Volunteer Profiles

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Thank you to all our volunteers! We truly appreciate your dedication and your efforts make all the difference!

Board of Trustees


Jerrilyn Cambron, LMT, DC, MPH, PhD – President

Jerrilyn Cambron is Chair of the College of Allied Health Sciences and Distance Education and Professor in the Department of Research at the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois. She is also adjunct faculty in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division of the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has taught numerous research-related courses and post-graduate seminars including introduction to research and biostatistics, epidemiology, public health, practice-based research, critical appraisal of the literature, and writing case reports. She has served as a Principal Investigator on research studies focused on massage therapy and chiropractic care for 20+ years. She has been an investigator on several projects funded by federal agencies including NIH and HRSA, and private foundations such as the Massage Therapy Foundation. She has served on many scientific journal editorial boards and is currently the Senior Associate Editor of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. Jerrilyn is the co-founder and Principal Investigator of MassageNet, a practice-based research network for massage therapists and is a strong supporter of massage therapy research in the clinical practice setting. Jerrilyn is passionate about helping therapists understand and apply the research literature in order to improve client care and also helping therapists write case reports about the interesting clients they have treated.
View Jerrilyn’s introduction video here.

Douglas Nelson, LMT, BCTMB, CNMT – President-Elect
Douglas Nelson began his career in massage therapy in 1977, and he maintains a very active clinical practice. His particular interest has been the role of soft tissue in performance, serving as a neuromuscular consultant to teams in the NBA and NFL, in addition to dance companies and high level musicians. He is the President of BodyWork Associates, a massage therapy clinic in Champaign, IL. Established in 1982, the clinic has two locations and a staff of eighteen therapists. His teaching institute, NMT MidWest, Inc., provides about one hundred trainings annually in Precision Neuromuscular Therapy™ across the USA and abroad. Doug is a guest lecturer at the University of Illinois Medical School, the Department of Family Medicine, and the Dance Department. Doug has been the recipient of numerous awards in his field, most recently the 2013 Massage Therapy Educator of the Year and the 2015 Pioneer Award from the Illinois Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association.

Cliff_07_websiteCliff Korn, LMT, BCTMB – Vice President
Cliff has been a professional massage therapist since 1993. He is Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork and is a Florida Licensed Massage Therapist. Cliff is a Past-President of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association. He is a supporting member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals and a past Chairman of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Cliff has served his profession for seven years as the inaugural Editor of the nationally distributed trade publication, Massage Today, and was a 2009 inductee in the World Massage Festival’s Massage Therapy Hall of Fame. Cliff currently serves as Commissioner and Vice Chair of the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) in addition to proudly serving the Massage Therapy Foundation as a Trustee and Vice President.
View Cliff’s introduction video here.

Adrienne F. Asta, BA, LMT
Adrienne F. Asta has been practicing massage since 2001 and holds certifications in neuromuscular therapy and prenatal massage. Her clients range from permanently disabled to Big Ten collegiate athletes, all of whom teach her something new every session. She is privileged to serve as the chairperson for the Community Service Grants Proposal Review Committee for the Foundation. Additionally, Adrienne has volunteered with the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) on a local and national level for well over a decade. She has been deeply involved in the education arm of the massage industry including positions of instructor, Director of Education, and National Program Director among others and is a member of the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education. She has developed ancillary materials for textbooks widely used in massage therapy programs and has trained all levels of practicing massage therapists and educators. It is a joy for her to volunteer alongside such an inspiring and dedicated group of people. Adrienne is proud to donate 1% of the proceeds of her practice to this honorable organization.

Jen Dexheimer, BS, LMT
Jennifer is an Illinois licensed massage therapist who has worked in research at the National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) for nearly 18 years, coordinating both clinical trials and practice-based research studies on massage therapy and chiropractic care. Additionally, she is the co-founder of MassageNet, an practice-based research network for massage therapists. Jennifer has also served as an instructor at NUHS for the past seven years, focusing on teaching research literacy to massage therapy students. She has also been a peer-reviewer for several scientific journals and conferences. Jennifer has been a volunteer for the Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) for the past six years, having served as a volunteer on both the Student and Practitioner Case Report Committees and Chair of the workgroups for scientific submissions to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) National Conventions and the Foundation’s triennial research conference, the International Massage Therapy Research Conference. Jennifer has recently returned to a full-time practice and now more than ever believes in finding ways to make research more accessible as well as bridging the gap between research and practice. She is excited to be serving the MTF in this new capacity as a Trustee.

