Started as a two-room clinic with a single therapist, to the current four-room clinic in Richmond, BC — with 12 team members, Evolve Therapeutic Massage has been growing and changing since 1998. Browse through our therapist bios below and get a feeling for the personalities that make up our family at Evolve.
Audra Lobo, RMT
Graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1996. After two years experience running her business within a multi-disciplinary practice, Audra established Evolve Therapeutic Massage in 1998. Audra takes an active role in the health of her patients and believes in prevention, maintenance, management, patient education and overall well-being. Audra uses Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue Techniques and Swedish Massage in her practice.
Emiri Benish, RMT
Graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. Emiri’s approach to massage therapy is based on the belief that the body-mind-spirit connection has a fundamental impact in one’s healing journey. Emiri offers a wide range of massage techniques including Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Swedish Massage, and Reflexology. Emiri is inspired to help her patients improve their physical and mental health through the use of massage therapy.
Louise Lee, RMT
Graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. Louise complements massage therapy with other manual therapies as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for her patients. Motivated by her passion for human anatomy, Louise decided to pursue her career as a Massage Therapist after obtaining her Bachelors of Science degree in Biology at UBC. In her practice, Louise uses Deep Tissue Techniques, Myofascial Release, Swedish Massage and Trigger Point Therapy.
Bernard Kwan, RMT
Graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. Bernard strongly believes that Massage Therapy facilitates and hastens the healing process in the body and restores the body back to optimal functionality. He has experience in treating numerous conditions such as soft tissue injuries and those of physiological burden of stress. Bernard strives to work with his clients, employing a variety of techniques like Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy and Swedish Massage to help promote healing and reduce stress. He is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin and is passionate to serve the Richmond community.
Morley Watson, RMT
After close to 20 years of working and teaching Fine Arts it was time for a change. Being interested in health care, massage therapy became a perfect fit. Morley graduated valedictorian from the RMT program at Vancouver Career College. He works together with his patients, not just with massage but with active techniques such as joint mobilizations and stretching to help you return to a place of normal function. So you can get back to doing the things you want to do.
Morley is certified to use IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization) tools and techniques through Prohealthsys. These tools are used to effectively decrease pain and improve mobility. This technique is precise and effective with minimal pressure.
Morley enjoys working with a wide range of populations, people with varied interests and of all ages. In treatment, you will work together to determine the source of your discomfort and devise a treatment best suited to your needs.
Kelvin Cheung, RMT
Kelvin recently graduated from West Coast College of Massage Therapy and holds a Bachelors of Science degree majoring in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University.
His mission is to care, heal and empower the public to improve their quality of life. He believes that empathy coupled with patient education are the most powerful tools in providing excellent care. He listens to his clients’ concerns and utilizes a variety of techniques and finds the one that best fits his patients’ needs. Kelvin has worked with UBC & Douglas College varsity athletes, cerebral palsy patients, as well as patients with acute spinal cord injuries at GF Strong. He desires to have an impactful role in his patients’ well-being and recovery, using a variety of applications with a focus on assessment and homecare.
Kelvin offers a wide range of massage techniques including Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Swedish Massage, stretching, and joint mobilizations. Kelvin also speaks Cantonese.
Maria Flores, RMT
Maria is a graduate of Langara College Registered Massage Therapy Program. Prior to becoming an RMT, she had the opportunity to work with traumatic brain injury and stroke clients as a Physical Therapist in the Philippines. This experience gave her a deeper understanding on how health care professionals are able to work hand-in-hand to provide the necessary treatment for the benefit of an individual.
Maria is determined to offer a safe and effective treatment that is respectful of the client’s personal boundaries. She encourages her clients to explore the treatment that works for them by utilizing different therapeutic modalities like Swedish Massage, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Release, Joint Mobilization, Hydrotherapy and providing clients with guidance on stretching, strengthening, overall relaxation, and proper ergonomics.
