Instructors

Name

Title

Lisa Barck Garofalo LMT #3326
Lisa has been a bodyworker and massage therapist since 1991. She has a part-time practice and offers relaxation and clinical massage, as well as Reiki sessions. Lisa is currently Program Director for OSM and teaches Massage Fundamentals and other bodywork classes.
Margo Bowman LTC #1476, EA, LMT #3264
Margo is an accountant with over 60 years of experience. She is a nationally known speaker and author on tax law. As a regular presenter of workshops on accounting for the small business owner, she specializes in the financial issues of the self-employed. Margo was honored as Oregon’s Massage Therapist of the year for 2012.
Joni Brewer LMT #6605, LPN
Joni has been in private practice for the past 5 years. Her specialty is Ortho-Bionomy®. She has taught wildlife rehabilitation, computer programs and Sunday school. She teaches Anatomy and Physiology at OSM’s Salem campus.
Joni Brewer LMT #22230
Annette has spent her entire life around people with long term chronic pain and witnessed the benefits of massage for those people. After graduating from Oregon School of Massage in Salem, Oregon, she has used her experiences and knowledge to provide insight and help those in their journey to reclaiming their lives free from pain. During her time spent practicing in North Carolina, Annette worked with a wide range of chronic conditions from MS, post-polio syndrome, and athletic injuries to people with cancer both during their treatments to post cancer.
Richard Butler LMT #6351
Richard has a background in video and television. He studied Reflexology in Brisbane, Australia and massage at OSM. He currently practices in SW Portland. Richard teaches Foot Reflexology and Hand and Ear Reflexology at OSM.
Joshua Casey LMT #16217
Josh Casey is a massage therapist and certified manual lymph drainage therapist working at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital in Cancer Services, as well as with Providence Hospice. Prior to taking the position at Legacy he worked at OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute where he had studied oncology massage. He has presented on the role of Massage Therapy in the Oncology Setting at the 34th Annual Seminar for Radiation Oncology Professionals. It is his passion to share the gift of massage to improve the lives of people dealing with the effects of cancer and people who are in end of life care.
Anne Conary (neé Solseng) LMT #11169
Anne has been a licensed massage therapist since 2003. She currently has a private practice, down the hall from the OSM main office and also does end of life massage for Providence Hospice. Since becoming an LMT, she has worked in spas, with chiropractors and worked doing on-site chair massage for Comcast, Clear Channel and Coffee Bean International. Prior to becoming an LMT she was a manager and corporate trainer, for 14 years, in the specialty coffee industry. She attended the UW, in her home town of Seattle, and graduated with a BA in Dance in 1989. She has made Portland her home since 1990.
Frank Coppieters PhD, LMT #2385
Frank Coppieters, PhD, LMT, Reiki Master, taught at the graduate level for 13 years at the University of Antwerp in Belgium before he became a spiritual teacher, counselor and Reiki Master. He practices at The Living Light Center in SW Portland where he does Reiki, shamanistic work, counseling and offers free meditation with inspired guidance. Frank made two CD’s, authored the Handbook for the Evolving Heart and teaches Reiki and shamanic healing classes at OSM. He can be reached through his website www.livinglightcenter.com.
Marian Dixon MA, CHt, LMT #3902
Marian Wolfe Dixon has been practicing and teaching massage since 1992. She is a nationally certified massage therapist and hypnotherapist with master’s degrees in psychology and health education, and a research fellowship in Complementary Medicine. Her SE Portland practice focuses on Medically Complex Patients (chronic pain relief, pre- and post-surgery recovery and MVA, and optimizing function in cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, TMD, Parkinson’s and other “intractable” conditions. Having lived with medically unexplained pain for over ten years, Marian knows how pain feels from the inside and aims to teach bodyworkers sensitivity and critical thinking along with ease and efficiency through classes in Massage Assessment and Application, Palpation Skills, Myofascial, Craniosacral, Lymphatic Massage and Qigong and Ethics. She is the author of Bodylessons, Body Mechanics and Self-Care Manual, and Myofascial Massage.
