Spa on the Rocks

First opened in 1994, Spa on the Rocks has always been your local and professional destination for everything ‘well-being’.

All Registered Massage Therapists and Estheticians are certified and maintain current education in all products, treatments and protocols. Our services and brands are chosen for their efficacy, ethical standing and what we at Spa on the Rocks feel are outstanding in results.

Our goal is to provide you with thorough, customized and current treatments that take care of your skin and body in private and professional surroundings.

  • Susan Thoma

    Susan Thoma brings extensive experience and training to the aesthetics of skin care and nutrition. Building on her foundation of learning as a graduate at the top of her class at Blanche Macdonald and a degree in holistic nutrition from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, she enhances her years of experience by consistently updating her skills through trainings in all modalities of her expertise. Her particular specialties include skin care treatments and procedures for acne and anti-aging. Her goal is to address health and beauty from a holistic perspective, both inside and out.

  • Sharen Brandys

    Sharen works as a Certified Aesthetician and provides all of the Body & Energy Therapies here at Spa on the Rocks. She has was trained at Blanche McDonald International in Vancouver, and has been doing healing work for 2 decades after having spent many years in Corporate law office work. Sharen’s focus today is the health and well-being of her clients including Body, Mind and Spirit whether she is providing eloquent facial care, energy work (Reiki Master, BioDynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Energy Medicine Healing) or other Spa on the Rock treatments such as Reflexology, Relaxation BodyWork, Hot Jade Stone Massage and Indian Head Massage.

    I am very excited to meet and care for you. If my clients were asked -- they would say that they "appreciate me for my multi-faceted caring & talents, warm healing massage hands and happy sense of humor".
  • Pascale Couton

    Pascale was born in France where she attended beauty school in Tours (La Loire Valley). She has been in the beauty industry for more than 30 years, and has worked with more than 20 different professional skincare lines. She has also worked in the movie business and for magazines in France and Vancouver. In France, she had the pleasure of servicing famous regular clients such as Sophia Lauren, Alain Delon, and Goldie Hawn. Her specialties include Facials, Waxing and Professional Make-up applications.

    She travelled to Asia to open one of the first destination spa in Thailand (Chiva som).

    Pascale has been living in Vancouver for the past 25 years, and has been an important member of the SOTR team since 2013.

  • Olga Brough
    Registered Massage Therapist

    Prior to graduating as a Registered Massage Therapist and Sports Injury Therapist at Canadian therapeutic college in 2008, Olga had been practicing and teaching Yoga since 2000.
    She believes that massage combined with active lifestyle & home care can really benefit a patient’s recovery both physically and mentally. She uses her knowledge of working with the tissues of the body in conjunction with her fitness experience to support clients to maintain their functionality and keep them doing the things they love.

    Olga has been valuable member of our team for almost 10 years.

    Touch is one of the principle elements necessary for the successful development and functional organization of the central nervous system and is vital to our existence as food, water and breath.
  • Antonieta Rapaz

    Antonieta has been in the industry for over 25 years and has experience working at destination resorts in Canada. In 1999 she decided to join the Spa on the Rocks team and has been relaxing clients with her massage techniques and talent ever since. Antonieta enjoys providing all Esthetic services to her many clients and also has a passion in Body work. At Spa on the Rocks she is able to implement her extensive training and knowledge in Swedish Massage, Aromatherapy. Reflexology, Reiki, Acupressure and Hot stone massage.

    If we feel well, then we look well.
  • Angelina Matthews
    Esthetician and Spa Manager

    Angie has been involved in the Spa Industry since 1990 and has always played a part in not only client service, but also in the Industry’s Business, Management and Education sectors. Angie opened and operated Essenza Esthetics in 1994 in Caulfeild Village for 6 years (the start of Spa on the Rocks) and was then an educator at Blanche Macdonald Centre for 10 years before coming back to Manage Spa on the Rocks in 2008. Even though Angie is still an educator for the Spa and Body Program (now at VCC), she spends most of her time managing Spa on the Rocks, creating a unique, professional and well regarded spa. Her own education extends into Massage, Aromatherapy, Medical Esthetics and Business Management.

    Instead of looking for our flaws we should be seeing what it is that makes us who we are; beautiful.
  • Andrea Burchill

    In 2000 Andrea did her esthetics training at Dominelli’s Private College in Vancouver, and started working immediately at Essenza Esthetics Boutique. She has been working at Spa on the Rocks for over 17 years now! She has found it inspiring to further her education with training in the clinical and medical world of beauty; including Microneedling, Microdermabrasion as well as being certified in 2016 with Cynosure IPL Photo Rejuvenation Laser.

    The variety of all the great treatments we are now offering at the spa as well as working with such amazing clients over the years has been truly rewarding in my career!
  • Sarah Nguyen
    Lash Expert

    When she was just 12 years old, Sarah Nguyen realized eyebrow shape plays a major role in enhancing beauty. That same year, she started tweezing friends’ brows, and styling and cutting hair. Eventually, Sarah completed cosmetology training but her first love, eyebrows, continued to be her true passion. She decided her place in the beauty industry was in permanent makeup. In 2016, Sarah traveled to Alberta to complete instruction at Biotouch, which has offered permanent makeup training since 2004. She then perfected her technique with HDI Brow Embroidery training from LashForever in Toronto — the top rated training facility in North America. Since becoming a certified HD Brow Embroidery Artist, Sarah has specialized in the ever-popular ombré powder brow technique.

  • Amy Pankratz

    Amy started her aesthetics journey quite by accident, training and then working as a makeup artist locally in Vancouver. Her clients often brought their skin care concerns to her as a makeup artist, and she felt that there had to be a better answer than simply covering up with makeup! Having struggled with acne most of her teenage and adult life, Amy was also eager to find answers to her own skin issues. She attended Blanche Macdonald’s Spa Technician/Aesthetics Diploma program, and has since worked locally with various skincare brands. Amy enjoys providing all range of services including facials, massage, and mani-pedis.

    The best part about coming to work each day is the wonderful clients I get to meet, and the great co-workers I am privileged to work with!