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than 25 health practitioners and professionals teach at the SSC. The
following individuals are just some of those expert faculty who guide
students within the Shiatsu Diploma Program.
Our faculty members are all highly qualified and experienced. We
select instructors not only for their clinical expertise, but also for their
strong teaching skills.
at the SSC meet and/or exceed the required level of training stated under the
Private Career College Act and all western sciences instructors hold a
minimum of a Master's degree within their field of study.
welcome you to explore your education options by auditing a class or two at
no charge. Please contact our Admissions Department to discuss this option
are looking forward to possibly meeting you in person in the near future.
ADLER R.Ac is a practitioner of zen shiatsu and
acupuncture and holds diplomas in both disciplines. Starting in 1998 he
began his studies in acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. In 1999
he started what would become a 10 year training in zen shiatsu. During this
time he learned how to both practice and teach zen shiatsu and TCM. He
continues to develop his practice and is currently studying chinese herbal
medicine. He is a member in good standing with the OAATCM and Zen Shiatsu
Society of Canada. Daniel believes in the study and practice of shiatsu
and TCM as life practices which benefit both the patient and
LENY CARBONE, R. Ac
Reiki Master and 4th Dan Black Belt Shotokan
began studying Shiatsu in 1985 and has been teaching since 1993. He is
certified in Zen Shiatsu Therapy, Acupuncture, Chinese Tuina Massage &
Reiki. Leny is a 4th Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate & has
participated in a number of Zen meditation retreats. He has also taken many
classes in Nature awareness & Philosophy at the tracker school in
Asbury New Jersey. He has traveled to both China and Japan. His dedication
to Shiatsu has led him to teach an integrated approach to Shiatsu called
Earth Shiatsu® using the modalities of meditation, nature awareness,
martial arts & healing, where the focus is on using the Ki of the Earth
to send and receive. He practices at Clear Stream Clinic in Toronto.
Instructor of Shiatsu Practice,
Shiatsu Stretching, Sotai, Auxillary Modalities & Student Clinic
Lisa Dowling completed her honours diploma in shiatsu therapy at the
Shiatsu School of Canada in 2001, and her diploma in Acupuncture at the
Shiatsu School of Canada in 2007. Previous to this, Lisa majored in
Psychology at York University and was always fascinated with the mind body
connection. She first experienced Asian Medicine in University, then
went on to spend over a year working and studying in Asia.
graduation from SSC, Lisa has maintained her own full-time practise for 10
years and has treated thousands of patients with a wide variety of health
conditions. Her clinical practise ranges from doing treatments in her
own clinic, working at various sports medicine and naturopathic clinics to
home and office visits as well as treatments within hospitals.
has also continued to study on an ongoing basis. She has taken specialized
courses in treating Pregnancy, Fertility, Chronic Pain and Illness, in such
modalities as Pilates, Movement Therapy, and of course Shiatsu and
Acupuncture. Lisa has studied with such instructors as Suzanne Yates,
Ted Saito, Junji Mitsutani, Kiiko Matsumoto, and Frank Bach as well as
doing an extensive apprenticeship in Japanese Medicine with Tak Tsurusaki.
has been teaching special topics of Shiatsu in Pregnancy and the Extra
Meridians at the Shiatsu School of Canada for the past four years, as well
as a beginner shiatsu course at the University of Toronto Hart House for
the past six years. Lisa also organized and ran her own courses in
partner shiatsu, and has been teaching pilates and conscious movement
classes for the last ten years.
Instructor of Shiatsu Treatment
Eisler, is a certified Shiatsu therapist who teaches Shiatsu in the
full-time diploma program and instructs Shiatsu treatment at the Shiatsu
School of Canada.
Lori received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University.
She is also a graduate of the Shiatsu School of Canada (1991) and a
practicing Certified Shiatsu Therapist. Over the past 20 years Lori has
been in private practice. She has also adapted her skills to the workplace
providing treatments and seminars on relaxation. Her former modern
dance career and her continuing education and involvement in dance, yoga
and Zen Shiatsu exercise are integrated into her classes.
drazen Krivokuca R. Ac
from the Shiatsu Diploma Program in 2007. Drazen also completed his studies
in Reflexology at the Ontario College of Reflexology in 1999. He provides
relaxing shiatsu, cupping, moxa and acupuncture treatments which can
include effective reflexology techniques, promoting circulation and well
being. Drazen completed acupuncture training at the Shiatsu School of
Canada’s Acupuncture Institute, allowing him to provide harmonizing
combination treatments of shiatsu, acupuncture and reflexology.
Chai Lien LeE, Medical Doctor (Foreign Trained)
of Bio Sciences & Instructor
of Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology (Foundational Sciences) & Public
Chai Lien graduated from the University of Bombay in India in 1976 with an
MBBS (medical) degree. She completed a Master of Science degree in human
anatomy in 1982. Her 30 years of teaching experience includes teaching to
students in medicine, dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational
therapy and audio-speech therapy, as well as shiatsu and acupuncture.
CARLOS PRANIAUSKAS, Dipl.ST, MQP (Medical Qi Gong Practitioner)
Instructor of Medical Qi Gong
Carlos Praniauskas completed the 2200 hour Shiatsu Therapy Diploma Program
at the Shiatsu School of Canada in 1988.
became a Shiatsu Instructor at the Shiatsu School of Canada in 1990 and 3
years later Clinic Supervisor. His excellent communication skills and
extensive knowledge within the field of Shiatsu therapy, created a
wonderful learning environment for shiatsu students.
has devoted his life to the continuously expanding his knowledge within the
field of Shiatsu Therapy. Carlos chose to refine his technique by learning
other forms of Shiatsu Therapy by attending seminars on Seiki Therapy under
Master Aklinobu Kishi as well as Tao Shiatsu under Master Ryokyu Endo, Toru
Namikoshi, Kiiko Matsumoto, Honora Lee Wolfe. He continued to work
alongside leaders in the Shiatsu field; individuals such as Tetsuro Saito
who introduced Shiatsu to Canada and Kaz Kamiya, founder of the Shiatsu
School of Canada.
first studied Qigong under Dr. Zaimen Shen from 1987 to 1990, later on with
Master Wu. He also studied Qigong at the Acupuncture and Integrated Medical
College in Berkeley, California where he received his certification as a
Medical Qigong Practitioner in 2006. This form of moving mediation exercise
has proven to help reduce therapist burn out and increases overall health,
flexibility and wellbeing. Qi Gong is an important component to any
healthy practice for both client and therapist.
incorporation of Qigong to the Shiatsu practice allows the
practitioner/individual the chance to connect to a deeper energetic level,
elevating the effectiveness of the treatments. Qigong not only helps
physical complaints but also helps to release deep emotional blockages or
currently operates his own Shiatsu and Qigong Practice in Toronto and has
done so since 1988.
JULIAN YATES, R.Ac.
& Acupuncture Clinic Supervisor, Meridian Stretching/Shiatsu Practice
graduated from the SSC's Shiatsu Therapy Program in 2004 and began
practicing immediately in the School's professional clinic, Ki on College.
He also supervises the Shiatsu school's student clinic helping to shape
next year's therapists while feeding back into the clinic that shaped him
into the professional he is today. Always keen to further his ability to
help those in pain, Julian went on to complete the Acupuncture
Program at the Shiatsu School of Canada in 2008 and now intergrades it into
his Shiatsu sessions.