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.
Jordan Barton LMT #5044
Jordan Barton has been a licensed practitioner, educator, business owner, board member, and manager in the hospitality and spa industry since 1994. He is currently the General Manager for the Oregon School of Massage, and has overseen operations at Canyon Ranch resort in the Berkshires, as well as Coldwater Creek, one of Portland’s premiere day spas. He has worked for high end day spas, small offices, developing service experiences, working with international standards of practice, product and services from around the world. Jordan’s clinical background compliments his hospitality experience, having worked in interdisciplinary settings offering pain management for those recovering from alcohol and drug addiction and touch therapies for those with HIV through Portland’s Central City Concern.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dave Holden BS, LMT#26151
Dave’s educational background includes an Associates degree in Psychology from Darton College in Georgia, as well as a B.S. in Biological Anthropology at the University of South Florida where he received training in skeletal analysis, both of which inform his approach to massage and bodywork. While owning and operating his own massage practice, he has held the titles of Lead Massage Therapist at a Hand & Stone location in Florida, as well as Massage Instructor, Program Manager and Dean of Academics at Sunstate Academy in Clearwater, Florida. He is a certified Mindful Pro Educator through the Milady Mindful Teaching Pro Program, and was named Educator of the Year for the state of Florida by the FAPSC for the 2017-2018 school year. His interests include human anatomy, kinesiology, and specifically the human skeletal system. Proficient in several therapeutic modalities of massage, his interests have always been geared towards the training and development of massage students, LMTs, and fellow massage instructors. He has written and taught several Continuing Education courses on topics such as Hot Stone Massage, Postural Analysis, and Orthopedic Assessments for LMTs, and has helped hundreds of students pass the MBLEx and achieve their goals of becoming licensed Massage Therapists.
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.
Tracy Lloyd BS, CNMT, LMT #7807
Tracy has been in private practice and certified in Neuromuscular Therapy since 2001. She practices a mixture of deep tissue, trigger point therapy and myofascial techniques from many sources. Tracy has been an attendee at the International Fascia Research Congresses since 2007 and incorporates a deeper understanding of the nature and behavior of fascia from the current research into her work and her teaching.
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
Christobal Mozingo Goodwin
Christobal Mozingo Goodwin is a Board Certified Holistic Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator. He is a Master-prepared Registered Nurse with over 30 years of combined healthcare, wellness, and workplace safety experience. Originally from the Midwest, Chris worked as a travel nurse and spent several years in Arizona before settling in Oregon. Chris can speak Spanish and likes to practice his language skills when opportunities present themselves. He currently works as a Care Manager with Kaiser Permanente and he teaches Anatomy and Physiology for OSM. His areas of holistic healthcare interests include therapeutic bodywork, chakra spiritual healing, and Reiki energy practice.
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 natural vision improvement techniques for decades. She is the author of Pediatric Massage Therapy, Modern Hydrotherapy and Hydrotherapy for Bodyworkers. She currently teaches massage, hydrotherapy, injury rehabilitation and natural vision techniques in the United States, Mexico, and Ecuador, South Korea and Indonesia. 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 and many other publications. 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!
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.
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.
Tyler Bieber BA, MA General Manager – Portland Campus
I am a queer higher education professional from Vancouver, WA, and I am the new General Manager/Director of Education at OSM.A little about me: I use he/him/his pronouns. Here’s a piece about why that’s important (and why it’s in my email signature). And yes, my last name really is Bieber. I have previously served in a variety of roles at Clark College, National University of Natural Medicine, and Linfield Good Samaritan School of Nursing. OSM is my fourth, and by far most exciting school yet. I have a BA in Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State College and an MA in Higher Education & Student Affairs from the University of Portland College of Education. Go Geoducks/Pilots! I am a cat dad. Please show me all of your pet pictures. I’m not kidding.
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.
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.
Rebecca McElfresh Administrative Assistant – Portland
I am a huge Disney nerd and a book worm. I am constantly seeking knowledge and love to learn new information. I live with my husband and seven year old daughter, our fish, hamster, cat and dog. I am outgoing and love to meet people, learning about their lives and interests. I am a foodie and enjoy cooking and tasting new foods. Love traveling though I haven’t done it much the last several years, my favorite place I have been is Barcelona, Spain. Don’t hesitate to drop in, say hello and introduce your self!
Ian Murray Facility/Front Desk Coordinator – Salem
Ian graduated from Western Connecticut State University in 2016 with a degree in chemistry and spent post-grad life working in chemical labs, but after living his entire life on the east coast, he recently decided to migrate west in search of a new career. He’s a big nature lover, so you’ll either find him wandering the woods or lounging on the coast. Otherwise, he’s probably hunched over a piano, writing fiction, pretending he’s a renowned film critic, or forcing his cat to cuddle with him. Don’t hesitate to say hi when you stop by the front desk!
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.
Kay Wisner  Assistant Bookkeeper
Kay has a Masters Degree in Teaching for Business Education from Portland State University. She spent the 15 years before going to college working in offices in the bookkeeping field. After getting her degree she went to work for a prestigious construction accounting software firm, Timberline Software. In her 11 years with them she did customer support, customer training, consulting, and conference presentations on their extensive accounting software system that included Job Costing, Estimating, and all accounting applications through to GL. After Timberline Software she spent 6 years working for a software developer of a POS Receivables software for the auto glass replacement industry. While there she supported the software’s interface with several different accounting software packages such as AccPac, Adagio, QB, Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains and others. Then she & her business partner opened a retail business. She ran the business and did all the accounting for it for 7 years before retiring. She is now enjoying her “retirement” here at OSM as the Assistant Bookkeeper.
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.

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