Who We Are & How We Came To Be

Our Story

Kitchener’s Trusted Massage Clinic, Savannah Massage Therapy & Wellness Clinic, was created by an RMT with a passion for helping people realize true comfort and good health through a variety of alternative health practices under one roof. That proud clinic owner and RMT is Lisa de Souza.

Lisa graduated and began working as an RMT in 2006. She worked in specialty clinics and continued to take on new courses improving her skills and expanding her treatment offerings for nearly a decade before she moved her practice to Kitchener-Waterloo in 2015. Since then, she has continued to learn new treatments and seek out other passionate Therapists, and Wellness professionals to join the Savannah team. Lisa and her team at Savannah Massage Therapy & Wellness Clinic pride themselves on providing the highest quality treatment to all their patients in a relaxing, friendly and comfortable environment.

The Meaning Behind Our Name & Logo

Lisa grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa until in the year 2000, when she was just 17, her family moved to Canada. She wanted the clinic name and logo to have meaning to her and represent her roots while being unique and memorable.

“The Tree – Acacia Trees is an iconic tree and second to the more popular tree known as the Baobabs. These trees are well-known landmarks in the veld(bush)/savannas in Africa. The hands resemble me as an RMT. Without our hands, we therapists would not be able to do the work we love, and after 13 years as a Massage Therapist, I can honestly say I love what I do. These two features of the logo meet and combine to create the roots of the tree since they are indeed the roots of my life, and the circle represents the unity of that and our abilities to treat the body as a whole.”  – Lisa de Souza, Owner / RMT

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Our Team

Meet Our Wonderful Team

Meet The Founder:

Lisa De Souza Massage Therapist Front Desk

Lisa de Souza

Owner, RMT, Nutritionist (RNCP)
Lisa graduated from Canadian Therapeutic College in 2006, and is in good standing with the College of Massage Therapist of Ontario.
 
Lisa has taken many courses throughout her career in Craniosacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, Myofascial Release and Kinesiology Taping (K-Tape). Lisa has also completed her Nutritional Consulting Practitioner course with the Alive Academy. 
 
She believes these techniques enhance her ability to provide the highest quality care to all her massage patients.
 
Lisa’s career began in Oakville, Ontario where she worked for 8 years along side a team of Physiotherapists, Athletic Therapists, Osteopaths and fellow Massage Therapists. In 2015, she moved her practice to the Kitchener-Waterloo area where she applied her Craniosacral techniques and gained valuable skills working with clients in a specialized physiotherapy clinic; with vestibular and concussion based injuries as the focus.
 
In her career, she has treated patients with various conditions ranging from repetitive strain injuries, sport injuries, motor vehicle injuries, concussions, vestibular and post-surgery patients. Her patients have included World-Class Athletes, Weekend Warriors, Babies and Seniors Citizens.
 
The most satisfying aspect of being a massage therapist in Lisa’s opinion, is just how powerful and effective therapeutic touch is. The amazing support and outcomes that just a few treatments can provide for clients from all walks of life is extremely rewarding. No matter what the ultimate goal is, seeing the impact one can have on peoples’ rehabilitation is amazing. Lisa prides herself on providing the highest quality treatment to all her patients in a relaxing, friendly and comfortable environment. 

Lisa is currently not accepting new clients. Thank you for understanding.

Amanda Wonnacott

RMT

Amanda graduated from the Massage Therapy diploma program at Westervelt College in Kitchener, in the fall of 2019. She decided on a career in massage therapy because she enjoys working with people, as well as being able to provide treatments to help and assist her clients to reach their physical goals.

She provides her clients with a customized treatment plan based on her findings in the initial visit and your needs and goals. She believes that no two treatments are the same, so custom treatments allow her to provide her clients with the highest standard of care.

Amanda’s goals for the future are to expand her skills and knowledge by taking continuing education courses in manual lymph drainage and craniosacral treatments.

In her spare time, you can find Amanda reading and spending quality time with her family.

Biljana Bozic

RMT

Biljana graduated with honours from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in Cambridge in 2012 and has been working in the area since graduating.

Prior to attending massage therapy school, Biljana worked for 10 years as a physiotherapy assistant which was an easy transition into massage therapy school.

Bringing diverse knowledge and experience into her practice, Biljana continues with ongoing education by taking different courses such as acupuncture, cupping, hot stone and fascial work to better assess and treat her patients. She has completed a course focused on the evaluation and management of the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and has completed her training in MLD taught by the Vodder School. Biljana is now offering Lymphatic Massage Therapy.

Biljana takes pride in providing treatment plans to best suit her patients toward their wellness and healthy balance. Biljana is currently only taking on clients for Manual Lymph Drainage.

Fluent in English, Serbian and Croatian

Kim McLellan

RMT

Kim has always loved helping people feel their best so after 18 years of working in the spa industry as an esthetician, she returned to school to become a Massage Therapist. In 2018 she graduated from the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy with honours.

