Registered Massage Therapists
Michelle Sheppard has worked at Paradise Physiotherapy since 2003. She graduated in 2002 from McMaster University with a Master of Science in Physiotherapy. Prior to this, she completed a degree in kinesiology (specializing in athletic therapy) at Acadia University. She is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, the Newfoundland and Labrador Physiotherapy Association, the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Physiotherapists and The Running Clinic. Michelle currently sits on the board of directors for the Newfoundland and Labrador Physiotherapy Association as well as the Mt. Pearl Minor Hockey Association.
Michelle has completed numerous continuing education courses including:
In her spare time, Michelle enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her young family. She also enjoys volunteering with sports teams and tries to incorporate her active lifestyle and sports experience into an active approach to physiotherapy treatment.
Raeleen graduated from Queen’s University with a bachelor’s of science in physical therapy. Prior to graduating from Queen’s, she attended Acadia University and graduated with a degree in physical education specializing in athletic injuries. She is currently a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Physiotherapists. She previously held positions of member at large, treasurer and chairperson of the NLCP and sat on the board of directors of the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators. She is also a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Physiotherapy Association and the Running Clinic.
She has completed numerous continuing education courses including:
In her spare time, she can usually be found near or on a soccer field. Raeleen has had an extensive career in soccer and has earned numerous provincial, national and university awards. The highlight of her university soccer career culminated in being named the CIAU Canadian Player of the Year. Recently, she has been inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Hall of Fame (NLSA) and the Mount Pearl Soccer Hall of Fame. In addition, as a tribute to her success the Jubilee Cup ladies soccer league has named the regular season MVP award after her. Currently, she is coaching U12 soccer with the Paradise Youth Soccer Association as well as the U13 Provincial Team and sits on the Paradise Elementary School council as a community representative and secretary.
Courtney graduated from Dalhousie University as the valedictorian of her Master of Physiotherapy class. Prior to relocating to Newfoundland, she was a research coordinator at Dalhousie University in the field of stroke rehabilitation. Courtney also completed the Bachelor of Kinesiology Honours program at Memorial University of Newfoundland and is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Physiotherapists.
Courtney has completed the following courses:
Courtney has also traveled to Halifax, Nova Scotia for an interdisciplinary paediatric conference. She was a participant in the Easter Seals Drop Zone in 2013 along with her colleagues from Paradise Physiotherapy, the event’s top fundraisers. She also trained the NL Easter Seal National Bocci Ball athletes in 2015. In her spare time, Courtney can usually be found with her husband, her two children and dogs enjoying outdoor activities, including canoeing, fly fishing and hiking. Courtney has a love for animals, especially her Bernese mountain dog, Lottie, and her Leonberger, Fisher. Courtney has completed the introduction course in animal rehabilitation and is hoping to complete the practical component next fall.
She looks forward to meeting with you to discuss an active rehabilitation plan in the clinic and is also available for home visits.
Ryan graduated from Queen’s University in 2007 with a master’s degree in physiotherapy. In 2009, he completed his master’s degree in kinesiology at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) with a research focus in stability training. During this time, he had a publication in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning. In addition, as a graduate student at MUN, Ryan taught Kinesiology 1001 as a peer course instructor.
Ryan has professional memberships with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) and the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Physiotherapists (NLCP). He has completed further courses such as advanced manual therapy levels I, II and III, orthotic and gait analysis, soft tissue release, acupuncture and personal fitness and lifestyle consulting.
In his time outside of work, Ryan enjoys outdoor sports and activities and volunteering with local sports teams. Ryan has been weight training for 20 years and enjoys personal training and implements these ideas into his treatment regimes. He will be using his vast knowledge to develop and instruct Paradise Physiotherapy’s motor vehicle accident rehabilitation program.
Jayne graduated from Memorial University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. She then went on to pursue her dream and graduated with a master’s degree in physiotherapy from Queens University in 2015. During her time here, she was awarded the Canadian Institute of Health Research Award.
Jayne has professional memberships with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) as well the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Physiotherapists (NLCPT). She has continued to expand her education with advanced courses in manual therapy level 1 and is pursuing additional courses such as acupuncture, active release therapy, manual therapy level 2 and orthotic and gait analysis later this year.
In her spare time, Jayne enjoys working out, hiking, playing sports and learning yoga. She also enjoys volunteering with various sport and athletic groups. She looks forward to meeting you and using her active approach to help you develop your individualized physiotherapy program.
Lori graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree in physiotherapy from Dalhousie University in 2005. Upon graduation, she received the University Medal in Physiotherapy, The CPA Paediatric Division/ School of Physiotherapy Paediatrics Award, and the Prince Edward Island Branch of the CPA Award. She is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Physiotherapists.
She has completed numerous continuing education courses including:
Lori’s main professional focus at this time is treatment of pelvic floor conditions such as incontinence and pain. She hopes to expand this knowledge through advanced education courses. In her spare time, Lori enjoys relaxing with her husband, 2 children, dog and 2 cats.She enjoys activities such as hiking, soccer, kayaking and kickboxing. She likes to crochet during any spare time she can find. Lori enjoys getting to know her clients and likes complex injuries. She loves a good challenge!
