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Berney, Marybeth - LMT

marybeth-berney-3.jpgMarybeth has been a full-time licensed massage therapist in Washington since 1985. As soon as she was eligible (licensed for 3yrs.), she began working as an examiner for the Washington State Department of Health, Board of Massage. Thus, began her fascination and interest in the regulation, policy and politics of our profession.

From 1993 - 2001 Marybeth was a Washington State Board of Massage member. During those years she participated in rule writing, creating minimum curriculum requirements and creating an approval process for WA board approved massage programs.

In 2007, Marybeth was appointed to the American Massage Therapy Association Washington Chapter (AMTA-WA) Board of Directors as Secretary. She spent almost 10 years as a volunteer for AMTA-WA serving as Secretary, Government Relations Director, 1st Vice President and President.

In 2015, Marybeth joined a bunch of other passionate WA massage therapist and became a part of what is now the Washington State Massage Therapy Association (WSMTA). She is the current President.

Along with regulatory and association work during her career, Marybeth also provided Expert Consultant/Witness services. She contracted with the Washington State Department of Health-Legal Services Unit on many occasions, providing expertise in Standards of Practice in the massage profession. She has also contracted with several legal firms acting as an Expert Witness in civil cases involving massage practitioners. Marybeth is passionate about sharing her expertise and experience with other massage therapist and can be reached at: mberney@mywsmta.org

 

 

Bromley, Kate - LMT, RPE

kate-bromley.jpgKate Bromley, RPE (Registered Polarity Educator) teaches all of the polarity classes required for the "APP" level (Associate Polarity Practitioner). She is also an LMP with 23 years teaching experience at several Northwest massage schools and has been teaching continuing education classes in Polarity therapy for the past 14 years including three AMTA convention preshttp://stores.theratraining.com/manageentations and a national APTA (American Polarity Therapy Association) presentation. Kate teaches the APP certification program in Seattle and Portland. She received her certification training in Polarity from Health Training Group in Canada with Teri Jensen. She completed her teacher¿s training with Howard Kiewe in the Toronto/Quebec area. She also studied with Maruti Seidman. Students in her classes have commented that:

  • "classes are very informative, supporting and inspiring"
  • "they challenge me to stretch myself"
  • "Kate has a huge compassionate heart, broad knowledge and the willingness to share it"

Besides her passion for teaching, Kate maintains a practice in Seattle where she focuses on Polarity treatments, lymphatic drainage techniques, therapeutic treatment massage and relaxation techniques.

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For details about Applied Polarity Practitioner (APP) Certification, click HERE for details.

 

 

Clay, Karen - LMT

karenclay2.jpgKaren Clay LMP holds a BA in Dance and has been a movement artist and performer for 30 years. Licensed as a massage practitioner in 1985, she maintains an active private practice. In 1996 she was certified by the Zentherapy® School of Structural Integration, and in 2007 she earned certification from the KMI School of Structural Integration. Karen has been a continual student in the field of Somatics for the past 29 years. Her studies have included classes in Skinner Releasing, Biokinetics/Hanna Somatics, Aston Kinetics, Feldenkrais, Kinesis, and Continuum.

In 1993, Karen developed Somatic Unwinding, and in 2000 inaugurated her second course, Essential Breathwork. Her passion for language, movement and sensation enable her to create heightened sensory awareness and receptivity to the message of our senses through movement. Karen was a frequent presenter at the former Brenneke School of Massage and for the AMTA-WA conventions. NCBTMB #451271-10.

 

 

