Oksana describes herself as a life-long learner. Before starting massage school, she was already qualified in other alternative healing modalities including Reiki, and after graduating (Vicars 2014) she went on to become a registered acupuncture practitioner.
Now, she brings her enthusiasm for learning to her work as an instructor and supervisor at Vicars. Oksana says she loves to inspire and mentor new therapists and watch them grow into skilled professionals. In the classroom, she supports creativity, novelty, and discovery, along with therapeutic skills and a strong academic knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathology. She wants her students to feel supported, heard, and safe during their learning journey.
Oksana balances her faculty work with her own practice. She divides her work week among three workplaces: the school, a professional clinic in Edmonton where she works as an RMT, and her own home-based clinic. As an RMT, she is focused on deep tissue and fascial work. Her home-based healing arts practice offers massage, acupuncture specializing in channel balancing, Reiki, and several of the modalities that she has learned: various types of myofascial cupping, Shiatsu, Watsu, honey massage, and GuaSha.
She traces her diverse interests in alternative healing to her European childhood. Oksana was raised in a family that was strongly focused on a healthy and active lifestyle, including growing their own vegetables, fruit, and herbs, and regularly practicing massage at home.