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.


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 (AIS) 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.


Teresa M. Matthews, LMT, CPT, BCTMB
Jacksonville, FL (term ends December 31, 2020)

Teresa is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, National CE provider and World Champion Athlete. For the past 18 years, she has owned and operated a successful Massage School in Jacksonville, Florida. Today, she continues to teach advanced massage training and her Personal Training Certification Program.

Teresa graduated from the Arlington School of Massage in Jacksonville in 1996. With over 30 years of experience in the fitness industry, Teresa has taken healthcare to a new level by organizing Health, Wellness & Fitness Professionals, Inc. Her practice brings optimal therapy to her clients by combining massage and personal training bodywork. She specializes in Kinesiology, Deep Tissue/Sports Massage, Strength Training and Stretching.


Dr. Stuart Watts, D.O.M.
Albuquerque, NM (term ends December 31, 2017)

Dr. Watts is currently licensed as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine in New Mexico and Hawaii. He began studying Chinese medicine in San Francisco in the 1960’s, with further studies in Texas, Boston and England. Dr. Watts is the founder of 5 institutes of Asian medicine: Academy of Oriental Medicine – Austin (AOMA), Southwest Acupuncture College (SWAC), Institute of Traditional Medicine (ITM) (later the International Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine (IICM), Santa Fe College of Natural Medicine (acupuncture program) and North American Academy of Asian Medicine (NAAAM).

Dr. Watts obtained his Doctorate degree in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College. A practitioner for over 40 years, he has also been a teacher in various forms of alternative medicine for over 35 years. Dr. Watts is a concerned practitioner of the healing arts and has worked for both practitioner rights and the rights of the public.


​Jill Berkana, LMT, BCTMB
Denver, CO (term ends December 31, 2019)

With over 25 years of experience as a massage therapy practitioner, Jill joins the Board of Directors as a current NCBTMB Assigned School Owner, Approved Provider for Continuing Education, and Board Certified Massage Therapist. She founded The Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy in 2005, which she sold in 2011. Jill discovered her next mission and founded the Berkana Institute of Massage Therapy in Denver, Colorado. Today, she remains the School Director, the Academic Dean, and provides strategic leadership for the Berkana Institute’s Academic Department. Jill is also a Chief Advisor for all Berkana Institute’s operational, student, and faculty affairs.

Jill is a graduate of the Boulder College of Massage Therapy.

Brenda Jeanne Baker, BA, MA, LMT, BCTMB
Cape Coral, FL (term ends December 31, 2018)

Brenda is a Board Certified Massage Therapist, as well as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Combining mind and body therapies, Brenda advocates healing and growth through nurturing bodywork and behavior change. A counseling psychologist, Brenda works primarily with individuals with developmental and other disabilities to identify socially significant outcomes, and using scientific behavioral principles, teaches replacement behaviors to help individuals achieve their personal goals and self-regulate their lives. This journey led to a sharing by many of the pain and other body issues interconnected with their diagnoses. Ultimately, this is what inspired Brenda to study in bodywork, obtain her massage therapy license, and, furthermore, her Board Certification in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. Since, Brenda believed teaching was a natural evolution. She taught psychology to massage therapists and other health professionals, and is currently a certified teacher and NCBTMB Approved Provider of Continuing Education.

Brenda owns Alembia, Inc., providing behavioral therapy and consultation, and Mandy’s – the Place for Kids, providing respite care for children with autism. As co-owner of a day spa, she seeks to share therapeutic interventions for health and a world where the gifts and talents of all people are celebrated. Pursuits of playing flute, mask making, and spending time with family and friends bring joy to any day. 

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