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Massage Therapy & Medications: General Treatment Principles eBook
By: Randal Persad, Dip.
Pharm., R.M.T. eBook Edition Randal (Randy) Persad graduated as a pharmacist from the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago campus, in 1986. He worked as a pharmacist and as a medical representative for a leading pharmaceutical company. When he moved to Canada a few years later, Randy encountered jurisdictional controls in pharmacy and decided instead to pursue his life-long interest in massage. He returned to school and completed the 2-year program at the Sutherland-Chan School & Teaching Clinic in Toronto. He became a registered massage therapist in 1991, and over the next few years built a private practice and worked at Sutherland-Chan as a teaching assistant and clinic supervisor. In 1996 Randy relocated to British Columbia. At that time B.C.'s massage therapy program was expanding to 3 years (3000 hours), and Randy was asked to help develop the province's new Massage and Medications curriculum requirement. He also created an accredited continuing education workshop on the same topic for practicing therapists. Currently, Randy directs the Registered Massage Therapy program at Utopia Academy in Vancouver. His company, Persad & Associates, provides continuing education workshops for massage therapists and educational consulting for massage programs.
Utopia Academy Massage Program Faculty - Randy Persad
Randy PersadRandy PersadRandy Persad leads Utopia Academy's Faculty of Massage Therapy as Dean of Education.He began his professional career as a pharmacist on the Caribbean island of Trinidad.In 1989, he moved to Canada and studied massage therapy at the Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic in Toronto.In 1991, he received his designation and five years later moved with his family to stunning British Columbia.He then spent several years in a successful clinical practice and taught advanced courses at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy and the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Studies.In 2002 Randy completed the Provincial Instructor Program at Vancouver Community College.To add to his impressive credentials, Randy authored the text-book Massage Therapy and Medications, which is currently used in massage schools across North America.He joined Spa Utopia and Salon in 2003 and is currently the Director of Massage Therapyâ€¹a position which has responsibility management of a department of over 60 practitioners including registered massage therapists and aromatherapists.Randy is in excellent standing as a Registered Massage Therapist and continues to enjoy the confidence and support of Utopia AcademyÂ¹s team.
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Randy Persad: Dean of education - faculty of Massage TherapyRandy PersadRandy Persad began his professional career as a pharmacist on the Caribbean island of Trinidad.In 1989, he moved to Canada and studied massage therapy at the Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic in Toronto.In 1991, he received his designation and five years later moved with his family to stunning British Columbia.He then spent several years in a successful clinical practice and taught advanced courses at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy and the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Studies.In 2002 Randy completed the Provincial Instructor Program at Vancouver Community College.To add to his impressive credentials, Randy authored the text-book Massage Therapy and Medications, which is currently used in massage schools across North America.Randy joined Spa Utopia in 2003 and is currently the Director of Massage Therapy,a position which has responsibility management of a department of over 40 massage and bodywork practitioners across Spa Utopia's trio of locations.Randy will lead the faculty of Massage Therapy as Dean of Education. Randy is in excellent standing as a Registered Massage Therapist and continues to enjoy the confidence and support of Utopia Academy's team.
Instructor: Randal Persad, Dip, Pharm., RMT
Randal Persad - Randy Persad began his professional career in 1986 as a registered pharmacist and medical representative on the Caribbean island of Trinidad. When he moved to Canada, he studied massage therapy at the Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic in Toronto, and was in the first group of students that received a Spa Training certificate. He earned his massage therapist designation in 1991. Randy has worked as a massage therapist in hotels and spas, with sports teams (track and field, swimmers, hockey players, soccer players, dancers), in chiropractic offices and in private practice. In each of these environments he observed that a significant number of clients were taking medications. He noticed that the medications they were taking influenced the way they responded to massage, and required him to adapt the treatments. Randy became an instructor and clinic supervisor at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT) in Vancouver in 1997. He was a senior instructor in the practical department and taught Orthopaedic Assessment and Treatment, Hydrotherapy and Therapeutic Exercise. He also developed and taught several courses on Physical Methods and Agents at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine and Bodywork and Hydrotherapy principles in the Spa Technology Program at Langara College. While at WCCMT, Randy integrated his knowledge of pharmaceuticals and massage therapy to develop the curriculum guidelines for the medications component of the Medicine and Surgery course commissioned by the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia. The course was part of the new 3000-hour curriculum for the province. It provided undergraduate students with the skills and knowledge they needed to work safely and effectively with clients taking medications. As well, he developed course notes and taught the medications component of the Medication and Surgery course at the WCCMT for about 5 years. In addition, Randy has developed and taught several accredited continuing education workshop for practicing massage therapists including one on medications, advanced Myofascial courses for the management and rehabilitation of pain syndromes related to the cervical spine, shoulder and lower back, pelvis and the lower extremity, and he developed and continues to teach the first 'Advanced Breast Care' workshop for massage therapists in British Columbia. In 2003, after his Thailand trip, Randy read an article about Spa Utopia and their expansion plans; he proposed a leadership position to the company and he was later hired as the Director of Massage Therapy. He developed the massage and hydrotherapy spa services including the procedures and protocols for each service, oversaw the training and evaluation for practitioner, and provided ongoing support, professionally and personally to members of the department. After his recent 2011 India trip he developed and has since taught the first 'Deep Systemic Relaxation Therapy' self-care course for registered massage therapists. Between June 2006 and April 2011, he held the position of Dean of Education at Utopia Academy.
This point is supported by the words of Randy Persad, the Director of Massage at Utopia Academy, as he reflects on his own RMT education, a 2200 hour program, by saying, "Our competence was ensured by our training; our proficiency (and excellence!) was obtained after graduation.
In the above quotation, Randy Persad sees the value only in clinical competency and scientific research; however, he clearly has not considered that both of those things are in jeopardy if BC adopts a 2200 hour standard (ie. less hours).