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February 5, 2010

Alliance Completes Its Founding Member Campaign

The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education, a non-profit organization for massage schools and educators, completed its Founding Member Campaign on December 31, 2009. In just 12 weeks, a total of $49,350 in contributions was generated to fund the launch of this new endeavor.

Now, the focus of the Alliance is shifting to its 2010 General Membership Drive, which will begin later this month. There are separate membership categories for Massage Schools, Teachers, Continuing Education Providers, and Industry Partners. Information on the dues structure is now available on the Alliance website at

The Alliance wishes to acknowledge the generous support of those pioneering institutions and individuals who have stepped forward to help establish this organization. The Founding Members of the Alliance are as follows:

Massage Schools

  • ASHA School of Massage - Norcross, Georgia
  • Atlanta School of Massage - Atlanta, Georgia
  • Body Therapy Institute - Siler City, North Carolina
  • Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy - Samara Beach, Costa Rica
  • Colorado School of Healing Arts - Lakewood, Colorado
  • Educating Hands School of Massage - Miami, Florida
  • Florida School of Massage - Gainesville, Florida
  • Health Enrichment Center - Lapeer, Michigan
  • Institute of Therapeutic Massage - Ottawa, Ohio
  • Institute of Therapeutic Massage of Western Colorado - Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Irene's Myomassology Institute - Southfield, Michigan
  • Kalamazoo Center for the Healing Arts - Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Massage Therapy Training Institute - Kansas City, Missouri
  • Maui School of Therapeutic Massage - Makawao, Hawaii
  • New School for Massage, Bodywork & Healing - Chicago, Illinois
  • Palm Beach Academy of Health & Beauty - Lake Park, Florida
  • Potomac Massage Training Institute - Washington, DC
  • Sage School of Massage & Healing Arts - Bend, Oregon

Continuing Education Providers

  • Laura Allen - Thera-ssage, Inc.
  • Dale Alexander, PhD - Inside-Out Paradigm
  • Karen Ball - yourCEplace
  • Steve Capellini - The Royal Treatment
  • Erik Dalton, PhD - Freedom from Pain Institute
  • Judith Koch - Institute of Somatic Therapy
  • Claire Marie Miller - Integrative Reflexology(R) and Nurturing the Mother(R)
  • Thomas Myers - Anatomy Trains and Kinesis, Inc.
  • Sharon Puszko - Day-Break Geriatric Massage Institute
  • Michael Shea, PhD - Shea Educational Group
  • Carey Smith - BTI Center for Teacher Education
  • Cherie Sohnen-Moe - Sohnen-Moe Associates
  • Ralph Stephens - Ralph Stephens Seminars
  • Yamuna Zake - Yamuna Body Rolling

Industry Partners

  • Art of Admissions - Lex Filipowski - Glenham, New York
  • Books of Discovery - Andrew Biel - Boulder, Colorado
  • Florida State Massage Therapy Association - Winter Park, Florida
  • ITEC: International Therapeutic Examination Council - United Kingdom
  • National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork - Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois
  • Oakworks, Inc. - New Freedom, Pennsylvania
  • Resource ETC, LLC - Christopher Alvarado & Angela Palmier - Evanston, Illinois
  • - Ontario, Canada


  • Mark Beck -  Teacher, Colorado
  • Michael Broas - Florida School of Massage
  • Ivonne Eiseman - Body Therapy Institute
  • Ben C. Franklin - Body Therapy Institute
  • Sandy Friedland - Educating Hands School of Massage
  • Gabrielle Gaillard - Earth Angel Bodyworks
  • Joan Gennarini - Inst. of Therapeutic Massage of Western Colorado
  • Valerie Gora - Excellent Bodywork
  • Beverly Johnson - Body Therapy Institute
  • Sunny Klaber - Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy
  • David Keil - Educating Hands School of Massage
  • KimLien LaFitte - Body Therapy Institute
  • Ronald McKendree - Keiser Institute
  • Sandy Mason - Body Therapeutic
  • Franklin Merillat - Florida School of Massage
  • Cate Miller - Florida School of Massage
  • Annie Morien - Florida School of Massage
  • Joe Muscolino, DC - Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy
  • Eugenie Newton - International Professional School of Bodywork
  • Bernadette Nicholson - Springfield Technical Community College
  • Noel Norwick - Institute of Practical Professional Therapy
  • Vilma Pico - Technical Career institute
  • Kevin Powell - Body Therapy Institute
  • Jiovannina Ramos - Teacher, Florida
  • Elan Schacter - Teacher, South Carolina
  • Richard Schekter - Educating Hands School of Massage
  • Jennifer Schulte - Academy of Healing Arts
  • Jan Schwartz - Education & Training Solutions
  • Adam Silverberg - Florida School of Massage
  • Alex Somoano - Educating Hands School of Massage
  • Sally Stuckey - Body Therapy Institute
  • Carol Verner - Body Therapy Institute
  • Lee Whitridge - Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy
  • Pete Whitridge - Florida School of Massage

The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education is the independent voice, advocate and resource for the community of massage therapy schools and educators. It has been created to serve the entire education sector - from entry-level training programs through post-graduate studies. The National Headquarters of the Alliance is located at 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, Virginia 22102. The phone number is 703-506-2888, and the general office email address is .


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