Massage Today Writing Group
The Massage Therapy Foundation Writing Group has been writing research review articles for Massage Today since April of 2011. Currently, these research reviews are published every other month. You can find all of the articles here.
Derek R. Austin, PT, DPT, MS, BCTMB, CSCS (Chair)
Derek is a board-certified massage therapist who has been volunteering with the Massage Therapy Foundation since April 2010. Derek earned his Bachelor and Master degrees in Bioinformatics from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008, and he completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at VCU in 2014. In addition to being a licensed massage therapist, Derek is also a physical therapist and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. He is currently chair of the MTF’s Writing Workgroup and a regular contributor to the MTF Research Column, published monthly at MassageToday.com. With several years of massage and physical therapy experience, Derek has worked with a wide range of clientele. He served as the team massage therapist for the VCU Rams Men’s Basketball team from 2013-2015 including traveling with the team during the Rams’ Atlantic 10 championship victory in 2015. He currently works at Alliance Physical Therapy, an outpatient sports medicine clinic in Richmond, VA. Derek’s interests include strength training, ergonomics, and posture.
MK Brennan, MS, RN, LMBT
MK Brennan has been a Massage Therapist in private practice since 1991 and is the Manager of Clinical Care Management at CMC-University Hospital. She has been a member of the MTF Writing Group since 2011 and has articles published in numerous publications. Additionally, she has held various volunteer positions, including her current service as the Society for Oncology Massage Therapy Board President. Previously, she served at the Chapter and National levels with the American Massage Therapy Association including National President. Her employment and volunteer experiences have provided her with knowledge about research, the legislative process, finance management, team building, governance, and leadership. She has served as a consultant for association bylaws and policy writing and participated in discussions that led to the Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge. She has lived in North Carolina since 1976 and currently resides in Charlotte.
Jolie Haun, PhD, EdS, LMT
Dr. Jolie Haun has been a licensed massage therapist since 1995. She’s been a volunteer with the Massage Therapy Foundation since 2008 and is a former chair of the Massage Therapy Foundation Writing Group. Dr. Haun has conducted and published massage therapy outcomes research with pediatric oncology and hematology patients; and evaluated the use of innovative techniques for measuring the energetic effects of massage therapy in community-based populations. Dr. Haun earned her PhD from the University of Florida, in the College of Health and Human Performance in Health Behavior, specializing in health communication and health literacy. She completed a National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine post-doctoral fellowship in wholes systems research at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Currently, Dr. Haun is the Co-Core Director of Implementation and Dissemination and a Supervisory Research Health Science Specialist at the Veterans Health Administration Center of Innovation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research at the James A. Haley Hospital. Dr. Haun’s current program of research is focused on health communication, specializing in health literacy and eHealth technologies; and complementary and integrative health.
Natalie Lorick, HHP, LMT
Natalie Lorick has 5 years of experience in the massage therapy field. In July 2011, she graduated Summa cum laude with well over 1,000 hours in training and advanced certification. Natalie volunteers for The Veteran’s Village of San Diego, Interfaith Community Services, and The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. She maintains a full time bodywork practice focused on trauma recovery, emotional regulation and orthopedic injury. She cherishes the opportunity given by the Massage Therapy Foundation to work collectively with its writing group to promote advocacy and knowledge within the industry and the general public.
April Neufeld, BS, LMP, LMT
April Neufeld is a sports massage therapist specializing in treatment for endurance athletes and strain/sprain injuries. With more than a decade of experience and a Bachelor of Science in motor behavior learning, she has worked with the Olympic medical team at the 2008 and 2012 Track & Field Trials, the Prefontaine Classic, and the Washington State Sports Massage Team. She has also been a sports massage teaching assistant at Portland State University. While studying for her B.S. in exercise science at Pacific University, she conducted research on the quantification of massage therapy techniques. She is also a LMP/LMT in Washington and Oregon, and has been a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association and NCTMB since 2001. As a healthcare provider and massage therapy researcher, she uses evidence to inform her private practice. She has enjoyed contribuing to the MTF writing group since 2011.
Drew Rowe, LMT, BGs
Drew has been practicing massage therapy since 2006 and currently works in the Massage Center and Life Renewal Center at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. After receiving his license to practice massage therapy, Drew returned to school and earned a Bachelor of General Studies degree in Biology, Psychology, and Exercise Science. He is considering to pursue a Master in Public Health or Doctor of Physical Therapy to maximize his professional skills and to influence the massage therapy profession. Drew’s current focus in massage therapy is in Massage Research, Oncology Massage, and Cancer Survivorship.
Kelly Skellinger, BS, LMT
Kelly Skellinger is a practicing NJ licensed massage therapist, specializing in integrative, therapeutic massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, reiki, cupping therapy, and meditation instruction. She takes a holistic approach to healing, creating client-specific and comprehensive therapies. Kelly is a 2012 graduate of Cortiva Institute, New Jersey – Wall Campus, where she received the Faculty Award for leadership in her class. Kelly is also a 2003 graduate of Temple University, Pennsylvania, where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications with a writing intensive focus. She worked as a reporter in print journalism and as a sales associate in regional, national, and international sales for 11 years, prior to pursuing her massage therapy career. As a reporter, she has had over 1,000 pages of newsprint articles published. Kelly is the owner of Maitrisage – Massage + Reflexology, a private massage therapy and bodywork practice located in downtown Asbury Park, NJ, and the lead massage therapist at Angels of the Grove, Ocean Grove, NJ. Kelly was elected to the position of Board Secretary of The New Jersey Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) in 2016, of which she has been a member since 2012. She is elated to marry her two passions – writing and massage therapy – while advocating for the pursuit of knowledge and validation of the healing potential inherent in our industry through the great work of the Massage Therapy Foundation Writing Group.
Jacqueline Tibbett, BS, LMT
Jacqueline is a PhD student in Physiology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where she performs interdisciplinary research on spasticity and pain in individuals with spinal cord injury. She is also a licensed massage therapist in New York State and Florida. A member of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine’s Complementary Integrative Rehabilitation Medicine working group and the Massage Therapy Research Foundation Writing Group, Jacqueline has a strong desire to support evidence-based integrative healthcare research and practices.