Jamie Fanara, LMT, BCTMB & Approved Provider

How did you discover the massage therapy profession? I discovered the massage therapy profession through the local community college by taking an introductory class which I had a bad experience with.  But didn’t give up and went and toured the massage program facility and signed up ASAP.  I was always…

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NCBTMB Announces Call for Candidates, Seeks Two Practitioner Members to Join Certification Board

Burr Ridge, Ill (August 15, 2018)—The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) announced today two available Board Certified Practitioner Member positions on its Certification Board. Applications will be accepted until September 15, 2018. As an active member of the Board, Practitioner Members will join an elite group…

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NCBTMB Announces New Competency-Based Board Certification Requirements, Revised Exam

Burr Ridge, Ill. (August 3, 2018)—The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) announced today key changes to its Board Certification requirements and corresponding Board Certification Exam, effective immediately. To further align with healthcare professions and embrace similar competency-based criteria, NCBTMB announced the following new Board Certification requirements…

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Sharon Puszko, LMT, PhD, NCBTMB Approved Provider

How did you discover the massage therapy profession? I was teaching school, human biology, internationally for a number of years.  When teaching in Tokyo, Japan I discovered many of the doctors there would refer people for massage therapy, acupuncture and other holistic modalities.  Being a teacher of human biology, this…

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Rebekah Owens, LMT, BCTMB

How did you discover the massage therapy profession? From the time I was a little girl, I always wanted my superpower to be the ability to heal someone by touching them, which eventually led me to nursing school.  As a nursing student, we were taught the basics of Swedish massage…

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Tami A. Goldstein, WLMT, CST, BCTMB

How did you discover the massage therapy profession? I was a travel agent for years, working as a group and meeting planner. I would spend hours coordinating an event. If anyone knows the role of a travel planner for conferences, a 4-day event is a marathon. On one such 4-day…

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Joe LaTorre, MS, LMT, BCTMB

How did you discover the massage therapy profession? I discovered the massage therapy profession at age 21, when I experienced a severe lower back injury and discovered how massage therapy could alleviate my symptoms. How did you develop your passion into a career? I attended massage school back in 1999…

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David J. Otto, LMT, BCTMB

How did you discover the massage therapy profession? I was working as a store manager for a popular furniture rental company, and saw an advertisement for a local school that promised to introduce me to a way to help a lot of people improve their qualities of life. I moved…

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Theresa Mueller

Theresa Mueller, BCTMB & NCBTMB Approved Provider

How did you discover the massage therapy profession? I was always fascinated about “healing arts.’ I was blessed with the opportunity to change careers in midlife. I left my corporate job and one month later I attended my massage orientation class. To be honest, I believe it was divine intervention!…

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Linda Toomey, BAS, LMT, BCTMB

My journey with massage therapy began at an early age due to the influence of my loving great-grandmother from Berlin, Germany. What is considered holistic health living today was the normal way of life for her back then. Natural healthcare for her included gardening, herbs, healthy nutrition, daily exercise, chiropractic…

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