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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Welcome To Our Clinic

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Welcome to Our
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Meet The Founder
Lisa de Souza
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We're Here to Help
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Make Yourself Comfortable
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Keep Comfortable
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Get Comfortable In Our
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We Decorate So You
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We're Happy To Offer
Reflexology Treatments
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Secondary Treatments
Acupuncture, Hot Stones, Cupping
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Our Team

Meet Our Wonderful Team

Meet The Founder:

Lisa De Souza Massage Therapist Front Desk
Lisa De Souza Portrait

Lisa de Souza

Owner, RMT, Nutritionist (RNCP)

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. 

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. 

Manuela Dobre Reflexologist
Biljana Bozic Savannah Massage Therapist

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 will be attending a course in March 2020, which is focused on the evaluation and management of the TMJ (temporomandibular joint).

Biljana takes pride in providing treatment plans to best suit her patients toward their wellness and healthy balance. 

Fluent in English, Serbian and Croatian

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.

Amanda Wonnacott RMT
Brian Sullivan RMT

Brian Sullivan

RMT

Brian Sullivan graduated in 2009 from Medix College. Since graduating, he has worked in the Kitchener area. Brian’s currently a supervisor and teacher at the Westervelt College of Massage in Kitchener. Brian has additional training in hot stone, aromatherapy and shaman courses with crystal healing. In 2012 he completed a training course with Pamela McGuire to certify as a meditation instructor.

Brian specializes in deep tissue and relaxation massage, using the appropriate pressure for each client and addressing their needs. My goal for my clients is to help decrease pain and increase relaxation, paying close attention to maintaining range of motion of the joints and muscles. 

I look forward to seeing new clients at Savannah Massage Therapy and Wellness Clinic!

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 is an advanced Reiki practitioner, and even currently holds certifications in Cupping 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.

Kim looks forward to treating you at Savannah Massage Therapy and Wellness Clinic.

Kim McLellan RMT
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.

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 her skills in several areas like Pregnancy Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Cupping, Craniosacral Therapy, and Needleless Acupuncture( MPS- Micro-Current Point Stimulation).

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

Henry The Osteopath

Henry Janzen

Osteopath

Henry is a 2000 graduate of Sutherland-Chan Massage Therapy School and 2013 graduate of the Canadian College of Osteopathy after successfully defending his thesis. In addition to his osteopathy and massage therapy education, Henry completed a Bachelor of Theology at the Canadian Mennonite Bible College in Winnipeg and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo. This background has helped build Henry’s assessment skills; he carefully listens to the needs and concerns of each client to administer the proper orthopedic tests, thus allowing him to carefully put together a tailored treatment plan that suits individual needs.

Since 2007, Henry has also been a part-time professor at Humber College. He has taught anatomy and physiology, introduction to the spa and a variety of other courses. Henry is currently teaching New Ventures in the Spa Management Program. Henry also enjoys spending time with his family, playing baseball and going to the Toronto Blue Jays games.

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 Receptionist

Thalia

RECEPTIONIST

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!

COVID-19 UPDATE!

We are still open!

REMINDER: Masks need to be worn to your massage appointments, and must be worn throughout your visit to the clinic.

Please wash or sanitize your hands upon arriving at the clinic, as well as after your treatment. 

Thank you, 

Clinic Staff.