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Background Information

Employment History


Spa Utopia

Director of Massage

Utopia Academy

Dean of the Massage and Hydrotherapy Program

Utopia Academy

Dean of Education - Faculty of Massage Therapy

Utopia Academy

Instructor and Clinic Supervisor

West Coast College of Massage Therapy


West Coast College of Massage Therapy

Pharmacist On the Caribbean Island


Registered Pharmacist and Medical Representative On the Caribean Island



Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Studies

Provincial Instructor Program

Vancouver Community College


Massage Therapy

Web References (31 Total References)


Randy Persad, RMT, Dip.Pharm.

Randy Persad, Dip.Pham, RMT
Randy Persad began his professional career in 1986 as a registered pharmacist and medical representative on the Caribean island of Trinidad.When he moved to Canada, he studied massage therapy at Sutherland-Chan school and Teaching Clinic in Toronto, and was in the first group 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, and in chiropractic offices.He became an instructor and clinic supervisor at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT) in Vancouver in 1997.
While at WCCMT, Randy integrated his knowledge of pharmaceuticals and massage therapy to help develop the curriculum guidelines for the medications component of the Medicine and Surgery course commissioned by the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia.
In 2003 Randy accepted the position of Director of Massage Therapy at Spa Utopia & Salon where he now oversees a growing department of over 47 practitioners at 3 spa locations.He will also be overseeing the massage therapy program at Utopia Academy as the Dean of Education.

Utopia Academy Massage Program Faculty - Randy Persad [cached]

Randy Persad

Randy 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 Therapy‹a 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 Academy¹s team.

Massage Therapy & Medications: General Treatment Principles eBook [cached]

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.

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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).

Utopia Academy [cached]

Randy Persad, Dean of the Massage & Hydrotherapy Program, Utopia Academy says, "The public is demanding qualified practitioners in their search for drug free therapies, and massage therapy is more mainstream now than ever before.

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