WELLNESS OF MIND & BODY
Learn How We Can Help You
At Phoenix Massage & Wellness, we provide our clients with the chance to start a new chapter in their lives. We created a centre where your wellness is our only concern. We will provide you with a platform to connect with your mind, body and soul through our massages and counselling. With our support, you will feel liberated to take the next step with your life.
Phoenix Massage & Wellness Team
The Phoenix is the ultimate symbol of strength and renewal. As a powerful symbol of fire, it continuously goes through a cycle of transformation and rebirth by rising from its own ashes. The Phoenix animal guide is also symbolic of the sun, which “dies” in setting each night only to be reborn in rising the next morning.
Just as the Phoenix rises in renewal each day, so do you! This Centre has been built as a means to connect the body and mind in this hectic world. The array of colours in our Phoenix logo represents inclusivity; being accepted no matter our individual differences. Everyone deserves to be heard and to feel safe physically, mentally, and emotionally.
At Phoenix Massage & Wellness YYC, we provide you with a platform to connect with your mind, body and soul through massage treatments, individual counselling and coaching sessions. Allow us to support you in your journey.
Encouraging You To Be The Best You
Meet Our Registered Massage Therapists
Ashleigh Sim, RMT
Ashleigh is a registered massage therapist (RMT) with more than 5 years of RMT experience. She graduated from the Professional Institute of Massage Therapy and is very passionate in her role to help others helping others. Ashleigh believes in getting to know her clients and helping them on the road to recovery, while using her education, experience, and natural abilities.
Ashleigh specializes in deep tissue techniques as well as the following:
- double certified in hot stone massage
- therapeutic massage
- trigger point release
- myofascial release
- joint mobilization
- sports massage
Along with her background in athletic training, Ashleigh has recently become a certified nutrition coach (CNC). She is also certified in ‘Nutrition for Inflammation' and ‘Holistic Nutrition for the Musculoskeletal System’.
Amanda Koshman, RMT
Amanda is a registered 3000-hour massage therapist with 5+ years of experience. She attended Makami College and is an active member with CRMTA. She chose massage as her career as she loves to assist clients in pain management and daily discomfort.
She is trained and experienced in deep tissue massage, therapeutic, relaxation, sports massage, cupping, and hot stone massage, as well as lymphatic drainage.
In her spare time Amanda likes to hike, camp, swim, and travel. She loves anything adventurous and outdoorsy!
Definitely going to be a regular here.”
Cindy McDonald, RMT
Cindy graduated with her 3000-hr diploma in Massage Therapy from MaKami College in June 2019 and is a member in good standing with the Certified Registered Massage Therapist Association (CRMTA).
Cindy is trained in the following modalities: hot stone massage, myofascial cupping massage, pre/post-natal massage, trigger point therapy, deep tissue, and relaxation massage.
Cindy has always had a passion for helping others become the best version of themselves. After being prescribed regular massage treatments after a car accident, she was able to feel the benefits and see the improvements in her own mobility which then prompted her to switch her career to becoming a professional massage therapist. She remains committed to continuing her education and upgrading her skills throughout her career.
Jennifer Carew, RMT
Graduating from Mount Royal University’s Massage Therapy program, Jennifer has been a Registered Massage Therapist for over 8 years.
Jennifer has learnt many different modalities to help a wide range of clients including Fire Cupping, Hot Stone Massage, Rain Drop Therapy and Level 2 Reiki. She also completed an Orthopedic Massage Certificate in June 2018 -- Orthopedic massage focuses on the muscles and soft tissues surrounding joints and helps to restore balance and create a fuller range of motion.
With a passion to help others, Jennifer believes in combining energy work with modern techniques to obtain optimum wellness. In her off time, sheen joys being with her family and spends as much time in the mountains as possible. She loves hiking, yoga, and meditation.
Katie Howard, RMT
Katie graduated from the MaKami College from their 3000-hour advanced program and is a Registered Massage Therapist with the CRMTA.
Katie has a thriving interest in healing and helping clients reach their goals. She has excellent knowledge and skills with Deep Tissue, Relaxation, Therapeutic Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Cupping, Lymphatic Drainage, Myofascial release, and Sports Massage.
Katie believes that through massage therapy, clients have an opportunity coming away feeling mentally and physically relieved which can have such a huge impact on their daily lives. Katie continues to stay committed to her profession by expanding her knowledge and is constantly sharing it with others with treatment plans and exercises.
Oliver Estoesta, RMT
‘Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground’ is the type of energy that Oliver brings to Phoenix Massage & Wellness. He has been a registered massage therapist in good standing since 2016 as well as an instructor and supervisor of massage therapy students at ABM College.
Treatment Modalities that Oliver specializes in include:
• Myofascial release techniques
• Trigger Point Therapy
• Deep tissue and Sports massage
• Swedish/Relaxation massage
• Hydrotherapy/Hot Stone massage
• Dynamic Cupping massage
• Thai Foot Reflexology
As a father of three, Oliver knows what it means to have a busy and hectic life while trying to maintain your family’s health and take care of yourself at the same time. He looks forward to educating and providing clients with a treatment plan to help them along their journey.
“Using my hands as well as my heart, I help my clients relax and bring them back to a world where life is manageable.”
Robby Fiji, RMT
Having graduated from the 3000-hour massage therapy program at MaKami College in 2016, Robby comes to us after working at a sports therapy clinic with athletes and clients with sports-related injuries.
