trauma.” – Leah Austin, business owner and mom

Rebekka Brandli

Rebekka has been fascinated by alternative healing arts from a young age, learning from her mother how to use herbal medicine and poultices for ailments and minor illnesses. After giving birth to her first child at home with a doula and midwife, her interest in women’s health was ignited and she took the birth doula training at Douglas College. Rebekka supported a handful of women and their partners through their birth experiences before taking some time to travel abroad extensively with her family. After giving birth to her second child, her interest for supporting people on their paths of healing was sparked again, and she completed her schooling at the Vancouver School of Massage Therapy (VCMT). Rebekka started her career as an RMT in 2016. It is her goal to support her clients in healing injuries as well as providing space for relaxation and peace from daily stresses. She has experience working with children and teenagers, and enjoys working with people during pregnancy and post-partum. In her practice she uses a combination of manual techniques such as myofascial release, neuromuscular tenchniques, muscle energy techniques, trigger point release, joint mobilization, Swedish relaxation massage, as well as manual lymph drainage techniques.

Rebekka works every Monday 9:45am – 1:30pm, Thursday 9:30am – 4pm and Friday 9:15am – 2pm

Testimonials

“Amazing experience! Rebekka’s approach was very professional and caring. She asked many questions to understand what my body needed at that moment. I was able to understand more about scar tissue and how you can work on it to prevent more pain. The space makes you feel that they really want to focus on your body and help you to release tension. I can’t wait to my next appointment!” – Paola Q. C. “Hi Rebekka, I’m writing this to offer you my appreciation for the treatments I’ve received recently. Not knowing if they would be helpful beyond the immediate release of painful tensions has turned to considerable surprise. The loss of range of motion that restricted painfully many everyday activities has begun to improve. The often great discomfort stretching my arm has begun to ease, and reaching , as when closing a car door or picking up things doing dishes and cooking is much improved. The overall discomfort in my upper back has lessened noticeably too, especially around the shoulder blades where you have been working. I like that you offer your perspective on what you find and your willingness to listen to my comments about what is happening for me, and that you let me know what you want to work on in response to my comments. I’m really pleased with these changes since receiving the treatments and want to continue hoping for further improvements.” – Willie “I saw Rebekka for recurring pain in my shoulder, from which I had been suffering for 10 years. Rebekka is extremely thorough and professional. She took care and time during our consult to determine possible causes for my pain and discussed options with me really clearly. The following massages dealt with the issue better than any treatment I had sought out in the 10 years prior. Rebekka is an excellent massage therapist and I have no issue with recommending her whole heartedly. My shoulder has never been as bad again, and if I need to see a massage therapist for it ever again I will absolutely choose to see her.” – Caitlin Hertzcarrick


Our Counselling Team


MA, RTC Availability

Bio

I am a Registered Therapeutic Counselor with a Master’s degree in Expressive Arts Therapy and Psychology. I hold additional Certification in Relational Somatic Therapy, as well as training in Narrative Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. My therapeutic work promotes self-discovery and growth through body, mind and emotional awareness. At Family Center Therapeutics, I provide creative and compassionate therapeutic sessions for individuals and groups aimed to:

– Develop the skills required to address challenging situations

– Clarify personal values and goals

– Cultivate a deep sense of self-acceptance and personal strength

– Take meaningful steps toward personal empowerment

– Recover strength and courage in the face of challenges

– Manage anxiety and stress

– Establish strategies for self-care

– Navigate challenging relationships effectively

I work with issues related to trauma, grief, anxiety, depression and relationships. My work draws from holistic counseling approaches including the arts, bodywork, mindfulness and cognitive therapies. Therapy is individually tailored to your needs, beginning with an understanding of your unique circumstances and concerns. Together, we will discuss your specific requirements and clarify a pathway to achieving your goals. Please contact me with your enquiries. It is my pleasure to provide further details regarding individual therapy and group workshops. In addition to seeing clients and leading workshops, I teach “Somatic Awareness for Coaching and Counseling” at Rhodes Wellness College and “Body Mind Integration” at Vancouver School of Healing Arts (www.vsoha.com) .

