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.

Chair

Leena Guptha, D.O., BCTMB, MBA (Hons)
Lehigh Valley, PA (term ends December 31, 2016)

Dr. Leena Guptha BCTMB, received 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 and graduated with honors as a Valedictorian from her Masters in Business Administration program. 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.

Dr. Guptha is passionate about advancing education, securing regulation and facilitating the profession at large toward global recognition. Dr. Guptha is an NCB approved provider and dedicates her time to promoting and teaching Ethics, Research, Musculoskeletal alignment techniques and Business practices. Her professional career spans more than 20 years and has encompassed primary care, academic appointments and the practice of massage therapy. In the past, she has presided as Dean of Academic Affairs and Campus President and managed multi-disciplinary education departments in healthcare, business and technology. As an independent self regulator/evaluator, she served as a national accreditation evaluator for degree programs. In addition, she has been an active member of the American Massage Therapy Association, which she presided as national president in 2007-2008.

As a driving force in the massage industry, Dr. Guptha’s personal mission has been to facilitate the integration of complementary alternative therapies into primary healthcare settings. As an incoming chair of NCBTMB, and with the help of Board of Directors, our dedicated volunteers and staff, she aims to carry the torch for the profession advancing educational standards in massage therapy, promoting the value of board certification, securing quality continued education providers and classes, which universally supports education, training and the practice of massage therapy and bodyworks.

Chair-Elect

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.

Treasurer

Dr. W. Randy Snyder, DC, MS, CHCQM, BCTMB
Vista, CA (term ends December 31, 2016)

Dr. Snyder is a California licensed Chiropractor and Board Certified Massage Therapist.  He graduated with his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1983 from the Southern California University of Health Sciences. In addition, he has a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from Independence University and is Certified in Healthcare Quality and Management with a sub-specialty in Case Management from the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians. 

Upon graduation from chiropractic school, Dr. Snyder went into clinical practice and followed this path for the first 17 years of his career. He then was hired by a national managed healthcare company and has been performing insurance authorization peer review for the last 14 years. During this time, he has also had experience teaching massage, continuing education, and healthcare administration. He has spoken at several massage conferences and has a particular interest in the integration of massage into the healthcare setting. 

This is his second term volunteering at NCBTMB as he previously served from 2008-2010.  

Public Member

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.

Members

Teresa M. Matthews, LMT, CPT, BCTMB
Jacksonville, FL (term ends December 31, 2017)

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.

Michael McGillicuddy LMT, BCTMB, CKTP
Winter Park, FL (term ends December 31, 2016)

Michael McGillicuddy is Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and is the President of USA Pro-Sports, a continuing education company, which conducts workshops throughout the world. Michael is also an internationally-recognized speaker and has spoken in the USA, Europe and Australia. Michael graduated from the Florida School of Massage Therapy in Gainesville, Florida in 1984 and is the owner and administrator of the Central Florida School of Massage Therapy in Winter Park, Florida, where he teaches and practices massage therapy. Additionally, Michael designed and conducts a sports internship program at the University of Central Florida for graduate students of massage therapy. 

In 1996, Michael was selected as an Athlete’s Medical Service Volunteer working in the Atlanta Olympic Village Athletic Training Room. He is a past State President of the Florida State Massage Association, and an international educator. Michael has conducted Sports Massage and pain management massage trainings throughout the United States.

Julia Young Hayes, CPOI, LMT, M.Ed, BCTMB
Meridian, MS (term ends December 31, 2015)

Julia Young Hayes is the owner of Victoria’s Water’s Aquatic/Massage Services and maintains a busy private practice. She has been a licensed massage therapist for 11 years – the same duration as her volunteer service to NCBTMB.

She has served on a number of NCB committees giving her great insight into the programs and policies of the organization. She graduated from the South Louisiana Institute of Massage in New Orleans, received her Master of Education degree from the University of New Orleans and was inducted into the World Massage Festival Hall of Fame in 2010.

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. 

Veronica Stern, MS, BS, CSCS, BCTMB
Minneapolis, MN (term ends December 31, 2018)

A Board Certified massage therapist, personal trainer, and strength and conditioning specialist for nearly ten years, Veronica brings various vital perspectives as a professional, educator, and researcher. She is deeply passionate about health promotion, science of the human body, and growing as an educator.

Veronica is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Health Education and received her Master of Science degree in Biokinesiology from the University of Southern California in 2012. Veronica envisions an academic landscape in which massage therapists have access to higher education with opportunities to specialize in modalities such as medical massage, neuromuscular therapy, and more.

 

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