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

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 director of the Flagstaff Campus.

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.

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 responsible for training and compliance of the Administrative Team.

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.

Griselda Martinez, BA
Griselda was born and raised in Tucson, yet has strong roots in Sonora, Mexico, where her parents partly reside and where she graduated from High School. She is a graduate of Northern Arizona University, where she received a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with an Emphasis in Public Management.

Griselda is Director of Financial Aid at ASIS Massage Education located in Tucson, AZ. Her 20 years of Financial Aid Services have flourished her quality, compliance and customer service skills, while supporting students in a career she loves. She is happily married for seventeen years and is raising three beautiful children. She comes from a very diverse background allowing her to develop and use these skills on a daily basis.

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 and the Tucson Campus Manager, Jodi is privileged and pleased to help others find their passion as massage therapists.

Laura Todd
Laura has almost 20 years experience working with students in all aspects of the education system.  Her passion is working with students, and following them from that first spark of interest through graduation and career placement.  Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she has completed programs in Cosmetology, Medical Central Service, Surgical Services, as well as trainings in Business and Marketing. Laura is both the Admissions Director and the Campus Manager at ASIS Mesa. 

Kaitlyn Verbanic MA, LMT
Kaitlyn grew up in Traverse city Michigan and relocated to Arizona in 2008, shortly after she attended massage therapy school in 2007. She then put her massage therapy career on hold for a few years as she advanced her education. During these years she perused a masters degree in teaching and community outreach. Realizing that something was missing, Kaitlyn began to search for a career that would combine teaching and massage therapy. Happily, she found ASIS Massage Education, and is excited to be back in the massage therapy world.   Kaitlyn manages the Prescott Campus.

Campus Faculty

Prescott

Admin

Christina Kruse
Christina was born in Michigan and relocated to Arizona at a young age. She's always wanted to help people and do something that could change lives, so finding a welcoming and healing environment like ASIS seemed like the perfect fit. She's been working as the admissions adviser at the Prescott ASIS campus since June of 2017 and has found herself very happy working with massage therapists. Christina is the single mother and sole provider of twin boys and her main focus is providing the best life possible for them, in all aspects of their lives.

Jennifer Maxwell, LMT
Jennifer transplanted into Everybody’s hometown from Staten Island, New York and attended A.S.I.S. Massage Education. As an administrator on the Prescott campus she is able to curtail a unique excitement and understanding to her community. She lives in the greater Prescott area with her husband and her blended family of four beautiful children. Jennifer brings a didactic personality filled with compassion, humor, and heart to her world everyday.

Teachers

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.

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.

Alix DeWald LMT
Alix teaches lomilomi (Hawai'ian massage) and 4-handed massage at ASIS. Rooted in traditions of shamanism and opening channels of listening, she brings an authentic enthusiasm and curiosity to bodywork, and a practice of sacred reverence for the entire being: emotional, physical, and spiritual. The wisdom of cycles is inspiring to her. Her initial steps into bodywork were spending time on Kauai and the Big Island absorbing lomilomi and her subsequent training continues to fold back into and radiate outward from the core principle of Aloha, unconditional love. She is most enlivened and full of Spirit when giving 4-handed sessions, and sharing her belief that true healing can be invited in through spiritual intimacy.

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.

Robert Morris, LMT
Robert moved to Arizona in 1999 and has since worked in many fields. Robert is both an ASIS alumni, and a business owner with a practice in Prescott Valley.

Robert has joined ASIS as a clinic supervisor to help students prepare for their journey towards being a professional therapist. Robert enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking and boating with his wife and boys. He also attends football and baseball games whenever possible. Go OSU!

Abby Pena, LMT
Abby teaches Anatomy and Physiology at our Prescott Campus and is an ASIS Alumni from Flagstaff.

Massage was Abby’s hobby growing up and she starting learning the art at a very young age. After her long journey in education she finally decided to make her hobby a career. Now she is confident in her practice, and owns a massage clinic in the heart of downtown Prescott. Her horizons in the medical field are wide, she has been a caregiver, physical therapist assistant, and worked alongside with many professionals in our field and other medical professions for years. Abby lives here locally with her husband, and loves to explore our mountain terrain, and the night sky.

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.

JoDee Breame Vale HHP, LMT
JoDee became an alternative health practitioner as a way to partner with people on their healing journey. She believes that the body has an innate wisdom through which it can heal itself if given the proper nutrition and tools to do so.

