Faculty & Staff

History of ASIS Massage Education
(Arizona School of Integrative Studies)

The Arizona State Board for Private Post Secondary Education approved for the Arizona School of Integrative Studies to begin classes in the Fall of 1995. Directors Joseph and Jamie Rongo began training massage therapists in January 1996 at the Healing Arts Center at 753 North Main Street, Cottonwood, Arizona.

In January 2000, the first ASIS campus was opened at 701 South Broadway, Clarkdale, Arizona. Once again in January, but this time in 2005—five years after the original campus opened—ASIS Massage Education opened its second campus at 115 South McCormick Street in Prescott.

ASIS Massage Education opened its third Northern Arizona campus at 113 West Phoenix in Flagstaff's historic downtown district, just off the iconic Route 66.

And in May 2012, ASIS opened its fourth campus at 639 North 6th Avenue in Tucson, at the old Desert Institute of the Healing Arts Building.

Shortly after the grand opening in Tucson, a new partnership was born between ASIS founders Jamie and Joseph Rongo, and David Merwin and John Robinson, owners of the Finger Lakes School of Massage and the Central Maryland School of Massage. It was a natural merger as all schools share a common vision.

In the spring of 2016, ASIS moved its flagship campus to downtown Mesa, at 209 West Main Street.

We are proud to say that ASIS has produced, and continues to produce, well-trained, passionate, dedicated, and satisfied graduates that embody the spirit of trust, cooperation and integrity that ASIS prides itself on.



ASIS administration, staff, and faculty engage with students because they believe in the industry. The school offers a diverse group of qualified practitioners who believe in high standards, kindness, and generosity. With excitement for their respective fields and commitment to a collaborative educational process, our teachers choose to teach because they believe in the potential of their students and massage therapy as a profession.


ASIS Founders

Joseph and Jamie Rongo
Joseph and Jamie are co-founders, curriculum directors, and directors of teacher training for ASIS Massage Education. They both met after completing their education at the University of Arizona, and received their initial massage training at the Florida School of Massage in Gainesville. Their energetic and creative style of living is reflected throughout their work in both the classroom and the business world. Together, and in partnership with the ASIS staff, they envision massage therapy education and practice to be concrete steps toward self-empowerment and world peace. Joseph and Jamie are parents to three wonderful, individual children, and as a family they live in their hand-built home overlooking the Verde River in Clarkdale, Arizona.

School Directors

Karen Mackenzie Hemleben, CMT
Karen was raised in southern England and spent a decade working in the marketing and media industries before moving to the United States in 1992. Curiosity for options in the healthcare field led Karen to study alternative treatments at The Chinese Hospital in London. The focus on Tai Chi and bodywork led Karen to study Iyengar Yoga, followed by complimentary studies in Viniyoga. She completed her Yoga Teacher Training through ASIS in 1999 and had the opportunity to teach yoga for over 10 years. Her focus on, and fascination with the human system led Karen back to ASIS for the massage therapy program and she never left. Karen lives in the funky artist community of Jerome with her son. She coordinates all of the workshops offered through ASIS.

Annette Buell-Moon
Since ASIS was approved to offer Federal Financial Aid to students who qualify, Annette has been its financial aid coordinator. Annette joined ASIS after moving to Arizona from Colorado. She comes with years of experience in the corporate world, working in real estate, banking, non-profits, engineering, and education, with her most recent experience being in a sound healing studio and volunteering her time assisting in animal rescues. Annette is also certified in canine massage and in equine/canine acupressure. In her spare time, Annette likes to spend time hiking in the mountains with her husband and dog, reading, traveling, and doing volunteer work.

H. Jeffrey Turner
Regional Director of Operations/Campus Director Master of Science Management, Indiana Wesleyan University; Bachelor of Science Psychology, Western Michigan University. 23 years in educational leadership directing campuses into regulatory compliance and providing quality education. 10 years of multi-campus leadership.

