Our Faculty

Dr. Heather Lash, DC - Advanced Certification Instructor
Dr. Heather Lash, D.C. is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic in the States of Pennsylvania and Florida. She grew up in Conshohocken, PA and after graduating from high school, went on to earn a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Lash continued her education at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, FL, one of only 18 Chiropractic Colleges in the United States. In addition to her Chiropractic Degree, Dr. Lash earned certificates in Neuro-Proprioceptive Taping technique, Graston technique, Activator Methods, and studied several other manual techniques including Gua Sha and Trigger Point therapy. Following graduation from Palmer, Dr.  Lash obtained a Certification in Functional Diagnostic Medicine in an effort to better aid her patients in their nutritional needs.
Workshops taught by Dr. Lash: Introduction to Gua Sha, Advanced Gua Sha, Trigger Point Therapy, Neuro-Proprioceptive Taping Technique, Postural Analysis 


Jim Earley, LMT, MBA - Advanced Certification Instructor
Jim Earley has worked full-time in sports massage for over 12 years. He has worked with 15 colleges and universities (Princeton, University of Maryland, and Johns Hopkins to name a few).  Notable clients include Olympian Michael Phelps, US Tennis Team, and the US Swimming Team. Jim maintains practices in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Workshops taught by Jim Earley: Sports Massage, Advanced Sports Massage, Core Release and Active Isolated Stretching 


Shannon Haughey, LMT, CYI -Advanced Certification Instructor
Shannon received her training in Shiatsu at the prestigious Ohashi Institute in Chicago and New York. She studied directly with Wataru Ohashi, the founder of the Ohashi Institute, at a time when he was instrumental in introducing the west to this ancient art.Shannon also uses CranioSacral Therapy as a compliment to her work. CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tension deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction. This technique was developed by John Upgleger, D.O. Shannon remains excited about her work and in addition to maintaining a private practice she has become an educator in the healing arts field and a Certified Yoga Instructor. 
Workshops taught by Shannon Haughey: Introduction to Shiatsu, Level 1 & 2 Shiatsu, Hara Diagnosis 


Beth Villante, BSN, LMT - Advanced Certification Instructor
Beth graduated from the Pennsylvania School of Muscle Therapy in 1999. She founded the South Street Healing Center in November of 1999 where she worked side by side with her mentor Dr. Paul Brown Bodhise a naturopathic Chiropractor and body worker.  There she learned the Bodhise Method of Neuromuscular Therapy. In 2001 Beth studied Oncology Massage with Gayle MacDonald MS, LMT one of the pioneers of the field and author of Medicine Hands: Massage Therapy for People With Cancer. Later she joined the team at the Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine at Jefferson Hospital practicing clinical massage in a hospital setting.  Beth specializes in Neuromuscular Therapies, Myofascial, Swedish, Pfrimmer, Sports, Perinatal, Oncology and Geriatric and Hospice massage modalities.  In addition to her massage studies Beth became a Registered Nurse in 2011 and then completed her BSN from Chamberlain College of Nursing. Beth taught Massage Therapy and all related science course work at the National Massage Therapy Institute prior to joining the hospice team at The Home Care Network Hospice.  Beth is an enthusiastic Nurse Massage Therapist, passionate about integrating massage therapy into the changing face of healthcare.
Workshops taught by Beth Villante: Medical Massage Level 1 & 2, Massage for Oncology & Hospice Patients 

Aaron Mittica, L.Ac., Dipl.,

Aaron Mittica is a licensed acupuncturist and chiropractic assistant. His strong roots in alternative medicine came about at a young age as the son of two local Lafayette Hill chiropractors. After graduating from Drew University with a degree in Chemistry and a minor in Biology, he taught Chemistry and Physics for four years before turning to Acupuncture. He attended the Won Institute of Graduate Studies in Glenside, PA, graduating in 2013. Arron has a strong belief that acupuncture is essential for bringing about balance for the body to promote healing. Along with Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques, Aaron practices Five Element Acupuncture - A theory that follows the natural cycles of life and energy movement. Patients have deemed his practices "innovative" and "creative" through his integration of Western and Eastern medicines; combining both to treat the whole patient, not just the symptoms.
Workshops Taught by Aaron: Intro to Massage Cupping, Gliding Cupping, Advanced Cupping


Susan Hanna, LMT - Advanced Certification Instructor
Susan Hanna is a nationally certified massage therapist and aesthetician.  She began her career as a graduate of Delaware Training Institute of Massage Therapy. Susan worked as an instructor at The National Massage Therapy Institute in   Wilmington,   DE where she taught anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, theory and principles of massage. Susan owns A Magical Escape, LLC in North Wilmington, DE.