Crafted Touch: Lauren Christman, LMT, CCST, CBSI/KMI and Richard Polishuk, LMT

crafted-touch-3.jpegLauren Christman has been a bodyworker since 1994; currently her practice focuses on craniosacral, visceral manipulation and structural integration/KMI for children and adults. She began her study of craniosacral and visceral techniques in 1995 with Bruno Ducoux, DO as a student and assistant; in 1998, she deepened her skills and understanding with Ursula Popp, LAc, again as a student who certified and later as an assistant. She went on to incorporate Structural Integration (KMI/Tom Myers), and Visceral and Neural Manipulation (Barral Institute). Her focus has been on synthesizing methods based on osteopathic principles, exploring the fullness of the body’s ability to heal, and bringing skilled touch to infants, children and adults. Lauren was a Core Faculty member and Dean of Students at the Brian Utting School in Seattle, WA for 8 years. After which she was a Senior Instructor of Anatomy Trains/Kinesis Myofascial Integration for 8 years in the United States and Europe. In 2013, she began teaching on her own and with her husband, Richard Polishuk – classes in Intraoral Work, Pediatric Fascial Balancing, as well as Visceral and Cranial methods. With over 18 years of experience teaching beginning and advanced students, Lauren brings a balance of precision, curiosity and humor to the classroom. Lauren has been co-teaching the 2017 Craniosacral Core Series and Certification Program with Ursula Popp.  For more details about Lauren's 2017-2018 craniosacral classes and programs, click HERE.

Richard Polishuk has been in practice since receiving his Washington massage license in 1986. His initial interest was in structural bodywork, but meeting Ben Benjamin in the first year of his practice opened a door into the world of orthopedic problem-solving. In the next few years, he pursued both structural and orthopedic work, certifying in Hellerwork and teaching with and for Dr. Benjamin and Rich Phaigh (Onsen technique). He began teaching in the early 90's, both at the Brian Utting School of Massage and in continuing education settings. Working with Judith Aston and certifying in Aston-Patterning in the late 90's helped to integrate his various influences and to awaken a stronger understanding of palpation, balance, movement and function. He continues to teach clinical work, including the Advanced Certification in Orthopedic Massage (with Susan Rosen) in Port Townsend, Washington.

In his practice and teaching, Richard continues a keen interest in the treatment of specific musculoskeletal complaints and in structural and functional problem-solving. His fascination with poise and stabilization has led to advanced methods of evaluating alignment, and of teaching balance and movement. He passionately believes that simple principles of evaluation and treatment, applied with finesse, can create extraordinarily effective bodywork results.

Together, they teach continuing education classes and share a clinic from their home in Seattle, Washington. NCBTMB #450788-08

Myofascial Balancing Classes by Instructors:

Craniosacral - A Healing Art with Lauren Christman:

 

 

DeNardo, Debbie - LMT

debbie-denardo.jpgDebbie earned her BS degree from Northern Illinois University and received her massage therapy education at East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon. After 20 years of dedicated professional and managerial work in the insurance industry, Debbie's passion for healing and helping others led her into the field of massage therapy. She owns and operates a home based private practice, Massage Solutions, LLC. Debbie has over 13 years of massage experience and is a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association.

Debbie's experience in teaching her classes comes from Lolita Knight, founder of Fijian Massage, Chinese Facial Massage and Soft Touch Island Massage. Lolita Knight, based in Indiana, learned the Fijian barefoot technique while living in the remote villages of Kadavu and in 1997 she further developed it and began teaching it in the United States. During her 25 years of living in New Zealand, Lolita learned Chinese pressure points in 1999 from a Chinese doctor. Utilizing these points, she developed a 4-part facial massage method now known as Chinese Facial Massage. Also while in New Zealand, Lolita learned Indian Head Massage and has taught it with revisions to improve the flow as well as adding strokes and adapting it to the table as traditional Indian Head massage is done seated.

In 2008, in addition to her massage work, Debbie began working as a teaching assistant and marketing manager to Lolita. During this time she worked closely with Lolita, assisting in the development of new techniques such as those found in Soft Touch Island Massage, Chinese Facial Massage & Massage Tools. Now a certified instructor and approved provider of NCBTMB continuing education courses, Debbie is continuing Lolita's legacy by bringing unique and beneficial classes to the massage community as Lolita enjoys retirement. Debbie's blend of technique, knowledge and sense of fun translates well into a creative, hands-on class environment. NCBTMB #452031-12.

 

 

Earls, James - BA, KMI (Adv)

james-earls-2.jpgBased in the United Kingdom (UK), James Earls is a writer, lecturer and bodyworker, specializing in Myofascial Release and Structural Integration. In recent years he has concentrated on blending movement with manual therapy to create a new approach, ‘Active Fascial Release’.