Testimonials

“Kirsten Johansson was an instructor during my counselling training program. When she came in to teach our class, I felt immediately at ease and comfortable with her warm, welcoming presence. I felt free to open up to her immediately because she held a safe and gentle container for all of us to share. Her delivery and content were “hands on” and she softly challenged me to go deeper into my own growth. I would gladly attend any workshop or course that Kirsten is facilitating.” Rachele Kehler Certified Life Coach & Counsellor

“Kirsten Johansson provided such a beautiful evening of soul searching in the most creative, freeing workshop. It felt deeply comforting giving support to my “inner critic”. Kirsten is such a skillful therapist, guide and teacher. There was so much insight in such a short class. I loved the way everything was designed and the atmosphere she created. Clear, supportive, focused and creative. Absolutely beautiful!” Glynnis Osher Teacher and Author

“I’ve been blessed since 2012 to attend several workshops and classes Kirsten Johansson facilitated. I am aware that for part of that time, she was successfully juggling teaching, clinical work and her graduate studies, yet I saw her consistently give her whole heart and presence in all her interactions with clients and students. Kirsten possesses a naturally gentle humour and genuine warmth. This has been valuable in her work in varied settings, including professional and public education and private group counselling. She is able to quickly develop rapport with diverse groups, and hold an envelope of acceptance and safety that invites her students towards self reflection and growth. Some of the fondest memories of my educational career were of creative learning activities that Kirsten developed or curated, and of the deep personal transformations that they inspired.” Jesse Chan, M.Ed. Registered Psychologist


RTC Availability

Bio

From a very young age, Natasha realized her life’s purpose was to help people. From an undergraduate degree in Biology, to a Masters in Teaching, to finally a diploma in Transpersonal Counselling Psychology – Natasha’s path to becoming a counsellor has been anything but conventional. Currently, Natasha is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists with over 5 years of counselling experience in private practice.

The focus of Natasha’s counselling has evolved over time from working with individuals, couples and families to working with women experiencing pregnancy and infant loss, infertility, and “stuckness”. Natasha values counselling that is caring, non-judgmental, guided by curiosity and supportive of the individual and their goals.

Natasha’s approach to counselling is a multidisciplinary one: which includes your spirituality, family systems theory, mindfulness, Cognitive and Gestalt therapies. Through the use of these approaches, she will look at the driving force behind your patterns and explore different options and perspectives. The counseling process is an opportunity to correct mistaken beliefs and develop an understanding of self and other in order to invite connection and love. Ultimately, as her client, you bring the content and set the pace for the course of your work together. She is here to support and facilitate you to reach your goals.

Kirsten Johansson

I am a Registered Therapeutic Counselor with a Master’s degree in Expressive Arts Therapy and Psychology. I hold additional Certification in Relational Somatic Therapy, as well as training in Narrative Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. My therapeutic work promotes self-discovery and growth through body, mind and emotional awareness. At Family Center Therapeutics, I provide creative and compassionate therapeutic sessions for individuals and groups aimed to:

– Develop the skills required to address challenging situations

– Clarify personal values and goals

– Cultivate a deep sense of self-acceptance and personal strength

– Take meaningful steps toward personal empowerment

– Recover strength and courage in the face of challenges

– Manage anxiety and stress

– Establish strategies for self-care

– Navigate challenging relationships effectively

I work with issues related to trauma, grief, anxiety, depression and relationships. My work draws from holistic counseling approaches including the arts, bodywork, mindfulness and cognitive therapies. Therapy is individually tailored to your needs, beginning with an understanding of your unique circumstances and concerns. Together, we will discuss your specific requirements and clarify a pathway to achieving your goals. Please contact me with your enquiries. It is my pleasure to provide further details regarding individual therapy and group workshops. In addition to seeing clients and leading workshops, I teach “Somatic Awareness for Coaching and Counseling” at Rhodes Wellness College and “Body Mind Integration” at Vancouver School of Healing Arts (www.vsoha.com) .