Nancy Earl LMT #7749
Nancy has extensive background in marketing, holistic wellness and effective communication techniques. Her passion is to inspire transformation, learning and deep interpersonal connection. Nancy was first licensed as a massage therapist in the late 1970s, is an OSM grad and currently teaches Massage Fundamentals, Hydrotherapy and Hot Stone massage.
Amy Goetz LMP #15779
Amy fell in love with feet in her first quarter of massage school. After graduating she went on to pursue a career in Reflexology, became nationally certified, and started spreading her love and knowledge to others by teaching foundational classes in a reflexology certification program in Seattle. Amy currently practices massage and reflexology at Phoenix Bodywork in Seattle.
Rebecca Harrison LMT #7604
Rebecca is an LMT and certified Alexander Teacher. She has been studying movement and somatics for decades. Rebecca teaches workshops for manual therapists focusing on bringing more ease, depth and efficacy to their current work. In 2013 she became certified to teach the Alexander work after a four-year course of study. She worked as an LMT for Providence Portland Medical Center for four years, and has had a private bodywork practice since 2001. She also teaches workshops on embodiment, movement and mindfulness for the general public.
Cheryl Higgins LMT #21828
Cheryl is an OSM graduate. She currently practices Swedish and Shiatsu massage at her private practice in the Alberta district. Before becoming a massage therapist, she was a stay-at-home mom and baker. She has studied Lomi Lomi massage and dreams of practicing in Hawaii.
Kim Holman LMT #4760
Kim was licensed in 1993 from the National Health Care Institute of Salem, Oregon. She is certified in Integrative Manual Therapy and completed a variety of styles of Cranial Sacral bodywork. Additional specialty techniques include Fascial Counterstrain, Functional Indirect Technique (FIT), Myofascial Release, Reflexology, Berry Method and various forms of energy work. She has recently developed her own style and use for cupping and gua sha, which she is now teaching. Kim has over 23 years of teaching experience.
Kurt Hueller BS
Kurt is an American Heart Association Heartsaver and Healthcare Provider CPR/First Aid Instructor. He received his EMT-Basic certification from Chemeketa Community College in 2005 and has worked for Lyons Ambulance part-time since then. He has also been a volunteer firefighter with Stayton Fire District since 2003, and currently teaches CPR/First Aid classes for the fire department as well as small groups/businesses in his area. Kurt is student teaching while working towards an MA in teaching.
Gary Hulett LMT #15363
Gary is a Licensed Massage Therapist living and practicing in Salem Oregon. His focus is towards Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Thai Massage, Lymphatic Drainage, Swedish style Massage, Reiki and Foot Reflexology. Gary graduated from OSM in March 2009 and has been practicing massage since May 2009. He has been a Teaching Assistant (TA) since January 2008, TAing classes in Communications and Ethics, Upper and Lower Kinesiology, Upper and Lower Massage, Hydrotherapy, Massage Fundamentals and Thai Massage. Gary has taught classes in Upper and Lower Massage, Upper Kinesiology and is teaching Massage Clinic classes.
Kitty Lawrence BA, LMT #2748
Kitty is celebrating doing massage for forty years!!! She started out working in a spa in a California mineral springs resort. She went on to direct the spa for 10 years using hydrotherapy daily with her clients and herself. Upon moving to Oregon in 1987 she went to OSM to study Hakomi Bodywork. She has found massage to be an ever evolving way to learn about healing the body, mind and spirit. Being an LMT can inspire us to greater sense of well being and healthy life style. In all her classes she emphasizes mindfulness and self care. Currently she has a private practice in NE Portland and teaches UB,LB, Hydrotherapy and Body Mechanics.
Walter Libby LMT #5122
Walter has been practicing massage for more than twenty-five years. In 1975, he graduated from the Midway School of Massage in Oregon and in 1985 from the Swedish Institute in New York City. He holds a license in Oregon. He has studied with Dr. Travell and has practiced Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy for the past fifteen years.
Gayle MacDonald MS, LMT #4274
