about us

Okanagan Sage Massage Therapy opened its doors on January 13th, 2018, offering an incredible new option to add to your self-care ritual or treatment plan if you’re in the Vernon area.

Whether you’re a seasoned recipient of massage therapy or have yet to dip your toe in its healing waters, Okanagan Sage Massage has a therapeutic experience waiting for you.

Carissa Carbonneau

Registered Massage Therapist

I was raised in the Kootenays, and in my early twenties, moved to Vernon to complete my schooling at the ​Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy (OVCMT) in 2010. Right after graduating, I moved to Chilliwack, where I opened my very first clinic.

I spent five successful years living and running my business in Chilliwack, The Healing Oak, but I missed the Okanagan lifestyle. I sold my clinic and moved back to Vernon in 2016.

In January 2018, my dear friend and colleague Josie Teitge, moved to Vernon, and we found the perfect space to open a business together: our beautiful clinic, Okanagan Sage.

I have a beautiful son, two dogs and feel very fortunate to raise our kids in such an amazing community that offers unlimited outdoor activities, incredible summers, a strong feeling of community and of course, Okanagan wine.

I love to treat a wide variety of patients and enjoy teaching Infant Massage as well as working with pre and postnatal patients.

Josie Teitge

Registered Massage Therapist

Vernon Massage Therapy

Josie graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy (Victoria campus) in 2014 and moved to Chilliwack shortly after to work out of Carissa’s highly regarded clinic, The Healing Oak.

She worked and managed that clinic for 3 years until early 2018 when she moved to Vernon to open up the Okanagan Sage clinic with Carissa.

Josie has a strong belief in individual treatment plans and care, and knows that each patient’s journey toward optimal health and wellness is unique. She will be sure to listen and attend to the specific needs and concerns of each of her patients.

Josie also has a highly-tuned sense of energy, having trained in Level 2 Reiki. She loves to bring this knowledge into treatments in order to help heal the physical self, as well as the emotional and spiritual. Josie is happy to discuss the effects and outcomes of energy work with her patients if they wish.

Josie immediately fell in love with the beauty of the Okanagan and the energy of the people who live here! With all the natural beauty and fun activities the Okanagan has to offer, it would be a shame to be in pain! Josie is excited to help you be pain-free and feeling your very best.

Jenny McFarlen

Registered Massage Therapist

Originally from Vancouver Island, Jenny found herself drawn to the Okanagan to complete her training at Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapists (OVCMT) which she accomplished in 2010.

She then couldnʼt find herself leaving as she had grown to love the area, and felt a drive to develop her massage practice in the valley with all the amazing people that live here.

Until joining the incredible team at Okanagan Sage, Jenny has supervised massage students at OVCMT (part-time) and worked alongside a number of amazing chiropractors. Over the years she gained a new perspective and infinite experience by taking a collaborative approach to patient healing.

Today she continues to have a passion for promoting healing through her extensive training and experience as well as some specialty training with TMJ treatments, myofascial work, ligament articular strain techniques, and visceral work. Everyday sheʼs humbled to be part of such an amazing profession that patients can benefit so greatly from.

Dawnaline Jenkins

Registered Massage Therapist

Okanagan Massage Therapy

“Freedom — is the reason why I became an RMT. I believe that when you create more freedom in the body, you create more freedom in your entire life”.

Dawnaline humbly received her diploma as an RMT & was honoured as a leader in her graduating class at the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy. She enjoyed practising her craft at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna for two years before enthusiastically joining the Okanagan Sage team. Dawnaline’s mission is to support you in finding greater freedom in your whole being. Whether you choose to do this by targeting muscles & joints, circulation & lymphatics, the mind & nervous system, or simply the breath, she is well accomplished in supporting others along their healing journey.

There is no style of treatment, age group nor type of patient that she prefers above another; all are welcome to the table. No two treatments are alike; “I create each treatment by drawing from everything I’ve ever studied, each experience I’ve ever had & from the innate intuitive sense within me”.

Aside from massage therapy, you can find her practicing yoga & meditation, hiking, exploring nature & spending quality time with her family. She loves what different people & places can teach her which has led her backpacking across the globe. These days, however, she spends most of her time backpacking around her baby boy (who proves to have much to teach her as well).

Stephanie Mintz

Registered Massage Therapist

Stephanie was first introduced to massage after suffering severe whiplash following a motor vehicle accident. While receiving numerous manual therapies, she experienced the healing powers of massage. This inspired her to take interest in human anatomy and the diverse complexity of how the body functions, which led her to pursue her career as an RMT.

Born and raised in Vernon BC, she completed the Massage Therapy Program at the Okanagan Valley of Massage Therapy (OVCMT) in July 2018. Stephanie has a passion for a healthy active lifestyle, and understands the demands that sports and every day activities have on the body. It is her goal with every patient to find the root cause of pain, and get them back to their optimal well-being through manual therapy, muscle re-education and clients understanding. Curious and fascinated with the body’s ability to heal, she is passionate to be a part of your road to wellness.

