Testimonials on the Value of Board Certification
Board Certification means something different to each practitioner who dedicates himself/herself to achieving it. Beyond demonstrating your esteemed level of education and experience, achieving Board Certification also means becoming a part of a growing community of therapists just like you who have chosen excellence.
Whether you’re already Board Certified, in the process of becoming Board Certified, or still considering if Board Certification is right for you, we believe it’s important to hear testimonials straight from those who have achieved it—as well as those who can testament to its true value throughout our profession and beyond.
See what the profession is saying about Board Certification:
Ryan Hoyme, BCTMB
I chose to become Board Certified because I’m proud to be a massage therapist—and I wanted to let the world know how much I love this profession. I’ve done so much in my career, and I wanted to elevate myself to the next level. Beyond that, I’ve seen a lot of job postings for massage therapists recently that require applicants to be Board Certified. I believe this is the positive direction our profession is headed, and I want to be along for the journey."
Susan Salvo, EdD, LMT, BCTMB
Author, Educator, Massage Therapist & Expert Witness
Board Certification is new to the massage profession, but it is not new in other professions where it is highly regarded. Achieving Board Certification advanced my career and validated my credibility in the courtroom, where I serve as an expert witness in legal cases involving massage therapists.
Professionals RECOGNIZE and RESPECT Board Certification. It symbolizes commitment, dedication, and expertise. Massage therapists who are Board Certified have gone above and beyond licensure—they have achieved more than minimum requirements. You can expect more from professionals who chose to become Board Certified."
To learn more about Susan, please visit www.susansalvo.com or www.massagepassport.com. Connect with Susan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/susansalvo or on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/
Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, BCTMB
NCBTMB Approved Provider & Massage Therapy Instructor
During the 12 years that I have been associated with NCBTMB, I have consistently been impressed with the excellent work that NCBTMB does to support members of the massage community in their refinement of the educational process, through social media resources like Facebook, at national and local massage conferences and conventions, and on their beautifully designed website that lists NCBTMB certified massage therapists and NCBTMB approved continuing education providers. I also admire their emphasis on promoting and encouraging ethical practices. It is an organization that exemplifies the importance of focusing on integrity and professionalism of massage therapists on a national level. I am honored to continue being a part of NCBTMB as a Board Certified massage therapist and an NCBTMB Approved Provider of Continuing Education and massage therapy instructor. I highly recommend Board Certification because, not only does it serve to enhance your skills and your business, you become part of a larger community of kindred spirits who are focused on professionalism in the massage community."
Ruth Werner, BCTMB
Author, Educator, and Artist
Board Certification is the closest thing we have to a national credential. Our field is in a time of great transition, and I am eager to be part of the solution. NCBTMB is in a position to help massage therapy mature into a well-respected profession—That’s why I choose Board Certification."
To learn more about Ruth, please visit www.ruthwerner.com.
Sandy Fritz, BS, MS, BCTMB
Author and Educator
I have been dedicated to achieving excellence in massage practice for over 30 years. I’m passionate about training the next generation of quality instructors and leaders—and I’ve done so by maintaining an active massage practice with individual professional football players, basketball players, and others, as well as authoring several massage texts, including Mosby's Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage and Sports and Exercise Massage. An educator for many years, I design classes with innovative concepts and teaching strategies. Above all, though, that starts with doing what’s right for our profession. That’s why I encourage all massage therapists to become Board Certified. It is the right thing to do to advance both your career and the value of massage therapy."
To learn more about Sandy, please visit www.sandyfritz.info.
Judith Kennedy Silcock, LMT, BCTMB, CNMT, CSRT
Former Member of the NCBTMB Board of Directors
I’ve always valued higher levels of education. When NCB was birthed, I jumped in and became Nationally Certified. I lived and worked in a state that had no licensure—and I felt it was important to distinguish myself as a professional who promoted higher standards of practice, a code of ethics, and continuing education. I continued to keep my certification credential, even after my state passed our licensure law. When NCB introduced Board Certification, I chose to attain that level of commitment and accomplishment.
Board Certification is a professional career pathway leading one day to specializations. Who wouldn’t want to be the best they can be and offer the highest levels of service and competency to their clients? It’s about holding oneself accountable in an ever-growing, ever-changing and ever-demanding health care system of which I am proud to say we are all a part of. I highly encourage others to consider their part and choose a career pathway of professionalism—CHOOSE BOARD CERTIFICATION!"
To learn more about Judy, please visit www.Judysilcock.com.
Jan Schwartz, M.A., BCTMB
Educator & Founding Board Member of ACCAHC
Because Board Certification is important to the advancement of most health and wellness professions, I’ve been a supporter of the NCBTMB since its inception. Through my involvement with the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC), I’ve come to realize just how important it is to other health professionals that the interdisciplinary teams they work with have credentials beyond basic licensing—and that includes massage therapy. It’s an indication of competence, commitment and professional pride."
