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Message Therapy Without Borders

Cal and Cathy welcome Dr. Donelda Gowan to the podcast table for a deep and lively discussion of the opportunities before the profession in this critical time. What are we being invited to explore and bring back with us when we are working once again? How do we get off this traffic circle of our profession at a new exit, leading to an expanded landscape?


It’s time to choose your own adventure. What will you choose? From interoception to polyvagal theory, this bold and humble discussion offers plenty of food for thought and nourishment for spirit.


Donelda Gowan, RMT, MSc, PhD, holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Psychology, a Master of Science degree in Community Health & Epidemiology, and a Doctorate in Population Health Science from the University of Saskatchewan. She also has a diploma from the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy in Sutton, Ontario.

Dr. Gowan is Associate Director of the Centre for Integrative Medicine in the Department of Community Health & Epidemiology, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, where she holds an Adjunct Professor appointment.

Donelda is the Research Chair on the Board of Directors of the Massage Therapist Association of Saskatchewan (MTAS) and the Chair-Elect of the Canadian Interdisciplinary Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Network (INCAM)

A health services researcher, her main research interests include massage therapy, pain, integrative medicine, interprofessional collaboration and knowledge translation or transfer.

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