nc_franklin_headshot_1_editedNina Cherie Franklin, PhD, MS, LMT, EP-C
Nina Cherie Franklin, best known as Nina Cherie, PhD, is an avid researcher, educator and lifestyle strategist with over 15 years of academic, clinical and industry experience in health and wellness, physical fitness and rehabilitation. Nina holds a BS in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), a MS in Movement Science/Exercise Physiology from the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), and a PhD in Kinesiology, Nutrition and Rehabilitation from UIC. She is also a Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) credentialed through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and has been a Licensed and Nationally Certified Massage Therapist since 2004. Nina was formerly awarded a Massage Therapy Foundation Research Grant for her project titled “Efficacy of Massage Therapy in Attenuating Vascular Dysfunction after Exertion-Induced Muscle Injury”. Her initial research findings were published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and received mainstream attention with syndication to over 50 top media outlets. Nina’s primary research and teaching interests are centered on lifestyle strategies for non-communicable disease prevention with specific focus on technology-driven interventions for addressing health disparities. Her authorships include over two dozen scientific manuscripts, abstracts and scholarly book chapters, a consumer-friendly book focused on healthy living and weight management titled “Leaving Your Fat Behind”, and nearly 900 expert articles and blogs, how-to videos and educational podcasts. As a lifestyle strategist, Nina regularly conducts health promotion and wellness-related courses, seminars and lectures for audiences in academic, business and community settings.

Brent-Jackson_webBrent Jackson, M.Ed., BS, LMT

Brent Jackson is a licensed massage therapist and the academic program manager for massage therapy at Central Carolina Technical College. Jackson designed and implemented the first hospital-based, clinical practicum for massage therapy education for the state of South Carolina, incorporating multiple acute-care facilities and additional long-term care facilities for inpatient and outpatient populations. He is an award recipient for the 2015 Miller Communications Excellence in Education Award, the 2016 South Carolina Technical Education Association Teacher of the Year Award, and the E.C. “Red” Kneece Teaching Excellence Award. His education includes a Master of Education in Instructional Design from Western Governors University in South Carolina, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, a Massage Therapy Certificate from South Carolina Massage & Esthetics Institute, and he is a graduate of the Nuclear Propulsion Program from the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, Charleston, SC. Brent is currently the chair of the Massage Therapy Foundation Education Committee.


Sharon Marden Johnson, LMT, BCTMB – Vice President
Sharon M Johnson has had a full time massage therapy practice in the state of Maine since 1983. Sharon has been a volunteer for the Massage Therapy Foundation since 1997, chairing a number of committees and serving as a Vice President during several of the Foundation’s formative years. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine, she served as the chair for Maine’s successful legislative efforts from 1985-1995. Currently, Sharon serves as the chair of the Massage Therapy Foundation Governance Committee.
View Sharon’s introduction video here.

 


Nathan Nordstrom, LMT

Nathan Nordstrom is the Immediate-Past President of the American Massage Therapy Association, currently residing in Washington State. He is a licensed massage therapist in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Georgia, and he is a Board Certified Massage Therapist and Bodyworker (BCMTB). He has been a massage therapy school teacher since 2004 and is a nationally-recognized continuing education provider. He previously served as an examiner for the Oregon Board of Massage Therapy (OBMT).
He is well-known for teaching classes in the application of ethics in daily life and has taught classes at anatomical displays, such as “Body Worlds” exhibits, called Bodies and Massage Therapy.

 

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Ruth Werner, BCTMB
Ruth Werner is a massage therapist, writer, and educator with a passionate interest in massage research and the role of bodywork for people who struggle with health. Her groundbreaking textbook, A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology was first published in 1998; keeping it current is now her main occupation. In addition, she writes a column for Massage and Bodywork magazine and teaches continuing education workshops all over the country. She has served on committees for the Utah Department of Public Licensing, the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), the National Certifying Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), and the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB). Ruth was extremely honored to be selected for the AMTA Council of Schools Teacher of the Year Award for 2005. Ruth has been serving on the Massage Therapy Foundation Board of Trustees since 2007.
View Ruth’s introduction video here.

