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About

 Healing Tree Massage & Wellness Studio

Healing Tree is a collective of Healthcare Professionals who are committed to helping you attain your goals of health and wellness through Registered Massage Therapy, Acupuncture and Wellness Workshops.

We aspire to create a welcoming environment where you can relax and feel rewarded for taking time for you. Every effort has been made to make your time with us worthwhile. Our convenient online booking system ensures that your days of telephone tag to book an appointment are long behind you. 

We feel very fortunate to be able to do what we love as our professions and we strive to give every client exceptional quality of care.

We believe in empowering our clients and will encourage you to take ownership of your health. We emphasize education on your specific health concern and provide instruction on home care exercises that will help you attain your goals of health and wellness.

Our Green Commitment

Healing Tree is strongly committed to the environment and we make every effort to make ‘green’ choices. By choosing low VOC paint for our new studio, eco friendly cleaning products, ethically and environmental friendly sourced promotional materials and finding creative ways of reducing energy consumption we are committed to being stewards to the environment and hope to set a positive example in our community.

We look forward to helping you attain your goals of health and wellness at Healing Tree!

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Talia Garner-Smith, RMT

 Registered Massage Therapist/CIMT/Owner

It is with great joy that Talia brings to you Healing Tree Massage & Wellness Studio. Healing Tree comes from Talia’s vision that by creating a warm, welcoming and supportive environment, everyone can attain optimal health and well-being. She invites us all to embrace a slower way of being and to take time to reconnect with Self.

Being a Registered Massage Therapist is a profoundly fulfilling profession for Talia. It has afforded her many incredible opportunities over the last 10 years giving her the chance to travel within Canada and abroad to gain valuable experience treating a wide variety of conditions some of which include common sports injuries, post surgical care, nerve impingement syndromes, scoliosis, repetitive strain injuries, edema, sciatica and headaches/migraines.

Talia takes every opportunity to better her skills through enrolling in many continuing education courses annually. Her treatments may include myofasical release, osteopathic manipulations, muscle energy technique, trigger point therapy and active isolated stretching inter-weaved with traditional swedish massage techniques.

When Talia isn’t at Healing Tree she can be spotted snowboarding on the north shore mountains, hula hooping in the park, playing in the ocean or listening to some classic vinyl.

Talia’s ability to make you feel relaxed and comfortable coupled with her talent to see the body comprehensively will make you feel ensured that you are in good hands. She looks forward to meeting you at Healing Tree and to helping you attain your goals of health and well-being.

Continued Education

Infant Massage Teacher Certification
Muscle Energy Technique for the Back, Neck and Hips
Fascial Release
Osteopathic Manipulations
Assisted Isolated Stretching
Pre-Natal Yoga Instruction

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Crystal Simser, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

Crystal joins the Healing Tree team with 10 years of massage therapy experience. She is knowledgeable in treating a wide range of conditions including postural dysfunctions, post-surgical breast care, respiratory conditions and everyday issues affecting the musculo-skeletal system.

When Crystal isn’t at Healing Tree she can be found strapping on her roller skates, polishing her superb green thumb or in the kitchen whipping up one of her famously delicious vegetarian dishes.

Crystal aspires to make each treatment personalized and to assist her clients in attaining a healthier and more active lifestyle.

Continued Education

Osteopathic Manipulation

Muscle Energy Technique for the Back

Post Surgical Breast Care

TMJ Treatment

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Sue Hartling, B.Sc. RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

Sue’s interest in health lead her to complete a Bachelor of Science in Biology at St. Mary’s University in Halifax. Travel and work brought her to Vancouver, where she worked in the field of community living before deciding to study Massage Therapy.

Sue’s focus as an RMT has been in Systemic Deep Tissue Therapy®, which approaches the body as a whole unit – treating not only the symptoms but the cause of musculoskeletal problems.

As a practitioner of Hatha Yoga, Sue likes to share with her clients particular Yoga poses or simple stretches that can benefit them.

In her practice, Sue has had experience in treating a wide variety of conditions including, postural pain syndromes, whiplash, sprains and strains, carpel tunnel syndrome, tendinitis and headaches to name a few.