Since becoming a massage therapist, Kim continues to be amazed at the effects of massage therapy and plans to continue her education. She even currently holds certifications in Cupping and Hot Stone Therapy as well. While Kim can treat anything from trigger points to strains, she is a firm believer that a relaxation massage and the positive effects it can provide, should not be underestimated.

When not at work, Kim is most likely working out, reading, or spending time with family and friends.

James Martin RMT

James Martin

RMT

James graduated from Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2017, one year after he graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Honours Kinesiology. He has a passion for understanding and treating the human body. He strives to find and understand connections between dysfunctional musculo-skeletal anatomy and restoring full range, pain free movements for his clients.

James provides quality treatments ranging from relaxation to headache and stress management to sport massage and deep tissue release. He is trained in several techniques including trigger point therapy, cupping and gua sha. He will use all he has learned to provide a specifically tailored treatment for each client based on their conditions, needs and requests.

When not working, James will often be watching or playing sports with baseball being his main passion.

Travis Francis

RMT

Travis is a graduate of Health and Fitness Promotion at Humber College, Massage Therapy at Medix College, Brampton and even completed 3 years of Kinesiology at York University before realizing he would rather pursue massage for a more hands-on approach. He is now a proud Registered Massage Therapist, certified in First Aid and CPR/AED, as well as Personal Hygiene & Public Safety.

Previously a certified Personal Trainer, Travis comes from a background and deep interest in sports such as Basketball, Track and Field, Weight Training, and CrossFit.

Travis is passionate about learning more about Sport Injuries and Health/Performance advancements and hopes to use his previous experience and education as a Personal Trainer and Instructor to benefit peoples lives through Massage Therapy.

In his spare time, you can find Travis cooking, baking, or even playing chess!

 

Yumeno Goto

RMT

Yumeno is a Registered Massage Therapist who graduated with honours from Pharma-Medical Science College of Canada in 2021.

Before she moved to Canada, she completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the Teikyo University in Fukuoka, Japan and Masters of Clinical Rehabilitation at the Osaka Prefecture University in Osaka, Japan where she performed research which was published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

She has worked at multi-disciplinary clinic and spa settings, and collaborated with other practitioners.

Yumeno has treated many clients who have suffered from general muscle aches and joint pains, but also she has experiences with specific conditions such as frozen shoulder, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease, TMJ dysfunction, chronic headaches, and so on.

Yumeno is skilled in techniques such as Swedish massage and deep fascial techniques which can support client’s healing process and stress management.

Jasmina Paulis

RMT

Jasmina Paulis graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2011.

Her curious mind, altruism, and craving to try something new, have all brought her into the massage field. She is very passionate about her profession, as practicing massage therapy on a daily basis reminds her of the amazing healing power of the human body. She is excited about how massage therapy helps people come into balance, and aids in releasing both trauma and stress. For her, the most rewarding feeling comes from helping another person manage and overcome their pain.

Jasmina further has skills in several areas like Pregnancy Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Cupping, and Needleless Acupuncture( MPS- Micro-Current Point Stimulation).

In her spare time, Jasmina likes hiking, reading, sewing and playing with her turtle Mika. 

Tejal Panchal

RMT

Tejal, a dedicated licensed Massage Therapist, prioritizes holistic well-being and assists clients in achieving optimal health. With comprehensive training from the National College of Massage Therapy, she proudly upholds the highest standards of professionalism through her affiliations with CMTO and RMTAO.

As a Registered Physiotherapist in Canada with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from India (2013), Tejal is committed to delivering personalized care tailored to individual client needs. Her passion for continuous education, particularly in acupuncture treatments, reflects her dedication to enhancing expertise. Tejal collaborates closely with clients, addressing specific concerns such as muscle tension, discomfort, or the need for relaxation. Specializing in Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Prenatal/Postnatal Massage, Hot Stone Massage, and Cupping Therapy, each session is meticulously crafted to meet the unique needs of her clientele.

In her leisure time, Tejal finds joy in reading, surfing, and cherishing moments with family and friends.

Penny Welch

Osteopath

Penny graduated from the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy in March 2023 where she was trained to adhere to the international standards of education on professionalism, completing 4200 educational hours, and a minimum of 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice and training.

Previously, Penny graduated from the University of Guelph with a bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics with a minor in Nutrition and Nutraceutical Sciences.

Penny is committed to helping patients exceed their personal health, wellness and rehabilitation goals. In her free time, you can catch Penny going on many walks with her cockapoo Neptune.

Penny has her own rates for Osteopathy as follows:

Initial Assessment/Treatment: $90.40 (30 mins)
Follow Up/Maintenance: $90.40 (30 mins)
Infant & Child Initial Assessment/Treatment: $67.80 (30 mins)
Infant & Child Follow Up/Maintenance: $67.80 (30 mins)

Book your Osteopathy appointment with Penny today!

