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 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
Kerri 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.
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.
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.
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 is currently enrolled in Clinical Aromatherapy with West Coast Aromatherapy institute, and plans to get her certification by summer 2019. She shares this knowledge at the spa, and you can add on one of her blends to enhance any treatment. She is also an intuitive healer, using Reiki, crystals, oracle cards and aromatherapy to help guide you along your path. Jessica also makes handcrafted jewelry & essential oil products 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, travels, and explores the backcountry of the Columbia Valley.
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.
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
Ruth is a graduate of Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in Vernon, B.C. After sustaining a motor vehicle accident, she personally found massage to be a very effective form of therapy. She then wanted to be able to help others in their healing journey. Since graduating massage therapy school in 2016, Ruth has had the opportunity to work in several massage environments including ski lodge work, spas and multidisciplinary clinics. She finds that clients benefit greatly from massage in a spa environment where relaxation is integrated. Ruth uses a combination of myofascial release techniques, trigger point therapy, and Swedish massage. She is looking forward to helping you whether it be relaxation based or therapeutic treatments.
Leonie moved to Invermere in December 2017 from Dorset, England and joined our team in September 2018. She has many years of experience in customer-focused businesses and brings a great passion for customer care to the workplace. As the weekend Spa Coordinator, she will greet you and tend to your needs throughout your time at Pleiades. She is greatly interested in the wellness industry and her caring nature has lead her to study Reiki healing and looks to pursue the study of many other healing practices. She is also a musician and truly believes in the healing power that music can have on mind, body and soul and looks to use this along with many other skills to aid in improving wellness in both herself and others.
Cailea comes to us from Orangeville, Ontario where she was born and raised with a passion for healing and helping individuals from all walks of life. Cailea began her career after graduating in 2015 with a Bachelor of Applied Health Sciences in Athletic Therapy. She has provided on-field medical care, injury assessment and treatment in many different aspects, including basketball, volleyball, rugby, football, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, cross country running, FIFA Women's World Cup and the International Children's Olympic Games. She worked along side several Jr. A hockey teams as well as a Prep Hockey School in Ontario. Cailea worked full-time at a Physiotherapy Clinic for 3 years, assessing and treating injuries from sport, work and motor vehicle accidents. In 2017 Cailea certified in Aqua Therapy in Neurology and worked twice a week in the pool assisting and implementing aquatic rehabilitation for clients overcoming orthopedic surgeries, stroke and other neurological deficits. In 2017 Cailea graduated from the Ontario College of Health and Technology with an Advanced Massage Therapy Diploma. After moving west and being inspired naturally and spiritually, she has recently certified in Level 1 and 2 Reiki. Cailea also holds registration with the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada. She has a strong skill set and passion for healing and loves to leave clients educated and encouraged to continuously care for their body, mind and soul.