Workshops taught by Susan Hanna: Mu-Xing Therapy Fundamentals, Mu-Xing Zone Therapy, Advanced Mu-Xing Techniques for the Upper & Lower Body, Mu-Xing Teacher Certification 


Lara Logan, LMT
Lara has a 25 year career spanning dance, movement education, physical rehabilitation and bodywork massage practices. Beginning in the field of dance she completed her Fine Arts at Temple University. She went on to the Medical College at Hahnemann University to complete her Physical Therapy Assistant Associates. After spending 10 years in outpatient physical therapy she went on to obtain her Pa license in massage. She has currently worked privately for 7years as a bodyworker focusing on fascial modalities. She has been a teacher and quest instructor throughout the Philadelphia and New Jersey regions. She enjoys the application of science with the intuition of therapeutic physical artistry and the hallmark of her work is blending both movement and manual modalities to meet the highest standard for her clients. Workshops taught by Lara Logan, LMT: Kinesiology 


Sue Wood, LMT
Sue Wood is a PA licensed massage therapist and an AOBTA certified shiatsu practitioner. She is also a graduate of the shiatsu Instructor's Training Program at the Meridian Shiatsu Institute in Wayne,  Pennsylvania. She has served in the Wellness industry as a teacher, department supervisor and advisory board member in massage programs in Philadelphia and the surrounding region.
Workshops taught by Sue Wood: Ethics, Shiatsu, Table Shiatsu, Geriatric Massage, Thai Herbal Compress Therapy

Maria O'Connell, LMT
Maria O'Connell is a certified CPR and First Aid instructor with the American Heart Association, and has been teaching CPR classes since 2005.  She is also a PA licensed massage therapist, in practice since 2002.  Maria holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology, and has worked in the fields of mental health and human resources.  Currently, her work includes providing job training to mental health professionals.

Karen Giglio, RN, LMT
Karen Giglio is a leader in the education and mentoring of thousands of Massage Therapists in the Northeast Region.  She is a graduate of Body Dynamics School of Therapeutic Massage in Albuquerque, NM and has a B.S. in Healthcare Management. Karen has been writing curriculum and teaching, as well as managing and training faculty at massage therapy schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and New Mexico.  Karen is currently teaching for Anthem Institute in Springfield, PA leading the Medical Assisting, Medical Billing and Coding and Massage Therapy Teams.
Workshops taught by Karen Giglio: Aromatherapy, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy & Positional Release Techniques


Olga Morris, FNP/CMT
Olga Morris has been teaching Peri-Natal Massage for over 18 years for the Arizona School of Integrative Studies' near Sedona, Arizona. Olga's home base is in 
CottonwoodArizona where her daily work is a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and clinical coordinator of integrative services for the Healing Arts Center. She is also an International Trainer of Infant Massage Education.
Workshops taught by Olga Morris: Peri-Natal Massage, Infant Massage Trainer 

Pamela West, LMT, M.Ed. -Advanced Certification Instructor
Pamela West, M.Ed. maintains private practices as a body therapist in both Philadelphia, since 1983, and Doylestown, since 1997.  She earned a Masters in dance from Temple University.  Pamela is certified in Body Education and holds a certificate of Personal Enrichment in the Alexander Technique through The Alexander Foundation.  She has over thirty years' experience in movement studies.  This background in movement supports her myofascial practice as she works with clients' structural, movement and tensional patterns.  She has taught structural myofascial work at Lourdes Institute of Holistic Studies in Collingswood, New Jersey for over fifteen years.
Workshops taught by Pamela West: Introduction to Structural Myofascial Work, Advanced Myofascial Work

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