Ashley has been a massage therapist since 2003 and feels grateful everyday that she is able to help people in such a fundamental way. She completed a 600 hour therapy program at The Blue Cliff School of Massage Therapy in New Orleans, Lousiana. From there she has worked in clinical and spa settings and feels that her work has given her a wide range of experiences that allow her to be a well rounded therapist. Her true passion is using gentle touch therapies for populations recovering from various illness and/or trauma. She is a Certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist (Vodder Technique- CMLDT) and specializes in Oncoloy Massage.
Mexico City, Mexico
Horacio has been a Massage Therapist since 2003 having studied in Sao Paolo, Brazil. He is a Shiatsu Specialist and has worked in 5 star Hotels and Cruise Ships. Studied Trigger Point Therapy with Amber Davies and Oncology Massage Course with Tracy Walton. Works at Centro de Cancer Hospital ABC American British Cowdray Medical Center. Has a private practice in Oncology Massage.
Anita is passionate about Lymphatic & Oncology Massage. Lymphatic MLD Massage and Oncology Massage are the core of Fluid Factor along with complete decongestive thereapy for Lymphedema.
Mount Kisco, New York
Susan is a Board-Certified Medical-Surgical RN and Licensed Massage Therapist specializing in Oncology Massage and safe touch therapies for acute medical conditions. She bridges both specialties by working as a regular per-diem Integrative Medicine Nurse at Northern Westchester Hospital's Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center and have an Oncology Massage Therapy private practice in Mount Kisco, NY (Westchester County). She is passionate about providing safe therapeutic bodywork for patients affected by cancer and its treatments. She offers classic Western massage, gentle acupressure, energy techniques and mindfulness-based meditation.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Chelsea has found joy in working with amazing people as they go through and beyond their cancer experiences. She opened New Leaf Physical & Massage Therapy in 2010 with Mary Gramling PT, CLT-LANA. Together they have developed an inclusive cancer rehabilitation clinic and lymphedema management center in Portland, Oregon. They are here to support people in turning over a new leaf in their life and getting back to the things they love doing. They offer several types of supportive massage, physical therapy, and education classes about cancer and exercise, the lymphatic system, and more.
Charlotte, North Carolina NC/SC/VA
Following her passion toward better serving her clients, Melanie works extensively to provide comfort to those affected by cancer and those with chronic or acute pain. As a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist, Certified Lymphatic Therapist, Registered Yoga Instructor, and Reiki Master, Melanie applies a wide variety of skills including: Oncology Massage, Manual Lymph Drainage, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, and Lomi Lomi. Having recently relocated to Charlotte, NC, Melanie is enjoying serving as the S4OM Regional Champion for NC, SC, and VA, making new connections in the oncology community, and working individually with her fellow Charlotteans.
Melbourne, Australia VIC
Jan gained her qualification as a Remedial Massage Therapist in 2004, and has worked in Palliative Care for the last nine years. Her experience with Oncology and Palliative patients has been gained through her private clinic, as well as working for four years as part of a community-based Palliative Care organisation as a Massage Therapist. In 2006, she attended the Massage, Cancer and More course at Quest for Life and successfully completed the Casley-Smith Lymphoedema Training (Complex Lymphatic Therapy) with Elspeth Perry during the same year. She became a Reiki Master Teacher in 2009, following three years of study and spiritual growth, and now offers attunements to others who are interested in working with Reiki energy. In 2013, she undertook further specialised training with Gayle MacDonald in Portland, Oregon completing her Massage for People Living with Cancer course followed by the Massage in the Oncology Setting at OHSU. In 2014, she attended the S4OM Visioning Conference in Sarasota, Florida and subsequently attended the 2016 S4OM Conference in Minneapolis and currently volunteers as the S4OM Regional Champion to promote S4OM in Australia. She currently works from her home clinic in Viewbank as well as undertakes contract work from various hospitals and community based palliative organisations. She is an S4OM Recognized Provider of Education and offers the 3-Day Intensive in Oncology Massage Course (Foundation course) and the Advanced Palliative Care Massage Course for therapists who have an interest in working in the Palliative Sector. To support therapists working with clients, she also facilitates a Self-Care for Therapist course, which is conducted over two days. She is available for home visits within the Melbourne metropolitan area.
New Hudson, Michigan
Debbie graduated Summa Cum Laude in June 2008 from the 875-hour Massage Therapy curriculum at Oakland Community College in Waterford, Michigan. She then completed the 100-hour program at William Beaumont Hospital School of Allied Health in Royal Oak, Michigan, and was awarded a certificate as Oncology & Hospital Massage Specialist. After that, she completed a wellness lymphatic massage program at Beaumont and al became a Level II certified Reiki practitioner having completed those curricula at Beaumont Hospital. (Full-time, Debbie is a litigation paralegal.)
Debbie is always learning and currently pursuing certification as an Orthopedic Massage Specialist. Debbie provides oncology massage services at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Pontiac, Michigan. She enjoys public speaking with a goal to educate the public about the biology of cancer and its effects on how the disease and the treatment of it affect the human body. Debbie has worked in medical day spas, massage studios, and chiropractic clinics and now enjoys her own part-time practice where she is able to draw upon all of her experiences as a massage therapist to help people achieve their best quality of life.
