Illegal Practitioners

Under provisions of the Massage Therapy Act, 1991, only individuals who are registrants of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario are permitted to:

  • Use the protected title of and/or “Registered Massage Therapist” or “Massage Therapist” (the two terms are equivalent);
  • Use any variation of these two titles or abbreviations, including but not limited to “RMT” and “MT”;
  • Claim they provide “Massage Therapy.”

The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario has secured the following protected titles under the Federal Trade-marks Act:

  • Registered Massage Therapist
  • Massage Therapist
  • RMT
  • MT
  • Massage Therapy
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Massothérapie
  • Massage thérapeutique
  • Massothérapeute

Sometimes, individuals may have taken courses in Massage Therapy within Ontario or in other provinces. In taking these courses, these individuals may be aware of some aspects of the profession but they cannot refer to themselves as a Massage Therapist nor are they permitted to refer to their care or services provided as the practice of Massage Therapy in Ontario. To verify that someone is a Massage Therapist, you can search the Register of College registrants.

In addition, some individuals may hold membership in any one of the various associations or organizations within Canada that provide them with use of one of the protected titles listed above and a registration number. These titles and registration numbers do not apply within Ontario and any person found using any protected title within the province, regardless of the membership in an association or education, are considered illegal practitioners engaged in unauthorized practice.

Those who engage with or make allowances for illegal practitioners place the public in harm’s way. The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario is committed to protection of the public interest in these circumstances.

 

 

List of Illegal Practitioners

The individuals listed below have been, or are in the process of being, prosecuted under the Massage Therapy Act, 1991 and the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. These individuals are not registrants of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and are not entitled to practise Massage Therapy in Ontario or hold themselves out as a “Massage Therapist,” “Registered Massage Therapist,” “MT” or “RMT.”

  • The Canadian Examining Board Of Health Care Practitioners and Colin Paddon, Michele Anes, Bridget Le Chat, Jan Benham, Doris Morely, Leea Mitchell, Mathias Nauts, Ronald Nauts, Richard Zirler) – Toronto
  • Svetlana Kojeko – North York
  • Active Massage Therapy Sports Clinic and Maureen Rutter – Pickering
  • Jenny Tran – Toronto
  • Karmen Luttrell – Sudbury
  • Yvette Bazarin-Ulett – Port Perry
  • Positive Fitness and Wellness and Sandra Correa – Hamilton
  • George Workman – Mississauga
  • Mandara Spa – Woodbridge
  • Just Relax Wellness Centre and Ivy De Koning – Richmond Hill
  • Ocean Nature Health Center, Ocean Spa and Zou Fan (Amy) Lam – North York
  • Chu Yun Li – Scarborough
  • Rhonda Riordon – Toronto
  • Chakra Spa and Lisa Julien – Toronto
  • Tu Hoa Beauty Centre and Huiling Chen and Fenghua Wang – Toronto
  • A & P Therapy and Acupuncture Center and Angela Wu – Scarborough
  • Katherine Frost and Valentini Hair Design Limited – Guelph
  • Xu Ting Wei, Mindy Pan and Faye Beauty Centre – North York
  • Sharon Frohwein – Richmond Hill
  • Relaxology Health Centre Corporation, Relaxology Wellness Centre Corp, Relaxology Wellness Centre, Teresa Ming Hsin (a/k/a Ming-Chien Chen a/k/a Teresa Chen) and Hong Yan Liu (a/k/a Nancy Hongyan Liu) – Mississauga
  • Carolyn McDonald – Ajax
  • Yan Wang and Forever Health Centre – Scarborough
  • Jennifer Hsieh and Greenway Spa – Toronto
  • Dannielle McDougall – Wallaceburg
  • Michael Mu – Toronto
  • Bi Cheng Health Centre Inc. and Jia Li Dai – Toronto
  • Colin Andruniak – Newmarket
  • Irina Cuicioglo – Ottawa
  • Ashley Soldera – Woodbridge
  • Brooke Harrison – Brantford

For further information, or if you are aware of any of these individuals continuing to use a protected title of this College, please contact professionalconduct@cmto.com.

Notices

Notice regarding Brandon Raynor’s School of Natural Therapies (an educational program that does not lead to Registration with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and the right to use the protected titles, “Massage Therapist and Registered Massage Therapist”)

The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario are aware of Mr. Brandon Raynor and his activities in providing Massage Therapy education in Ontario and his comments regarding Massage Therapy as a regulated health profession.

The College has been actively looking into Mr. Raynor’s activities for a couple of years and have also been in contact with the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia in this regard. In addition, information about Mr. Raynor’s activities has been shared with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and the Ministry of Small Business and Consumer Services, both of whom may have an interest in the claims he is making and his educational programs that will not prepare individuals to take the certification examinations in Ontario.

Notwithstanding these efforts, members of the profession must remember that Massage Therapy is not a protected scope of practice and, as such, it is in the “public domain.” However, because the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario holds the federal “Official Marks” on the terms “Massage Therapy” and “therapeutic massage” and the title “Massage Therapist,” and the Massage Therapy Act, 1991 protects the title of “Massage Therapist” for use by registrants of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario only, Mr. Raynor is not permitted to use these terms and titles in connection with his business in Canada and specifically Ontario. The matter is complicated because much of Mr. Raynor’s advertising is international in scope and this proves difficult to prosecute.

Update: The Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities issued a restraining order against Brandon Raynor’s School of Natural Therapies Pty Ltd. which was advertising an unregistered private career college and unapproved vocational programs. Brandon Raynor’s School came into compliance on April 15, 2010 by discontinuing the advertising of an unregistered private career college and unapproved vocational programs.