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 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.

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 a team of trusted, professional hands. Clinical services are complimented within our tranquil atmosphere offering additional therapeutic body and wellness 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 spasm, 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 and highly valued therapist on our team.

Mrs Leslie Allen ~ Registered Massage Therapist

Hands on Health is excited to welcome Mrs.Leslie Allen to our therapeutic staff to assist with our high appointment demand, summer schedule adjustments & to provide professional, experienced care to all patients of the clinic from May 2019 to October 2019.
Leslie is a graduate of Sutherland Chan College in Toronto where she received her Massage Therapy diploma in 2004. As a registered member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, her 15 years of practice has provided fortunate opportunity to travel and work in a variety of settings and countries. This has given her great opportunity to gain a vast amount of experience working with many clients, treating a variety of conditions. 
Leslie and her family's travels have now brought them back to Ontario where she is originally from and she looks forward to meeting and caring for the members of Hands on Health clinic for the upcoming months.
Leslie's treatment style focuses on body awareness & homecare maintenance to assist with posture corrections and to improve proper body mechanics while at work, home or daily routines. Leslie will customize her treatments to suit your individual needs whether you are seeking quiet time to relax & decompress or mobilize once pain is managed with careful, effective techniques. Scheduling with Leslie is variable throughout each week & open to all as in part with our team therapy clinical approach. 

Mrs. Tricia Dickie ~ Clinic Assistant

We are so pleased to have the support of our long-time friend Mrs. Tricia Dickie. As a resident of Port Colborne with her husband, 2 kids, and family dog - who rounds out the family, she is a familiar face to many patients of the clinic. Tricia is active in her family & work life and looks forward to bringing over 25 years experience with Administration to Hands on Health.  Her sincere smile and welcoming demeanor are an asset to us and we look forward to having the benefits of Tricia's support & expertise at the clinic!

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 has remained committed to the clinic & continued to assist staff & patients of Hands on Health while building her career in the medical assistant field. Amanda is a dedicated young lady, a valued professional & friend. We are so proud to have her helping hands & warm smile assisting our clinic to run efficiently!

Mrs. Amanda Schmitz-Tedesco ~ Clinic Assistant

We are so pleased to have Mrs. Amanda Schmitz-Tedesco with the Hands on Health Team as one of our greatly appreciated Clinic Assistants, talented photographer and loyal friend. Amanda attended Niagara College for training in medical administration and her experience in the field will be highly valued in our office. Amanda has continued to support the clinic throughout her career growth & we are so proud of her efforts! Enthusiastic and personable, Amanda is an outgoing individual with a passion to contribute, support & make a difference whereever she is involved. Amanda is committed to fostering a professional relationship with her co-workers & all patients of Hands on Health.

Mrs. Sherri Richard ~ Clinic Assistant

Welcoming Mrs.Sherri Richard to our valued staff of assistants! Sherri is a loving wife, mother and a dear friend to so many at Hands on Health. She brings over 25 years of experience in Business Development & Administration to our clinic. She is also an active member in good standing of the Canadian Payroll Association. Sherri is excited to make a significant contribution and to be a valued member of the Hands on Health team! 

    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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