Janis Arlow, MS.Ed., LMT
Janis’ passion for science, bodywork, and education has created a spiraling career path intermingling environmental, community and embodied health services. Originally pursuing her concern for the environment with a Forestry degree from VPI&SU, motherhood interests soon shifted her scientific inquiries to a more personal level, leading to her studies at the Virginia School of Massage in 1995. While maintaining a full-time bodywork practice for twenty years in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Janis also pursued her affinity for the classroom, teaching in several local massage schools. Training in Visionary Cranial Sacral Work built the foundation for her bodywork, which integrated connective tissue, neuromuscular and visceral manipulation techniques. After Janis completed her Masters of Science in Adult Education and Human Resource Development from James Madison University, she moved west to join the team at A.S.I.S. as an instructor and manager of the Flagstaff Campus.

Campus Faculty

Prescott

Jesse Bray, LMT, AA
Jesse is an athlete, a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honors society, and plays roller derby. Having sustained multiple injuries as an athlete, Jesse knows the importance of physical therapy and massage therapy. Both a mother and wife, she highly values family. Jesse teaches Shiatsu in the classroom.

Jill Boyer
Jill has a Bachelors Degree in Conservation Biology because she wants to protect, preserve and heal the natural world. As life continues, she has discovered new passions for helping people. She shifted her studies and become a herbalist and a licensed massage therapist. She now serves as an Admissions Guide for ASIS in Flagstaff where she is able to help others discover their gifts and passions and turn them into a rewarding career.

Jeanette Campbell, MSOM, Dip OM, L.Ac., LCH, LMT
Jeanette is a nationally board-certified acupuncturist and Chinese herbal medicine practitioner and has been a health care professional for over 25 years. She earned her Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine from the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture and completed her clinical internship at the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. Jeanette teaches and practices Western and Eastern massage therapies daily in her Oriental medical practice where she practices Traditional Chinese Medicine including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Tuina ATupressure, Moxabustin, cupping, Gua Sha, and multiple Western massage therapy disciplines.

Kelly Grey, LMT
Kelly (Kirati) teaches Ayurvedic massage at several of the ASIS campuses. She holds advanced certification in Hatha Yoga at Sivananda Vedanta, a Master Teacher certification from the Wise Earth School of Ayurveda, and is an ASIS graduate. She has studied Ayurvedic massage and Astanga yoga extensively throughout India and received certification in Pancha Karma and Ayurvedic massage from Dr. Nedungadi—with a special emphasis on Ayurvedic treatments from India. She has been teaching her passion for over 20 years and has been the creator of many of the yoga and Ayurveda programs in the city of Prescott today, including those at Yoga Shala, ASIS, and Yavapai College.

Meredith Hornberger, LMT
Meredith moved from the east coast to Prescott in 2009 and worked as a caregiver for seniors with dementia for several years before deciding to follow her dream of going to massage school. She was so inspired by the program and the teachers at ASIS that she never left and she now teaches Swedish Massage and is the Administrator in Prescott.

Erin Koenig, LMT
Erin discovered her calling at 8-years-old, when her third grade teacher had a student massage her shoulders as she read to the class. She is a graduate of the National Holistic Institute in Emeryville, CA, and after graduation, she stayed on as a teaching assistant. She served as the massage therapist for the US Open Track and Field Championships and became the Official Massage Therapist for the Cesar Gracie Fight Team out of Concord, CA. After teaching at several massage schools, she is excited to be part of the team at ASIS where she can work with people who are walking the path of healing and personal growth. Erin has a husband and is the mother of a lovely daughter.

Monique McConnell BA LMT
Monique earned her BA from Prescott College in 1994, with majors in education and special education and minors in liberal arts and music. Is a studied ministry and was commissioned as a worship pastor in 2006 and is a ASIS alumni. She has taught kindergarten through adult education in the private and public sectors for 23 years. She is currently a licensed massage therapist in private practice and a vocal coach. She enjoys ballroom dancing, hiking, cooking and traveling with her husband.