JoDee is a board certified Holistic Health Practitioner, certified through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, and a Licensed Massage Therapist in Prescott, Arizona. Her focus is to assist people in achieving optimal health by reducing stress and listening to what the body needs in order to heal. She has been practicing Massage Therapy since 1983, and has been working in Arizona since 1999.

Flagstaff

Admin

Elena Hlohinec, BS
As a long time Flagstaff resident, Elena has a deep connection to northern Arizona. She has raised her three sons in Flagstaff and is involved and integrated in our local community.

Fascinated by the mind/brain/body connection, Elena earned her bachelors of science degree in Psychology at Northern Arizona University, focusing on neuroscience and psychopharmacology. Now an Assistant Administrator at A.S.I.S. Flagstaff, she uses her talents and education to help students achieve success in their massage therapy training program.

Breeana Thompson-Davis LMT
Breeana grew up on the beaches of the east coast but fell in love with this mountain town the moment she arrived. As an ASIS graduate in 2013, she realized her passion for bodywork, holistic medicine and the transformative power of massage therapy. Over the past 5 years, her journey has led her into the conservation field as well. This allowed her to travel all over the Southwest region as a steward of public lands, parks and monuments. Cooking is another passion of hers; occasionally you can find her in the kitchen of a local cafe serving up healthy brunch. As the admissions counselor for the Flagstaff campus, she hopes to help students achieve success in the varied professional opportunities within massage, and to discover their own journey of personal healing and transformation.

Teachers

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.

Robbie Bergman – BS, MA
Robbie is trained in Communication/Theatre and Business and Applied Sociology from Northern Arizona University (NAU.) A native New Yorker, Robbie moved to Phoenix in 1970 and landed in Flagstaff where he has resided for 34 years.  He was a business co-owner of a natural juice manufacturing company with 15 employees in Phoenix , as well as a pet store in Flagstaff. But his passion surfaced as he got involved in Flagstaff’s HIV/AIDS community in 1988, sparking his interest in community service closely aligned to the health professions.  A recently retired employee of NAU for 30 years, he decided on Massage Therapy as his retirement career.  Robbie sought out ASIS to offer HIV education as a certified AIDS educator of the Coconino County Health Dept. as well as the Northern Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross and 25 years of AIDS education experience.  His business experience made for a natural progression to begin teaching the ASIS business courses.  Robbie grounds his philosophy on the values of respect and acknowledgment between people, and the words of St. Francis – "We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way."

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.

Jonah Jensen, LMT
Jonah’s focus is on the power of presence and slowing down to include all the avenues of ones experience. In doing so, one starts to perceive the Polarity of reality and the subtle power and love that is always there.

Trained in Somatic Experiencing, Craniosacral Biodynamics, and Polarity Therapy, Jonah has spent the last decade and a half traveling the world and the US studying natural healing, ancient spiritual practices and indigenous medicine.

Jonah helps guide his client’s attention towards the alchemy of neutrality, and contraction & expansion. This holding field can lead one to perceive and work with deeper forces that can be palpated and defined. His work dances the tri-fecta of Somatic Healing, Taoist Principles, and Craniosacral Biodynamics.

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.

Raquel Rotnes MA, LMT, CST
Raquel has been working with the healing arts since 1986. She completed a BA in Theater Arts and MA  in Art Therapy in Israel. Raquel is State and National Board Licensed Massage Therapist and Upledger Advanced Techniques Certified CranioSacral Therapist. In her private practice at Flagstaff Cranio Center, she treats all ages and specializes in postpartum trauma, newborns and pediatrics CST. She loves teaching Communications and Ethics as it is a way for her to hold space and support ASIS students in their transition to become a professional LMT.

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

Admin

Aubree Davis AA
Aubree has been a native of Tucson, AZ for 32 years; and is an alumni of Canyon Del Oro high school and Pima Community College, pursuing a Social Services degree.

She is married and has two wonderful children; she was in the Tucson Girls Chorus for 6 years and enjoys singing and cooking. Outside of work she enjoys watching baseball and football games with her family.

Aubree began her career in Behavioral Health in 2006, leading to 10 years of direct services to the community. She advanced to the role of Administrative Assistant, gaining the experience and allowing her to move into the Administration/Registrar position at ASIS Massage Education at the Tucson campus.