Gayle is a teacher with over thirty five years experience in both public and private schools. Her present focus is massage for cancer patients. She has taught Hospital Massage and provided Clinical Supervision for massage therapists since 1994 at Oregon Health and Science University. Gayle is the author of Medicine Hands: Massage Therapy for People with Cancer (2007, Findhorn Press) and Massage for the Hospital Patient and Medically Frail Client (2005, LWW). Gayle’s courses are certified by NCBTMB.
Melanie Morin LMT #6708
Melanie has been a licensed massage therapist in Oregon since 1998. She has worked in many different settings including athletic development & performance therapy, chiropractic, private practice and wellness facilities. She has served on the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists for two terms and has taught a variety of subjects at Ashmead School of Massage. In addition to teaching and working with others, Melanie is a CEU provider, Aromatherapist and Reiki Master. In her private practice she enjoys integrating all her experience and skills to create a customized massage experience for every client and takes a wholistic approach to bodywork and education. Whether providing Deep Tissue, Myofascial, Shiatsu, Swedish or a Reiki session, she enjoys helping others and feels honored and privileged to do the work she loves everyday. “When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” -Maya Angelou
Joshua Morton WA LMP #MA00008567
Joshua is a 1994 graduate of Seattle Massage School. Since beginning his practice Joshua has worked in the area of soft tissue rehabilitation and injury prevention. In 2003 he became familiar with Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) and began to employ this technique with excellent results. Joshua has accumulated over 2400 hours working one on one with Aaron Mattes, creator and developer of AIS, learning advanced methods of soft tissue rehabilitation. In 2012 he achieved a Master’s Accreditation level in Manual Ligament Therapy (MLT) through Arik Gohl. He currently co-teaches classes around the country with Arik by combining two powerful modalities into one seamless treatment protocol.
William Pleau OR DC #3990
Dr. Pleau is a chiropractic physician practicing in Tigard, OR, with a focus on genetic nutritional and natural medicine treatment of internal disorders. He graduated summa cum laude, as Valedictorian of his class from Western States Chiropractic College in 2009. Previously, he earned his Bachelor degrees in biology and chemistry from Metropolitan State College of Denver. Dr. Pleau was a massage therapist before becoming a chiropractor. He practiced massage in the Denver area from 1997 to 2006. He also taught massage courses at the Colorado School of Healing Arts from 2000 to 2006. Dr. Pleau teaches Chiropractic Assistant Initial Training and continuing education and the Neuromuscular Therapy series of elective/continuing education courses.
Jessica Schaffer LMT #6700
For more than 20 years, Jessica Schaffer, Nervous System Health Educator, has been guiding people towards a more authentic relationship with their bodies and their overall health.  She offers educational and wellness programs that teach people about nervous system regulation and resilience.  She is passionate about introducing people to the concept of stress physiology (how our bodies process and metabolize stress and how they are influenced by it) and helping them cultivate tools to better manage and regulate their nervous system responses to stress and trauma.  In addition, she runs a professional training program for practitioners who want to incorporate the Nervous System RESET approach into their clinical practices.
A 1998 graduate of OSM, Jessica holds a license in Massage Therapy. In addition, she is recognized as a Master Teacher in the Usui Shiki Ryoho lineage of Reiki and has been teaching since 2002.  
With over two decades of professional experience, Jessica’s deeply intuitive skills and her ability to understand the body both anatomically and energetically, provide a powerful foundation for guiding others into a profound experience of body awareness and neural regulation.
Angela Sidlo CR, CA, CHC
Angela Sidlo CR, CA, CHC is an holistic health practitioner, has been combining her love of aromatic plant medicine and herbs in her practice as a way to offer healing to the body. As a certified reflexologist, certified health coach, aromatherapist, reiki master teacher and tai chi instructor, she has shared this wellness model for the past 10 years. She has been teaching aromatherapy in Oregon for the past 7 years and finds a passion in sharing this holistic approach to wellness with bodyworkers. Learn more at www.AngelaSidlo.com.