Devin McKinley LMT
An instructor at ASIS Prescott, Devin is often described as enthusiastic, compassionate, and authentic. She has been a licensed massage therapist practicing neuromuscular therapy, perinatal, and integrative therapy since 2000, who operates her own mobile massage practice and works closely with local chiropractors. Devin began attending workshops at the Upledger Institute and attained her license from the Body Wisdom Massage Therapy School. Since then, she has created a varied healing path for herself, attending trainings in compassionate communication and neuromuscular therapy. Outside of her enthusiasm for bodywork, she delights in being the mother of two beautiful children, spending time in nature, needle felting, and connecting with friends and family.

Becky McLoughlin, BA, LMT, NCTMB
Becky received her BA from Northern Arizona University in 2001 and a massage certification from Maui School of Therapeutic Massage in 2003. She moved back to Prescott in 2004 and runs a successful private practice. Becky teaches communications at ASIS Prescott. She loves to travel with her husband Sean and son Liam, and continues to seek learning adventures in the performing arts, fine arts, body movement, and being of service to those who are also seeking.

Judy Stahl, LMT, MSW
Judy has a master's degree in psychology, has been a practicing massage therapist since the 1980s, and been teaching since 1990. She is a graduate from the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts, played a primary role in the creation of the Arizona Massage Therapy Law, and is a past president of the National American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). Judy is a breast cancer survivor and marathoner, and enjoys acting, singing, and dancing in musicals.

Flagstaff

Rose Adams, LMT
For 30 years, Rose's work as a massage therapist has included private practice and collaboration with midwives, and chiropractors. She also was instrumental in developing the therapeutic massage department at Flagstaff Medical Center. Her initial training was at Pacific School of Massage and Healing Arts, which started her on a path of learning which included acupressure, cross fiber myotherapy, craniosacral, pregnancy and infant massage, reflexology, manual lymphatic drainage, oncology massage, and breast cancer rehabilitation. While working at the hospital, she guided a research study looking at pain management in the hospital setting. She believes that our training provides the techniques needed to use touch therapeutically, but it is our mindful presence and ability to be in the moment with each individual person that brings clarity and healing to the interaction.

Don Berlyn, PT, Hypnotherapist
Don graduated from Northern Arizona University in 1986 with a degree in physical therapy and opened his own clinic in 1993. Prior to becoming a PT, Don worked for several years with adults and children with physical and/or mental challenges in a variety of settings. He is also certified in orthopedic physical therapy and manual therapy. His specialties include manual manipulation, hypnotherapy, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).

Robyn Cass, PT, CHT, LMT
Robyn Cass earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at Northern Arizona University in 1987, and she specializes in pediatrics, TMJ disorders, and orthopedics. In addition, she earned her Certification in Hand Therapy (CHT) in 1997. Robyn has served as a practicing hand therapist in a number of healthcare settings in Flagstaff. Driven by curiosity, change, and growth, Robyn graduated from ASIS Flagstaff. She now works as a private practitioner and sees clients out of her home office/studio and teaches communications at ASIS Flagstaff. Interests include gardening; hiking the trails with her dogs, Hank and George; reading; meditation; pilates; and music. Robyn is also proficient in Spanish and volunteers in Haiti as part of ongoing relief efforts.

Kelly Grey, LMT
Kelly (Kirati) teaches Ayurvedic massage at several ASIS campuses. She holds advanced certification in Hatha yoga at Sivananda Vedanta, a Master Teacher certification from the Wise Earth School of Ayurveda, and is an ASIS graduate. She has studied Ayurvedic massage and Astanga yoga extensively throughout India and received certification in Pancha Karma and Ayurvedic massage from Dr. Nedungadi—with a special emphasis on Ayurvedic treatments from India. She has been teaching her passion for over 20 years and has been the creator of many of the yoga and Ayurveda programs in the city of Prescott today, including those at Yoga Shala, ASIS, and Yavapai College.

