Board of Directors
The NCBTMB Board of Directors manages and directs the affairs of the National Certification Board, Board Certification, volunteer committees, publications and examinations. These members also govern NCBTMB's policies and procedures with a mission of defining and advancing the highest standards in the massage therapy and bodywork profession.
Leena Guptha, D.O., BCTMB, MBA (Hons)
Lehigh Valley, PA (term ends December 31, 2016)
Meet Dr. Leena
To the role of Chair, Dr. Leena S. Guptha brings a breadth of experience from working in three education corporations, serving as a Director of Education, Dean of Academic Affairs and campus President, nearly 25 years of practice in Musculoskeletal rebalancing, and various volunteer roles. Dr. Leena is a transformational leader with a strategic business vision to further lead NCBTMB to do the right things for the profession at large. As an ambassador of collaboration, she actively encourages and inspires the highly engaged Board of Directors, Executive Staff, and key stakeholders to take courageous steps forward, such as exiting licensure. Although it may require tough decisions, Dr. Leena, the Board of Directors, and Executive Staff all believe that by streamlining the roles of the professional bodies, NCBTMB will positively recapture its rightful place in the profession through the highest voluntary credential, Board Certification, remain the central administrator for Continuing Education, and continue to serve more than 700 Assigned Schools. Additionally, Dr. Leena is focused on mechanisms to further elevate the standards of education and training through advanced specialty certificates (both domestic and internationally through ITEC) and actively forging career pathways through degree programs in the field of massage therapy.
Dr. Leena studied massage therapy and musculoskeletal rebalancing for two years in the mid 80’s. Later, she went on to receive her degree in Osteopathic and Naturopathic Medicine from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in London (formerly British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy), a Masters in Complementary Therapy from the University of Westminster, graduated from the British College of Acupuncture with a Licentiate in Acupuncture, is a Board Certified Hypnotherapist, is the Valedictorian of her Masters’ in Business Administration class, is certified in Non-Profit Revenue Generation and Program Evaluation for Non-Profits, and a graduate of Integrative Health Coaching from Duke University.
Volunteer Roles & Awards
Dr. Leena has held various volunteer roles in the profession, including:
- ACCAHC Board of Directors, 2014-present
- NCBTMB Finance Committee, 2013-present
- NCBTMB Ethics and Standards Board Liaison, 2012-2014
- American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) President and Vice President, 2004-2009 (inspired all therapists to be ambassadors of massage therapy)
- AMTA IL Chapter President, 2002-2004 (secured licensure in the state of IL)
- Massage Therapy Foundation Community Research Committee, 2000
In addition to her various volunteer roles, Dr. Leena is also the recipient of many honorable awards, such as:
- World Massage Festival Hall of Fame Inductee, 2015
- National Technical Honors Society, 2012
- Community Service Award, 2009
- Pennsylvania Leadership Award, 2006
- Katrina Relief Fund Recognition of Support, 2005
- Illinois American Massage Therapy Association Chapter Meritorious Award, 2003
- American Massage Therapy Association Foundation, Above and Beyond Award, 2002
Dr. Leena’s Diverse Practice
Dr. Leena’s professional career spans over two decades and has encompassed primary care, academic appointments, and administrative roles. She was formerly the Dean of Massage Therapy at Lehigh Valley College in Pennsylvania, and taught at the National University for Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois, for eight years. Additionally, she has been on faculty at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, as well as The International College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Leena currently maintains her holistic Therapies 2B Well mind-body practice at Greater Lehigh Family Medicine in Bethlehem, PA, and teaches at Desales University, Moravian College, Northampton Community College, and Bucks County Community College. As an NCBTMB Approved Provider, Dr. Leena dedicates her time to promoting and teaching ethics, research, musculoskeletal alignment, myofascial, cranio-sacral, and business practices.
Our Envisioned Future
As a driving force in the massage industry, Dr. Leena’s personal mission since childhood has been to facilitate the integration of complementary alternative therapies into primary healthcare settings. As Chair of NCBTMB, and with the support of Board of Directors, dedicated volunteers, and Executive Staff, she continues to carry the torch for the profession by advancing educational standards, promoting the value of Board Certification, and securing quality continued education providers and classes to universally support education, training, and the practice of massage therapy and bodywork.
Dr. Leena believes that it takes the recognition and acceptance of all the industry stakeholders within and around the massage therapy profession to come together to collaborate and create an envisioned future where each organization supports and promotes the vision and mission of each other; a time where resources are pooled not to simply serve individual groups, but to serve the collective advancement for every massage therapist, every teacher, every school, and every industry partner—empowering massage therapy with the rightful recognition and respect it truly deserves as an everyday part of health and wellness. “It is only through these collaborations that we can truly serve society to our highest power.”
Bruce Baltz, LMT, BCTMB
Loxahatchee, FL (term ends December 31, 2018)
Bruce Baltz is Board Certified and a licensed massage therapist in New York and Florida. Bruce received his massage diploma from the Swedish Institute in New York City in 1993. He is an internationally-recognized educator with over 30 years of experience in the fitness and bodywork industry. An NCBTMB volunteer since 2007, Bruce served on the Approved Provider Committee. He has also held volunteer positions with the Florida State Massage Therapy Association and American Massage Therapy Association.
In 1999, Bruce developed and started teaching Deep Tissue Stone Massage workshops with LaStone Therapy and founded SpiriPhysical in 2004, focusing on continuing education in massage therapy. In 2007, Bruce added Active Isolated Stretching (IAS) to his teaching repertoire. From 2011 to 2013, Bruce was Vice President of Education and Business Development for Bon Vital Inc. He received his certification in AIS and has developed an AIS program for the Lost Tree Club in North Palm Beach, Florida in 2015. Bruce is also a founding member of Deep Freeze Team LLC, offering an advanced new generation of cool therapy pain relief products.