RMT: Faculty

Our core faculty consists of many talented individuals with a diversity of teaching and clinical experiences. The majority of our staff live in Nelson and the surrounding areas but, from time to time, we may also call on visiting faculty from other parts of BC. We will be drawing on instructors who have a strong relationship with the subject material, in particular, those faculty teaching the academic medical sciences. Our massage therapy practical staff are primarily local RMTs with both teaching and clinical experience who are all in good standing with the CMTBC. 


Joanne Sinclaire, President, Program Director





Harreson Sinclaire, Superintendent

From a young age Harreson studied and traveled with his Osteopath father, Arthur Lincoln Pauls, helping to promote and organize seminars for Paul’s popular bodywork technique “Ortho-bionomy”. In his 20’s  Harreson became interested in carpentry and went on to become a General Contractor. Over the past three years, Harreson has built the beautiful school facilities at 402 Baker Street and is currently renovating the new space at the Nelson Commons Building. In addition, he runs a successful green tea company, Matcha Mountains Match Inc.

Steve Biancolin, Registrar

Steve Biancolin is a Registered Acupuncturist with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncturists of BC.  Steve has been involved in TCM for about 17 years when a health crisis triggered self-study into both Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine.  He completed his formal training in acupuncture, graduating from the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences (now Kootenay Columbia College of Integrative Health Sciences) in 2012.  Since, he has successfully owned and operated an integrative clinic, has held educational workshops, instructed at the college, and is involved in the college Administration.  He is passionate about Chinese Medicine and helping others to find wellness through this profound medical system both directly through his practice and indirectly through his involvement in administration.  Further, he finds great appreciation in the ability to help students realize their path towards Acupuncture and TCM as a career choice. Steve also hold a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management from the University of Northern BC. 


Chris Holland BA, Instructor: Business Management

Chris Holland is a Communications Specialist with a diverse work history and grounded understanding of the needs of businesses. With a degree in Communication from Simon Fraser University, Chris launched his career by creating a one person traveling promotional show for the opening of Science World. Moving into the raucous world of hospitality promotions
Chris spent the next decade pioneering new ways to promote, market and advertise using guerrilla tactics fusion campaigns and hosting the grandest events on the most impoverished of budgets. The adventure continued as Chris spent the next six years in the corporate world developing sales strategies, resource/account management, professional training, development, human resource consultation and advertising/marketing analysis skills. For the past 12 years Chris has been working with entrepreneurs, social enterprises, community organizations, educations institutions and national corporations providing a unique mix of inspiration, education and action. Residing in the Kootenays Chris Holland brings has cultivated his knowledge and experience to a new plateau through Juggernaut Marketing and Communications. The motivation behind this company is Chris’s€™ passion to truly live the fusion life.

Mary Devan MA, Instructor: Counselling and Communication

Mary received her Masters of Arts degree from UBC in 1989, and her Masters in Counseling from Gonzaga University in 2008. Currently also working as a therapist in private practice and a clinical supervisor of a multi-service agency, Mary has 20 years experience working with people healing from trauma. Mary has facilitated several groups and presented at conferences and numerous workshops both locally and in Vancouver. She has experience with various therapeutic modalities and is a Somatic Experiencing practitioner.

Dr. Jeff Lloyd. DC, Instructor: Neurology, Neuro-pathology

Jeff is a registered chiropractor in the province of British Columbia with a private practice in Nelson, where he operates a multidisciplinary health care clinic. In addition to his core training at Chiropractic college he has taken specialized training in soft tissue treatment, orthotic therapy and spinal rehabilitation.

Dr. James Kakulavaram  

Dr. James has 12 years of international teaching experience. His passion to teach and share medical knowledge has led him to graduate in Bachelors of Physical Therapy (4 ½ years) in 2004 and Masters in Medical Anatomy (3 years) in 2008 from Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences, Andhra Pradesh, India. Dr. James was bestowed M.D degree with Magna Cum Laude in 2015 from Southwestern University School of Medicine, Cebu, Philippines. In 2011 he founded Anatomy Study Club at SWU. In 2015 he was awarded Best in Leadership and a plaque for his contribution to Anatomy Study Club. His strong academics and enlightening experience in education, has helped him to develop innovative concepts in teaching medical and paramedical subjects. In 2015 he moved to Canada and studied French for a year in Gatineau while working as free-lance Anatomist in Ottawa. He also gives online courses for Medical & paramedical, NPTE, USMLE and MCI. In 2016 he moved to Nelson to take up his new assignment at ACOS to make learning simple and easy. His teaching principle – “It’s not enough to know, one must understand!”

Elisa Peterson BA. RMT, Instructor Intro Workshop, Stress and Pain

Elisa graduated in 1995, is a senior massage college instructor and a qigong instructor 




Colette Venier RMT, Instructor

Colette has been in private practice in the Kootenays since her graduation from the College of Massage and Hydrotherapy of Ontario in 1994. She has completed post graduate studies in Visceral Manipulation and Craniosacral Therapy through the Upledger Institute. Her interest in the nervous system led to Biodynamic Cranio-sacral Training in 2007and she recently assisted John and Anna Chitty with a Biodynamic Cranio-sacral Training Seminar Series in Boulder Colorado. She currently teaches Massage Skills I at the college.


