We Are On The Cutting-edge Of Wellness Instruction. We Continuously Innovate Our Curriculum To Offer A Unique Training Experience That Sets Students Up For Success.

In 2005, we opened our doors as the Northern Institute of Massage Therapy (NIMT), providing massage therapy programs to students from across Western Canada. From the beginning, NIMT was set apart from other institutions with its cutting-edge of massage therapy training. As one of the only institutions in Alberta offering training in the Lensen™ Technique, we continuously innovated our curriculum to offer a unique experience that set students up for success. Our faculty of industry experts had the knowledge of what a massage therapist needed to know about techniques, self-care and business.

Our philosophy and approach to training was so successful, that students wanted more. In 2019, NIMT evolved into MCG Career College, offering more programs across health and wellness. Today, MCG is more than a technical training institution, it is a gathering place for a community of innovators in health and wellness training. By providing relevant education, top instruction and flexible programming that fits your life, MCG is empowering students with the confidence and skills they need to become leaders and business owners in our community.

Our story.

“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” — Edmund Hillary

Ayurvedic medicine teaches us that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body and spirit. From humble beginnings in India, Monika Gupta founded MCG Career College with a vision of applying this idea to elevating health and wellness training programs, and extending it into the lives of students, so they may unlock their potential and become their best selves.

Through cutting-edge training, top instruction and flexible program structures, MCG pushes beyond the scope of a traditional training institution. We get to know our students, we enlighten them to align the mind and body, to bring balance within themselves and others. Our students graduate with the skills and confidence they need to become successful leaders, employees and business owners; ones who make a tangible difference in the health and well-being of others and in their communities. It’s this vision that guides every aspect of MCG and serves as the inspiration behind our visual identity:

  • The tree of our logo symbolizes that we are rooted in our vision and that we are connected and grounded to the Earth. It grows over time, as does the knowledge, confidence and potential of our students.
  • The mountains represent the challenge ahead and awakens the impulse that we all have within us to explore, to go beyond our limits and to achieve new heights.
  • The colour orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow to represent the enthusiasm, curiosity, creativity, determination and success we see in our students.
  • Finally, all the elements are balanced within the circle that represents our MCG community; the friendships, relationships and unity that connects us all.

That’s the MCG difference. Students enroll for an incredible training experience and graduate connected to a larger community. They prove that when we face the inner challenges that prevent us from accomplishing our goals in life, when we align mind, body and spirit, we can overcome any reservation and accomplish great things — we can find our roots, find joy, connect with others, conquer any mountain and inspire others to do so.

Our core values.

  • Success for students
  • Connected to community
  • Partners with Industry
  • Innovators in Education
  • Integrity and Respect


Partners with industry.

MCG collaborates with industry to create relevant programs that produce the future of our community. Our faculty have experience running health and wellness businesses, and they are active with various industry associations.

  • MCG is provincially licensed as a Private Vocational College
  • MCG is active with Canadian Council of Massage Therapy Schools (CCMTS)
  • MCG is active with the Transitional Steering Committee (TSC)
  • MCG is active with the Remedial Massage Therapists Association of Alberta
  • MCG staff are also actively involved in the massage industry at the local, municipal, provincial and federal levels

Staff and Faculty.

MCG Career College

Carmen Sheridan



Carmen Sheridan is a passionate innovator with over 17 years of demonstrated success in the healthcare and academic fields. As a visionary leader with business acumen, Carmen has expertise in everything from operational leadership and portfolio strategy to transformational change management and product diversification. Today, she applies this well-rounded skill-set as Dean of MCG Career College, where she is focused on diversifying the programs, expanding across Alberta and building the future strategy of the institution. She believes that by empowering students with the confidence and skills they need to become leaders and business owners, we drive our industry and community forward.

Among Carmen’s many achievements are:

  • Past Academic Chair & Associate Dean at the School of Health and Public Safety, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)
  • Recipient of the SAIT Trailblazer Award for Innovation for her and her teams work developing programs for students to engage with industry and communities.
  • Authored two published textbooks: Basic Guide to Dental Instruments and Basic Guide to Dental Materials.
  • Authored several scholarly articles, published in peer reviewed journals, newsletters and magazines.

Carmen has completed a Masters degree in Online and Distance Education and a Masters of Business Administration. In her spare time, Carmen enjoys reading, travelling and spending time with her 12-year-old daughter.

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Dr. Monika Chhabra Gupta

B.A.M.S.(India), RMT

CEO & Founder

Monika’s passion for health and wellness began at an early age and the concept of lifelong learning was instilled in her soul from the passion her father showed for education.

While studying to receive her Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S) degree with a specialization in Panchkarma in India, she learned that Ayurvedic Medicine teaches us that our physical health and wellbeing is deeply connected to our mental and spiritual health and wellbeing. These principles and concepts were something that resonated with her deeply and she dedicated her life to bringing these learnings to more people around the world.

When she came to Canada, Monika brought this holistic approach to Calgary and was the founder of one of Calgary’s first Ayurvedic spas. Her passion for education led to the creation of MCG Career College, where her vision is to apply these ideas to elevating health and wellness training programs and extending them into the lives of students. She is a strong believer in the power of education and its ability to change the life of a person, their family and the community for the better.

