Q: How did you get into Massage Therapy? What made you decide to peruse this career?
A: At the time I made the decision to go back to school for massage therapy, I had a fulfilling career as a refugee practitioner. Advocating for newcomers was my passion. I had also always loved massage and longed to bring those two worlds together, seeking to help with my hands. One day I met a man at a conference in England who was doing bodywork with refugees suffering from PTSD. That was definitely a turning point in my decision to become an RMT.
Q: Do you have a special focus or specialization in your practice?
A: I just so happen to have treated a lot of shoulder injuries and have seen great results using fascial release techniques. I did specialize in sports and pregnancy massage in school, but I provide a broad spectrum of treatments.
Q: What is your #1 health tip?
A: Just one health tip? It would have to be to invest more in your body than your clothes & car.
Q: What is your favourite thing about practicing massage therapy?
A: My favourite aspects of my practice would have to be meeting fabulous people, hearing their stories and joining them on their journey of transformation.
Q: What do you like to do for fun? Do you have any hobbies or favourite activities?
A: Those would have to be dancing with my daughter, running, practicing yoga, stand up paddle boarding, and enjoying beautiful baroque music.
Q:What do you value most in your life?
A: My family and close friends mean the world to me.
Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
A: If I could live anywhere in the world it would be Morocco. I worked in West Africa for a period of time and I find the desert very serene.
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Meet your practitioner
Deborah VanderKruk, R.M.T.
An avid runner, cyclist and mom, Deborah brings much insight and experience to her practice. After graduating in 2008 from the acclaimed Sutherland Chan, she continued to pursue her specialties in pre/post natal massage, shoulder injury rehabilitation, TMJ dysfunctions and pelvic pain… learn more