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.

Portia Resnick

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.

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.

Practitioner Member

Dolly Wallace, LMT, BCTMB

Muskegon, MI / Lake Elsinore, CA (Term ends February 28, 2022)

Dolly Wallace is a graduate of Health Enrichment Center in Lapeer, MI and has gone on to complete several additional courses in Business Administration, Marketing, Criminal Justice, and Pre-Law. She has maintained a local massage therapy practice for over 30 years as a licensed and Board Certified Massage Therapist, and has served the profession on various local and national levels throughout her career. Most notably, Dolly has actively served AMTA since 1988 in various roles, including MI AMTA Chapter Treasurer, National Standing Government Relations Chair, Board of Directors, President of AMTA Board of Directors, and, most recently, Immediate Past President.

Dolly has been NCBTMB Board Certified since 1994. She is the 2018 Florida Chiropractic Association Massage Therapist of the Year, received the 2010 AMTA National Distinguished Service Award, and was recognized as the 2006 National Outstanding Volunteer Group Chair Award among other accomplishments.

Practitioner Member

Rebekah Owens, LMT, BCTMB

Pasadena, MD (Term ends February 28, 2022)

Rebekah Owens has been a massage therapist for nearly 15 years and has led various volunteer efforts in the state of Maryland. She is a graduate of Baltimore School of Massage and holds a BS in Technical and Professional Studies in Allied Health with a concentration in Management from Towson University. She is also currently pursuing a MS in Management and Public Relations at the University of Maryland University College.

Rebekah has worked tirelessly to bring massage therapy into the work done at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Center of Integrative Medicine, which began by teaching medical students about massage. By her peers, Rebekah is described as “an engaging speaker, a highly competent manager, and a leader who reflects favorably on the fields of therapeutic massage and bodywork.”

Rebekah has been NCBTMB Certified since 2004.