Sapphire gemstones are steeped in symbolism as they embody sincerity, truth and constancy. They have long been called the “the celestial gemstone”, fulfilling dreams and promoting healing of the body. Throughout time sapphires have been worn by priests, kings, queens and those with a higher sense of their mystic powers, beauty and wonder. They have been used for centuries for body work, medicine and adornment.

The lotus flower represents true beauty, compassion, and the expansion of the truest self. The flower is said to have ten thousand petals, each opening to provide more depth and purity until reaching the moment of enlightenment.

The dome over the lotus flower represents a physical place in which this development and pursuit for happiness is possible. Sapphire Day Spa was built with the purpose of providing a place that allows healing and self awareness to happen naturally. All of our treatments support this goal of living a deeply fulfilling life.

Our logo has great importance to us as it is a constant reminder of our goal to provide a place in which your healing, growth, and development are encouraged and supported. We are sincere with our intent, truthful in our message and dependable.  Our spa is a place of natural beauty and warmth with a relaxing environment where you can find solace, rejuvenation and balance.

  • At Sapphire Day Spa our mission is to live in harmony with our environment without sacrificing comfort, luxury or style.
  • We are committed to providing constancy in the field of preventative medicine, the integration of body, mind and spirit and dedicated professional care.
  • As a team, we strive to adopt the principles of healthy living and to lead by example.
  • We wish to contribute to the expansion of happiness and peace.
  • We strive to provide a refuge where you are free to be yourself and can enter into a state of well-being and reflectiveness.
  • We care about community, the environment and helping people learn about the health benefits that we provide.
  • We care as a team about each other and seek to ensure that the experiences we create are received in an atmosphere of integrity, compassion and professionalism.


 

Please click on a staff member's name below to view their full profile.

Heidi Sherwood, Spa Owner, Ayurvedic Practitioner, MBA

Heidi Sherwood, Owner of Sapphire Day Spa, Victoria, B.C., Ayurvedic Practitioner As the owner of Sapphire Day Spa, I honour my responsibility of contributing to healthy minds, bodies and spirits within our community and in the region. It is my pleasure to provide a healthy environment for you.

As an Examining Board of Natural Medicine Practitioners certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, I have the privilege of providing health consultations and treatments to our clients. I am on the Academic Advisory Board for the Holistic Nutrition program at Pacific Rim Collage, a guest lecturer at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy, Camosun College and at Moksana Yoga Studio and a contributing writer for Yogic Way magazine. I have recently completed my MBA at Royal Roads University.

I believe that we have the ability to free ourselves from barriers and old patterns so we can become limitless, free and deeply connected to our purpose. I also believe that open-heartedness leads us to our highest potential.

I am passionate about change and possibility.

I am compassionate about people and our natural environment.

I am deeply rewarded by the effort made by our clients to transform their lives.

I am committed to my team and the field that I am privileged to work in.

My intention is to create a healing space where our clients feel welcome, are nurtured, and are provided with the opportunity to relax and let go.

I have always been intrigued with mind, body, spirit medicine, and I truly feel that I have come home to my purpose.

I feel grateful for our clients and our busy practice.

Welcome, may you find what you are seeking.

 

Lacey Ananda, Spa Manager

Sapphire Day Spa is proud to be a leader in spa therapies and wellness in our region.  I am honored to greet you as the Spa Manager. I have been with Sapphire Day Spa for over eight years and am continuously inspired by the transformations that I see take place every day. I have over twelve years of customer service and business management experience, and I understand the importance of consistency, integrity, and attention to each and every detail, which makes your experience with us completely rewarding.

I invite you to visit our unique sanctuary, and to allow our space to support you in your journey to health, happiness, and harmony. Our atmosphere is earthy, warm and nurturing, and our staff ideals and outlooks make this space feel like home. I am pleased to represent this business in the community and know that your next visit will provide you with a rewarding time out, a genuine smile and a little renewal for the rest of your day.

