Both the expertise of our teachers, and overall classroom experience, fundamentally sets us apart from our competition. Our carefully selected teachers from many different disciplines work together developing the best curriculums and programs for both our online and live classes.The result is an extraordinary learning experience, that upon completion, creates more confident practitioners with a stronger skillset to offer their clients. It also means you will recoup your class fee investment many times over throughout your career.
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
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.
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
Bradford Niccary, LMT, CYT
Bradford’s body/mind/spirit journey began in 1991 at Lititz World Tang Soo Do with Master Kifilo. As his disciplines developed, he began teaching weekly karate classes in 1996, and achieved the rank of E Dan (2nd Degree Black Belt). By 2001, he was serious about an Ashtanga Yoga practice. Expanding on his disciplines and anatomy knowledge, he graduated in 2004 from the Baltimore School of Massage. In 2007, he began training 5-Animal Style Kung Fu and Tai Chi with Sifu Nathan Groff, attaining the advanced Brown Sash level. By 2008, he was teaching weekly yoga classes in Lancaster, PA, leading to his 2012 completed training for “Floating Yoga” with one of the top touring/performing aerial dance groups in New York City and Rhode Island. In January 2014, he and his wife opened Float Yoga of Lancaster.