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Executive Board Members 

Elected Volunteer Positions


President - Annie LaCroix

Health and wellness have always been of interest to me. Over the years, I have been surrounded by many chronic pain sufferers. The decision to become a massage therapist was based largely on wanting to provide a service that would increase the quality of life for these people. 

When I first became a therapist, I owned my own studio where my focus on those who had been injured or suffered from chronic pain.  

In 2011, I opened the Columbia River Institute of Massage Therapy (www.columbiariverinstitute.com) in Wenatchee, WA. It is a small, privately-owned school. Teaching is my true passion and being able to share massage with eager students brings me a sense of constant fulfillment. 

Volunteering with AMTA-WA was something that always interested me. When I started volunteering, I knew I had found home. I love that we work together, raising our voices as one, to strengthen our profession.

1st Vice President - Teri Mayo
A 1995 Graduate of the International Professional School of Bodywork in San Diego, CA, I have been practicing massage full time ever since. I have been an AMTA member for years, always grateful for the opportunities the organization has given me. AMTA Washington has always meant great access to continuing education, collaboration and  growth. I am honored to be part of one of the best state massage associations in our country and excited to be part of the executive board moving forward.
My biggest pride and greatest joy is my "day job" as the owner of a medical massage clinic that employs 12 LMPs. As such, I think that I have a good perspective of  massage as an industry and the challenges facing us and bring a different voice to the executive board.Ultimately, my goals in this role are to support the organization that has supported me over the years. As a business owner, clinic owner and employer and an ongoing advocate for our industry, I want to be a voice at the table of the massage professions future. I want to continue to advocate for research and push for standards of care. I want to support increasing our legitimacy in the health care industry and fight for fair and reasonable reimbursements. I want to continue to be a strong ally in our effort to be a continuing part of health care as the ACA changes the scenery. And I want to do it all as part of AMTA Washington.

2nd Vice President - Diana Thompson

Diana, a licensed massage practitioner for 30 years, has a private practice in Seattle, WA, specializing in post-operative care.  She authored "Hands Heal: Communication, Documentation and Insurance Billing for Manual Therapists", fourth edition, and wrote a regular column in Massage and Bodywork Magazine, titled "Somatic Research". Diana lectures at massage, acupuncture, midwifery, chiropractic, physician and physical therapy conferences internationally and is a consultant for massage therapy research with The Research Institute at Group Health Cooperative in Seattle. She is a past president of the Massage Therapy Foundation, and the proud recipient of four National awards in 2013, including Massage Therapist of the Year, One Concept, and Humanitarian of the Year, Performance Health.    


Treasurer - Susan Cook

My story is like that of so many massage practitioners today. I have been in the workforce for the past 35 years, much of it doing bookkeeping and office work. In 2002 I realized that it was time to find a profession that I could feel passionate about, something that would allow me work with people and to make a difference in their lives on a one-on-one basis. 

I graduated from Ashmead College School of Massage in November 2003. I have a private massage practice that combines outcalls to schools, senior centers and businesses with table massage at my office in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. I think this is an exciting time to be a massage practitioner in Washington. The hard work of those who have pioneered our profession has laid a solid foundation and base from which we can move forward in building the credibility, the effectiveness and the accessibility of our services in the health care community.

I am honored serve as a member of the Chapter Board and to assist in any way I can as we further the work of promoting, supporting and empowering the massage professionals of Washington State. 
Secretary - Michael Mandell
I am a licensed massage practitioner in Washington State where I live in the Northwest since 1996. I studied at Brian Utting School of Massage, class of 2004. My background includes elective work in knee and ankle injury and advance treatment massage, certified in SRT, Onsen Therapy, muscle energy technique, thoracic outlet and carpal tunnel syndrome advance treatment and Thai massage. Currently enrolled in the Barral and Upledger Intituite.
My prior employment includes extensive experience in Customer Service Management in multiple industries, receiving many service awards dealing with the public and private sectors. I left the high tech industry where I was working with fortune 100 companies as a project manager before starting massage school.
Since moving to Seattle, I’ve worked with 3 failed “startups” during the Tech Boom and met many great people. It was a great ride while it lasted.  I have worked with the AMTA board since 2004 through MERT and left to concentrate on my Massage Clinic employing 19 therapists.  
I’m glad to be back on the Board.  Our industry is changing so fast and I want to be a part of the change and protect our industry.

Program Chairs

 Volunteer Positions

Volunteer Development Coordinator - Allison Hanelt
I graduated from the Phoenix Therapeutic Massage College in 2002 and have been practicing in a chiropractor's office since 2004 focusing on surgery rehabilitation, scar tissue work and therapeutic massage. I attended my first MAIN meeting in 2009 and immediately knew I had found a way to be actively involved in my profession.

I have volunteered as the Chair for the South Sound Massage Therapists MAIN Group since 2009. Knowledge is empowering and as bodyworkers the importance of connecting with other massage practitioners is paramount. I am honored to serve in the Volunteer Support and Development Program to help create opportunities for professional growth for current and future AMTA volunteers.

Awards & Volunteer Support - Patty Phillips

I am a graduate of Tri-City School of Massage. Prior to becoming a massage student in 1991, I  worked as a Physical Therapy Aide in Yakima for 8 years. Currently, I am the owner of Get In Touch Therapy in Renton established in 1995. The clinic is healthcare integrated with Acupuncture, Physical Therapy along with several LMP’s.

As a chapter volunteer for over 20 years, I have enjoyed many rolls including past Chapter President and Convention Chair.  Since 2003, my role is serving as the Washington State Chapter as Project Manager for Volunteer Support. At the national level I serves on the Chapter Relations Committee for nearly 10 years.  Both my husband David Phillips and I, are very active on the WSMT and MERT. In addition to our passion for the massage community, we are also Senior Directors in a wellness company. 


Convention - Open

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Membership - Joseph Major
 I have been a massage practitioner since 2013 and AMTA Volunteer for just as long. The AMTA is wonderful network of professionals that form a huge massage community and I was happy to accept the position of Membership Chair in 2015.
I have been involved in the health environment for approximately seven years. It has been my continuing pleasure to help clients achieve a better sense of mental and physical wellbeing; by definition, a better sense of health. The ability to influence change through massage profoundly impacts all of us in a way that is hard to measure. What we give back through touch, is a direct catalyst in helping others obtain a better sense of Health and Wellness.
The AMTA has a vision and I am proud to be part of that process. This is the perfect platform to give our community the merit and recognition that massage therapy deserves.

Washington Massage Journal - Open


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Community Service Massage Team (CSMT) - Linda  Bucher 

Washington Sports Massage Team (WSMT) - Grant Grubb


Government Affairs & External Relations - Open
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Massage Awareness Day (MAD)

Featured Members
Diana L. ThompsonDiana is 2nd Vice President of the AMTA Washington Chapter
Theresa M. MayoTeri is 1st Vice President of the AMTA Washington Chapter

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