Teachers

Sylvia Boyed, MA, LMT, CST
Sylvia’s work with the body is the result of her personal life experience, as well as her ongoing learning, research, study and reflection of the sciences, the arts and spirituality. She has found her own life enhanced through the practice of meditation, yoga and tai chi.  Her scope of practice is the energetic restructuring of the whole body which enables healing to a specific area.  A unique and energetic application of Visceral Manipulation and Cranio-sacral techniques has resulted in surprising effective outcomes. Sylvia holds her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Arizona and Masters Degree in Theology from the University of San Francisco.  She is bilingual in Spanish and teaches Anatomy & Physiology at ASIS.

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 Cherrin, BA, LMT 
Valerie's credo is courage, compassion, and curiosity which have taken her around the world studying manual and movement therapies.  She graduated from the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts (DIHA) in 1997.  She began teaching massage in 2003, co-founding a massage training at  InanItah eco-village in Nicaragua.  She is also a movement teacher through Open Floor International, often infusing her massage classes with movement practices to explore being human from the inside out.  Valerie has a BA in Psychology from University of Delaware.

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.

J. Flame, BA, LMT, NCBTMB
Hailing from Los Angeles, Flame has lived the stress lifestyle and found the healing benefits of massage “a must” for optimum health care. Stress is responsible for 90% of health problems in America today, and Flame, like many people, feels that the answer is not a miracle pill, but a whole new look at "Healthy". Flame is convinced that the need for therapeutic bodywork and alternative medicine will only increase in society. Throughout the years she has had a variety of careers from Professional Athlete, Weight Trainer, Performer, Tattoo Artist, and Animal Entertainer After graduating from San Diego State with a degree in English Literature, she moved to L.A. and studied at Otis Art Institute and Tony Barr’s Film Acting School. After getting inspired by Thomas Griner’s, Neurosoma Myotherapy 15 years ago, Flame went on to graduate from LAVI Massage School. Since moving to Tucson, she has been working at a local studio and teaching. Primarily she practices Deep Tissue/Neuromuscular Therapy, Energy Work (Craniosacral), Reflexology, Swedish and her latest interest, Neural Reset Therapy. Flame believes that no one can ever have enough knowledge and learning should be fun. She strives to make her classes at ASIS fun, with practical and usable information for the beginning massage therapist.

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.

Christy Johnson, LMT, ABT
Christy is a multimodality massage therapist with a fundamental background in Chinese Medicine and Zen Shiatsu. She is a graduate of the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts (DIHA) in Tucson in 2002.  She attended the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) in Portland as well as Portland State University with a focus on Pre-Med.

Her experience is vast like the profession of massage therapy, having also taught workshops in Palm Reading and Energy Healing. She held a private practice as a psychic for about 15 years and is a former multiple business owner.  She has been an LMT for 15 years, is also an herbalist, reflexologist and aromatherapist.

Anna Lichty, LMT
Anna views herself as a spiritual healer and teacher. She grew up in Tucson and but found her passion in the healing arts after living in LA. She grew up with a family of healers where she fostered her interests in the spiritual and healing world. With her creative touch and knack for marketing she brings a wonderful presence to her teachings in business and craniosacral. Anna is an ASIS Tucson alumni, and has her own practice here in Tucson, where she loves helping others on their path of discovery and growth.

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.

Dr. Noel L. Shaw DC
Noel is a certified chiropractic sports physician in private practice in Tucson since 1986. A graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, Missouri, Dr. Shaw has post-graduate certifications and training in various gentle adjusting techniques, whiplash and motor vehicle collision trauma, sports therapy rehabilitation protocols, and nutritional guidance.  Dr. Shaw specializes in treating spinal stress and trauma from sports injuries, whiplash, and excessive computer, desk, and phone use.

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

Teachers

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.

JoAnn Clinton, BS, LMT
JoAnn spent 21 years in the field of Information Technology as a systems engineer. After corporate burnout, it was time to make a career change. Well before the Corporate-American lifestyle,  JoAnn was intrigued with biology and all things nature-related. JoAnn's healing arts journey began when she started learning Reiki in 2004. In 2010, JoAnn discovered craniosacral therapy and was in awe of the profound healing that she was honored to witness.  It wasn't long after JoAnn started her own craniosacral therapy practice. In 2011, JoAnn gave herself the best 40th birthday present ever - Massage School School.  

JoAnn is now a "Massoprenuer" who is driven by her passion to help others and has been practicing massage since 2012.  This desire to help others in a profound way led her to an amazing journey to learn about other wellness-promoting techniques such as craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, lymphatic drainage, neuromuscular therapy, and reflexology.  JoAnn loves to help individuals release chronic pain and recover from injury.