Katie Ott

Registered Massage Therapist

Katie’s career in wellness began in 2012 when she completed a Spa Therapy and Holistic Massage program at Langara college in Vancouver, BC. She worked as a bodyworker in Alberta before she caught the travel bug and ended up adventuring around Australia & New Zealand for three years.

After returning home to Canada, Katie’s drive to expand her knowledge and her personal experience with chronic pain brought her to Vernon, BC to study Registered Massage Therapy at OVCMT. This is where she learned how beneficial massage can be when treating those with injuries and chronic conditions.

In her massage therapy treatments, it is her goal to approach the condition holistically, assessing the body as a whole.

Katie’s style of massage includes swedish, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, joint mobilization, positional release and neuromuscular therapy.

She is excited to take continuing education courses in chronic pain management, neurokinetic therapy, visceral and osteopathic techniques.

Sydney Brown

Registered Massage Therapist

My name is Sydney Brown and I obtained my licence as an RMT in November of 2020.

My passion has always been working with people and learning about the human body, and with that, came an interest in health care. The integration of treating both the mind and body is why I chose massage therapy as my career. My goal as an RMT is for my treatment room to be where you can take the time for your physical and mental health become your priority again.

My treatments are composed of Swedish and fascial techniques, neuromuscular therapy, and muscular stretching and strengthening.

I believe every client has something to teach me as a therapist, and so, I look forward to what I can learn from you.

Tamara Sporrer

Registered Massage Therapist

Tamara became a Registered Massage Therapist in 2017, and certified in Dr. Vodder’s Manual Lymphatic Drainage in 2019.

Tamara’s approach is therapeutic while also focusing on stress relief, as she feels stress can amplify pain and tension.

She grew up playing sports and is very familiar with different types of injuries and the pain and frustration that accompanies them. She also knows first hand how wonderful massage therapy can be in the healing process.

Outside of the clinic you can find her taking her dog on fun adventures, doing yoga, riding her motorcycle, and enjoying her time with family and friends!

Caitlin Vanderlende

Registered Massage Therapist

In 2008, Caitlin transitioned from a degree in Sports Science in Douglas College in the Lower Mainland into UBC-O’s Human Kinetics program. She graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Kinetics and found employment for several years working in a chiropractic office performing low-intensity light therapy.

She loved working with clients but was not completely happy, discovering that she was in the right industry but using the wrong tools.

She enrolled in OVCMT’s Registered Massage Therapy program in Vernon, BC and graduated at the top of her class.

Caitlin approaches each treatment with care and takes the client’s needs into consideration, creating a personalized massage plan. She uses a variety of techniques, including myofascial release, trigger point therapy, joint mobilizations and Swedish massage.

When she’s not in the clinic, you can find her out hiking with her dog, catching up with her friends, or watching a movie with her husband.

Erine Reese

Registered Massage Therapist

Erine grew up in the Shuswap and is happy to now call the Okanagan home! She has a great love for the outdoors and you will often find her spending time with her beautiful daughter hiking, biking, kayaking, gardening, doing yoga or meditating.

Her love of massage and wellness stems from growing up with a very close family member with chronic illness and seeing the profound effects massage, movement and mind set can have on a person’s health and wellbeing. After being in a motor vehicle accident herself Erine knows how difficult, stressful and frustrating the healing process can be. She has experienced first hand the benefits of massage therapy along with other allied health professions in the recovery process.

Erine began her journey in 2004, when she received certification as a Natural Health & Spa Practitioner from the Canadian Institute of Natural Health & Healing in Kelowna. In 2008, she took her yoga teacher training at the Vancouver School of Bodywork & Massage. She enjoyed teaching yoga for a number of years and you will often see her incorporating yoga into home care.

After over 10 years in the bodywork industry, Erine made the decision to attend the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy here in Vernon. She enjoyed working in all the different outreach programs at the college and with any disorder, injury or illness. She has a unique massage style that pulls from all of her previous training in modalities such as Shiatsu, Reflexology, Swedish Massage, Reiki, Myofascial & Trigger point release. Erine has a gentle approach yet also enjoys using deep tissue techniques when necessary.

Erine is excited to be a part of the Okanagan Sage team and to continue on her path to help clients of all ages and abilities on their path to optimal healing and wellness!

Jodi Willms

Registered Massage Therapist

Jodie Willms has been practising massage therapy since 2010 upon graduating from Okanagan Valley College Of Massage Therapy. She enjoys living in the Okanagan because of the healthy lifestyle it has to offer. Jodie enjoys cooking, hiking, swimming in the lakes in the summers, and getting up to the ski hills in the winter.

Travelling as well as spending time with her family and friends are some of her favourite pastimes.

Jodie is passionate about the art of massage, and loves connecting with people through various techniques ranging from a simple de-stressing relaxation massage, to a deep tissue sports massage.

She has been developing her skill set through various specialty training courses such as TMJ mastery (jaw muscle massage and manipulation), and deep tissue sports massage. Jodie also enjoys working with expecting mothers and offers various prenatal massage techniques as well as working with rehabilitation clients. She is looking forward to helping you achieve your personal goals and overall health and well-being.

Call To Book An Appointment – (778) 475-0252