MH Vicars Staff
We have been very lucky at MH Vicars and have surrounded ourselves with very caring people. The amazing members of the team we have assembled each bring their own unique experiences and strengths, making us resilient and responsive to every student’s need.
Our friendly and approachable staff is here to answer any questions and always happy to give guidance.
Maryhelen Vicars, BSc, CMT
President and Founder
Maryhelen trained as a massage therapist after 20 years of experience as a writer and editor, including experience developing educational materials for adults. But rather than opening her own clinic, she was inspired instead to found a new type of massage therapy college in Alberta: one that put students first and met the highest academic standards.
Maryhelen researched and developed the program with the expert help of our experienced teaching staff and outside consultants. She is now semi-retired and living on Vancouver Island, but she is still actively involved in the school. She is responsible for ensuring that the program continues to evolve and respond to the needs of students, employers, and the community.
Denise Currie, FPT, RMT
Denise has worn many hats at our school, and has been with us since the very beginning. She was the school’s first fitness instructor, and helped develop that section of our program. After developing and instructing movement and remedial exercise classes for the school, Denise enrolled at MH Vicars as a student, and eventually began teaching first-year classes. After several years as an instructor, Denise took on the role of First-year Coordinator.
As Director, oversees day-to-day operations of the school and makes sure each of our students receives the best possible education experience. She also continues to teach first-year classes. Denise also has her own massage practice and is a highly regarded yoga practitioner, in demand as an instructor and as a trainer of yoga teachers.
Sarah Ward, RMT, CPT
Sarah’s interest in massage therapy has its roots in her background as an athlete. As a competitive swimmer and rugby player, among other things, she noticed how massage therapy and other preventative wellness techniques helped keep her body moving. She was inspired to pursue a career as an RMT, and attended Foothills College of Massage Therapy in Calgary.
After gaining experience in the field – and training to be a Certified Personal Trainer and a group fitness instructor – Sarah returned to Foothills as an instructor before joining us at MH Vicars School as an instructor, and now Calgary Director as well.
Linda McGeachy, RMT
Director of Curriculum
“What I enjoy about practicing massage is the amount of satisfaction I get out of seeing the positive changes touch can have on a person. Being an instructor of massage therapy is just an extension of this. To be able to pass on the means necessary for others to pursue this rewarding profession is a privilege.”
Linda monitors the quality of the classroom experience for our students. Massage therapy is a second career for Linda. For over 20 years, she worked in health care as a medical technologist in both public and private facilities. In 1998, she graduated from the Alberta Institute of Massage, where she also taught. Her massage practice has included both clinical and spa work. She has trained spa therapists in the private spa industry, and taught at Metro Community College’s massage therapy program before joining us in September 2003. Linda has helped to develop the curriculum material for both first- and second-year students, instructs both first- and second- year classes and continues to prepare the curriculum for upcoming accreditation. She teaches at the Calgary campus.
Rachel Mwesigye, BCom
Rachel is the first point of contact for all new MH Vicars School students. As Registrar, she oversees student recruitment & enrollment from their initial inquiry about the program to their first day of class, and continues to support their education while they’re in class.
She collaborates with the President of the School to provide the overall direction of the marketing and communication for the school. Including website management and social media. Rachel’s background combines business knowledge and software training with experience in adult education. After moving to Canada from Uganda, she earned her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta. She has worked on Fund Development at the University of Alberta, and in Admissions & Recruitment for the City University of Seattle. She is also a certified Apple software trainer in Pro Applications.
Robin is a writer and editor who has been with MH Vicars School since 2010. She is responsible for the school’s external communications and marketing, and has also worked extensively on our in-house publications and curriculum materials.
Robin has a BA from the University of Alberta and a Master of Arts in International and Intercultural Communication from Royal Roads University. She can relate to MH Vicars students very closely, as her Masters program was also delivered through blended learning.
“Being around people who are passionate about what they do is inspiring and motivating.”
A self-professed “data junkie,” Valeeshia loves to use her aptitude for numbers and organization to build strong community connections. Before joining the MH Vicars team, she held administrative roles in fields as diverse as oil and gas, event planning, and the restaurant industry. Now, she works in the Edmonton office helping Denise, Robin, and Rachel to make the student experience as smooth as possible.
Calgary Office Manager and Moodle Coordinator
In addition to handling the day-to-day operations in Calgary, Heather puts her extensive computing background to good use as coordinator and tech support for our online learning platform.
Going back to school is a big decision, but Corrina’s friendly attitude and attention to detail makes the enrollment process fun and straightforward.
Edmonton Office Manager
Michelle is an instrumental part of our administrative team in Edmonton.
Edmonton Office Administrator
The first face you see when you step onto campus in Edmonton, Melanie is a vital point of contact for students, staff, and clinic clients.