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, BCTMB, LMT

Long Beach, CA (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 an Assistant Professor at California State University, Long Beach. 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.

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Public Member

Nicole G. Zeger, M.A.

Carrollton, GA (term ends February 28, 2023)

Nicole Zeger is a seasoned educator with a solid focus on ethics, philosophy, and religious studies. Currently an instructor for the American InterContinental University Online, she is described by her colleagues as a leader who “readily embraces and promotes diversity.” Having worked at various institutions as both an instructor and Certification Coordinator, she understands the importance of program standards, the value of certification, and the necessity of communication these concepts effectively.

Nicole is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Past educator experience include notable roles as Adjunct and Associate Faculty Member for City University of Seatlle, Moraine Valley Community College, and Victory Valley Community College, to name a few.

Practitioner Member

Cynthia Ribeiro, BCTMB, LMT, NMT

Santa Ana, CA (term ends February 28, 2023)

Cynthia Ribeiro is an expert practitioner, instructor, facilitator, founder, presenter, and business owner. Currently the Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy Manager and Education Specialist at the National Holistic Institute (NHI), she combines her superior knowledge base, curricular development skills, teaching abilities, and overall understanding of the industry to deliver top-notch instruction to both students and fellow instructors at ten NHI campuses.

Beyond her role at NHI, Cynthia is also the Founder and Director of Western Institute of Neuromuscular Therapy, as well as a previous administrator and instructor at the Institute for Therapeutic Studies and the American Institute of Massage Therapy, Inc. 

Cynthia possesess an extensive volunteer history within the massage therapy and bodywork profession, including notable time as AMTA President, President-Elect, Immediate Past President, and Committee Chair. She is also an Associate Volunteer Professor at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Medical Center.

Practitioner Member

Dolly Wallace, BCTMB, LMT

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.

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Practitioner Member

Jesse Boeding, BCTMB, LMT

Arlington, VA (Term ends February 28, 2022)

A graduate of Potomac Massage Therapy Institute in Washington D.C., Jesse has been a licensed and Board Certified massage therapist for over a decade. Beyond massage, Jesse’s impressive employment and volunteer history bring supreme leadership and organizational experience to the Certification Board. With notable roles at the Kogod School of Business at American University in Washington, D.C. and Blackboard, Inc., she has been actively involved in and led policy creation, new product/service development and implementation, accreditation, as well as financial management.

Jesse is also an active committee member in her local community, Arlington County, having served on the Park and Recreation Commission, Steam Monitoring Initiative, and several working groups, including the Four Mile Run Working Group and Solid Waste Treatment Working Group. She is a professional member of UPCEA and NASPA.

She is currently a full-time doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education.

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