team + teachers

Our professional and dedicated team values authenticity, community, compassion, integrity and respect bringing a strong work ethic to Nest. It is through our passion for health and wellness that we are able to help our clients embrace their commitment to health and wellness. 

massage therapists

Our team of highly trained and exceptionally skilled Registered Massage Therapists are passionate about their work and committed to helping you achieve your wellness goals. Whether you are recovering from an injury or feeling the strain of everyday life, we are here to support your journey to optimal health and functionality.

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Shona Thompson

Shona is a practicing registered massage therapist, she has experience treating clients with comprehensive and complicated health care needs.

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Mayooran Mylvagnam

Mayooran (pronounced My-ran) is an experienced massage therapist who has treated clients in clinical and non-clinical settings.

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Stacee Forrester

Stacee Forrester is a registered massage therapist. She is adept at both therapeutic and relaxation massage

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Olivia Korwan

Olivia graduated from Kikkawa College of Massage Therapy and has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2018. 

Jesse Fulton

Jesse Fulton

Jesse (He / Him) is a Registered Massage Therapist who received his training at Kikkawa College in Toronto and is excited to join the Nest family!

Marc Casimiri Marc has been a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.
Marc Casimiri

Marc received his massage training and graduated from Bryan College, and has been a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario since 2012. 

teachers

Nest offers private and semi-private yoga  classes led by experienced and supportive instructors. 

Whether you’re new to yoga, or have been practicing for a while, Nest is a welcoming and inclusive space for you to experience all the benefits of mindful movement.

Darlene Hewitt

Darlene Hewitt

I started my journey over 30 years ago with a simple premise: Make available to every woman the resources she needs to live a healthy, active, happy and
long life.

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Elena Togias

A true explorer at heart, Elena is here to guide your yoga practice with her gentle strength and powerful softness.

 

yoga therapists

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Julia Ayearst

I am a certified yoga instructor in the therapeutic lineage of T. Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar, and I am entering the final phase of a 1000-hour Yoga Therapist training at Yoga Therapy Toronto.

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Elena Togias

A true explorer at heart, Elena is here to guide your yoga practice with her gentle strength and powerful softness.

 

 

Darlene Hewitt

Darlene Hewitt

I started my journey over 30 years ago with a simple premise: Make available to every woman the resources she needs to live a healthy, active, happy and
long life.

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Dr. Michael Cohen

I provide chiropractic care as a means of increasing your health and wellbeing, enhancing your ability to be healthy and resilient to the effects of stress and outside influences, to heal and recover from the challenges and traumas that life often presents, and to provide a vehicle for transformation and awakening.

Shona Thompson

Shona has been practicing registered massage therapy for 18 years, the majority of which have been in a hospital setting for patients with comprehensive and complicated health care needs.  

As a busy mother of three, Shona understands the demands of living a full life while trying to maintain balance and wellness. Shona believes in a holistic approach to care and strives to help clients reach their treatment goals.

Mayooran Mylvagnam

Mayooran (pronounced My-ran) is an experienced massage therapist who has treated clients in clinical and non-clinical settings. He has been practicing for over 10 years, helping his patients recover from injuries caused by everyday activities to motor vehicle accidents. He practices deep tissue, prenatal, sports, pain and relaxation massages. Mayooran is consistently effective in helping his patients recover to their full potential.

Stacee Forrester

Stacee Forrester is a registered massage therapist who graduated and obtained her degree from Kikkawa College in Toronto. She is adept at both therapeutic and relaxation massage with experience in treating repetitive strain disorders and low back pain issues. 

She first studied Aromatherapy massage in Ottawa and graduated with Honours. After spending time practising in Ottawa she made the decision to move to Toronto to further her studies and become registered with the CMTO (College of Massage Therapists of Ontario).

Stacee strives to provide the best possible care for her clients through listening attentively, assessing the condition and creating a treatment plan to address the client’s conditions. Using techniques such as Swedish massage, deep tissue, myofascial release, joint mobilizations and trigger point therapy, Stacee believes in a holistic approach to treating the body. It is when the body, spirit and mind are treated as a whole that healing can truly happen.

