Instructors and Staff


Sandra K. Anderson

Sandra is a NCBTMB Approved Provider (450531-07) and an Arizona state licensed massage therapist (MT-00298P). She has a BA and certification in massage therapy, shiatsu, and Thai massage. She creates and conducts continuing education workshops in Western and Asian bodywork techniques. A massage therapy and bodywork educator since 1993, Sandra is currently instructing at the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy in Samara, Costa Rica. Previously, she taught at Desert Institute of the Healing Arts, Providence Institute, and Cortiva, all in Tucson, Arizona. She maintains a private practice, and is also a consultant for massage therapy and bodywork education programs, and writes, reviews, and edits educational materials. Sandra is author and coauthor of six bodywork education textbooks.

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Jan Frus

Jan is a licensed massage therapist and registered nurse. She teaches western massage techniques and hydrotherapy classes, and is our Clinic Supervisor. She’s also a CRSMT alumna. She has always felt passionately about helping people, especially helping people with their healing journey. Jan 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 Pediatric 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!”

Vickie Torrey

Vickie Torrey

Vickie Torrey, MBA, MHA, LMBT 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. In 2018, Vickie was nominated for the AARP Purpose Prize Award for her innovative work with caregivers. 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.

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Matt Howe

Matthew Howe has been an active participant in the massage and bodywork field since graduating from the Central Florida School of Massage Therapy in 2000. Logging over 10,000 massages spread across spa, chiropractic, and private practice he knows the labor of love that is massage therapy. With encouragement from friends and mentors, he officially launched Touch Education, LLC in 2003. Matthew took experiences from his practice and cultivated classes that balanced the art and science of touch. Using 6 simple principles of the body he breaks down the complex and shows therapists how to facilitate change across the spectrum from pathology and physiology to wellness. Matthew’s education is heavily influenced with the spectrum of CranioSacral Therapy, both mechanical and dynamic. He keeps rooted by teaching at his alma mater as well as the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy. He nurtures learning from others with a quest to connect information to advance the field of massage and bodywork.

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Marla Simms

Marla 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.

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Kaysie Noll

Kaysie 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.  She has worked with Northwest Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle supervising and training student massage practitioners, providing massage to patients in the cardiac rehabilitation center, childbirth center, general hospital patient floor as well as oncology.  Her subjects taught include, Massage Theory and Practice, Deep Tissue, MFR, Pregnancy Massage, Pathology, Kinesiology, Student Clinic, Business and Professional Development Courses.

“As a practitioner, it is my goal to provide the highest quality of care and treatment for my clients in a safe and professional environment.  As an educator, it is my goal to share my knowledge; experience and expertise with future practitioners and help them achieve success and support the profession I love.”     Kaysie Noll, LMP, DOULA

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Nick Johnson

Nick is an LMT in the state of Missouri and a recent graduate of the CRSMT program.  He also graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Psychology.  I’ve always been fascinated by the wonder that is the human body and how it responds to both physical and energetic manipulation.  Through my working practice and education at CRSMT, I’ve developed an appreciation for how therapeutic and beneficial massage therapy can be and feel as though we may just be scratching the surface.  I look forward to sharing my knowledge and learning from others as we explore the many modalities and art forms of bodywork.

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Michele Camille

Michele Camille, BS, LMT, is a licensed oncology massage therapist, body worker, certified awareness trainer, health coach and consultant.  She has completed an intensive hospital-based oncology massage program, as well as advanced training in oncological massage.  She holds a B.S. in marketing, with minors in Spanish and psychology from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.  She has lived, studied and worked abroad in several countries and continues to be enriched through travel and the impact of indigenous people.

Believing strongly in the profound roles of inner healing and self-care in wellness, she left her corporate position several years ago to continue her studies in holistic modalities and coaching.  Her family and friends have been impacted by cancer for decades.  With great honor for the depth of courage that all who are touched by cancer face, she has founded Oncology Massages Associates, LLC.  Her hope is that she can significantly enhance and impact the wellness journey of each person she is honored to work with.


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.

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Juliebeth Mezzy

Juliebeth Mezzy is a Board Certified Reflexologist and Massage Therapist. For 25 years she has maintained a private practice in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She has been teaching Reflexology for the last 17 years at massage schools in the Hampton Roads area. In addition to Reflexology, Julie has also taught chair massage, swedish massage and kinesiology. In 2015, she won an award for Educator of the Year, through the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education. Julie has served on the Board of Directors of several organizations including her state association, the Reflexology Association of Virginia. Her goal is to bring Reflexology to the world by promoting its joys and benefits to all people she meets.