Increasing the understanding and practice of manual therapy has been a passion of James' since he first started practicing bodywork over 25 years ago. Throughout his career James has traveled widely to learn from the best educators in his field, including Thomas Myers, Art Riggs, and Gary Gray. James and Tom Myers authored Fascial Release for Structural Balance, a definitive guide to the assessment and manipulation of fascial patterns.

James’ vision of what manual therapy could look like in the 21st century led to the founding of Anatomy Trains UK and Ultimate Massage Solutions in the early 2000’s. With the growing demand for movement and manual therapy blends, James is now concentrating on finding new approaches to understanding how to apply movement and myofascial principles to bodywork.

Having helped build the reputation of Anatomy Trains for Tom Myers through the UK, Europe and worldwide, James now teaches a range of his own courses, and is a regular lecturer at conferences and workshops around the globe. Renowned for his relaxed and humorous style, James is a popular presenter whose subject is applicable for a wide-ranging audience that includes osteopaths, physiotherapists, massage therapists and movement therapists.

James has collaborated with some of the top researchers in bodywork and fascial theory, and is has been involved in a number of projects involving research into fascia, movement and treatment modalities. James’ blend of movement and fascial understanding led to the publication of his well received book, Born to Walk, an introduction to the interconnected mechanics of the body. For information about Born to Walk, please go to, https://www.anatomytrains.com/product/born-to-walk-myofascial-efficiency-and-the-body-in-movement/. NCBTMB #451818-11.

 

 

Hartley, Kim - LMT

kim-hartley.jpgKim Hartley, is a 1990 graduate of Brian Utting School of Massage. She began her studies of Lomilomi in February of 1991. In the last 20 years she has accumulated over 2200 CE hours of study with 11 different teachers of Lomilomi. Her lineage includes her Hawaiian masters, Aupuni ' Iwi Ula, Auntie Margaret Machado, Dr. Maka ' ala Yates, Dougie McKeague, Mahealani Henry, and Harry Uhane Jim (author of, Wise Secrets of Aloha). Kim's additional teachers are Shawn La Sala Kimmel, Mark LaMore, Daniel Albers, Nancy Kahalewai (author of, Big Island Lomilomi), and Wayne Powell. She has had the opportunity to study from both the Kona format and Temple style lomilomi. Heartspire lomilomi is a style of massage that Kim and her husband Jim have created by drawing their favorite Hawaiian Healing Protocols and Principles from all of their lomilomi teachers along the way.

Kim began teaching lomilomi in 1994 when her massage classmate Teri English, who moved to Calgary, Alberta in Canada, hosted her and Lynette Dickson to teach a workshop. Thus began a yearly sojourn for the beginning of her lomilomi teaching career. She began teaching in Olympia, Washington in 1996 and formed Heartspire School of Hawaiian Massage with her husband in 1999.

Kim's teaching style is very heart-centered, she embodies "the Aloha Spirit". Kim has a natural way of supporting and nurturing the gifts each student has to share. Through her love and enthusiasm of lomilomi, she guides her students to incorporate pule (prayer), intention, and loving touch into their bodywork practice. Kim also creates an 'Ohana (family) environment for students, allowing an unfolding and safety for a deep body/mind/heart/spirit connection to come forward.

Jim Hartley has been studying and practicing lomilomi since 1992, also learning from most of Kim's teachers over the years. He has been assisting Kim since 1996. Jim easily embodies both the spirit of the guardian and the nurturer, a combination that is very important in this sacred work. He is a graduate of Alexander School of Massage class of 2000. Jim is also an accomplished goldsmith and mineralogist; he has been designing and repairing jewelry since he was 16 years old. He has a love of crystals and gemstones and quite a collection available. NCBTMB #450029-06.

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Heard, Barbara Helynn - LMT

barbara-helynn-heard.jpgBarbara Helynn Heard, LMT of Seattle, Washington, graduated from the Brian Utting School of Massage in 1996. She maintains an active private practice in Seattle offering a blend of wellness and treatment massage using lomilomi. Barbara Helynn has taught lomilomi continuing education classes for over 10 years.

