Massage Therapists and Staff

Meet our Team

Here at Salutaris we believe we have assembled the most well rounded staff in Edmonton to help you attain your health and wellness goals.  All of our Therapists have achieved the highest in Massage education, training and certification and are committed to ongoing development to serve you in the best way possible. They are all very happy to offer you any of our great services and are all insurance approved.  Get to know us below!
 

Lee Saunders - Therapist

Lee Saunders graduated from the 2200 hour Grant MacEwan University Massage Therapy Program in 2006 and lee saunders massage therapist edmontonhas been working in Massage since, currently at Salutaris Centre and as the In-house Therapist at the Edmonton Journal.

In the winter of 2011 after recognizing his interest in combining the benefits of both massage and lymphatic therapy he gained Vodder certification in Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Combined Decongestive Therapy.

Lee now treats both musculoskeletal and lymphatic dysfunctions.

His Massage and Lymphatic Therapy experience focuses on:

Lee is of the belief that everything in the body is connected and has the potential to heal and maintain itself in health when supported with the proper self-awareness. He is particularly concerned with ensuring that his work recognizes each client as a whole person - multifaceted and unique. He ensures his clients learn how particular postures or habits in their lives contribute to their health and wellbeing.

When not working Lee enjoys time with family and friends, furthering his understanding of the body, reading, creative art and design, rock climbing, quiet contemplation, traveling, music and of course good food. After all, we are what we eat, be it food or ideas.

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Leila Power - Therapist leila power massage therapist edmonton

Leila graduated from the Grant MacEwan University 2200 hour massage therapy program in 2007 and has been active in her practice since then.

Leila's interest in physiology and massage began at an early age as a competitive Short Track Speed Skater. Her experience as an athlete informed her awareness of the body as a whole and her belief that no ailment or dysfunction stands alone.

Leila began practicing Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) in 2009 after experiencing it for herself and seeing applications for it in her practice. She has applied her practice to:

  • Post-operative edema
  • Whiplash edema
  • Trauma related edema

She completed her Vodder MLD/CDT certification with the Dr. Vodder School International in 2011 and now combines MLD with massage to achieve exceptional results with her clients.

Leila's variety of massage practices includes

Sessions with Leila always reflect a balanced approach to the mind/body as well as the unique needs of each client.

Outside of her work Leila enjoys the company of her family, friends and dogs, camping, snowboarding and cycling.

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Shawna Biamonte - Therapist shawna biamonte

Shawna is returning to her hometown of Edmonton after spending the last nine years in Calgary.  She graduated from the Grant MacEwan program in 1999 and has been practicing since, with a particular focus on deep tissue.

She believes that deep tissue work is about where you press and not how hard, and that it can be appropriate for a wide variety of people and conditions. She also incorporates CranioSacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation in her neverending quest to understand the mysteries of the human fascial system.

It is her belief that once you re-introduce symmetry into the body, it can take care of a lot of issues itself. She is in our clinic part-time as she is returning to University to study bioscience.

In her spare time she loves to cook, read, hike, and travel the world with her husband.

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Stella Viszmeg - Therapist stella viszmeg

After graduating from MacEwan University's Massage Therapy program in June of 2016, Stella was eager to continue her studies in the Dr. Vodder method.

She completed the Combined Decongestive Therapy and Manual Lymphatic Drainage certification in the autumn of the same year.

In addition to MLD, Stella utilizes:

  • Myofascial Release
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
  • Swedish Relaxation Techniques

These help her clients with musculoskeletal trauma or imbalance. She also offers:

  • Sports Massage
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Remedial Exercise

Stella has always instinctually cared for others and feels her work as a Massage Therapist as a progression of that natural aptitude. She believes that the most effective treatments occur when both client and therapist pay attention to the body's cues. This open communication then allows for treatment goals to be realized.

When Stella isn't folding laundry between clients, she can be found searching for ingredients to make recipes by Ottolenghi, reading or enjoying Edmonton's beautiful river valley.

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Ian Soles – Therapist & President 

Ian Soles has 19 years clinical massage therapy experience treating clients experiencing a wide range of situations includinian soles massage therapistg:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Sports injuries
  • Post-operative recovery
  • Accidents
  • Post-trauma
  • Chronic pain
  • Lymphatic dysfunctions

Ian is both a certified Vodder MLD/CDT Therapist and a registered MTAA Massage Therapist.

Due to his experience and professionalism Ian receives consultations and referrals from many medical professionals, including: Orthopedic Surgeons, Oncologists, Pain Specialists, Family Physicians, Dentists, Nurses, Physiotherapists, and Occupational Therapists.

Ian holds a degree in Physical Education - specializing in Athletic Training and Conditioning from the University of Alberta and a diploma in Massage Therapy from Grant MacEwan University.

Most recently Ian co-founded Salutaris Centre for Lymphatic & Massage Therapy. This leading edge clinic is unique in combining Manual Lymphatic Drainage techniques with therapeutic massage to treat:

  • post-operative orthopedic recovery (hip & knee replacements)
  • fractures
  • recovery from plastic surgery
  • chronic pain
  • motor vehicle accident recovery
  • general injury rehabilitation

Ian Soles is a sought after speaker at medical workshops and events and co-authored Journey of Wholeness: Healing the Body, Mind and Soul in 2001 with Dr. Tom Maddix

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Gloria MacKinnon - Administration & Reception

Your first contact with Salutaris Centre is likely to be Gloria MacKinnon. 

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Gloria has a wide range of customer service and administration experience in a variety of industries since 2007 and is fully familiar with Salutaris’ services.  She also manages both of our Twitter and Facebook accounts so you can catch up with her there.

Gloria is proud to be a Big Sister for the past 5 years to an 14 year old girl with Big Brothers and Sisters of Edmonton as well as a Youth Leader to Grade 11 girls in Millwoods. A lifelong fan of music, she rarely passes up an opportunity to see her favorite bands when in town and enjoys going to local shows as well.

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