RMTBC Conference

Postponed to a future date | Presented by jane.app

Registered Massage Therapy & Rehabilitation

To protect the health of attendees and speakers, we regret to announce that the 2022 conference has been postponed. We are looking to book a later date, check this page again for updates. RMTBC Conferences welcome all healthcare professionals and we encourage the exchange of ideas across disciplines.



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.

Exhibitors & Sponsors

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



Poster Sessions

Conference Research Posters share new advances in the field and facilitate the exchange of ideas, leading to further advancements. We encourage you to get the word out and submit; the more ideas presented, the richer the discussion will be!
Official Callout: Poster Sessions Callout PDF

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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.

Douglas Nelson, LMT, BCTMB

Douglas Nelson Douglas Nelson LMT, BCTMB – President at MTFImmediate Past President of 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. 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.


Dr. Alex Scott

Dr. Alex Scott, speaker at the 2020 RMTBC Conference on Massage Therapy and Rehabilitation

Dr. Scott is an Associate Professor at UBC, in the department of physical therapy. He has graduate degrees from UBC in exercise physiology and experimental medicine. Dr. Scott’s research targets a widespread problem, overuse injuries and chronically painful tendon disorder in workers and athletes. His laboratory is examining the biological and biomechanical responses of tendons to mechanical loading and/or injury, and he also engages in a variety of clinical research projects examining treatments for tendinopathy. His research has been supported locally by organizations including WorksafeBC and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, nationally through CFI, CIHR, NSERC and the Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada, and internationally through the Canada-Scandinavia Foundation, the Swedish Research Council, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the Physical Medicine Research Foundation. His work has been incorporated into a widely used web-based clinical guideline (UpToDate©).

Neil Pearson, PT, MSc(RHBS), BA-BPHE, C-IAYT, ERYT500

Neil is a physical therapist, yoga therapist and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, and faculty in four accredited yoga therapy programs. He is also a consultant to the BC medical association, and to Lifemark’s 300+ clinics in Canada. He is lead contributor in Pain BC’s Pain Foundations CE course and in the gentle movement@home video series, and lead contributor for the self care for chronic pain and self care for low back pain health journeys in PC Health’s mobile app.

Neil is founding chair of the Physiotherapy Pain Science Division in Canada, and recipient of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s 2021 Medal of Distinction award and the Canadian Pain Society’s Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education award. Neil has authored a patient education ebook – Understand Pain Live Well Again (2008), numerous journal articles on yoga and pain including a recent white paper for the International Association of Yoga Therapists – Yoga Therapy and Pain: How Yoga Therapy Serves in Comprehensive Integrative Pain Management, and How It Can Do More (2020), and co-authored/edited the textbook – Yoga and Science in Pain Care: Treating the Person in Pain (2019).

Neil offers Pain Care Aware trainings to health practitioners and yoga therapists, as well as Pain Care mentorships to practitioners passionate for deeper learning in pain science and pain care. More at www.paincareaware.com

Eryn Price

Eryn graduated with honours from WCCMT in 2010, and one year later began teaching in the massage colleges, first at WCCMT and then at Langara. After a few years of practicing sports massage, she shifted her practice towards supporting women going through breast cancer and related breast surgeries. Understanding the lack of rehabilitation resources for people undergoing breast surgery, Eryn has developed both in person and virtual programs supporting patients and massage therapists alike to learn about mindful care in the breast surgery process. Having recently launched her fully accredited “Mastectomy Guide for Healthcare Professionals” training program, Eryn is on a mission to create a heart-centred network of highly trained professionals comfortable and inspired to work with the breast surgery demographic, so people all over the country can access the resources they need. To learn more please visit: www.mastectomyguide.com

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 — the geographical centre of Metro Vancouver — on traditional Indigenous territory belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, in particular the Qayqayt First Nation.

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 will be reserved on behalf of participants at the Inn at the Quay which is directly across the street from The Anvil Centre with a special rate negotiated for the Conference:

  • Quay Queen: $ 149
  • Quay Double/Double: $169

Bookings can be made by emailing reservations@innatthequay.com or calling 1-604-520-1776, ext. 7105

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

Thank You to our Sponsors!