The Role of Research in Schools: A Podcast Interview with Margaret Sharenko

Posted:Thursday, May 2, 2019

What does it look like to integrate massage therapy research into student curriculum?

Listen as MTF President Doug Nelson, LMT, BCTMB, speaks with Margaret Sharenko, LMT, CPT, the Massage Program Director at Atlanta School of Massage (ASM) in Atlanta, Ga., about her efforts to help students become confident and competent when seeking research to benefit clients. Don’t miss her valuable insights into what makes research relevant to students and steps educators can take to ensure students are comfortable accessing research resources.

Margaret also touches on her role as liaison between ASM and Emory University (also located in Atlanta). As part of a research team, ASM graduates provide Emory University with the expertise and experience required to investigate alternative wellness therapies and the science behind them. ASM’s research team partners with Emory in clinical trials to study the biological benefits of massage therapy. Those attending MTF’s IMTRC 2019 Conference can look forward to hearing some of the results gained from this partnership from Education Session speaker Mark Hyman Rapaport, MD, of Emory University.

Click below to listen to the interview:


Margaret Sharenko graduated from the Atlanta School of Massage Clinical Program in March, 2006, and currently holds a license in the state of Georgia. She was hired at the Atlanta School of Massage in June, 2014 as the orthopedics instructor. Quickly excelling in her instructor position, she became the Massage Program Director in October, 2014. Margaret’s goal for the program is to develop more understanding for massage in research and educate her students and the public on ethical and legislative standards through curriculum development and workshops. Margaret is eager to share her research experience with other schools.

Click here to learn more about the research partnership between Atlanta School of Massage and Emory University.