Barbara Helynn's initial formal training in breast massage was within lomilomi classes in the 1990s. She has trained with other breast massage teachers, including Aubrey Lesicki of Breast Remedy, Sarah Haase of Haase Seminars and Consulting. She continues to further develop skill by trading with other massage therapists who regularly include full chest and breast massage within full body, wellness massage.

For over 20 years Barbara Helynn has included full chest and breast massage for her clients who choose it within full body treatment sessions in order to support healthy breathing, stress relief, shoulder and neck treatment, and general well being. Her clients include many women and men without specific breast tissue issues, as well as women who are breast cancer patients/survivors and women who have had breast reductions, breast augmentations, and other breast issues.

Barbara Helynn's intent as a teacher is to see the Light in each person and to help each student to be and to do their very best. She is passionate about helping her students develop sensitive palpation skills as well as ways to most effectively use our body weight to deliver deep yet gentle massage. She helps massage therapists adopt ways of working which are good for both ourselves and our clients so that we can avoid burnout and injury and can to continue to practice massage well into our elder years if we so desire. NCBTMB #1056.

 

 

Kincaid, Diana - LMT

diana-kincaid.jpgDiana has over 30 years of clinical experience in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. After studying lymph drainage in the United States, she became certified in Complete Decongestive Physiotherapy (lymphedema treatment) at the Földi College in Germany in 1999. She has been an educator for twenty five years. She served as the national chair of the Ethics and Standards committee for the American Massage Therapy Association from 1999-2003, receiving a national award for her service. Committed to high standards in the profession, in 2004 she became a Trustee for the Massage Therapy Foundation and Founder and chair of the Best Practices committee. In 2012, she taught a post-congress workshop on Integrative Treatment of Lymph and Fascia for Improved Outcomes at the International Fascia Research Congress.

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McAtee, Robert - LMT, CSCS, C-PT

bobmcateeb.jpgBob McAtee, has been a massage therapist since 1981, specializing in sports massage and soft tissue therapy. Since 1988, Bob has maintained an active, international private practice in Colorado Springs, CO. His clientele runs the gamut from Olympic and professional athletes, dancers, performers, recreational athletes, all the way to active older adults and stressed office workers.

Bob is Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (1992), is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA 1998), and a certified personal trainer (ACE 2006). He's also the author of Facilitated Stretching, a how-to book about PNF stretching, used by health and fitness professionals worldwide. Since its release in 1994, Facilitated Stretching has sold over 100,000 copies and has been translated into Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Korean, Chines and Japanese.

Bob invented the patented Hand-L Massage Tool, used by manual therapists worldwide to save their thumbs.

For more information, please go to: www.stretchman.com. NCBTMB # 294954-00.

 

 

Morales, Marty - Certified Advanced Rolfer™, CMT

marty-morales-2.jpgMarty has extensive experience in the area of cervical spine issues working with clients in various settings. Marty started his training in 2002 at the San Francisco School of Massage & Bodywork and soon began assisting instructors, including Art Riggs, Certified Advanced Rolfer. In 2005, Marty began teaching beginning Swedish and Intermediate classes. His interest in structural bodywork continued, and in 2007, he enrolled at the Rolf Institute in Boulder Colorado and Sao Paolo, Brazil, training under world renowned instructors such as Monica Caspari and Jan Sultan. As a Certified Rolfer, Marty began teaching bodywork workshops sharing advanced techniques to hundreds of practitioners. His own education continued as he trained with a wide variety of experts, ranging from a Canadian osteopath, athletic trainer, and nurse/Rolfer. His own curiosity led him to research and read about such bodywork contributors such as Christa SchrothStanley Hoppenfeld, and Alexander Nicholas (click on the links to find out more about these individuals).

In 2011, Marty was asked to teach at the Massage Therapy Institute in Davis, California, expanding his teaching offerings towards Medical Massage. Also in 2011, Marty shared his passion for body mechanics and offered a different approach to learning it by writing the book, "Mastering Body Mechanics - A Visual Guide for Bodyworkers". The book has become required reading at the San Francisco School of Massage.