Testimonials

“Kirsten Johansson was an instructor during my counselling training program. When she came in to teach our class, I felt immediately at ease and comfortable with her warm, welcoming presence. I felt free to open up to her immediately because she held a safe and gentle container for all of us to share. Her delivery and content were “hands on” and she softly challenged me to go deeper into my own growth. I would gladly attend any workshop or course that Kirsten is facilitating.” Rachele Kehler Certified Life Coach & Counsellor

“Kirsten Johansson provided such a beautiful evening of soul searching in the most creative, freeing workshop. It felt deeply comforting giving support to my “inner critic”. Kirsten is such a skillful therapist, guide and teacher. There was so much insight in such a short class. I loved the way everything was designed and the atmosphere she created. Clear, supportive, focused and creative. Absolutely beautiful!” Glynnis Osher Teacher and Author

“I’ve been blessed since 2012 to attend several workshops and classes Kirsten Johansson facilitated. I am aware that for part of that time, she was successfully juggling teaching, clinical work and her graduate studies, yet I saw her consistently give her whole heart and presence in all her interactions with clients and students. Kirsten possesses a naturally gentle humour and genuine warmth. This has been valuable in her work in varied settings, including professional and public education and private group counselling. She is able to quickly develop rapport with diverse groups, and hold an envelope of acceptance and safety that invites her students towards self reflection and growth. Some of the fondest memories of my educational career were of creative learning activities that Kirsten developed or curated, and of the deep personal transformations that they inspired.” Jesse Chan, M.Ed. Registered Psychologist

Natasha Virani

From a very young age, Natasha realized her life’s purpose was to help people. From an undergraduate degree in Biology, to a Masters in Teaching, to finally a diploma in Transpersonal Counselling Psychology – Natasha’s path to becoming a counsellor has been anything but conventional. Currently, Natasha is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists with over 5 years of counselling experience in private practice.

The focus of Natasha’s counselling has evolved over time from working with individuals, couples and families to working with women experiencing pregnancy and infant loss, infertility, and “stuckness”. Natasha values counselling that is caring, non-judgmental, guided by curiosity and supportive of the individual and their goals.

Natasha’s approach to counselling is a multidisciplinary one: which includes your spirituality, family systems theory, mindfulness, Cognitive and Gestalt therapies. Through the use of these approaches, she will look at the driving force behind your patterns and explore different options and perspectives. The counseling process is an opportunity to correct mistaken beliefs and develop an understanding of self and other in order to invite connection and love. Ultimately, as her client, you bring the content and set the pace for the course of your work together. She is here to support and facilitate you to reach your goals.

Our Lactation Support Team


Breastfeeding Counselor Availability

Bio

My passion for supporting people through the perinatal period came after I had my first child and found myself struggling to find my stride as a new parent. Breastfeeding, amongst other things, was a huge challenge for us in the first month. After I overcame these challenges, with the help of a Lactation Consultant and other supports, I wanted to give back and was drawn to a new career path of working with parent in the perinatal period, and ultimately becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). I continue to see there is a societal gap in supporting parents and recognizing the hard work it takes to get through the often tumultuous first few months of an infant’s life. My focus is on supporting parents to achieve their personal feeding goals while providing emotional support during the extraordinary adjustment period of becoming a parent. When you have an appointment with me, you can expect attentive, compassionate and individualized care. Your details matter to me. I can help you find the resources for the solutions to supply, latch, pain, supplementation, and gassy, fussy baby, that will best fit you and your family. I am currently completing my clinical hours at Family Center Therapeutics to be come IBCLC certified. I will be supported by my mentors. I am trained as a postpartum doula from the Simkin Centre in Seattle, WA. I also volunteer with Pacific Postpartum Support Society and have taken their support skills and group facilitation workshop. I also founded and continue to run an online parenting support group that now serves 1, 300 members across the world with non-judgmental, evidence-based information. I live in a wonderful community in East Vancouver with my husband, two energetic children and elderly dog. We love to explore and enjoy nature both at home and abroad, traveling at every opportunity we get. I am a lover of books and can be found in a hammock immersed in a novel during the quiet moments in life.