Juliebeth says “Reflexology chose me to do this work.” Starting out in Massage Therapy, her instructor told her she spent too much time on the hands and feet!

Guest Instructors
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David Lauterstein

David Lauterstein is Co-director of Lauterstein-Conway Massage School in Austin, TX. He has taught Deep Massage: The Lauterstein Method, throughout England and the U.S. since 1982. He is one of the most highly respected educators in the massage therapy realm, was inducted in 2011 into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame, was awarded “Teacher of the Year” by AMTA in 2013 and the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education in 2014. He is the author of the three books, “Putting the Soul Back in the Body”, “The Deep Massage Book”, and “Life in the Bones” (recently published by Upledger Institute). He is also a faculty member of the Zero Balancing Health Association. In 2018 David began offering workshops in his method at the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy. His background prior to massage therapy was in philosophy and music composition. He is the composer of the massage CD, “Roots and Branches.”

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Shannon Gilmartin

Shannon Gilmartin, CMT, will teach the cupping therapy workshop in Samara, Costa Rica. She is a licensed and nationally certified massage therapist (2002), certified vacuum therapies practitioner and educator (2008). In addition to her focus in massage cupping, she has over 15 years of experience in therapeutic bodywork, including: medical massage, myofascial release, neuromuscular, craniosacral, soft tissue injury rehabilitation, Thai massage and visceral manipulation. She has taught all over the United States and abroad, and she currently practices in Virginia Beach.

She has authored ‘The Guide to Modern Cupping Therapy: A Step-by-Step Source for Vacuum Therapies,” and has been published in Massage Today, Massage Magazine, and online interviews with ‘Bodywork Buddy.’

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Stacie Nevelus

Stacie is a licensed massage therapist in Florida (1999), certified vacuum therapies practitioner (2005) and educator (2009). She has specialized in therapeutic and sports massage applications and became certified in Neuromuscular therapy (2001). She has taught all over the United States and abroad and she practices in Florida. Stacie has become known as a specialist in acute and chronic injuries as well as working with competing and professional athletes. Stacie has worked with many athletes ranging from world ranked tennis professionals, triathletes, national and Olympics runners, MLB and NFL players all while integrating the wonders of Modern Cupping Therapy. Stacie is the personal massage therapist for Adam Jones, CF of the Baltimore Orioles since 2010. Integrating Modern Cupping Therapy into treatment sessions has been an amazing addition to her practice, continuously yielding incredible results.

Stacie was featured in Massage Magazine in October 2012 issue for Best Practices. She has also published many articles in Massage Today and Massage Message as well as various television news appearances. Stacie brings her passion for bodywork and Modern Cupping Therapy to the table and the classroom.


Beverley Giroud

Beverley 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 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. Tess first came to Samara to work for Asociacion CREAR, a local non-profit organization, in June of 2012 as a continuation of her Master’s thesis work in Kenya. In December of 2012 she graduated from SUNY Albany with a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management and quickly returned to Samara to pick up where she left off.  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.

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Kat Parker

Kat is the Dean of Students at the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy. She acts as the on-the-ground liaison to the Director of Education for students and instructors and helps to coordinate curriculum, course preparations, campus logistics, and social programs. Kat received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and History from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2007. While attending university she discovered a passion for education, community engagement, and travel that continues to this day. In 2011 Kat moved to Costa Rica where she spent several years teaching elementary school and ESL before joining the CRSMT administrative team. Inspired by the school and the transformative journey of its students, she decided to also pursue massage therapy and received her Certificate in Massage Therapy from CRSMT in 2016. In her free time Kat enjoys reading, swimming, and walking the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica.

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Bill Burden

Bill is the Digital Marketing and Technology Specialist. He is the digital marketer, photographer, videographer, webmaster and all-around tech guy for CRSMT. Bill was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona. He has worked in management, sales, and marketing for over 13 years in the fields of hospitality, technology, and education. He is also a certified English teacher and holds a master’s degree in International Education from Framingham State University. He loves working in the area of educational tourism, and also provides consulting in the areas of design and digital marketing for the local non-profit, Asociación CREAR. Bill is passionate about adventures and spending time with friends and family.


Juan Jimenez Perez

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 Ruiz Jimenez

Maria Luisa is the Head of Housekeeping at CRSMT. She has worked with us for the past 6 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 Diaz Rodriguez

Miriam is the Housekeeping Assistant on campus. She joined our team in 2013 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 Obregon Jimenez

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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