Instructors

Art Walker

Art Walker

Art Walker’s private practice focuses on family care and sports injuries and relies heavily on his team of massage therapists. He co-founded Complementary Healthcare Plans, a network of northwest chiropractic and naturopathic physicians, acupuncturists and massage therapists. Since retiring from active practice, he has certified hundreds of massage therapists in the use of Gua Sha tools for neuromuscular practice. He is a certified NCBTMB instructor. A running enthusiast, Art has 65 marathons to his credit including a marathon in every state and DC. He has taught basic mountaineering, cross country skiing and instructor training for the Mazamas, a northwest climbing club. He has been part of the CRSMT team for 6 years.

Vickie Torrey

Vickie Torrey, MBA, MHA, LMBT

Vickie Torrey is a licensed massage and bodywork therapist with 26 years experience in therapeutic massage and over 26 years experience as a Counselor/Certified Social Worker. Ms. Torrey has previously served as Director of Education for the North Carolina Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), taught massage and movement for Omega Institute of Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York, and wrote for the Charlotte Post a monthly newspaper column entitled “Hands On Health,” that focused on massage, bodywork and mind-body psychology. She teaches classes in Hot Stone, Intuitive, and Oncology Massage in Brazil, Costa Rica, and the US. Vickie is currently a faculty member at Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy in Samara Beach, Costa Rica where she teaches Ethics and Communications and Oncology Massage.

Dr. Lou Walters

Dr. Lou Walters

Dr. Lou Walters is a board-certified naturopathic physician. He earned his medical degree from The National College of Natural Medicine in Portland Oregon, where he graduated summa cum laude. He is also board-certified in Applied Kinesiology. As a holistic family physician, Dr. Walters specializes in treating people not diseases. The focus of his practice is to go beyond the symptoms and treat the deeper source of the issue by balancing the person’s structural, nutritional, and mental-emotional health. He also works with people who want to optimize their health and prevent developing chronic diseases. Dr. Walters is very passionate about helping people reach and maintain higher levels of health and wellness. When he is not teaching or running his private practice in Bozeman, he can be found in the rivers and mountains of Montana.

Sandra K. Anderson

Sandra K. Anderson

Sandra K. Anderson has a BA, and certification in massage therapy, shiatsu, and Thai massage. She has been a bodywork educator for 20 years. Currently, in addition to seeing clients, Sandra is author of The Practice of Shiatsu and Mosby’s Pocket Guide to Stretching. She is also co-author, with Patricia M. Holland, of Chair Massage and Communication & Ethics for Bodywork Practitioners, co-author, with Ann L. Mihina, of Natural Spa and Hydrotherapy, and co-author, with Jean’e L. Freeman of Career Longevity: The Bodywork Practitioner’s Guide to Wellness & Body Mechanics. Sandra also creates and conducts continuing education workshops in Western and Asian bodywork techniques. She is a consultant for massage therapy and bodywork education programs, and reviews and edits bodywork education materials.

M. Kaysie Noll

M. Kaysie Noll

M. Kaysie Noll is a Licensed Massage Practitioner, DOULA and educator from Seattle, Washington. She got her massage education at Seattle Massage School in 1997, her DOULA training from Seattle Midwifery the same year and then received her Pre-Perinatal Massage Certification in 1998. She has a thriving clinical practice in North Seattle, providing pre-natal massage therapy, specializing in “high risk” pregnancies, injury treatment and recovery as well as working with clients of all ages and stages of health and wellness. In addition, as a DOULA she offers labor and delivery support to her clients who are receiving pregnancy massage. As an educator, Kaysie has been teaching massage for 15+ years in a variety of educational environments.

Samantha Saladino

Samantha Saladino

Samantha holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Colorado State University in biological science, with an emphasis on anatomy and physiology. She has been a licensed massage therapist since 2004 and is a certified E-500 RYT yoga instructor. Her passion is teaching and sharing knowledge about the human body. Her comprehensive massage training includes deep tissue, structural integration, myofascial, pre- and post-natal, lymphatic, and trigger point therapy. She recently began training in cranial sacral therapy. Samantha has extensive experience working with injury and rehabilitation, buttressed by her clinical and sports massage training. Samantha has gained over 1500 hours of clinical experience working in an occupational health clinic, under the guidance of Dr. Karen Weisman, MD. She also spent several years working as a doula and assisting women in childbirth using massage, herbs and breathing techniques. Samantha’s yoga education includes 15 years of study in the Iyengar and Ayurvedic style. She also creates curriculum for yoga teacher training programs and healing arts school, including CRSMT’s Costa Rica School of Yoga.

Joni Masse

Joni Masse

Joni is a Holistic Health Care Provider, and offers independent seminars on Trauma Recovery and Thai Massage Therapy. Joni has been an instructor in massage therapy schools since 1990. Joni has a background as a RN, and is a Somatic Counselor, with specialization in Trauma Recovery. Joni graduated from Naropa University in Boulder, CO with a MA degree in Body Psychotherapy in 2006. Her interests lie in bringing the holistic perspective to her clients as well as to her students. Joni is also a certified Yoga instructor and embodies the spirit of a yogic lifestyle in her daily living, whether that includes teaching or offering private sessions of bodywork. Her attitude is filled with a love of life and a passion to inspire others to connect to the essence of who they are to feel as alive as humanly possible.