Still maintaining a home base in San Francisco, Marty blends his studies of Rolfing, Osteopathic Techniques, Deep Tissue and Cranio-Sacral to create an effective mode of working that has led to a thriving practice. He is currently an instructor of the Bodywork Therapist training program at the San Francisco School of Massage as well as instructor at the Massage Therapy Institute in Davis, while teaching continuing education classes. NCBTMB #451212-10

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O'Rourke, Pat - LMT

pat-orourke1.jpgPat has been an LMP since 1984 and taught at the Brian Utting School of Massage in Seattle for 20 years. Her training has been focused on the resolution of pain and discomfort. Pat trained and certified as a teacher with Ben Benjamin for full body Cyriax style injury assessment and treatment. She also studied Muscle Energy Technique (MET) with Rich Phaigh for a further understanding of neurological holding and spinal dysfunction. Pat studied Craniosacral with numerous instructors and certification in the biodynamic model added a component of treating the nervous system and trauma. Pat has also been certified in Structural Integration through Tom Myer's KMI program. Her many years of teaching cadaver anatomy as well as the full curriculum at a rigorous 1000-hour licensing program has helped to round out the technical specificity necessary to understand the physical puzzle of the body. Pat continues to learn from her students and clients alike. NCBTMB #451290-10.

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Popp, Ursula - L.AC., VCST, CC -- Ursula has retired from teaching in the US. Lauren Christman LMP, CCSP, CBSI/KMI has taken over her program, please see Lauren's and the Craniosacral details under "Crafted Touch".

The common thread in Ursula's life has been her work with people. Through years of working as a counselor in private practice and for the city of Zurich, she learned that she could not access her clients fully through talking and conversation; there was a significant aspect of the person that she was not able to address with counseling skills alone. This discovery led her to the field of bodywork. Shortly after receiving certification in Massage, she began her study of Cranio-Sacral work with Hugh Milne, Founder and Director of the Milne Institute. She found that this work deeply resonated with her core beliefs and values because of the focus on caring for rather than fixing, development rather than results, experience-based knowledge and wisdom, connection rather than separation, and the whole person rather than their problems.

After having taken only the first few cranial classes, Milne, recognizing Ursula's natural talent and aptitude for the work, asked her to assist him in teaching his classes. During this time, Hugh taught her more than she could have ever dreamed. Eventually, she became one of the core instructors for the Milne Institute, teaching all the classes in Europe as well as in the US for over 6 years, before leaving to develop her own Cranio-Sacral program in January 2002. Though academic information is a significant component of all of her classes, her greatest joy is supporting students as they master and embody this sophisticated therapy and discover their own creative ways of understanding and applying it.

Ursula's desire for a medical paradigm within which to better understand the human body ~ its structure, function, and disease processes ~ also led her to pursue a degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Again, because this healing modality is ancient, holistic, energetic, and effective, she found it deeply resonated with her core beliefs. After being awarded a Master's in Acupuncture, she sought specialty training in Pediatric Acupuncture and Toyo Hari Japanese Acupuncture (a treatment where needles are not inserted into the skin).

In addition to her education and training, Ursula's fifteen-year Zen meditation practice has had a tremendous influence on how she thinks about health and well-being, and has deeply informed her approach to treatment and teaching. She believes that her work would not even be possible without the grounding and deepening effect of the Zen teachings, the rejuvenating benefits of regular sitting and meditation retreats, and the support from her teachers and peers. Ursula continues her spiritual development as a student of Deena Metger, poet, Shaman, and Medicine Woman, and has become a vital part of a vibrant healing community in Seattle called Daré, with branches all over the country. (Daré is a Shona - a tribe native to Zimbabwe - word that best translates as 'council'. It is a community of people who focus on right relation to everything and work toward healing of the individual, the community, and all creation).

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Puszko, Sharon - PhD, CMT

sharon-puszko-2.jpgSharon is a graduate of the University of California with a major in education. After teaching Biology internationally, in Europe, Asia, Central America and the Eastern United States, Sharon made a career change into the wellness field in 1986. She attended massage school in northern California and then graduated from the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy and Healthbuilders School of Massage Therapy in St. Augustine, FL. Along with overseeing the function of DAYBREAK Geriatric Massage Institute; she has a private practice, in four retirement communities and does volunteer hospice work.