Olivia Korwan

She is also a Certified Lymphatic Therapist, trained in Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Complete Decongestive Therapy. Olivia provides deep, therapeutic massage using a variety of techniques including Swedish massage, active and passive stretching, myofascial release, joint mobilizations and breath work. She balances effective therapeutic massage and overall relaxation with soothing but firm touch, fostering a warm and open environment in all of her treatments. She is attentive to individual goals and needs, ensuring each client leaves their treatment feeling refreshed and grounded.

Jessie Fulton

Through the use of myofascial release, trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage and joint mobilizations, Jesse caters to individual needs while considering a holistic approach to care. Working together with clients and tailoring to their preferences, Jesse is focused on helping them reach their therapeutic goals.

Marc Casimiri

Marc received his massage training and graduated from Bryan College and has been a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario since 2012. Through his past and present athletic activities, Marc understands the importance of being pain free to achieve peak performance. 


Marc is passionate about helping people overcome injuries and returning clients to pre injury performance and comfort levels. He has worked with a variety of athletes and has experience treating a number of injuries that people may encounter.
 

In his treatments, Marc uses a variety of techniques to help achieve his clients’ goals. Some of the techniques he uses are myofascial trigger point release, passive stretching and joint mobilization. All of these techniques decrease pain/discomfort, increase mobility and improve day to day functions


Darlene Hewitt

At the same time, educate each woman through Spiritual Life Coaching, and mindfulness how to remain non-reactive during stressful situations!


In my youth I lived in an Ashram in Toronto and studied Yoga under the late Yogi Krishan and continued to study Yoga/Mindfulness for an additional 5 years with Universal Ashram. Years later, I discovered Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and began the second part of my mission, which is to help others help themselves become the person each wants to be. The path of Hypnosis that was presented in NLP led me to become a Consulting Hypnotist, as well as a Cognitive Behavioural Coach, a Spiritual Life Coach utilizing DBT/ACT techniques. I love to use Time Empowerment Techniques along with powerful visualizations and guided meditation in my practice. Today, I offer sessions in Spiritual Life Coaching, Vegan Nutrition, Reflexology, Hypnosis and Cognitive Techniques for Stress Management in Business, Weight Management, as well as classes in Hypnosis for Birthing,
Reiki (Usui), Animal and Angelic Reiki!


Darlene Hewitt is a certified (since 1995) Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, Angel/Animal Reiki Master/Teacher, Reflexologist, CBT Hypnotherapist, Yoga Instructor, Aromatherapist, Herbalist, Spiritual Life Coach and Vegan Nutritionist.


SMACCPH Accredited

Elena Togias

A true explorer at heart, Elena is here to guide you with her gentle strength and powerful softness. Combining intuition, knowledge, and physicality, she’ll take you through a unique movement practice that invites you to listen to your own inner guide and develop a deeper connection to yourself.

Elena is a designated E-RYT 200, RYT 500, Yin Yoga teacher, and Reiki Master, and she’s currently working on her Personal Training Specialist certification. Although she loves a good challenge, she’s not a competitor. In fact, it’s primarily when she’s encouraging others to reach their highest potential that she feels like she’s winning the game.

Julia Ayearst

I have trained extensively under the guidance of senior therapists Felicia Pavlovic and Ante Pavlovic. It was my teachers who connected me with Karen and Nest, and I consider myself very privileged to be partnering with a fellow graduate of their training who understands the therapeutic value of this modality.

 

My training has prepared me to work with many illnesses, injuries, and conditions, though I am particularly passionate about postpartum care, cancer support, children’s yoga, and fatigue relief. My dedication to the practice of therapeutic yoga was cemented this past year as I relied on it heavily while going through treatment for breast cancer. My daily yoga practice carried me through diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation and continues to support me as I navigate hormone therapy and life after active treatment.

 

I have been practicing yoga since 2007. Prior to training as a teacher and therapist I worked in the restaurant industry for 15 years and hold a sommelier certification. As the manager of a busy restaurant my personal yoga practice helped balance out long days in a demanding environment. At the heart of my dedication to restaurants was a love of hospitality and taking care of people. Transitioning careers has allowed me to more directly support the health and wellness of others. I am an avid gardener and home cook and I live in the west end of Toronto with my husband Carl and two kids, Theodore and Jane.