Jodi Johnson, LMT
A graduate of three craniosacral programs, Jodi is a therapist, healer, and teacher. She is devoted to facilitating her clients and students journey to accessing their inner wisdom and healing. Her exploration of the healing arts began after experiencing a profound transformation of her own chronic health issues. She has studied extensively for more than a decade and a half and now teaches in the fields of craniosacral therapy, infant massage, polarity therapy, hot stone massage, essential oils, communications, and ethics.

Aileen Judson, LMT, BA
Aileen unknowingly started her career in healthcare as a young child when her mother would pay her a quarter to rub her neck. She went on to earn a BA in Human Relations/Social Services from Pace University, and worked as a medical social worker for several years. Her love for the body, its structure and function, drew her back to massage. Aileen became a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in 1995, a meditation teacher in 1999, a yoga instructor in 2004, and has taught massage since 2005.

Erin Koenig, LMT
Erin discovered her calling at 8-years-old, when her third grade teacher had a student massage her shoulders as she read to the class. She is a graduate of the National Holistic Institute in Emeryville, CA, and after graduation, she stayed on as a teaching assistant. She served as the massage therapist for the US Open Track and Field Championships and became the Official Massage Therapist for the Cesar Gracie Fight Team out of Concord, CA. After teaching at several massage schools, she is excited to be part of the team at ASIS where she can work with people who are walking the path of healing and personal growth. Erin has a husband and is the mother of a lovely daughter.

Michael Knapp, ND
Michael Knapp is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor at Root Natural Health in the city of Flagstaff. He practices family and pediatric medicine with a focus in digestive, allergic, hormone, and neurologic complaints (including ADHD, MS, and anxiety/depression). Dr. Mike also teaches at ASIS Flagstaff, serves as a board member of Naturopaths International (NI), and is an attending physician providing community health outreach for NI. He is also a certified Emergence Care Therapy provider.

Katie Norton, LMT, NCTMB
Katie's path in the healing arts began wholeheartedly in 1981 while studying healing herbs and nutrition with a Mohawk medicine woman. She has had a practice in bodywork since 1984 when she graduated from the Chicago School of Massage Therapy. She has presented to the Integrative Medicine Board at Flagstaff Medical Center and helped start an in-hospital infant massage program.

Suellen Trumbour-Cheney, RN, MPS, RPP, RPE
Suellen is a registered polarity practitioner and a holistic nurse counselor who has been in private practice for 30 years. She founded the Polarity Wellness East-West Training Center in 1991. As a certified polarity educator (APTA and Masterworks Internationally), she delights in passing on her learning and experience to new students and explorers. Suellen earned her BS from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and her MPS from Loyola University in Chicago, IL.

Alisha Whitcomb, LMT
Alisha is an Arizona native, growing up in the Verde Valley and migrated north to Flagstaff in 2000. She graduated from ASIS Clarkdale campus in 2005. Her experience includes seven years at Flagstaff Medical Center offering massage to a variety of patients and community members. She has extensive experience working with oncology patients, patients with chronic illness, physical and mental disabilities, acute injuries, and terminally ill patients. Her love of people inspires her to meet each client in a mindful and empathetic way. Her self-care includes yoga, painting, and enjoying the great outdoors with her family. She is inspired to further her own professional career by sharing the knowledge of her experience in massage therapy with new generations of massage therapists.

Tucson

Claire Bernhard, LMT, BA
Claire joined the ASIS team as an admissions guide only moments after graduating from the Tucson campus and couldn't be more excited to do so. She is a Seattle native who grew up with a wall-sized diorama of the Sonoran desert in her basement. It brings Claire the utmost joy to communicate with all different types of people and find out what their passions are. She assists in both administration and admissions at ASIS Tucson. Claire enjoys spending her free time relaxing in her garden, reading, working on jewelry, and watching the occasional television series. She loves bodywork and is currently interested in learning more about Ayurveda and Chi Nei Tsang.