Manuela Dobre Reflexologist

Manuela Dobre

Reflexologist, BSC, RRPR

Manuela has earned her training through Reflexology Training Ontario, as part as Complementary Health care offered at Conestoga College, and has been a certified Reflexology Practitioner (RRPr) since 2009. She is a member of Reflexology Registration Council of Ontario (RRCO). She has a Bachelor of Science and she also worked as Physiotherapy Assistant in various outpatient clinics.

Manuela’s passion for reflexology practice integrates gratitude, empathy, and consideration therefore making every session a unique and wonderful experience for her patients. She offers foot, hand and ear reflexology in a tranquil atmosphere.

She became a certified Reflexologist because this modality can help anyone with common ailments heal in a holistic way. Her specialty is alleviating pain associated with plantar fasciitis, headaches, fibromyalgia to just name a few. After each session patients observed an increase in ankle flexibility, better circulation in the legs and feet while experiencing a state of relaxation for the entire body. You will leave feeling rested and relaxed!

Manuela is enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge and customizing treatments for her clients in conjunction with other practitioners at our clinic. 

Dr. Alecia Dodge ND

Naturopath

Hi, I’m Dr. Alecia Dodge ND and my practice is devoted to skin, digestion, and hormonal health.

My mission is to help individuals like you achieve a state of vibrant health and happiness. I firmly believe that true wellness begins from within, starting with a healthy digestive system, balanced hormones, and glowing, radiant skin.

As a Naturopathic Doctor, I understand the intricate interplay of your skin, digestion, and hormonal health. These areas are not isolated; they are interconnected, and addressing them holistically is the key to achieving optimal well-being.

Are you struggling with persistent skin issues that affect your confidence and daily life? Are digestive discomforts hindering your enjoyment of life’s simple pleasures? Are hormonal imbalances impacting your vitality and overall happiness? Together, we’ll work to uncover the root causes of your concerns and create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs.

My approach integrates the best of natural medicine, combining evidence-based practices with traditional wisdom to bring about lasting healing. I’m committed to providing you with the guidance, support, and tools you need to achieve a state of balance and harmony within your body.

Let’s embark on this transformative journey towards radiant skin, improved digestion, and hormonal equilibrium. I invite you to schedule an appointment with me, where we can dive into your specific concerns, set achievable wellness goals, and design a roadmap for your journey to optimal health.

I want you to love what you see in your mirror. If you’re ready to take the first step towards a healthier and more confident you, I’m here to support you. I offer in-person and virtual appointments for people living anywhere in Ontario. Book your appointment by clicking here.

Meaghan

Receptionist

Meaghan, another one of our Receptionists here at the clinic is a welcome addition to our team!

A recent graduate, she is looking forward to taking some beauty courses in the future. 

“I enjoy being part of a team that cares so strongly about the health and well-being of others. I love seeing clients leave our clinic looking relaxed with a smile on their face. I’m excited to continue growing my knowledge of preventative care as well as continuing to ensure all clients feel welcomed in our clinic. I hope to see you soon at Savannah Massage Therapy!”

Meaghan speaks Portuguese and English, and is looking forward to greeting you at Savannah Massage Therapy & Wellness Clinic!

Christina

Receptionist

Christina is our newest team member as one of our receptionists at the clinic and is currently enrolled in Business Administration at Wilfred Laurier University.

Christina enjoys assisting patients achieve wellness through the many services that the clinic has to offer as well as exploring different job industries and sectors.

“I’m thrilled to be part of an amazing team that dedicates 100% of their efforts and focuses to their clients. I look forward to learning more about alternative care and making sure everyone who walks in feels cared for.”

Christina is looking forward to greeting you at Savannah Massage Therapy & Wellness Clinic!

Tamara

RECEPTIONIST

Tamara, one of our Receptionists here at the clinic is currently a student at Wilfrid Laurier University, studying Political Science and Economics. With years of prior experience in the customer service field, she is always up for a conversation and enjoys interacting with and getting to know new clients.

In her spare time, Tamara enjoys reading, good company and playing with her dog.

She is fluent in English, Serbian and French.

Tamara is looking forward to greeting you at Savannah Massage Therapy and Wellness Clinic!

Tamara Receptionist

Thalia

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Thalia, another one of our Receptionists here at the clinic is currently enrolled in the Health Office Administration program offered at Conestoga College, working towards her diploma.

Thalia loves being able to interact with the patients and enjoys helping them feel comfortable and at ease. She has a strong passion for health care and watching the physical and emotional growth massage therapy can bring.

“I wanted to join the Savannah Massage Therapy team because I enjoy the fundamental possibilities that come with alternative care. I am excited to be surrounded by a team that expresses an abundance of knowledge to give me the opportunity to learn and grow every day.”

Thalia is looking forward to greeting you at Savannah Massage Therapy & Wellness Clinic!

Thalia Receptionist