Meet Our Team

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Alyssa Gartner

Owner, Manual Osteopathic Therapist, Registered Massage Therapist

Priority Wellness has been a vision of Alyssa's since she began her Massage Therapy education in 2012. She has always wanted to offer quality, holistic therapeutic services and her dream has evolved into building a clinic space where she can offer these services with likeminded therapists.
Alyssa is a Manual Osteopathic Therapist, a Registered Massage Therapist, and a Certified Sport First Responder. Some of her modalities include; deep tissue/therapeutic massage, trigger point therapy, active release, muscle energy techniques, pregnancy massage, cupping, guasha, sports massage, TMJ therapy, Osteoarticular Corrections, Advanced Myofascial Remodelling, Craniosacral Techniques/ Cranial Osteopathy, and Visceral Manipulation.
When she is not working at the clinic, she is teaching Massage Therapy at MacEwan University and enjoys working as a trainer with local football teams. Alyssa loves adventure, hiking, and spending time outdoors with her two pups and husband!

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Sarah Melenka

Registered Massage Therapist

Sarah was born and raised in Vegreville Alberta on a fourth-generation grain farm. She played 3 years varsity volleyball for the Nait Ooks and is currently on Team Canada’s Paralympic Volleyball team. From a young age she knew she wanted a career where she could help contribute to people’s health and well-being, and found exactly that as an RMT. Sarah focus' on assessing her patients as a whole and finds the root of the problem rather than only treating the symptoms. Within each style of massage multiple techniques are used including myofascial release (MFR), manual lymphatic drainage (MLD), trigger point therapy, and hydrotherapy. If she's not at school, at the clinic or on the court you can find her with a fishing rod in hand and spending time with her family and fiancé!

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Lauren MacPherson

Registered Massage Therapist

As a rugby player Lauren quickly developed an appreciation for massage, she then developed a passion for massage during her Massage Therapy Education. 
Lauren is a Registered Massage Therapist. Some of her modalities included: deep tissue/therapeutic massage, trigger point therapy, muscle energy techniques and wellness massage. 
When she is not working at the clinic Lauren is a companion at a retirement residence. Lauren loves to stay active, paint and bake sweets for friends and family.

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Ben Wang

Registered Acupuncturist

Ben was raised in the southern part of China, surrounded and influenced by Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture culture. He then grew interested in TCM, especially Acupuncture, and decided to make it a career. Ben practices modalities including Acupuncture, moxibustion, Tui Na, fire cupping, Gua sha, etc. He has seen especially great results in patients with different kinds of pain before and is eager to continue developing his skills treating various symptoms and conditions. Outside of the clinic, Ben enjoys fishing with friends, doing archery, or relaxing and watching movies at home.

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Noreen Macdearmid

Student Massage Therapist

Noreen is a second- year massage therapy student at ACMT. She offers relaxation and deep tissue massage to ease pain and tension and is continuously learning!
She is a proud mother of 2 girls and 1 boy. If she is not at school, at the clinic or at work she enjoys spending time in the kitchen creating meals for family and friends, hiking, camping, gardening and spending time as a family.
Noreen used to be a Registered Nurse in the Philippines and worked for over 10 years. In 2019, she went to school for Mental Health Recovery Practitioner and previously worked in a non-profit organization in our community supporting individuals with complex needs.

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Alycia (Aly) Folkman

Registered Massage Therapist

Having been a competitive dancer since she was three years old, Alycia (Aly) relied on massage therapy to prevent injuries, maintain flexibility and help relieve sore muscles. She got to experience first hand the benefits of massage therapy. On top of that, Aly has also always had a passion for helping people since she was young, which is why she chose to become a massage therapist. 
Some of her modalities include myofascial release (MFR), proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) and dynamic cupping.  
She aims to educate her patients as part of her treatment as well as provide a relaxing environment. 
When Aly isn’t in the clinic you can find her hiking, camping, adding to her ever-growing lego collection or spending time with her cats.

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Shennaya Saddleback

Manual Osteopathic Therapist, Registered Massage Therapist

Shennaya is a Manual Osteopathic Therapist and a Registered Massage Therapist of 2 years. She is from Medicine Hat originally and recently moved to Edmonton.
In her massage treatments, she enjoys a therapeutic approach, using techniques in fascial release, trigger point therapy, hydrotherapy, Swedish techniques, pre & post natal massage.
In osteopathy, a whole body treatment approach is the way to go; using treatment techniques in myofascial release, visceral manipulation, craniosacral therapy, and manual lymphatic drainage to improve overall wellbeing. 
Besides spending time with her 6 year old daughter, she is passionate about running, practicing yoga, and hitting the gym. Other hobbies of hers include beadwork, painting & henna art!

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Julianna Wilson

Reiki Master, S.I.T Practitioner, Access Bars Practitioner

Julianna Wilson is a practitioner in the realm of holistic health and healing with many modalities, and loves expanding her knowledge to new healing modalities. Julie started her training in Reiki in 2019, and after completing her Reiki Master training, she has continued her education to become a S.I.T. Practitioner and  Access Bars Practitioner. Julie has always loved the intricacies of the human mind in respect to traumas, PTSD, anxieties, and the connections between the Physical and the Emotional and how it affects the body. Julie aspires to run her own group healings, energy healing workshops for adults and children, and to share  “Subconscious Imprinting Technique” (S.I.T.) with everyone who needs it. Julie is a lover of everything Nature, and enjoys camping, canoeing, hiking, and spending time with her beloved plant babies.