Presence. Experience. Commitment.
Narrative History (Credentials below)
I began my post-high school education at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While there, I served as editor of the university's literary magazine and as assistant news editor for the university paper. I also won a juried poetry contest during senior year. I graduated with a BA in Creative and Professional Writing and then worked for a major advertising firm in downtown Pittsburgh. Copy-editing and proofreading helped sharpen my eye for effective prose.
Eventually, experience of everyday corporate life and a period of illness led me to explore options for what felt like a more meaningful and fulfilling career path. I began to study massage. I appreciated the opportunities for service and connection that practicing massage afforded. After some residential study at a yoga center in the central Pennsylvania countryside, I returned to the Pittsburgh area to open a practice.
By 1983, I was not only practicing full time but also teaching Swedish massage at the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy, Subsequently, I taught a variety of workshops and courses in institutional and private settings. [Teaching & Tutoring Services]
1998 brought major change as I moved to Berkeley, California, to earn an MA in Holistic Health Education at John F. Kennedy University with the aim of enhancing my understanding of the integrated nature of human health (and human be-ing!) and becoming a more accomplished teacher.
While in grad school, I continued private practice of massage therapy and, after graduating in 2000, resumed teaching, this time at McKinnon Body Therapy Center, where I was named Teacher of the Year in 2001. I also taught massage and served as Massage Therapy Program Director and Massage Therapy Clinic Director at Sonoma College for a few years. I helped start and taught in the Massage Therapy Certificate Program from 2011 to 2014 at Skyline College in San Bruno, CA, all the while continuing to teach at McKinnon. In 2014, I became the school counselor at McKinnon as well. Principal course topics include Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology; and Business, Professionalism, Taxes, and Ethics for massage therapists.
Throughout my massage and bodywork career, I've worked intermittently as a freelance writer and editor, combining my love for language and clear expression with knowledge of health, healing, and private practice. I wrote a complete retail catalog for Sacred Silks, edited the manuscript for a strategic planning manual, and crafted brochures for bodyworkers and movement therapy practitioners. My work as a writer and editor is currently on hold as I focus on helping practitioners prepare for and pass the MBLEx.
I've continued to evolve as a massage therapist through a combination of consistent practice and frequent participation in educational experiences. Initial programs of study included Swedish Massage at Allegheny Community College and Kripalu Meditative Massage and Polarity Therapy at Kripalu Center. Subsequent coursework has included Vodder Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Ortho-bionomy, Myofascial Mobilization, Geriatric Massage, and Anatomy, Physiology, & Pathology.
Credentials (Narrative History above)
- BA in Creative and Professional Writing, Carnegie-Mellon University, 1979
- Over 2000 Hours of Massage and Bodywork Education and Training, 1981 to present
- MA in Holistic Health Education, John F. Kennedy University, 2000
- Professional Member, Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals
- Professional Member, American Massage Therapy Association
- Licensed Massage Therapist, State of Arkansas (expired, 2015)
- Licensed Massage Therapist, State of Pennsylvania (expired, 2015)
- Certified Massage Therapist, California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) #22089