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Founding Members

AFMTE - Massage Therapy- Founding Members


The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education conducted its Founding Member Campaign in the last quarter of 2009. In just 12 weeks, a total of $49,350 in contributions was generated to fund the launch of this new endeavor. The Alliance wishes to acknowledge the generous support of those pioneering institutions and individuals who stepped forward to help establish this organization. The Founding Members of the Alliance are as follows:


ASHA School of Massage – Norcross, Georgia
Atlanta School of Massage – Atlanta, Georgia
Body Therapy Institute – Siler City, North Carolina
Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy – Samara Beach, Costa Rica
Colorado School of Healing Arts – Lakewood, Colorado
Educating Hands School of Massage – Miami, Florida
Florida School of Massage – Gainesville, Florida
Health Enrichment Center – Lapeer, Michigan
Institute of Therapeutic Massage – Haskell, New Jersey
Institute of Therapeutic Massage of Western Colorado – Grand Junction, Colorado
Irene’s Myomassology Institute – Southfield, Michigan
Kalamazoo Center for the Healing Arts – Kalamazoo, Michigan
Lakewood School of Therapeutic Massage – Port Huron, Michigan
Massage Therapy Training Institute – Kansas City, Missouri
Maui School of Therapeutic Massage – Makawao, Hawaii
New School for Massage, Bodywork & Healing – Chicago, Illinois
Palm Beach Academy of Health & Beauty – Lake Park, Florida
Potomac Massage Training Institute – Washington, DC
Sage School of Massage & Healing Arts – Bend, Oregon
Sarasota School of Massage Therapy – Sarasota, Florida


Dale Alexander, PhD – Inside-Out Paradigm
Laura Allen – Thera-ssage, Inc.
Karen Ball – yourCEplace
Steve Capellini – The Royal Treatment
Erik Dalton, PhD – Freedom from Pain Institute
Judith Koch – Institute of Somatic Therapy
Claire Marie Miller – Integrative Reflexology® and Nurturing the Mother®
Thomas Myers – Anatomy Trains and Kinesis, Inc.
Sharon Puszko, PhD – Day-Break Geriatric Massage Institute
Michael Shea, PhD – Shea Educational Group
Carey Smith – BTI Center for Teacher Education
Cherie Sohnen-Moe – Sohnen-Moe Associates
Ralph Stephens – Ralph Stephens Seminars
Yamuna Zake – Yamuna Body Rolling


Art of Admissions – Lex Filipowski – Glenham, New York
Books of Discovery – Andrew Biel – Boulder, Colorado
Florida State Massage Therapy Association
– Winter Park, Florida
ITEC: International Therapy Examination Council – United Kingdom
MTstudents.com – Ontario, Canada
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
– Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Oakworks, Inc. – New Freedom, Pennsylvania
Resource ETC – Evanston, Illinois


Mark Beck –  Educator/Author, Colorado
Michael Broas – Florida School of Massage
Ivonne Eiseman – Body Therapy Institute
Ben C. Franklin – Body Therapy Institute
Sandy Friedland – Educating Hands School of Massage
Gabrielle Gaillard – Earth Angel Bodyworks
Joan Gennarini – Inst. of Therapeutic Massage of Western Colorado
Valerie Gora – Excellent Bodywork
Beverly Johnson – Body Therapy Institute
Sunny Klaber – Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy
David Keil – Educating Hands School of Massage
KimLien LaFitte – Body Therapy Institute
Ronald McKendree – Keiser Institute
Sandy Mason – Body Therapeutic
Franklin Merillat – Florida School of Massage
Cate Miller – Florida School of Massage
Annie Morien – Florida School of Massage
Joe Muscolino, DC – Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy
Eugenie Newton – International Professional School of Bodywork
Bernadette Nicholson – Springfield Technical Community College
Noel Norwick – Institute of Practical Professional Therapy
Vilma Pico – Technical Career Institute
Kevin Pierce – Anthem Education Group
Kevin Powell – Body Therapy Institute
Jiovannina Ramos – Teacher, Florida
Elan Schacter – Teacher, South Carolina
Richard Schekter – Educating Hands School of Massage
Jennifer Schulte – Academy of Healing Arts
Jan Schwartz – Education & Training Solutions
Adam Silverberg – Florida School of Massage
Alex Somoano – Educating Hands School of Massage
Sally Stuckey – Body Therapy Institute
Carol Verner – Body Therapy Institute
Lee Whitridge – Educator/Florida
Pete Whitridge – Florida School of Massage

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