Marybetts Sinclair LMT #644
MaryBetts Sinclair has been practicing massage in Corvallis since 1975 and has been a Bates Method natural vision improvement teacher for decades. She is the author of Massage for Healthier Children and Pediatric Massage Therapy, and teaches massage for children with disabilities in the United States, Mexico, and Ecuador. MaryBetts is also a member of the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame. Her articles on vision and chronic body tension have appeared in Massage and Bodywork Magazine. www.MarybettsSinclair.com
Leslie Stager RN, LMT #3472
Leslie is a certified pregnancy massage therapist, watsu practitioner, and registered nurse.  As a perinatal massage specialist, she has taught pregnancy massage at OSM since 1993, initiating the Maternity Massage Certification program in 2007. She is the author of Nurturing Massage for Pregnancy: A Practical Guide to Bodywork for the Perinatal Cycle and is the instructor on the DVD: Mastering Pregnancy Massage. Her other films: Mothertouch: Nurturing Touch for Birth and Touch Techniques for Birth are based on her experience attending hundreds of hospital and home births as labor nurse or doula. Her classes are holistic, skills-enriching, fun, and empowering!
Margaret Townsend
Margaret Townsend is a certified breath work facilitator since 1993, a certified Hakomi body-centered psychotherapy practitioner, a certified shiatsu practitioner and a trained teacher of Mindful Self Compassion. Her focus on body awareness grew through her work as a practitioner of Rieki, a teacher of dance, yoga and fitness over the past 30 years. She brings this wide range of experience to her individual and group sessions including her studies Qi Gong, Nonviolent Communication, spirituality and meditation practices.
Wendy Ward LMT #10147
Wendy has been practicing bodywork off and on since 1980. Prior to being licensed in Oregon, she worked as an herbalist and organic farmer. She currently practices in SE Portland, emphasizing Shiatsu in her work. She’s especially enthusiastic about Shiatsu because it is as engaging and rewarding to give as it is to receive. Inspired by the traditional, cultural and medical theories at the root of this art form, she incorporates Tai-Ji and Dao-Yin in her self-care regimen. Both of these enhance her skills as a practitioner. Through teaching, Wendy enjoys sharing her excitement about Shiatsu.
David Weitzer LMT #4118
David has been a student and practitioner of massage since 1976 with training in Jin Shin Do, Craniosacral Therapy, Sports Massage, and is a certified yoga instructor. David has focused on Traditional Thai Massage since 1990, and became a certified instructor in 1996. David teaches Thai Massage classes at OSM.
Beth Welton-Miller MS, LMT #4065
Beth shows individuals and couples how to develop and sustain more vibrancy, awareness and connection in their lives. She is a whole-person therapist and educator, working with energy, sound, intuition and body-mind integration. Hundreds of people have worked with her in workshops and private practice over the past 15 years. With a Masters Degree in Adult Learning and Certifications in Body-Centered and Conscious Relationship Transformation from the Hendricks Institute, her specialty includes using the cutting edge technology of experiential, whole-person learning and therapy with individuals, couples and in workshops.
Connie Williams LMT #11575 
Connie is a 2004 graduate of the Oregon School of Massage. In addition to her massage expertise, she is a Reiki Master with a background in exercise instruction. Connie loves the outdoors, and has worked as a River Guide when she was not traveling the world. All of these experiences have helped Connie develop the holistic approach she applies to her work. Connie’s practice is in Salem where she also facilitates career previews for OSM.
Melanie Zermer LMT #5183, Dipl. A.B.T.
Melanie is a licensed massage therapist who specializes in Asian Bodywork Therapy. She has been teaching at OSM, Salem campus since 1999. She teaches Shiatsu and basic principles of Chinese medicine. In addition to her practice and teaching, she is deeply involved in building community. She serves on the governing board of KMUZ – a community radio station serving Salem, Keizer and the Mid-Willamette Valley.

