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Administrative Staff

Administrative Staff

Get acquainted with members of our Administrative Staff.

PATRICIA CANAL

FINANCE COORDINATOR

Patricia was born and raised in Colombia where she obtained her bachelor degree in Business Administration.
She worked for over 10 years as business analyst for a large financial institution in Colombia before moving to Canada, where she started working in the education sector in an ESL school.
Patricia completed the Accounting Certificate program from George Brown College and in 2009 joined the accounting team at the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy where she worked for 11 years.

Patricia is fluent in Spanish as well as English.

Phone: 416-924-1107 ext. 11
Email: patricia@sutherland-chan.com

GRACE
CHAN

CO-FOUNDER

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
Email: grace@sutherland-chan.com

DEBRA CURTIES

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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
Email: debra@sutherland-chan.com

LAUREN HO

CLINIC & EDUCATION SERVICES COORDINATOR

Phone: 416-924-1107 ext. 22
Email: lauren@sutherland-chan.com

Andrew Lewarne

SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR and ADMISSIONS COORDINATOR

Andrew Lewarne graduated from Sutherland-Chan in 1997and has worked across the profession in several capacities. 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). More recently he assumed the role of Executive Director of the Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario for five years and now works as the Vice President of the Sutherland-Chan Professional Clinics in charge of Leadership and Franchise Development.

Phone: 416-924-1107 ext. 16
Email: andrew@sutherland-chan.com

Illaha Nabi

CLINIC RECEPTION COORDINATOR

Phone:416-924-1107 ext. 15
Email: Illaha@sutherland-chan.com

Robert Rodbourne

OFFICE COORDINATOR AND EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

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
Email: robert@sutherland-chan.com

Thomas Yau

OSAP & STUDENT RECORDS COORDINATOR

Thomas was born in Xiamen, China and moved to Hong Kong when he was a baby. Since then, until this week, he lived, attended school and worked in Hong Kong, but he and his mother shared a “fantasy of the New World.” When Canada offered a pathway to immigration from Hong Kong in 2021, Thomas applied. He had planned to come to Toronto before looking for a job, but our posting crossed his path, we connected via Zoom, and it seemed destined to be. He has relevant experience from his 4 years as graduate student liaison at the Chinese U. of Hong Kong and 2 years in student information systems at Hong Kong Baptist U. Saying that Hong Kong is not a happy place now, he is enjoying the spaciousness, diversity and friendliness of Toronto and the S-C community. His interests include politics and culture “how the world works, how the world should work” as well as choral singing, playing the violin, and watching soccer (he calls it football).

Phone: 416-924-1107 ext. 11
Email: thomas@sutherland-chan.com

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.

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