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Ryan Hoyme (aka MassageNerd), BCTMB

By NCBTMB Admin | February 28, 2018 | Comments Off on Ryan Hoyme (aka MassageNerd), BCTMB

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

By NCBTMB Admin | January 31, 2018 | Comments Off on Marla Hieger, BCTMB

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

By NCBTMB Admin | December 31, 2017 | Comments Off on Ryan Witholt, LMT, BCTMB

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

By NCBTMB Admin | November 30, 2017 | Comments Off on Stacy Smith, LMT, BCTMB

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

By NCBTMB Admin | October 31, 2017 | Comments Off on Marnie Hass, LMT, BCTMB

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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Faith Swartzendruber, LMT, Sports Massage Specialty Certificate Holder

By NCBTMB Admin | September 30, 2017 | Comments Off on Faith Swartzendruber, LMT, Sports Massage Specialty Certificate Holder

Although I knew I wanted to get into massage as a teenager, I did not pursue a career in massage until I was 32 years old and in possession of a Masters of Education. Touch has always been a natural outpouring of myself, and after seeing a documentary in middle school, I realized that this…

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Audrey Bagnal, LMT, Integrative Healthcare Specialty Certificate Holder

By NCBTMB Admin | August 31, 2017 | Comments Off on Audrey Bagnal, LMT, Integrative Healthcare Specialty Certificate Holder

Audrey is a Licensed Massage Therapist with a NCBTMB/CCTC Specialty Certificate in Massage Therapy for Integrative Healthcare. She was the first CCTC graduate to achieve the Specialty Certificate. Audrey currently resides in Manning, South Carolina. Congratulations, Audrey! How did you discover your love for Massage Therapy? In the early stages of my career, I went to cardiology…

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Joseph Muscolino, DC

By NCBTMB Admin | July 31, 2017 | Comments Off on Joseph Muscolino, DC

My Massage Therapy Journey My journey in the world of massage therapy began while I was still in middle and high school, well before any formal training in bodywork. I was just always comfortable using my hands to give family and friends massage. For this reason, when I entered chiropractic school in 1981, I was…

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Lauren Jaekle, LMT, BCTMB

By NCBTMB Admin | June 30, 2017 | Comments Off on Lauren Jaekle, LMT, BCTMB

My passion for Massage Therapy started at a young age. My younger sister, Melissa, was born prematurely and has a number of challenges. Our family was told to expect the worst but, fortunately, we saw how physical therapy and massage helped her progress well beyond all expectations. I was amazed to witness how massage relaxed…

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Douglas Nelson, LMT, BCTMB

By NCBTMB Admin | May 31, 2017 | Comments Off on Douglas Nelson, LMT, BCTMB

My Massage Therapy Journey My journey in massage therapy began in 1977. I had just finished a year-long training. As I was leaving, my new roommate was a new massage therapy graduate, and asked if he could practice on me. I remember encouraging him that, “If you want to be really good at this, you…