Our Massage Therapists

Maureen Halvorson, RMT

Maureen is the owner of Alliance Massage Therapy Centre. Through 20 years of massage experience, Maureen has accumulated extensive skills in all aspects of massage therapy’s facets. Altering each treatment to the specific needs of the client, Maureen is dedicated to finding the treatment plan with the highest level of success.

Mike (Maciej) Jurkowski, RMT

Mike has over 21 years of experience as a Registered Massage Therapist in British Columbia and he also speaks fluent Polish. His treatments focus on managing pain through a variety of deep tissue techniques, such as:

  • Systemic deep tissue therapy
  • Trigger point release
  • Deep myofascial release
  • Neuromuscular therapy

Mike is also dedicated to helping patients manage their pain through remedial exercises.

Denise Vanderkuip, RMT

Denise graduated from the 3000 hour program at WCCMT in 2005. She is dedicated to achieving a high standard of care with an emphasis on patient home care and client education. The knowledge she has acquired assists her treatment of a variety of issues including:

  • Injury recovery
  • Headache/migraine treatment
  • Pre and post-surgical care
  • Prenatal treatment

Cheri Goller, RMT, B.Sc

Cheri joined our clinic staff right after graduating from West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1999. She brings her aptitude for sports into her treatments, as she is a marathon runner and played varsity field hockey while attending Simon Fraser University to attain her degree in Kinesiology.

Kelly Hazeldine, RMT

Kelly has been practicing massage therapy since 2004. Her focus is on:

  • Treatment of headaches
  • ICBC related injuries
  • Pre/post natal massage
  • Hot stone massage

Alecia Stephenson, RMT

Alecia graduated with her Registered Massage Therapy (RMT) in 1999. One of Alecia’s main interests is in sports rehabilitation. She represented Canada by playing softball in the Olympics held in Atlanta in 1996.

Jennifer Runghen, RMT

Jennifer graduated in 2004 from West Coast College of Massage. She is interested in all forms of therapy, including:

  • Prenatal massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Headache treatment
  • ICBC related injury treatment

Kathleen Ramsey, RMT

Kathleen graduated in 2015 from West Coast College of Massage Therapy with a diploma in massage therapy. She brings a wealth of experience in the field of massage therapy, with her career background as a holistic practitioner for over 10 years. In the pursuit of increased knowledge; continuing education has allowed Kathleen to integrate her treatment style. Her main approach to treatment focuses on muscle imbalances, structural alignment and soft tissue restrictions, and she is versatile and adaptive according to the condition presented. Some of the manual techniques she uses include: myofascial release, joint mobilizations, trigger point therapy, deep tissue; and deep relaxation techniques to help calm the nervous system. Kathleen loves her active lifestyle, and she often explores the coastal mountain range in the summer and winter months. Kathleen looks forward to meeting new clients, and is dedicated to helping them achieve optimal health and wellness.

Lea Nickel, RMT

Graduating from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy’s 3000 hour program in 2013, Lea has been working full time as a Registered Massage Therapist ever since. Whether it be lingering back pain, headaches and migraines, or a new injury from an accident or fall, Lea has the knowledge to treat them all.  Some of her techniques include deep tissue massage, soft tissue rehabilitation, and myofascial release.

When not helping people with their rehabilitation process, you can find Lea on the hiking trails around the Lower Mainland with her dog or watching late night movies at the Drive-In Theatre.

Isabelle Goh, RMT

Isabelle graduated from the 3000 hour program at West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2011. Her passion to help those in need adds to her treatments in improving their well-being. She loves to motivate each patient, individually, to be proactive in their lives as an important part of of leading a healthy lifestyle. Isabelle is active herself, playing volleyball regularly, as well as partaking in a variety of seasonal outdoor activities. She utilizes modalities such as myofascial release, trigger point release, joint mobilizations, and Swedish massage that accommodate to treatments of chronic pain, stress management, headache/migraine relief, postural imbalances, and sports injury rehab.

Cosmina Irimie, RMT

Cosmina has been practicing as a Registered Massage Therapist since 2015. She is passionate about health, wellness, and the therapeutic benefits of massage therapy. She is committed to working with clients to develop a treatment plan that supports their individual goals for rehabilitation, mobility and optional function. Her treatment methods include:

  • Deep tissue massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Trigger point release
  • Light joint mobilizations
  • Passive stretch techniques.

In her spare time, Cosmina enjoys being outdoors and is active in running, dancing, Pilates, hiking and paddle boarding.

Andrea Allegretto, RMT, BHSc

Andrea graduated from West Coast College of Massage Therapy in December, 2005. In 2015 she graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science degree from Thompson Rivers University.

Since passing the board exams in 2006 she has worked throughout the Metro Vancouver Region, Kamloops, Sun Peaks Resort, BC, and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory while doing locums for other RMTs, and has been at Alliance on a permanent basis since 2021.

Andrea likes to treat using Hot and/or Cold Stones, Myofascial Release and Swedish Massage to help your muscles feel more relaxed.

She looks forward to working with you to help you achieve your wellness goals.

Megan Kennedy, RMT

Megan’s passion for improving people’s lives with pain-free mobility is her main drive for patient success. She brings a wealth of knowledge thanks to an enriched education from West Coast College of Massage Therapy where she graduated in 2016. Her main goals are to help patients achieve whole body health, address muscle imbalances, and improve structural alignment through deep tendon pressure, deep myofascial massage, instrument-assisted soft tissue massage, and postural awareness. Megan has extensive knowledge in yoga movement therapy, giving her an advantage in recommending home-care.
Megan can address ICBC-related injuries, sports injuries, and general massage.  She can take direct billing for Pacific Blue Cross.
In her free time, Megan enjoys Yoga, Meditation, Cycling, and Paddling.

Our Chiropractor

Dr. Neeta Basra

Dr. Basra believes in an integrated approach to chiropractic care. Treatments combine the effectiveness of chiropractic, deep tissue massage, Active Release Techniques (ART), physical therapy, sports rehabilitation and core strengthening. Through the utilization of a multi-disciplinary approach to chiropractic care and sound patient education on home care procedures, her goal as a successful physician is to solve the root of your current problem and prevent the reoccurrence of pain and injury.

Conditions treated include neck and lower back pain, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, TMJ pain, extremity pain (shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle), as well as auto and sports injuries.

Each treatment session is half an hour long. Treatments include a comprehensive history and examination, referral to your medical doctor for any necessary x-rays if needed, and implementation of a personalized treatment plan. Treatment plans are supported by sound patient education which allows for a successful partnership in reaching set health goals.

Dr. Basra is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and completed her Doctorate of Chiropractic from the University of Southern California Health Sciences in 1998. She has been in private practice in the greater Vancouver area since 2000.

Our Acupuncturist

Suzanna Song, RAc

Suzanna is a Registered Acupuncturist. She graduated from the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in April 1995. She has experience treating a variety of conditions related to chronic neck/back pain, tendinitis, soft tissue injuries, fertility, digestive issues and frozen shoulder to name a few. It has proven beneficial for many people to combine massage and acupuncture treatments for optimum recovery and health.