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

Recognized by the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy, In 2016 Dawnaline received the professionalism award, followed by the leadership and excellence award in 2017.

With over 6-years of experience, she is renowned for her holistic approach to healing, addressing not only surface issues but also delving into deeper aspects of well-being with a meditative touch.

Healthy lifestyle choices and physical fitness are paramount to Dawnaline, as she believes in the connection between mind, body and spirit.

She exudes happiness, radiates good health, and takes pride in being a wife and loving mother to her two beautiful children.

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.

Brittany Hampshire

Registered Massage Therapist

Brittany started her quest to be an RMT in the beautiful Okanagan, where she chose an out-of-the-ordinary option for her business program practicum- a local Registered Massage Clinic. From there, her curiosity and passion for human anatomy and physiology grew. She continued to fuel this passion and completed the 3000-hour Registered Massage Therapy (RMT) program and graduated from Vancouver College of Massage Therapy.

She has extensive knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology and has a keen interest in general wellness and patient education. Her priority is making every client feel comfortable and well taken care of, and she achieves this by creating a therapeutic relationship built on mutual trust and respect. While providing assessment and treatment focusing on postural dysfunctions which can be hereditary or from a lifestyle.

Brittany wants to provide a well-rounded treatment plan tailored to your individual needs and goals – with patient-centred care, she aims to assist in lifestyle and functionality improvements in your everyday life.

Shauna Toponce

Registered Massage Therapist

Shauna’s journey into the healthcare profession began with her initial training as a Spa Therapist through Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in 2004. She had the opportunity to develop her skills in Spa and Health Resort environments and after a short break from practicing massage, she decided to further her education and completed the remainder of the Massage Therapy program in 2011.

Shauna’s treatment style combines a variety of techniques, including Myofascial Release, Joint Mobilizations, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, Trigger Point Release and CranioSacral. She holds her Certification in Upledger CranioSacral Therapy Level 1 and has more recently continued her studies with courses in Neural Decompression and Visceral Manipulation. Treatments are tailored to the individual and are geared towards finding the root cause of dysfunction while providing support to the nervous system to encourage a deeper healing process.

When she is not at work, Shauna enjoys cooking, yoga, paddle boarding and exploring local hiking trails and when she is not participating in those activities, she enjoys frequenting local farmer’s markets and artisan shops so she can best appreciate what her region has to offer.

Jenna Alberding-Berge

Registered Massage Therapist

Jenna was born and raised in a small town in Northern BC and moved to Vernon in 2019, where she attended OVCMT, graduating with her Registered Massage Therapy diploma in July of 2021.

Jenna has worked with various conditions since then, such as sciatica, carpal tunnel, plantar fasciitis, general muscle soreness, and more. Her approach to massage therapy also varies depending on the needs/wants of the client! Whether you are needing a deep tissue massage, just wanting to relax, or somewhere in between the two, just let her know.

Jenna enjoys the Okanagan sunshine, paddle boarding, or hanging out with her Golden Retriever when she is not working.

Kristen Panchuk

Registered Massage Therapist

Kristen is a 2020 graduate of OVCMT. Her goal as an RMT is to provide a space where you can take the time for your physical and mental health to become your priority.

A treatment plan is made for each individual client with the goal being to help alleviate pain, injury or limitation in movement by using a variety of techniques specific to each clients needs.

Whether it’s chronic pain management, recovery from injury, or correcting limitations in movement, Kristen sees the value in assessing and treating the body as a whole. She aims to provide treatment in a relaxing and stress-free way to optimize how you live and move.

Katie Maness

Registered Massage Therapist

Katie holds a Bachelor of Science degree from UBC and graduated from OVCMT in 2023 with academic honours.

She has had a lifelong interest in anatomy and physiology and a passion for helping others. Her style as a therapist is intuitive, ever-growing, and evolving. Her treatments include a variety of techniques, including myofascial release, trigger point release, neuromuscular therapy and Swedish massage, with a particular interest in muscle energy.

She is a strong advocate for health and wellness and tailors every treatment to the individual, whether finding and treating the root causes of dysfunction or holding space to help calm the nervous system and encourage a deeper healing process.

Katie moved to the Okanagan from Vancouver six years ago and loves hiking and snowshoeing the local trails with her two kids and golden retriever, Sage.

Jessica Jones

Registered Massage Therapist

Jessica is originally from Prince George, BC.  She graduated from the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in Vernon in 2020.

Jessica’s offerings include:

  • deep/medium/light pressure (as needed)
  • myofascial release
  • functional range release therapy
  • pregnancy massage
  • relaxation massage
  • somatic therapy
  • reiki
  • breathwork

Each treatment is tailored to the client’s individual needs and goals.

In her down time, you can find her skiing at SilverStar in the winter, on her paddle board in the summer and hiking in between seasons.