Lactation Consultant, IBCLC Availability

Bio

I am a parent of three children. Following the home birth of my first in January of 2009 I suffered from postpartum depression and struggled for months with nursing challenges. My healing journey led me to discover the importance of the nursing relationship and the role of community in parenting. I became passionate about supporting families through the most important process of their lives: birth and the journey of becoming parents. Alongside my own nursing experiences in 2009 I began to volunteer my time supporting others to meet their nursing goals through a non-profit organization called La Leche League. Then I nourished my love for learning by becoming a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist, and in April of 2016 I passed the exam to be an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). I fell in love with the whole art and science of the breast/chest feeding relationship! I have found my degree in Social Work compliments my LC work very well in supporting nursing families with the foundation that the parent is the expert on their own body and baby. I am passionate about giving parents the information and support they need to make the best choices for their nursing journey.

Zoe Le Good

My passion for supporting people through the perinatal period came after I had my first child and found myself struggling to find my stride as a new parent. Breastfeeding, amongst other things, was a huge challenge for us in the first month. After I overcame these challenges, with the help of a Lactation Consultant and other supports, I wanted to give back and was drawn to a new career path of working with parent in the perinatal period, and ultimately becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). I continue to see there is a societal gap in supporting parents and recognizing the hard work it takes to get through the often tumultuous first few months of an infant’s life. My focus is on supporting parents to achieve their personal feeding goals while providing emotional support during the extraordinary adjustment period of becoming a parent. When you have an appointment with me, you can expect attentive, compassionate and individualized care. Your details matter to me. I can help you find the resources for the solutions to supply, latch, pain, supplementation, and gassy, fussy baby, that will best fit you and your family. I am currently completing my clinical hours at Family Center Therapeutics to be come IBCLC certified. I will be supported by my mentors. I am trained as a postpartum doula from the Simkin Centre in Seattle, WA. I also volunteer with Pacific Postpartum Support Society and have taken their support skills and group facilitation workshop. I also founded and continue to run an online parenting support group that now serves 1, 300 members across the world with non-judgmental, evidence-based information. I live in a wonderful community in East Vancouver with my husband, two energetic children and elderly dog. We love to explore and enjoy nature both at home and abroad, traveling at every opportunity we get. I am a lover of books and can be found in a hammock immersed in a novel during the quiet moments in life.

Roxanna Farnsworth

I am a parent of three children. Following the home birth of my first in January of 2009 I suffered from postpartum depression and struggled for months with nursing challenges. My healing journey led me to discover the importance of the nursing relationship and the role of community in parenting. I became passionate about supporting families through the most important process of their lives: birth and the journey of becoming parents. Alongside my own nursing experiences in 2009 I began to volunteer my time supporting others to meet their nursing goals through a non-profit organization called La Leche League. Then I nourished my love for learning by becoming a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist, and in April of 2016 I passed the exam to be an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). I fell in love with the whole art and science of the breast/chest feeding relationship! I have found my degree in Social Work compliments my LC work very well in supporting nursing families with the foundation that the parent is the expert on their own body and baby. I am passionate about giving parents the information and support they need to make the best choices for their nursing journey.