 

Advisory Council

johnb_01_smallerJOHN BALLETTO, BSc, LMT, CKTP
John Balletto is a licensed massage therapist, author, educator, researcher and certified KinesioTaping® Practitioner in private practice in Providence, Rhode Island. He is past National Vice-President of the American Massage Therapy Association, past President of the Massage Therapy Foundation and a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education, the Fascia Research Society, the Kinesio Taping® Association International and an affiliate member of the American College of Sports Medicine. In addition to his private practice, he serves as the massage therapist for several collegiate and professional athletic teams, as is the current Chair of the State of RI Board of Licensed Massage Therapists.
A graduate of Bates College, Lewiston, ME, John is an avid sculler, gardner, beekeeper and nature photographer. He currently lives with his wife, Janet, in Warwick, RI.

Grace Chan, BSc, RMT, DOMP

Grace is a founder and co-owner of the Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy and is the founder and owner of the Sutherland-Chan Clinics. She is known in Toronto for her role as an educator and employer of massage therapists. Grace entered massage therapy school in 1975 with a diverse educational background. She completed the course of massage therapy study at 3HO Foundation and completed the course of shiatsu at Kikkawa College (Shiatsu). She is an honors graduate from the University of Toronto with a B.Sc in Physiology and Psychology. In addition, she completed post-graduate studies in Neuroanatomy, Advanced Physiology and Psychology. More recently, she graduated from the Canadian College of Osteopathy as an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner. Grace has a long history of volunteering for charitable organizations. Starting in 1972 with the Beverley School for students with intellectual and physical disabilities, she has worked with a diverse list of organizations in leadership roles including the Mon Sheong Foundation, and Mount Sinai Hospital. She has also worked extensively with massage therapy associations in Canada and the United States, including being the founding president of the Massage Therapy Foundation, begun in the early 1990s by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). Prior to that she was the founder of the Canadian Sports Massage Therapists Association (CSMTA) and was instrumental in the founding of the Canadian Massage Therapists Alliance (CMTA).

leon-chaitowLeon Chaitow, ND, DO (UK)

Leon Chaitow is a State Registered osteopath in the United Kingdom, who has also completed postgraduate work in acupuncture, cranial osteopathy, and clinical nutrition. Chaitow was a senior lecturer at The School of Life Sciences, University of Westminster, London, from 1992 until 2004 when he was awarded a Fellowship by the University for “services to osteopathy and complementary medicine.” He is the author of over 90 books on healthcare and is the Editor-in-Chief of MedLine Indexed The Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (Elsevier).

Aviad Haramati, PhD
Aviad “Adi” Haramati is Professor and in the Departments of Physiology and Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine with research interests in renal and electrolyte physiology. Dr. Haramati has taught medical and graduate students for over 25 years. He served on the Physiology Test Development Committee (USMLE Step 1) for the National Board of Medical Examiners, and is currently Chair of the Examination Section for the Certification Board of Nutrition Specialists (CBNS) of the American College of Nutrition. His CAM-related interests focus on the use of Mind-Body Medicine Skills for stress management and on the integration of CAM in health professions education. Dr. Haramati was the principal investigator of an NIH grant that is supporting a broad educational initiative to incorporate CAM and integrative medicine into the 4-year medical curriculum at Georgetown. Dr. Haramati is the past Vice-Chair of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine and a member of the executive committee of the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium. He chaired the program committee for the 2006 North American Research Conference on Complementary and Integrative Medicine, and is chair of the organizing committee for the 2009 Research Conference.

Janet KahnJanet R. Kahn, PhD, NCTMB
Janet Kahn is both a CAM practitioner and a medical sociologist with years of experience looking at issues of healthcare delivery and systems integration. She is currently serving as Executive Director of the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium, and Director of Research for the Massage Therapy Research Consortium. Dr. Kahn is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont, College of Medicine. She was the co-investigator on three studies currently in the field — a clinical trial comparing two kinds of massage for people with chronic low back pain being conducted at Group Health Center for Health Studies; a Phase II SBIR grant to develop and test an educational DVD for cancer patients and their caregivers; and a qualitative study of the effects massage clients notice. Dr. Kahn is a past president of the Massage Therapy Foundation, was a member of the NIH National Advisory Council on Complementary and
Alternative Medicine.

