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Our Wonderful Staff!

Introducing our very experienced and professional staff. Our dedicated team of health care specialists are committed to helping you embark on a journey to a new vitality.

Diane Bio ImageDiane Petrinac, Director
Diane is the backbone of this wellness sanctuary. Diane provides a holistic approach in her spa and employs individuals with a likeminded vision. She is strongly rooted to provide the delicate balance of inner calm and vitality, and both physical and spiritual health. Diane has been involved in the health and wellness industry since 1994 when she graduated from the D'Arcy Lane Institute in London, Ontario, receiving her 2200 Massage Diploma.  Diane has been involved in holistic medicine since 1994.  She believes in the power of touch, guiding each client to honour their own body wisdom and tapping into the innate healing energy within.  Diane has trained in several modalities of healing including Massage Therapy, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Reflexology, Thai Massage, Nerve Touch Massage, Aromatherapy and Reiki.  Diane has been devoted to Yoga for the past 7 years and has incorporated the knowledge in every aspect of life and healing.  Everyday she is grateful for the insights and challenges which arise during time on the mat.  Through the breath, we bring nourishment and vitality to the body.  Diane strives to cultivate an environment in which you can explore your own depth and find the stillness which lies withi


staff bio bodyworkers natureKerri Lautamus, Massage Therapist 
Kerri graduated from the Foothills College of Massage Therapy in 2002, where she studied therapeutic and relaxation massage, as well as remedial exercise. She continued her training in Reflexology, has also studied Thai Massage at Wat Po in Bangkok, Thailand, and has completed Level 1 Jin Shin Do.  Over the last 12 years, Kerri has worked in many amazing places - the Rimrock in Banff, Galiano Oceanfront Spa in the Gulf Islands and Brentwood Bay Spa on Vancouver Island.Her last five years have been spent in gorgeous back country lodges with Canadian Mountain Holidays, a heli-skiing and heli-hiking company.  Kerri believes everyone has their own set of life experiences and a unique relationship to their body, which deeply affects their personal massage style, preferences, and needs. She believes in tailoring each massage, and strives to perform the perfect balance between relaxation and therapeutic for each individual.


Amanda DietrichAmanda Dietrich, Spiritual Detox Coach 
Amanda is passionate about assisting others in unleashing their infinite potential and inner flame through self empowerment and aiding them in identifying and bursting through self imposed blockages and obstacles.  Amanda began her journey as a High Risk Populations Caseworker and after many years branched into using a unique combination of her past counselling skills together with her skills as a Usui and Karuna Reiki Master, Quantum Touch Practitioner, Spiritual Coach and Intuitive Healer along with crystal healing and guided meditations. Amanda has done numerous individual client sessions, group sessions and held workshops regarding personal empowerment, igniting and building upon your intuition and creating energetic boundaries and protection.  Amanda enjoys spending all the time she can with her two fur children exploring in and connecting with nature.  She also makes energy charged wire wrapped crystal jewelry which she calls her jacked up jewelry.


SandraMercierSandra Mercier
Sandra’s love of the mountains, the outdoors and small community living brought her to Invermere after spending many years skiing in the Rockies. Working for several years in pre-hospital care, Sandra extended her knowledge by studying reflexology, learning a different way in helping people during their healing process. She became a certified reflexologist in 2013.

 


FB IMG 1519079191508Jolene Pollard
Jolene is a certified holistic nutritionist working toward her nutritional consulting. She works with people from all walks of life who want to help themselves heal through nutrition. She believes the body has the capacity to heal itself from almost all disease when given the proper tools (food) — “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” ~ Hippocrates. She started working at the Pleiades Spa and Wellness in May 2017 while pregnant with her fourth child. She is excited to return and share her knowledge and experience with her fellow staff and patrons alike. She enjoys helping others feel their absolute best from the inside out. Shortly before leaving on maternity in October 2017, she received her first certificate in certified holistic nutrition and is now working towards her consulting certificate which she hopes to complete by the summer 2018.


JessJessica Hill
Jessica joined our team in May of 2015 and has over 15 years in retail customer service, and management. As our lead spa coordinator, Jessica is the first person to great you and to attend to your needs. She is a booking guru and uses her creative thinking to customize an experience for our guests. Jessica also makes handcrafted jewelry that she sells at local markets. Her business, Wired by Nature, started at Pleiades, and we have a small selection to choose from. In her spare time, she hikes, bikes, and explores the backcountry of the Columbia Valley.

 


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Gordon is a long-time Columbia Valley local who winters in Thailand where he pursues his passion for rock climbing then returns to the valley for the hot summer months. Gordon earned his diploma as a registered massage therapist at the Canadian College of Massage

 

 

 

 


 IMG 2271Kristina Kotila

Kristina aims to provide a restorative, effective massage that aids in the body's natural healing process and re-connects the person as a whole. She uses an integrative approach specializing in Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Thai Massage, Shiatsu, Reflexology and Myofascial Cupping. She has worked in many spas across British Columbia and has called Golden home for the last 10 years, where she offers mobile massage. Kristina enjoys taking continuing educational courses in order to bring a constantly fresh approach to her work. Whether your perfect massage is therapeutic and deep tissue, relaxing for stress relief, or a blend of both, she will customize each massage to meet your unique needs. Kristina graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy's Spa Practitioner program in 2006 and is a member of the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada. When not practising massage, Kristina is usually snowboarding, mountain biking, exploring 


 jim croppedJim McElroy

Jim began his massage practice more than 25 years ago in Calgary physiotherapy clinics. Shortly after, he moved full-time to the Columbia Valley in 1999 with his partner Carol, and worked as a massage therapist at Pleiades Wellness Spa until 2013. Jim returned to the Spa earlier this year and, as a Registered Member of NHPC (Natural Health Practitioners of Canada Association), his treatments include Swedish, Deep Tissue, Cranio Sacral, Myofascial Release and Orthopedic.

“Over the past five years I have been greatly influenced by the Ayurvedic approach to wellness and before that I was influenced over a few decades by the Japanese approach to balancing our body and our lifestyle. The Ayurvedic concept has taken that understanding further for me. I have also rekindled my past life as a photographer and my intention is to develop my art, my expression, my creativity. I usually participate in an annual exhibit at Pynelogs Cultural Centre during the summer and several exhibits at Kimberley’s Centre 64 Gallery.” ~ Jim