MTF Welcomes New President, Trustees

Posted:Thursday, March 25, 2021

Massage Therapy Foundation Announces New President, Board of Trustee Members

Evanston, Ill., March 5, 2021. The Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) Board of Trustees announces the election of Robin Anderson MEd, LMT, BCTMB, CEAS, as President, Adrienne F. Asta, BA, LMT, as Vice President, and welcomes to the Board of Trustees Angela Barker, BCTMB, LMT, who will serve a one-year term, and Lindsay Bodkin, BA, LMT, CPT, Kim Nimmo, LMT, NCBTMB, and Portia B. Resnick, PhD, ATC, BCTMB, who will serve two-year terms.

MTF’s new President and Trustees’ experience and expertise will be assets to furthering the Foundation’s mission of bringing scientific research, education, and community service to the massage therapy profession.

Robin Anderson, the director of the massage therapy education program and health professions online learning coordinator, Community College of Baltimore County, MD, is a board certified and licensed massage therapist, maintains a small private practice, and is an NCBTMB-approved Continuing Education provider. Anderson has a Master of Education degree in Adult Education and Training from Colorado State University and published research on ergonomics teaching methods. She has served on committees with the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, the Alliance for Massage Therapy Educators, and the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation.

“As a champion of MTF, I plan to build upon MTF’s 30 years of ideas and momentum and continue growth in every area of the organization: research projects, educational programs, community service support, and most importantly, the benefits to the entire massage therapy profession. Our new research agenda, proposed practice-based research network, and ergonomics study are only a few exciting initiatives that we will amplify. It is a very exciting time to be in a leadership role with MTF!” said Anderson.

Angela Barker, is a nationally board certified massage therapist, a massage clinic owner, and the Immediate Past President of the American Massage Therapy Association. She is a member of the AMA’s CPT Editorial Panel, active in the pain management community holding an Integrative Health Coach certification through Duke Integrative Medicine. She began her volunteer experience with MTF when she served as member of the Student Research Contest panel. Barker is active in state and federal government relations for massage, working passionately for licensure, fair working conditions, health coverage for massage therapy services, and accessible integrative care for all.

Lindsay Bodkin, licensed massage therapist specializing in CranioSacral Therapy, cupping, and integrative manual therapy, co-owns a private practice in Upstate New York with her husband and worked as the official therapist for the Adirondack Thunder, ECHL professional hockey team. Lindsay’s love for MTF stemmed from her passion for research as well as from her devotion to the massage therapy profession. Lindsay ran as a MTF charity runner in the 2018 Boston Marathon and currently chairs the MTF Finance Committee. She has a B.A. in Sociology and is a Certified Personal Trainer.

Kim Nimmo is owner of a massage therapy business in Casper, WY, specializing in advanced Ashiatsu Deep Feet Bar Therapy and currently working toward her certification as a Yoga Instructor. She serves as President of the Board of Directors for the 12-24 Club, a local Casper organization supporting individuals seeking recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Nimmo believes in the power of research and education and builds on her skills by participating in ongoing continuing education. An athlete herself, Nimmo ran with 2019 Team MTF—Running for Research in the Boston Marathon and has empathy for athletes and people in the process of healing.

Portia Resnick is a board certified massage therapist and athletic trainer who has over 25 years of experience in the sports medicine field. She completed her PhD in Education with a concentration in Kinesiology, University of Hawaii, Manoa, researching the use of heart rate variability as a clinical measure of recovery in NCAA Division I athletes. Currently an Assistant Professor and the Coordinator of Clinical Education for the athletic training program at California State University, Long Beach, she has been a volunteer with MTF since 2015 and has recently served on the Board of Directors for NCBTMB.

About the Massage Therapy Foundation

The Massage Therapy Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity supporting scientific research, education, and community service for the massage therapy profession. The Foundation founded and publishes an open-access, peer-reviewed scientific journal and provides many educational resources for massage therapists, educators, and students. MTF is an independent organization that promotes international scientific and technical collaboration through grants, resources, training, and services.


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