Licensed Massage Therapist Practicing in iowa City, IA
Associate of the Arts -- Human Services
American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
Graduated in August of 2001
Carlson College of Massage Therapy
Licensed since 10/1/01
2001-present: Practicing massage therapy; September 2011-Present: Instructor at East-West Shool of Integrative Healing Arts: Western (Swedish) Massage--core curriculum; Massage for Pain Relief--Elective course or Continuing Education hours (14)
My desire to promote health and comfort for ourselves and future generations guides me. I don't use pesticides or harsh chemicals of any kind around my home or business.
1992-2008: Owned a trucking co. in NY
1988-1999 Truck driver--USPS contractor
1976-1987 Human services--youth and family counseling
1972-1976 College and fun
1972 Graduate-Iowa City High School
Now living in the second half of my life with my partner of 23 yrs, my mother, our cat and two adorable dog friends.
As I was preparing this website I spent a weekend attending my AMTA -- Iowa Chapter's fall convention with James Waslaski -- world-renowned orthopedic massage therapist -- providing our continuing education. At the end of his 2 day presentation, he shared a musical and photo dedication he had made in tribute to those who have lifted him up. I was moved and inspired.
The next day I came across a note I wrote to Mom a couple years before. I had just come home from a week long seminar with James and some other well-respected bodyworkers. The week was very affirming of me and the work I do.
My note to Mom began by describing some of the wonderful experiences I had enjoyed, including so much respect and encouragement from fellow practitioners, then...
It's pretty clear at times like this that you instilled and supported the qualities in me that have allowed me to imagine, then try to be my own person. It is often easier for me to see the things I still struggle to overcome. Today I can see how far I've walked down this "road less traveled" toward the woman I want to be.
Today I see reflections of you. Thanks.
To her and to all -- here and gone -- who support my journey through thick and thin: Bree, Robin, Ron, Kim, Sheri, Harmony, Alicia, Terry, Geno, Seth, Diana, Marcy, Roy, Jean, Brian, Kevin, Yvonne, Lauren, Auntie Faye, Mary, Carol... I'm grateful everyday.
My teachers at Carlson College -- especially Mario Castro, Wayne Pakulis, and Susie Blank -- gave me the tools I needed in ways that made sense to me. They also walked with me through a dangerous and difficult time of my life. I'm sure I was not that much fun to walk with. Thanks again folks.
To those bodyworkers past and present who honor our profession with their work -- including, but certainly not limited to: Dr. Ida Rolf, Dr. Janet Travell, Aaron Mattes, James Waslaski, Whitney Lowe, Kate Potter. My work rests on yours. Thank you.
Finally, to my massage therapist Cathy. Namaste.