Ashley Brzozowicz Dykstraâ€™s career criteria is that it is flexible, self-driven, and helps others. She decided that massage therapy met her requirements and, considering Fleming College is close to home and offers this program in a compressed two-year format, Ashley enrolled in Massage Therapy at Sutherland Campus.
Flemingâ€™s five-semester, challenging and rewarding Massage Therapy program provides students with an excellent academic foundation and strong applied skills. Every week, students put their skills into practice at The Spa + Clinic at Fleming College, the onsite clinic supervised by a Registered Massage Therapist. The program has earned a great reputation, with a consistently high (over 90%) overall graduate employment rate.
â€śWorking in the student clinic was by far my favourite experience of the program. It was awesome to get hands-on time working with real clients,â€ť said Ashley. â€śSeeing how the practical application of everything we learned in class can make a difference to a client was very rewarding and put things into perspective for me.â€ť
Ashley describes this Fleming College program as challenging and engaging. She also said the instructors and support staff are dedicated to ensuring students can succeed while having a good experience in the process.
â€śI already had experience with studying, but Fleming helped me develop my practical, hands-on skills,â€ť she said. â€śThere is a big difference between understanding something in a textbook or lecture and being able to apply that knowledge in a practical setting.â€ť
After winning the top school award, School of Health & Wellness Academic Achievement Award, Ashley will be Valedictorian at the School of Health & Wellness convocation on Thursday, June 7 at 10 a.m.
â€śI hope people appreciate the importance of teamwork and can continue to work together after graduation,â€ť said Ashley, on what she hopes people take away from her convocation speech.
Teamwork was a big part of Ashleyâ€™s Fleming College experience and made it a positive one for the Massage Therapy graduate.
â€śIn my program, the students spend a lot of time together and became a dynamic team by the time we made it to the end of the program,â€ť she said. â€śThe instructors are also very engaged and ensure you feel like you are an important part of the program.â€ť
After convocation, Ashley will be writing two provincial exams and completing her registration with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. She plans on working at the 360 Wellness Clinic in downtown Peterborough.
â€śIt is pretty amazing to be a part of a healthcare profession where people enjoy and really look forward to their appointments,â€ť said Ashley.