Alicja Kareen ~Registered Massage Therapist, Founder & Clinic Director

Miss Alicja is the proud owner of Hands on Health Corporation bringing over 25 years of business experience to Port Colborne. 

Alicja is a proud Member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO), The Registered Massage Therapist Association of Ontario (RMTAO) a recipient of the 40 UNDER FORTY ~ Business Achievement Award 2012, and member of PCW, Welland Pelham & Fort Erie Chambers of Commerce.

Alicja has refined her professional practice gaining well valued experience at multiple locations along side other health care specialists. From a multidisciplinary health clinic, a tranquil spa setting & also practicing as an independant sports therapist in a local fitness center. Treatments provided in Alicja's care are customized to meet the specific needs of each patient to assist in stress reduction, removing old holding patterns by releasing muscles and resetting through whole body awareness & reconditioning. Her main focus is to support the body’s innate healing processes having experience treating a vast array of health conditions. The effectiveness of this approach to treatment became exceedingly apparent during her 15+ years of practice. Treatments will support optimal functioning of all systems of the body & bring self awareness which is key to the healing & rehabilitation process. 


In 2008 Alicja opened her first health care clinic on West Street, Hands On Health Massage Therapy. Premiering as a sole proprietor, the support & encouragement of patients quickly propelled the expansion of Hands on Health.  
In 2011, Hands On Health Corporation opened its new door on West Street where patients can rehabilitate while relaxing with trusted, professional hands. Clinical services are complimented within our tranquil atmosphere offering additional therapeuitic body and skin care services. Multiple therapists are available to accommodate the growing demand for Niagara Massage Therapy Care.                                                                                                                    


Mrs Shawna McPherson ~Registered Massage Therapist

Mrs Shawna McPherson is a proud member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO), a member of the Registered Massage Therapist Association of Ontario (RMTAO) and a respected Niagara Massage Therapist. A dedicated wife & new mother, Shawna is also an integral part of the Hands on Health team & the profession of massage therapy. With her strong purpose, valued work ethic & genuine determination to make a positive impact on the well being of those in her care, Shawna is a true success in this profession. She has been assisting patients to maintain and restore their functional abilities through her vast experience as a RMT, tailoring each patient’s treatment to be as effective as possible considering not only the presentation of symptoms but the root cause & applies techniques considering the whole body to identify dysfunction. Shawna is passionate about massage therapy because of the wide variety of benefits it can provide, whether it’s to prevent or treat injuries, reduce stress, anxiety, depression or manage optimal health. Applied modalities include myofascial release with medi cupping therapy, relaxing swedish massage therapy techniques, trigger point release, joint mobilization, heat therapy with thermal palms & customized care for pre & post natal patients, junior & senior specific care and specialized treatment for those with physical limitations. As an experienced therapist, Shawna has crafted her ability to meet the specific needs of each patient in her care thus making her a valued and highly sought after therapist. 

Miss Brianna Gava ~ Registered Massage Therapist

Hands on Health is honoured to have Miss Brianna Gava on our therapeutic staff. Graduating from Mohawk College with Honours in the Massage Therapy Program, Brianna is a proud member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). With a passion for athleticism and rehabilitation, Brianna has established her strong presence as a successful niagara massage therapist. She is focussed on providing excellence in care to achieve optimal health & function. Her process is collaborative, working with each patient to identify their immediate and longer term health care goals. Through therapeutic massage, Brianna is treating patients of all ages with a diverse range of conditions including: low back & neck pain, pelvic pain, nerve impingement and compressions, muscle and joint rehabilitation, thoracic immobility, headaches, myo-fascial contractures, muscle tension and cramping, posture dysfunction and much more. A variety of techniques may be used such as; deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, hydrotherapy, myo-fascial release with medi cupping, orthopedic mobilization techniques and swedish massage for relaxation. Miss Brianna spends her spare time at the gym, with family and planning to continue her education as a certified personal trainer! Her continuous drive to succeed paired with her caring, sympathetic nature makes Brianna a truly wonderful therapist on our team.

