David J. Otto, LMT, BCTMB

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David J. Otto, LMT, BCTMB

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How did you discover the massage therapy profession? I was working as a store manager for a popular furniture rental company, and saw an advertisement for a local school that promised to introduce me to a way to help a lot of people improve their qualities of life. I moved into a ‘temporary’ position with…

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Theresa Mueller, BCTMB & NCBTMB Approved Provider

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How did you discover the massage therapy profession? I was always fascinated about “healing arts.’ I was blessed with the opportunity to change careers in midlife. I left my corporate job and one month later I attended my massage orientation class. To be honest, I believe it was divine intervention! How did you develop your…

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Linda Toomey, BAS, LMT, BCTMB

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My journey with massage therapy began at an early age due to the influence of my loving great-grandmother from Berlin, Germany. What is considered holistic health living today was the normal way of life for her back then. Natural healthcare for her included gardening, herbs, healthy nutrition, daily exercise, chiropractic care, reflexology, and self-massage techniques.…

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Nathan Nordstrom, LMT, BCTMB

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Nathan Nordstrom graduated from East West College of healing arts in 2001 and Portland State University in 2012. He is licensed in Georgia, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington State and is a Board Certified Massage Therapist and Bodyworker (BCTMB) by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). He has gained experience by working in a retreat spa in Jackson Wyoming, medical offices, and…

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John Amorelli, BCTMB

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How did you discover the massage therapy profession? I discovered the massage therapy profession due to a sports injury back in the 90’s that happened to me while playing racquetball.  I opted for PT and massage therapy for treatment vs. surgery. I’m glad I did!  I had a great conversation with the massage therapist that…

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Ryan Hoyme (aka MassageNerd), BCTMB

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My first experience receiving a massage was when I was 20-years-old and it almost scared me from receiving more massages. One of my friends recommended this Asian medicine practitioner and I decided to make an appointment. When I got there, the practitioner spoke broken English and I wasn’t really sure what to do or what…

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Marla Hieger, BCTMB

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How did you discover the massage therapy profession? In my former career, I was an over-the-road truck driver. I drove long periods of time, and developed lower-back issues. I was at a time in my life that I wanted a career change, and thought massage might be a good choice—I wanted to help people feel…

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Ryan Witholt, LMT, BCTMB

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Long before deciding to become a massage therapist, I was interested in healthcare. Specifically, I wanted to be a physician so I could help people heal.  In my final year as an undergraduate, I learned that my vision of medicine and helping people heal was not in alignment with the mainstream, pharmacology-based treatment model.  I…

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Stacy Smith, LMT, BCTMB

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How did you discover the massage therapy profession? I was one of those people who thought of getting massages as a luxury—as something I did when I went on vacation. Even though I grew up and still live in Maryland, I’d never had a massage in Maryland. Between 2007 and 2010, my husband and I…

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Marnie Hass, LMT, BCTMB

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How did you discover the massage therapy profession? I first found massage in my early 20’s when a family friend went to massage school. Back then, massage was strictly thought of for pampering purposes only. We would give each other gift certificates for birthdays or holidays, so we could have an hour of rest and…

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