Ginger Castle, LMT, CKTP
Ginger Castle started her journey by graduating from the Seattle Massage School in 1992. She started her teaching career in 1995 at Renton Technical College, where she implemented the 1080 hour curriculum. Ginger is the author of Massage Notes, a pocket guide to assessments and treatments. She has worked in a massage clinic and a chiropractic office, as a sports massage therapist, and in private practice serving her clients in her home, private office, hotel rooms, and in their homes. Her practice specializes in injury treatment and pain management, utilizing NMT, connective tissue therapy, deep tissue techniques, kinesiology, kinesio-taping, lymphatic drainage, theta healing, and Reiki.

Valerie Cherin, BA, LMT
Valerie has a BA in Psychology from the University of Delaware and has explored a wide variety of modalities around the world over the past 16 years, including trigger point therapy, myofascial release, thai yoga massage, Reiki, and craniosacral therapy. Her work has been influenced by doctors and healers in China, India, Turkey, and Bali. She received her primary 1000 hour training in massage therapy at the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts (DIHA) and has been a massage instructor since 2003.

Dianne 'Mo' Dease, LMT, MMP
Mo studied massage therapy at the Southwest institute of the Healing Arts. Shortly after graduation she continued to study and earn certifications in Gua Sha, medical massage, and Ayurveda. As a massage therapist, facilitator, and instructor, Mo is passionate about what she teaches her students at ASIS.

Stephanie Dunne, BA
Stephanie started working with and riding horses when she was 6-years-old and was hooked instantly. Her love for horses led to her living on a farm in Michigan, and raising chickens, one really special turkey, a beautiful horse, and her two remarkable children, She holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from the University of Florida and an associate of arts degree in journalism. Stephanie is passionate about healing with herbs, crystals, Reiki, and aromatherapy. She also loves gardening, dancing, hiking, and swimming with her family.

Todd Edwards, LMT
Todd spent years as a copper miner before he found his calling as a massage therapist, graduating from the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts in 2001. Shortly thereafter he found his second calling—teaching massage therapy­—and has been teaching ever since. Todd currently teaches kinesiology at ASIS Tucson.

Jeanine Jenkins, MA, LMT
Jeanine is a graduate of the ASIS Sedona massage therapy and teacher training programs, and has been a massage therapist for the past 10 years. She teaches Swedish massage and Introduction to Ayurveda. Her journey into bodywork and the healing arts began with reflexology, but her love of dance and movement inspired her to put her hands to whole body massage. Jeanine now practices integrative massage, drawing from her knowledge of Swedish massage, Ayurveda massage, lymphatic drainage, nutrition, alternative healing, movement, connective tissue, craniosacral therapy, and polarity energy work.

Phoebe Jenkins, LMT, HC
Phoebe is a graduate of the ASIS Tucson campus. Having never imagined being a massage therapist, she quickly fell in love with the amazing healing capabilities touch can provide and now has an active massage practice in Tucson. She is also a fitness, dance, and yoga instructor, and a Certified Health Coach. Her passion for spreading health and wellness in fun and sustainable ways is everlasting.

Cathleen Massey, BS, LMT, RPP
Cathleen has worked as a professional massage therapist at Canyon Ranch Resort in Tucson for over 18 years. She is certified in polarity therapy and trained in craniosacral therapy at the Upledger Institute. She was a park ranger for Gainesville, FL nature centers, teaching ecology, gardening, animal care, and early American Crafts and Cultures. A close encounter with an alligator became the inspiration to change her career and ultimately she graduated from the Florida School of Massage in 1993. Her passions are organic gardening, natural environments, and her family.

Jodi Peck, LMT
Jodi graduated from Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in 2009 and found massage to be her passion and her calling. She moved to Arizona in 2010, where she became licensed as well as Nationally (Board) Certified as a massage therapist. Jodi is also a Reiki Level II practitioner and an aromatherapist. Having practiced yoga for 35 years, Jodi became a registered yoga teacher in 2014. She believes that everything is connected, and thoroughly enjoys helping clients to understand and heal the body-mind. She currently practices massage at an integrative psychology practice in Tucson. As admissions adviser at ASIS, Jodi is privileged and pleased to help others find their passion as massage therapists.

