Team

Renowned staff from wide-ranging disciplines

Linda Hoppe, Bkin, TRP, MT

Linda Hoppe is the Proud Owner, CEO, and co-founder of Seminars for Health Inc, the Western Canada leader in Massage Therapy, Advanced online and in-person Education. Linda has utilized her 30+ years of experience treating, instructing, curriculum design, and course development to acquire the best faculty to develop courses exclusive to Seminars for Health.

Linda is the SFH Orthopedic Massage, SFH Kinetic Massage, SFH Assisted Stretching, and Target Muscle Release Online Certification programs creator. In addition, Linda has published and created Dynamic Muscle Base, Kinetic Method principles, and SFH Orthopedic Massage Handbook. Linda’s passion for elevating the profession of massage therapy is evident through her creation and offering of high-quality continuing education courses. Linda was proudly inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2020 at the World Massage Festival. Linda has an innate gift for instruction and develops comprehensive and challenging courses yet achievable. Her course delivery is clear, confident, and caring.

Mara Boaru, PT, BScPT, RMT

Mara is an excellent instructor choice for you if you want more precision in your work. Creator and instructor of SFH Intraoral TMJ with Precision Program and co-instructor of the SFH Orthopedic Massage and Kinetic Massage Certification programs, Mara provides superior instruction, explaining distinct specifics of finger placement, to effect best treatment results. She has a tremendous amount of patience in teaching detailed anatomy and palpation skills. She is known for her attentiveness, humor and approachable style. This is a perfect combination to have when instructing intraoral palpation of a vulnerably and hidden area.

Human movement is Mara’s fascination and passion. Obtaining a Physiotherapy degree in 2008, she went on to strengthening her hands-on skills, graduating from Mount Royal University Massage Therapy program in 2010. Mara is an avid learner, acquiring an abundance of continuing education courses and seminars.  Her special interests are mobility, palpation, jaw and neck regions. Her talents are demonstrated by instructing the SFH Orthopedic Massage, SFH Kinetic Massage, and SFH Dynamic Cupping Certification programs and Cadaver Lab.

Dominique Hoppe

Dominique is the Assistant Manager for Seminars for Health. He is vital in implementing and managing the system for both online and in-person training platforms. Being with the company since 2015, he can propose a solution thriving for efficient system operations and customer service. Dominique works closely with management and is an excellent asset to the company.

Yolaine Leitao

Yolaine is the Customer Service & Operation’s backbone that supports our Seminars for Health community. From her Food Scientist background and quality management work in the food industry, Yolaine also provided Consumer Service while raising her family.

Yolaine is the person to get the job done with her dynamism, problem-solving skills and attention to detail. Highly motivated, she is passionate about supporting people.  Yolaine is the friendly face that you can rely on to welcome and support your needs through your continuing education; she is happy to help you.  Yolaine can be reached at info@seminarsforhealth.ca

Jocelyn Hansen, RMT

Jocelyn’s massage specializing is with cervical treatments, headaches and MVA rehabilitation. She successfully integrates SFH Dynamic Cupping into her therapeutic practice to help decompress tissues to achieve optimal recovery for her clients. She recognizes that no single approach is right for every individual. Her treatment approach is catered to be as personalized as possible and greatly enhanced with her skills as an SFH Dynamic Cupping and Massage therapist. Jocelyn’s positive, warm personality and desire to help which makes her a perfect fit to instruct the SFH Dynamic Cupping Program offered by Seminars For Health. Jocelyn is an avid continuing education participant; she is always looking for new ways to improving her skills and become a better therapist and business woman. She is a Mount Royal University’s 2200 hour Massage Therapy Diploma program graduate.

Lisa Gossen, BSc, RMT, CHNC

Lisa brings extensive knowledge from her wide education background. She obtained her Bachelor of Science from the University of Calgary, a diploma in Massage Therapy from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy and is a graduate from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition as a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant.