Day-Break was founded in 1982 by Dietrich Miesler of Germany. Sharon worked and studied with Dietrich for a number of years after she graduated from massage school. Dietrich passed the Institute to Sharon in 2000 upon his retirement.

She travels extensively throughout the US and internationally-from Nova Scotia to Singapore- teaching the DAY-BREAK Geriatric Massage Level 1-Beginning and Level 2-Advanced workshops in massage schools and community colleges. The classes are approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as well as Florida State Massage Therapy Association ( FSMTA) for continuing education for massage therapists, nurses and other health providers. Day-Break conducts over 40 workshops per year.

Sharon has published numerous articles in "Massage & Bodywork" (Associated Massage & Bodywork Association trade publication) as well as "Advanced for Rehab Directors" magazine. She has also been a contributor in numerous textbooks, such as Touch Abilities and Modalities for Massage3-D Anatomy for Primal Pictures of London England and has appeared on public television shows such as "Age Wise" in Pittsburgh, PA and radio talk shows.

She is on the Bon Vital Education Team and a spokesman for Biofreeze.

Sharon has been interviewed by numerous magazines for her insights on seniors from robust to frail. She is a member of ABMP (Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals) and a founding member of the AMTE (Alliance for Massage Education). For more information about the Daybreak programs, please go to: www.daybreak-massage.com. NCBTMB #22353-00. . 

 

 

Rodin, Joe - LMT, Certified Trager Practitioner

joe-rodin2.jpgJoe began teaching yoga in 1988, practicing massage in 1991 and psychotherapy in 1994 (MA in Physchology). His training includes significant study in Osteopathic Concepts, especially with the URSA institute, traditional chinese medicine with Paul Pitchford, and certification in the Trager Approach. More recently, Joe has gained specialization in headache and TMJ treatment working with the TMJ Orofacial Disorders Center in Seattle for the last six years.

Joe patients are anywhere from 1 day old to 90+ year olds. He works with clients who have chronic pain, parkinson's, headache and tmj, whole body problems, as well as athletes seeking an edge to their performance. A current interest of Joe's is dissolving bracing and movement patterns in chronic pain patients with Trager techniques.

Joe was on the faculty at Ashmead College in 1997 where he taught injury treatment and he has taught classes in cranial sacral therapy at massage schools in Washington and California beginning in 1994. Joe is certified by the Trager Institute to teach Introduction to Trager classes. In addition to teaching bodywork, Joe taught yoga for fourteen years in Seattle and California. His background as a psychotherapist also informs his practice giving him the patience to guide clients through whatever process in mind and body forms the next step towards their health.

He enjoys igniting in students the fire of their own curiosity and passion. For more information about Trager, please go to: www.tragerjoe.com

 

Ryan, Marty - LMP, CVMT

marty-ryan.gifMarty has taught palpatory anatomy and belly massage seminars in North America and internationally. Marty is the director of Love Your Guts Seminars; and has also served on the faculty of the Seattle Massage School, the Barlen Institute of Massage, and the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He has assisted the NMT Center and Leon Chaitow with their various manual therapy trainings in North America, and Gil Hedley and Julian Baker with cadaver anatomy dissection courses in the US and UK.

His massage therapy practice focuses on digestive and reproductive system optimization and post abdominal surgery rehabilitation. In addition to teaching and mentoring manual therapists, Marty outreaches to the broader community of health care providers including acupuncture, the movement arts, colon hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, and naturopathic medicine about the therapeutic benefits of manual therapy and the abdomen. Marty has actively pursued his clinical treatment style through his full time practice, and his classroom teaching style is often regarded as an open and fun learning environment where everyone has the opportunity to participate, learn, and be heard.

Marty's teaching business - Love Your Guts Seminars, LLC - is a bodywork education company dedicated to bringing the world of the abdomen and viscera into a whole new light. High impact learning strategies and frequent repetition help to integrate whole body systems physiology and visceral anatomy information into a thoughtful and effective approach to visceral massage. All seminars are presented with joy, laughter, gratitude, studiousness, clarity, and most of all FUN! We invite everyone to truly Love Your Guts!

