Episode 3 – The Preferred Practitioner Grant Program

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Ep. 3: Inspiring Innovation in Oncology Massage: The Preferred Practitioner Grant Program 

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In this episode of the Collaborative Connections podcast, host Ericka Clinton welcomes Gayle MacDonald and Stacy Barden to discuss the S4OM Preferred Practitioner Grant Program.  

Gayle and Stacy share their personal inspirations for the program, highlighting the importance of supporting community projects that offer massage to those who may not be able to afford it. They also discuss the potential impact of the program in communities and the role of funding in initiating these projects.  

Tune in to learn more about this exciting grant program and how it supports S4OM Preferred Practitioners. 

Topics discussed: 

  • Gayle and Stacy’s inspirations for the Grant Program 
  • Grant Application Process 
  • Ideas for Grant Applicants 


Link to Grant Application 

Learn more about the Grant Program 

Contact Grant Program: [email protected] 

More About Gayle MacDonald and Stacy Barden 

Gayle MacDonald is a founding member of S4OM. She has been dedicated to oncology massage as an educator and therapist for 30 years. 

 Stacy Barden, BS, LMT, BCTMB specializes in the care of you. She graduated from University of Illinois. She has been a massage therapist since 1996 and graduated from the Chicago School of Massage Therapy. Her focus is in oncology massage therapy, manual lymphatic drainage therapy, relaxation massage therapy, therapeutic massage and vibrational sound therapy. She completed advanced certification program in oncology massage at the Peregrine Institute of Oncology Massage in Santa Fe, New Mexico. At PIOMT she studied Oncology Massage with Gayle MacDonald, MS, LMT, author of Medicine Hands, Massage Therapy for People with Cancer and Eastern medical massage with Dr. Sandy Canzone. Additionally she has studied with Tracy Walton, MS, LMT researcher, educator, and author of the pathology textbook, Medical Conditions and Massage Therapy: A Decision Tree Approach, Isabel Adkins of Oncology Massage Matters, instructor at the Massage Therapy Institute in Davis, California and Clinical Oncology Massage at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak Michigan. She completed her vibrational sound therapy certification/licensing with VSA. She uses therapeutic singing bowls to provide a deep relaxation. Stacy is state licensed in Wisconsin. She is a member of AMTA, Vibrational Sound Association, National Lymphedema Network, and Society for Oncology Massage. She has an Oncology Massage Specialty Certification and Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork from NCBTMB, She was the owner and lead therapist at Harmony Falls Massage Clinic in Woodstock, IL from 1996 until May 2020. She sold the business and moved to northern WI where she is presently practicing massage therapy at a physical therapy office and at a Salon/Spa. Stacy’s unique style of massage blends techniques from Eastern and Western approaches. Each massage session is unique and designed to assist the client on their healing journey.