Get acquainted with members of our Administrative Staff.
Ronke Asalu has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Post-Graduate Certification in Education from the University of Sunderland, England.
Ronke worked as an educator for over 15 years and has spent the last 8 years specialising in post-secondary admissions. She enjoys connecting with prospective students, helping them actualise their education and training ambitions.
Phone: 416-924-1107, ext. 23
Phone: 416-924-1107, ext. 21
Grace graduated from the University of Toronto in 1974 with an Honours B.Sc. in Physiology and Psychology. In 1976 she completed massage therapy training at the 3HO Foundation. Together with Christine Sutherland, she founded Sutherland-Chan School & Teaching Clinic in 1978. In 1980, working with Christine Sutherland and Rhona Birenbaum, she began opening professional massage therapy clinics in Toronto under the name Sutherland-Chan Clinics Inc. Grace has also taught continuing education courses for massage therapists in Hong Kong and throughout Canada and the United States.
In 1998 Grace graduated from the Canadian College of Osteopathy. Throughout her many other activities, Grace has always maintained a part-time private practice in massage therapy, and now blends massage and osteopathic treatment approaches in her work.
In 1987 Grace was a co-founder of the Canadian Sports Massage Therapists Association, and in 1988 she was instrumental in setting up meetings of the presidents of the provincial professional associates, which led to the formation of the Canadian Massage Therapists Alliance. Grace was responsible for the establishment of the American Massage Therapy Association Foundation in 1991 and continued as President until 1995. She also served as the Canadian District representative on the AMTA Board of Directors from 1987-1989.
Phone: 416-924-1107 ext. 38
Matthew started his career in Kinesiology at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. Matthew has a strong understanding of human kinetics, the body and muscle movement. His passion for knowledge and ambition for growth has also led him to accomplish his Bachelor of Education at the University of Ottawa.
After a successful teaching career abroad, Matthew was compelled to Massage Therapy His deep interest in manual therapy, the ability to utilize his knowledge of the body and witnessing first hand how the body heals and adapts following injury eventually led him to the completion of his diploma in massage therapy from Sutherland-Chan School in 2015.
Matthew joined the school in the position of Education Services Coordinator in May, 2016.
Phone: 416-924-1107 ext. 18
Debra graduated from Sutherland-Chan in 1984. Prior to becoming a massage therapist, she worked with homeless and troubled teenagers and taught Women’s Studies at the University of Toronto and York University. She began teaching at Sutherland-Chan in 1985 and continues to teach Pathology and Theory & Practice courses. She has also held the positions of Director of Education from 1985-1989 and Executive Director from 1995 to the present, and in 1998 became a co-owner with Grace Chan.
Debra has represented Sutherland-Chan in numerous organizational roles in the massage therapy profession in Ontario and Canada, as well as at the American Massage Therapy Association’s Council of Schools, of which she was President from 1995-1997, and the Massage Therapy Foundation, where she served as a trustee for four years. She is also a textbook and journal article author and a highly respected continuing education instructor.
In 1998, Debra was the recipient of the Ontario Massage Therapy Association’s Meritorious Service Award, and in 2000, the AMTA Council of Schools Meritorious Service Award.
Phone: 416-924-1107 ext. 17
2006 graduate Lesley Frow joined the Sutherland-Chan teaching team in 2008. The focus of her teaching is clinical assessment, remedial exercise and stroke rehabilitation; her clinical practice centres on sports injury rehab and involves interdisciplinary collaboration with chiropractors, physiotherapists and personal trainers. She strives to create an atmosphere in the classroom that is clear, energetic and promotes self development. Lesley joined the administrative team as Education Services Coordinator in March, 2014.
Phone: 416-924-1107 ext. 34
MD Ishaque has completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree from Seneca College, Toronto, Ontario and awarded CPA, CGA professional designation from CPA Ontario. He has over 20 years of experience in the accounting and finance field. Throughout the years, he served at a managerial level in a vast amount of industries gaining the experience required for efficient service.
Phone: 416-924-1107 ext. 11
Farangis completed the first part of her formal education in Tehran, where she obtained a B.Sc. from Beheshti University. She continued her education and went on to obtain certificates in Telecommunications Switching Systems and Management. She worked for over 20 years at the Telecommunications Company of Iran Training Centre, where she held the position of Programming Manager for 18 years and ran the administration office and student affairs department. She was also a faculty member and assisted various training departments. She came to Canada in 2009, obtained her Business Administration diploma in Toronto, and started to work at Sutherland-Chan as Office Manager in December 2010.
Phone:416-924-1107 ext. 15
After completing his Bachelors in Commerce and MBA, Aziz pursued his CPA designation. Aziz has a long history of leading accounting teams of multiple organizations in the public and private sectors, including a bank, educational institutions and multinational corporations. He is a financial professional with many years of senior level accounting and project management experience, and has previously held positions of Regional Finance Manager, CFO and Senior Joint Director. He joined Sutherland-Chan in February 2019.
Aziz has a passion to help and give back to the community and has been volunteering for a long time. Currently he is the designated Treasurer to the Board of Directors for William Osler Health System Volunteer Association. Aziz is member of the Executive Committee of CPA Ontario Halton-Peel Association, providing free tax preparation services with the CVITP team for the seniors, students, new immigrants and low-income members of the community.
Phone: 416-924-1107 ext. 26
Andrew Lewarne has been an RMT for twenty- three years having graduated from the Sutherland School of Massage Therapy in 1997 and has worked across the profession in several capacities. Andrew has worked in a variety of different business practice models and previously owned and operated his own clinic for 10 years. In an effort to give back to the profession Andrew served on the Board of Directors of the RMTAO as Vice Chair and was the Secretary of the CMTA for three years.
In addition to Andrew’s practice as a health professional, he has also had the opportunity to support the profession as the Examinations Officer for the College of Massage Therapists’ of Ontario (CMTO). In this role he provided significant contributions with respect to the development and delivery of the provincial entry to practice examination process. Further to this, he also provided credibility to the profession as an Expert Witness for the CMTO and law enforcement agencies both provincially and country wide.
Andrew’s interests are founded primarily in the development and credibility of RMTs. He instructed at Humber College in the Massage Therapy Program, focusing on ethics, codes of conduct, legislation, communication, and entrepreneurship. He has also worked with programs associated with the University of Toronto and the International Medical Graduate Program, collaborating with other health care practitioners as a member of the Cross-Cultural Communication Committee and the Inter-Professional Communication Committee. More recently he assumed the role of Executive Director of the RMTAO for five years and now works as the vice president of the Sutherland-Chan Professional Clinics in charge of Leadership and Franchise Development.
Andrew is very excited to return to his old alma mater to assist the development of further generations of massage therapy professionals.
Phone: 416-924-1107 ext. 16
Robert is originally from Edmonton, Alberta. He has a BA from the University of Toronto in English and French Literature, a Certificate in Publishing from Ryerson University and is currently enrolled in a Masters program in Interdisciplinary Studies at Athabasca University. He is a member of the Editors’ Association of Canada. Before coming to Sutherland-Chan in 2007, Robert worked in legal publishing and taught high school English. He has also edited two novels.
Phone: 416-924-1107 ext. 19
The Sutherland-Chan Faculty
Our faculty is one of the key reasons for our continued success as a massage therapy school, and our average faculty member has been with us for more than 10 years. Visit our Faculty page to meet our diploma program instructors.