Outside of manual therapy and teaching, Marty enjoys baseball, horse racing, cooking excellent food, gardening, and travel. NCBTMB #451818-11.

 

 

Rynerson, Kay - LMT

kay-rynerson2.jpgKay started her massage practice in 1988 after graduating from Seattle Massage School and began working in a health club, where she stayed for nearly ten years. Two years after her graduation, Kay began her Thai Massage studies shortly after reading a magazine article about Thai Massage. She was so pumped, she wanted to take the very next flight out to Bangkok.

After an exploratory trip to Thailand in 1993, where she experienced many different styles of Thai massage, Kay came back home and found Michael Eisenberg. Michael, at the time, took students on annual trips to Chiang Mai, to the Institute of Thai Massage (ITM), where he acted as an assistant instructor. A talented therapist and gifted teacher, he patiently taught Kay the whole routine as taught at ITM over a period of five years, a little at a time. By taking her time to absorb and learn, she was able to practice, integrate and fine-tune the moves. By the time Kay returned to Thailand in 1997, she took and passed the teaching certification course at ITM. with Chongkol and Attchara Settakorn.

Discouraged by the lack of adequate teaching materials, Kay created her own over a period of the next four years (1997-2001) which culminated in The Thai Massage Workbook. This workbook is the step-by-step guide that Kay wished she had while learning. The workbook includes a full three-hour routine. And now there is the DVD, a shorter, step-by-step guide to a 90-minute routine.

Kay maintains a private practice of both Western style massage and Thai massage in Seattle. She returns to Thailand every year or two to concentrate on collecting new moves, refining old ones and exploring the many approaches taken by each individual therapist. There is no end to the learning process, so the work she does in her treatment room is always evolving. Kay has also worked with many creative Thai therapists from throughout the world, who have generously shared their knowledge and experience. In addition, Kay is a member of the Thai Healing Alliance International (www.thaihealingalliance.com), a non-profit association of Thai therapist, teachers and institutions committed to excellence and to the promotion of this great tradition. The association is working towards standardizing levels of achievement and study. For more information about Kay or to learn more information about her informative books and DVDs, please go to: www.learnthaimassage.com. NCBTMB 450656-08. 

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Schmidt, Dawn - LMT

dawn-schmidt.gifDawn has been involved in both public and private education for over 25 years. She has served as Director of Education and Instructor at both Brenneke School of Massage (now Cortiva Institute - Seattle and Seattle Massage School (now Everest College). Currently, Dawn is an adjunct faculty member at Bastyr University Physical Medicine Department teaching massage skills to future Naturopathic Physicians and Acupuncturists. She is also currently providing continuing education in the form of workshops and mentoring.

Dawn has been licensed and practicing massage in Washington State for over 20 years. Prior to that, she practiced in California off and on since 1977. She has an eclectic private cash based practice and serves as an employee in a medically oriented clinic providing services. Dawn's massage/bodywork skills span a wide spectrum of approaches from energetic and wellness to clinical medical massage/bodywork. She specializes in treatment of difficult to resolve conditions in all body areas and she recently served as a Research Interventionist with Group Health Research Institute. Dawn provided massage treatment for patients with cervicalgia as part of a large massage dosing study.

Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education/Kinesiology and a Professional Teaching Credential (for K - Adult). She has also taught in public high school setting teaching health education and physical education.

Dawn has also been involved in consulting, research and has been a long-term volunteer for many industry organizations, such as:

  • Group Health Research Institute: consultant to develop data gathering instruments and massage protocols treating low back pain and generalized anxiety disorder.
  • C3 Study: developed the massage protocols for use in the "C3 Study" addressing end of life care with Bastyr University and the University of Washington.
  • Massage Therapy Research Consortium (MTRC): former member
  • Academic Consortium on Complimentary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC): as a founding member Dawn focused on facilitating respect and understanding amongst health care professions and developed common ground to support accurate education, representative of the respective professions.
  • Massage Therapy Body Of Knowledge project: task force member
  • Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA): served as commissioner, secretary and as an experienced on-site evaluation team member and leader
  • Accreditation Council on Continuing Education and Training (ACCET): experienced on-site evaluation team member and leader
  • American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA): member of the national committee for Ethics and Standards of Care. At the state level, Dawn was instrumental in developing competency based educational and licensing standards for the profession.