Lisa has been practicing Massage Therapy for 28 years. Her experience treating clients in a wide variety of settings including chronic pain clinics, chiropractic offices, and spas. She has taught advanced Massage Therapy techniques and provided Health Care Seminars as a Health Educator for companies such as The City of Calgary, Encana Corporation and Seminars for Health. Lisa is the course developer and instructor of the Holistic Nutrition series of courses. She provides an attainable holistic nutrition approach that can benefit anyone.

She is currently the owner of Inner Balance Spa in Calgary where she continues to practice therapeutic massage, Myofascial Release and Nutritional consulting.

Denny Paccagnan, BA, RMT

Denny Paccagnan has passionately practiced hands-on therapy for 22 years. As a result of Denny’s desire to learn, he is fully certified in Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT) and completed numerous myofascial release courses taught by John Barnes and Barry Jenings. His desire and enthusiasm to learn keeps him informed on the latest myofascial and lymphatic techniques.

From his high-level of education and training, Denny created this unique Fascial Decompression course. This outstanding method was developed from his 22,000+ hours of successful “hands-on” therapeutic work experience and immense continuing education knowledge including inspiration of John F. Barnes. Fascia and lymphatics is Denny’s specialty. His philosophy is to help the body initiate its own innate natural healing response, allowing the injury or problem to heal itself.

Denny is a very calming therapist and instructor to be around. His remarkable, gentle and non-invasive healing approach is very effective at successfully treating patients who do not respond to any other treatment.

Chris Slinn, RMT

Chris, a certified Master Instructor,  teaches the SFH Kinetic Massage Certification Program for Seminars for Health.  Additionally, Chris is a certified Egoscue Postural Alignment Therapist, an SFH Kinetic and Orthopedic Massage Therapist. He has been practicing Massage Therapy since 2016 after completing his massage therapy training with Makami college. Chris is currently working in a Chiropractic clinic in Calgary, helping clients with everyday pain, motor vehicle accidents, and common structural conditions. Chris is a firm believer in Advanced Education in Massage Therapy and is an excellent asset to our SFH team!

Clarissa Eshleman, RMT

Clarissa Eshleman is a Massage Therapist, graduating from Mount Royal University’s 2200 Hour Massage Therapy Program in 2013. She has been a vital asset to the Seminars for Health Team since 2016 as a teaching assistant to an instructor position. Clarissa specializes and teaches Dynamic Cupping,  Orthopedic Massage, TMJ, and Kinetic Massage.

She has an ever-growing passion for advanced education in the Massage Therapy Field and strives to increase her knowledge to continue to share and educate health care practitioners after her. She is a strong supporter of a healthy lifestyle and natural alternatives to heal ailments, prevention of injury, and stress management through massage therapy.

Mike Horne, RMT

Mike has been practicing massage therapy for 15 years, has been a Massage Therapy instructor since 2003; starting to teach at ICT Northumberland College in Halifax Nova Scotia as well as CCMH Halifax and Calgary campuses. Mike has been involved with many different sections of the profession from Cruise Ships, land based resorts in other countries, along with setting up a training academy in the UK for a the cruise ship spa company. His practice has been varied and dynamic throughout the years ranging from National and professional Athletes, to the theater and dance communities, along with special population groups from chronic pain and neurological conditions. His treatment plans are effectively focused with his vast knowledge and experience of assessment skills.

He is currently a Lead instructor at Mount Royal University’s Massage Therapy program and has been with them since 2010, and was also involved with the curriculum review group and rewrite. He is a talented instructor and presenter who delivers the material in a logical and comprehensible manner. He was the lead massage therapist at Landmark Collaborative Health and is sitting on the board of directors for the MTAA.

Marina Locke, RMT, RYT(500), CST, Doula

You will meet Marina Locke instructing the PrePostanatal certification program in the Seminars for Health classroom. Marina, originally from Calgary, is now calling New Zealand home. She is a senior Massage Therapist with over 30 years of experience working with clients, integrating skills such as Massage Therapy, PrePostnatal Massage, Craniosacral therapy, Visceral manipulation,  SFH Dynamic Cupping/stone therapy, SFH Orthopedic Massage, and Yoga.