When Sue is not at Healing Tree she can be found at home doing Yoga or meditating, or in Mount Pleasant being walked by her dog Zuzu.

With a focus on promoting postural balance, Sue uses a variety of techniques in treatment, including Systemic Deep Tissue Therapy®, Myo-Fascial Release, Trigger Point Release, Neuromuscular Treatment, Joint Mobilization, Acupressure and Swedish Massage.

Continued Education

Systemic Deep Tissue Therapy®

Osteopathic Manipulations

Jin Shin Do Acupressure®

Functional Weight Training and Rehab

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Sonia Boote, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

Sonia is a graduate of the West Coast College of Massage Therapy comprehensive RMT program, and the Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage spa therapy program. Growing up, she was a competitive gymnast, and knows first hand the benefits of massage therapy for strength, stamina and stability.

As a bodyworker in the spa industry, she practiced many modalities for relaxation and stress relief, including shiatsu, aromatherapy, reflexology and deep flow massage.   She wanted to build more on her knowledge of therapeutic technique and human anatomy, and decided to take the next step and become an RMT. She is very happy with the knowledge and experience she gained throughout school which she continues to apply to her practice as an RMT.

She is passionate about helping her patients achieve optimal levels of health and wellness in their life through assessment and treatment tailored to their specific needs.  She believes in a whole body approach to treatment and relaxation.

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Whit Truong, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

Whit is a recent graduate of the massage therapy program at West Coast College of Massage.

Whit believes each individual is unique and tailors each treatment specifically to each client’s needs. Focusing on rehabilitative massage, Whit uses a wide variety of techniques in treatment, including trigger point therapy; myofascial release; joint mobilizations; active stretching, and Swedish massage.

She’s had success in treating conditions ranging from musculoskeletal injuries, headaches, and postural dysfunctions, to chronic pain conditions.

When Whit is not at Healing Tree, she can be found hiking; trail running, supporting live music, antique collecting, reading, or planning her next backpacking trip.

Whit looks forward to exploring the field of massage therapy and plans to participate in continuing education courses that will help broaden her knowledge and skills.

Tammy Hallett, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

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Chelsea Schille, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

Chelsea’s treatments range from providing stress relief and therapeutic relaxation to rehabilitation from accidents, injuries and surgery.
She recognizes the significance of educating her clients about their bodies and supporting and inspiring them to be physically active and body-aware at work and home. As a result, her clients are empowered and invited to be in control of their own health.
She is inspired by holistic health-care and is currently researching Mind-body science to further my understanding of wellness.
Chelsea utilizes Swedish and myo-fascial massage in her practice, as well as movement therapy, posture and biomechanics education, breath training and neuromuscular work.

Marnie Chonka, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

Marnie is a Registered Massage Therapist who recently successfully completed the 2500 hour program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Victoria. She has been practicing Shiatsu Therapy and alternative health therapies since 2002. 

Marnie’s unique approach to Massage Therapy utilizes a variety of techniques based on assessment of the clients individual needs. Some examples of these techniques include deep tissue and relaxation massage, passive range of motion stretch, trigger point therapy, joint mobilization, contract-relax, myofascial release, and shiatsu therapy. Marnie will also recommend home care for clients which may include stretching and strength exercises or the use of heat or cold. 

Marnie is passionate about her work in Massage Therapy and its ability to increase mobility and decrease pain and stress leaving you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. In her spare time, Marnie enjoys yoga, kayaking, biking, mountain biking, sailing, music, travel and more!

Testimonials for Marnie

 “I have suffered chronic pain in my hip for the last six years. In just one treatment Ms. Chonka was able to diagnose and treat my condition beyond my own belief. For the first time in six years, I could walk normally and carry on with my life with absolutely no pain.”

John Patterson, Accountant

“I have experienced only a few good massage therapists. Marnie Chonka is exceptional using massage through stretches, manipulation and pressure points. Marnie addresses every joint and muscle. Her experience and quiet, professional demeanor contribute greatly to the calming and relaxing need. Thank you.” 

Mary Taylor