New York City, New York
Ericka Clinton is the Dean for Massage Therapy at Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences. She has been a NYS Licensed Massage Therapist since 1998, holds a B.S. in Human Development with a focus in Kinesthetic Neuroscience and has been a faculty member at Swedish Institute since 2000. Throughout her massage career she has maintained a private practice focused in clinical/therapeutic massage while working in various medical settings such as NY Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her current practice focuses mostly with oncology patients. While maintaining her role as dean, Ericka also teaches continuing education courses on myofascial approaches, clinical reasoning, oncology and clinical/therapeutic massage in the US, the Caribbean and Mexico.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Mk brings over 30 years of experience in healthcare, including nursing, massage therapy, health promotion research methodology, and developmental psychology to S4OM's leadership team. In addition, her background includes a variety of leadership roles with the American Massage Therapy Association. MK was the Executive Director of the American Polarity Therapy Association and is a member of the Clinical Work Group and the Hospital Based Massage Therapy Task Force of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Health (ACIH, formerly ACCAHC).
As a massage therapist, chiropractor, and acupuncturist, Michele has worked in many different contexts within integrative health care: as a practitioner, a teacher, and a life-long learner. Michele is currently serving as the Massage Therapy Program Director at Northwestern Health Sciences University where she works to elevate the massage therapy profession within health care. Michele resides with her two- and four-legged family in Minneapolis, MN.
Cheryl is the co-founder and president of Medicine Hands, Inc. partnering with numerous Colorado hospitals and medical facilities to provide inpatient and outpatient medical massage services. She has more than 20 years of experience in massage therapy, 16 of which have focused on hospital based massage. Cheryl is the clinical educator for the oncology massage program at the Colorado School of Healing Arts, is a member of the Colorado Cancer Coalitions Quality of Life Task Force and is the current president of the National Alliance for Medical Massage and Bodywork.
Virginia Beach, VA
Nancy has been a massage therapist for 20 years and is licensed in both Virginia and Hawaii. Eighteen of those years were spent in an administrative capacity at the Cayce/Reilly School of Massage Therapy and, for 11 of those years, she served in the capacity of the Director of the school. During her tenure as the Director she was instrumental in ensuring the school maintained its COMTA accreditation as well as maintained compliance with all state and federal regulations. She became a volunteer with COMTA as a peer reviewer and encouraged her staff and instructors to do the same, if they wished. At one point, almost every staff member and instructor had gone through the site reviewer training and many had done site reviews. At one point she also served on COMTA's Annual Report Review Committee. During the time that the AMTA Council of Schools was active, Nancy served on the Ethics Committee; this committee was started to establish a Code of Ethics for school members. Nancy currently owns her own practice and works part time for Cancer Specialists of Tidewater (a division of the Riverside Health System) as part of their Integrative Care Team. Nancy is the founder of Hands 4 Hope Project, Inc., a non-profit established to financially assist cancer patients in getting massage therapy. She is also a certified health and wellness coach, having attended and graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York, NY, as well as the Institute for the Psychology of Eating in Boulder, CO. Nancy holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biology. She has been a member of S4OM since 2014. She is a Registered Jin Shin Do® Acupressurist and a member of the Jin Shin Do® Foundation.
Kim has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2006 after graduating from Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage. She specializes in massage for infants, pediatrics, adolescents and pregnancy. Kim received her certification in pediatric massage, pediatric massage with special considerations, pediatric oncology, and pediatric hospice from Gentle Massage for Children in 2010. After her training, Kim assisted families, helped with supporting & educating other massage therapist during Integrative Touch for Kids annual healing respite retreat, in Tucson Arizona. In 2012 she trained in adult oncology to have a better understanding of the differences between adult & pediatric oncology. She currently supports staff by collaborating on massage education, in clinics, and helps provide massage with programs affiliated with Crouse hospital. She is a continuing educator and is passionate about educating for safe and appropriate massage in the fields of infants, pediatrics, adolescents, and pregnancy. She absolutely loves beagles and enjoys kayaking. She lives in each moment with grace and gratitude, reminding herself and others, “we only have this moment and it is enough, all we need is in this moment and you and I are enough in this moment.”
Since 2007, Karen Armstrong has been serving as the Manager of Clinical Massage for Integrative Medicine at Beaumont Health System and Program Director of Beaumont’s Oncology and Hospital Massage Class in Michigan. Ms. Armstrong and her staff of 35 oncology-trained massage therapists offer clinical massage therapy in five hospital-based outpatient clinics as well as inpatient treatments at three hospital campuses.
Ms. Armstrong is a current board member of The Society for Oncology Massage and served on S4OM’s Education Committee and Educator’s Forum Committee. She is also a Recognized Education Provider through S4OM. Ms. Armstrong is former Chairperson of Michigan's Board of Massage Therapy, former President of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards, and serves on many educational advisory boards. She is an adjunct instructor at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine teaching both medical students and residents about the benefits of clinical massage. Additionally, Ms. Armstrong has initiated several research projects and co-authored multiple published manuscripts.
Ms. Armstrong promotes the benefits of clinical massage therapy to hospital and medical administration, faculty, the community, students, and patients. She frequently presents at community and hospital events. As an advocate for continuing education, Ms. Armstrong actively trains in various holistic modalities.
The S4OM community has been very blessed with the service of Patti Corscaden on the Board for the past six years. Her knowledge of the organization and vast experience provided the board with invaluable information as we continue to move forward and plan for the future. She will truly be missed.
A very big thank you to our legal and financial advisors without whose generosity and insight we could not do the important work we do every day.
Accountant: Constance Bingham, CPA
MacDonald Page Schatz & Fletcher (Portland, Maine)
Attorney: Patricia Dunn, Esq.
Jensen Baird Gardner & Henry (Portland, Maine)