Certification Board

Meet the NCBTMB Certification Board

The NCBTMB Certification Board is responsible for all aspects of Board Certification, including developing certification criteria and examinations, evaluating candidates for certification, and maintaining the integrity of the certification process. The Certification Board ensures that NCBTMB maintains its status as an accredited certifying body within the massage therapy profession.

Teresa Matthews

Teresa M. Matthews, LMT, CPT, BCTMB

Jacksonville, FL (term ends February 28, 2019)

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.

Public Member

Dr. Kia Countess, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE

Sumter, SC (term ends February 29, 2020)

Dr. Kia an experienced nursing instructor with a demonstrated history of excellence in the higher education industry. She is skilled in Critical Care Nursing, Alzheimer's Care, Nursing Education, and Leadership. Dr. Kia brings more than 20 years of experience to the nursing profession. Professional interests include student retention, curriculum development, and item writing. She is a dedicated healthcare services professional with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice, and has achieved the coveted National League for Nursing designation as a Certified Nurse Educator.

Nathan Nordstrom
Practitioner Member

Nathan Nordstrom, LMT, LMP, BCTMB

Oakesdale, WA (term ends February 29, 2020)

Nathan became a licensed massage therapist in 2001. He graduated from Portland State University in 2012 with his Bachelor of Science in General Sciences.  He has recently taken a position as the Director of Massage Therapy Training with Hand & Stone, Massage and Facial Spa.  Nathan maintains licenses in Georgia, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington states. His experience includes working in a variety of setting including clinics, sporting events, and a hospital. He has owned a day spa and managed a massage therapy program. Nathan started teaching massage in 2004 and in 2008, he became a continuing education provider with his company Educated Touch.  Nathan has continued to serve the profession over the last 15+ years. He has served with AMTA including President in 2016, Board of trustee for the Massage Therapy Foundation, and served on committees for AFMTE, FSMTB, NCBTMB.

Grant Rich
Practitioner Member

Grant J. Rich, Ph.D., LMT, BCTMB

Juneau, AK (term ends February 28, 2019)

Grant J. Rich, Ph.D. BCTMB LMT received his psychology Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He has served on the editorial boards/committees of journals including Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (JBMT), International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (IJTMB), and AMTA’s Massage Therapy Journal.

A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and four of its divisions, Dr. Rich has taught at institutions around the globe (e.g., Alaska, Cambodia, India), and is senior editor of three coedited books, including "Human Strengths and Resilience: Developmental, Cross-Cultural, and International Perspectives" (2017). Authoring dozens of articles/chapters, he has presented on massage therapy effects at conferences from Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe to Central America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

A 2017 Person of the Month for Journal of Massage Science, Dr. Rich is editor of the academic research book "Massage Therapy: The Evidence for Practice" (Elsevier), and serves on medical missions internationally.

Portia Resnick
Practitioner Member

Portia B. Resnick, Ph.D., ATC, LMT, BCTMB

Tulsa, OK (term ends February 28, 2021)

Portia is a Board Certified and state licensed massage therapist and athletic trainer with over 20 years of experience in the sports medicine field. She pursued her massage education at Somerset School of Massage Therapy in 2003 and taught at the school until 2010. In 2017, she completed her PhD in Kinesiology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where her research explored the use of heart rate variability as a clinical measure of recovery in NCAA Division I athletes.

Currently, she is the Clinical Education Coordinator for the athletic training education program at the University of Tulsa. In addition to teaching, she maintains an active clinical practice in both athletic training and massage therapy. Portia has presented her research at the American Massage Therapy Association convention, the Far West Athletic Trainers' Association convention, and the KinesioTape Research Symposium. An avid runner for over a decade, Portia spends her spare time training for half marathons.