Monika is focused on enabling every member of the community the opportunity to learn a skill, to build a business and earn a living for their families — all through education and training. In the future, Monika hopes to continue growing the offerings at MCG Career College and providing students with opportunities of continued growth and success.

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Faye Foshaug


Enrollment Coordinator


Faye is a high energy, driven individual with a passion for customer service excellence and building relationships. After spending 20 years in private industry leading a national customer service team, Faye went back to school and became a Registered Dental Assistant specializing in Orthodontics. Most recently, she was a Project Coordinator responsible for bringing new educational programs to market at a public post secondary institution.

Faye has completed the Adult Educator Series (MRU), Applied Project Management Certificate of Achievement (SAIT) and is a Yellow Belt in Six Sigma Methodology. As Enrollment Coordinator at MCG, Faye is looking forward to working with students and staff to contribute to the continued growth and success of MCG Career College.

When Faye isn’t working she can usually be found spending time with Roxy, her little morkie dog. Her many and varied interest and hobbies include baking, gardening, travelling, jigsaw puzzles, reading and playing board games and cards.

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Connie Onishenko


Massage Instructor

Connie is an MCG Career College graduate with nearly a decade or training and education at the college and university levels in the combined areas of: medicine, coaching, teaching, business communications, administration and accounting.

At MCG, Connie specializes in therapeutic massage, Lensen™ Technique, Swedish relaxation and senior care. She applies her many skills at her busy chiropractic and massage clinic, where she has gained extensive experience treating motor vehicle accident clients, as well as to applying her expertise in conducting reporting for legal cases. In addition, Connie works out of her home on occasion, as well as in senior care homes.

Connie is active in her community. For 4 years, she acted as Zone 2 Representative for the Alberta Summer Games on behalf of Athletics Alberta. She was also a Head Coach for 2 years, achieving the award for Most Improved Zone.

She enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, swimming, fishing and reading. She believes in the motto ‘learn to do by doing’. Her passion is to encourage students to reach their full potential.

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Heather Moore


Massage Instructor

Heather graduated from the Massage Therapy Program at McEwan University in 2014. After completing her 2200 hours, she began her massage career in Cold Lake, Alberta, and In 2016 she opened her own clinic business.

Heather specializes in Pre/Post-natal massage, Deep Tissue, Therapeutic and Wellness. Her clients describe her as thoughtful, helpful and quite simply, amazing! With her kind nature, she is a compassionate teacher and goes the extra mile to ensure students understand tough concepts.

With her years of industry experience, Heather shares invaluable real world examples with students, so they may learn and succeed.

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Cathy Smith


Massage Instructor

Cathy is a Manual Osteopath, Registered Massage Therapist and also a Certified Lensen Therapist, Certified Laser Clinician and Shockwave Therapist. Cathy has advanced training in both Laser and Shockwave therapies as well as Manual Lymph Drainage, Korean Hand Therapy, Kinesio Taping and postural assessment and correction techniques. As owner and operator of a busy multi-disciplinary clinic located in Red Deer, Alberta, Cathy has a unique perspective of Massage therapy from both a Business owner/employer and a Therapists point of view.

Having experience teaching a wide range of individuals from youth to seniors in courses both inside and outside the paramedical field, Cathy has a unique style of teaching that focuses on making sure every individual understands the concepts of the course material in a systematic and fun way. Cathy likes to engage her students and challenge them to become comfortable in the course setting, to grow as individuals and therapist not only in knowledge but also confidence.

Cathy believes that massage therapy must combine the technical aspects of working on the bodies structure but also must be done with finesse and conscious effort on the part of the therapist to achieve the best results, she endeavours to pass this passion along to all her students.

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Amanda Bowdridge

Medical Office Assistant & Unit Clerk Instructor

With a Diploma in Health Information Management from Algonquin College in Ottawa and a Certification in Medical Administration/Hospital Unit Clerk from MacEwan University in Edmonton, Amanda bring her expert knowledge and experience to the MCG classroom. For nearly a decade, she has worked in various administrative roles within healthcare and is currently an Advisor with Alberta Health Services.

Amanda believes that those interested in administrative roles within our health care system can develop meaningful and successful careers. She considers herself a partners with learners on their educational and career journeys and get inspired by her colleagues and students everyday.

Outside of working Amanda enjoys spending time with her family cooking, camping, fishing and travelling.

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Nikki Golnik

Medical Office Assistant & Unit Clerk Instructor

Nikki graduated in 2008 with a Diploma in Medical Office Administration. She spent several years working in a fast-paced medical clinic where she gained knowledge in Family Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Rheumatology, Endocrinology as well as Allergy & Immunology. That opportunity has given her a unique skill set and experience that she shares in the classroom.

She is passionate about health and safety and has also been teaching First Aid for the past 6 years It is Nikki’s goal to train as many people as possible so they are confident enough to step up in an emergency situation.

