Registered Massage Therapists

Sylvie Gilbert, Registered Massage Therapists
Sylvie Gilbert, Mom, RMT, Doula, Childbirth Educator
Owner/Operator

Since graduating from Kiné-Concept School of Massage Therapy in 2005, I have been following my passion in supporting, educating and caring for families and women during pregnancy, the postpartum period and generally throughout their childbearing years.

Techniques I use include:

  • Body Support System to alleviate pressure points and support the growing belly in a prone position - YAY!
  • Swedish massage which relieves muscle tension, improves circulation and promotes lymphatic drainage. Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labour outcomes and newborn health.
  • Myofascial release works on the connective tissue which plays a large role in posture and how we move. For most women Myofascial restrictions lead to sway back, the waddle walk and hunched shoulders. This leads to low back pain, hip pain and instability, sciatic pain or nerve impingement, tight shoulders and likely headaches.
  • Aromatherapy which has been used for ages to relax, stimulate and balance the mind and body.

Everyone has their own reason for seeking massage therapy. It may be that you simply want to relax, take care of yourself and your baby or perhaps you’ve got serious and acute symptoms. I would like to support, educate and help you through this journey of pregnancy and post-partum.

Lindsay, Registered Massage Therapists
Lindsay, RMT

Massage therapy came to Lindsay at a time in her life when her own health and wellness were being ignored. It was massage that finally allowed her to slow down and connect. She became fascinated with the human body; how it works, what it needs and how intricately complicated it can be.

Lindsay obtained her diploma in massage therapy from Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching clinic in Toronto, Ontario and became a Registered Massage Therapist in July of 2015. During her studies, Lindsay completed a seven week course on pregnancy massage care where she very quickly discovered a love of the practice. She then moved into a clinical placement at Sunnybrook Hospital’s High Risk Obstetrics unit in Toronto where her experience and desire to work with maternity patients and their families grew.

As a therapist, it is Lindsay’s goal to create an environment in which her patients can listen to and connect with their bodies. She believes that massage is an essential tool to utilize in our lives as we navigate through injury, stress, pain, and our own well being. Lindsay is passionate about providing knowledgeable, comfortable and effective care to patients during their childbearing years and takes great pride in helping her patients feel better about themselves and their health.

Outside of massage, Lindsay is an avid outdoor enthusiast and playwright.

Arbutus Midwives

Beth Smit, Midwife
Beth Smit, RM

Beth is originally from Nanaimo, and has lived on Vancouver Island most of her life. She left in 2003 to attend McMaster University’s Midwifery Education Program, and graduated in 2007. Beth practiced in the friendly Northern Ontario town of Sault Ste Marie before getting homesick and coming back work as a Registered Midwife to the Victoria area in 2010. Beth has worked in a solo midwife model and in a group midwifery practice, and is excited about getting to partner with Lyanne Quirt RM to get the best of both worlds: lots of time and visits with each woman and family so they can get to know each other well before labour, and back up if two women labour at once or either midwife gets sick or has been up all night.

Beth loves the midwifery model of care in BC because of the opportunity for personal connection between midwives and women, and because of all the choices the midwifery model gives women with respect to their care and where they give birth. Beth is comfortable with both hospital birth and home birth in normal, healthy situations.

Outside of midwifery, Beth is the mother of two children, born in 2009 and 2012, and has a passion for the outdoors, whether that means working in her garden, or hiking and camping around Vancouver Island when she’s not on call.

Find out more about Beth at arbutusmidwives.com

Lyanne Quirt, Midwife
Lyanne Quirt, RM

Lyanne grew up in Ottawa, Ontario and moved to BC in 2005. Lyanne became a midwife because she is passionate about women's health, and she believes that women and families should have access to information and choices in pregnancy, birth, and their first weeks with a new baby. She completed her midwifery training at UBC in 2012, and worked with a group of midwives in Victoria for her first years of practice.

As a midwifery student, Lyanne worked in Vancouver, Richmond, Victoria, and Uganda. She is excited to be joining the team at Pure ELLEments Wellness, to bring midwifery care to Langford and to offer holistic care through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.

Find out more about Lyanne at arbutusmidwives.com

Acupuncturists

Jill, Acupuncturist
Jill Moran BSc, DTCM TCMP ADS

Jill Moran grew up in Toronto, and later earned an Honours Degree in Bio-Medical Science from the University of Guelph. After graduation she headed west where she attended the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, completing a 5 year degree in Diploma of Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine. To better her understanding in both the culture and the knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine Jill has traveled to Harbin, China where she completed an internship at the #1 Hospital of the University of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Hei Long Jiang Province. While there she obtained 583 hours of additional clinic experience in Acupuncture, Tuina Massage, and Chinese Herbal Medicine. It was while in China that she found her passion for both neuro-muscular conditions such as stroke, migraine, paralysis and pain, and women’s health. With great fortune Jill completed a rotation in the gynecology department where she gained valuable knowledge in dealing primarily with issues related to pregnancy and birth preparation.

Jill spent her youth and young adulthood playing competitive sports including downhill racing and lacrosse for her varisty university team. From these experiences she has a great understanding of the body, its movements and strain and stress the body endures that might result in injury and muscle fatigue. Jill has been practicing on the Westshore for two years at Mandala Center for Health and Wellness and more recently has joined Pure Ellements Wellness.

Jill has continued her studies in Chinese Medicine by acquiring certifications in Ear Acupuncture (NADA), Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture with Virginia Doran, Sports Medicine Acupuncture with Matt Callison, and is currently working her way towards her certification in Fellowship of American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM) having already completed several courses with the likes of Jane Lyttleton, Debra Betts. Jill has also found recent enjoyment in teaching TCM courses at Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC.

Please visits www.ashiacupuncture.co for more information.

Dietitian

Dani, Dietitian
Danielle Van Schaick, BASc, RD

Head Registered Dietitian, Founder Dani Health & Nutrition

Danielle has been practicing as a Registered Dietitian for over 12 years. She has helped thousands of people feel their best and reach their health goals.

She specializes in meal plans and programs to help people eat healthy, lose weight and manage IBS (FODMAP approach). She also has expertise in weight gain, healthy pregnancy, food allergies, Diabetes, and a number of other health conditions.

What does a Dietitian do?
Dietitians work with you to help you feel your best. They translate scientific research about food and nutrition into practical solutions for individuals and families. The advice and information they provide is tailored to you and your needs.

Are Dietitians covered?
Many extended medical plans cover Registered Dietitian services for up to $1200.

Danielle is a Registered Dietitian with a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree from the University of Guelph and Dietetic Internship with Vancouver Island Health Authority. Danielle is Registered Dietitians with the Province of British Columbia and are Members of Dietitians of Canada.

Please visits www.danihealth.com for more information.