Alice is a massage therapist who maintains a private practice in St. Louis, MO, She has been committed to client-centered, science-compatible massage therapy since 1991. She assisted at NMT seminars for the NMT Center of St. Petersburg, Florida, for 10 years and studied Russian Medical and Sports Massage with the late Zhenya Kurashova Wine for over 10 years, under whose direction she taught Russian Massage for three years. Most recently she has studied DNM under physiotherapist Diane Jacobs.
Alice has a particular interest in pain rehabilitation and enjoys working with performing artists, athletes, and pregnant women. When not devoted to her practice, you can find her playing old time music and dancing every chance she gets.
Brian was a clinician & educator at The Philadelphia School of Massage & Bodywork in Philadelphia, PA. He holds an AAS in Massage Therapy from Camden County College and has also intensively studied the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education from 2013-17 at the Feldenkrais Institute of New York. His passions include facilitating discussion of research and clinical practice around the subject of pain in the Exploring Pain Science group on Facebook, geeking about all things tech, electric cars, being a new dad, and escaping to the mountains with his beloved wife Susie.
Bryan Quesnelle leads a double life as a registered massage therapist and a web developer in Kitchener, Ontario. When he's not treating patients or developing products for ClinicWise, he is usually building websites and applications for other businesses and organizations. Bryan received his 3-year RMT training at Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys camping and nature walks, playing video games, and experimenting in the kitchen.
Catie holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Colorado and graduated from the Massage Therapy Institute of Colorado in 2007. After working in the spa/salon field, teaching, and then going on to private practice it seemed time to step away from full-time hands on work as a massage therapist. In 2013, an opportunity to move into a new role as owner and director of Amara Massage Therapy & Wellness in Fort Collins, Colorado, started a new journey and return home.
In the last three years, she has devoted herself to the learning and application of science-based massage therapy practices for business and how best to implement these practices in an employee setting. She hopes to foster a new model in Amara, creating a client centered environment that promotes excellent self-care practices and communication for staff and guests.
Erin is a health and wellness attorney in the Chicago area at Jackson LLP. She also co-founded Jackson Compliance, a healthcare consulting company which specializes in practice start-up and compliance. Through this work, Erin collaborates with providers to make their practices friendlier and more approachable for a diverse patient population. Erin strives to help her clients understand the provider-client relationship and become industry leaders in patient-centered care.
Throughout his career in Victoria, British Columbia, Jamie has been working in a clinical setting as well in various on-site sport settings. He has been able to take his knowledge from being a volunteer firefighter and former industrial first-aid attendant into application as a massage therapist by teaching other therapists how to handle medical emergencies within a clinical setting. In 2015, he launched theMTDC.com, a collaborative blog about manual therapy to help raise awareness about the awesome things massage therapy and massage therapists do.
Laura Landsiedel Ford is a therapist with 22 years experience and has owned a group practice with a business partner for 14 years. She is the director of Bodywork Therapy Seminars, an affiliate of her company Hands On Health, LLC. She is a NCBTMB continuing education provider who has taught locally and internationally at the New Zealand College Of Massage. One of Laura’s greatest passions is informing the industry regarding professional concerns, from designing massage practices in unusual environments to exploring the impact of grief on caregiving.
Mark Olson is the director of the Pacific Center for Awareness and Bodywork in Kaua`i. He has an M.A. in Education and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, specializing in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuropsychology and Neuroanatomy from the University of Illinois where he studied memory, attention, and eye movements. He enjoys studying and teaching about interoception, interpersonal neurobiology, and somatic psychology. His passions also include hiking and camping, giving aquatic therapy sessions, and volunteering for smart growth and sustainability organizations such as Kauai Path and the Kauai Food Forest.
Monica is a registered massage therapist and osteopathic manual practitioner in private practice in Ontario, Canada. Her interests in reading, writing and applying research started with her osteopathic education. She currently teaches research literacy with a focus on critical thinking to future RMTs. A recent passion for pain science in manual therapy led Monica to develop continuing-education presentations on the topic, and critical thinking is the next project. In her spare time Monica enjoys gardening, canoe camping, and snowshoeing with friends, her cats, blogging about manual therapy, and occasionally correcting people on the internet.
A Mexican and Chinese food junkie, Nick Ng is the founder and editor of Massage & Fitness Magazine, an online publication for curious massage therapists who want to explore the science behind touch, pain, and exercise, and how to apply that in their hands-on practice.
An alumni from San Diego State University with an undergraduate degree in Graphic Communications, Nick also completed his massage therapy training at International Professional School of Bodywork in San Diego in 2014. Prior to entering the massage profession, he also had worked as a personal trainer for 14 years.
He currently practices at Movement Potential Sports Massage in Bay Park, San Diego near Sea World. mpsportsmassage.com
Ravensara has been a licensed massage practitioner in Washington state since 1992. In 2006, she completed her PhD in Biomedical & Health Informatics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She practiced at the Refugee Clinic at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for more than eight years, providing massage therapy for pain relief, insomnia, and other symptoms for refugees living with the after effects of having survived war, genocide, and other forms of trauma. She has served the profession as a Board Member for the Massage Therapy Foundation and as Chair of the Best Practices Committee. She is currently completing a book on massage research and information literacy, and exploring the feasibility of developing a master’s degree program in advanced-practice professional massage therapy for vulnerable and underserved populations.
Tanya Crooks is a Certified Massage Therapist in Chico, California. She graduated from a 1,350 hours massage and neuromuscular therapy program in Sacramento in 2017, and has her own practice ThumbWorks Sports Massage. When she’s not with clients, she enjoys taking road trips, finding new food and coffee places, rock climbing, crossfit, laughing at funny animal videos and being a homebody.