 

Melody Taylor, Lead Receptionist

 

I've spent the last few years getting my bachelor's degree in philosophy at UVIC. I specialize in epistemology, ancient philosophy and logical systems - I know, it's dense stuff but I love thinking about the world using alternate logical systems and organizing data. Now that I've graduated I'm spending my free time working on a thesis project - trying to break math, and designing a completely Aristotelean software system. Seriously.

I felt particularly drawn to the ancients and Eastern philosophy because of my family. My great grandma and late uncle Shishu both practiced Ayurveda in India. My uncle's support and interest in my studies meant so much to me. That's why I feel so blessed to have found a home at Sapphire. Being surrounded by people who are so open and loving and have a heart for learning and teaching makes me feel right at home. Anyone with questions about philosophy or about Hinduism are very welcome to ask me! I love talking about the things I've learned throughout my life. I look forward to welcoming you and to supporting your needs when visiting us.

 

Loveica MacKenzie, Receptionist

 

I am so happy to have joined the Sapphire Day Spa team as their new Receptionist. I moved to Victoria from the east coast to study tourism. During my time in school, I lived in Whitehorse, YT working as a Front Desk Agent, where I found a love for reception, greeting others and ensuring guests have a fantastic experience. After traveling Europe, I found my way back to the island where I have been fortunate enough to become a member of Sapphire Day Spa.

While I was unsure at first as to whether my tourism background would have a place here, I soon learned that Sapphire Day Spa is inclusive for people on all different walks of life. The staff here has greeted me with kindness and authenticity, just like they do with all of their clients. I know you will feel just as comfortable and at home here as I do when you come in for your treatments.

There is something truly special about the spa, which makes me so thrilled to be part of this team. I look forward to greeting you when you come in and being a part of your journey to wellness and relaxation. I hope to see you soon!

 

Nicole Wall, Lead Aesthetician

Nicole Wall, Aesthetician

 

I started my Aesthetics journey in Saskatoon, Sk. I made my way back to BC and eventually settled in Victoria 8 years ago. After 10 years experience (2 here at Sapphire), this spa is where I need to be to grow in my career and in life. I'm always looking to further my education and knowledge. Since starting at Sapphire, I have gained valuable knowledge of skin care and Ayurveda. I have extensive experience in foot care and nail conditions, and have completed the course to give me the designation of Certified Master Pedicurist (CMP). I have attended a diabetic foot care expo and webinars. In my spare time I enjoy seeking out new adventures, hiking, riding my motorcycle, and creating and repairing things with my hands.

 

I look forward to meeting you.

 

 

 

 

Kristi McLeod, Lead Spa Attendant

Kristi McLeod, Spa Attendant

 

When I made the decision to move to Victoria from Calgary, the place that I had lived and grown up in, I knew that this would be a time of transformation and growth. With that, I knew I had to find a workplace that positive, like-minded individuals would surround me and I know I have found that and so much more at Sapphire Day Spa.

Having an education and background in teaching as well as restaurant management experience, I was expecting a learning curve coming into an unfamiliar environment. Within my first week I felt so incredibly supported and welcome that I knew I had definitely made the right decision to make a change. I have always felt that my purpose is to encourage individual’s growth and healing and as I am about to embark on a course in intuitive healing, I feel so fortunate to already be immersed in an environment that promotes methods of healing the body, mind and spirit.

I am so grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of the incredible Sapphire team and I look forward to seeing you at the Spa soon!

 

Shannon Davies, Aesthetician, Spa Therapist, Ayurvedic Spa Practitioner

 

Hello and welcome

Please, take a moment to learn a little about myself. I am proud to say I have been a part of the Sapphire team for 9 years and have been doing what I love for 12 years now. I completed my Spa Therapy/ Aesthetics program at Blanche Macdonald Centre for Applied design and found myself making my move to the beautiful west coast shortly after. From the moment I walked through Sapphire Day Spas front doors I knew this was where I was meant to be and I'm still here!

I thoroughly enjoy every aspect of what I do offering my clients a wide variety of treatments and services that I provide. My interests in mind, body, spirit connection led me to studying Ayurveda for the last 8 years and I have incorporated the self-care and principles into my daily life. Have you ever had a treatment where it feels like time stops, or you feel so still and peaceful that all your stresses and worries fade away and you feel weightless? I gently guide you to step into our world and try an abhyanga massage or shirodhara or better yet both.....I truly believe you will find these treatments a great benefit to your overall health.

