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I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Kent State University. In my career in social services, I was:

  • Caseworker in Child Protective Services and Family Counseling
  • A founder and first Executive Director of the Tucson Rape Crisis Center
  • Executive Director of the Tucson Girls Clubs
  • Director of Family Assistance Programs for the Tucson Urban League

After becoming certified in therapeutic massage at Desert Institute of the Healing Arts in Tucson, Arizona, my 30+-year private practice focused on elders and people in treatment for cancer. I have been a bodywork instructor for more than twenty years, teaching anatomy and physiology, pathology, kinesiology and ethics at:

  • Desert Institute of the Healing Arts
  • Providence Institute
  • Cortiva Institute
  • Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • Pima Community College 

As an NCBTMB-Approved Continuing Education Provider, I have taught at schools and professional organizations across the United States, been a frequent presenter at the  Swedish Institute in New York, AMTA National Conventions and Schools Summits, at AFMTE Educational Congresses, and was named 2016 Educator of the Year by the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education.


I am the author of the textbook Touch & Movement: Palpation and Kinesiology for Massage Therapists and numerous journal articles, and am the creator of TxPlanner (Treatment Planner), a free, mobile pathology website for bodyworkers, clinics and schools available at www.txplanner.org.


In May, 2020, I became certified as a COVID-19 Contact Tracer by Johns-Hopkins University.