David Kupferschmid, BCTMB
Board Certified Massage Therapist, Shiatsu Therapist, & Dedicated Cause Volunteer
It is important to strive for the NCBTMB Board Certification in order to maintain the highest level of standards and professionalism. This recognition among my peers and colleagues is also well perceived by my clients, thus allowing me to differentiate myself as an outstanding professional of massage therapy."
Cliff Korn, LMT, BCTMB
I chose to become Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork because I think a valid credential indicates to the public seriousness in the provision of professional care. To me, a Board Certified Massage Therapist is to be sought out for their demonstrated ability to enact healthful change in physical conditions. I’m delighted that there are massage therapists whose goal is to put someone to sleep on their table, just as I’m pleased that there are handymen to deal with non-complex building, electrical or plumbing tasks, and bookkeepers to deal with non-complicated accounting records. There are times, though, that one chooses contractors, electricians, plumbers and accountants for their likely ability to successfully complete more complex tasks. There will always be a need for markers to help the public choose those capable of performing in the top echelons of their given professions. Board Certification is one indication of that skill level in massage therapy."
To learn more about Cliff, please visit his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/cliff.korn.
Benny Vaughn LMT, ATC, CSCS, BCTMB
Professional self esteem is a critical element for the success of any professional. Board Certification from NCBTMB offers massage therapists an opportunity to improve their professional self esteem by awarding a credential that sets them apart from other practitioners. It also serves as a way to assure potential clients that they will receive consistent, quality care. A Board Certified massage therapist demonstrates commitment to an educational standard beyond entry level. Their services are more likely to be viewed as viable health care and wellness offerings."
Douglas Nelson, LMT, BCTMB
Author, Board Certified Massage Therapist, Educator
I choose Board Certified because it is an outward symbol of a very inward commitment to the highest standards in our profession. As the highest voluntary credential in our profession, Board Certification is an outward symbol of achievement for clients who are searching for a therapist who can best serve their needs. Personally, after 38 years in practice, it is an inward symbol of many years of dedication to constant learning and growth to this wonderful discipline of massage therapy. Board Certification represents a constant desire to be the best massage therapist possible for the clients who grace my doorway."
Ann Swanson, M.S., BCTMB, ERYT500
Massage for Arthritis & Chronic Pain Instructor, Yoga Therapist, Lover of Life
I choose Board Certified because I value holding myself to a higher standard and strive to integrate massage therapy into the modern health-care system. Higher standards, training, and credentials help us to be respected as a field. It has helped me bring my work of massage for arthritis and chronic pain into hospital settings. My clients see improved outcomes in their pain levels and quality of life, and their doctors are thrilled. Massage therapy is a complementary field and I am honored to be a part of this integration by being Board Certified and educating others."
Nancy M. Porambo, MS, LMT, BCTMB
Author, Educator, Business Consultant, Dedicated Volunteer
Board Certification enables me to communicate to my clients that I am committed to excellence in massage therapy by demonstrating mastery of my profession. It signals that I am dedicated to my profession and that I accepted the challenge to voluntarily test my knowledge to stand by the experience I have developed through years of practice. Board Certification is ideal for the therapist who wants to acquire the distinction that represents the standards of best practice in massage therapy and bodywork."
To learn more about Nancy, please visit www.thetherapyoption.com or find her on Facebook (The Therapy Option) or (The Therapy Option at the Inn).
Natalie Wade, LMT, BCTMB
I chose to become Board Certified to support the movement of a unified certification among massage therapists. Nationally, we can recognize one another as professionals."
To learn more about Natalie, please visit www.nataliewade.com.
Kristin Nicoletti, LMT, BCTMB
I choose to become Board Certified to hold myself accountable to the integrity of my career as a massage therapist. I deserve to be set apart from the rest for all the hard work I have done and will continue to do. Being a Board Certified Massage Therapist means I am going above and beyond the box of licensing and diving into the exploration of therapeutic massage and bodywork."
To learn more about Kristin, please visit wpmobilemassage.com.
Dale G. Alexander, PhD, MA, BSEd, LMT, BCTMB
I was born with an insatiable curiosity to understand the many dimensions of physical and emotional healing. As a Continuing Education Provider since 1987 and as a NCB provider since 1997, I have endeavored to teach what my clients have shown me that assists their progress back toward a functional and improved quality of life. Board Certification by the NCBTMB reflects and acknowledges this 30-year commitment to excellence in our profession and I am proud to join with the many others who also have attained this recognition. Allow Continuing Education with any Board Certified Educator to support the evolution of your knowledge, skills, and compassion to assist your clients on a daily basis. Bring this dynamic combination to your treatment table every time you touch someone.
To learn more about Dale, please visit dale-alexander.com.