It is very important to me that my clients feel safe and comfortable while in my presence an that their needs and concerns are being met. I am deeply dedicated to providing warm, intuitive and sincere treatments. You will find me open, nurturing and present leaving you beautifully blissful from the inside out!

I look forward to meeting you, smile to smile!

 

Kenan Enyurekli, Spa Therapist, Ayurvedic Spa Practitioner

Relaxation, rejuvenation and balance are what you will find with me here at Sapphire Day Spa. Hosgeldingiz and welcome.

Since arriving from Turkey and making Canada my home, I have had the pleasure of practicing my art with the esteemed guests of Sapphire Day Spa. I have been practicing for 14 years.

After graduating with a degree in sports academia from Trakya University in Turkey, I completed my massage certification from Kadikoy Branch of Turkish Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. This education has allowed me the opportunity to travel throughout Turkey and Egypt where I focused on perfecting my skills in various massage therapy techniques such as Abhyanga, sports massage, Balinese, Lomi Lomi, cellulite treatment and Swedish.  Having been the owner of a Turkish Haman in Alanya Turkey, I learned the importance of holistic client care from the moment a reservation is made until the client leaves satisfied. I have been a massage practitioner for over thirteen years.

I believe in creating an ambiance that allows the mind, body and spirit to relax in order to let rejuvenation begin.  I look forward to welcoming you to Sapphire Day Spa.

 

Jamie Wright, Aesthetician, Spa Therapist

Jamie Wright, Aesethetician, Spa TherapistSapphire Day Spa has been a meaningful part of my life since I began working there eight years ago. I have made friendships at Sapphire with clients and staff that I will forever hold close to my heart. I left Sapphire to raise two crazy and delightful boys and I feel incredibly blessed to have had my time at home but love what I do for a living.

I am passionate about Eminence Organic Skin care and have been since I started working with the line in 2004. I will rave to anyone that will listen about the phenomenal results and ethics of this spectacular company.

I am known for my facials and pride myself in taking the service to the next level. I combine several modalities of spa therapy that I have learned throughout the years and genuinely just love performing the treatment.

I am empathic, perceptive and genuine and I allow that to shine with each service I do. I am very appreciative to work with such a dedicated and supportive team of people and I welcome you to visit us and see why we are known as the true, "jewel of the city".

 

Blair Coates, Aesthetician

Blair Chesal

Blair is now on maternity leave. We are excited to welcome her new addition to our Sapphire family.

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Have you ever had an experience that changed your whole life? The moment I found Sapphire something shifted. I was originally a client, but I knew it was destined to be a much greater part of my life. I have just celebrated my 11 year anniversary of practicing aesthetics, and it coincides with my 5 year anniversary of working at Sapphire. Advanced skincare is where my continued education is focused, and I understand skin care struggles as I have battled many myself. I want to set you up for optimal skin health, getting your regimen on track and keeping you glowing year round. When you visit me at Sapphire, whether it be for an expert and fast Brazilian, a transformative facial treatment or to shape and tint your eyebrows, you will receive my humour, intelligence and kindness.

Kindness, laughter and true beauty are everything to me. Let me share it with you.

 


 

Ashlee Truesdell, Aesthetician, Spa Therapist

Ashlee is now on maternity leave and has welcomed their healthy son into the world on September 20th.

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I have been practicing Aesthetics and Spa Therapies for over eight years and am dedicated to promoting and living a healthy, happy lifestyle. I am very confident in performing waxing and tinting services. Since moving to Victoria four years ago, I have quickly built a wonderful clientele. It is so nice to see so many familiar faces at Sapphire and truly appreciate the trust and confidence that they have in me.

I try to make every waxing appointment as comfortable as I can. Making my guests feel relaxed and at home is very important to me and I set that intention with each service. I am knowledgeable and passionate about each service I am trained to do and invite you to venture out and try a new treatment with me. Providing facials using our organic skin care products is one of my favourite treatments to offer.