Dawn provides consultation services for attorneys, law enforcement, legislators, educators/school owners and licensed massage practitioners regarding massage business operations, practice and skill development considerations, as well as ethical and legal issues for the massage profession. She diligently worked to develop, lobby for change and facilitate legislation beneficial for the profession. In 1999, she participated on the Insurance Commissioners Clinicians Workgroup on the Integration of Complementary and Alternative Medicine clarifying coverage issues for CAM services and forging alliances between CAM providers and deepening the dialogue between CAM providers and clinical directors for Insurance companies. NCBTMB #451818-11

 

 

Soran, Don - DC

don-soran.jpgDr. Soran has spent the past twenty years developing an understanding in both treatment protocols and guidelines to improve patient outcomes. Many therapists treating those injured in collisions lack the knowledge of just how injured their client is; but, this information is easily understood if presented correctly.

Much of what led to his pursuit of an advanced understanding of auto accidents and injuries started after his son was injured at the age of 9. Dr. Soran found that he was well educated in treatment, however, his knowledge of the science and physics behind the accident and whiplash injuries needed more development. This is why he has achieved advanced certification in Whiplash and Brain Injury Traumatology, from the Spine Research Institute of San Diego, and accident reconstruction certifications from SAE ( Society of Automotive Engineers ).

Dr. Soran has been practicing in West Olympia at his practice, Back In Motion Chiropractic, since graduating from Logan University in 1998 with a doctorate in chiropractic. Back In Motion Chiropractic & Massage has been voted The Best of the South Sound, several times. Dr. Soran has also been a regional coach and provided a training office, for one of the largest practice consulting companies, covering the Washington, Oregon, and Idaho region. NCBTMB #649.

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Utting, Brian - LMT

brian-picture.jpgBrian got his initial training in 1981 at the Brenneke School of Massage and by apprenticing with Catherin Maxwell, ND. He received his Washington massage license in 1981 and practiced for several years in private, chiropractic, and clinical settings. He founded the Brian Utting School of Massage (BUSM), located in Seattle, in 1982.

Brian developed and refined the curriculum at BUSM, and was the school's Director of Education, teaching there for 26 years. He taught many subjects, including Anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology, Pathology and Contraindications, Business Skills, Communication Skills, Hydrotherapy, and Massage Theory and Practice. His 1000-hour COMTA-accredited school was considered one of the best in the country. Brian also served as the school's Director for 22 of its 26 years. Brian sold the school to Cortiva Education in 2006, and stayed on for two more years to teach out the last of the classes he developed for BUSM. 

Brian is passionate about designing his classes and programs so that his CE students really get the material and can take it home and apply it in their practice, rather than just being exposed to it. He teaches with a rare blend of knowledge, passion, precision, humor, common sense, and depth. Brian was awarded the AMTA's Robert N. Calvert Award for Lifetime Achievement in April 2009. NCBTMB #451040-09. 

 

 

Watson, Lavon - LMT

lavon-watson.pngLavon Watson, LMT, served as a commissioned police officer in Washington State from 1976 until 1996, with much of his career having been in the investigation's unit at Redmond Police Department, having served as the investigation’s unit supervisor for nearly six years. Seeking a career change in 1996 he attended the Brian Utting School of Massage and has been a licensed massage therapist since 1997.

Since 2008, Lavon has combined his diverse skill set to become an expert on how illegitimate massage influences the massage profession here in our state and elsewhere, while also developing an understanding of how human trafficking has found its way into our communities in its various forms, including through illegitimate massage businesses.

Lavon not only teaches professional ethics to massage therapist, as an NCBTMB approved instructor, but also provides personal safety training as part of his classes, thus allowing massage therapists to be safer in their work. Lavon has testified before legislative committees in Olympia on several occasions and works with the two-state massage board approved bilingual, Chinese massage programs in Washington. Lavon also has served as a consultant for Washington Engage, an anti-trafficking non-profit here in our state.

Lavon's current business, Watson Consulting Services, focuses on training, expert testimony and advocacy and can be reached at: watsonconsultingservices@gmail.com