Our Education Team


Instructor Availability

Bio

Paula Jaspar is a Registered Massage Therapist. She is a member of the College of Massage Therapists of BC and the Massage Therapy Association of BC and graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1997. She completed her doula training in 1998. She completed her Masters of Education from Simon Fraser University in 2015. Paula has worked at a variety of places such as medical clinics, care facilities, spas and schools. She currently teaches at Langara College in the Registered Massage Therapy Program and continues to teach multiple postgraduate courses. She has taught at The West Coast College of Massage Therapy, Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage, Douglas College and by invitation. Paula also does guest speaking for the local Health Units (in Vancouver, Richmond and Burnaby), community centers and special interest groups. She has been invited to speak at conferences in Canada (Vancouver, British Columbia; Toronto, Ontario) and the US (Millbrae, California; New Orleans, Louisiana; San Diego, California). Her work has been published through International Journal of Massage and Bodywork, the DONA International Journal, the BC Massage Practitioner Journal, Today’s Parent and have been featured in the Vancouver Sun and National Post. She has spoken on radio (Dr. Don show and Trying To Be Good). She is focused in education about massage therapy, perinatal health, pediatric massage, post surgical treatment (post cesarean, breast reconstruction, masectomy, orthopedic) and pain management. Paula has had a variety of experiences in the health care field and is constantly improving her skills and knowledge base. You can find her a interdisciplinary conferences around Vancouver, BC. Paula’s philosophy to treatment is that massage therapy is a commitment from her patient and herself. If you want to reach optimal function, she will help you. She had provided care to women in the APHC (Antepartum Home Care Program) and to women diagnosed with high risk pregnancies at BC Women’s and St Paul’s Hospitals. She also provides postpartum care for post cesarean section complaints, breast care and general fatigue, swelling and pain. She has a special interest in the perinatal care, pediatric care, post-surgical, pain, transitions and self discovery. Paula believes in balance of the mind and body, collaboration and clear communication. Your treatment may be through massage therapy, lifestyle changes, stress reduction, exercise or another form of therapy. Paula was born in Newfoundland, raised in Waterloo, Ontario and moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1989. She’s been happily married since 1995 and has 4 curious, stubborn, intelligent and joyful children and menagerie of rescue animals.


Instructor Availability

Bio

I’m excited to share my enthusiasm and knowledge with you at Family Center Therapeutics. I am an essential oil and self-care enthusiast. Creating body-care products with simple, natural ingredients has been a creative passion of mine. I have 6 years of formal teaching experience with a private college in Vancouver and I’m currently completing my Provincial Instructor Diploma through the School of Instructor Education at Vancouver Community College. I’ve always had a knack for breaking complex concepts down into smaller, easy-to-understand elements. The eldest of 9 children, I got a lot of practice explaining things to younger siblings; I’ve mastered the concept of “explain it to me like I’m 5.” I have been known to use outrageous and funny analogies to help you remember key concepts, so be prepared to laugh while you learn. I will be offering several Personal Product Making classes. Please join us in making natural deodorant, lip balm, body oils, bath bombs, salts, scrubs and so much more!


Instructor Availability

Bio

After training as a social worker over 15 years ago, Jay realized that her main passion was to elicit and honour people’s stories. Deciding on a creative path, she became a writer and a wordsmith for others, helping people to get in touch with their deepest truths or percolating ideas. Jay appreciates witnessing the spark ignited for individuals and communities in a workshop setting. She welcomes all levels of writers and values holding safe space to guide people in accessing their innate wisdom. She is a published writer, an expressive artist, and a master facilitator, as well as a mother, a lover of Nature, and a dual citizen of the US and Canada.

Paula Jaspar

Paula Jaspar is a Registered Massage Therapist. She is a member of the College of Massage Therapists of BC and the Massage Therapy Association of BC and graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1997. She completed her doula training in 1998. She completed her Masters of Education from Simon Fraser University in 2015. Paula has worked at a variety of places such as medical clinics, care facilities, spas and schools. She currently teaches at Langara College in the Registered Massage Therapy Program and continues to teach multiple postgraduate courses. She has taught at The West Coast College of Massage Therapy, Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage, Douglas College and by invitation. Paula also does guest speaking for the local Health Units (in Vancouver, Richmond and Burnaby), community centers and special interest groups. She has been invited to speak at conferences in Canada (Vancouver, British Columbia; Toronto, Ontario) and the US (Millbrae, California; New Orleans, Louisiana; San Diego, California). Her work has been published through International Journal of Massage and Bodywork, the DONA International Journal, the BC Massage Practitioner Journal, Today’s Parent and have been featured in the Vancouver Sun and National Post. She has spoken on radio (Dr. Don show and Trying To Be Good). She is focused in education about massage therapy, perinatal health, pediatric massage, post surgical treatment (post cesarean, breast reconstruction, masectomy, orthopedic) and pain management. Paula has had a variety of experiences in the health care field and is constantly improving her skills and knowledge base. You can find her a interdisciplinary conferences around Vancouver, BC. Paula’s philosophy to treatment is that massage therapy is a commitment from her patient and herself. If you want to reach optimal function, she will help you. She had provided care to women in the APHC (Antepartum Home Care Program) and to women diagnosed with high risk pregnancies at BC Women’s and St Paul’s Hospitals. She also provides postpartum care for post cesarean section complaints, breast care and general fatigue, swelling and pain. She has a special interest in the perinatal care, pediatric care, post-surgical, pain, transitions and self discovery. Paula believes in balance of the mind and body, collaboration and clear communication. Your treatment may be through massage therapy, lifestyle changes, stress reduction, exercise or another form of therapy. Paula was born in Newfoundland, raised in Waterloo, Ontario and moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1989. She’s been happily married since 1995 and has 4 curious, stubborn, intelligent and joyful children and menagerie of rescue animals.

