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. Taylor’s treatment’s are relaxation focused while providing moderate pressure. She enjoy’s working with individual’s who suffer from anxiety and depression. Taylor 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 is currently not practicing

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.

Brittany Martino


Brittany attended Humber College for 3 years where she received her advanced
diploma in Massage Therapy. Throughout that time, she gained experience treating a
wide demographic of the population ranging from infants, athletes and diabetic patients
to individuals battling with addictions, epilepsy, ALS and cancer.
As an advocate to massage therapy, she can actively say that it truly impacts all
aspects of your life and can prove to have long term effects on a healthy mind and
As a young health care practitioner, she acknowledges that no two patients are
alike, but do however, require the same amount of attention and dedication when
generating individual treatment plans. Determination and perseverance are her two
driving factors and she looks forward to sharing her knowledge and expertise with all of her client’s

Carol Culhane


Carol graduated from Sutherland Chan in Toronto in 2016, but her passion for professional bodywork began in 2001 as a shiatsu therapist (acupressure or Japanese massage). Her holistic approach encompasses both shiatsu and massage therapy techniques.
Carol’s experience includes neck and back pain, practical self-care, stress reduction, headache, pregnancy massage, assessment, and injury rehabilitation. Her experience helps clients reduce pain and increase movement in ‘stuck’ areas.
Carol’s other skills include good communication, a healthy sense of humour, and an appreciation of massage treatments as a mini vacation from our often hectic lives. While she has the capacity to engage deep tissue it is coupled with the understanding today may not be the right day to release that painful trigger point in your upper back

Sapphira Waltbauer


Sapphira has been working in the health and wellness field for over a decade.She comes to us with a 5 year background of working with those who suffer from chronic progressive conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis. Sapphira Graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy and recently became registered with the CMTO in 2018, Sapphira was introduced to massage therapy after suffering an athletic injury and was motivated and inspired to help others who suffer from pain and physical dysfunction in their daily lives. Sapphira has a strong belief in a holistic way of healing and believes that healing encompasses not only the physical but the emotional and mental aspect of our health as well. Her mission is to facilitate healing by working one on one with clients to provide you with an individualized treatment plan that focuses directly on your needs. Sapphira is trained in the use of general swedish massage techiniques including; trigger point therapy, fascial work, joint mobilization and remedial exercise to promote healing and recovery. Sapphira looks forward to furthering her education in the future with the goal to offer multiple different modalities to her clients.

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!