Kris Schaefer, CMT
Kris has practiced Zen Shiatsu since graduating from the Chicago School of Massage Therapy in 1987. She was fortunate to train with practitioner-teachers Geoffrey Beach, Mathew Sweigart, Rosa Schnyer, Leslie McGee, Lindy Ferringno, Ping Lee, Patricia Singer, and Yoshi Nakano. For the first few years of her private practice, Kris lived at and taught simple yogic breath awareness and whole foods cooking at the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy in Glenview, IL. She also coordinated the 500 hour Shiatsu Training Program for the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts, then helped develop it into a 750 hour program.

Melodee Stumpf, LMT
Melodee is a career therapist who took her first massage class at a performing arts summer camp when she was 15-years-old. She began to practice the art of her heart in 1985 after graduating from the Milwaukee School of Massage Therapy. Although versed in many modalities, she specializes in aquatic massage, craniosacral therapy, and therapeutic Swedish massage. She founded, owned, and operated a successful private practice in Wisconsin for 22 years before moving to Tucson in 2007, and now maintains a private practice in Arizona, has been on staff as an LMT with Body Works Pilates since 2008, and an instructor at ASIS since 2013. Melodee is passionate about teaching and loves to inspire others in this work.

Heidi Wilson, BA, ABOT
Heidi is certified in Visionary Craniosacral Work by the Milne Institute and in Shiatsu by the Desert Institute for the Healing Arts. She owns a craniosacral and shiatsu therapies practice and has developed a continuing education (CEU) workshop series called “Riding the Wave, Touching Stillness: Craniosacral Work with a Biodynamic Perspective.” She teaches Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Qi Dance (her own creative movement class offering).

Mesa

Bobbie Bennet, D.C.
She is nationally board certified in chiropractic and physiotherapy and is also a Fascial Stretch Specialist and certified personal trainer. Dr. Bennett has taken additional courses in pre-and post-natal care, sports injury, fascial stretch therapy, and rehabilitation, and enjoys seeing patients of all ages. She works with athletes of all kinds, but especially enjoys working with runners. Dr. B also strives to educate her patients on the importance of physical fitness and nutrition. Active care is a large part of treatment plans, and patients are often given an at home regime to assist recovery and aid in the prevention of future episodes.Outside of work, she enjoys running, biking, hiking, and anything active. She takes part in community races, enjoys volunteering for events such as the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk, and loves to cook. A combination of chiropractic care, massage therapy, and stretch therapy keep her healthy and competing!

John M Bonk, LMT
John, a sixth generation Arizona native, has over 20 years of experience in the field of massage therapy. His primary focus is injury rehabilitation and recovery, as well as sports massage. During his career John has worked with many of the area's medical professionals and in several substance abuse rehabilitation facilities. In addition, he has also worked with many professional athletes including baseball, football and basketball players, as well as professional boxers and tennis players. ASIS students in his business, therapeutic process, and lymph massage classes benefit from his wealth of experience. John is currently working on his graduate degree in therapeutic massage, health sciences, and education.

Jeanette Campbell, MSOM, Dip OM, L.Ac., LCH, LMT
Jeanette is a nationally board-certified acupuncturist and Chinese herbal medicine practitioner and has been a health care professional for over 25 years. She earned her Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine from the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture and completed her clinical internship at the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. Jeanette teaches and practices Western and Eastern massage therapies daily in her Oriental medical practice where she practices Traditional Chinese Medicine including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Tuina ATupressure, Moxabustin, cupping, Gua Sha, and multiple Western massage therapy disciplines.

Stephanie Franco, LMT
Stephanie has always known that she wanted to work in massage therapy Right after high school she enrolled in massage therapy school which confirmed her passion for helping others. After graduating from ASMT (Arizona School of Massage Therapy) in 2006, she discovered a new passion—teaching. As an educator at ASIS, she teaches anatomy and physiology, sports massage, and injury rehabilitation. As a practitioner Stephanie's clients include infants, stay-at-home moms and dads, and amateur and professional performing athletes.