Nikki enjoys the outdoors – camping and hiking and is an active volunteer with Cochrane Search and Rescue.

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Naureen Saleem

Medical Office Assistant & Unit Clerk Instructor

Naureen has been in the medical profession for over 15 years. She has been a Medical Office Assistant instructor for the last 7 years and is as passionate about teaching now and she was then.

Naureen is committed to providing a positive and stimulating classroom environment to help students learn and reach their full potential. She believes every student is unique and everyone is exceptional. She encourages students to share their ideas and knowledge which in turn enhances the overall learning experience for everyone.

She says, “I feel rewarded when I see our students achieve their goals and it gives me immense pleasure to know that I was part of their journey to success.???

In her spare time, Naureen enjoys spending time with her family, reading and does yoga to stay fit and relaxed.

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Valerie West

DMS Instructor

Valerie is a diagnostic medical sonographer credentialed in generalist and vascular sonography. Her robust career spans 30+ years in healthcare and post secondary instruction. She is passionate for the profession and believes the heart of teaching lies in leading by example.

Valerie started her career in healthcare as a medical laboratory technologist, earning a degree from the University of Regina. After working in that field for a few years, she wanted to expand her healthcare knowledge. She earned a diploma in sonography at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario and acquired practical hospital experience in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. After working several years in both hospital and clinic sonography environments, in Calgary, she transitioned to instructing in the DMS program at the Southern Institute of Technology (SAIT) in 2001.

Valerie has diverse teaching experience that includes didactic courses and practicum.

In her spare time, Valerie enjoys walking with her Golden Retriever, Boone, reading, spending time at her cabin, paddle boarding, kayaking, golfing, and cooking. She believes in creating a work/home life balance.

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Leanne Harrison

Medical Office Assistant & Unit Clerk Instructor

For more than 3 years Leanne has been passionate about instructing in adult education specializing in the Medical Office Assistant with Unit Clerk program.

Before becoming an educator, Leanne specialized in Medical Office administration in a wide variety of roles. Over her 20 year career in the medical field she gained expertise in the areas of reception, transcription, medical office and hospital billing, patient care and relationships, and medical office and clinical procedures.

Her real life, hands-on experiences not only aid in the uniqueness of her course delivery but make the classroom a fun learning place where students benefit from true experience, and where students can share and learn to ensure their success in the medical field.

Her hobbies include hiking, gardening, reading, cooking and spending time with her family and friends

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Mandy Alcide

DMS Instructor

Mandy graduated from the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at SAIT in 2013. She is a credentialed Sonographer in both general and vascular sonography. Early into a vascular practicum in Ottawa, she knew she wanted to pursue working in a vascular setting and currently scans both general and vascular ultrasound.

Mandy is passionate about patient care and always puts the needs of her patients first. This comes from many years working in the hospitality industry including as a flight attendant. She has worked as a mentor for many students and colleagues as they gain new experiences and credentials. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and lifting others up alongside her.

Her spare time is spent chasing after her two young boys. Mandy is also on the board of a summer camp located on Sylvan Lake. She enjoys walking, skating, camping and being outside in the sun.

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Elio Alcindor

DMS Instructor

Elio is a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (DMS) with Sonography Canada and ARDMS. In 2017, he graduated from an accredited ultrasound program in Canada.  He also graduated from the Central University of Venezuela with a degree in medicine. He worked as a practicing physician in Venezuela, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. Throughout his career, he contributed to the education of other students through his work as both an instructor and a teaching assistant in Venezuela and Canada. He has worked in ultrasound clinics in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta and is very dedicated to his work. He is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Elio believes that the practice of health care should be undertaken with great responsibility, passion, dedication and a patient-centric focus. He believes that the role of a health care educator is to pass knowledge and best practices over to the next generation of healthcare practitioners.  He believes that this process is essential to continuous improvements within healthcare the health of all patients.

In his time outside of work, Elio enjoys spending time with his family and performing music. He is learning to love the snow and Canadian winters.

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Massage Therapy Instructor

Jennifer graduated from Advanced Massage Therapy and Lensen program, Northern Institute of Massage Therapy, now MCG Career College, in 2013 after completing the Basic Massage Therapy program the previous year.

Immediately following graduation, she began working as a massage therapist and took advanced training as a clinical receptionist. Along with the duties as a massage therapist, Jennifer worked as a receptionist, billing specialist and eventually operation officer in charge of staffing and accounts receivable.

During the last 8 years Jennifer has advanced her career with specialized training in Low Intensity Laser Therapy, Extracorporeal (Shockwave) Therapy, Jade Stone, Advanced Cupping and Intraoral Therapy to name a few.

Jennifer has a deep commitment t furthering education and honing her skills as an Orthopedic Manual Therapist. Jennifer has taught basic and advanced cupping, instructing for Cupping Canada and currently lead instructor and course creator for Global Cupping.  As well she has been teaching assistant and videographer for James Waslaski when he holds courses in Western Canada.

Jennifer’s students will benefit from her clinical experience both in manual therapies and running a clinic as well as her vast and expanding expertise in the field of manual therapy.


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