2020 Conference

We regret that due to the uncertainty on the timing of allowing gatherings of more than 50 people, the RMTBC annual conference has been postponed until further notice. Full refunds will be issued.


RMTBC Conferences welcome all healthcare professionals and we encourage the exchange of ideas across disciplines. See below for the appropriate registration link. Members: early bird rates are now open and 14 Continuing Education Credits are available. Check back regularly for updates.



The RMTBC is pleased to present a two-day conference dedicated to evidence informed research on the benefits of registered massage therapy in the field of rehabilitation. Internationally recognized speakers will stimulate a dialogue between colleagues to:

  • Promote the exchange of experiences and new ideas
  • Start and continue a network around scientific and evidence-based practice
  • Create an inventory of the possibilities for registered massage therapy and rehabilitation, aimed at sustaining and stimulating the independence and wellness of patients

Participants and speakers are encouraged to spend each day at the venue. Breakfast, coffee breaks, lunch and a social reception will all take place in the exhibition area.


Registration not currently available.




Exhibitors & Sponsors

Want to get involved? View our Sponsorship Package here or contact maureen@rmtbc.ca for sponsor and exhibitor opportunities.


Conference Schedule

Day 1

7:15 am – REGISTRATION and breakfast buffet courtesy of Wilson Beck

8:15 am – Opening Remarks and First Nations Welcome

9:00 am – Douglas Nelson LMT, BCTMB – President at MTF
This is Our Moment: Taking Our Place at the Health Care Table

10:00 am – Coffee Break

10:30 am – TBD

Noon – Lunch Break courtesy of Wilson Beck

1:00 pm – Niki Munk, PhD, LMT
Finding Home: Massage Therapy Field’s Placement within Rehabilitation’s Multi-Disciplinary Home.

2:30 pm – Coffee Break

3:00 pm – Fortius Panel with Q&A
Athlete Centred Care: An integrated approach.

4:30 pm – Reception and Pin Ceremony courtesy of PainPro

Day 2

7:15 am – REGISTRATION and breakfast buffet courtesy of Wilson Beck

8:45 am – Opening Remarks

9:00 am – Peripheral Nerve Trauma Clinic Panel – VGH

10:30 am – Coffee Break

11:00 am –  Dr. Janet Kahn PhD, EdM, LMT, sponsored by the Dr. Rogers Prize
Team Players:Massage Therapy in the Era of Patient Empowerment and Integrative Healthcare.

12:30 – 2 pm – Lunch Break courtesy of ICBC & Poster Sessions

2:00 pm – TBD

3:30 pm – Closing Remarks


Dr. Janet Kahn PhD, EdM, LMT

Dr. Janet Kahn, keynote at the RMTBC 2020 Conference on Massage Therapy and Rehabilitation

Course(s) Taught: Affortable Care Act, Policy and Integrative Healthcare

Dr. Janet R. Kahn is currently a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine, a position she has held since 2002. Since 2000, Dr. Kahn has been a Faculty Preceptor in the Fellowship Program in Complementary, Alternative, and General Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kahn helped found the Integrated Health Policy Consortium in 2002, where she was on the Steering Committee until 2005, thereafter serving as Executive Director until 2011. In addition, Dr. Kahn was the Director of Integrated Health Care of the Community Health Center of Burlington from 2008 to 2010, the Director of Research of the Massage Therapy Research Consortium from 2003 to 2008, and a Senior Research Scientist at the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women from 1997 to 2000. Dr. Kahn’s research focuses on equitable and affordable health care delivery models, the importance of massage therapy for the treatment of chronic pain, and supporting the well-being of veterans. Dr. Kahn has served on a number of boards, including the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health since 2009. On October 7, 2011, President Obama announced the appointment of Dr. Kahn to serve as a member of the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. Dr. Kahn holds a BA from Antioch College, an EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a PhD from Brandeis University.

Dr. Niki Munk, PhD, LMT

Niki Munk, PhD, LMT - Keynote at the 2020 RMTBC Conference on Massage Therapy and RehabilitationNiki Munk is an Associate Professor of Health Sciences in Indiana University’s School of Health and Human Sciences, a non-practicing Kentucky licensed massage therapist, and member of the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH) research work group. Dr. Munk is one of 13 international Fellows in ARCCIM’s International Complementary Medicine Research Leadership Program, co-investigator on the VA TOMCATT study, and a Massage Therapy Foundation Trustee. Dr. Munk’s research explores real-world massage therapy for chronic pain and associated factors, trigger point self-care, massage for amputation related sequelae, and the reporting and impact of massage related case reports among other projects. Prior to beginning her gerontological doctoral pursuits in 2006, Dr. Munk worked as Program Director and a lead instructor for the Lexington Healing Arts Academy in Lexington, Kentucky. Discouraged by accessibility barriers to massage therapy faced by much of the population, she chose research and academia as a means to help bridge the accessibility gap reasoning that stronger evidence for the field will lead to increased routine 3rd party coverage for massage treatment.


