By: Randal Persad
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.
moved to Canada a few years later, Randy
encountered jurisdictional controls in pharmacy and decided instead to pursue his
life-long interest in massage.
returned to school and completed the 2-year program at the Sutherland-Chan School & Teaching Clinic
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.
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.
company, Persad & Associates
, provides continuing education workshops for massage therapists and educational consulting for massage programs.