For more than 30 years our Instructors and Support Staff have been the backbone of LSM; educating and inspiring Massage Therapists long before licensure was even required.
From the beginning, students who elected to attend LSM have sought out more education than was required to serve as massage therapists and, later, Licensed Massage Therapists. As a result, we have a rich pool of graduates who wish to pass that passion on to the next generation...this keeps our curriculum fresh, relevant, strong and most importantly inspired. Bios for each Instructor are below.
Our Support Staff are well-versed on the requirements to become Licensed Massage Therapists. This team brings an impressive history of process management, student affairs and governmental compliance to the table to ensure LSM runs efficiently and that our students have the answers they need as they travel their journey to licensure.
Adam is a recent graduate of LSM (c/o 2014). We were excited to engage Adam immediately, putting his background in the corporate and tech world to use with our Professional Development Classes. Adam entered Massage as a second career looking for something, "that would be less stressful and allow me to help others." In his spare time, Adam enjoys spending time with his family and throwing darts.
Marissa is BCMTB certified and has been in practice since 1999. She continues to massage because she is "awed by the power of touch and humbled each time a client trusts me with their vulnerability." She is passionate about Student Practicum and ensuring students have the skills to be practicing LMTs. In her spare time Marissa enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking and coloring on the sidewalk (with chalk) with her daughter and wife.
Quinton is a lover of knowledge and learning. He strives to make the oft-complex topic of Anatomy & Physiology less intimidating and more accessible to students. Quinton brings real life application and skill to the classroom by connecting Massage Therapy 2 and A&P courses.
After an injury from a bike wreck, Richard found relief from pain by way of Massage. That massage (with Marissa, as an aside) set into motion for Richard the journey to become an LMT. 16 years later, Richard is still massaging and instructing. His passion for both Massage and Instructing are fueled by the pursuit and discovery "of ever-changing knowledge about the body. As science goes deeper, uncovering more mysteries about humans, my curiosity is both satisfied and piqued."
Shannon has been a Massage Therapist since 2012, and brings 20+ years of experience in energy work prior to that. What inspires her to keep massaging is "the balance between science and the healing arts." She believes "each client is different, " and also applies this belief in her role as Student Clinic Director and rotating Professional Development Instructor. When she is not refining her teaching methods, you can find Shannon enjoying time with her son, riding horses and publishing curriculum newsletters for an area non profit.
Molly is passionate about helping clients keep their body in motion. Whether it is in a pilates or movement class or in her massage studio, Molly combines her knowledge of the human body and human physiology to help achieve this goal. This makes her an excellent instructor of both hands on (Massage Therapy 2) classes as well as more academic (Anatomy & Physiology) courses. Molly is able to help students make the academic to body connection, bringing our textbooks to life!
Donald graduated from LSM in 2014 after a long career in non profit management and youth development. After graduation, Donald opened a private practice and became LSM's Director after our beloved Founders retired full time to New Mexico. He seeks to bring a sense of balance in mind, body and spirit to his clients, colleagues and students. In Donald's spare time, he can be found making organic soap, camping/hiking, or on any number of random road trips with his teenage son.
Chrissy is the glue of the organization. She has served as the Administrative Coordinator for many years and excels at keeping LSM efficient and helping our students navigate their journey to become LMTs. While not a licensed massage therapist herself, Chrissy knows more than most in the industry about the ins and outs to become Licensed. If you have a question, chances are Chrissy has the answer.