Welcome to the S4OM Regional Champions Community!
Oncology massage is an area of specialization in the massage therapy profession. S4OM promotes education standards to ensure safe effective massage therapy for those living with cancer.
The Regional Champion program helps oncology trained massage therapists connect and network with trained therapists in their area and throughout the world. It also assists oncology massage therapists to develop ways to connect with clients, caregivers, advocacy groups, and the healthcare community in their area.
Typically one or two therapists are designated as the champion for a state/province, country, or area. If you are interested in becoming the regional champion or co-champion in your area, please complete the Volunteer Interest Form below. The chair or board liaison for the Regional Champions will reach out to you discuss your interest within 10 days.
As you explore this page you will find the benefits, standards, and responsibilities in representing your area as an S4OM Regional Champion.
- Build and deepen relationships within your local oncology massage community
- Enhance your knowledge and support lifelong learning
- Provide opportunities to have in-depth conversations with other professionals
- Help shape oncology massage therapy as a profession
- Identify as a Regional Champion on your S4OM website professional listing
- Begining 2022: Gain access to the Regional Champions webpage
Build and deepen relationships within your local oncology community
To support practitioners in becoming more skillful advocates for oncology massage, developing regional networks and resources, and inspiring current best practices.
- To nurture community growth in your region by reaching out to the cancer community and promoting the benefits of oncology massage
- Raise awareness of oncology massage as an area of specialization
- Support members to share ideas about effective communication and marketing
- Create opportunities for mentoring with experienced therapists
Roles and Responsibilities
- Must be a Preferred Practitioner in good standing with the Society for Oncology Massage
- Attend monthly virtual meetings for Regional Champions to collaborate, support, and engage with new ideas
- Support the Oncology Massage Healing Summit
- Assist the Board of Directors (BOD) on specific tasks or programs as needed
A monthly opportunity to meet with your colleagues virtually via MS365 TEAMS platform. This will be a time to catch up and check in on one another, but it is not a social call. There will be updates on the following topics:
- Conferences, including the Oncology Massage Healing Summit
- Current events
- Educational updates
- Guest speakers
- Research opportunities
We welcome your ideas at these meetings!
My name is Destiny Lehew-Collins, LMT, CLT. I am on the Board of Directors, and am the impassioned Liaison for the Regional Champion program. Since 1996 I have been practicing massage therapy in Austin Texas and beginning in 2017, I became an oncology massage therapist who specializes in lymphedema management.
Recently I was blessed to have a conversation with Wendy Miner, the founder of the Regional Champions initiative. She wanted to help spread the word and grow the community of oncology massage therapists. “We were simply so few and far between back then,” remembered Wendy. She decided she needed to help find a way to put “soldiers in the field.”
Her vision was to reach into each geographic area and spread the word that oncology massage is safe and beneficial when done correctly by therapists who
are specially trained.
Wendy remembers how some communities did not have many Preferred Practitioners listed in their area and those people felt as though they were working in a vacuum. “This is where someone might really benefit from a mentoring relationship, in order to share victories and cultivate this arm of the group,” recalled Wendy. “It is nice to have colleagues to turn to when you have a question about something or need support with some of the difficult choices we may have to make.”
Wendy calls us hardy. It takes hardiness to survive the exhausting work, balancing our home life and work, to educate clients and healthcare staff, all the while trying to secure funding.
After speaking with Wendy, I could see how much ahead of her time she was, but that our visions were the same. The big difference for us at this time is that we now have many dedicated Regional Champions already out there promoting the mission and vision of S4OM. You would receive a hearty welcome from the existing Champions if you wanted to check us out or join hands with us. Please
contact me at [email protected] for more information.
I want to represent my region!
Ready to go? To begin the process please send a letter of interest to the Regional Champions Leadership at: [email protected]
Find the Regional Champion in your area
“When I researched the S4OM website, I realized that the mission statement for the group was in alignment with mine. I strive to bring into my oncology practice of massage 3 areas, that include: Oncology Massage, Education and Research, I would like to teach people about the discipline of oncology massage. We all seem to believe in the philosophy behind the greater mission of S4OM. We care for others and we are able to share this philosophy of healing through oncology massage therapy.”Donna Spencer, LMT Regional Champion, Florida
“Regional Champions represent oncology massage in their area with pride. I honor the breadth and depth of their work within their communities. Oncology massage can be a lonely career path. It is good to share this work and to know that you have support. Regional Champions help us identify the needs specific to their locale. They provide a forum where oncology massage therapists can share the special challenges and joys of this work. You are our future as Regional Champions.”Ericka Clinton, LMT President S4OM NY, NY