If you’ve been dealing with a long-standing injury or pain, Robby will be a key component of your recovery plan as he helps to improve your day-to-day performance and prevent additional injuries. Robby’s specializations also include:
• Deep Tissue and Therapeutic Massage
• Sports Massage
• Active Release Therapy
• Trigger Point Therapy
• Cupping Massage
• Pre-Natal/Post-Natal Massage
As an extremely skilled and well-rounded therapist, Robby’s energy, personality, and serving nature will provide clients with a new understanding of their injuries and pain so that they can make improvements in their daily life, with a treatment plan and home care exercises that work for them.
When not working towards a client’s goals, Robby is focused on his own physical health and well-being. He places a great deal of importance on cooking healthy meals, staying active and working out.
Tabitha Stevenson, RMT
Tabitha has been a registered massage therapist (RMT) for over 12 years. Her goal is to help people transform their pain and bring into their awareness, the body's innate healing abilities. She uses her presence and sensitivity to connect with those she works with and strives to maintain a client centered approach to healing.
Tabitha's techniques have been extremely effective with a variety of clients and conditions including motor vehicle accident cases, repetitive strain injuries and chronic stress issues. She specializes in deep tissue, therapeutic, relaxation, as well as pre/post-natal massage.
In her free time, Tabitha loves to read. Her current interests include somatic therapy, plant medicine, and indigenous medicine.
Vanessa Velez, RMT
Vanessa graduated from the Makami College 3000-hour Massage Therapy program in February 2017 and is registered in good standing with the Canadian Remedial Massage Therapy Association (CRMTA). She is passionate about the benefits of massage therapy and enjoys treating clients of all ages.
Vanessa begins her initial treatment with a brief assessment and develops a treatment plan suited to your individual needs. She is comfortable treating a wide range of conditions such as chronic neck and back pain, headaches, sprains/strains, plantar fasciitis, piriformis syndrome, TMJ dysfunction, and sciatica treatment.
Vanessa’s specialties include Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, myofascial release, joint mobilization, trigger point therapy, passive stretching and prenatal massage. She also offers hot stone massage, cupping, and aromatherapy. Combining these different techniques makes for a relaxing yet effective massage.
Vanessa is excited to work with new clients to help them reach their wellness goals.
WuJuan (Judy) Zhang, RMT
WuJuan (also known as Judy) comes to Phoenix with 5+ years of experience in the health care industry as a massage therapist. She has knowledge and experience in a wide range of techniques with the ultimate goal of decreasing pain and tension, improving range of motion, reducing muscle and joint soreness, and improving your sleep. Judy has a full range of techniques at her disposal and will happily provide you with additional information to help you in your healing journey.
Meet Our Calgary Naturopathic Doctor
Dr. Alexa Birdgeneau, Naturopathic Doctor
I have been described as caring, compassionate, and a quiet leader. It brings me joy to truly connect with other people, which is part of why I love my work. I have also been known to be a bit of a nerd, an artist, and an athlete.
As a Naturopathic Doctor, it is my mission to guide others so that they may heal on all levels: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. The human body has an innate capacity to overcome illness and to rebalance itself, given the right conditions. When we truly listen to what our bodies need, healing can begin.
I will listen to your story. Often, just understanding your symptoms can show us what is going on in your body. If we need to get a clearer idea of what is happening, we may choose to use diagnostic testing such as standard blood work, detailed hormone testing, and food testing.
From there, we will discuss natural approaches that can work with your body, so that it can start to heal. This may include therapeutic nutrition (using food as medicine), herbal medicines, nutritional supplementation, and lifestyle supports. I am also trained in acupuncture, cupping, and other hands-on techniques to help facilitate healing.
Healing is not often easy or fast, but if you are ready to begin, I am here to support you.
Qualifications & Training
- Diploma of Naturopathic Medicine (Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (BINM))
- Bachelor of Medical Sciences - Honours Specialization in Medical Sciences (Western University)
- Licensed by the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA)
- Member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND)
- Member of the Alberta Association of Naturopathic Doctors (AAND)
- In-depth seminars on SIBO Testing & Treatment
I am continually working on expanding my knowledge base in order to provide the best care to my patients through regularly attending seminars, conferences, and online training.
Awards & Recognition
- Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine Academic Excellence Award
- Governor General's Academic Medal
Immy Kassam, Clinic Director
Certified Mindset/Life Coach & Consultant
Specialization in Applied Psychology and Individual Counselling
BA Criminal Justice, Legal Studies
After graduating from University, Immy began a career in Federal Corrections, Parole Supervision, Addictions, and Mental Health. In those 12 years, he was able to guide, direct, and support adult men navigate through their specific circumstances and challenges. After leaving the public service in 2015, Immy chose to focus on mental health, family, and entrepreneurship.
The Phoenix resonated with Immy the most during a very challenging time in 2017. Just as the mythological Phoenix burns and rises again from its own ashes, Immy truly believes that we are all capable of doing the same. Supporting individuals and families with a non-judgmental, straight-forward, yet compassionate approach comes naturally to Immy, and with two young sons of his own, leading by example is especially important.
Immy’s purpose and mission is to serve and offer direction to others, by empowering them to live their best life with confidence, strength, and presence of mind. Our upbringing and experiences are individual to each of us and always will be, but it does not stop there. Changing our mindset and adjusting the way we think to meet our current circumstances is something Immy has a great deal of success with and can support you through as well.
'Surrender with Humility and Rise into the Present with the Experience of your Past’.