Wendy Birks, RMT, Instructor

Wendy graduated in 1990 from the Sutherland Chan Massage School in Toronto, Ontario. She returned as an instructor about 2 years later and was a valued faculty member there until her recent move to Nelson. Areas of specialty and interest include ethics, professionalism, and legislation. She is also fascinated by the mind-body connection and loves to discuss where massage fits in for people who are looking to heal or enhance this connection. Wendy has worked a home-based practice for over 2 decades and has also had the opportunity to work in a hospital setting, a multi-disciplinary clinic, and a spa. As well as teaching in the classroom, Wendy has also enjoyed working with students in clinical settings, especially working with patients in their senior years, people living with HIV, and those who have cognitive impairments. She would describe her teaching style as collaborative, participatory, and encouraging.


Deanna McClure RMT, Clinical Manager / Supervisor, Program Development

Deanna McClure has lived in Nelson since 2004 with her husband and two children. She has an undergraduate degree in Sociology with a major in Gerontology as well as duly registered in Ontario and British Columbia as a Registered Massage Therapist. She has been practicing massage therapy since 2000 and been involved in her own private practice, a rowing club, hospital care, heli-skiing operations, multidisciplinary clinics and spas. She enjoys time kayaking, reading, camping, travelling and cooking Asian cuisine. Her favourite motto is “don’t chase the pain.”


Dr Kevin Underwood, Chiropractor (retired), Director of Health Sciences, Instructor, Anatomy and Physiology, Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Kinesiology, Anthrology

Kevin graduated in 1985 from the  Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto at which time he entered private practice in Nelson until 2016. He spends his free-time taking photographs, playing hockey, volunteering with the Rotary Club and Touchstones Museum & Art Gallery.



Kathy Streadwick, Instructor

Kathy graduated from Sutherland-Chan Massage Therapy School in Toronto in 1990 and from Royal Roads University with a certificate in Executive Coaching in 2012. Owner, RMT and Wellness Coach at Kootenay-Columbia Therapeutics in Trail, a multidisciplinary clinic offering massage therapy, physiotherapy, acupuncture and wellness coaching. With a special interest in pre and post operative orthopaedic treatments, pelvic floor pain and TMJ dysfunction, Kathy also emphasises helping people manage chronic pain, chronic disease and/or burn out.


Forrest Mac Ivor RMT, Instructor Massage Skills, Advanced Techniques/Myofascial Techniques

Originally from Oregon, Forrest specializes in myofascial mobilization using an assortment of techniques including myofascial release, joint mobilizations, neuromuscular therapy, craniosacral, muscle energy, and visceral manipulation. He focuses primarily on realignment to the osseous structures and balancing connective tissue restrictions. Forrest grew up with a mother who practiced massage therapy and he himself  graduated from Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in 2007. Soon after, he moved to the Kootenays and this has been home ever since. He is passionate about teaching and sharing his many years of experience.


Christina de Pape RMT

Christina graduated from WCCMT’s Gastown campus in 1995. Over the past 18 years she has served her East Shore community as an RMT specializing in Deep Systemic Therapy and Fascial Release Techniques. After years of study in India, and with world renowned teachers, she began teaching Therapeutic Yoga in 2005. Christina has a passion for nature and wild things, is often in her gardens, or the mountains wild crafting and riding her horse.


Alex Forsythe RMT

From a young age, Alexandra has had a passion for massage therapy.  The passion led to a successful completion of the 2011 board examinations with honours.  She has continued to enhance her skills through continuing education. Courses include: 

  • Clinical Orthopedic Massage Therapy of the Neck
  • Functional Anatomical Palpation of the Lower Limbs
  • Functional Anatomical Range Release of the Spine
  • Graston Technique
  • 6 Day Hands on Human Dissection

Alexandra spent 2014-2016 working with the National Track and Field team. Her skills have been essential in maintaining athletes’ health both away at training camps and at home. Alexandra strongly believes if you give to the community it will give back to you. She loves being involved in and volunteering her skills at a variety of events. Whether you are an Olympic athlete, weekend warrior, or are dealing with common daily stresses, Alexandra assesses each individual with the same care to create a deeper yet relaxing treatment using a variety of techniques including: 

  • Myofascial Release
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Graston Technique 
  • Therapeutic Exercise

PAC Program Advisory Committee

The Program Advisory Council is responsible for providing advice on the creation and maintenance of our educational programs. It advises on the needs of potential RMT employers, advances in workplace technology, promotional activities, and potential partnerships for in-reach and out-reach clinics . The membership of the committee is designed to ensure that KCRMTP receives the benefit of diverse and relevant perspectives related to its specific programming.


  • Marni Beninger (Chair): owner/operator of Mountain Waters Spa in Nelson BC
  • Deanna McClure (Vice-Chair): BA, RMT, Clinical Director of KCRMTP
  • Rose Hoeher:  Local Business Consultant
  • Kathy Streadwick: owner/operator Kootenay Columbia Massage in Trail BC
  • Irene Mock:  retired RN
  • Harreson Sinclaire: Administrator ACOS programs, building superintendent
  • Cristina Osadchuk:  Program Manager, KCRMTP
  • Joanne Sinclaire:  BGS, Program Director, KCRMTP, Dean at ACOS