Marla Simms

Marla Simms

Marla Simms has been a massage practitioner in Washington since 1992. Marla started her love affair with the human body and its magic from the inside out. She experienced the boldness and explosive energy of a gymnast in her youth. Later, she achieved a BFA in Dance from the University of Arizona and performed in the Southwest and the Pacific Northwest (Pat Graney & Co. and THREAD DANCE). She then turned to focus on the exploration of other’s bodies through the study and practice of massage. She has been a massage practitioner and massage educator for 20 years. She has taught for several massage licensure programs in the Seattle and Olympia area in the state of Washington. She also teaches continuing education classes for massage practitioners in the greater Puget Sound area. She has collaborated with Lara McIntosh of Wassa dance by teaching functional anatomy during workshops at Kalani Retreat Center on the Big Island of Hawaii. As an educator, she pursues a better understanding of the soft tissues of the human body and how they react, however subtly, to the stresses and challenges of life and living. For Marla, the body continues to be a venue of art, joy, and discovery.

Staff

Beverley Giroud

Beverley Giroud

Beverley Giroud serves as the Director of Education for CRSMT. Beverley discovered a love of teaching and a passion for the industry while earning her massage therapy certificate in 1998. She became an instructor in 1999 and has been volunteering on a national level throughout her career. She served on and chaired the NCBTMB’s Exam Development Committee for 10 years and has been serving as a COMTA Commissioner since 2012. Beverley’s extensive experience in private practice as well as many hours of interaction with other professionals in and out of the classroom provides a wealth of learning experiences to share. She is also the author of “Ethics and Professionalism for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers”.

Tess McGrath

Tess McGrath

Tess McGrath is the Director of Operations at CRSMT. After graduating from Lehigh University, where she studied Accounting and Finance and was the captain of the women’s lacrosse team, Tess traveled extensively throughout the United States, New Zealand and Kenya for nearly a year and half. While in Kenya, she worked for a micro-finance organization helping to launch small businesses. In January of 2014 Tess joined the CRSMT team, excited and ready to put her unique set of skills to work. She is an integral part of the staff providing support to both instructors and students as they embark upon a new chapter of their lives. She also continues to work closely with CREAR as a program leader and board member. She is passionate about holistic living, traveling, and working with children. She also loves to be outdoors, hiking, playing soccer or surfing.

Kat Parker

Kat Parker

Kat Parker is the Campus Manager at CRSMT. She was born and raised in California. While attending university she discovered a passion for education, community activism, and travel that continues to this day. In 2011 Kat decided to pursue her passion for teaching and volunteering and traveled to Costa Rica to earn her TEFL certificate. She quickly discovered her love of life abroad and the warmth and generosity of the Tico way of life. After only a matter of months she decided to make Samara her home and has since taught with various public and private schools in the community. Kat is now happily dedicating her efforts to support the educational pursuits of CRSMT students as they embark upon a chapter in their lives. In her free time Kat enjoys reading, swimming, and walking the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica.

Jan Frus

Jan Frus

Jan Frus is the Clinic Supervisor and newest member of the CRSMT team. She is also a CRSMT alum! Jan has always felt passionately about helping people, especially helping people with their healing journey. She first pursued this passion as an Emergency Room nurse. In that role she received specialized training including becoming a Trauma Nurse Specialist, teaching the Emergency Nursing Pediactic Course and training to become a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. After 15 years in the emergency room she was ready for a change but still wanted to help people. She has been receiving bodywork since the age of 11 and knows first hand the power it has to change someone’s life. She found CRSMT and fell in love with the school and Costa Rica. Jan is delighted to be back at the school, offering a unique perspective as someone who’s, “been there,” and knows what wonderful things happen you follow the school’s advice and, “trust the process!”

Juan

Juan

Juan is the Head of Maintenance and has been working with the school since we broke ground on construction over a decade ago. He is quite literally able to solve any type of maintenance issue and does it all with his characteristic humility and smile. Juan enjoys playing soccer, running, and listening to music, but his real passion is woodworking. You will see his crafts and creations all over campus!

Maria Luisa

Maria Luisa

Maria Luisa is the Head of Housekeeping at CRSMT. She has worked with us for the past 5 years and is to credit for the high-standard of beauty and cleanliness in our campus houses and classrooms. She is a brilliant multi-tasker, a dedicated employee, and an essential part of our team. Watch out for her towel origami, complete with fresh flowers from our gardens! In her free time Maria Luisa enjoys spending time with her family and watching TV.

Miriam

Miriam

Miriam is the Housekeeping Assistant on campus. She joined our team 2 years ago and has since shown herself to be a valued member of the staff. She and Maria Luisa work side by side cleaning and maintaining the campus houses and classrooms and ensuring that we always have fresh linens for in-class practice and clinic practicum shifts. You will immediately notice her shy smile and her dedicated work ethic. Outside of work Miriam loves dancing and playing soccer on Sundays.

Marvin

Marvin

Marvin joined the CRSMT staff in 2013 as the Maintenance Assistant. You will often see him tending the grounds, cleaning the pool, or assisting Juan, who happens to be his older brother, with one of the many projects they undertake on any given day. In addition to his work here on campus, Marvin also attends school in the evenings. He enjoys playing all kinds of sports, especially soccer, and spending time at the beach with friends.

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