WHO WE ARE
Kristene Kotch RMT/ NTP
Kristene has been a massage therapist for over 20 years, graduating from The Professional Institute of Massage Therapy in 1998 and is a practicing member of The Natural Health Practitioners Of Canada (NHPC). She has also completed trainings in Craniosacral Therapy levels 1 and 2, SomatoEmotional Release levels 1 and 2 and Craniosacral Therapy for Longevity and Visceral Manipulation: Abdomen 1.
In addition to her training in massage and Craniosacral Therapy, Kristene studied Nutritional Therapy from The Nutritional Therapy Association in 2018 and now also offers her services as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.
Kristene believes that everybody’s journey to health and balance is completely unique and she provides support to her clients in an overall holistic approach. Using her nurturing background, she uses her skills to address one's physical and emotional needs as necessary.
Katie Willett RMT
Katie is a 2009 graduate of Massage Therapy College of Manitoba (Evolve Massage Therapy College), and is a practicing member of The Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba.
She has five years past experience working at the luxurious Riverstone Spa, continues to grow her rural massage practice at South Moon Studio in East Braintree, Manitoba and has been part of the Down To Earth Massage Therapy team since 2014.
Katie has completed courses in Reiki, Thai Yoga Massage, Birth Doula Training, Oncology Massage Therapy and has extensive experience in other deep tissue and relaxation massage modalities.
Using her intuition, education and experience; Katie customizes treatment plans to address each client's individual therapeutic needs.
Cheryl Harkness RMT
Cheryl has been a Registered Massage Therapist for over 20 years and is a practicing member of The Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba.
She focuses her practice on providing a customized deep therapeutic and stress reducing treatment.
Since graduating from Wellington College of Massage Therapy she has continued her education with many courses including Pre/Post Natal Massage, Integrated Manual Therapy and Orthopedic Massage, Structural Integration and treatment of TMJ dysfunctions.
Stacey Speers RMT
Stacey graduated in 2016 at the Massage Therapy College of Manitoba (now Evolve College) with 2204 credit hours and is a member in good standing with Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC). She has also supplemented this education with Craniosacral Therapy level 1, Thai Massage and incorporates techniques from myofascial and Swedish relaxation.
She has worked in a wide variety of spaces including spas, clinics and mobile and in a variety of locations, including Quebec, the Whiteshell and Riding Mountain National Park.
Stacey has volunteered at a hospital in Mongolia and at several sports and community events.
Her experience in Mongolia led her to consider an approach with holistic intention and pathways in mind rather than segmented musculoskeletal areas. Her approach is generally slow and deep, highlighting her thoughtful and caring personality as she ´listens’ with her hands to facilitate presence in oneself and connect with the body's natural processes of healing. Her treatments have been described as "intuitive, wise, and thorough." She is an animal lover and a firm believer that getting outdoors is part of a healthy lifestyle. You might even see her walking in the neighbourhood with a black husky with white eyes!
Krista Funk RMT
Krista graduated from the Massage Therapy College of Manitoba (MTCM) in February 2015 and is a member of the Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba (MTAM). With a background in music and mediation, Krista ventured into the massage profession and discovered a wonderful symbiotic relationship between these three life passions. She greatly enjoys working with a diversity of clients with a wide range of ages and health concerns. She believes in educating people to encourage them as active participants in their wellness journey and in developing greater body-mind awareness. As a singer, she also strives to help facilitate good breathing habits. Krista applies her intuition and orthopedic assessment skills to identify problem areas and then applies treatment-based and relaxation techniques tailored to the client’s specific needs in a compassionate, supportive environment (with sweet music). She has specific training in: advanced massage techniques, myofascial release, scar tissue work, trigger point techniques, orthopedic assessment, injury and post-surgery rehabilitation, hydrotherapy and the first level of craniosacral therapy (and in jazz, opera, folk – ha ha!) She is particularly interested in myofascial work and therapeutic treatments for postural and repetitive-use issues from neck and TMJ issues to hip, lower leg and feet conditions.
Ashlee Einarson RMT
Ashlee graduated from the Massage Therapy College of MB (now Evolve College of Massage Therapy) in 2015. Before joining the team at Down to Earth, she worked at a physiotherapy clinic for 7 years gaining much experience and knowledge in musculoskeletal injuries and treatment.
Ashlee has training in Swedish massage, trigger point release techniques, relaxation techniques, deep tissue massage, myofascial release and has a special interest in pre & post natal massage. If you are receiving physiotherapy or chiropractic treatment for an injury, she will work alongside your health professional's treatment plan to help aid in the rehab of your injury. At each massage, Ashlee will listen to your chief complaint/requests and your history with physical ailments and she will customize your massage experience to cater to your needs.
When she's not working, Ashlee loves spending time with her family, going for walks with her young son and teaching piano to kids from her neighbourhood!