In her spare time, Maria likes to spend quality time with her family enjoying home cooked meals and pastries.
Kelly Martell, Intern Massage Therapist
Kelly Martell is an experienced Intern Massage Therapist and Myomassologist who graduated from two highly trained programs in Ontario and Alberta. She has been practising massage therapy since 2006 reaching clients from all over Canada. Kelly will be updating her RMT credentials by taking the BC board exams in the Spring of 2021. Currently, she is taking bookings as a Professional Body Worker (Massage Intern) until she completes the exams.
During her 14 years of experience she pleasantly assesses the root of the problem by using a myriad of certified training components demonstrated in Myofascial Release, Chinese Medical Massage (Tuina), Scar Tissue Release, Deep Tissue, Acute & Chronic Injury rehab, Reflexology, Contraction-Release Therapy (CRT), Spinal Assessment for postural and scoliosis complaints, and Athletic Hot/Cold Stone.
Kelly has completed her Cupping Master program which includes Advanced Myofascial, TMJ, Lymphatic Drainage, Facial Sculpting, Bio Magnetic Cupping and more.
Alvin Yu, R.Ac., R.TCM.P
Alvin graduated from the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver (Doctor of TCM program). He became a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac.) in 2009 and started his private practice in Vancouver. Alvin also obtained his Masters Degree (Integrative Western and Chinese Medicine) from Guangzhou University of TCM in China (2011). He worked in TCM Hospitals in China and studied from several TCM masters in China and North America as a practicum and as part of continuing studies. His practice includes TCM Diagnosis, Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Cupping, Ear Seeds, and Acupressure (Chinese massage). Alvin is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Jonathan Zhang, R.Ac., Dr.TCM
Jonathan Zhang is a Registered Acupuncturist, Herbalist and Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor. He is a registered member of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia. He has advanced training in Chinese Medicine from some famous masters of Chinese Medicine in China and has finished the Doctor of TCM program at International College of Chinese Medicine of Vancouver.
As a health care practitioner of Chinese Medicine, Jonathan’s specialty is acute and chronic pain, digestive disorders, skin disorders, insomnia and women’s health. Rather than chasing signs and symptoms, his goal is to uncover the root cause of an ailment, employing a multi-tiered and integrative approach through means of treating the body, mind and spirit. He has a passion to explain to his patients about the philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in a clear and concise manner to allow his patients comfort, confidence, and involvement in their treatment and healing. He helps his patients by providing individualized effective treatments which can include acupuncture, cupping, Tuina(massage), Scraping(Gua Sha), acupressure massage and electrical stimulation, as well as food cures(diet changes) .
He also has advanced training in Chinese Paediatric Massage, which can effectively treat many childhood ailments, such as the common cold, cough, eczema, vomiting, nausea, constipation and diarrhea.
Devina Ozla, BA., BEd., MACP., RCC.
Devina Ozla has worked as a counsellor both in private practice and in public settings since 2013. She holds a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology and a Bachelors degree in Education. She provides professional counselling services to individuals, couples, families and adolescents experiencing life difficulties, personal growth or seeking support during times of conflict and change. Her approach to counselling is client centred while providing a compassionate and understanding environment to identify the individual nature of each client’s needs. Devina has extensive experience and training in areas of anxiety, depression, phobias, relationship issues, adolescent/child issues, separation and divorce, grief, loss and life transitions. She also has experience in working with PTSD and MVA trauma.
Devina supports clients in their understanding of the depth of their life experiences so that they can create a sense of well being and peace. She maintains a solution-focused approach to identify core issues and to create a guided goal-centred path for individuals, couples and families.
Siobhan Graduated from UBC with an Arts degree. She has been working in the admin field for the the past 2 years. In her spare time, Siobhan loves watching movies and playing tennis.
Jackie has 20 years of office administration and customer service experience. She has completed the Medical Office Administrator Program. In her spare time Jackie spends time with her family and loves volunteering with the senior community.