About Us

Marissa

Marissa Willard

Owner and Sr Registered Massage Therapist

Marissa began her massage career in 1996 after attending the Foothills College of Massage Therapy in Calgary. At that time, Alberta did not offer a 2200-hour program so Marissa got the most available, 1000 hours. Massage therapy was the only career Marissa ever wanted and still, after 23 years she cannot think of anything else she would rather do. Over the years Marissa has taken numerous courses including LaStone Therapy, Prenatal Massage and Myofascial Cupping (which is by far her favorite!) and loves both therapeutic and relaxation massages and what they can do for her clients.

In 2003, she decided to take what business knowledge she had (none!) and open Milestones Spa. After 15 years, she knew it was time to follow her passion of massage therapy and refocus her business on offering just that. Milestones Massage Co. opened in September of 2018 and Marissa couldn’t be happier with the switch. Now massage therapy is still part of her every day but so is working closely with her team to ensure they meet their core purpose: to create an unparalleled experience for both guests and staff. When she is not massaging, working reception or doing books, Marissa is at home enjoying time with her three kids, a ten-year-old boy and 4-year-old boy/girl twins and going on very short, slow walks with her 16-year-old Golden Retriever. Never a dull moment!

 

Angela

Angela Gold

Sr Registered Massage Therapist

RMT Senior Therapist Angela joins us from central Alberta. Born and raised on a cattle farm east of Rocky Mountain House she is accustomed to being in nature, open spaces, working hard, being a part of a team and working with animals. She does however enjoy the conveniences that city life offers. Angie, as she is otherwise known, has been practicing clinical and rehabilitative massage therapy since 2002. Her focus is deep tissue, Myofascial release (Graston), and assistive stretching (PNF stretching/ Thai yoga Massage). However her practice is not strictly limited to rehab; she is also a birth doula and performs prenatal, Swedish relaxation, hot stone, reiki, reflexology, sports, lymphatic, scar tissue release massage and athletic therapy including: athletic taping, postural and athletic assessment/advisement based on musculoskeletal imbalances, restrictions and optimal performance goals. She is passionate about using the knowledge and skills she has acquired over her career as an RMT and competitive athlete to help others to be at their best. Angie currently uses her role as an RMT to assist others and is actively pursuing a degree in Psychology in her free time, with dreams and aspirations of becoming a physician. Though she is not yet sure what discipline of medicine she’d like to practice. When she is not working she enjoys snuggling and walking with her puppies, spending time with friends and family playing games, cooking, watching local rugby (while longing to play again), skiing when the opportunity arises and road trips. Angela is warm, friendly, outgoing, open minded and encourages you to come by to introduce yourself when you get a chance.

holder

Kimberly Harder

Jr Registered Massage Therapist

Kimberly has always had a deep-rooted passion for biology and helping others; it wasn’t until discovering massage therapy that she truly found her niche. Immediately after graduating high school, Kimberly attended the Alberta Institute of Massage, graduating as an honours student with her 2000 hour diploma.

Kimberly grew up participating in the competitive sports of volleyball and swimming. Having battled overuse injuries and being involved in a multi vehicle accident is what led her into the field. Experiencing it’s positive effects as an athlete for rehabilitation, stress relief, and performance enhancement has encouraged her to provide the same treatment for others.

Kimberly enjoys therapeutic massage the most, working with problem areas and taking preventive measures, while still allowing for relaxation. The comfort and health of the patient is the highest priority. When working deeper in the muscles Kimberly focuses on maintaining communication to ensure patient comfort as well as an effective treatment.

Anya

Jr Registered Massage Therapist

Anya began her journey as a massage therapist at the Alberta Institute of Massage in 2018. Almost two years later, she graduated with honours in January 2020. She was inspired to try her hand at massage therapy by her sister, who is also an RMT, and by her background as a first aid instructor and swimming instructor. Although new to this trade, Anya is no stranger to the benefits of massage care.
Since the age of 12, she has struggled with Asthma. In 2016 she was diagnosed with Raynaud’s disease- a condition in which there is limited blood circulation to your fingers and toes. She thought that her Asthma could only be maintained by medication and that Raynaud’s was “just something I’ll have to live with for the rest of my life.” Since discovering the effects of massage therapy, Anya has realized that although these conditions may stick with her forever, they can be managed so to not affect her quality of life. She is excited to work with people who may feel the same way she felt and to help them in their journey to rehabilitation and stress relief.
She is excited to have joined the team at Milestones and looks forward to continued growth as a therapist.

Rachel Barsalou

Student Therapist

Rachel will be completing her 2200 hour massage diploma in May through the Alberta Institute of Massage. Throughout her training, she has studied and taken an interest in therapeutic, prenatal, relaxation, and sports massage and has already signed up for myofascial cupping in June 2020.
In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors with her family. They love kayaking, hiking, biking , and camping. Rachel is very passionate and active in building and enhancing her community. She looks forward to growing and finding her specialty as an RMT.