I am currently studying to become a Holistic Nutritionist and I hope to bring this growing knowledge into my treatments. I look forward to meeting you as you take a time out for yourself.

 

Carla Main, Aesthetician, Spa Therapist

Carla Main, Aesthetician, Spa TherapistAs a passionate, nurturing, individual, aesthetics and spa therapy came to me naturally. I've been in the Aesthetics and spa industry for over seven years and with Sapphire Day Spa since 2014. I graduated from the Academy of Excellence in 2009. My passion is to preform facials and body treatments. I'm recognized for having a firm yet soothing touch.

I'm a new addition to Sapphire day spa team. I've been very fortunate to work in such a beautiful unique sanctuary. I strongly believe that each of my clients should be treated as the only one when you are present enjoying the spa. I strive to care for everyone's individual needs. With my calming personality I like to leave my clients refreshed and peacefully renewed.  I love encouraging clients to take interest in there mind, body, soul, not only from a aesthetics/ spa therapy focus but also as a long term investment in your health and well being.

I was born and raised on Vancouver Island. I've been so blessed to have grown up around such a naturally beautiful place. In my spare time, I love to be one with nature, riding horses, fishing, hiking, and spending time with my family and friends.

I look so forward to meeting you!

 

Kayliah McKinnon, Aesthetician, Spa Therapist

 

I am so thrilled to be a new addition to the talented and vibrant Sapphire team. I graduated from the Aveda Institute 4 years ago and have been dedicated to developing and growing as a certified aesthetician and spa practitioner.

I am excited to be working with organic and ethical skin care lines such as Eminence Organic Skin Care, Jane Iredale and SeaFlora. I would love to introduce you to my nurturing touch in a facial or offer you advice on natural beauty solutions to meet the needs of all types of skin. I will also find great satisfaction in creating brows customized to enhance all face shapes.

One of my passions is traveling and through my adventures, I have had the privilege of studying and experiencing different traditions of massage including Swedish and Thai. I recently came home from a life-changing trip to India which re-invigorated my passion of Ayurveda and yoga. I am pleased to share my knowledge and passion for health and wellness and find ways for you to incorporate the ancient wisdom into modern living.

My goal as a practitioner is to create a space for relaxation and transformation that will help facilitate the emergence of your inner beauty, permitting you to express it on every level - from the inside out.

I look forward to your visit.

 

Bethany MacGillivray, Aesthetician, Spa Therapist

 

I am so excited to be continuing my career with the Sapphire team, I look forward to giving excellent high end services and nuturing you. I have been an Aesthetician and Spa Therapist for over 7 years, I got my start in the industry training at the Aveda Institute of Victoria and have never looked back.

I love making my clients feel at home and bringing them ultimate relaxation. My goal is to help you forget about day to day stresses and help you be present with your mind and body. Facials and body treatments are a great way to relax and nurture your skin and is what I am most passionate about. Since I have been in the industry for 7 years I have also become a very fast, efficient waxer and love to pamper hands and feet.

I was born and raised in Victoria and love what this beautiful city has to offer, there is so much to explore in such a small place. I love to travel and I have been lucky enough to go to places where the culture is so different, although every time I come back home it makes me appreciate Victoria even more.

I look forward to seeing you in the future.

 

Denise Hoag, Aesthetician, Spa Therapist

Whether this is your first visit to Sapphire Day Spa or are a returning guest, I welcome you with an experience that will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. I am passionate about sharing my love of spa therapy and aesthetics and take great pride and care in every service I offer ranging from waxing to relaxation massage. I have been a practitioner for over 10 years and have gained an in depth understanding of skincare and can provide valuable insight to many concerns that may be a challenge to you. Supporting our beautiful facials treatments are natural, ethical, and organic products which I proudly stand behind. I believe in cultivating peace and harmony into your life, however you choose to find it. When you arrive at Sapphire, I will meet you where you are at.

