I grew up in northeastern Ohio and received
my Bachelor of Arts degree from Kent State University. I had a career in public and
private, non-profit social services before becoming certified in therapeutic
massage at Desert Institute of the Healing Arts in Tucson, Arizona. My 30+-year
practice focused on elders, women during the childbirth year, and people in
treatment for cancer, using integrated Swedish, craniosacral, and reflexology
I have been a bodywork instructor for more than
twenty years, in entry-level massage training programs and at Pima Community
College in Tucson, as well as an Approved CE Provider. I have been a frequent
presenter at AMTA National Conventions and Schools Summits, at the AFMTE
Educational Congress, and was named 2016 Educator of the Year by the Alliance
for Massage Therapy Education.
I am the author of Touch & Movement:
Palpation and Kinesiology for Massage Therapists and numerous journal
articles, and am the creator of TxPlanner (Treatment Planner), a free, mobile
pathology website for bodyworkers, clinics and schools available at www.txplanner.org.