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Massage Therapy College of Manitoba Faculty

Garth Beddome, BA, LMT, ST

Garth has been a practitioner and educator in the field of Massage Therapy and Structural Integration for over thirty years. He first graduated from the Swedish Institute in New York back in 1986 and has since gone on to certify as a Structural Therapist through the Core Institute in Florida and as Personal Trainer here in Winnipeg. After his dance career had ended, while still in New York, Garth worked as a Therapist with the Feld Ballet Company and developed his private practice working primarily with actors, dancers and professional athletes. Garth was honoured to become Principle of MTCM in 1997 and advance into the Director / Owner position in 2004.Garth recently stepped down from the Directors position in 2015 but continues to influence the College as an instructor and senior advisor.

While balancing his responsibilities as a practitioner, instructor and owner of MTCM, Garth also teaches Massage Technique in Sport at the University of Winnipeg in the Athletic Therapy / Kinesiology department. Career highlights to date include: being elected President of The Canadian Council of Massage Therapy Schools, working with The Winnipeg Blue Bombers and being one of four Canadians selected to the International Sports Massage Team for the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics.

 Alain Couture, CAT(C), RMT, CSCS, CSEP CPT

Alain is the Head Athletic Therapist and Strength Coach for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Football Club. Starting with the Blue Bombers as a student therapist in 2003, Couture became the full time assistant in 2004. In 2005, he graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science – Athletic Therapy degree and became a Certified Athletic Therapist in 2005. 

Couture is also a Registered Massage Therapist through the Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  His football experience also consists of working in the NFL, as he has worked off-season training camps with the Kansas City Chiefs (2007), Minnesota Vikings (2008), and the San Francisco 49ers (2009). Alain has been an instructor at MTCM since 2009.

Alison Deneweth, BPE, CAT (C), ATC, CSC

Alison is a certified Athletic Therapist with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Sport Science from the University of Alberta. In addition to teaching at the Massage Therapy College of Manitoba, she has instructed labs in anatomy, exercise physiology and fitness conditioning at the University of Winnipeg and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Manitoba. Alison is sole proprietor of Allsport, a private clinic located in Selkirk, Manitoba and has been selected to the core medical team for the Canada games on four separate occasions. Most recently, Alison was a team therapist for the 2003 World Junior under 17 hockey championships and chief therapist for the Western Canada Summer Games. 

Glen Bergeron, PhD, CAT (C)

Glen is Professor and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Winnipeg. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Physical Education in 1973 and a Masters of Science from the University of Alberta in 1978. Glen completed his PhD in the Department of Anatomy at the University of Manitoba in 1992. A certified athletic therapist since 1975, Glen served as an executive member of the CATA for 10 years, five as president. His contribution to the CATA has been acknowledged by way of a Special Recognition award in 1984; Outstanding Educator Award in 1993 and his induction into the CATA Hall of Fame in 1997, the Province of Manitoba Premier’s Volunteer Service Award, April 2000; Sport Medicine Council Volunteer Award, June 2001; Sport Medicine Council Special Recognition Award, June 2001; and Clarence Atchison Award for Excellence in Community Service – awarded at The University of Winnipeg Convocation. 2003

Glen brings with him a wealth of clinical skills and experiences at the university, professional, national and international levels including his selection to the Canadian Medical Team for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Chief Therapist for the 1990 Western Canada Summer Games, the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, the 1995 World Cross-Country Running Championships in Durham England and the Chief Therapist for the 1995 World University Games in Japan. He worked as the coordinator of Athletic Therapy services at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg and the chief therapist for the Canadian medical team at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. He was a member of the Canadian Medical Team responsible for the cycling disciplines at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Mark Klassen, RMT

Mark graduated from the Massage Therapy College of Manitoba in 2006 and was honored to receive a diploma for highest academic achievement, and the overall proficiency award in his class. He is co-owner of Fixed Therapeutic Massage in Winnipeg. As an avid cyclist, with a keen interest in sports, Mark specializes in the assessment and subsequent treatment of sports injuries. This has led him to be a service provider for the Canadian Sports Centre of Manitoba, which has allowed him to work with elite and professional level athletes and teams. Currently he is the on-site Massage Therapist for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Mark has particular interest and success in the application of Fascial Release Techniques, which restructures the body and it’s Myofascial tissue. Specialized training in this field has led Mark to become the instructor for the Advanced Myofascial Release techniques course at the MTCM. In addition, he coordinates the Sports Outreach program and provides Junior Supervision.

Sue-Anne Marie Hamilton

Sue-Anne completed her degree at the University of Winnipeg majoring in Sport Studies while playing for the university women’s volleyball team. A graduate with honours from the Massage College of Manitoba, Sue-Anne recently opened her own clinic on Osborne st. called Hamilton Healing. As a licensed Massage Therapist and a clinic owner, Sue-Anne has developed a thriving practice working with a variety of clients. Sue-Anne has been a teaching assistant at our college since 2001, handling both supervision and clinic responsibilities. A world traveler who loves life, her family and friends, Sue-Anne always brings a positive energy to everything she does.

