Owner of Benchmark Wellness Clinic, RMT (Hons), CMRP
Donna graduated with her registered massage therapy diploma (honours) from Medix School, Kitchener in the Fall of 2007. Donna started her career at a local rehabilitation clinic dealing with clients suffering from the effects of motor vehicle accidents. She then shifted her focus and started working within a health club, where together with a team of health care professionals, was able to help athletes with their sports related injuries.
Donna is enthusiastic about her education, continually upgrading her skill set with various techniques and modalities. She currently specializes in deep tissue massage and is also a Certified Matrix Repatterning Practitioner. This can help clients with long term and chronic issues ranging anywhere from concussion to sleep apnea. This is a more gentle approach creating diversity for her client base. Donna’s knowledge also expands to pregnancy massage, Thai massage and trigger point therapy.
Donna has developed a loyal client base during her many years of practice and received the “Diamond Award” by the readers of the Waterloo Chronicle for 2010, 2011 and 2012, before working within other multidisciplinary clinics. Donna’s interests include working out, hiking, reading and world travel.
Shannon is a Registered Massage Therapist who graduated from CCMH in 2019. She is an ambitious and motivated therapist. Her strongest skills at this moment are working with mental health and deep tissue work. She is working on expanding into other areas to help a wider array of people and conditions. She’s easy going and has a great sense of humor. That being said she takes her work with clients very seriously and enjoys getting to know people. Because of her warm personality, she makes people feel comfortable and is able to provide the most appropriate treatment for each individual client.
B.Sc, MScPT, CMAG
Naseem completed her Master of Science in Physiotherapy program in 2011 at the University of Toronto following her Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology program in 2009 at the University of Waterloo.
Since graduating, Naseem has furthered her physiotherapy education by completing courses in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University, MDT Method from McKenzie Institute Canada, as well as certifications in soft tissue release and neural mobilization.
Naseem became a yoga instructor in 2016 at YYoga in Toronto, and most recently, she decided to follow that love of yoga down the path towards becoming a Certified Yoga Therapist at Ajna Yoga in Victoria, BC.
Through movement, connection, and even a little bit of fun, Naseem is passionate about educating and empowering her clients on their journey towards physical, mental, and emotional well being.
Brittany attended Humber College for 3 years where she obtained an Advanced Diploma in Massage Therapy. Throughout that time, she was introduced to many facets of the trade while working with a wide demographic of outpatients. She has gained experience working with infants and small children, pregnant women, athletes, diabetic patients, epileptic patients, cancer and ALS patients.
Aside from treating day to day aches and pains, she has had the ability to work with various conditions such as: Torticollis, Bell’s Palsy, Whiplash, Frozen Shoulder, Chronic Low Back Pain, Fibromyalgia and Plantar Fasciitis. She incorporates many techniques into her practice such as: Swedish massage, cervical and sacral traction, trigger point release, myofascial release, lymphatic drainage and sustained glides to assess and isolate vertebral pain.
As a young health care practitioner, Brittany acknowledges that no two patients are alike but that all patients require the same amount of attention and dedication. She prefers to work alongside each patient to understand their treatment goals and she feels that collaboration is a core component in healthcare quality.
Brittany is a creative and hands on individual who thrives off of a new challenge. She is determined to make a positive impact on all her patients while being a part of their healing process.
Dr. Olja Vazic
B.Sc, DC, RMT, Clinical Acupuncture Provider
Dr. Olja Vazic graduated with Honours from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2015. She went on to complete four years of extensive study at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2019. During her studies, she completed the Advanced Standing Registered Massage Therapy Program at the Royal Canadian College of Massage Therapy and began her own massage therapy business within a golf and country club in Toronto. Her patient demographic ranged from weekend warriors to high-level athletes participating in tennis, golf and Iron Man, as well as a geriatric population with chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis.
Dr. Vazic holds certifications in a variety of continuing education courses such as Athletic Movement Assessment, Functional Range Release and Functional Range Conditioning. She also completed the Clinical Acupuncture Program at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College during her last year of chiropractic study.
Dr. Vazic’s approach to treatment is evidence-based and patient-centered. She gives her patients options based on her clinical judgment and the best available evidence in the literature. She utilizes a variety of techniques such spinal and extremity manipulation and mobilization, functional range release, muscle release therapy, electro-acupuncture and active rehabilitation. Although she loves treating sport-related injuries and enhancing movement for optimized sport performance, her ultimate goal is to help individuals of all walks of life achieve better health and a higher quality of life!
Jacquelyn (Sapphira) Waltbauer
Sapphira graduated from the Canadian College of Massage in 2013 and has over a decade of experience in the health and wellness field. Her background includes working with individuals who are suffering with chronic progressive conditions such as scoliosis, Arthritis, and multiple sclerosis. Sapphira herself has experienced the many benefits of massage therapy as a form of rehabilitation after suffering an athletic injury, and is motivated and passionate about helping others who suffer from pain and physical dysfunction in their daily lives. Sapphira has a strong belief in a holistic way of healing that encompasses both mind and body. Her approach to treatment focuses directly on the individuals needs in devising a treatment plan that will be beneficial, sustainable and successful. Sapphira is trained in the use of general Swedish massage including; trigger point therapy, fascial Work, joint mobilization and remedial exercise to promote healing and recovery, Sapphira is also certified in traditional Indian head massage as a relaxation focused therapy. Sapphira continues to further her education with the goal of being able to offer different modalities and styles of treatment to meet her client’s needs.