Dr. Michael Cohen

I offer sessions named SoulField Healing with Dr. Mike ;). Over the course of the past 25 years, I’ve worked intimately with thousands of people in my private practice, helping individuals navigate the ups and downs of their healing journeys. I’ve worked with babies still in the womb, as well as those ready to transition, and everyone in between. For those of you familiar with it, my work is known as Network Spinal, or NSA. I wish to bring this work to those who are called. For those of you on your soul’s path, I offer you an opportunity to discover, transform, awaken, and expand.

How to stream your virtual class through MindBodyOnline

You can join us online for one of our movement classes from the comfort of your home using your computer, tablet or smartphone. Once you register for your class you will receive an email confirmation 30 minutes prior to the start of class with a link to access the class.  If you register less than 30 minutes before the class, you will receive the link right away. 

 

Click on the link in the email that says “Click here to join”.

 

Turn on your camera and mic to say hello if you wish, and then we’ll get started!

Nikki Leith

Nikki has more than 20-years of experience in customer service within the retail environment. She always found herself drawn towards administrative tasks as she enjoys them immensely.

 

Through a serendipitous encounter, she is now joining the Nest team and can’t wait to make a positive impact. 

  

Nikki lives in Owen Sound with her husband, daughter, son, and dog. She enjoys volunteering at her children’s school and with the Optimist Club.

Lindsay Boyd

Lindsay is a passionate yogi who loves the freedom that comes with getting into her body and out of her head. She has a Masters degree in International Social Development and 15 years experience working as a marketing and communications professional in the sustainability field. Her commitment to healthy living is both personal and extends outward to the planet. She is active in her community leading the West Toronto Kids Run for Nature in support of WWF-Canada for the past 5 years for which she won the David Lin Memorial Award for volunteerism in 2019. After leaving her corporate job for more flexibility and to pursue her passion for wellness, Lindsay successfully completed her training in kids yoga, her 200hr yoga teacher training with Power Yoga Canada in 2019 and her Pilates Mat certification through Equinox in 2020. Since then, she has been building her own business sharing her love of and curiosity about movement and mindfulness for all bodies of all ages at all stages.

Liz Coucean

Liz is a multidisciplinary wellness practitioner, passionate about offering space and guidance for individuals to experience inner peace, healing, a calmer mind, and the opportunity to connect more deeply to themselves and their environment. 

 

Liz currently specializes in yoga, mindfulness, meditation, and she is also a Reiki Master. She received her 300+ hour yoga teacher training and certification within the classical lineage of Sri T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar, under Ante and Felicia Pavlovic, mindfulness training with Dr. Shailla Vaidya (MD MPH CCFP(EM) C-IAYT) and reiki certification within the lineage of Mikao Usui.

Jan Jahed

Jan was trained through the Traditional Thai Massage Association of Ontario adding this offering to his vast bodywork practice. His other specialty areas include Deep Tissue Massage, Reflexology, Herbal Compress, Hot Stone Massage, Indian Head & Neck Massage, Trigger Point Release, Swedish Massage and Aromatherapy.

 

Jan’s goal is to provide every client with a personalized massage therapy experience that focuses on their unique conditions, needs and goals. He encourages involvement from his clients, and values their feedback in order to offer the best client service.

 

Jan is a life-long learner and speaks several languages including English, French, Russian, Persian-Dari, Pashto, Uzbeki and some Spanish. He values open mindedness and compassion for others: whole-hearted listening and connecting through empathy and understanding. He is an avid sportsman, loves classical music, reads literature, Philosophy, poetry and is a loyal lover of the great Canadian outdoors.

Karen Steele

Karen is a Registered Massage Therapist, Certified Ashiatsu Barefoot massage Therapist ® and Foot Reflexologist, and Yoga Therapist

 

She has been involved in healing work and spiritual practices since she was a young teenager. She believes that real transformational change happens over time, at a slow and steady pace. She brings this way of approaching the healing process to her work with clients – that is, with consciousness, sensitivity, awareness and compassion.

 

In addition to the treatment she provides, Karen will often recommend self-care practices as part of an ongoing treatment plan. To provide the best possible client care, referrals to other healthcare professionals may also be given to support the treatment plan.

 

Karen looks forward to the opportunity to working with you as a part of embodying well-being.