Our Family

We're a close team that resembles a family. We're known for our friendliness, welcoming energy and positivity. Our therapists and practitioner's are passionate about always putting your health and wellness as top priority. You will be cared for from the moment you walk through the door until the time you leave. We strive for your experience to be as personalized as possible regardless of if this is your first experience with massage and acupuncture or if you're a returning client.

Taylor Dirstein

Owner & RMT

Taylor is the Owner of Knots Registered Massage Therapy. She has a passion for health and wellness and is extremely excited to have seen Knots come to life. Taylor graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2011 and has been practicing ever since. Her love for athletics, health and wellness and helping the general public has guided her to the path of Massage Therapy.

She believes in educating clients regarding body awareness and injury prevention through stretching, strengthening and relaxation methods. She is passionate about creating a warm and relaxing space for you to unwind and treat your body to a therapeutic massage, assisting you in opening the door to better health.

* Taylor has limited space available and encourages her clientele to book weeks in advance

Karas Smith

R.TCMP – Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner & Acupuncturist

Karas has always had a desire to help and heal. She started out as a Kinesiologist after having earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario in 2008. After working in the field for a few years she went on to earn a 4 year, Master of Science in Oriental Medicine degree at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California. She brings extensive clinical experience having done internships at the prestigious Chengdu University of TCM in Chengdu, China as well as with the University of California –San Diego Health system at Rady’s Children’s Hospital and the San Diego Cancer Center. She most recently completed her second contract working onboard a cruise ship as an Acupuncturist at Sea.

Karas is board certified in Acupuncture and TCM with the CTCMPAO in Ontario, as well as with the NCCAOM in the USA. Karas is also certified in the therapies of BOS, Reiki and Therapeutic Touch. Her clinical interests include sports medicine, chronic pain and woman’s health, though she is passionate about getting to the underlying root problem of any concern using a gentle and integrative treatment style.

Michelle Kuschmierz


Since 2015, when Michelle graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy, she has striven to provide the very best of massage therapy through assessments, education and self/home care. Michelle has a variety of experience – from general relaxation massage to treating sciatic-like pain, low back pain, muscle tension and injuries. Other than prevention, Michelle focuses on stress relief among corporate clients. Her passion is to engage more people in leading a non-sedentary lifestyle, especially in the corporate world.

Michelle’s love for anything that decreases pain and increases relaxation and a worry-free life has brought her to the path of massage therapy. She will be glad to listen to your concerns and treat accordingly within your level of tolerance.

Eric Vander Heide


Eric Vander Heide, Registered Massage Therapist graduated with honours from the Medix College of Healthcare in Kitchener-Waterloo in May 2014. Eric is trained in the use of Swedish Massage techniques as well as complementary techniques such as frictions, fascial work, and trigger point therapy. Eric is always seeking to broaden his skill set for treatments to keep up with the ever changing world.


Megan Verbiski


Megan graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in September 2016. Her interest in health and wellness led her to a career as a Registered Massage Therapist. Megan is experienced in General Swedish Massage and trained in Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, and Remedial Exercise. She has experience working with overuse injuries, chronic aches and pains, postural imbalances, and stress management. Her passion for helping people is motivation to provide a relaxing and beneficial treatment. She views each client as unique and aims to help them return to everyday life, pain free. In her spare time, Megan enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

Samantha Osier


Samantha graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2011. She is regularly taking courses to further her education. Her initial employment after graduation was in a spa environment giving her the ability to perform wonderful relaxation massages combined with her ability to perform therapeutic massage. She utilizes techniques including, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, Swedish massage, passive movements and stretching. She is also certified in Cupping Massage, Accupressure Therapy & Indie Head Massage. She is an active member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.

Oliver “Ollie” Dirstein

Clinic Dog

This cute white pup is named Oliver or Ollie for short. Oliver is Taylor’s fur baby and is at the clinic when she is. Although, he’s not a certified therapy dog, he sure acts like one. Oliver will always greet you at the door with a wagin’ tailed warm welcome and high hopes of a belly rub. He is friendly, quiet and the perfect clinic dog!