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May 6, 2009

COMTA Names New Executive Director

The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) has named Kate Ivane Henrioulle as the new executive director of the national accrediting organization for massage therapy and bodywork schools and programs, according to Melissa Wade, chair of COMTA's 12-member Board of Commissioners.

"In her new role, Kate will continue to enhance COMTA's reputation and image as it relates to massage therapy and bodywork accreditation. She will immediately be involved in the new electronic submission processes recently implemented for COMTA accreditation. Other short-term goals will include reaching out to the currently accredited COMTA schools/programs, and the various constituents involved in the massage therapy and bodywork field to ensure that COMTA is meeting its objectives. Her long-term goals and objectives will be directly related to the approved expansion of scope to include Distance Education under COMTA and the proposed expansion to include Aesthetics," Wade explained.

"Kate brings a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge to the position. Her prior experience offers her a unique perspective on the actual COMTA accreditation process and on the industry as a whole."

Henrioulle has in-depth experience both as a massage therapy practitioner as well as an educator, having most recently served as Dean of Education since 2006 for the International Professional School of Bodywork (IPSB) in San Diego. She supervised 80 faculty members and three administrative staff members, working with more than 200 students. Prior to being named Dean of Education, Henrioulle also served as an IPSB Massage Instructor and Clinic Supervisor. Before joining IPSB, Henrioulle was a massage therapist for the SK Sanctuary in La Jolla, Calif. 

"I am absolutely honored and delighted to be named as the new executive director for COMTA," Henrioulle said. "It will be a pleasure to work with such a group of accomplished professionals to further enhance COMTA's role as an accrediting body for schools and programs. I also look forward to working with the U.S. Department of Education on our expansion of scope," Henrioulle added.

Her professional experience includes affiliations with: American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA); American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA); Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP); Massage Therapy Research Consortium (MTRC); National Certification Board For Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB); and the Society of Ortho-Bionomy International (SOBI).

Henrioulle is a graduate of Colorado College in Colorado Springs, and has also studied a variety of bodywork modalities through the California Naturopathic College; Society of Ortho-Bionomy International; the Natural Healing Institute; and the International Professional School of Bodywork. She has been active in volunteer work for Delta Gamma since 1996 working for sight preservation, aid to the blind and for the scholastic enrichment of college women.

For more information on COMTA, call (202) 895-1518 or visit the COMTA Web site at

Source: Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation


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