MEEKER Dr Bill-Pres-Palmer's San Jose CampusWilliam C. Meeker, DC, MPH

Dr. Meeker was appointed president of the San Jose Campus of Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2007. Prior to that he was Vice-President for Research for Palmer College of Chiropractic, and the Director of the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR). During his 12 year tenure, the PCCR became the largest chiropractic research program in the world. He was the editor of the Journal of the Neuromusculoskeletal System, and now currently serves on the editorial boards of The Spine Journal, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Explore, The International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and others. Dr. Meeker has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers, books and book chapters and has made over 100 scientific and policy presentations to multidisciplinary audiences around the world. He is a former member of the National Advisory Council of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at NIH, and a former member of the Governing Council of the American Public Health Association. He currently serves on the Boards of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, and the Academy for Integrative Health and Medicine. Dr. Meeker received his BA in political science from Wabash College in 1973, his Doctorate in Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1982, and his Master of Public Health degree from San Jose State University in 1988.

thomas myersThomas Myers, LMT
Thomas Myers directs Anatomy Trains, which offers courses in manual therapy and the anatomy of movement worldwide. Tom is the author of Anatomy Trains (Elsevier 2001, 2009, 2014),Anatomist’s Corner (Kinesis 2012), Body3 (Kinesis 2010), and co-author of Fascial Release for Structural Balance (North Atlantic 2010, 2016). Tom has authored numerous chapters and contributes frequently to trade magazine and journals. Tom has produced 16 DVDs and a dozen webinars for manual therapists and movement teachers. Tom speaks frequently on fascia, connected anatomy, and movement.
Tom is a certified Rolfer ®, a member of the Health Advisory Board for Equinox Fitness, and has formerly been on the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, as well as the Rolf Institute’s Board of Directors. He studied directly with Drs. Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais, and other luminaries of the bodywork world, and had successful practices in London, Germany, Italy, Australia, and various cities in the US. Tom developed the Anatomy Trains myofascial meridians system from a combination of his practice and anatomy teaching to his students. This system, which connects the muscles into functional units through the fascial bio-fabric, has been taken up with enthusiasm by a variety of body-oriented practitioners from rehabilitation and performance enhancement.

Whitney Lowe, LMTWhitney Lowe
Whitney Lowe is a recognized authority on pain and injury treatment with massage therapy. His contributions to the massage field are wide-ranging and include extensive research, professional publications, teaching, clinical work, consulting, and participation in national boards and committees. He is the author of the books, Orthopedic Assessment in Massage Therapy, and Orthopedic Massage: Theory and Technique, which are used in training programs and schools nationally and internationally. He is a former chair of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork and In 1994 founded the Academy of Clinical Massage (formerly OMERI) to provide massage therapists the advanced education they would need for treating orthopedic soft-tissue disorders. He is a member of the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies and has been a regular featured author in publications such as Massage Magazine, Massage Today, The Journal of Soft-Tissue Manipulation, and Massage & Bodywork.
John WeeksJohn Weeks
John Weeks John Weeks has worked in integrative health for 32 years as a chronicler, columnist, speaker, organizer, and executive. His writing includes the Integrator Blog News & Reports, Integrative Practitioner, [DELETE – the Global Integrator Blog (www.gahmj.com)] and other regular columns. In May 2016 he said yes to taking on a part-time role as editor-in-chief for the pioneering peer-reviewed journal in the field, JACM (Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine). Weeks has consulted with the NIH, AHA, IHPM, and numerous professional and academic organizations. He is particularly proud of serving as an adviser to the WHO on its 2014-2023 Traditional Medicine Strategy and PAHO on its traditional medicine initiative. Weeks has helped create and/or direct multi-stakeholder and interprofessional initiatives including the Integrative Health Policy Consortium, the National Education Dialogue to Advance Integrated Care, and the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care, for which he served for 8 years as executive director. Weeks attended Stanford University for three years, writing poetry and studying history. Four academic institutions have granted Weeks honorary doctorates. In 2014 three integrative consortia collaborated to grant him a Lifetime Achievement Living Tribute award. While particularly pleased at having found ways to move with his family and work from Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico, he presently works from a home-office in Seattle, Washington.