Surrounding myself in nature, with all the gifts it was to offer, you can find me at one of the many beautiful beaches Victoria has to offer, with my loyal sidekick, my dog Sitka.

 

Denise Osmond, Aesthetician, Spa Therapist

Denise Osmond, Spa Therapist

 

I have been an aethetician and spa therapist for 7 years and truly love what I do. My favourite services are facials and body treatments. But, by far, all my services are special in the sense that I love treating others. I am an energetic, good natured and have dreamed of being in the spa industry since I was a little girl.

I grew up in Nanoose Bay and spent a few years in Edmonton where I graduated from Marvel College. From there I moved to Waskesiu, Saskatchewan for spa work at Elkridge Resort. After spending some time there, I realized that I missed beautiful Vancouver Island which has led to my return.

I was absolutely thrilled to accept this position at Sapphire Day Spa. The moment I met the staff I felt a sense of calm and serenity. Being surrounded by beauty and calm is important so that I may pass that energy onto my clients. I love to visit nature, I hike, camp, fish and love to go river swimming. I work out at the gym, as fitness means a great deal to me. Healthy body, healthy mind! Please come and visit me at Sapphire Day Spa for a treatment that you won't forget!

Warm regards, Denise

 

Eric Van Der Wekken, Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), Department Coach

Eric Van Der WekkenI graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Victoria and have been developing a busy practice in Victoria ever since. I enjoy using a variety of styles and techniques to provide my patients with a blend of relaxation and therapeutic benefits.  With an interest in sports massage, neck, shoulder and cervical spine treatments, I have an interest in developing preventative care treatments with patients to avoid long-term, acute conditions.

Outside of practice, I am an avid disc golfer, kayaker and love to be on the water or out in nature. I find being outdoors and keeping active to be the best way to maintain optimum health and provide balance.

I look forward to meeting you.

 

Joseph Fisher - Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

Joseph Fisher, RMT

I am very excited to join the team at Sapphire Day Spa and to provide Registered Massage Therapy within this Ayurvedic sanctuary.  A passion for helping others and learning new things has brought me here, and I look forward to sharing my skills and knowledge with a diverse clientele at Sapphire.

I believe manual therapy is a powerful tool for maintaining a healthy body, mind, and spirit, and my practice combines western medical science with an intuitive, holistic approach to therapeutic massage.  I have rigorous training in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and health sciences, with additional studies in Osteopathic philosophies and treatments, Alexander Technique, and Yoga, which are often incorporated into my treatment plans.

Whether you’re seeking massage therapy for pain, stress, injury rehabilitation, to improve alignment, flexibility and strength, or purely for relaxation and maintenance of general health, I can use a variety of different techniques and modalities to help you achieve your goals.  I will strive to help you obtain a deeper understanding of the relationships between tension, pain, and movement.  I have worked with clients of all ages and backgrounds, and I am trained and experienced in pregnancy massage.  I have received a lot of positive feedback from female clients who appreciate the kind, gentle nature I have as a male therapist and the effectiveness of my treatments, through pregnancy and into motherhood.

In my spare time I enjoy many outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, swimming and kayaking.  I maintain a healthy mind, body and spirit through yoga and meditation.  I feel blessed to live on the west coast, where I am continually reminded of the beauty and tranquility that can be found in nature.  I am also a musician, with a Music Degree from UVic and an Associate’s Diploma from the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and I teach piano part-time at my home studio.  I also treat musicians for chronic imbalances, pain, and injury rehabilitation.

 

Danee Cowley, Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

 

Danne is currently on leave and expecting her second child. If you are one of her patients, please speak with us so we can match you with another exceptional practitioner.

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I am a Registered Massage Therapist and graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2015. I am honoured to be a member of the Sapphire team. I am inspired by the community of gifted practitioners and health conscious friendly faces (kindred spirits?). I am fortunate to get to work in such a beautiful and healing space. I enjoy helping people relieve their pain and dysfunction with science-based assessment and treatment while integrating massage's greatest gift, the ability to make space for peace and calm in our busy lives. I am passionate about holistic health and I look forward to helping you in your journey to feeling great every day.

