MSS Winners


Masters Studies Scholarships Winners


Eric Purves, B.Sc., RMT

Brenda Lock, ED, Bodhi Haraldsson, Director of Research, and Eric Purves, B.Sc., RMT

Eric has been active in the profession since graduating from WCCMT in 2005. Eric is heavily involved with RMTBC Pain PPG and PainBC. Eric’s long-term goals are to complete a Ph.D. in rehabilitation science, preferably at UBC, where he can conduct research in the science of pain and how to make it applicable for RMT’s practice behaviors. "Eric feels that there is a need to conduct original research in the field of pain and rehabilitation sciences to contribute to the growing body of evidence supporting the use of manual and movement therapies in the treatment and management of pain."



Deetria Egeli, RMT

Bodhi Haraldsson, Director of Research, Deetria Egeli, and Anne Horng, RMTBC President 

Deetria has been an RMT for 18 years where she has been engaged in clinical practice, teaching, and research. The masters’ studies are a stepping stone to Deetria’s goal of starting her Ph.D. During the Master's process, she hopes to connect with a supervisor interested in Massage Therapy or clinical practice who could be her mentor in pursuing a Ph.D. at UBC. 



Robert Hemsworth, MRSC, RMT

A registered massage therapist for 14 years, he is finishing Master of Rehabilitation Science (MRSC) program at the University of British Columbia. This program is intended to advance leadership qualities of learners in various aspects of rehabilitation by facilitating independent and productive research.

“I plan to continue my professional role as a clinician and educator, however, I am developing research capabilities now to allow for an improved transfer of knowledge into clinical and educational workplaces as a means to strengthen reasoning and decision-making skills. It is my lifelong intention to contribute to the MT profession by advancing knowledge through research within a variety of contexts.”