Pam Soule, LMT offers oncology massage and specialized massage therapy to people who are unable to leave their homes due to illness. The focus of her work is to safely increase the quality of life for those with whom she works.
She works with the University of New Mexico Arts-in-Medicine program both in the hospital and UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. She also volunteers for Compassus Hospice. She has been a practicing massage therapist since 1995, and she is Board Certified (NCBTMB). In addition to taking S4OM approved courses, she is also a graduate of Day-Break Geriatrics, and has studied Dr.Vodder MLD. She is a member of The Citizen's Committee to Protect The Elderly (Virginia), and past volunteer For Grace Hospice (VA). You can learn more about Pam’s service at pamsoule.com.
Tanya is licensed in both Illinois and Wisconsin, certified in MLD (Lymphadema Therapy), currently holds a contract with the Cancer Integrative Medicine at Rush University Hospital in Chicago, and an active volunteer wth Horizon Hospice.
Kathleen has been the Complementary Therapies Coordinator at the Dempsey Center since September 2013. Before that she had a massage therapy practice in Yarmouth, Maine for 5 years. She has practiced in a wide variety of settings, taught massage therapy courses and volunteered massage therapy services at the Mercy Oncology-Hematology Center at Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine. She currently sees oncology patients and caregivers at a cancer support center affiliated with the Central Maine Medical Center hospital group. She also provides massage in inpatient, outpatient infusion, hospice and athletic event settings, and organizes a professional peer-to-peer networking group for massage therapists specializing in Oncology Massage Therapy in Maine. She is an affiliated partner with Lucy's Love Bus, LLC, and a Regional S4OM Champion. Any client receiving treatment for cancer and within one year of diagnosis can receive several massage sessions and a variety of other support services at no cost through the Dempsey Center.
Key West, Florida
Donna M. Spencer is the owner of Angelic Moon Holistic Day Spa & APOTHECARY; the first holistic day spa to be established in the Florida Keys, and the only green-certified holistic day spa throughout the region. In 2009 she founded Pink Is Power, a fundraising initiative for Florida Keys residents who are living with cancer. In 2015 the Pink Is Power Oncology Massage Clinic was established to offer no-cost massage to cancer survivors, cancer patients and their primary caregivers. This is the only clinic of its kind throughout the Florida Keys, and has expanded to three locations to date.
Hannah Rohloff lives in beautiful Central Vermont. She specializes in lymphatic drainage and oncology massage and has been in private practice since 2012. Immediately after graduating massage school in 2009, she pursued additional training in oncology massage as well as completing an oncology massage internship at Boston Medical Center. She has completed MLD training through the Norton School and LDT training through the Chikly Institute. She volunteered with her local AMTA Chapter for 4.5 years and is currently training to become a hospice volunteer. She is passionate about promoting safe, effective massage for medically complex and fragile client
Jennelle VanderStouw has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2008 and certified as a Lymphedema Therapist since 2017. When her father was diagnosed with cancer in 2014, she sought more training in oncology massage to help ease his symptoms and improve his quality of life. That experience totally changed the focus of her massage practice to working primarily with those either going through their cancer treatment or living with the effects after treatment, such as lymphedema (though she loves doing massage on sore people, sports people, pregnant mamas and everyone in between too:) She believes that massage is for everyone, at every stage of life to help keep the body fluid, moving and feeling good. She lives in Phoenix in a mid century house with her husband, Scott and two kitties, Philip and Penny."
MA, LMT owns Comfort Care Therapeutic Massage, LLC in Phoenix, Arizona. Her primary mission is to provide supportive massage services for seniors (healthy and frail) and adults with chronic health conditions, including cancer. Kara is trained in oncology massage, manual lymphatic drainage, Comfort Touch, and a variety of other modalities. It is her passion to provide evidence-based massage services to promote increased physical and emotional
Julie Olson has been a massage therapist since 2002. She is a professional member of the AMTA. Her massage styles range from stress reduction relaxation, pregnancy massage, sports massage and extensive training in oncology massage therapy. A firm believer in the inseparable connection between body/mind, Julie is a proponent of massage for relieving physical as well as emotional stress, and strongly believes in massage as a viable modality for enhancing overall health and well-being.
For the past 11 years Chelsea has been passionate about her work as a Massage Therapist, a practice she believes is extremely beneficial for overall health, wellness, and a great aid in pain relief. Graduating from a 750-hour educational program, she excels at her work by going above and beyond to educate herself and her clients as she regularly takes part in continuing education and certification classes. She is also a preferred practitioner with S4OM.
Chelsea is certified in Palliative Touch Therapy and Pediatric Massage as well as specialized training in Oncology Massage for both adults and pediatrics.
She continues to take classes that will not only benefit herself, but mainly her clients. Her goals are to continue to educate and advocate for Oncology Massage, and to help people decrease their pain and increase their relaxation.
A very big thank you to Wendy Miner, former Board of Director member, whose generosity of time and dedication guided the Regional Outreach initiative.