Leslie A. YoungLeslie A. Young, PhD
Leslie has enjoyed donating to and volunteering for the Massage Therapy Foundation since 2008; she was honored to serve as a Trustee and Development Chair until 2016. In 2002 Leslie joined the massage profession as Editor-in-Chief of Massage & Bodywork magazine; she’s also Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals’ Vice President Communication. Her dedication to the Foundation traces back to her appreciation for inquiry and her respect for evidenced-based practice. She sees the Foundation as the philanthropic crossroads for the massage profession and particularly enjoys stewarding key Foundation relationships and educating professionals about its three focal points: community service grants, research grants, and education on the efficacy of therapeutic massage.

Volunteers

2017-18 Massage Therapy Foundation Committees:

Executive Committee
Jerrilyn Cambron, LMT, DC, MPH, PhD
Brent Jackson, M.Ed., BS, LMT
Cliff Korn, LMT, BCTMB
Doug Nelson, LMT, BCTMB, CNMT

Community Service Grant Proposal Review Committee
Adrienne Asta (Chair)
Robin B. Anderson, LMT, BCTMB, CEAS
Katherine Ferranti
Dawn Geula, LMT
Doug Nelson, LMT, BCTMB, CNMT
Bonnie Rich, LMT

Development Committee
Doug Nelson, LMT, BCTMB, CNMT (Chair)
Jerrilyn Cambron, DC, MPH, PhD
Cliff Korn, LMT, BCTMB
Angie Patrick
Jeff Smoot

Education Committee
Brent Jackson, M.Ed., BS, LMT (Chair)
Hope DeVall
Karen Hobson, MS. Ed., LMT
Ruth Werner, BCTMB
Pete Whitridge

Finance Committee
Rachel Mann, LMBT, MBA (Chair)
Cliff Korn, LMT, BCTMB
Jerrilyn Cambron, LMT, DC, MPH, PhD
Doug Nelson, LMT, BCTMB, CNMT

Governance Committee
Sharon Marden Johnson, LMT, NCTMB (Chair)
Brent Jackson, M.Ed., BS, LMT
Cliff Korn, LMT, BCTMB
Leslie A. Young, PhD

Poster Session Workgroup
Jen Dexheimer, LMT, BS (Chair)
Jerrilyn Cambron, LMT, DC, MPH, PhD
Nina Cherie Franklin, LMT, MS, PhD
Melissa Miller, DC

Research Committee
Jerrilyn Cambron, LMT, DC, MPH, PhD (Chair)
Ann Blair Kennedy, LMT, DrPH
Nina Cherie Franklin, LMT, MS, PhD
Jen Dexheimer, LMT, BS
Ruth Werner, BCTMB

Research Grant Proposal Review Committee
Cynthia Price, PhD, LMP (Chair)
Nina Cherie Franklin, LMT, MS, PhD
Niki Munk, PhD, LMT
Antony Porcino, PhD
JoEllen Sefton, PhD, ATC, CMT

State Outreach Workgroup
David Otto (Chair)
Susan Barrett
Scott Lesieur, LMP
Collette Wilson, LMT

Student Case Report Contest Review Committee
Ann Blair Kennedy, LMT, DrPH (Chair)
Robin Byler Thomas, LMT, BS, MPH Doctoral Student
Jerrilyn Cambron, LMT, DC, MPH, PhD
Jen Dexheimer, LMT, BS
Portia Resnick, PhD, ATC, BCTMB
Robin Streit Miccio, MS, LMT
Ruth Werner, BCTMB

Writing Workgroup
Derek Richard Austin, MS, CMT (Chair)
MK Brennan, MS,RN, LMBT
Jolie Haun, PhD, LMT
Natalie Lorick, HHP,LMT
April Neufeld, BS, LMT/LMP
Drew Rowe, LMT, BGs
Kelli Skellinger, BS, LMT
Jacquline Tibbett, BS, LMT

Volunteer with the Massage Therapy Foundation

The Massage Therapy Foundation invites many international professionals to work with us in various capacities. We designate their academic degrees and professional credentials according to the countries in which they qualified. We make every effort to do this as accurately as possible. If any previously referenced credentials or degrees have been listed here inaccurately, we regret the error and will work to avoid it in the future.