Larysa Resler, RMT

Larysa has been a Massage Therapist for 10 years but her love for the profession started well before then. As a young girl, she read a book on reflexology and was amazed how you could promote a sense of balance and well being through the feet. Her mother was diagnosed with Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer when she was 13 and her doctor recommended Massage Therapy to relax her after Chemo treatments. She wanted to help, so she did reflexology and light massage on her legs weekly. It was a good feeling knowing she felt much better after her massages. Her Mom used a variation of hot and cold therapy, infrared light and TENS machines.
Fast forward to today and she is proud to say her Mom survived! Thermotherapy has been apart of her life forever and she’s seen and experienced first hand how it can increase and benefit people’s health. Her hope is that her love and passion motivates others to incorporate Massage & hot/cold therapy into other people’s lives as well as their own.

Jackie Halliburton

Jackie has been with the college for almost 10 years and in that time has served in both an advisory and teaching capacity. Jackie graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Nursing degree. For eleven years, Jackie was a public health nurse for the city of Winnipeg. Her extensive knowledge in the areas of communicable disease, health promotion, and disease prevention enable her to bring clinical experience to our Pathology and Public Health courses. Over the years, Jackie has taken numerous courses in adult education and creative teaching. She utilizes an array of teaching tools in order to address the variety of learning styles our students present us with. Recently, Jackie facilitated a faculty development workshop in order to share her experiences and encourage all our instructors to teach outside the box.

Deborah Romeyn, BPE, Ed Cert,RMT

Deborah Romeyn has been a practicing massage therapist for thirty years. Deborah graduated from Physical Education at the University of Manitoba with the gold medal in 1978. She continued her studies at the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Anatomy completing a full year of studies and teaching in both the Faculty of Physical Education (Human Anatomy)and the Faculty of Nursing (Anatomy and Physiology labs). Her love of teaching led her to take Education and she certified in 1981.

Deborah attended The International School Of Bodywork in San Diego, California. Graduating in 1987 this broad base of body mind integrated therapies, as well as Tai Chi and Acupressure have allowed Deborah to create effective and safe treatment approaches for cancer patients, palliative care patients and those suffering from intractable pain. Her extensive Anatomy and Physiology background combine to create a perfect mix of Eastern and Western approaches. Combined with her graduation in 2013 from the Massage Therapy College of Manitoba, Deborah is a creative, effective practitioner.

Having helped design and teach Basic Massage, Advanced Treatments, Trigger Point Therapy, Tai Chi and Acupressure for Massage Therapists, Deborah has stepped away to focus on her full time practice in Sandy Hook, Manitoba. Her passion for healing has led her to certify as an instructor for Mental Health First Aid and she is beginning to teach workshops for the MTAM this spring (2016). Committed to the Massage Therapy College from the start, Deborah continues to lecture about Massage Therapy and cancer and provides a summary class in Ethics.

Ben Trunzo, BA, BPE, MSC

Ben is currently head Athletic Therapist in the Department of Athletics and an instructor in the Athletic Therapy curriculum in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Health at the University of Winnipeg. He graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Developmental Studies) in 1978, the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Physical Education in 1981 and a Masters of Science degree from the University of Alberta in 1989.

Ben certified with the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) in 1987. He has served on a number of committees for CATA, four years as an executive board member including one year as president. Three more years were spent on the national certification committee; and currently he is the certification chairperson.

Ben brings with him a wealth of clinical skills and experiences at the university, professional, national and international levels including his selection to the Canadian Medical Team for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, 1999 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg, 2003 Pan Am Games in Santo Domingo Dominican Republic, the World University Games, 1991 Shefield England, 93 Buffalo New York, and 95 Fukuoka Japan.

He has also served on the medical teams at the 1987 and 1991 Canada Winter Games, and the 1989 and 1997 Canada Summer Games. As well, Ben has been providing athletic therapy services to the national Women’s Volleyball team program since 1987. Ben has been an invaluable resource to MTCM for over ten years and is one of our founding instructors.


Trish Penner, BMR, PT

Trish is a physiotherapist and proud mother of three. A gold medal winner in her graduating year at the University of Manitoba, Trish has specialized in neck and back care while serving as an ergonomic consultant for the Manitoba provincial government and a vocational rehabilitation consultant and childbirth educator for the Victoria General Hospital. Long a proponent of massage therapy, Trish also believes in the importance of continuing education and professional development.


Trudy Reimer

Trudy graduated form MTCM with honors in 1999 and along with her current teaching responsibilities maintains a full and growing private practice. Her clinic is associated with the Children’s Clubhouse a children’s therapy clinic which allows Trudy the opportunity to work with patients of all ages. Over the years, Trudy has participated in several advanced workshops including: Myofascial Release, Functional Muscle Release and Infant Massage. Prior to attending MTCM, Trudy also studied landscape design at Guelph University and for several years owned her own company, Gardens By The Yard. An integral part of our MTCM faculty, Trudy teaches Medical Terminology, Trigger Points, first-year Foundations of Massage and also sits on our advisory committee.


Nikki Spence

Nikki graduated from MTCM with honors in 2002 and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from the University of Manitoba, which she also achieved with honours. An elite level soccer player for many years on the Manitoba provincial team Nikki pursued her love of sports and sport therapy by taking postgraduate studies at the University of Winnipeg in the athletic therapy department. Nikki is the proud mother of one and maintains a hectic pace teaching at our college and treating a variety of clients at her University of Winnipeg massage therapy clinic. Nikki fills many key roles on our MTCM faculty including: Outreach and Junior semester supervisor, Clinic supervisor and Assessment Lab instructor. Nikki has also recently added Case Study supervisor to her responsibilities; a position that requires advanced therapy and critical thinking skills along with supportive mentorship qualities.