Message from the President: Welcome New Council Members!

Spring 2018

I am pleased to announce that as a result of the election that took place on Jan. 11th, 2018, CMTO has a number of new Council members. CMTO’s Council consists of Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs), elected by their peers in nine districts in the province, as well as Public Members, who are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor-in-Council of Ontario. I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce our recently elected and acclaimed Council members: In District 2, Dawn Oehring, RMT In District 4, Shannon Marshall, RMT In District 5, Kimberley Westfall-Connor, RMT In District 7, Nevenko Jeftic, RMT On behalf of CMTO’s Council and staff, we welcome Dawn, Nevenko, and Shannon, and we welcome Kimberley back to CMTO’s Council! Learn more about our 2018 Council members below.

Dawn Oehring, RMT, has been practising Massage Therapy for the past eight years. Since graduating in 2010, Dawn has worked across a variety of practice settings. Currently, Dawn is the owner of Core Elements, a Massage Therapy clinic based in Orleans. Her experience includes working with professional athletes, volunteering at public fitness events and working at a variety of clinics within the Ottawa area. Dawn was also recently awarded the Orleans Chamber of Commerce “New Business of the Year Award” (2106). As a Massage Therapist, entrepreneur, clinic owner and community ambassador, Dawn’s goal is to ensure honesty, respect and quality assurance in the Massage Therapy profession, and ensure that all clients receive the highest standards of care with proper communication, assessment and treatment in support of their health and personal well-being.

Nevenko (Neven) Jeftic, RMT, graduated from Kikkawa College in 2000, and since graduation has worked in a variety of clinical settings. For the past 13 years he has been working at a busy multidisciplinary clinic in Mississauga. Since 2009, he has been teaching Pathophysiology at Kikkawa College.

Shannon Marshall is a Massage Therapist who supports paediatric patients at The Hospital for Sick Children to help with pain and symptom management, and has been in this role since 2007. She has over four years of experience instructing ethics and legislation, and therapeutic relations classes at a private school in Toronto.

Kim Westfall-Connor has been a regulated health professional since becoming a Massage Therapist in 2006. Kim also holds an Honours BA in Law and Society from York University (2001) as well as a certificate in Health Law from Osgoode Hall Law School (2013). Kim has a strong interest in health law, ethics, and policy development and how these areas affect the Massage Therapy profession and healthcare as a whole, both now and in the future. Kim has served as a non-council member on the CMTO’s Discipline Committee from 2010 to 2014. She has been a Board Member for the North Simcoe Muskoka Community Care Access Centre (NSM CCAC), a block parent in her community, as well as a member of the Global Medic disaster response team. She believes in civic engagement and has always strived to maintain both local and international volunteer commitments.

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