Deb is a graduate of the Natural Nutrition program at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. She developed her passion for nutrition after going through years of pain and frustration, unable to find the answers to her own digestive and health problems. Finally diagnosed with Food Sensitivities and IBS, Deb was able to find the right practitioners that could help guide her journey back to health through the use of natural supplements and food.
Amazed and inspired, Deb decided that this was something that she wanted to do for others. Deb will educate and guide you through your individualized nutrition program, making the transition as seamless and easy as possible. She provides customized food recommendations, meal plans, recipes, natural supplement recommendations and lifestyle changes that you can make that will fit into your current routine.
Deb is dedicated to helping clients achieve a greater quality of life through improved nutrition and wellness.
Darlene is a Registered Reflexologist who graduated from Reflexology Training Essentials in February 2018 and with continual upgrading, is certified to work on feet, hands and ears. In addition to Reflexology, Darlene is also certified in traditional Indian Head Massage.
Darlene’s passion for complementary health stems from her own healing journey. Following experiences with trauma, stress and anxiety, Darlene enveloped herself in multiple forms of healing, finding her own passion in Reflexology, Reiki, meditation and a deepening of her spirituality. Darlene understands first hand the effects that stress and anxiety have on the body—as such, she has a special passion for helping others with healing physically, emotionally and mentally.
Combining Darlene’s passion for healing with her warm and accepting nature, you will find sessions with her to be relaxing, informative and empowering.
Trudy graduated from Medix College in Kitchener in 2017. She has training in hydrotherapy, general Swedish massage, joint mobilizations, trigger points, fascial restrictions, deep tissue techniques, GTO and O&I techniques. Trudy understands every client’s body and condition are different, therefore each treatment should be specialized towards each individuals needs. She strives to ensure each client leaves the treatment feeling refreshed and improved.
Time Line Therapy® Practitioner
Elaine believes that our greatest gifts are our biggest wounds. She has survived trauma, struggled with anxiety, depression and grief. She tried all kinds of things including grief counselling, life coaching, retreat intensive, not to mention an entire library of self help books and podcasts. She hated having to tell her story over and over. It was painful, exhausting and she didn’t want it to be her identity anymore. The changes were small and incremental until she was in Peru in 2016 and met a fellow retreat participant who was NLP coach. She became a client and it was so effective, she knew she needed to add it to her practice.
She works with clients from 10-79 and specializes in working with people who are dealing with health anxiety, social anxiety, trauma, fear & phobias, anger management, body shame, abandonment issues, loneliness, OCD, addictive behaviour, relationship issues, divorce difficulties, complicated grief (including the loss of a loved one through suicide).
Elaine completed her Master Practitioner of NLP, Time Line Therapy®, Hypnosis from the Tad James Company in 2017. She received her Core Transformation and Wholeness training from Mark and Connirae Andreas in 2019. She also completed her Simpson Protocol training in 2020. She is currently working on her Masters in Psychology and the Neuroscience of Mental Health at King’s College London, UK.
BSC. Kin, MPT, Pelvic Health Physiotherapist
After spending many years volunteering in physiotherapy clinics, Laura began her post-secondary education at McMaster University, graduating in 2015 with a Hons BSc. Kinesiology. Following her first degree, Laura worked in a physiotherapy clinic in Hamilton as a registered Kinesiologist, where she discovered her passion for listening to patients and working with them to achieve their goals. Voted as one of the top ten Kinesiologist in Hamilton, by the Hamilton Spectator, Laura craved more knowledge to help patients progress. She was accepted in and completed her Physical Therapy Degree in 2018, graduating from the University of Western Ontario. While completing her Physical Therapy degree, she experienced a wide range of physio therapy practices through clinical placements, working with oncology patients and in areas of Women’s Health. In 2019 Laura decided to pursue her education further, and began to specialize in the field of Pelvic Health Physiotherapy. Laura is excited to be working with the wonderful team at Benchmark Wellness Clinic and looks forward to helping patients to realize their pelvic health potential, through manual therapy, exercise therapy, education, support & encouragement. When she’s not working, Laura enjoys spending time with her friends and family, doing yoga, trying new restaurants, reading new books and traveling to new countries.
All cancellations must be made a minimum of 24 hours prior to your appointment time. Any appointments cancelled outside of the 24 hours will be charged in full. Each appointment is booked with a Practitioner who has prepared your session to maintain your wellbeing. This is also their valuable time and why we have these policies in place. Thank you very much for your understanding.
Personal Health Information Protection Act
The Ontario Government has legislation, the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) that came into effect on November 1, 2004. This act has been established to set out rules for the collection and utilization of information that is collected about patients. All of our therapists abide by these regulations.