NCBTMB Announces Certification Board Elections Update

Burr Ridge, Ill. (January 29, 2018)—The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) announced today key updates regarding its annual Certification Board Elections process, as well as the departure of current Certification Board Member, Jill K. Berkana.

“In November 2017, the NCBTMB Slate Selection Committee received an overwhelming number of applications to fill two Practitioner Member positions and one Public Member position on our Certification Board,” explained Teresa. M. Matthews, president. “After careful consideration, the SSC has identified a list of interview candidates to continue the process and will ensure the most qualified candidates are selected to appear on the upcoming ballot. The SSC hopes to conclude these interviews and determine candidates for election no later than February 3rd to keep in line with its previously defined schedule.”

Matthews continued: “On the verge of this very exciting time as a member of the Certification Board, we are sad to announce the departure of current Board Member, Jill K. Berkana. Jill was a vital asset to our Board, and her contributions undoubtedly helped to shape the NCBTMB we are today. We wish her nothing but the very best as she focuses on growing her school. On behalf of the Board and Staff, we want to sincerely thank Jill for her efforts and enthusiasm. She will be greatly missed.”

Jill K. Berkana released the following statement regarding her departure from the Certification Board: “Working with the NCBTMB at this exciting time in the evolution of our profession has been a highlight of my career. I have grown in ways I never imagined. I encourage all Massage Therapists to volunteer to support our profession through our leadership organizations. Doing this has the power to change your perspective, and provide a much greater appreciation of our critical role in the world of healthcare. Beyond what you can take personally and professionally from the experience, you can support the advancement of the highest standards in the massage therapy and bodywork profession. Thank you for the honor and privilege to serve as a Certification Board Member for the NCBTMB. As a Board Certified Massage Therapist, an Approved Provider, and owner of an Assigned School, I look forward to continued involvement with this great organization for many years to come.”

Details on Berkana’s replacement have not yet been released.

The annual NCBTMB Certification Board election is scheduled to launch February 7, 2018. All eligible Board Certificants as of February 1, 2018 will have the opportunity vote until the close of voting at 5:00pm CST on February 21, 2018. Election results will be published in March 2018.

About the NCBTMB Certification Board

The NCBTMB Certification Board is responsible for all aspects of the achievement 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.


The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) is an independent, private, nonprofit organization founded in 1992. The mission of NCBTMB is to define and advance the highest standards in the massage therapy and bodywork profession. In support of this mission, NCBTMB serves the profession through Board Certification, Specialty Certificates, an Approved Provider Program, and an Assigned School Code Program. For more information, please visit