Tanya Bryant

I’m excited to share my enthusiasm and knowledge with you at Family Center Therapeutics. I am an essential oil and self-care enthusiast. Creating body-care products with simple, natural ingredients has been a creative passion of mine. I have 6 years of formal teaching experience with a private college in Vancouver and I’m currently completing my Provincial Instructor Diploma through the School of Instructor Education at Vancouver Community College. I’ve always had a knack for breaking complex concepts down into smaller, easy-to-understand elements. The eldest of 9 children, I got a lot of practice explaining things to younger siblings; I’ve mastered the concept of “explain it to me like I’m 5.” I have been known to use outrageous and funny analogies to help you remember key concepts, so be prepared to laugh while you learn. I will be offering several Personal Product Making classes. Please join us in making natural deodorant, lip balm, body oils, bath bombs, salts, scrubs and so much more!

Jay Nahani

After training as a social worker over 15 years ago, Jay realized that her main passion was to elicit and honour people’s stories. Deciding on a creative path, she became a writer and a wordsmith for others, helping people to get in touch with their deepest truths or percolating ideas. Jay appreciates witnessing the spark ignited for individuals and communities in a workshop setting. She welcomes all levels of writers and values holding safe space to guide people in accessing their innate wisdom. She is a published writer, an expressive artist, and a master facilitator, as well as a mother, a lover of Nature, and a dual citizen of the US and Canada.


Our Administration Team


Operations Manager

Bio

I come to Family Center Therapeutics with a business background, and my kids say “Mum, you organise stuff, look out for people and are British” – a weird mix of descriptions, but true! I am a mother, wife, daughter, sister, Aunty, friend and just plain Liz – in no particular order. I take pleasure from the simple, and not so simple, things in life – a cloudless sky, rain splattering on the roof of our tent, a good doughnut and a decent cup of coffee. I have lived in Canada for over 12 years, coming from the UK with a young family and the desire to spend more quality time together; mostly this has been true. Our small family now consists of three children and multiple pets with a strong sense of family in spite of our family being spread all over the globe. Thanks goodness for friends and the technology we now have available to us, it is easier to remain connected. Making connections with people, whether directly, or enabling others to do this, gives me a great deal of satisfaction and is what drives me to do what I do. Being involved at Family Center Therapeutics enables me to “organise stuff , look out for people” and facilitate these connections between people . I am here to work closely with my colleagues doing my thing to allow them to be the best they can be and to be part of a supportive, inclusive space. What is “my thing”? Organising and putting systems in place. In previous positions, I have set up a new office, organised multiple photo days for 700 kids, designed new products, done project buying for a multimillion dollar contract, held Executive roles for various PAC’s and learnt to do aerobatics in light aircraft! Some of these may be useful in my latest role, others not so much, but I am looking forward to what comes next – working at Family Center Therapeutics.