 

Andrea Feesey, Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

 

I've been an Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) since 2007 after completing the compressed 2-year program at CDI College in Ottawa, Ontario.

Since that time I've spent years honing and developing my skills at massage clinics, sport venues, and the Westin Ottawa Spa. I've worked with athletes in the NHL, NFL, CFL, NBA; triathletes, national rowers and rugby players. My non-sport massage special experiences include: volunteer work with anorexia/bulimia sufferers, and clients and Veterans with PTSD, amputations, shrapnel, and deployment injuries. My massage strengths vary widely - from relaxation, therapeutic and deep tissue massage, to sport treatment, rehabilitative massage, and chronic pain treatment. I combine many massage techniques to provide a safe, effective, relaxing and therapeutic treatment; I believe in a balance which calms the mind and reduces toxic stress, while treating the muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia, so you leave feeling refreshed, rebalanced and realigned.


Outside of the spa I enjoy spending time with my young daughter; you'll find us spending time together exploring this beautiful city and taking in all Victoria and Vancouver Island have to offer!

I look forward to welcoming you warmly to our beautiful, serene and therapeutic Spa.

 

Jody Stadler, Spa Therapist

Jody Stadler, Spa TherapistI am blessed to be a part of this beautiful and gifted team at Sapphire.  I humbly bring to you and this warm and soothing space, ten years of experience as a Registered Massage Therapist in Alberta.  My treatments are influenced by and infused with touches of Reiki, Thai Massage, Relaxation Massage and Deep Tissue massage.  I have trained in Doula work, and am grateful to have spent a great deal of experience with prenatal massage.  My strong hands are ever ready to relieve your stress...to soothe your pain and discomfort with a firm, even deep touch.

I sincerely believe that it is my sacred purpose to channel compassion and healing to you through touch.  I am presently enriching this purpose as I wholeheartedly study Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine at Pacific Rim College right here in this beautiful seaside sanctuary we call Victoria.  I envision a beautiful melding of this ancient, holistic and multidimensional medicine with my passion for massage.  My dream is that women's holistic health be the heart of my practice.  I am filled with unwavering compassion for all living things and for our earth, and I am devoted to growing and learning both as a human being, and as a practitioner.  I believe this growth to be ever evolving and infinite.

My intention is to be present with you during your time with me, to provide empathy, warmth and a deep sense of relief and well-being to you with each and every treatment.

It is my privilege and deep honor to be a part of your path to wellness. My healing hands await you...

*See our Promotions page for two specialized treatments with Jody.

 

Stephan Dahan, Spa Therapist

We are pleased to have Stephan Dahan on our team. He will be practicing as a Spa Therapist until he writes his board exams in October 2017.

Photo and biography to come.



 

Lily Saxe, Receptionist

We are pleased to welcome Lily to our team. Photo and biography to come.

 

Jyoti Parmar, Receptionist

We are pleased to welcome Jyoti to our reception team. Photo and biography to come.

 

Rikki Gordon, Spa Attendant

Rikki Gordon, Spa Attendant

In 2015, I traveled across Canada and hiked the camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain. It was one of my goals when I came back to Victoria to find a job that I love, surrounded by a positive and friendly team of individuals. I was looking for a place where I could help others while brightening the space with laughter and have inspiring, informative conversations during the day. I am so lucky to say that I have found exactly what I'm looking for at Sapphire Day Spa.

Scholastically speaking, I have a background in aesthetics and photojournalism. I have always had a keen eye for detail and a warm, light-filled heart that's purpose is to help and inspire others.

As a Spa Attendant, I do enjoy doing my part in making sure that everything is being properly cleaned, sanitized and organized; however, I must say that my absolute favourite part is when I get to put fresh white sheets on the treatment table. There's a single moment when I have just thrown the sheet in the air and the light from the window or from the lamp catches itself in the sheet before it floats down onto the table. It is always during that time that I begin to say a blessing for the client who is about to spend time in that room. It's a beautiful moment and I am so happy to say that I am one of many individuals who has been afforded the privilege of raising the vibration in the spa in a positive way, just as it does for me every single day.

 

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