Susan Pomfret, LMT
She's taught massage for 38 of years. Still remembering the confusion she felt as a student, Susan has devoted herself to writing curriculums and teaching in a way that speaks to each student’s level of understanding. Susan has taught, been a director of education, and program director at schools like SWIHA, PTMC, and Central Arizona College. She finds a philosophical match at ASIS where she finds both the art and science of massage are respected. Susan has done massage at Five-Star resorts, births, and hospices. She believes massage belongs everywhere! She recalls the passion of being a student and a new massage therapist. She has lost none of that passion for being a massage therapist in private practice and for being an instructor.

Angela Powers, LMT
Angela is a native of Boston, Massachusetts, who moved to Arizona in early 2015 to escape the snow. She found her way into massage therapy after over two decades in the fitness industry, which began by her teaching aerobics classes and evolved into several years of training in yoga and yoga therapy. During that time, she picked up knowledge and training in bio-field energy work. Angela has a private practice specializing in energy and movement bodywork and teaches reflexology and movement at ASIS.

Joy Sackstein, LMT
Joy has been aware of her ability to be an effective healer since she was young. For 35 years she has studied and practiced a variety of healing methods. Today she offers her gifts as a Shamanistic based Healer, Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Master and Teacher, Ordained Minister, Spiritual Channeler, and the creator of Quantum Chromo Dynamics. Her passions include empowering women and the feminine consciousness in all beings, supporting cancer thrivers, advocating for and bringing awareness to all aspects of life.

Jason Sarkissian, NMT, LMT
Jason has been practicing massage therapy since 2008, when he decided to make a career change after 13 years in the roofing industry. He has always led an active lifestyle and earned national ranking as a wrestler. In college, Jason became particularly interested in exercise science and incorporates his education into his practice. Currently practicing neuromuscular therapy, Jason previously taught at ASMT (Arizona School of Massage Therapy), where he discovered his love for educating others. He also teaches continuing education classes, including proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation. Jason is currently an avid rock climber and spends his spare time scaling rock walls with his wife.

Kris Schaefer, CMT
Kris has practiced Zen Shiatsu since graduating from the Chicago School of Massage Therapy in 1987. She was fortunate to train with practitioner-teachers Geoffrey Beach, Mathew Sweigart, Rosa Schnyer, Leslie McGee, Lindy Ferringno, Ping Lee, Patricia Singer, and Yoshi Nakano. For the first few years of her private practice, Kris lived at and taught simple yogic breath awareness and whole foods cooking at the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy in Glenview, IL. She also coordinated the 500 hour Shiatsu Training Program for the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts, then helped develop it into a 750 hour program.

Michele Tilton, LMT
Michele's journey into the field of massage therapy began in 2005. She has worked in both spa and corporate settings, and currently operates a private practice specializing in creating customized sessions to meet her clients' goals using a blend of rehabilitation and relaxation techniques. Michele was an instructor at ASMT (Arizona School of Massage Therapy) for seven years teaching rehabilitation, trigger point therapy, hydrotherapy, reflexology, structural integration, Shiatsu, acupressure, functional assessment techniques and Russian sports massage. She also has continuing education in neuromuscular therapy (NMT), is a certified LaStone therapist, and is currently in the process of becoming a certified Yoga instructor. Interests include knitting, quilting, creating art, reading, and doting on her two grandchildren. She is excited to be part of the ASIS family as an NMT, hydrotherapy, and case study instructor.

Mackezie Trueba
Admissions/Administration - Born and raised in Arizona, Mackenzie was a double athlete in High schoolVarsity Swim, 500 and 200 freestyle, 4-H, Pinto, and Paint horse clubs. Received a scholarship to be a Varsity Equestrian at Delaware State University, with her Bachelor's degree in Studio Art with a concentration in Photography in 2013. She is a graduate of ASIS Flagstaff and continues following her massage career with the school and in private practice.Her passions are working with horses and their riders to become better partners in and out of the arena.



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