Administrative Assistant

Bio

Melissa brings over 13 years of administrative experience to her role of Administrative Assistant at Family Center Therapeutics. She enjoys serving her community with love and kindness. At work, this translates into being helpful and efficient by phone and email, and making people feel welcome when they arrive at the clinic. She is excited to be part of a team whose primary focus is helping people, and honoured to be helping you. Apart from spreading kindness, Melissa’s primary life passion is music; she sings and plays accordion in local band The Spillionaires, she offers private singing lessons to people who wish to discover their voices, and she dreams of being a sound healing practitioner. She loses herself when dancing, can’t resist a cuddle with her two cats, and enjoys the beauty in each day with her loving partner by her side.

Liz Baldry

I come to Family Center Therapeutics with a business background, and my kids say “Mum, you organise stuff, look out for people and are British” – a weird mix of descriptions, but true! I am a mother, wife, daughter, sister, Aunty, friend and just plain Liz – in no particular order. I take pleasure from the simple, and not so simple, things in life – a cloudless sky, rain splattering on the roof of our tent, a good doughnut and a decent cup of coffee. I have lived in Canada for over 12 years, coming from the UK with a young family and the desire to spend more quality time together; mostly this has been true. Our small family now consists of three children and multiple pets with a strong sense of family in spite of our family being spread all over the globe. Thanks goodness for friends and the technology we now have available to us, it is easier to remain connected. Making connections with people, whether directly, or enabling others to do this, gives me a great deal of satisfaction and is what drives me to do what I do. Being involved at Family Center Therapeutics enables me to “organise stuff , look out for people” and facilitate these connections between people . I am here to work closely with my colleagues doing my thing to allow them to be the best they can be and to be part of a supportive, inclusive space. What is “my thing”? Organising and putting systems in place. In previous positions, I have set up a new office, organised multiple photo days for 700 kids, designed new products, done project buying for a multimillion dollar contract, held Executive roles for various PAC’s and learnt to do aerobatics in light aircraft! Some of these may be useful in my latest role, others not so much, but I am looking forward to what comes next – working at Family Center Therapeutics.

Melissa Elton

Melissa brings over 13 years of administrative experience to her role of Administrative Assistant at Family Center Therapeutics. She enjoys serving her community with love and kindness. At work, this translates into being helpful and efficient by phone and email, and making people feel welcome when they arrive at the clinic. She is excited to be part of a team whose primary focus is helping people, and honoured to be helping you. Apart from spreading kindness, Melissa’s primary life passion is music; she sings and plays accordion in local band The Spillionaires, she offers private singing lessons to people who wish to discover their voices, and she dreams of being a sound healing practitioner. She loses herself when dancing, can’t resist a cuddle with her two cats, and enjoys the beauty in each day with her loving partner by her side.


Our Facilities

Our clinic is designed with our patients in mind. Located on the 7th floor with a westerly view of mountains and water, you can feel at ease in our space. With three treatment rooms, a quiet room, a community room and a welcoming reception area, we invite you to come and have a treatment, a rest, a class or an opportunity to connect with our community. We are located at #712-2525 Willow Street.

Parking
More affordable options:
Free 1-2 hour or metered parallel parking
>> along West 7th Ave., West 8th Ave., Willow St. and Laurel St.
Metered parking on West Broadway
>> No parking on West Broadway 7am-10am or 3pm-7pm
Shopper’s Drug Mart parkade
>> access is from the alley off of Laurel St., between Broadway and W. 8th Ave.
>> $2.00 per hour, $6 per 2-hours
>> parkade closes at 8pm
Behind Michaels Arts & Crafts
>> access if from the alley off of Heather St., between Broadway and West 8th Ave.
>> $3.50 per hour

Closer parking:
Willow Professional Building (this is the building we are in)
>> $5.50/hour
>> This parkade closes at 7pm Mondays-Thursdays, 6pm Fridays, and is closed all day on weekends and holidays
Fairmont Medical Building
>> located directly across Willow St. from our building
>> $5.50/hour
>> open 24 hours

"At Family Center Therapeutics we endeavor to create an environment based on communication, education, trust, and compassion."

- Paula Jaspar, Owner