Pamela has been a registered massage therapist since graduating from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in Sutton, Ontario in 1995 with an award for outstanding academic achievement. Prior to studying massage therapy, Pamela attended Memorial University. She is a member in good standing of the Newfoundland and Labrador Massage Therapists Association and the College of Massage Therapists of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Pamela is a former instructor and clinic supervisor of massage therapy at the College of the North Atlantic and the Newfoundland Career Academy. She is also a former community outreach coordinator for these local massage therapy programs with an emphasis on sports and geriatric massage. Continuing education and certifications include neuromuscular therapy, myofascial therapy, TMJ therapy and many others.
In her spare time, Pamela enjoys running, reading and spending time with her family.
Deidre Baker began her career in 2003 after graduating with honours from Northumberland College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She thoroughly enjoys her career and the paths it has taken her over the years. Since graduation, Deidre has worked with many health care providers and has taught the massage therapy program in St. John’s. She has taken various courses, including Cupping Therapy, Guasha, adult education, sports nutrition and deep tissue massage. Deidre is an active member in good standing with the Newfoundland and Labrador Massage Therapy Association and the College of Massage Therapist of Newfoundland and Labrador.
In her spare time, Deidre enjoys spending time with her husband and two playful girls. She enjoys the outdoors and cooking.
Krysta graduated in 2011 from Academy Canada with a diploma in human science (massage therapy). Prior to studying massage therapy, Krysta attended Memorial University. She is an active member in good standing with the Newfoundland and Labrador Massage Therapy Association and the College of Massage Therapists of Newfoundland and Labrador. Krysta has been with our team since 2012. She has also worked closely with professional athletes, spent time in geriatric homes and attended several sporting events. She is certified in Kinesio Taping, Cupping Therapy, and Graston Technique and has received certifications in myofascial therapy, soft tissue release and more.
In her spare time Krysta loves to be active through weight lifting, tennis, squash, golf, swimming and running/biking outdoors, board games and a frequent game of crib. She loves to be surrounded by her family, friends and dogs Ozzie, Luna and Winnie.
Lori Walsh graduated in 2004 from Northumberland College in Halifax, Nova Scotia with a diploma in Massage Therapy. She holds certificates in myofascial release, cupping, remedial exercises, and sports massage. Lori participated in community outreach clinics for individuals suffering from Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s diseases.
Lori’s main goal is to help her clients achieve a pain-free lifestyle. Her treatments are specific to each individual client and she uses a variety of techniques including Swedish massage, myofascial release, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, joint mobilizations, and remedial exercises.
She is in good standing with the Newfoundland and Labrador Massage Therapists Association and the College of Massage Therapists of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Lori graduated with a Business Management Diploma in Human Resources in 2012 but has since returned to the profession to pursue her passion as a Massage Therapist. In her spare time, she enjoys being active and spending time with family and friends.
Rebecca graduated in 2019 from Academy Canada with a diploma in Massage Therapy. Prior to her studies at Academy Canada, Rebecca attended Memorial University. She is an active member in good standing with the Newfoundland and Labrador Massage Therapy Association and the College of Massage Therapists of Newfoundland and Labrador. In her time outside of work, Rebecca loves to paint, read, and go hiking and camping.
Dr. Ryan Larson DC graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley and Simon Fraser University in 2003. He continued his studies at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, graduating in 2007. To bring his clients to optimal health he uses a combination of chiropractic spinal manipulations, muscle release therapies, stretching, and functional spinal exercise. He works in the prevention, identification and recovery of persons with injuries to their muscles, bones and joints. His goal is to enable his clients to live, work and play at their activities pain free.
Dr. Larson is a passionate sports enthusiast and outdoorsman. Dr. Larson rowed for the UFV Men's eight, four and quad teams as stroke and also played on CMCC’s men's hockey team. He is also a student of the classical guitar studying for his Grade 7 Royal Conservatory of Music exam.
His young family, wife Diana and two boys Jonah and Marcus are from away. They have enjoyed discovering Newfoundland and Labrador together, including lots of hiking and birding adventures.
He looks forward to serving the Chiropractic needs of the Rock!
Laurie has been an integral member of the Paradise Physiotherapy team since 2004. As our office manager, she is our go-to girl for our entire patient and staff needs. Laurie competently manages everything from booking appointments, to handling insurance claims, to sewing on buttons. Laurie is an honours graduate from Career Academy with a diploma in microcomputer specialist. She is certified in emergency first aid and level A CPR.
Outside of work, Laurie enjoys running, weight training, playing soccer and spending time with family and friends. She looks forward to meeting you.
Nicole has been a member of Paradise Physiotherapy's administrative team since 2011. She is a great addition to our front desk staff and is devoted to providing friendly and efficient customer service. Nicole attended Mt. Pearl Senior High School where she graduated in 1997. She then attended Academy Canada where she received a diploma of social sciences in criminology in 2001. She has completed further training in suicide intervention, non- violent crisis intervention, critical incident and stress debriefing, and grief counseling.
Outside of work, Nicole loves spending time with her family and friends and listening to all types of music. She enjoys the outdoors, camping, fishing and hiking. She can usually be found on Sundays sitting in front of the TV watching the Giants play football!
Rhenda is the newest member of the Paradise Physiotherapy administrative team. Holding bachelor’s degrees in both Kinesiology and Recreation Therapy from Dalhousie University, as well as a Social Work degree from St. Thomas University, Rhenda has enjoyed living and working in various locations across Canada and the United States over the years. Originally from the west coast of Newfoundland, Rhenda has called Paradise her home since 2008. Always smiling, Rhenda enjoys looking at the lighter side of life. She enjoys being with her family and dogs, learning about her Mi’kmaq heritage, travelling, editing scripts, and spending time near the beach and in nature.