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.

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.

* Michelle wears gloves during treatments.

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.

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 body.

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 clients.

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.

Josh Devins


Josh Devins graduated in 2017 from Mount Royal University in Alberta. He is excited to gain more knowledge and experience to work towards developing a specialty. He is trained in swedish massage techniques, fascial work, and trigger points. As a health care provider, he has a passion to help clients be their best selves and enjoy their lives to the fullest.

Cassandra Simpson


My goal as a therapist is to guide each client on their path to where they are feeling as healthy, strong, and as comfortable as possible in their daily lives. By focusing on each individuals’ specific needs, I hope to assist each client to gain and maintain a healthier self and achieve their goals.

I have experience working in clinical settings, spas, clients’ homes, retirement home/long-term care and for charity, sporting and office events. I have had the pleasure to work with clients of all ages and at all levels of health and mobility.

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!