Sukha Staff

Jennifer Mattar, Owner/Spa Director

Jennifer graduated from Kikkawa College of Massage Therapy in 1998. She spent the following year studying TCM while working as an RMT. In 1999, she opened a small clinic at Premier Fitness in Etobicoke, which she operated until 2002. During this time she became a certified Pilates Instructor teaching private and group classes, as well as incorporating this method of exercise into her client’s treatments. In 2003, Sukha Spa opened its doors on Roncesvalles and she has been here ever since. After 12 years and a very successful RMT practice, Jennifer retired from bodywork in order to focus on the business aspect of the spa and its day to day operations. As acting Spa Director, she strives to provide exceptional customer service to each and every client. Creating a warm, inviting, and safe atmosphere in a beautiful setting. Many aspects of the mission and vision statements of Sukha reflect Jennifer’s own attitude towards life and health. She wants to Live Younger, Longer. She also takes great pride in being both a business owner and resident of Roncesvalles Village.

Jen Bowers, TCMP
Jen Bowers, TCMP

Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Acupuncturist.

Jen Bowers has been working as a counselor for reproductive health for fifteen years. She earned her biology degree at Dalhousie University, and has worked in medical clinics and hospitals as an educator and medical researcher. Jen continued her studies at The Institute of Traditional Medicine in Toronto, learning herbs, acupuncture and body work. As a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, she integrates western and eastern medicine in your journey toward optimal health. While Jen specializes in reproductive health and fertility, including pregnancy, Jen loves to work with all clients to help them achieve their health goals, whatever they may be.

Phil Jacobs, R.TCMP, R.Ac, A.D.S.
Phil Jacobs - Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Acupuncturist

Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Acupuncturist

Phil has been involved in the field of traditional healthcare for 7 years. During these seven years, Phil studied and practiced Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Institute of Traditional Medicine, along with two international hospital internships in Guatemala, and in China. These studies and practicing have led him to be successfully working with a range of health conditions in his personal life and private practice. While Phil loves to work with everyone, his special interest is in Pain, Stress and Addictions on the Physical and Emotional levels. Phil has a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (R.TCMP) designation in the province of Ontario with The College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario along with being an Acu-Detox Specialist (A.D.S) under the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association.

Tabatha Dodge

Esthetician

John Azevedo, RMT
John Azevedo, Registered Massage Therapist

John graduated from Sutherland-Chan College in 2005, and since then has worked as a Registered Massage Therapist in clinical, corporate and spa settings.
Through his experience of studying the body and mind, John has come to believe that both are strongly related. Massage Therapy is an effective way to relieve pain and dysfunction
that arise in our bodies as physical and mental stresses.

John has traveled to Thailand where he learned Thai massage and Foot Reflexology. His experience has changed they way he perceives and treats the body.
He is committed to his profession, and has experience in a broad range of pathologies including sciatic nerve disorders, neck pain, sports issues, headaches, stress-related, and pregnancy massage.
Outside of the treatment room, John enjoys cycling, running, and working-out. He hopes to complete his Personal Training program within the year so he can further diversify the scope of his practice.

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Blanche Fernandes, RMT
Blanche Fernandes, Registered Massage Therapist

Blanche is a graduate of Queen’s University in the Physical and Health Education as well as Kikkawa College. She has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 1988 and with over 20 years of practice, she is exceptionally well seasoned.

Blanche is successful in treating stress related concerns, injuries & acute and chronic pain. Drawing on her knowledge, experience and skill, she can confidently assess the client’s concern and choose the optimal approach for each person. She combines soothing Massage Therapy with gentle energy work, bringing ease in movement, less pain, and a greater sense of balance. Her treatment approach is holistic, encompassing mind, body and soul.

In addition to clinical massage therapy, Blanche is also skilled at relaxation massage for those clients searching serenity and tranquility in body, mind and spirit. Blanche can incorporate individualized aromatherapy, chakra balancing & intuitive abilities. It is the ultimate massage experience, where clients can unwind, refresh and feel revitalized after each session.

Blanche’s genuine caring nature and her passion inspires positive changes through Massage Therapy.

Stephanie Maxwell, RMT
Stephanie Maxwell, Registered Massage Therapist

Stephanie's love of health and wellness began early in life with a drive for both competitive gymnastics and competitive swimming. This love was easily translated into yoga in her early twenties where she developed an extensive Vinyasa practice. She completed her yoga teacher training at Yogaspace in 2010 and has been teaching therapeutic yoga to all levels ever since.

The ability of yoga and therapeutic touch to transform the body, mind and spirit inspired Stephanie to become a Registered Massage Therapist. She completed her massage therapy training at the acclaimed Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic in 2014 where she has been offered a position as a Teacher's Assistant commencing in the fall of 2015.

Stephanie has treated a broad range of clientele including, but not limited to, seniors post-surgery patients at the Toronto General Hospital and adults recovering from stroke. She has extensive prenatal massage training; she completed a rotation in high-risk pregnancy at Sunnybrook Hospital. Stephanie believes prenatal massage to be of incredible benefit: women develop a strong connection with their babies and their bodies while decreasing stress, and promoting a healthy fetal environment. Stephanie believes in a holistic wellness-focused, client-centered approach that facilitates the client's inward journey towards a deeper understanding of self.

Joshua Grey

Spa Coordinator

Lynn Jankov, RMT
Lynn Jankov, Registered Massage Therapist

Massage can help provide some much needed relaxation from our busy lives and
help you get rid of aches and pains. Lynn believes that massage is an integral
part of a wellness lifestyle – a life of balance where the central goal is to be
healthy and take the time to look after your mind, body and spirit.

Lynn is a graduate from Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic and is a
registered member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).
She practices therapeutic Swedish massage and within that context has
discovered there is a lot of room for flexibility. Her treatments vary in style from
deep tissue to a lighter lymphatic drainage approach. She is experienced in Hot
Stone massage and incorporates a variety of techniques into each treatment
including trigger point therapy, passive stretch and myofascial release. She
has also been trained to treat women in all stages of pregnancy, as well as
neurological and pathological conditions such as Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis
and Cerebral Palsy.

When Lynn is not treating her clients, she finds balance in her own life with yoga,
gardening, photography and baking for family and friends.

Veronica Ellena

Spa Manager, Aesthetician

Veronica studied aesthetics at the Bryan College of health, science, and Spa therapy and also trained as a certified make-up artist with MAC & Make-Up Forever.

When she first decided to pursue a career in Spa therapy, her main goal was helping people get into a state of relaxation and to provide a stress relief environment. Veronica takes time to connect with each and every client, and creates an individual session depending on the client's needs.