Administrators

Staff Members

Title

Jason Aguayo Administrative Supervisor – Salem Campus, LMT #20843
Jason can usually be found scrambling around the Salem Campus. Before joining the administrative team, he studied History and Physics at UC San Diego. Jason completed training at OSM and became licensed in 2015. Besides his work at OSM, he is an amateur film buff and guitar player.
Shoshana Burda Store Coordinator – Portland Campus
Shoshana graduated from Mills College in 2012 and spent the next year in South Korea teaching English to elementary school students. Returning to the states, she worked two years in retail before finding her home in the OSM Bookstore in 2016. Her hobbies include Aromatherapy (which she is happy to talk about with anyone interested), karate, and reading/writing fantasy books. She also proudly classifies herself as a “huge nerd” because she loves Dungeon&Dragons, video games and various anime.
Brandy Hathaway Facilities Coordinator – Portland Campus
Brandy loves animals which is why she worked at a vet clinic as the client coordinator to help people and animals. She is a loving and caring person. She is outgoing and can be talkative or very shy. She loves to learn new things, especially when it’s a software or technology. She has so much to learn in life and she is blessed to work for the Oregon School of massage, it is something that has always interested her, so learning anything part of the body and massages when she can she will take the opportunity. She is always excited to learn more. She came to OSM to help students along their way with any troubles or questions and looks forward to helping them anytime. She currently is the Facilities Coordinator, setting up the class rooms for the students and instructors and is back up for the front desk. She is always trying to lend a hand to help.
Rosa Leonardi Front Desk Coordinator-Salem Campus, LMT #21111
Rosa has been an active part of the Salem community ever since she graduated from OSU, over 25 years ago. Her administrative background includes assisting residents in their dealings with the City of Salem as a Neighborhood Association Counselor, and for 16 years she was the Community Development Coordinator at Salem’s community television station where she wrote and produced television programs for local non-profit and governmental organizations to help raise community awareness. Rosa enjoys receiving massages but now that she is at OSM, she is contemplating the possibility of learning how to give them. When not at the front desk in Salem, Rosa can be found either volunteering with the Salem City Club, playing with her mini-Doxi, Max A Million, or experimenting with a new recipe. Read about Rosa entering massage training on the OSM blog.
Morgan Neil Admissions Coordinator/Student Services – Salem
Morgan is new to the state of Oregon and the OSM team. She is the Admissions and Student Services Coordinator in Salem and has been working with students in various capacities for almost 10 years. In her free time, Morgan enjoys exploring the surrounding forests and soaking up all the natural beauty that Oregon has to offer.
Anne Phillips Bookkeeper
Anne has been our OSM Bookkeeper for over 5 years. Anne earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Fresno State University and subsequently moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1984. Anne has lived in Tigard for the past 17 years. Her hobbies include Tai Chi, sewing and gardening.
Ray Siderius  President
Ray Siderius, OSM President, practiced massage in a counseling center prior to starting the School in 1984. He has taught a variety of massage modalities and Anatomy and Physiology. Ray serves on the Oregon Department of Education Career School Advisory Committee.
Stephanie Walen Facilities Coordinator – Salem Campus
Stephanie is an artist of many forms. She loves to sew, craft, decorate, and be creative using anything and everything. When not petting neighborhood cats she can be found playing guitar and singing. Stephanie is also Reiki master and doula. She recently enrolled at OSM with her sights set on the MotherTouch Maternity massage certification.

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Massage Training Previews

Previews help you make a sound decision about choosing a career in massage by outlining the time, finances and energy needed for training. Oregon licensing and career opportunities are discussed. There is no cost to attend.

  Next Dates:
Saturday, October 19: 10am-12pm - PORTLAND
Wednesday, November 13: 6:30-8:30pm - SALEM

To reserve a seat, contact:
PORTLAND - Kyle McCory, 800-844-3420 or  E-mail
SALEM - Morgan Neil, 877-588-8912 or  E-mail

Neuromuscular Therapy

NMT Intro Oct 18, Fri 6:30-9:30pm
3 CEs, $75

NMT Hip, Thigh & Knee Oct 26-27, Sat-Sun 9am-5:30pm
15 CEs, $350


OSM PORTLAND - 9500 Barbur Blvd, Suite 100

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a highly effective and specific form of therapeutic massage. In this class you will learn invaluable assessment tools as well as detailed and thorough treatment protocols to address many common cervical spine conditions using the hands as well as T-Bars. (NCBTMB Approved) To register, please call 1-800-844-3420.

Ethics Classes at OSM

Ethics These upcoming classes count towards the OBMT requirement for Professional Ethics, Boundaries, or Communication.

Statutes- 11/6&13, $120, 6CEs - Salem
Ethical Communication During the Bodywork Session - 11/17, $95, 4CEs - Portland
Ethical Boundary Setting- 12/7, $105, 4CEs - Portland

Call 1-800-844-3420 to register.

To see more on OBMT Ethics requirements, see this blog article here: Oregon Massage Ethics