Meet our Team


Andrea MacDonald RMT is the business owner, Registered Massage Therapist and a proud Mom of her 2 daughters. She graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2010 and has taken great pride in her therapeutic and compassionate approach with her clients. Andrea brings her spa management experience from the city to the town of Stewiacke.  “Abalone Retreat has been such a special gift, everyday I am reminded that I am doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing, and that feels amazing. I am so honored to share this special place with you”. -Andrea


“Hi! I’m Carmen, one of the great massage therapists at Abalone Retreat.  I have been helping people with their sore muscles and joint issues in Calgary, Alberta and the surrounding area for over 6 years as a licensed massage therapist, and really enjoy it. I take great pride in helping my clients relax and get moving again.”

My approach to massage is a many faceted one centered around making you – the client – feel good and unwind, all the while offering a deep pressure massage with a relaxing flush which assists in aiding the muscles to release. A skillful dynamic cupping approach is also another method I use to help muscles and fascia move. I have also recently received my RAPID Neurofascial Reset Specialist certificate and have been incorporating it into my treatments to assist with any restrictions. Massages with me are always offered with a positive and encouraging attitude. Attention to detail on issues that need extra focus, along with a professional, genuine concern for my client’s well being set me apart. Great follow up care post-massage as well as ideas for self-care at home are added benefits I give to my clients.

My clients say I’m a great listener, am very down-to-earth and sociable. They also say I give good advice regarding their overall health and make them feel very confident throughout the duration of our time together.


Emily Crouse-MacDonald, Registered Acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, was born and raised in Stewiacke, NS and now lives with her husband and two children in North River.

She has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Dalhousie University and has spent the last few years training the ancient practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Bedford Nova Scotia.
Emily is eager to share her knowledge of the benefits of acupuncture and passionate about helping people regain and maintain their health.
When not studying and treating patients, Emily enjoys camping with her family, working in her gardens and spending time on the beach.

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Michael Brown is a Master stylist with over 10 years experience all the way from Toronto ! From back stage runways, to Miss Teen Canada, big city to the country, he enjoys it all. Michael has a passion for blondes, blowouts and fashion colors. He takes a lot of pride in his work with his exceptional attention to detail.  With a hunger for knowledge , he is always eager to learn new things and continues to upgrade his craft. Only being back in Nova Scotia for a few years, Michael is extremely eager to meet you and create some hair magic !


Stewiacke’s own Tatianna Grosvenor is one of our experienced hair stylists whom is in the process of getting her Masters ! Tatianna has been doing hair for 6 years and loves everything about her career. She can’t wait to have fun creating and meeting all of you !


Norah McKenna, Gel Nail technician is from Lantz. She enjoys spending time with family, friends and her three fur babies (2 cats and a dog). Norah offers manicure, pedicure and gel nail services. She is a recent graduate of Eastern Esthetics and can’t wait to meet you !

Sabrina Mason

Seibrig (Sabrina) Mason is our Manager and a proud Mom of two boys. With extensive team management and her amazing work ethic, Sabrina takes amazing care of the staff and clients with her professionalism and compassion.

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Fay Best is our Client Care Specialist. Fay moved to Stewiacke in 2021 from Newfoundland and Labrador with her husband to spend time with their son and family. She enjoys exploring Nova Scotia and is looking forward to getting to meet and help all our clients.


In loving memory of Wanda Hamilton, our Energy Lightworker. She offered some very special services at Abalone Retreat including Reiki, Crystal Pyramid Sound Healing and Rain drop Therapy. Wanda also offered group events as well and was the owner of her own business in Brookfield called Take 30 Sound & Reiki. Wanda had a very special gift that she shared with so many. She will be missed immensely.

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