Our Staff

Owner & Certified Massage Therapist

Hi, I’m Lindsay Penner. (she/her)

I graduated from Wellington College of Massage Therapy 13 years ago (how did that happen?!) and owned Muscle Matters in partnership with Karis Penner for 7 years.

Now, I am thrilled to be here, working along side a team of fellow massage therapists and other service providers bringing the Muscle Matters name back to life. I aim to continue to bring professional, quality massage and body care services to Steinbach, Manitoba.

Outside of work I love to travel, have an amazing daughter, great friends and pets, and love to do anything on the water, especially kayaking.

Wellington College of Remedial Massage Therapy 2009
• Abe Reimer award of excellence

Annual CPR certification
Member of the NHPC association

Continuing education/specializing in:
Massage therapy for pregnancy and labor and delivery
Hot Stone Therapy
Cupping Therapy
Visceral Manipulation
RAPID neurofascial reset

Office Admin, Receptionist & Social Media Manager

Hia, I’m Savanna! (she/her)

During the day you can find me answering your calls, taking care of bookings, keeping our shelves stocked with quality products and creating online content.

I value local makers the most when they use natural or quality ingredients in their products and eco friendly packaging. If that be compostable wrapping, recyclable or reusable containers or simply no packaging at all. I believe humans create far too much waste so over the years I have opted for local, more sustainable products with less packaging and better ingredients. Some personal favourites of mine include SugarSMAC’s Ultra scrub bar, Old Soul’s ‘take a hike’ natural soap bar, West 5 Story’s sisal soap sleeve and the fruit loop whipped soap by Crafted Bath. My favourite crystal bracelets are also made in Steinbach by Sarah Makes Bracelets.

Outside of here you could find me hitting up every thrift and antique store around to fuel my low levels of dopamine and maximalist lifestyle. My favourite genres of music to drown out the world are rock, indie, alternative and Taylor Swift. I also spend much of my free time wandering around like a sim trying to decide if I should crochet or paint.

Certified Massage Therapist

Can offer services in English and plattdeutsch (low german).

Hey, I’m Denise Peters! (she/they)

I am a 2021 graduate of Wellington College! I am very excited to be taking clients here at Muscle Matters!

Outside of school and work I take time to enjoy my family and friends, be it over board games, meals or a cup of tea. I love to get out into the trees in the summer but prefer my heated apartment and Netflix in the winter.

But this is my passion, to heal people through my hands.

Proud to provide a safe space for the 2SLGBTQ+ community!

Continuing education/specializing in:
Remedial Massage Therapy
CPR & AED certified
*COMING SOON* Brow Tinting & Lamination

Certified Massage Therapist & IPL Tech

Hi, I’m Joanna Penner! (she/her)

I have always wanted to work in a field that helped others. Four years ago I graduated from the Massage Therapy College of Manitoba and was able to achieve my goal. I am so excited to be working at Muscle Matters. One of my favourite things about being a massage therapist is meeting new people and developing relationships. I am very passionate about craniosacral therapy and plan on continuing my education into this field of study.

In my free time during the summer you can usually find me on the water, wake boarding, kayaking or fishing. I also enjoy biking and playing at the park with my kids. In winter I strap on my skates or snowshoes. But most of the time I am just waiting for summer to come back.

Continuing education/specializing in:
Remedial Massage Therapy
Laser Hair Removal and Photofacial IPL technician (2022)
CPR & AED certified

Certified Massage Therapist

Can offer services in English and Française.

Hi I’m Tiffanie Balcaen! (she/her)

I graduated from Wellington college six years ago. I’m very excited to be returning to Muscle Matters and Body Care. I worked with Lindsay for two years as a student massage therapist when it was just Muscle Matters. 

Since high school, I knew massage therapy was the career I wanted to pursue. Over the years I’ve become certified in hot stone therapy, prenatal therapy, as well as cupping therapy. With my expanding skill set, I also plan to become a certified lash technician and reflexologist.

I am the mother of two amazing little boys who I love spending time with. When I’m not working, you can find me hunting, quading, fishing or doing anything outdoors. 

