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  Allison Hanelt, LMP

Allison has been a massage therapist for 14 years and has 20 years of experience volunteering. She has chaired a massage networking group in Olympia since 2009 and became the Volunteer Development Coordinator for AMTA’s Washington Chapter in 2015.


Brian Utting 


Brian founded the Brian Utting School of Massage; where his 1000-hour COMTA-accredited school was considered one of the best massage schools in the country. He has been teaching massage CE internationally since 1990. Brian designs his CE classes and programs so that the students really get the material and can take it home and apply it in their practice, rather than just being exposed to it. With over 30 years of experience, Brian teaches with a rare blend of passion, anatomical precision, humor, common sense, and depth. He was awarded the AMTA’s Robert N. Calvert Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2009, and was inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame in 2014. He now owns and operates the Pacific Northwest School of Massage. Visit Brian’s website at www.pnwschool.com.



Gary Schweitzer 


Gary Schweitzer is a Registered Massage Therapist from Kelowna, B.C. Canada. He currently holds an associate’s degree in Massage Therapy from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. Gary has 36,000 hours of hands-on clinical experience and has had a full time practice for 21 years. Gary has gone on to develop a three day live workshop that he has taught in Canada, the United States and Europe for the last 14 years. This program has been taught to over 2200 massage therapists to date. This highly effective, innovative and dynamic system of massage therapy has proven to eliminate occupational strain and injury for the practicing massage therapy based on the science of cumulative load and shear. This system has a strong bio-mechanical focus and six foundational techniques that are easy to use and allows the practitioner to achieve above average and consistent results, with less effort.



Linda Bucher


Massage is my second career; my first career was working for 36 years where I supported the Air Force as a civilian. Then I decided that I wanted to provide massage on animals but I first needed to learn to provide massage on people. So I attended Alexandar School of Natural Therapies in 2004. While I was attending school I joined the AMTA and then I joined the WSMT. After I graduated I wanted to continue supporting the AMTA as a volunteer so I joined the board as the Secretary. Then I moved on to become the third and second vice president positions. I also joined the MERT team and I really discovered my passion. So over the last couple of years I have taken all the FEMA and CERT classes. I have also joined WASART, Washington State Animal Rescue Team and the Soup Ladies. The reason I have changed my focus to emergency management is so I can be a productive leader of the Community Service Massage Team, CSMT.



Lisa Santoro 


Lisa Santoro is a longtime massage therapist, certified lymphatic drainage specialist and massage instructor. She is the founder of the massage program at the University Health Services at Harvard University. In partnership with massage school Cortiva-Boston, she was awarded a faculty appointment as the Director of Massage Training programs at Boston Medical Center where she directed an oncology massage internship/training program. Lisa is currently working in California where she is planning a hospital based massage program for cancer survivors. Lisa Santoro is a certified lymphatic drainage specialist. She is the founder of the Massage Program at Harvard University and Massage Training Programs at Boston Medical Center.



Mariah Neeson




Rebekah Demirel 


Rebekah Demirel R.P.C. L.Ac. is the founder and director of Trauma Integration Programs, with more than a decade as an ambulance paramedic, twenty­two years as a paramedic trainer and fifteen years of mental health counseling experience, specializing in post­traumatic stress and critical incident stress. (Licensed in BC) She is also a licensed East Asian medicine practitioner and acupuncturist, practicing in Seattle Washington and Victoria BC. Rebekah’s unique skill set and experience are informed by her own traumatic childhood and teen years spent on the street and in the foster care system, giving her a special familiarity and empathy for trauma and loss. She serves on the planning council for Seattle King County Healthcare for the Homeless and is an active and fierce volunteer advocate for people who are homeless and underprivileged.



Ruth Werner 


Ms. Werner is an educator, writer, and retired massage therapist with a passionate interest in massage therapy research and the role of bodywork for people who struggle with health. Her groundbreaking textbook, A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology was first published in 1998, and is now in its 6th edition. She also writes a column for Massage and Bodywork magazine, serves on several national and international volunteer committees, and teaches continuing education workshops in research and pathology all over the world. Ruth was honored with the AMTA Council of Schools Teacher of the Year Award for 2005. She was also proud to serve as President of the Massage Therapy Foundation from 2010-2014, and she retains a seat as an MTF Trustee.


  Scott Lesieur

Scott has been licensed since 1997 and is the past director of Washington Sports Massage Team. He is an avid runner, having completed distances from 400 meters to 100 miles, also has done many other sports including track and field and cross country. Scott enjoys doing massages at sports events.


Tianne Curtiss 


Tianne Curtiss has been assisting people who deal with pain through massage and reflexology for over 15 years in Washington State. She is the founder of Tenino Massage & Reflexology and Trained 2 Transform both located in the lovely town of Tenino, WA. Trained as a life coach, Reiki energy worker, massage practitioner, reflexologist and aromatherapist, she includes pieces from all of these modalities in her bodywork practice. She is approved by DOH for a 200 hour Meridian Reflexology apprenticeship program, and also teaches continuing education classes around the Pacific Northwest. You can email her @ Tianne@scattercreek.com or follow her on Facebook @ Transform



Tim Morford





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