In 1994, in collaboration with Linda Hoppe and  Judith Johnson,  Marina became a proud owner as they opened a specialized maternity clinic in the Peter Lougheed Hospital in Calgary, Alberta. The first massage clinic within a hospital in Canada. It was the first of its kind, offering perinatal massage therapy, pain options (for birth), doula services, infant massage, and professional training.—We are happy to have Marina as Seminars for Health faculty members.

Cheryl Harsch, RMT

Cheryl recognized her passion for health and wellness at a young age. After successfully obtaining a 2200 hrs. Massage Therapy diploma from Mount Royal University in June 2014, Cheryl worked with a chiropractic centre, wellness centre specializing in lymph drainage therapy, and as a mobile therapist throughout Calgary and Cochrane.

Cheryl continues to invest in herself by acquiring additional education while developing and honing her skills. In addition to her personal growth, Cheryl believes patient education and understanding are a fundamental part of ensuring each person reaches their optimum state of well-being and improving their quality of life.

Cheryl has a strong internal and external client service focus, commitment to excellence and professionalism with the highest job performance standards. Her empathic and nurturing personality makes her an asset with Seminars for Health as she can personally relate to our students. As a Teacher Assistant, our students will feel supported and comforted by Cheryl’s friendly demeanour as she empowers them while learning a new skill.

Cristina McDonagh, RMT

Cristina is part of the SFH team as a teaching assistant. She has completed her 2200 + hrs training at Makami College Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy Program and is an active member of the CRMTA. Cristina focuses her practice on injury rehabilitation treating sports-related conditions, motor vehicle accidents, and postural dysfunction.

She has proudly completed certifications in SFH Kinetic Massage, SFH Orthopedic Massage, SFH Dynamic Cupping, and RAPID Neurofascial Reset.

Cristina has also travelled to Bali, Indonesia, where she has learned techniques in Traditional Balinese Massage. She integrates and applies her learned techniques during her treatments to provide her clients with effective and individualized therapy. Cristina has a thirst for knowledge and a passion for advanced massage therapy education. As a Teacher’s Assistant, Cristina’s warm, cheerful, and accepting nature allows students to flourish while learning and honing new skills.

Kathleen Andreiuk, BA, RMT

We are excited to welcome Kathleen to the Seminars for Health faculty. Kathleen will join our growing team of TAs always available to support our instructors. Kathleen graduated from MacEwan Universities Massage Therapy program in 2015. She works in a physiotherapy clinic treating a variety of patients. Kathleen has been trained as a Physical and Occupational Therapy Assistant and has a Bachelor of Arts. Her hobbies include weight lifting and kickboxing as well as outdoor activities like camping, hiking, and snowshoeing. Seminars for Health is excited to have such a diverse skillset and be a part of the team.

Bob Cross, BPE, RMT

An education leader, Bob has elevated the massage therapy industry through his academic contributions. He is respected amongst Seminars for Health’s faculty of instructors and by the massage therapy industry for his knowledge and passion to raise the overall standards of massage therapy. Bob has been heavily involved within the massage education sector including being a co-founder of Seminars for Health with Linda Hoppe. He has been teaching various components of Massage Therapy for 20+ years. He was a Senior Instructor with Mount Royal University and currently Department Head and Senior Instructor with MaKami College and instructor with Seminars for Health. Bob is appreciated by his students for his gift of delivery when teaching. Bob’s talent and reputation solidified Seminars for Health’s entrance rights to instruct gross anatomy at the Cadaver Lab at Foothills Hospital. His astute anatomy skills makes him especially invaluable as a Cadaver Lab and Palpation with Precision instructor.

Shelby Stewart

Shelby is a marketing consultant for Seminars for Health. She is responsible for our brand & marketing efforts and works closely with the team to ensure that we are communicating effectively. She has over 10 years of marketing and digital strategy experience that she brings to the team.