Setting a Precedence
As moves are being made to regulate Massage Therapy practices in Alberta, Balanced Health + Wellness has decided to take a step ahead of the game to make sure we are offering the best Therapy options for our clientele. Insurance companies have already made it clear. They want to make sure clients who are accessing insurance coverage for massage are seeing a Therapist who has taken the most in depth education offered in our province. In Alberta, a 2200 hour Registered Massage Therapist is billable to ALL insurance companies and has access to Direct Billing to many insurance companies. As of now, Balanced Health + Wellness only employs Registered Massage Therapists who have completed their 2200 hour designation so we can be sure to offer the best coverage and treatment for all of our clients. Balanced Health + Wellness was one of the first clinics in Lacombe to offer Direct Billing to multiple insurance companies and can now offer that with all the Therapists practicing in our clinic. All Therapists in our clinic are carefully vetted and must complete a personal face to face AND practical hands on interview prior to being hired. We want to make sure all of our Therapists have the skills you need to feel better. Balanced Health + Wellness Therapists are required to be registered in good standing with an approved massage therapist’s association and must follow up on all of their continuing education credits. We are always looking for new modalities and treatments to make sure our clients are getting the best treatment possible. We are working hard to make sure our clinic is setting a precedence in quality massage therapy treatment in Lacombe.
Nicole Fauria - Owner-Operator
Nicole Fauria, Dip. KNSS, BPE, RMT
My name is Nicole Fauria and I am the Owner and President of Balanced Health + Wellness. I am a Registered Massage Therapist with the Remedial Massage Therapy Association of Alberta (RMTA) with a 2200 hour Diploma from the Alberta Institute of Massage in Red Deer where I also have been privilaged to be a part time Anatomy and Physiology Instructor there. I specialize in Therapeutic Massage Therapy (deep tissue and treating conditions and/or injuries), Prenatal Massage, Sports Massage, Myofascial Massage Cupping, and Reflexology treatment. I was born and raised in Lacombe and married my High School Sweetheart, Ryan, in August of 2006. We have 4 beautiful children, 2 boys and 2 girls, who keep us on our toes at all times.
Previous to attending massage school I received a Diploma of Kinesiology from Red Deer College and a Bachelors Degree of Physical Education from the University of Alberta with a specialty in Physical Activity and Sports Performance. I worked for 5 years as an Exercise Rehabilitation Therapist at a prestigious Sports Medicine Clinic in Red Deer. For 10 years I worked alongside many elite sports teams including the Red Deer College Queen’s hockey team, Red Deer Midget AAA Rebels, Central Alberta Buccaneers Senior Men’s Football team, and Red Deer Major Junior Lacrosse, to name a few. I’ve also had the opportunities to work at some amazing short term competition events such as the U16 Alberta Cup, Alberta Winter Games, and the World Master Games.
I feel what sets me apart from other Therapist’s is all of the experience I’ve had treating many different conditions. My extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and how the body heals as well as the use of exercise rehab and dynamic strength and conditioning training helps me use a holistic approach to my treatments and gives me a deeper understanding of what my clients need.
Amanda McNeill, RMT
Amanda McNeill grew up in Erskine Alberta just west of Stettler. She graduated from Alberta Institute of Massage Therapy in Red Deer in 2016. She then moved to Cochrane for 3 years to start her career off at a chiropractor clinic. She also started her family during this time and is now a mother to a beautiful baby boy and is currently planning her wedding for June 1 2019. Amanda recently moved back to Blackfalds t be closer to her finance's job and her family.
Amanda excels in deep therapeutic massage. She also has her dynamic cupping course as well as level 1 & 2 of sports massage. However she is able to offer relaxation massage and reflexology to who ever needs it. “ I remember I was 14 and my uncle was driving me home from babysitting and he was asking me what I wanted to do when I grow up, where I wanted to go to College. I honestly had no idea and he told me that whatever I decide to do I make sure I love it, make sure I am passionate about it that way it wont feel like work. I thought to myself YA okay uncle, its always going to feel like a job no matter what. But then I became a massage therapist and I now know what he was talking about. I love being a therapist and when you love something you want to be good at it and if you are good at it you want to keep doing it.”
Dana MacKinnon, RMT
Dana studied Remedial massage therapy at WCRMT in Regina,Saskatchewan2000-2002 and graduated with the principal's award of excellence. She has 17 years of Massage practice.
She worked in Saskatchewan for a year before accepting a position at
Dana has studied jade stone, aroma therapy, and Shiatsu Massage that she incorporates into therapeutic massage. More recently she’s taken a course on Manual Lymphatic Drainage that i hope to use soon within her treatments and is looking to get her cupping certification as well. Canada Olympic Park in calgary. Following that she worked in a Chiropractic clinic and salon and spa in Calgary. After moving to Grande Prairie, she worked with another Chiropractor, then at World Gym and in a clinic along side a Bowen Therapist.
Out of work, Dana stays busy with her family. Her 3 active kids participate in many competitive sports.
Sarah Fergusson, RMT
Sarah graduated from Alberta institute of Massage in 2016. She believes massage and energy work can help with unity and aid in healing the whole set. Using a combination of fluid motion, nurturing touch and symmetry. She created a relaxed state in the body and mind while tending to each clients individualized needs. She applies a mixture of deep tissue, myofascial techniques and trigger point therapy to release tension. One of her favourite modalities is prenatal massage and particularly integrating the use of heated jade stones into the treatment.
Jesse Bosch, RMT
Jesse recieved her 2200 hour RMT certificate in saskatoon in 2008. She has many additional modalities inadvanced myofascial therapy for the head neck and shoulders, Manual lymphatic drainage, pregnancy, sport and more.
She hopes to move into Chinese medicine techniques in the future.
Outside of work she competes with her horses and travels the country with her petting zoo.
Kendra Volker, RMT (Student Therapist)
Kendra was born and raised in Stettler Alberta. She currently enrolled in her second year of massage therapy at the Alberta Institute of Massage. She was drawn to massage for its natural ability to reduce stress, muscle tension and pain also bringing people a sense of comfort and connection with their body as a whole. Working with many people through student practicum/clinic developed her passion for massage therapy by helping the clients gain relieve from physical and emotional stress.
Kendra enjoys spending her spare time with family and friends hiking, golfing, dirt biking and camping.
Teagan Cunningham, Kendra Volker and Mandy Brown are our amazing admin relief. They help us out with laundry, cleaning, bookings, and so many more odds and ends! We are so lucky to have these awesome people with us.