Michelle Cordero, BA, LMT, CIMT
Michelle received her Bachelor's degree from Cornell University in 1999. After teaching English in Japan for 2 years, she moved to Arizona and received her Associates of Applied Science in Massage Therapy in 2003. She has run her own successful massage therapy practice and currently works in a chiropractic setting. She taught at another massage school for 2 years and enjoyed introducing new students to the art of massage therapy. Michelle completed her Certified Infant Massage Teacher training from the ‘Liddle Kidz Foundation’ in 2015 and holds classes for caregivers to give them the tools to bond with and help their babies through massage. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her family, tap dancing, crochet and volunteering for an animal shelter. She is an active board member in the AZ chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association.

Allison Desrosiers: BS, LMT
Allison is an Arizona licensed massage therapist, Yoga Alliance registered yoga instructor, and nationally registered EMT. She holds a BS in Health Sciences from Arizona State University, and an AOS in Holistic Health Care from the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, with concentrations in Nutrition and Life Coaching. Allison is certified in BLS through the American Heart Institute, and has been certified by the American Red Cross to teach CPR/AED and first aid. Topics of special interest include Parkinson's Wellness Recovery fitness and Silver Sneakers fitness, as a supplement to Allison's professional focus on health and wellness. 

MaryEllen Dorrity AS, BCTMB, LMT
MaryEllen moved from California as a Clinical Massage Therapist in San Francisco after 17 years as a Deep Tissue and Energetic Practitioner. She has a unique style in teaching massage and bodywork by getting her students to be active and involved in their own healing and learning processes. Her enthusiasm and passion is seen with her interaction in classroom as she encourages the students to have fun. Her motto is "make it fun and you will learn.” She teaches from experiences in the field because pregnancy, deep tissue, trigger point and many of the techniques students learn she uses daily in private practice. Throughout the years she has been a Clinical Massage Therapist at Google and East West Integrative Medicine, a Shamanic Healer and an Open Heart Surgery Nurse, and Business Owner. She is actively involved working alongside Native Americans Shamans doing ceremony for healing. MaryEllen holds an AS degree in Health Sciences from HACC in Pennsylvania, holds a Board and National Certification in Massage from BCTMBT, is a Reiki Master/Teacher and Shamanic Native Trained Practitioner. She is a graduate of Universal Therapeutic Institute of Massage in New Mexico, after retiring from 18 years as an Open Heart Surgery Perfusion Services.

Carl Johns BA, CMT
Carl has been practicing massage and bodywork since 1996, and has been an instructor since 2001.  The primary modalities that he teaches and practices are Shiatsu, Acupressure, Craniosacral Therapy, and Lymphatic Drainage, with a specialization in working with chronic illness and disabilities.  He was part of the wellness program at the Cerebral Palsy Center for the East Bay in Oakland CA from 2001-2017.  Carl was Co-owner / Director of the McKinnon Institute in Oakland for 9 years, and cares deeply about delivering quality education to future massage therapists.  He holds a BFA from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, and is a life-long musician with a deep love of jazz and improvisation.  Carl and his wife, Gina, both natives of the San Francisco Bay Area, are looking forward to becoming part of the healing arts community in Arizona.

Susan Pomfret MA, LMT
Susan Pomfret began her massage career in 1976 in San Francisco. After finishing her basic training, she remained at the Massage Institute of California to train as an instructor.  Susan has worked at local resorts such as Camelback Inn, The Phoenician, and the Ritz Carlton while always having a private practice. She has worked with doctors, midwives, and psychotherapists. Clients have invited her to be present during their most intimate moments including during births and final days at hospice.  Susan has also taught, written curriculum, and directed programs at several Phoenix-area schools. She appreciates the caring atmosphere at ASIS.

Susan has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Operational Development from Ottawa University. She has two beautiful daughter, Bea and Nicole. 

Angela Powers, CLMT
Angela 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, which includes Reiki Master - Teacher status. Angela's qualifications include: National massage certification, and certifications in massage cupping as well as myofacial release therapy. Her private practice specializes in therapeutic massage, energy and movement bodywork.  She is part of the communications teaching staff, and clinic staff, while also teaching reflexology and movement at ASIS. Angela is a native of Boston, Massachusetts, who moved to Arizona in early 2015 to escape the snow.

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.



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