Continuing education/specializing in:
Remedial Massage Therapy
Hot Stone Therapy
Cupping Therapy
Deep Tissue
Prenatal Therapy
Lymphatic Drainage (2022)
CPR & AED certified

Certified Esthetician & IPL Tech

Can offer services in English, High German and Russian.

Hey, I’m Melissa Bartel! (she/her)

In 2020, I graduated from the Steinbach Regional Secondary school with an esthetics major. Since then, I’ve grown my experience in the skin care world by specializing in facials. I take pride in my skin care knowledge and the quality of products I use.

I am very excited to be working with this amazing team as a skin care specialist! My future goal here is to use my large range of skills to widen the services offered.

Outside of work you can find me reading books and spending time with my husband, friends and family!

Specializing in:
Hot Stone Massage
Relaxation Massage
Laser Hair Removal and Photofacial IPL technician (2022)
Fully certified wax technician

Certified Body Sugarist & IPL Tech

Can offer services in English and plattdeutsch (low german).

Hello! My name is Lisa Schroeder! (she/her)

I am so excited to be working at Muscle Matters and Body Care as newest body sugarist! I enjoy meeting people and hearing the stories they tell. I look forward to building my clientele while working along side such an incredible team!

I received my body sugaring certificate from SugarSMAC in April 2022 and have been eager to get hands on and learn everything I can about the art of sugaing!

I like to keep busy by spending time with my family, cooking, camping, traveling and going for summer walks or venturing out on my next hike!

Specializing in:
Certified Body Sugaring Practitioner (SugarSMAC April 2022)
Laser Hair Removal IPL technician (2022)


Hey I’m Frankie! (he/they)

I adopted Tiffanie from the mall’s parking lot in August 2022. When I’m a good boy and not on probation, we carpool to the office together.

During the day you can find me greeting clientele, assisting the receptionist with her front desk duties and trimming the curtains and plants as needed. If you see me digging in the plants, just keep walking. I am busy gardening.

When I’m not working, you can find me causing mayhem over at Tiff’s house. I’ll make sure no ones sleeping until there’s food in my bowl.

Make sure to say hi and give me cuddles! I also accept tips in the form of treats.

Certified Massage Therapist

Can offer services in English and plattdeutsch (low german).

Hi I’m Agnes Friesen! (she/her)

I graduated from the Professional Institute of Massage Therapy 13 years ago and has been a member of MTAM since. I first began my career at Abstract Salon and have been working out of my home for the last number of years. I am so excited to be joining this team of fellow therapists and look forward to this new beginning of my career.

I am a mother to my two amazing daughters, a golden doodle named Ginger, and a grandmother to my four amazing grandkids.

Outside of work, I love traveling down to Wisconsin and west to Alberta to visit my family. I keep my hands busy by cooking and scrapbooking, and relax by watching movies, reading and spending time with friends.

Specializing in:
Hot Stone Therapy
Cupping Therapy
Deep Tissue
Ligamentous articular strain technique
Instrumental-assisted soft tissue mobilization
CPR & AED certified

Skin Care Specialist

Hi, I’m Cheryl!

I am a certified Skin Care Specialist/Certified Micro-current Facial Sculpting Clinician.

I have been working in this industry for over 20 years and have a passion for making women feel good about themselves and look even better!

I am a mother of two adult sons/mother-in-law of two awesome daughter-in-law‘s and have have two of the cutest grandsons on this planet!

In my spare time, I like to tag along with my husband who is an avid metal detectorist who enjoys traveling the countryside in search of old abandoned buildings and ghost towns.

Can offer service in High German, Low German, English and Russian.

Hello, my name is Larissa!

I started my career as a fashion designer in Germany and then my little angel Maria arrived and my life changed completely. My strong passion to help women feel happy and beautiful led me to permanent makeup! With several years of experience in Germany, I came to Canada and have been practicing permanent make-up for the last six months. I have 4 new certificates and have enjoyed continuing my studies to utilize the latest techniques. I am very happy to welcome new clients at Muscle Matters with professionalism and care to help them feel happy and beautiful too! 

In my spare time, I love to draw and spend time with my husband and my daughter as well as our 3 cats and pet parrot.