Ms.Rachel Clarke-Smith ~ Registered Massage Therapist, Reiki Master

Hands on Health is thrilled to announce our newest therapeutic staff member Rachel Clarke-Smith!
In 2010, Rachel earned her Massage Therapy diploma at Canadian Therapeutic College and became a proud member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). With 8 years of experience treating various conditions in clinical and private settings, she continuously expanded on her technical skills.
Rachel initiated her therapeutic career in 2000 upon becoming a Reiki Master of the Usui Shiki Ryoho lineage.This gentle hands-on energy healing modality was a blessing while she focused on her growing family.
Rachel is adept at treating each client's issues for their unique massage therapy needs. She is especially fond of the positive effects of using oil-free Myofascial Release techniques to increase the movement of soft tissue & healing stone therapy for deep muscle relaxation. 
Rachel applies the knowledge & techniques learned in her experienced career, to assist with the release of pain & tension to increase relaxation & mobility. Her treatment approach promotes a general well-being effectively improving symptoms of dysfunction presented by her patients. Having been a dancer throughout her childhood & into young adulthood, there is an innate understanding of the movement of the body & she applies this knowledge to create postural awareness to those in her care. As an established niagara massage therapist, Rachel is a welcome addition to our team of therapists & she looks forward to meeting all patients of Hands on Health!

NEW to Hands on Health, Reiki Healing Treatments and Healing Stone Massage Therapy can also be scheduled with Rachel for deep relaxation and stress relief. Reiki is a natural & effective method of energy healing promoting a balanced mind and body. Hot Stone Massage Therapy is another deep heat option for your body care. Read more about these unique services added to our list of therapeutic options!

Miss Amanda Klingbeil ~ Clinic Assistant

Miss Amanda Klingbeil joined Hands on Health in the Fall of 2016 as a co-op student and quickly became a welcomed part of the crew. Amanda will continue to assist staff & patients of Hands on Health as Clinic assistant while furthering her education at Niagara College within the administrative field. Amanda is a dedicated professional and remains committed to her position while working dilegently through her schooling. We are so pleased to have her helping hands & warm smile assisting our clinic to run efficiently!

Mrs. Amanda Schmitz-Tedesco ~ Clinic Assistant

Hands on Health is so pleased to have Mrs. Amanda Schmitz-Tedesco with the Hands on Health Team as one of our greatly appreciated Clinic Assistants. Amanda attended Niagara College for training in medical administration and her experience in the field will be highly valued in our office. Enthusiastic and personable, Amanda is an outgoing individual with a passion to contribute, support & make a difference whereever she is involved. Amanda looks forward to fostering a professional relationship with her co-workers & all patients of Hands on Health. 

Miss Brittney Dapice ~ Clinic Assistant

We are so pleased to welcome another talented assistant to our Team! Miss Brittney Dapice is a new resident of Port Colborne and joins us with much experience & skill in the administration field, making her an ideal addition to our staff. She displays a positive & uplifting personality with an eagerness to blend in with our clinic routine & assist with the many needs of our loyal clients. Brittney looks forward to meeting everyone & is thrilled to be a part of Hands on Health.

    Massage Therapy is recommended for & can effectively treat the following...

    Muscle Tension, Strain/Sprain & Spasm
    Migraine, Tension, Cluster Headaches
    TMJ Syndrome
    Sciatica / Pseudosciatica
    Spinal Disc Herniation
    Tendonitis /Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    Plantar Fasciitis
    Tennis/Golfers Elbow
    Adhesive Capsulitis/ Frozen Shoulder
    Post Surgical Rehabilitation
    Pregnancy & Labour Support
    Postural Disorders
    Torticollis/ Wry neck/ Whip Lash
    Insomnia/Depression/Stress Disorders
    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    Diabetes / Circulatory Dysfunction
    Cancer Support Treatments
    Many other symptoms & conditions


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