Douglas Nelson, LMT, BCTMB

Douglas Nelson Douglas Nelson LMT, BCTMB – President at MTF President at the Massage Therapy Foundation, Douglas Nelson began his career in massage therapy in 1977, and he maintains a very active clinical practice. His particular interest has been the role of soft tissue in performance, serving as a neuromuscular consultant to teams in the NBA and NFL, in addition to dance companies and high level musicians. He is the President of BodyWork Associates, a massage therapy clinic in Champaign, IL. Established in 1982, the clinic has two locations and a staff of eighteen therapists. His teaching institute, NMT MidWest, Inc., provides about one hundred trainings annually in Precision Neuromuscular Therapy™ across the USA and abroad. Doug is a guest lecturer at the University of Illinois Medical School, the Department of Family Medicine, and the Dance Department. Doug has been the recipient of numerous awards in his field, most recently the 2013 Massage Therapy Educator of the Year and the 2015 Pioneer Award from the Illinois Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association.

Dr. Marie Westby

Physical Therapist, Mary Pack Arthritis Program and Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, UBC

Dr. Westby joined CHHM as an Associate Member in January 2016 after completing her post-doctoral research through the School of Public Health, U of Alberta. For her postdoc, she developed quality indicators (QIs) for rehabilitation before and after elective total hip and knee replacement surgery. She has worked at the Mary Pack Arthritis Program for 30 years and is currently the PT Teaching Supervisor. She is a VCHRI funded clinician scientist whose research focuses on the implementation and evaluation of these QIs using patient and clinician targeted strategies with the aim of improving patient outcomes and experiences in this growing patient population. She is a core member of the province-wide Physical Activity Support Kit Initiative (PASKI) and leads the MSK working group to develop an online repository of high quality physical activity resources and tools for clinicians and people living with chronic conditions in BC.

Fortius Sport Panel

Dr. Christopher Maclean Applied Sport Scientist, Biomechanics

Tony Giannikouris Hydrotherapy Coach, Performance Rehabilitation Coach (PRC)

Declan Norris Physiotherapist

Aaron Ashe Registered Massage Therapist

Peripheral Nerve Trauma Clinic Panel - VGH

Members of the Peripheral Nerve Trauma Clinic Panel – VGH will discuss the importance of educating and empowering patients in the process of rehabilitation.

The Venue

About Anvil Centre

777 Columbia Street | New Westminster, BC V3M 1B6

Where commerce, culture
and community meet.

Anvil Centre is a modern and vibrant gathering place conveniently located in the historic cultural district of the City of New Westminster—and the geographical centre of Metro Vancouver.

If you’re looking for a boutique venue that ignites the imagination, inspires ideas, and stimulates the senses, Anvil Centre is the place where commerce, culture, and community meet.

Anvil Centre features 18,000 square feet of dedicated conference space, a 364-seat theatre, multipurpose studios, and smaller meeting rooms. With four floors of configurable, multifaceted spaces equipped with the latest in building amenities, Anvil Centre offers endless possibilities for conferences, meetings, events, and community programs.

Anvil Centre is also host to community-based arts, dance, and heritage programs, as well as public arts performances. The New Westminster New Media Gallery, New Westminster Museum and Archives, and Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, which all call Anvil Centre home, invite visitors to connect, experience, explore, and discover.


A strategic part of the revitalized downtown cultural district, Anvil Centre is situated on historic Columbia Street between Eighth and Begbie Streets, and is adjacent to the revitalized, award-winning Westminster Pier Park on the Fraser River.

Getting here

Anvil Centre’s convenient location makes it easily accessible by major rapid transit lines, highways—and even by bike!

By rapid transit

Immediately across the Anvil Centre on Eighth Street is the New Westminster SkyTrain station. Less than a 30-minute ride from downtown Vancouver, the New Westminster station is serviced by both the Expo and Millennium Lines.

Visitors arriving from YVR can connect to SkyTrain via the Canada Line at the airport. After a transfer at Waterfront Station, visitors can arrive at Anvil Centre in about 30-minutes.

Visitors from the Tri-Cities can reach Anvil Centre from Coquitlam City Centre in just over 30-minutes via the Evergreen Line, with a transfer to the Millennium Line at Lougheed Town Centre.

By car

New Westminster is connected to Metro Vancouver’s major highways and arteries via three bridges: the Queensborough Bridge (connecting Highway 91 and the East-West Connector), the Patullo Bridge (connecting Surrey’s King George Boulevard), and the new Port Mann Bridge (connecting Highway 1).

For travellers arriving by BC Ferries, the newly opened South Fraser Perimeter Road (Highway 17) provides a quick, direct route to New Westminster via the Bridgeview Drive/130 St. exit and the River Road/Nordel Way exit.

By bike

The scenic 26-km BC Parkway is a multi-use path that roughly parallels the Expo SkyTrain Line, connecting Surrey City Centre, New Westminster, South Burnaby, and Vancouver. The BC Parkway passes within a block of Anvil Centre.


The Inn at the Quay

The Inn at the Quay, New Westminster BC

Rooms have been reserved on behalf of participants at the Inn at the Quay which is directly across the street from The Anvil Centre. A special conference rate has been negotiated for the Conference.

This rate and room availability are only guaranteed to March 15th 2020.

Please book early to avoid disappointment. Bookings can be made by:

Please quote the RMTBC “Rehabilitation and Massage Therapy” when booking. For more information and amenities of the Inn at the Quay please visit their website at www.innatwestminsterquay.com

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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Want to get involved? View our Sponsorship Package here or contact maureen@rmtbc.ca for sponsor and exhibitor opportunities.